All this technology to maintain an online presence and how often to a write a blog post? – Well most of you will have no doubt spotted the answer to that one: over a year! Why is this so? Well, it’s simple. I just keep putting it off. Not because I can’t be bothered to write something, more the case that in order to publish images; I first have to process them and that’s the bit I keep putting off. I have no patience to sit in front of the computer for hours on end making minuscule adjustments. If I can’t process an image inside five minutes then it just doesn’t happen and that’s where technology has finally come to my rescue in a way. I’ve discovered DXO Optics Pro. In fact I’ve been using it for a while but, in keeping with the theme of this post, have only just got around to writing about it. Not only is it the best RAW file converter I have used, it also allows me to process images quicker; a lot quicker in fact. Couple this with the FilmPack plugin and we now have a mix of technologies.
FilmPack allows me to make images look like they’ve been shot on film (my favourite being Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS for colour), or at least use that as a starting point; thus being able to mix technologies: the look of analogue film coupled with the ability to adjust parameters digitally. Basically, post processing just got enjoyable at long last!
And so to the image or images that always have to be included in a blog post: some of the oldest technologies know to man – fire and the fashioning of simple tools.
The post processing has resulted in quite a “gritty” look which seems quite appropriate.
As always, click on the image for the full size version etc (opens in a new window).