Why shoot raw

I know there are lots of photo pages describing why you should shoot raw, but I couldn’t resist throwing my own together.

We recently had our bathroom remodeled and I took some shots of the finished product.  While doing so, I had a couple of blown-out shots that I ordinarily wouldn’t keep.

Original raw shot

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Mexican dancing girl hides menacing stranger

Jack W and Nita Hagemeyer abt 1938My archeological dig through family photos continues. Framed pictures offer hope of more photos underneath, maybe younger versions of the old guy on top. In this case the top pic was yet another copy of a particular shot of my dad and his sister as little kids, squinting into the sun.  Don’t they look like the Little Rascals?

Flipping the frame over, I pulled out the rusty nails holding a cardboard backing with this stamped on it:

Mexican picture and mat - Hasty(4)-001

Radio Picture Frame Co.?  Odd.

Under the kids’ photo was the advertised Hand Colored Mexican Picture, although it looks more Spanish to me.Mexican picture and mat - Hasty(1)-001 Mildly interesting but not nearly as exciting as the movie poster that had been cut up to use as backing board.  The fine print says, “Copyright 1936, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.”  Who was this ruggedly handsome man?  Does he look threatening because someone called him yellow?

RKO Radio Pictures - Yellow

Doodle Falcon!

Susan made some snicker doodle cookies today and managed to free-form a Millennium Falcon without even trying.

So from the following:


(with a little photo editing)
I bring you Doodle Falcon!


Gimp Gnowledge

I’ve been having all sorts of fun (and frustration) learning how to do more complicated image editing and thought I’d share my latest.

On the wonderful snow days of Dec 25 & 26, 2012 (oh how they will be fondly remembered) I took the following photo.

Pleasing to the eye it is.

Based on learning to use masks in Gimp which I’ve been using to enhance my bracketed sky shots and a few single frames I decided to apply the glernin to an “older” picture.

Thence, the following:

Hey, wait a minute.  Looking at the latter picture by itself I liked the changes.  Even toggling the mask layer on and off I really felt the new version was much better.

Seeing them side by side like this I’m not so sure.  The rose pops out more in the first version and remains as the focus of the picture.  In the latter more can be seen but that takes focus away from the rose.

What do you think?

SPOD: Local Parthenon

Sky Picture Of the Day for January 30, 2013

I didn’t get out of the house today so here’s one from the archives taken at my favorite photo-park.

Interesting Things: Ceili Dancing

From the November 20, 2011 Trinity Hall Ceili

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Interesting Things: Leash

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Interesting Things: Load Limit

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Interesting Things: Petals

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Interesting Things: Leaves

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