Leafing through the July Issue of Shutterbug Magazine I found an advertisement for a software program that does “portrait enhancement”. The ad has a face with a before and after comparison. The before shows the face with regular skin tone and small zits and imperfections. The after shows a mannequin. No imperfections and a skin tone that reminds me of CSI face reconstructions.
Juxtapose this ad with an ad a few pages before that for fine art paper. It’s a Black and White portrait of a man holding a chicken. If the photographer did any retouching it wasn’t on his face. This is a real guy reflecting how he’s weathered real life.
This is not to knock the software. The before/after is a way to show how effective the software is. It’s just an observation on the idea that less is more. Not all imperfections are distractions. Subtlety is the enhancement.
Saw this as a query on my stats page. The answer is there’s more than one. The limiter is how the wind is blowing. Here’s a fuzzy picture of a PG launching from tomato juice on Fathers day. It’s just above Sea Life Park. Also Makapu’u is spelled with two U’s and a glottal stop.
If you want to see more launches just click over to the paraglider galleries at my smugmug site.
One of the enjoyable activities is escorting visiting friends around Oahu. Recently, a family friend visited. We took her to Hawaii’s Plantation Village.
It’s located in Waipahu near the old sugar mill. For about 150 years sugar and pineapple cultivation were the cash crops of Hawaii. As they grew the need for workers grew. Workers were recruited from many different countries. To house them the plantations built wooden frame houses and barracks.
The village buildings reflect the different ethnic groups that came to Hawaii seeking a better life. There are still many people in Hawaii who grew up in the plantations. They work to preserve the history of that time.
One of those people was Charlie with his Pomeranian Tomo. He gave an enjoyable commentary on the different aspects of plantation life. Ask for him the next time you go.
I guess this is another way to add value!? Saw this on Boston Globe.
Here Comes the Slob
Continuing from the last post. My next opportunity to work in lowlight was the Lantern Floating Ceremony on Memorial Day. If you’re ever on Oahu during the Memorial Day weekend Ala Moana Beach in the evening is a great place to be.
At last years event I stuck to my KM 17-35 F2.8-4 Lens and 1600 ISO on my 7D and hand held. Here’s an example. Other than importing into Lightroom and exporting a JPEG version I made no adjustments.
I really had to work the failing light from the setting sun. This was 1/20sec f/2.8.
This year I used a tripod as a monopod and instead of light from the setting sun I used light from the stage to help my exposures. This photo is 1/100sec at f4.5 and 3200 ISO
The only adjustment was to the white balance.
Here’s the link for my slideshow of images of the Lantern Floating Ceremony
Since I got the Sony A700 DSLR about three weeks ago I’ve had a couple of opportunities to use it in low light. A couple of University of Hawaii night baseball games and the Floating Lantern ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park.
The baseball game is difficult because I want to use a fast shutter speed to catch the action and my best lens is the Tokina AT-X 80-400mm 4.5 -5.6. During a day game I get good shots. At night it’s harder because the quality of the stadium lighting falls off the further away the action is. For instance, action I capture along the baseline I’m sitting near is okay. Moving out to second base or beyond is less good (to put it kindly).
Here’s an image 1/800sec at f5.0. Since the baseball game were the first opportunity to use it I ran the ISO up to 6400. Beyond the default settings applied at import into Lightroom no other processing has been applied. With adequate stadium lighting this is not bad.
Compare it to a similar picture taken with my Maxxum 7D at ISO 3200 and 1/250 sec f5.6 such as this one from the year before.