Over Two Decades of Progress

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) – Wheaton, Maryland

Here is a comparison of two different images taken 24-years apart. The top image was taken yesterday, and the bottom image was taken back in 1997. The top image is digital, and the bottom image is a scan from a 35mm slide. They were taken an entire continent apart from one another, in different light, and at different times of the day. The top image I could see instantly and the bottom image I couldn’t see until the film was returned to me after processing a couple of weeks later.

As much as I’ve always loved the super-saturated colors of the bottom image – Velvia slide film is known for that – I feel that the upper image is more accurate in terms of color, saturation, and natural-looking bokeh.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) – Laguna Beach, California

Technology marches on. I imagine someday that I’ll be able to take a photo with a smartphone that will eventually equal or exceed the quality of either of these two images, both of which were taken with state-of-the-art camera gear of each era.


Photo info:
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
Brookside Gardens Conservatory
Brookside Gardens
Wheaton, Maryland
June 2021
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
Heisler Park
Laguna Beach, California
May 1997
Fujifilm Velvia 50 slide film
Leica Noctilux 50/1.0 lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera

Misty Mountain Hop

San Juan Mountains – Silverton, Colorado

This is the view from the property that we used to own in southwest Colorado. It was probably one of the most stunning vistas I’ve ever encountered, and it explains why we went so bonkers over it. How bonkers? Well, after seeing this, we tracked down the real estate agent that posted it for sale and bought it on the spot – the only time Cindy and I have ever made an impulse real estate purchase.


Photo info:
San Juan Mountains
Silverton, Colorado
May 1998
Agfa Scala 200 slide film
Leica Noctilux 50/1.0 lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) – Laguna Beach, California

The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) is one of my very favorite flowers, and this specific example was just one in many hundreds that I saw on this particular day. I love every over-the-top aspect of this bloom – the crazy colors, the jarring semi-architectural angles, the very weirdness of it. To me, it’s like an exotic hand beckoning me to follow it somewhere, but in wild Technicolor hues.


Photo info:
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
Heisler Park
Laguna Beach, California
May 1997
Fujifilm Velvia 50 slide film
Leica Noctilux 50/1.0 lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera