December 7, 2010

On photographic verisimilitude (or, how to shoot a goat in the mountains).

To take excellent landscape photographs, you should use a big piece of slow film, small aperture, & long exposure; but to take good photos of active animals, you can't leave the shutter open for long.

So, can these competing requirements be reconciled, to take sharp photographs of live animals set in a rich detailed landscape?

Sure! By, in a word, cheating. Or, in more words, by "digitally merging" two images.

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