Monday, July 30, 2018

Digital Moments, Let There Be Light

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro

Digital Moments, Let There Be Light

'Low key edits on spot-metered macro photography images post-processed with Pinhole Art Filter effect on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3)'

One of those days that I have the Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro lens mounted on the E-P5, trying out my skills with spot-metering and ended up with these few shots. The result of this outing is a definite 'yes' that I still have a long way in this area of concern, and equal to the task is a long and sharp learning curve to address my post-processing skills and ability.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro

RAW images were shot with Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro on Olympus PEN E-P5, post-processed (looks half-baked and overdone) on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with Pinhole Art Filter effect, with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Mobile Photography, Blackout

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Lumia 720

Mobile Photography, Blackout

'A quiet moment with the Nokia Lumia 720 when the electricity was out'

It was a nice and hot evening when we were hit with an electricity blackout that threw the interior of the house into semi-darkness. This, of course, calls for the candles to be taken out from their corner hidden crannies, dusted and got lighted for the evening house activities.

Managed these few shots in auto mode on the old and trustworthy mobile, straight off, without any adjustments to the camera setting. Images were post-processed on the desktop which includes adjustments with Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, and Gamma on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), Sharpness enhancement on Google NIK Sharpener Pro, and Local Contrast on RawTherapee 5.4.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Mobile Photography, Square Sights

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Nokia Lumia 720

Mobile Photography, Square Sights

'Square cropped images from a walk around the block with the Nokia Lumia 720'

You might have noticed that the square (1:1 aspect ratio) is the format I used more often than others in my postings. This is another one of those. The originals of these images, however, were taken with the smartphone, in 16:9 format, converted to black-and-white, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro.

The simplicity of the square format is that it can be used to crop the image to give more emphasis to the subject, to encompass negative space, to lay out a composition, to catch lines, and all.


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Digital Moments, Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4

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Olympus E-P5, Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8

Digital Moments, Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4

'Giving it a go with RawTherapee 5.4 image processing software on Olympus *.ORF RAW files'

My first batch of images post-processed on RawTherapee 5.4, a free RAW image processor that can develop RAW formats from most digital cameras and DSLRs. I was introduced to the software through a post on Petapixel.com about a week ago, decided to download and install it, to see what the glam is all about.

First introduced in 2010, RawTherapee is a cross-platform raw image processing program with a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw photo post-production. The mention is that it has features comparable to what Photoshop or Lightroom is capable of.

RawTherapee 5.4 Screenshot

What I find unique about RawTherapee is its ability to support RAW format almost across the board, including Olympus *.ORF RAW files which are my norm. I have been using Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for my post-processing needs all this while and have also been using, of late, Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3 for final print sharpening.

Compared to OV3, which I feel is rather straightforward and simple to use, RawTherapee 5.4 presents itself as a real heavyweight with a myriad of editing options and advanced controls for handling of exposure and color adjustments, sharpening, denoising, color management, white balance, color channels, and more.

For a novice who hardly went beyond Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness and Contrast, and the occasional Gamma correction on the OV3, looking over the interface of RawTherapee 5.4 itself are already intimidating enough, let alone the very steep learning curve which you have to really get into to master the software.

Let alone be. Images were from the Olympus E-P5 mounted with a Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 manual focus lens.


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Monday, July 2, 2018

Digital Moments, Colors of DMC-FZ18 #II

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Digital Moments, Colors of DMC-FZ18 #II

'Throwback 2009, a look at the colors of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, Part II'

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Here I was pottering again in the garden on a bright and sunny day, looking at the crisscrossing of the mini palm leaves and the light and shadow composition they created. Interesting. On its own, the leaves do have their own characteristics and are worth a study of their own.

Again these images were captured in JPEG, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, and Saturation. Print sharpening was done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.



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