Saturday, October 25, 2014

The face in the tree

Photograph Face in tree by John Poltrack on 500px
I spotted this face in Cape Cod outside outside a liquor store
Something nice for Halloween
Face in tree by John Poltrack on 500px

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looks like you have a headlight out


Photograph Headlight by John Poltrack on 500px
It's hard to resist a broken down vehicle as a photo subject (although I would not like to actually own one)
This one was in a field at Coll's Farm in Jaffrey, NH
Headlight by John Poltrack on 500px

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Olympus TG3 features - Remote Control and Focus Stacking


I wasn't sure about cameras with built in WiFi. I thought it was just gimmick to upload photos to Facebook. However I was quite mistaken about what can be done with the technology.

I wanted to find a way to take shots of the birds at the feeder and the remote control feature of the TG-3 is pretty cool. I couldn't get it to work with iPhone, but this HP Slate 10 (Android) works great. You can compose and control the camera using the tablet. I couldn't resist taking the photo of the screen to get the infinite view.

The responsive time is fairly fast and I expect to have some fun with this feature.

In-camera focus stacking is another cool feature. It is available Settings Menu 3  as Focus BKT Settings. The number of shots can be set at 10f, 20f or 30f and the lens can be set at narrow, normal and wide. Since this camera has an excellent macro capability, I expect to use this quite a bit.

I have included some sample photos.

Looking into the mirrors

It is possible to do focus stacking in camera with the TG-3
Although it is possible to do this with Photoshop or dedicated software, it was really convenient to do this via a menu .
This shot is focus stacked, note the cartridges in the distance.

Same shot no focus stacking

Focus stacking (10 exposures)

No focus stacking

stacking 10 exposures (can be set up to 30)

No stacking

There are a few more features in the camera that are really useful. They have a focus lock for the macro mode, two choices for metering and a really cool "story board" filter. It also has an intervalometer, a feature that was hidden in some the later PEN camera. I tried a time-lapse which works nicely but the video was quite boring.


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End of the Road


Photograph End of the Road by John Poltrack on 500px
I miss this Mercedes in the field
For years I would drive by this field and see this thing. I finally got a chance to take a few photos.
The house is now empty, I believe that the bank took possession and the car is gone. A bygone era.

May 2011 - New Ipswich, NH
End of the Road by John Poltrack on 500px




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Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery

Higher resolution versions of these photos may be seen on my 500px page


Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px
New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery - Boscawen, NH


Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px
June 2011


Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px



Photograph Veterans Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px
I've decided this should be the final resting place for my ashes (some need to go into the sea too!)



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Friday, October 17, 2014

South Cemetery - Smithville, New Ipswich, NH

I have been remiss in adding new content to this blog. I see that folks have been stopping by and I thank them for that. Having a full time job is great, a steady income, brain exercise and interesting work.  However it limits time for photography and blogging.

I've decide to revisit some of my older photos that I posted on 500px. Many of these have dropped off the social radar and perhaps need another viewing.

The first is South Cemetery here in New Ipswich. I walk by this every morning and keeping looking for the perfect picture. I've yet to check all the inscriptions, but I started today, did the first row.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Image size for online display

I was experimenting with different images sizes for online display. Google gives you free storage of images as long as you don't exceed 2048 pixels on the longest side. Facebook caught up with them with a default of 2048 pixel size but they continue their practice of removing meta-data.

These photos were uploaded to Flickr at 256, 512, 1024, 2048 and the original 4608 pixels size. The larger images have been rendered to fit in the blog, but these images can be downloaded to assess the quality differences.

2048 pixels seems to be the clear winner, free storage and it looks good.