- Possibly one of my favourite ant-war protest images: Protest banners left outside the Hard Rock Cafe after the rally at Hyde Park, London, UK. 2002. Like most photojournalist colleagues, I’ve been photographing anti-war demonstrations, and a call for peace, for decades. The wars change, but the hope for peace by the majority is always overshadowed by the power mad and greedy’s willingness for war, almost always for gaining wealth, camouflaged by religion or straight forward lies. Last year saw the war on Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) waged by Azerbaijan and Turkey, whilst the world say back and sold drones and missiles to the aggressors. Now we have the heartbreaking situation in Gaza. It’s saddening to realise that its in our nature to destroy each other.I Am Not At War. Anti War Demo, Trafalgar Square, London, UK, 2002. After the demonstration, this young peace activist finds friendship in a fellow demonstrator's dog. Like most photojournalist colleagues, I’ve been photographing anti-war demonstrations, and a call for peace, for decades. The wars change, but the hope for peace by the majority is always overshadowed by the power mad and greedy’s willingness for war, almost always for gaining wealth, camouflaged by religion or straight forward lies. Last year saw the war on Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) waged by Azerbaijan and Turkey, whilst the world stood back and sold drones and missiles to the aggressors. Now we have the heartbreaking situation in Gaza. It’s saddening to realise that its in our nature to destroy each other.When religion, or a lack of respect for a neighbour’s religion, leads to war, it truly is a sad lacking of humanity.It’s amazing how inanimate objects can bring such an immediate connection to one’s personal history. I picked up my Nikon FM2, a camera which I bought at least 26 years ago. Dented and scarred, it was once even waterlogged, but a day by a radiator brought it back to life and it’s continued to work ever since. It felt absolutely right as I raised it to my eye and focused the 35mm Nikkor. It felt so natural, so instinctive, like I had only used it on assignment earlier in the day; the fact is, I have no recollection what the last assignment I shot on it was. Such a phenomenal camera. For full on nostalgic measure, it lives in a Domke F2 camera bag alongside my Nikon F3.Such a wonderful moment.Morning Reflections. #urbanlandscape #light #reflection #reflections #windows #monochromehome #bw #blackandwhitephotography #lumix #lumixs1r #lumixpro #lumixspro2470
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Aperture 3 – Quick Performance Tips
No doubt most Mac users have been trying out Aperture 3.0. On Twitter and some forums, there has been the occasional users who have upgraded to version 3 reporting slower performance to what they expected. The majority of what I’ve read though is reporting faster performance, which is something I totally agree with.
I have two tips to help out those who may be experiencing slow systems; before that though, you should ideally upgrade to 4Gb of RAM. Being a 64-bit program it can manage extra RAM extremely well, so the more loaded your system, the more obvious speed gains you will see.
Tip 1: In Preferences go to the Previews tab and only tick “Use embedded jpeg from camera when possible” and if you don’t need it, choose to ‘Never’ share previews with iLife and iWork.
Tip 2: Aperture 3.0 now has the Faces feature. It has to be seen to be believed; it still amazes me how it can pick out faces throughout my Library and start to recognise people after they have been tagged a few times. Whilst this feature will be of great use to some, you need to realise that it’s a very computer intensive process the first time it runs after an upgrade, or if you are using a trial and have imported many thousands of images. My suggestion would be to switch off the feature when you’re using the program and then switch it on to run over night. Once it has catalogued the many thousands of faces, you won’t notice a performance hit.
During my beta testing period, I used a 15″ MacBook Pro with 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4Gb of RAM. It’s definitely not the fastest in Apple’s line-up but by following the above suggestions, runs extremely fast with Aperture 3.0.
Lastly, check out Mac Create for some great information on Aperture 3.0.