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  1. Nikon Mirrorless

    I'm with you there Chuck. And Nikon continue to produce amazing DSLRs. The D800s and D810 are fantastic cameras but the D850 is out of this world. It does everything that the D800 series cameras do (incredible high megapixel image quality) and a lot of what the D5s do (fast action). The engineering involved in getting a camera that can do fast action impeccably on high MP files as well as astounding image quality is well I run out of words. Close to perfection in camera technology. I won't be switching systems in the foreseeable future.
  2. West Coast of Eire

    Officially yes I'm sure but the border to me is rather soft just like the weather as you go further west. In my mind real West Cork proper begins at the first sight of Bantry Bay and gets better the further west you go into Beara into the mountains. This goes back to my early childhood - just romantic memories really but the mountains around Glengarriff wre the first mountains I ever saw in my life and have a very special place in my psyche.
  3. West Coast of Eire

    Personally I don't think West Cork really starts anywhere east of Bantry .
  4. West Coast of Eire

    You don't say how long you are going for or where you plan to return from in the circle (Kerry, Galway, Donegal). Picking up the RIng of Kerry etc leaves a lot to the imagination. If you are thinking of out of car photography rather than walking which seems to be the gist of what you are saying, then check out the Wild Atlantic Way which was conjured up as a motoring route from Donegal to West Cork. There is a mass of information on the WAW. I personally highly recommend the Beara Peninsula which is the next one south of the Ring of Kerry, less touristy and easily as beautiful in terms of scenery. Also you should know that nobody in Ireland uses the term Eire when speaking English. Eire is actually the Irish language name for Ireland. The official name of Ireland in English is Ireland funny enough. Eire is a rather archaic term if used in the context in which you use it. The Republic of Ireland is a descriptive term for what used to be known as Eire in English. EDIT: I see Phil has already pointed to the WAW.
  5. Geological feature ID

    Very useful. I've not been on the BGS site for some time. Will check that out.
  6. Geological feature ID

    If the vertical face is definitely part of the same dyke, then it is just chemical weathering.
  7. Geological feature ID

    Sorry I didn't explain what I meant about the conchoidal fractures very well. I wasn't talking about the linear and sub-linear joints or cracks - these may be cooling joints and the horizontal ones may have formed if overlying rocks were eroded which often results in sub-horizontal joint formation depending on the rock. What I really mean was the appearance of the fresh rock surfaces (pink and yellow) which look extremely smooth and fine-grained (probably originally glassy) and which might fracture conchoidally if hit with a hammer (which might be illegal here). Some of these fresher exposed surfaces look like they have that type of fracture but no I wouldn't use that in the description. It is best to avoid interpretation anyway without detailed study. From experience I would think it is rhyolitic which essentially means a fine-grained or glassy igneous rock with high silica content which could have extruded as a lava flow or lava dome or it could be a high-level intrusive rock which cooled very rapidly. But it could be a weathered basalt as you infer if it is the same dyke as the dyke is so dark that I reckon it must be basaltic or thereabouts. Without seeing it in the field I would hesitate to say anything further about the rocks really but I was thinking that the second picture was of the rock that the dyke intrudes. Without understanding the field relations and detailed study it would be impossible to say which is where the BGS description and the scientific literature come in. However, I would think such pics are unlikely to sell as they are too generic and vague. The dyke is different - that appears to be a good example of a generic basic or mafic dyke. But I think the market for geological images is probably very small. Finally identifying rocks and their relationships is a lot different from identifylng biological identification. If I was studying that I would want to see it under a microscope and get a chemical analysis before I would say anything much about composition
  8. Geological feature ID

    I'm a former professional geologist (not sure if it was me that geogphotos was referring to as there is at least one more who occasionally frequents the forum). I've never been to Skye but it is famous geologically for its igneous rocks. That is definitely a dyke, almost certainly a basaltic dyke. The rock it is intruding looks to be a lot more silicic, possibly (probably) a very fine grained or glassy rhyolite (looking at the second image which I presume is a side view of the same rock). Glassy rocks like rhyolite break with a conchoidal fracture which is what this rock is exhibiting but I am not sure offhand how you would describe the entire surface. Check out the BGS (British Geological Survey) website as they were (and presumably still are) publishing online geological maps so you can check the geology if you know exactly where you were. These rocks are relatively young (around 60 million years or so) for Scotland and have not undergone any deformation such as folding. All the igneous rocks of this age in Scotland and Northern Ireland (Giant's Causeway) are related to the opening (formation) of the North Atlantic Ocean.
  9. We are probably at cross purposes here and probably not going to get anywhere fast in continuing this discussion as we are using different printers and maybe different operating systems - I use an Epson printer with a Mac. I have a Colour Munki Photo which I use to get specific profiles for my workflow and using full color management is my preferred option (nowadays in Lightroom which is better than Photoshop for printing). I am too busy right now to test out any other options so will have to leave it there - each to his own as they say .
  10. I'm sure most of what you said is very good advice but this is definitely not good general advice in 2018 ( nor would it have been any time since Adobe introduced proper colour management back in the late 90s). The printer is just a machine and has no idea what you want it to do. Colour management is all about consistency. The only time I ever turn off colour management when printing is when I occasionally use Epson's black and white printer driver for mono printing but even then I normally use colour management. As for Jill's problem, if all Photoshop settings are the same, I'm guessing that there must be something in the printer driver on the laptop that is changing things for the sublimation paper and ink but I have no idea what.
  11. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    No mine is simpler, no subfolders . I just do it by year and country which is not too many as I don't travel that much. The only reason for making folders at all is for ease of back up which I do manually by copying entire folders which could be several hundred GB to extrenal drives. I am a backup luddite - I don't trust backup software. I never shoot JPEGs so want to render the raws as quickly as possible. The article by Victoria Bampton is very interesting I think.
  12. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    I have a very simple folder structure. For my landscape and pictorial work, I just go by the country and the year. So everything I have done in England this year goes into an England18 folder. I use the metadata to keep track of the images. The Lightroom databases is lightening fast.
  13. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    First of all the speed of generating previews in the Develop module is way faster now than it used to be and for me that is probably the most important thing. I can't remember exactly when this happened but I think it was in LRCC and not in the standalone version. So when you click on an image in the Develop module and check it at 1:1, it generates the preview within a few seconds and also responds very quickly to any subsequent changes (and I'm talking about 36-46MP files). This used to be a very slow process in earlier versions. Secondly, for the purpose of quickly checking and culling a batch of newly imported images, Lightroom 7 introduced the Embedded and Sidecar previews option which is way faster than it used to be. This needs to be checked in the Import dialog before the import. Something I wasn't aware of but read a while back on the Victoria Bampton (Lightroom Queen) website is that generating 1:1 previews does not affect the Develop module. See the following excellent article Lightroom Performance - Debunking Myths
  14. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    Yes I understand. I went from Mac to Windows around 1997 or so and then back to Mac early 2009 when Macs went Intel. I installed a full version of Windows XP on a separate partition and used it while I transitioned. The only program I really missed was Access as I had a number of databases but it was too much of a hassle going between the two and I bought Filemaker Pro which was good enough for most of what I needed and very easy to learn. I stopped using Windows completely after a while. PSCC should run a lot faster than an old version of Elements as it is 64bit. Also it can take advantage of your RAM beyond 2GB which can be very significant. I noticed this going from PSCS4 to PSCS5, most especially when creating panoramas in Photoshop because fo the file sizes (I now use Lightroom for pano creation). I would definitely advocate using LRCC as it has had some major advances over the standalone version - speed and numerous features. The standalone version is now significantly inferior in fact and it is unlikely that you would even want to use it anyway once you try out the new one. If you ever did decide to stop the subscription, then you can reinstall the standalone if needs be. Preview building has moved on a long way in recent versions as well so much faster than it used to be. I can't remember at what point this happened anymore but do try it.
  15. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    One man's simple is another man's nightmare...Using Windows on a Mac is not simple to my simple mind and the OS file system is very limited in comparison to Lightroom. The Ligthtroom database is extremely good and the whole import process has been speeded up massively. For example, it is important to be able to see if an image is in focus by viewing at 100% and that is way faster than it used to be in the Develop module which is also fully colour managed. Syncing in LR is also way faster than opening images in ACR. In other words. with Lightroom everything is in one place and very neatly laid out. But each to his own I guess.