January 18, 2021

Just another day in the neighborhood

So this week saw us continuing the “repackaging” of the house prior to calling a realtor to list it for sale. We boxed up a bunch of stuff in the closets of the downstairs bedrooms, and moved a goodly number of the bins out of the closets to reduce the clutter. One of the decisions made last weekend was to get rid of the album collection. There are 4 boxes of LP’s (Long Playing Recording) consisting of some 270+ albums that were boxed up in the clean up after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Yes, the last time these things saw the light of day was some 15+ years ago. Time…

January 10, 2021

Keeping up with the resolutions

One of the resolutions I published last week was to more actively post here on the blog. So, HERE WE GO! As mentioned last time, Melanie and I have decided to sell the house that we have owned since we moved to Northern Virginia in 2007. So yesterday we began the process by starting to organize what stays, what goes, etc. We have five categories: Orange – Not certain at this juncture Blue – Short term storage (during the sale) Yellow – Long term storage Green – Donate to charitable organizations (Restore, GoodWill, etc) Pink – Stay in the house for staging Two bedrooms were subjected to this process yesterday…

January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!

The requisite New Years’ post…. It seems like the only time I make myself sit down and do this is around New Years. H’mmm, what’s that saying? Dunno. In any event, onward and upward. I will finish the posting I started in the summer (?), but most likely not today. Someone described 2020 as the longest year of their life. Maybe it was true for them, but we have had worse. The year after Hurricane Katrina will always have that title for us. This year was, as the same for most people, adjusting to the new norm of lines, facemasks and limited availability of items at the grocery. We do…

July 15, 2020

Time

This is probably going to be a bit long, so get yourself a hot beverage, sit down and have a read. Like virtually the entire world, I was sent home on March 19th and told to “Socially Distance” myself from others. OK; Interesting. The non-stop cacophony regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from the Main Stream Media (MSM) had begun, and the short term implications were fairly ominous. The one thing the MSM revels in is what we call FUD in the technical business. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. But enough of that, this is about an awakening, of sorts. The first days were filled with a mixture of splendor/dread emotions. Being off…

April 1, 2020

First try at posting photos

Being home “Social Distancing”, I’ve had the chance to start to do some post processing of over 20 years of digital photos. To demonstrate my masochism, of course I started with the oldest photos. Taken in 1999 on a Kodak DC280 point and shoot. As discussed a while back, all this is being done in Capture One Pro v12. The more I use C1, the more I’m developing a love/hate relationship with it. After going back and forth between Sessions and Catalogs, I’ve finally come to a point where the Catalog containing my entire image library is behaving. Mostly. A lot of my “issues” were in attempting to use LightRoom…

January 2, 2020

futzing around with the site

So I managed to bugger up the site formatting pretty nicely, so I decided to reset it and choose a different theme. Twenty-Thirteen was chosen as I like the format and can figure out how to format it to my likes. What was wanted was a theme where the post showed in its entirety and the user didn’t have to click on a link to read the rest of the post. May change that in the future, but for now, this is it. Wouldn’t surprise me to migrate to something else in the future once I get a little more WordPress knowledgable though. Cheers!

January 1, 2020

happy new year!

The New Year, and debatably the next decade, has descended upon us. Happy New Year to anyone out there actually reading this other than me! Resolutions It’s a time of reflection and consideration of the year to come and perhaps embark upon new habits, processes, activities, whatnot. I’ve got my own two resolutions which I embrace seemingly every year, and unfortunately fail miserably at keeping. Those would be Using profanity and Talking to the other drivers in traffic. Some years are better than others, but I don’t honestly remember ever making it past the March timeframe before the resolution went by the wayside. Perhaps if I report on my progress…

December 24, 2019

woo hoo! three in one day

My workflow is firming up and I’m getting very comfortable with it. I’ve combined the information presented at dpReview in Fcracer’s thread about C1 workflow/post processing with Ian York’s thread about session management into the cornerstone of my Capture One workflow. My workflow is now designated into two different steps: 1) Ingest and post processing – Per your information, I create a session on a Samsung EVO USB drive using a file session template. It’s set up in a very similar fashion to Ian’s patterned after my photo folder arrangement on my NAS box. The images are imported from the SD card to the sesion folder on the SSD. Once ingested, I go through…

December 24, 2019

On a roll

To add to my initial post, in the interim I’ve bought both a 35mm f1.4 and a 20mm f2.0 which are relegated to the X-Pro1 as they are perfectly matched. I came across a X-T1 under warranty last year on e-bay on the cheap so I grabbed it, and the 18-55 f2.8-4.0 sees duties on it. These are well matched as well. When Fuji had the 55-200mm zooms on sale for $500 in the spring I succumbed to GAS and grabbed one of those  I’ve not had a lens with that much reach since I sold the Nikon kit, so developing an eye for it will take a bit of…

December 24, 2019

Getting to the task at hand

Hello all, This website was originally intended to be my blog about my photography. So with that, let’s get started with a bit of a review: I’m a fairly long term photographer, starting in college many years ago with an Olympus OM-1n. In those days I primarily shot Tri-x and have a plethora of negatives that I now need to digitize, but that’s a story for another blog entry. Dabbling with P & S digital cameras, about 15 years ago received a Nikon D-70 as a gift from a friend in exchange for some design work I had done for him. The D-70 is still in the family, with my…