Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image data — nearby photos
to this post
A couple of weeks ago I posted Lightroom Plugin Development: What To Do When a Hobby Becomes Work, a long missive about the weight that Lightroom plugin development has taken on me.... how something that I intrinsically enjoy has become, in part, a chore. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement, both online and off.
I've decided to take the route that I speculated I would take, and that many encouraged me to take: Tim Armes' “donationware” model.
(The stack of unanswered email and comments has only grown while I've concentrated on implementing this system, so I've got a lot to catch up on. If I have not answered your email or addressed your comment, thank you for your patience.)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
The details of the new system are on the Plugin Registration Page that new versions of my plugins will soon reference, but in short, here's what I've decided to give a try:
Plugins are fully functional for the first six weeks.
I want people to have a chance to understand what value the plugin brings to them before I nudge them toward the registration window.
After that, until registered, they are limited to 10 images at a time.
I don't want to cripple them completely... that could really leave some unsuspecting users in a lurch.
Registration is required (and costs 1 cent); A gift is not required.
I hope people will choose to make a donation to me (to express thanks or encouragement), but it's not required. If it were required, it would be a “price”, not a gift
Registration is done via PayPal
You make a 1-cent payment to me via PayPal, and the 17-character “transaction code” they generate becomes the registration code that you can enter into the plugin's registration dialog. If you want to make a larger payment, anything left over after PayPal's fees is a gift to me.... yea!.
At least, that's the plan.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image data — nearby photos
and trying to imagine a less stressful place
Today was a perfect example of why I'm going this route: I spent 8+ hours tracking down and fixing a Windows-filename problem that affects some users of the Geoencoding plugin, but does not affect me.
Come to think of it, much of last week was a good example, too, as I spent inordinate amounts of time tracking down and finally fixing a problem that Windows users of the SmugMug plugin sometimes experienced. I never ran into the bug myself, so had to try to figure it out remotely. It was horrendous. (Much thanks to tech-savvy photographer Kevin King for his tireless help on that one.)
These two bugs were my weekend. And so it goes.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
full of bugs
In implementing this model change, I ended up creating a huge upheaval in the plugin source code, so it's possible that things might not run smoothly at first, so I'll be sure to keep the previous versions of the plugins around. I'll start by releasing the Geoencoding plugin, and see how it goes. Others will follow once the kinks have been worked out.
Crossing my fingers...
My blog color scheme does not suit itself to big blocks of running prose, so I felt it worthwhile to intersperse random photos to this post. I've been hyper-stressed about all this and the backlog of mail and stuff, so I quickly riffled through my archives for photos that are mentally soothing to me that I hadn't yet published. Here are a few extra that didn't fit above...
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1800 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
everyone likes pretty flowers
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
lifts the mood
|Yellow plants:||from this outing|
|Calming bamboo:||from this outing|
|Stump, leaf, and moss:||from the Giouji Temple|
|Field of red flowers:||from a cursed vacation|
|Stone lantern:||from this outing|
|Purple flowers:||from this outing|
|Fall colors:||from my friend's garden|