First and foremost, a HUGE congratulations to Sanjitpaal Singh, a dear friend, and a great photographer who has just won the International Photography Award (IPA) for the pro category Nature (he won second place). Sanjit is no stranger to this blog, in fact, most of you will recognize and remember him from my Olympus OM-D E-M5 review series earlier this year, he was the man behind all the videos and he was the reviewer for the video part for the OM-D. Sanjit, you have made us all very proud, and I know, more and more great accomplishments will come your way. Stay true to yourself, and keep that passion burning brighter.
I was joining the Google + Photowalk Malaysia today with a group of crazy fun photographers, and the venue for shooting was Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). We went into the jungle trail, trekking and hiking our way up to the canopy walk, and I must admit it was quite a challenging walk physically. Little did I expect, I believe I have come across the spot where Sanjit took that winning photograph for his entry to IPA. I was not entirely sure if this was the place (well, Sanjit could have taken the similar shot at some other rainforests anywhere in Malaysia) but the scene looked very, eerily similar.
Now my question to you is: Do you believe in coincidences? I am not sure if there is such thing as a photography god, but if there is, I would like to think that I was given some sort of a message or sign. Not sure what it is, but the timing of the events were too beautifully arranged to be just a coincidence. Lets hope I am not reading into this the wrong way.
Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
I know, I know, a "Full Frame" sensor could have produced much more details with the superbly high megapixel counts in the newer models these days (24MP on Nikon D600, newly launched, 200% more pixels than my current E-5). And yes, the "Full Frame" sensor may have more dynamic range to pull out more details from the shadows and preserve the highlights from blowing out. Of course, the "Full Frame" sensor allows you to boost up your ISO so you do not have to worry about shaking your camera. And my photographs could have been better in this and that way and everything could be better if only I used a better camera.
Wait, what camera did Sanjit use to win that international contest?
Olympus DSLR E-3. Oops, it was not a full frame. At the end of the day, it was Sanjit's passion and artistic sense that got him the winning shot.
Lets hope I can stay true to that, and I must remind myself that, often it is the photographer that decides the outcome of his photographs, and the quality of his works, not his tools.