‘‘Tis the Season

What’s a Christmas holiday without the right Yule Log?

History of Yule Log specials via Business Insider . . . 

Hawaii - “the big island”

I’m nearing the end of my week on the big island. A lot of driving to many different fine places. Pictures will be forthcoming. I did find the time to post this gem. I don’t blame you if you don’t make it to the end of the video.

I know I got a little carried away applying one of YouTube’s preset filters to it.  I’ve been told it looks like a realistic cartoon.  I’m am experiencing the limitations of editing and publishing with only my iPad Pro.  I have been using a lightning SD card reader, but it has had its limitations in only permitting compatibility with certain apps.  Apple needs to understand the cards (SD or other) are not going anywhere.  Include a slot please! 

“Has anyone seen a red Nikon Coolpix camera?”

My dearest fraternity brother, J-Babe (twitter: @jasonaul) has been searching for over a decade.

not really sure if this is the precise model so use some imagination

not really sure if this is the precise model so use some imagination

Perhaps his detective skills would have had some actual results if he were able to pronounce Nikon correctly to the inebriated guests attending the festivities at the French embassy in 2008? Here is a refresher . . . Air Nippon Airways, Nissan, and Nikon are all derived from “Nippon” which is one way to read the 日本, which means Japan. 

 

  • That’s right! Nihon , where adding the suffix -go (Nihongo) means Japanese ( the language). Did someone just mention Nihongo Gamer? Yes! I did.

 

  • Here is the correct pronciation of the world’s oldest camera company still in operation today.

Key takeaway - - - Respect the “Nikon” by pronouncing it correctly. (Or don’t)

Who renewed my interest in photography?

There was a time back in college when I was routinely taking photos on a weekly basis. (some videos, pretty hideous though). This was circa 2005 to 2009. I was shooting on the cheap. Most of the stuff I was shooting was on consumer grade digital cameras or professional loaner old-school film cameras. I wanted to go all full frame digital but that was outside of any conceivable budget range I was able to manage. Then a couple years ago - around 2016 - I stumbled across this wildly entertaining photography reviewer who got me thinking about getting back into the photography hobby and eventually photography business. Meet Kai W.

Back in the day he had a popular camera and photography show on DigitalRev TV.  Now produces content independently on his personal YouTube channel.

 

and still occasionally with his partner in crime Lok Cheung @lokcheung  . . . 

 

Intro to Macro- photography and lake relaxation

I’m at Lake Keowee with my family this weekend. I was excited to up my macro photography game, but am having some difficulty finding stimulating subject matter to shoot. I recently acquired my first macro lens, so I’m still a novice in the macro world. I have one photo taken of a snake I wandered upon back in Greenville which I turned my macro lens eagerly upon. A low resolution version is posted on Instagram. It will also be linked here. Anyway, it’s been a relaxing weekend on the lake so far.

I have two pairs ctures that may have semi-great potential. I’ll have to really make that determination when I get home to Greenville and get them processed in Lightroom. I’ll let those be a surprise.

As for my newly purchased macro lens, here are the details. I buy almost all my lenses used and made no exception here. As I may have mentioned already I shoot with one camera body. It’s so great and set me back so much that I will unlikely be buying a back-up for quite some time. I shoot with a Sony A7RII mirrorless full frame camera. This macro lens has been a unique mounting experience for me. I do shoot with some non-Sony lenses but they are all designed for e-mount. This time I purchased Sony a-mount with an adaptor. For those not in the Sony mirrorless ecosystem, those cameras use a native e-mount. The a-mount is a lens designed to give that extra room needed for DSLR mirrors. The design actually goes back to the Konica Minolta era before Sony purchased their professional camera division. The adaptor give internal control of spatter but I must use the lens focusing ring which I kind of prefer anyway especially when shooting macro. I’m really enjoying this lens and enjoy the savings shoping for a used a-mount instead of an e-mount. It is a Sony 2.8 / 100 MACRO a-mount. Ant it is awesome!

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Sony A-mount MACRO 2.8 / 100 attached to a-to-emount converter

Sony A-mount MACRO 2.8 / 100 attached to a-to-emount converter