Photos through December in Vancouver and Victoria.
I installed Picasa for OS X tonight to give it a whirl. It is a thing of beauty – when it comes to photo management, I have not used anything quite as good as Picasa. I also have iPhoto which is really good. Picasa interacts with iPhoto in a non-destructive way, preserving iPhoto’s library, and duplicating photos which I want to edit in Picasa. Great – I like it when applications understand the environment they’re in rather than battle it. The more discerning pixel peepers will note that Picasa over-compressed these photos at “85” quality setting. I am not certain what 85 means on their scale, but this artifacts the way “45” quality would in Photoshop.
Lately I have been posting one photo at a time while acknowledging that I am building up quite the collection of photos in the cue. For a couple months I have been trying to post photos without the aid of Photoshop. Sometimes I just have to use it, other times I try to get by with just the basic tools to resize and re-optimize. I have some tricks and techniques I use in Photoshop but I am not terribly attached to them if I can find something else that does those tricks just as well. Nothing is as good as Photoshop at exporting jpeg’s though. It used to be that Fireworks was really good at it, but Fireworks is so far away from my photo management that it’s not even an option. At some point I will be installing Adobe Creative Suite on the new macbook, it just hasn’t made sense yet. When I really want to go to a town on a photo, I go to ye olde G4 and fire up the shop there. It takes forever, but when I am working on a single photo, it isn’t such a big deal. The reason I have not done many of these massive photo posts lately is because I like to make one photo stand up on its own – for it to be its own story, that kind of thing. Clumping a bunch of photos together feels only vaguely like a theme to be here – there is so much to say about each one, but it tends to get lost in the shuffle on this scale.
In any case, hope you enjoy the photos. I think the last of the snow melted a while ago in downtown Victoria. No idea what it’s like elsewhere.