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

Fave 5 From 2012 Part 2

With only four Thursdays left in 2012 it's time part two of my five favorite photos taken by me in 2012. These aren't the blog's most popular photos (which you can see on the right side), but are the photos that I enjoyed taking, working on, and looking at the most. The order picked is random, so today's shot is not the least-favorite or the most favorite shot of 2012.

Along with my photo picks of 2012 I thought I'd highlight five books that I really enjoyed. I mean to write more about the books I read, but am finding it hard to do. Two types of ratings I don't generally bother with looking at are for books and for music. They're so subjective that people can and do often times have opinions that very much differ from my views. So think of these not as reviews of the books, but more of why I liked them.

About the shot

When flying World War II planes come to town, you go see them. And see them I did in late June. I took a lot of photos, and it was hard to pick just one from my Wings of Freedom shots, but I felt this one worked out. This was a handheld five shot HDR. I'll admit that the HDR might be a little overdone, but I still like the overall look of the photo. I purposely left the flag looking like that in processing, giving the illusion of it fluttering. The blurry spots next the guys were my admittedly less than stellar attempt at removing a bunch of orange pylons that were in the foreground.

About the book

East of Eden is probably my all time favorite book. And one of the few books I can re-read. Most times I try to re-read a book I get a quarter of the way in and call it quits. I try to read this every other year. Having read a couple of Steinbeck's other works, I'd have to say this is by far my favorite. What I think is it's hook is the story, though told at the turn of the twentieth century, is a story that transcends the time period it is being told in. I highly recommend you taking the time to sit through this book.


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