eXtensions - Tuesday 19 June 2018
Taking the Cameras out for Some Exercise (2): Results from Mahachai Edited in Photos
By Graham K. Rogers
I think that this reduction to about 10% of the original input is a fair cull. Some of the images trashed were duplicates (or near-duplicates); some had odd little faults I had not noticed before; while some I kept had little oddities that make them unique. In a browser display, this may be less noticeable. Perhaps it is time to print some more and see the images on paper.
Looking through Thaladphlu Station - Nikon D850, ISO 5600, 1/400, f/29
Unlike my preferred Aperture, Apple Photos handles the larger RAW files from the Nikon D850 I use and has some basic cleanup tools (often all that I want): crop, straighten and adjust. It does not have enough metadata and there are certain tools like brushes that would be useful.
With the widening range of extensions, I am able to carry out some more sophisticated editing if I think it is needed. I also make use of filtering, particularly from the Tonality Pro and Luminar extensions installed. I have perhaps painted myself into a corner with Photos, but the one thing that it provides that no other application can, is full integration between devices, using iCloud. As I use the iPhone for most work, this is essential. Even though I have 2TB of iCloud space, I offload as much data as I can, but keep almost all output from the DSLR on a separate SSD.
Mahachai Station Transport Options - Nikon D850, 100mm, ISO 400, 1/100, f/13
The trip outLast week I put online a couple of shots from around the local station: Thaladphlu. This is a good area for food and widely known. Using the Sigma telephoto lens I took a couple of shots through the station towards Wongwianyai, with a misty Bangkok in the background. Both locals and those arriving always provide me with something of interest.
Nikon D850: Left ISO 1000, 280mm, 1/320, f/27; Right ISO 720, 400mm, 1/400, f/29
Mahachai and the MarketMahachai Station is a fairly busy terminus with 34 trains in and out each day: the first one leaves around 4:30am. It is also integrated with the market.
Looking through Mahachai Station - Nikon D850, 400mm, ISO 560, 1/400, f/13
Nikon D850: Left ISO 1100, 400mm, 1/400, f/13; Right ISO 500, 400mm, 1/400, f/13
River AreaThe river and its connection to the sea is what drives the economy here: the fishing and shipping industries, food sales in the market, and the large population, many of them from Myanmar.
Tha Chin River - Nikon D850, 400mm, ISO 360, 1/400, f/13
Tha Chin River - Nikon D850, 400mm, ISO 320, 1/400, f/13
Left ISO 320, 400mm, 1/400, f/13; Right ISO 200, 400mm, 1/500, f/13
Tha Chaloem SideCrossing the river gives a different perspective as the pace in Tha Chaloem is far slower, although there seems to be more concern for sea preparations. On a recent trip I took a number of photographs of net-mending; essential for the fishing industry. The view is also, of course different from the Mahachai side.
Tha Chaloem Side - 400mm, ISO 360, 1/400, f/13
Tha Chaloem Side - 400mm, ISO 200, 1/500, f/13
Tha Chaloem Side: Clearing Water Hyacinth - 340mm, ISO 360, 1/400, f/13
Tha Chaloem Side: Ravaged Pier - 270mm, ISO 280, 1/320, f/13
CommentsI made my way back across the river as the rain was imminent and I was beginning to feel a little unwell: the first signs of my eventual trip to hospital. Because of that unexpected interruption, I have yet to drop off the rolls of film from the Hasselblad, so there may be more surprises - and pleasure - to come.
Temple on Tha Chaloem Side - 150mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/13
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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