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Lightroom 5

August 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The Lightroom 5 release has a modest number of new features and tweaks. Adobe shortened the development cycle to a year and devoted resources to tweak performance in the image processing pipeline. As a consequence, the new features are limited in both number and significance. The radial filter is a new localized adjustment that works like the grad...
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I returned my Oregon 600 GPS

August 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The Oregon 600 I am in the market for a new GPS, and after some research, decided that the Garmin Oregon 600 was what I wanted. Key factors were the added precision reading the Russion satellites, the larger screen that would be easy to see in bright daylight and 16 hour battery life. I had used a Garmin 9 years ago, a GPS 60, and it worked quit...
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Big Qualicum hike

August 02, 2013  •  1 Comment
If you are looking for an easy 7 km walk through lush forests beside a beautiful stream then you really should check out the Big Qualicum trail. The Big Qualicum river flows from Horne Lake into the ocean a bit north of Qualicum. Over the years the fisheries have done a lot of work to maintain a salmon hatchery. You get to the start of the hike...
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Killer Granola

June 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Group 1 2 c old fashioned oats 1 c rye flakes ½ c cracked flaxseed ½ c wheat germ ½ c bran 4 tbs oat bran ½ c raw, unsalted sunflower seeds 1 c raw, unsalted slivered almonds ½ c sesame seeds ½ c chopped walnuts Group 2 6 tbs honey 2 tbs coconut oil/butter or 1 tbs butter + 1 tbs olive oil 1 tbs vanilla 1½ tbs apple pie spice pinc...
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Learning C++ and Qt

April 02, 2013  •  1 Comment
C++ tips It is a good practice to always assign values to variables when they are declared. For example: int x =0; Functions should only perform one task. When addressing compiler errors, always resolve the first error produced first. Use angled brackets to include header files that come with the compiler. Use double quotes to include any...
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2013 ingest workflow

March 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
What is ingest? Ingest is the process of transferring images from a camera storage medium, usually a compact flash card, to a permanent location on your computer and addition to a DAM (Digital Asset Management) program. This can be a tedious process, so the more it can be streamlined, the better. Using Lightroom to ingest If you use lightroom then...
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Resurrecting an old friend

March 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The 24mm f/2.8D is the oldest Nikon lens I currently own, purchased in 1993 but it has not seen much use in the digital years, what with high quality zooms and auto focus. However, this morning, it seemed like the perfect companion for a walk at Colliery Dam. It only took a moment to set up the non-CPU lens data in the D800E menu and I was good to...
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Imaging science

December 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
According to Wikipedia, imaging science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the generation, collection, duplication, analysis, modification, and visualization of images. As an evolving field it includes research and researchers from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer vision, computer science, and perceptual psychology. I...
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Bread baking tutorial

December 15, 2012  •  1 Comment
Making bread seems to be a bit like mixing concrete, making gravy or driving in Ecuador. There are a bunch of rules but in fact they are really guidlelines requiring judgement, and the recipe always assumes you know something that you don't know if you are a rookie like me. Well, on to the list of materials: 3 c H 2 O 3/4 c wheat berries (or othe...
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DxO: Canon vs Nikon

December 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
While Nikon introduced the first serious digital camera with the D1, Canon quickly caught up, and for most of the early part of the last decade Canon sensors were widely considered to be better than Nikon. This caused a large number of photographers to migrate to Canon and a large percentage of shooters at sports events would be sporting white lens...
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Lightroom keywording on the road

October 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
I find keywording to be a continuous battle to avoid duplicating keywords with synonyms and subtle spelling differences. This is not too bad at home on my desktop computer, where I am using the same library and keywords, but it can get tricky away from home on a different computer. The solution is to add your current keywords to the copy of lightro...
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What's up with Adobe?

September 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
I have a complex javascript program I have written to automate the presentation of my images. I can't remember what version on Photoshop and Bridge I started the script - probably CS2. Anyway, every time Adobe introduces an new version of CS something needs to be adjusted in my script. Usually it is something easy to fix, like a new folder the prog...
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What's up with Nikon?

September 22, 2012  •  1 Comment
I'm a long time Nikon shooter. When DSLRs started to appear in the early 2000 and 2001 I bought a Nikon because I already had some Nikon lenses. Overall I've been pretty happy with Nikon over the last decade. Things were starting to look a little dicey with the D2h and D300 as the Canon offerings were producing much better files, but then along cam...
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Appending metadata in Lightroom

August 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
In Lightroom you can enter text for an image title or caption. In the example the highlighted thumbnail (#4) has a title "Porsche". In the next thumbnail (#5) the title is "Trail". When both of the thumbnails have been selected Lightroom shows the title as "<mixed> because there are two different titles. Now here is the trick - you can add...
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Lightroom color swatch tip

August 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Most of you are likely familiar with the photoshop eye dropper tool, which lets you sample any color in an image. You may want to do this in LR as well, but it is not immediately obvious how to do this. The eye dropper is available in the gradient and adjustment brush local tools. Select either one and then select the tint icon. The trick is to...
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