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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Lightroom Lightbulb

As in, I figured out something that made my life easier! 

I have a bunch of panoramas in my Switzercation photos, and I like to stack them in the Library view of Lightroom to keep them tidy. The stack commands don't have shortcuts (that I know of) so that has always been a rather tedious process--select, stack, expand, set the top picture to the stitched image, collapse, rinse & repeat.... 

Today I discovered that when you create the stack, LR assigns the "most active" photo as the top of the stack! That eliminates a lot of steps. Now it's just select, select the stitched image, stack and I'm done. I also discovered that I don't have to use the menu to expand and collapse. Just click on the the stack icon. Boy did that make me feel stupid. And, should you want to change the top image, click on that stack icon of the new top image whilst expanded, and voila, that's now the top image. 

I also got cleverer about building the panos. Previously I'd find the set of photos, pick one and choose Show in Explorer, then drag the files from Explorer into ICE. Today I had a set that I had run through Develop first, and realized I needed to export the developed images before I sent them to ICE. So I set up an Export preset, and at the bottom of the preset found a place to specify a program to run after export.... So I hooked it up to the ICE executable and it works like a charm. Still have to manually import the finished image, but all in all, these two discoveries make me really happy! 

I love Lightroom :-) 

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