Saturday, February 12, 2011

Underwater Ballet

Leica M9 Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 1/30 ISO 250

I've been busy these past couple days getting ready for the next trip as well as getting ready to replace the floor in the studio. And to top that all off I've ordered a new workstation and chairs and upgraded the computer again. It's been a busy past couple weeks and in no order we've:

  • Added a second 30" monitor so I now have 2-30" monitors to work with.
  • Replaced the 2-nVIDA 295 video cards with 1-Quadro NVS450 thus freeing up space in my computer and hopefully making it run slightly cooler.
  • I've updated/graded various software to include Capture One Pro 6.1 which runs great.
  • Upgraded my monitor calibration to the Spyder 3 Elite which is also running great.
  • And lastly I've added another 32GB of RAM to the main studio computer which now gives me 52GB total and allows me to have 45GB memory for CS5.
Most of these upgrades have been long-term and very well worth the time it took to have completed.

I am constantly blown away with the resolution of the monitors and feel that it's a combination of the new video card, Spyder 3 and of course the monitors themselves. The ability to work in 2560x1600 is just stunning.

As I get ready for this next trip I remember the all too short visit Ken Doo and I took at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last year. I shot inside the aquarium with a brand-new Leica M9 that I had for all of weeks and was astonished at the level of images I was able to capture. Thinking of the upcoming trip and last year's trip got me thinking of the Aquarium and revisited the images taken - thus "Underwater Ballet".

I'll be writing from the road so stay tuned for news from Monterey, Yosemite and Death Valley.


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