Gary Leland

Gary Leland

Lives in United States Greenville, SC, United States
Works as a Computer Sofware Developer
Joined on Jan 22, 2010

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On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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alfredo_tomato: I seem to do OK with the combination of iPhoto, GIMP, and LightZone.

Alfredo, I have seen the new OSX Yosemite demo. There is no iPhoto in the dock. I think that they are expecting everyone to use Photos going forward.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)

For the general DPR reader: It might be worth your while to go to the APP store and click on iPhoto and read a couple of hundred rants about what the Maverix upgrade did to iPhoto libraries. As far as the "conversion/upgrade" process I believe that you cannot assume that this is a safe and painless route. Also I think that the larger your libraries are the less chance you will have of completing anything successfully.
Sorry...I honestly hate to make negative posts (this is my third) but I will be quiet now.
Good luck my fellow DRP compatriots. (no matter what camera you shoot) ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 18:50 UTC as 43rd comment
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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jaaboucher: I've never been super enamoured with Lightroom, but because I have Aperture I haven't had a chance to play with it. The main thing keeping me from jumping to Lightroom was it seemed like a pain to shift over my old libraries. Hopefully Apple will be nice and make a converter for all of our Aperture libraries.

I am afraid that if there is any conversion to be done it will be to unload your Aperture library by copying it to the "cloud" in a new proprietary format.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 22:29 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)

IMHO this is nothing more than APPLE's version of ADOBE's subscription announcement. The problem with Aperture (from Apple's perspective) was that it was not cloud based. They will not be satisfied till all of your personal data, music, photo's etc. is safely housed in their cloud. Quintessential Corporate Control Freak behavior.

I saw a demo of the photo software from their WWDC (world wide developers conference) and it did not look promising. It was after all, designed to run on an iPhone. The price for device compatibility is everything gets dumbed down to the weakest link. Do you want to edit your photos on an iPod?????

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:46 UTC as 89th comment

Absolutely beautiful image!!! Truly lovely! Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 22:44 UTC as 1st comment
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nnowak: The engineering software I use for work requires an annual $1,500 maintenance fee. While I dislike the recurring fee, I must use this specific software for my work. Plus, the updates are regular and substantial. Also, if I ever stop subscribing, my software will still continue to function indefinitely. Just without access to updates.

Photoshop on the other hand is just one program in a crowd of competent and competitive programs. Photoshop CS6 will be my last purchase from Adobe, and that purchase was solely for the ACR updates. Even with the intro discount, the new cloud pricing scheme will cost me far more on a yearly basis, while reducing my capabilities. Since I live in a rural area with slow internet and also work in areas with no internet, cloud computing is not a viable option.

nnowak,
Thanks for your reply. I fully agree with your statements above. But here's a scenario. You develop on Win7. Yes it will run forever on Win7. You sell and install your software. Congratulations! in 12 months time MS actually comes up with a OS that is not hated on arrival. But you software will not run on it. Well your software runs of W7 and it has a fairly lengthy life expectancy. (because they killed XP) and everyone hated vista, and may W8 is hated more. So win 9 arrives and your clients move to it. Yes your software runs on w7 but your client has moved on. What to do? You cannot support your software and cannot install it on W9. Do you loose all of these clients or quickly pay up and try and retro fit your code to the new API and OS? It is a real viscous cycle designed to obsolete your hard work. You know what I mean? I am writing this on my companies XP. We still have machines with DOS on them. I am so embarassed!
thanks for chatting. Have a great day.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 18:17 UTC
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nnowak: The engineering software I use for work requires an annual $1,500 maintenance fee. While I dislike the recurring fee, I must use this specific software for my work. Plus, the updates are regular and substantial. Also, if I ever stop subscribing, my software will still continue to function indefinitely. Just without access to updates.

Photoshop on the other hand is just one program in a crowd of competent and competitive programs. Photoshop CS6 will be my last purchase from Adobe, and that purchase was solely for the ACR updates. Even with the intro discount, the new cloud pricing scheme will cost me far more on a yearly basis, while reducing my capabilities. Since I live in a rural area with slow internet and also work in areas with no internet, cloud computing is not a viable option.

I think you would find that should you stop subscribing, your software would become unusable quite quickly. It would certainly not run indefinitely. The changes in language constructs as they depricate code and modify DLL's, plus the rate of change that the OS's are undergoing, you would soon find that your stuff just doesn't run anymore.
Sorry you are shelling out $1,500.00 a year. IMO that's extortion and it's only for the reasons I gave above that anyone would pay it.
Just my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 17:25 UTC

This sounds very familiar. I bought a programming suite from Microsoft in 2005. MS decided to change to a subscription model. Typical MS bullying and greed. All they had to do is change some DLL's and depricate parts of the language going forward and my code was possibly obsoleted and incompatible with future operating systems. The subscriptions were up to $2600.00 a year. Yes the developers howled!!! But it did no good. I never bought another MS developer tool or a Windows PC. It sent me to APPLE (they deliver their entire sotftware development suite for free, XCODE).

Well look at the profitability of MS and APPLE over the last 8 yrs and you can guess that this is a big mistake for ADOBE, plus their horrid EULA.

MS's subscription model was contributory to the shift to APPLE software development (APP Store) and huge profits. Software sells computers. Not the other way around.

I will not be using ADOBE Photoshop. It's too easy to live without it.
Just my 2 cents.

Gary

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 16:34 UTC as 218th comment
On Nisser Lake near Treungen 2013 in the Rural Winter challenge (2 comments in total)

What a stunning winter landscape. This should have moved up higher in this field of very nice entries. Very impressive for a FZ200. Great job. Every body knows the zoom of this camera but look at the short end too!! beautiful

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2013 at 17:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On Old Window in the View from the Window challenge (2 comments in total)

El Drac,
I really like your picture! I think it should have placed much higher. Nice job.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 15:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 article (95 comments in total)
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Bruce ShrewsburyMA: All the photos were released by Nikon and all are at ISO 100 or 200. We need photos at ISO 800, 1600 and 3200, under different/tougher lighting conditions to really understand how it performs.

Yes that would have been nice. But we have seen how fast the lens can gather light at 1/1000 with a fast moving target. That should speak volumes on how it will behave at higher ISOs yes?
addendum: is not that upper wing edge amazing?
Regards

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 22:55 UTC
On Christmas Expectations in the My cute little puppy dog challenge (1 comment in total)

mefnj,
I really like what you have presented here. Nicely done. IMHO it should have ranked much higher. Most voters here aparently don't want anything to far from the photo, but I like what you have applied here artistically. Very nice. Looks like a great puppy!
regards,
Gary

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 17:28 UTC as 1st comment
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Roland Karlsson: hehe - as usual Copyright issues starts flaming discussions. And thats reasonable! What is a good choice regarding Copyright laws is not obvious. There are several possible ways of doing it. Personally I am a programmer. Normally I write programs for a company. I dont get any copyright. The company gets the copyright. If I want the copyright for the code I write I either have to do it as a hobby or have my own company.

And - I think this is fair. At least for code. How about photos?

Roland,
I am a programmer as well. And everywhere I consult, I make it clear that any code I develop for them I can reuse elsewhere. (barring trade secrets non compete etc.) It is mine and indespensible as a part of my experience and expertise. I have never had a client refuse me the right to do so. Reusable code is indespensible to me so that I can compete and perform at my highest levels of skill and efficiency. It's your brain, it's your skill, the client benefits because you use good code and design concepts from another client to produce for him a better product in a shorter amount of time. You will have to negotiate a little with each client but the arguments for your ownership of the code you develope is a reasonable one. Just my 2cents.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 17:14 UTC
On P7280100 photo in PON307G's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Beautiful! Love the composition and the color contrasts. Very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 21:38 UTC as 1st comment

Ho Dan Chung! I hope you are having a blast! What are you proving? You are proving that no matter what camera we own, what we can afford, we can have fun with photography and create photos that we can look back on with great memories. Yes you could do better with a more "professional" piece of equipment, we all know that, but I really appreciate what you have done with what you have been given! Great talent, the oportunity to be there, and lot's of just plain hard work. I do not have a TV. I would have missed the Olympics once again. But these were a treat. Too bad you could not have been everwhere at once. :)
Thank you very much. You inspire me to work harder at my photography. After all, is'nt hard work what the Olympics are all about?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 16:50 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On How the iPhone changed my photography article (105 comments in total)
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MMehresUSA: This article would have a lot more credibility if it was focused on smart phones in general, instead of just focusing on one brand. The Nokia N8 and Samsung Galaxy II would have delivered equal or superior results and also have a multiple of applications and are equally well connected.

By going on and on and on and on about one particular brand to the exclusion of others, an article that would have had some (slight) interest instead comes off as as puff piece by a fanboy, which frankly has the effect of diminishing the credibility of the author and the website in general.

How does the inclusion of other makers give this article credibility? The article is clearly about a manufacturer who has taken a very different tac to mobile phone cameras. It is totally about the 40+meg sensor (completely unique in the field) and how they are using it to improve the resulting images. Barney, great article, I enjoyed it like I do all new innovation and found it very interesting as well. I especially like the interview. He was certainly well spoken and communicating very effectively. Thanks once again.

ooops. I posted this to the wrong thread. Thought this was for the Nokia 808 article. Please disregard and have a nice day anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 16:57 UTC
On Winter Teasel in the Seed Pods challenge (1 comment in total)

Heh Dave,
Very very lovely shot. Wasn't this a great challenge! I just love the maximum contrast you have displayed here, the sharp thorniness of the thistle and the ultra smooth pastels set behind it. Very nice.
I'm gonna make a trip to your gallery!
Thanks,
Gary

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2012 at 21:54 UTC as 1st comment
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review article (706 comments in total)

But I do have a question concerning the review that faults the JPEG. Why should this be? My Oly C8080wz has such a great JPEG engine that RAW is almost pointless. Once your engineers have a great software written why would the implement something inferior? If the JPEG is really a lower caliber than this great piece of hardware deserves than shame on Canon! That is like strapping a coke bottle to the front of it. IMO. In ease of use, performance etc. my great JPEG on my c8080 is a huge factor for me. Nobody that I know looks at my pictures and says "oh that must be a jpeg". They could not have crippled this in such a fashion so they could reach a price point! You know what I mean?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 00:35 UTC as 80th comment
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review article (706 comments in total)

Well, I'll add my 2 cents. The 800 and New Cannon are both fabulous camera's. I will probably never even hold one much less own one. But I have an opinion too. :) I spend a lot of time enjoying DPR's challenges. I almost always look at the camera make and model as well as the image. I would have to say that I almost always like the Cannon image better than the Nikon. For me it's never the IQ, (they are to me equally magnificent) but I just like the Cannon color better. Strictly a strong preference I have for great color. I like my Oly's color even better.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 00:29 UTC as 81st comment
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review article (706 comments in total)
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Rubenski: Dear Barney, isn't it a great idea to implement a 'scoring poll' on everything a camera has to offer? This way we can all give a rating to it (1-5) and you can see online how many points a camera scores JUST FOR YOU.

DPR will generate even more visitors this way, it's nice to see your own score and other people find it interesting what the average score is. Compare all these voting polls. People just love them.

Hey, I just thought I should mention it. You've got to keep innovating online or else....

Barney,
I am excited to hear that you guys are experimenting with this. You have given me a good idea as well. I'll start my spreadsheet today, but I'll keep checkin' back for yours! :)
Thanks for all of the hard work. Your reviews are unmatched on the web. IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 17:09 UTC
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