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Bando d Kvar (www.flickr.com/groups/2472126@N24/ ) colleague Matt (www.flickr.com/photos/taggartjm/ ) and I were having a brief coffee break in a local Grimsby, Ontario coffee bar and I was showing him the new (to me) toy, the Olympus EM-5 (Mk1) and how unobtrusive it was to operate. I was setting up the camera to get a shot of what appears as the background in this image, when, as luck would have it, a woman who had been fairly busy on her cell phone at a nearby table stood up and wandered over nearer the window (just out of view to camera right), all the while continuing her conversation. She walked into the frame and I was not about to pass up what fate clearly had intended to be a composition I had to capture. Her gesture worked nicely with the angular lines of the background and the colours worked out nicely overall, although I think I need to speak to the proprietor about getting the blue-framed table reservation stands replaced by ones more in keeping with the rest of the colour scheme. Oh, and I think this is another Red Rule shot. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-02-20

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Taken using a hand-held (actually, table supported if truth be told) Olympus OM-D EM-5 (Mk1) fitted with an Olympus M Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens set to 42mm, Intelligent Auto mode, Auto WB, ISO1600, f/5.6, 1/50 sec. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Olympus RAW/ORF source file: crop off a bit of the right side to eliminate a dark doorframe that was protruding into the frame, set final image size to be 8000px wide, set exposure compensation to EV+0.25 (brighten slightly), very slightly boost contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, adjust colour temperature to be slightly warmer than as-shot (set to 4961K), sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: slightly boost overall contrast, use the tone curve tool to very slightly darken the top 20% of the curve to get a bit better definition in the hair while not impacting the rest of the image significantly, sharpen slightly, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Grimsby coffee bar woman blonde cell phone mobile phone conversation talking red Red Rule signs Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Olympus OM-D EM-5 M Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6

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Grimsby, Ontario is pretty much a small town and, in common with most small towns, youth complain of there being nothing to do and that their needs are typically ignored. The town administration, in a recognition of this group’s interests, built a skateboard and roller blade obstacle course and named it the Grimsby Sk8 Park. This addition to the town’s recreational facilities has been well received and is well used. But Winter imposes a limit on the facility’s accessibility. One consequence is that the stairs leading down to the park from Christie Street becomes somewhat tricky to navigate and thus the yellow Park Facilities barrier is put up to protect people from themselves. The splash of yellow and the repeating pattern creating a bit of a leading line/pattern immediately caught my eye and the flat Winter light on the snow made it virtually disappear leaving this. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-02-20

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm lense set to 40mm, ISO100, Daylight WB, Program mode, f/9.0, 1/320 sec. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: set final image size to 9000px wide and also crop off a bit of dead space along the bottom edge, slightly boost the scene overall brightness, adjust the colour balance to get a neutral snow colour, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: clone out a distracting tree base that was protruding slightly into the upper left corner of the frame, use the tone curve tool to brighten the image overall slightly but specifically boost the brightness of the top 20% to ensure the snow came out fairly white rather than muddy grey, use the select-by-colour/magic wand tool to select the yellow tones in the barrier and then boost its contrast and saturation, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048px wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Grimsby Sk8 Park snow stairs railing barrier Park Facilities pattern yellow Winter Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 F-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm

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Just after a recent fresh snowfall, the park bench on my deck became a subject, again, following a bit of inspiration by photographer Sean Tucker (www.youtube.com/user/seantuckermerge ). There was nothing to shoot so I spent a few minutes working with this because of the shapes and textures in the end casting and the lack of any significant colour elements, which I usually find myself looking for in potential subjects. It was also an exercise in working sans-tripod so I can see how I can improve my hand-held shooting sharpness (hint: get the shutter speed up, way up). Another near monochromatic image in full colour. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-02-18

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Taken using a hand-held Nikon D7100 fitted with a AF-D Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 lense, ISO100, daylight WB, Aperture priority mode, f/4.5, 1/1600 sec with an EV-0.67 exposure bias to ensure the snow highlights/sparkles are preserved. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: significantly boost contrast in L-A-B mode, use the Exposure compensation tool to brighten the image overall by EV+0.21, further boost contrast using the Exposure control group Contrast tool, enable Shadows/Highlights and significantly recover highlights, adjust the colour temperature to 5630K (i.e. shift away from a residual blue cast to a warmer tone), sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: adjust the tone curve to brighten the top 50% slightly and then darken the bottom 20% slightly, remove a slight residual blue cast (mainly in the darker ‘dirty snow’ below the medallion), sharpen slightly, save, add fine black and white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   monochrome black-and-white park bench snow textures casting Sean Tucker Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF-D Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8

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I had been watching some videos on YouTube and came across a gentleman named Sean Tucker (www.youtube.com/channel/UC_43mQmHwHPTBBqImFrWU3Q ) who spent a good bit of time discussing his approach to street photography while pretty much avoiding making the discussions about gear. Refreshing as well as very interesting. Among the topics he covered was a particularly good one of on shadows (www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBAFTR2lScY ). With that fresh in my mind, I made a brief visit to the lavatory and while comfortably ensconced, I noticed how a sunbeam entering the window was playing out on the wall opposite. It immediately struck me as being along the lines of what he was discussing. Quickly regrouping, I brought a small camera into the lavatory and captured this just before the sun’s location shifted and eliminated the bright patch in the upper right. I know that this appears to be monochrome/black-and-white image. It is not. It is full colour. Take my word for it. A bit of fun with a limited colour palette and some interplay of light and shadow with a touch of Sean Tucker inspiration. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-02-18

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Taken using a hand-held Olympus OM-D EM-5 camera fitted with a M Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lense set to 14mm, Manual mode, Daylight WB, ISO200, f/5.6, 1/100 sec with an EV-0.70 exposure bias. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Olympus RAW/ORF source file: set final image size to be 8000px wide, apply perspective distortion correction and level image, set exposure compensation to EV+0.08 (lighten very slightly), boost contrast in L-A-B mode, adjust Tone Curve 2 to boost the lights only, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: slightly adjust/increase overall contrast, use the tone curve tool to brighten on a small segment of the curve corresponding to the bright area on the tiles and wall, sharpen slightly, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   light shadow wall tiles monochrome B&W full colour sunbeam Sean Tucker Open Source GIMP Olympus OM-D EM-5 (MK1) M Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens.

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Having been hit by two major ice storms in as many weeks, I was a little tired of the resulting mess. I realize here in Grimsby, Ontario we are prone to the occasional such storm, but two in two weeks? Really? That got me to wondering why. Is it climate change causing more erratic weather patterns. Or is it this, the output of a big horn sheep in the sky as suggested by this Dodge Truck Big Horn model logo. You just don’t know any more. And, as usual, the tail light makes this Red Rule shot. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-02-07

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Taken using a hand-held Olympus OM-D EM-5 (MK1) fitted with an Olympus M Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens set to 34mm, Auto WB, ISO320 (Auto ISO), Intelligent Auto mode, f/5.4, 1/60 sec. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Olympus RAW/ORF source file: rotate image to set the right edge of the tail light to vertical, set exposure to EV-0.45 (a bit darker than as-shot), perform some tone curve adjustments to Tone Curve 2 using the Parametric model and use this to darken the highlights as well as the darks slightly, also pull down the Tone Curve 1 top end to bring the highlights into a more displayable range, enable Shadows/Highlights and recover highlight detail, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: adjust the tone curve to slightly darken the bottom 1/3 of the tonal range to get a bit deeper ‘blacks’ while still preserving detail, select only the red tail light and darken it further while not impacting the rest of the image and also slightly boost the red-channel-only saturation to clean up the tail light colour, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image down to 2048px vertical, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   ice storm ice truck logo Dodge Big Horn black red Red Rule freezing rain Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Olympus OM-D EM-5 (MK1) Olympus M Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6


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