Still, that fall I bought a spanking new Cambo 4x5 from Calumet Photo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I put my beautiful Schneider Symmar 180mm f5.6 on that puppy and spent early winter learning my new gear. Then in March, if memory serves, Canon introduced its 1DS with whopping 10.1 megapixels of resolution. As the first truly high resolution digital camera the 1Ds blazed the trail into the megapixel frontier. The unprecedented resolution was not the only thing outsized about the 1DS. It listed for , gasp, $7,999 which was some pretty serious cake for 2003. But then I did have a trip to Provence scheduled and a digital SLR kit would be smaller and lighter and I did already have a couple of Canon lenses I could use. And I did buy the thing for $7,700 didn’t I?
Right after getting the camera I took some shots of fresh picked squash at a farm stand in East Conway, New Hampshire. It had just stopped raining and was still overcast so the light was beautifully diffuse. Later that evening when I processed the images I was floored by the acuity and the silvery midtones that I saw. The photographs looked like they were made with a 4x5 and there was no grain whatsoever. In that moment I knew I was destined for a digital path, a path that led me back into photography with a vengeance.