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I Like Clouds

Nov 25, 2013, 20:57 (This post was last modified: Nov 25, 2013 20:58 by Larry Nelson.)
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I Like Clouds
I just bought a new camera to replace the big, heavy one I bought in 2004. A couple of days ago I was on a walk to see how easily this new camera would fit with what I do, and it turned out well. Gives me some images to send to friends in various places. Here's my favorite from the walk, taken from the beach, looking northeast over Ocean Park, California.

Editing in GIMP has been minimal: move the white point to compensate for a bit of underexposure (due to most of the subject being brighter than 18% grey) and resample to 800 pixels wide.


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Nov 25, 2013, 21:43 (This post was last modified: Nov 25, 2013 21:52 by Larry Nelson.)
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Compared to the old EOS 1D Mk II, the new one is incredibly light. Smile I used the 20mm lens for this because it's the smallest I have. I'm not impressed with its sharpness, although for my purposes (Email and Web) it works well enough. Yesterday I tried my EF 24-70 L 2.8, and that's noticeably sharper. Of course, it's even less light, but still a treat compared to carrying the big camera.

Before buying this, I looked at various pocket-sized cameras. I really wanted something like that. They all required me to give up too much. Sony NEX-7 had a bad electronic viewfinder, other cameras had no viewfinder--have you ever tried to frame a photo on an LCD in beach sunlight?--so I passed on all of them. I wanted to look at the Olympus M-1 but that wasn't in stock. I might have bought a 6D, which is full-frame in a camera not much bigger, but didn't know about it at the time.

I realize that many people like strong, dramatic images, but I'm more into subtlety. I like the very soft gradations from grey to brilliant icy white. What I really want is a Leica Monochrom, but that's out of my price range.
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Nov 26, 2013, 06:00
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(Nov 25, 2013 21:43)Larry Nelson Wrote:  I realize that many people like strong, dramatic images, but I'm more into subtlety. I like the very soft gradations from grey to brilliant icy white. What I really want is a Leica Monochrom, but that's out of my price range.

Wow thats expensive (over 7 thousand) for a camera that looks like those 35 mm classic film ones XD

I also put your image through the c2g filter to a clearer extent with a different color layer mode, its a bit softer but at the same time brings out more details of the clouds without being too harsh. Enjoy, its a .png around 400kb in size Smile
If you decide you want to try the c2g, just take caution as it can be cpu intensive, start with low numbers (the top sample at 150, then raise. Or try clicking off []preview ,then click it on after you make the settings. Then sample around 10 and iterations anywhere from 5-10.
   

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Nov 26, 2013, 20:35
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I have much to learn. New camera, new software. I don't want to play in Adobe's cloud, which is why I'm working on learning GIMP.

I also need to learn the new camera's foibles. It has more of a tendency to underexpose bright scenes like this than the 1D Mk II did. For the above image I did only the most basic adjustment, moving the white point to the end of the image's data. I've since experimented with GIMP's curves tools.
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Nov 27, 2013, 09:02
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(Nov 26, 2013 20:35)Larry Nelson Wrote:  ...camera foibles... I've since experimented with GIMP's curves tools.

Yeah you can probably get a better result once you find out how your new camera exposure settings work. I try to do the exposure pre-processed using the stops on my camera.

If its high or low light environment, sometimes holding the shutter open for 30 seconds helps let in more light.

As for Gimp's curves: For me, its nice to get more detail, but it can be like a needle in a haystack as opposed to using the levels feature (also accessable from the curves window, see "adjust these settings as levels..." ) but with practice it gets a little easier.

With the levels menu, you can adjust the mid-tones (middle grey tirangle) the darks(black tirangle) and whites(white triangle)
with an added slider to take away dark or lights(can reduce glare somewhat)
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