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

Week 2 GPlus Project 52

Last week's theme for the Google+ 52 project was Winter/Summer, depending on what side of the equator you're situated on. Winter in California has been difficult to photograph as there is no snow, and temps have been in the 60's with sunny cloudless skies. Initially I had hoped to capture an early morning frost that had been fairly common over the last month, but of course this last week there was none. I had captured some water droplets on an evergreen tree, that might make it to Thursday's post, but that didn't convey winter to me. I was getting worried by Wednesday when I had no potential shots, and even worse, no ideas.
So I stumbled across this shot, a nearly leafless tree with a cold looking sky as it's backdrop. And when I framed it I immediately knew I was going to make this a black and white and bring the color back to the leaf. Not much work was needed to be done in Aperture to prepare the photo for Silver Effex Pro, so it was a relatively simple Silver Effex conversion and selective color setup. Sadly the leaf was pretty flat color wise, and any attempt on my part to boost it's saturation and colors just made it look too fake.

You can view this, and the rest of my Project 52 photos here.


  1. That's a lovely shot! How do you add your name to your shots? I've been noticing that and would like to start that as I invest more time in photography. Thank you!

  2. Hi Di, I'm hoping you'll see this. I used these 2 articles from to make it happen. The first one ( Shows how to use Aperture to put it on, and the second one ( shows how to make it. Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by!


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