Gamma Ray Burst

Do you know about Gamma Ray Bursts?

Turns out the Universe does not give a fuck about us, or anybody else for that matter.

I was reading the wonderful book At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life by Guy P. Harrison (required reading if you want to know how the world works) and it the last chapter I was reading all about Gamma Ray Burst (GRB).

In any moment in time, a neutron star might decide to explode emitting a form of radiation known as a Gamma Ray Burst that will incinerate everything in its path. EVERYTHING!

Scientist agree that if it happens within our galaxy, we wouldn’t even feel it. In other words death will come swiftly!

I created this piece in honor of all the Gamma Ray Burst that might be lurking out there in the mighty, mighty universe.

Created using Fractal Architect, Filter Forge and Lens Flare Studio.

Happy Friday?

Five Mile River

In 2009, I happened upon this scene

A snowy scene in Norwalk CT, where I used to work.

This is called the Five Mile River (presumably because it runs for 5 miles to get to the Long Island Sound, I guess?) and it was a scene that I had photographed many, many times at different seasons and different times of the day.

It lends itself to a panoramic view in any season. In this case I decided to revisit the panoramic view using Luminar 3.

I think it looks very good with the Black and White treatment as the long shadows are accentuated and drive the viewer to the inky blackness of the river.

We never know what jewels lie in wait inside our libraries just waiting for us to git them some TLC using a powerful editor line Luminar 3.

Torn Between Two Loves

If you go to my Ello page, you will see something peculiar.

There are a ton of Black & White images with lots of views.

They are the photos with the most views. No color photo has more views than any other B&W photo.

In other words, they are pretty popular. At least there.

There is a sort of different level of popularity on my B&W instagram page, but I’d just started with that recently and I have not given it the proper care it deserves. (I’ll need to suck up to the Instagram Algorithm Gods in order to get more followers).

And the thing is, I love Black and White photography.

My father had a large collection of Life Magazines and I remember expending a lot of time browsing those pages. Maybe that’s the reason why I love photography so much!

Is definitely the reason why I love black and white photography…

I grew up wit the classics. My first photography book was all in black and white (I think my father still has it).

I also love Street Photography, and there is consensus that good street photography is black and white photography. At least is my consensus. :-)

But color is such a bitch!

It hits you when and where you least expect it. It saturates those photo receptor cells and fells the viewer with pure and unadulterated joy!

I am conflicted…

On a recent walk, I took this picture:

Barren in Color

Nothing mayor. A quick iPhone shot on an afternoon walk during the first minutes of the sunset, overlooking the Brooklawn Country Club, in Fairfield.

I edited the photo using Luminar 3 with Libraries and I was happy with how it came out. I like the color gradation on the sky, the color contrast between the golf course, the leaves in the front and the sky; and last but not least the barren trees silhouettes that kind of join all the colors by traversing up and down.

But then I decided to add another layer to the file and try my hand at this:

Barren in B&W

I like to do this when the images have texture (like the branches in this case) and as part of an on-going project that has to do the winter trees.

The image tickles memories of the death trees in Namibia with feelings of solitude and desolation. Definitely something I like lately. So I posted the photo to Instagram.

I didn’t post the color photo.

Now, I am torn between two loves… Can’t say one is better than the other. The feel is different. That’s the reason why photography is so subjective. We each have a different way of seeing things.

Black and White or Color? Should I flip a coin? What are your thoughts?

Coming up on Salem

I was coming back home after dropping one of my sons at the shop to pick up his car.

It was the blue hour in Bridgeport and traffic was very heavy.

Coming out of the highway, I was standing in line waiting for the light to change when I happened to look to my left. I quickly unplugged my phone from its charger and snapped a quick one from my window.

The view of St. Augustine Cathedral backlit with the setting sun and the trees was calling out to me; some will say…

I edited the photo using a combination of Snapseed, distressed effects and Stackables.

There is a long tradition of stories about Salem in New England. The stories were about the battle between the church and what was believe to be witchcraft. Lots of women were hung from trees for some puritanical bullshit.

The image of the tree and the church reminded me of that, hence the title…

Syncing iPhone Photos with Luminar 3

I have been mulling around writing this article for a while.

I was wondering if it was really worth writing the piece and if people will actually use what I wanted to present.

You see, as with any great idea, you need an audience.

This Blog has seen better days… :-)

Notwithstanding, I decided to move pass through my self-doubt and write the article. I sincerely hope you like it and decide to spread the word.

Workflow

Skylum has outlined a roadmap that includes Cloud Syncing for photos. It seems like is coming on phase III of the development cycle.

So while we wait for that to come, I started thinking about easier ways to move my photos from my mobile decides (iPhones and iPads in my case) to the computer; so I could edit them in Luminar 3 with Libraries.

I know that iOS users can count on AirDrop to transfer photos, but I wanted a more automated way of doing so.

The idea was outlined in this steps:

  1. Take iPhone/iPad (don’t judge) photos

  2. Run some sort of App that syncs photos with my computer

  3. Add folder to Luminar 3 with Libraries, a sort of watch folder.

  4. Import/Organize photos in Luminar

  5. Edit Imported Photos.

Enter Resilio Sync

I have owned a license for the Resilio Sync apps since the company started and before it was called Resilio Sync (It used to be called BitTorrent Sync).

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Resilio Sync is an application that allows you to sync folders and files between devices (Mobiles, computers, tablets, etc) using the power of BitTorrent.

The application is FREE for individuals but it also has a Pro (Paid) version. I believe it runs on any platform you can think of.

In my case, it was exactly what I needed to accessorize my Luminar 3 with Libraries workflow.

Installed Resilio Sync on my iPhone, iPad and Main Computer, and then proceeded to create a Camera Backup Sync on the Mobile devices. Once the link between the mobile devices was created, all it was needed was to locate the folder on the Main Computer where the photos were Synced.

Clicking on the Preferences on the Main Computer shows the location of the Folder…

Clicking on the Preferences on the Main Computer shows the location of the Folder…

Importing Photos into Luminar 3 with Libraries

After opening Luminar 3 with Libraries, it was time to add the Resilio Sync folder to the application in order to import the photos.

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Clicking on the + icon on the Folders section in the Library Module, allows us to browse to the location of the Synced photos. After you hit “Open”, Luminar 3 is going to keep an eye on that folder and any time you sync photos from your mobile devices, they will show up inside Luminar.

All that is left, is to organize them according to your Folder structure in your computer. Easy as pie!

Did I mention that ALL files types are synced? In other words, your RAW (HEIC files), JPEGS, TIFF and PNG files are all synced between the mobile devices and the computer. A really powerful workflow in my opinion.

From there editing is just one click into the Edit Module.

Is not a perfect solution, as the sync is a TWO way sync. In other words, if you make changes or move the photos to other folders, Resilio Sync is going to try to sync again the next time you open the application on the mobile device. I wish there was a way to configure the mobile client to do a one way sync.

In my case, it works until Skylum comes out with a Cloud Sync Solution.

What do you think? Is this something you could use? If you like the solution I hope you decide to spread the word. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below.