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Thursday March 12 2009

Lynn Sislo regularly links to bon mots here, and the latest link from her to here is to those crisps.  In the same posting, she links to these amazing roads photos.  Actually, I don’t like most of these snaps nearly as much as Lynn seems to.  I don’t care for that garishly-Photoshop-enhanced look that many of them are presented in.  I mean, you can make anything look garishly colourful these days, if Photoshopping is allowed.  Which means that if nature itself is being garishly colourful, you start suspecting that it wasn’t being so colourful really, and it was done with Photoshop even when it wasn’t, which is not good at all.

For me, the rule with Photoshopping to make a nice looking photo (it’s different if you are trying to explain something or read some blurry-to-begin-with lettering or something) is that the result should look like it could easily have been a real, straight-from-the-camera, regular photo.

But, because it is not garishly-Photoshop-enhanced, and because unlike with many of the others, the photo is only average but the road itself is truly amazing, I do very much like this photo:

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But, where on earth is this amazing road?  I’m guessing it is very well know, to those to whom it is well known.  But I can find no clues in the amazing roads photos posting itself.

But, I do agree with Lynn about these.

Oh so that’s how they do it. I always feel frustrated and envious when I see photos like that. I feel bad that my photos don’t look that good and I’m actually embarrassed to put them online.  I’ve always assumed it was because of the multi-thousand dollar cameras they can afford and I can’t.

Posted by Lynn on 12 March 2009

You know you’re the father of one or more small children(*) when your second though, after “wow, that’s impressive” is “wow, it would take a few puke stops to get down there”

(*) hopefully you know anyway - but you know what I mean

Posted by Alan Little on 14 March 2009

Photoshop helps.

More important is knowing the camera and using the right settings.

Most important is having an eye for composition (and, if doing manual settings, for exposure).

A really expensive camera is just icing, and of little benefit to most people.

(That said, one can do more with a $300-$600 SLR than one can with any point and shoot… but one can do an awful lot with the $99 point-and-shoot.)

Posted by Sigivald on 24 March 2009

For the last little while I have been using an (a bit more than $99 when I bought it a couple of years ago, so probably about equivalent to a $99 job now) point and shoot rather than the digital SLR I usually use. This is largely because I have a horrible hand injury and I want a lightweight camera that I can use with one hand. I have clearly noticed the difference. The average quality of my pictures is worse, and there are some things I can’t do well. (I just attempted to take some photos of some musicians in a dimly lit pub and got nothing good, whereas it would have been a doddle with my DSLR setup and my fast lenses).

However, in answer to the basic question of “Am I still taking plenty of good photos”, the answer is “Sure, lots”.

So I pretty much agree.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 25 March 2009

Michael: Indeed, exactly the sort of thing I was trying to get to with my “can do more” parenthetical.

I love having a 50/f1.8 on my K100D, with its giant sensor, but I’m much more likely to have my little f2.6 A590IS with me.

It will take a far inferior shot in low-light, but it’ll be a shot I’ll get because I have the camera with me.

(And outdoors or in bright light, the differences are negligible if one is careful with the ISO settings on the P+S.)

Posted by Sigivald on 27 March 2009

Sigvald: You are another of those glorious eccentrics who use Pentax? My D-SLR is a K100D also. The two lenses I use the most are a 24mm f2.0 and a 50mm f1.4. They are both lovely lenses. Plus I have two or three zooms that I seldom use.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 27 March 2009
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