Sunday, November 30, 2008

Disneyland '08

I took a bunch of pictures at Legoland and Disneyland, but it is going to be quite a while until I get to them. In the interim, I have posted the images that the Disneyland Pro Photographers took of us while we were there. You can find them here.

I've also added a few new Emily and Zack pictures from this summer.
1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Michael's Baptism

I'm trying to get rolling again. I'm slow to learn a new OS, a new Photoshop, and an all-new intermediary step (Lightroom 2 instead of Bridge). That said, I've completed post-processing and upoad of my first project with the new workflow. Here is Michael's Baptism.

To put things in perspective, this is my last project from the month of June. I've got a lot of catching up to do, and will most likely start jumping out of chronological sequence to get some of my larger and perhaps more important projects out of the way and uploaded.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 21, 2008

your cheating heart

is it wrong that I'm sitting here at work using my PC, but missing my Mac at home?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

breaking the silence

It has been a few days since my last post. The delay is primarily because I am switching equipment that I use to maintain Half Pint, this blog, and my actual images. I'm waiting for software from Adobe that should get me operating on the photo development side of things shortly, and should have new posts and image updates rolling out again smoothly by the end of the week.

The nature of the changes are that we've switched from a Photoshop CS3 / Windows environment to a Photoshop CS4 supported by Lightroom 2.0 in Mac / OS X environment. I am looking at Aperture 2.0 as a possible alternative to Lightroom 2.0 as well, but I don't see that as being my likely route. At the same time, I'm trying to develop a reasonable and safe data storage and management policy, and I'm trying to best understand how to create a workflow that safely stores and backs up our images, plus our video, music, personal data, etc.

I'm considering a workflow that mirrors The DAM book (a must read for anyone with lots of "Digital Assets" that they want protected, be that images, movies, whatever.) We are likely to go with Drobo as our data-storage solution (it is automatically redundant and self monitoring), and Mozy as our online backup provider.

Monday, November 10, 2008

eStarling WiFi Photoframe

OK, mini product review... 5 stars for the eStarling WiFi photo frame. Open the box, let it detect your existing wireless network (your own wireless network is required), register the frame online, receive a custom email address specifically for that frame, and BINGO, you've got a nice digital photo frame that you can email photos to from anywhere you can access email.

It works, it's nice, and it's simple. Obviously it does wonders when family lives on one coast and you live on the other... all of a sudden it is easy for them to get the latest pictures of the grandkids.

Another project completed

I've completed and posted everything from our summer visit to New Jersey last night. Enjoy.

I'm looking at the first pictures from Disneyland tonight. These are not my pictures, they are taken by the Disney Staff Pro Photographers, and will be duly noted as such when posted. I suggest checking back tomorrow night, as I doubt I'll have much of this posted tonight.

I've also worked on a few miscellaneous shots of the kids, which can be found here and here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Today's news

I'm starting to seriously price shop a Mac Pro as my photography machine. My poor PC is brought to its knees by Photoshop CS3, and I want to make the upgrade to CS4. I guess it will be a cross-grade instead.

I have officially given up on the T-Mobile G1. I'm switching back to a BlackBerry Curve until T-Mobile gets a newer BlackBerry (hopefully the Bold - I'm more interested in that than I am the Storm). I can not fault HTC for my disappointment. They built a physically impressive and enjoyable phone. The Android Operating System, to me, seems buggy, and when combined with the comperably weak T-Mobile network, well... you get the picture.

I'm plugging away at the New Jersey images. I'd say I'm making good progress with about 20 more uploaded tonight.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Working on Photography Projects again

I'm back at my desk now and working on photography projects again. Right now I'm processing photos from our summer visit to New Jersey. I'd say I am about 30% complete. I also downloaded and backed up all of the images from our trip to California last week (11 CF cards / 26GB of images).

Although I do have a few priority images that I want to work on right away, I intend to keep on processing in chronological order.

Disneyland's studio images taken by their staff pros should be arriving today or tomorrow on CD, and I'll post them when I receive them.

initial disappointment with the T-Mobile G1

I'm starting to dislike the G1. It is not nearly as strong as the BlackBerry line for email and contacts, and it is not nearly as fun as the iPhone 3G for everything else. I'm hoping for OTA (Over The Air) software updates to resolve many buggy issues. Here's a copy of an email I sent off to my representative at T-Mobile about my experiences so far:

So what are you getting for feedback on the G1, Brian? I’ve got to tell you, I want to love this phone, but so far I don’t like it at all.

• Doesn’t open a lot of attachment file types (Excel being a big one).
• No Outlook Sync / requires Google “cloud” contacts / calendar (we knew that before you sent it).
• Spotty Wi-Fi connectivity, and I’ve yet to get it to automatically connect to a remembered network.
• Email attachment handling is odd [...and inconsistent].
• POP3 email needs to be [...manually retrieved]. Although I’ve got it set to [automatically] check every 5 minutes, but it doesn’t seem to do that. I have to go into “email” and select "load."
• I read an email, and when I return to the list of emails, it’s still tagged “unread” (sometimes).
• I delete an email, and then when I go back into email later and “reload” new messages, it comes in again?
• Battery life is poor.
• Right now I am connected to my office Wi-Fi, and I’m still getting a “connection error – retry loading more messages” when I try to retrieve my POP3 email… again, this should happen automatically every 5 minutes anyway.
• Here’s a real odd one… I received an email from my sister-in-law last night (obviously personal). I hit “reply” and it created an outgoing email to her with a bunch of work colleagues CCed, and the body of the quoted text was a completely different email. I had similar experiences twice, and I’m no novice… this isn’t a “computer illiterate user” error.
• There are more issues, but at this point, I can’t remember them. If you’re interested, I will continue to update you. I intend to use this phone through next week to see if any updates change things

Brian, I’m not asking you to fix any of this or even research any of this. If you’ve heard of any of these problems before and know of a solution, let me know. If you know of any major OTA updates from T-Mobile or Google, please let me know.

Otherwise, please just consider this customer feedback.

Monday, November 3, 2008

G1 in hand

I returned to the office to find a T-Mobile G1 waiting for me. I like the build quality. So far I'm too busy to really do anything with it... just charging for now. More to come.

Back home!

It feels good to be back home.

We spent the last week having an absolute blast in beautiful southern California. We spent 2 days at Lego Land, 4 days at Disneyland, and a couple of days in Los Angeles to catch up with family, share a ton of laughs and good times, and to celebrate a special birthday for Mike.

Our kids absolutely adored their west coast cousins and we did too. It's going to be a while before the pictures are ready to post, but I will let you all know when they are.