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

Spring Has Sprung

Dirt road lined with lupine
The Golden Brick Road, lined in lupine
I realize it's been awhile since posting, but here goes. I have a backlog of photos taken with some new gear (more on that in another post. Hopefully) so I'm going to post some that have only seen minimal processing within the Google Photos service? App? All in all I'm really impressed with how much Google Photos has progressed over the years. Until I get Lightroom setup on a new computer, Google, and a handful of other apps, will have to handle the workload. 

As most people are aware California enjoyed A LOT of wet weather this past winter, and with wet winters come a lot of wild flowers in bloom when spring rolls around. These shots are just a small taste of lupine growing wildly around. I had a hard time trying to show depth; to convey just how much of this stuff was growing here. I tried the above shot, using the road to bring the eye through the photo.

Lupine close up
 With this shot I actually used my super tele lens to get a nice close up of some lupine then blur the rest of hillside out in a hope to convey some depth. I don't think it worked well as it went from in focus to blurry really quick without much of a gradual blurring.

Lupine hillside
I think the re-framing of this shot did a better job of conveying the size of the hill with not as drastic of a drop in sharpness.

It's funny, the last two shots I used my 40-150 (80-300 in 35mm terms) lens, at it's full zoom. I confess I didn't really think I'd be using that lens for landscape work, but I think it worked out pretty well.


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