This must be my week to switch it up a little bit. If you remember I switched it up a bit for Phun Phriday! and now I present a "Sunset Sunday" that isn't red or orange. Well if you need a Red or Orange sunset you can look up above at my July banner. That is that cable bridge in Kennewick, Washington. Today's Sunset Sunday photo is actually about 10 minutes after the sun had gone down and this is taken at almost a right angle, pointing very North instead of West where the sun goes down (at least here in Utah). Besides being my week to switch it up, after Tuesday's How Great Thou Art post and then this one it might also be called my Blue Week. Well maybe it's my "switched up blue week." Who cares? I just hope you enjoy the photographs and have a super day.
I promised to tell you about the JPEG compression on Phun Phriday's comparison post. All photos were saved at the same pixel dimensions.
Picture 1 was saved at Maximum (12) quality level and took up 798 Kb.
Picture 2 was saved at the lowest setting of "High" (8) quality level and took up 226 Kb.
Picture 3 again was Maximum (12)at 799 Kb.
Picture 4 was at 8 quality setting for 224 Kb
Level 8 takes up less than 1/3 of the space of level 12 and many of you saw a difference. The question is, then, is it worth it? Maybe I should compromise and save at level 10???
Personal observation and comments from my viewers revealed the following: On my monitor that I do all my editing and viewing at home there is a difference but it is almost negligible with the quality level 12 winning out. On my laptop (Much lower quality monitor) the difference is rather startling. On the inexpensive business monitors at work the difference is also rather startling, like a 5 or 6. Interesting that Karen and Jennyfreckles, who both have high end large Mac monitors, saw them differently than each other and Jennyfreckles preferred the photos with the lower quaility JPEG compression (more compression, lower quality). A couple others reported a fairly strong difference. The very unscientific results appear to be that the smaller and/or lower resolution monitors seem to accentuate the difference. Of course I don't know what resolution my viewers have their monitors set to either. Their monitors may be capable of higher resolution than they are using. The one thing I know is that I will no longer feel good about saving at a JPEG 8 quality. I may have to try a similar experiment comparing level 12 and level 10 and see how much difference I get.
Okay - back to Sunset Sunday.
If you have a Sunset photo you'd like to share, I'd love to see it. Please leave a link to it in your comment. No Sunset photo to share??? I'd love to read your comment anyway.