JPEGs from Drab to Fab – Maybe

Full Disclosure: I am not a professional photographer. I like photography and it is a hobby. I am not an expert in either photography or post processing. Putting that aside, I do enjoy trying to capture the best photographs I can and to make them look as nice as possible using Adobe’s Lightroom and Google’s Nik Collection.

I didn’t have anything approaching a “real” DSLR until last year when I purchased a Nikon D3300. I was going to rent some Fuji gear, but it was less expensive at that time to make an outright purchase of the D3300. We were planning our trip to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. I wasn’t ready to spend a couple of thousand dollars on camera equipment; at least not yet.

I currently own three cameras:

  • Canon PowerShot AS590 IS – This Camera is many years old, but keeps on ticking. It has been my companion whenever I go on a photographic expedition. It has an 8.0 megapixel CCD with 4x optical image-stabilized zoom.
  • Canon PowerShot SX50 HS – I purchased this camera for two reasons: 1) I wanted to see if I would enjoy shooting in the RAW format and doing post processing and 2) I wanted a camera with a lot of reach. This has a 50x optical zoom lens which, as Canon claims, goes from 24mm to 1200mm (35 mm equivalent). This is a step up from the AS590 above with 12.1 megapixels and it has helped with my bird identification hobby.
  • Nikon D3300 – This is my newest camera and comes closer to the full DSLR experience. I do enjoy this camera and I am still learning how to harness the full potential. It has a 24.2 Megapixel DX-format sensor and it came with the 18-55mm kit lens. It did as well as I expected during our trip to Bishop, CA and Yosemite National Park.

With the above out of the way, let me just say that I have a lot of fun turning images from “drab to fab” using Lightroom with Googles’s Nik Collection and doing some intermediate post processing. Let’s just look at one example from my least advanced camera, the Canon AS590.

We were hiking in Utah and on the way home, we stopped at the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. It was a very gray day with rain threatening. The only camera I owned was my little Canon that was three years old at the time.

Assessing the weather we were having, we knew we had little time to explore so we parked the car on the side of one of the named trails, the Toadstool Trail, and began to walk toward several beautiful rock formations.

The toadstools are rock pillars with larger flatish rocks on top of them. Thus they look like (abstractly) toadstools. Below is one of the photographs that I took that day.

Unprocessed photo of the toadstoolsThis JPEG photograph was taken with an AS590 IS and is unprocessed

Understand that this is a JPG only image. It is straight out of camera (SOOC). If you read many of the punditori, they will tell you that there is not much that can be done with post processing and a JPG image and that may be true, but “not much” doesn’t mean that nothing can be done.

I upload all my images to Lightroom (LR) because it is a good cataloguing tool. When done correctly, it is easy to organize and then find any given photograph you have taken. I follow blogs of photographers who have hundreds of thousands of images indexed in LR. I have less than 10,000 photos in my LR catalog, but I am working on it.

When I took the photo above, the rocks appeared to have more red tones in them and there was much more contrast in the clouds. Unfortunately, my camera could not render all the nuances my eye was seeing. Although this is a JPEG image, I decided to process it as I would my RAW images.

This is the final image after doing some work in LR. This is closer to what I remember seeing. I have enhanced the colors and contrast, but that’s what I want…a more beautiful photograph.

Processed photograph of the toadstoolsThis is the same photograph as the one above with post processing done in Lightroom

It is hard to compare the two photographs above when they are separated by the narrative. Although this will not provide much detail, the set of smaller images below should impart the basic idea.


Side by side Comparison of the two images aboveThis is a side-by-side comparison of the two images above

So…what do you think? Don’t you feel the photograph on the right is a more beautiful landscape than the shot on the left? Leave a comment or ask a question in the comment section.

 

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Leaving Taft Point – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 229

Looking back leaving Taft Point

Looking back towards Taft Point as we head back to the trailhead

After spending time soaking in the magnificent views offered to visitors at Taft Point, it was time to head back to the trailhead and parking area. As we made our way past the fissures, we took one last look back at the scene.

We had quite a day taking in valley views from both Glacier Point and Taft Point. These were adventures we will never forget!

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170225

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Love and a cough cannot be hid.” — George Herbert

“You can’t lose what you never had, you cant keep what’s not yours, and you can’t hold on to something that doesn’t want to stay.” — Damon Suede, Bad Idea

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” — Mary Lou Retton

“Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.” — Fran Lebowitz

 

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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20170224

Today’s Picture Quote

quote - Do it anyway
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

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Farther View of the Falls from Taft Point – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 228

Yosemite Falls from Taft Point

A farther view of Yosemite Falls from Taft Point

Yesterday’s post touted the size, beauty and strength of Yosemite Falls. As part of that dialogue, I explained that being above the valley enables visitors to see the relationship of Yosemite’s features to each other.

This is a more distant view of the falls from farther back on the trail. You can get a better sense of where the falls are geographically and of course El Capitan would be toward the left of the frame (not visible) .

From this point, we started the return trip back to the car.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170224

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” — Krista Tippett

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Speed of sound is really funny…Our parents tell us something when we are 15 and we hear & understand it when we are 40.” — Unknown

 

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Yosemite Falls from Taft Point – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 227

Yosemite Falls from Taft Point

A view of Yosemite Falls from Taft Point

When visitors are in and around Yosemite Valley during spring and early summer and they hear the roar of Yosemite Falls, they may walk toward the bottom level to watch the torrent of water free falling down the wall of the mountain and into the basin. It is quite a sight; and quite a splash I might add.

I suppose some visitors think that what they are viewing is the total of Yosemite Falls, but if they could actually see the entire waterfall, their amazement would increase more than twofold. It is huge!

That is the beauty of hiking at Glacier Point and Taft Point…you get to see the bird’s eye view of Yosemite Valley. There is more than meets the eye at ground level and it is easier to understand the relationship of all of the major attractions to each other when standing at the top of it all.

The photograph above shows the full scope of Yosemite Falls. It was wonderful, beautiful and powerful. The roar of the falls can be heard for quite a distance at ground level and lulled us to sleep at night.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170223

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.” — Rose Kennedy

“Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.” — Lord Chesterfield

“Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.” — Democritus

“And that ancient law went into effect which says that when you need towns they are very far apart.” — John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

 

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Video – A Wow Fact About Sorting Cards!

When considering a standard deck of 52 cards, take a guess at the number of ways this deck of cards is able to be “arranged” or “sorted” by shuffling them. Pick a number!

OK, I don’t believe you picked one that is large enough, but let’s proceed!

You may find this hard to believe, but the video claims that the number is larger than all of the atoms on earth.

** Here is the number written out in scientific notation:

 

** Here is the number written in the customary way (should have 67 zeros, but the picture doesn’t show all)

 

The TED video below explains it more precisely. It isn’t too complicated and I think you will be amazed.

** These were screen shots taken from the TED video referenced above!

El Capitan’s Nose from Taft Point – Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 226

El Capitan from Taft Trail

El Capitan close up from Taft Trail

Yesterday’s post showed a more distant picture of El Capitan with the surrounding meadows and the Merced River. This photo brings viewers a bit closer to El Capitan and the “nose” of the mountain.

The nose is the ridge facing left that juts out like a nose on a face. I guess mountains do have faces…don’t they?

 
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