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 42 GPlus Project 52 Black & White

Week 42 Black & White Trinity Church
Trinity Church
Our theme for week 42 was an easy one for me, black & white. The difficulty was finding a good subject for it. Immediately a couple came to mind; one I have shot before, the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, just not with the intention of converting to black & white, and one I've seen from a distance but never up close. Luckily they were both in the same town so I thought I could do both and choose which I liked better. It turns out that there are only so many ways to shoot the lighthouse, and I wasn't seeing anything which interested me, so I went in search of subject number two, a small church in town. This town is very small and for the life of me I couldn't find it, but thanks to Google I was able to locate and get some shots done before the sunset entirely. I lucked out with the clouds thinning in areas to give a little more contrast in the background.
I had originally thought I'd shoot with the "Mono" setting from my camera, but it wasn't just bad, it was horrible. So I took the full color RAW file, applied some de-noise adjustment from Aperture, then into Silver Efex to get the final look I wanted. In all I'm quite happy with this.

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


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