Leaf Aptus-II 12
"Coming as I do from the world of film, I was delighted to discover how the latest Leaf Aptus-II digital backs really bring digital into the realm of high resolution, large scale printing. My attention was immediately drawn to the 80MP Leaf Aptus-II 12."D'Milo Hallerberg
D’Milo Hallerberg is a California-based landscape photographer who uses his 80MP Leaf Aptus-II 12 to shoot stunning landscape images that showcase the unique perspectives and untamed, natural beauty of the American desert. Like many landscape photographers, D’Milo loves to produce huge, sharp prints of his favorite shots. This obviously created a need for high resolution, a need which pointed D’Milo towards his 80MP Leaf Aptus-II digital back.
“For my work, resolution is of utmost importance. When I visualize a shot, I am thinking about printing at 44 inches. Coming as I do from the world of film, I was delighted to discover how the latest Leaf Aptus-II digital backs really bring digital into the realm of high resolution, large scale printing. My attention was immediately drawn to the 80MP Leaf Aptus-II 12. It delivers the much needed resolution, and its high dynamic range is a huge plus for me. And, relative to competing products, the price was right. Prior to shooting with the Leaf Aptus, my work was done either with DSLR or 8x10 film. Shooting low res DSLR is the pinnacle of agility at the expense of resolution and image quality and 8x10 film is exactly the opposite. I was looking for a system that could compete with 8x10’s resolution but offered a level of agility that approached DSLR. The Leaf Aptus-II 12 with either type of camera (SLR or view) easily delivers the goods. In fast changing light I am able to recompose and get those fleeting shots at exquisitely high resolution and 16 bit color depth and also have the ability to check my exposure and focus on the fly. The system really works for me.”
D’Milo acquired his love of photography from his father and grandfather; while a teenager he began experimenting with his father’s Zeiss Ikon by shooting at night from his bedroom window. “My interest became serious in my mid-twenties when I decided to work toward becoming a studio photographer. I purchased a 4x5 view camera, took some college classes, and began assisting other studio photographers primarily shooting product. But just as I was starting to gain some momentum as a student, my life took a major turn and I ended up abandoning photography as a profession and started a manufacturing business. Then, for 20 years, my photographic work consisted of shooting product for my own company, family portraits, and travel snapshots.”
D’Milo’s passion for photography gained renewed footing in 2008 when he began taking photographs of the places and events that inspire him. “My favorite venues of late have been the annual Burning Man gathering shooting portraits and traveling the western U.S. shooting landscapes. I prefer to print in large scale and while hunting for more resolution decided in 2010 to get back into sheet film and purchased an 8x10 camera. 8x10 film generates fantastic images of very high resolution but is also quite cumbersome and slow to set up and I found myself repeatedly missing shots. As a result I decided to look into high resolution digital.”
"A friend of mine told me I would find things out of place at the Salton Sea as a result of the lake receding from normal levels. I immediately envisioned an abandoned dock leading into a dry lake bed surrounded by dreamy, pastel-like light after sunset. Well, I didn't find a dock leading out to more land but did find the one pictured here and the quality of light did not disappoint. I set up about an hour before sunset using the Cambo Wide RS tech camera fitted with the Schneider Apo-Digital 47mm tilt/shift lensboard. The Schneider allowed me to achieve sharpness throughout the frame which, for this image, was very important. Shooting with the Leaf Aptus-II 12 back I was able to carefully check composure, focus, and exposure as the light approached the perfect combination. As the light transitioned through to late sunset I had no doubt that my visualization had been captured. This was not something I could have done so easily with film. The resultant prints are stunning."
D’Milo mounts his Leaf Aptus-II 12 both on a Cambo Wide RS-AE technical camera and a Mamiya 645AF. “On the Cambo, I have mounted the 47mm Schneider Apo-Digitar and on the Mamiya the 80mm D. The back proved equally comfortable on both cameras. The touchscreen commands are very intuitive and everyday operation of the back is really quite simple. Currently I am importing all my files into Capture One. My primary editing tool is Photoshop. I print on an Epson 9900.”