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

Drops of Winter, Rejected (Photocentric)

So my Thursday posts might be home to what I call my reject photos from the Google Plus 52 Project. These won't necessarily bad photos, but photos that I didn't feel worked for the current theme. Last week's theme was winter, and before I got to shooting I had a couple ideas for it. My favorite idea required a hard frost overnight, then taking some macro shots. Well the weather didn't exactly cooperate, so I was on to plan B. This shot was plan B, water droplets on an evergreen tree. I rejected the photo because it didn't really convey winter to me. It seemed too warm.

I like the shot, though. The faint spider webs, the large drops, and the detail of the green was kind of neat to me. In fact when framing the shot I didn't even notice the webs, or the drops that were on them, so that was kind of neat to see when I was going over them. I did a little processing work on this in Adjust, primarily some detail sharpening, and the border. I'm not sure how I feel about borders. I like them on black and white shots, but I'm undecided on color shots. Plus they play havoc with the copyright watermark. Since I haven't decided on their continued use I've not gone about trying to make it work better with the watermark.

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