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Forum: General Talk 03-31-2020, 02:09 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By PDL
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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida: Group: Iron Butteryfly Album: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Just started the drum solo. :cool:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-02-2021, 09:12 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By PDL
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The API for Google Maps is does not run differently on a VM than a bare metal installation. Once Google changed the API, all instances of using maps with the now outdated API still fail. Setting the date to 2015 will not change anything. Remember, LR v6.14 works as advertised except for the Map Module. No need for a VM and a older than OS version. I run LR v6.14 on two x64 Windows boxes, a 2008 Toshiba laptop and a 2014 era desktop. It works just fine - except for the Map Module. It even works with my K-3II, so PEF's and DNG's work, I use it for building panorama and creating JPEG's to share with family and friends while on vacations. (Something I will not be doing for most likely several more years - then I will be too old to care)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-02-2021, 04:18 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By PDL
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Yes, 1995 Eagle Talon TSI. Crank walk, failed just after the std warrantee ran out.

The dealership offered to cut the price on a Oldsmobile (joint Oldsmobile/Eagle dealership) but who would want to go from a Talon TSI to a grandpa's car? I had to pay for a short block as I did not purchase the extended warrantee (stupid thing to have not done).

The water pump failed a year or so later, but that was easily fixed. I kept the car until 2008 and it had over 170K miles on it. Just before Montana set speed limits I ran it on the Interstate at 115mph for a few miles. The wife and son were a little worried (the front end started to get a "little light") so I slowed down to 90mph for the duration of the trip.

I tend to drive my cars into the ground, every one that I owned left me with over 150K miles on it after 5-14 years of ownership. I am running a 2008 Subaru now, but it only has 60K on it. I don't drive 30 miles a day to and from work any more.

So what is your point again?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-02-2021, 01:57 AM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By PDL
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Adobe never said that a perpetual license would end after two years. Before the subscription, your version of LR would last a year (the time between major releases). Once the version went from version x to x+1 support for adding features and fixing bugs stopped on version x. That's how software works. Adobe did it (pre-subscription), Phase One does it (just ask Class A he can go on for pages) and I imaging Affinity, RT, Darktable and GIMP do it too. Just go and ask any of them to patch a version of their software that is multiple revs out of production. Google does it with Android, Apple does it with MacOS, iOS and Microsoft does it with Windows. Although the lifetime of EOL announcements for OS's tend to last longer than the next major release.

Your logic is the one that is distorted, Adobe LR v6.14's Map Module is based on Google's API. Google changed the API after Adobe stated that LR v6.14 was EOL.

I have LR v6.14 loaded on two devices, the only module that does not work is the Map Module because of Google. I prefer Capture One for post processing and I pay for it every year. I do not use last years version so no, your false logic argument does not apply. My camera does not have the solenoid issue, yet. I have sent my 18-50 SMD back to get fixed, but it was under warrantee - no problem there. It is well discussed here that Ricoh/Pentax will not/can not fix old lenses or bodies. I would imagine that Fuji would not fix my Fujica AZ-1 that I bought in the late 70's - does that make Fuji bad? Just after I updated LR to v6.14, Adobe added the dehaze feature, but not in v6.14. LR had gone to v7.0 and LR v6.x was not longer supported - so it goes.

Failure of the Map Module in LR is "fixable" by using Adobe's subscription and getting the current version - along with ongoing support and new features as long as you pay. Once you stop paying, the Map Module, Develop Module will stop working - by design.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2021, 06:38 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By PDL
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Precisely my point. Once the software is no longer under support, if parts break (either like the Google part of the maps module or some really bad security issue) you are on your own.

It is important to remember, that LR v6 standalone came out in 2015 with version 6.14 coming out in 2017 (if the details from my install are to be believed). Support for perpetual license LR 6.14 ended in 2018. The map module stopped working in 2018 - which was AFTER Adobe's end of support date. Google changed its map API in 2018 and broke many, many sites to this day. The Map Module failure was not Adobe's issue, it was Google's.

For those saying that Adobe is somehow supposed to support old software releases long after their EOL - then maybe they should tell us how well Apple, Google and Microsoft are doing with support of EOLed OS versions. Heck, it is even pretty hard to even get a current version of 32bit Linux these days.

Software ages, support ends, third party add-ons break - life goes on. I have not tried it, but I bet that the LR generated Flash web interface is pretty much toast too.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-30-2021, 02:19 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By PDL
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So.... Adobe is at fault for Google's change?

When the maps module failed, Lightroom v6.14 was no longer supported by Adobe as the version had moved on to 7.0 something. When Adobe changed versions they no longer supported the previous versions i.e. you were on your own if you kept using the previous versions. Things like ACR updates ended for previous versions when new releases came out and as new cameras entered the market you did not get those "updates" along with missing "new features". (issues like dehaze come to mind, which was not available for LR v6.14 "licenses").

The Map Module behavior failed long after LR 6.14 was no longer supported by Adobe. Google changed the API to maps to monetize the functionality. I have explicit links to other applications that have experienced the same thing. Adobe is not the problem with this particular issue, it is Google since Adobe's agreement was to support current versions functionality, now that LR v6.14 is no longer supported, they just don't care. If you have an issue with Adobe not caring then be explicit about that but do not expect anyone to be bent about Adobe when it was Google who changed the rules to access "their" function.

To address your analogy. Back in the seventies (when my house was built) the water pipes from the street to the house were made of plastic which over time slowly deteriorated. When I had to replace the waterline, almost 40 years later, you are suggesting that I should hold the builder (three owners ago) culpable? No, I don't think so. LR was updated by version almost every year, when the "latest" version came out, development and support for the earlier version ended - even for the third party licensors. Which is why my copy of LR v4.4 v3.3 running will not work with my K-3II Pentax PEF's, so is that Pentax's problem?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-28-2021, 06:06 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By PDL
Replies: 71
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The maps function in LR 6.14 failed in 2018 as shown by the link How to Re-enable Google Maps View in Lightroom Classic 6.14 .
Somewhere in this forum I told everyone about it, in 2018 when my vacation images were not updatable as they were in 2017. The cause was Google changing their Map API in order to monetize Google maps. ExiftoolGUI and GeoSetter map functions failed for the same reason. On the GeoSetter website, there is a short discussion about Google charging fees for a Map API go here:
A Minor Update after a Long Time - GeoSetter

Complaining about Adobe when it is Google who caused the issue is like beating a dead horse especially when some of us reported these "issues" two (2) years ago. The failure of LR v6.14 to get additional tools like "dehaze" and then the failure of the Map Module lead me to going to Capture One exclusively. I know that you don't like CO now so you are going to have to find something - or a combination of other tools - to meet your criteria.

Since I rarely use LR anymore, the loss of things like face recognition and virtual copies does not mean anything to me.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-30-2020, 03:13 PM  
How much mental adjusting would it take moving from APC-S to full frame photography?
Posted By PDL
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I think this subject is a somewhat misleading. Why is there trepidation over sensor size? Use what you have to get the results you like.

I look through the viewfinder and make adjustments accordingly. Don't sweat about it or overthink what you are trying to do. Shoulda Coulda Woulda - no man - just do it. (To paraphrase Yoda and Nike)

Yeah I have shot everything from 110 to 4x5. What matters is can I get the image I want with the thing I have in my hand? If I have to move to get everything I want in or out of the image then I move. No mental adjusting involved, just use what you have and don't obsess over what you shoulda coulda woulda done/have/want.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-25-2020, 12:16 AM  
They said it...
Posted By PDL
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The reviewer of the Pentax K-1 is a member of this forum.

Let's not go full DPR on him OK?

I subscribe to this site and sometimes they are a real piece of work. The chief editor has become more opinionated over the years. His choice for for "beginners" is a film Leica. Last year he said that the site will no longer review DSLR's and has explicitly called out Pentax for being behind the times. Most of the images of cameras are wet (taken in the rain - it's a fetish). Lately the site has gone out of its way to downplay post processing and articles over the last week were on people who "do not use photoshop".

I follow the site because I doomscroll as a matter of course.
Forum: General Talk 12-03-2020, 03:31 PM  
What photographic opportunities do you have access to.....because of where you live ?
Posted By PDL
Replies: 86
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On my wildlife camera in the back yard I have videos of:
Bear
Deer
Coyote
Bob Cat
Possum
Rabbits
Squirrels
and scariest of all - humans.
Forum: General Talk 12-02-2020, 06:57 PM  
What photographic opportunities do you have access to.....because of where you live ?
Posted By PDL
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PNW (Pacific North West) USA.

Beaches, Rain forests, three national parks within 3-4 hours drive (Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades), Mountains (see previous listing of NP's), deserts, urban and rural areas. Oh and rain - lots of rain - (he says hoping not to get people to move out here. :confused:)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-04-2020, 05:36 PM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By PDL
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So I have been shooting, developing (B&W and color), buying film on 100ft rolls and loading my own cassettes for nearly 50 years and that does not qualify as "Old School"?

---------- Post added 12-04-20 at 04:43 PM ----------


Well, from my NZ trip in 2006 - I know it is Christchurch - but the building/street corner is just not the same since 2011. (Look up what happened to Christchurch in 2011 - you will get the idea)

---------- Post added 12-04-20 at 04:48 PM ----------


Not if you are on a bus (public transportation) and you are in a city where you have no clue what the street is named. Keywording your images is a thing left to be done later. However, not knowing where you were is really frustrating.

I lived with a notebook for several decades and it really slowed down my efforts. If it does not matter to you, then I think you should take care in trivializing other peoples requirements/desires.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-25-2020, 11:53 PM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By PDL
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-02-2020, 06:46 PM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By PDL
Replies: 594
Views: 45,256
Well, GPS did not exist when I was shooting film for use during my Archaeology days, it would have solved a lot of issues over the location of potential sites. It would have been a huge deal, maybe I would still be an Archaeologist. In 1983 when GPS went live for non-military use, I was having issues in grad school using my TRS-80 for papers. We had a class where we were simulating contract Archaeology building budgets for a summer of excavations in NM. (theoretically in Chaco Canyon). I had a pirated copy of VisiCalc and the final was, the professor in the class changed the cost of food, gas, salaries and consulting fees for out "project". It took me 20 minutes to update my spreadsheet and print it out. I was back in his office within the hour being the first guy to own a PC. The other students freaked out, as it took them a day or so to manually recalculate their cost sheets. I was told that I was "cheating", the University would not accept dot matrix documents and I set the printer to slash the zeros - which was all so "illegal" at the University. I said at the time that Archaeologists would be taking PC's into the field in the future and even the professor asked how I was going to keep dirt out the floppy drives - "it ain't gonna happen" was the most common comment.

That all said, if there were a way Geotag images, I would have been all over it. Archaeologists build maps (I wrote a paper and created a program on my TRS-80 that would create a contour map for a graduate level Geography course) The location of features is extremely important in the field as it is in other fields. It would have been a boon to the field and has turned out to be anyway. As old as I am, I really wish that I could have had this technology.

One of the reasons I bought my K-3II was because of GPS. I spent 6 weeks in Europe taking pictures of doors, cathedrals, beer, landscapes and buildings. I am still going through my images of New Zealand trying to remember where in the name of heaven some of those images are from. The images since late
2016? - Not an issue, if I can't remember I open the image in Windows Photos look at the info and there is the map - down to the street. If I were still an Archaeologist and wondered if the biface I am looking at was found in South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa or France..... Just open the picture and see where you were when it was shot.

Age has nothing to do with it nor does film.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-03-2020, 03:14 PM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By PDL
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All OS's have millions of lines of code.

---------- Post added 12-03-20 at 02:17 PM ----------



They were using a precursor of CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capability_Maturity_Model_Integration
When I worked at the big airframe manufacture out here, we went through mandatory CMMI training and weekly reviews. It seems that "The Company" has dropped that ball over the last decade or two.
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2020, 03:42 PM  
How to use a roundabout (also called a traffic circle)
Posted By PDL
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When I was last in the UK, when waiting for the bus or the light to change I would yell "EYES UP" before people would wander into the street or off the train station. I do it once in a while here (before the pandemic) because in downtown Seattle, nearly everyone walks staring at their phone.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-30-2020, 03:35 PM  
Capture One 21
Posted By PDL
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B&H price on v20 today. $179
Capture One Capture One Pro 20 (Download) 88200033 B&H Photo

The price will most likely go up in the near future.
Forum: General Talk 11-26-2020, 05:06 PM  
How to use a roundabout (also called a traffic circle)
Posted By PDL
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It takes a few miles to get things to work. However, be careful of your passengers reaction as they try to climb into your lap. My significant other thought I was too close to the hedges and such while I was very aware of the 4-6 inches between the mirrors on "my" side. The single lane roads in Scotland were a bit "interesting" as were the single lane kilometer one way bridges in NZ (South Island going towards Arthurs Pass) Beautiful countries almost 180 degrees from each other on the globe.

My last trip to England, all travel between cities was by train. Otherwise it was walking or take a taxi. No more driving for me.
Forum: General Talk 11-25-2020, 02:35 PM  
How to use a roundabout (also called a traffic circle)
Posted By PDL
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I got stuck on one of those in Oxford UK. I drove around in circles about 5 times (a few exits lead to driving off into the hinterlands to turn around and get back the the overpass). The lack of signs designating the correct street to exit on, was the main issue. It got to the point that I ended up counting exits before getting it right. Of course I was driving a Peugeot with a manual transmission - ya know coming from the US driving on the right, shifting with the left and the turn signals on the right side of the steering column. Every time I wanted to turn left, the wind screen (see what I did there) wipers would come on. The first few days were sort of frustrating. :hmm:

Since that trip, we have seen more roundabouts here in the PNW and I do have to laugh at people when we encounter them. Some people do not have the foggiest idea about how to use them. Especially left turns, I have seen people "go against the stream".
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-05-2020, 10:35 PM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By PDL
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Go here:
Product Stories of New APS-C"K-3 Mark III" Vol.3?Wakashiro? | PENTAX official

From the post.
"In addition, incorporating an angle-adjustable screen in a compact body often makes it difficult to increase the size of the LCD monitor. That’s why PENTAX decided to equip this new camera with a fixed-type 3.2-inch monitor. This was a decision based on our goal of allowing the photographer to confirm the image’s quality and composition on a larger screen at the shooting location, while still keeping with the basic design concept of a compact, sturdy body."

Emphasis is mine. No flippy screen - it is fixed.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-04-2020, 03:50 PM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By PDL
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I have snagged the strap on all of my cameras at some point, I have been lucky and never had one hit the ground, floor, deck etc. I have had the cold sweats holding the camera over thin air taking images down buildings (Prague - Lessor Tower - Charles Bridge).

Now lenses, that is another thing. My original Kit lens on my *istDs fell/rolled off of a guard rail post and rolled down the street for a bit dropping a bit further into the (dry) gutter. And my 8mm Fisheye was dropped in Bath England - it does look like the lens elements have separated and it is sort of hard to mount to the camera.

So far, nothing has cost me money to "fix". I really dislike Mental Notes too. Do I have to think? That's lame. :D
Forum: General Photography 11-04-2020, 03:25 PM  
Is manual sensor cleaning that common?
Posted By PDL
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I have cleaned my sensors since I first started with DSLR's in 2005.
I start out with a Rocket Blower.
Move to a D-SLR Brush - a off brand Arctic Butterfly like brush.
Move to wet cleaning if it is really bad.

I too have a 10x loop - Opteka SSC-85 10x CCD/CMOS LED Sensor Loupe for finding those "bits" that do not come off from the startup sensor shake and rocket blower. I also have a old Radio Shake anti-static gun i.e. Discotron Electronic Static Eliminator that I use to get static electric attracted dust neutralized. I have been using it for years on camera sensors, lenses and my old slides. I have a lens pen, used mostly for the brush, a retractable brush is a nice thing to have buried in the camera bag.

I have made reasonably use of Pentax's "dust finder" function.

Once a year - or before a long trip - I will do a Loop, rocket blower, loop, static gun, loop, brush, loop, wet cleaning if necessary. I have started carrying my Rocket Blower with me on vacations, to periodically dust stuff off.

For some reason I get dust under the ground glass (I know it's not glass) in the viewfinder. Cleaning there waits until I get home, but the Rocket Blower comes out and gets a through work out. I try to change lenses while being mindful of where I am and keeping the environment as dust free as possible.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2020, 03:49 PM  
low light
Posted By PDL
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Drop your wife off at the pub. Then go for a hike and go back to the pub. She will buy you a pint or a wee dram - or two.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-24-2020, 01:38 PM  
K5ii - SD card corrupted when images transferred to iPad Pro
Posted By PDL
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After removing the SD card from the camera and BEFORE you insert it into the card reader (correct me if I am wrong, there is no SD reader port on a iPad) slide the lock switch to LOCKED.

If your card reader is not so cheap as to ignore the lock switch, the card will be set to Read Only. If your OS is really trying to move the images instead of copying them, you will get some sort of error. Copy - not - Move.

With the card locked, the OS can not write garbage to the SD card. I have been locking the SD cards on my Pentax cameras since 2005 to defeat this issue and I am using Windows. Microsoft writes BS to the cards too, locking them before transferring images is just SOP.
Forum: General Photography 10-08-2020, 10:38 PM  
I just got a request from a book publisher
Posted By PDL
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Each of the non-profits I shot for received biannual itemized reports showing my efforts. I did put a dollar value on total hours shooting, processing, storing along with a flat cost per image delivered. I researched what "pros" cost in the area and based my rate on what I could find out. I gave them a large discount (60%) and summed up the totals and emailed it in.

The directors of "giving" used my numbers as "in kind" donations. Those numbers, while showing up on various institutional lists, as a monetary amount are not applicable to my income tax burden. So - the non-profits get a small tax claim, I get none. My efforts were explicitly listed as donations.
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