1271 – Let’s Drink To The Hard Working People

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Apr 062010

I am still in Carinthia. Our car needs an overhaul and I had to take a day off.

These two images were taken in the morning when I walked back home. At the moment I use the Nikon 18-200 VR, and it really has its advantages to have such a big range. Chromatic abberations can be quite high (depends upon focal length) and the distortions are very high as well, but both can be corrected in software.

Actually I’m quite satisfied. It’s not a killer lens, it’s not a lens I would buy again, but having it does not hurt at all 🙂

It’s mid-afternoon, I’ll go fetch the car in a few minutes. The day has turned from overcast/hazy to wonderfully sunny, so I may make some more images, but I really want to get this post done. I’ll have to work on my Programming blog in the evening on the train 🙂

The Song of the Day is of course “Salt Of The Earth“, the last song on the 1968 release “Beggars Banquet”, maybe the best Rolling Stones album ever. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 072008

Thursday was much like the rest of the week, I’m afraid the next weekends won’t be any better and there will be one more week for the final move at the beginning of October. Bad times for photography.

This is what I managed to get. I tried one other image but failed post-processing it. In this image of the gate of an old factory I used sharpness masks again, but in an even more subtle way, thus it is hard to make it into a tutorial. The differences would be much less than substantial. I’ll keep that for an image where I can make the effect more pronounced. In short, the idea is to make a mask that is much like an edge mask that you use for sharpening, only blurrier. You can then use that mask to better keep sharp foreground and blurry background apart. You could, for instance, increase subject contract and decrease background contrast, drive colors to different saturation, make the subject warmer and the background cooler, etc. I have used all that in “690 – Flowers and Apples“, and some of it I have used here as well.

The Song of the Day is “Factory” from Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 album “Darkness on the Edge of Town“. There are some versions of it on YouTube, at the moment I prefer this intimate one with The Seeger Sessions Band.