windmillgolfer

windmillgolfer

Lives in United Kingdom Lancashire, United Kingdom
Works as a IT - retired
Joined on Aug 25, 2009

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The new owners need to make clear ASAP what their plans are regarding Flickr Pro and free accounts. I’ve been wondering what I really gain from having. Pro account and thing of converting to the free option or migrating elsewhere. The purchase by SmugMug could be a good thing or the catalyst for moving - much as it would be a pain to migrate.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 06:46 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies

Other ways to put this. The oldest truism ‘ignorance is bliss’. Or, for today ‘they don’t know they don’t know’.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 14:58 UTC as 106th comment
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havoc315: The gap is VERY narrow when we are talking about APS-C shooters with kits lens, shooting auto jpegs. The automatic processing on the phones is so good, that the starter dSLR kits no longer have any advantage, even in low light.
To the extent camera makers are still trying to hold on to those totally casual amatuer photographers, or trying to re-capture them, the ship has sailed.
There is practically no reason to take a Canon Rebel + 18-55 kit lens over an iphone X.
Camera makers are still adjusting to the fact that their products are now niche products for advanced, enthusiast and professional users.

Yes, so many people buy an entry level dSLR, then only use the kit lens and never take it off Auto. What a waste.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 18:26 UTC
On article Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes (11 comments in total)

A good article and one I will watch again. Two things: first title slide, the first N is missing from Blending (aaargh - been there); a question, to what extent are these blending modes possible in PSE (I have v14) ?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 18:47 UTC as 8th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1024 comments in total)

Seems a little arbitrary to award Silver simply because the Olympus was out sooner. The lower price and top plate LCD of the G9 are surely compensating qualities.
No axe to bring, yes, a multiple Panasonic owner but the G80 is all I need.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 07:16 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply

Magnifique. Beautifully told background and expedition. The images are all the more amazing for someone so young. He's very lucky to have found his vocation at his age. I expect he'll have a very long and successful career.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 18:49 UTC as 48th comment

The real issue is lack of transparency from Apple. Later generation iphones have higher capabilities due to increased processing power. Earlier phones, when upgraded, may struggle to perform the new functions in an acceptable time. So, Apple need to prevent that new function from working or take some other action. Of course, they do, eventually, announce that an iOS release cannot be applied to the current oldest generation. Can't have your cake and eat it, somethings got to give.

Up to iPhone 5S, at least, it is fairly easy to replace a battery. Just needs a little patience and skill with simple tools. Wouldn't advise it during warranty period but any battery issue is likely to be well beyond warranty, so not a real issue. Local independent phone stores will replace a battery at a reasonable price.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 19:28 UTC as 69th comment

Bought iPad Pro 10.5” driven by Affinity Photo as a complete (PP, HDR, pano stitching) travel solution. AP is incredibly powerful and comprehensive at a bargain price. I’m only just off the bottom of the long and steep learning curve, starting from a base of being a very longtime user of Photoshop Elements and Windows, which I’ll continue to use at home. So far, so good, and happy with the purchase of both AP and the iPad Pro.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 19:20 UTC as 13th comment
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windmillgolfer: I thought they'd been carry-on only for some time, at least a year. Not aware of differing standards across the globe. It'd be interesting to know if the airline does in fact allow hold luggage with lithium batteries or the traveller just can't read!

I always ensure spare batteries are insulated and cannot short. Fingers crossed that this event does not lead to further constraints adding to the misery of existing airport security checks - essential though they may be.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 18:35 UTC

I thought they'd been carry-on only for some time, at least a year. Not aware of differing standards across the globe. It'd be interesting to know if the airline does in fact allow hold luggage with lithium batteries or the traveller just can't read!

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 52nd comment | 11 replies
On article Affinity Photo for iPad Review (95 comments in total)
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windmillgolfer: I've just bought the iPad 10.5" 256GB largely driven by the desire to have full PP capabilities, including HDR and panorama stitching, while travelling. As a long time user of PSE and Windows, AP represents a huge learning curve, which I started on yesterday. It will take many hours of frustration before I can efficiently and quickly achieve a fraction of what I can do with PSE without thinking. However, I can already see that AP has the functions/features I need and has some dream features not possible with PSE. At the price, AP is a bargain and even the iPad is reasonably priced given the power and storage. So, yes, I think this is a workable solution and for some could be all they'll ever need.

Yes, a very powerful product. I do use layers, masking, etc. What really blows me away are the pinch, push, liquify manipulations, which I know will help resolve some distortions on stitched panoramas. Hopefully, within 12 months I'll have achieved a degree of competence. I do not expect to quickly match 10 years plus with PSE and Topaz plug-ins. I suspect Adobe's sales are going to be negatively impacted by AP.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
On article Affinity Photo for iPad Review (95 comments in total)

I've just bought the iPad 10.5" 256GB largely driven by the desire to have full PP capabilities, including HDR and panorama stitching, while travelling. As a long time user of PSE and Windows, AP represents a huge learning curve, which I started on yesterday. It will take many hours of frustration before I can efficiently and quickly achieve a fraction of what I can do with PSE without thinking. However, I can already see that AP has the functions/features I need and has some dream features not possible with PSE. At the price, AP is a bargain and even the iPad is reasonably priced given the power and storage. So, yes, I think this is a workable solution and for some could be all they'll ever need.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 19:40 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On photo Santiago Triple Stairway in the Fisheye lens challenge (5 comments in total)
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Wildbegonia: Beautiful!

Thanks - You might like this alternative UWA view but not Fisheye, with location details, https://www.flickr.com/photos/dieselgolfer/17212404078/in/album-72157646076479907/

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
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Dheorl: I tried running these photos through Affinity photo, and got pretty much the same result as they did with their "deep fill", even with the heart-shaped hole. In the future it might do something impressive, but right now it just seems to be a bunch of marketing rubbish.

That sounds good - I plan to buy 10.5" Ipad and Affinity for all purpose travel PP. PSE is used on PC.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 19:26 UTC
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (284 comments in total)

A steal at $80. In the right hands it is perfectly capable of producing some great images. And, of course, an abundance of cheap options on alternative lenses, accessories, etc. I've no doubt it could be re-sold at a significant profit.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 15:55 UTC as 114th comment

Bizarre. I was hoping for something that might make use of the lenses from my FR1 (it makes a very robust paperweight these days). Ah well, at least those lenses are easily attached to my M43 kit.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 18:26 UTC as 195th comment

Gear at the price should have its own seat. The owner clearly has the money, if not the commonsense ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 07:35 UTC as 115th comment
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (68 comments in total)

Odd, no mention of Snapseed. Free and very good.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 19:13 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

Wonderful series, right place, right time.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 21:03 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

A balanced enough video. The performance of laptops now is truly excellent in terms of processing power and I can see why a single laptop/MacBook might suffice for all needs negating the need for a desktop even (maybe retain a large monitor). However, I'm thinking the market for laptops is limited to professional photographers or very serious amateurs, who need to process many images when on the move. Otherwise, a high end tablet makes far more sense when travelling. The new iPad Pro looks very attractive and at less than half/a third the price of the Dell/MacBook. Apples closed systems are both a strength (OS-App integrity) and weakness (very limited and specific accessory connectivity). lack of an SD Card slot isn't really an issue because low volume transfers, these days, tend to be by wifi. Basic PP is quite effective with free or very low price software. I build my own PCs, so not an Apple advocate. Sometimes, being given an iPhone has consequences ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:35 UTC as 173rd comment
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