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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-21-2012, 12:18 PM  
Macro Clematis
Posted By rm2
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Thanks for looking. And for the advice. I think you are right.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-21-2012, 10:57 AM  
Macro Clematis
Posted By rm2
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Here are some from yesterday. Like any?









First time I use the Live View Zoom to manual focus. Wow, who needs a split view focus screen any more.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2012, 09:20 AM  
Too much time; now can't choose 1st zoom lens!
Posted By rm2
Replies: 21
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The 28-70 sounds like a very nice lens. One thing to consider is that it has a rotating front element which makes using a polarizer kind of hard. Other than that, if I had one, I would probably have it on my camera most of the time.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-17-2012, 04:45 AM  
People Rick Drummer
Posted By rm2
Replies: 16
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I like it. Maybe I would have experimented with black and white processing. I would also play a bit with composition through cropping since there is room. Finally, I wonder if by having slowed down the shutter speed a little you would have been able to capture some of the drums and a bit of hand movement. Maybe that would have been interesting too. But, it is a great capture as it is.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-16-2012, 02:01 PM  
People Young Kids having fun B&W
Posted By rm2
Replies: 4
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The color ones are nice too (and I am sure some people would prefer them). But, in this case, I think the black and white helps. There is too much going on in the color version in my opinion.

Forum: Photo Critique 05-16-2012, 08:51 AM  
People Lady in gold
Posted By rm2
Replies: 2
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It looks like a creepy stalker picture. The face is a little soft, not quite as sharp looking as the jacket. I don't like that there is more room at the bottom of the woman than at the top.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-16-2012, 07:10 AM  
People Young Kids having fun B&W
Posted By rm2
Replies: 4
Views: 734
I wonder what you thing of the B&W results from this shots.









Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-28-2011, 09:50 AM  
RAW browser
Posted By rm2
Replies: 14
Views: 1,622
Good for you. Nice find, eh? ;)

What version of digiKam are you running? I am running digiKam 2.2.0 in OpenSuse 12.1 and it is quit a bit improved from the 1.x days.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-22-2011, 07:29 AM  
RAW browser
Posted By rm2
Replies: 14
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digiKam works very well as a viewer. Just set it to show a preview when clicking on a thumbnail instead of Starting the Image Editor directly.

Settings > Configure digiKam > Album View > Thumbnail click action.

Ctrl + Shift + F gives you the full screen view.

There is also the "Light Table" option which allows you to compare two images side by side. By the way, digiKam's slideshow options are great too.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-18-2011, 06:46 AM  
Lightroom 3.4 in Linux . . . IT'S ALIVE! (and working pretty well)
Posted By rm2
Replies: 72
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Photoshop CS5 has a gold rating working in wine though. But, you need to have wine 1.3.33 or higher.

WineHQ - Adobe Photoshop CS5 (12.0)

Unfortunately CS3 doesn't run well on wine. That is the version I have. Still, I prefer digiKam any way. ;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-14-2011, 07:50 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
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MAC OS is a fine Unix distro. Too bad it doesn't come with rolling upgrades. ;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-10-2011, 11:06 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
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Some of you mentioned the desire of running some Windows applications through wine. I also have a windows application that I like to run through wine, but was having trouble running it. The version of wine that comes with OpenSuse 12.1 is 1.3.30. I found out that by adding a special wine repository i could get a newer version.

Wine - openSUSE

By uninstalling wine, adding this repository, and installing wine again I was able to upgrade my wine version to 1.3.34! My Windows program is now running perfectly under wine. Just thought I shared.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2011, 04:15 PM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
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Views: 7,610
Nice going reala. But, I just feel I have to give you a little heads up. Ubuntu is not known to provide a very good KDE experience. It is primarily a Gnome/Unity geared distribution. So, if you have some issues with KDE, just know that you may not have those issues with a distro that is more geared to KDE. For using KDE I would recommend distros like PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, OpenSuse (If you have the right hardware), Arch, and others, before Kubuntu.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2011, 09:00 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
That is a good example of the difference between Linux and Microsoft or Apple. Not because they don't have similar problems. I assure you that similar discussions are had by developers of either platform. The difference is that in Linux those discussions are done in the open.
















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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2011, 08:34 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
Ahem, we've been talking about digiKam a lot on this thread. It is an excellent DAM package with very good editing capabilities, 16 bit support, etc, etc. And there are may other tools that are just great.



I am not saying that everyone should switch to Linux. Every one' s circumstance is different. But, for a lot of people Linux is the smart way to go now. The ease of use with distros like PCLinuxOS (and OpenSuse if you have the right hardware) is phenomenal. Tools like digiKam in conjunction with a few other excellent tools can cover the needs of many, if not the vast majority of photographers. And many here can attest to that.

Please stop it with the insults.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2011, 07:30 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
I don't mind discussing the merits or demerits of Linux and related software. However, lets be respectful. Lets avoid insults or disparaging comments. If we keep this a friendly grown up conversation we can all get something from it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2011, 07:22 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
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Views: 7,610
I thought maybe this post would shed some light:

Pentax PEF vs DNG in digikam

Gilles Caulier is the main digiKam developer. In this post he is talking about how digiKam converts PEF to DNG. He explains that digiKam does the conversion correctly, but that libraw, the library that digiKam uses to process raw files, is not yet optimized for processing DNG files.

From that, I deduce that when using digiKam to process DNG files, your results may not be optimum. But, I don' t think it will stop you from trying.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-08-2011, 08:37 PM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
Nice flame bait. Ha ha. The truth is that all software is unfinished. But, the state of Linux software is certainly not bad, and for sure it is not a waste of time. And it just keeps getting better. But hey, to each its own.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-08-2011, 08:30 PM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
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Views: 7,610
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-08-2011, 01:30 PM  
Calender Help
Posted By rm2
Replies: 5
Views: 733
You can also make your own with a plugin. For example:

Calendar | digiKam - Photo Management Program
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-08-2011, 09:56 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
Hi there NewMikey,

I remember your DPE release. I used it for a while on my home machine. Although, I am certain I didn't use it to the full as far as all the photography related goodies you had on it. You are certainly much more knowledgeable than me on both Linux and Photo processing. If you come out with another DPE release I may be tempted to try it. ;)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-07-2011, 02:14 PM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
You are welcome. PCLinuxOS has not yet upgraded digiKam to the 2.x version. So, you may want to check it out in OpenSuse for now.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-07-2011, 01:43 PM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
Glad you got something good from it. Just curious, did you try the Gnome or the KDE version?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-07-2011, 01:36 PM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
The same as you would have to do with any other operating system. Right?



Yes the situation with DVD playback is murky, to say the least. At the moment people that want to view DVD movies have to install a library called libdvdcss (I know you know, but for the benefit of others who may be interested). This method is authorized in France by a law decision on interoperability.

Détail d'une jurisprudence administrative

in the US the situation is uncertain. While you are right about the DMCA, in practice, no one wants to open the can of worms of litigation. As it is, the copy right office is already reviewing the DVD encryption situation.

U.S. Copyright Office - Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies

It is a fair use issue really.



I am sure BSD systems are nice to administer, but I have no problem administering the Linux systems of the company I work for. In fact, it is downright easy. And as for creating derivative works, I don't see the point of wanting to keep them secret. If I make an enhancement of fix a bug to part of the system, I would want my change to be incorporated in the upstream repository so that I don't have to fix it again when the next version comes. If you want to keep it secret in order to sell it, well, then I guess you are right. But, if I am not mistaken, most BSD distributions contain at least some GPL code too. So, you would still have to take a peak at what the license is.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-07-2011, 11:51 AM  
OpenSuse the best linux for Photographers?
Posted By rm2
Replies: 56
Views: 7,610
Sure, there is a lot of legalese on the license. It needs to pass the lawyer test after all. But, it is not too hard to understand the basic principles of the license.

What is free software? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

What is Copyleft? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

You may not agree with the terms. That is fine, you are still able to use the software. But, if you are going to distribute it, you have to abide by the license. That means sharing the code to any modifications made.



Sure, the goals of the GPL are quite different from the BSD license. I understand why some developers would prefer to use software that they can turn proprietary if they wish. Linux uses the GPL for the kernel, and a variety of licenses are used for other parts of the system. You can most certainly ship proprietary software that runs on Linux. There are tons of examples of this already. Most desktop level libraries have licenses that allow proprietary programs to be made with them. Do you have a particular example of where a license used in a Linux system becomes limiting for you?
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