Photomatix is not a post processing tool. It’s a photo merging tool.
Maybe one of these days I’ll scan these so you can see the non-blurry images.
But probably not…
1. Ferris wheel at the Puyallup Fair
2. Cotton Candy booth at the Puyallup Fair
3. Cows at the Puyallup Fair
4. Scott at the top of the ferris wheel (at the Puyallup Fair)
5. View on the ferris wheel (at the Puyallup Fair)
6. Scott on Telegraph Hill
7. Scott sailing on San Francisco Bay
8. Ballard Locks
9. Washington Square Park
10. Me and Scott on the ferris wheel (at the Puyallup Fair)
11. Cows at Tilden Park
12. China Town (San Francisco)
13. Basket of onions at Oakland Farmers’ Market
14. Geese at Lake Merritt
15. Scott at Rodeo Beach
16. My camera on its tripod (my house)
With HDR photography, real estate or otherwise, there tends to be a lot of post processing involved. I’m still pretty new to all of this (read: slow) so a typical house takes me about 20 minutes to shoot but up to two(ish) hours to post process. Photos that I want to use in my portfolio, however, take much longer. Much. Longer. This swimming pool shot, for example, took me a little over two hours to process. After that amount of time, working with a mouse, my wrists are sore and my hand is cramped into a painful mouse-claw.
I’ve worked with borrowed tablets before with great enthusiam before finally purchasing a Wacom Graphire Bluetooth tablet. I really like the idea of a wireless tablet but in reality this tablet is not ideal for any kind of photo processing. The Bluetooth connection has a delay which makes any detail work impossible. After much thought I’ve concluded that the only thing this tablet can be used for is writing and even that would take a tremendous amount of effort to acclimate to.
That tablet was returned almost immediately and I went back to the mouse-claw with (not so) secret fantasies of the WacomIntuos3 tablet. This is the borrowed tablet I’d worked with in the past and, though tethered by a USB cable, I loved it. Around this time, though, I noticed a discussion in the PFRE group about tablets and there was mention of the Wacom Bamboo tablet, which can be purchased for around $100. Shortly after this the Intuos4 tablet was released so I had a decision to make. Do I get the bare bones, cheaper model and save a few bucks or do I invest in something a little nicer, a little sturdier and a little more expensive?
I had been working with another Seattle-based photographer who uses the Bamboo tablet and saw it in action and decided that if it was good enough for him, it would be good enough for me. The $200 price difference could fund a batch of postcards or an upgrade in my website.
I headed down to Fry’s Electronics and discovered that they did not have the Bamboo tablet at the price they advertised but they had the Intuos4 at a price that I could swallow. So with that super long introduction here are my thoughts on the Intuos4 tablet:
This is probably pretty obvious but I just discovered it so maybe you don’t already know it…?
Oh and this was, like, my 50th attempt at recording this so toward the end I sort of… peter…
Don’t laugh. Or if you do I don’t want to know about it. Thanks in advance.
I’ve been to the Avedon exhibit at the SFMoMA twice now (and hopefully a few more times before it moves on) and have let myself become a bit obsessed with his work.
I’m completely in love with this photo:
The movement, the mood, the lighting… everything just works. This is inspiring me to try some new things with my photography. Stay tuned.