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I was a young man when I owned a motorcycle. I've never forgotten the comment by a doctor who said it is never a question of WHETHER you'll have an accident while riding a motorcycle, but WHEN. I did training with the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco and toward the end of the training we visited Laguna Honda hospital where the Project had a ward reserved for folks approaching the end of their lives. We were given a tour of the hospital which included a visit to a ward filled with people in persistent vegetative states. I asked how
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I have made the decision here in China not to get one of the ubiquitous electric or gas powered scooters. There are tens of thousands of these on the road and it is an easy way to get around. I am sure it would be an absolute blast to explore the city on one of these, w/ camera in hand. However, I decided for the good of my family, that I would not expose myself to that risk, which is substantial here as no traffic laws of any kind are enforced. You can run a red light at your own risk here, no cop will care. I get tempted to buy one sometime, but the metrics always lead me back to the same conclusion.




Aug 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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I recall the outline of the story Leighton from our earlier sharing of biographical information but here you flesh out some of the details. In many ways it sounds very simple and yet it was a profound change for all of you. Your daughters were young then so your responsibilities in providing for them were great. You and Barbara have a very strong partnership. That can make all the difference. I reflect on that as Sue and I consider leaving the bay area that has been home for forty plus years. No decisions have been made but we remain
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I know what it is like to leave home. Not easy at all. When I took this job in China, it was with a company far from the Chicago area, so that meant that once our expat time was over, there was no returning home, instead, a second move, this time away from our home for good. It was easy moving to China. In a few years when we are done, the hard move will come, out of Chicago, my home for 42 years.




Aug 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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The two years at grad school in NYC were refreshing to this visitor from Southern California, automobile Mecca. No car!

Years later, when I was building our business in Europe, I worked out of Barcelona, although I was only there to change clothes and pack, and tour the plant. My wife and I love Barcelona, and we were ready to move there. Until we were talked out of it by my Business Manager, a native. He pointed out that living in a hotel, traveling on an expense account, etc was very different than actually living in a place. Particularly if you cut the cord to the Mother Ship. He took me to a few "everyday" places to illustrate: drugstore, gas station, post office, travel agency, etc. Made me realize how lucky I was!

Now this guy and HIS wife are living on their sailboat in Costa Rica! Guess no one talked him out of it...



Aug 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/221270906074?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


Aug 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM
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rattymouse wrote:
I have made the decision here in China not to get one of the ubiquitous electric or gas powered scooters. There are tens of thousands of these on the road and it is an easy way to get around. I am sure it would be an absolute blast to explore the city on one of these, w/ camera in hand. However, I decided for the good of my family, that I would not expose myself to that risk, which is substantial here as no traffic laws of any kind are enforced. You can run a red light at your own
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My close friend whose son celebrated his first birthday Sunday of last week has ridden a motorcycle from Oakland to San Francisco where he was doing a post doc at University of California at San Francisco, much to the consternation of all of us. He recently moved to Emeryville, then applied for his first job away from academia and beginning in September will be working at one of the biotech companies about three blocks from his home. I asked him at the party about his motorcycle and he said he plans to sell it... observing that he was doing so out of deference to his family. I've little doubt that having a beautiful little boy in his life got him finally thinking straight. Glad you made the same decision Tom... and manual transmission rocks almost as much as manual focus!



Aug 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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leighton w wrote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221270906074?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


That's the one Chin posted awhile back that I forwarded to Ronny. You're not being as devilish as you think Leighton. On this thread there are a great many people willing to help others spend their money... But your heart is in the right place...



Aug 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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leighton w wrote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221270906074?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


i'm thinking of bidding on it. i'm debating between that and a used 15mm sigma AF fisheye. what would be considered a high amount to pay for that 16mm nikon lens?


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MDoc9523 wrote:
Welcome David and a lovely photo to introduce yourself. Glad to have you aboard, but I have to warn you that these lenses are highly addictive

leighton w wrote:
Welcome David! Join right in to the conversation as well. I hope you guard your wallet!


Wow! Two people telling me to keep an eye on my money! Must be serious!
Thanks for the welcome and I'll be sure to keep my wallet close!



Aug 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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ZippZopp17 wrote:
i'm thinking of bidding on it. i'm debating between that and a used 15mm sigma AF fisheye. what would be considered a high amount to pay for that 15mm nikon lens?


you mean Nikon 16mm, I guess. $450 is when the price gets on the high side, but it will certainly sell for more than $400.






Aug 28, 2013 at 12:16 AM
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Beautiful Ronny!

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Great shot everyone

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/9606721171_7b76370c7b_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/9606723281_0175bfe684_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/9609953176_d180ed8596_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr




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Love this, Ray!

MDoc9523 wrote:

A couple more from the Circle B Bar Reserve shot using the D600 and 35mm 1.4 AIS on tripod

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v93/p1650231488-5.jpg




Aug 28, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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davidthejr wrote:
Wow! Two people telling me to keep an eye on my money! Must be serious!
Thanks for the welcome and I'll be sure to keep my wallet close!


No one gave me such a warning....

Too late now

Kit coming along nicely, have 5 or so more lens's to add to my first 3. Have the 16mm 3.5 on my watch list was thinking hard on it but I can wait if others are interested.

Would probably be good to be able to show some sort of self control. Sure it would be short lived.

JD



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:19 AM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Great shot everyone

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/9606721171_7b76370c7b_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
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Beautiful Ronny!



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:22 AM
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Good morning All!

A turn of events on the drive in to work this morning (not me driving) caused me to recall an event earlier in life which has put me in the mode to write. Since this is my chosen forum for all things photographic, I hope this is of interest to some and if the muse strikes to reply, I'll be interested in your take on this.

While riding into work today we passed a farm field that had a dozen or so egrets standing around. I was wish that I could stop and take a photo here but as usual, we just drove on, no one else noticing all those beautiful birds.

This caused me to remember an event long ago, at the very beginning of my journey into the world of photography. Around 1994 or so i am thinking, I bought a Canon Rebel XT and and grew a collection of various lenses. One day, as I drove past my work place to fuel up my car, I went buy a small retention pond. In that pond were some full size egrets (hence the connection to today's ride in). They were quite large, and the retention pond had a totally natural look to it, very very beautiful. I made it a point to one day come back there early in the morning with my camera and 300mm telephoto. I did so, coming in on a Saturday morning, just before sunrise and sure enough, there were 2 egrets in the pond, standing amongst the reeds. My extreme enthusiasm immediately scared off one of the birds which was stupid of me. The other one remained and I calmed down and began to work the scene. I did a decent job and left with 36 exposures in the can.

When I got the film back, I was stunned to see an absolutely beautiful image! I caught the egret in a perfect pose, neck bent, and a mirror image reelection in the water. All surrounded by gorgeous green foliage. I immediately ordered a larger print.

Now at the time I had a good friend, a pen pal, whom I had been writing to for several years. She was a student in England and we hooked up on a bulletin board after I learned how to use email. Back then there was no commercial internet access. The words .com werent common and to send emails you had to know a fair amount of UNIX commands. Once I graduated, I scrambled to find a way to keep email access, even stealing unused university accounts until i found a place that was starting to sell internet access. Anyway, my pen pal and I wrote hundreds of letters and emails over the years and I decided to send her a copy of this print. In fact, I went to this pond to make this photograph for this sole purpose.

Needless to say, she LOOOVED this image and still has it today.

After 6 years of writing to each other, I married my penpal and she has been my wife for the past 16 years. After she graduated, she moved to Hong Kong and invited me over to visit. I said yes, and off I was to travel, never having left the US before. We never spoke to each other even once until the day before I left. It was a 100% pen pal relationship. Not even slightly romantic, I dared not dream of such silliness as marrying her. It was too bizarre to contemplate. After that 1st visit, we realized that we were made for each other and so spent the next year working out the best way end the separation.

Getting back to photography, the whole point of this essay is to muse about the state of the print today. If the situation above were to happen today, I'd be emailing her a jpeg file of the egret photograph that I made.

I contemplate, would getting an email of an image have had the same impact as opening up an envelope and pulling out an 11 x 14 print?

I dont think so.

There's something very different about holding a print in your hand and I have always considered my finest images unfinished until I held them in my hand.

While you can certainly print digital images (i have spend enormous money on inkjet ink), most people just dont print anymore. With film you had to print and early on in in digital photography i think a people printed more than they do today. From looking at the available high quality photo printers, the number of options seems to have dropped dramatically.

Right now I have a nebulous existence. I dont want to buy an inkjet printer here in China so rarely see my images in print. My film negatives are being stored up for when I can own and operate my own dark room, so my film images remain unprinted. As a result, I find photography right now distinctly unsatisfying in this area. Screen viewing just doesnt cut it by a long shot and to me, photography has lost something in this modern world.

Again, if you have thoughts on this, I'd love to read them.

Sorry for the length of this post. Hope it is appropriate for the thread.









Aug 28, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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leighton w wrote:
Wow Ray, I love how this not only draws you in, but I love the branches creating a tunnel affect. Well seen.


+1 Ray. Love the hanging moss.



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:26 AM
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mp356 wrote:
+1 Ray. Love the hanging moss.


+1 and another +1 for the B&W version.

Love the furry flower shots and all the other great shots.

JD



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:30 AM
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Salvia blossoms and Garlic Chives shot with a 50 to 135 mm zoom.






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Aug 28, 2013 at 01:36 AM
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ZippZopp17 wrote:
some stellar work here since I last looked a few days ago! you guys really crank out a lot of work.

john: I really like those 16mm fisheye shots, great work



Thanks Peter! Welcome to this thread.



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
Good morning All!

A turn of events on the drive in to work this morning (not me driving) caused me to recall an event earlier in life which has put me in the mode to write. Since this is my chosen forum for all things photographic, I hope this is of interest to some and if the muse strikes to reply, I'll be interested in your take on this.

While riding into work today we passed a farm field that had a dozen or so egrets standing around. I was wish that I could stop and take a photo here
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Great story.

As far as printing goes, I don't print that much either, BUT what we do in my family is put together photo books of our family and my landscape images for our immediate family. I find that satisfying to see them in print (we use Shutterfly) in a book.

John



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jhinkey wrote:



Great story.

As far as printing goes, I don't print that much either, BUT what we do in my family is put together photo books of our family and my landscape images for our immediate family. I find that satisfying to see them in print (we use Shutterfly) in a book.

John


That's another good point that I meant to bring up. My wife and I review our printed photographs, kept in albums, now up to 6 very large volumes, but we never, ever, EVER review anything on the computer. I have 32,000 images on the computer and all the ever do is sit there, unlooked at. If it is not printed, in my household, it never gets looked at besides the first time it seems.

Thanks for the reply.



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