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  • #818. Four days in the Shetlands for Up Hele Aa

#818. Four days in the Shetlands for Up Hele Aa

From the official Web site:   Up Helly Aa, which takes place in Lerwick, Shetland, on the last Tuesday in January every year. Up Hele Aa involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley.    The following Wednesday is a

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#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

These days I have been getting shots from Pascal, comparing the output from his “Bigger is Better” Hasselblad X1-D with the formidable Zeiss Otus 85mm to that from Hassy glass on the same camera body. Also comparing shots from Dallas’ Nikon bodies and 4 lenses to my Sony-with-just-one-lens on our

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#802. Monday Post (24 Dec 2018) – Master and masterpiece, piece of gear and peace of gear…

#802. Monday Post (24 Dec 2018) – Master and masterpiece, piece of gear and peace of gear…

I often discuss photo topics with Pascal, and when he says “great subject for a post, but I don’t know that I could write it. You, on the other hand…”, I know I should proceed with great care. But vanity and pride being what they are, I usually disregard his

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#793. Monday Post (3 Dec 2018) – Only a bit OT

#793. Monday Post (3 Dec 2018) – Only a bit OT

Hating Lightroom.   Hoping Luminar’s next release is mainstream usable.   Still having issues with ON1 RAW’s blowsy attitude.   Wanting RAW Power to get yet more traction.   Thinking Capture 1 V12 might be the tipping point.         It’s Sunday afternoon. I’m printing, or at least

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#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

Defending giving in to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) might seem strange coming from a guy who has spent all of this year with a 20+year old lens (Leica Elmarit R 28mm f:2.8) mounted on a 7-year old camera (Sony NEX 7), both more-or-less-loved leftovers from past times.     When

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#772 The rise of the extremes and the decline of the middle glass

#772 The rise of the extremes and the decline of the middle glass

  At some point it is good to look at the past to take stock of the present. Let’s go back to when “serious” digital cameras replaced film. Why did that happen? Practicality was the main reason, not IQ. Always-on LiveView and the ability to chimp, the instant availability of

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#771. Saturday Quickie – Spring in the Fynbos

#771. Saturday Quickie – Spring in the Fynbos

Spring’s not quite here down on the Southern Tip, but the fynbos is already showing out and a quick Saturday post seemed like a great idea.           We only got back from our Spanish eat-athon (with the UK-based rest of the family) a couple of days

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#762. Shooting the storm

#762. Shooting the storm

Just a few weeks ago, Cape Town was in real danger of becoming one of the world’s first major cities to run out of water. In several storage dams, the water level was nearing single digits; unrecoverable reserves, as the movement of water would stir up way too much silt

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#753. The Monday (Guest) Post – Kirk Tuck’s take on Nikon’s mirrorless plans

Why I will absolutely rush to buy the new mirrorless Nikon but will probably never take possession of one…   Breathlessly waiting for the big announcement of Nikon’s mirrorless delivery date. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t even drink coffee because I’m so excited to finally be able

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#725. Monday Post (21 May 2018) – Lao…who? The sorry tale of a conspiracy

#725. Monday Post (21 May 2018) – Lao…who? The sorry tale of a conspiracy

Not many victims of conspiracies live to tell their stories, but I do. Ever since I announced that I was retiring from my photo hobby, I have been subjected to a combination of attacks and manipulation. In command of this are the 2 Pascals. The one that you know, and

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