Monday, April 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
My beloved CRT monitor died--it had been threatening to go out on me for a couple of years but it held on longer than I could have hoped. It was HUGE. I loved that monitor because I felt I'd really gotten the gamma settings just right on it. I felt confident that my photos were being edited properly--that the color and contrast was coming out well. But now I have this new LCD monitor and it isn't made for photo editing. It's made for watching movies and playing games. Trying to set the gamma on it and get the color and contrast just right is almost pointless. It makes everything look more vibrant, the colors are more rich, everything is over-saturated. Which is just great if you are playing a video game. But it sucks for photo editing.
It was a fairly inexpensive monitor and I needed a replacement monitor pretty bad. It was all I could afford, but I have lost all editing confidence. Until I can afford a monitor calibrator so I can have faith in my photo editing again, well, who knows how my photos are coming out. So I beg your forgiveness on how these may look.
I also haven't been out to shoot anything since getting back from California. Not having a monitor I have any faith in has been a real de-motivator. But yesterday was SO nice. And, since I broke down and adopted a rescue dog from Hound Haven of San Antonio, I was eager to take her for a walk on the farm.
Meet Iniga (named after the character Inigo Montoya from the movie "Princess Bride"). Hound Haven called her Penney but we wanted to give her a new name when we got her.
She's full of quirks and is a bit neurotic. So she fits in perfectly with us.
And that's a peek at the beginning of spring in Kinney County. It won't last long. Soon it will be summer and, unless we are very fortunate and get lots of rain, the entire county will turn brown and dead looking until the change of seasons brings us more moisture. But for now, it's green and lush and colorful. The cows are happy. I hear hummingbirds are being spotted. And there's every color of flower imaginable out there blossoming. Just gorgeous.