I can honestly say that I had no intention of going 11 days between posts here, and while Ursa might be in doggie bliss in this image, I have been absolutely hammered with both the day job and life in general. I actually came very close to putting this over on my non-photo blog, but I liked the image so much I wanted to share it here.
The weather has been very nice over the last week or so and we have been spending a good deal of time doing yard work, and when you have a 2 acre yard, that can become quite a chore. :-)
This image was captured when we were getting a bunch of brush piled up. We found a couple long since forgotten Ursa toys in the tall grass and the rest is history as they say. For the record, the grass isn’t tall any longer. :-)
I thought I would finish off the week here on the blog by simply sharing, with very little comment, images I captured from the 2013 Olympia Procession of the Species. Please click on any image to see a larger version. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed both creating them and the procession itself.
In my very humble opinion, the poor dandelion really has an unfair reputation. Somewhere along the line it was declared a weed which I think is really unfair. When it is in full bloom you will not find a more magnificent yellow color in nature, of course it doesn’t hurt that yellow is my favorite color, and when it goes to seed, it really is a marvel to behold. It almost looks like an engineered dome. But sadly, it has been declared a weed which means that countless people go out of their way to kill each and every one that they see.
When I came across this specimen in my back yard yesterday I had to grab a camera and a macro lens. I also thought it would be a great subject to hone my focus stacking skills on, and after 11 shots at different focal points, this image is the final result. I don’t normally do square crops, but in this case it seems to work for me.
Oh yeah, if you think I am the only one who loves the dandelion, I thought I would share this image from the recent Procession of the Species during the 2013 Olympia Spring Arts Walk.
Speaking of the Procession of the Species, I have quite a few images in my events gallery and will be sharing more of them here on the blog very soon.
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.
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.