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My 1st “PhotoShop”: Before and After — See What You Think.

by Anura Guruge


As I proudly point out daily in my “The Picture of the Day” post, I do NOT believe in post-processing (i.e., ‘Photoshopping’).

To I, the pleasure and challenge of taking pictures is to capture what I can to the best of what I can — given the equipment I am using. It is like my running. It is test of my abilities. A discipline. Altering reality after the event has NO appeal to I — since that is not what real-life is all about.

Anywho … I have a friend who urges me incessantly that I should Photoshop — as he does with all of his pictures. Actually I have two friends like this, though the other does not ‘urge’ me to do as he does.

Well, I took this picture (i.e., the ‘Before’) yesterday, at the ‘Wolfeboro Inn‘, at a breakfast meeting. It was the simple table arrangement and the white/gray is the table cloth. It was a round table and there was probably 10 people seated around it — including my ‘Photoshop friend’. I too the picture with my Google Pixel 2 and I don’t think anybody even noticed. I liked it. I was THRILLED with it. To I, it could not be bettered.

But, for the heck of it I asked my friend to Photoshop it. He did so, GLADLY, in seconds.

Well, I knew I could better him — though I do NOT have ‘Photoshop’ or even an equivalent since I don’t need them — and will not use them. So instead, I used Photoshop.

What do YOU think? I hope YOU like my ‘Photoshop’ better. {Smile}


Click all to ENLARGE.

 


The BEFORE.

The original taken by I.


The AFTER (i.e., Photoshopped) by my friend.

These were his comments: “Here is my Photoshop modifications.  Your flower was dark around the center and brighter around the outdside.  I much brightened the center and increased contrast there. See if you think it is an improvement.”


MY AFTER. “Photoshopped” in Powerpoint.


I really hope YOU like my AFTER.

Good news, I do NOT plan to do anymore photoshopping. This was enough.


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The Demise Of ‘Focus Magic’ Lytro, The New Huawei P20 Pro 1/1.7″ Sensor & The Google Pixel 3.

 by Anura Guruge



I am fairly sure that there will be a Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Christmas 2018 — given that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched for 2017.

When the Pixel 2 (XL) was unveiled it was considered to have the best camera on any smartphone and captured the highest ‘DxO’ rating given to a camera phone; ‘DxO’ a test for overall camera image quality. The Huawei P20 Pro has beaten the Pixel 2 by over 10 points in the ‘DxO’ rating! Google is not going to like that. Part of the P20s success comes from his unprecedentedly large 1/1.7″ sensor. For a phone that is huge. Google will have to combat that somehow.

I doubt whether the Pixel 3 will have a triple-camera like the P20 Pro, but I suspect we might finally get a dual.

But, this is where the Lytro technology can prove to be so intriguing.

I have watched Lytro since they introduced the Illum and even rented one for a week in 2016 for Devanee to play around with. She liked it; I was not impressed. I am not, as I point out DAILY, into post-processing of images. So, I always suspected that Lytro would fold and now they have.

I am sure that Google can IMPROVE on Lytro’s magic and incorporate into its ‘Computational Photography‘ capabilities. That would be sweet.

So, this was a big week: Lytro and the Huawei P20 Pro.

I suspect we will start getting hot rumors of the Google Pixel 3 in September 2018.

Just remember where you read all of this first. {Smile}



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The Rather Strange, 16-Lens/Sensor, “Light L16” ‘Light Capture Device’ (Rather Than Camera).

 by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the official Website for this strange device.


I created this annotated, augmented diagram so you can get a quick overview. Base picture, of course, from ‘Light’. Click to ENLARGE.


For reasons I cannot explain this strange device never registered on my radar until a few days ago — even though it appears that there have been prototypes since 2015.

A cute idea BUT the lenses are titchy and PLASTIC.

Plus, as far as I am concerned it is NOT a real camera! Why? It does NOT have a built-in image processor. [OK. I stand corrected. It appears to have ‘3’ BUT they only produce a 3MP image for ‘social media sharing’! So, if you just rely on those INBOARD ‘image processors’ this is a 3MP camera.] It produces raw data that has to be processed on a computer to create the image. Yikes. Not my cup of tea given my aversion to all forms of post-processing.

Reminds me MUCH of the now ‘defunct’ Lytro Illum and I just saw one on eBay for $450!


This is the best ‘review’ that I have seen for this gizmo.

Click image to access original.


Has absolutely no appeal to I. I do not have the time or patience for post-processing. What I like is to take pictures in JPEG and posts the ones that came out good. Learn from the bad ones and tomorrow is another day.

I am sure that by this time next year this ‘do-da’ will down to $450. Be interesting to see.

This, however, may appeal to some of you PhotoShop fans.

Oh, the 52MP resolution is also way too high for my liking.


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Olympus Provides Photographic Tips For Shooting Fall Color — Shamelessly Advocating Post-Processing Cheating!

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Click here to access Olympus original IF you like to CHEAT.


Post-processing of Fall Color pictures seems particularly WRONG.

What is the point.

If you are going to alter color, temperature, ambience etc. WHY bother going out and shooting.

Just grab some pictures off the Internet and go to town.

I find post-processing kind of offensive. Kind of like doing a TRUMP to your photographs.

I see on Facebook, to my intense amusement but also subject to my derision, some folks who ONLY like post-processed images. SMILE.


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Nikon D500 — First Impressions After 2 Days & 550 Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my Fuji X-E2s.


The Nikon D500, with a Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 lens, that I rented from ‘LensRental‘, for a week, starting Friday, August 12, 2016, is indeed, as it should be given its caliber (not to mention its reputation) is an interesting camera.

It sure feels good to hold it in your hand. The grip appears to be a perfect ‘British Standard Handful‘ (BSH). As such it just nestles in your grip, with near perfect balance. The ‘thunk’ the mirror and shutter makes when you take a shot, in viewfinder mode, is incredibly satisfying and makes you feel that you achieved something.

Though I had reservations all the controls (and their placements) work out well. I was concerned that there was no dedicated ‘Exposure Control’ dial and that setting ‘exposure control’ and ISO was a 2-step operation in that you had to press the appropriate button and then dial in the value using the rear command wheel. On Fujis there is a dedicated ‘exposure control’ dial that you just turn without having to press any button. (And on the X-T1 and X-T2 the same is true for ISO). But I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use the 2-step scheme. Yes, you can get used, pretty quickly, to anything. The layout really does makes sense and as such easy to use. I like that.

Impressive camera. It can see in the dark! Scary. That is nice. Yes, makes taking pictures in low-light — and even no light — a breeze.

Lots and lots of features of course — as you would expect from a FLAGSHIP camera, for Nikon no less.

And, suffice to say, it takes some AMAZING shots. Pictures, with definition and detail, I have never been able to get with another camera and that with a far from ‘optimum’, slightly-soft Tamron zoom. Some of the pictures take my breath away.

The much vaunted autofocus is impressive. But it is NOT infallible! I had a fair number of out-of-focus shots (albeit mainly macro). I used manual focus more often than I expected.

All that said, right now, on day 3 of my trial, I am NOT convinced that this is the camera for ME.

Very simple reason, I am one of those RARE individuals that do NOT like to touch up my pictures via post-processing. To me the joy and challenge is to shoot JPEGs — straight out of the camera. All of the ‘6 Images a Day‘ are UNTOUCHED. Straight-Out-Of-The-Camera.

The D500 appears to be OPTIMIZED for those that do post-processing. So we have a BIG disconnect.

Auto White-Balance, for a start, is ‘non-existent’. People just fix WB during post-processing. I even, on Sunday, took a crash course in Kelvin Scale WB … It was good to know. Ditto exposure compensation.

Yes, I took some GREAT shots on Sunday BUT I even ended up shooting MANUAL! Yikes. That is NOT what I want to do.

So right now, based on my experiences so far, the Nikon D500 is NOT for I.

I am sure glad I rented. (Yes, I could have returned it after a week BUT I hate doing that.)

Now in a kind of ‘bind’ — but not a bad one.

I am just going to wait. I will get a Nikon P900, from the money I got from my Fuji lens trade-ins, just for the 83x zoom. It will not be my main camera. It will be for special occasions.

I sure can ‘afford’ to wait. I will keep the Fuji X-E2s. Lets see what PhotoKina 2016 brings. And maybe the Nikon DL range, as I had one believed, might be the right choice for I.

Maybe Pentax. So back to the drawing board. 


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