Happy Halloween ! by Adobe Photoshop

Happy Halloween!Happy Halloween!! by Adobe Photoshop.

This is created by Adobe Photoshop.

The background is Bran Castle in Romania which is base of Dracula. Pumpkin…..just made by layers of ovals and gradient.

Unfortunately, it is raining now in Vancouver, BC…..it is going to be Trick or Treat in rain this year…..



Digital Photo…..RAW vs JPEG

JPEG image came straight out of Camera.

JPEG image came straight out of Camera.

Vancouver night view by JPEG

This is from RAW file

When you take photography, are you taking RAW or just JPEG?

I always take Raw and JPEG together.

JPEG is type of compressed file to make file size small. When you take photo by digital camera, at first the camera take full information like RAW, then throwing away lots of information when the camera is saving files as JPEG.

But as long as you take RAW, you are getting all the information the camera can take at the moment.

This means it is much more adjustable when you do correction. Tell the truth, none of photos are good without any correction.

With the top 2 images, Raw file has more detail on the clouds. That kind of information is deleted from JPEG and that is how the file size is smaller.

100% crop from JPEG

100% crop from Raw File

100% crop from RAW file

100% crop from JPEG file

Those are cropped from 100% sizes. I could clear noise on RAW…but at the same time, it has lost some small detail compare to JPEG. Well….this is depends on what you want.. ..But I can say at least, it is better to take RAW and JPEG together if you could. For that, you will need bigger memory card and camera can get a bit slower. But it is good idea to have JPEG as sample. Without any sample, it is not that easy to adjust RAW file correctly.

For my Panasonic GX1, 16GB card can hold about 600 images. Well….it takes 4 DVDs to back up it….

Sunday in North Vancouver

View from Sea bus....VancouverI spent some tine in North Vancouver which is across the bay from Vancouver.

To go there, fast ferry “Sea bus” is the easiest way. 15min. travel on the ferry.

View from Sea bus....Vancouver2Vancouver is not only touristy city…..there are lots of industrial area to like the photos show.

Haunted house......This house is always decorating the front yard. Now….it is haunted house…..

Chocorate shop in Halloween season


In this season, all the shops are different. A bit more orange…..

Edgemond Village_ North VancouverAutumn in Vancouver is very short. Leaves turns into yellow a little bit….that is it.

This shot is taken by 45-150mm lens which is equivalent to 90-300mm……but due to the small F number(F4-5.6) and small Four-thirds sensor, the depth of field is quite deep although it was 84mm (168mm on 35mm full size).

Downtown Vancouver from North VancouverThis is the night view of Vancouver looking from North Vancouver. After the long rain, the skyline is quite clear.

Panasonic GX1 14-42mm, 45-150mm

Night in Chicago

View from Sears TowerThis is view from the tallest building Sears tower. There is a huge lake Michigan behind sky scrapers.

View from Sears Tower Chicaro

This is north part of Chicago.

View from Sears Tower Chicaro 2

This is West side of Chicago from Sears Tower.

Apart from the Downtown area, Chicago is flat and wide…..wide straight roads are visible from Airplanes too.

North Part of Chicago at night

North part of Chicago is famous for  Chicago blues.  There are many live houses around.

African Americans moved to Chicago during the World War 2 and they brought strong impact in this area from the south.

North part of Chicago at night 2

Now, those musicians are not from the South and the more different origins brought different style of music……It has has changed a lot….but it is still different from other modern “American crap”.

Michigan Avenue Chicago at night

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Halloween picture

Halloween-old-houseHalloween is around the corner.

Halloween season is my favorite time of the year especially the decoration of show windows.

This is created by Photoshop.

The old house is from photography. Other things are brought from somewhere ales.

Grass is drawn by “Grass Brush”, Trees are brush too.

The goast background is based on this photo.

Halloween in Denver

Halloween in Denver

Fog and Clouds are brush too.

Personally I am not good at drawing…but Photoshop can create this kind of image quite easily.

Pumpkin is created from nothing.

Street shots in Chicago

Michigan Avenue ChicagoThis is a morning view of Michigan Avenue. This area was already not very nice 20 years ago, but it is nicely cleaned now.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park by the waterfront.

You can see dramatic landscape of Downtown Chicago including Sears Tower behind.

Chinatown in ChicagoChinatown in Chicago is quite different from other city. First of all, it is quiet and see hardly any people here. Second, things are not cheap. If you go downtown, you won’t see many Asian people here in Chicago. That is making Chinatown out of fashioned here.

Street view in Chicago

As you see, there is few Asians in this picture. This is keeping old tradition in this city.

Chicago before sunsetIt has been taken right before I left Chicaro. It was right before the sun goes down. The day in Chicago is a bit shorter.

I had early dinner at “Billy goat Tavern” and took train to New York.

Suburb of Chicago….Griffith Indiana

Griffith Indiana 1

This is the view of Suburb town of Chicago, Griffith Indiana.

It is 1 hour drive from Chicago and close to “East Chicago”. This area is famous for Steel making industry and my father used to work as an engineer.

That was how I stayed here for a while in late 80s.

Griffith Indiana 2
This is where I used to stay…..it has been over 20 years….but there are not much difference. Leaves are turning yellow, chilly and clear air….it is my favorite season here.

Those 2 cars in the middle reminds me those old days.

Fruit stand in Griffith IndianaThis is a view at a fruit stand. Season for Halloween……I tried to buy some apples here….but I noticed I had very little cash with me at the counter.

I told lady not having money….then she asked me how much I had.  So, I took out some coins from my pocket….then she said that was OK!!

Fruit stand in Griffith Indiana2This is not a tourist spot. All the people are locals here. People stop to look at me…..that is how Griffith Indiana is. There is good old America in this town.

I was young at that time, so many things has changed…..but not here. I was happy to see that in this trip.

When we say East Chicago….not many people say good things…..but this place is always different and that was how my father was living here.

Halloween SeasonAlso it is only about 10 miles away from Gary Indiana which is famous as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.