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So I don’t know but I do assume that the building here is some sort of mill house on the banks of the Li River somewhere not too far from Guilin in China.

I’m making that supposition based on the rectangular hole in the lower right corner of the river-facing wall that just happens to line up with the the channel down the bank and out into the river.

I don’t think any visit to Guilin is complete without a cruise down the Li River. The best views, however, are from up on deck rather than in the cabin of the cruisers.

The first photo today is a more natural rendition. The second is a more creative rendering produced by applying a texture filter using the new Perfect Effects module in the new onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8

Through December 3, 2013, get an additional $80 worth of presets and training when you purchase the new onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8.

Through December 3, 2013, get an additional $80 worth of presets and training when you purchase the new onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8.

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Processed in the new onOne Photo Suite 8

New Perfect Eraser for Content-Aware Fill, Enhance and Browse Modules, Perfect Batch Processor, and Re-imagined Effects Module Evolve Popular Plug-In Into a Complete Photo Editing Solution for Every Workflow

Portland, OR – November 26, 2013 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative digital photography solutions, today announced the availability of Perfect Photo Suite 8—the Photographer’s Choice for Photo Editing. Perfect Photo Suite 8 is a full-featured, standalone photo editor that also integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Apple Aperture. It includes all the best tools a photographer needs to create stunning images.

Key new features include the Perfect Eraser, with content-aware fill technology; the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments; a new Browser that streamlines direct access to images wherever they are located; the Perfect Batch engine that applies presets to multiple images with a single click; and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module, with twice as many adjustable filters, customizable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology. These new tools and capabilities alongside Perfect Photo Suite 8’s eight modules, one-click presets, tools for automated enhancements, and powerful controls allow photographers to enhance, retouch, and stylize images in a layered workflow, replace backgrounds, create high-quality enlargements, and prepare images for output—giving them the ability to express their creativity and transform their photos quickly and easily.

“We are extremely excited about Perfect Photo Suite 8,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “This version is the result of what photographers have been asking for, not only from us but from the industry as a whole. We’re grateful for the contributions and feedback the photography community has invested in our effort and we believe that we’ve created an extraordinarily powerful image editing tool that meets their specific needs in return.”

After a successful public beta program for Perfect Photo Suite 8, many photographers had a chance to try out the new version and give their feedback. “The attention to your user’s needs is unmatched,” said Rebecca Lyyski, owner of Lyyski’s Designs. “As a graphic designer and photographer with an elevated workload, your product has made editing my professional photography a pleasure instead of a chore,” she adds. Greg Lambert, public beta user and onOne Software photo contest winner shared, “Perfect Photo Suite 8 continues to evolve by refining its existing capability, streamlining the interface and providing some new and exciting tools and presets to enable photographers to produce the images they visualize when they press the shutter button.”

The New Perfect Photo Suite 8 Features:
• Eight integrated modules – Effects, Enhance, B&W, Portrait, Mask, Layers, Resize, and Browse. Each module is designed to target a specific image-processing task. Together, they help photographers enhance, retouch, and stylize images in a layered workflow, replace backgrounds, create high-quality enlargements, and prepare images for use in various capacities.

• New Module! Perfect Enhance provides essential tools for basic enhancements, such as brightness and contrast adjustments; colorcast, dust spot, and power line removal; and the addition of vignettes. It is an ideal module to start with when using Perfect Photo Suite 8 as a standalone application or when quick corrections are needed.

• New Module! Browse provides convenient and direct access to image files wherever they are stored—whether they are on a computer, an external drive, a connected network, or on a cloud-based storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Apple’s Photo Stream.

• Reimagined! Perfect Effects – As a cornerstone of Perfect Photo Suite 8, the Effects module has been redesigned by adding adjustable filters and customizable presets, making it the most powerful and versatile image stylization tool available on the market today.

• Twice as Many Adjustable Filters to create the most sought-after looks, including:

• Dynamic Contrast – Adds stunning clarity to images and makes them pop by exaggerating the levels of contrast, without sacrificing highlight and shadow detail, creating halos, or affecting saturation.

• Lens Blur – Includes the best parts of FocalPoint technology to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective focus effects after the shot.

• HDR – Gives images the edgy look of high dynamic range. Settings are adjustable and create effects that range from subtle to surreal.

• Vintage – Turns photos into a nostalgic memory with retro-style filters.

• Powerful brushes provide the right results for specific editing tasks:

• Perfect Eraser removes objects with content-aware fill technology

• Retouch Brush uses spot healing to remove small distractions

• Clone Brush removes unwanted items by replicating and covering specified areas of an image

• Masking Brush reveals underlying layers or selectively applies effects
• Perfect Brush delivers precise edge-detection masking

• Hundreds of Customizable Presets are available throughout Perfect Photo Suite 8 that make it easy for any photographer to instantly create an image they love. Presets can also be used as starting points for creativity and efficiency. Presets are included in the Enhance, Effects, B&W, Portrait, and Resize modules.

• Improved Masking Bug in the Effects and Layers modules make mask creation easier and more intuitive.

• Perfect Batch engine simultaneously applies presets from multiple modules and a watermark to a selected group of images.

Availability and Pricing
The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 is now available at Perfect Photo Suite 8 is available in three editions: Premium, Standard, and for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture.

The Premium Edition works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Apple Aperture, and as a standalone application. It is priced at $179.95. Owners of previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite Premium Edition can upgrade for $99.95. For a limited time, orders of Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition will include a special collection of Professional Presets and The Essential Video Guide to Perfect Photo Suite 8, which provides a comprehensive collection of getting started training videos for Perfect Photo Suite 8—for free ($80 value). This offer ends on December 3, 2013.

Perfect Photo Suite 8 for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture works with Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop Elements, and as a standalone application. It is available for $129.95; upgrades are $79.95. The Standard Edition works as a complete standalone photo editor and is available for $79.95. For more information on Perfect Photo Suite 8, please visit A 30-day Money Back Guarantee backs all onOne Software products.

About onOne Software
onOne Software, Inc., is a leading developer of innovative software tools and apps for digital photography and offers time-saving software solutions for photographers of all levels, from enthusiasts to professionals. Leveraging its extensive history as successful plug-in developer for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, and continued development of cutting-edge technology, onOne publishes unified solutions that offer both full-featured photo editing capabilities and the flexibility of traditional plug-ins. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit

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I didn’t take may photos when I was in Shanghai but ‘Charging Ahead’ is one of the few shots I did take.

Shot from my hotel room into the street below, I’d wager the hotel is no longer there. Shanghai has changed so much in the last 20 years. I also think the tractor in this photo has long since been consigned to the scrap heap.

These tractors were everywhere back in the day. It’s as though the only engine you could buy in the late eighties and early nineties was the model in use on this tractor, and on this tractor in Beijing and on this boat near Suzhou. I’ve also seen this engine powering a cultivator in a field. One size fits all.

This one had just left what looked to me like a builders supply yard across the street. There are no supplies in the back so I’m thinking they’d either just dropped something off or were making a run to pick something up.

Either way, I think the motion in this image captures the energy that was the Chinese economy in the early nineties – charging ahead to become an industrial powerhouse and leaving the agricultural past in the shadows.

Incidentally, I processed this image in the new onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8 (Beta 3 version). Perfect Photo Suite 8 will be released later today, November 26. You can order by clicking on the ad, below.

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I never did get my ‘Double-Fish Light’ from the Chang Hong Light Factory, nor the ‘Shang Ming Light’ from the Zhang Jiang Light Factory.

I took this photo on some street in Shanghai. I was struck by the bunting – the small colored flags – strung across the street. Those nearest me were advertising products from two light factories so maybe they were actually put up by a lighting vendor rather than the factories themselves.

But I’m left wondering, why advertise in English? I mean, for me it was great, but I question if any non-local ever had an interest in owning a ‘Double-Fish Light’ or a ‘Shang Ming Light’. I certainly didn’t.

My guess is both these lights were decorative. I’d hazard a guess that the ‘Double-Fish Light’ had two fishes intertwined in some fashion on the lamp base but a ‘Shang Ming Light’? What on earth is a ‘Shang Ming’? I’ve no idea and neither really piqued my interest at the time. I mean, I never felt like I just had to get me one of those.

I just Googled these phrases and came up empty. The demand in the West for these items must have waned long ago. Many years in the future some person is going to bring one in to a Chinese version of ‘The Antiques Road Show’ or ‘Cash in the Attic’ and it’ll be the find of the show. I did find one ‘Double Fish Light’ on, but came up empty on Shang Mings. Oh well.

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