You can control the flash at least partly just by the angle that the light hits the subject. There is nothing you can do about how a computer screen other than you own renders color. A lot of tinkering, image editing, software downloads and adjustments might fix it on your screens but only on yours. No matter what you do will change what someone else sees. You can spend a lot of effort getting that prefect shade of brown and it will still look orange on my screen, pink on someone else's
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.
there are these things called colorimeters which will read your screen and help you calibrate it and set up a color profile for your monitor to use and the color management of your computer. there are programs that then will use this to make sure it looks like it should on your screen. that is what i need to get. yes, there is a way to adjust things manually, but it does take a lot of work and often the results will not be accurate as what you can get from a colorimeter. so for someone who is concerned about color rendering (and i am) it is worth getting one to use. for the newer LED monitors you don't need to use them as often.
my photo editing software will use the monitor profile. they are all aware of that kind of thing.
i know that i cannot do anything about what others see on their screen but as long as i can see it right here at least when i'm taking pictures locally i can know that the camera is not too far off. the other thing once, you have your screen calibrated and set up properly then you can also use what is called a color chart when taking pictures to make sure the camera is capturing the colors well. most recent electronic cameras should do some kind of color adjustments and white balancing for exponsure and contrasts and such, but perhaps they may do things you don't want too, so a good thing to check. then there are the various image storage formats where RAW is just a capture from the device and then you have options after that in the camera and on a computer to generate JPG or other formats from those raw bits.
as i am fairly new to all this with this new camera and monitor i still have a ways to go before i get things figured out as i'd like.
if you are interested in color management for Linux (Windows and Apple computers have things set up much easier for them in this regards, but if you are someone who wants accurate colors you'll still likely end up needing a colorimeter) there are some on-line explanations that spell it all out and talk about the different parts of the process.
Yea, I used to have reason to care about all that junk, preparing images for print. I'm old school too where bandwidth and file size mattered. I'm on a metered connection, no unlimited data at my house so I still convert all my images to jpeg and lower the quality. I upload files generally less than 100 kb in size since they are for rendering on a monitor not for print, although monitors are much better than they used to be. When it comes to color I have no clue what others see in my photos but when I've looked on other computers they seem fine for the most part.
I have a good camera and use Adobe Fireworks, so I just mostly let them take care of it. I do tinker with the color sometimes, for example if I have a watermelon that just blows me away with it's yellow flesh and that yellow is what strikes me the most in real life then I might enhance it a little to make sure it is prominent in the picture. Or I might tinker with balance or contrast to enhance subtle mottling on a bean. It's the prominent feature I want to show more than the precise color.
i did manage to get my orders placed and made sure to get things available here in the USoA but forgot about the snow storm on the east coast so two of the three items happen to come from New Jersey and New York City, so i may not see them for some extra days until things get cleaned up a bit. funny as i'd waited a whole year to do this since i knew last spring i wasn't too likely to get to this project until this winter and also because of the pandemic and the fact that i didn't want to order things are are pretty much a hobby for me as compared to all the people that were ordering groceries, TP and such. now though things should be fairly routine. so i got it done at last. colorimeter, chip chart with gray scale and an adjustable light source which all should help me get pictures i like and get my monitor to show colors closer to reality.
a few steps forward and then one big one back. i ended up having to replace computer parts and it took a week to get back on-line. i hate being without a computer connection for long since that is how i normally check on the weather and the news (skim quickly) and many other things. well back to working again, but there are a few issues about the new hardware i'm not fond of so that has distracted me a bit from my gardening and picture taking tasks. *sigh*
right before this happened i'd gotten my picture taking setup switched around so i could use more indirect light in my pictures and snapped this shot:
Last Edit: Mar 6, 2021 9:03:20 GMT -5 by flowerbug
i talked to our local library manager about bringing in some bean and other seed samples that i already had made up for last year which didn't get used up. just for people to take if they'd like. i need to figure out how to display them and what to put on any sheets to print to go by them, not sure yet about any of that. they said ok, so we'll see how this goes. no other seed swaps going on this early spring.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2021 0:55:52 GMT -5 by flowerbug
garden season getting going now outside and it sure feels good to be able to do something outside.
in looking at the gardens, i was able to get them scraped clear of most weeds in December so they are in very good condition. i may not really have to do a huge amount of prep and weeding this early spring so all that time i can devote to projects and catching up on recovering some garden area from weeds and grasses that have overgrown. anytime i can get more space for planting more beans that is nice plus it reduces how much weeds i have growing along one edge of a pathway so it makes future weeding easier.
i also checked out and weeded a bit along another area yesterday so that whole space improves by that for the coming season. in December i was able to remove some small grasses which drop a lot of seeds early if i don't catch them. those little clumps of grass were very welcome food for the worm farm inside providing some diversity and new dirt. by now those are all gone.
aside from weeding i have to get some dead trees cut away from a fence. they are now leaning up against the fence. it will also be a good time for me to go along and trim back trees and bushes along that fence. always plenty to do.
very happy we finally got some rains, it was getting too dry out there.
i did get some trees and bushes trimmed along the fence line and also removed the dead leaning stuff that was threatening to take the fence down. sadly i really need someone to come in and remove some standing dead trees too which they are looking like they might be leaning or situated enough to fall on the fence. i much wanted to just let them be as dead standing wood is homes and food for other animals like woodpeckers. it also might cost me to have someone do that and i never really want to spend money if i can otherwise avoid it. plus, i can't do it myself, they're too big and likely more dangerous than i'd like to risk having come down on me.
aside from that gardens are flowering with the crocuses and the other early spring flowers.
today it is nice enough i can get back outside and work on some weeding/digging along a problem edge to get it cleaned up so it can be planted with something else. likely beans once the weather warms up enough.
Last Edit: Mar 30, 2021 10:09:44 GMT -5 by flowerbug
the onion sprouts from last late summer survived, without being mulched or even looked at since December when i was able to get some weeding done. they don't look bad at all and i may just leave them alone until i want some green onions then i can either eat them all or thin depending upon how much time i feel like spending... likely i'll be too busy to take much time thinning...
the garlic and green garlic (smaller plants to the right) patch. the green garlic will be eaten sometime in the next few months.
killdeer eggs from the nesting pair that have returned again this season. i'm always happy to have them return, they are pretty tame and know us so they don't run around much or make a lot of noise when we are out there working in the gardens. the bird sitting on the nest this morning didn't even make a single peep at me when i took this picture.
It's always a pleasure when our cousins find us tolerable. I enjoyed Flo the doe (orphaned fawn from the neighbors) coming over for cookies whenever she saw I was OTF.
mm, cookie dough...
if i am here when the eggs hatch i go out and talk to the chicks for a while before they run off because it gives them a chance to know who i am. kind of like a milder form of imprinting. i'm really not sure if this is the original pair of killdeer that have been coming around for a long time or not, but these are certainly a welcome change from the others that make a lot more noise and do all the flopping around broken wing drama stuff that doesn't fool us.