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August 25 2014

Lightroom. Fantastic software for editing photographs, but scary if you move the locations of the folders where you store the photos. Last night, I decided to tidy up my cluttered desktop. The way I work with photos is that I use iPhoto for storage and mainly Lightroom and sometimes Snapseed for editing. When I want to work on a shot I drag it from iPhoto to Lightroom. I also use Snapseed for editing and this creates folders on the desktop. Why, I do not know or understand. Anyway, imagine my horror when I opened up Lightroom after my reorganising the desktop and clicked on a photo and the ‘cannot locate the image’ warning appeared! Appeared on over 400 images. I freaked. I googled. I searched. I located the missing folder and have vowed never to mess with it again.

Something similar happened when I used to upload directly from Lightroom to Flickr. I remember editing a photo I had posted to Flickr and reposting it and losing all the faves and comments I had accrued on the original posting. Another time, I deleted by accident an image in LR and it disappeared from Flickr. Now, I export to a desktop folder before uploading. Lesson: Do not trust Lightroom with uploading.

I am posting the last image of the series of With the slowest of jazz music playing. I have another 4 or 5 images to add to the series, but I find interest in the same type of images dwindles after about 4 photographs. I am posting the other images here on the blog and maybe sometime in the future I will post the others to Flickr also.

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The iPhone photograph is distortion. An effort to recreate what I was seeing. Very often I am asked what I use for blur or to blur the images on the iPhone. I lower the camera, finger on the shutter and quickly lift it and release the image captured is blurred. You can see more of my technique explained in this video.

Have a good week. Thanks for all the visits.

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Monday

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August 23 2014

One more in the little series of shots taken (I don’t subscribe to having to say you make photographs – make, take schmake) in the rain with the shower cap over the lens when I was in Korea. This one was taken as a group of school kids approached me as I stood in a doorway sheltering from the rain. I cannot recall with accuracy if I was bending down to get the shot from below, but I think from the perspective of the guy in the white jumper I must have been.

Life is hard for school kids in Korea. A typical day starts before dawn and ends about midnight. Yes! Midnight! It is surreal to go out for a late night drink and see groups of children in their school uniforms shuffling home after cramming school. Koreans are an industrious and obedient lot. Huge importance is placed on schooling and their belief is to pack in as much as possible in the day. To me, it is cruel. Children have to play. Learning takes place as much in play, perhaps even more.

These in the shot were probably heading home from their regular school day to get something to eat before they would head out again for private classes until late in the night. Crazy! When do they get the time to just be kids?

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With the slowest jazz music playing [2]

The iPhone shot was taken in Seoul’s Incheon Airport, an airport that was rated as airport of the year nine years running. How about that? Airports are wonderful places for photography. Some of the new airports are architectural masterpieces. Places of wonder. For me, my favourite of all buildings. Where else can you experience such excitement? Where else do you get such a cross section of the world’s people? Nowhere! Airports are magical places.

Similar to yesterday’s shot, the backdrop caught my attention. The bright lights of the display I knew would make for a good photograph if I could snap someone passing by. Incheon is not unlike major airports. It is full of people – another great reason why airports are so good for photography. I didn’t have to wait long. This airport worker, who appeared a little tired and sullen, approached. I snapped. Then I apped. And here you go.

Have a good Saturday. Do something silly.

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