12.30.2019 An image from the Olympus TG-6

I’ve made an image, probably not the best test for getting used to a camera, but there is one issue that I had here.

I am wondering where the halos came from.  I did not do any clarity sliding and yet these borders are evident in the capture.  I did convert to black and white in SilverEfex Pro but with no structure increase.    I actually tried reducing it to see if they would go away but that had no effect.  I did not output sharpen either and never sharpen in Lightroom. There is a lot of dynamic range involved here but the contrast at the edges where it is strong pop.  I am wondering if anyone has any ideas or if it is just endemic to this model camera.

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I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 12.30.2019 An image from the Olympus TG-6

  1. I use Silver Efex often. I do find halos if the original image (a guess on my part) has strong contrasts. A periodic thingie I’ve noticed.

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    • They usually do show up on the edges of strong contrasts between light and dark but most often it is the result of processing, at least in my experience early on when I overdid everything. This is the first time I’ve seen them come into either Camera Raw or Lightroom. Maybe I’ve just been fortunate before now.

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  2. Were the halos there before you converted to jpeg? I’ve noticed that converting to jpeg sometimes induces halos.

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  3. It seems extremely odd that they were in the original raw files. I’m not familiar with the camera. Are there any settings that influence the raw file in the camera? Of course, influencing the raw file in the camera is the exact opposite of what a raw file is supposed to be all about.

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  4. But I will say that the shot itself looks Capraesque.

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  5. If the halos were in the RAW, its probably a camera issue with contrast or micro contrast. I wouldn’t worry though.. it’s a gorgeous shot!! Best, Rob 🙏 📷

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    First off, ignoring the halos, I do like the photo. It’s a very nice view of the town. I haven’t tried any of this sort of night shot and would like to. Regarding the halos, I don’t have much to add, but based on everything you’ve said I’d agree with Rob, it does seem to point to the camera. Hopefully after more work you do find a setting that affects it. Maybe also keep watch for any firmware updates. I look foward to hearing your thoughts on the camera after spending more time with it.

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    • I am sure something somewhere wasn’t set up right or, for that matter, set up at all. I am going through the PDF manual looking for hints.
      I’ve shot early morning wetness in town a few times but this was the first away from the big kit. I do like the ability to have something in my pocket, beside the phone, to make images. I’ve only made one other before this so am still a raw recruit with Olympus.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I was waiting until everyone else cleared out so I could ask my embarassing question: what do you mean by halos? Do you mean the circle of light around the street lamps and car headlights? I never thought a thing about them, but of course I lived for years with blurry lights because of my cataracts, and they became just a part of life. Now I’m going to have to go out tonight and double check things. I don’t think I see them any more, but I’m not sure.

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    • I have a developing cataract but it hasn’t changed much in several years. I guess as with most things it is just something you get used to but so far mine haven’t had much impact.

      The halos I am talking about are along the edges of the buildings on the right. Usually those happen as a result of too much Clarity in either Camera Raw or Lightroom or when over-sharpening. I am not sure what caused these but haven’t run into an extreme contrast situation with the camera again. I did shoot an image kind of in the dark this morning and will probably post that for discussion soon but there was little brightness and mostly shadows. Just as with dumb, there are no embarrassing questions. 🙂 An example you might have seen would be an image of a bird that has been severely cropped then over-sharpened. You’d see a white border around the bird. Often they show up in areas where very dark and very bright contrasts touch each other.

      Good luck with a lack of blurries.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    I will read the other comments…and don’t have any idea about the haloes….but want to know what you use for sharpening. It’s a sharpening program, isn’t it, that you use because it’s better for printing? Just curious about that. I hope the “little toughie” works out for you. I don’t know much about that one – I use an Olympus though. The OM-D EM-1, an older model. The image stabilization is great. Joe got me a used EM-5, which is very similar but smaller, for Christmas. This way I have a second body, which I can take when we go to Vietnam, so I’m not worried too much about camera damage or loss and can be working within a familiar system. I’m trying to get used to it. So far it’s going pretty well, but the damn buttons are so small and close together! I programmed it for back button focus and can never get my thumb on that tiny thing. 😉

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    • I use a few different filters for sharpening depending on what the image requires. No sharpening in Lightroom. Occasionally capture sharpening with Nik Sharpener Pro. Not much creative sharpening but if needed mostly Topaz Detail or Sharpen AI. My output sharpening is now freeware by Pixel Genius…Photokit Sharpener.
      I know what you mean about the buttons being so small. This is my first Olympus and only the second pocket camera and it’s hard to find the buttons without looking at them. I am very used to my Canon 5D Mark II and figuring out a different layout is challenging. The TG-6 doesn’t come with a manual so I downloaded the digital copy and then printed it…166 pages! I really prefer having a hard copy to read as I hate spending hours in front of the desktop reading. Now I can read it while Bentley naps on my lap. 🙂
      When are you and Joe going to Viet Nam?

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      • bluebrightly says:

        The manual business is annoying….I have them on the computer and once I printed a few pages I thought I’d want to refer. I don’t like reading large amounts of text on screens either – we are on the computer enough with our photos and our friends’ photos, right? I have to say, I probably use only a small percentage of my camera’s features. I like videos sometimes for camera basics – the manuals are not only dry, but they’re often not written well. If I had a hard copy AND a Bentley, I might be willing to wade through it though. 😉 The big trip is in March. 🙂 Thanks for the sharpening info, Steve.

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      • I understand that many people are perfectly happy having a digital manual and it reduces the cost for the manufacturer. But us older folks ( 🙂 ) like having a hard copy to read. I guess it’s easier to list a topic in the PDF search box and not have to flip through the index and pages but I like the old fashioned way. 🙂
        I hope you have a wonderful trip. I imagine the anticipation will build over the coming weeks. Always happy to share.

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