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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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#718. Interview; Kirk Tuck

#718. Interview; Kirk Tuck

  Kirk Tuck. American. Working photograher. Videographer. Lighting trainer. Fiction writer. Photo blogger, GAS sufferer extraordinaire and gear wonk.   Kirk hopes being interviewed on DearSusan will make him famous. It most likely won’t, but his views make interesting reading, as do his almost daily blog post(s).     Kirk,

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#717. Monday Post (30 April 2018) – AfrikaBurn

#717. Monday Post (30 April 2018) – AfrikaBurn

She said; “Would you like a fortune cookie from the Universe?”   “Yes please.”   And there it was; “The universe seems neither benign, nor hostile, merely indifferent.” Carl Sagan.   Welcome to AfrikaBurn, South Africa’s annual four day festival of art, creative activities, music, dancing and other largely adult

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