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Old Apr 28, 2008, 4:21 PM   #11
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Hi, Zig

You are quite welcome. But lest you think I'm really smart, I need to point out that I was more or less forced into figuring this out. The daylight lighting level in theSouthwestUSA where I used to live, was very much brighter than in the rest of the US both because of the lower latitude and because of the much lower humidity in the atmosphere. Most of my outdoor photos on film were blown but when I got the Oly E-20, which at that time had a much shorter users manual than current Oly DSLRs, and I saw that I could reduce the default contrast, I was in old-dog heaven. I set the default contrast to the minimum (-2) and life was good. Now that I'm back in the mid-atlantic states I have my Oly's set to a default of -1.

Other DSLRs allow you to change the contrast for a particular photo session but to this day, only OLY DSLRs allow you to change the default contrast for the camera.

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Old Apr 28, 2008, 6:35 PM   #12
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Hi Scouse: I took the cue and did a quick PP, but I liked youroriginal. About the only thing I did was punch up the evergreen trees a little, and up the blue a little. But I'm not sure it's really an improvement on your original.

By the way, my photoshop version is so old, I haven't updated. Partly because I'm too lazy, and partly because there are some really good free programs out there. Go to: http://www.photofiltre.com/and download PhotoFilter. It's a good free program, and pretty easy to learn. I also likeIrfan View: http://www.irfanview.com/

There is also an extensive free program that is kind of open source, where contributors are constantly adding new features: http://www.gimp.org/

Anyway, here is my result after a little PP. No sure how much of an improvement it is since I liked your original very much. Anyway, I reduced the quality down to 93kb for this post.

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Old Apr 28, 2008, 10:03 PM   #13
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Hi Steve, What I really meant was for you to try morphing the 2 shots together, but I beat you to it...:-)

I don't use PS and I used to play with Irfan but when I got Picasa, well that sorted all my files and was a quick and simple photo fix. In fact the last one you touched up in PS well, I'd done it in picasa.

I'll take a look at photofilter when I have time. "I do like free"

Thanks.
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Old Apr 28, 2008, 10:23 PM   #14
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Hi Scouse: I'm a little slow sometime; didn't pick up on the morph part.:?

I used to use Picasa, but took it off my computer some time ago. It seem to be a memory hog on my computer. Could have been just my computer, or an older version of Picasa.

Anyway, after using PhotoFiltre (note the European spelling) for a while, I came to like it's use and its'adjustments. (I also agree that "Free" means a lot!!) I don't like to spend a lot of time doing PP on my photos, and in fact, I have not even used my Adobe software in a couple of months.
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Old Apr 29, 2008, 12:16 PM   #15
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I got hold of PS CS2 a couple of years back. I've opened it, looked at it and tried to find an 'easy' way to work with it but it's not intuitive at all. It's sort of like working with computers in the late 80's or early 90's when you had to memorize key strokes to do anything. People, including me have cursed windows but point and click is still far better.

At my age free and easy do mean a lot.

And yes, I did notice the 'correct' spelling..:-)

I'm off down the Oregon coast for a few days, part biz and part birthday break. The camera will be packed...! Talk to you guys later.
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