Ive written about the Garden of the Gods before and you can read some details in my previous post about shooting the wonder of nature with infrared capture. While my friend Mark Toal and I were visiting the Garden of the Gods, he loaned me a Panasonic Lumix GX85, with which I made the above shot. (Mary ordered me a Lumix GX85 for my birthday last month and it should be here today.)
I’ve never been good at shooting with two different cameras especially, as you can see with the weather bearing down on Mark and I and I was in a rush to get as many IR images as possible. But I was impressed with the image quality from this compact and afforable ($797.99 with 12-32mm lens) mainly because of it;s lack of an anti-aliasing filter.
It’s become a trend these days to eliminate the anti-aliasing filters from cameras, as I wrote about in my review of the Pentax K-1 for Shutterbug. The main reason to eliminate this previously beloved filter is to allow you to produce sharper images with more detail and better resolution. The anti-aliasing filter sits atop a camera’s sensor and reduces image quality in order to remove artifacts, such as moiré patterns. Moiré, in simplest terms, is a secondary and superimposed pattern created when two identical (transparent) patterns on a flat or curved surface are overlaid while rotated a small amount from one another. While some pundits have decried this trend arguing that removing the anti-aliasing filter is a design flaw, others of us are just happy to get better sharper pictures from the tiny (17.3 x 13.0 mm) sensors used in Micro Four-thirds cameras.
I’m looking forward to finally getting my paws on one of these cameras and when I do, I’ll write about it here or in our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips. And if you haven’t peeked into the MPT blog, take a look when you have a chance, there’s lots of stuff of interest to users of non-mirrorless cameras too.