The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Upgrading to a 4K Monitor

I'm in the process of getting back into photography which will mean a new camera, more on that in a later post. But the first step for me was a new computer, one with the horsepower to handle a modern day camera and its RAW files. Along with the computer comes a new 4K monitor. 4K is great for media consumption, right? Your characters on your favorite show or movie really look detailed and realistic. Scenery looks wonderful. Everything looks great, right? Wrong. You know what doesn't look great? That photo I took in 2012 that I thought was sharp but is very much not. I transferred over my past catalogs of photos over to Lightroom Classic and eagerly began opening up some of my favorite photos. At first I was happy with how the colors looked and how the scene was composed. Then I noticed it was a little soft. Well I had just gotten a new contacts prescription so that must be it. Changed to my glasses and the photos were even blurrier! I went through photo after photo and most ca


Shooting a decent sized waterfall has been on my List of Things I Want to Photograph for a while now. I suppose I had originally envisioned some nice Hawaiian waterfall complete with rainbow and tropical vegetation around it. Sadly, I'm not in Hawaii, but that particular shot is still on the list. I did find a waterfall not 2 miles from me though, that was fairly impressive, when you consider it was 2 miles away. It's not so tropical, and at 43ºF it certainly didn't feel tropical, but it was good enough to cross waterfall off the list.

For these shots I came over prepared. I loaded CHDK on a card ready to make use of an f stop of 16 (my canon can only do 8), screwed on my polarizer (make shift neutral density filter), and packed up my lightweight tripod. I was anticipating using a high aperture (small aperture hole) with a longer shutter speed, which is what I used, but I didn't need anything "extreme" (for my camera) at all. In fact the trickiest part of the shooting was getting into a good position to shoot.

We've had some serious rain over the last week so the falls were certainly powerful and the mist that it was throwing up was making the ground and rocks quite slippery. I wanted to get further down to shoot up the falls, but I was unable to see even a somewhat safe route to do it, so I settled for this vantage point. Though, I'm still contemplating going back and trying another angle which I thought I could probably get to... maybe.

Here's my favorite photo (so far). First one is straight out of camera, and the other one is processed with some Topaz Adjust.

Waterfalls! Straight out of camera

Waterfalls! With a little Topaz Adjust to enhance details


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