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Sunday December 06 2015

Ever since I expressed interest in their picture processing programme, which is called Zoner Photo Studio, the Zoner Photo Studio blog/magazine has been sending me news of articles in that blog/magazine.  I don’t mind this.  Often I find these pieces quite interesting.

Like the one in which I read this, for instance:

Loss of detail in red objects is a common problem in digital photographs. Digital cameras’ sensors are more sensitive to the red color channel than the other two (blue and green), and meanwhile overexposure of the red channel can lead to the loss of detail in red objects.

The article then goes on to explain how to deal with this loss of detail in red objects, an explanation that I can live without for the time being.  No, what interested me was the claim that cameras get more excited by red than they do by other colours.

I found myself thinking about this fact, if fact it be, when preparing this set of photos, of photographers, taken exactly a year ago to the day, on December 6th 2014, in Piccadilly Circus.  When doing this, I thought it would be fun to pick out small squares, not with a view to necessarily showing the most important bit of the picture, but in order to make a pleasing collection of squares.  And while doing this, I did indeed feel that I detected exactly this tendency of my camera to see red with great intensity (where there was red to be seen), and also to see pink (where there did not seem to be much in the way of red to be seen at all).

Maybe this is just because people like red, and so the camera-makers deliberately make cameras which particularly see red.  They could tell the cameras not to see so much red, but if they do, people like it less.  If that means that people can’t see so much detail in the red bits of their pictures, well, they don’t care that much. Red is, after all, the colour of Christmas cheer.  When seeing the best in something, we are seeing it through rose coloured spectacles.  Red makes people happy.  Could that be it?

Anyway, here are those pictures.  My camera, when taking them, saw a lot of red, and presumably these other people taking photos were also photoing a lot of red.  See in particular the one where it says Mamma Mia on the screen.  Mamma Mia is in blue letters, but the surrounding colour on the screen has a distinctly pink tinge to it, even though I am pretty sure that the original background was white:

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Once again, here is a result of a photoshoot that was really quite good, so why didn’t I show this or a similar result at the time?  Well, first, there was really no rush, was there?  It’s not as if people taking pictures in Piccadilly Circus is any sort of revelation.  It wasn’t news.  It could wait.  But why did it, for a whole year?  Well, basically I take far more pictures than I can reasonably show and tell about.  If I thought that just shovelling snaps into Flickr was worth doing, I would do it, but I don’t.  For me, it has to be photoblogging.  But photoblogging takes time.  Also, I like to mix it up, and not just have posting after posting consisting of great masses of photos, taken by clever old me.  So, for me, photoblogging takes even longer.  And the blogging bit tends to get left behind by the photoing.

Over Christmas I intend to stay in quite a lot, basically doing more writing than usual.  And I also intend to do a bit of photoblogging catching up, harking back to sunnier times, last summer, and perhaps also in the more distant past.  Although, as always, I promise nothing.

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