Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Short Trip with the iPad

Okay, I didn't process this while on the road. It was a very short trip. But, the photo is a drive-by shot taken on Highline Road—part of the back roads route we take to Los Angeles. This was taken with the G7 on the way home and I did process it on the iPad.

By the time we got home, I had this bug to use the Connection Kit to get some files from the SD card to the iPad and then process at least one using the apps I have been experimenting with. Call it a dry run in anticipation of some travel in my future. Boy, it felt good to feel up to getting out and seeing some of the world. Our house is comfy. I love my views, but gee whiz I do get a bit of cabin fever.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


  1. Anita, the range of light in this image is incredible. I also suffer from cabin fever this time of the year and sometimes have to invent a reason for venturing out into the world.

  2. Steve—Thank you for your comment. As many times as we have traveled that road, I had never see that version of the landscape. It was a genuine treat.

    I have high hopes of a trip this winter. We will see what is in the cards.

  3. Wonderful image and I have often wondered what it would be like to be amongst the wind generators in your area. Now I have a feel for it and must plan on doing the same our next time through.

    The one downside I am seeing/not seeing with the import via the connection kit is the ability to just import the jpg file when shooting in both raw + jpg. I want my raw files for later processing and use the jpgs for quick work on the iPad to be shared. I have stooped so low as to actually read the manuals for iPad and accompanying software with no luck.

    It may be that I am looking at the workflow wrong, but there was a limit on the raw file size that could be worked with Snapseed. If you have any insight on this issue please share. Otherwise it seems if one wants a better image than one from the iPad and a raw file one has to carry two cameras which kind of defeats the purpose of running light with equipment.

    My best, Steve

  4. Steve—First, sorry I am slow about responding to mail. Swamped.

    Thank you for your comment. I am not fond of the generators, but thought I would include them in a photo since the light was so special. Because it is windy up here, we have quite a lot of the monsters decorating our landscapes.

    Wow, you are way ahead of me with the observations about size of files and RAW+jpeg downloads. I have only taken files from the G7 up until now. I won't get to this problem until after this show is over. Sounds as if it may not be fun. I know Earl traveled with a couple of smallish cameras, not his big Nikon. If you work this out in the next couple of weeks, be sure to share, please.

  5. Anita, wonderful shot here with the G7 and nicely processed on the iPad. I'd say you're progressing well on your travel light workflow. Excellent lighting on this image.

  6. Earl—Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. I am quite impressed with the capabilities of this set up. It would never replace working with Photoshop on the desktop for me; but, it is nice knowing that there are options to take advantage of when on the road. Your experience got me thinking about the possibilities, thanks.

  7. This is a beautiful shot and your iPad skill are amazing. I find a certain beauty in the wind farms and power lines - it's part of what we are as a society.
    I never look forward to travel so my anticipation to it is usually negative. I can be very content to stay home and think about the trips I'm not going to take.

  8. Ken—All right, I deserved that gentle jab about allowing extra time, then squandering it on playtime with the iPad. Please don't ask how many prints I could have framed in the time I have spent playing with photo apps. It is embarrassing. Truth is, framing is a bore, the photo apps are a blast, and I am an undisciplined brat.

    I sincerely appreciate your kind words about any skills I have acquired. These apps are amazingly easy. Listen, they would have to be for me to begin to catch on this quickly.

    Maybe I should try your way of looking at this travel thing. Just celebrate the trips I won't take. Goodness knows that would be practical in my case.

  9. I understand completely, even without having anything in near of a "cabin feel". Staying home too long makes you start "climb the walls", as we say over her.

    That's a very nice image. It provides that energy you write about, this thing that drags us out from our holes. What's behind those trees, how does it look like, where the wind comes from?

  10. Ove—Yes, sometimes it comes to the point where "climbing the wall" describes it perfectly.

    Thank you for the kind words about the picture. I am glad it appeals to you. I was fortunate to get that light.

  11. Here in the UK, I have very negative feelings about wind turbines, especially because of the annual pay-outs that the land owners get for erecting them and because of the ecological effects. But I have to admit that they do make for a striking image as you have so skillfully produced here. I really like how you chose not to exclude the telegraph poles, road and trees in the foreground but embraced them as a part of the scene.

  12. What a beautiful shot, Anita. I'd love to see those 'monsters' in person. I'm glad that you like the iPad. I keep trying to use mine for lightweight travel photography, but there are limits in the size that it can process. I think that my next purchase will be a MacBook Air! The ultimate in functionality and lightweight design. :)

  13. That looks like my kind of scenery! I assume you have to shoot in jpg mode in order to use the iPad with your camera. I've got the connection kit but have never used it.

  14. Colin—Well, you don't see all that many birds around these wind farms, it is true. They dominate much of the landscape near our valley and periodically I can admire them. I have come around more and more to embracing my part of the world as it is—beautiful, but not without the "warts" produced by humans. There is a certain beauty of courage and determination represented by structures that are man made. I love roads, for example.

    Thanks for your comment.

  15. Paul—Thank you for your response to this image. When you make that trip to California, we will have to be certain that you get a look at these things.

    Yes, I do get a great deal of use from my iPad. However, I am not optimistic about processing files from the Canon 50D. Even so, on a short trip, I may be all right with shooting a bit with the G7, processing those, and waiting until I get home to process files from the DSLR.

    How about picking up two of those Macs and sharing one with a friend? Heck, I could probably scare up the money for all those programs I would have to replace, if I had that kind of head start. :-)

    On a more serious note, have you tried downloading any RAW files at all?

  16. Roberta—Anything beyond the jpg files from my G7 is beyond my experience. I am eager to learn more and, as soon as this show is set and ready to go, I am eager to experiment. It takes all the discipline I can muster to delay that. Maybe, when I am fully aware of the limitations , my enthusiasm will cool. Still, this setup serves a purpose in my life.

    There are a number of landscapes like this one near our valley. I would prefer them without the turbines, but we have to live them. I hope they are making a genuine difference.

    Thank you for your thoughts.


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