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Tuesday, 6 December 2022 Dereel Images for 6 December 2022
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More Luminar fun
Topic: technology, photography, opinion Link here

Yesterday's photo processing with Luminar was less satisfying than it should have been. Time to RTFM.

Oh. That's an old, worn-out magic word. First I read some of the copious emails I received from Skylum, some of which ask me to buy things, and others that show individual functionality. The confusion is illustrated in the “Help” selection, which offers me a user manual but takes me to this FAQ page, which starts with the following helpful information:

Where do I find my Extensions after installation?

Since HDR Merge, Focus Stacking, and Upscale AI require dragging the images to the tool from the catalog, they are available in the Catalog tab on the right-side panel.

You can find Noiseless AI and Supersharp AI in the Edit tab > Tools panel:

Access the Background Removal AI Extension in the Edit panel > Layer Properties > Masking > Background Removal AI.

That helps illustrate the confusion. One thing that I couldn't find was a user manual

But that's not modern. Now you watch videos of varying quality. Today it was this one:

First recognition: there is a “save” menu, in fact perfectly normal menus. They just drop down from the half-emblem at top left, if you first click on it and then release it.

Apart from that, there were some useful general processing suggestions that apply to other software as well, and also some suggestions that the sequence of events is important with Luminar. That could explain why the powerline removal worked first time, but not the second time.

But somehow this still doesn't cut it. One of the emails extolled the virtues of “RelightAI”. And yes, it looks good in their display. But not on my computer: I still can't find it! And that seems to be a general issue: now you see me, now you don't. As I write this, I can no longer find the powerline removal tool.

The other thing, which is almost more of an issue, is that the functions don't seem to be tuneable, at least not very much. I tried the “background removal” tool, which went off and marked what it had decided was not the background (run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour):

 
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Note the missing tails on the kangaroos.

Powerline removal has the same issue. As I have seen, it doesn't recognize all “power lines”, and fixing the rest makes the original function pretty irrelevant.

I had really hoped that this program would be an addition to my software collection, but it's beginning to look like it will go back.


Wednesday, 7 December 2022 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel
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Shopping again
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Into town again today for the weekly shopping. Somehow it's getting less all the time; this time I didn't need to go to Woolworths at all, and in general the shopping list was much shorter. But I did have to go to Campanas buy some cheese (Gruyère) for fondue. $80 a kg! Why is cheese so expensive in Australia? In Europe it's less than half the price.

Or is it? It seems that I can pay similar prices for top quality cheeses. And we discovered years ago that we shouldn't buy cheese in Germany; we went to Switzerland or France instead.

And once again I was told that Jarlsberg was a Swiss cheese. Once again I told the younger man that it came from Norway, and this time, it seems, he believed me. I suppose that was something.


More physiotherapy
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At the end of my shopping I went to the physiotherapists for advice about my osteopenia. That was useful: the exercises that Heather gave me were nothing like what Dr. Paul Smith suggested, and the details were so important that she had to correct me several times.


Central Asian Kitchen in Sebastopol
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At Whiteys I saw menus on display from “Kazan Central Asian Kitchen”. That's an interesting concept. Central Asian? Turkmenistan? Kyrgyzstan? It wouldn't be Xinjiang, so nowhere I have been.

They prove to be just around the corner from Whiteys. Took a menu and looked at it when I get home. Dishes like Kabuli pilav and Tavuk şiş suggest places I have been: Afghanistan and Turkey, neither what I would call Central Asian. And the headers for the individual courses are in Turkish. But it looks like an interesting addition to locally available dining. My guess is that it's run by a couple, one from Turkey, the other from Afghanistan.

Sadly, I think they've made a mistake with their location. The area round the Victoria Street/Albert Street roundabout has seen a lot of businesses come and go, and my guess is that this is too esoteric for the populace. Maybe we should go and try something, though I don't know when I was last in a restaurant.


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