Walking around my adopted small town of Talent, Oregon, one sees different signs and messages of community solidarity, following the devastating wildfire which burned swaths of houses and shops months ago. I glimpsed this tiny bumper sticker which carries a similar message---
I remember standing on the deck of the ferry and faintly seeing the birds following the ferry.
I remember thinking about how to capture it.
I remember thinking that no camera no matter the sensor size would be able to capture this scene since both the camera and subjects were moving.
I tried anyway.
July 1, 2013, Pentax Q + 06 lens. I was sitting on the deck of our vacation rental cottage, eating roasted peanuts and tossing the shells in the yard, when I heard the soft scrabbling of claws. I glanced up to see a squirrel peeking up over the edge of the deck at the corner of the cottage. I watched in amusement as it cautiously crept down the deck, up on the railings, and over to a picnic table a few feet away, where it sat eying me hopefully. I tossed it a peanut, which it greedily grabbed and carried to the nearest tree branch. Little did I realize that I had just triggered The Great Squirrel Invasion of 2013. Within seconds, squirrels began converging on the cottage from all directions - down from the surrounding trees, out of the woods, and from nearby cottages. I also learned that day that squirrels growl and hiss at each other just like cats.
As we near the end of the month, have we identified a small sensor "look"? I'm not sure we have. If anything, we've demonstrated that sensor size is one of the least important factors in photography, much less important than the photographer's vision and skill.