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Mike, Just: congratulations. Thanks for so generously sharing your joy & peace with all of us: your "TOP family". One of your well-wishing "siblings".
It's probably just as well I'm in the Antipodes. Otherwise I'd be very tempted to pop around for a cuppa and a chat. Frequently. And that would be likely detrimental for TOP. I'm so pleased things have started to work out. Please just be a bit more careful than I was: I plonked my A3+ inkjet at the end of my desk, with the result it's stuck on the french polishing.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2014 on Moving Notes at The Online Photographer
In "The Hills" 40km east of Melbourne, in the Antipodes, we specialise in "four seasons in one day" weather. That's why our Bureau of Meteorology is based here. I consider Autumn to have generally the best weather: reasonably settled, relatively mild with a variety of conditions. And there are the colours of autumn leaves on the deciduous trees. Just wonderful. In Spring, our native plants generally produce their flowers. This is where a macro lens comes into it's own: many of these flowers are quite small and delicate. A treat for those who make the time to look closely. I was about to list the minority categories to which I belong, but I think I shan't: "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member". (With thanks to Groucho Marx. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Groucho_Marx )
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2014 on Open Mike: Beautiful Day at The Online Photographer
Well! Exciting news. And while the builders are in, you'll be out, testing cameras & lenses, making more photos for us to admire. Sounds like we all have benefitted here.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2014 on Thanks! (Update) at The Online Photographer
A friend recently bought a FujiFilm X-Pro1. Nice feel to the camera. But after doing the manual focus thing with a Fuji lens, it was disconcerting (to say the least) following a swap to a Zeiss lens, to find there was no auto-focus. The Zeiss (for Fuji) lens does not have the MF/AF switch. That required re-mounting the Fuji lens.
Pentax *istD & the 31/1.8 lens. The *istD is, in some respects, dated now. Working around the annoyances intriguingly improved my photography, & made it a passion.
Fascinating. I just love how things dovetail together on TOP. Last night I finished reading the 1903 short story by Jack London, "To Build a Fire", included in last Sunday's "Open Mike: More Books from the Great List". This morning (the wonders of time zones) I see Ctein's wonderful photo of Vivian and the aurora borealis by moonlight. Here down under, where we have more bushfires than snow, I now have an appreciation of what it means to have naked skin at -35° Celsius. (In Jack London's story, it's -75° Fahrenheit, -60° Celsius. Either way, pretty chilly.) Farewell regular columnist, you'll be missed. Welcome new technical editor.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2014 on Ch-Ch-Changes at The Online Photographer
Those of us in the antipodes are drawing to the end of Summer, though the forecast http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml for this coming long weekend (Labour Day, not to be confused with "eight-hour" day) still has some reasonably warm thirty-degree days (centigrade). Just thought those of you in the North would like to know.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2014 on Blog Notes at The Online Photographer
Happy Birthday Mike. And many more. You'll no doubt be pleased to know here in the SE corner of Oz, we're having some decent-sized fires.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2014 on Off-Topic Week at TOP at The Online Photographer
Mike, As far as this devoted reader, and sometimes commenter, of TOP, I wish you a speedy and complete recovery to good health. I am enjoying the "oldies bu goodies", a couple of which had escaped my notice. (Or maybe I had managed to forget them!) It's a bit like Ctein's links to earlier columns: in the light of further information, the earlier content can often impart knowledge that wasn't there before. Fascinating. Andrea.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2014 on Mike Update at The Online Photographer
Yes. There have been quite a number of cameras through my 'gadget bag' over the 'digital years'. Most now passed on to younger people of my aquaintance, who are enjoying using them. The cameras with which I've really felt at-one: Olympus XA, Canon Ixus (the original with 2.1Mpx, and CMY sensor colours), Sony W1, and Pentax *istD. The first three are all eminently pocketable, while the relatively compact dimensions of the *istD with prime lens enables it to fit into my handbag. (And caused most of the other contents to be jettisoned.) There have, of course, been other capable cameras, but it's those four that have stood the test of time.
Mike & Xander & Lulu, A very Happy Christmas to you. And a very Happy Christmas to all readers of TOP. Here in Oz, the Land of the Long Weekend, some mean-spirited types try to tell us we shouldn't celebrate Christmas. Instead, let's celebrate all the festivals of which we're aware. Let's be inclusive. The positive spirit represented on these occasions can be appreciated by all. Andrea.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2013 on Merry Christmas at The Online Photographer
Dear Mike, TOP is my favourite site on the internet. The world-wide contributors and commenters, ably guided by you, provide much food for thought. I feel like popping around to "Volusion" and giving them a strong 'talking to'. They are the last company I'd ever use for anything, based on the way they have abused every single one of the top staff at TOP. Thank goodness my initial attempt to pay by credit card failed, causing me to pay pal from the antipodes. A blessing in disguise. Andrea. P.S. The programming group to which I belong, adug.org.au , uses a 'payments gateway' firm that is reliable, but may necessitate conducting affairs in Australian dollars! A.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2013 on Volusion Nightmare at The Online Photographer
Yes. I'd accept in a flash. I've started to document "The Hills" where I live, using my weather-sealed digital MF gear. But it's actually a bit heavy to carry all day and night with more than one prime lens: so the 'normal' lens is the one for me. (I really don't like zoom lenses: the discipline of 'zooming with my feet' feels more natural.) [If permitted, adapters to enable use of my Novoflex tilt/shift bellows with the single body and lens.] What I _will_ do in this generous year, is a series on "the new face of photography": - attending as a participant in as many of Peter Turnley's workshops (Cuba, Paris, Sicily, Lisbon, New York, Venice, and Mumbai) [1] as are scheduled during the year, but just one per city. - I will use a Pentax K-3 (don't own) just because of the excellent ergonomics, with the FA 31/1.8 Ltd lens (do own) [46mm-e]. I would also make the opportunity, coming from 'down under' to stay at a modestly comfortable hotel for a week before and after each workshop, making photographs in and around those locations. [1] http://peterturnley.com/workshops
By way of background, I've been a "computer person" for most of my working life. (Programmer, analyst, computer shop backroom bod, et cetera.) A couple of years ago I bought a mac mini (mid-2010 [1]) for a project, upgrading the RAM to 8GB, 2.4GHz core 2 duo, 320GB HDD (60% free). It happily crunches away on my medium format photos, likely due to the 'elbow room' afforded by the RAM. When I sold my windows notebook, I looked around and decided to go with the then just-released 15" retina mac book pro (mid-2012), 2.3GHz i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (60% free). (There was no word then of the 13" retina mbp.) Although it's effectively a 'closed box' [2], if it lasts out the 3-year 'apple care', it'll probably keep going for quite some time. However, the core of my system is really a Network Attached Storage (NAS) box, with oodles of hard disk space (5x 2TB HDD configured as RAID-6, giving 6TB of storage, with two redundant drives). That means I can skimp on the computer storage, get a good-enough processor, and plenty of memory. Only current projects stay on the computer's storage, and are regularly saved onto the NAS box. Time machine backups are done to the NAS box. It's the NAS box that is then backed up. What computer to choose among the air and mbp? For me, the retina screen is the real point of differentiation, and would lead me to pick the mbp. Though today's choice is between the 15" and 13" models. The 15" is decidedly faster, bigger and heavier, but the 13" is probably sufficiently fast. So I'd probably choose the 13" over the 15" mbp. And either way, at least 8GB of RAM. [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_Mini#Specifications_3 [2] http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Retina+Display+Mid+2012+Teardown/9462/1
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2013 on Air or Pro? at The Online Photographer
Thanks Mike. A moving post. I liked your portrait of Ned from six years ago, and I like it today, too. I imagine Grimmy will be happy with your photos. It's beaut to be able to share some good photos of friends, with other friends. Especially when the former has 'passed on'. I do wonder whether the two cameras, or maybe really the expression of active seeing, when 'on assignment', that identifies someone as 'the photographer'.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2013 on Ned Draws a Crowd at The Online Photographer
Beaut. Those of us "down under" look forward to seeing you move to our neck of the woods. (That _is_ what you mean, isn't it? [vbg] ) Oh yes, remember there's the option of telecommuting to minimise pressures on one physical space. But then that's a good definition of TOP at present. I wonder if physically remote people can see the _same_ image, either on screen or (more likely) printed, using something like X-Rite's ColorMunki "Digital Pouch"? That would be an interesting experiment. Best wishes from Oz, Andrea.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2013 on TOP Is Planning to Grow at The Online Photographer
Me too: this series is most interesting. Please do keep us informed.
Hmm. Reminds me of another lens, though this one covers the full 24x36mm 'K-mount': http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/394223-REG/Pentax_20290_smc_Pentax_FA_31mm.html [ I'll leave Mike to massage the link to include the TOP reference: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2144&KBID=2882 ] The Pentax Limited 31/1.8 is a wonderful lens. I trust the Zeiss measures up.
I've just done a bit of mental arithmetic: Ctein will be making on average two or three prints per day for the next two months. That's real commitment, and even more so considering the reasonable price for this print offer. Thanks again. (I wonder how Mike will TOP this?)
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2013 on Sale has Ended at The Online Photographer
Ah. Memories. I recall fondly many many games of snooker while at uni. Of course Walter Lindrum is considered by those of us 'down under' to be one of (if not the) greatest exponents of the felted tabletop.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2013 on Open Mike: Wanna Play? at The Online Photographer
I too, despise spammers. To assist with the flow of my beloved TOP, I'm more than happy to assist with minimising the demands on Mike's time. I'm more than happy to log in with my (essentially inactive) typepad.com account. Besides, I can then quickly find all my previous comments -- a bit like my personal bookmarking into TOP. Oh. That's interesting. There's no 'captcha' box.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2013 on TOP Comment Policy Change at The Online Photographer
Record shots are funny things. Often they can be quite banal, but sometimes they soar to heights, as Mike's one of Ned exemplifies. That's why I endeavour to have a camera with me all the time: I never know what opportunities will arise, be they record shots, or something for which I have greater intentions. And after the event, it can at times be difficult to decide which was which. My condolences, Mike, and to Ned's family. I feel like it's not just an empty sentiment.
Thingo is now following Gordon Lewis
Feb 10, 2013
I'm very enamoured of (in order): - "O'helo sprouting from pahoehoe", and - "Moon& bare branches". I'm sure whatever is offered will be exquisitely printed.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2013 on Heads Up: The Scoop at The Online Photographer