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

Fave 5 From 2011 Part 1

I'm still having difficulty believing it's December already, and 2011 is now measured in days. With the end of another year you'll be assailed by all kinds of "Top (Fill in the blank) of 2011". I thought I'd look back at the over 1400 photos I took in 2011 and pick my top 5 to be revealed over the final weeks of 2011.

So let's start with a splash, literally. My first waterfall shot wasn't some exotic Hawaiian hundred footer, but a small one not more than a mile away from my house. I like how the foliage frames the fall and the sense of motion from the water. This shot allowed me to cross off a subject on my photography list, but I'm constantly in search of waterfalls. The shot is not an HDR, though I did take HDR brackets of it.

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This second shot is one of my favorites and decorates my TouchPad as the wallpaper for it. This was shot during an unplanned photo shoot at Fort Humboldt and it's logging museum. (As a side note, Fort Humboldt is slated for closure by July 2012.) I could have picked most of the shots from this shoot as I really liked the finished photos of just about all of them. These shots were the first where I was able to process the HDRs (this, and the others are all HDRs) to meet my vision. I like the blade of grass daring to grow above the tracks, and the rust detail on the tracks themselves. I placed my camera on the track itself looking for different points of views, and because of that I decided not to straighten the photo. Head here to see some of the other photos from that shoot.

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Next week number three will shown. Thanks for looking.


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