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Horsing around with the Olympus E-M1 at the Mustang Magic finals

My daughter Mary and I joined our friends Michelle and Dave last weekend to attend the finals of the Extreme Mustang Magic competition in Fort Worth, at the Will Rogers complex. A few years ago Michelle and Dave entered a horse in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, so they're insiders and great to sit with. Mary is a life-long rider, but me, well, I love horses but prefer to admire them from the ground.

Pictures Anyway, here are a few photos from the event — and from the stock show, which Mary and I visited beforehand. Always a treat for a city boy to see where his food comes from. You can click on any one of the photos to view them full screen.)

I've posted these and a few more photos in a set on Flickr.

So how'd the E-M1 do? I photographed the Extreme Mustang Million finals in September 2013, shooting with the full-frame Sony A99 and an outstanding Sigma 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens. Blogged about it here.
The Mustang Million Finals in Forth Worth
Of course, I'm personally curious…

Aperture 3.5.1 fail: Can't recrop .ORF raw file to recover all the data

I'm sorry to say it, but it's getting harder and harder to persuade myself I should continue to bother with Aperture. This post is about the latest problem I've run across: Aperture's inability to display all the data stored in the ORF raw files generated by my Olympus OM-D E-M1. This might not be a problem at all for many Aperture users, but for me, it's pretty serious.

Cropped "as shot" vs cropped as captured Recently over at's micro four thirds forum, someone asked if there was any disadvantage to using the 3:2 aspect ratio for capturing images. I responded, a bit overconfidently, that no, there's no disadvantage, provided you shoot raw. I noted that a micro four thirds camera is going to generate raw files with a 4:3 aspect ratio no matter what, so, while composing and capturing your image at 3:2 means that a bit of the scene on the left and right sides of the photo will be "cut off", you can recover those "missing&…

Test sharing photo album from Google+

I'm surprised — dumbfounded might be a better word — that Google won't let me embed thumbnails in a Blogger blog, the way Flickr does, the way Wordpress and Tumblr do.

This seems to be the best Google can do right now: a horribly ugly link to a Google+ gallery of photos. No thumbs that I want, and all that extra Google+ packaging garbage that I don't want. Compare this post to my previous one embedding a Flickr gallery.

In addition to mentioning how ugly this looks in published form and how useless it is, I have to add that it looks even worse in the Blogger editor because the link isn't visible at all. It's just an html link and doesn't render in the editor while I'm composing my post. Which means it's hard for me, while I'm writing, to keep track of where the embedded object is.

I draw two lessons from this.

First, Blogger simply isn't an up-to-date blogging platform. Pains me more than you know to say this, but this realization has been gro…

Testing sharing photo set from Flickr

2014-01 January, a set on Flickr
Sorry, nothing really to see here. Well, you can click on the pictures and enjoy them. They're some personal pics taken in early January 2014, mostly out at Thirteen-Twelve Stables east of Dallas. But this post is really a test, to see how well sharing a Flickr photo set with Blogger works. And since it's just a test, this post might disappear in the future.

The really odd thing is: I found it very easy to share a Flickr photo set with Blogger, but so far, I can't for the life of me figure out how to share a Picasa gallery with Blogger. Seems like it has to be possible, but so far, it's not obvious to me. If you happen to know, please email me.

Via Flickr:
Photos taken January 2014.

Lightroom vs Aperture, update

I feel the need to update my earlier post on Aperture to admit that I finally caved and purchased Lightroom 5.

Aperture's future is uncertain, at least to me. It hasn't been updated for a long time and I'm getting antsy. And working in Aperture is simply slower than working in Lightroom.

I don't take back anything I said earlier about Aperture's excellences. Some things about Lightroom 5 still drive me crazy (like its idiosyncratic approach to image control while cropping), or disappoint me (its book-design tool isn't nearly as good as Aperture's). And I haven't given up on Aperture, not yet. But I'm back to using Lightroom as my main photo management tool, and for doing the lion's share of my quick editing. I'll still turn to Aperture (or Photo Ninja, or Nik) to process photos that I think will benefit from it.

Apple, please get your act together and give us an upgrade for Aperture!

Happy New Year

We always wait until the Feast of Epiphany (January 6 in the Roman calendar) before starting to take down our Christmas decorations, and we've been known to have the outdoor lights still on our house well into March occasionally. But I suspect this Santa, who's been up on our fireplace mantle for five or six weeks, is about to head back to the garage or the North Pole or wherever he goes in the "off season."

Anyway, I hope everybody had a beautiful Christmas, and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.