Duck, Duck, GOOSE

My first jpg from Adobe Lightroom!
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I took this on Saturday in the local park. Other than converting this image to a very smal jpg…I have not manipulated it…cause I can’t get past stupid chapter one because of work! ggrrrrrr…

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59 thoughts on “Duck, Duck, GOOSE

  1. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is iPhoto on steriods for pros. Many call it a digital photographer’s workflow database. It’s kinda like If Photoshop is the digital form of a darkroom developing negatives then Lightroom is the organizing, naming and keeping all your negatives in binders in your library…and a printer sevice and a slide projector and a messanger service (web posting). I am positive it does so much more…but…right now I have gotten to “Importing your images” on Sunday night and haven’t read any further in Obi-Won-Kelby’s Book. Hence the rant. As of this writing Thursday fast approaches and I feel like I am falling behind in my pursuits of higher learning…please, someone quote Kung Fu!

  2. Wow. Sounds very cool. I know you’re going to have fun with it, but please don’t get yourself down. Just attack it as you have time and you’ll make progress. Think of your job as nothing more than financing your passion. I hope today is a better day at work.

  3. I like the light in the photo. brc is right, shrew. Don’t get down about it. Just take your time when you can. You can do it!

    I have a Best Buy gift card burning a hole in my wallet. I am thinking of buying a lower-end photo software package. Any recommendations? Doesn’t Photoshop have some sort of “home edition”? Right now, all I have is the free Google Picasa software. I actually love it for organizing photos, but it is only has very basic manipulation features.

  4. Kung Fu for Shrew:

    There must be more?
    Nothing more, my son. But if you choose to think there may be more, you are welcome to follow.

    (Leave it to your Asian friend to be the one to quote you some Kung Fu)

    I’m interested in learning more about your Adobe Lightroom adventures. My OS, being Windows 2000 Pro and not XP or Vista, is not worthy of such a powerful and organized helper. Ah, that Master Adobe. To play such a cruel game on a good girl. I grow old. Everyday weariness takes a little a more of me. Would you finish my work? Will you, Grasshopper?

  5. I need a park nearby like Shrew’s. The park in my town is mostly a running track and a soccer field. There is a lake near it, but it is a small fake one, with a pipe in the center that spouts water so that it looks like a fountain. Every time we pass it, we shake our heads at the lame name they gave the lake. It’s called Lake Montowac, because the two towns in the township are Montville and Towaco.

    Jennifer, I suggest Adobe Photoshop Elements. That way, if you do decide in the future to go to the more avanced Photoshop packages, you’ll already be familiar with the basics of the software. And although it’s more “basic” than Photoshop CS2/CS3, it’s still pretty powerful photo processing software.

  6. Weird. I was just reading Pdub’s Camera FAQ where she talked about this. She uses Photoshop CS2 but “recommends Photoshop Elements wholeheartedly.”

  7. I’ve been reading camera reviews for the last hour. I’m about to go buy a camera. I’ve always been a Nikon girl so I’m leaning that way (Shrew I know you’re a Canon girl). As a beginner I really don’t need the capabilities of the D80. The D40 would probably suffice and is much more reasonably-priced. However I don’t have as much flexibility with lenses. Pdub recommends the D80. Don’t know what to do. It’s a big ($500+) price difference. Any of you have any insight that might help me?

  8. Yeah, I think at some point she said she started out with Elements, and then eventually moved up to the full version. But she does still reference Elements sometimes, which is what I think confused me. I think I thought that Elements was an add-on to Photoshop.

  9. Hey, we are all here at once! It’s practically like chat!

    That is a hard decision, brc! I suppose if you outgrew the D40 though, you would probably be able to sell it or have some sort of trade-in value with it.

  10. That’s true. I’m thinking that it would be foolish of me as a relative beginner to spend $1000+ on a camera (not including the lenses). With the D40 I could get a couple of lenses and use it until I really know what I’m doing.

  11. Considering that I have been subsisting all these years on whatever freebie photo software came with whatever computer I happened to be using at the time, I am sure that Elements will be beyond my wildest dreams!

    Ya know something? WAY back when, in the 90’s, when I was taking my sweet time (8 years) to get my Bachelor’s degree, I took a Photoshop class. I had taken a really, REALLY basic computer graphics class (We are talking PC Paintbrush here…) and eventually asked to do some independent study stuff. I followed some tutorials on Photoshop and Illustrator. I wonder what versions those could have been? 1.2 perhaps? So, buying Elements will be like coming around full circle.

  12. I was reading about some of the photography workshops that Craig Tanner does. They sound very cool. I was thinking maybe our little group should get together one day in a great location. We can spend the day taking pictures, then in the evening we can upload our photos, have a few drinks and critique our pictures. MM can choose the music for the evening!

  13. First may I say…

    CANON’s 40d is a great value, however if you want a great starter DSLR..the Canon Rebel is where I would look.

    I would love to do a git together…ShrewMavenVituals (cause we’d have to eat too) Tour….Where and when Ladies? We have Sourthern as well as Northern and Western readers…so we would hve to choose a somewhat equa-distant area…Let me know how far you would all be willing to travel…then I will scope out options.

  14. Food! How could I have forgotten the food? I would be willing to drive several hours from Chicago. I also have a bunch of frequent flier miles that are going to expire if I don’t use them. I think MM might be the furthest away. Don’t know where Ivoryhut, Karma and Renae are?

  15. I’d totally LOVE a girls’ get-away, but it’d have to be planned out far in advance for me to be able to attend. And in the summer since I’m a teacher!

    Back to the original subject of this post – love that shot! Like shadows, I also I have a thing for water in photos: droplets, puddles, lakes, oceans – love ’em.

  16. I’m game for a long weekend any time of year!

    BTW.. I just got back from the Apple store. I bought a new MacBook. GGGAAACCCKKKKKKKKK. It will arrive next Tuesday. We had to order online so I could get a bigger hard drive.

    Will have to do more research on the camera. I’m paralyzed by the choices.

  17. To help in your choice of camera…Scott Kelby shoots Nikon and Rick Sammon shoots Canon…so really they are equals…base your choice on the lens reviews/pricing…because the lenses will be with much longer than the camera bodies.

  18. I don’t do snow, peeps…but I could be convinced to visit Yankeeland, with you guys as chaperones. Spring, possibly? When does the ice break, 1st of April or so?

    As for the camera stuff….my head hurts. Think I’ll stick to the twang.

    Sun shinin’ and it’s rainin’….

  19. Two cents re: Canon vs. Nikon – Canon bodies and lenses tend to be much lighter weight than Nikon. I see that as a plus, when you are toting it around. Some might say that is a minus, because perhaps they are less solid. My 35mm SLR is a Canon Rebel. It always served me well. Also, go to the store and hold them both in your hands. See how it feels. Touch the controls. I have always thought Canon had much more user-friendly controls.

    Did I ever mention that I used to work in the photography department of a big retail store for years? Is that coming out? Can I sell you a service plan?
    πŸ˜‰

    Congrats on the new MacBook! Sounds slick!

    MM, you never know about the ice. Sometimes it doesn’t break until May. But usually the polar bears have at least retreated by April.

    Wow, if MM is open to coming way up north, maybe we could think New York City? Or is that too boring for the NJ folks?

  20. Everyone like Salt Water? We could do the Joisey Shore…or perhaps Philadelphia. NYC is really expensive for hotel rooms…even Roach Havens are 300-500 per night.

    Or we could even do Baltimore…which offers some good sites…or How about Ocean Beach Maryland?

    Brandywine Area of Delaware is also stunning….

    New Hope PA/Lambertville is great and offers…music, food and fabu scenery..plenty of options!!!!

  21. If someone picks the place. I’ll show up. As long as there are interesting things to take pictures of. I don’t know any of the places you suggested, but I’m open to any of them.

  22. A long weekend during spring break might be do-able. Spring break in MA is in April, so the weather should be starting to get nice in the Northeast.

  23. Um, hello? Is this thing on? Testing, testing…
    I guess no one saw my comments about Photoshop Elements! It was a while ago I suppose.
    https://shrewshutters.wordpress.com/2007/10/13/photoshop-is-frustrating-but-fun/
    At $99, Elements is just a fraction of the cost of full blown Photoshop and worth every single stinkin penny.

    brc, isn’t the Nikon D40 what KD just bought? Maybe you should pick her brain. Do you have a BJ’s membership or know someone that does? I just saw the D40 there yesterday for $529 (lens included).

    Shrew, you can SO do this. Months from now you will roll your eyes at this post because by then you will be whipping through all this software in your sleep! And that’s while on your way to your new exhibit opening. Uh huh!

  24. What? For once I’m away from my computer the entire afternoon, and I almost miss out on all the planning?

    I’m right around the corner from Shrew, in good ol’ Joisey. So close we could practically car pool. πŸ™‚

    I was at Costco today. They had a Nikon D40x package, with two lenses that were BOTH VR lenses (vibration reduction, the equivalent of IS or image stabilization). The lenses were 18-55mm and 55-200mm, but for that price, and for two VR lenses, it was a great deal. I believe they also throw in a free 1gb or 2gb memory card. They also had the Canon Rebel xTi for around the same price (a little under $1000), with two lenses as well. It had an 18mm-55mm and a 75-300mm, but not IS lenses.

    I am a Canon girl myself, although for a DSLR, I kept an open mind and considered getting a Nikon as well. But apparently, all the good 35mm lenses I have from my 35mm days are more compatible with the Canon, so I will likely stick to Canon when I do make the DSLR jump.

    Brc, a new MacBook AND a new DSLR. Wow! Those are #1 and #2 on my wish list. (Which I affecionately call my “shoot for the moon” list.) Can you adopt me please?

  25. brc and I are on the “I can’t stop spending money” spree. I am looking at buying a Macbook Pro before the end of the year. Seems appropriate under this picture that we are talk about spending money like greased lightening through a goose.

    Great suggestions IvoryHut…KD can you shed light on your evil Nikon experience…I can tell you my Canon is heavenly.

    BRC here is a great article from Ken Rockwell on your exact topic In addition, you may want to check out Laurie Excell at equipmentlady.com/ I heard about her service via the Digital Photography Show podcast (link to the right, if you haven’t listened to these guys give them a try…listening to their podcast over this past year has helped me grow leaps and bounds.) They were interviewing Obi-Won-Kelby and he mentioned her as a great reseller whether you are looking to pick-up equiment or sell equipment.

    So guys…I am thinking…Ocean City MD?

    I have never been there…but could be good. What week is that school break?

  26. brc and I are on the “I can’t stop spending money” spree. I am looking at buying a Macbook Pro before the end of the year. Seems appropriate under this picture that we are talk about spending money like greased lightening through a goose.

    Great suggestions IvoryHut…KD can you shed light on your evil Nikon experience…I can tell you my Canon is heavenly.

    BRC here is a great article from Ken Rockwell on your exact topic In addition, you may want to check out Laurie Excell at equipmentlady.com/ I heard about her service via the Digital Photography Show podcast (link to the right, if you haven’t listened to these guys give them a try…listening to their podcast over this past year has helped me grow leaps and bounds.) They were interviewing Obi-Won-Kelby and he mentioned her as a great reseller whether you are looking to pick-up equiment or sell equipment.

    So guys…I am thinking…Ocean City MD?

    I have never been there…but could be good. What week is that school break?

  27. Well my current iBook is 3+ years old and on its last legs and the hard drive is maxed out. So the computer purchase has been awhile in coming. (Do I sound defensive?)

    The camera is more of a “want” than a “need.” Last year I bought a Sony Digital camera with both manual and point-and-shoot capabilities. I cannot change the lenses on it. Unfortunately I didn’t do enough research before I made that purchase and I’m very unhappy with the functionality of it. It looks like I can get a couple hundred dollars for it on e-Bay which I’ll apply to the new camera. However it is not an urgent need, and after doing a little research today I think I’m going to step back, check out some of the resources you all have suggested and take my time with the purchase.

    Maryland sounds good to me. I imagine that spring break varies by area of the country. I’ll look into when ours is.

  28. Okay…I am checking Traveocity for how people could get to Cape May…

    Delta flys direct from Mobile airport to Atlantic City International Airport…so I could Stop on my way down and pick MM UP

    Spirit and Delta also fly direct to Atlantic City from Boston…so now we are up to five in my Jeep Liberty (pack light gals)

    No direct flights from Chicago to Atlantic City…is this a deal killer brc? or do you mind taking a transfer?

    We could do another place though…like Philly?

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  30. Cape May sounds great. Lots of lovely photo ops there. Last time I was there was years and years ago, when my grandmother was still alive. It would be nice to see it again. I’m not sure yet about my availability, but you know I’ll do all I can to be there.

    Brc, you might want to consider (since you’re on that shopping spree) getting an external hard drive as well for backing up your files. I find that it’s much easier now to just do it via an external drive than constantly burning DVDs for backup. I just got a 500mb external drive for about $100 delivered from Buy.com, and I highly recommend it.

    Or, you can wait a bit if you don’t have a lot of photo and music files to back up yet, and then later get a 1TB external drive. By then, it might be about the same price as the 500mb now.

    Me, I console myself with the thought that by then, I will need another backup drive anyway, and so I can look forward to eventually having both. πŸ™‚

  31. We should look at the cost difference. A house would probably be more fun. We could cook a great meal (with Jenfera’s help) and hang out… while a hotel doesn’t offer this same benefit.

  32. Okay…did my home work…Hotel romms in April in Cape May are 150.00-199 per night…give or take.

    Here is an amazing place that is $2000.00 for the week. That is 2K split amoung all of us…depending on how many can go. This was a two second search…I am SURE we could find better bargins, but I wanted to put this out there.

  33. The house idea sounds great, plus there is the added bonus of a kitchen. Think of all that we could do in there with Cape May seafood and some wine.

    I am volunteering to help with the research. I have a couple of friends who were just down there a few months ago for about 5 days.

    How long are we talking about? Let me say early on that I am not sure about my availability around spring time next year. I may be back in the Philippines around that time. However, if possible, even if I end up only having a day available, I’d be willing to drive down there and drive back later in the evening if it means getting to see you all and hang out a bit with the group.

  34. Wow, a girl’s getaway does sound wonderful! But I’m afraid I just don’t have time with my busy schedule for a sex change operation. Maybe next year for the second annual one. πŸ™‚

  35. Uh, Tojo, I hope you didn’t mean next year for your second annual sex change operation. You know, usually once is enough. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for that link. I’m learning a lot from it already. Now I have to figure out how many neutral density filters I want.

  36. Oh certainly not dear Ivoryhut, I was just going to do the test drive thing, you know… just long enough for the get together, and then return the merchandise and get my money back.

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