And yet again…
I wanted to do the sunrise at Lands End; last time I was there for sunrise it was fogged in. This time, clear; Mostly because the wind was blowing like crazy across the beach. After the sun was up, I headed over to Golden Gate Park stopping first at the windmill. Great time to be there because none of the tourists get up that early so I didn’t have to try to work around people. You can see a couple of my favorite shots here.
I also have one shot of the Chinese Pavilion at Stow Lake. I have lots of shots of the Pavilion but this time I went with a particular goal in mind. I had just read a tutorial by Ian Norman that shows how to enhance the resolution of a camera sensor with a technique called “super resolution.” If you noticed, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II has such a mode. I thought the Pavilion would be an interesting test case to try the technique out.
I can tell you the technique works just fine. I used a set of 20 images and increased the size of the photo to around 65 megapixels. That’s up from the native 16 megapixels of the camera. The image quality is quite good. The downside of the technique, at least on my Mac, is it takes a lot of horsepower. My machine was tied up for a long time doing all the work.
The other way to accomplish the same thing a lot quicker is Perfect Resize. I haven’t had the chance to do much pixel peeking with the two techniques but they seem fairly equal. If you own Perfect Resize, I’d say go with that. If not, use Photoshop. I used Photoshop 6, BTW. A later additional thought on this: One problem with the X-T1, or at least I think so, is underexposed areas will have a lot of noise. Perfect Resize seems to amplify the noise. The easiest solution, for me, was to print directly from Lightroom. I got better results that way. The picture I used was this one. I underexposed the flowers so as to not blow out the sky. Better solution would have been to have my GNDs with me and to made the exposure more uniform. The “get it right in the field” solution. So, I’d go with Lightroom – assuming you aren’t looking for really large enlargements, then Perfect Resize if the exposure/noise level are good. I might try the other technique on the same picture if I get a chance.