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This may be presumptuous of me, but from my distant perch, you seem to check a lot of the boxes for what is currently labelled as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and was formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome, and still relevant, as a group, we just call ourselves Aspies.
Hey Mike, the thing I don't like about your personal Fuji lens kit is that you don't have a WR lens. My theoretical Fuji kit included the 23/2 WR for shooting in bad weather, and I'd always have the 35/1.4 for speed. FWIW. [Good point. I also have a 23mm ƒ/2 WR; I just haven't used it much yet. --Mike]
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2020 on Personal Lens Roadmap at The Online Photographer
I'm working on my Nikon Z lens lineup. Currently I have the 14-30/4 S, the 50/1.8 S, and I eschewed the kit lens in favor of the 24-70/2.8 S zoom. These lenses cover the focal ranges I work in most. Nikon is soon to release a 70-200/2.8 S, while splendid from what I understand, it's just too much lens for me, size wise, weight wise, price wise. I would probably only use that one-third Trinity zoom ten percent of the time. What would be ideal would be a 70-200/4, but it's not even on Nikon's roadmap. I'll probably just get the 85/1.8 S and call it a day.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2020 on Personal Lens Roadmap at The Online Photographer
After having exhaustively researched Fuji for myself, but ultimately deferring to Nikon, I came up with this lens lineup: Fuji XF 14/2.8 R Fuji XF 23/2.0 R WR Fuji XF 35/1.4 R Fuji XF 56/1.2 R Pretty much what you said about wide angles and maximum apertures, plus the extra two millimeters of width from the 14/2.8 is significant.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2020 on Which Superwideangle? at The Online Photographer
That's easier said than done, but maybe Wolfgang was a sociopath.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2020 on Quote o' the Day: Mozart at The Online Photographer
Wow, splendid article by Bill Jay. I saved it for future prosperity. I reflect on my own photography and I realize that it has evolved from gear for some theoretical "thing itself," to gear for the thing itself. Without the thing itself, all you have is gear.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2020 on Reminder! at The Online Photographer
Maybe we all need to become hybrid shooters, moving seamlessly between the two formats. Everyone knows Leica is a dinosaur.
As James Carville said, "It's the lenses, stupid." Or was that the "economy"? I don't know, but Nikon's Z glass is so great, in another league really, that if a camera body can't mount Z lenses, who cares.
Reading reviews isn't shopping 😂👍.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2020 on Stopping Shopping at The Online Photographer
Being a long distance truck driver and all, and having gotten some fantastic landscape shots: the Sierra's in general, Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Joshua Trees in fog, Great Basin in Nevada--too many to remember--I've decided to turn my attention to casual candid portraits of my fellow road Dawgs. It really is quite a cast of characters, and their faces tell a story. I think I'll switch from the Nikon Z6 to the Z50 with probably the 14-30 S fullframe lens (21-45mm equivalent). I like that the Z50 has a pop-up flash for daylight fill, and the crop sensor shouldn't be a liability for this application. Looking forward to it!
Yup, I'm still perseverating Z6 reviews long after acquisition, and I know I shouldn't be doing this. [One little snippet of quasi-poetry really helps me: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." Attributed to the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who used it in talks and sermons for years before it was set down. Reading reviews of something after I already own it is something that I would slot in the "courage to change the things I can" category. --Mike]
But if Frank had travelled from Chicago to Laredo, he wouldn't have cross cut the continent (just the United States), but you're correct about your usage, and I'm irrelevant again 😂👍. Dang you Moose! 😂
Moose gave me the courage to be pedantic too 😁👊: speaking of Robert Frank's travels creating The Americans, you referred to the United States as a "continent." Forgive me because my sentence above probably has a million mistakes 🖐️😷. [You can cross the North American continent and also have crossed the United States, since the US itself spans the continent (cf. "from sea to shining sea"). That's not the same as conflating the two, I don't think. Now see what you started, Moose? --Mike]
Ctein is writing science fiction now 😂.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2020 on Lenses and Losses at The Online Photographer
Wow, just wow. The burning and looting of Central Camera has absolutely nothing to do with George Floyd. Mr. Flesch should be outraged instead of parroting totalitarian talking points.
I think you're on the right path Mike, also routinely known as Intermittent Fasting. Congrats! Don't have much time to be typing but just want to add that a couple techniques for breaking a plateau would be to increase exercise, longer walks etc., or by increasing your calories for a few days as in eating three meals for a few days and then returning to OMAD (one meal a day). As you know, the benefits of IF far exceed weight loss: autophagy, boundless energy, etc. etc.
AAUGH! 🏈😁🦶
I wish I didn't stubbornly cling to film while never seeing the writing on the wall.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2020 on Do-Over at The Online Photographer
We should all be like that locomotive: through clouds of doubt, frigid cold, snow in your path, we must persevere. Get yourself out of bed, fire up that engine, and get your ass down the tracks. Slow train comin'.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2020 on Print Crit: The 'SPS' at The Online Photographer
So I surmised that you liked the print, but you don't really like those types of prints? Is that correct? [I might discuss the issue of taste vs. judgement more in a future post. I can't communicate everything I know or think about photographs and printing in one short post. --Mike]
Just to expand on Mike's hunting analogy, FWIW, you don't go out and spray ammunition around hoping to hit a deer. No, you isolate your prey, wait for the precise moment, then pull the trigger, click the shutter. And since with modern mirrorless technology you know how the image will look beforehand, why even photograph when you know you have nothing worth photographing?
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2020 on Picturehunting at The Online Photographer
Yes, "hunting" is correct, but I do find it difficult to understand why all the bad pictures (chafe) are taken in the first place. I'm a long distance truck driver working the western states. I see some absolutely incredible scenery on a daily basis. I see the picture before I take it. I'll pull my truck on the shoulder of the road, get positioned, click the shutter, usually one time, and I'm done. I'm very very picky surveying the scenery while I'm driving. Since I'm using a mirrorless Nikon Z6, the EVF shows me what the picture will look like before I take it, so it separates the wheat from the chafe. I call the pictures "RoadScapes."
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2020 on Picturehunting at The Online Photographer
You lose fluid through urination, sweating, and evaporation. It would require a caloric surplus of 3500 calories to gain one pound of fat, so clearly that's not happening.
The weight fluctuation is just fluid Mike. You have to consume four times as much potassium as sodium every day: approximately 4000mgs to 1000mgs. Most people consume way more sodium than potassium so they retain fluid after their eating window closes, before going to bed. If you get the sodium/ potassium ratio correct you won't retain so much fluid. [Well, maybe, but that doesn't sound right, unless you're saying I must have peed 55 fluid ounces last night. Sometimes I don't pee at all. And my eating window closes at 3 pm, sometimes as late as 4 pm, so it seems unlikely that I'm still retaining fluid when I go to bed 7-8 hours later. But maybe. I don't know. --Mike]
I always wondered why so many musicians seem to gravitate to photography? I certainly wouldn't compare myself to Kenny Rogers, but those are my two passions as well. I don't understand why though.