Maybe a Change of Mind

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I’m still playing with the new camera. I like it a lot – with reservations. And this applies to the Sony as well. My pictures always (and always have) come out pretty washed out. I have to enhance them in software to get the crisp look I want. I wonder if this is just plain normal. After all, even film cameras – well, you had to work in the darkroom to get the photos just right. Yes? No? Is there a way to get the look I want just with the raw photos?

At any rate, that’s not what this post is about. Today I was pondering what I see as some changes in my life. Work has noticeably fallen off in the last couple of weeks. I don’t know what that’s all about. It could be that the new editor has a favourite writer she likes to work with. I know that the sales reps have been working on other stuff. And it just could be that there is less work.

I was getting into my “worried” phase – you know,  – the “oh my gosh, I am going to have to start eating cat food and I’ll become a bag lady and be eaten in by wild dogs.”

Logically, I know that this is crazy. I’m fine. No, I’m not rich – but I’m fine. In fact, the less work there is, the more I don’t want to do it any more. In fact, I’ve been working on projects of my own and loving it.

So, as I was walking in the park today, it occurred to me that everyone I know always says that the most important thing is to have your health. All the money in the world can’t buy happiness if you are not healthy. And the light bulb went on: I am fiercely healthy. I am in outrageously glowing health. I am strong, energetic and active. In other words, I have the most precious thing of all.

I am stopping worrying – maybe permanently. I do feel a sea change in my mind – it’s the beginning – only the beginning – but I think it’s a good start.

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Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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2 Responses to Maybe a Change of Mind

  1. Lindley Roff says:

    For the brightness issues, I suggest playing around with the metering modes and exposure compensation features. Not both at the same time at least not at first.

    Metering modes will let you ‘read’ the light from average, center weighted or a spot – subject youre aiming to have look the best compared with the rest of the photo.

    For example, if you were aiming to have Abby (light subject) stand out against the darker forest, you might want to set it to spot metered or center. For a landscape view from the top of Zoo, average metering may be better.

    Somewhere in your menu you’ll find icons that look like ( . ) or [ ( ) ] or [ ] that’s the area of the menu you want to be in. If you have an instruction manual – have a look at “metering modes” or Google it up.

    Secondly. If it is overall brightness you’re concerned about, try varying the exposure compensation. That’s also somewhere in your menus. It will look like “-3…2…1..0…1…2…3+”. The stock setting is to zero. If you want the overall brightness down (so you can pull more detail from a darker photo), move the setting 1/3 or 2/3 to the left – minus and things will get a tad darker. To the plus side and things get a tad brighter. Also. look up exposure compensation in the manual or Google it.

    Third, you can play with the ISO setting but that is a whole other story.

    Hope that helps a bit with the fun photo stuff. Sorry the work stuff is in a slow patch. More time for photo fun.

    Cheers, Lindley – Pat’s sister.

    • goodyniosi says:

      Lindley – thank a ton – the problem is that I shoot in HDR – I have tired every mode and I prefer that one quite a lot – I get detail in shadow as well as light areas. In fact, the HDR capability is the reason I bought this particular model. The “washed-out” issue isn’t something I can’t easily fix in iPhoto software but I just keep thinking that the raw photos should be crisper.

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