After testing the new features in the Studio, and looking for a subject that would really highlight (and under stress) the possibilities offered by the new Firmware, we turned to the Egyptian Museum of Turin, the oldest museum in the world entirely dedicated to Nilotic civilization and considered the most important in the world after that of Cairo in terms of value and quantity of finds.
Thanks to the availability of the Museum, we had the opportunity to photograph the sarcophagus of Gemenefherbak. This sarcophagus dates back to the XXVI dynasty (664-525 BC) and belonged to the vizier Gemenefherbak.
What immediately attracts the observer's gaze is the extreme smoothness of the surface which appears almost velvety, despite the dark green stone being very hard. In Egypt it was called “bekhen stone” and was extracted from quarries in the eastern desert.
Gemenefherbak is depicted on the cover of the sarcophagus and carries a small image of the goddess Maat, goddess of justice, hanging from his neck, which recalls the role of Gemenefherbak. His chest, on the other hand, is protected by a winged scarab.
Once the two "reproductions" of the sarcophagus were made, the only post-production intervention was to cut out the front and back of the sarcophagus and then insert the images side by side on a black background.
Click the mark on the left to see an enlarged image of that part.
Sarcophagus of Gemenefherbak/Museo Egizio
- GF63mmF2.8 R WR
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- [Lupo/LED Super Panel/Full power]4units
What emerges immediately is the impressive richness of the details of the engravings and the signs left over time, despite the admirable state of conservation. Through the reproduction performed with the Pixel Shift Multishot technique, at the final resolution of 400mp, we are able to appreciate details and particulars practically invisible to the naked eye.
The Multishot function, which can be activated directly “in the camera”, automatically takes 16 RAW shots which are then “merged” by the Shift Combiner application, in a totally automatic way, generating a wonderful and unique 400 Mp file, in DNG RAW format. Complete compatibility with the most popular photo editing software is thus guaranteed.
In addition to the very high resolution, the images obtained stand out for their richness of details, chromatic range and absolute fidelity in color reproduction, making this function particularly useful both for Still Life photographers and for all photographers who work with archiving digital and preservation of artworks, where chromatic fidelity is a fundamental aspect.