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Ladies and Gents Who Lunch photos
At a recent lunch in Oakland

April 10th, 2004

Sunday. Easter.
I rambled on about color yesterday, but the difference between the digital images I've been taking and, say, Ektachrome 100s isn't really the issue I've been wrestling with, but more the wacko way my color images have been converting from PhotoShop files to optimized jpeg's for the web in the Image Ready plug-in. I've been futzing with this for the last three weeks wondering what the hell was going on. I don't think this replacement camera is taking pictures any different than the first, but I'm not sure. I suspect I'm going to learn more about manipulating color than a black and white photographer should ever imagine before this is over.

Later. Ah. The PhotoShop CS For Digital Photographer's book I've been reading recommends using a color setting called Adobe RGB rather than the Adobe default PhotoShop sRGB setting I've been using forever because sRGB was designed to display on funky old first generation monitors and hot patootie professional wanna be's like me should use RGB. So, of course, I did. And, in fact, that's the setting the camera uses to produce its images. And, in fact, that's the way you should manipulate the images when you're making corrections. It's just that when you convert an RGB corrected image into an optimized jpeg in PhotoShop Image Ready it whacks the color something awful. Flesh tones turn grey. Note the comparison. I'm correcting the recent funky stuff that's been giving me ulcers. This is a relief. Believe me, out here in Oakland, a relief.

A good day today. A really good day, head clear, energy even better, urges to behave like an actual human being. Believe me, I would not have spent the afternoon learning PhotoShop from of book otherwise. Tomorrow a get together at MSM's. Sunday. Easter.

The photograph was taken at a recent lunch with a Nikon D2H mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor (Nikon) lens.