Image Resolution Irrelevant for Web Display

I often see tutorials on the web about proper image resizing for the web, I actually found a few when looking for info related to my previous post on image compression.  All of these tutorials preach the ’72 ppi’ mantra saying that computer monitors can’t display more than 72 ppi so setting this higher creates bigger images and is wasteful.  I’m not sure where this all started, but it’s nonsense.  This page has some useful info and worth a read for another explanation.  What I’ll demonstrate here is how this setting has absolutely no influence on images displayed in your browser.  This ppi (pixels per...

Image Compression Shootout: Lightroom, Photos...

Using the smallest images possible while preserving quality is important because small images load faster.  If your site visitors have to wait a long time for your site and images to load they are likely to just move on.  There are several methods of reducing the size of your images, here I compare four different methods, though there are certainly other methods (software).  I use Adobe Lightroom 4.2 for most of my image management and editing, with some work in Adobe Photoshop CS5 for some extra editing when needed.   To reduce the size of my images I most often used JPEGmini but then stumbled across a WordPress plugin called Smush.it,...

The Fifth Annual East Van Show and Shine

My friend Eli and I attended the Fifth Annual East Van Show and Shine held at the Whip Restaurant.  It is a fundraiser that features live bands, a barbecue, local vendors, and vintage and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Proceeds support the Canadian Cancer Society.  We have attended the event for the last few years and it’s always fun.  There were a few new cars this year, including a late 60’s Charger and a late 60’s Camaro which are both near the top of my favorites list. On our way out of the house, Eli noticed a rainbow around the sun.  More info about this in my previous post, but it was very cool and not a...

Vancouver Sun Halo

Yesterday, on my way to the East Van Show and Shine, my friend Eli pointed out a circular rainbow around the sun.  Not something you see every day, and since we both had our cameras we took some photos.  Someone suggested that this phenomenon is called a sun dog or sundog (Wikipedia), but I think it is actually a sun halo.  A sun dog is a ‘mock sun’, or a bright point of light similar to the sun.  I this case, it’s a complete circular halo around the sun and looks like a rainbow. There are some references to these things here and here. Update (May 29):  After posting on a forum, it turns out this phenomenon is called  a...

Shelter Dogs May 11 2012 May13

Shelter Dogs May 11 2012

Another trip to Vancouver Animal Control to photograph dogs.  Photos from previous visits can be seen here.  As always, you can see the animals available for adoption from this shelter by visiting their PetFinder page or just drop in at the shelter. First up, this young pit bull who is a bit chunky but loves to play. I had to visit the puppies again, they are great dogs and won’t last long.  Previous photos of these little guys are here. A playful and very cute Pomeranian. Call of the wild And a German Shepherd who was more interested in napping in the grass than having her photo taken.  ...

Another visit to the Vancouver Aquarium

I have had a membership at the Vancouver Aquarium for the last few years and I like to visit often.  It’s a great place to just walk around and relax.  I almost always see something new and different.  I like to bring my camera, you never know what you will see. Don’t bug me, I’m crabby Best buds, Gus and Ollie, hyacinth...

Dragon Boat Spring Sprint in Vancouver

What a great day for some dragon boat racing.  Since my wife is on a team, I went down to take some photos and enjoy the nice weather.  Spring Sprint is a warm up to the big Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, which is in mid June.   The boats are smaller, only 10 paddlers instead of the usual 20 and the distance is substantially shorter as well.  Still fun to watch, especially when you can soak up the sun after the miserable April showers. The races are held in False Creek with downtown Vancouver as the backdrop.  Hard to find a nicer venue than this. The staging area is right beside Science World. Some shots of the action.    ...

A Walk on Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC

I don’t always take my camera when I’m out walking the dogs, but since the D800 is new I decided to bring it along today. I was using the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR lens, which I love. All shots hand held, so may not be critically sharp especially when shooting in the shady areas. It’s still too early in the year, and too cold, for the nudies to be out so I had the beach to myself. This is one of my dogs, Jammie.  She is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, small but thinks she is a big dog. You see some interesting critters when you start getting close I have also been playing around with black and white images more and more.  The...

Shelter Dogs May 5 2012 May08

Shelter Dogs May 5 2012

Another set of dogs from Vancouver Animal Control, you can see others here.  As always, you can see the animals available for adoption from this shelter by visiting their PetFinder page or just drop in at the shelter. The three puppies on this page are very cute and friendly, they all tried to crawl into my lap as I was taking photos.  They have the most amazing crystal blue eyes I have ever seen!  But first, this young German Shepherd.  Playful and energetic, loves to play fetch. Now the puppies!   For anyone curious, this was the fist time I shot dogs at the shelter with my Nikon D800. I used the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens but I think...

Poppin’ Pollen May06

Poppin’ Pollen

Yesterday I noticed what I thought was smoke in the kitchen but had no idea where it was coming from. As I was looking around, I saw that a flower on the counter was shooting out pollen. I have never seen anything like this, so I had to grab my camera and shoot a short video. I have never seen anything like this! I’m assuming this is not a common sight, otherwise I would have seen it myself before (we have a lot of plants) or I would have seen it somewhere online. Regardless, I had to capture it on video so others would not think I’m crazy :) Shot with the Nikon D800, 1080p, 105mm f/2.8 VR lens.  View the HD video on Youtube....

D800 LCD Green Colour Cast Test

There have been numerous reports of a slight colour cast to the D800 rear LCD screen. The colour does not seem to affect the files but can create some issues when shooting. I’m not really sure how to test this, but I attempted to set up my D800 to take a shot of a white piece of paper. I tried comparing the LCD to my D90 screen, and took a shot with my iPhone of the two LCD screens side by side. Maybe this will be useful to some. First, a shot with the iphone unadjusted for white balance showing the D90 LCD screen (left) and the D800. Both in live view mode, not displaying a captured frame. They look different but I’m not really...

Nikon D800 High ISO Test

This isn’t meant to be a critical test, it was just a shot I tried with my new D800. I shot hand held in poor light to see how the camera would do. Compared to my Nikon D90, where the image started to fall apart at ISO 800, the D800 is still going strong at ISO 3200. Details: Nikon D800 Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Aperture: f/4 Shutter: 1/80″ ISO 3200 High ISO noise reduction: normal Processed from 14-bit lossless compressed raw in Lightroom 4, than ran through Noiseware to clean it up a bit. Overall, very happy with the image, completely usable shot of my dog, Jammie. The room was quite dark, Lightroom brought back the shadows...

My first images with the Nikon D800

My D800 finally arrived, charged the batteries and headed out with my dogs the next morning. Resisted the urge to photography my keyboard, floor, ceiling, and anything else boring just to play with it. Tried to make the first frame count! I want to mention that I’m not that happy with the grip of the D800. I have big hands, XL gloves, and it seems small to me. I may just need to get used to it, but it is smaller than I expected.  It’s not comfortable in the hands, especially with a bigger lens on the body.  I may have to buy the grip, which is not something I wanted as I like the size of the body as it is.   I’m going to...

First attempt at light painting

This didn’t start out as a light painting shoot. My friend Andrew wanted to get some long exposure shots of planes taking off so we ventured down to the airport near sunset. Before the sun went down, we took a few shots at Iona Beach. The beach wasn’t particularly interesting, so as the sun was going down I decided to try out the variable ND filter I purchased.  First time I have ever used an ND filters, but it was a day of firsts so why not.  Here are a couple of shots, looks like it could be fun and the effect can’t be duplicated any other way. And here is Andrew setting up for a sunset shot. The sun finally set so we...

A Visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Apr06

A Visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bir...

Today I paid my first visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary located near Ladner, BC.  It’s a great spot to spend a few hours and I’ll definitely go back more than once to see what species of birds visit this park.  Cost is $5 to get in, well worth it.  Here are some of my photos from the day. My first shot was actually taken in the parking lot, this girl was walking around in the grass right behind my truck (Mallard Duck). Not sure what this guy is, someone needs to help me identify it. Napping while standing on one foot, showoff (Canada Goose). I think this is a Northen Pintail, beautiful birds. Just a common...

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