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  • Location
    Southern California
  • Interests
    Cruising, cruising, wildlife...oh, photography too!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska
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    www.pptphoto.com

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  1. Nope...spent it all on cruises and cameras! 😉 Dave
  2. After Making a hard decision and passing on the renewal of my Zenfolio account back in January, I have spent a few months of weekend processing binges building out my photo galleries. I have now relaunched my pptphoto.com galleries with the new Java-based albums that replace the old Zenfolio galleries. They are faster and are much easier to maintain, not to mention that they lack the $170/yr I was paying Zenfolio to store my images. It is still a work in progress but all 39 of our cruises from when I went digital in 2002 are now online for the first time as well as some other destinations, som
  3. Pictures taken between Monday, April 5 and Sunday, April 11. Things are starting to open up! Get out there and take pictures! 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
  4. Last week I featured our current DIY project showing the birch plywood sides with the maple faces of of the vanity drawers all cut and ready for assembly as well as the partially assembled carcass in the background. Final assembly and finishing of the base was pretty straightforward and even drilling the holes in the tile for the drain and faucet went smoothly. The part I was dreading was finishing the plumbing upgrade for the water source. It was not done with the rest of the project due to wrench-resistant old pipes and tight quarters under the sink area. 2½ hours of crawling, wielding a saw
  5. With ISO400 and a reasonably steady hand, handheld will almost always beat out a tripod for shots from a ship. The low-frequency oscillations Bear mentioned are not as big an issue as engine vibration and people milling around on a slightly flexible steel deck. This shot was taken hand-held from a smaller tour boat as it pulled away from our main ride in Tracy Arm. 1/250s at f/5.6 did just fine. The rest of the tour is here: Tracy Arm (pptphoto.com) Even under some pretty horrible conditions, handheld from a boat works pretty well. This was taken from a
  6. The size isn't that amazing...wide angle panorama "Realtor picture". 🙂 The tiles are , believe it or not, foam. They weigh nothing and are a snap to glue up with a few dots of instant-stick glue like Loctite PowerGrab. They can even be used over "popcorn" ceilings without scraping. The mixer lift was a nice-to-have for Wonderful Wife until she actually used it. It is now a fan favorite! VID_20190916_155325.mp4 Dave
  7. One of my first jobs was in the '70s at Herb's Hardware in Chino, CA. It was a typical one-stop hardware store, mostly unchanged in ownership or policy since the '50s. You could buy a set of dishes, sheep shears, a mile of barbed wire and practically any size of nail or screw in existence all on the same receipt. Knowledge gained from talking to all kinds of craftsmen along with inspiration and some instruction from my Dad's DIY wood working, I have been doing one project or another seemingly forever. Our last major project was a kitchen remodel that took several off and on months to complete.
  8. Pictures taken between Monday, March 29 and Sunday, April 4. Things are starting to open up! Get out there and take pictures! 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
  9. Do It Yourself. DIY. Dee Eye Why? Why do people do it themselves? Well, a lot of money can be saved by doing it yourself or alternatively, significantly better materials can be used for the same money. Another benefit is that you can custom fit items to your spaces and apply any color or texture needed to match a décor theme. The main reason for me? It’s the feeling of accomplishment when I step back from a finished project and right there is an idea made real through my own sweat and effort. Granted, there are times when the end result isn’t as shiny as that picture in my head was or I spent
  10. Pictures taken between Monday, March 22 and Sunday, March 28. 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. I have never been a hockey fan. I don't dislike it for any reason but I think being raised in Southern California where naturally occurring ice was pretty rare dulled my interest in it as a sport. I guess kids like sports they can play and hockey wasn't one of them for me. My early exposure to hockey was highlights of brawls on Wide World of Sports and the famous line from Rodney Dangerfield: “I was is a bar fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.” I’m still not an actual fan but since my daughter married an avid LA Kings fan and they have introduced their son to hockey, I may ha
  12. I just updated my Luminar AI to update 2 and so far it is problematic. I don't know if it changed something basic in the rendering engine and has to update all 170k+ thumbnails before it will work smoothly, but it now it stutters and takes several seconds (as long as 20s) to render an image preview and again when you zoom. It seems to speed up when you've been in a folder for a while, so my assumption that there is some basic rendering change involved seems to be correct. On another subject, I keep checking for a "Show images in sub-folders" toggle but it has never been added and s
  13. Pictures taken between Monday, March 15 and Sunday, March 21. 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!
  14. Candles are made of wax. This was not always so. Early candles were made from rendered tallow which is an animal fat. Beeswax was used by the early rich and famous because is burned longer and didn't produce visible smoke. In the 1850s, a process was developed to economically produce paraffin wax from coal and oil shale and paraffin wax has been the primary component of candles since then. Beeswax is still used as well as plant waxes but these are still more expensive than paraffin. The candles pictured here are very special. Each one is worth 32.5 regular candles. Why? Because they are adorni
  15. The nice thing about cameras and other high-tech stuff is that when the bar is raised by some new entry, the floor raises with it. "Entry level" cameras produced today outperform pro cameras of only a few years ago. I don't need all the shiny features from the Sony A1 or this new Nikon flagship, but my next camera will undoubtedly benefit from the effort that went into their design. Dave
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