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This is a scanned version of a photo of baby Red-winged Blackbirds that one of the regulars gave me today.

In addition to being a great capture, the picture, which was shot with a film camera, illustrates the dynamic range advantage that film has over digital.

Note the deep shadows and yet the absence of blown highlights on the nesting material.

Had this picture been shot with a digital camera, the overall picture would have been darker to keep the nesting material from being overexposed.

Someday digital sensors will have a greater dynamic range. But for now the push is mostly on more megapixels.

2009 by Peter Schulz