Jun 18, 2003, 11:40pm
RAW Image example
Here's my first RAW photo, with some post-processing done in Photohsop. I've scaled this to half the image capture size (original was 3000+ pixels wide), but be warned - this is a 600kb jpg file.
I forgot to mention in the previous rant what camera I actually bought.
It's an Olympus C-5050.
There's also another feature of the camera that, only for the first time tonight, I've been able to take advantage of, and it's awesome... this camera has the ability to deliver RAW format images - in other words, exactly what the CCD inside the camera captured, without any post-processing by the camera. Raw, naked pixel capture.
Previously, only the really expensive SLR digicams (like the Nikon D100, or the Canon EOS D1 series) offered this ability - as far as I know, this is the first sub $1000 camera to offer it.
Why is it important? Well, it isn't, if you don't have the tools to make use of it.
But tonight, I bought Adobe's RAW import / plugin for Photoshop, and got to play around with it for the first time. Amazing stuff. Not only do I have complete control over what the camera normally automates, but it results in more vibrant, detailed images.
The image above is the first one I shot - handheld, a macro shot of the keyboard on a shortwave radio. That's handheld, in crappy florescent light. The RAW import lets you negate that light source - you completely set it all. Amazing control over the imagery.
It does, unfortunately, show a serious flaw that plagues all high-resolution CCD captured images - if you look at the photo carefully, you'll see lots of purple fringing (called chromatic distortion) around high contrast areas. That is an endemic problem in all CCD image capturing - and no manufacturer has found a fix for it, other than pixel substitution, which the cameras normally do. Since this is a RAW import, with no camera post-processing, we see it pretty starkly.
The only CCD solution I know of that doesn't have chromatic distortion is the Foveon triple CCD. But their licensing and proprietary system is whack, and it's only in one major shipping camera at the moment - a Sigma S9. When Nikon or Oly picks up this technology, I may buy, but until then, I love this Oly.
PS... no one's made an offer on the Nikon Coolpix 4500 yet. Email me if you're interested.
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D