Off to a Flying Start

Haven’t been in the doldrums.  It’s just that there is so many things happening.
Been enjoying Mike over at The Online Photographer  See here for “When things Go Wrong”. http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2016/12/things-go-wrong.html
Go on, have a look, you deserve a smile. Especially the comment on alarm clocks that don’t turn off!

Been meandering through Julieanne Kost’s “Passenger Seat” folio book. Julieanne is a product evangelist for Adobe Lightroom, (and having been one of them product evangellies in me time, I am a bit sympathetic to start with),
But Julieanne is quite a creative, and very visually expressive photographer.   As she says in the introduction, “meeting with others continually opens my eyes to what’s possible.” and that is why we share stuff I guess.

A wonderful blend of grey and ginger
A wonderful blend of grey and ginger

Also, but totally unrelated is the continuing search for a replacement for my beloved, (well probably not beloved, but a bit more than a casual acquaintance) Aperture 3 Photo Library manager. My problem, is, now that I’ve been trying several options, think— Lightroom, Capture One, On One, Affinity, even, oh, I don’t believe I’m going to admit to this, Bridge! and of course Apple’s all conquering Photos App.  Last bit should be read tongue firmly planted in cheek, especially the “all conquering” bit.  It might be the bee’s proverbial knees on the iPhone, but then it doesn’t have a lot of serious competition, and the STFBH’s (Selfie Taking Facebook Huggers) don’t seem to care anyway.

Having tried a number of the options for a few months at a time, truth be told, what I’ve now got is a lot of small unconnected libraries of photos, and inbetween other things, I’m attempting to bring them all together in one application. —Think Bridge— No don’t do that, it hurts!

And as one is want to do as one looks back over the years work, there is a lot of halfway decent stuff that has never been shared anywhere, and mostly because it’s buried down in some folder system created by one the “helpful’ apps mentioned above.  It bring me sad memories of doing DOS searches, cd/ *.nef anyone?  File names that mean nothing visually.

Also had a brief excursus with a book by David Bayles,  but really don’t rush out and buy it, unless of course you purchase a case or two of a good Charddy to get you through the first few pages, and a small dictionary to get you through the rest, as there are lots of words with more than two syllables. (unlike this lamentable blog).

Good artwork always has the alignment of technical means with expressive purpose. David Bayles.

Expect to see a few more quotes from him anytime soon on the blog. 🙂

So whatcha ya been doin?   A question that always seemed to be the start of great conversations among my photographic group.

Well, among other things the hard work of a number of nesting birds have taken up quite a bit of time the past few weeks, and as they begin to get young on the wing, its such a grand thing to enjoy.

Here is a small offering—the one’s I’ve been able to rescue out of the myriad of folders and the like buried by programs that have promised to “give you centralized access to all the files and assets you need for your creative projects.” and failed to miserably. 😦

Enjoy.

A very busy Red-capped Robin male. He is looking after the recent fledglings while the female prepares for another round
A very busy Red-capped Robin male. He is looking after the recent fledglings while the female prepares for another round
Young Tree Martin waiting for a top up.
Young Tree Martin waiting for a top up.
Black-shouldered Kite, on the wing with a recently acquired mouse, courtesty of Kalev-the Brave.
Black-shouldered Kite, on the wing with a recently acquired mouse, courtesty of Kalev-the Brave.
Eastern Yellow Robin. One that the Taggers missed. They have at least one young one in hiding.
Eastern Yellow Robin. One that the Taggers missed. They have at least one young one in hiding.
Striated Pardalote more feeding
Striated Pardalote more feeding
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Jacky Winter at work with the young
Jacky Winter at work with the young
Sacred Kingfisher at nest. It (he?) has just deposited a large lizard in the tiny hole
Sacred Kingfisher at nest. It (he?) has just deposited a large lizard in the tiny hole
Common they may be, but this young Blackbird is a joy to watch as it learns the world around
Common they may be, but this young Blackbird is a joy to watch as it learns the world around

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Off to a Flying Start

  1. Happy New Year David! Love the crisp clear shots of your birds. Stunning photo of the Red-capped and junior Tree Martin. Jackie and babies, a special capture. The Black-shouldered with mouse, another great capture, what a great start to the New Year my friend!

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  2. Lovely selection David. Thanks for the link to “Things go wrong”, which did make me laugh. Amazing how things collapse on holiday weekends. Our gas hot water heater died one Good Friday.

    I am now reconciled to using Photos as it now lets me sort within albums by photo title as an alternative to date order.

    Currently down at the beach and the birds are remarkably few and far between.

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    1. Hi Eleanor,
      I know they are inanimate objects, but they do seem to be able to percieve “The importance of the moment”. It always seemed to me at work the photocopier would jam, just when the most imporant docs needed to be copied. 🙂

      I am pretty much settled on Photos. Just need to get into the Zen frame of mind. I use Polarr for most of my editing anyway, so don’t feel limited by the Photos edit suite.
      Brattoo software have two free little applets, one to change an export date to the EXIF capture date. Pretty important to me for Flickr as Photos Exports using the exported date (don’t know if that is true if you output directly to Flickr), and the other is a bit more esoteric and changes the Title (usually blank!) to the file name. And given that file name can be sorted, you can kind of keep things in ‘taken order’, which is mostly what I want.
      It all falls down of course when I title something “Superb Fairywren”, or some such. But as I don’t title every shot, it has some use. 🙂

      Here is a link for what its worth
      https://free.brattoo.com

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