Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

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  1. popscycle

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    Making Some Noise: If there's noise in a photo, JPEG compression will bake it in. Thus, the advantage of shooting RAW and then converting it to JPEG is that you can take out the noise during the conversionb before baking it into JPEG, as well as taking advantage of the additional info in a RAW file.

    Quite by accident, I happened to compare two RAW conversions, one from Adobe Camera Raw and the other from DXO PhotoLab 4. The results were interesting. First up is the JPEG that came out of the Adobe conversion.

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    Next I took the same RAW file into DXO PhotoLab 4. See what it produced.

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    Some difference. You could, of course, perform further noise reduction with a filter like Topaz DeNoise AI but why not get it done in the conversion? With a little adjustment, I could probably set DXO to do a little better but you don't want to get carried away lest the photo look flat.

    What I was doing in the first place was testing different camera mode settings to see which captured the most clear picture of a car speeding by while the lens was zoomed out.
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Another, side view of George (Kawanishi N1K2)

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    Pulling these out of the files and running them thru AI is compensation for not getting to the Air Force Museum as was planned for last year and delayed this year.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - West Branch: Adamsville Road turned into West Bramch Road, which took me further north and closer to the border with VT.

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    More to follow.
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    About That Fountain: Some posts back I talked about getting some good pictures of a strange fountain in the small MA town of Hardwick. Being a person who likes fountains, large and small, I had to stop and take pictures when nearby. Two of those are below.

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    I still couldn't find anyone who knew when or why the fountain had stopped working.

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    Fountain aficionados can find it at coordinates 42.348800, -72.198761.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Happy Houses In The Hills: During my trek to the tunnel, I passed a number of places that were not in the best repair. Wanting to test the new pocket camera while moving, I took pictures of three houses that were looking comparatively good. The first, shown below, had been deserted for a number of years when I passed by several years back. Now, it was inhabited and looked to be seeing some repair work.

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    The log home below was in great shape.

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    Finally, there was a farmhouse more typical of those you find in MA and VT that had been nicely refurbished on the outside.

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    My settings on the new camera weren't the best for taking pictures while moving but I may have that sorted out now.
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    Train Fix: One a day takes the craving away (sometimes).

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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Into Rowe: The town of Rowe, MA, is major waypoint on my trek to the tunnel,

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    As towns go, it's mostly trees and more trees, though which you have to ride to get there. The roads are superb and the riding great as long as you don't mind trees.

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    My favorite stopping point is Pelham Lake.
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    There is a nice picnic grounds at coordinates 42.702498, -72.891862.

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    More to follow as I get pics converted.
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    Breakfast With A Drone: UPS finally got around to getting the Skydio 2 drone to me last evening. This morning, I started reading the directions while eating breakfast. The first order of business was charging the batteries, which was easiest enough to do while eating a bowl of cereal.

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    Yes, it's an adventure drone but I need a proper, small sticker. The next step is testing it out with the seemingly-easy first flight steps shown below.

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    Friday Train Fix: Being busy cooking and learning to fly a drone, I needed a train fix. Converting this from RAW and then seeing it brought out was a treat for the old eyes.

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    The little pocket cam is doing a decent job of captureing the detail without overdoing it.
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Another view of the PBY Catalina (Air Force variant OA-10)

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    The little camera is taking great pics. I was looking at it but couldn't find what the warranty period was. I think it's a state secret. I looked for 15 minutes and gave up. On the Sony site it just led me in a circle. What is the warranty period?

    My main concern is how well it will hold up to the shock of being carried on a bike in particular for me the DR. How do you carry yours?

    That plane above would make one cool houseboat on the lakes around here!
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    I think the RX100 vii has a standard, one year factory warranty but am not sure as it wasn't a big factor to me. All of the 5 Sony cameras I've had have outlasted the warranty period. Having bought the pocket cam from an area dealer, rather than a big box store or major camera store (e.g., B&H, Adorama); I worry even less. I got my RX10m4 from B&H but when it crapped the bed after 3 yrs hard use, B&H wasn't much help while the area dealer was.

    I've historically carried my cameras in the tank bag sitting on a soft rag to absorb road shock but, over time, they can take a hit. Two of them (i.e., HX20V and RX10 m4) developed problems over time and the RX is currently in the hospital. The RX100 can easily fit in a pocket with you being its shock absorber.

    As for the PBY making a good (flying) houseboat, you're spot on about that. See All Aboard The Incredible Flying Yacht.

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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Rowe's Roads: The town of Rowe, MA, which is the major waypoint on my trek to the tunnel, has some nice roads leading out of it toward the Deerfield River. The tunnel is right on the border between Rowe and Florida, MA, on the Florida side of the River. The closest bridge across the river is at Monroe (a.k.s Monroe Bridge) and the roads there make for a great ride.

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    More to follow as I get pics converted.
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    Am liking the stone walls.
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    Stone Walls, you say. OK. Here's one not too far from where the Yankee Atomic plant used to be.

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    I didn't have the pocket cam set up yet and am unhappy with the blur in this pic.
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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - Rowe Houses: The town of Rowe, MA, which was the major waypoint on my trek to the tunnel, does not have a large population. Many, it not most, of the homes in that town are spread out in the woods rather than packed close to the center of the town. Below are some of these.

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    More to follow as I get pics converted.
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    Addenda & Errata - Old Photo Rescued: I had taken a picture on the bridge at coordinates 42.180828, -72.366348 some years back where the lens had skewed the trees and buildings and the sky and colors were washed out. With some some of the newer apps, I was able to rescue this photo and and bring it up to reality.

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    Nothing was changed, it was just a much-improved conversion from RAW with better lens correction and AI image sync. I remember wondering if I was going to get rained on and then think the clouds would make an interesting photo.
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    A Nice Note To A Crappy Weather Day: My crap weather weekend just got a bit brighter. I learned the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA, is reopening next week, so the Garmin Basecamp app will be fired up and a ride mapped out for a nice weather day. Below is a spring pic of the bridge, taken on a hazy June 3 day some years back.

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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - To Monroe Bridge: There are not a lot of places where you can cross the Deerfield River and you need to cross to get to the Hoosac Tunnel. When you're riding up in the northern part of the state, the best place to cross is at Monroe (a.k.a Monroe Bridge). The following pics were taken enroute through Rowe to Monroe Bridge

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    There are steep hills and curves involved. Sweet!

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    The road you see below was once a railroad track. The first bridge was built to get to the depot on this side of the river.

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    Dam gates are periodically opened to flush the river downstream. Gate opening times are published online for fishermen, floaters, tubers and kayakers.

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    The bridge is at coordinates 42.722265, -72.938903. More to follow as I get pics converted.
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Republic P47

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    The "jug".