I’ve finally uploaded photos from the final couple of days from our recent trip to Tokyo. It took a while because my PowerMac went kaput and I had to change to, urgh, a PC running Windows Vista.
It has been a while since I had used a PC for my hobby (I use a Windows notebook everyday for work, but that’s different). However, the applications that I used heavily for photo workflow management are the same across platforms (Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop). But I do miss the iLife suite of applications, especially iPhoto. In place, I had installed the free Google Picasa.
As much as Microsoft is positioning Vista as the advance leap for Windows, I’m really disappointed with the overall compatibility of the OS. Until today, I am still facing intermittent wireless networking problems caused by device drivers. My Belkin PCI Wireless G card had never worked properly since the first day it was installed. Ironically, to get the drivers for the card to work, one has to install the new driver and then (this is sooo funny) roll back the driver. This will work as long as you do not switch off your PC. If you do, you have to repeat the whole thing over again.
Anyway, back to the photos.
For this batch, I’ve decided to try a different look and to play up the mood and emotions of the photos. I’ve experimented with sepia and color isolation and I’m pretty happy with the results. Some of them were taken from the inside of the bus so the color is not really great in the first place.
A lot of work went in to prepare this photo introducing this post, Sensoji. I had to digitally remove some hanging power cables and tweak the clouds to be darker so that they complement the umbrella carrying people of the photos.