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  • Chris Waugh, in reply to David Hood,

    Thanks, David, I'll have a look into lightzone.

    The trouble I'm having with GIMP is that I have to convert .NEF to .jpg before I import to GIMP. That UFRaw thing is doing weird stuff to my photos, like making them much darker and curving the edges and giving me file sizes anywhere from a few hundred KB to twice the size of the original, and that Nikon thingy I downloaded and installed and now it's MIA.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to David Hood,

    From the gardens

    Love that second one - the gardens as portal to an alien world.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Still waiting lightzone approval, but in the meantime that NEF to JPG programme I'm pretty sure I linked to above seems to be doing the trick. Unlike Picasa and UFRaw, the change in file size after conversion to jpg is not in any way dramatic, for one thing.

    This is proving to be quite an educational thread. Thanks for all the tips, everyone.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Awww! Your lovely wee girl!

    Whumph!
    Stern great-aunt ressurrects, harrumph!

    (in tiny wee letters, what a lovely wee girl - she enhances all the photos she is in-)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Your problems explain a lot of the problem I have. I've given up on raw and black and white this year because I can't get Irfanview or Windows Photo or Gimp (when I had it but didn't like the way it worked so deleted) to open the Nikon raw/nef files. I'm mostly going with open-source software on the laptop (which is much gruntier than the old PC so have been planning to use it for photos). So lightzone is my next move! If that doesn't work I'll have to save up for Lightroom or Photoshop.

    Have you tried the Nikon Capture software? I don't want to invest all the time it takes me to learn new software if it only works on Nikon not other cameras.

    And film: I've been looking at the old film cameras remembering that darkroom magic.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Hebe,

    Have you tried the Nikon Capture software?

    No, I haven't, but if, as you say, it only works for Nikon cameras, it really doesn't seem worth it. I assume at some stage I'll need a new camera and although I'm happy with Nikon, I can't guarantee that the next camera will be a Nikon (brand loyalty has its value, but not when taken to an extreme), and in the here and now have photos from HTC and Samsung phones to deal with.

    Irfan View I'm still unsure about, but I seem to be having a certain measure of success with GIMP for the time being. I'm curious to see what happens when (if?) my lightzone approval comes through.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Islander,

    she enhances all the photos she is in

    Of course! (yeah, I'm biased...) though in this one she was trying on her new kindy uniform/tracksuit (no, she doesn't have to wear it, but all the kids get one so they can wear it if they want) and she was quite happy posing in front of the mirror but wasn't really in a modelling mood. I prefer this in black and white, though, because the kindy unfortunately chose green and gold for its colours.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    when (if?) my lightzone approval

    I seem to recall mine taking a couple of days.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Preparing…

    ...finished product...

    ...success is happy punters (though I have no idea why the wee one is waving her meat cleaver at me...).

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • wendyandmart@gmail.com,

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    I spotted this girl on a bike coming along the pavement from 100 metres away and waited with my camera pre-focused and click.

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  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to wendyandmart@gmail.com,

    waited with my camera pre-focused and click.

    Well worth the wait! The kids watching is a nice detail.

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

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    The night time is still the right (black and white) time.

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Some B&W conversions of older pics. At Meola inlet, and up Mt Hobson.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    And art by the Manukau.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to wendyandmart@gmail.com,

    spied-her-web captures...

    ...and click

    double click,
    eternity passing

    The kids watching is a nice detail.

    the lost boys ...
    - kids-snapped
    in plain sight
    frozen in lost light
    Immortality,
    & eternal youth,
    are theirs - but
    they know that
    already...

    Welcome aboard the light train...

    Nice detail on the mortar work, too,
    though I'm worried about that cracked
    brick window lintel on the far right...
    Chchch eyes...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7876 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to David Hood,

    I’ll make another plug for Lightzone

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I downloaded Lightzone last night and first thing this morning was straight into playing. Like you say, the nearest thing to darkroom magic in digital. I'm a convert. I work by look rather than tech specs, so it will take a while to understand. And to find the crop mechanism.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Glad to here you find it useful. The crop is a button at the top of the window- and a separate button for rotating the crop area. Changing the resolution is done when you use the export command.
    You are basically stacking layers on top of the original image cumulatively changing the picture (and these layers can be semi-seethrough to lessen their effect). You can either add you layers from scratch with the buttons on top the current layers area on the right right, or use the presets from the left hand side.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    OK, given it's a holiday morning and I should be doing something else, here are some (relatively) recent pix given the B&W treatment. Most are from my trusty 5D (RAW originals), processed in Lightroom 4 using some of the standard B&W "looks" provided - with a bit of tweaking.

    This one's the whaling station in Pelorus Sound.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Famous sound in the rain: iPhone 4S

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Apposite, I thought. Melbourne in May. iPhone 4S.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Street food, Chinatown, KL.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Chchch eyes…

    And me.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Looking out of the Chinese temple, Melaka.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Macaque, Batu Caves, KL.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to wendyandmart@gmail.com,

    Hi Wendy (or Mart) that's a damn fine shot to be joining in with.

    And loving all the other stuff. Glad we distracted you Gareth. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

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