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  1. When I think of harmony, I think of peace, beauty and balance. This was another harmonious moment for me (well not really - actually I was racing around trying to capture this so not really as peaceful as I would have liked).
  2. Harmony between sea and sky - a rare moment when the Atlantic Ocean just stopped.
  3. I've had completely trouble-free upgrades from Leopard onwards aside from programs and/or hardware that is no longer supported but that is part of life. I'm still going to wait a few weeks as I don't need to take chances right now. The Apple forums are always an excellent source of help if you run into trouble. And various Mac online magazines are very good at giving tips about new features or changes - MacWorld for instance.
  4. Brave jump that for a man who proclaimed a dislike of Lion and Mountain Lion. Best of luck with it. I like trying out new stuff but I think I'll wait a few weeks as there are almost always issues with a brand new OS release. The issue with Photoshop has been around for the last few releases of the OS - something to do with Java and Apple not including it as part of the normal install for security reasons. But Adobe vehemently claim that Photoshop does not use Java in any way and that Apple are at fault. In any case, it's a simple, fix - download Java.
  5. It's not always a myth. Win XP is a 32 bit operating system and has severe limitations in the amount of RAM that any application can use. The really important one is that Photoshop can't use any more than 2 Gb on Win XP. This is a serious drawback if you are processing large files or panoramas. The advent of 64 bit operating systems with the more recent versions of Photoshop offers massive speed boost in processing files. This means money saved in terms of time even in the short term.
  6. This is not just a Mac problem - support for older technologies is rarely continued indefinitely and that applies to cameras and all sorts of other consumables as well. The Nikon F mount is an exception thankfully. .
  7. A big advantage of Mac over self-build is you know for sure it as all going to work. Everything is tested to work together. I did a custom-build PC with my local computer shop back in 2003 - got absolutely fast as possible components. But it kept crashing which after some lengthy and difficult diagnosis pulling everything in and out over a period of weeks turned out to be the processor because the guy hadn't installed adequate cooling and it had damaged the processor. Fortunately he replaced the processor and added proper cooling but I was weeks messing about with it. There are loads of ot
  8. You might just be missing out then. Adobe updated the raw converter with LR4 / ACR 7 and it is genuinely a significant improvement on what went before. I'm no Adobe evangelist by the way. I've stayed with LR4 rather than go to 5 as I don't really see much obvious improvement but maybe I'm missing out on something??
  9. In fact you don't need to have the lens profiling activated to use the Remove CA feature (in LR4 in any case). It works anyway even if there is no profile for your lens or you don't use it. It is a real bit of magic from Adobe.
  10. No,I don't want to save as a 'Word Doc' but want to 'Save As' a totally different name.Instead,the doc writes over the one I started using. There had been a 'Save' and a 'Save As' option to save previously. Sometimes I use a template or previous doc for certain biz letters. I've switched back to the open source program,'Open Office' L I've not used Pages but Apple did this with TextEdit. It seems completely illogical and very unMaclike but to Save As now in TextEdit you need to choose Duplicate and then give it a new name. I would guess it may be the same in Pages. I have no idea why t
  11. I don't see any connection between batch size and waiting time either. My uploads usually take two days now but can be more and rarely less. I uploaded a batch on Wednesday which had passed this morning. Maybe somebody forget to press a button this week until today.
  12. Maybe you are teacher's pet It seems to defy logic. I had one fail over a year ago and I had a month to wait on that - before that my previous fail was Dec 2009.
  13. OK I see what you mean. It's actually LR4 and PSCS6 not PSCS5. When I use LR4 and PSCS6, I get the compatible behaviour. But I still have PSCS5 on my machine so I just checked out what happens when I make CS5 the additional external editor. Depending on what file type I have chosen in additional external editor, it immediately creates a new file. The default is TIFF but you can choose jpeg instead (only in the additional external editor). I think you are going to see non-compatible behaviour if the raw converter in PS is not the same as in LR. I don't know what is in the minds of Adobe
  14. You don't have to create a tiff. When you open a raw file in Photoshop (Edit In as you say) it is still a raw file until you save it. You can save it directly as a jpeg if you want unless you have done some editing that makes saving as jpeg impossible (such as adding layers). If you don't want to use the save as dialog, then you can use the Additonal External Editor option in Lightroom prefs and choose the same version of Photoshop as in the first section in the same dialog box which will always choose the most recent version of Photoshop installed. Then you can create and save various presets
  15. Common wisdom says you don't need anti-virus protection for a Mac (not MAC by the way if you want to join the gang). Apple have malware protection built in to the OS. Have a read of the following https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5039356?start=0&tstart=0 The explanation there is detailed and very informed.
  16. Now this guy was a real omnivore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Lotito Probably would have done a G9 as a quick snack before breakfast.
  17. I lean in the veggie direction myself. I've done a lot of travelling in Central America, and one of my favourite traditional "full breakfasts" is the one that they serve in Honduras (which is ironically, a very meaty country). It usually consists of scrambled eggs, black beans, sour cream, hard local cheese, avocado (sometimes), sweet fried plantains, and tortillas. Hot sauce on the side of course. I also can't believe that I don't have a picture of it in my files. That's what being in a greedy rush does to you, I guess. Are you my long-lost primo? My wife is from Honduras and we often h
  18. Enjoy your trip and if you should get homesick for a curry (for the uninitiated Leicester is probably the curry capital of England), you could try Diwalis Nepalese Restaurant in Georges St opposite Wicklow St. The food is excellent and they do a really good bargain lunch. I get magnetically attracted to the place whenever I'm there. And there is a nice Spanish tapas place a few doors down.
  19. I think it needs mountains to see long distances - something to do with the curvature of the Earth I guess. That is why it's possible to see Snowdonia from Dublin and I hear it's also possible to see Wicklow form west Wales. The Cork mountains are way in the west so you'd probably have a better chance of seeing them from New York than Wales. I'm with Bryan on the veggie fry-up breakfasts. I love a fry (probably something to do with my upbringing - my mother used to do the heart attack breakfast on Saturdays when I was a kid). But nowadays mine is in olive oil with quorn sausages and rasher
  20. I think they must have been giving you the full Welsh Ed. I'm all for long distance views but I would bet that is impossible. Wexford or Wicklow maybe.
  21. That's what I'm doing, at least to see what price they are going to be. Still doesn't solve the monitor question though. I think when I need to replace my iMac, I will also need to take a long and close look at them. The amount of fire power they have they should last a long time. Previous versions though started out at about 2k I think Yeah my 2008 model is still going strong. The main advantage of the MacPro over the iMac is upgradeability. I've replaced the graphics card twice in this one and added three hard drives. I was delighted when I saw that Apple were going to continue the ran
  22. That's what I'm doing, at least to see what price they are going to be. Still doesn't solve the monitor question though. I think when I need to replace my iMac, I will also need to take a long and close look at them. The amount of fire power they have they should last a long time. Previous versions though started out at about 2k I think Yeah my 2008 model is still going strong. The main advantage of the MacPro over the iMac is upgradeability. I've replaced the graphics card twice in this one and added three hard drives. I was delighted when I saw that Apple were going to continue the
  23. I don't know about DPP but from Lightroom 4 / ACR 7 onwards, Adobe worked some incredible magic trick with CR removal. Just tick a box and it removes all CA for all practical purposes with the Nikon cameras and lenses I've been using.
  24. That's what I'm doing, at least to see what price they are going to be. Still doesn't solve the monitor question though.
  25. Sad but what can you do? There must be billions of images that will never be seen for the same reason. As I said above, you do have some great portraits to be proud of. How many people got to photograph Mick Jagger close up? Enjoy the malt if there's any left. I'm off to enjoy (hopefully) one of the great benefits of modern life in Britain - a delicious Indian curry.
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