Late December, Dunedin

I have the Ricoh GXR in the same bag as my medium format camera… and this documents what I will develop and show later in analogue form. All photos processed in Darktable from raw.

Testing of the new Apple Photo.

My work computer is an Apple. Although I usually use lightroom, the cross-grade of iphoto to Apple Photo (and the loss of aperture) means that the software on this machine was upgraded though I do not need it to be. So I am torture testing it. I was using the Ricoh GXR last night: I have taken the chip from that camera and the first thing I am doing is importing all the photos not on this computer. It is importing 617 photos… then I will look at what it can produce. In parallel with uploading the photos to dropbox… I don’t use the icloud for photos. I need more room, and icloud is too expensive.

[Did I add that I generally use a Linux computer to process photos? Because Apple changes software “for your own good”. I don’t like that. At all.]

It took about 20 minutes to import. Using this is a bit akin to Shotwell. There are some quirks.

  1. It defaults to using the embedded jpeg within raw files. I don’t like that: I prefer to work from the raw file.
  2. I can’t easily control the size of export files. When I imported the files into wordpress, they were 11 — 12 MB each. I then had to manually reduce the files in wordpress.
  3. There is a lack of fine control.

Now for what I did yesterday this is not that needed. These three photos were edited from the raw by doing some basic enhancing and that is it.

For photos that you know need light editing only, then yes, this may be useful. Particularly for the smaller photos you will get from your cellphone. But for more serious editing, use either lightroom or lightzone. Apple has indeed made an error here.

Digikam, Darktable, and software testing.

I am in the process of setting this laptop up for rapid processing of photos from raw while travelling. This requires that I am able to import a large number of files, scan through them, and then process the ones I need to from raw.

I am shifting from using shotwell to digikam for this: digikam is older, more mature, and simply faster. And it allows one to open up the file you want into darktable, where you can play with it.

Darkttable working with digiKam
Darkttable working with digiKam

I’m also going to change a couple of things around how I present photos. I’m going to use 8 bit jpegs, and limit size to 1500 max. This is simply to conserve bandwidth. I’ve also added links to my instagram account (as I tend to use instagram when I take photos with cellphones) and I have altered the licence for this place to share alike and attribute.

Does this system work? Well, some samples from today, in a slideshow.

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Ricoh GXR, 28 equivalent lens. Processed in Darktable. The photos I took in Medium format (using a Mamiya 7) are different to that lot, and will be processed by Film Soup when I get back from the next trip.

Bees and wild Fennel, Coromandel.

We are on holiday, with both film cameras (the beast, a Mamiya TLR) and the Ricoh GXR. These photos were taken on the way to the coromandel. Yes, these are beehives, and yes, that is wild fennel.

Ricoh GXR with 50 mm macro lens, processed in darktable.

Juniper and Adelaide.

Juniper is one of my cats and the mother of the others, and the Photog looked at that photo on the ricoh GXR and considered it good. The other photos were taken with a Nikon One, in Adelaide. All processing in lightroom.


And yes, those birds are black swans.

Dirty old town

I know that the song “Dirty old Town” was set in Ireland, but in my mind it has always applied to that Penal Colony, New South Wales, and the main city there, Sydney. Being sent to Botany Bay may have been a fate preferable to the executioner in Georgian times, but the town is what it is.

And since I was in a more historical bit last week, I took a Ricoh GXR with me.

Again, photos are shrunk from originals and 16 bit pngs, 2000×2000, so do not download the full thing unless you want to print.

The theme has changed to a variation of the default called Ridazin, for stabilities sake.

The waters of the Leith. A tutorial from the pro photog.

It was awful tonight. Not good weather for ducks, even. Thundery, rain, mist and simply cold and miserable. So instead of going out and taking photos the pro photog came around and looked at some Ricoh shots we took yesterday. And gave me a tutorial on processing, even though she does not know darktable.

Photo software is roughly the same.

The photos? Well, taken last night, which was clear, after dusk, while waiting for one son to finish performing music for a school event: hand held (and long exposures). I was taking film photos in parallel and noted that I ended up taking 4 second exposures at f2, but my Leica has a Swiss Arca plate, and I need to fit one to the GXR. 18.3 mm lens, F 5, 1 second exposure. Processed in Darktable. By that time the other son was not able to get shots without huge camera shake.

There are two new links: the Pro Photog (because she is one) and Bob Krist’s blog, even though he uses those Sony things.

Garden experiments

I was using the 50 mm macro lens on the Ricoh GXR. Technically, this is a 16 MP sensor, about APS-C size, attached to a high quality lens. It is fairly inflexible, and probably needs a tripod — which is a reason that I will be moving to an Arca swiss system and getting plates for everything.

But the landscape view was directly behind the flower. Ricoh GXR, 50 mm macro, processed in Darktable: 16 bit png files.