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

Another Waterfall Shot (Photocentric)

I went back to the waterfalls from last week, this time with better shoes and was able to get pretty close. Any closer and I'd be on the rocks shown in the photo. With all the green and the ferns I think I could have said this was taken in some Amazon forest, or Hawaii and get away with it. Hard to believe it's just down the street! With the falls drowning out any sound from behind me I had no idea that a small crowd had gathered to take photos from a safer distance. I had planned on taking more shots, but realized I was ruining everyone else's photos so I decided to climb back up. I ran into a couple who had been in the area for 20 years and hadn't known about the fall until they ran across one of my photos of it from another site. They actually showed me the Flickr page on their iPhone. It was my almost famous moment.

Originally I thought this photo would look best in color with all the green, but an accidental press of the black and white conversion in Aperture really made me look at this in a different light, and I really liked it. I'm also pretty sure I'm in a black and white "thing" at the moment, but I think it works for this. I didn't do much to the photo, besides converting it to black and white in Silver Effex Pro. I really like how this turned out, and is currently my desktop image on one of my monitors.

In kind of related news, I'm really looking forward to a new purchase to arrive, a Wacom Bamboo Capture pen based tablet. Most every photographer I've met can't say enough about how these input devices really make editing photos a breeze. I had hummed and hawed about it but finally did it. I should be getting it early next week and might even do a little review on it.

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