2026 – Tiny Town

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May 062012
 

Here’s the picture for Friday, one more from the tiny Czech town of Telc, right across the border from Austria. It’s all Lightroom again. Well, now that some time has passed since I processed it, colors look a tad too cool to me, but forgive me, I’m learning.

The lens is the cheap Olympus 40-150 again. Incredible how useful it can be on such a trip 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Tiny Town” from David Byrne’s 1992 album “Uh-Oh”. Wonderful album, good song, hear it on YouTube.

2025 – Too Tight

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May 042012
 

The Olympus 40-150 lens is extremely cheap, has a plastic mount, even looks cheap, but it is really a quite capable lens. With an aperture range of 3.5-5.6 it can certainly be called a fair-weather lens, but on a bright, sunny day aperture is not a problem anyway, at least as long as you shoot architecture or landscape, applications where you normally welcome depth of field.

This is another Lightroom-only image. I have no idea yet how to cope with multiple computers, multiple catalogs and the synchronization issues. It will be crucial to find out about that, or else I’m going to lose adjustments.

The Song of the Day is “Too Tight” by Johnny Dodds. Hear it on YouTube.

May 032012
 

It seriously looks like I’m going to buy Lightroom as soon as the release candidate is expired. Why? Well, you can do a lot with very minimal effort.

Take for instance this image. To the right you see the original JPEG, straight out of the OM-D. The sky is clearly overexposed, but due to the tremendous contrast the camera had little choice. It did its best to record the whole dynamic range, but of course there is no way to do that in a JPEG.

To the left you see the result of a pretty simple conversion in Lightroom. Applying automatic levels brought back the sky and the roof, and it did so perfectly. Of course now the shadowy foreground was much too dark. Therefore I’ve used a gradient local adjustment, using it to brighten the foreground and at the same time to warm up the shadows.

Finally I’ve brought the image into Photoshop, enhanced the foreground patterns and local contrast in the the walls with Topaz Adjust, removed the dark spots on the walls (because they perversely looked like clumsy manipulations), added some vignetting, etc, but if you look at it, 80% of the work was done in Lightroom, using maybe 20% of the time. That’s not bad.

The Song of the Day is “The First Cut Is The Deepest” from Rod Stewart’s 1993 album “Unplugged….And Seated”. Hear another live version with a funny start on YouTube.