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These were all taken on the Xperia X10 smart phone...

My favourite little bar at Le Place de Augustins.

The street of Happiness

The yard of the hotel Le Manoir - right slap in the centre of the old town. Decent prices too.

My daughter is studying at the ECV (school of visual communication) in Aix. The pun of the cafe name is unforgivable. It's a tough course she's doing and includes - brilliantly - life drawing. For me, life drawing is one of the best ways to study draughtsmanship: the coordination of brain, eye, gesture, and medium.  Sadly it hardly exists any more at Finnish art schools.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Sep 17th, 2010 at 12:42:21 PM EST
Nice shots!
by sgr2 on Fri Sep 17th, 2010 at 04:26:07 PM EST
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Nice quality for a phone camera.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Sep 17th, 2010 at 09:43:18 PM EST
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It's a sketchbook camera. OK for documentation, but the pictures are not usable except in low-res media such as web. These pictures also required a bit of tweaking even for this use: a tad more contrast, a bit of colour correction and a final sharpening at destination size.

However, when tied to the phone's other capabilities - location information, dictation, bar code reading etc - the phone becomes a useful professional tool that is highly portable.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 18th, 2010 at 02:58:53 AM EST
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You did a good job at tweaking!

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Sep 18th, 2010 at 11:50:28 AM EST
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Depending on the metering system for the original shot, and of course personal taste, I find a little bit more contrast, a little colour correction in the mid range when needed, and a minor sharpening look good on a web page.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 18th, 2010 at 01:15:02 PM EST
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Yes, I often do that even with my better camera/lens shots. Many really need it since I'm mostly shooting RAW anyway. A levels color adjustment in Photoshop alone (resetting both ends of the histogram for each component color) works wonders for color and the contrast and clarity slides in Adobe Camera RAW or adding a slight "S"to a curves layer for contrast in Photoshop also helps.

The only images that rarely need much sharpening for the web are those from the Foveon sensor (DP2 camera). They are tack sharp right out of the camera.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Sep 18th, 2010 at 10:56:49 PM EST
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