2017 Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Show

We spent a wonderful, if wet, day yesterday at the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Show at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  In addition to the boat show, which featured a dozen or so restored and/or working Chesapeake Bay boats, there's a really neat little museum in Crisfield with displays showing the history of the town and its importance in the history of America's seafood industry, the Bay, and the region.

All photos taken with a Fujifilm X-E2 and XF18-55mm lens in JPEG mode with Astia film simulation applied, and then edited in Snapseed on an iPad Air 2.

We didn't take any pictures around town in Crisfield this visit -- I have in the past, and we'll probably go back down, but we were left wondering how much longer the "town" of Crisfield will survive. Many of the buildings on Main Street are vacant and dilapidated, as are a huge number of the residences. It's definitely not the quaint-if-smelly town I remember from when I was young, and you could still find huge piles of oyster shells around.

On the way from Crisfield to Berlin, we came across a really neat old building that we may want to go back and photograph. I did manage to grab a quick iPhone picture before "traffic" forced us to move on. I didn't even try to shoot that with the Fuji, because I was more interested in getting the geotag so we can go back -- the whole town there is begging to be photographed. 

On1 Photo RAW 2017.5 Released!

On1 have released the latest update to their Photo RAW image processing suite. You can read all about it here.

There are a number of new and improved features in the program, and key among them is further improvements in processing Fujifilm raw files. Here's a list of the many improvements, along with feature videos showing how they all work:

New Features in ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5

LENS CORRECTION — The new Lens Correction pane will automatically detect your lens and reduce distortion, chromatic aberration and peripheral fall-off.

COMPARE MODE — Select a series of photos and zoom and pan each of them at the same time.

DETAILS PANE — Sharpening and Noise Reduction is improved and has been merged into a new Details Pane for global corrections on raw photos giving better results in both areas.

IMPROVED SEARCH — Search using a variety of metadata fields and decide if the search must match all or any of the search criteria.

CLONE STAMP — The powerful clone stamp retouching tool from Layers is inside Develop and Effects as part of the non-destructive workflow.

STACKING PRESETS — The Insert Preset command is now available to stack presets in Effects. 

LIGHTROOM® MIGRATION ASSISTANT — Migrate photos, their metadata and collections. 

IMPROVED PRESET MANAGEMENT — Delete and rename preset categories as well as export categories for sharing and back-up.

CAMERA UPDATES — Added or improved support for: Apple iPad Pro 9.7, Canon EOS T7i/ 800D / Kiss X9i, Canon EOS M6, Canon EOS 77D / 9000D, Fuji X100F (compressed), Huawei Mate 9, Panasonic LX10, Sony NEX5n, Olympus Pen F, Panasonic DC-ZS70 / TZ90, Pentax KP, Olympus E-PL3, Sony Alpha ILCE 9.

Of course, there's special pricing for those who are new to On1 Photo RAW, or for those upgrading from early versions of On1 Photo products. You can find those specials at the On1 Photo RAW web site.

Half a Mind?

Back in July, and again in September of last year, I told you about Behringer's Deepmind 12 analog synthesizer. As exciting as that instrument is, and as much as I'd like to have something that resembles the old Sequential Prophet 600 I owned many years ago, the Deepmind 12 is just a touch to rich for my blood.

Behringer Deepmind 6 six-voice analog synth.

Today, however, I've learned of the Deepmind 12's new little brother, the Deepmind 6. It's kind of like having half a mind, in that it has 6 voices to the original's 12 voice architecture. Otherwise, it's nearly identically spec'd. The only other feature missing is WiFi.

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600

Like my old Prophet, it's a 3-octave analog keyboard with patch memory. The Behringer also adds four effects engines and an aftertouch keyboard, which my old Prophet lacked. Selling at about $700, it's about the same price as I paid for a used Prophet 600 ... back in about 1990.

According to Pete and Rob from Midas, it's in production now, so delivery is imminent. Looks like it may be time to get serious about selling off some unused keyboard gear....

Yeah, there's also a keyless version of the Deepmind 12, but I'm one of those guys who really doesn't want a synth without a keyboard.

Thanks to hispasonic.com and sonicstate.com for the images and video.