Grab Utility for Mac

Method 5 at this link ( is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for.

When I sharpen photos in Adobe Bridge, I press/hold the option key (Mac) while clicking the masking slider to see the areas being affected. Often, that black and white preview is so cool to look at, so I’m glad there’s a screenshot option that includes a timer.

It’s the only way to get a screenshot of this adjustment screen because the keys to make the adjustment are some of the same ones needed to take a screenshot.

Here’s the regular photo and what the above sharpening adjustment looked like at one point in the process.

I may make a whole series of these!

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Really body… really?

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I needed to hear that from my doctor about as much as I needed to hear anything more about Donald Trump. Nonetheless, there it was.

It’s not a death sentence, I know. It’s not even all that high on the list of things you don’t want to hear from a doctor. It’s probably somewhere between ulcer and uric acid buildup.

But it’s a hassle, y’know?

So, now I’m taking Metformin HCL for a few weeks until I go back for more blood work and see how effective it’s been in the sugar-to-energy dance with insulin. If they decide not to tango, then I may be looking at a higher dose or possibly taking insulin.

In retrospect, this makes a lot of sense; over the past few years my weight has jumped (sure, that can just be middle age but I’ve been trying hard to decrease the amount I eat), cuts and injuries are slow to heal (ditto middle age thing but bear with me), my vision has started to blur (okay, I realize ALL these things happen at middle age but a guy with a medical licence told me today I HAVE diabetes) and I can’t climb any kind of incline without having to stop multiple times. I have a few of the other warning signs, too, but I may not have any obligatory jokes about them. Except for the erectile dysfunction; that’s hilarious all by itself. Good thing no one but me is relying on that organ.

Just when I was getting used to the meds I already take, I’m adding one that is almost guaranteed to cause diarreah and possibly nausea, headaches and other annoyances. Still, it’s another thing to experience I guess and, hey, isn’t life all about experiences?

To the death, Diabetes! You and I shall engage in a battle for the ages! They will sing of us by the light of roaring fires and write epic tomes of our heroics!

Or, I may end up stabbing myself in the gut or ass with a needle a few times a day.

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High Pass – No, Not Football

“High Pass” sharpening in Photoshop has made such a huge difference in my photos, I have to share this for anyone looking to take things up another notch.

1) Edit your RAW photo (because why would you ever not shoot in RAW?) to your liking and flatten.

2) Double click the background layer and click “OK” in the dialog box that appears; this converts the background to an “unlocked” layer.

3) Duplicate the layer either by dragging it down to the “Create a new layer” icon (fastest way) or by clicking “Layer -> Duplicate Layer.”

4) Be sure the duplicate layer is selected and then click “Filter -> Other -> High Pass.”

5) In the dialog box that appears, try a radius from 1.0 to 2.5 (rarely higher) and judge how much sharpening you want applied in the preview window.

6) Click “OK.”

7) Set the blending mode for that layer to “Overlay.”

8) Flatten image for the last time.

For best results, be sure to use an image that is sufficiently sharp to begin with (tripod, tripod, tripod) or you’re just putting lipstick on a pig.

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Alexandra Bridge

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Luck or Doing Something Right?

I’ve had two photos hit the “Explore” page of Flickr in the last month. It’s only happened a handful of times for me out of the approximately 4,000 photos I’ve posted there, so it’s always a fun thing to see.

The two are: “Surprise Colour” and “Columbia River Harmony.”


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So, I stepped from the shower this morning and “Q-tipped” my ears. Then I tossed one toward the waste basket, as is my custom.

It hit the rim… then twirled up, hit the little space where the toilet seat connects to the toilet (you know, where those screws that always work loose are—the ones you hate to tighten because, gross, it’s the toilet) and flicked BACK INTO THE GARBAGE!

It was then I thought, “This might just be my day.”

Oh, and here’s a photo of Tulip Creek Waterfall.

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Winter Shots

Thanks in part to El Niño, I find myself spending more time outside than I normally would during the winter months. Consequently, I’m taking many more photographs with ice and snow as subjects.

I won’t post too many of them here; those interested can click through on the Flickr links to the right.

I hope you are enjoying the mild winter, too.

1) Kettle River Gorge
2) Falkland, B.C. on Dec. 27, 2015.

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End of Autumn Photography

Well, it was nice while it lasted. The colours of autumn have given way to shades of grey once again. I don’t get too excited about winter photography so you’ll notice a significant drop in the number of photos being posted to my various online sites. See you in the spring!

Autumn Pool

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