Photo Editing

When is a photograph not a photograph?

Retouching, enhancing, and artful processing to bring out the best that the image can deliver, has been part of photography since its inception. Careful post-processing is essential to share the vision of the photographer with the viewer.

Today’s editing and manipulating tools are wondrously powerful and can take an image far beyond what the camera saw. Photos can be turned into images and works of art that may have just the barest resemblance to the original. “Faking” of photos is easy to do and can be utterly convincing.

Are such transformed images still photographs? Where is the line that divides photography from the derivative arts? When is a photograph not a photograph? I asked that question in an article over on Our Arts Magazine and provided my thoughts.

Is the picture here are photograph? At first blush you might think, yes, this is a photo. On closer inspection you will find artifacts that give away the “retouching”. For many uses, like in advertising and publicity pieces, the simplified image is perfectly acceptable, even desirable. It puts the emphasis on the dancers, which is, of course, the intent. For documentation or photojournalism, this is not a “photograph”. Here is the image closer to what the camera saw. It too has been enhanced to bring out the the art of the dancers.

What do you think?



© 2017 Ludwig Keck

Posted in Digital Photos, Photo Editing, Photography, Photos, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Pin Website to Taskbar

Pinning a Website to the Windows 10 Taskbar

With the old Internet Explorer it was easy to just drag the icon from the address line to the taskbar. That went away in the Edge browser.

But there is good news. The ability to pin a website that you visit frequently to your taskbar so you can get to it in just one click is coming back!

Instead of dragging the icon, in the coming update to Edge there will be an option as shown in the illustrations here.

Click the three-dot icon in the upper right of the browser window. The drop-down menu will have the option “Pin this page to the taskbar”.

It will be added to the taskbar and show the website favicon. A single click then opens Edge and goes right to the page.

Three cheers!!


© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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OLW Updated

Open Live Writer Build released

A new version of OLW was released May 23, 2017.

This update is a maintenance release, no new features were added.


For details see GitHub OpenLiveWriter

Update installs automatically – just open OLW, close and reopen.
To download latest version go to

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© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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RIP Microsoft Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery is no longer available

Last month saw the end of the support and availability of Microsoft Photo Gallery. This was one of Microsoft’s fines products. It provided photo enthusiasts an easy to use, yet most versatile, tool for importing, managing, enhancing, editing, transforming, their pictures, and much more.



Orphaned five years ago, this image manager-editor remained a state-of-the-art tool. Only professional grade editors can do more to this day. The ease of use is unsurpassed.

Until last month Microsoft allowed Photo Gallery to be downloaded from their site. This has now been discontinued.

One of the nice features in Photo Gallery was the ease of selecting photos to be processed by other tools and launching those tools from right inside Photo Gallery. One of those tools is the outstanding Image Composite Editor by Microsoft Research. This panorama stitching editor is still available.



If you still have Photo Gallery installed – it works beautifully in Windows 10 and prior versions – you can continue to use it. I will. Treasure it – it is still tops.


© 2017 Ludwig Keck

Posted in Digital Photos, Image Composite Editor, Photo Editing, Photo Gallery, Photography, Photos | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Thistle Seed

My avocation is photography and art. Happiness for me is when I can combine the two. A favorite tool of mine is FotoSketcher, it allows me to transform photographs into images that express my feelings my emotions and share them with the viewer.

When just recently a new version was announced I had to see how it can aid my efforts to communicate in photo-transformations. I reached for some photos in my archives. Photos that were quite nice on their own, but didn’t quite express the joy of the occasion.

This photograph of a thistle seed head, spreading the delicate, light, fragile seeds into the world, allowed me to create an image by replacing the real setting with a universe of forms, barely noticeable, but subliminally powerful. Robust and confident the plant sends its delicate seeds into the uncertain future. Let us take cheer.


Source: Thistle Seed


© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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OneDrive Foibles

OneDrive Foibles

It started innocently enough, Facebook showed me one of those frequent reminders of posts from prior years. Blog-161030-02This one was for a post from four years ago that linked to my Gallery Ludwig post “Goodbye HMS Bounty”. This gorgeous “tall ship” had succumbed to hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic just a couple days prior on October 28, 2012.

So I shared that sad memory. I wanted to take a look at the post and it came right up.

Back in those days my blog posts sourced images from my OneDrive, called SkyDrive back then.  Microsoft has made many changes but has been good about keeping the old links active. I used to also make the image a link to the same photo in SkyDrive. I clicked and it came up as expected.


Then I made a stupid decision. I clicked Download. I say stupid decision because my day would have been uneventful had I not clicked the Download link in OneDrive. I got a “no joy”: “This item might not exist or is no longer available”. Really? I was just looking at it! Not only that, I was logged in to my SkyDrive.


Wondering what Microsoft has wrought this time, I went to the blog link in other browsers, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and behold, none of then showed the photo of the Bounty, not even Internet Explorer, there were no problems when viewed in Edge.

Horrible revelation:

Old blog posts with images sourced from OneDrive show fine in Edge but not in other browsers!

My post that followed this photo of Bounty was a small collection of some of my pictures of the Bounty and its interior. Those were not sourced from OneDrive but used the WordPress Media file. No problems with those. One of the images is a panorama of the interior, stitched together from several shots. The pano links to, another Microsoft neat idea that they gave up on, but the pano still works, or I should say works again. Take a look at Remembering the HMS Bounty.

Fortunately WordPress allows editing of old posts. I added the photo from the WordPress library with a current link back to OneDrive. In Edge I now see the photo duplicated. See what you get: Goodbye HMS Bounty.


© 2016 Ludwig Keck

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