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  2. Sorry Ann, I should have included that info. The organ is fully restored and regularly played upon. The acoustics of the church is somewhat less than before because of the sound absorption of the books and modifications to the building.
  3. Marco, I used to have a print with his tips for flash photography in my bag!
  4. Luc, try to remember the lessons given by Mr. AvU. :-)
  5. Today
  6. Excellent! LOL
  7. The organ looks magnificent — I imagine that it was also renovated during the conversion of the building. Is it still in working order and do they ever use it for concerts?
  8. Thanks Rags. I'm well aware that I'm privileged, not anyone can do what I do. As a further insight in Dutch "lifestyle", state pension age is coupled with life expectancy. For me that means at least 67,5 years. By that time I'll have worked 49 years, not counting an extra 4 years of newspaper delivery and working at the local supermarket during high school. But we're lucky to have a good state pension system which provides every pensioner with at least a basic income.
  9. I'll add an image of the organ in this church bookstore. Built in 1824 by Johann Christoff Scheuer.
  10. Thanks all for the excellent advices. This was kind of an impromptu shoot and daylight was almost gone so I couldn't prepare anything. Funny thing is in my Nikon days I did some event shooting with came out very well but somehow I seem to have forgotten the basics of flash lighting
  11. This is looking to be a formidable macro set-up for the GFX. Hopefully you won't have much longer to wait for the camera.
  12. Windy day today, for sure!
  13. For the last couple of weeks I've been busy scanning and processing almost 400 slides to produce two photo essays. The first, was an essay of slides on Homeless People here in Toronto, that I made a number of years ago and the second was from the many shots of photographers that I've taken over the last 40 some years. I purchased some excellent photo-essay software, and after some initial frustrations used it to get the two essays done. As a by-product, I now have a ton of new-old pictures available to post. This is a shot of my photobud Richard, made on the Gypsum Field in Death Valley. Nikon N65 Sigma 12~24 f4.5-5.6 autofocus Fuji Sensia II 100 ISO colour slide probably 5.6 @ 1/125th
  14. Storm Doris making the clouds move quickly! Fuji X-T2 + 23mm @ 1/950 f5.6 ISO 400
  15. Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front? Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke? Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters? Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage? EVER WONDER...Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'? Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word? Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do 'practice'? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food? Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?? Why don't sheep shrink when it rains? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
  16. All my adapters arrived, so I was able to firm up the system. Now we have a more-solid Copal-1 board in the front standard, dispensing with all the various rings and adapters. Because the AM-ED 210mm is so large, I had to add a Nikon PK-13 extension on the camera end, so that I can achieve focus. If I use a smaller lens, like the AM-ED 120mm, I would not need the PK-13.
  17. This is the Novoflex BALPRO system, with the Novoflex BALPRO APRO board, inset with the Novoflex NIK-A adapter (to Nikon cameras), with the Fotodiox GFX>Nikon adapter, ready to go, waiting only for the Fuji GFX to arrive. This will work for the various industrial lenses that take a bellows, like the various enlarger lenses, Large-Format lenses in a variety of formats (Copal-0, Copal-1, M39, etc.) Since this system already takes the Nikon camera, the Fotodiox GFX>Nikon adapter will just click on the adapter and we are ready to go. If you wonder why I have it mounted on the Tilt/Shift end of the BALPRO, it is because Novoflex only geared the front standard (and not the rear standard), and to stack properly, we have to move the camera on the rear standard, while fixing the front standard. So, I reversed it and now move the fr
  18. February 23 Wind and Rain, visiting an art collection photos from Jimmy Nelson. Df -- 28mm f/2.8ais
  19. another test shot ... camera on tripod, focus via live view, I'm holding her favorite toy so she stays put
  20. My father was a machinist so I can tell you that the plate has no mold marks or soft edges from casting. It seems on par with RRS and Kirk plates. it is simply a generic one with no overhead cost trying to exactly match the E-M1 II body. So many of the L plates made have bottom sections that are in the 100-110mm range. Those are way too long for a M43 body. The bottom section of this plate is around 82mm.
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  22. I am guessing that the huge price difference between the RRS brackets and the Desmond is because the RRS ones are machined from a solid block of aluminium while the Desmonds are probably cast? I ended-up with a Sunway on my D5 because at the time that the D5 first shipped, RRS were saying that a D5 version was planned but not yet available. Later on they seem to have decided that the D4S version would work for a D5 as well. So far, my Sunway bracket seems to be doing fine and I believe that they are machined (which allows for a lighter but still very strong item) rather than being cast?
  23. Back to the topic.....L plates Just got the Desmond DAL L plates from B&H. With them mounted, the LCD panel will swing open around 170 degrees. So that is noticeable better that using the Kirk L plate. When you mount the plate, you move the bolt from the center slot to the slot towards the front of the camera. When you move the plate just to the end of the battery door, you end up with around a 10cm gap between the port side of the camera body and the vertical portion of the L plate. That may be enough for folks to put cables into the ports with the plate mounted. I will not check that as I don't connect cables in the field. The plate comes with a large allen wrench for tightening the main bolt to the camera. A smaller wrench is provided in case you want to remove the two sets of stop bolts that could prevent the plate from sliding out of a clamp that was not as tight as it should have been. For $20 each and no shipping or sales tax at B&H, they seem to be good value for money.
  24. It is inspiring.... However I have not fact checked this For me, I'm just happy with it's entertainment value Rags
  25. February 22 Wind and rain, to stay in is the best choice for today. D500 -- 70-200mm f/2.8
  26. It would seem I'm in for some serious thumb twiddling!
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