Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day with temps in the low 90's make for a quiet day in the Industrial park that is home to Today's Image World HQ.
The saga of computer screen to inkjet print continues. After a week of many sheets of paper and a great deal of ink, the end is not in sight! The "Magic Black Box" arrived and was put into action but the results were not great. In fact they were terrible.
By the third day - stopped trying and went out for coffee, as the office had run out - the screen and the print were close but not quite a match.
The next couple of days resulted in little improvement. Stopped using the "Magic Black Box" and eye-balled a print - using several sheets of paper - that had to be in the mail ASAP. Once that print was completed and sent off, returned to the not so magic "Magic Black Box" and continued the matching journey.
Late Saturday afternoot ran out of paper. Having used way too much paper, the computer screen and the finished print were still not together. Contacted the paper supplier and was promised delivery - because of Memorial Day - in five days. Matching trials have stopped until the paper shipment arrives.
With no paper, took a break from computers, printers and black boxes and went out and took a few photographs.
Will leave with yet another flag - yes this is Indiana.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
As of 2011, Mooreland's population is less than 300. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of minus 13.23 percent.
The unemployment rate in Mooreland is 11.2 percent. Recent job growth is Negative. Mooreland jobs have Decreased by 4.32 percent.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Ads were once pretty simple and straightforward. Couple of sentences composed of simple direct words. Name, product and location. Often on site, plain.and to the point.
Photography was once simple and straightforward. Camera loaded with film was about all you needed. Film could be processed and prints made using a local retail outlet - drug store or photofinisher. Often a fresh roll of film came along with the developed film and prints. You were "good to go" again. Plain and to the point.
Some were not satisified or just wanted to be more involved. They learned about developing film and making prints. For some the darkroom was what photography was all about. Long hours in the dark, redoing until pleased with the results. Complete control from capture to finished product.
The equipment - camera and darkroom tools - tanks, trays, enlarger, timer, chemicals - were rather easy to understand and operate. With practice the analog photography "dance" was straightforward and under control.
Photography has become not so simple and straightforward. Camera loaded with a memory card and fresh battery will get you started. Now you need a computer - no local retail outlet - to see your images. Along with the computer, software programs are needed to "develope" your pictures. Printers are needed so that prints can be produced.
The darkroom has been replaced by the lightroom - long hours in the light, redoing until pleased with the results.
The equipment - camera and lightroom tools - computers, programs, scanners, printers, ink, papers - are not easy to understand and operate. Even with practice the digital photography "dance" is not straightforward. Lightroom tools are not fixed. They change - sometimes for the better, sometimes not - about every 18 months.
Enter this last weekend. While updating the photography computer was a good thing, this implied that other lightroom tools needed attention. Software programs, film scanners and printers needed to be adjusted. All went well, until it came time to update the printers.
First, the computer screen needed to be profiled. There are several tools to do this. This is rather routine and was finished in about an hour. Updating software programs and film scanners presented no problems.
The rest of the weekend was spent in attempting to get the printers to make a print to match the computer screen. Several hours along with phone calls to computer/printer tech support helped, but at this time - monday morning - still no match.
After much reading, web searching, phone calls, and e-mails a tool has been suggested. As with other digital photography "black boxes" - computers, scanners, software - I have no idea what is inside and how or why it works.
Remindied of the bikie expression - usually near the end of a long bike ride - "Are We Having Fun Yet?". Stay tuned
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
As of 2012, Carthage's population is 927. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -4.76 percent. The unemployment rate in Carthage is 8.8 percent - U.S. avg. is 8.6 percent. Recent job growth is negative. Carthage jobs have decreased by 0.96 percent.
Once again - these are hard times in the Midwest.
Monday, May 14, 2012
This has been a "very" interesting/unusual week here at the Today's Image World HQ. Started off with a redo of the lightroom.
The newer cameras have larger files and the old computers had problems keeping up. Soooo- enter a new computer. Now - after a couple of days - a Toshiba All-in One with 23' screen - is up and running. This meant that the old programs and files had to be transfered to the newer machine. This turned out to be more of a task than expected. Passwords searched for - not always found right away - and programs updated to run on the new system.
In the middle of this computer setup, Photoshop CS6 arrived. After installing CS6, all the bits and pieces from CS5 were moved over to CS6. By now the week is nearing an end.
At this time a new problem surfaced. Health issue. Now sure how or why, but a pinched nerve in my back appeared. Walking/sitting has become a difficulty. Trip to two doctors, major pain medicine, rest and much sleep. This, along with the lightroom redo, has made for no blog entries.
Today, the lightroom redo is finished and will visit yet another doctor to see about the back and leg problem.
Meanwhile, a couple of images for today.
With flags front and back, you know you are in Indiana
Monday, May 07, 2012
Do to conditions - under control - Monday Morning Coffee will be a bit late this week. There are changes taking place - more details later - at Today's Image World Headquarters. Everything should be back to normal in a couple of days - I hope!
Meanwhile enjoy Carlos, Indiana.