Cactus Child

My partner spotted these in Wheeler’s Lane during a recent trip to Dubbo in Central NSW. Initially thought to be a night flowering cactus, a little research proved them to be a standard (but beautiful, non the less) flowering cacti that flower in the cool of night and close as the heat builds under the big sky during the day. For me they’re a very ‘sharmanic’ plant with loose associations to my teenage years and the writing of Carlos Castanenda.

Strange fruit

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Hipstamatic 300 @ Cockatoo Island

Liking the ability to set focus on the 300. Cockatoo Island is an interesting place, full of unexpected photographic finds, most of which I’ve yet to fully explore. I think you’d pretty much need a couple of days and permission to get into the interesting places. Further down the road maybe.

Laneway

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Hipstamatic 303 @ Laneway Sandwich and Espresso, Leura.

Views from windows; typically unforgiving in that what you have is for the most part what you shoot. Finding the sweet spot in what’s in front of you calls for continued culling of non essentials. The ‘day to day’ fascinates me, finding the edge in the ordinary moment. However…….

……….Great coffee, food and service :)

Lightroom 6 Mobile Badlands

Adobe Lightroom has been a mainstay of my post processing workflow for many years. Along with Aperture and more recently DXO Optics Pro, OnOne Perfect Photo Suite, Tonality Pro and Nik Software, Lightroom has been up until now a steady and reliable workhorse and it still is as long as you are retrieving images from SD / CF cards. However with the 2015 release came some issues that were less than user-friendly for mobile users. I’m not sure what others are experiencing in this area but the current bugbear for me with the 2015.3 release is the inability for Lightroom to import images from Apples iPhone6.

Below is a screen shot from a short bout of solution hunting, you can see it’s not an isolated issue.

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So what’s the fuss? Can’t I just import them into Photos for OSX and then import them into Lightroom from there or run them upstream via Flickr and then download them into a folder and then import into Lightroom. Well yes I can. But why should I as a Lightroom user have to resort to such convoluted workarounds.

Fortunately I’m still running Aperture so I can import them into there and export as required.

However at the moment any attempt to get images off the phone into Lightroom results in the following ;

It’s just a dead end. I’ve even tried syncing from Lightroom Mobile to Lightroom and while this works the synced file is not full resolution so it’s useless for me.

Surprisingly it’s not the post processing workflow for mobile images that’s the issue because for the most part most people can process imagesĀ  satisfactorily on the phone as is. The Achilles heel here is the file naming and file size conventions that are commonly applied when uploading images to various competitions. On the phone you can’t alter the file name or fine tune the output resolution and to upload to any of the major iPhone comps you need to be able to do both and to do that you have to be able to get the images off your device. You might well say at this point “but you can and you’ve already said how”, I hear you, but I don’t like the way Photos for Mac organizes things, nor the demosaicing algorithm it applies to imported images, plus it’s clumsy and Aperture could disappear with any future update to El Capitan.

So Adobe need to get this issue straightened out soon……there have been too many stuff ups. Lightroom is good but it’s not GOD.

Read some of the backstory here