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My favorite pics of June 2018, from Valensole in Provence. Available as high quality prints for only $20 at arnogphoto.com!

I recently switched to Sony from Canon and I've been discovering the Sony ɑ7rIII. Switching to a new system takes some time and some experimenting to understand its strengths and weaknesses and how to use it under different conditions.

An additional challenge I had was that I've been traveling without a tripod because of my upcoming adventure through the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (no room for it in my tiny bag). But it's been a good learning experience.

Unfortunately, I'm not super happy with anything I shot in Tuscany and the Dolomites. Maybe I'll change my mind once I spend more time processing them, but it was at the very least a good scouting trip. I now know the shots I want to get and how to get them, I'll just have to come back with more gear!

Chasing the light is a game of patience. I had visualized the first shot about a year ago. It's a classic, but I'm glad to have it in my portfolio. The lavender fields of Provence are at their peak in early July, so I had to wait for the right time. I came back to this spot a few days in a row to get the best possible sunset.

The first spot is well known, and very popular with photographers and tourists alike. Unfortunately, most of them don't have the patience to stay until the light reaches its peak, and so they miss on the spectacular light show.

The other spot is a less popular one. I found it by driving around until I spotted this lonely tree. I knew there was a composition to find there, especially with this stormy sky in the background, but it took me a while to figure out a composition that worked, although in retrospect it's quite an obvious one. I struggle sometimes to find a composition. I'll get the intuition there is a composition to be found, look around for hours, and come back disappointed. Not this time, though!

If you enjoy these images, please share this post and follow me on instagram.com/arnog 🙏

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7/9/18
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Tecendil.com has been updated to the latest version of Eldamo. Use it to browse the dictionary in Tengwar, as well as to do your own transcriptions using one of the available modes: quenya, sindarin and several flavors of English, including phonemic.
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I have acquired a WhiteFox keyboard!

The WhiteFox is a 65% mechanical keyboard designed by Matteo Spinelli. It has been available as a kit, as well as some pre-assembled units, but it's currently out of stock, and has been for a while. It appears that there were only a few thousand units manufactured. Luckily, I was able to track down someone who was willing to sell theirs!

The WhiteFox is a bit of a legend, partly because of Matteo and his talent as a keyboard designer, but also because the keyboard was designed specifically to appeal to the mechanical keyboard hobbyist.

It features an aluminum plate, low profile anodized aluminum frame, a white PCB (which you can't see unless you open the case). My unit comes with Cherry MX Clear, although a wide array of switches can be installed. It also features white LEDs that provide an elegant glow and a custom white and blue USB cable. The firmware is programmable either with an easy to use online configurator or by compiling and flashing the Kiibohd firmware. I haven't played much with the firmware yet but I plan on exploring that a bit more.

The keycaps, Arctic Set, was designed specifically for the keyboard. It's a PBT set with dye-sublimated legends. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of the keycaps, which I find too thin and soft. I like the keyboard overall, but if I'm going to make this my daily, I'm going to need another set of keycaps...
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5/15/17
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I tried to scour the web, but in vain...

Does anyone know of a translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or at least the first article:

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood"

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Hello friends,

I have made some updates to my Tengwar transcriber (http://arno.org/tengwar/), including more accurate Sindarin and Quenya modes, as well as a brand new English Phonemic mode (for Northern American English). It also incorporates the latest version of Eldamo, so you can use it as your everyday dictionary :)

On a related note, I'm thinking of giving it a more creative name than "Tengwar Transcriber". How about Tecendil? Would that be an accurate neologism for it?

Looking forward to your feedback!

Best,
Arno.
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2015-10-14
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Last night I saw thunder. I was watching the sun set from the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison when a storm started approaching from the west. Soon, two other storms appeared, north and south. For a couple hours thunder clapped in the distance, giving me an exceptional light show.

We rarely have storms in the Bay Area, and even more rarely thunderstorm, this is the first time I've captured thunder.

Multiple long exposures (30s), Canon 5DSr, 70-200mm at 200mm
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2015-08-17
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Last Sunday, sunset at Alamere Falls.

Alamere Falls, along with McWay Falls, further south near Monterey, is one of two tidefalls in California: a waterfall flowing directly into the ocean.
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Foggy Golden Gate Bridge viewed from the pier at Horseshoe Bay near Fort Baker, Sausalito. Single 30s exposure at f/8 ISO 100, 30mm with the Canon EF24-70 f/2.8L USM lens and the Canon 5DSr
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