It was a hot weekend for a street festival. This time it was Troy’s annual Riverfest; multiple music stages, lots of food and arts vendors, and chalk drawing contests.
Yes, petrodactyls make me happy.
We got there in the afternoon, and with the heat and the mixed crowd I wasn’t really feeling it, so I didn’t shoot much. I threw the manual Pentax 28mm f/2.8 on, set ISO to 400, and put the lens at f/8. This let me use the focus scale on the lens to dial in a depth of field from four feet away to nearly infinity — my plan was to snap “street” style without wasting time focusing or even looking through the viewfinder at all. I just didn’t see anything interesting (which doesn’t mean nothing interesting was going on).
We took a walk away from the festival proper and I forced myself to at least do a few urban detail shots.
With some no pressure photos to process it was a good time to try some new RAW conversion software. So far I’ve been using UFRaw which is a good lean converter that works well as an extension of GIMP. You can do all basic edits in UFRaw alone but I’ve never had a lot of luck getting that up to the same quality as sending to gimp for finishing touches. This time I downloaded RAWTherapee which includes some content management, a bit more fine-grained editing options, and more intuitive batch processing.
Most of these photos were processed in RAWTherapee alone, with the notable exception of the EXIST graffiti which is a blend of two exposures (at +.5 and -.5EV to balance the two areas of brightness). They aren’t quite what I expect from finishing in GIMP, but this software has some really good and smart options, good sharpening and noise reduction, and a very nice history view that UFRaw lacks. I’m using an alpha release so it’s missing a few things, notably curves adjustment which I use as part of my normal workflow, so I may roll back to the last stable release.
Until I get it fully configured there might be a few anomalies here and there. But what’s life without an anomaly or two.