Yes, there is an image there (displayed half normal size), but it's completely burnt
out. It proved that I had forgotten to reset the camera after playing around with
the HDR functionality,
and this was the fifth of a 5 exposure bracket. The funny noise was the shutter going off 5
times at a speed I've never heard before. But it shows up a basic problem understanding
HDR: you don't just take images bracketed about the “normal” exposure. As
taken, the individual images looked like this:
And yes, there are five images there, as you can see by running the
cursor over the last “image”. A couple of months ago I had a
discussion of this with Reinhard Wagner, who seems to think that this is the correct way to
expose images for HDR. I disagreed then, and I think this proves my point. The obvious
workaround is to set the exposure compensation to -5 EV (maximum) underexposure, but it's a
nuisance that you have to do that.
Putting the images together worked surprisingly well, considering that they were taken
hand-held, and the last one had 10 seconds exposure. But since there's nothing on
it, it can't add any camera shake. It just serves to water down the resultant image (first
image). Just using the other four looks better, though in this case a single image (third
image) works best. But that's probably because of the way it was taken.
Also more playing around with the flash substitute in the evening. It's not good. I had
accidentally set the camera to settings I normally wouldn't, aperture priority f/10 at
20,000/44° ISO. At that sensitivity it worked well enough:
High time to get something else, maybe a smaller external flash unit.
Another sign of the times, while processing images:
Warning: MakerNotes too large to write in JPEG segment - /Photos/00-Oly/PC070031_DxO.jpg
That's from exiftool, and I'm not sure what to do about it.
Also more insights into why the camera stores both a raw image and
a JPEG when I use a tablet for remote
control. It seems that in some modes the camera overrides the settings and does just this.
From page 29:
If [RAW] is currently selected for image quality, image quality will automatically be set
The remote control wasn't set for iAuto, so it seems to be a bug. An alternative hypothesis
is that it's necessary because the tablet app will only transfer JPEG images. But this
doesn't seem to be the case.
So now we're actively looking for a new house. At the end of March we were in principle going to
accept an offer from McMasters, and
I've been negotiating with them for a re-quote of the costs, with frustrating lack of
detail, accuracy and consistency. Initially I was told, without details, that it would cost
$9,000 more, about 5% in total, so I asked for a detailed breakdown. And that breakdown
came in at $187,280, compared to $198,280 for the quote in March. Somehow maths doesn't
seem to be their strong point. But it occurred to us: in March we had signed a contract to
buy the land for $145,000. Now we're talking $85,000. While we don't necessarily want to
spend another $60,000 on the house, we could do so without losing any money.
Looking through the catalogues, we found a couple of houses that looked interesting, and
surprisingly one was even on display
in Ballarat. So off to take a look,
first to Joking to take a look at their
Adelphi display home. It's surprisingly spacious, and the base price is only $17,000
more than the McMasters house we were looking at. In that house I would have had to use the
garage for my office, which would incur additional $5,000 to $10,000 for a car port, so it's
looking quite good.
Then to Simonds, whom we once quite liked, to speak to a surprisingly
dense salesperson who, after I had told him that the permits would take at least 3 months,
told me that they could start building in February. He took down a list of the extras that
I want, but it's not clear he understood. That, along with Yvonne's surprising and sudden dislike of Simonds, probably means that we won't take
Then along to McMasters. They were shut! Spoke to somebody leaving the display home, but
clearly there was nothing she wanted to do. McMasters, too, are getting on my nerves.
My office has been in a filthy mess almost since we moved here, and gradually the floor
space is diminishing. The prospect of a move in the coming year, and the more imminent
installation of the NBN, finally got me to
clean it out a bit, and I got rid of two wheelbarrows of junk before I found an excuse to do
I've already commented on the fact that DxO Optics “Pro” “Elite”
doesn't recognize the Olympus E-M1. But it seems it just doesn't want to do it for me. It works fine for
others. Why? There are lots of bugs in DxO, but the likeliest one I can think of is that
it recognizes my email address as licensee for the “standard” edition, and even the trial
version won't work properly in “Elite” mode.
And then there's Olympus Viewer 3, which comes without documentation. But only for me, it
seems. Others have a file OLYMPUSViewer3.chm with some kind of help text. Incorrect
installation? Incorrect installation options? Deinstalled it, reinstalled it. No options
to set, and no change. The person reporting was German, so I tried installing the German
version. No change. I can only assume that these applications are picking on me because I
don't like Microsoft.
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