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

Sutro Baths

Sutro Ruins
Who knew there were ruins of a public bath in San Francisco? Not me, until recently. Opened in 1896 as the largest public indoor swimming pool in the world. At one time there were as many as seven pools and an ice skating rink! Due to it's large size and maintenance costs the baths were always struggling financially and closed in 1966 to be demolished. A fire finished the job and left only the foundation here. In the background can be seen the Cliff House restaurants. Both the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths were owned and operated by one time San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro.

This shot is a six shot panorama taken from the northern end of the site. Underneath me is a cave that was used to store generators used to keep the pools full during low tide. In high tide the ocean just overflowed into the pools. In terms of processing not too much was done to it. I used Topaz Lens Effects to apply a polarizer simulation filter, and then Clarity to work on contrast.


  1. Here are some photos I took on foggy day.


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