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  1. Anker makes a series called Eufycam that has a hub that can collect video clips from their cameras or doorbell onto a local SD card. It will only record motion triggered clips. If you want to record continuously, you will need to look at dedicated CCD camera systems like the ones from Swann or Lorex. Most dedicated systems are hardwired and even the ones that connect wirelessly usually require a wired power source. Personally, I have a combination of Ring and Blink cameras that have so far, not lost any cloud based clips. The ring Floodlight is hardwired power and wifi data as is the doorbell. The Blink cameras are battery powered but with the exception of the porch (or Amazon Cam as my wife calls it), the batteries last for months. Dave
  2. "The West coast has the sunshine and the girls all get so tanned". So go the lyrics of the iconic Beach Boys song. 2020 hasn't had much of an effect on the sunshine, but the tanning part has taken a bit of a hit. An afternoon down by the beach with the family was a pleasant break from the static world view that our least favorite year has imposed on us and walking around a classically California beach community with shops and restaurants doing their best to survive the edicts handed down by the PTBs (Powers That Be) set my mind wandering. Walking along the beach, I wondered what effect masks would have on the “girls all get so tanned” line of the song. What was not in question was the line about “the cutest girls in the world”. I offer our granddaughters as proof. California Girls Dave
  3. Pictures taken between Monday, October 19 and Sunday, October 25. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  4. A good multi-purpose photo/video camera would be the Sony RX-100 series. There are several iterations with various levels of zoom but any of them would provide a lot of versatility for photos and video. The only way a GoPro would be superior would be if you are an extreme activities person and need a droppable/submergable unit. Imaging on a GoPro is very wide and an eagle at more than 20 ft would look like a fancy sparrow and a bear at 200 yards would look like a very small dog. The RX-100 series starts at a couple hundred more than a GoPro and the latest ones are around $1000, but they are unmatched in performance for their size and cover a much wider range of possible photo situations. They are also small enough (pocketable) to be used with one of the smaller stabilizing gimbals available on Amazon. Dave
  5. Before we left to take the grandkids to the weekly open skating session, I had a great idea for a slow-shutter panning shot. I would have the kids skate past at speed and fire off a burst with the shutter set to about 1/25s. I decided that using the fisheye lens would add a creative point of view and a bit of challenge to the impromptu project. No plan survives first contact with the enemy. The enemy in this case was twofold. Matthew has taken skating to heart and is way faster than I expected. I also discovered that panning with a fisheye lens is like target shooting with a hand grenade. I used a lot of grenades. In the end, I got a couple of pretty good shots but this one was sort of unique in that only his face was followed well enough to remain sharp and in focus as he flew by. Too Fast Dave
  6. Pictures taken between Monday, October 12 and Sunday, October 18. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  7. I accidently broke the link "fixing" something else. You'd think I'd know what I'm doing by now... 🙄 Thanks for the heads up. Dave
  8. Pictures taken between Monday, October 5 and Sunday, October 11. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  9. On September 5th, a gender reveal stunt went awry and started a brush fire that rapidly expanded into a massive wildfire that burned for 23 days, consumed 22,680 acres, destroyed or damaged 24 structures including 9 homes. At its peak, there were 1,300 firefighters working the fire line with one losing his life in the effort to control the blaze. This photo was taken from Oak Glen Road where it winds through the mountains east of Yucaipa, CA. It is lined with homes, shops, restaurants, apple cider stands and orchards where families can pick their own apples together. The superhuman efforts of the firefighters kept the flames at bay and saved this wonderful little community from destruction. True heroes that deserve more thanks and more praise that they receive. Too close Dave
  10. Pictures taken between Monday, September 28 and Sunday, October 4. (a little late...) Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  11. Rokinon/Samyang 12mm f/2 is one of my favorite lenses on my A6300. I often carry the A6300 in a belt pouch with that lens as a wide alternative to the 24-105 on my A7III. Excellent sharpness even at F/2. That really helps the focus peaking which relies on contrast. 10s - f/2 - ISO6400 That fuzzy spot in the upper left quadrant is M31 in Andromeda and the two streaks on the right are sneaky meteors. Very little distortion as well. The Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye can be fun as well. Both can be found on sale on Amazon for less than $300. No regrets on either so far. Dave
  12. Ah, fall colors! I love Southern California when the fall colors are at their peak! Green and brown are colors. Right? 😶 Dave
  13. For several years I carried my A6300 with the substantial 18-105 f/4 G mounted on it and never noticed a balance issue. I guess if one of those reviewers I mentioned held the camera by the grip and the left side of the body, that would feel like the balance.was off with a larger lens but with the left hand supporting the lens, it was never a problem. With the same sensor as that A7III, low light performance should be the same (excellent). Though I'm not sure what you mean by macro performance since that is more a function of lens choice, you will see a significant narrowing of the depth of field for any given lens due to the larger sensor. Dave
  14. Well, it's been a couple of weeks and I've read or watched a bunch of reviews and I've learned one new thing and confirmed another. New: The camera is a lot more attractive to me than it was at first. Virtually identical to the A7III in performance with surprisingly minor compromises made to achieve the size reduction. Confirmed: Reviewers are a mixed bag at best with the majority being pseudo-experts who amazingly know better than any manufacturer what costly additional features a camera should have had to justify the price. I'm still not ordering one, but I will revisit that next year (damn you, Xbox Series X!) depending (or maybe not) on the specs of the "larger" 7-series cameras that may or may not appear in the next six months to a year. The A7c is a terrific concept and packs a lot of bang for the buck. As previously stated, If I had not already jumped into full-frame with the A7III, I would have already pre-ordered one. Does it have every little thing on my wish list? No. Nor has any camera I have ever owned. Is it a capable daily shooter that could step up to many or most pro requirements? I think so. I remember the "digital dream" from the early '00s. "Digital will make cameras smaller, lighter and offer features impossible with film". The last one started early with variable ISO, auto white balance and progressed to picture styles and phase detect AF on the focal plane. One look at a Canon or Nikon pro body or one of the 4/3 cameras hints at what part of the dream didn't really materialize quickly. Even my A77 was pretty much the same size as my Minolta film cameras. I originally bought a NEX-5 because the size and weight actually realized the other two "dreams" and the performance of the A6000 sent the big camera packing. My main struggle with going to full-frame was biting the bullet and going back up in size with the A7III, even though it wasn't all that much of a jump. Now there's a full-frame that is only slightly larger (and I mean slightly) than the A6300. It mirrors the A7III in performance and really only lacks a second card slot and the viewfinder isn't quite as nice. The lack of the second slot might be an issue for an event shooter or other working pro but for me personally, this is mostly made up for by the improved AF algorithm (same hardware) and the fully articulated LCD screen. Yes. I want one. However, the handling of the A7III has grown on me and since my next lens will likely be a 70-200 f/2.8 when the grandkids' sports fire up again, I won't replace the A7III with an A7c at this time. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, when the A7rV shows up with it's crazy new sensor, I plan to abandon APS-C and the A7c will be a no-brainer for a second body. A lot of things really sort of suck right now but it is still, truly, a great time to be a photographer! Dave
  15. Disclosure: I am not a professional photographer nor have I ever claimed to be. I take photos because I really, really enjoy taking photos. That said, sometimes the confluence of subject, light and the lucky fortune that I was there with camera in hand produces a photo that leads me say "hmmmmm...maybe I should". Luckily, within a short span, I come to my senses and return to the mindset of happy hobbyist and just smile at the photo that triggered the momentary desire to monetize my favorite pastime. This year has had limited potential as far as producing the kind of circumstance leading to a “hmmmm...” photo, but this week fate, a photo project for my daughter and a stunningly cute granddaughter made me pause...for a minute. Every Once in a While... Dave
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