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Wispy Shilshole Sunset

While shooting the sunset the other night, I tried out the fairly-new HDR capture mode in Lightroom mobile on my iPhone 7. Consider me impressed! The app snaps three photos and merges them together right there, creating a DNG (Adobe’s “digital negative” format) with lots of image information for editing. I’m generally wary of in-camera HDR processing, because with most cameras you end up with just a JPEG that doesn’t give you as much editing capability later.

The initial shot looked great, and I tweaked it slightly, also in Lightroom mobile on my iPhone. In fact, the only time the image went beyond the phone was when I checked it using the large screen of my MacBook Pro; since I saved the capture to a synced collection, the photo was waiting for me in Lightroom. Be sure to click the photo to view it larger at Flickr.

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Shilshole Evening

After many days of rain, this weekend the sun reappeared and presented an opportunity for me to shoot a sunset. I also had some camera testing to do (more on that later), so I grabbed a coffee and headed down to Shilshole Marina for some sailboats and sky photography. The temperature dropped quickly once the sun dipped, turning my flat white to an iced coffee, but it turned out to be a nice evening out. This is an HDR made in Lightroom from three brackets. (Click the photo to view it larger at Flickr.)

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Do you find that you’re the “photo guy” or “photo gal” in many group situations because you happen to be the one taking the most pictures? (Spoiler: I do.) In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I go over the ways to share those photos with other people, from iCloud Shared Libraries to uploading to Dropbox or Adobe Creative Cloud.

As a bonus, I also pass along a pointer to Kirk McElhearn’s excellent advice for preventing videos from auto-playing in Web browsers.

Read the Seattle Times column here: 4 ways to share groups of photos on the Mac and iOS.

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Jeff carlson berryessa v02

A decade ago, I captured the photo above at the Lake Berryessa Spillway, also known as the “Glory Hole.” The spillway is designed to direct overflow water beyond Monticello Dam, and unlike most, this one is a giant funnel that creates a hole in the lake. Seeing it in person is quite interesting, like you’re viewing a special effect in a movie.

When I took this shot, the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the spillway’s opening reflected the surrounding rocks. A print of this photo hung at the Art Wolfe Gallery in 2006 as a winning image in the Environmental Photography Invitational, and it was published in a magazine that featured works from that show. (I also met Art Wolfe, who was gracious and encouraging, even in the few minutes that we shook hands; Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoftian and now gastropreneur, also had a photo selected for the exhibition.) At one point the image was also licensed for a visitor center display, I think at the Dufer Point Visitor Center, although I’d need to dig up some old records to be sure. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never made it out there to see it! It may no longer be there.

In the intervening 10 years, California suffered through a horrible drought, which dropped the lake levels far below the spillway opening—in fact, far below the rock on which the opening is mounted! Take a look at this photo from September 2015 (courtesy of Flickr user torroid via Creative Commons license):

Now, following an extremely wet winter, Lake Berryessa has recovered its volume and then some (photo by Flickr user Doug Letterman via Creative Commons license).

Morning glory spillway

According to this article in The New York Times, the lake holds about 521 billion gallons of water before it begins pouring down the spillway. Be sure to watch the drone video to see it from multiple angles.

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10 Years of Lightroom

February 19, 2017 — Leave a comment

Lightroom 10 years

Ten years, man! Ten! Years!

Thanks to Victoria “The Lightroom Queen” Brampton’s newsletter, I learned that my photo organizer and editor of choice turned 10 this weekend. Unlike Victoria, I joined the Lightroom party late after starting off with Aperture, but it’s been the heart of my photo library for probably eight of those ten years. In a new blog post, Victoria runs down the history of Lightroom from the beginning, from the early betas to the latest mobile incarnations. It’s a good read if you’ve been using Lightroom for a while.

Speaking of Lightroom, the application features heavily into my own book, Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac. I’m almost done updating the manuscript for a new revision. Look for that soon!

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Rails

Looking through the monorail tracks to the Westin Hotel, downtown Seattle. (Click for larger view.)

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Foggy Morning Pajamas

A foggy morning provided a few minutes of good photography as my daughter and friends (here, her friend Ainsley) looked out our hotel room window at Great Wolf Lodge. Taking most pictures of these girls needs to be surreptitious these days, because they want to mug for the camera instead of pose. (Click the photo to view it larger.)

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Pudding Creek Trestle at Sunset

I love running across photos in my library that I’d forgotten about. I need to allocate more time to going through back albums. (Click the photo for a better, larger view.)

The Pudding Creek Trestle in Fort Bragg, California once carried lumber by train, and has since been refurbished as a walkway.

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Up Early for Snow in Seattle

After it snowed a few inches overnight, we were up early (thanks to the 8-year-old, very early) to go experience it. The people in this house were awake, too.

The cold weather today made me think of this photo from December when it snowed here in Seattle. It’s sunny and a brisk 31 degrees F outside now, but friends in Portland are digging out of a foot of snow from the last couple of days!

Stay warm.

iPhone, 10 Years Ago

January 9, 2017 — Leave a comment

My contribution to this day in history: the first iPhone at Macworld Expo in 2007, in a glass case with a very burly guard next to it.

Ten years ago today, I was in the audience at Macworld Expo for the unveiling of the first iPhone. Steve Jobs’s lead-up to it during the keynote is classic Steve, and yes, it was an exciting moment. My first thought was, “Finally, someone is doing a mobile phone right.” I was happy just to see the phone features, like easily adding a third person to a call and listening to messages via Visual Voicemail without having to navigate a phone tree. Here’s what we wrote at TidBITS at the time: iPhone Seeks to Redefine the Mobile Phone.

My colleague Glenn got a briefing and actually had a few minutes of hands-on time with a prototype (which had a plastic screen at the time), putting him into rarified air for a few months. See iTouched an iPhone.

That said, the price was high at the outset, and I was mostly-happy using a Palm Treo as my mobile device, so I didn’t think I needed an iPhone right away. Within six months of the iPhone being released (it didn’t ship until June of that year), though, I gave in and bought one. I don’t regret it for a second. And it still works:

Iphone still works 10 years

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