Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:39:02 AM
I was afraid this may happen one day: http://my.opera.com/chooseopera/blog/2013/10/31/important-announcement-about-your-my-opera-account
So, MyOpera is closing down on March 1, 2014. Few months to decide where to move my blog and photo albums, if anywhere. I already do have albums at Google+, but as a blog it is not the same thing. And there are hardly no other similar communities where people can have similar collaborative group blogs as what has been possible here at MyOpera.
If you have any ideas where one could or should continue blogging, then please give a tip.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:16:07 PM
Thanks to Deb
I started to use Advanced Tone Mapping script
for GIMP. I discovered it actually works like so called fake HDR effects. As a result one gets ghostly aura around edges, which I call as a "grief edge" (black border) often used in death notices. So, although the amount of effect can be increased with the 'Copies of merged layer' setting, I strongly advice to keep it within 1 to 2.
Next I will try also some other "fake HDR" scripts like this one: http://registry.gimp.org/node/11776
One need to know the enemy in order to beat it
As some of my readers know, I'm not a great fan of any sort of HDR because it easily makes the picture look just unnatural. I have nothing against surreal, but for me HDR is more like going to the "dark side"...
Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:30:33 PM
Somewhat accidentally I discovered an editing method to enhance the picture. Here are the step by step instructions for GIMP:
1) Duplicate layer.
2) Run 'Colors>Auto>Equalize' for the top layer.
3) Switch layer mode to 'Value' for the top layer.
4) Try to change the top layer opacity to find a pleasing amount.
This definitely does not work for all pictures but quite often it is a very quick method to enhance the contrasts and colors. Finally just merge the layers and do your usual magic.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 5:45:59 PM
I'm trying to see ordinary things in different ways. Basically options are limited into point of view, light and context. We can shoot the object from different sides and distances, and change the light and background. All the rest is editing, which is not necessarily photography anymore.