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Hej, this is my ! My peeve with Mastodon has been that it’s too fast, too short, too Twitter. But still, I acknowledge it’s probably the best we’ve got. I’ve staying at @mikael@mastodon.online, but it started to dawn on me that, to get the most out of Mastodon, I should probably try life outside a generalist instance. Thanks to @neauoire, here I am!

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I like building and riding bicycles. I enjoy cooking food and baking bread. I love scouring the web for personal websites. I’ve been building websites 4 fun since -94. Few of these sites and pages ever got published, but after all these years I’m still having a blast with HTML (and CSS).

I used to be a digital imaging technician and freelancing photographer, but these days I’m a full-time employed videographer and media producer. I try to always have a personal photo project going. I’m a sucker for environmental portraits and I’m also inspired by New Topographics, off-street street photography and New Objectivity. I’m a father.

I recently got back into desktop Linux after 15 years of mostly macOS use. I’m now on Manjaro KDE. Replacing my arsenal of proprietary video and photography software is an ongoing battle. I’ve finally come to a point where I prefer darktable over Lightroom for my personal work. For video editing, I’m still very much stuck with Premiere.

I’m in Sweden.

@mikael welcome to town Mikael 👋 I hope you'll have a more calming experience of the fedi over here.

@mikael Hej, välkommen! May I ask what off-street street photography is?

@xiroux Yeah, that’s a legimate question considering it’s a term I made up just now. 😀 There used to be an active group on Flickr called Not Street Street housing these images. Basically, the aesthetics of street photography in a different setting. Martin Parr’s older beach work would be an excellent example! magnumphotos.com/arts-culture/

@mikael That's very interesting aesthetics, indeed. That work reminded me (because obvious reasons) of this photographer I learned about very recently, sadly when he died: centroperezsiquier.org/la-play His first work, La Chanca, is incredible: centroperezsiquier.org/la-chan

@mikael Video editing is still the hardest creative work to do with FOSS in my experience so far, though there's a lot of positive change going on.

Fwiw, DaVinci Resolve does run pretty much identically on Linux to Mac/Windows if you're on an NVIDIA GPU.

@freedcreative Resolve should be usable from what I've heard, especially if you run something like CentOS. seems to be making great strides lately. My team is heavily invested in Creative Cloud though, so at work it's not just as question of my preferences, sadly. 🤫

@mikael That's the hard part isn't it, the momentum and lock in. By design of course.

If you do find your team gets room to dabble with Resolve, you don't need CentOS. I use it for client work on Ubuntu, and before that on Manjaro, and everything works without issue, including the Fusion & Fairlight pages.

For my own videos I use FOSS, but even though it's steadily improving, it's still hard going sometimes.

@mikael Tried this free software for RAW images today, the GUI will need some time to get used to, but i found it very useful at first glance. rawtherapee.com/

@jayrope Yeah, it will be great once 5.9 with local adjustments gets released.

@mikael have you tried Kdenlive yet? I found it pretty decent, though I was only making very simple edits. I mean, it worked, and I was able to splice together a few video clips. Didn't try anything more than that, though! Just figured I'd mention it in case you were looking for alternatives still.

@mikael Oohh I see I totally missed that you mentioned Kdenlive above. Nevermind then! haha ;)

@amatecha It's getting better by the day! Last I checked proxy and multi-camera editing was kind of cumbersome.

@mikael nice… yeah, I love how updating open source software usually means cool new features and bug fixes - and conversely, if the new update is a step backwards (in one’s opinion), the old version is still there.

@mikael Hi. Glad to find a fellow baker of bread and cooker of other foodstuffs!

@nomad Greetings fellow baker! Currently trying to tame barley. Have you had an attempt at this? Started to explore it after reading that Valter Longo guy and his genotype thinking. Apparently it was a popular grain around these parts of the world in the early days of bread.

@mikael Nah, I'm still very basic in my bread making. Sandwich or 24-hour loaves are my most frequent. I live alone so need to not make more bread than I can eat before it goes stale.

@nomad That’s a problem of mine too. The other ones in my household don't eat much bread. I usually slice it and put of most of the bread in the freezer right after it’s gone cold.

@mikael welcome to town 👋 i also enjoy scouring the web for personal websites as well as creating my own sites with html and a little bit of css

@rozina Thanks, cool! I collect what I find under the homepages tag on my Pinboard, if you’re interested. pinboard.in/u:mikael/t:homepag
Consider your website collected! 😀

@mikael 🥳

i might also give pinboard a try (i use are.na a lot, which is like the more aesthetically pleasing version of pinboard)

@rozina TBH, not sure I'd be using Pinboard if I hadn't gotten one of those "pay once, use forever" accounts. linkace.org/ looks very good (if you're open to self hosting)!

@mikael Welcome!
Mastodon can definitely be too fast, although choice of interface and follows makes a big difference.

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