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Upcoming Photographic Opportunities

October 20th, 2008 by Rick

Time for a teaser… Today I’m on my way to Reno where i hope to fund some time to add to the photo collection. Even better is that on Thursday, I’m headed up to a lodge on the edge of Zion National Park for a few days. I’m hopeful that the fall colors will be in abundance on top of the usual Zion sites. Check back soon for updates!


Parallels Revisited

October 20th, 2008 by Rick

A few days have passed since discovering the beautiful combination of the Mac OS, Windows, Boot Camp and Parallels. I haven’t been disappointed… and for the most part, everything has worked exceptionally well. A few gotchas, but no deal breakers (at least for what I’m trying to accomplish). Between the home office and work, we’ve got three MacBook Pros set up this way.

As I noted before, the beauty of this arrangement is that both OS’s are able to run at once. You can copy and paste between both sides and there is shared file space (we took that one step further and included a FAT32 partition).

The obvious gotchas include shared resources (RAM and CPU), generic virtualized hardware, licensing issues with certain software and a few incompatibilities. The licensing issues can go beyond the OS activation problems warned about in the Parallels documentation (the requirement for multiple Windows serial numbers depending on the flavor and level chosen). The reason for activation issues stems from activation schemes that look at differences in hardware as a way to detect multiptle installs. Even though you’re only installing on one physical computer, Boot Camp and Parallels make it appear as two different boxes because of the virtualized software.

Adobe threw me an activation curve because of the different hardware look. I have the CS3 Master Collection Suite for Windows. They allow two concurrent activations – one on a desktop and one on a laptop, which I’ve taken advantage of (one on my MBP Boot Camp partition and one on my desktop). When I fired up Windows via Parallel and ran Photoshop, it gave me an activation issue. I haven’t yet researched to see whether Adobe will make exceptions for virtualized installs, but I’m not optimistic.

That’s enough for now… I’m writing on the plane and it’s about time to land.


Another Advancement In Geekery

October 18th, 2008 by Rick

I’m certainly not the first to blog about how to dual boot a Mac with Boot Camp, or to use Parallels.  In fact, for those of you with any significant cross-platform computing experience, you may yawn – but today was a great day in my view.  Based on some research we did at work to integrate new MacBook Pro’s into our Windows-based workflow, I ended up being a Parallels convert.

I’ve been running my MacBook Pro dual booted between Tiger and Vista since I got it.  With the huge investment I have in Windows software, it only made sense.  In fact, if I couldn’t have made the Mac work with Windows software, I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.  Over time, I went from using the Vista side about 90% of the time to most recently using the Tiger side most often.  Still, there are things I need in Vista that I don’t have on the Mac.  Unfortunately, Boot Camp requires a reboot…  not optimal.

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Las Vegas Photography Opportunities Part 2

October 13th, 2008 by Rick

Last time, I talked a little bit about the Las Vegas Strip.  This time, we’re going out into the beautiful Red Rocks a few miles west of Las Vegas.  Officially known as the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  The area is popular with tourists, photographers, hikers, mountain bikers and general sight seers.  If you’re on the Strip, it will take you about 25 minutes to get to the park.  If you take Charleston Boulevard straight west, you can’t miss it.  As you drive into the area, you’ll see the Spring Mountains in front of you and the red hills of Red Rock on the right.  First, you’ll pass a small road to Calico Basin (worthy of exploring, but not part of the park) and then you’ll see the turnoff for the visitor center.  If you continue west past the visitor center, you’ll see an overlook (where the first two of these three photos were taken).

There are many awesome vantage points within the park – some are accessible right form the road and some are remote.  The park can be enjoyed from the 13 mile scenic loop – there are plenty of stopping points at areas of interest.  Note that you’ll have to pay a $5.00 entry fee at the gate.  To take advantage of the beautiful desert light, consider showing up right after sunrise or just before sunset.  The red hills are nesteled between the Las Vegas valley and the Spring Mountain range, so the sun is always changing the available views – what works in the morning won’t work in the evening.

Remember that Las Vegas has much more to offer than just the casinos, gambling and the night life!  The beauty of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is remarkable and unique to Southern Nevada’s desert!  If you get out to


October 13th, 2008 by Rick

We’re moving forward…  The blog is up, the design feels good and the blog bots are starting to crawl through.  Although nobody has left any comments yet, the stats show that more and more people are starting to make their way into the blog to check out the content.  This brings me to a key point – promotion…  I tend to be really conservative about self-promotion.  I guess that goes for advertising my online presence as well.  I’m not terribly fond of popping into others’ blogs and shamelessly dropping links back here.  Should I?  Yes, according to current netiquite guidelines (appropriately, of course).  I’ll try to get better at that, but in the mean time I could use your help.

If you like what you see here, leave a comment.  If you don’t like what you see here – leave a comment.  Is it my commentary?  Is it the pictures?  Pass the link along to others that you know if you think they’d be interested.  Organic promotion, to me, is a more desirable way to gain momentum here than needlessly spamming other people’s blogs.  In the mean time, I’ll include the address here in my signature when I do post in forums and other blogs.  In the mean time, don’t forget to check out the galleries!

Thanks for your support!

Las Vegas Photography Opportunities Part 1

October 9th, 2008 by Rick

Being in Las Vegas means that there are tons of opportunities for awesome photos. Since some of you undoubtedly travel to Vegas, I thought I’d provide you with a list of must see places to go.  This topic will span several posts, so check back often.

The first and most obvious is the Strip. Known officially as Las Vegas Boulevard, the Strip is the focal point of tourist activity. The casinos themselves are great places to start. The themes of the casinos create great opportunities – for example, the sights of the Venetian and its canals are much different from the New York New York theme.  Nightime views are amazing with all the lights. From the top of the Stratosphere you can view the whole city (for a small price). Another vantage point is the top of the Eifel tower at the Paris Hotel & Casino (again, be prepared to pay a small fee for the experience).  There are water shows, roller coasters, art, people (some really interesting ones at that!), desert scenes, and much more.

In future posts, we’ll take a look at other places including Red Rocks, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Nelson and others.

Gallery Pictures of People in Public Places

October 7th, 2008 by Rick

Call me a stickler.  With all of the pictures I take – and there are many – not all of them are posted for sale in the gallery.  Sometimes, you’ll come across a picture in the gallery with a person in it.  Usually, it’s just someone that was naturally in the photo. A great example is this one from the Super Run gallery.  Nice guy, I’m sure.  He was at the car show and maybe even owned one of the cars.  Taking the picture is fine and legal enough, but as nice as the picture of the Camaro is, I didn’t get a photo release from this guy.  So, for me to offer this one for sale wouldn’t be right.  Sigh. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 Super Run Gallery

October 6th, 2008 by Rick

Now that the initial move of the blog is over, I thought I’d post a little more information about the 2008 Super Run that I shot pictures of last weekend. The event was awesome… Henderson’s main street was shut down for several blocks, and there was nothing but beautiful cars being showcased.

With the huge number of people that turned out for the event, it was a bit tough getting shots of the cars by themselves. I was there on Saturday, so there were tons of folks out enjoying the beautiful weather and sights. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to see everything… too many cars and too little time. Overall, I shot just over 300 photos – almost 250 of them are displayed in the gallery.

Take a peek and let me know what you think. Remember that you can browse to your heart’s content – and if you like something, you can buy it right online. Whether you want a print or just something for your personal blog, you’ll surely find one that you’ll love!

Site Updates & New Gallery

October 5th, 2008 by Rick

The move is under way!  The place is definitely taking on more of a photography site feel, now that I’m purposefully moving it in that direction.  There are many changes yet to come, but there are links between the Lautenbach Photography Galleries and this blog.  The return trip from the gallery page is the “blog” link in the header.

Right now, visitors to www.lautenbachphotography.com still land on the galleries first.  That’s not the best for search engine optimization since it is a flash site, but changing it will have to wait until a bit later.

While you’re visiting our galleries, don’t forget to check out some of the latest pictures!  Last weekend, I was out at an awesome car show in Henderson, NV called the “Super Run”.  It was chock full of beautiful hot rods of all types – muscle cars, antiques, dragsters and more.  Click here for the 2008 Super Run gallery page (alternately found under “Events” if you surf into the main gallery page).

Time Flies…

October 5th, 2008 by Rick

Much has happened since the last post, and time escaped me. Sadly, one of my employees passed away in August. Now, almost 2 months later, the balance of work, life, school, business and such is returning.

Soon, perhaps even today, this blog will become part of my newly launched Lautenbach Photography site (www.lautenbachphotography.com). This is a great opportunity to officially combine the geekery and the photography, while selling a few pictures. Stay tuned and thanks for the support!