I am trying out the spell check app called Grammerly - these are my initial thoughts

"This is my first test of the Grammarly app which is as it turns out is really good and got most things that I misspelt completely correct so I will give this a try for a while as my typing on my iPhone is quite often dreadful!"

You can download this from the Apple App Store

Apparently it works in all Apps but does not support external keyboards so I can’t use it on my iPad Pro (yet).

I typed this out quickly in an email and it only missed one typo picking up and sorting the rest very impressively.

I will continue to use Grammarly on my iPhone 7 Plus and report back in the future.

Rick McEvoy Photography

The front facade of the Parroquia De Nuestra Señora Del Consuelo, Altea

The facade of the Parroquia De Nuestra Señora Del Consuelo is too big to capture with an iPhone satisfactorily, so I tried a video!

Works for me! 

Check it out here, 

The Parroquia De Nuestra Señora Del Consuelo

And the full address if you are in the vicinity is Parroquia De Nuestra Señora Del Consuelo, Plaza Iglesia, 2, 03590 Altea, Alicante, Spain.

Rick McEvoy Photography

 

 

What’s new in photo editing software? Check out what Skylum have just done!!

An email popped into my inbox yesterday afternoon. 

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 “Rick, the new Luminar Jupiter is here. Learn what's new and be amazed.“

And a link to this page on the Skylum website.

What’s this all about then? 

Well you can check out this Peta Pixel article about the claimed speed improvements.

And it sounds like the new version is a lot quicker.

My only problem is that all my images are in a Lightroom Catalogue, and there is lots of inforamtion and data within this Lightroom Classic Catalogue, and Luminar does not have this feature, so Luminar Jupiter will, at the moment, be in addition to Lightroom, not instead of.

I am going to give it a go - it would be nice to try something new on my photos of Santorini!

Rick McEvoy Photography

 

What was I writing about 12 months ago on my photography blog?

This is the blog post from 9th April 2017. I like going back to see what I was up to in the past!

 Landscape photography in Hampshire by Rick McEvoy

Landscape photography in Hampshire by Rick McEvoy

Before I go on, take a look at the image below. Can you see the difference?  (Apart from the fact that this image is darker than the image above).

 Picture of Picket Post illuminated by the spring sunshine

Picture of Picket Post illuminated by the spring sunshine

The difference is the ring around the sun,

The second image was the first one I produced. I left Deghost on when I created the HDR image in Lightroom. I forgot to deselect it. There is a significant amount of affected pixels in this image. 

The top image is the one I produced in Lightroom without any Deghost at all - I did not need it after all, and this image is a lot cleaner. 

I won't try to explain. Adobe have already done this here

  1. "Sometimes, after the exposure-bracketed images are merged, some areas in the HDR image may appear unnaturally semi-transparent. Select one of the following deghosting option in the HDR Merge Preview dialog box to correct these anomalies: None, Low, Medium, or High. Try Low deghosting first to obtain a clean merged image. Try higher settings if necessary.

    Low: Cures little or minor movement between frames
    Medium: Cures considerable movement between frames
    High: Cures high movement between frames

    You can preview the effect of these settings right within the dialog box. If necessary, choose to view the deghost overlay."

The important thing to remember is only do the things you need to do when processing an image. 

Even more important is to photograph interesting scenes in interesting light!

End of the post from 12 months ago.

A few things that I have improved since this post.

1 - I have sorted out my blog post URLs, which is important for sharing and future reference.

2 - I have stopped adding the date to the bottom of blog posts - this caused all sorts of confusion when I rescheduled posts which showed one date but wre published on another date!

3 - The date issued applied to the blog URL as well - now I check those as part of the review process.

4 - External links are now selected to open in a new window, which maintains the visit to my website. Internal links to other pages of my website do not, as they are on my website anyway, and I don't want to annoy someone with multiple pages of me open in their browsers!

It is good to go back in time 12 months, and see what has improved in that time. And even better that things have improved to provde higher quality blog posts.

Rick McEvoy Photography

 

There are some new black and white profiles in Lightroom Classic 7.3

There are 17 different looks in the black and white profiles in Lightroom. And you can view them very quickly by just hovering over them.

I have to say I am loving this change in Lightroom Classic 7.3, and am looking forward to playing around with these black and white “profiles” on a variety of images.

Will this new feature in Lightroom sort my black and white image processing software problem out? 

Well hopefully it willl - if I can keep this all in Lightroom then great - this will make life much easier for me. 

I used to love Nik Silver Efex Pro, but this was killed off by Google last year. It is being revived by DxO in 2018 which will be interesting! 

I have just added myself to the DxO mailing list - lets see what they come up with. 

In the meantime I am going to have a good old play with producing black and white photos in Lightroom - I will post some photos once I have done them. 

Rick McEvoy Photography

Sunrise view from Poole Quay looking towards Sandbanks with moving clouds

Another of those photos created using Plotaverse.

Where is the data held?

An interesting question. Well interesting to me that is!

As these are in effect video files they are uploaded to YouTube, from where links are inserted into posts on my Squarespace photography website.

This is a very clever way of adding video to my photgoraphy blog without adding to the storage space needed as it is held somewhere else, courtesy of YouTube/ Google!

How I got the shot

This is one of my favourite photos taken at Poole Quay, looking towards Sandbanks and Brownsea Island.

The image was captured using my Canon 6D and Canon 17-40mm lens.

  • Focal length 17mm
  • Aperture F8
  • Shutter speed 1/125th second
  • ISO 640

Handheld, 9.05am one lovely January morning.

This was one of those sunrise moments which I am delighted to have captured - this is definitely one of my favourite photos of Poole in lovely Dorset.

Rick McEvoy Photography - Poole Photographer