While driving back from Makapuu, after helping my hang gliding friends, I could see a great sunset developing Friday. The clouds over this end of the Ko’olaus reflected the orange/yellow glow of the setting sun. A good sign the sun would set unobstructed by clouds all the way to the horizon. Keeping one eye on the road and one eye on the clouds I headed for the Hawaii Kai lookout. Unfortunately, the glow faded as I pulled into the parking area. This picture only hints to the color of the clouds a moment before.
January 31, 2009
January 27, 2009
Not the kind of reproduction we think of in relation to Canon!
January 25, 2009
I’m reading the book Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography If you’re considering going beyond point and shoot I recommend this book before others because of the way he covers the subject. Typical intro books start off with “How to choose your camera” and go from there covering basic how to take a photo information. That can be what you need to start. But, once you got one of those books you don’t need another; even though there might be one or two chapters you find useful. Johnson’s book is like having all those additional chapters in one book.
Reading Stephen Johnson’s book is like having a friend who “knows” digital photography. He’s the person you go to when you don’t understand color management for instance. “Here’s what you need to know to start with.” He says. By the time he’s done you feel comfortable about the subject because he didn’t overwhelm you with a lot of detail. The creative process, printing black and white, photography as art,scanning are just some of the subjects he covers. This is the kind of book I looked for 8 years ago as I began using a Nikon Coolpix 800.
A typical discussion on photography is digital versus film. Here’s how Stephen Johnson covers it.
Why Digital Photography
Immediacy: Seeing as you go is a core reason for the digital craze. Sharing the moment captured, being sure you have it, immediate gratification accounts for as much of digital camera sales ascendancy.
Connection to the moment: With digital, photographs can be more connected to the moment than ever before. You can see and understand your results while you’re still on site. It’s the difference between comparing the image to the experience, instead of the memory of the experience seen weeks later on a screen back in your workplace.
Control over results: Rendering of the photograph can be more effectively controlled with digital. You can easily remake your photographs until you are satisfied.
Versatility: You can do almost anything you want with a digitized image, and very quickly. The photo can be used on a web page, burned on CD or DVD, printed and framed, or transmitted around the world, in only minutes.
Accuracy: The digital camera sensor can be matched to the scene to record light similarly to the human experience of vision and color. This is a major improvement over film. (Although often not recognized as many of the automatic camera settings actually reduce the potential image quality.)
FUN: The “Gee Whiz” factor. “Wow we can see the pictures right now!” That is a good reason: for the play of it.
January 20, 2009
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January 10, 2009
Two great features of Lightroom are it’s ability to create virtual copies that exist only within LR and not on your hard drive. Then you can take the copy and apply a preset (a group of settings) in this case a combination of Develop settings to come up with different treatments for an image. You can let your fancy run free.
The LR preset for this image is called Neg Kodak VC 160 warm. It’s actually designed to convert your color negatives just copied with your digital camera for a Kodak VC 160 film. This is a Point Curve Preset by radical edits to the Tone Curve. In order to subvert Lightroom’s parametric Tone Curve, you must either edit the Tone Curve in Adobe Camera Raw or edit the Preset by hand.
You can easily create your own or some websites sell them or you can find free ones. This was downloaded from Inside Lightroom
January 8, 2009
This afternoon I downloaded the new program from Microsoft that’s part of their Windows Live Essentials Suite. My initial impression is how easy to sync with my WordPress blog. The layout is clear ,uncluttered and all the commands are easy to see or find and use.
When you set it up it allows you to download the blog template you use on the blog. Inserting a picture is easy. Once inserted you can control the size, the type of border (this one has a drop shadow). a margin, text wrapping, and add a watermark. You can also change the picture to black and white or sepia; add sharpening or gaussian blur; and a few more effects.
I certainly like this over directly posting within the Dashboard or using Scribefire (my Firefox Add-on).
Plus, I can do something nifty, like add a map just for the heck of it.
You can also add plug-ins. Give it a look you might like.
January 7, 2009
January 4, 2009
The above article notes the loses and gains of digital photography. I tend to agree with those photographers who feel you haven’t actually created a photo until you’ve printed it. Indeed this is why I like digital. I can take the picture, process it, and then print it on my own printer. If I had an unlimited budget my walls would be covered with prints. Cost restrains me. 😦
Unlike the writer I’ve never particularly liked having to wait to get my prints back from the photo lab. I see no virtue in waiting to find that some number of the printed photos were junk and shouldn’t have been printed in the first place.
I do enjoy being able to post my pictures for the enjoyment of others and see other photos in return.
What about you?