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Cold and treacherous and absolutely beautiful.
Blocks of ice for feet and my trunk shivering long since I'd left the polar and ice-locked blue horizon of Lake Michigan, I found it hard to believe that there are countless miles of lake shore further north.  Yet they are there, stretching behind me in a great arc to Superior, the grandest in patchwork of puddles that fill the muddy dents left upon our continent by the last glacial maximum. Long ago when the Pleistocene winter raged...
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Secrets from our American Dreams
Where the heart meets the sea.

When first I came to California, I restlessly sought the coasts and the mountains with camera in tow. My wife and I would throw ourselves onto the fog-soaked brim of the Pacific or onto the granite hearth of the crown of California, and with hearts in our throats, look at one another and wonder what we had done to deserve such a graceful home.

As we’ve grown accustomed to California, our disbelief may have faded but our gratitude has not. Every now and again we are acutely reminded of what a magical three years this has been, of what an Eden this place is when the sun smiles upon you.

When I find a glimmer of daylight between other obligations, I find myself once again upon the strands and valleys of the Golden State with camera in hand. Back at home, I sit in front of my computer and open these windows into the wilder spots of California and can’t help but be swept away.

The kiss of brine upon the rock and the ghostly cargo mammoths skating out to sea; an icy cold ocean gale blows back my hair and forces the hooking seabirds to shore. In the distance, the doleful fog horn of the Golden Gate and the watchlights of cars upon the fog-wreathed and wind-driven temple of Marin.

Part of me will never leave.

http://thegoldensieve.com
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Lovely view from +William Neill that brings so many personal memories bubbling to the surface.

As spring rolls on, I'm missing the Valley.  I haven't been since December and I leave California this August.  I typically don't visit in the summer because of the crowds, but I may have to make an exception so as to see this place once more before moving back to the midwest.  I've lived in California for nearly three years now and it's been a time of incredible personal and professional growth.  Yosemite quickly became a second home to my family and I—I can't remember how many times we visited.  If there's one place I will most feel regret for having left behind it will be the valley, and it will surely be the first place I come back to California to see.
 
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Morning Mist over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California 2013

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/10 sec at f / 16__ISO 100
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Sutro tower in the gathering gloom. More here: http://thegoldensieve.com/we-used-to-wait/
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May thanks Daniel, I was there again this morning, much more to share soon.
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It's baaack...

My experience with Sony RX1 service.  

Hey all, I posted earlier (https://plus.google.com/105906551914419405362/posts/D5qkacu81hH) about a focus issue that developed with my RX1:

"I purchased the RX1 with a 4-year protection plan that includes accidental damage.  The other day, quite out of the blue, my RX1 started producing an E:61:00 error (I've dinged it here and there but nothing major and nothing right before the error occurred, although a bump could be the source).  This error indicates something is wrong with the AF motor.  Basically you can't manual or auto-focus the camera and the only "fix" I've heard about is to smack the camera (not doing that).  I spoke with them on the phone and just today they had me take the camera to the Sony Store to be shipped out for repairs.

The camera goes out to a technician today and I hope to have it back in my hands in short order.  As I think the utility and longevity of the camera depend heavily upon Sony's support structure, I imagine some of you will be interested to hear of any developments and how the issue is treated.  Stay tuned."

That was 5/30/2013, I received notice on 6/6/2013 that a part was backordered (check your spam folder people, could have saved myself some worry and a phone call if I had), and received word on Wednesday (6/12/2013) that the camera was coming back overnight FedEx.

Here I have it on my desk and the thing is alive and kicking as well as ever.  Ironically, after losing two Match Technical soft releases within the first few weeks usage, I opted to fix one more securely via some epoxy to the shutter release so as not to lose a third; and because it couldn't be removed easily, I lost this one during the repairs (the shop had to remove it to do the repair and couldn't replace).  There seem to be maybe one or two spots of dust on the sensor (within the margin of my detection and caring) and I can't wait to spend the next few months reacquainting myself with my little camera!

All in all, very happy with the communication and service provided—gives me great confidence that I'll be shooting with this gem at least through the lifetime of the service plan!
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Ellery forgive the delay in my reply. The camera was fixed in Mexico. Hope your situation is long since fixed. 
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Hey all, I authored a short "user report" of the RX1 a little over a month ago (linked).  I'm posting this to share my experiences now with +Sony customer support as the camera has developed an issue.  

I purchased the RX1 with a 4-year protection plan that includes accidental damage.  The other day, quite out of the blue, my RX1 started producing an E:61:00 error (I've dinged it here and there but nothing major and nothing right before the error occurred, although a bump could be the source).  This error indicates something is wrong with the AF motor.  Basically you can't manual or auto-focus the camera and the only "fix" I've heard about is to smack the camera (not doing that).  I spoke with them on the phone and just today they had me take the camera to the Sony Store to be shipped out for repairs.

The camera goes out to a technician today and I hope to have it back in my hands in short order.  As I think the utility and longevity of the camera depend heavily upon Sony's support structure, I imagine some of you will be interested to hear of any developments and how the issue is treated.  Stay tuned.
A few observations from a my first six months working with the Sony RX1
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Great news, and more details to follow, but after a slight delay for a back-ordered part I received my RX1 via FedEx overnight from the Sony repair facility in Texas.  The flaw has been repaired and the camera is in perfect condition now.  As I said, more details soon after I've put her through her paces but I'm thrilled to have the beauty back in my hands.
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Built in the US. So cool.
 
and so it begins:
Moto X - Built in the US, full with innovation, coming to a store near you this summer.
Excited to finally be able to start sharing our work over the last year, more lots to come! 
http://allthingsd.com/20130529/moto-x-coming-out-by-october-and-its-all-about-sensors-and-will-be-built-in-texas/
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Outstanding image by +Kurt Harvey!  Really stunning photograph he put together across from Yosemite Falls.  Great star trails and some wonderful illumination from a moonset.

I don't know exactly how Kurt did this, but for those who are wondering (and who are aware of the basics of star-trail photography), the "comet-like" appearance of the star-trails is typically made as follows:

While stacking all of the images, apply an increasing level of opacity to each layer so that, in the early frames, the stars are very weak and, as you proceed to later frames, the trails become much brighter at their ends.  In other words, proceed as normal, then start at the top (with the last image) and evenly reduce the opacity of each successive layer until the bottom layer (first image) is just above zero.
 
From a wonderful and peaceful night in a meadow under a half-Moon sinking into the West. Yosemite Valley. Hope you like it.  :)
You may enjoy this tune as well. ♬♬ Explosions in the sky - So long lonesome







Details: 23 - 4 minute exposures, ISO 640 stacked in Photoshop, basic editing and luminosity layers in Photoshop, Canon 16-35mm and Canon 7D, Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometer

+Artist , photographer , amateur or profesional 
#mountainmonday  +Mountain Monday by +Michael Russell 
#10000photographers    +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS by +Robert SKREINER 
#breakfastclub  by +Gemma Costa 
#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography 
#hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape by +Rodolfo Seide +Johnny Minor +Terrie Gray +Nicolai Neijhoft +Lani Banadera +Aamir Shahzad 
Relaxing Nature #naturemonday  +Rolf Hicker +Kate Church 
#Yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #yosemitephotography   #yosemite2013   #startrailsphotography   #nightphotography  
#plusphotoextract  
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 The function of ritual . . . is to give form to human life, not in the way of a mere surface arrangement, but in depth." —Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By 43, 45 (New York: Bantam, 1973)

Grind and Brew.  Kenya Nyeri AB Gatombya from +Sweet Maria's Coffee, my afternoon ritual with the laboratory.

#coffee #caffeine #sonyphotographers  
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Irascible curmudgeon at 31, can you imagine me in another 31?
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Lame duck scientist.  Future consultant.  Current twit.
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    Ph. D. Microbiology, 2004 - 2010
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