|Ten Sleep Creek, Wyoming shot with 20D, yellow-blue polarizer|
What did I learn from this photography experience? Well, the main thing that became apparent to me after I processed all my photos is that while the LX5 is a great little camera, it just doesn't hold a candle to what can be done with a quality dSLR/lens combination. Now I knew this to be the case, but it helps to actually experience it.
Let's take the case of flower photography. One of the keys to the type of flower photography I like to do is bokeh, the smooth creamy background that really showcases a beautiful flower. Though I can get the background to blur with the LX5, using a wide-open aperture and a close-up diopter lens, I just cannot get the bokeh I so desire. The image below is an example of the best I could do with this camera:
|Dandelion shot with LX5, f/3.3 (the widest aperture allowable at maximum zoom).|
|Wyoming wildflower shot with 20D, 70-200 lens with 5T closeup lens|
|Beetle on flower, shot with 20D, 70-200 lens with 5T closeup lens|
As I said earlier, we had the rare opportunity to photograph wolves in Yellowstone and while I surely wished I had my longer lens and converter with me, at least I had the 70-200 and was able to photograph this (using the magic of "digital zoom", i.e. crop tool):
|Wolf in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP, shot with 20D+70-200 lens, digitally zoomed|
|Wyoming cattle drive, shot with LX5|
And of course, while doing a multi-pitch rock climb, the LX5 was nice and portable for shots like these:
|Hiking up to climb Castleton Tower near Moab, UT, shot with LX5|
|In the notch before the last pitch up Castleton Tower, UT, shot with LX5|
I love the choice of the 16:9 format in the LX5, which captures an almost panoramic view of a landscape, or in the case of the rock face above, accentuates the sheer vertical nature of the rock.
I had great fun, and I learned what I already knew in that I cannot completely replace a dSLR with a compact camera, no matter how quality that camera is. I'm glad, because I can continue to appreciate my good old 20D.
P.S. If anyone is interested I have a complete album of the trip on Facebook.