While editing and looking at my digital photos, sometimes I’m just blown away by the detail that the camera is capable of capturing. In this photo of stone being unloaded by conveyer belt from an ore carrier in Fairport Harbor, OH, I noticed the stone dust, down to very small particles, falling from the end of the conveyer belt. There are also small stones bouncing off the top of the stone pile. I was probably 40 yards from the top of the pile and the end of the conveyer belt, so it kind of surprised me to see this amount of detail. The clear blue sky probably helped to emphasize these small details.
Another example came from a high school baseball game. I was shooting photos of the pitcher from windup to follow-through and when I zoomed in on my computer screen I was astonished to see the detail that was captured of the ball itself.
In this case I was shooting from the bleachers about 15 yards from 1st base and although there is some slight motion blur, I can clearly read the word “Diamond” on the baseball.
I wish my eyes worked as well as my camera and lenses!