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

A Lighthouse (Photocentric)

I was hoping today's post would be about my new camera with at least a photo of the new camera, but UPS has deemed Friday to be delivery day. Today's photo helped hammer home to me the demise of my Canon. I had originally planned on taking some HDR brackets of Battery Point Lighthouse, but when I looked at the shots it quickly became apparent I was going to have to use the brackets to get a somewhat decent shot. The original, non-HDR'd shot, which showed on the LCD as well exposed, came out looking very under exposed, making the bright sky look dull, and the shadow areas a black hole.

When I got home and saw these on my computer I was really disappointed. I had really high hopes for this, and other shots I had taken, but unless it was in direct bright sunlight, all my shots turned out under exposed. I initially thought I had a setting wrong on the camera, but then I saw some shots taken at the same time by another camera using about the same settings and it was much more lively. Thankfully HDRing it was able to salvage the shot, though it's still not what I had in mind.

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The "final" version is still darker than I wanted, but at least I was able to bring some detail out of the shadows thanks the over exposed shot, and the clouds come to life in this.


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