acl digest – 16 september 2018

Dreamboat Annie – Because she’s a Labradoodle she’s completely covered in a riot of curls, all in of a mix of many colors and shades. She was mostly black with the heart-shaped mark on her brisket when she was a pup (hence the name, Heart’s Dreamboat Annie), but after three years her coloring has become heavily tinged with white, silver and ginger. To be honest I like this coloration because it gives considerable definition to her overall shape. This is her sphinx position she likes to take while on guard and watching everything and everybody.

White Bougainvillea – One of a number of potted plants inside the screened in area around the pool. This year quite a few of my potted plants have done much better, if not the best, they’ve every done over the last 10 years. I’m charmed by this white bougainvillea because of the off-white color of the petals tinged with an occasional light pink on the tips. I have a solid pink sitting next to it, which is not yet blooming. This is the second time this year the white has bloomed.

Camera Work Flow – These images were taken with the Panasonic GH4 and the Panasonic Lumix 30mm f/2.8 macro with the older MEGA O.I.S. in-lens image stabilization. The GH4 doesn’t have any sensor image stabilization. I’m using my iPhone with Panasonic’s app to transfer images off the GH4 onto the phone. From there I do a little post processing with Snapseed (some cropping, very little exposure tweaking and only if needed). I then push those results to Instagram and to my WordPress media collection via the WordPress app. When I write on WordPress using the media, I still prefer to do it on Chrome using the WP-Admin editor.

This might sound a bit complicated, but trust me, it beats pulling the SDXC card out of the camera body and inserting it into the Macbook Pro’s SDXC adapter, then using Lightroom to pull the files from the card. Then, from there, using Lightroom and my various plugins to work the RAW file. Now, if I want to move files off the camera that way, I only do it to essentially backup my images. I might, on very rare occasions, still use Lightroom, but even that is getting less and less. I’m looking at other possible applications on macOS to do what I’ve done with Lightroom. I just can’t get involved with Adobe any more. I’m working out my own work flows that suite me, and it appears to be centered more and more around my iPhone. It really is a lot easier and a lot faster, and I have enough storage on my iPhone these days to keep quite a bit of still and video work. And if I don’t, where, there’s the growing possibility of paying Apple $9.99/month for 2TB of cloud storage that will then allow me to work with all my stills and videos across all my devices.

a quick comparison of olympus oi.share on android and ios

You’re looking at the Olympus OI.Share app running on a Moto G5S Plus with Android 7.1.1 on the left and on the right an iPhone 8 Plus with iOS 11.4. Both Olympus apps are at the latest release on both platforms.

They run nearly identically (allowing for differences between the respective smartphone operating systems) with one very notable exception: loading photos from the camera to the smartphone. The camera in question is my Pen F. I’m at the point where I want to use my Pen F to perform documentation, and then use OI.Share to move those images over to the smartphone for either direct sharing (Google Drive, Instagram, etc) or further processing (Snapseed, VSCO).

When I attempt to move a photo from my Pen F over to the iPhone using OI.Share, it takes nearly forever to move that photo, to the point where I want to pull out the SDHC card and use the Lightening to SDHC/SDXC adapter, which is still slow, but faster than OI.Share on iOS. Today I installed the same Olympus app on the Moto G5S Plus, and was absolutely stunned at the high speed with which the app was able to move photos off the Pen F. It is literally minutes of wait time on the iPhone vs seconds on the Android handset. I have no idea what is happening, and I’ve often cursed the Olympus iOS app for its glacially slow speeds. The only app that is as fast as this on iOS is the Panasonic app I use on the iPhone to transfer photos off my GH4. Which was one of the big reasons for taking the GH4 instead of the Pen F nearly everywhere because it was just so much more convenient to use with my iPhone.

That makes for some interesting possibilities going forward with the Android. In spite of the fact that my daily driver phone is an iPhone 8 Plus, I own mid-range Android handsets because they’re inexpensive ($200 or less when you find them on sale) test hardware with more current versions of Android, which I tether to my MBP and use as physical test devices when writing Android apps (the emulators are plain horrible speed-wise; always have been). And a piece of hardware means I can pick it up and directly touch the screen to test its functionality. Right now, I have a Moto G4 Plus with Android 7 and a Moto G5S Plus with Android 7.1.1. I’m contemplating getting a Nokia 6.1 because it’s alleged to have at least Android 8, and perhaps even Android 8.1, and it’s another mid-range Android handset for around $260. I use them for software development and testing, but they don’t have SIM cards, and thus they’re not a “real” phone. They’re on the net via WiFi only, and nothing else. Frankly I’d rather like to keep it that way because I don’t trust Android’s security any more when it’s not behind my firewalls.

But I still want to know why the radical speed difference between running on iOS and Android. And the same difference between Olympus (slow as molasses in winter) vs Panasonic (quite speedy).

If anyone reading this might know why OI.Share could be so slow on iOS and a way to speed it up, please drop me a comment.