On how we see

Seeing Cars

Facebook reminded me, with a two-year old iPhone photo, of the day we parted with our old Ford Taurus. It had served us faithfully for eighteen years. Looking at the photo some pleasant memories of that trusty vehicle came flooding back.

All of a sudden I could only see the that rounded shape, the truck, the neighborhood just seemed to almost disappear.

That is how it is with car nuts, “automotive aficionados”, they don’t see cars the way the camera does, or us “normal” folks. They see just that magnificent mechanical automobile. Not like this; this is what you, I and the camera see:

But more like this, the automobile and little else:

We look at this antique jalopy driving by and smile.

But for our car enthusiast friends this scene conjured up a totally different image:

Yes, to our “Car and Driver” friends, only the car matters, Even the drivers fade into paleness. They feel the vehicle zooming along on a race track, they see the beautifully shaped details.

So, that’s my analysis of my auto loving friends. Do you think I pegged them correctly?

NOTE: No bystanders, drivers, or neighborhoods were harmed in the making of these pictures.

This was a demonstration of image selection, layers, blurring, photo overlays and some other techniques.

.:. © 2020 Ludwig Keck

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Archive Treasure – 1

Cleaning and organizing can get easily sidetracked when you find some long forgotten treasures. Here is one such photo. This is a panorama stitched together in ICE (Microsoft Image Composite Editor – also a relic), showing the Atlanta skyline as seen from the “Old Ted”. Only goes back to August 2013, but in Atlanta that is ancient history.

Here are the individual frames:


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Spring Cleaning 1

It is finally underway, my spring cleanup, that is. I promised myself months ago to do an overhaul of “my cloud”. Turns out there are many more little details that needed to be taken care of than I had thought.

My first effort was to define how “my cloud” should work and interconnect. That is, of course, a background task that’s invisible, at least at first. Then I started down the list. The many links to OneDrive albums and images are largely taken down. When Microsoft started with “SkyDrive” they happily tried to make it open and very much like a public gallery. Then, as time went on and it became “OneDrive”, it morphed into a “filing cabinet in the cloud”. It was reoriented for primarily business and private use. Many of the features ceased to work. Amazingly many of the links did remain operational.  I still have my photos and art up there, but the public items are now mostly on my personal websites.

The first visibly change is Ludwig.Gallery. It is not finished by any means, but do take a look. Notice the much simplified navigation.

Ludwig GalleryMany thanks to my friends and followers. Soon you will get a much better idea of what it is like to “fly in the cloud with Ludwig”.

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Flower Photography

Flower Photography

Photographing flowers is fun, and also a bit of work. There is preparation and careful work before the shutter is pressed, and the real work begins afterwards.

If you are interested in my take on the topic, watch this space for the full article.

Until then, enjoy my creations.

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Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

All the best wishes to all my friends around the world for the coming year!

May we see peace and friendship!


.:. © 2020 Ludwig Keck

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Starting Apps

Some of the ways: Double-click and Drag-and-Drop

In another post I told how I make use of a variety of photo post-processing apps on my laptop.

I keep shortcut icons to the apps, some full-fledged photo editors, some old plugins, and some current incarnations of plugins. You can see some in the illustration here.

Before going into some of the details and some of the gotchas, come with me back into the dark ages. Long before Windows was developed conventions had been adopted on how to start programs, that’s what apps were called then, and how to have them work on files. Those details I remember only faintly and they don’t matter much, but much of those conventions survive to this day, deep “underneath” what you see nowadays.

Back then the only way was “command line” operation. You needed to write text instructions to make the computer do something. Actually that still can be done today. Just type cmd into your “Type here to search” box.

Click on Command Prompt and presto a window comes up that looks just like a computer monitor four decades ago. Type in the full path to the app you wish to start. Where can you get that? Right-click on the shortcut and click Properties. The path will already be highlighted and you can copy it. If you want the app to start working on a photo, get its path. That is bit more complicated. Right-click on the thumbnail, here in Photo Gallery, click Properties, the the General tab. The first part of the path is in the Location box, you need to append a back-slash and the file name that is shown toward the top of Properties. Surround the full path in quotes so the command processor will not be confused by any spaces in that text.

Now put all that into the Command Prompt window. You can paste it in, a small nod to modern ways. It will look like this:

Okay, okay, nobody does this nowadays, but it works and opens the app with the photo specified. In this case PaintShop Pro. It works just fine.

But it is so much easier to just click down and hold on the photo and drag it over to the shortcut icon for the app. Windows shows “Open with …” and the name of the app. Just release the mouse button and you are on your way.

This work for “well-behaved” apps that follow the old conventions. Most do, but care is required, there are gotchas!

Using plugins on the desktop

Conventional plugins designed to work from inside a host photo editor can be launched with the drag-and-drop procedure. The plugin runs just the way it does when launched from inside an editor. It starts with the photo dragged in. You can use it normally. When you click the accept or ok icon it will overwrite the photo with the changes. Yep, you read that right, overwrite!

When using this approach always make a copy of the photo first and work with the copy only. This method is fast and easy, but you must be careful and never use the original photo file!

Stand-alone apps

Most specialty editors work just like I described for plugins above, but they may or may not overwrite the photo dragged in. So use caution and find out how yours works!

Stand-alone apps can be launched by double-clicking the shortcut icon. They then typically ask for you to drag in a photo or to select it via the open file process.

Some will look different for the two opening methods. Like shown here.

The example here is Topaz DeNoise AI. On the left is how it looks when opened with drag-and-drop. Note the lower right shows an Apply button. It really does! The dragged in image will be overwritten with the effects you selected.

The right illustration shows the same app opened by double-clicking the shortcut icon. It ask for an image to be dragged in (or opened manually). The button on the lower right is Save As.

One final warning: Always make a copy or conversion of your photo that you imported from your camera. Never use the original.


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