Discusson Group Notes February 6, 2009

Discussion Group

Again we had seven. I think the discussions actually are more fluid and comprehensive when the ladies join in, but don't tell them that.

Bonnie showed up with her new ACER notebook. It really looks sharp, is light weight, small compared to a regular laptop but with an 8.9" screen so you can see your photos, 160G hard drive so you can store a lot of your photos, and a clear screen. It seems like the perfect accessory to almost anyone's travel bag. Plus it comes with a wireless net connector. And she also got a mini tripod. Plus she described a tripod she got from Fred which goes on a car window, on a table, or strapped around your neck. I'd like to see that one.

Bonnie then talked about Lightroom and we discussed the similarities/differences between Lightroom and Bridge.

I showed my photos of a train that I took near Tehachapi. I was looking to photograph a train engine coupling to cars as a way to show "something changing" for the forum "Challenge" but only found this odd looking train sitting on the tracks near Cameron Road exit with some workers all around it and the rain coming down. Finally it started to move slowly and underneath came a massive amount of sparks and smoke. It turns out that it's called a Track-Shaper and it has a bunch of grinders that smooth the track. Interesting photos, and I'm not sure any of them are Gallery quality but they were fun to show off.

Photoshop Elements came up along with discussions on CS4 which does 3D and software upgrades.

I showed off my Hoya magnifying lenses for my camera and found that they really magnify things. I'm hoping to get good photos of tiny wildflowers this season.

We had dueling cellphones between John and Terry, both of whom had new phones and engaged in a "but can your's do this?" competition. John asked what I paid at King's for my lenses then used his phone to scan the barcode and do an internet search for prices. I declare Terri the winner because hers has a 2MPix camera with exposure compensation, white balance, and etc. I'm waiting for the phone that brews up a latte in the morning.

Jim asked about slide scanners which evolved into a discussion about scanners, slide copiers, and other tricks to archive images. Apparently Jim has a couple of boxes of slides he wants to scan in.

I relayed what I've heard about companies that take orders, such as for schools or professional photographers, over the internet and send the finished products out to the photographer or the customer direct. The question was asked whether Oak Color in Lancaster would take e-mailed orders but nobody knew for sure.

I asked about web hosting and heard about Hostgator.com and MPix.com. Apparently there are several such companies that sell hosting services for far less than I'm paying Earthlink.com. Later I looked up some of these and APlus.net, which Bonnie uses, seems to have the best price ($4.95/mo) for service with no limit on storage or bandwidth.

Back on the subject of trains, John recommended taking photos of the yearly steam engine trip through the Tehachapi Loop. Apparently there are quite a few steam engines still operational http://www.steamlocomotive.com/lists/CA.shtml. For those who are interested here is a site with many train photos http://www.pbase.com/huskerherb/root.

Refrain: We meet each Friday at Bianco's Cafe at the South end of the Lancaster Market Place, behind and across the street from Movies 12. The core times are from 7 to 8 PM but there's typically someone there from 6:30 to at least 8:30. Bianco's will keep the lights on for you.


Glenn Olson
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