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Julieanne Kost’s Blog | How to Customize Lightroom Classic’s Default Develop Settings (v9.2) 

Lightroom Classic now provides an easier and more intuitive way to customize the default rendering of your raw files in order to streamline your editing workflow. For example, if you prefer to apply custom raw settings upon import (such as using camera styles defined “in-camera” or using a different camera profile or  slider settings in Lightroom), instead of first importing files and later changing the settings, you can use the new Raw Defaults Presets preferences to manage the default rendering of your images.

Source: Julieanne Kost’s Blog | How to Customize Lightroom Classic’s Default Develop Settings (v9.2) 

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Germany: Berlin parliament passes five-year rent freeze

Berlin’s parliament . . . passed a law to freeze rent prices in the rapidly gentrifying city-state for five years, becoming the first federal state in Germany to introduce a rent cap. The new law puts a cap on residential rental prices in the German capital, where the cost of rent has doubled in the last 10 years.

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9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Memorial, New York City (2020)

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance.

Every one of the 2,983 watercolor squares is its own shade of blue – one for each of the 2001 and 1993 attack victims – and the artwork as a whole revolves around the idea of memory. 

Jordan Friedman, 9/11 Memorial Research and Digital Projects Associate

The meaning of the quotation is less than clear.

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New York City

New York City, ©David Enzel 2020
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Chagall’s America Windows

Marc Chagall’s America Windows, Art Institute of Chicago (2020)

Marc Zakharovich Chagall, born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal, (1887 –1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin.

Chagall visited Chicago in the early 1970s to install his mural The Four Seasons, and at that time was inspired to create a set of stained glass windows for the Art Institute of Chicago. Chagall made the windows a tribute to the American Bicentennial, and in particular the commitment of the United States to cultural and religious freedom.The windows appeared prominently in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Chagall fled Nazi-occupied France in 1941 for the United States where he remained until 1948 when he returned to France. He died in France in 1985.

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Remembering the iPod

San Francisco © David Enzel, 2006
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Flickr Price Increase

On January 21, 2020, Flickr informed its members of a price increase for Flickr Pro from $49.99 a year to $59.99 a year. All current Pro members can extend their subscription for up to two years at the old price. After the extension, all members will pay the same price.

This strikes me as a modest price increase for a struggling community. But will it be enough?

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Why Photograph?

For amateurs and enthusiasts, . . . first and foremost . . . enjoy your hobby. Enjoy photography itself as well as your topics, be they a landscape, a model or a freaky insect. Or even a Snowy Owl. This is your hobby and you should learn to enjoy it even if not a single other human being notices. Start with this. Your joy and self worth should not depend on others.

I’m serious. Look at people having other hobbies. Reading, hiking, tennis, wood crafts, brewing beer, collecting stamps, watching movies or playing Tetris…none of these people spend hours per day seeking validation as to whether their hobby is worthwhile or has meaning. It has meaning because it is your time and you enjoy doing it. None of them determine meaning based on others as if they are monitoring a stock market of self worth.

Ferdy Christant

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"The rise, fall and resurrection of Flickr" – Ferdy Christant

Ferdy Christant has a long and thoughtful piece on Medium recounting the history of Flickr, defending its current owner – SmugMug – and comparing other places where photographers can share their work. He concludes — and I agree — that Flickr is a very valuable community:

a Flickr-sized shutdown would be a catastrophic loss. Even if it doesn’t affect you directly and personally.

When you never read a book in your life, you should not opt for the destruction of all libraries. Personal value and community value (or even humanity value) should not be confused.

Christant also puts Instagram in perspective:

Instagram is not a photography community, it’s a social network where photographers also happen to post. This means you’re in the same space as people posting photos of their meals. Which doesn’t have to be an issue, but it’s a difference compared to a dedicated photography community. The reason that Instagram has such mind blowing stats is not because every photographer in the world has moved there and is constantly posting quality content. A 100M+ images are posted every day because millions of people are sharing their smartphone camera roll, documenting everything happening to them, which usually is nothing. It’s a sea of social snap sharing where photographers may also participate.

Ferdy Christant is the founder of JungleDragon a social wildlife community for fans of nature. He’s largely funding this himself. He’s from the Netherlands and his photography is impressive.

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2019: My Year in Photography

In 2019, I fell in love with black and white photography. I use Adobe Lightroom to get the best possible color image and then move to Adobe Photoshop with the Silver Efex Pro plugin from DxO. DxO makes exceptionally powerful tools designed for photographers.

This photo of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is my favorite of 2019.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge © David Enzel, 2019