Tuesday, 21 February 2017

quick n dirty Snapseed example

I thought I'd throw this together to show you what I get with a little bit of effort from Snapseed and moving the images from my Camera to my Phone (using a USB OTG cable and card reader).

The JPG from the camera was this:

which is sufficiently exosed but a bit flat. I'm not that "camera guy" who futzes about in the field rooting about with exposures. I look in the viewfinder and get exposure 90%  (not too dark, not washed out) right and move on.

This isn't a bad shot but its a bit flat ... but then this is why I use RAW, so  I can process later. As it happens these days I can do that in stages of the day (pick your down time) as long as my phone has battery.

I have the camera set to capture RAW + small JPG (which is 2048 wide and usually enough to email or Facebook anyway if it didn't need tweaking). As discussed in an earlier post I:

  • transfer the JPG and RW2 files to my phone via a utility (I use ES File ...)
  • run raw2dng app to convert my RW2 files to DNG
  • open the regular image browser to see my files and open to Snapseed from there

So here's what I did

Which got this as the end product:

I recommend you open them both in separate tabs so you can switch between them and observe the differences them in an  A <> B manner.

As I've observed before the raw2dng app is not preserving the lens corrections (which Snapseed will honour if they are there) so there is a difference in barrel distortion between the images.

Still ... when raw2dng gets around to adding that it will be a compelling processing method.

Friday, 17 February 2017

with a little help from my friends

Sometimes we get to places by ourselves, other times we need a little help from our friends or even strangers along the way.

I've been finding that I've slowly made my way out of the dark places (enough to see a few things off in the distance, apart from just the darkness around me) and I just wanted to post about this a little.

Sometimes you help yourself, sometimes you work with others ...

and other times you get dragged up by your arm ...of course its all about timing and so anyone wanting to pull their friends up must wait till they are ready for it ... it may seem like you should do it earlier, but often I think you can't.

Friday, 10 February 2017

the unpaved road

A conversation with a friend of mine this morning had me articulate a thought which helped make it solid for me (rather than the background of what I know and unconsciously operate on).

She said that flowers don't grow on paved roads , which is of course one of those classic cliches which has a central nugget of truth.

The problem as I see it is that flowers are  the seeding bodies of plants and from seeds new plants grow, external to the soil. So a flower grows from a plant, which in turn grew from a seed and used the soil to do that.

If the mind is the ground, then for the mind to grow, the idea of the seed needs to be copied into the mind and by the work of the mind the mind grows the flowers.

So its an active thing (requiring work and thought power) unlike the observance of the flowers.

Its even a little more work than that because YOU have to scan the idea into your mind, I can't actually plant it there.

So its a bit like the baby bird squeaking from the nest ... the parents can vomit up food in its belly for it, but eventually it will have to go feed itself. It needs to learn to feed itself and learn to identify what is food even.

The little cliche holds value but only if we think about it.

I see many people who quote cliches but seem to never have thought about them. I guess they're like directions painted onto the road ... things for others who travel that road can see and use to navigate, but the road never knows what's blocking the sunlight.

here comes the sun

Well, yesterday I was out on the lake skiing. When I left it was foggy but bright ... as only shallow mildly dense fog can be.

but as I moved across the lake to the destination (a small island) the fog began to lift.
(an image from yesterdays post)

which meant that soon after I got to the island the fog was clearing and the sun as shining on the trees directly.

Now because its about -6C the fog starts growing as crystals on everything  (which is why the trees look snowy even though it hasn't been snowing). So these fine crystals soon melt when hit by the sun.

and the bits shaded by the sticks stay "white" with frost ... and can indeed continue to grow a little while before all the fog is gone. You can just see that the last of the fog is in the lower left of that shot.

Seen from the side a little while later the contrast is even more stark ...

looks beautiful doesn't it ... it adds up to striking contrasts from behind

it was a grand day (and yes that's my ski there and no, some moron on a snow mobile did the rest of the mess)