I was playing about with the image-size options on the Nikon P5100 yesterday and took a couple of shots with the image parameters set to produce a 16:9 aspect ratio image. The pixel dimensions are 3968×2232 (8,856,576 pixels) as against the 4000×3000 (12,000,000 pixels) 4:3 aspect ratio, maximum image size of the camera.
I like the 16:9 letterbox format. I think, however, that the square format is my favourite format, and the Nikon P5100 offers that as well at 2992×2992 pixels.
And it also offers a 3:2 format at 3984×2656 pixels (10,581,584 pixels), which means I can keep to the same format as my Nikon D200 if I wish.
Ah yes, choice. One of the problems with choice is not remembering to change the settings. Which is what happened today when I took a shot of some furniture.
As it happened, the format probably suited the shot, but it was not until I opened the shot in Photoshop that I noticed the format was not square, nor 4:3, nor 3:2, but the long letterbox shape of 16:9.
I put failure to see the aspect ratio down to the fact that I only had my long distance glasses with me, and could not see the LCD screen clearly. Ah well, any excuse.
I think a lot of people are familiar with the work of Gustav Klimt, even if not everyone knows the name of the artist.
But it wasn’t until I saw an exhibition of his work recently at the Tate Liverpool, that I learned that as well as having a vivid imagination and a liberated vision of life, he could also paint. By which I mean that he could really paint, as in this portrait below.
Before seeing this I kind of suspected that perhaps he hid his lack of technical ability under a show of style. But with this portrait he shows he could paint.
Klimt belonged to the Secession, a group of artists and craftsmen who sought to do something similar to the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, namely to integrate all facets of life with the higher aspirations of man, free from the forces of faceless mechanization and degradation.
These pieces of furniture were designed and built by Josef Hoffman, a close friend of Klimt’s and a member of the Secession.
Klimt’s paintings always tell a story that cherishes freedom and acknowledges the procession of life. The furniture doesn’t do it for me. It seems a little stiff and bourgeoise. Maybe there is a smile in the chair if I look hard. Ah, maybe the table has a smile too.
But to get back to image formats. I had the camera set to 16:9 and this is what it produced.