Tove har utegångsförbud några dagar till. Det ut som om hon håller på att planera hur hon ska få tag på fåglarna när hon väl får gå ut.
Yesterday was unusually windy and rainy, at least for being Umeå. There were reports of wind speeds of 25+ m/s, and we got at least 64 mm of rain (the rain meter didn’t work all day so it was probably more). We also have had a six-hour power outage. Some parts of Umeå seem to have had more than 1 m of water in their house, several streets in the city were closed due to the water, one car drove into a creek since the road had been destroyed, and I think that an old stone bridge was destroyed.
This kind of weather is a bit unusual for Umeå, I think this is the strongest storm I’ve experienced in this area. However, if compared to what happens in other parts of the world it probably fair to say that this was a minor inconvenience.
Fortunately, the damage in the village where I live were minor. I noticed one old barn with a partly damaged roof and the road close to our house had partly been damaged.
But what was really striking was the water level in the lake. This is how it looked like some time ago, notice the stones out in the water.
This is how it looked like today
In another place it looked like this
So, yesterday was an interesting day.
Every time I do something with wood I’m reminded that I love working with wood, I like the smell, I like the feeling, I like how malleable and strong it is, and I really love that you can build almost anything from wood.
In fact, when I finished high school I was considering two different careers, nr 1 was something with Computer Science, nr 2 was something like a cabinetmaker (if that’s the correct translation for “möbelsnickare”). Same thing when I completed my second year at university, and we had to choose our speciality — I was in the Mechanical Engineering program (long story) that had different specialities. My first choice was Computer Science (at that time it was a part of the Mechanical Engineering program) and the second was Wood Technology. I ended up getting my degree in Computer Science (although it officially says Mechanical Engineering).
The really, really, really strange part is that I rarely work with wood. I think it’s partly because of me being lazy but also that I never had a place to use for wood working. When I do something it usually happens in the summer when I can be outside — assuming no rain — and since everything else needs to happen then also there isn’t much energy left for wood working.
I should really try to set up a space where I can have a few tools and actually start making stuff again. A place where I just can go for 30 minutes or so, and not spending 1 hour trying to find the tools, etc, before I can actually do something. It feels like I’m in place in my life where I need to create stuff with my hands again.
I try to take a daily walk (or two) and while walking I usually listen to podcasts or audiobooks. One of my favorite podcasts is The Daily Photography Podcast – I highly recommend it if you’re into photography – and every friday there is the “Friday Photowalk” episode where Neale James do a photowalk while reading/answering listeners emails.
I have of course heard about photowalks before but I have never attended one – living where I live partly explains it – but I thought a single person photowalk would work. So I decided to try it this morning while actually listening to todays episode. So here are some photos from today:
A quick break from reading papers
One of the many things I like to photograph is portraits, and then especially candid portraits. I don’t know why they appeal so much to me, I mean as portraits there are several problems with them but I actually like them. The main reason is probably that they say something more about the person.
Well, here are a few from last week.
In theory, LR syncing is really, really great: by using Lightroom’s syncing feature I’m supposed to be able to take photos on my iPhone and have them synced to Adobes cloud … and when I open Lightroom Classic (I’ll call the other version Lightroom Cloud) on my desktop I’ll have the photos there.
Or even better, I can import photos from my camera on my iPad, do some editing and when I come to my desktop are there with edits. Great, wonderful, perfect … in theory. Reality is not that great.
For some reason I’m not able to add/sync photos without having LR telling me that it is “Syncing X photos” (X usually being 5, 6 or some other single digit number). Lightroom continues to show this message for hours, days, weeks and it drives me crazy since I’m never sure that all photos from my iOS devices have been synced to LR Classic. I think that all changes and photos have come across — but I’m never sure, not a good feeling.
“But just import all photos into Lightroom Cloud and manage them there!!” Sorry, but I don’t trust Adobe handling my photos — remember a few weeks ago when they managed to delete photos from a specific user group, neither do I have the money to give Adobe for storing all my photos, Lightroom Classic have a number of features/plugins that isn’t available for Lightroom Cloud and I don’t really like how photos are organized in Lightroom Cloud. It’s not a real alternative for me at the moment.
Should I switch to some other software. Well, iCloud Photos syncing has been rock solid to me, I always have the photos available on all my devices. OK, some delays have happened and I have had to wait for 10-30 minutes, but it’s fairly rare. Unfortunately, Photos/iCloud Photos miss a lot of the features that is available in Lightroom Classic so it’s not really an alternative either.
Then there is On1 that have gotten some syncing features but since it’s a fairly new system I don’t want start using it at the moment. I’m also unsure how the pricing works out. Otherwise, I don’t know of any real alternative to Lightroom when it comes to syncing.
I really wish that Adobe could create a 100% solid version of iOS LR ↔ LR Classic syncing.
Jag misstänker att jag kommer att se utsikter som denna under större delen av nästa vecka. Det ska bli skönt.
We are getting closer to my favorite part of the year, both from a photography perspective and in general. Autumn is so nice, it’s not too warm and it’s not too cold, there are lovely colors everywhere, the sun is low in the sky and it’s just nice.
From a photography perspective it’s even better. The light is so nice, not the flat light of summer or the non-light of winter. The colors are very nice, leaves in green, red, yellow and orange, and there are berries all over.
These images are from last year, I hope to get a few new ones this year.