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  1. It looks like you have most of the bases covered as far as equipment. We did Ireland/Iceland back in 2019 and I carried about the same lens range. I shoot aperture mode nearly all the time and adjust the f-stop for dept of field control. Simplifies the shooting since the camera takes care of the shutter speed and ISO. I limit both the minimum shutter speed and ISO range with shutter minimum set according to activity (1/500 for kids and action and 1/60 or so for landscape). I limit the ISO to 12800 on the A7rV and 3200 on the A6600. I seldom shoot above f/8 unless I'm trying to include some sort of foreground detail or want a sunstar in the shot. I use wide angle (less than 24mm) mostly for indoor and rely on stitched panoramas for wide landscapes to control distortion. The exception is the aforementioned inclusion of foreground where wide angle lenses are great. Here's a link to the photos. There's a button at the bottom of the image pages to pop up the image settings, etc.. https://pptphoto.com/albums/Travel/Cruising/2019 Ireland %26 Iceland/index.html Stitched panorama: Dave
  2. I'm not a video guy, but I would think that the basics apply. Too much is entirely dependent on the destination and what you expect to shoot. I used to pack 35-40lbs of equipment for any trip, "just in case". It took a while, but I learned from experience what I likely needed based on the destination. I still take a full bag with two bodies and 4-5 lenses to Alaska but now I only take my phone on a 4-day to Catalina and Ensenada (my Pixel 8 Pro is equal to or better than almost any compact camera and even older DSLRs). An exception was on a recent 4-day with the grandkids where I took my A7rV with a 24-105 zoom to shoot their activities, so factor that in since you have kids. On our recent cruise to Italy and the Greek isles I planned on a lot of walkabout shooting so I took the A7rV/24-105 combo, and of course, the phone with about a 50/50 split in photos taken between the two. Do some research, plan ahead and pack accordingly. Oh, another thing I learned...don't get so wrapped up in recording your trip that you forget to enjoy it. Dave
  3. Hailee graduated from Cal Poly and Savannah graduated from High School back in May. We had a wonderful family party to celebrate those milestones, then in June we went with them on their graduation cruise. That was that and we didn’t really think about it again until our friend Ron showed up with this nice Belgian Quad last week. I thought the “Class of ‘24” label was pretty cool since we had just celebrated a couple of its members, but the cool factor got turned up to 11 when I realized that it was brewed by Innovation Brew Works. The brewery is on the Cal Poly campus and serves as a learn-by-doing lab to teach brewing and retail management. They even use barley from the school’s agriculture department. A class (of ‘24) act! Class Act Dave
  4. Pictures taken between Monday, July 15 and Sunday, July 21. Will you take a picture of something on your Bucket List and share it this week? If not, maybe take a picture of a bucket and share it. 📷 + 🪣? 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!
  5. Don't say it if you don't mean it! I still have a Maximum 5 with a 35-105 in the gear archive. I'm firmly digital but if I had an actual darkroom in the south 40, I might be tempted to stray from the new religion. Enjoy your blast from the past! Dave
  6. I understand the nostalgia but will never go back after moving to digital in 2001. I can still remember the smell of the acetic acid in the fixer as I developed this picture of my girlfriend (now wife) in my photography class during my Junior year in high school. Fond memories, but after returning from an epic Panama Canal transit cruise in 2000 with 14 out of 20 rolls of film completely blank due to a silent failure of the shutter in my main camera, my trust in analog imaging has dropped below gas station sushi. Dave
  7. 2015 saw the end of Costco's on-site film processing. I spoke to the manager about why and he said the demand for film processing was almost non-existent and didn't even cover the cost of maintaining the machines. It was only a couple years later that the entire lab disappeared due to the previously high-volume of small prints drying up. I guess I contributed to that since I hadn't processed film or ordered 4x6 prints since 2001. No regrets. Things change and I would guess that people have easier access to their photos than ever. I know I do. Dave
  8. Don't you know that "real" photographers only shoot in manual mode? 😮 Kidding. I have been shooting in Aperture mode since it became an option. I like being able to control depth of field above all else. Minimum shutter speed before ISO bump was one of the best auto features ever and I only rarely find myself using any other setting except choosing AF mode based on what I'm shooting. I also find myself relying on another extremely effective photographic tool...my phone. On our last cruise I took my A7rV with the 24-105 F/4 and my phone. I ended up shooting about 50/50 between the two. I tell myself that not getting lazy, it's just that the camera on the Pixel8 Pro is really that good. After processing and posting the pictures, I can honestly say that I might be a little lazy because the phone is so handy, but it really is a viable second camera for travel. Yay, technology! Enjoy the Galapagos! It's still on my bucket list. Dave
  9. Pictures taken between Monday, July 8 and Sunday, July 14. Ask yourself, "why don't I post photos on the CC boards and share with my fellow cruisers?" If you don't post a picture this week, post an answer to that question. 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!
  10. Every year about this time, our night-blooming cactus opens its seasonal business. Anywhere from a few to a couple dozen hand-sized blossoms open up just after dark and stay open until shortly after the sun rises. First light starts the second act of the show with a steady stream of workers arriving to harvest the abundance of pollen. The cactus has provided steady employment for thirty years or so since my in-laws planted it their back yard. It flourished there, growing to nearly ten feet tall with many branches. About ten years ago, I took a cutting and opened a branch office (pun intended) in our back yard. Business has been good, and we recently expanded the franchise, moving to a more permanent ground-based location. Early to Hive, Early to Rise Dave
  11. Pictures taken between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7. Where did I go and what did I see in July 2024? That's what you'll be asking yourself in the future if you don't get out and use your camera. Bonus memory boost....post some of those photos here and they will be immortalized! 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. First of all, this is not an opinion piece on the financial state of the EU. It is actually a funny story about a souvenir. Our friend Ron wanted us the bring him back an Italian Euro with the Vitruvian Man design. I looked it up to see what it looked like and saw one for sale for $300. I misread the translated article and thought the mint 2002 coin pictured was the last year it was minted rather than the first. Thinking the design had changed, we didn’t try to find one while in Venice. Two days later, we were touring Santorini and Kim asked for money to use the restroom before we got back onto the bus. I gave her a €5 bill and imagine my surprise when the change she received included an Italian €1coin. I made a commemorative display for it. Not a Europinion Dave
  13. Pictures taken between Monday, June 24 and Sunday, June 30. Long June days in the Northern hemisphere and long June nights in the Southern hemisphere. So many opportunities for great images. Show us! 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!
  14. Another wiener dog theme post. On the third day of a recent cruise, we received a gift from the Greek gods. Dave
  15. Friday morning, we woke up in metropolitan Venice. That was a first for both of us. We flew in a couple of days early for our Greek Isles cruise and we had all of Friday to visit Venice (island). We got off the tram and went to one of the ticket kiosks to see what was available. The first tour we saw was a boat tour that went to Murano and Burano. Kim has been a fan of Murano glass forever, so there we went. The glass place was pretty cool and Kim got a nice necklace from the souce as a souvenir. The highlight of the day was the little shopping area on the island of Burano. Quaint and colorful, it was not as crowded as Venice on a Friday and prices were a bit less astronomical. We wandered about and enjoyed an hour of quiet sightseeing. Not Venice Dave
  16. I grew up in an unusual environment. We had an actual encyclopedia and a world globe. I used to spin the globe, pick a spot and look it up in the encyclopedia to see if it was worth travelling to. At some point in my early teens, this led to me hanging a Santorini travel poster on my bedroom wall to go with the “Earthrise” poster. These represented my desire to travel and see more of the world than I could reach on my bike. The poster also inspired me to buy my first SLR at 15 so I could record all that future travel. This week, one of those travel goals come true when we visited Oia Village on Santorini, and I took this week's photo from the exact perspective shown in my travel poster. It was a bit of a moment for me, 54 years in the making. Origin Story Dave
  17. Pictures taken between Monday, June 17 and Sunday, June 23. What is happening this week? Oh! The Sumer Solstice! Nothing like a significant seasonal shift to inspire a photographer! Shoot and share! 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!
  18. We spent Friday afternoon battling LA traffic, limited parking and surprisingly hot weather to watch Savannah walk the walk at the end of her high school career. Since her sister is four years older, this is the second graduation we have attended in the last few weeks and while we are enormously proud of the Granddaughters and their academic success, we have had enough crowds, speechifying and butt-numbing seating to hold us for a while. While waiting for the ceremony, I did that thing where you look up the student’s name and found a little symbol and an asterisk next to Savanna’s. I found that they meant she earned the Golden State Merit Award and had a weighted GPA of 4.0 or above. I did say “enormously proud”, didn’t I? High Five Dave
  19. Pictures taken between Monday, June 10 and Sunday, June 16. See it. Capture it. Share it. Simple, eh? 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!
  20. Saturday was a party day. Hailee and Savannah are four years apart, so the party was to celebrate them graduating from college and high school respectively. They requested a fiesta, so we had carne asada, chicken fajitas, enchiladas and fiesta-themed beverages for those on either side of 21 years old. It was a larger than average gathering but the kids chipped in and spared Kim from a lot of the work. As I was wandering from group to group making sure everyone has what they needed, I noticed each of the three sitting on the swing was a child of a different one of our three children. I love numbers and patterns but what compelled me to take this week’s photo was the fact that they were just so darned cute sitting there being cousins. One From Each Dave
  21. Pictures taken between Monday, June 3 and Sunday, June 9. It is estimated that 32.9 billion photos will be taken each week in 2024. With Spring almost finished springing and Summer just around the corner, take advantage of all the photo-ops and post your share of the 32.9 billion images predicted for June! 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!
  22. I have been working on scanning our collection of pre-digital photographs off and on for about ten years. Sadly, it has been significantly more off than on and only includes about 1,800 images of varying quality. There are thousands more, so before I spend my spare time over the next year scanning them, I want to see where the low bar should be set where the quality won’t be salvageable. Over the past few weeks, I have been using the latest tools from Topaz AI and Photoshop to repair photos with a wide range of quality issues. Color fading with or without slight to not so slight focus issues seems to be the dominant challenge. This shot of a happy couple at their prom from 51 years ago came out very well. We were so very, very pretty! Blast From the Past Dave
  23. Pictures taken between Monday, May 27 and Sunday, June 2. Hello June! Can I take your picture and share it with my friends on Cruise Critic Photo Boards? 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!
  24. Well, that's officially that. We spent a chilly Sunday evening at Cal Poly Pomona, watching our oldest Granddaughter officially finish four years of hard work with a walk across the stage for her diploma. It has been four years since her last diploma walk and the world is a much different place. High school ended with masked students walking past masked teachers as we drove slowly past a makeshift podium. That was then, this is now, and the crowd was huge and noisy as we all celebrated the effort and dedication that the graduates put into developing the skills needed to succeed in big, scary world the just stepped into. Congratulations, Hailee! You are bright and beautiful and maybe, just maybe you can make the world a little more like you. Brave New World Dave
  25. Pictures taken between Monday, May 20 and Sunday, May 26. Spring is rushing past. Crank up the shutter speed and catch it before it's gone! 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!
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