Saturday, August 30, 2014

Teamwork :-)

Team Work-05475-EditDear Matt and Mar,

I certainly appreciate how you two are getting along, but what I have noticed is how you two are in each other's thought all the time, lol.

When Matt goes behind our back and take a sweet (when he wasn’t supposed to) he will almost always take one for Mar as well, and vice versa. So the game just got more complicated with you two working together, haa haa haa. Or it could just actually be a cunning plan from Matt, so that once caught, he won’t be the only one who gets punished... haa haa haa.

Thank you Anthony Morganti :-)

I have watched a lot of youtube videos on Lightroom tutorials. Most if not all were very specific on an individual tool or a set of tools, please don’t get me wrong the tutorials were mostly brilliant (and a huge thanks for their time in making it), but none (well, from my search anyway) was in a style I was looking for.

Anthony MorgantiBy the end of the usual tutorials, I would know the tools (and its name), what it does (e.g. makes things darker or brighter etc.) and how to physically use it (i.e. slide the slider to the left and right) but the most important thing of how 'should' one uses it was more than often never touched upon, what I really wanted was how the pros use them, or some tricks of the trade (rules of thumb) that are practiced by professional / experienced Lightroom users.

The alternative argument is to simply just to use the tools until one's eyes tells one's brain 'that looks pretty good', lol. But again it's nice to know the 'best practice' from other more experienced users.

Then quite by accident I came across Mr. Anthony Morganti’s Youtube Channel (I’ll post his playlist at the end), this was exactly what I was looking for, going through the workflow of someone who is very proficient in Lightroom.

In the very first video, we get to see how the he uses the ‘Basic Tools’ (in the Development Module), and I’d learnt something new immediately, taking the highlights to the minimum and shadows to the maximum (he did say this is a common practice for landscape photos), follow by the setting of the white point and black point. I’ve been using Lightroom for at least a couple of years and have never heard of setting of white and black point.

In the second video I’d learnt that by pressing ‘O’ we can change the type of crop grid (even flip some of them with shift-O), haa haa haa haa, talking about being late to the game...

I am really looking forward to his third video, where he will be starting on a new photo and do a real walkthrough of his workflow.

If you are a newbie-ish like me just follow the link below, it will take you to his Youtube Channel

Then there is also his website,

Mr. Anthony Morganti… I humbly thank you :-)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Access Denied... lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

I took my dedicated lightroom library portable drive into work today, as I needed to use some related work photos, but after accessing the drive I certainly wasn't expecting this...

As I was clicking away, digging deeper and deeper to find the folder where the actual files were, finally I’d reached the ‘Images’ folder (I must admit not a very imaginative name for a folder, lol). The final double click produced a real surprise.

What do you mean ‘You don’t currently have permission to access this folder’? I had always understood that portable drive is just a ‘Thumb Drive’ but bigger (not considering the NTFS or FAT format).

So it was a real surprise to see alert, obviously I had to ‘Continue’… haa haa haa.

What do you mean ‘You have been denied permission to access this folder’? Haa haa haa haa. The obvious thing to do is to consult the almighty ‘Google’.

Naturally I was not the first person to face with this issue, because the search engine gave me the correct hit without much effort, lol.

If you are interested in seeing the issue and solution please simply following like below… (Thank you

The top voted answer was very concise and also provided a simple walk-through, however I haven’t had a chance to try it out in person yet, will have to wait until I am back home :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Show… lol.

DSC06155-EditDear Matt and Mar,

Matt’s long awaited concert went swimmingly (gently wiping my brows with the back of my hand), haa haa haa haa haa. The hall was at Goethe Institut (only 10 minutes away), the place certainly was  charming, I can only assume it was old-ish, with ample of greenery.

As usual parking was very limited, luckily there was a private parking facility literally next door to Goethe, so the logistic was a simple one, drop off the team, park the car and run back as fast as I can. When I was back I was expecting to see Mar running all over the place, but unexpectedly Mar was sitting like a proper little lady. Only when I walked around to the front to see the real reason why Mar was not a little monkey... I saw a small tub of ice cream... haa haa haa.

DSC06152-EditMatt was now in the room upstairs with the rest of the little performers, we were lucky to have found a seat at the front, but unfortunately the only angle I could get was the back of Matt’s head, lol. So I’d decided to shoot off a couple of stills before switching over the record the video for the remain of the set.

Matt performed 3 songs, at the beginning a few weeks ago Matt was supposed to perform 2 songs (like the rest of the group), but you went to the teacher and asked to also add one of your fav song to the list.

The 3 pieces went almost perfectly, you are still having small issue putting your hands in the correct starting position, but apart from that it was absolutely brilliant, Mama, Mar and I couldn’t have been more proud, well done Matt.

Nothing is ever simple anymore… haa haa haa

20140824_231349Dear Matt and Mar,

I never know what I am going to get, the new toothbrush just magically appears one day, whilst the old one vanishes into thin air... I am an old fashion guy, so I prefer the traditionally old fashion toothbrushes, rectangular in shape with round edges (soft-ish and even height brush).

Last week, the old toothbrush, which was perfectly old fashioned and have been performing its single task flawlessly,  was suddenly forced into retirement (I am sure it went kicking and screaming), and in its place came this thing ‘I don’t know what’. Just too complicated, it looks like it was made to brush a mouth that was full of multi level, multi directional and multi layer teeth.

I don’t even know where to put the toothpaste! (haa haa haa haa). The feeling of this thing in my mouth is like brushing one’s teeth with a live cockroach that had been super glued (alive) to a long fat plastic stick, definitely not cool, lol.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peace and Quiet… lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

I’d only went out for, at the very most 2 minutes… and came back to this… haa haa haa. Trust me, finding you two asleep is definitely better than winning the lottery, haa haa haa haa. Sometimes there is nothing better than the very simple ‘peace and quiet’, haa haa haa.

Charging lol-06050

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Your little shadow… :-)


Dear Matt and Mar,

Matt, you have no idea how much of an influence you are having on your little sister, everything you do, everything you say will without a doubt be repeated a fraction of a second later by your little shadow, lol.

Of course she gets on your nerve now and then, so thank you for your patience my little avenger… haa haa haa.

Mar, by the time you are old enough to read this, you’d probably won’t remember how Matt would run to you every time you cry, and will do absolutely anything to make you laugh, to the point of harming himself, lol (mostly pretending to fall down with a funny noise :-) )

Anyway, soon you two would be too old to shower together, or sleep together in the same bed… that day will certainly be a very strange day for all of us…

(P.S. I wish I wasn’t in the background of this, haa haa haa)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shattered Trust... :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

It has become very obvious that for the past few days your mother’s trust in my ability has fallen through the floor (to say the least, lol).

Which ‘ability’ am I being questioned? Well, the most important ability of all, my ability to look after you two. Nothing bad actually happened... well not according to me anyway, haa haa haa. Last Saturday your mother was on her company’s field trip, so she had to leave quite early luckily your auntie came to help in the morning (the busiest time).

To keep things simple for me, most of Saturday’s usual itinerary was cancelled, and yet somehow I’d managed to mess up a little, ok, I do admit it... there was a little mishaps.

Ok, so what happened? Everything was going swimmingly, breakfast was prepared early and you two ate well, shower and brushing of teeth went without a single tear, in fact it was full of laughter and smiles, lol. Getting dress was done in half the time, by the time we were ready to leave the house things could not have gone more smoothly.

Then the front door was opened (probably by Matt), as usual you two ran out of the door like a couple of greyhounds needing to pee,  and started to play outside, now just to remind you, we live in a Condo, on the 17th floor... I needed to play the donkey, meaning carrying absolutely everything under the sun, so naturally I was the last person to leave the apartment.

Just as I was about to leave, your auntie came back into the apartment with Matt, asking where Mar was... I must admit there was a slight panic, at first I’d thought Mar ran back into the apartment and was now hiding somewhere, the other possibility was that Mar had somehow entered the lift (alone) and is now riding the lift up and down.

There were 3 lifts in all, so I’d asked your auntie to take Matt down to the first floor, while I’d pushed the lift’s button to check the remainder of the lifts, the remaining two were empty, so by now you are either out of the lift (on some floor) or is in the apartment playing hide and seek.

The good thing is that Mar was absolutely terrible at playing hide and seek, I am assuming all kids of 2 and a half are bad at hide and seek. To be fair, Mar was quite good at the seeking part, but when it comes to hiding... wow... as long as she could not see you then she would assume that this is reciprocal, so most of the time by covering up her head with a tea towel she has become the best hidden person in the entire known universe.

So after a quick once around the department, I was sure she was somewhere outside... now the panic level has risen slightly, lol. Just to keep a check on things, I’d then called your auntie only for her to say Mar was now with her on the ground floor... One of the building staff found her in the lift and brought her to the ground floor, lol.

Ok, somehow this small, not very significant event was brought to your mother’s attention... and for some unknown reason that I am still trying to understand, she was/is quite upset with this whole minor event... lol... I promise you two this will not happened again (in truth I’d almost had a heart attack over the whole thing).