Do you see …

… what I see.  This is a collection of mostly autumnal images taken near home over the last week. My happy place is out and about in Northumberland and then sat in front of my two 19 inch screens dabbling with Photoshop and On1.  The screen on my left produces the brightest and cleanest image whilst the one on my right is slightly fuzzier with a yellow tinge. In other words, what I see and what you see will depend on the devices we use for viewing.  I could calibrate the screens but unless everyone does the same, what would be the point.

All of this is academic except that last night I viewed the fourth image on a Lenovo tablet and it looked like an explosion in a paint factory.  I have a tendency to over-saturate and my Fuji X100s is set up to emulate Fujichrome Velvia which, as it says on Wiki, “many see its high color saturation as unrealistic”. Hence the original question – do you see what I see – we will never know (the motorcycle was taken with a smartphone, there being nowhere convenient to carry a camera on this particular set of wheels):

Rowan berries ... Today is a dull day ... Call of the Wild ... Early morning rain ... Autumn, a time for ... Pots and Paws ...


  1. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · October 15, 2015

    They’re punchy but I like them 🙂 Nice triumph btw!

    • northumbrianlight · October 15, 2015

      Many thanks Sarah – actually, astride the Triumph is my happiest place 🙂

      • Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · October 15, 2015

        Oh I get that Robin!!! Not got enough muscle strength to even ride pillion these days but I still remember that wonderful sense of freedom 🙂 The bike of my dreams would have been a café racer Triton!!

      • northumbrianlight · October 16, 2015

        You have very discerning dreams Sarah 🙂

  2. Sue · October 15, 2015

    Very my eye, the reds and greens are especially saturated…..

    • northumbrianlight · October 15, 2015

      I agree Sue, even on my better screen, the greens in particular are verging on the supernatural 🙂

      • Sue · October 15, 2015

        Whatever turns you on, Robin!

  3. greenmackenzie · October 15, 2015

    A lovely autumn bunch😊 Colour saturation is such personal taste, and if I ask my hubby, who is colour blind, then all images should look punchy enough to be drunk!!

    • northumbrianlight · October 16, 2015

      Many thanks Seonaid – that’s the real issue, how do we know how differently we all see things. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. patrick · October 15, 2015

    The second one actually looks kind of washed-out on my monitor. Which might not be a good sign as I’m trying to sort out a whole bunch of wedding pictures I took the other weekend before bride and groom get back to Edinburgh and its possible I’ve got the white balance and saturation all wrong…

    • northumbrianlight · October 16, 2015

      Aha, well spotted Patrick, it is washed out – that one has had the On1 gum bichromate treatment. Are you getting the wedding pictures printed because that’s another whole new set of variables 🙂
      BTW – the plan is that Jamie will be heading north for the weekend of 24th

      • patrick · October 16, 2015

        I’m leaving the choice of prints to them – very much a last minute thing in that I turned up at the venue and the groom took me aside and said there’d been a problem with the guy they’d paid to do it and could I fill in. Would probably have had different gear with me if I’d known ahead of time.

        See you – and James -on the 24th

  5. Cate Franklyn · October 15, 2015

    Love the sunflower shots. The colors are just perfect, nicely done.

  6. LaVagabonde · October 16, 2015

    Beautiful autumnal images, Robin. I love the lake forest reflection. I never see your images as over-saturated. I wonder how others see my photos, too. Older photos that I did on a Dell Windows computer need to be toned down when I look at them on my Mac. But I was in an saturation phase when I first discovered photo editing. I think that’s the first thing people go crazy with, until they find other effects to play with. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · October 16, 2015

      Many thanks Julie, that’s reassuring – we must share the same good taste/colour graduated monitors/photoreceptor cells 🙂 Of course, everything looks different again when you print them off 😀

  7. janemorley2014 · October 16, 2015

    Have to say Robin that they all look fine to me on my (fairly new) iMac screen which generally seems to be pretty faithful to original colours, even the tree and autumn leaves isn’t too lairy ! Love the bike 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · October 16, 2015

      Many thanks Jane – the Triumph is a keeper and subject to an ongoing minor modification programme. The Ducati may be swapped for something more conservative – it thrills and scares in equal measure 😉

      • janemorley2014 · October 16, 2015

        Aha! My brother-in-law used to have a Ducati monster, I think I remember he managed to drop it and bend it somewhere – he’s a Triumph guy now!

      • northumbrianlight · October 16, 2015

        Your brother-in-law is a man of good taste – my problem is that the Monster sounds and looks so wonderful that I will have difficulty parting with it. I will just have to have three bikes methinks – convincing the good lady may be the biggest challenge 😉

  8. restlessjo · October 16, 2015

    The last 2 shots are my favourites. Does that make me a fuzzy person, Robin? 🙂

  9. MJF Images · October 17, 2015

    Nice bike!

  10. Tish Farrell · October 18, 2015

    Whether overdone or underdone, I don’t mind – they all have a pleasing autumnal glow, Robin. And one needs all the glow one can get at this time of year. It’s got to last us.

    • northumbrianlight · October 18, 2015

      Thanks Tish indeed it has … and next week the clocks go back 😦

  11. Mary Strong-Spaid · October 22, 2015

    Beautifully colored leaves on the ground
    Shorter, cooler days
    darkness comes early
    I feel myself slowly fading away too!

  12. litadoolan · December 3, 2015

    The pictures are perfect in particular the colour definition in the reflection on the water. What a triumph.

    • northumbrianlight · December 6, 2015

      Many thanks Lita – based on the best Triumph there is – the Bonneville 😀

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