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Haha lovely images Steve, and the captions are hilarious!


Jul 31, 2013 at 02:50 PM
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I dont think Adobe will ever go CC only with Lightroom, but never say never. There is too much of a broad appeal for the product at the consumer level.

That said, the world of digital photography is changing, thanks mostly to the camera in your telephone. P&S cameras are in decline, and the numbers are not there for the mid/high range sub $1,000 cameras. If you can take a reasonably good photo/movie on your telephone and immediately share it with anyone in the world on the same small screen, why do you need to lug a camera around? And why do you need a computer?

I think the market is out there for telephone/tablet apps, and telephone camera accessories.

Finally, with all respect, I take exception to comments like "I'd rather be a photographer, etc." Many excellent, highly regarded photographers, from the film days on, spent as much time or more working with their images after the shoot as they did in the act of taking the photo. Ansel Adams comes to mind, etc. He felt that he never got it right, in camera.

These digital cameras, especially those being used on this forum, are computers after all, even if we are using analog lenses on them. I believe there is as much in the art and talent of working with Photoshop on an image as there is in the taking of it. Just as you can take a photo in the "P" mode and be done with it, you can work on the edges of Photoshop/Lightroom and never really get into the skill and the art of it.

Now, if it is not your thing, or you don't want to spend the time/learning curve, etc. that is a different matter. But don't claim you are a photographer because you don't get into Photoshop, and I am a graphic designer technician because I do.



Jul 31, 2013 at 02:52 PM
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Thanks everyone for the kind comments;

Georg, love the B&W boat;

Leighton, beautiful dog shot, sorry for the loss;

Curtis, awesome B&W sets, loved the "grain";

Rafael, thanks for the info on the 15/3.5 vs. 5.6. Looking forwardo to your tests

Stone, loved your 55/3.5 set, specially the first two;

Stokesey, welcome and whata an impressive kit you have; please keep more images coming;

Philippe, gorgeous shots from "Suisse";

Dylan, lovely B&W ducks.



Jul 31, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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rattymouse wrote:


Edit: Actually, I recall Curtis saying he spent a lot of time in Minnesota. That's cold weather country for sure.



I not only grew up in Minnesota, but for two years I worked outside on a survey crew while working for the highway department. I wore gear developed for the army for use in Alaska. We had an unwritten rule that when it hit 20 below zero we could get in the survey truck and warm up a bit. But that was in the days before wind chill was acknowledged. I'd spend time on an elevated grade where concrete would be poured the following summer with wind whipping across, my eye set at the level as we did topo survey work. I wore a long wool scarf around my face with icicles falling down the front from my exhalation. I've no doubt it was fifty below zero with the wind chill. I was not at all unhappy with the occasional assignment that had me climb down into a manhole, forty feet below the surface where I'd walk along newly installed drain pipes to measure the flow of water from smaller pipes into the main. I'd begin in a six foot high pipe that gradually got smaller and smaller until I was crouching as I walked in the dark with a flashlight pointing ahead. The temperature underground was in the fifties which was much more comfortable than surface temperatures in January.

Winnipeg is moderately colder than Minneapolis for sure but I definitely know a great deal about cold and snow Dylan. I was just smart enough to move away...



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:00 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Winnipeg is moderately colder than Minneapolis for sure but I definitely know a great deal about cold and snow Dylan. I was just smart enough to move away...


First chance I get good buddy, first chance I get.



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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DTOB wrote:
Oh it is "cold". Not as cold, but close. But that was years ago, the bitter wind is but a distant memory.

Curtis, come up for a visit some time in February. It'll be a blast (of freezing cold air in your face).

*edit* I should mention that that was the HIGH that day.



27 years was enough to prove I'm capable of surviving the cold Dylan, I don't need to immerse myself in it again just to refresh my memory. I recall when I decided to move to the West Coast.

I'd just come back from three months in Europe that included two plus months in Greece and an abbreviated shopping trip through Paris, Copenhagen and London. We left Greece on January 1 and flew out of London on January 20, arriving in Montreal where it was 12 below zero. We took a train and arrived in Chicago at 20 below, then Minneapolis where it was 27 below. We came back because the Minnesota Vikings, my football team at the time, was playing in the Superbowl and I wanted to cheer them on. I'd applied for graduate school at the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia at the urging of my wife who'd spent a year in Seattle and found herself loving the west coast.

I got what was clearly a temporary job with Prudential Insurance as a maintenance man who would no doubt be shoveling snow on the plaza in front of their building. The temperature never got above zero and it dropped to close to thirty below every night. Before I actually started work, we received a telephone call from a shipping company in New Orleans asking what we wanted them to do with the trunk we'd shipped from Athens. We looked at one another, looked out the window at the snow and said... "lets move to Seattle right now..." We drove to New Orleans, emptied the trunk and headed west, never to return. We arrived in Seattle the beginning of February and the rhododendrons were in bloom. We thought we'd died and gone to heaven...

It was a rainy heaven, of course. The move to San Francisco was equally dramatic, but I won't go into that at the moment. Californian really is paradise, especially the Bay Area with its moderate climate and breathtaking beauty. I feel blessed. If I want snow I can drive to the mountains...



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:13 PM
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My job is pretty much dead end as far as moving is concerned. Here's hoping my wife can land something in a more forgiving climate. She has been talking about Vancouver lately and has connections in the entertainment industry there. Fingers crossed, inside my mitts.

Not sure if you've ever watched Game Of Thrones, but winter is coming. In the show, winters last for years and years. Sounds about right.

Thanks for recounting, it was a fun read and very inspirational.



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:18 PM
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Another species eating fruits of Callicarpa reevesii:

Palm Tanager, under light rain


Palm Tanager eating Callicarpa reevesii fruits under light rain by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 ais EDIF + tripod, ISO 800, f/8 at 1/400s; ~ 40% crop.
Even under rain these guys need to eat



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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Oosty wrote:
Nice images Curtis - the things you'll do to get Reagan back on the thread


How well you know him Peter... Of course, our French companion is only slightly less susceptible to a pretty woman. Honestly, it is probably more a matter of degree when it comes to men's appreciation of beauty in women. I'm definitely susceptible to beauty, though often it moves me most when the beauty radiates from the heart. I've known a few physically beautiful women whose lives have been much troubled because they couldn't get beyond being an object of appeal to men. Actually, it saddens me to witness young girls playing to the attention by dressing and acting provocatively. Being the prettiest woman and the smartest man isn't always a blessing... But life is a journey and we all have our own lessons to learn.



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I'm a sucker for a pretty blonde... Taken at the water's edge in Sausalito with the 400 f/5.6 AI-s ED-IF on a monopod.

Oosty wrote:
Nice images Curtis - the things you'll do to get Reagan back on the thread

CGrindahl wrote:
How well you know him Peter... Of course, our French companion is only slightly less susceptible to a pretty woman. Honestly, it is probably more a matter of degree when it comes to men's appreciation of beauty in women. I'm definitely susceptible to beauty, though often it moves me most when the beauty radiates from the heart. I've known a few physically beautiful women whose lives have been much troubled because they couldn't get beyond being an object of appeal to men. Actually, it saddens me to witness young girls playing to the attention by dressing and acting provocatively. Being
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Shoot! I guess I better stop trying to be so durn looking good!



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And here I thought you were going to claim a position on the "smartest man" list...


Jul 31, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
And here I thought you were going to claim a position on the "smartest man" list...


Make that the "simple man" list and I'm in!

Have you ever read the story of the Mexican Fisherman? He's my hero.



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:39 PM
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We are suddenly rich in street photographers... adding Steve to Tom and Dylan with an occasional dash of Philippe and Ben.

Definitely enjoying your sense of humor Steve and I've no doubt with his arms crossed, that man was not happy with what was coming his way. Definitely keep the photos coming.

Dylan, as I've said before, Silver Efex Pro is a natural for you. The more you get into the options available for conversions, the more fun you'll have. I've been exploring the various film options and the filters offered. I agree with Dave that I get as much pleasure out of post processing as I do taking the photo in the first place. And BW work really makes sense in quite a number of circumstances, especially doing street work. I think it ia a great investment.

With regard to Vancouver, I was sorely disappointed that Canada made it so difficult for my wife and I to attend school there. I was accepted in the school of architecture. But we could get into Canada only two ways, and neither of them allowed my wife to work, despite the fact she'd gotten an offer to teach in Burnaby. We needed her income to make the whole thing work. If we'd gone landed immigrant status, it could only happen based on my work experience as a computer programmer/systems analyst and that meant I'd be working rather than going to school. So I ended up in a graduate program at U of W for non-architecture undergraduates. But we regularly took weekends in Vancouver, which is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city that I've always loved. Especially after returning from time in Europe. Vancouver had so much charm. Hope you're able to pull it off...



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:45 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Make that the "simple man" list and I'm in!

Have you ever read the story of the Mexican Fisherman? He's my hero.


That's why I said the "smart man" gets in trouble even as the "beautiful woman" does. FAR better to be a simple man who enjoys the simple pleasures of life. Being the smartest man in the room is in the long run not very much fun...

I'll check out the Mexican Fisherman. If you have a link you could share it...



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:47 PM
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Here it is...

An executive from America was standing at the pier of a Mexican village, taking a much needed vacation. It was his first in more than 10 years. He noticed a small boat with just one fisherman had docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The executive complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

The executive then asked, “why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican replied, “I have enough to support my family for a little while.”

The
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Jul 31, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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I left my full time job when I was 47... I haven't worked at any job full-time since then. I'll never be rich, but then MF lenses are pretty cheap...


Jul 31, 2013 at 04:52 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
Another species eating fruits of Callicarpa reevesii:

Palm Tanager, under light rain

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5452/9405920401_5eb82794dc_b.jpg
Palm Tanager eating Callicarpa reevesii fruits under light rain by labecoaves, on Flickr

D600 + Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 ais EDIF + tripod, ISO 800, f/8 at 1/400s; ~ 40% crop.
Even under rain these guys need to eat


Very nice Jose. I like the capture of the light rain drops as part of the composition. If you were farther North, I would have suspected fine SNOW.



Jul 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Here it is...



My favorite, as expressed to me by my European staff:

"What do you call someone who speaks three languages?"
"Trilingual."

"What do you call someone who speaks two languages?"
"Bilingual."

"What do you call someone who speaks one language?"
"American."

I immediately completed my French training course...



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Curtis there is a reason that Rochester Minn. has covered walk-ways everywhere, partly due to sick people at the Mayo clinics. But I've been there with a manufacturing company in the winter, and I have to say it's a shock to the system. Company manufacture Business Machines on an International basis. (I'm sure you can work it out)

I do understand your reasons for the move west though.

asiostygius I love your bird pix. I so wish we had some exotic birds like that in the UK. I must post some of what we have though.

Now following on the street theme,

Curtis can you imagine what that poor fellow sat down with all the negative body language would have done if she have used this contraption ?

Steve



© Stokesey 2013

Now Hear This !!!




Jul 31, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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Oooooops ...

180mm @ f4 ISO 400 - 1/160th

Steve



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