One of the things I have been doing in the run-up to my retirement, is a photography course aimed at getting up to speed with the Nikon D7100 which I now use. This is not as complicated as trying to understand how a nuclear reactor works or even the interior of a Kray supercomputer, but it’s close. One of the things we have been studying is black-and-white photography, and classic photographers such as Ansel Adams, the American who invented landscape photography. Black-and-white photographs are very difficult to capture with modern digital SLR cameras and images are never quite as resonant as those taken in the old days with film. I was delighted to receive an email yesterday, from Margaret Carney, former Balmoral Beach Club captain and Manly swimming icon, containing this black-and-white photograph, taken of Margaret at Loreto Kirribilli in 1966. She is being presented with a sporting prize.
This is an extraordinary photograph. We would find it difficult to get a shot like this today. Note that the photographer is focused probably on either Margaret’s face or the trophy. Everything in that plane is in focus including the nun’s hands, her habit and her face. The clarity is extraordinary. I have blown this photograph up on my computer and there is not the least amount of pixelation even though I’m looking at only a 2 MB file. The detail around the crucifix is extraordinary, as is the writing on the trophy, which is clearly visible.