Webb Bridge and The Rialto

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Paul Strasser on September 4, 2009

I walked around on the other side near the new exhibition centre recently but couldn't find my way across to here. I would have loved to have walked over this bridge but there was no crossing the roads, everything was closed off due to construction, even the paths along the shoreline. I'll have to wait till it's all finished and come back then.

Brilliant framing Andrew. This has such good lighting and sharp focus.

Cheers, Paul

Andrew Royle on September 5, 2009

Thanks Paul and good to hear from you again.

A salient comment on the technical quality of this shot. It just so happens that I've recently been trialling a copy of DXO Optics Pro and I'm really blown away by it. This has all come about as a result of my buying a Canon 40D last Christmas and not being happy with the EFS 17-85mm lens that came with it. The pronounced chromatic abberation and geometric distortion edident in the lens had been so bugging me that I had not felt sufficiently inspired to go out on a serious shoot with it.

That all changed abruptly about 6 weeks ago when I happened upon this DXO software along with profile package for the lens I've got. Its corrective powers are so good they make the $850 Canon lens act more like a $5000 Lens. I nearly fell off my chair when I first saw what it could do!

So if you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend it. Andrew.

Paul Strasser on September 7, 2009

Hi Andrew,

It’s a sad reflection on the quality of your brand new camera and lens, for you to have to go the extent of looking for remedies. I browsed through the DXO optics pro webpage and found it convincing enough, nothing is for free though. It seems that you will be out of pocket if you want to make full use of your camera, and that shouldn’t have to happen.

I have photoshop at the moment and this can fix most lens distortions, although I must admit it’s not really a major problem with my lens, neither are any of the other optical imperfections DXO lists. I have a Canon EOS 350D with a 28-135mm lens. If anything it’s the colour that disappoints. Quite often yellow ochre fields turn into a chocolate brown and blue seems to be too dominant.

Anyway, I’m glad you were able regain your enthusiasm for photography. Paul

Andrew Royle on September 7, 2009

Hi Paul,

Oh, I'm actually quiet happy with it now. I understand that there are technical limitations for any manufacturer to overcome in building a wide zoom that will do it all for a low price. It's a bit like buying a camera with a small image sensor and not being surprised for it to not have as good a noise performance in the higher ISO settings as a camera that has a much larger sensor.

So I have saved enough money to put a bit towards my next photographic purchase.

By the way, remember that discussion we had on images looking a bit flat after posting them to an HTML page? I've worked out what it is (roughly speaking). An HTML rendering will normally reduce the saturation of a downloaded image by 20-25%. You might not notice it so much if you have got your camera preset to a boost saturation as this will partly compensate for this. My old Olympus C8080 was a bit low on saturation in its default setting.

Cheers,

Andrew.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 20, 2009
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    by Andrew Royle
    • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
    • Taken on 2009/07/19 16:23:32
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 56.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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