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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. He's recovering from a football injury. Dave
  2. Well we almost made it through the dark to the light. Didn't see that rope stretched across the path. Going from quarantine to curfew wasn't my plan for the weekend when restaurants and other "non-essential" places were supposed to open. Instead I spent the weekend putting in some sweaty hours working on our enclosed patio area renovation and designing a playhouse for our youngest granddaughter’s birthday. All this will eventually pass as do all dark times and I will be happy to see things get better. Until then, I will continue to hope that humanity doesn’t find a new way to destroy itself and the world we live in. A small glass of good pecan-smoked whiskey and turning off the TV helps with the hope. Tough Week Dave
  3. Peak design. I like how you can detach it and wear it as a bracelet until you need it. No long dangling thing hanging down when you carry normally on a neck or shoulder strap. Comes with two attachments so you can set up to carry either of two bodies. LINK Dave
  4. Pictures taken between Monday, June 1 and Sunday, June 7. The world is opening up again. Stay safe and shoot some pictures of it! Stay well. 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!
  5. This week we loosened the chains again and the family got together for another socially cautious gathering. This time it was to throw a small graduation party for Hailee (High School) and Savannah (Middle School) on the actual scheduled day that it would have happened on if the world hadn’t gone all Bizarro. Their Auntie made personalized cakes for each of them and we brought dinner from the iconic Vince's spaghetti restaurant. It was fun. We have really missed the family visits, impromptu or otherwise and it was good to see real people. The graduates seemed to appreciate the party that their aunt insisted they needed, right down to the little bottles of bubbles with graduation caps for lids. Bubble Girl Dave
  6. Pictures taken between Monday, May 25 and Sunday, May 31. The world is opening up again. Shoot some pictures of it! Stay well. 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. Way back when, people used folded sheets of paper to navigate. The paper didn't talk to you via your phone or audio system. It didn't tell you to get into the left or right lane to remain on course. It didn't chide you to make a u-turn or recalculate your route if you strayed from the proper path. You had to read the little street and highway names and keep track of where you were, probably with a pencil mark. N, E, S, and W meant more than a prefix for city or street names and failure to identify them correctly could cost you half a day on longer stretches of the interstates. Technology has made the road map an anachronism that many alive today never had to deal with. At least I will never need to refold my phone at 70 mph on the interstate. Analog GPS Dave
  8. Pictures taken between Monday, May 18 and Sunday, May 24. Others have mentioned it, but it bears repeating that photography is a very versatile hobby and taking time out from the worries of these trying times to focus on something familiar and fun provides a healthy and much needed dose of normal. Stay well. 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. Sony RX100 Mk III, IV, V, VI, VII Several models still in production with various lenses from $500ish to north of $1000. Not cheap but they are the best compact travel cameras on the market. Dave
  10. Another un-posed, spontaneous snapshot of grandkids with the camera I had in my hand. Yes, it was a phone. Yes the photo would have been sharper and more detailed if I would have used the “real” camera forgotten in the back of the car as we unloaded the Mother’s Day Front Yard Socially Distant Picnic supplies. The failings of digital zoom vs. optical zoom were apparent in the original picture and the noise reduction stole some detail. The digital blur introduced on the background by the portrait algorithm actually did a fair job of mimicking the shallow depth of field inherent to cameras with larger sensors and wider apertures. While not perfect, it proves my point that the picture you take will always be better than the one you didn’t. I Heart Cousins Dave
  11. Pictures taken between Monday, May 11 and Sunday, May 17. Others have mentioned it, but it bears repeating that photography is a very versatile hobby and taking time out from the worries of these trying times to focus on something familiar and fun provides a healthy and much needed dose of normal. Stay well. 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!
  12. Pictures taken between Monday, May 4 and Sunday, May 10. No idea how I forgot to start this one... Better late than never! Stay well. 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!
  13. Our oldest granddaughter is graduating from high school in a few days and that meant that senior pictures were required. Upon learning that there would be a photo shoot, Hailee's Aunt Kassi declared that it needed to be a Pintrest-inspired extravaganza. While not quite an extravaganza, she did a great job of rounding up and making props. Finding a location compliant with social distancing was another challenge, but a nice nearby park solved that. The whole morning was a delightful return to normal. (Masks are normal, right?) It was sunny, warm and a little breezy, giving us hope that things will get better. The subject of the shoot was cooperative and enthusiastic, earning her an A+ as a model to go along with her 4.0+ GPA. Congrats, Hailee! A Spark in the Dark The rest of the "extravaganza" is here: https://galleries.pptphoto.com/haileegrad Dave
  14. PBase is one of the most reasonable pay to play sites. I went with Zenfolio years ago for reasons other than pricing, but they have since expanded their storage limit to 3GB for US $23/yr. Here's the link to pricing: https://pbase.com/pricing.html Dave
  15. Pictures taken between Monday, April 27 and Sunday, May 3. Others have mentioned it, but it bears repeating that photography is a very versatile hobby and taking time out from the worries of these trying times to focus on something familiar and fun provides a healthy and much needed dose of normal. Stay well. 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!
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