Jess plays Keno

Leica M6. 50mm Summicron. Tri-X in HC-110

My daughter really loves playing Keno. Whenever we’re together, I’m forced to play too. Sometimes we win, but mostly we don’t.

Keeping a Digital Print Archive

I shoot RAW with my digital cameras, and edit in Lightroom CC. Non-destructive RAW editing is awesome, but the only good way to actually see the edits is by using Lightroom (or whichever app was used to do the editing). What happens if one day I stop using it?

Historically, I’ve exported each processed jpg file right next to the original RAW file. Switching to Lightroom CC has made this tricky because the originals are kept in Adobe’s cloud and CC’s export features are rather basic.

To help remedy this, and to ensure long-term viability of my photos, I’m creating a “Digital Print Archive”. Any photo worth editing is exported to a separate jpg file in a YYYY/MM/ folder structure on my main drive. I think of each exported image as a “digital print”.

I manage this process using my Rating system for photos in Lightroom CC.

Lightroom CC does not have color labels, so I’ve had to modify my system a bit. I used to use labels to indicate process/export status but now I’m using star ratings instead.

Here’s how my star ratings work in CC:

  • ⭐ – Pay attention to this image
  • ⭐⭐ – Has been processed/edited
  • ⭐⭐⭐ – Has been exported to the Digital Print Archive
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – A favorite

This system gives me a curated, organized set of “burned” copies of my original RAW files and requires no specific software to view or manage them. I’m testing Photo Mechanic “Plus” as a way of cataloging the archive, and it’s working quite well.

How people should behave in movies (Khoi Vinh)

Movies Watched, June 2019, Khoi Vinh:

That’s really all I want from most movies: a reasonably accurate simulacrum of the way real people act and behave, regardless of how outlandish or unrealistic their circumstances might be.

Vinh’s movie summaries are great, and I look forward them each month. He resists falling for common traps and sometimes unearths for me some treasure I would otherwise have dismissed.

I haven’t seen “Booksmart”, but his comment about “…the way real people act and behave” rubbed me wrong. A number of people I chat with about movies will say about a scene, “No one would do that!” My question is, how do you know? What I think they mean is that they want to see people behave as they would in a given situation.

He’s probably right in many cases, but be careful what you assume about how someone else should behave.

Film Carrier MK1 Kickstarter

Scanning negatives is hard. I have yet to find a workflow that doesn’t involve cursing and disappointment.

To that end, I’ve backed the MK1 Kickstarter. The MK1 is a “35mm Roll Film Holder for Camera Scanning” from the folks at Negative Supply.

I’ve never tried scanning negatives using a digital camera, but it feels like the future, so I’ll give it a go.

What about Instagram?

The last time I rage-quit Instagram was January 2018. I wrote this…

I am leaving Instagram. I may decide to return if Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram change their policies and behavior in a significant way. Until then, I cannot in good conscience continue using their services. And of course..Links in bio. I can always be reached via email at jack@baty.net. I’ll post photos to Flickr.

That sounds great on paper, and can work well as an updated version of “I don’t even have a television!” The difference, though, is that not having a television meant that I read more books and missed a few shows and Super Bowl commercials, whereas not being on Instagram means I miss connections with my friends and family.

I tell myself that we’re all just sharing silly, unrealistic nonsense on social networks, and that may often be true, but I don’t like missing updates from the people I care about or otherwise admire, silly or not.

I’ve tried asking friends, coworkers, and loved ones to “start a blog and we can all subscribe to each other’s RSS feeds!” and “Stop feeding the evil companies like Facebook!” and “Own your content!”. All I’ve gotten back is “No thanks.”

This has meant martyring the casual connections with the people most important to me for the sake of doing the Right Thing™️, and quite frankly I’m not sure it’s worth it.

My social bubble often works itself up into a frenzy of righteous indignation over this stuff. We convince ourselves that it’s all or nothing and, if we’re not careful, can end up thinking less of all the lovely people who just want to share photos and updates with friends.

I’m all for the independent web. I think everyone could benefit from having a blog; a place on the internet of their very own, under their control. My favorite place online these days is Micro.blog, which is all-in indieweb.

I believe that Facebook, while probably not outright evil, is damaging to society as a whole and should be prevented from continuing to do what they’ve been doing in the way they’ve been doing it.

There are lots of reasons to dislike Instagram, but being connected and sharing with my friends isn’t one of them.

I miss Instagram. I miss sharing photos where most of my friends and family are. I have met a number of nice, interesting and talented people on micro.blog, but it’s a small subset of the people I want to stay connected with. I wish this meant posting to Flickr instead, but the overwhelming majority are on Instagram, and I miss seeing their “Instas”. And honestly, I miss them seeing mine.

This post is just me thinking through some of the feelings I’ve been having about Instagram and social in general. Please don’t trouble yourself with telling me all the ways Facebook is evil and why we should all get off the big networks and back onto the independent web. I already know, and I agree, but I’m still considering dipping my toes back into Instagram. Feel free to disapprove.

I’m mrjackbaty on Instagram

Tree at MSU

Walked around the MSU campus during Family Orientation. It was raining most of the time.

I had the X-Pro2 and 23mm with me but the weather wasn’t helping. This shot of a tree reflected in water was the only remotely interesting photo to come of it. I like the yellow dash in the foreground

It’s pretty much all snapshots at this point

I haven’t made a deliberate photo in weeks. Most of the time I haven’t even been carrying a camera.

When I do have a camera it’s digital. Shooting film has felt like too much work. I’m sure it’ll swing back around. The sooner the better.

I look around and see all of the wonderful camera gear, hardware, software, and assorted accessories and it boggles the mind that I’m not out making images with it.

I’m posting a few recent snaps here in hopes that it’ll trigger something. Anything.

I want a Hasselblad 203FE but I don’t need one

I’ve been feeling lazy lately and so have been preferring cameras with some form of automatic exposure. This has left my beloved Hasselblads in a lurch. I have a 500C/M for more studied, careful shots and a 503CXi which I save for use with flash due to its TTL metering capability. Still, I’ve only shot a handful of rolls in either camera so far this year, and that’s a shame.

What I’d like is to find a way to make shooting the Hasselblads easier. You know what would do that? A 203FE!

A 203FE would be a significant investment, because I’d also want an FE lens or two and some ECC-12 backs.

I don’t need any of these things. Even I’m smart enough to know that just adding aperture-priority auto exposure isn’t going to make me shoot more. That’s the goal, right?

Still, I could sell the 503CXi and that would get me part of the way there. Hmmm.

When thinking of my minimal viable film kit, the Hasselblad(s) is always on the list. I love everything about them. But wouldn’t it be cool if they were easier to use? Wouldn’t it!?