Monday, October 5, 2020

Nice - South of France

Enhanced Resolution

I compose music. When I post my music online, I often make a slideshow to go with the audio. Hopefully, this adds interest by giving people something to look at while they're listening.

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Hôtel Negresco - Nice - South of France

It's surprisingly challenging to decide which photos to use with a piece of music. I wouldn't think that this would be the case, given that I took the photos and wrote the music, but typically I'll spend days agonizing over the choice. I want to make sure that the mood of the photos matches that of the music, and I want to avoid, when possible, using images that I have used in other slideshows.

a statue of miles davis at the hotel negresco nice france
Statue of Miles Davis at the Hôtel Negresco

I went through this struggle earlier this year when I posted the three movements of my first Tuba Concerto online. I had composed the concerto in 2015, but for some reason, I procrastinated on publishing the score and registering the copyright. I finally got everything organized this year during the pandemic shutdown.

a photo of a small pier in the water off of the coast of nice france
Untitled - Nice (2009)

I settled on using photos from a 2009 trip to France. I felt that the images were a good match for the music, but using them involved some technical challenges.

a photo of beach chairs in nice france
Beach Chairs in the Morning - Nice (2009)

I wanted the slideshow to display in 4k, but some of the photos didn't have enough resolution to meet the 4k specification after cropping and applying zoom effects. My 2009 camera had limited resolution compared to more recent models.

a fine art photo of a floodlit pier at night in nice france
Floodlit Pier At Night - Nice (2009)

Sometimes innovations arrive just as we need them. A software package that increases the resolution of photo files came to market recently. I tried it, and I was very happy with the results. I increased the resolution of my files when necessary, and the 4k video looks crisp and detailed throughout!

Nice is once of the most beautiful cities that I have visited in my years of traveling. Highly recommended.

            Nikon D700 

            Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
            Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Light happens. Be ready. Shoot hard.
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