• I’m still experimenting with how I structure my blogging.

    At this stage I am using my main blog, BalancedLight to focus on exploration and story-telling, and it will be main focal point for photography and writing on these areas.

    My Micro.blog, Micro Thoughts, will continue to serve as a link and photo blog, and will also be where I discuss more general thoughts on life, technology and more.

    Always enjoy sharing and discussing.

  • 🔗 Photo Management Without Lightroom — www.baty.net/2017/phot…

  • [BalancedLight Des Paroz’ blog on exploration and story telling](http://www.desparoz.com/)

  • 🔗 Fstoppers Reviews Macphun’s Luminar 2018 Image Editor — fstoppers.com/apps/fsto…

  • In a thought-provoking post called Friction and silo dead-ends Manton Reece discusses the importance of friction in reducing fake news:

    I believe in a middle-ground solution. Make it easier to post to your blog.

    and

    But don’t make thoughtless re-sharing completely frictionless. That’s what leads to fake news spreading, why hateful tweets are exposed in algorithmic trends, and why safe communities must have some amount of curation.

    A while back I posted about mindful blogging and discussed the importance of putting thought into posts:

    Clicking a link to Like or Favourite favourite takes a single second, and even less thought. People do it routinely, move on and often give no more thought whatsoever to the topic.

    I think Manton is right - blogging should be easy, but should still require more thought that reading a headline, clicking like or share and moving on.

  • Introducing ProtonMail Bridge, email encryption for Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail - ProtonMail Blog:

    ProtonMail Bridge is an application that allows you to use your ProtonMail encrypted email account with your favorite desktop email client such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail, or Outlook, while simultaneously retaining the zero-access encryption and end-to-end encryption that ProtonMail provides.
  • I really like ProtonMail for making end-to-end email encryption (relatively) simple.

    While ProtonMail (currently) requires another ProtonMail user for bi-directional encrypted email, even emails to users of other systems have some level of encryption. There are some interesting ways of encrypting messages to non-ProtonMail users, and the company says ability to communicate bi-directionally with users with PGP keys is coming.

    ProtonMail offers good iOS and Android apps, and a very solid browser interface for use on a desktop or notebook.

    Today they have publicly launched ProtonMail Bridge, a small desktop app that allows ProtonMail to easily be used on standard macOS and Windows mail clients, including Apple Mail, Outlook and Thunderbird.

    I’ve been using ProtonMail Bridge for the past few weeks with Apple Mail as part of the beta, and it was easy to setup, and has subsequently been very much set and forget.

    This is high praise. As far as I am concerned ProtonMail Bridge does exactly what it needs to do - it does its job in the background, and stays out of my way.

    While my main personal email is on the excellent Fastmail service, ProtonMail Bridge is making me think that a single email service provider can be my one-stop shop.

    Food for thought.

    BTW, to learn more about ProtonMail, I suggest you take a look at the following TED talk.

  • I’ve downloaded version 4.0 of MarsEdit. I’ve used MarsEdit for some years. Although I tend to write new content in Byword, MarsEdit is my preferred way of editing existing content.

  • I’ve taken the plunge an decided to pre-order the soon to be released the new Panasonic Lumix G9.

    I’ve been using and loving the Panasonic Lumix GX7 for several years, and am excited about the possibilities offered by the upgrade.

  • A dawn photo walk to take in sights like the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain is the best way of making images of these amazing landmarks without the crowds.

  • Rome’s Vatican Museum has an extraordinary collection of artwork and antiquities, showing the ages from Ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages and into the contemporary era.

    The Museum itself is quite remarkable, let alone the collections it contains.

  • A cold but beautiful morning.

  • Arrive to make blue hour photos and just as you finish setting up the lights on all the monuments are turned off. Nonetheless a great start to the day.

  • Rome is truly the eternal city with ancient ruins alongside slightly less ancient building still in use, and an old and new city with a constant flow of people and life

  • For Europeans 200km is a long way to travel.

    For Australians 200 years is a lot of history.

    Rome blows my mind.

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