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 9 GPlus Project 52

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This week's picture from the Project isn't much artistically. In fact besides a little cropping I did nothing to the photo. But, to me it'll be memorable because this is the last useable image from my 4 year old Canon SX10is.

I had been suspecting problems with the camera for about a month now since photos were coming out with a very distinctive look to them; dark area details were being totally lost, and bright areas were also losing detail. I then compared it with a cheaper, though of the same vintage Canon A570is and was blown away by the difference. The smaller "lesser" camera was producing shots that were blowing my big camera out of the water. And now the SX10 will only shoot black pictures. My guess is the shutter gave out at 11,300 shutter actuations, or times I pressed the shutter button. I haven't gotten an answer to if 11,300 actuations is a large number of shots or not, but it feels kind of small; that works out to less than 3,000 shots a year, or about 235 shots a month. I don't normally get emotionally attached to gadgetry, but I will definitely miss this camera. I learned a lot about photography, light, and art with it, and a bit about myself. I think I'll keep it around, maybe even put on a shelf in this shot, as a reminder.

So today will mark the last SX10 shot, well at least new shot, but a new camera is coming. Hopefully it will come in time for me to take part in next week's Project shoot.

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


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