#860. Monday Post (20 May 2019) – A tale of two 100s – May challenge – Pixel madness

#860. Monday Post (20 May 2019) – A tale of two 100s – May challenge – Pixel madness

Over the past few weeks, two new 100mm lenses have been announced and alarmingly stretched my zygomaticus : the super duper Zeiss Otus 100 f/1.4 and the intriguing Laowa 100/2.8 Macro Apo. In many ways the two are similar, in many ways they are polar opposites.     The Otus

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#859. Dealing with Tourists in Photographic Composition

#859. Dealing with Tourists in Photographic Composition

I recently traveled to a very touristy destination, Egypt, for a week-long photographic cruise. Not being used to sharing locations with others (un-destinations rule my photo life), I struggled to deal with the constant presence of other visitors that stopped everywhere for selfies, or to read a sign or to

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#858. Hasselblad X1D does F1! And a new challenge.

#858. Hasselblad X1D does F1! And a new challenge.

They said that it could not be done, He said, “Just let me try.” They said, “Other men have tried and failed,” He answered, “But not I.” They said, “It is impossible,” He said, “There’s no such word.” He closed his mind, he closed his heart… To everything he heard.”

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#856. Charming Chantilly

#856. Charming Chantilly

Where to start about this small town about 30 minutes from Paris by train. This is what Wikipedia has to say about this lovely medieval town. “Chantilly is a commune in the Oise department in the valley of the Nonette in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France. Surrounded by Chantilly

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#855. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/120 review – dealing in gentle absolutes!

#855. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/120 review – dealing in gentle absolutes!

Let me spoil you the end right away. This lens is ridiculously good, even by Hasselblad standards. While I will go into details further down this page, just know I couldn’t find fault with this extraordinary design. It’s not all good news, however. Ergonomics unfortunately lag far behind optics. At

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#854. A Camera for Paris!

#854. A Camera for Paris!

We’re going to Paris!  Well, next year, and probably in the Fall…so it’s a ways off. But we’re planning. What fun. ‘Trip of a lifetime’ to be sure. However, this will not be a photo-safari a la Pascal and his pals. I will not be photographing when and where I

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#852. ChiKi challenge results: the vibe tribe has spoken.

#852. ChiKi challenge results: the vibe tribe has spoken.

  This is one way to see it: in the book of Genesis, it is written: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. This is as good a

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#850. 3 days in Paris with the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 (minimalist review).

#850. 3 days in Paris with the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 (minimalist review).

A 3 day review of the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 in Paris.

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#849. One walk, three togs, 33 pics. And a proposition.

#849. One walk, three togs, 33 pics. And a proposition.

Photography’s like sex. Two’s company, three’s a blast.

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#848. (Easter) Monday Post (22 April 2019) – Thank you! (we don’t say it often enough) & update on the ChiKi challenge

#848. (Easter) Monday Post (22 April 2019) – Thank you! (we don’t say it often enough) & update on the ChiKi challenge

I started DearSusan 8 years ago, before vlogging and becoming a YouTube star was all the rage because a tiny book (On Photography, by Susan – The Susan – Sontag) had given me the shock necessary to lift my photography out of a tourist rut and into a deeply satisfying

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