Red Apple Rest, a bit past its heyday!

My family used to stop here in the 70s when my parents were looking to move us up to Orange County from Brooklyn. Friends and I would occasionally stop here for late night snacks in High School Days. It was a fun quirky place.

These photos were shot April 2015.

Some Back story.

The Red Apple Rest was a cafeteria-style restaurant on New York State Route 17, in the Southfields section of TuxedoNew York.[1] It was a noted way station for people traveling to the hotels of the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

Before the New York State Thruway was built, the travel time from New York City to the Catskill Mountains was often four or five hours, especially during weekends. The Red Apple Rest, located almost halfway, became a major roadside stopping place.[2] The restaurant was opened in May 1931 by Reuben Freed.[3]

Excerpted from Wikipedia

Image compression shootout.

My site has always been very image heavy, well that is what I do. The downside to that is your site becomes a bit slower, especially when viewing on mobile. So instead of making the images small on the site I started looking into better compression methods or methodologies. What I did was export from Lightroom as a resized jpg, I always resize to 2000px on the long edge, the Lightroom sample was set to 80% quality and 50% quality—trying to match the other compression engines. I then exported a 90% quality for testing (EWWW has file max file size) with the other methods. The other tests were done using ImageOptim and EWWW Image.

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT3540-no-compression
No Compression — Size, 1.6MB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT3540-Lightroom
Lightroom 80% compression — Size, 656KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT3540-Lightroom-50
Lightroom 50% Compression — Size, 306KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT3540-ImageOptim
ImageOptim ‚ Size, 276KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT3540-EWWW
EWWW — Size, 225KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT3540-composite
Composite, No Compression, Lightroom 80%, Lightroom 50%, ImageOptim, EWWW

And a test with a more complex image, what I mean by complex is when you jpg an image like the image above with the smooth blue sky will result in a small file size than the same size image with a busy background and un-uniform patterns in clothing, like below.

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT2099-no-compression
No Compression — Size, 2.1MB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT2099-Lightroom-80
Lightroom 80% Compression — Size, 1.5MB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT2099-Lightroom-50
Lightroom 50% Compression — Size, 800KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT2099-imageoptim
ImageOptim ‚ Size, 701KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT2099-EWWW
EWWW — Size, 851KB

I left them in the same order as the first even though ImageOptim and Lightroom 50% files resulted in smaller file sizes.

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT2099-composite
Composite, No Compression, Lightroom 80%, Lightroom 50%, ImageOptim, EWWW

Update, I decided to add a closer crop shot

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT4049-no-compression
No Compression — Size, 1.2MB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT4049-Lightroom-80
Lightroom 80% — Size, 491MB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT4049-Lightroom-50
Lightroom 50% — Size, 225MB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT4049-ImageOptim
ImageOptim — Size, 199KB

Bryan-Thatcher_BRT4049-EWWW
EWWW — Size, 185KB

bryan-thatcher_brt4049-composite
Composite, No Compression, Lightroom 80%, Lightroom 50%, ImageOptim, EWWW

Interesting that is this sample I see a noticeable color shift in the two right hand images, but the artifacts are not as noticeable as the first sample. Other than the color shifts these images look pretty good.


The composites were combined in Photoshop and saved as jpgs with 0 compression in order not to add any other artifacts to the images.

You can see the full resolution images if you click the images.

Conclusion

ImageOptim and EWWW are an extra step in processing images, The Lightroom 50% compression has slightly more artifacts than ImageOptim, and it seems the EWWW is doing something to blur the artifacts these only become visibly distracting at 200% or above, and barely noticeable at 100% (look at the hair flyaways in the first set of images). In the second image I see artifacts in their skin especially in the Lightroom 50% and her eyelashes begin to wash away. I thought I would see more in the fishnet stocking, but it is pretty clean across all of them

So, I am going to continue with ImageOptim over a 50% Lightroom jpg, the file sizes are similar but the quality is far better. I am happy with the results of having images that are roughly half the size and still good quality.

Thanks to  SuzyMaenyc for letting me use her in the first set and to Daniel Chimowitz and SuzyMaenyc in the second set.