OUR RURAL SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO COUNTRY LANDSCAPE…I COUNTED ABOUT 7 BARNS IN THIS ONE PHOTO ALONE
Had figured on waiting awhile before downloading Windows 10 but I guess our curiosity got the best of us & we have Win 10 running on all 3 of our computers now. Being the sometimes impatient people we can be Kelly decided not to wait in line for Win 10 to come to us so she went hunting for it, spent a lot of time on learning how to jump the wait line & finally figured it out. Thursday night Pheebs & I slipped out to grab us a few sunset photos & when I came home she had Win 10 in the process of downloading on both our laptops. This morning she did the desktop so there ya go we are completely Windows 10erized now. Ok so what are my first impressions……………..
THURSDAY NIGHT’S BLUE MOON…OK, OK, SO I USED PICASA’S ‘BLUE TINT’ CONTROL:))
Right off the top I’ll tell you I like what I have seen so far & it has a good feel to it. Reason being is simply that Microsoft did not turn everything upside down in a confusing haphazard manner like they did with past operating systems notably Windows 8 which fortunately we totally missed. Still has the feel of Windows 7 but with some changes & upgrades. Slightly different way of closing pages for example. Before, I was used to going from point A to point B on a certain routine path through the forest. Points A & B are still there but it’s a slightly different path going from one to the other now. No big deal & repetition will soon have me in the new groove. Keep in mind you will probably have to re-do all your log-ins & passwords. We did. Disappointed I don’t have my easy to see desktop calendar anymore but I do like the new music volume slider bar better. Also like how photos are finally displayed on black backgrounds instead of white. Thank you for that one Microsoft. Thankfully I’m still able to use my mouse for moving around. I like that method as opposed to pecking at the screen like a crazed Woodpecker. And thank you Microsoft for that one too. There is a slight learning curve for those of us who have maybe not kept up with the new razzle dazzle techno gimmicks but even for me the learning curve is gentle & well thought out to minimize total chaos. Of course you have to understand Kelly is a big help in easing cranky old me into all this too. Am liking the music side of Win 10 as well so far. There’s lots of new stuff to learn & get used to yet but like I said at the beginning I am liking most everything I am seeing & encountering so far. Just a matter of taking the time to click on this & that button to see where it will & won’t take you. Bravo for ‘keeping it simple’ Microsoft:))
WHAT DID YOU NOTICE FIRST, THE PINK FLOWER OR THE GREEN FROG
Now having said all that about Microsoft’s Windows 10 I would be a little remiss if I told you we didn’t run into a few glitches (or as Ivan calls them, hiccups) along the way with the biggest glitch being impatient me when things didn’t seem to go just right fast enough. Seems to be a small dispute between my Soma FM music player & Win 10 plus Picasa couldn’t get the photos out of my Nikon D90 using my standard photo download cord because Win 10 simply wouldn’t allow Picasa to do it that way. Had to take photo SD card out of the D90 & go that route. My cord, Win 10, & Picasa all worked fine together to download photos from my Nikon D40 & older Canon Powershot. Win 10 scattered the desk top icons on my Toshiba laptop but I was easily able to get them all correctly re-arranged & Kelly is overjoyed that Win 10’s Edge Browser has her Acer computer running fast like new again. I have to give all the credit to Kelly for setting us up with Windows 10 today & handling the minor glitches as they cropped up including me the major glitch. And like I’ve said before if it was just me here I’d still be sitting on an old pop crate watching a small black & white TV with rabbit ears……………………….
I recommend viewing the photos in the slideshow format. Open the album then double click the first photo. Screen appears with photo enlarged against a black background. Move your mouse around a bit & look to the top left corner to where it says ‘Play slide show’. Click on that & away you go:))
LOOKS LIKE THE WRIGHT BROTHERS MAY HAVE LANDED IN A CORN FIELD
NOPE JUST A FARMER OUT SPRAYING HIS CROP
Pheebs & I headed for Walmart about 9, picked up a few things & with our customary coffee & muffin to go headed out for a little gravel run a bit north east of Goderich. Didn’t go too far & just puttered along slow enjoying Friday mornings warm breeze & sunny skies. We were home before 11.
KIND OF A LAZY MORNING AROUND THE OLD SHEEP PEN TODAY
SOME COUNTRY ROADS ARE JUST A LITTLE COUNTRIER THAN OTHERS
Comment question from SUE asking, ‘Can you talk about how you get those beautiful black backgrounds on your close up flower photos? I love that’…………. Well Sue yes I can & thanks for the compliment. First, I take many of those photos with my long 300mm telephoto lens & the key to getting that dark background is looking closely at the area behind the flower you want to photograph. Could be a couple feet behind or 50 feet behind. Try to line your flower up with a dark area like a clump of shade or a tree stump. If you can find a ‘back-lit’ flower with a dark shady background behind it your going to have yourself a nice photo. I have my camera programmed to slightly under expose anyway so that combined with the camera’s meter reading the bright flower & compensating for that tends to really darken down the background as well as the flower itself bringing out more detail in the flower. In my Picasa editing program I can make a final adjustment to the exposure if needed either lightning or darkening. So in a nutshell Sue, wiggle yourself around to get your light flower lined up with a dark background:))
I HAVE A FEELING THESE CANADA GEESE PROBABLY BUILT THESE STONE INUKSHUKS
CANADA GOOSE REFLECTIONS
So far Live Writer & Win 10 have been working fine together as far as I know but we’ll see what happens when I hit the ‘Publish’ button. Will my imbedded Live Writer album work??
THURSDAY NIGHT’S RURAL SUNSET…TOOK THIS PHOTO THEN TURNED AROUND & TOOK THE BLUE MOON PHOTO
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A farmer had been taken advantage of several times by the local car dealer. One day, the car dealer informed the farmer that he was coming over to purchase a cow. The farmer priced his cow as follows:
TOTAL LIST PRICE (Including options): $3143.36