How Photoshop CS6 Killed My Imac (and I got a Leica)
Sorry I’m so behind on my posting. Last week my Imac’s hard drive bit the dust. I was actually working on a new post about our first day in Tokyo.
I shot a time-lapse of the sun setting over Mount Fuji from the window high up in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Unfortunately during the shoot a security guard came and told me I couldn’t use my tiny little UN-obtrusive tripod. So I had to move it and set it down without. This made for a big movement towards the end. I can probably just do a transition in Premiere but at the time I thought it would be a good idea to make an animated GIF of the time-lapse. I opened all the files up in about 165 layers in CS6 and then selected all the layers and chose “auto align.”
I’d done it before for the animated GIF of the building with the flashing lights in Kaohsiung you can see on my blog a couple of posts ago. So I didn’t really think it would be a problem. Set it up on Friday morning and then took off to work. Was excited to see how it worked and thought about it all day. Eight hours later I hurried home and hit my mouse to wake my computer up and check out the amazing job that CS6 had done aligning the mountain and making it a breeze for me to make an awesome animated GIF of the beautiful sunset we’d watched.
Move the mouse. Wait for the computer to wake up. No dice. Hit a key or two. No dice. Nothing. No reaction whatsoever.
Fine. It crashed my computer. It’s been a bit slow since back when I was working on the Radar Eyes video so maybe I’d stressed out the 6 GBs of RAM I had in it. No big deal, so I didn’t get the great aligned GIF after all. Oh well. I’ll just restart my computer and start again.
Nope. It just opened to a gray screen of death with a big “prohibited” sign. I ask Lily to look up what to do and tried all the different remedies for the next few hours. Nothing. Wouldn’t even recognize that there was a hard drive in the computer. Next morning I took it to the shop and, sure enough, the hard drive was DOA. They told me it’d probably be ready early next week. It’s now the next Sunday. They were waiting for a shipment of new hard drives all week that never came.
I really really hope it’s done by tomorrow. I’m using Lily’s laptop right now and it’s fine for looking at the interwebs but I’m really behind on photos and want my computer back so I can get back to real work.
However, on a happier note. DUDE GOT A LEICA!!!!
A friend of mine told me a story about his M6 getting dropped in a bucket of dirty concrete water on a job site and how it cost a couple hundred bucks to get fixed. How many cameras can you say that about? Certainly not any of my digital ones. Just about any other ones, actually. I kept playing that over and over in my mind. Figured I’d sell my Minolta CLE because I wasn’t using it too much lately since it was a little too precious as well. I knew that if the electronics went out it was done for. Well, guess what? Yep. The day I took it into Camera West they asked me when the last time I’d shot with it was. It hadn’t been that long but long enough that it was DOA, too. There was still a roll of film in it that I processed and realized it wasn’t that long at all that I’d shot with it. Took some long-exposure stuff around downtown Berkeley. Maybe that killed it? I don’t know but I now have a pretty Minolta CLE paperweight.
Also I’d been having trouble with the mirror on my FM2 and have pretty much been just shooting it with the 20mm and using it like a rangefinder. It just made sense to move into the Leica world. Lucky to still have the Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm lens from the CLE. Also a Voigtlander 12mm lens because I do like the occasional wide shot. However, I can’t wait to save up and get a proper Leica lens. Hopefully soon. Big thanks to Hal and Dan at Camera West. They were super helpful and also patient when I had an issue with my bank card. Between them and Looking Glass, the Bay Area rules for camera stores and the nerds that frequent them.
Anyway, here’s some stuff I’ve shot with it so far. I’ve just scanned the negatives at my work at Photolab and uploaded them directly from the CD.
Oh, here’s a couple of digital shots of the little guy they were looking at. I shot them the same day I got the Leica. I wasn’t sure how long the little owlet would be there so headed up with my D700 and a Sigma 400mm lens I borrowed from a co-worker. Good thing, too, because he was gone when I went back the next weekend.
OK, back to the Leica shots!
Now let’s try a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 color film, shall we?
Long boarders are not skateboarders. It’s a mistake often made by the layperson (i.e., non-skateboarder).
Hiked up the Hills.
The flowers were lovely
We went to the UCMAP awards banquet
Lily shot portraits of people with the lovely softbox-like window light.
I shot a couple, too…