Losing It

Losing It?

The term “losing it” is used to describe someone who is being to lose control and no longer has a grasp of reality. I found myself at the edge when I was trying to accomplish the simple task of setting the header image for a website.

Now I have used WordPress and its themes for many years, so this was not a problem. Nothing that I hadn’t done before. I looked at the size recommendation. It seemed a bit large as it would cover about a quarter of the screen. I have old-fashioned ideas, I like to deliver useful information to the visitors, not just a pretty picture. But that seems to be the modern trend. My artwork was narrower. It didn’t work.

After coming up with a new, property sized image I tried again. It didn’t work. The website always showed a cropped part of the header. What made it even more frustrating was seeing the cropping different when resizing the browser window. Hours of fighting passed. Surely I could do this!

Shattered World

As they say when at first you don’t succeed, try something else. My next move was to switch to another theme. Now I needed to change the size again. This time the header image width was right, but the bottom was cut off. Worse,  on other pages only a narrow strip of the bottom was shown.

Clearly, I am losing my grasp on reality. This can’t be. Nowhere could I find any explanation, any documentation. Is it me?  Has the world become just a collection of multiple reflections in fun-house mirrors?  Is there any reality left behind all these distortions? Is this just a nightmare?



© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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Time Change

Time Change

Time for Change!

It is that time of year again! Time to change the clocks. That includes your cameras too!

You may have decided a long time ago to leave well enough alone and not play the silly “daylight saving time” game, as I have; however it is a good time to check your gear and adjust the time. I find that my cameras tend to run a little fast, so this is an opportunity to synchronize the settings and make sure that tall the clocks are reasonably accurate.

Time Change

Not a bad time to recharge batteries and change expendable ones! How about a bit of cleaning of the gear. On second thought, let’s not get carried away …

Time Change



© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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NIK to DxO

DxO acquires Nik Collection

DxO acquires the Nik Collection assets from Google, and plans to continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community.

The current Nik Collection will remain available for free and can be downloaded from the DxO site (Click the image above).

The Nik Collection is composed of seven editing tools, usable as standalone programs or plugins for PaintShop Pro, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities. The current lineup of the Nik Collection includes:

  • Analog Efex Pro: Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulations to digital images
  • Color Efex Pro: A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects
  • Dfine: Noise reduction software for camera-specific digital images
  • HDR Efex Pro: Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
  • Sharpener Pro: Image sharpening for digital images
  • Silver Efex Pro: Black & White conversion of images with darkroom-inspired controls
  • Viveza: Selectively adjusts image color and tonality without complicated masks or selections


© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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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

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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 openlivewriter.org

Also see Facebook page   – Twitter



© 2017 Ludwig Keck

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