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    Southern California
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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. Pictures taken between Monday, May 10 and Sunday, May 16. Spring has sprung! Get out there and take more pictures! 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 wit
  2. On Sunday, the family gathered at the only restaurant within 50 miles that had reservations available for a party of 10 as of a month ago when Daughter Kassi made them. Lesson learned. Located on a hillside overlooking the valley, the place was nice. The price was high and the food and service, while decent, illustrated why some venues automatically add a gratuity. Long story as to why we went to a restaurant rather than put on one of our own family-famous brunches but the bottom line is that Kassi did a great job arranging a family gathering that didn’t require days of preparation and hours o
  3. I use Aperture priority to give me control over the depth of field. Shutter speed is seldom an issue but when it is , I adjust the minimum shutter speed in the auto ISO settings (not all cameras have this). A while ago, I wrote an article on low-light shooting that spends a fair amount of verbage on the interaction between ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. This is referred to as the Trinity of Exposure and while it seems like it would be very complicated, once you get the hang of how they relate, it will help you choose the right setting for various situations. PPTPhoto
  4. Interesting article over on DPReview this morning titled: Do We Really Need All Those Buttons and Dials? It's a good question that was apparently prompted by Fuji reducing the control complexity on its new X-E4 vs. the X-E3 that it replaced. My personal opinion? Less is more, except when it isn't. For years, I have listened to photographers I have met while traveling who proudly state that they only use full manual mode. Many of them were carrying expensive DSLRs that while bristling with dials and buttons, contained state-of-the-art computer technology that could in milliseconds a
  5. Starting to look like a $1200 phone. I hope one of the new features makes it able to photograph tomorrow's winning lottery numbers today. It will now have to be spectacular. To be fair, it already sounds spectacular. So, spectacular-er? New Sony APS-C camera due in a couple of weeks. A7IV maybe later this year. Pixel 6, October-ish. 'Twill be an interesting year. Dave
  6. The A99ii, A77ii and A68 which were the three remaining models of Sony cameras that featured the Minolta A-Mount have been listed as discontinued on B&H and have been dropped from Sony's site. I sold all my A-mount stuff except for an old Maxxum 5000 film body and one normal zoom when I made the jump to full-frame. I don't miss them on a technal basis since either of my e-mount cameras are leaps and bounds ahead of even the A77 and the newer lenses have really benefitted from modern designs and materials. What gives me pause is purely nostalgia. I shot A-mount cameras from the
  7. Pictures taken between Monday, May3 and Sunday, May 9. Things are starting to open up a for real! Get out there and take more pictures! 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 sh
  8. On our way back from a family visit, we encountered this rental truck that displayed an example of what logisticians refer to as 10lbs of manure in a 5lb sack. It struggled up the inclines and sped down the declines on the winding stretch of Interstate 5 known as The Grapevine and changed lanes enough that we kept our distance. Until we didn’t. It was an irresistible photo-op. I was driving, so Wonderful Wife “strongly suggested” that I preset my phone and hand it to Sister Tammy and have her fire away as I passed. This week’s entry was the best of several good shots and the first PAW collabor
  9. These make me want to make plans for the next show I can find. I haven't been to an airshow since the last one at Norton AFB before they closed it in the early '90s. It was a great show that ended with a takeoff and flyover of the SR-71 that was on display all day. A very science fiction moment. That jet is just plain eerie. Dave
  10. It truly depends on the phone and to some extent, the photographer. A good friend has a fairly good Motorola with a 16MP camera and the difference in quality between it and My Pixel4 is much like what you describe above. Within the limits of the lens and light availability, the Pixel produces images with quality superior to any of the fairly advanced P&S cameras I have owned. Same with the latest Samsung flagships or iPhones. Not all phone cameras are created equal, which is why I have a good one and no longer use a compact camera. The photographer factor is twofold. Knowing how to use the
  11. Sort of how I viewed phones until I picked up a Nokia Icon Windows phone a few years ago. Its main selling point was the camera and it was honestly good enough to delay and finally cancel my next purchase of a daily-carry compact camera. Since then I have moved to the Pixel phones and the magic they perform with the remarkable 12MP Sony sensors and computational processing is a game-changer. I rarely print anymore but have a couple of 16x20s from images captured on a phone and nobody has yet jumped back and said, "Ewwwww...phone picture!" 🙂 They also look great for my current display preferenc
  12. Having taken a day off for our second Moderna shot and an appointment, we decided to visit a local legend for breakfast. My first visit to Flo’s Airport Café was in the mid-'60s with my Dad after a run to the airport to pick up some parts for his job. Bill Bailey’s Surplus is gone now but honestly, the airport doesn’t feel much different now than it did then and hardly at all since the last time we were there 15 or so years ago. Minus the new cars, this photo could have been taken in any of the last five decades. Inside, Flo’s has made the Covid adjustments but the pictures on the walls, most
  13. Pictures taken between Monday, April 26 and Sunday, May 2. Things are starting to open up a little bit more! Get out there and take pictures! 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
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