Cape Hauy by Luke O’Brien

Luke O’Brien is one of the very best Tasmanian landscape photographers. This is one of his images of Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula, one of the three southeast capes of Tasmania that we rounded last week when Adagio sailed back to Tassie.

Check out Luke’s work at — it’s really easy to order prints!

Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings

Jeffrey Friedl, author of our favorite Lightroom export plug-in (for Smugmug), has developed a remarkable online-learning page on the topic of JPEG quality. The context is specific to Adobe Lightroom, but if you spend a bit of time with his “Sunset and Bird” Quality-Inspector you will see what I mean. E.g.,

(…) Quality-Inspector Features

In visually comparing one quality level to another, it’s very helpful to swap back and forth quickly between the two samples, as it hyper-highlights differences, revealing details of the difference that one would never otherwise notice. While this is useful, it’s important to maintain a sense of perspective about what viewers will eventually see and actually notice on their own. Don’t let yourself get carried away by raw pixel-peeping alone.

Comparing quality levels:

Comparing adjacent quality levels — Comparing adjacent quality levels is as simple as panning the mouse back and forth between the adjacent quality buttons.

Comparing a quality level versus perfect — Bringing the mouse just below a button reverts the display to the “lossless” perfect-quality version, so sweeping the mouse up and down into the button then below it toggles between the view for that button and the perfect-quality version.

Comparing any two quality levels — Selecting the small circular checkbox below a quality button makes that button the one reverted to when the mouse is brought under a button, so you can select the checkbox for one quality, then move to the button for the other and pan up and down to toggle between the views.

Read more » I can almost guarantee you will be surprised and rewarded.
NOTE: Jeff is developing (may have already released) a Lightroom plug-in similar to what you see on the linked web page. So you can evaluate the appropriate JPEG compression for your own specific images.

Why do we make home videos?

“The unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates. And what I’ve learned from my video-transfer project is this: You can’t examine your life if you can’t remember it.

We’ve been through multiple generations of sunset movie tech — from 16mm film to 8mm video to Hi-8 to MiniDV. Each transition orphans the earlier content — absent a lot of work and money to convert formats. Now MiniDV is dead, so our library (in storage, no room on the boat) of LOTS of content will be orphaned just like our library of Hi-8.

David Pogue has been struggling with this latest sunset problem — and along the way he discovered why the Pogue family takes the videos in the first place. Enjoy…

Photoshop and Photography: When Is It Real?

David Pogue does a nice job examining the question

… where would you draw the line and say “That’s not photography anymore?”

I think you will find the answer isn’t as obvious as you might think. Bottom line is that I think David is correct in his view that where the line is depends on the application and context. E.g., compositing is OK for advertising, but definitely not OK for new photography. A photography competition is another set of values — where I would say absolutely no compositing, unless it is a special category for such digital products.

I think you will find the way David lays out a progression from “raw image” to “3D modeling” a useful prod to your own thinking.