I’ve recently migrated away from Adobe Lightroom to On1 Photo RAW (Post on that coming soon!) and as part of that process, and with my recent experiences in improving metadata using ITPC News Codes, I decided to start over with keywording using a controlled vocabulary, which is no mean feat for 20,000 photos!
However while there are an abundance of keyword lists for Lightroom, I could not find one for Photo RAW. The solution was to spend a lot of time porting a an Open Source Lightroom Keyword List into Photo RAW format.
Given the Creative Commons License of the original, I am pleased to offer this to other On1 Photo Raw users:
Having recently uploaded a photo to Flickr from Horse Shoe Falls the other week, I was reminded that I have 2 other photos uploaded of the same photo, but now all 3 photos are with different camera bodies. Like with Cape Deslacs, I thought it would be fun to show the differences 10 years can make.
This first photo was taken in May 2009 on a Canon EOS 400D body with my favourite Sigma 10-20mm lens. Nice flows of water over the falls being late autumn but the most striking thing to me about this photo is that it is under-exposed in an attempt to preserve the highlights of the cascading water. Because of this and the small 12.1MP APS-C sensor, much of the detail has been lost in the shadow areas of the photo.
Looking through the previous photos I have around this, it becomes apparent it was a sunny day, resulting in deeper shadows, which exacerbate the issues with the shadows.
Cape Deslacs is one of that places that most people point at from a distance (at the other end of Clifton Beach) and some may walk to during the day for some exercise and take a passing interest in it’s ragged shore, but the real magic happens when the sun starts to go dip below the horizon.
I first visited Cape Deslacs in December 2009 when I was just starting to get into photography, armed with an Canon EOS 400D. I last visited it in January 2010. It’s fair to say it has been a while between trips. That was why I was excited to revisit the location with friend and fellow photographer Greg Gibson.
It’s been interesting the compare the photos that I took 10 years ago to what I am taking now.
I am going to preface this post by saying that my experiences and observations should not guide your purchasing decisions. This post is about my experience only and that you should try the software for yourself and make your own decisions.
It’s fair to say that 6-7 years ago, after Apple discontinued Aperture, Adobe Lightroom was pretty much the only gig in town for combined digital asset management and adjustments.
That wasn’t too bad, until Adobe changed to a subscription model for Lightroom. No longer could you just buy the software and have access to your images for as long as the application worked on the computer – if you cancel your subscription to Adobe, you cancel your access to all your RAW adjustments and metadata, unless you can find a tool that will help you extract them or permanently save a copy of the adjusted image.
I also recently discovered that your subscription is an annual contract, paid monthly. If you cancel prior to the end of 12 month contract, Adobe will charge a break-contract fee of 50% of the outstanding monthly payments. Joy.
15:17 Feb 07 TAS Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Heavy Rain. Sheffield, Deloraine, Oatlands, Campbell Town, Swansea, Orford
Leaving work at 3.30, travelling home and looking east it was clear some big weather was developing with thunderheads going up and an anvil forming towards Orford. dBZ readings in the area were 40+. Chase commenced at 4.40pm, Taking B32 North then heading East on C234, B31, C350 before joining Tasman Highway A3 To Orford.
Arrived in Orford around 6.15pm only watch storm head east out to sea just north of Triabunna. Travelled north to Triabunna to get a view for future cells, which did not appear promising.
Back to Orford around 6.50pm , bought a wood fired pizza for dinner, while reviewing weather conditions. It appeared that a cell was forming around the Little Swanport area, and looking out the window north, the situation looked promising.
Recommenced Chase around 7.20pm and arrived in the area of Little Swanport around 8pm. A large cell with a shelf cloud forming showed great promise. It unfortunately dissipated and there was little more to do than to head home, taking photos of the clouds in the setting sun along the way.
I am extremely proud to announce that I have joined the staff of Severe Weather Australia (SWA) as their Tasmanian Chief of Staff.
I have been a enthusiastic supporter of SWA National News Director, Daniel Shaw, for a number of years, in awe of his annual USA Storm Chases. When he started SWA in 2016, Tasmania was the only state lacking any registered storm chasers and in 2018 I become the first registered SWA chaser in Tasmania.
Fast forward to January 15 and Tasmania experienced a dry lightning event, with a fast moving storm passing over Hobart. I was lucky enough to capture the above photo from near my home as this storm was moving too fast to chase. Promptly submitting the photo to SWA and Daniel’s fast work, as the photo was successfully licensed to the Mercury as the front page picture the next day.
I’ve had a Manfrotto 055-XPROB tripod for a good decade now, and it is a great tripod, however weighing in at 3kg with a ball head is quite significant, particularly when you consider that’s 3kg of a 11kg bushwalking pack – over 25% of the weight. It was time to buy something a bit lighter.
Today I visited Strickland Falls on the foothills of Mt Wellington. This is the first time I have been actually there with camera gear since 2009, which was 2 cameras ago – my 2009 photos were taken on an EOS 400D, and I have since owned a 60D and more currently a 6D.
Below is a 2009-2018 slider. The first image on the “left” was taken in 2009 with my EOS 400D and the image on the right my EOS 6D.
In terms of the location itself, I am rather surprised how little has changed after recent storm events. Today the water was obviously a little lower, and the silt and small rock has built up as a result of the flooding in May, but this will wash down in due course, however most structures appear intact. Downstream is a bit more disastrous which much debris still visible.
A notable feature missing is the valve which sat atop the waterfall made famous by the Cascade Brewery. Whether is was dislodged by debris, removed by council, or “souvineered” by someone I’ll never know.
In terms of photo quality, an EOS 400D was a 12MP camera, whereas the EOS 6D is 20.2MP. I think for me the most notable difference is the depth of colour from the 6D, albeit the white balance is slightly warmer. Those MP count too, and at the larger sizes the 6D has a much sharper image.