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  1. Pictures taken between Monday, May 10 and Sunday, May 16. Spring has sprung! Get out there and take more 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 fun wit
  2. On Sunday, the family gathered at the only restaurant within 50 miles that had reservations available for a party of 10 as of a month ago when Daughter Kassi made them. Lesson learned. Located on a hillside overlooking the valley, the place was nice. The price was high and the food and service, while decent, illustrated why some venues automatically add a gratuity. Long story as to why we went to a restaurant rather than put on one of our own family-famous brunches but the bottom line is that Kassi did a great job arranging a family gathering that didn’t require days of preparation and hours o
  3. I use Aperture priority to give me control over the depth of field. Shutter speed is seldom an issue but when it is , I adjust the minimum shutter speed in the auto ISO settings (not all cameras have this). A while ago, I wrote an article on low-light shooting that spends a fair amount of verbage on the interaction between ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. This is referred to as the Trinity of Exposure and while it seems like it would be very complicated, once you get the hang of how they relate, it will help you choose the right setting for various situations. PPTPhoto
  4. Interesting article over on DPReview this morning titled: Do We Really Need All Those Buttons and Dials? It's a good question that was apparently prompted by Fuji reducing the control complexity on its new X-E4 vs. the X-E3 that it replaced. My personal opinion? Less is more, except when it isn't. For years, I have listened to photographers I have met while traveling who proudly state that they only use full manual mode. Many of them were carrying expensive DSLRs that while bristling with dials and buttons, contained state-of-the-art computer technology that could in milliseconds a
  5. Starting to look like a $1200 phone. I hope one of the new features makes it able to photograph tomorrow's winning lottery numbers today. It will now have to be spectacular. To be fair, it already sounds spectacular. So, spectacular-er? New Sony APS-C camera due in a couple of weeks. A7IV maybe later this year. Pixel 6, October-ish. 'Twill be an interesting year. Dave
  6. The A99ii, A77ii and A68 which were the three remaining models of Sony cameras that featured the Minolta A-Mount have been listed as discontinued on B&H and have been dropped from Sony's site. I sold all my A-mount stuff except for an old Maxxum 5000 film body and one normal zoom when I made the jump to full-frame. I don't miss them on a technal basis since either of my e-mount cameras are leaps and bounds ahead of even the A77 and the newer lenses have really benefitted from modern designs and materials. What gives me pause is purely nostalgia. I shot A-mount cameras from the
  7. Pictures taken between Monday, May3 and Sunday, May 9. Things are starting to open up a for real! Get out there and take more 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 sh
  8. On our way back from a family visit, we encountered this rental truck that displayed an example of what logisticians refer to as 10lbs of manure in a 5lb sack. It struggled up the inclines and sped down the declines on the winding stretch of Interstate 5 known as The Grapevine and changed lanes enough that we kept our distance. Until we didn’t. It was an irresistible photo-op. I was driving, so Wonderful Wife “strongly suggested” that I preset my phone and hand it to Sister Tammy and have her fire away as I passed. This week’s entry was the best of several good shots and the first PAW collabor
  9. These make me want to make plans for the next show I can find. I haven't been to an airshow since the last one at Norton AFB before they closed it in the early '90s. It was a great show that ended with a takeoff and flyover of the SR-71 that was on display all day. A very science fiction moment. That jet is just plain eerie. Dave
  10. It truly depends on the phone and to some extent, the photographer. A good friend has a fairly good Motorola with a 16MP camera and the difference in quality between it and My Pixel4 is much like what you describe above. Within the limits of the lens and light availability, the Pixel produces images with quality superior to any of the fairly advanced P&S cameras I have owned. Same with the latest Samsung flagships or iPhones. Not all phone cameras are created equal, which is why I have a good one and no longer use a compact camera. The photographer factor is twofold. Knowing how to use the
  11. Sort of how I viewed phones until I picked up a Nokia Icon Windows phone a few years ago. Its main selling point was the camera and it was honestly good enough to delay and finally cancel my next purchase of a daily-carry compact camera. Since then I have moved to the Pixel phones and the magic they perform with the remarkable 12MP Sony sensors and computational processing is a game-changer. I rarely print anymore but have a couple of 16x20s from images captured on a phone and nobody has yet jumped back and said, "Ewwwww...phone picture!" 🙂 They also look great for my current display preferenc
  12. Having taken a day off for our second Moderna shot and an appointment, we decided to visit a local legend for breakfast. My first visit to Flo’s Airport Café was in the mid-'60s with my Dad after a run to the airport to pick up some parts for his job. Bill Bailey’s Surplus is gone now but honestly, the airport doesn’t feel much different now than it did then and hardly at all since the last time we were there 15 or so years ago. Minus the new cars, this photo could have been taken in any of the last five decades. Inside, Flo’s has made the Covid adjustments but the pictures on the walls, most
  13. Pictures taken between Monday, April 26 and Sunday, May 2. Things are starting to open up a little bit more! 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
  14. When I was shooting predominantly with my A6300, I had the excellent Sony 18-105 f/4 G zoom lens on it most of the time. When I moved to the full-frame A7III, I went with the Sony 24-105 f/4G. Both are medium zooms with a constant f/4 aperture and in researching them, I found the sharpness of a modern high-quality zoom gave up very little to prime lenses within their ranges. As with the A6300 before it, I have had the zoom on my A7III probably 99% of the time since I got it, only switching out for the 70-300 occasionally for kid sports or a zoo (to be fair, I usually pack my A6300 with an alte
  15. Early in 2019, I started a home computer replacement project. Since tech had changed a lot in the 4 years since the previous build, nearly a year passed as I researched and waited through the inevitible new-release shortages for the new stuff to reach the market. Last January, I put the finishing touches on the new box and pressed “GO”. It has been reliable to the point that I just realized I hadn’t really looked at it closely since then. The wall-mounted case is completely open with only a glass shield in front of it and I was surprised to find virtually no dust on the fans on the graphics c
  16. Pictures taken between Monday, April 19 and Sunday, April 25. 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
  17. Sony hates me. Maybe they don't actually hate me, but they have little regard for my personal finances. They just got done hitting me with the A1 super-camera when the rumor mill started dangling specs for the A7IV later this year. Now, in a brazen attempt to decimate my tech budget, they announced the Xperia 1 III phone. The camera specs read like an Alpha mirrorless camera or maybe a high-end Cybershot rather than a phone and include things like real-time tracking AF, real-time Eye-AF, a 12MP three camera array featuring 16mm-f/2.2, 24mm-f/1.7 and 70-105mm -f/2.3-2.8 (optical zoo
  18. This is just a bit of history for those who post Picture-A-Week images regularly (and maybe a small poke at those who should 😉). This is my tenth year for the PAW Project and thanks to the consistency of Blurb, I have nine identically formatted books chronicling our lives on a weekly basis since 2012. After getting our first computer back in the early '90s, we started a Christmas tradition of publishing the Pierce Family Newsletter (or PFNL as it came to be known) instead of sending out the usual 25-in-a-box Christmas cards. These started out as WordPerfect documents printed on a dot-matrix pr
  19. Two years ago, our Blood Orange tree surprised us with a huge growth spurt and the even bigger surprise of nearly a hundred oranges. Last year was almost as big a surprise with almost no blossoms and only about four oranges. Also missing were the bees with only a couple showing up when our cactus blossomed instead of the usual dozens. It was also a bad year for our avocados despite the tree blossoming heavily. Whether the lack of bees was the common denominator or not is unknown but this year looks to be a return to productivity with all the trees blossoming and the air filled with our little
  20. Pictures taken between Monday, April 12 and Sunday, April 18. 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
  21. Nope...spent it all on cruises and cameras! 😉 Dave
  22. 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
  23. 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
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