Category Archives: Photography

Takeaway from Week Four

There is no question that my photograph is influenced much more by the choice of my lens lens than by my camera. Sharpness, contrast, depth of focus, clarity, and detail are all determined almost exclusively by the lens; it forms the image, while the camera simply captures it.

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Finally – DarkTable 2.2.0 released!

In case you missed it, the developer team has released a new main version of the DarkTable RAW converter, which is especially popular with Linux and Mac users. DarkTable is a virtual light and dark room for managing digital negatives (RAW files). The development of the image files is done by means of so-called sidecar files, allowing the pictures to be edited in a non-destructive manner.

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My Landscape Photographic Workflow

There are only seven days left in 2016 signaling the start of another Project 365. As mention in my posting Getting ready for Project 365 (2017), my goal for this project is to concentrate only on Nature photography. Nature photography covers a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.

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Normal Field of View

In last week’s article Getting ready for Project 365 (2017) I wrote:

One aspect I need to improve on is to learn more about what my lenses see.

I further wrote:

I will pick a topic for each of the 12 months, such as using a Street Lens (24-85 mm) or Normal Lens (50 mm) only.

In preparing for what to write about this week, I started to think, which lens should I start with?

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Why DarkTable?

At the start of this year I posted my article about Switching to Linux from MocOS (OS X). This was sparked by my New Years Resolution to escape from all the proprietary, controlled environments, services, tools and software that I have depended to used for over a decade of computing using a Mac and OS X.

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Super Moon a Day After

Because of fog I was not able to get a good photo of the supper moon, but today was a different story.

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Antioch’s Summer Concerts

Each year, Waldie Plaza, located in Downtown Antioch, is the place to be each Saturday evening in July and August. Here we relax under the evening sky while listening to music from local bands ranging from blues, latin and jazz to country and the oldies. The best, it was free!

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Apple’s New Photos App for OS X

This is not a review of Photos, there have been many written by now. What it is instead is about my experience with trying to determine if Photos can replace Aperture.

Before going into the details, I should mention that I am not much of a post-photographic processor. I prefer to spend more time in getting the photo done correctly they way I want it inside the camera.

Because of my rare and limited post-processing, I use Aperture more as a Photo Manager, than as an Photo Editor. As I explained in My Post-Photographic Workflow, Part–1 article, I store all my photos on a external RAID drive. I don’t store the photos inside Aperture, but instead use the referenced masters feature.

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Confusing EXIF Lens ID Information

Sometimes we want to know what lens was used to shoot a particular scene. Lenses are recognized by the lens-ID in EXIF metadata and a combination of factors (recorded also as tags in EXIF), such as: minimal focal length, maximal focal length, maximal aperture at minimal focal length, maximal aperture at maximal focal length, lens mount, lens format, taking focal length, maximal aperture at taking focal length, taking aperture, and so on. This information is also used by photo software applications to offer better information and possibly better processing of your photos.

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A Word About the “empty” Home Page

The question was asked why is the home page empty? The reason is actually rather simple. After having decided to change my emphasis of the site to be all about photography, the next step was to find a new web site theme. I wanted the theme to focuses solely on my photographs and nothing more. After much searching and trying out a number of themes that were classified to be for photographers, I choose this theme, which is called Photocrati.

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