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Gardner and Lincoln: Portraits in Greatness

Just came across this article by William Newton at The Federalist online about the exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. of Alexander Gardner's photos.

Lincoln's Favorite Photographer Illuminates Post-Civil War America

Drat! We were just there ten months ago, but this exhibit started in September and ends in six weeks. Wish I could hop in my truck and go there.

My wife and I saw a very nice exhibit of early daguerrotypes at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, when we were there in late December 2015. And when we visited Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois, last August, I picked up and have since read with great enjoyment Richard S. Lowry's excellent recent book The Photographer and the President: Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Gardner & The Images That Made a Presidency.

I don't want to live in Los Angeles, New York or Washington, D.C. But I do wish I could visit more often, to see these great exhibits!

Flickr delivers a book

Yesterday, I received a book of photos I had created from a Flickr gallery using Flickr's online book-making app. I was fairly pleased.

The process in Flickr The process of selecting the photos and layout out the book was about as easy as it could possibly be, partly because Flickr has provided a very good online app for this task, and partly because their app has very few options. I've only used it this once and perhaps I missed something, but I didn't see a way to add text anywhere except on the cover. No way, for example, to print those captions that I had laboriously entered. Still, pulling the photos from the gallery in Flickr was simplicity itself. I reorganized a few photos, rejected some of the photos in the gallery, and adjusted crop or display on the page—et voilĂ : book! Hit the order button and cough up some money, and about a week later, I was able to present the book to my wife. (The book contains my favorite images from our recent fortieth-anniversary trip up…

Sunset at the Lake

Arthur Maxwell insisted on a walk this evening, so we hopped in the truck and rolled over to the lake for a quick walk before sunset. This photo was taken looking east towards Winfrey Point; the lake was behind me as I took the shot, and the sun was setting in the west. Not a remarkable sunset by Texas's very high standards.

The image displayed here is on loan from Flickr. You can visit it at home here.

DxO ONE tips: How to shoot longer despite the camera's so-so battery

It is what it is: The DxO ONE's battery runs down pretty quickly. Here are a few ways to make it last.
1. Don't automatically show the last photo you took With the DxO ONE connected to your iPhone, go into the gear/settings screen, Capture tab, and set 'Show picture aftershot' (sic) to 'Never.'

This is good advice no matter what camera you're using. Take the time to think about your settings and compose your shots carefully, then have some confidence in the results. Sure, we all glance at a shot now and then, but 'chimping' (looking at every shot) not only eats up battery power, it prevents you from learning to shoot with confidence.

By the way, if you take this tip, you can still see the last photo you took whenever you really want to, simply by tapping the thumbnail in the upper left corner of the DxO ONE app's shooting screen. Tap on the camera icon to return to shooting.

2. Don't automatically write to the iPhone By default, the DxO ONE…

White Rock Lake in the Fog

I love fog, I mean, just for its own sake. When I was in college, on foggy nights I loved to get in the car and drive around just to savor the sense of mystery that the fog brings in. A couple of my favorites among my own photos are "fog shots": a picture of the University of Dallas tower, another of the Grand Canyon filled with fog. Anyway, when I woke up this morning, looked out my window and realized I couldn't see the back yard, I grabbed my iPhone and the DxO ONE, jumped in the truck and drove over to the lake.

The whole gallery contains just five photos and is online over at Flickr: click here to view.

The mother knows her own, or, Pick the right raw processor for your camera

Will be posting more soon from our trip to California at the end of 2015, but looking through my photos from the trip, I was struck by this difference. This is a snapshot of my wife taken during dinner at Koberl at Blue in San Luis Obispo (delicious food—I recommend the place). We were celebrating our fortieth wedding anniversary and, for the benefit of our daughters back home, Joan is modeling the ruby necklaces I gave her.

The photo was taken with the DxO ONE. Here's how it looks by default when opened in DxO Optics Pro 10. The three images that follow are all PNG screen captures from my Macbook Pro.

Which captures the color of the brick and Joan's Anglo-Irish skintone pretty well, especially considering that we were eating well after dark and the lighting in the restaurant was not bright and there was a mix of artificial lighting, candles, etc. Now, here's how the image looks when opened in ON1 Photo 10:

Yikes! You'd think Joan had spent too much time on the tanning…