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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, April 24, 2009


I'm frustrated with photos and computers. Truly these shots are nothing spectacular, but I am posting them from my OLD desk top computer (Windows XP) as an experiment.

I think we've had this conversation before; where photos from my new lap top look really good on the blog but when I view those same photos/blog from the Windows XP, they don't look so good. They appear darker and maybe a bit jagged and blurry.

And now I am finding out that the shots that I email to my friend Anne (who uses XP and has a desktop) don't "show up" on her end looking as they did on my end (from Vista and the laptop).

I may not know about Fstops and aperture, but I AM 'foto-fussy' so this really upsets me. It makes me wonder how many people are viewing any of my photos (be it here or in Flick'r or my web albums) and are not seeing them the way I see them on my end.

Anne did a search yesterday to try to solve this puzzle and the info she sent me got me to thinking about our monitors and the resolution on monitors. My XP monitor has two settings; true color or high color. I have it set at true color (where I've always had it) and the resolution, as I recall is 1024 x 768. The lap top with Vista for color quality is 32 bit and the resolution is 1280 x 800. I have to think that is part of the problem.

If there are any readers out there who might have info that would pertain to this, I would love to hear from you....

And BTW, the water in these photos REALLY does have a green cast to it. The ducks were on the lagoon.
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  1. Well, this is a huge valley...the valley of color correction. Too vast to get into here but your friend is correct to point you towards monitors and and your computers. The monitors need calibration and that calibration needs to match the "colorspace" you work with in Vista and/or your photoediting software. "True color" and "High Color," although sounding reassuring, have nothing to do with how computers realize color. Computers work in colorspaces like sRGB and AdobeRGB, etc. Anyhow, everything should match as you pass an image file from your camera to your computer to your laptop to the web. In your case, I bet your calibration is off and something is not matching along the path.

    Clear as mud?

  2. PS...the "jaggies" and "blurry" on the desktop is probably resolution-based...on that particular machine only.

    Ok, I will shut up.

  3. es, good to hear from ya and I DO kind of understand! How about that? I couldn't explain it like you did, but I get it...to a point!


    Hope to see ya soon!


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