in fact right now I should have my car in the repair shop looking at the muffler, but here I am dialoguing on L-L.
And I should have taken my car in for its 15,000Km sevice a few thousand KMs ago, but what the heck
I did of course read Michael's review of PK Sharpener when it first appeared, before it had 16 bit capability, and I have occasionally tried out a few dedicated sharpening programs, such as Focal Blade, but was never particularly impressed. I always got the impression the sharpening results were good because they weren't aggressive and that one could get similar results in PS with non-aggressive use of the USM. I also get the impression such programs might lend themselves better to a work-flow situation when processing hundreds of similar images, which is not my situation.
At present I'm in scanning mood and am wondering what the best approach is to sharpen images I took in my inexperienced youth when I didn't have the option of changing film speeds without loading a new roll of film. When faced with the option of 1/30th at f8 or 1/60th at f5.6, with a 50mm lens, without tripod, I generally opted for 1/30th at f8, if it was a landscape.
I'm rather intrigued by Focus Magic's rendering of such shots. At magnifications greater than the eye would see, even when pressing one's nose to a print, there appears to be a sprinkling of small, black dots and short, thin black lines which really do give the impression of an image that's more in focus.
I have just recently download the trial version of Photokit Sharpener and first impression are, it does a better job than Focus Magic with images that are already quite sharp. But Focus Magic appears to have the edge (pun intended) with a noticeably blurry or slightly OOF shot, which is not surprising because that's what it was designed for. But those are just first impressions. The comparison process is rather slow because Focus Magic really is very
slow, an indication of the intense computation that must be taking place.