A Bad Day, and a Good day

On my way to the office this morning my car was rear-ended by the guy behind me, who was hit by someone behind him.  So, my car be totaled.  that’s the bad news.  The good news is I had my car flat bedded to my mechanics shop where, while he worked on it to make it safe, and drive-able, I photographed one of his new additions.  It’s a rusting hulk (soon to be restored) 1952 Ford Firetruck!  That’s the good news.

While waiting for my car I spent over an hour photographing this thing of beauty.  It was raining, misty, and the lighting gave the faded red paint, and the rust a soft, warm patina that is hard to duplicate.

Here is the first image I looked at tonight.  It’s with the X-T2, 35mm 1.4, handheld.  Processed the raw as a Classic Chrome, then I processed it in the FANTASTIC Acros film simulation.  I am so taken back by the image quality of the camera in general, and then the Acros is like the cherry on top!!

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So Adobe has hoodwinked us Again it seems

Adobe has hoodwinked us. Got me again Adobe. Well done you pieces of ….
Here’s what happened to make me write this love letter. I finally bit the bullet, purchased and downloaded the LR6 upgrade for LR5 after watching a long tutorial on using LR on the iPad. I was shown how phenomenal it was to actually be able to review, edit, manipulate,and pretty much do anything you wanted to on the iPad, that normally you could do on the desktop. Well, almost anything.
So, I install LR6 on my primary desktop workstation where I have over 3500 images I’ve yet to cull through, review, edit and then pick and flag which images go to which stock agents. The desktop install was very straightforward, no issues, my catalog updated to the LR6, no probs. I then downloaded from the app store the LR mobile for both of my iPads. I first installed it on my iPad mini as that’s the one I tend to grab most often when I want to sit somewhere in the house and just goof off, or, do some serious work as I tell my better half. So I followed the instructions on setting up a new collection and making sure it was set to sync to the mobile. Ok. So far so good. I gave the system about an hour or so as I had dinner to eat and, well time to goof off, plus it allowed some time for LR to do it’s sync — though it needed waaaaaaaaay more than that for 3500 images; actually, it had only synced about 300 in about an hour over wifi. So I grabbed the iPad and started looking through some of the images, and familiarizing myself with the interface. Now, based on the tutorial i watched I should have been able to to zoom in to check for sharpness, clarity, make adjustments, crop. etc. I did learn the one, two, and three finger tricks and that was pretty cool. But I digress.

I start to review the first image — before I begin the edit process I want to make sure the image is even worth processing so I do my two-finger spread thingy to make it slightly larger…. WTF? Wait. No. Really. WTF?! I must have done something wrong?! What’s going on here? I know this image was shot on a tripod, stopped down F11, blah blah blah. So I get up from my comfy, warm couch and walk back to my office to open it on my desktops 28” display… It’s TACK SHARP. Again I mutter to myself WTF?! Now my very patient spouse who normally doesn’t hear those words come out of my mouth has to ask me what my problem is. I go back to the couch where she is working on a project and hand her the iPad and ask her what she thinks of the image on the iPad. She says it’s blurry and it’s hurting her eyes. I use my two-finger thingy to make the image smaller, and she says it’s still blurry… So, I mutter WTF again and leave. I grab my full-size iPad, stop the sync on the mini, and start another synch on the large iPad. I get to the same image —— eventually as I need to wait for it to synch up, and guess what? The same damn thing! Bluuuury! I bring it back to my wonderfully patient wife. She looks at it, shakes her head, and hands it back. Then she says to me if paid for this to get my money back. Ha! The voice of reason! Someone with common sense! Someone who doesn’t understand Photography. Someone who does not deal with Adobe! Someone who wasn’t just bamboozled. Someone who wasn’t just fleeced – Again. How can anyone provide positive reviews on this garbage? OK. Calm back down….

So, Other than to look at pretty pictures, which I can just as easily do in the photos app, or snapseed (which by the way is a FANTASTIC editing app) , or whatever other app, LR mobile is coming off my iPads. However I am now “stuck” with LR 6 on my desktop and I’m out the upgrade price of 84.53 . That sucks. I was perfectly happy with LR5 even though I upgraded a couple of years ago.

So, just to put you on notice Adobe as soon as a better solution comes along I am dropping you faster than a hot potato. And no, I will not include or use Capture One as I am not a rocket scientist nor do I want to train as one before using their app. I do own Iridient, and the original RAW processor, Silkypix, that came with my X-T1, but let’s face it right now, other than photo mechanic, LR is a leader in this field— unfortunately. But, their day of reckoning will come and I’ll be right there holding the doors to hell open for ya you bunch of jerks.