Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Building a Loose Leaf Sketchbook (for my camera bag)


I'm not only revitalizing this blog. I always liked the idea of a behind the scenes place to post ideas and works in progress stuff, and I originally felt tumblr was a better place to do that than in here. So there is stuff going on over there occasionally but it will be reposted here as a embedded item

Monday, April 09, 2018

Hmmm …another Adobe Marketing Ploy?

 imageI got an email today telling me my adobe cloud trial was up, and I needed to join now (and it small print the price being $28.59 per month (yes per month!( Trouble is I made the choice long ago not to get involved in the adobe subscriptions. I still have lightroom 4.4 and Photoshop Elements6.0 (on an older computer and don’t use. So How come my trial was up?

Then I remember I had long ago downloaded bridge (a free version) and a few weeks ago I had reloaded it to see if it was touch screen freindly (ie bei9ng able to finger scroll through thumbnails etc.) It was so I forgot about it BUT apparently it upgraded itself to the CC version (still touch screen unfriendly) and because I have an Adobe ID signed me up without my having to accept anything I can’t even remeber the upgrade.

This type of hard sell and stealth marketing really puts me off considering and adobe products in the future and the sear5ch to be able to replace lightroom has now become more focused.

#Adobe #FAIL

PS My creativity hasn’t ended

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Thanks for waiting ….

New glasses have bought a new clearer vision

Its been a long time since I last posted in here, and there are many small contributions as to why. It was never my intent to stop, just circumstance that discourage or  distracted me. Perhaps now is a good time to get back into the saddle because I see so much that is an emperors new clothes bubble surround discussions of photography related issues on-line. Lots of hype but the more I look it is just more of the same, a lot more… copycat more… more sameness… same voice… same message… even same composition & colours… on and on more…

Then there the whole issue of what life is like aside social media clouds. Actually its pretty good, even when you don’t know/realize you have been ghost banned, or algorithmically ignored.

So there no time like to present to take a deep breath and focus on the idea of being an independent voice and following my original aim of just investigation and writing about things related to digital photography and importantly not necessarily trying to follow the crowd.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Back to experiments in HandDrawnPhotography

I’ve been sketching at the beach and also took a photo (or two) so it is a good time get back into the Hand drawn photo project. which is an elaborate way to say I’m merging my sketching with a digital photo. In this examples I’m using google deep dream generator  (in Deep Style Mode) and using my hand drawn sketch a the training image. I’m using the mark making style from the sketch but trying to maintain the colour from my photo.

Original Photo Half Moon Bay My Sketch

Half Moon Bay ""HanDrawnPhoto" ?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Supermoon tonight but it is already clouding over

imageChecking the Photographers Ephemeris, show I should get a decent view of tonight’s moonrise (the second last supermoon for a fair while, we have has several in the past couple of years) from the car park infront of MGA and the Wheelers Hill Library. The Desktop TPE (The Photographers Ephemeris) is free to access and  can help with sun rise sunset and a number of prediction of natural lighting. It is also available as paid downloadable apps.

The usual problem, clouds seem  to be gathering so fingers crossed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

More Upgrade angst

There haven’t been many blog post of late, any free computer time I have available has been spent just patching up, re-installing or watching with fingers crossed yet another update. Somewhat fortunately I think I am finally moving forward.

imageThat was until I wanted to do a bit of work on my studio computer (more that just listen to music, or control a chromecast). I wanted to change the display (to suit an old TV, a Sony Bravia, it has nice natural colour, good resolution and a big screen). Well it might be easy if I can change the settings (and the setting tab no longer works, thanks microsoft!)

After a while I manage to get to the settings (by doing a right click on the start menu) and the settings seemed to be working. Then I got a notification about an update status, so I went and had a look. Damn its still trying to update, at least now it realize it can't, before I have to go through that frustrating upgrade loop. I wonder if it will ever realize I really don’t want to upgrade , I’d rather  just fix what I have now.

When will this madness end? 

Damn I can’t find a display setting that takes advantage of the Bravia big screen