Archive for December, 2011

My First Experiments with Shooting Photos in RAW Format

Posted in Photo on December 30, 2011 by Mike Procario

I got a Nikon D7000 this summer after using a D50 for six years. I continued to shoot jpegs with the D7000 until this week. I picked up a copy of the December 2011 Digital Photo magazine with an article on starting to use raw format, so I went out did some shooting in the mode that records a RAW file and a jpeg. I thought the skies look particularly interesting, and I took some shots of local landscapes with lots of sky. Many of the shots had blown out skies with none of the clouds visible. He is the best of the shots of the sky that I got with jpegs. I applied no processing beyond what the camera did.

A shot that had a problem with blown out highlights in the sky is shown below. I processed both the jpeg and the RAW format in Adobe Lightroom 3. The jpeg seemed to get the most detail back at recovery of 30. Cranking up to recovery to 100 did add not any more detail.

Using Lightroom 3 was able to recover the clouds in the RAW format shots. Both shots below were adjusted by about the same amount. Setting recovery to 30 brought all of the clouds back in the raw format.

So far I have been able to turn a bad shot into an average shot, but there still seems to be a real advantage even for an amateur like me to shoot RAW.


Americs’a Problem with the 1%

Posted in Economy, politics on December 22, 2011 by Mike Procario

Joshua Brown explains to  the 1% what gets the 99% ticked off.

So, no, we don’t hate the rich.  What we hate are the predators.

What we hate are the people who we view as having found their success as a consequence of the damage their activities have done to our country.  What we hate are those who take and give nothing back in the form of innovation, convenience, entertainment or scientific progress.  We hate those who’ve exploited political relationships and stupidity to rake in even more of the nation’s wealth while simultaneously driving the potential for success further away from the grasp of everyone else.

No Food Stamps for Millionaires

Posted in Economy, Law & Politics on December 1, 2011 by Mike Procario

From the NY Times

Senate Republican leaders would go after “millionaires and billionaires,” not by raising their taxes but by making them ineligible for unemployment compensation and food stamps and increasing their Medicare premiums.

Your Congress at work, awe inspiring isn’t it?