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I for one hope you don't stop blogging. You're in my RSS reader and although I rarely do HDR I do enjoy reading your posts. So thanks for all that you do and have done for the photography community!

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Sharing some incredible photography from Ethiopia by a young Canadian photographer (not Joel L). Great storytelling in these images

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I was just browsing Chris Orwig's blog and he linked to Robert Gupta's talk on Ted, "Music is medicine, music is sanity".

In this talk, he gives a description of what art is:
"take something that exists in all of us at our very fundamental core, our emotions, and through our artistic lens, through our creativity, we are able to shape those emotions into reality and the reality of that expression reaches all of us and moves us, inspires us and unites us"

Simple, profound and beautiful.

Great talk as well. Totally worth a listen to.

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A pastoral sunset over the Sacramento river

One eye on the potential sunset and one eye on a spreadsheet. This is how I spend Monday thru Friday from 4pm to 5pm. Sometimes it's not a spreadsheet but a planning tool, or statistical graphs or a command line interface. Invariably it's data of one sort or another -acquiring it, analyzing it, and making changes as a result of it. It'spart of having the "Knack", or at least pretensions of the"knack".
Dilbert - The Knack

Most days, the sunsets are nothing special but every now and again a beauty appears. This was one of those beauties. So I drove 5 minutes from the office down to the river and enjoyed a beautiful show of light.

Thanks for looking.

The "small size" camera world is undergoing some large changes technologically. Great for the consumer and exciting for the gear heads and technoboffs.

The Sony Nex 7 kicked it off with an inter-lens changeable (ILC) APS-C sized sensor in a small mirrorless body with a built in EVF of reportedly superb quality. Fuji just announced a ILC body with a new APS-C sensor technology that promises beautiful sensor IQ, marketed to be better than full frame sensor IQ. Nikon recently released a small ILC camera with a small but high IQ sensor and a focus system that utilizes a new form of auto-focus (both CDAF and PDAF) providing extremely fast acquisition and tracking. It also has a high quality EVF. Canon has announced an almost APS-C sized sensor in a camera with a built in zoom lens that promises high quality images. Olympus and Panasonic are rumoured to be announcing new ILC cameras in early February.

I personally can't wait for the latter two announcements as I'm hoping they will offer the ideal compromise of all the strengths of the cameras listed above but without the weaknesses.

Sony: Poor native lens choices. Middle of the road autofocus
Fuji: Relatively slow autofocus.
Nikon: No fast primes available. No built in flash.
Canon: In built lens has less then stellar aperture range.

Bring on February!

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Feeling Stressed?? Read on...

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, Raised a glass of water and asked; 'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued, 'And that's the way it is with stress management.. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, As the burden becomes increasingly heavy, We won't be able to carry on. ' 'As with the glass of water, You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.' 'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, Let them down for a moment if you can.'

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

"Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short Enjoy it!"

Stay Strong & Live with Passion

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Merry Christmas from Sacramento!

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Top secret: Shoot locally

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Can't help but share this.....
The stars you see at night are the unblinking eyes of sleeping elephants, who sleep with one eye open to best keep watch over us.
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