This morning I woke up to make an 8 a.m. bus ride to a couple of Dominica’s waterfalls. First on the list was a nature hike along a river and up a mountain to the Sari Sari Falls. The waterfall is about 75 feet tall (I would guess by looking at it) and it empties into a pretty nice pool where you can swim and enjoy the views.
I’m not sure how I managed to do it, but I made it through the entire day without dumping my camera in the river. My boots didn’t fair so well, and they are currently drying on the porch.
For the trip, I packed light, carrying my Canon 20D, 10-22mm, and 70-200 IS. I packed all the gear and a water bottle into a day pack, and usually had the SLR strung around my shoulder and neck while hiking. The next time I go, I will probably pack/bring my tripod. I have one of the older steel Gitzo tripods and while it is pretty much an indestructible beast of a tripod, it is pretty heavy, so I left it home this time.
We spent the day climbing up muddy rocks and wading through rivers. Man, I really love my job! In the end I shot a couple hundred frames, and got to swim under two waterfalls.
I rarely have to rotate images anymore. Usually, my camera is smart enough to detect its orientation and automatically rotates my images for me. When Nikon and Canon started implementing this technology into their DSLRs I jumped for joy. What a timesaver! However, there are times when the auto-rotate function doesn’t quite work. For instance, today I thought it would be cool to get some low angle shots while standing in the river. Instead of submerging my battery pack and frying my camera, I decided to turn the camera upside-own to get as close to the water as possible.
When I got back to my apartment, I began importing cards and cleaning my gear. As I started sorting through my images in Lightroom, I began to notice a few details about the user interface. Let me preface this by saying that most of the problems with the interface are just things I need to learn, but as I have been saying all along, I think that intuitiveness is an important component of an intelligently designed and useful user interface.
For example, to rotate those upside-own images all at once I have to be in Lightroom’s Library module and in Grid view. If you are in any other module, or looking in another view mode in the Library module, you can only rotate images one at a time. On top of this, the rotate arrows that are present in the Grid view thumbnails aren’t present in the film strip or anywhere else. So, you have to use either the keyboard shortcut, or a menu option to rotate anything at all outside the Grid view. In Aperture there is always a rotate left or right button on the bottom bar, and it can be used to rotate a single image or a set of images, regardless of where you are in the program. I suppose it might sound like I’m really nitpicking here, but I have to say, it just reinforces my main problem with Lightroom: the modules.
I really don’t like having to think about where I am in a program in order to do something as simple as rotating a set of images. I will save most of my opinions about the modules for my upcoming summary article, but in a nutshell, I really think the whole concept of a step by step workflow is a tired and linear way of thinking. Am I alone here?
To see a small set of images from today’s trip, check out the link here.