A slight aside before getting on with this week's blog post. My editing process takes about a week and involves rating photos from one to five using stars in Adobe Bridge. Photos with one or two stars eventually get erased because they have some technical problem or they are of no interest to anyone, including myself. Three star photos are photos that might not be great, but have some interest and documentary value. Four stars is just a step towards deciding if I really like a photo or not. A five star photo is one that makes me happy and satisfied every time I see it. I decided to post only five-star photos when I started this blog, but this week's post is something like a documentary so I'm allowing photos that are good but not great. Maybe none of them are great, but you know what I mean.
And now to the post . . . .
I managed to get up fairly early one cloudy morning and decided to go downtown to make some photographs. I was interested in getting some interesting photos, but I was also interested in testing out my Nikon D810's Picture Controls. I've more or less settled on Standard with -0.5 saturation to get rid of the 'digital glow' that I dislike. The Vivid Picture Control with -0.5 saturation also seems to work nicely on cloudy days. Anyway, I got downtown in time for the morning sidewalk market (tolerated by City Hall, not official, I think) and then some street scenes before heading to the vet to buy some food for the kitty cat. Enough babble! On to the pictures!
For the curious, all of these photos are JPEGs sraight from the camera with no post-processing at all. I used to fiddle, fiddle, fiddle with settings in camera and then with the RAW files later, but finally I decided that the Nikon engineers probably knew what they were doing when they programmed the Picture Controls. All I did was lower saturation a little bit so things aren't so shiny. All photos were made with a 50mm lens.