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    Cruising, cruising, wildlife...oh, photography too!
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    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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    Alaska
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  1. Damn... Sort of pretty! Can't put the front glass shield on until it's mounted on the wall, but that is one attractive piece of hardware...if I do say so myself. ­čÖé I t seems my choice of the cooler was a good one. On initial load, the fans weren't working. During the troubleshooting, the CPU temp never exceeded 101┬░ F. now it is running almost silently at 93┬░. Tech is good. Good tech is great! Dave
  2. Doesn't affect the night vision either... ­čśë Dave
  3. It started up! I plugged in the last pieces and gave it a test run. The bios came up and all the pertinent parts were properly detected. More importantly, all the pretty lights in the fans and such came on ! I will probably turn off all the RGB stuff as soon as the controller programs are loaded, since the machine will be hidden from view. Or maybe I'll make it all red to match the case just for consistency. I chose non-RGB when there was an option but it seems that higher-end stuff is coming with customizable illumination by default these days. I ordered a bootable installation copy of Windows 10 Pro (retail) that will arrive today, so I guess my evenings are pretty well booked for the next week or so. I plan on running the two machines side by side to do the transfer of data and thankfully, the monster monitor upgrade from last year will let me run a 2560x1600 remote desktop window like I do with my work laptop so I don't have to fiddle with multiple keyboards and mice (which I always end up typing on or moving the wrong one). I'll post the boring benchmarks and my hopefully less boring impressions in a week or so. Or so. Dave
  4. Pictures´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ ´╗┐taken between Monday, January 20 and Sunday´╗┐,´╗┐ January 26. Rules: See above´╗┐´╗┐ That's it. ´╗┐This isn't a contest´╗┐.´╗┐ All photos taken this week are welcome ´╗┐(´╗┐not´╗┐ ´╗┐just´╗┐ ´╗┐cruising).´╗┐ Prizes will not be awarded´╗┐´╗┐. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize.´╗┐ The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays.´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ Post one. Post many. Up to ´╗┐you.´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ Have fun ´╗┐with´╗┐ your camera and share ´╗┐your fu´╗┐n ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐with ´╗┐´╗┐ot´╗┐h´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐e´╗┐´╗┐rs´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐!
  5. Pictured here is a YumBone. Nearly every morning for the last 6┬Ż years, Kim would give one to Cookie and she would either eat it then or hide it for later. When we got home on Saturday night, we noticed that the YumBone was gone but she hadn't touched her food. Over the next 10 hours she had a couple of apparent seizures and the last left her unable to move. We rushed her to the vet and after examining her, it was determined that she had suffered a devastating heart attack. We made the arrangements and said our tearful farewells. After picking up her assorted pillows and dog beds, we found this YumBone that had been saved for later. It broke our hearts that there would be no later. We will miss you dearly, our little Puppy Love. Sad to the Bone Dave
  6. Last piece of hardware is on the way! A price drop and a Christmas gift card got together and arranged for an ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB graphics card to be delivered later this week. Not the top of the GPU heap but pretty perky. Especially compared to the 2GB GTX960 I'm currently running. It has been almost an entire year since I started this and it will be good to wrap it up and finally put a bow on the package. Dave
  7. Today is the day. Microsoft has officially discontinued Windows 7. It will continue to work as it is now, but there will be no more support and more importantly, no security updates. For most people, this isn't an urgent do or die issue, but if a system vulnerability is found in the future, there won't be a fix issued for it. To be honest, Windows 10 is just a better operating system. The both mainstream versions (Home and Pro) have Windows Defender antivirus which is now one of the better products available and the Pro version adds data encryption, if that is important to you. If you do switch, do a clean install of the 64-bit version of whichever version you choose. Unless you have a specific need for a 32-bit OS due to critical software (and, no, a free 12 year old version of Photoshop isn't critical ­čśë) or have an old machine that only supports 4GB of RAM, 64-bit is the only real option to consider. That's my PSA for the day. Dave
  8. Sunday found us with a large percentage of the local family trekking up and down the hills of the San Diego zoo enjoying all of the new improvements introduced during the six years since our last visit. Near the end of the fun but wearisome day, we passed through the dark, subterranean viewing area of the aquarium. In one corner, a shaft of sunlight from the open top was broken into its component wavelengths as is was diffracted by the acrylic panel holding back the bazillion gallons of water. Jackie found it (with some prodding from her grandfather who saw a sure candidate for Picture-A-Week) and ended up fascinated by the colorful Ghost Jackie in the reflection. 50% staged. 50% found. 100% little girl seeing science as magic. Prismatic Jackie Dave
  9. A few minutes with a hair dryer works in a pinch. I hold the camera with my hand is in the air stream so I can tell if it is applying too much direct heat while I rotate it to hit all sides. Normally my routine is to take along a small ReptiTherm terrarium heater pad. I put it in my bag next to the camera and plug it in when I'm in the cabin for any length of time and overnight. Very low wattage and since it is designed to not to cook your iguana or turtle, it's heat output is safe for your equipment. On the last cruise, I found that Celebrity had installed a camera equipment heater drawer above the mini bar. I'm not 100% sure this was truly a camera warming drawer (nowhere close to 100%, actually) , but the drawer kept the cameras at about 80┬░ and I never had a fogged lens! Dave
  10. Pictures´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ ´╗┐taken between Monday, January 13 and Sunday´╗┐,´╗┐ January 19. Rules: See above´╗┐´╗┐ That's it. ´╗┐This isn't a contest´╗┐.´╗┐ All photos taken this week are welcome ´╗┐(´╗┐not´╗┐ ´╗┐just´╗┐ ´╗┐cruising).´╗┐ Prizes will not be awarded´╗┐´╗┐. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize.´╗┐ The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays.´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ Post one. Post many. Up to ´╗┐you.´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ Have fun ´╗┐with´╗┐ your camera and share ´╗┐your fu´╗┐n ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐with ´╗┐´╗┐ot´╗┐h´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐e´╗┐´╗┐rs´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐!
  11. What are you going to be shooting? Is this a day stop on a cruise of a multi-day visit? If you are going deep into the canopy for wildlife, you might consider renting the 70-200 f/2.8 since it can get pretty dark. We were there many years ago and the general open scenery would be covered nicely by the 18-105. Others can chime in, but I don't remember many opportunities for distant wildlife beyond birding. Dave
  12. Canon press release: ÔÇťTo date weÔÇÖve launched ten critically acclaimed RF lenses, and as itÔÇÖs a new system we plan to continue this, launching more RF lenses while still fully supporting the EF lens system. And of course, should the market demand it, we are ready to create new EF lenses. But for now, our focus is on RF.ÔÇŁ While it's true that Canon has a very deep lineup of EF lenses already, the move to mirrorless-only lens development seems to be mile marker on the road to the future of interchangeable lens cameras. When might we see an EOS-1ML? ­čÖé Dave
  13. I carried a tripod on cruises up until I started noticing that I never took it out of the suitcase. Ship to shore shooting is better managed with a monopod and moderate shutter speeds. You will see quite a bit of movement even when the ship is docked unless you are in a very protected bay. While you are in motion, even a light swell will affect the ship enough to affect a longer exposure even if you really don't feel it. Even on the smoothest days, you can easily see the horizon oscillate by lining up your point of view with a rail. The back of the ship will usually be the worst for engine vibration. Tripods on a cruise ship are usually more trouble than they are worth, especially at busy times of the day. You may find a use for it in the early AM for ship scenery and interiors but in a crowded area, even I as a fellow photographer would be shaking my head in mild to moderate disapproval. Maybe not as much as for the parents with the monster $700 SUV strollers, but disapproval nonetheless. ­čÖé The D850 has excellent noise performance, so don't be afraid to crank the ISO up a little and shoot handheld. This was shot handheld as we pulled into Portland, ME shortly after sunrise. 1/500s - f/5.6 - ISO400 - 300(ish)mm It held up very well on a 24" x 36" metal print. Dave
  14. Last year about this time, on the same day of the year, the sun went down in the West. Barring an asteroid strike of monumental proportions, the same thing will happen next year about this time on the same day of the year. All of us did things this year and went about our business, each on our own path. Joy, tragedy, gain and loss happened all around the world in varying amounts. Lives were started and lives were ended but as George R. Stewart pointed out in his post-apocalyptic novel; Earth abides. Tomorrow will come. We all have good days and bad days but barring a personal equivalent of the aforementioned asteroid strike, we can count on waking up to another day and strive to extend the good streak or put the bad behind us. Earth Abides Dave
  15. Pictures´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ ´╗┐taken between Monday, January 6 and Sunday´╗┐,´╗┐ January 12. Rules: See above´╗┐´╗┐ That's it. ´╗┐This isn't a contest´╗┐.´╗┐ All photos taken this week are welcome ´╗┐(´╗┐not´╗┐ ´╗┐just´╗┐ ´╗┐cruising).´╗┐ Prizes will not be awarded´╗┐´╗┐. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize.´╗┐ The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays.´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ Post one. Post many. Up to ´╗┐you.´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ Have fun ´╗┐with´╗┐ your camera and share ´╗┐your fu´╗┐n ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐with ´╗┐´╗┐ot´╗┐h´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐e´╗┐´╗┐rs´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐!
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