Ist Day Of Spring

We finally get a fine day after suffering a month or more of wet and unpredictable weather. There has been precious little that has been camera worthy over the winter months and although the weather forecast is for more wet and unsettled weather over the next week or two (typical spring weather ) it was nice to have two consecutive fine and sunny days. Even the bees and wasps were out and about. But as usual they weren’t being co-operative and eluded most of my efforts.

I meandered about the garden looking for a suitable macro opportunity, my trusty HS20 in hand and managed to snap one image worth considering a keeper. After a modest edit in Photoscape I decided to print the image on both 4 x 6 and 8 x 10 photo print paper. Below you can see the original image, the finished version and an image of the two prints. While my phone camera didn’t do the prints justice I was more than happy with the output from the Epson Ecotank L 365, which is now getting a little long in the tooth. Its not communicating via wireless connection so all our tablets, phones and WiFi  connected devices cant print anything which is becoming annoying. I have a feeling this was caused by a mild power surge after a particularly nasty thunderstorm a few weeks back.

This is the original unedited file.

It still prints well as its attached to my photo editing PC via USB connection, so it will become a dedicated photo printer. We will get a better model in the Ecotank series. If funds are available I may well look at getting a A3+ printer, and donate the current printer to a student photographer.

The image below is a 40% crop of the original and has had one of the Photoscape film emulation filters applied to bring up shadow detail and improve colour and contrast.

This is the edited version ready to print.

And this is how they look printed as a standard 4 x 6  print and as an 8 x 10. The HS20 has more than enough resolution for images this size and certainly up to A3.

This image taken with my smartphone, as can be seen the phone didnt do the images justice. The fine detail is really very good on both prints.

 

Happy Snappin’

 

 

Linux & Windows – Photoscape update.

Since the July article Linux and Software for Windows I’ve continued to use Both Windows 7 & 10 operating systems using VirtualBox.

I can now report that there has been a few issues, some which I haven’t found an answer too as yet. Most likely this is due to be not being particularly well versed in the finer points of using VirtualBox.

Win7.

My focus has been on using both the standard and windows 10 versions of Photoscape as this is Freeware and available to all Linux users. On my native Linux operating system I use Photoscape V3.7 and run it using the MS software emulation Q4Wine and it runs pretty well if a little slower than on a native Windows system. Running the same version Photoscape V3.7 on VirtualBox 5.2.32 was the same as running under Win7 native install. The only issue with this was my printer was not recognised by VirtualBox no matter what I did. But for editing files and placing them in an edits folder for printing later was a seamless and fast operation. Performance of Photoscape V3.7 was excellent.

Win10.

Running Photoscape X in Virtual Box with windows 10 was very good as well, however I had exactly the same issue with VirtualBox and my printer, so again it was edit the files, save them then print from my Linux OS.

Photoscape X has all the power that V3.7 has but with a good deal more tools available and there are even more tools available should you choose to purchase the full Pro version and the cost is minimal especially compared to what some of the more Pro level editors can set you back. One irritation with Photoscape X is the Clone Stamp tool.

In the 3.7 version this is a standard tool, where as in the X version its considered a Pro level tool and you have to pay for the Pro Version to be able to use this tool. Make up your own minds about this, but for me it is enough for me to for go using this version as earlier versions included this for free.

Of the three ways that I can run Photoscape, I find the best result is from Photoscape V3.7 running in Win7 via VirtualBox. The operation and performance of Photoscape is fast and seamless and feels exactly like it did when I run it purely in a full windows PC.

I also tried running both Windows OS’s in the latest Version (6.10.1) of VirtualBox and unfortunately Photoscape wouldn’t run at all, so there appears to be some issue(s) surrounding the latest version and its extension that have yet to be sorted out so for now I will continue using the earlier version of VirtualBox.

Edited using Photoscape V3.7 in Win7 via VirtualBox

As for printing, thats currently being done from my native Linux OS which I will detail with in a later update.

 

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.

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