Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vincent Versace was a Gerber baby

Did that get your attention? If you follow my blog, you know that Vincent Versace has a great influence on my photography. Both while out shooting and in the digital darkroom. I have watched his DVDs and followed his blog, but today's post on Scott Kelby's blog is absolutely amazing. (Post dated May 26, 2010)
The first part of the post is an autobiographical walk down memory lane, including the part about appearing on a Gerber Baby Foods jar label. (Don't miss the part about Marilyn Chambers). It's interesting but read on and get to the really good part. He gives some wonderful bits of psychology for us simple photographers to think about. I can't recommend this and all of his work more.

Monday, May 24, 2010

CS5 - some really cool upgrades

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I'm still having some issues with my CS5 install but I really haven't taking the time to look into a fix. There's nothing major just annoying little things.
The good news is that some of the features are wonderful. The quick selection upgrade with the "Refine Edge" tool" is great. "Content Aware" is remarkable. I've tried the "HDR Pro" but I'm not quite sure about it. I've used Photomatix for so long that HDR Pro seems slow. I'll give it some time and more testing before making my final decision.
The guys from NAPP did a week long series of Webinars showing all the new features in CS5. They explain them better then I can. Watch it here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friends for the Marsh Juried Show

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The Friends for the Marsh provide a unique educational experience for central New Jersey. Each year they sponsor a juried photographic show. This year it was titled "Ebb and Flow- Voices of the Marsh". I was fortunate to have 2 pieces accepted. I hope you like them.

Friday, May 7, 2010

I installed CS5

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I installed the disk and it all went well. I have a 64bit Dell machine and there in lies the problem. I was prompted to check a box to load the 64bit version and/or the 32bit version. I check both and in fact, both versions were installed. Great. I clicked on the 64bit version and CS5 opened. I did the same for the 32bit version and got a error message that the application failed to start. I had to clicked "OK" 3 or 4 times and that version opened. OK, so no problem, I'll just use the 64bit version. I went into my files and transferred all my "plug-ins" from CS4 to CS5. Checked my work and open CS5 64bit version. No "plug-ins" appear in the filter menu or anywhere else. So I go back and transfer all the plug-ins into the 32 bit version and open that. Get the error message, click 4 time, the program opens and all the plug-ins are there. It hits me that my 64 bit Dell does not support any of the plug-ins.
It should be interesting later today when I call Adobe tech support to try to straighten this out. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CS5 is shipping

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I just order CS5 and I've been watching the CS5 classes that Kelby Training has put up on their site. I must say that they do a great job. I usually just download the program but this time I decided to get the disk. Just trying something new. I'll let you know how the installation goes. The new features look interesting. There are new selection options, new brush tip designs that will help when painting and even an HDR Pro dialog section that has a great looking deghosting capability.
I know that I haven't been posting much lately, but I think I'm back in the game.
Have fun shooting and let me see some of your work.
By the way, the above image is from a recent trip to Maine. What a great place to shoot. I'll post some more pictures soon.