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  1. . Similarly... Here's a link to daily podscasts ("Here's A Thought") on the photography art life. https://www.lenswork.com/
  2. "Wild Dahlias" Created with a custom adapted, reversed, old Zeiss projector lens...
  3. . Dallas, I currently shoot 7 different camera systems (including Fuji X). Two things I like about my Fuji: 1. Best focus peaking - makes nailing manual focus lenses a breeze. 2. Love the "Q" menu. More than once I've had people claim my Fuji X body was a Leica camera. So if making a pro appearance is important, you could do worse...
  4. Dallas, just thought of another option... I shoot MFT, Nikon, Fuji X, and Pentax camera systems these days. I enjoy hanging out at the following blogs that specialize in these systems: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums https://nikongear.net/revival/ https://www.fujix-forum.com/ Unfortunately, I have never found a good photography blog that specialized in MFT. Maybe your new and improved site could specialize in MFT camera systems? You already have lots of high quality content on MFTs, AND I consider you extremely knowledgeable on everything MFT. To make this new site the talk of the MFT world, you'd probably want to invite to join you established experts in both Olympus (https://www.youtube.com/c/robinwong) and Panasonic MFT systems (I don't have a name for this one). Good luck, Dave
  5. . I'm into a very specialized niche of photography, namely creating/building/adapting fast vintage film era lenses (and even non-photographic lenses) for use on either full frame digital cameras, or MFT bodies with .64x Metabones Speed Boosters to create ultra shallow DOF bokeh images. There are only a handfull of people in the world who can teach me anything in this very unique and specialized area. The last thing I learned of value was from an in-depth discussion I recently had with an expert in Mamiya Sekor 645 medium format lenses. Based on what I learned from him, I decided to purchase some Mamiya 645 lenses, and will be conducting a medium format "bokeh shoot-out" of these new-to-me Mamiya lenses comparing them to similar medium format lens made by: Pentax, Bronica and Carl Zeiss Jena. General photo blogs out there and gear review blogs are numerous and well established. I believe that the demand for new photography blogs will likely be in highly specialized areas (like my experimental bokeh niche), especially in those areas that are not served by smart phones. Also, I've always believed that teachers should only teach what they are expert in. I could never teach a photography class that involved the use of auto focus lenses, because I have not shot an auto-focus lens in years. Dallas, teach what you are an expert in (real estate photography, wildlife safari photography, etc.). Specialize, and don't have a website with images that could just as easily been taken with a smart phone.
  6. very organized and "professional" looking!
  7. . I've tried/owned/used many image editing software's over the years. Heck, 10-20 years ago I even taught PhotoShop classes at a technical college. Since Skylum came out with Luminar, I've been using it. Earlier versions were OK, but didn't meet all of my needs. Then, a week or two ago Skylum released an update to Neo that had "AI Masking". Revolutionary! I now like Neo so much that I've deleted/purged both PhotoShop and Lightroom from all of my computers. If you want to buy Neo, get it using Jim Nix's discount link. Jim does an outstanding job of developing free Neo training programs on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/c/JimNix ).
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    Not surprised to see the "plastic jetsam" had washed up on shore in such large quantities. My wife is "nuts" about recycling everything, including plastics. She doesn't know that very little of it gets reprocessed here in the USA. Most gets loaded on large ships and is transported to the Vietnam area where unscrupulous companies are paid to process the plastics. Being that processing plastics costs more than it's worth, much of it gets clandestinely hauled out to sea and just dumped into the ocean. I contend it's better to just bury one's used plastics (with the other garbage) near where you live; that way it does not pollute the oceans. I truly believe that the majority of mankinds problems are caused by greed.
  9. blurmagic

    The Old Place

    Your furniture looks so comfortable! Nice....
  10. I currently own many systems, and in the past have owned/tested most everything from the tiny Pentax Q/Q7 to medium format. Being a confirmed "Bokeholic" my choice is easy - micro four thirds (preferrably 20mp sensor) with a fabulous .64x magnification Metabones Speed Booster. Such a set up enables me to shoot inexpensive/fast vintage, premium, manual-focus, full-frame glass (mostly Canon and Nikon) and realize sharper results and better/thinner bokeh than that lens produces on a full frame camera body.
  11. . Excellent video. What's a "stacked sensor" do? Have you tried it? Does it noticeably improve your photos?
  12. blurmagic

    Golden Beach

    I agree, your silhouettes are outstanding!
  13. $2,200 USD for this MFT body - CRAZY. I just purchased a used (but truly like new) Panny GX85 for just under $200, and it does everything that I need from a MFT body!!
  14. Frankly, I see nothing that this new MFT Oly body has to would prompt me to purchase it. I am perfectly happy with my 16mp GX85's!!!
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    USS Midway

    Nice composition. Is this an HDR image? Looks like one to me.
  16. Generally, I prefer mirrorless cameras for various reasons. However, I still own and regularly use 5 DSLR bodies. One is the Nikon D700. I primarily use it for it's wonderful black and white renderings. The remaining 4 DSLRs are older CCD sensor bodies. I still believe that for rich colors, nothing beats a good CCD sensor. The highest resolution CCD sensor body that's not made by Leica ($$$$$$$) is the Sony A350 at 14 mp.
  17. The big cities are becoming hell holes. My daughter lives in Minneapolis Minnesota USA and was deeply affected by the terrible George Floyd riots that took place just a few blocks from her home last summer. As the big cities continue to degrade, people will flee to the small towns and rural areas. What is keeping most in the big cites are the higher wages that they can make in the big cities. But in time, many will realize that peace and safety are not a price worth paying for a job that pays a bit more money. While the current exodus from the cities is now only a trickle; just wait, all that is needed to turn it into a flood are future riots that go into the areas where the rich live. Dallas, you are fortunate that your skills allow you to work where ever there is an internet.
  18. Dallas, the decay you speak of sounds like what I see in American cities. The big difference here is that in addition to the dangerous/degraded areas, you also have the parts where the super rich live that are beautiful and pristine. The rich are oblivious to the conditions of the poor. It's like there are two worlds, with the rich paying no mind to the poor because the rich are isolated in their fancy areas and only ever interact with their affluent friends. But I'm thinking this might be changing in the future.
  19. I won't bore you with my best and worst of film cameras. As for digital cameras... Worst - Never much cared for any of the Nikon or Canon DSLRs. Best - Nikon Z6, best camera ever for my adapted lenses. Great feel and terrific ergonomics!
  20. . if the flange focal distance of your lens will work on your camera, regardless of the mount, i could probably adapt it using either a focusing helicoid or a macro bellows. I do have a D200 that I could use for the build, however, my services are not free. The attached photo is a somewhat similar lens I adapted to Nikon F mount. Or, you could return the lens to the seller, and try instead getting the Hasselblad Zeiss Planar 80/2.8 that Allan recommends.
  21. if no one comes forth with actual experience adapting this lens, then you'll need to figure out how to do this yourself. I have 10 FREE videos on the basics of adapting lenses on YouTube. These videos might help you to come up with your own solution.
  22. . Dallas, interesting to read about how expensive Drone licenses are in your country. I do not use a drone. However, I have been eyeing a used 15 foot tripod that is for sale locally that I thought might provide a higher "pseudo" drone angle of view. https://wausau.craigslist.org/pho/d/stevens-point-bogen-tripod-stand/7383365719.html
  23. Dallas, my son just sold his house. i thought the realator he used posted some excellent photos of it ( https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1030-Willow-View-Dr_Orono_MN_55356_M78005-31972 ). I really liked how he used a drone to show the property from the air. Knowing that you shoot real estate photos I thought you might be interested. Dave
  24. The link opened much faster than the current server you are using. maybe 4 or 5 times faster. Dave in Wisconsin USA
  25. i had this camera too. Liked it a lot.
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