January 27, 2010

Winter day Photos at Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe Winter

7:00am, 16 degrees F. and the sun is just coming up! I am off to one of my favorite photo locations…Lake Tahoe!

What a spectacular body of water at the top of the Sierra Mountains.  Yes it has been photographed a million times but who cares as I take images of natural design that moves me and Lake Tahoe almost always does. The water level of the lake has been low over the past few years and the water line is now about a hundred yards out at my location. So out I go with tripod and camera in hand ready for action! In regards to the weather there had been a storm the day before and there were still clouds over the lake to add some drama to the morning light. I usually travel lightweight in these situations with just my tripod and a small bag with camera and misc. photo aids.  The moment was exciting! Light, clouds and weather all perfect today! I took photos for about an hour as the sky, clouds and light kept changing around me. I always try and make the most of good image opportunities and with digital it is so easy. Multiple exposures, bracketed, horizontal, vertical, ND filter. I try and do them all. In the old days (before digital) when I shot large format sheet film I would take maybe four exposures and pack up. Looking back I usually had the images I wanted in those four sheets of film. Taking photos has become more fun and more exciting with digital and I always want to have the most fun when I am in the right place at the right time. As they say “seize the moment” for you never know when you will see it again.

If you are looking for something to do on Sat. morning… plan a photo trip of your own, grab your camera and go have some fun!

Have a Great Photo day! Gary

Lake Tahoe Winter Black and White

January 2, 2010

So many Photo browsers to choose from and so little time.

Breeze Browser

Well what about a browser to view your photos? I have tried most of them and here are a few words about my experiences overall. Starting with my favorite in case you don’t want to read this posting it is Breeze Browser Pro. I have been using Breeze Browser for over three years and have not found anything faster or better for quickly finding photos or viewing them with ease. Breeze Browser Pro is $69.95 and an excellent buy at that price.

My main complaint with most browsers is that they are just too slow bringing up your photos and the program is just too large and complex. My second choice is Bridge which is part of Adobe Photo Shop. I do use this program to download images from my memory cards and it does a good job at this function because you can download the image to two drives at the same time which I think as an excellent feature.  Another program I keep trying to make make work for me is Adobe Lightroom.  I currently have Lightroom 2 loaded and three is in Beta right now but I have not tried it. Lightroom works fine and version two worked better than one but I still am not using it on a daily basis as it just seems so slow on my computer. Lightroom has lots of features and seems to be a replacement for Photoshop sometimes but with my current workflow it just is not working the way I want it to. In addition you have to load your photos into the program and it then builds a directory of images seperate from your full sized images. I am sure I will buy Lightroom three just to keep up with this program as I continue to try to fit it in my workflow.

Photo Mechanic is another program I have tried and find it very similar to BreezeBrowser. It is fast and works good at organizing your photos and is a very popular program. My only complaint it that it costs $150.

ACDSee is an excellent price at $49.95 and has a ton of features. Depending on your editing requirement this may be the only program you will need as a browser and as a image editor. I would be using it except that it takes forever for my images to load.

I keep talking about speed and this may not be an issue for you. I have thousands of images most in the 25 to 35 meg range before editing and I do not like to sit and wait for them to load to be able to find an image. If you have small files and not a lot of them I would definitely try this program.

So that is the browser roundup! Most programs have trail versions which I defiently would suggest you use prior to purchasing any program.