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Stage Lighting
Copyright ©2012, Chris Cooke HoF ¤1

I had intended to post something a little more tolerant of differences in viewing conditions, but decided on this one instead.

By the way, I think we've probably just missed it.

Photographer: Chris Cooke HoF ¤1
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Uploaded: 2012-May-22 18:50 EDT
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Camera: Olympus E-3
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
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ISO: 400
Aperture: f9
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Focal Length: 41mm
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thought this was another flower shot from the thumbnail ...glad I opened this ...this is perhaps the better of the 3 ...i like the subtle shapes in the dark BG but think a square crop would suffice ...there's no need for the empty black space and the distracting shiny dots on the left ....cheers ;-)

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 00:05 EDT on 2012-May-23 [Reply]


Ah another viewing conditions dilema! I totally understand your suggestions as I view it now in the daylight, because I can't now see the bits that are actually occupying the apparent void.

Feel free to have a play with it and you'll perhaps realise what I mean.

Thanks for you input.

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 02:47 EDT on 2012-May-23 [Reply]


Like this just as it is and my favourite of the three, too.

Mike Leadbetter ¤1 at 04:58 EDT on 2012-May-23 [Reply]


not sure if you have posted a new version but this one shows more of the BG ...I can even see a guitar and speakers so my comments won't apply here ...looks good as is ... I rest my case ...cheers ;-)

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 10:54 EDT on 2012-May-23 [Reply]


No Dee I haven't replaced with a new version, I never do that anyway, I suspect you're just reviewing in different ambient light levels, i.e. lower (darker). Thanks for the ongoing feedback.

Thanks to you too Mike

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 17:01 EDT on 2012-May-23 [Reply]

... dark shadows


I decided to scout around for a generic profile (I know there so such thing as a generic profile) that would make values below 10% more evident on my iMac. I found some profiles on a French site for iMac 27 i3 3Gz which came pretty close but they had an magenta cast which I could live with. Using the Mac OS utility the blacks get clipped at about 6%. I did find a profile shipped with Lion which was not specifically for my display but was tolerably close color wise it is called PAL/SECAM. Don't know anything about it other than "it works" on my iMac 27 i5 2.7Gz (July 2011). It comes very close color wise to my current profile and it extends the visibility down below 5%. I tested all this using utilities found on the web blacktest.png.

c. stirling bartholomew ¤1 at 13:33 EDT on 2012-May-24 [Reply]


they had an magenta cast which I could ***not*** live with

c. stirling bartholomew ¤1 at 13:34 EDT on 2012-May-24 [Reply]

wrong, totally wrong ...

please disregard all of the above comments. I basically don't understand how color management works on Mac OS. It is not intuitively obvious what is going on. Attempts to figure it out by trial and error have not been very fruitful.

c. stirling bartholomew ¤1 at 17:48 EDT on 2012-May-24 [Reply]


Do I detect a hint of frustration old boy?

Seriously though, will one of those devices that take readings directly from your screen and come with calibration software not help?

A bit like Adobe Gamma, but don't rely on the subjective input from the user.

Chris Cooke HoF ¤1 at 18:00 EDT on 2012-May-24 [Reply]