I am just wondering, have you changed something lately? These seem a bit different from your previous work. There is a certain richness that is missing. Did you forget to convert these to SRGB?
Hi, Bob -
I most definitely converted to sRGB (after capturing and processing in Adobe RGB). I wonder what you are considering "previous"? It was last May that I switched from film (mostly Supra & Royal Gold) to a digital camera, and have struggled (with only minimal success) to regain some of the bright, clear colors (especially greens, but all colors to some extent) that I used to get with film. (The photos on my web site taken with the new camera are those from Switzerland, Norway and about half of the Yosemite ones). Could it be that that's when you started seeing the difference? I'm starting to formulate the theory that those films' colors are "larger than life", while digital (at least my camera; I can't speak for others) is closer to reality, but am not fully convinced of this theory yet. Anyone out there care to agree or disagree? Or suggest what to do to get more "film-like" colors out of digital? If this is the case, I'm surprised that I haven't seen others commenting about it, but I don't have any better theory at the moment.
Thanks, Bob, for possibly confirming something I've been suspecting. That's just the sort of comments I was hoping to get here.
Hi, Rick -
Thanks for your comments. It's educational and amusing to see how different taste & perspectives can be - some of the things you don't like are the things I like a great deal! (Like the "haze", actually shooting nearly into the sun, in #4.) To answer your questions: #2 is of Mesa Arch, which most photographers photograph through at sunrise, but, nonconformist that I am, I had to go at sunset instead (and I can't bring myself to wake up that early). The funky sky in #19 is something that came out unintentionally in my adjustments of the contrast, and I'm still scratching my head over how that happened (maybe doing Curves in RGB mode instead of in LAB mode?), but my spouse liked the funky sky so I left it in. On #24, yes, that's the trail in; I agree, the perspective is weird and confusing (but that's one of the things I like about it). As to how many frames I shot, it was about 500 over the course of a week (it was mostly a hiking & sightseeing trip, not a photography trip, as all mine are).
If anyone cares to comment on the color issues that Bob raised and I discussed above, I'd be very interested in hearing it.
Thanks, guys -