Friday, August 28, 2009
Hey everyone, happy Friday! Today’s picture is from near Cascade Pass, in North Cascades National Park. The trail to Cascade Pass is one of the most popular in the state, mostly because the views are absolutely incredible and it’s not too hard to get there. (Up to the pass is only 1800 vertical feet.) I was backpacking there earlier this summer with Mark and his buddy John. Good times, although while we were on the trail we got nailed with a thunderstorm that dropped so much water that it washed out the road up to the trailhead (which is why the road is currently closed for repair), but this isn’t the time or the place for that story.
Normally I use Picasa (from Google) for all of my image editing. It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s very powerful. It’s not Photoshop, for sure, but in many ways that’s good for me. Picasa tends to be just powerful enough to let me do what needs to be done, without giving me so many options that I get lost in the woods and waste an hour on each picture. It’s great. But it’s got its shortcomings. For instance: using the Sharpen tool in Picasa really sucks. It makes your image look nasty. Well, only sometimes, but often enough that it’s annoying. They’ve fixed that in newer versions, but new version of the tool is as slow as … fill in your favorite colorful analogy here.
Enter Picnik. Picnik is an online flash-based photo editor. I had heard of them awhile ago, but today they came to Redfin to give a talk about site design, and that reminded me that I had been meaning to check them out. So, I did. I found this image lying around on my hard drive at work, so I uploaded it and did some work. Picnik is actually much more full-featured than Picasa, but all of the things I was afraid of when I heard “flash-based online photo editor” turned out to not be an issue at all. It’s extremely fast and responsive, and the sharpen tool works great! Sure, it’s still not Photoshop, but again, at least in my opinion, that’s still a good thing. There’s still a couple things I can do in Picasa that I can’t do in Picnik (well, okay, one thing: Graduated Tint. I *love* that tool), but at least for those cases where Picasa’s sharpen tool makes me cry, I now know that I can fall back to Picnik.
(Well, actually, that’s not quite true. It doesn’t work on my home machine. Which is 64-bit linux. But that’s not Picnik’s fault. **NOTHING** works on 64-bit linux the way it should.)
So, give it a shot! Or don’t. Either way, have a great weekend.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/200s, f/16.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.