Site update

As you will have noticed the look of A Kiwiretrospective has undergone an update. The intention being to make pages faster loading and more streamlined especially for those of you using mobile devices. Hopefully this a forward step and makes your time here a little less tedious and more enjoyable when using mobile devices.

As always if you should note anything thats not working  a quick email would be appreciated otherwise sit back & enjoy your time with us.

Linux and Software for Windows

Following on from the Digital Darkroom Series we will take a look at dispelling some concerns that people have when using Linux as the preferred operating system rather than Windows. We will try a number of Windows based programs to see how they do or dont work.

By way of introduction the following video clip is of my Linux based PC and operating system running Windows 10 in Virtual Box and using Photoscape X

We will walk through the installation of these programs in further articles. For now watch me mess about with a 35mm film image, which will be shown at the conclusion of this series in a finished form. To see things clearly view the video in full-screen mode.

Every thing you see is happening in real time, and any jitteryness is due to running the screen recording software which impacts on the overall performance. I will post some recommended computer specs so you can see how well your system stacks up.

Whats the best camera?

Thats a question I see come up time and time again. The answer’s really simple.

The best camera is the one you have with you. In my case a couple of weeks back on a very frosty morning I was greeted with the view at the end of our driveway as seen in the images below.  As I was on my way to work the only camera available was my Samsung J3 Pro and thats what I used for this image.

The first image is straight from the phone. The second is the lightly edited version using both Photoscape and Raw Therapee.

The third image is another straight from the phone image   of the neighbouring driveway with the Maple Trees shrouded in mist. What cant be seen particularly well is the heavy ground frost. By the time I had taken a number of shots my hands had gone numb. Yet again our smartphones are taking the place of the point and shoot digital cameras, just as they did when replacing point and shoot film cameras.