Full screen vs. pixel peep

Started Apr 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Michael J Davis
Michael J Davis Veteran Member • Posts: 3,354
Some of us crop!

jpzundel wrote:

After years of looking for the best resolution, lenses, sensors, tripods...I did a quick sanity check with a simple calculation:

  • the monitor screens we almost all watch our pictures on have at most 1200 lines which, with the usual aspect ratios (3/2 and 4/3), give us about 2M pixels for full screen pictures. Most of the time there is something else on the screen so we use much less than 2M pixels.

  • so we admire our own and other people's great pictures downscaled to less than 2M pixels,

  • unless we pixel peep, i.e look at less than the full picture.

Don't take me wrong, I am proud of a landscape I shot with no shaking which I can peep down to the pixel, and I do panoramas with multiple of these shots.

I delight in large prints - sharp and colourful at 18"+; but sometimes I can't get the result I want without cropping.

Coincidentally, I rediscovered this shot this morning (taken last July with My G1 + 45-200mm lens at 200mm full aperture) and prepared this at pixel level 1400x1050 for competition purposes. I'm delighted with the sharpness - for results, not merely pixel-peeping!!

Mike Davis
Photographing the public for over 50 years

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