Science Fiction?

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J D Wells
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Science Fiction?
May 5, 2012

This is my latest work from Valencia, Spain. All photographs were taken using the A77 and CZ 16-80mm. A few years ago I used the DSC-R1 as a reserve camera and remember an article from one of the "pro" magazines in which the writer said that live view was a passing phase that the rotating screen was never going to help create better pictures and the zebra highlight function was a gimmick. I knew then that he was talking rubbish and wondered how he was in such a job but wished that Sony could manufacture something comparable between the image quality and precision of the Canon 1DS Mark II (my then main body) while incorporating the design and feature set of the R1. Six years later I have my wish and more. I own several camera systems for different genres and clients but to use the A77 for personal projects the most due to its technology. The first photograph below titled Valencia is a sixteen shot panoramic which due to the complexity of the architecture made this a true nightmare for editing. It measures 1.05 GB and will print 265cm x 50cm at 300dpi without any interpolation. I have enjoyed reading several posts here in the Sony SLR Talk forum and wish to share in what I hope will give you equal pleasure. For anyone who may be interested my main body of work can be viewed on my website:

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Got to go now and read the latest "pro" reviews. Some guy has just written an article about how bad the A77 focus peaking is and that the rubbish EVF system will never...

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Spillicus
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Great pictures!

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I'll keep it simple...

wow...

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Thank you for those incredible photos of Santiago Calatrava's architectural masterpiece in Valencia!

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Shazam! those are great! I really like #2.

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You added some magic thus they are a joy to see. Plus the whimsical titles!

Thanks for posting.
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No Doubt you're a descendant of the author H.G. Wells... These photos prove that... very nice work
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Wow, fantastic job. Now i want to visit Valencia with the A77+CZ16-80.

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These are no pictures, this is ART.
WOW!

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The force is strong in these shots!
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Not pay attention to stupid reviewers you must. An A Mount yedi you are!
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Certainly some of the best images I've seen for quite some time. Composition, detail, colors, DOF etc; everything is right on! A joy to view, thank you!

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Spectacular photos - and with a rubbish camera as well!

Can't wait to get my A77 out and about and take some photos.

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J D Wells
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Thank you all very much for your individual positive responses. It is true Isacus that Santiago Calatrava's work is spectacular. I had the feeling while admiring Valencia that Calatrava has that mind which separates the good from the great and makes the distinction between genius and insanity. I know that producing the photographs was difficult enough but when you stop to look and see the impossible complexity of the place made possible and come to life under the varying light it is true dannybgoode that it makes you want to visit this space to which Ralph Bliesener alludes and I thought in my imagination what it must look like as a modern day yedi training accademy. Thanks EvilOne for the comparison to H. G. Wells. Maybe one day...

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Fantastic shots and processing. Really inspirational, even to those who never/hardly take architectural shots, such as me....

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ianimal
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Very nice scenes here. Loved the architecture, light and composition.
Makes me want to visit the place.

And 1 June the new Ridley Scott directed movie "Prometheus" is coming.
I like fantasy/sci-fi so cool to see such images.

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Amazing work
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One of the best architectural series I've ever seen posted on DPReview, period!
Thanks for sharing J.D.!

Your comment on the technology is spot on as well. Arguing with such people is futile. Show them the images (like these) and you don't need to argue!

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Awesome stuff JD! I love visiting Spain. Maybe I'll make it to Valencia some day.

May the force be with you in your future endeavors.
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In reply to J D Wells, May 5, 2012

I like your editing style - for these images (although I wish you'd posted larger!) and the ones on your site; this is obviously quite a passion for you and it's a gift to have it shared. I wish you continued joy in these expressions - thanks for sharing them.

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Truely amazing.

What's also amazing is the number of responses to this thread.... On some seriously superb work as opposed to the hundreds of comments some of the high ISO drivel threads..

I would love to see #2 at that print size...

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