Monthly Archives: May 2013

My take on the Adobe Creative Cloud announcement

The photographic world is up in arms right now because Adobe announced that they are ending the “Creative Suite” line of products and moving everything, with a few exceptions, to the “Creative Cloud.”  This means that you will no longer be able to buy programs like Photoshop, but will have to subscribe to the software.  I have seen tons of tweets, G+ posts and Facebook updates about people talking about alternatives to Photoshop and how the idea of “subscribing” to software doesn’t sit well with them.  Truth be told, I was not such a huge fan of the model when it was first introduced some time ago, but the more I think about it the more it seems to make sense to me.

I currently use Lightroom for 100% of the images I create.  For my conventional photography I use Photoshop about 10% of the time, but for my IR work I use Photoshop 100% of the time.  I also use an older version of Premier Elements for some of my time lapse videos.  When you factor in the cost of upgrading Lightroom and Photoshop when new versions come out, the Creative Cloud might not make much sense, but when you factor in the ability to now use Premier Pro, that changes the game for me.  I think it would for a lot of people, but I sort of question if it is actually a matter of cost that has a lot of photographers upset about all of this?

It is probably no secret, but Photoshop is one of the most pirated pieces of software out there.  One of the reasons for this is that Adobe charges, IMO, way to much for it.  It seems to me that one of the reasons for Adobe to make this bold of a move is to actually crack down on the number of “illegal” copies of Photoshop, and other Creative Suite products that are floating around out there, and if that is indeed the reason, it is hard for me to fault them for that.  I have always found it very ironic that certain photographers will get upset if one of their copyright is violated for an image that was processed with pirated software.

As I said, the Creative Cloud makes sense for me, and I have been planning on subscribing anyway, but who knows what the future holds.  In a perfect world Adobe will come up with some sort of “ala carte” pricing module where you can select 2 or 3 products of your choice, but as I said, that would be in a perfect world.

Posted in Opinion

A postcard from Seattle

Why do I suspect that there are some readers of my blog who don’t actually know what a postcard is?  At the very least I am sure that there are a good number of people who have most likely never sent or received a postcard.  When I was young, postcards were a pretty big deal and if you had family members travelling anywhere you would expect to get postcards from each and every stop of their travels.  When I made this image of Seattle on Saturday the very first thing I thought after I imported it was that it looked like it could have been on one of those postcards of my youth.

I actually captured this image while I was shooting a time lapse sequence of Elliot Bay and the Seattle waterfront.  I will be sharing that time lapse video here soon, as well as more pictures from the recent Olympia Arts Walk.

I hope you enjoy this image, and as always please click on it to see a larger version.

Posted in Photography

Washington’s Stonehenge near Maryhill

I suspect that you have heard of Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain in England, but did you know that there is a Stonehenge along the Columbia River in Washington State?  Granted, the one in Washington is not as old as the one in England, but according to the information available at the site it is the same size and dimension as the one in England.

While the one in Washington is not sitting on a plain, I suspect that with it’s views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood in the distance, the one in Washington far surpasses the one in England when it comes to view of the surrounding landscape, but since I haven’t been to England I am making an assumption on that.  This image, captured with one of my IR converted camera is the view from Washington’s Stonehenge looking west along the Columbia River.  If you are curious about the stonehenge itself, I did make a 360 pano with my iPhone while visiting.

Posted in IR photography

One Fine Fool

I have never been a big fan of magicians, I don’t have anything against magicians, I just don’t typically find them all that entertaining after just a few minutes.  Jugglers on the other hand are an entirely different thing, I love jugglers, and One Fine Fool, is no exception.  We discovered One Fine Fool, aka. Jules McEvoy, during the recent 2013 Spring Arts Walk in downtown Olympia.  It was without a doubt the biggest crowd we saw for any of the street performances and it was a well earned crowd.

I grabbed a few images from the show that I will be sharing here.  I also must apologize for the irregular posts as of late, I am on the road for work and haven’t had a lot of time for blog posts or photo processing.  I still have a huge backlog of images from the Arts Walk and the Procession of the Species to process and share.

I hope you enjoy these images half as much as I enjoyed the show.

Posted in Photography