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A Good Primer To ‘Computational Photography’, I.E., AI Empowered Photography — The Next Frontier Of Digital Photography.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the DPReview.com 3-part series.


AI (i.e., Artificial Intelligence) is why I am increasingly taking more & more pictures with my Google Pixel 4 rather than with one of my real cameras.

The near state-of-the-art AI in the Pixel 4 makes taking pictures a joy — a piece of cake. I have never believed in post-processing (i.e., PhotoShop). I do NOT have the time or patience. I am click-shoot-and-‘print’. AI makes this that much easier. It is AI that allows the Pixel to take pictures in the dark.

Check out this series. It will tell you where we are headed. Enjoy.


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We Still Have Scintillating Fall Foliage In Central New Hampshire — October 26, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.







red new hampshire foliage Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


Some of these are from our yard or from across the road. ALL are within 1/4 mile of the house. The road you see at the bottom (right on top of this) is my personal TREADMILL. I walk it at least ONCE a day everyday. Most days I try to walk it, down and then up, three times. Have walked it five times on occasion.

Expecting rain tomorrow. That will take down many of the leaves. Yes, I noticed bare trees already.

But today, with the sun out, it was scintillating.

Who needs PhotoShop when nature gives you these colors and bright sunlight.


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Some Wedding Pictures From Saturday, October 19, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Canon EOS RP with a Tamron all-in-one zoom.

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Nope, I don’t do wedding photography. I don’t think I am good enough, I don’t have the right equipment and worse of all I don’t know how to use PhotoShop.

So, I leave wedding photography to the professionals. I just point-and-click a few pictures, straight JPEG and post them out of the camera.

Here are six from the wedding we attended in Maine this last Saturday.

What makes these pictures even more special, than normal, is that I lost them! The SD card got corrupted. Luckily I was able to recover every single one.

Thought I should share so that you can enjoy.

 


by Anura Guruge

Triangular, Toblerone Swiss Train Is A Joke.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. This morning on MY Facebook Timeline.


As you can clearly see from my comment I immediately knew that this was an April Fool’s joke. But, it was clever and cute and I used to LOVE Toblerone. I used to bring bars over from Europe to the U.S. in the 1980s and hooked a legion of folks hooked on it. That was way before it became readily available here.

Well, this picture had me intrigued enough that I did some Googling. It was well known. It did NOT start off as a Toblerone train. Instead it was just a triangular train — the premise being that such trains would fit better inside tunnels. Somebody took the triangular train and made it into the Toblerone train and STUCK a comic driver in the cab JUST IN CASE we did not spot that it was a joke.

So, here is the original triangular train you can see the white house, with red roof, behind the train and realize that this is it. Note that the wheels got slanted!


And that was Photoshopped from this.
Again check the background and you can see the commonality.


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Maybe They Really Should Make A ‘Rolex’ Watch Face For The ‘Garmin Fenix 5’.

by Anura Guruge


It started this morning with this post, by a new member, on the ‘Garmin Connect Users‘ on Facebook.


I couldn’t resist.

Took me less than a minute to dash this off using PowerPoint and post it. But, I did provide some MAJOR clues.


Folks, quite understandably, liked it — though one person did not fully appreciate my humor or being pedantic that I had NOT used ‘photoshop‘, since I had used PowerPoint.

Got me me thinking.

Maybe Garmin and Rolex should partner. Create some watches under license. Charge BIG, BIG bucks.


Well I was having so much fun and it only takes me seconds — on PowerPoint. So, I did this too. Those who know me will appreciate the IRONY.


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My 1st “PhotoShop”: Before and After — See What You Think.

by Anura Guruge


As I proudly point out daily in my “The Picture of the Day” post, I do NOT believe in post-processing (i.e., ‘Photoshopping’).

To I, the pleasure and challenge of taking pictures is to capture what I can to the best of what I can — given the equipment I am using. It is like my running. It is test of my abilities. A discipline. Altering reality after the event has NO appeal to I — since that is not what real-life is all about.

Anywho … I have a friend who urges me incessantly that I should Photoshop — as he does with all of his pictures. Actually I have two friends like this, though the other does not ‘urge’ me to do as he does.

Well, I took this picture (i.e., the ‘Before’) yesterday, at the ‘Wolfeboro Inn‘, at a breakfast meeting. It was the simple table arrangement and the white/gray is the table cloth. It was a round table and there was probably 10 people seated around it — including my ‘Photoshop friend’. I too the picture with my Google Pixel 2 and I don’t think anybody even noticed. I liked it. I was THRILLED with it. To I, it could not be bettered.

But, for the heck of it I asked my friend to Photoshop it. He did so, GLADLY, in seconds.

Well, I knew I could better him — though I do NOT have ‘Photoshop’ or even an equivalent since I don’t need them — and will not use them. So instead, I used Photoshop.

What do YOU think? I hope YOU like my ‘Photoshop’ better. {Smile}


Click all to ENLARGE.

 


The BEFORE.

The original taken by I.


The AFTER (i.e., Photoshopped) by my friend.

These were his comments: “Here is my Photoshop modifications.  Your flower was dark around the center and brighter around the outdside.  I much brightened the center and increased contrast there. See if you think it is an improvement.”


MY AFTER. “Photoshopped” in Powerpoint.


I really hope YOU like my AFTER.

Good news, I do NOT plan to do anymore photoshopping. This was enough.


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Iconic, American Landscape Photographer Ansel Adams Was Born This Day 116-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


Though not well known, Ansel did shoot in color.
See text below.

Click to ENLARGE. A color photo by Ansel Adams.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansel_Adams



I wrote about Ansel Adams, quite recently, in my latest books.

So, I am going to reproduce ‘chunks’ from that, since that will also give me a chance to air this text and see what typos I have. {Smile}

He definitely was not a ‘straight out of the camera’ photographer. He treated his exposed negatives as canvases to be worked on. He manipulated and worked with the original image captured to get the picture he wanted to project – particularly when it came to its tonality and dynamic range.

He is best known for his black-and-white masterpieces. He, however, did shoot in color – often so when he was doing work on commission. In the 1940s he was hired by Standard Oil (now Esso and once Exxon) to shoot a portfolio of color images, per the theme ‘See Your West’, that were used in a giveaway promotion at gas stations.

Ansel, given the grandiose scale of the subject matter he preferred, opted (as did other professionals at the time) for large format cameras – usually capable of producing 8” x 10” ‘plates’ or negatives.

Ansel worked hard to get his iconic images. Sometimes when optical filters alone would not provide him with the light contrast and gradations he sought, especially when water was involved, he would use pieces of card, he held in front of the lens, to achieve the desired exposure. Then, he would work on the negative.

Ansel was known to be a darkroom maestro, who knew and employed every trick of the trade when it came to ‘doctoring’ negatives and controlling the images obtained from negatives. He predated ‘Photoshop’ and the magic that can be wrought from the RAW data available from medium- to high-end digital cameras. The options for ‘post processing’ digital images that are available today are likely to exceed Ansel’s wildest dreams. It is, however, possible that Ansel’s best, pre-digital and in b&w, cannot be photoshopped to be any better!


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Full Moon Over “Mirror Lake”, NH, By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge


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Over the last month or so I have posted photos, articles and a poem by Dick Byrd: lawyer, software entrepreneur, painter, poet, photographer, raconteur, Photoshop maestro, philosopher, writer, race car driver, mechanic & all-round-nice-guy.

Given his Photoshop wizardry, I always ask Dick as to how much Photoshop is there in a given picture — in this case, Full moon over ‘Mirror Lake’, that being where Dick currently lives, waterfront (though he has sold his place and moving ‘soon’).

This is what he said about this picture:
“Below is a photo of the moon setting over Mirror Lake in the evening from my kayak.

I photographed the shot of the moon and also the shot of the horizon over the trees while I was in my kayak.  BUT, I used Photoshop to put the two photos together.

I’m concerned that I made the moon just a little too big.  I wanted the “huge-Moon” affect you do get when the moon is close to the horizon, but I might have overdone it.  What do you think?

 It is also difficult to know just how much light glint to put in the water.  I did just a little of that.  I might try to improve on it.”

This should set you up for this Wednesday’s rare Blue Moon Supermoon and partial eclipse.


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by Anura Guruge

More PhotoShop Wizardry By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH — This Time Yosemite.

by Anura Guruge


PhotoShopped


Original

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El Capitan, of course. But, YOU knew that.


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A Photo Of “Mirror Lake”, NH, By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge



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Over the last month or so I have posted photos, articles and a poem by Dick Byrd: lawyer, software entrepreneur, painter, poet, photographer, raconteur, Photoshop maestro, philosopher, writer, race car driver, mechanic & all-round-nice-guy.

Given his Photoshop wizardry, I always ask Dick as to how much Photoshop is there in a given picture — ‘Mirror Lake’ (above) being where he lives and this was from his deck.

This is what he said about this picture:
“Of course there is some photoshop.
I took out a couple of houses visible thru the trees at the far side of the lake to get that totally rustic view.
I increased the saturation a little on the sky and reduced it a little on the trees and water.


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by Anura Guruge