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    Presently in an Eskimo village about 500 miles due west of Anchorage, AK
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    Wildlife, photography, my environment. I love taking photos of birds. And when I can afford to travel (less frequently the past many years) I love taking photos of what I am seeing as I travel. I love the four corners area of the US, and also the area along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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  1. Thank you for the explanation and the reference. I keep coming back to look at them.
  2. Now a couple more questions: Is this amount of the "fuzz" normal? Or did you find an exceptional batch of it? The rock with the fracture (#9), are you illustrating something to do with faults, or is it from a fall from above? I have been coming back and lookong at these for about an hour. If this were earlier in the evening, my questions might not be so strange. Have you done anything with converting the sage to black and white, high contrast? They remind me of some IR shots I saw recently. They are intriguing. Thanks agaon, Walt.
  3. Thank you. I guess I have never seen it before. I lived in Tucson for years, and spent much time in the desert, but do not remember anything like that. But I think Tucson is much lower in elevation than where you are. And I thought it was supposed to be Purple Sage.
  4. Merlin: I guess I will have to ask. Photo #4 and #5; is that frost? Surely they cannot be that "fuzzy."
  5. My temperature tolerance has also changed. I just cannot seem to handle hot weather anymore. I just found a conversion equation for Fahrenheit to Celcius. It has not been colder than -52 C since I have lived here. But I confess, the cold is tough to handle, too. I try to photograph auroras. And there is no good solution to keeping your feet warm besides bunny boots. I hate wearing them, but there is just no comparison between these and the second best solution. For hands, I may actually go to gloves with battery heating circuits. I have some heated inserts for my gloves. One style uses lighter fluid (catalytic heaters,) and the other is rechargeable electric. They each have pluses and minuses. And they work well on your palm, but still do not heat fingers.
  6. Thank you Dallas. The tundra is far more varied than most people realize. It is loaded with many species of lichen, moss and "real plants." I first came to this area in 1985, and actually lived in this community between 1992 and 2004, I returned, again in 2016. I was still a film photographer before, and kept telling myself I needed to get busy with photos of my surroundings. But I never did much until 2016. And now I really do spend a good bit of time documenting. I am still in awe of my surroundings. I live in a very high second story residence, overlooking a dock and the flowing Andreafsky River. It was frozen solid three days ago, and has now warmed up and melted again. Below is a view of a portion of our village: Below, an earlier view of the village from the cemetery hill. If you know where to look, you can just see the roof line of the building I live in. The dock is barely visible in this smaller sized image. It is the brown feature sticking out into the river. The body of water is the Andreafsky River.
  7. ....And a few more of Rosalind, and a quick look at the drummers. And another very young dancer-to-be, practicing with his grandmother. .
  8. With the shortened days and long nights, we are waiting for Spring, already. This is the time for other activities: chief among these is "Yurak," or Eskimo Dancing. Many hours are spent on practicing and learning the moves. One of my favorite dancers is featured below. Her name is Rosalind, and she has become a buddy of mine since I gave her mother some 8 x 10's, and shared a candy bar with her. She is really seriously practicing with the adults, and is demonstrating her newly learned moves. These are all taken with available light. In thiscase,it means many different brands of florescent tubes, and many different color temperatures to deal with. This Olympus EM1 seems to handle it with no problem. However, I went at least one stop too fast. I used ISO 4000, when I should have not gone over ISO 2000.
  9. And here are a few more shots. The brilliant red leaves below are Bearberry (sometimes written as two words, or even hyphenated.) They are safe to eat, but have a bland flavor but are supposed to be a favorite of bears. These are a Fall color. Below this shot is another of bearberry, but after a few frosts have occurred. Bearberry a bit later after multiple heavy frosts. These leaves are a dark burgundy. And should you ask the next question: "Are there any bears around here?" the answer is "YES!" Although I have not had to use it yet, I have a loaded 12 gauge shotgun in my truck. It has a full magazine, with the first four or five rounds consisting of rubber pellets (some with two, others with only one bullet.) And should the bear NOT follow the rules of the game (he is supposed to run away when shot with the rubber,) there are three more rounds of 1 oz of lead slug in each. I did spend several hours one night running around chasing bears, but they were never close enough to use the rubber pellets. In a village of less than 600 people we had TWO brown bears (ie "Grizzlies") and one black bear all making the rounds at the same time, searching out the trash that people should NOT have left out the night before trash collection.
  10. I guess I can give this another try (ie linking to flickr for images.) but we will see how well that works. Here are some of my more recent photos of tundra vegetation. Now that we are into Fall weather, much vegetation has died. Howver, many of the lichens have had a huge growth spurt. Below are some Pixie Cup Lichen. They really intrigue me. Below are cranberries, a bit of Labrador Tea, some cranberry plants, and a few black crowberry plants. And a few more Pixie up Lichen
  11. I have both this lens AND the Olympus 40-150. It is hardly a scientific process, but my impression is that the Olympus 40-150 is much sharper than the Panasonic 40-175 (at the long end.) I bought both of these when they were on sale. The Olympus was $179 US.
  12. I find this to be a VERY disappointing lens. I have read it described as "soft" at the long end. I think calling it soft is an understatement. Perhaps I am the victim of quality control and have a poor copy. Whatever the problem, I avoid using this lens.
  13. Dallas: As you suggested earlier, there is now  an E-M10 Mark iii model available for advance orders.  I have a couple of questions that I can not seem to find easily in all of the literature.:

    (1) It appears that TruePic VII is the current processing engine, with 16.05 effective pixels.  Is this the same for the Mark III (from what I have read, I think it is.) Is TruePic VII the latest processing engine for Olympus MFT bodies?

    (2) Is the sensor the same as the Mark ii?  (Again, I think it is from what I have read.)


    So if it is about the same camera, I cannot see any reason to purchase it.  It appears it has simplified the menu, but the actual camera is unchanged from the Mark ii.  Do you have any additional information?


    Thanks, Walt

    1. Dallas


      Unfortunately I have not even looked at the release notes for the E-M10 Mk III yet, Walton. I just got back from Sabi Sabi last night, so am trying to catch up on a week's worth of email, etc. As soon as I get back to normal I will see if I can provide some additional info on the new camera. 

    2. waltonksm


      Thank you.  We just ended a four day communication outage.  So I am catching up too.