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

Horse of Thirds (Photocentric)

Picking up where I left off last week, today's post is another "reject" from my Google+ Project 52. Actually I think I like this shot aesthetically more than I liked the shot I chose. For starters I liked the subject more so than the bird from the submitted shot. I also liked the colors more. I did HDR this shot primarily to get more texture out of the horse's fur, but I don't feel it was overdone, though of course I realize I'm not in a position to judge that. I ended up not choosing this shot because I went with the more obvious example over this one, and I'm glad I did. Perusing some of the other entries for the theme I was left uncertain if some of them qualify.

This exercise was enlightening as I think I discovered that the EVF (electronic view finder) doesn't cover 100% of the taken picture. When I originally took this shot I had the horse's eye right on the intersection of the bottom horizontal third and the left third of the picture. But as the photo shows with my painted on grid I'm just a little off with the placement. Other elements lined up for the rule of thirds are the bottom horizontal line of the fence, and the horse's body. I particularly like the way the light plays with the horse's mane and tail giving it an almost golden look. And yes, this is the same horse from this post.

Horse of thirds, with grid

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