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It Ain't San Francisco

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 25 August 2009 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Charleston Harbor has its Fisherman's Wharf, but it certainly isn't San Francisco. Happy Silly Tuesday.

USE YOUR HISTOGRAM - On his blog yesterday, David duChemin talked about "Exposure and Metering"; His main point was that we need to pay way more attention to our histogram than what we see on the LCD screen. Here is a crucial quote, "the right half of the histogram is capable of storing exponentially more information in it than the left half. WAY more information. And the right quarter of the histogram, WAY more than the other three combined. How much more? Again, I’m simplifying, but if the right quarter of the histogram can hold 2000 levels of information, the quarters to the left of it can hold 1000, 500, and 250 respectively. There isn’t much information at all in the darks. That right quarter of the histogram can hold twice what the rest of the entire histogram can hold. It’s a WAY bigger bucket, can hold more information. More information means better image quality and more flexibility in the digital darkroom before noise becomes an issue." This is why all of the pros say, Expose to the right. If we expose to the right (without clipping), we will be capable of producing far, far better exposed photographs.

NIKON D700 1/80 second F/8.0 ISO 200 60 mm (35mm equiv.)

SCOTT F. SCHILLING from San Martin, United States

Awesome image Jack! The reflection on the water is so sharp and crisp I had to do a double take! Great and this looks a lot cozier than San Francisco!

25 Aug 2009 5:04am

@SCOTT F. SCHILLING: Thanks, Scott. Whenever I see the words, Fisherman's Wharf, I automatically think of SF; I'm programmed that way. Charleston Harbor does have some sailboats (you can see some masts in this shot), but it is essentially a working boats harbor. PS - that albacore tuna is fabulous!

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, "Fishermen's", it ain't San Franciso's Fisherman's Wharf. And look at that Crab at $5.65.
I'm glad you caught this image and its pristine reflection. Marvelous.
For my take on Silly Tuesday visit HERE.

25 Aug 2009 5:18am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie.

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

avoid the crowds!

25 Aug 2009 5:19am

@djedfre: In that respect, it's a real winner. The fish is incredibly fresh.

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Really amazing shot Jack

25 Aug 2009 5:34am

@Lydie et Roland: Merci.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wonderful shot! Happy Silly Tuesday! :))

25 Aug 2009 5:38am

@Magda: Thank you.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent reflection

25 Aug 2009 5:49am

@PATRICK: Merci.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding clarity, the stillness provides a stunning reflection.
I had to laugh at your appropriate title.
Hardly room for the crowds but there appears to be a lot to offer in this small package.
Happy Silly Tuesday!
I've not been able to visit or reply these last few days but I just made it (50 minutes late) to add my post for Silly Tuesday.

25 Aug 2009 5:52am

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb.

10Fraction from Rennes, France

ha ha, it ain't the size of Frisco's peers either! Very well done , with humour also

25 Aug 2009 6:22am

@10Fraction: Merci.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Lovely tones and reflection…

25 Aug 2009 6:26am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Happy Silly Tuesday Jack!!!! This is a wonderful shot and just silly with it:-) Thank you for the information...fascinating!

25 Aug 2009 6:46am

@Linerberry: Thanks, Caroline.

hamzeh oliazadeh from Iran

Very good Bravo

25 Aug 2009 7:17am

@hamzeh oliazadeh: Thank you.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Love the reflection :)

25 Aug 2009 7:28am

Mathilde Collot from Dans l, France

at the place or upside down! While the sky is gray mine! image is magnificent!

25 Aug 2009 7:47am

@Mathilde Collot: Merci.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

can't manage the explanation but I like the picture

25 Aug 2009 8:17am

Mhélène from Casablanca/Paris, France

Great ! beautiful colors and reflections !

25 Aug 2009 9:12am

@Mhélène: Merci.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Great shot...nice reflections! So what if it ain't SF!

25 Aug 2009 9:18am

@MrsAmber: Right.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great raflections!

25 Aug 2009 9:18am

MJ from Delaware, United States

great reflection.....

25 Aug 2009 11:55am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Love your colors and the signage that makes this a quaint capture. The reflection is perfect. I first thought I read "AUNT" in the reflection of the "TUNA" sign.

25 Aug 2009 12:14pm

@Steven: Thanks, Steven.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Imitation is the highest form of flattery lol I love this, so quaint so cute, so wonderfully ST ;)

25 Aug 2009 12:57pm

@Lorraine: Merci.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Great reflection and title. Happy ST. Mine is here

25 Aug 2009 1:09pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Awesome reflection! I just love all the stuff that goes on in a "working" harbor (as opposed to the "luxury" harbor we have in Santa Cruz) Also, Excellent advice! I need to pay better attention to my histogram!

25 Aug 2009 2:03pm

@Tracy: Thanks.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Great mirroring here - nice one!!

25 Aug 2009 2:10pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super shot ! Reflection is brilliant !

25 Aug 2009 2:39pm

@MARIANA: Thank you.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Beautiful shot with the reflections -- so still is the water. Great one, but no, it's not SF.

25 Aug 2009 3:14pm

@LauraS: Thanks.

Don from spokane, United States

A fine shot with excellent reflections. I like the signs on the floating store. Thanks for the tip on the histogram's importance!

25 Aug 2009 3:24pm

@Don: Thanks, Don.

Veronelle from Lens, France

great reflection

25 Aug 2009 3:29pm

Michael Rawluk ht from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool shot.
As to histograms, I am too old for them. I still photograph the way I always did. Who looks at histograms while they are shooting? I expose the shot for what I want out of it and not to make a pretty histogram.

25 Aug 2009 4:11pm

@Michael Rawluk ht: The point is not a "pretty" histogram. Rather it is that in a digital camera, it is your primary source of information. If you go by the image that you see on the LCD screen (a mediocre in camera jpg rendering), you most likely will have more noise than need be. If you don't look at your histogram, and if it is not weighted toward the right, like it or not, you are throwing away valuable data. Unless I am shooting action shots, I use my histogram all of the time; it has proven to this almost 74 yr. old to be invaluable. I must admit, however, that you produce some outstanding photographs without using your histogram.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful reflection ,jack ,I board thought it was a boat!

25 Aug 2009 4:41pm

@marc battault: Merci.

Ajay from Pune, India

Really an amazing composition. Poles in the back, a house and reflection in the still water... everything is so very well composed and placed.

25 Aug 2009 4:51pm

@Ajay: Thanks, Ajay.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot. Great reflections.

25 Aug 2009 6:17pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks.

"...م.ر.گ..." from Tehran, Iran

amazing colors
nice shot

25 Aug 2009 6:18pm

@"...م.ر.گ...": Thank you.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful reflections ! I love to eat fish & crabs ;-)

25 Aug 2009 7:34pm

@Anna.C: Thanks. Me, too, on fish and crab; I love all seafood.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Great shot with superb reflections, Jack. Thanks too for the histogram info ... very interesting!

25 Aug 2009 7:40pm

@Judy: Thanks, Judy. On the histogram, it is well worth reading the entire blog.

Marie from FRESNES, France

joli coup d'oeil sur ce reflet.

25 Aug 2009 9:02pm

@Marie: Merci.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

fabulous shot can believe it can be so still

25 Aug 2009 10:31pm

@jamesy: Thanks.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente reflejo! buen trabajo

25 Aug 2009 11:22pm

@Isidro: Gracias.

susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

That's a mighty small fisherman's wharf!!!

25 Aug 2009 11:31pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A strange place for a fish market. Beautiful reflections.

26 Aug 2009 12:18am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

GREAT shot
Wow the reflections are awesome - so crisp and clear, and not even a 'ripple' in the water.

26 Aug 2009 1:13am

@Anina: Many thanks.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Fantastic shot! And thank you for that lesson! I will definitely pay more attention!

26 Aug 2009 1:24am

@Betty: Thanks, Betty.

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Fantastic reflection, Jack!! That histogram always gives me a headache trying to figure it out LOL!! But that info is most definitely helpful.

26 Aug 2009 2:22am

@amy: Thanks much.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice shot and kinda funny !! Yes, expose to the right, but don't go over! Blown out highlights are no good either :)

26 Aug 2009 2:42am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice shot and kinda funny !! Yes, expose to the right, but don't go over! Blown out highlights are no good either :)

26 Aug 2009 2:42am

@PD: Yep.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great shot and reflection. Almost looks like selective coloring. It is so brightly colored compared to the rest of the shot.

26 Aug 2009 2:49am

@Lee: Thanks, Lee.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Mmmm ... tunasteak tonight ... love it! Great reflection!

26 Aug 2009 3:17am

@Monique: Thanks, Monique. Our photo guild had its annual bar-b-q last Friday evening. We had marvelous tuna steaks.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thanks, Jack; I read the entire blog on the histogram - copied and printed pgs 6-9 of it to study!

26 Aug 2009 7:11pm

@Judy: Digital is a whole new world! It's really hard for me to shoot to the histogram and not the image on the LCD.