“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”
Yosemite compatible update will be released, but we should start packing and find a new home.
Beside the fact that they’re all great, all are captured by some smartphone bearing some silhouette of a bitten fruit.
The writing is on the wall, and has been since before Aperture 3 shipped: Aperture isn’t a priority, it’s not a battle ground where Apple is fighting to own the market, and it’s slowly wandering into obscurity and irrelevance. And if you depend on your tool and workflow to turn out the best possible images, then Aperture is no longer the solution. It’s not for pros or serious amateurs any longer, it’s for people who’ve outgrown iPhoto.
I have, very slowly, started using LR4 on my side projects. Though I have not fully trained myself to unleash the power, but it has shown promising result in my final image quality.
But the subtler look & feel that I have managed to achieve with Aperture over the years aren’t that easy to be recreated in LR4; even when I have decided not to recreate, but fully adapt to LR and let it develop a brand new look & feel, I could never be happy with the results that I’m getting.
If there’s a time where I can call it a switch, it would be this time: If there’s no new announcement regarding Aperture at the WWDC Keynote later today, LR will be replacing that lens icon on my dock.
This is not a musical documentary. Twenty Feet from Stardom uses music, and the artists behind the wonderful music to contemplate on the never-dying question about success and stardom.
It’s not a level playing field. It never is a level playing field, and you come into life understanding that. It’s not about fairness. It’s not really about talent, you know. It’s… circumstance, it’s luck, it’s destiny. I don’t know what it is, but the best people deal with that.
Success in art is a delicate topic that will haunt any living artists, one that can make or break the spirits of those who are pursuing a career in art, including my self.
Near the end, Sting summed it up quite nicely, emphasis mine:
Real musicians…, there’s a spiritual component to what they do. It’s got nothing to do with worldly success, their music is much more of an inner journey. Any other success is just cream on the cake. There’s this idea that you can go on American Idol and suddenly become a star, but you may bypass the spiritual work that you have to do to get there, and if you bypass that, then your success will be wafer thin.
This is a wonderful film. Great editing, good music, awesome photography, on top of it, is a nice tribute to the artists inside of us all.
John Stanmeyer won World Press Photo of the Year for the above image, he describes it as follow:
Have been asked countless times today what this photograph, Signal, means to me. While standing on the shores of the Red Sea that evening in Djibouti City, it felt as if I was photographing all of us — you, me, our brothers and sisters — all desperately trying to connect to our loved ones. In this tenuous period of human migration where despair and hope simultaneously intertwine, we seek to find comfort, a sense of balance, a desire to be home, reconnecting to something stable, reassuring. This photograph of Somalis trying to “catch” a signal is an image of all of us as we stand at the crossroads of humanity, where we must ask ourselves what is truly important, demanding our collective attention in a global society where the issues of migration, borders, war, poverty, technology and communication intersect.
Iconic shot of our generation, rightful win.
Mike & I disagree in many topics — which often includes our liking of particular photographic products — except for this brilliant tintype print, he literally picked the words out of my mind, in particular, this part:
The picture cuts to the resignation of a human being overwhelmed by addiction, such that it’s almost more a portrait of that than it is a portrait of the person. I interpret it as the look of someone who thought he had won his fight against the wolf of addiction but who suddenly finds himself right back in the battle again, as deeply as ever.
Rest in peace, Philip. (via The Online Photographer)
Go play in the rain,
Do crazy things,
Say no to easy things,
Maybe, say yes, to new things, even they sound stupid…
For the new year is coming,
And Christmas is here.
Have a great one, all.