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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 2 Days Ago  
Caption Contest Caption Contesst- 11 August - 18 August 2022
Posted By MSL
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Let me introduce you to our new Senior VP for our fresh produce department.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature It's stopped
Posted By MSL
Replies: 10
Views: 186
Sparkling, and the red in the background is a bonus. Nicely imagined and imaged.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-26-2022, 07:27 PM  
Landscape Sunset Last Night
Posted By MSL
Replies: 6
Views: 195
Usually sunsets are all about the colors. But this one is all about lines, straight lines, curved lines, and vertical lines too. I love the composition.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-26-2022, 07:54 AM  
Landscape Dawn at Sunflower Flat
Posted By MSL
Replies: 4
Views: 163
Agreed. I wonder if you could heighten the impact by cropping a bit more of the foreground.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-26-2022, 07:52 AM  
Nature A Barred Owl trying to sleep
Posted By MSL
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Well spotted, as the owl could have easily been overlooked. For that reason I think I prefer the 1st and 4th shots that show more of the scenery.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-28-2022, 08:33 AM  
Nature Another Awesome Anthurium Plant/Flower. II.
Posted By MSL
Replies: 4
Views: 131
Tony,
Always a sucker to come view one of your images as I know I won't be disappointed. Please take the following as a suggestion, or just a curiosity on my part. If you cropped the right side to get this particular view, would it be possible instead to crop so the dominant yellow center is close to the left third? I just wonder how much it will change the focus or what the eye is drawn to. Right now I'm torn between the strong yellow in the center, and the crisp details on the far right, where there's more textural contrast.
M
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-03-2022, 08:32 AM  
Thematic Shadow Selfies
Posted By MSL
Replies: 103
Views: 5,561
@paulh My how you've grown!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-24-2022, 05:26 AM  
Caption Contest CAPTION CONTEST Now through to 17:00, 31st May 2022, NZ time. (30th May in the USA)
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 608
I want to ride my...
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I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
Queen - Bicycle Race
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-16-2022, 11:25 AM  
Caption Contest open now closing at 8 PM US Central time zone May 23 2022
Posted By MSL
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Fore!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-11-2022, 04:40 PM  
Caption Contest Caption Contest - 8th May to 15 May 2022, NZ time.
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 512
The running of the mother-in-laws
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-29-2022, 01:07 PM  
(This) Idiot's question on Rawtherapee
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 1,060
Thanks @JensE for the detailed answer which makes it all very clear.

For background, when I was first tinkering with RT, I would go back in my history to tweak a setting thinking that order mattered, only to lose my subsequent steps. Tinkering after I started this thread showed me I didn't need to do this, as I could just adjust the dials on a particular tweak and it would adjust accordingly without losing the history. This is what led me to wonder about the order in which steps are applied to an image (your part B) and hence my second thread.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-29-2022, 01:04 PM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST April 29th - May 6th 2022
Posted By MSL
Replies: 10
Views: 429
I said go UP!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-29-2022, 01:02 PM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST April 25th - May 2nd 2022
Posted By MSL
Replies: 17
Views: 693
The image was very familiar. Would be interesting to know how the captions compared. I had no problems with a repeated image as this one had lots of potential.

And despite the lingering familiarity, I had no interest in digging into your archives to confirm my suspicions and so I didn't check to see what was said before. Also there's new users on the forums all the time...

But off to the new image I go.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-29-2022, 06:34 AM  
(This) Idiot's question on Rawtherapee
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 1,060
I'm not sure I missed the point, so much as I hadn't gotten to this aspect yet. I started a separate thread about whether the order of operations matters, and while your answer is largely correct there are some exceptions for certain programs. See (This) Idiot's second question on Rawtherapee (and other non destructive editors) - PentaxForums.com


That's probably where my Third question will come from - i.e. the sensible order in which to make changes. However, I'm probably not going to post that one any time soon, as I know a few photographers have tackled this in various videos, and possibly in previous questions on the forums.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-28-2022, 12:55 PM  
(This) Idiot's second question on Rawtherapee (and other non destructive editors)
Posted By MSL
Replies: 12
Views: 966
Most of my experience is with destructive editing programs. From my understanding and experience, in these programs each editing step can affect subsequent ones, and so the order in which you do things matters. For example, if you were to crop, resize and then sharpen an image, you will end up with something quite different than if you did the sharpening before the resizing. Similarly, if you crop an image, subsequent adjustments to the brightness/contrast or curve will only sample from the part of the image remaining after the crop.

Is the same true of programs like Rawtherapee or does the order that you apply changes to the image not matter? I realize I could fire it up, try to process an image using a bunch of different tweaks in different order and look for either visual differences or differences in the way the pp3 files are saved, but I figured asking here first might give me some better answers. Same thing if I want to crop and then adjust the lighting - will the curves I see reflect the cropped image or will it still retain the full image data, so that if I then chose a different cropping it wouldn't affect what I had done with the curves?

TIA.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2022, 07:23 PM  
(This) Idiot's question on Rawtherapee
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 1,060
Thank you for this detailed set of instructions. I was aware of RT saving .pp3 files as you worked, but I hadn't thought about reloading them, or even tinkering with them offline and reloading as way of tuning parameters and then reloading different ones.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2022, 12:24 PM  
Soft proofing
Posted By MSL
Replies: 13
Views: 716
This sounds like a useful step, but not one I've heard about before. Can you point me to something that explains this?
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-26-2022, 05:00 AM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST April 25th - May 2nd 2022
Posted By MSL
Replies: 17
Views: 693
The ice cream came in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate and grumpy
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-25-2022, 08:21 PM  
(This) Idiot's question on Rawtherapee
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 1,060
I've tried it once or twice, but I founder it harder to jump into than anything else I've tried. I think this is mostly because I haven't invested enough time into it yet, and to some extent, that was the inspiration to starting this thread as I was reluctant to commit too much time to either Rawtherapee or darktable if they both had significant shortcomings in the user experience.

---------- Post added 04-25-22 at 11:26 PM ----------



Thanks for this, as I hadn't come across him yet.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-25-2022, 08:11 PM  
Soft proofing
Posted By MSL
Replies: 13
Views: 716
That's probably what I'd do if I was working with a local printer that I could visit, but so far I've used one semi-local company and had stuff shipped and I'm looking at another well recommended one that is in another province.




I'm looking to have someone else print.

---------- Post added 04-25-22 at 11:17 PM ----------



That's a good point. I'm not expecting things to match but I am trying to avoid huge shifts in colors or other unexpected changes as much as possible.





This is something I've known for a while and I've largely avoided the problem by tuning my monitor down when working on prints. For my office computer I have three screens - the laptop + 2 very different bigger monitors, so at the very least any image I view there shows me three different versions at different brightness and contrast.



Another good point and I'd go beyond that and say even printing will depend on the medium, and doing nothing more than changing from glossy to matte can make a big difference which is why I have a couple of images I've printed on more than one medium just to see the variations that can occur. Of course this was a lot simpler when Black's used to exist and would have $1 sales on 8x10 prints which made it a much cheaper experiment to do.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-25-2022, 06:36 PM  
(This) Idiot's question on Rawtherapee
Posted By MSL
Replies: 14
Views: 1,060
If I understand this correctly, I would still lose everything I did after the crop, which in the example I gave is what I'm trying to avoid.



Thanks. These are features/functions I hadn't found out about yet, so very useful to know this is possible.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-25-2022, 06:30 PM  
Soft proofing
Posted By MSL
Replies: 13
Views: 716
One of the things I found early on when printing at various outlets is that they have a setting to either turn on or turn off their own corrections. I found that once I'd tinkered with a photo to a look that I liked, if I didn't force them not to apply their own color corrections, it always made the image worse.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-25-2022, 01:02 PM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST April 25th - May 2nd 2022
Posted By MSL
Replies: 17
Views: 693
Next time I need to bring enough money to buy 3 ice creams
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-24-2022, 03:38 PM  
Nature Technique needs work, but the timing was pretty good
Posted By MSL
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Yes. It is a MF lens. Likely shot between f8 and f11. I'm not sure how much I adjusted focus as I tracked the motion, although I sometimes manage to do so
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-24-2022, 08:05 AM  
Nature Technique needs work, but the timing was pretty good
Posted By MSL
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Thanks Ole. At F100 it is a pretty good lens and from a few shots at that range, the richness of the colors are consistent with what you get from most Pentax lenses. What I need to do it a test series to see the maximum useful focal length. On my A70-210, I found it dropped off around 180. With the F100-300, I think it is good up to about 210, so it used to give me more useful range above my A zoom, until I recently snagged the K200/4 and the stunning Tak 200/3.5. But it may even be good beyond that, maybe up to 240.
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