Haven Beach, Matthews County VA

So here’s the latest gallery from Matthews County; just a short walk up and down Haven Beach in the mid to late afternoon.

This will probably be the last photo set I post here, on the free WordPress servers; when it’s ready, i.e., next Sunday at the latest, I’ll put a link to the new site and a brief announcement. I am not sure how long I’ll leave this site up and running; it’ll probably just have everything stripped of it and a single post redirecting everyone to the new one.

In bad news I might’ve messed up my car a little doing something stupid (pulled off the road way too fast and the brakes started acting funny) so I’ll probably be holed up organizing my existing work to date to put on the new site as well as working on a few writing projects (which the new site will also cover in the future) until that gets sorted out.

The new site is using WordPress as its CMS, so there should be someway or another to follow it. Anyway, that covers it til next Sunday.

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Old Maymont Shot, New Filter Experiment

Mind you when you look at the well, imperfect middle one, that this was an experiment.

So I’m sitting here in the Sunday morning post-midnight world with my desktop and RAW files and I picked up an old D50 shot (on the left) and started screwing around with Color Efex filters (part of the Nik Collection; if you have Photoshop and don’t have it installed, go get it, should be free on Google Play).

The one I stopped on was Detail Extractor. Now that middle one’s been through Camera RAW already, so the color and a few other things are altered by those filters already, but if you jump to the final one, I did that without Camera RAW and yielded a much nicer, more natural looking result.

The two latter images compared to the first one literally do have the details jumping out at you- the filter pulls up and enhances stuff that the sensor muddied up. The details stand out and are enhanced. Go figure, I suppose.

It’s always nice when something does exactly what it claims it’s going to do. Especially on a computer. Anyway I’m all excited and sharing it with the internet because I learned something useful and have another filter semi-learned.

Oh, that’s a shot of the Maymont Park Japanese Gardens in Richmond VA, by the way.