May 212015
 

RawTherapee is a powerful, free, cross platform photo editing program that is my primary post-processing tool.
The website can be found here. A bit daunting at first, but it is worthwhile spending time and getting to know how to use it.

Through trial and error (many, many of them…), I “think” I have found a very useable custom profile that I can apply to pretty much any raw file I have. I have tested it on raw files from Canon 1D (classic), 20D and 5D Mk1 and my Fuji X10.

Marcel_custom_profile.pp3

Grab the file, unzip, and place it in your profiles folder. In my system, openSuse 13.2, the profiles folder is in

/home/marcel/.config/RawTherapee/profiles

If you find this and try it out, let me know how it worked for you!

Jan 182014
 

Recording from the Christmas concert that our church choirs at Transcona Memorial United Church (TMUC) put on. The sound is a bit flat, and my voice is, well… mmm… judge for yourself. I hadn’t sung in days struggling with a nasty cold that kept me coughing and blowing my nose. On the morning of the concert I couldn’t even speak. Gradually throughout the day I managed to get my voice back and was able to participate in the almost 2 hour concert. I was scheduled to sing almost at the end. Not sure if that was a good, or bad thing. Accompanied by Steve who provided rhythm to keep me in time, I managed to finish the song without coughing and hit the “F” without choking… ;-)

Jan 042014
 

With wonder
and delight
he
looked

And saw
how
the seasons
change
month
after month
year
after year

Our planet
revolving
around
the sun

More wonder
still
in my
own mind

Seeing
how
he’s grown
month
after month
year
after year

This boy
now taller
than me,
my son