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    Cruising, cruising, wildlife...oh, photography too!
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  1. pierces

    Picture-A-Week 2018 - Week 49

    Out for an early trip to the grocery store, I was treated to a pretty spectacular sunrise. A moment later saw me standing in the middle of the road shooting the flaming horizon while receiving curious looks from the occasional early commuter as they passed by. My lifelong habit of rising before dawn has treated me to many a sunrise while on cruises but my work schedule and lack of eastern windows seldom allows for that particular treat while at home. Since I was on a quick ten minute break from work, I was disappointed that I couldn’t just stand outside and watch the view unfold. At the first stop sign, I took this photo while lamenting that I was going the wrong way to enjoy it on the drive. Wrong Way Dave
  2. We are in the holiday season and regardless of your faith (or lack thereof) there are photo-ops galore from now through the end of the year. Share your discoveries! Use that camera! Entertain us with happy-making images! From me and mine to you, Merry Christmas and Happy new year! (Darling Daughter makes the best cupcakes!) Dave
  3. Pictures taken between Monday, December 10 and Sunday, December 16.  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 fun with others!
  4. pierces

    So...Luminar.

    Put an "X" on your calendar for December 18. Luminar with Libraries is officially announced. After working with the program for several months now, I have to say it is a very capable program and the addition of digital asset management with the Libraries update makes it an attractive option. My only personal hesitation is that I still have a need to do editing in Photoshop for heavy trash removal, content creation and such. Luminar doesn't really have significant power in that area. For subscribeaphobics, I suppose you could go with Luminar and pick up a copy of Elements for deep editing (Elements is really very capable) but I have to admit that with the latest enhancements in Lightroom and the undeniable power of Photoshop make it the benchmark for management and editing. At $10/mo, it is still a bargain compared to the old days of $500 for Photoshop and $99 for Lightroom (on sale) every three or so years. My guess is that Skylum will develop or acquire a pixel-level editor in the near future to round out the package and complete the trinity of post-processing (Manage, Enhance, Edit). So far, my experience is that it is a great, easy to use option for someone just getting into post-processing and the addition of Libraries should make it a very attractive option for folks who want an efficient way to manage and enhance their photos. If Libraries can play nice with Lightroom, I can see myself using both, depending on whether I'm touching up a batch of weekend photos or doing serious prep on vacation photos. More to come after the release. Dave
  5. Aa a lifelong fan of anything mechanical, I have to give a big thumbs up to this. Well done! Dave
  6. pierces

    Picture-A-Week 2018 - Week 48

    On Thanksgiving Day, daughter Kassi brought me my Christmas present. A little early you say? Yes it was, but her Pintrest and general crafting addiction led her to assemble an adult Advent Calendar for yours truly. It is a cube about 18” on a side and looks like it was made from a cluster of wine bottle gift boxes. It is decorated with a festive bow and the box tops (fronts?) are numbered 1 - 25 with perfect number appliques made with her Cricut. Instead of tiny boxes filled with treats, each of these is filled with one 1/25th of my Christmas gift. I’m actually excited to see what each day brings. Since she is my daughter, the inherited humor gene made sure my first gift was a Lump of Coal. Christmas Advent-ure Dave
  7. pierces

    Picture-A-Week 2018 - Week 48

    Could be a White Balance issue... Dave
  8. Pictures taken between Monday, December 3 and Sunday, December 9. 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 fun with others!
  9. pierces

    Pros/Cons of mirrorless

    I haven't really been asked that before. It's a good question, but the answer probably covers a lot of grey area. Here's my stab at it: A Hobbyist has a solid collection of necessary equipment with a good knowledge of the photographic basics and at least a handle on the more advanced aspects of post-processing. Camera equipment travels with them on trips, both local jaunts and planned vacations. New gear is picked up as needed when skill or situation demands. An Enthusiast generally leans toward more advanced equipment, though not necessarily "better" than a Hobbyist. After all, personal budget varies widely. The Enthusiast leans that way because they tend to push the limits of their equipment. Similar increased attention is given to post-processing with a fair investment in hardware, software and time spent on the process. Local trips and vacations are often planned specifically around photography and equipment may be purchased or rented based on the results of research about the destinations. If you read between the lines, I guess my answer is to ask yourself, "how Enthusiastic a Hobbyist am I?" and continue to enjoy your photography...whatever the answer is. There isn't a hard line to draw. Most Enthusiasts I know could be accomplished pros if they decided to monetize their skills and I've dealt with " Pros" that are little more than paid Hobbyists. I know casual Hobbyists that have to stop and think which end of the camera to point at the subject and some who know vastly more about the tech than I do. They all take pictures and enjoy doing it. Most, do it enthusiastically. I'm case you're wondering, I consider myself an "Enthusiast" because I really am enthusiastic about my favorite hobby. Your mileage may vary.🙂 Dave
  10. pierces

    Picture-A-Week 2018 - Week 47

    The turkey has met a gristly end. Stripped of feathers, beheaded and condemned to death by fire. The tender flesh is ripped from its bones and consumed. Its limbs torn from its body and fought over by the spawn of those who give thanks. The vegetables are decimated. Only small, scattered pools of cooling butter left to mark where their colorful profusion once brightened the plates and bowls. Full to bursting, the thankful try to leave the scene of their ravenous overindulgence but before they can flee, the Goddess of Just Desserts swoops in and enthralls them anew with glistening objects of sugary lust. Aren’t you glad Thanksgiving wasn’t invented by H. P. Lovecraft or Stephen King? Post-Thankalypse Dave
  11. Pictures taken between Monday, November 26 and Sunday, December 2. 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 fun with others!
  12. pierces

    SD Cards

    ski ww: Not insinuating you bought cheap memory but your experience illustrates my point. Another aspect of memory that can't be mentioned too often is the need to know your source. Never, ever buy cheap memory on eBay and be extremely cautious about buying expensive memory there. At one time it was estimated that 75% of name brand memory on eBay (mostly SanDisk) was counterfeit. Saving $50 on memory cards to use in a low-four-figure camera for a mid- to high-four-figure trip is the definition of false economy. I used to do business with a race car parts manufacturer that made excellent but expensive parts. They had a great tag line: "But the best and cry once!" Good, fast, name brand memory from a trusted source is cheap peace of mind in the long run. Dave
  13. The last topic seemed to stall dead in the water, so I'll try something people seem to do a lot anyway. Food shots! Make them pretty, funny, silly or any adjective you prefer. Make us laugh or make us drool. Have fun! No end date since we will all need food until we die. "Painless Prep" Happy Thanksgiving 2018! Dave
  14. pierces

    SD Cards

    Like loonbeam said, this has been covered a lot, but since it is an important factoid, it doesn't hurt to ping people and remind them once in a while. Though I have never had an SD card fail, I still back up at the end of every day (via UTG card reader to my Kindle Fire these days) and always take a backup set or six. A few minutes at the end of the day are nothing compared to paying for another cruise to capture lost images again and if they were once-in-a-lifetime shots, good luck getting Dr. Who's attention for a ride in the TARDIS back to re-take them. Dave
  15. pierces

    Gifts for photographers 2018

    Nice article and fair...except for your unhealthy obsession with trying to make cameras into fat phones with the gimmicky touch screens! 😉 Seriously though, fair and concise. Dave
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