OK, not always. But sometimes there are events in your life that are so important to you they need to be recorded, no matter what.
My daugher is a few months shy of 5 years old, and she’s been “riding” for about two years now. Recently she picked it back up after a solid 6 months interruption, and she’s made real progress over a short period of time.
And yesterday, during a lesson that was going particularly well, a big thing happened :
I know this even is totally trivial, bordering on thoroughly uninteresting for about 7 billions human beings on this planet, but to me, her mom, and an avid rider since childhood myself, it was HUGE. Hair stood straight on my arms, tears swelled in my eyes and I was just about out of myself with pride, joy, emotion and excitement (oh yeah, and a little bit of fear, too). And yet I was there standing with a camera and compelled to record this historic moment.
I had the recently acquired Sony SLT A-57 with me, mounted with an old Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5 zoom). The indoor arena was a nightmare of both low light and crazy contrast, with sun rays fiercely piercing the dusty darkness, creating the need for super clean high ISO performance and top-of-the-line DR (dynamic range).
I LOVE LOVE the DR on the Sony cameras I’ve used of late (the whole NEX series and the A37 and A57). Really, really good. Not that there aren’t any blown highlights, but thanks to the full time exposure preview *I* get to chose which ones I chose to let burn in order to render the scene closest to what I see.
That’s the original color version of the black and white shot posted first. As you can see both versions are terribly grainy due to the very heavy noise that plagued the digital file. And you know what ? I don’t give a damn !
I love those pictures, noisy or not I’m gonna cherish them for the rest of my life, and I bet my girl will, too, when she’s older. That’s when being able to take a picture, even a technically very flawed one, is a blessing.