Archive for January, 2011

Friday, January 28th 2011

Uppsala Domkyrka

Felt like letting loose on an old photo, so I had a go with this one. Hover it to see the after.

Uppsala domkyrka.

I got my inspriation from Julieanne Kost’s great Lightroom video tutorial’s. I did a whole bunch of things. Added saturation, added contrast and adjusted the tone curve, added three neutral density gradients in the sky, increased the luminosity of the orange bricks, used local adjustments to lighten up the church slightly.

Tuesday, January 25th 2011

Hjulsta båtklubb (Privat område)

Hade kameran med mig till jobbet i dag igen. Det var mulet och grått och såg inte speciellt lovande ut. Men på vägen hem slogs jag plötsligt av att solen reflekterades i vattnet när jag passerade Hjulstabron. Gjorde en något hastig vänstersväng mot Gubbudden och tog några bilder.

Använde bara mitt Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.

I Lightroom har jag gjort bilderna lite varmare, lagt på en vinjett, ett halvtonat gråfilter och lite extra färg.

Thursday, January 20th 2011

Wish list for Lightroom 4

Lightroom 3 Lightroom 4 (mockup) icon was released in June 2010, so Lightroom 4 is probably quite a way off still. Even so, it is always fun to speculate, discuss and guess about upcoming software. So here are a few features and fixes that would be very useful – should anyone at Adobe be listening reading.

  • Local white balance adjustment using the adjustment brush. Would be great to have for mixed lighting situations.
  • Larger white balance picker that can sample a small area of pixels for a more accurate average in noisy images.
  • Sharpening in the slide show module. As it is now I need to export all the photos first if I want sharpening for sreen.
  • A real clone brush that isn’t limited to spots.
  • RGB curves for full control over colour balance and unlimited creativity.
  • Fix the cropping tool! It is currently very hard to make fine adjustments with the crop tool since both the border and the image moves. Keep the image still and make the border a 1 px dashed line, please!
  • Fixed auto sync behaviour. If I select a number of photos in the film strip, activate auto sync and hit + + + + to increase the exposure by 0,4 stops I want the exposure for each photo to be increased relative to whatever it was before, not relative to 0.

Those features/fixes are all relatively doable. But if I allow myself to get a bit more dreamy, here’s what I’d like …

  • HDR merging/tonemapping. I have no idea how this would be implemented, but I’m sure the Adobe boffins could work it out!
  • Panorama stitching. Again, no idea how. I just know I’d love it if I didn’t have to go to an external app for this.

Ps. I am guessing that the Lightroom 4 icon will be a white one, something like my quick mockup above. ^^

Sunday, January 16th 2011

Firefox 4: OMG Change!

If you’re trying out Firefox 4 (beta at the moment) and don’t like the new, sleek and streamlined look – don’t panic. There is help to be found.

Justin Scott has a great post showing you how to get Firefox 4 to look more like Firefox 3.x.

Saturday, January 15th 2011

Rolig parodi på musikaldans

Flight of the Conchords Stay Cool är en finfin parodi på överdramatiserad musikaldans. =)

Wednesday, January 12th 2011

Första bilderna med Tokina 11-16mm

Jag tog med mig kameran till jobbet i dag för att leka lite (på hemvägen) med mitt nya Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 som jag fick levererat i går. Skoj!

Det är inte så ofta man byter ut objektiv trots allt. Och tur är väl det, iofs.

Efter att ha granskat skärpan i datorn och jämfört med äldre bilder så kan jag bara säga att jag är supernöjd. Det blev väl inga mästerverk i dag, men två bilder blev jag nöjd med i alla fall.

Här är min favoritek, precis intill Hjulstabron.

En bit därifrån hittade jag lite matrester…

Objektivet har egentligen ganska kraftig kromatisk aberration. Det syns som gröna och lila silhuetter i bilden här nedanför (som är ett litet utsnitt av den första bilden).

Tack vare den automatiska korrigeringen av optiska fel i Lightroom 3 blir man lätt av dem. (Man måste också ha en objektivprofil installerad för detta objektiv, eftersom det inte finns med i standarduppsättningen i Lightroom.)

100% crop of image taken with Tokina 11-16mm, before and after correction of chromatic aberration with Lightroom.

Saturday, January 8th 2011

Firefox 4 Nightlies Have Tabs in Title Bar

Firefox’s Bug 572160 has been fixed. That means that if you choose to have “Tabs on Top” checked the tabs will move all the way up in the title bar if you are in a maximized window. Like this:

Screenshot of Firefox 4 beta with tabs in the title bar

That means there is no need for hacks like this one any more.

Bug 465086 is also well under way, which will make it easier to close several tabs with the mouse. Tabs will automatically re-size so when you’ve closed one tab, the close button on the next tab will end up directly under the pointer. So to close three tabs, you just go click click click without moving the mouse!

Friday, January 7th 2011

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Ordered

Tuesday evening I ordered a new wide angle lens to replace the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 I’m selling. For quite some time I’ve had my eyes on the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, or the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX as it is officially called for some obscure reason.

I’m excited about the better low-light abilities it should give. It is also pin sharp throughout the zoom range while the Sigma only was at its best at 10mm. So it should make for a better compliment to my 17-55mm.

Having 16mm @ f/2.8 instead of ~f/5.0 is a pretty big difference when shooting indoors. Also, with an f/2.8 aperture you can get a nice tree-dimensional feeling and out-of-focus background, even at wide angles.

I’m basing my buy on loads of reviews at FM reviews, Photozone.de, Ken Rockwell, Amazon, SLR Gear, and probably a few more places.

I finally ordered it from Dzone2 in Hong Kong on Ebay, for the reasonable price of $650 including shipping. After conversion to SEK it ended up about 35% cheaper than buying it online from a Swedish place.

Three cheers for the plummeting dollar!