Monday, December 30, 2013

a nocklebeast retrospective 2013

Hey! It's time for the best of the best of photos of 2013, and there's some few non-roller derby stuff too.

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bench coaching the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats team photo shoot

Do you know the way to San Jose?  I didn't get over the hill this year as often as other years for Silicon Valley Roller Girls

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I would have liked to have made it to more Bay Area bouts as well.

this duel was just awesome to see
this duel was just awesome to see

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Santa Cruz has a new stadium, and sometimes the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State's developmental team) play basketball there.

Here is the world's most enthusiastic turtle, Mav'riks.  He's about a 100 on the enthusiasm Richter scale.  Here he is pretending to deliver pizza, but he's really spying on Reno's chalk talk.  He's a very mischievous turtle.

Mav'Riks, the world's most enthusiastic turtle, spies on Reno's chalk talk during a team timeout.
Mav'Riks, the world's most enthusiastic turtle, spies on Reno's chalk talk during a team timeout.

Of course the real reason why Santa Cruz has a new stadium is, that's right, roller derby!

a little offense and defense from Shamrock N. Roller #8, Queen Litigious #41 and Ginger Brute #7343
 a little offense and defense from Shamrock N. Roller #8, Queen Litigious #41 and Ginger Brute #7343

 The color of the light in the new stadium sometimes gives me difficulties, but there is no shortage of light (typical exposure:  f2.8, 1/1000 ISO 1250)

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hellaluna!

every which way
every which way

At the Oakland Convention Center...
letting the color be what it is
letting the color be what it is

signing bout posters
 signing bout posters

I got a new black and white camera this year.
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perched 

 bifurcation
 bifurcation

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 1SCDG_Bombshells_vs_SacredCity_L1002438

 ICE
ICE

 penny and banana
penny and banana

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 glass
glass

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Pippi Hardsocking #45 breaks out of the pack wearing skull kneepads
Pippi Hardsocking #45 breaks out of the pack wearing skull knee-pads

 I visited Kalamazoo, MI where Chickenman is from.

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Coaching staff and referees review the score just after the last jam in regulation
Coaching staff and referees review the score just after the last jam in regulation

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Kapowski!
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The jammers (Too Short of Sac City and Pippi Hardsocking of Santa Cruz) make their way throught the pack.
The jammers (Too Short of Sac City and Pippi Hardsocking of Santa Cruz) make their way throught the pack

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some times it pays off to get a sneak preview of the halftime show before the doors open.

 THE EXCELSIOR
THE EXCELSIOR

 I'm going to NSO the crap out of this bout
I'm going to NSO the crap out of this bout

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 Getting high off the smell of magic markers, thanks  Texas fans!
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Bay Area has the right stuff!
Bay Area has the right stuff!

 derby fans!
gettin' the shot!
gettin' the shot!

 Another example of letting the color be what it is.
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there's a present on your head
there's a present on your head

 penny
 penny

A got another new camera that shoots video.  The goofy thing is that I don't use the "live view" or the electronic viewfinder.  I do what I do when shooting stills with a rangefinder.  I frame and focus using the rangefinder window, and imagine what the video looks like as a rack the lens out of focus and move the aperture ring of the lens.

taken to christmastown. will they get there? will they come back?

The full best of 2013 flickr set is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/sets/72157639162242104/


And all the derby faves and best of's are here and here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/collections/72157605150301972/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/collections/72157620817057583/















Saturday, December 28, 2013

Who would win in fight? Lightroom 4.4 versus Capture One 7.1.5*? (some semi-coherent notes on post processing black and white photos)



I spent the first weekend of November in San Francisco for LHSA's annual meeting and a Leica Akadamie North America workshop on the Leica Monochrom.

I've been using Capture One since 2008, when it shipped with the Leica M8.  The Monochrom ships with Lightroom.  About ten months ago, Capture One could not process the files from the Monochrom. Only since around version 7.1 could the program render the files.  And even now, there is no special Monochrom settings or presets as there are for other Leica cameras or cameras by other manufacturers.

Since Capture One is what I've been using for the last seven years, it's pretty much what I know (and I didn't get the Monochrom until Phase One announced support for the Monochrom).  I'd thought I'd take a little time to compare a few shots in each program.

Here is a shot "straight from the camera" as rendered by Capture One (that is to say no adjustments)

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straight out of the camera as rendered by Capture One

and here is the same "straight out of the camera" shot as rendered by Lightroom.

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straight out of the camera as rendered by Lightroom

In Capture One, I made some small adjustments to the level curves, exposure and burned the highlights a little bit for the final image.

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processed in Capture One

and from Lightroom where I tried to replicate the same adjustments.

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processed in Lightroom

Here's one that's quite underexposed rendered by each program "straight out of the camera" in Capture One and Lightroom

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straight out of the camera as rendered by Capture One
 
and 

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straight out of the camera as rendered by Lightroom

And the finished image in both programs...

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processed in Capture One

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processed in Lightroom

It appears that there might be a little bit more shadow detail straight out of the camera in Lightroom than Capture one.  And for my purposes, it appears that anything Capture One can do, Lightroom can do.  I am envious of Lightroom's graduated filter tool that is absent in Capture One.  And in addition to the "highlights" and "shadows" sliders, Lightroom has "lights" and "darks" sliders which I haven't figured out what they do that is different from "highlights" and "shadows."  I suppose I should experiment with them or read the friendly manual.


In any case, what is remarkable about the Monochrom, after processing shots from the M8 over several years, is how much you can recover from the shadows and underexposed shots.  You can not push 2-3 stops in post with the M8 and get decent shots, when you can do that with the Monochrom.

After some examples of processing Monochrom shots in Lightroom, Justin Stailey covered some basics of converting photos from a color camera to black and white in Lightroom.  I was surprised to learn that Lightroom's default behavior is to mix the color channels a little bit, instead of having them set to "zero."

Here are a few examples from some color photos I took in the last month or so (I didn't really believe this was happening until experimenting with this).

Here's a shot from a recent London vs Atlanta bout, processed to my liking in Capture One,
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Here's the same shot (processed in Lightroom to look like the shot processed in Capture One, minus the slight crop) and then converted to black and white

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Lightroom's default color mixing for that shot:
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The user can then zero out the color mixing if they like
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Here's one from Santa Cruz's recent holiday parade, processed in Capture One

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and converted to black and white in Capture One
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And the same shot converted in Lightroom
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Adobe's clever engineers have chosen this color mixing as the "auto" setting for this photo.

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One more example. Processed in Lightroom and then converted to black and white

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And Lightroom's default color mixing for this photo...
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And what the conversion looks like in Capture One

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Capture One's default for color mixing is the same every time.

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I think I prefer Capture One's approach (can Adobe's engineers really be that clever to know the appropriate auto mixing every time? Or do they simply prefer to always make the reds darker?)




*That's a really silly title for a blog post. It's like  Superman or Batman? Xena or Susan Ivanova?