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    Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after

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    What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us

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    An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day

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(all photos: Walden Pond)

...words of Thoreau…images of Nature...

Photography

Thoreau Photography shall from time-to-time review pieces of photographic equipment and techniques relevant to recording the world around us.

Lenses

Canon 24-70 vs 24-105

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Now with Updated Addendum and Conclusion There is probably no more frequently asked question on photography forums than what is the better lens when comparing Canon's two professional mid-range zooms. These discussions are invariably circular and pretty much get nowhere, like an old married couple arguing: "he said..." "she said..." "he said..." etc, ad infinitum. Typically they end up confirming what we already know at the start: Read more...

Canon 70-300 DO

A portable telephoto is pretty much an oxymoron: an inevitable compromise between two contradictory concepts. For moving about, typically smaller and lighter are better. For image quality in a 300 mm lens, usually larger is better, with more glass correlating with better light gathering ability. Read more...
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Leica D Summilux 25 f1.4

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This is a remarkably squat, unexpectedly heavy lens. If it were a member of a rugby team, there is no doubt that it would be a front-row prop. But this is no thick-necked thug capable of doing only a single job. Defying its build, it shows more of the finesse of a ballet dancer. Read more...

Cameras

Canon 5D Mark II

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I haven’t been without a Canon SLR camera for well over 30 years. Sure, there were times when I wondered whether I’d backed the right horse. And, in the days before digital, it had essentially become a two-horse race: Pentax had lost their way; Yashica/Contax were simply lost; and Minolta were going their own way, which proved to be up a dead end. Read more...

Olympus E-3

Step up to the plate: an Olympus E-3. Sporting a sensor only half the size of the 5D Mark II and a relatively paltry 10 megapixels, it has something that other four-thirds cameras do not: probably the best weather sealing on the market (of any camera), a brilliantly fast autofocus system, and a decidedly large viewfinder. Read more...
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Sigma DP1

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The first thing I noticed when taking the DP1 out of its box is that it’s rather big. It is literally a stretch to make it “pocketable”. It has often been likened to a Leica D-Lux 3 (or the equivalent Panasonic LX2): but the Leica looks and feels decidedly svelte by comparison – sort of like comparing Kate Moss to Pamela Anderson. It’s not like Pamela’s unattractive, just bigger, if you know what I mean. Read more...

Thoreau

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Read about Thoreau's philosophy and what he means for one photographer…
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A replica of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond

Thoreau was not a photographer but he had a way with words that managed to capture the essence of the world about him: word pictures. Experience his gift through a selection of Thoreau's quotations.