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 on: Today at 12:56:59 PM 
Started by Alan Smallbone - Last post by john beardsworth
Have you tried the GPU yet, Alan?


 on: Today at 12:42:34 PM 
Started by EinstStein - Last post by rdonson
I agree with Gary's assessments.  The colors aren't reminiscent of planet earth and the over sharpening halos are very strong.

Many of us achieved similar results when we first went digital.  It's easy to go slider happy in processing and be amazed by how you can crank up the colors and sharpen the heck out of things.     

Experience and Gary's suggestions for calibration and profiling of your monitor should put you on the right track.  Just keep working on your images until you and a mentor think you're on the right track.  Its part of the learning experience.

I don't know what software you're using for processing but a histogram might help guide processing as well.  1:1 or 2:1 viewing helps with keeping the sharpening where it needs to be.

 on: Today at 12:35:43 PM 
Started by David Eckels - Last post by brandtb
Dave - Aside from your comments about "trying to express visually what I experienced" - on some levels this becomes much less about "photography" of course, and more about the "use of color", the "placement of color", and "the interrelationships of color". Going down this path then, it might be useful to leave the world of photography momentarily - and simply look at your work first and foremost in  terms of the color, secondarily in terms of the related forms. I would look at the work of painters in particular Fauvists and the like....Van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Cezanne, Matisse, Marquet, Rouault, et al. It might be interesting to consider it all in this light - even though taking you beyond your initial intentions - you might end up with some substantial outcomes. /B

 on: Today at 12:32:33 PM 
Started by EinstStein - Last post by Garnick
A few observations, although it is sometimes difficult to be totally objective when viewing uploaded image files on the net.

Yes indeed, the colour images are over saturated, as well as exhibiting too much contrast.  One thing you might want to try.  I assume you are using adjustment layers, and if so change the blend mode on the Hue/Sat layer to Luminosity.  By doing that you are not adding contrast to the image, only saturation.  Then you can concentrate on the contrast by itself if necessary.

The B&W image shows a lot of artifacts related to over sharpening.  I'm seeing a white halo around the mountains and the sky is breaking up in some areas, as well as no detail at all in the large highlight area just above the mountain.  Also, in the shadow area there's a lot of noise, which is one of the effects of over sharpening an image that was underexposed initially. 

Last but definitely NOT least - make sure your display is properly calibrated and profiled.  A display that it to bright can really play havoc with image files, often culminating in prints that are too dark and shadows that are missing detail, as well as exhibiting noise.

Of course all I have written is based on opinion, but also on a background of many years of shooting and printing, my own files and those of my long time and very satisfied customers.

I hope this helps in some way.


 on: Today at 12:29:50 PM 
Started by Rajan Parrikar - Last post by rdonson
Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see how Luminar would replace Lightroom.  It doesn't do content management (catalog) and other things that Lightroom does.

I can see Luminar as a potential for replacing Photoshop though.  A lot will depend on RAM consumption of Luminar but it might work quite well for people without the RAM to support Lightroom *and* Photoshop running simultaneously, say on a notebook. 

 on: Today at 12:10:25 PM 
Started by David Eichler - Last post by AFairley
I got the Neewer F6 DL bracket for my Canon 6D. I can not recommend it for more serious work where proper alignment is necessary. That is because the bottom plate of camera does not mount flat to the bracket. The camera is slightly tilted forward. I can notice this when I need to correct converging vertical lines in architecture where I set up my tripod and align with bubble spirit lever. Mounting the camera without the bracket the lines are just fine.

I tried an eBay Chinese knockoff for vertical mounting on a pano head, but the two surfaces of the brackef were not at right angles to each other.

 on: Today at 12:09:59 PM 
Started by rvamos - Last post by rvamos
Dear Kevin,
Way back you said in one of your videos that you would reveal to us the method you use to hang ll those photographs on your wall.  You have yet to live up to your promise!  ;)  Those black bars attached o the top and bottom of each photo - what are they?  Can you let us in on your secret?  Thanks!

 on: Today at 12:09:55 PM 
Started by David Eckels - Last post by David Eckels
Just playing around. I know this will make some a little nuts, but reading Alain's essay, I wanted to try and express visually what I experienced when I was engaged by this view from the top of Mingus Mountain in the Verde Valley of Arizona. I have been thinking along these lines for several months: Silly thought for a former research scientist, but Rob C's brief essay in another thread also got me thinking and the take home message for me was that this sort of stuff is fun! And, most importantly, it is for me; so I tried to go outside the lines. It is not intended to fool anybody, but simply to evoke a feeling, a sense of WOW at standing by the overlook and... words fail, which actually means blah, blah, blah ;)

I posted this here really to inform my curiosity (about potential viewpoints and criticisms) as well as to reject my own shyness. Hopefully, it's not perceived as a cheap trick.

Also, Andrew Molitor's essay on creativity factored into my experiment and for which, I thank him, too.

As Andrew wrote:
Is this a success? Yes. I have accomplished what I set out to do, which was make some sort of creative thing out of a mundane thing, a little cup. I like the sequence. Itís pretty, it looks the way I wanted it to look.
Only my little cup happened to be a mundane landscape in the middle of the day with lousy light ;)

 on: Today at 12:03:04 PM 
Started by Rand47 - Last post by AFairley
I do wish Fuji would do a redesign of the 18mm f2, the corners are definitely weak, to the point where my 18-55 outperforms it at all apertures.  Maybe I have a bum copy, I've not tried another sample.

 on: Today at 11:59:17 AM 
Started by Alan Smallbone - Last post by One Frame at a Time
I'd still try to import straight off the card and see if you have the same issue.  Just to rule that out

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