Photoshop CS5 / Open Air Art

Leica M9 Summarit-M 90mm f2.5


The images in this post are processed using Photoshop CS4. Strange you may think considering previous posts about CS5 and the new features, particularly the new raw processing and content aware fill.

We have had the trial version of CS5 for 30 days and that has just run out. Normally we buy the upgrade automatically, but this time decided to try before we buy.

We have decided to stick with CS4 for the following reasons.
1) CS5 crashes repeatedly on our i7 iMac.
2) Most of the new features seem more for graphic designers than photographers. (Well these photographers at least)
3) Content aware fill, while seeming incredible is very hit and miss. When we really needed it to sort out a difficult area, it usually comes up with nonsense. It works well on the easy stuff, but then so do the previous tools.
We find that using our previous techniques, of cloning, patch tool, warping and skewing achieves the same results in about half the time.
4) The new raw processing engine, while seeming better initially, doesn't seem to offer any advantages in final image quality. Since we mainly develop "flat" we haven't seen any significant improvements in our files.
5) For some reason the latest version of camera raw has removed support for the Samsung NX10, a camera we use extensively.
6) CS4 absolutely flies on the i7 iMac.

So for the first time since buying Photoshop 4 in 1996 we haven't upgraded to the latest version of Photoshop. To be honest we would have probably done it anyway if it didn't crash all the time. However we see no reason to upgrade to a unstable buggy version.

Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Biogon


A recent visit to a local stately home showed the trend for such places to display "works of art" in their public outdoor spaces. At our local such estate this involves some garishly painted benches.

Leica M9 Summarit-M 90mm f2.5

Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Biogon

There is also this amazing..... sculpture?? Looking like something from an Ann Summers catalogue it gradually looms into view at the top of an uphill path through the grounds. Looks like an instrument of torture (or pleasure possibly depending on your tastes!!!)
It seems unlikely that the creator was unaware of the visual similarities to something that needs a battery and we are unable to come up with a satisfactory explanation of what it means other than the obvious. If you have any suggestions, then please keep them to yourselves as we would probably get into trouble publishing them!

Leica X1

Images D & A.