Great Tit


Finally – a decent tele.
For the past two years I’ve worked with two less than satisfactory tele lenses (or rather: avoided them often)
I’ve given one of them (a Tamron 70-300 LD Di Macro) to my brother, in an almost permanent loan, when he got his DSLR.
(Un)fortounately I broke it recently, just after the warranty ran out… Replaced it for him with the Nikkor 70-210mm I’ve been using up until now and got myself a new Tamron – the 70-300 SP VC USD
And I love what I see

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Like velvet


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Infrared


I’ve been looking at (and admiring) IR photography for about 10 years now.
Whether it’s this strange look of false colour IR photos, that seems to come from an alien world or the stark contrast of monochrome infrared photos.
I finally got me an IR filter and start to delve into this world myself.
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From RAW to crisp Part 3: UFRaw

Part 3 of my series on RAW developers for Linux will be about UFRaw. UFRaw is tightly integrated with Gimp. You can easily do your preliminary work on the RAW file with UFRaw and jump directly to Gimp to do the fine tuning.

Again it is not one of my favorites. My gripes are mostly the same as with Rawstudio. But let’s not jump to the conclusion but have a closer look at the software.

For the sake of compareability I stay with my usual example photo

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Straight Out Of the Camera. Pretty soft, as all photos with my 18-55mm VR Nikkor on the long end, the sky lacking in contrast and the colors are off due to the predominantly green background.

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From RAW to crisp Part 2: Rawstudio

This is the second installment of my series about RAW developers and Linux.

In todays article I’ll have a look at Rawstudio. Rawstudio was one of the first RAW developers I’ve checked out in Linux. But there was never a big bond betwenn me and Rawstudio. The rest of the article will explain why.

For the sake of compareability I’ll stay with my example photo.

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Straight Out Of the Camera. Pretty soft, as all photos with my 18-55mm VR Nikkor on the long end, the sky lacking in contrast and the colors are off due to the predominantly green background.

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From RAW to crisp Part 1: LightZone

In my last post I’ve done a quick, informal comparison of the various RAW converters I’ve tried for Linux. Yesterday I was made aware of LightZone/LightZombie project and I’ve had to give it a try and start my more serious comparison of RAW developers

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Straight Out Of the Camera. Pretty soft, as all photos with my 18-55mm VR Nikkor on the long end, the sky lacking in contrast and the colors are off due to the predominantly green background. Continue reading

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Highly informal comparison of RAW developers for Linux

RawTherapee

My personal favorite. Does everything well enough. But intimidating at first. Could use a few more tools (like the digital grad ND that Dark Table offers) and a slight UI update.

Dark Table

Highly sophisticated UI. Very useable. If your computer has the necessary horsepowers. And if it doesn’t crash

Darkroom

Can’t say a lot about it. The UI was bugged. Might be due to some MATE/KDE incompatibility. Will have to check further versions

Photivo

UX is lacking. The UI is cluttered, unintuitive and confusing. Handbook is incomplete. Might turn into a very competent RAW developer with further development.

Rawstudio

Very basic. Too basic in my opinion

UFRaw

Very basic. Too basic in my opinion. But good integration into GIMP.

Corel AfterShot Pro

Looks good. Very useable. Compareable to RawTherapee and Darktable. But not worth the money in my opinion

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Giving back

Unbenannt

By now I consider myself to be a pretty sufficient and long time Linux user and since a month I’ve banned Windows from my current laptop when upgrading the HDD.

For the past few years Ubuntu has been my distribution of choice, but with the HDD upgrade I switched to Linux Mint – why bother with Unity when I don’t use it and install Cinnamon instead?

Anyway. Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail is coming up and Canonical sent out a call forĀ  submissions to determine the new wallpapers and this is my submission.

I think it’s time to give back to the community that supplied (in fact still supplies – Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu after all) me with the operating system of my choice.

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Getting some support

When I first got my D5100 I didn’t think about unimportant (to me at that time) things like a tripod. Or filters. Or a flash (well, that still isn’t very high on my list of things to get)
Choose your door wisely
At first there really was no need for it. I was getting acquainted with my camera, the 35mm is fast enough wide open and raising the ISO to 1600 (my upper limit) sure did help. But as time went by I found out it was highly limiting. Limited to 1/50th of a second or faster (for constantly good results) or 1/20th with lots of shake or the help of some kind of support (walls, trees, anything I could brace the camera against) and shooting wide open some photos were not possible.

A few months later I remembered that my brother was using the old tripod from our dad for his camcorder and with his camera.

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Test. One. Two. Test?

Remembering a long dormant domain and hosting package I’ve decided to get back into doing some writing and maybe even start to blog regularly (but don’t hold your breath)

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