Photo Of The Day: Christmas Rose

11 28 15_4970_edited-2Actually a scarlet red camellia bloom photographed in late afternoon light here on the Farm. Nikon D800E.

Well, when we last met, I had decided to give Paint Shop Pro 8X a whirl as my photo organizer with an eye toward  replacing Photoshop Elements 12 as my primary editing software.  Elements, you might recall me saying, had been giving me acute migraines with its constant freeze ups and crashes.  There’s more to report on that side of the story but first, some  Initial thoughts on Paint Shop Pro 8X.

I shelled out 49 bucks for PSP8X and have been trying ever since to negotiate the mother of all learning curves to use it.  The instruction manual is just as daunting.  It’s another one of those “missing manuals,” as David Pogue titles his books on the Windows operating systems which are, by the way, fabulous. I have every edition from Windows 98 on.   David, please do one for Paint Shop Pro!    The only manual now is a PDF File.  Of course you can print the whole thing out but be warned, it is more than 800 pages.  Having spent a “kings ransom” on printer ink, I decided to go with the PDF.  A book would have been better but I’m old and not into reading ebooks.

No doubt my calcifying brain has a lot to do with my difficulty.  Perhaps I am a 70 year old suffering from ADHD and need a dose of whatever they’re feeding the kids these days.  Frankly, I just got totally lost in the maze of brushes, graphics and so on.  Perhaps if they had made the graphics part of it another section or something, it would have been easier to grasp.

I did, however, find my way to and through the RAW Conversion Panel and it is quite good though I think Elements is more thorough and easier to use…..that’s probably a cheap shot because I am so used to Elements.

Suffice to say, I’m still messing with it and will, from time to time, give further progress reports on my schooling.

In the midst of all this, my 4 year old desktop began sending distinct warning signals of hard drive failure: Constant pleas to run “Check Disc” to repair damaged sectors and repeated messages that windows “has stopped working” etc and etc.  So I did a little cyber monday shopping and picked up a Lenovo H-30-50 desktop machine with 16 gigs of ram, a 2 TB hard drive and an Intel I-7  processor at a reasonable price.    The Windows 10 Operating system is a big improvement over Windows 8 but then anything would be an improvement and best of all, the learning curve isn’t as steep as Paint Shop.

I also reloaded my Elements software and so far, knock on wood, its working swimmingly. Perhaps I gave Adobe a bad wrap. Old guys can get crabby.

Now that I am back in cyber space, I will try to be a bit more productive blog wise.  Keep the Faith everybody. See you next time.

The Lenten Rose

The plants, very popular with gardeners, flower in the early spring around the period of Lent and are widely known as the Lenten Rose.  The white variety is often called  the Christmas Rose.  Actually they are not roses at all but rather belong the the genus Helleborus.  They’re also called the Oriental Helleborus.   They are native to  much of Europe, across the Mediterranean, along the Turkish coast and on into the Caucasus.  I found this one in the Memorial Garden at my church where it is called, of course, The Lenten Rose.


If you suffer from these as I do from time to time, you  know why photography was the last thing on my mind yesterday.  My vision goes haywire for about 15 to 20 minutes making focusing on just about anything impossible.  It usually starts on the left side of my eyes and slowly advances across the field of vision.  It is often followed by a headache.  Not the 12 alarm kind my wife has but rather a dull, nagging throb at one temple or the other.   I will usually take a sumatriptan pill at the first sign of one and that usually makes the pain tolerable but as many migraine sufferers will tell you, the cure is almost as bad as the headache.  One feels completely washed out.   Anyway, that’s why the cameras stayed in the bags yesterday and my fingers stayed away from this keyboard.  See you next time on most of this same site….hopefully with no squiggly lines darting across my vision.