As 2019 draws to a close, we can look back at both the blistering pace of mirrorless camera releases, and the fact it’s not the gear that makes the photograph. It’s definitely the photographer. We have the Royal Scientific Society to thank for proving once again; stunning photos are all around us.
The Society’s annual scientific photo competition has announced an overall winner for 2019, and winners in subcategories ranging from Astronomy to Ecology. Each image is visually stunning, but it’s the details on the cameras used, which makes you sit back and appreciate it’s the person taking the photo, not the camera.
Winner: Quantum Droplets by Aleks Labuda.
Astronomy: ‘Halo’ by Mikhail Kapychka
Behavior: ‘Mudskipper turf war’ by Daniel Field
Earth Science: ‘Twister in the Yukon’ by Lauren Marchant
Yeah, that photo with an ancient iPhone. 2019 saw the introduction of the iPhone Pro models, which are essentially all about improving the camera. Here’s an image that uses a smartphone that is generations old.
All of the images show that it’s not about the gear. It’s the photographer. The winner’s D700 was introduced in 2008. None of the cameras listed cost more than $1000, and many can only be found on the used market due to how old they are. I love the Royal Scientific Society opted to detail the type of equipment used and the editing process for each photo.