Another yarn from Iquitos last year. We will move off into the jungle at some point: I have many shades of colour to share from the deep Amazon. I’m reading a great book about that right now, its called ‘The Lost City of Z‘. The story chronicles the life of Major Fawcett, a late Victorian Explorer who was convinced, like many others, that the famed ‘El Dorado’ existed somewhere out there in that jungle. Trouble was he lost his life trying to find it, as have hundreds if not thousands, before and since. I wonder if it is really out there?
It seems to be ‘Prague season’ on this site at the moment….it just felt like the right thing to do – get my snow shots up and out there on the interweb whilst we ae still in the depths of winter.
HOWEVER! what excites me much more about this particular shot? Well, its the first time I have processed an image in my life, using a properly calibrated monitor, in this case my beloved Macbook Pro.
Until recently I had always dismissed the idea of spending money and effort to calibrate my ‘workspace’ - it seemed over the top. However, I had been getting annoyed at how a shot produced on my computer looked great on my own screen, only to view it elsewhere (another monitor, a print coming back from a lab) and see colours too dark, or too vivid, or a myriad of other problems. I would get the occasional Flickr comment or suchlike that re-inforced this frustration. From early last year, I had started to quite carefully match the colour spaces I work with across all my software/hardware, having read a few books which covered this topic. But that was about it regards calibration and profiles. Anyway, I attended a marvellous convention at the weekend, the SWPP in hammersmith London – its an annual gathering of wedding and event photographers, as well as lots of photography suppliers. I had a really engaging chat with the (very down to earth) guys from Datacolour whilst there. I shared my frustrations whereupon, they showed me some stuff and in short, convinced me in 2 minutes to buy a Spyder Express 3, a piece of hardware/software to calibrate my screen. Its been transformational! Plugged it it, ran the easy to use software, all done in 5 minutes. I’ve been thoroughly impressed so far with the results – I am fairly convinced its going to really the output of my work, both onto the web and in printed form (though print also requires some work on printer profiles, inks etc. to ensure proper colour re-production). The Spyder 3 Express is therefore thoroughly recommended. I’ll really appreciate any comments on the colours and rendition in the shot posted here (and any I post from here on in), bearing in mind they are popping out of my newly super-duper calibrated ’colour machine’. Thanks in advance!
Walking back to our hotel after a long day and night trawling the streets of prague, I managed to convince Barbara to patiently wait for me in the freezing (-20c) cold of prague whilst I set up this shot in the ‘Namesty Republic’ square for three long and shivering exposures. I was surprised Barbara duly obliged, even though she was limping badly after taking a fall on a slippery pavement. She even offered to hold my tripod bag for me – true love right there people! Well, it was the last photo of the night, I’d been a gent all day, and our warm and welcoming Hilton was only 100 metres across the square. I’ve played with the sky a bit in processing the resulting image; there was alot of very fine drizzle in the air, which made the shot look ‘noisy’ -this was accentuated by some of the rather gorgeous night lighting which illuminates the building’s in Prague’s Old Town. A wonderful city by day and by night.
Its going to be busy here in April 2011…personally I’m planning my getaway already as I hate large crowds. This was taken in early December when the snowfall disrupted my tube to work, so I took the scenic route. A bit of a cliche photo but there’s no point it hiding on my computer.
Shopping for a New Years feast at the Mercato il Capo, Palermo. The fishmongers are doing a roaring trade in Pesce Spada (swordfish) and lobster ravioli, along with other sicilian seafood delights.