The Elegance of Technology

I don’t pretend to know everything. I don’t even pretend to know a little. I am humble like that…. 😃

I always admit when I don’t know something.

The thing I think I am most proud in my personality is the fact that I have an inquisitive mind; a thirst for knowledge and for finding answers or scratching the surface of something new.

I think that is why I love technology so much.

I also don’t pretend that technology holds all the answers.

I does not… just because there are new things invented/created on a daily basis and what was an answer yesterday finds a different response today or tomorrow.

That is the nature of innovation.

The interplay of light and shadow at Yale University

The interplay of light and shadow at Yale University

I took this picture in 2009 with my then new, Nikon D80. It was during a photowalk around Yale University in New Haven Connecticut.

It was languishing in my hard drive together with all the other pictures that me and my son took that day (he wanted to be with his dad, so I told him he could go with me and I gave him my old Canon G9 so he could take pictures as well).

I have come a long way in my post processing and one of the things I love to do is go back into my libraries to reprocess old images and see what new treatment I will give to the images that I have not process or that were not worthy of a second look before.

One kind of finds some jewels with the help of new techniques and processing software.

I think the image was ok in color, but that interplay between the columns and the light was clamoring for a Black and white treatment.

In color it was ok, it Black and White it was awesome!!

I think is a lesson that says: “Don’t throw away your images, you never know when technology is going to catch up to your expectations and creative endeavors”

The inviting entrance to Area 52

Playing around with the new version of Skylum's Luminar 2018 and some foggy pictures...

The Inviting entrance to Areas 52

One of those mornings when I wake up at 4:30 AM with insomnia and decided there was nothing else to do but get out of bed up and go to the office to get some shit done.

Luckily, I happened to look at the weather report while I was brushing my teeth which called for some foggy weather.

I packed my computer and decide to take the Fuji X100F for a spin in low light/foggy weather.

As I was driving away from the house this was the scene at our local library's entrance.

I kind of reminded me of a story I read a long time ago where aliens invaded the earth and they were shaped like street lamps.

The new version of Luminar 2018 (Jupiter) is blazing fast! Every day I find new and interesting ways to use this program and every day I move a little bit farther away from Lightroom. Mind you, I still love me some LR, but the speed and versatility of Luminar are enough to convince any diehard LR alumni.

There are so many choices and possibilities with this application that creativity becomes fun once again, and I think that is what LR is lacking. 

Bombastic!

I was testing the new version of Perfectly Clear Complete V3 using this image of a recent trip to NYC.

A simple iPhone photo was taken on my way to Grand Central Station. I first edited in Adobe Photoshop CC to remove some wires that were in the middle and that didn't need to be there. I also cropped and did some Lens Correction.

It was my first time using the Lens Correction filter and I was curious to see that the lenses do not include the latest generation of iPhones. It only has up to iPhone 6. What's up with that Adobe?

I then moved the file into Google's Nik Perfect Efex and added some Pro contrast. Next, a quick trip to Perfectly Clear Complete V3 and finally a conversion to black and white using Nik Silver Efex.

I particularly like the lines and the reflections on the front building, as well as the contrast between the new construction and the old in the back.

I clear example of the stories you can find in NYC. The contrast of Old and New...