Jul 172017

A camera is a computer, right? Caputure timestamps are important, right? So, please, can anybody tell me why cameras can’t switch between normal and daylight saving time automatically? Yes, there is the matter of location, I know, but if we have point’n’shoots with GPS receiver modules, why can’t we have them on expensive system cameras like the PEN-F?

Energy drain? Not really. You could either track location permanently (and have it recorded in your pictures, accepting energy drain) or you could check at least once every 15 minutes as long as the camera is on.

Of course this image is one hour off, and that quite a few days after we changed from DST to standard time. Oh my!

3916 – The Lanterns

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 mm f/1.8  Comments Off on 3916 – The Lanterns
Jul 102017

This image is a good example for the “tone mapping” technique that I described a few days ago. The image from the camera also had a well distributed histogram across the full range of values, because cameras tend to do that, but while the sky was overly bright, the trees were dull and brownish at best. No gold was to be seen, and gold was, what I had in my memories.

3914 – October Light on an Old House

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Jul 082017

I like that effect of organic shadows overlayed on architecture. Technically it’s the same development process as outlined in yesterday’s post: The highlights stretched, the image optimized for occupying the full histogram.

3828 – Up We Go

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Apr 132017

I’ve used DxO Optics Pro for this image. I could have done it to de-fish the picture, but that’s not what I’m after. If I want ultra-wide and recti-linear, I just use an appropriate lens.

No, it’s that I used 1/100 s and ISO 1250. The advantage is, that I’ve frozen the escalator’s movement, and although everything up to ISO 3200 would be perfectly OK for an image like this, I routinely use DxO for everything above 400. It’s not necessary and nobody will peep at pixels, but then, there is more to DxO’s PRIME noise reduction than noise reduction. Color accuracy, dynamic range, they are all better than with Lightroom. They’d better be so, given that Lightroom renders in real-time and DxO takes half a minute for an image.