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Personal growth is hard when you leave no room (time) for it.

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Rode up to Index to get photos for selling my Ninja 1000SX. It was super cold and I almost gave up when I got to Monroe, but after some hot coffee and putting on my warm winter gloves, it was more or less fine. (Album (10 photos), 6 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork


When you're to the point in #photography where you notice that cell phone photos can sometimes have really wonky white balance. 🤔 #photog


Would a larger sensor #camera improve clarity and contrast when shooting with a narrow aperture? #photography #photog
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Not really. Depends of atmospheric conditions, light, qualitiy of lens used.
Can be corrected (in a small way) when develop the raw. (In LRC reducing haze and add clarity makes corrections in WB and exposure sometimes needed.)
in reply to dieter_wilhelm

Needing to edit in post like that matches my experience, too. It just feels like the initial RAW shouldn't look quite that bad.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Yep.Usually it takes "big time" = 20-30 seconds.... Depends of what the camera is set to. A plethora o decisions... And most picture style caters JPEG files.



. @clover and I stopped in Snohomish while running errands to get food, explore some shops, and get ethanol-free gas from the Snohomish Co-op. (8 photos attached here, 17 photos in the album)

While editing this, I discovered that the yellowish-white light filtering through the shades in the window adjacent to my monitor was messing with my color perception, even though I blocked out the lower half of the window as best I could. I ordered some blackout curtains to take care of it once and for all, but they won't be here for a while. :( In the meantime, I can only edit photos at night, after my eyes have been tired out from the day, so I won't be able to make much progress for now. #photography #photog #photo #photos

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Went on a little spin over Snoqualmie Pass, through Yakima Canyon, and back over Chinook Pass on the way to SoSo Cycles in "Tacoma" (really Fife). Riding my #Triumph Bonneville with the aftermarket scrambler bars really hammered home how awkward the bars were, so I wanted to talk to someone familiar with cafe racers and so on. Mark at the shop gave me some great suggestions and sent me on my way. (Album) #motorcycle #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork

I was worried that Chinook Pass might be closed, and the lack of traffic heading east as I headed west didn't help. Thankfully, it ended up being open and not too busy.

in reply to Neil E. Hodges

You have a few more weeks, usually, before Chinook closes. I suspect it might've been a little chilly, though. 😃

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I used to think my #Triumph Bonneville T120 was slow, but recent rides like yesterday's to #Lake #Chelan taught me that all I had to do to make it fast was use more of the engine's rev range and engage my core when cornering. It's so much fun now! (8 photos here. More from yesterday's ride to come.) #motorcycle #photography #photog #photos #Washington #WashingtonState

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Some photos from when @clover and I went to the Washington State (Puyallup) Fair. #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork (Album)
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Some of my best raw edits yet, but I'm still not super happy about the colors. :(
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Played around with a colorimeter app and found that my left monitor (the one I do photos on) was a bit yellow, so I turned up the blue on it a tiny bit. #photography #photog
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Why does my peripheral vision do white balance and brightness perception better than my main vision? #photography #photog
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

It's almost like my brain can't effectively process shapes and colors at the same time. #photography #photog


Debating whether to give up on raw #photo editing. It just takes so much time and is always disheartening. :( #photography #photog
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Maybe I should limit my raw #photo editing to photos where the camera's built-in JPEG results aren't good enough, like when something is heavily backlit. #photography #photog
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

That seems like a reasonable compromise. I find I don't *do* anything with so many of my photos because my post-processing workflow is so cumbersome.
in reply to Jesse

I never realized how commonplace this was. I've been in the same rut for months!
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Oh yah! If someone actually forces me to get a photo to them, I'll usually do a few bang-for-the-buck changes like choose a better camera profile (Canon's Camera Faithful Landscape is so much better than I realized) and futz the exposure, crop and get it to them. I find if I try to micromanage the image too much it looks worse and worse to me.
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raw is difficult, unless you are trying to practice/modify a workflow the cost is high.

The best photos are the ones you view.

DSLRs and phones are so good now it really raised the bar for basic photo capture.



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For some reason, I have a much easier time doing the white balance aspect of raw #photo editing when I enter a trance state, stop thinking with my "logic brain", and defocus my eyes. I can see the inflection points the white balance better this way. 0_0 #photography #photog
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While the results are the some of my best yet, I really do understand why artists end up hating their work. x.x #photography #photog #photo


I thought I was saving time by not doing manual white balance calibration before taking photos (using automatic white balance), but the white balance (both color temperature and magenta-green tint) are much worse in #Darktable without that calibration. :( #photography #photog


I made a discovery while doing #photo editing today: the red from having the color temperature adjustment's set too high registers with my eyes more than the yellow does. If I lower the color temperature until the weird red tint goes away, the result is better than trying to focus on the yellows. #darktable #photography #photog


Something I've noticed about my #Olympus PEN E-M10 Mark III is that its greens get really blown out when the Sun or sky backlights a scene. #photography #photog


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Testing out the white balance calibration feature of my #camera. Some of the images still seem kind of cold, though. #photography #photog #photos #photo (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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Seems to me "ok" - white balance is something one photog's mind has memorize and in post dev correct the wb of the camera.

Besides mostly all cameras set the wb correctly. But sometimes not. So we correct it to what we think it was.
in reply to dieter_wilhelm

Yeah. Cameras are pretty good at automatic white balance, but there are still times when the camera fails to lock onto a good reference and produces strange results. Using a reference card should take care of that.


. @clover and I had a nice little outing at the beach, despite the water from the saturated sand soaking through our towels while we sat. (Album, 8 photos) #photography #photos #photo #photog #mywork

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Finally convinced @clover to ride with me after not having done so in what feels like years. I did a reprisal of a recent ride, albeit with a couple of added detours and without a stop in Coupeville or at Deception Pass. The weather was touch-and-go in places, but I feel like we had a good time. (And I'm sure the heated jacket helped her!) (Whidbey Island (2024-04-01), Album (51 photos), 9 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills.)

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Looks like you had a great time. I have too started going out my dear, we are still learning. Riding with passenger feels different.
Take care, have fun!

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My original plan for this ride was to have @clover along for it, but she wasn't feeling well and wanted to rest at home instead. I didn't feel like doing anything big since I hadn't made a backup plan, so I did a basic ride around south Puget Sound instead. (Kitsap Loop (2023-03-25), Album (12 photos), 6 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills.)

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The allure of Eastern Washington became too much, so I headed over there via Snoqualmie Pass (the least likely route for snow). Rather than sticking to the Interstate, I also checked out the old highway (US 10) east of Cle Elum, which was exactly the kind of riding I look for. Only when I hit Moses Lake did I turn back, after exploring the mid-century downtown. (Moses Lake (2023-03-18), Album (85 photos), 15 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle #mywork

My #Triumph was plenty powerful enough to handle the nearly 100 MPH traffic speeds on I-90 in Eastern Washington, but the wind buffeting made me miss my Ninja.

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills.)

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. @clover and I visited Granite Falls today. I had low expectations of the falls based on discussions with friends, but we both thought the falls were pretty darn cool! Sadly, she had cold-like symptoms for much of the day, which devolved into COVID-like symptoms after we got home. (More photos to come later.) #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork
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This one turned out pretty well. Can't wait to apply what I've learned to the rest!


Did my usual daily loop for the first time since last weekend, but I was definitely not over my cold yet. It wasn't the best time. :( (1, 2, 3, 4) #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #photography #photog #photos #photo #mywork
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Today's ride was much more enjoyable now that I don't feel like I'm not getting any air.
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Yep, I saw that while I was out, too.

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With the memories of snow and cold in the mountains, I decided to ride up Whidbey Island instead. This also gave me the opportunity to check out the part of Deception Pass State Park that I'd missed during the wedding, as well as Kayak Point Regional Park. (Whidbey Island (2023-03-11), Album (74 photos), 17 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

(I've been riding nearly every weekend in March, but I've been spending time refining my photo editing skills. These are some of the earliest photos from my practice.)

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. @clover and I went to West Seattle this morning for breakfast at the Luna Park Cafe and doughnuts from Dough Joy to bring home. (Album (9 photos, 4 photos attached)) #photography #photog #photos #photo #diner
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I've eaten at Luna several times, a while back, and quite liked it.

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My second attempt to visit Mineral went significantly better, though it was super quiet since it's mostly geared towards folks enjoying the adjacent lake. (Mineral II (2023-02-11), Album (35 photos), 12 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

And on the way back, I was passed by a huge pack of sportbike riders who had zero chill.


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I wanted to finally check out the town of Mineral in Lewis County, and the roads seemed fine everywhere, but they ended up getting snowier the further up in elevation I went. By the time I hit the last road to get to the town, it was covered in slush and I went down maybe 100 feet after turning onto said road. (Blog Post, Album (7 photos), 7 photos attached) #photography #photog #photos #photo #motorcycle

A local helped me get the bike up on the slick surface and I headed straight home after. Mineral will have to wait until the weather warms up a bit.

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you know this but ..... that type of tyre/tread is not great for those conditions is it :-(

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Had a fun time visiting North Bend with @clover last weekend (Album (29 photos, 11 photos attached)) #photography #photog #photos #photo





We also visited a "lifestyle center" between home and there earlier that day.

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I tried riding right after the big #Seattle #snow event at the beginning of December, but I didn't have suitable tires for what I ran into! (Original) #wasnow #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #photography #photog #photo

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I'd been on the lookout for a #Honda CRF450RL for a few weeks, and when I saw this used one that came with all kinds of mods and accessories for not much more than a new one despite only having 600 miles, I put a deposit on it. The next week, I rode my Bonneville down to Olympia to see it in person before outright buying it.

A few days later, my dad and I drove down in his SUV so we could bring it back on the car's rear rack, since the weather was going to be nasty for the foreseeable future. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) #motorcycle #photography #photog #photos #photo

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Had to stop for a couple photos here while on my ride this morning. (Sorry about the NDS.) #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #Seattle #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork (1, 2)

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Ran into an MFG Cyclocross event at Woodland Park while out on a ride on Sunday. Now I'm curious about trying #cyclocross out for myself! #cycling #bicycle #seabikes #Seattle #photography #photog #photo #photos #mywork (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

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I’ve done a handful. I’d describe the experience as a time trial with distractions 😝


Came across this bombed-out car in the upper Woodland Park parking lot near the dog park. Felt very #Seattle to me. #photography #photog #photo #mywork (Original)



Does anyone here have suggestions on taking photos in the rain, without having one's lens getting all covered with raindrops? I'm using lens hoods, but some of the hoods I have don't do much about rain. #photography #photog

My lenses and camera are all splash resistant, by the way.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Not really. Takes some precations (holding the camera...) but have a cloth (suitable for lens surface) to wipe the rain off is needed. Well depends of rain... But shoot "in the rain" means "all get wet" in several levels. Your underpants for exaple not from rain... Your lens in some repects more..

Usually wipe the lens if needed, shoot, cover.... and repeat. Have more cloths the change when wet.
in reply to dieter_wilhelm

I was thinking there'd be something like an umbrella for the lens. Want to get photos in utter downpours.
in reply to Neil E. Hodges

Oh well that is a mostly better solution. Fastened to a tripod is possible.
Wind speed is another problem then, but better rain protection. Did i say that a cloth to wipe the lens is needed?



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Still figuring out color temperature. #photography #photog #photos