Capel Curig reflections, Snowdonia

IMG_8789_FB-2This shot was taken in Snowdonia a few weeks ago.  There was not much wind so reflections around the edges of the lake were reasonably good.  The purples of the trees in the left foreground particularly caught my eyes.


Sunday afternoon jam, Bray, Ireland




It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted a picture.  I have been pretty much away the whole time.  I travelled to North Wales with close family.  We scattered my father’s ashes in his favourite place.  I am currently in Istanbul and hope to do some looking around tomorrow, but last week I was in Dublin.  On Sunday I took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) to Bray and spent a couple of hours in the company of some talented musicians, including my old friend, Dayo.  I snapped this picture with my little Fujifilm camera.  It sort of reminds me of DaVinci’s painting of the “last supper” – especially with the bodhran player looking at the bass and guitar players.

I hope to be a better correspondent in coming weeks.




Shenandoah sunrise



So if you followed my last blog, you will know I’ve been playing around a new “darkroom” system and using USA pics to try it out.  Here is a shot I took on Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive at sunrise earlier this year.  It was a truly remarkable drive and I hope I get back again sometime.  I hope everyone has a happy weekend.
Here’s a bonus shot taken the same morning.



New Lightroom in the Cloud!


(Update – I signed up for the new mobile version and have managed to work out how to edit on the mobile version but export pictures from the old system with my watermarking – this is a picture from a trip to the Grand Canyon in 2015)

Not my normal picture blog, but my views of the new offering of a cloud based version of Adobe’s Lightroom editing software.  The offer for current subscribers to Adobe’s Photographer bundle (which has the more controllable but more fiddly Photoshop and it’s easier, more user friendly, lower functioning Lightroom – now called “Classic”) is the new cloud based software plus a measly 20GB of the cloud.  Seeing as the card on my camera is 32GB it is sufficient to say that the upgrade to 1TB at an extra £10 per month (or thereabouts) is necessary if you are going to go to the cloud.

So Cloud based Lightroom? Yay or Nay?

The advantage of a cloud based service is effective “handoff” between devices.  I have a laptop which I do most of my editing on (sitting at my day-job computer in my open  plan office and editing photos is not really on), but if I can use my iPad to scroll through and rate raw images is easier than on my laptop, and then making first go around edits on either iPad and/or laptop before finishing/finalising images on desktop is a nice possibility.   So certainly worth having a look at the packages effectiveness.

The first thing I did was to look at storage capacity.  I currently store all my RAW files on a cloud solution called Livedrive.  I have just over 1TB of data stored on Livedrive – RAW pics from 2004 onward. I would either need to port all my files over to Lightroom and have more than 1TB or come up with a system that archives older files in Lightroom cloud over to Livedrive perhaps annually – More data storage costs.

I already pay a tenner a month for Adobe CC and £15 for Livedrive so an extra £10 a month for Lightroom CC upgrade is not going to break the bank but If I could get the additional service with the same storage I already have at a cost neutral basis I would.

So I’ve downloaded the software (without the storage upgrade) to see if it’s worth jumping across.   Therefore these are my thoughts as I use it for the first time.

The first thing I noted was whether edits I’ve already made on the local version will be recognised in the cloud. Then work out whether I still need Livedrive and how to use them in combination. Then decide whether the jump is worth it. And whether it eats space on your mobile devices (iPad/phone/etc.)  The answer seems to be “no”.  It would  seem that I now have two catalogues (“Classic LR” and new LR in the cloud).  These catalogues are separate and therefore edits made on one is not recognised by the other. What you can do is move from the new cloud based LR to edit an item in PS CC.

Functionality – The tools etc., seem to be largely similar to those on “Classic” LR, although the interface is simplified to feel more like Instagram app style.  There is still the ability to add grad filters and also localised brush-based edits, plus the same LR clone/heal functions.  Whether these are as effective in my workflow as “Classic”  remains to be seen.  Whereas “Classic” records your workflow in History.  This seems to be missing form Cloud LR.  A definite retrograde step for me.

Presets – I have a bunch of preset which I use to kick off my workflow and not sure if I an import these for quicker editing.  UPDATE – Yes, you can  import hose to use within the system

Export options seem limited. Can’t work out how to add watermarks yet (if at all possible).