Working on a spot removal program, specifically working on the spot detection at the moment and on finding a good algorithm for rubbing out the spots. See the before and after of my first results, so far so good.
Amazing how the digital and the analogue worlds can corroborate
The photo below shows the before and after of spot removal in a single image, with the ‘after’ in the red cadre.
Enfuse is traditionally used to improve the dynamic range of a set of bracketed images, but it works also very well to overlay similar exposures to create the effect of a long exposure or focus stacking.
The image above was created from five handheld shots each with an exposure of 1/60th taken one after another over a period of 3 or 4 seconds. Enfused, all of a sudden, the resulting exposure is like a long exposure of just as many seconds but without the hassle of using a tripod or a strong ND filter.
I have shown before that this long exposure effect can also easily be done in camera, if your camera support this, but that would still require a tripod to assure all the individual shots overlap perfectly. The benefit of using Enfuse is that it allows you to align the individual shots and as long as you don’t move the camera too much, it manages to do so perfectly.
Personally I use LR/Enfuse as it is integrated with LightRoom, but I have had great results with the free version of Enfuse as well, especially with the droplets.
I have been struggling with this for a while and now managed to find a solution: The issue is that an image displayed via WordPress looks bad in Google Chrome while the same page looks fine in other browsers. I discovered that I needed to add -–enable-monitor-profile to the target line of the shortcut I use for Chrome and then all of a sudden the colours are there.
These are images saved in sRGB with a profile embedded.
For all clarity, I am referring here to the full images, I know that WordPress does some resizing of smaller versions of the images and quality can suffer during that step, but this is different.
Note that the same images uploaded to Aminus3.com looks fine in Chrome, so WordPress does something that causes chrome to mess up somehow and therefore I asked the WordPress team to look into why adding this flag is required for WordPress and Chrome.
I’m chuffed to let you know that ADOX is getting ready to ship ADOX CHS 100 II which they claim will be very close in characteristics to the original ADOX CHS 100 ART and will be available in the full range from 135, 120 to large format except 127 format. Because it is newly developed, it will benefit from new technologies to avoid problems with light piping (no more loading the film in the dark) and a new coating avoiding scratching the emulsion during development. See here for details.
On Monday 22 July, ADOX followed up on their Facebook page with the following statement:
Today CHS 100 II saw the dark of the coating alley. Now it has to settle and harden. After August 15th we can start cutting it up. We hope to keep “August” as a delivery date for the first rolls.
Just a quick post to make you aware of a very useful tool that has become available on the ‘Net recently: FilmTrackr.com allows you to track your films, make it easy to catalogue them and download all information in CSV format which then can be used in Excel or other spreadsheet programs. In addition to this, it allows to create several reports to visualize all kinds of statistics of film and cameras used.
Best of all, the service is free.
Just to let you know that the Art Limited editors featured one of my photos as an Editors’ Choice. Frankly, I’m quite chuffed by this: I know that it doesn’t mean much and I certainly didn’t go out of my way to get this feather in my cap, but I do appreciate the recognition, especially from the Art Limited people.
Of course, I photograph for myself, but any recognition is very welcome, like a few weeks ago, when I was approached by the Penguin Group who had shortlisted three of my photos to use on the cover of a reissue of ‘The Child’s Child’ by author Barbara Vine. Or when I was approached for one of my photos of trains to be used on one of the James May’s Toy Stories episodes (the one about model trains.) It never comes to anything, but at least somebody paid notice to my photos (I know, I have low expectations)
If you want to see for yourself, click through on the images but be quickly, it’ll scroll off the page in a few days
As for the photo, I do really like it myself and I had it printed via Ilford Labs and had it mounted and hung above my head in the bedroom.
The Red-backed Shrike (Grauwe Klauwier[nl], Pie-grièche écorcheur[fr], Neuntöter[de]) is a bird that eats large insects and, like other shrikes, uses thorns and barbed wire to create a “larder.”
While camping in Vic-sur-Cère in the Cantal region of France in the early 1980s, we came across the Red-backed Shrike and its larder of which I took some photos that I just recovered. While browsing the Internet I came across quite a few photos of Red-backed Shrikes itself but not many of the larder.
I just came across a set of slides that I took in 1985 during a trip to the islands of Tinos and Mykonos in the Cyclades with my younger brother. I’ll be posting the proper photos on my blog but I am very amused by some of the snapshots I took on the way back.
As the ferries back to the mainland can be easily delayed by strong winds, we made our way back to Piraeus early from which we immediately departed to Marathon Beach which we used as base for trips to Athens and a swim in sea in the mornings and evenings. Quite a few other people must have had the same idea as we met up with several of the girl backpackers we had met on the islands.
The photo on the left is our pitch on the Marathon Beach camping which we shared with all the other backpackers. None of us did bother pitching tents although the mosquitos feasted on us. Love the Walkman and the compact cassette tapes in the photo. I remember going to local restaurants with a few of the girls and when we couldn’t decide on the order, we would go to the kitchen and select our food from the dishes cooking on the hob.
The photo on the right was taken on Athens airport, I remember our plane leaving around 4 or 5AM so we had gone there the evening before. The girls are posing for the camera that I had put on top of a bin, my brother is half-asleep and I cannot keep my eyes off the girls we had spent the last week with. After arriving on a very cold Schiphol airport hours later, we never saw them again
Here is a challenge for you: Next time you go on a photo walk, cover up the screen of your DSLR and don’t use it to inspect any of your shots during the walk until it is time to upload them into Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.
Crazy? Stupid? Pointless? You tell me afterwards.
Well, the following is of course completely based on my own experience and might not translate into your experience, but I think it does contain a more generic truth about the state of photography today. Stay with me:
I assume that you are familiar with the principles of exposure and composition, heard about the ‘decisive moment’, and are very familiar with your camera. My theory is that the impulse to inspect each shot almost immediately after having taken it, the so called “chimping,” is preventing you from taking that great shot. It invites you to forget about the theory of photography and invites you to take the same shot over and over again without the instant feedback really telling you how to improve the shot or, worse, with the instant feedback suggesting that this is the best shot possible and by doing so encouraging mediocrity. I tell you, nothing has really changed in photography with the Digital revolution, the principles of exposure and composition still stand. I invite you to take your time to set up the shot, think it over and think it over again before releasing that shutter. There is no point in taking the same shot over and over again while changing a few parameters when you don’t really know what you are changing and how it will affect your shot. Shoot fewer photos and as a result better photos; you don’t want to be caught out chimping when the decisive moment arrives!
I’m looking forward hearing your thoughts about this.