Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Pigs In A Blanket (PIAB) 2011 (Part I)
Ken and I will be shooting in Monument Valley and Page this summer so stay tuned for updates to what may become PIAB 2011 Part II.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
- Added a second 30" monitor so I now have 2-30" monitors to work with.
- Replaced the 2-nVIDA 295 video cards with 1-Quadro NVS450 thus freeing up space in my computer and hopefully making it run slightly cooler.
- I've updated/graded various software to include Capture One Pro 6.1 which runs great.
- Upgraded my monitor calibration to the Spyder 3 Elite which is also running great.
- And lastly I've added another 32GB of RAM to the main studio computer which now gives me 52GB total and allows me to have 45GB memory for CS5.
I am constantly blown away with the resolution of the monitors and feel that it's a combination of the new video card, Spyder 3 and of course the monitors themselves. The ability to work in 2560x1600 is just stunning.
As I get ready for this next trip I remember the all too short visit Ken Doo and I took at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last year. I shot inside the aquarium with a brand-new Leica M9 that I had for all of weeks and was astonished at the level of images I was able to capture. Thinking of the upcoming trip and last year's trip got me thinking of the Aquarium and revisited the images taken - thus "Underwater Ballet".
I'll be writing from the road so stay tuned for news from Monterey, Yosemite and Death Valley.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
An iPad in a PC world
We bought an iPad last year after our return from Jackson Hole. The reason besides simply wanting one was having a device to show/share images. I've been busy the past couple weeks with final processing and printing several images from Jackson along with finalizing the next volume of our DVD collection aptly named "Iron Creek Photography Volume III".
I use ProShow Producer to produce the DVDs adding video, images and music and have been very pleased with the software and the resulting files it produces. Taking a break in image processing I went on-line and wanting to see what app I could find for the iPad I ran across a small entry addressing a plug-in for ProShow Producer and the ability to run our shows on an iPad. The plug-in cost less than $20.00 and after entering the license key into ProShow I was able to save Volume III into a set of files that could then be loaded onto an iPad.
There's 3-files which I copied into a new directory then plugged in the iPad. I placed the directory containing the 3-files in my iPad folder and as soon as I plugged the iPad into my Dell M6400 it synced placing the file called Volume III into Photos where it shows up as a video.
We've been offering the DVD's for $20 each or $36 for 2 and $55 for all three volumes. I'm uncertain if we'll actually start offering Volume III as an iPad download however I just proved to myself that it works.
Getting ready to head out to California to meet up with Ken Doo and Dave Gallagher and hopefully Doug Peterson first for a full day of in-depth training in Capture One Pro 6 then later on shooting in Yosemite and Death Valley by myself.
Please contact me if anyone is interested in obtaining Volume III for their iPad.