Archive for November 12th, 2008


I feel that clouds make the sunset.

I feel that clouds make the sunset.

Today my friend mentioned an effect where the currents in the Pacific Ocean create a depression in the middle where all of the garbage collects. I looked it up and found out it is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I wonder if it will grow to the point where it will form an actual floating landmass capable of supporting significant weight. If not I would not be surprised if it became beneficial in the same way decommissioned scuttled ships act as artificial coral reefs. Or it may just be a huge blight on the seas.

Oddly enough the Santa Barbara Channel has enough natural seepage to be considered a huge disaster if the same amount came form a man-made source like a big tanker, in spite of this the channel has a huge biodiversity for the small area. To be fair the channel has had a long time to come to equilibrium while the trash island is relatively recent.

Now for the settings for my above tonemapped photo (single RAW, not HDR): 

  • Strength: 100
  • Saturation: 50
  • Luminosity: 0
  • Light Smoothing: High
  • Microcontrast: +6

Tone Settings:

  • White Point: 0.808
  • Black Point: 0.250
  • Gamma: 1.01

Color Settings:

  • Temperature: 0
  • Saturation Highlights: +1
  • Saturation Shadows: 0

Smoothing Settings:

  • Micro-smoothing: 2
  • Highlights Smoothing: 21
  • Shadows Smoothing: 22
  • Shadows Clipping: 0

Admittedly these settings are not markedly different then the other photo which actually surprised me once I looked at them.

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