Testing my newly purchased equipment
I have barely been out the last week due to the weather, but I have had the possibility to start testing my new gizmos instead.
I have been aching over the prospect of buying a new computer as the old one wasn´t up to standard anymore. My image editing is getting better and better, but my computer was three or four years old and that have hindered my work since I bought the Nikon D800. I am most satisfied with my Nikon D800 even if it has slowed down the post process when I work with the images.
My main concern has been the amount of time I had to use just to edit just one picture. It wasn´t the fastest process when I used my Nikon D700, but it was bearable. When I switched to the D800 it felt like someone poured syrup into my computer. It was so slow and just opening a picture from Adobe Bridge to Photoshop could take 30 seconds. Next step to check if the picture was sharp could take another 30 seconds and this is just the waiting time before I actually could start to edit the picture. So if I came home with 100 picture that I needed to check then I had to waste 100 minutes just opening the pictures to check if they where sharp enough. I think you grasp the magnitude of this problem when I say that I probably took around 6000 pictures in Hungary. I haven´t check them yet, but now I can do it without growing a beard.
The new computer is like a dream. It has cost me some money, but time is money and therefore I think it’s money well spent. I can now go thru the huge amount of pictures I took in both Finland and Hungary and I can do it quickly. It’s no problem with opening 10-15 pictures and decide if I want to keep them or if they end up in the waste bin. I did expect it to be much faster, but not this fast.
I also invested in a monitor calibrator, a Spyder4Elite, and this will hopefully give me more control of the colors in my pictures. I have done my first calibration and you can see the result in the 3 pictures in this post.
The pictures are all from the Botanical Garden i Gothenburg. I had hope for more intresting pictures, but I feel that they all represent different aspects in the color scheme and they all seems natural to me and that feels great.