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Irascible curmudgeon at 31, can you imagine me in another 31?
Irascible curmudgeon at 31, can you imagine me in another 31?

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Cold and treacherous and absolutely beautiful.
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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.

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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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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.
Sony RX1, A User Report.
Sony RX1, A User Report.
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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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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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Sutro tower in the gathering gloom. More here: http://thegoldensieve.com/we-used-to-wait/
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