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Sorry about the quietness of late, but, I've been somewhat submerged beneath the project. In a good way, I'm pleased to note - no breakthrough yet (the contour refinement's exhibiting a nuisance of a bug that's causing quite artistic blossoms at some points. I suspect that's due to an early point in the contour simplification process, leading to the process trying to smooth non-contiguous curve segments, leading to.. inaccurate encoding =:), but I might have it next week.

I'm afraid I'm also very behind with LJ. I might not be able to catch up, at this point, but I'll try. Please, if there's anything I ought to've read, nudge me.

As for today - it's around the 30C mark, bright, unending sun. Housemate's safely inside; I took a five mile walk over a leisurely three hours, including one spot of taking a panorama shot. With the Nikkor 300mm f/4. Resulting in about 740 photos, across four rows. =:D Why, yes, that was really stupidly exerting in those conditions - but, with any luck, worth it. ^_^

And purely by chance, one intermediate point of the route took me past a pub I'd enjoyed a particularly good dinner a few months ago. With my black ASB shirt now sporting a cool white pattern of salt, that seemed like a positively excellent place to pause the excursion. Which leads me to this. ^_^ (By way of a pint of Cornish cider, and a local golden ale, in a perfectly chilled beer garden, people enjoying a few pints happily, a couple children enjoying themselves, and a couple even sunning themselves)

Photographically, there've been a few worth posting lately - I'll see if I can get around to that when I'm back in the warren tonight, or tomorrow. I'm finding the 1.4 TC perhaps slightly preferable to the 1.7 - the Sigma's a wonderfully flexible lens, and the stabilisation works beautifully, but the Nikkor's much lighter, which makes a large difference when holding it for an hour or so during bunwatching. And with the D7100's improved resolution, it's effectively a 1.4 TC with no optical degradation. Keeping to 420mm affords a more generous depth of field, too, which is very helpful when dealing with buns, who tend to be rather unpredictable in all three axes, especially in more dramatic shots.

So, what have you been photographing lately? Will you be sharing? ^_^
I suppose it's fair enough - RAW's fairly demanding computationally, and as nifty as iPads et al are, they don't compare to the shark-like resources of a full-blown Intel CPU plus GPU under OpenCL, with umptykagillion bytes of RAM. I recall there are a couple iPad apps that do genuinely engage in RAW processing, but.. to be honest, even if I had such, it'd probably feel like such a compromise. (Still, great to have if you're away from home base, or you've just taken the shot of a lifetime)

So! You're amongst us. =:D Damn, those are some good prices! Could you keep an eye out for anything fun on the Nikon side? I'd be quite tempted by something wide and/or bright, like 28mm f/1.8, especially with a small MFD, with an eye to food photography. Someday, yes, I'd love to lay my paws on the renowned 14-24mm f/2.8, but that's not a cheap lens at all, and for now, I'm fine with staying on the crop side - I don't specifically need full-frame capability.

There are some pretty good iOS apps for photographic processing, but I'll have to dig them up - I'm exclusively laptop-bound there. On the OS X front, Aperture fares very well - cheap, powerful, and blissfully easy.

RawTherapee does seem very well regarded indeed, but for now, Aperture's fine. Similarly, completely non-destructive, and as easy a UI as one could wish for. I'll still have a look into RT - more options are always good. ^_^ (Oo! Indeed, there does seem to be an active port, albeit lagging)

So! Photos! (Which I suppose applies to me too.. it's been a while since I posted much =:P)