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    tigerminx
    tigerminx  10237 forum posts South Africa
    15 May 2006 - 10:10 AM

    If anyone who uses a hardware calibrated monitor, wouldn't mind having a look at my last 3 uploads, and give me an honest opinion, if they are to dark? I have been battling lately, with monitor profiles etc. and feel that they are in fact to dark. Of course I wouldn't know because I have never had the chance to calibrate it correctly.

    Quick link to my PF

    Bruce

    Thanks in advance...
    Bruce.

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    andytvcams
    andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
    15 May 2006 - 10:15 AM

    Bell park 3 and 4 look a wee bit dark on my screen.

    And yes it is calibrated.

    BOB S
    BOB S  122622 forum posts
    15 May 2006 - 10:38 AM

    Bruce,

    Yes they do look a little bit dark, and with some signs of vignetting in the corners but this may be your intention with your technique?

    And also yes my monitor is calibrated.

    BOB

    Ian Hunter
    Ian Hunter e2 Member 11103 forum postsIan Hunter vcard United Kingdom
    15 May 2006 - 10:55 AM

    Mmm difficult - they all seem to be an the dark side but I thought that was intended - my monitor (LCD) is calibrated but I never know how well...

    tigerminx
    tigerminx  10237 forum posts South Africa
    15 May 2006 - 11:02 AM

    Thanks all, guess I need to look into a hardware calibrator (spelling)... Any suggestions?

    I will check in tomorrow morning as it is fairly late this side.

    Thanks for your feedback, as always it is much appreciated.

    Bruce.

    smourt
    smourt  1080 forum posts
    15 May 2006 - 2:50 PM

    I agree, always thought that was your intention to create darker images.

    I use a spyder2 cost around R2500.

    Photogeek
    Photogeek  9605 forum posts Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
    16 May 2006 - 12:13 AM

    I use an Eye 1 Display 2,

    There is plenty of detail in the shadows on mine, perhaps a touch dark but not excessive.

    keithh
    keithh  1022797 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
    16 May 2006 - 12:20 AM

    My monitors are Bar Coded and I don't find them overly dark...at least no darker than similar styles.

    tigerminx
    tigerminx  10237 forum posts South Africa
    16 May 2006 - 5:44 AM

    Thanks a million guys, only just got the chance to catch up on my post. I appreciate the time taklen to have a look...

    Cheers.

    pjc
    pjc  10397 forum posts United Kingdom
    16 May 2006 - 10:24 AM

    Bruce

    I have a calibrated LCD (using Gretag Macbeth Eye one Display 2).

    I had a look at your images, firstly the shots that won the editors choice awards all look perfect on my screen. The images below in the first two rows from "Where the river..." to "watching" all look a little dark with respect to shadow detail, and may be in the mid tones too. The next two rows look a lot better and would be great in isolation but they don't seem to have the punch of the editors awards image, in terms of luminance foe want of a better term.

    Top shots by the way.

    Pete.

    doczoc
    doczoc  11773 forum posts
    6 Jun 2006 - 7:45 AM

    Not havinf a calibrated monitor I don't think my opinion counts for much. I just wanted to say though that your shots are STUNNING. I've been toying with getting a D200 or 30D recently and I am put to shame that tou can produce such shots with your 300D. Amazing stuff, truly inspirational!

    Centurion
    Centurion  91243 forum posts England
    6 Jun 2006 - 8:30 AM


    Quote: I've been toying with getting a D200 or 30D recently and I am put to shame that tou can produce such shots with your 300D. Amazing stuff, truly inspirational!

    Just proves its the photographer and not the camera that makes good photographs.

    doczoc
    doczoc  11773 forum posts
    8 Jun 2006 - 4:07 AM

    Absolutley!

    deviant
    deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Jun 2006 - 4:12 AM

    Looking on a calibrated monitor they are a smidge dark but nothing excessive and perhaps a bit of a red hue.

    Spyder 2 is good value.

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