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Lightroom 6 Unreview

Speaking of Lightroom 6/​CC, Trey Ratcliff isn’t impressed by the new HDR feature.

I’m a huge fan of Lightroom, but this HDR addition is mega lame. Mega Lame Dot Com.

He goes on with several examples. Gotta say — I agree with him.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2015

A new version of Lightroom was released a day ago. Branded either Lightroom 6 or Lightroom CC depending on whether you buy the stand-​​alone package or via Adobe’s subscription package.

It’s a solid update. Nothing earth-​​shattering, but enough improvements to make me happy.

I’ll have a few comments on it in a bit, but for the moment, go read the Macworld review.

Calendar For April 2015

A few days late, but here is the calendar for April 2015. Enjoy!

Click the link above to go to a larger size if you want to use it for your desktop wallpaper. If you want to buy a print to use as your real desktop calendar, go here[1]. I used this photo as the background.


  1. By the way, members get a discount coupon for these calendar prints. Another perk to membership 😉  ↩

From The Archives: Mejiro Are Messy Eaters

Kawazu cherry blossoms, a special kind that blooms about a month earlier than the rest, are not only lovely, but they also attract one of the more beautiful birds of Japan — the mejiro (Japanese white-​​eye). This one was pausing during his snack for the camera.

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25 Maps That Explain the English Language

This may not be photography or Japan related, but I hope you might find it of interest.

Anyone who knows me know I am absolutely fascinated by language. In another life I might have studied linguistics in university. These maps are all absorbing.

Using Photoshop 1.0

A video of some Photoshop experts trying to use Photoshop 1.0. The results are pretty amusing.

Springtime in Japan Mug

I just broke my favorite coffee mug the other day[1]; none of the others I have are very big, and I like to drink a lot of coffee. Instead of ordering a new one from Amazon, I decided to design one at Zazzle with a few of my photos.

Looks pretty spiffy, huh? I thought some of you may enjoy it too, so I posted it to the store. I just ordered mine. If you think it looks good, you can order one yourself. Just 20 bucks.


  1. Note to self: Be more careful when removing the plunger from the Aeropress.  ↩

Watch How Common Photoshop Tricks Were Done In the Darkroom

Some of us remember these days well, but for the young’uns out there, this Lynda​.com demo shows just how photo editing went down in the film days.

I’m old enough to have worked in a darkroom, but I was young enough and didn’t do enough photography at the time to learn many of these tricks.

Very interesting video.

Free Calendar For March 2015

It’s March, which was once known as yayoi (弥生) in Japan, a name that means “new growth” or “new life”. Spring is in the air.

You can download the wallpaper here or buy a print to use as a real desktop calendar here. If you buy, use the coupon code yayoi at checkout to get 50% off.