Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

Sony Raw Compression Artifacts: Real Examples

One of the curses of shooting with Sony cameras is their RAW file format. Currently they only offer two methods for saving RAW files:

  1. a RAW file with lossy compression,
  2. an uncompressed RAW file.

Did you notice what’s missing? Sony doesn’t offer a lossless compressed RAW file unlike every other camera manufacturer. This makes me incredibly mad!

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Landscape Photography Class - June 23, 2019

I’m teaching a class with Amethel Parel-Sewell on Landscape Photography at the San Diego Fair on June 23, 2019 from 4-6:30pm. The class is free with admission. This is a special double session. In part I, we’ll cover what makes a fantastic landscape photograph and we’ll share techniques and tools to help you in your journey as a photographer. We’ll talk about the elements of an exceptional image and discuss approaches and tips for shooting in the field.

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San Diego Fair Photo Exhibit 2019 - Part 4

Note: This is the fourth and final part of a series of blog posts describing my experience submitting images to the 2019 San Diego County Fair phtoography exhibit. You can read Part III here.

Yesterday was the artists reception where all the photographers who made it to Tier 2 were invited to the exhibit and the awards were publically announced. But before I get into my results, I wanted to make a a few comments about the competition and judging process.

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Bioluminescent Algae Is Back in San Diego

Last year in May we had a bloom of bioluminescent algae around the San Diego/La Jolla coast. I managed to get some photos of it which were carried on national news. To my surprise, it’s back again this year – my understanding is that it’s very rare and that it normally occurs only once every 5-10 years. Yesterday I received a tip that the bioluminescent algae was back, so I headed out late in the night to see if I could photograph it again and managed to make this photo.

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