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crowecg

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  1. I don’t think they’ll disappear completely should this deal go ahead. There will certainly be a retreat from certain markets and if you live in one of those markets, you’ll be stuck with the hassle of a private import or the second hand market. There will also be the risk that if they are focusing on a particular niche market, that any future products will focus on the needs of that niche and may differ from the needs of the broader market - a gross simplification, but an example might be they drop the OM-D line and just focus on the PEN line, or perhaps the other way around.
  2. I can understand that you have a different view. The concept of lockdown is certainly dangerous if you don’t have a stable government and strong economy. I also realise there are many parts of the world where this virus is no more dangerous than many other diseases and conditions that plague such regions. The WHO says that: In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 405 000 in 2018. Covid still has a way to go to match that. Just imagine if as much attention was put into a malaria vaccine or cure as is currently being put into Covid. And consider measles - Even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available, in 2018, there were more than 140 000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of five. That is certainly something to consider when people are saying everything will get back to normal once we have a vaccine for Covid. In areas where either of these two conditions are prevalent, there is often a long list of others just as problematic and Covid is just one more thing on that long list. Why worry about a Covid lockdown when there are a dozen other equally dangerous diseases out there that haven’t justified such actions?
  3. I think many of the UK’s welfare issue arise from Margaret Thatchers policies. I think there is a misconception common in her contemporaries and successors that the economy can keep growing and that the population can be upskilled to continue that growth. Unfortunately it doesn’t account for those can’t upskill and become long term unemployed, those that are on long term medical leave from stress because they are pushed into a role with responsibility that they can’t handle. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were revealed that her successor Boris and his mate Dom considered the ‘herd immunity’ approach as a way to reduce the national welfare bill. You may consider it a Ponzi scheme but it’s one I’m happy to invest in so that I’m never in the position of having to deny one of my loved ones medical care because of cost. I’ve seen the quantative easing policy many major economies are following described as effectively being just that - a way to print money, but one that avoids the risk of hyper inflation. If they can afford to bail out Wall St (or City) investors that way, why can’t others benefit from it? Why can’t it be used to provide the funds for healthcare or a social safety net? Yes population density has a major impact on the level of services that can be provided, but the point I was considering was not the level of service available, every country is going to have rural areas where it will be necessary to travel to get a higher level of service, I was considering whether that service is affordable for everyone, irrespective of their financial position.
  4. I guess this is a good advertisement for the Welfare State with universal healthcare and a social safety net. I know not everywhere can manage such a thing for many different reasons, some perhaps going back to Western colonial era plundering. When you have a system with rampant poverty, the choice between maybe catching a disease or definitely starving is going to only be answered one way. I do also see the irony of global responses to this crisis because it is affecting major western nations, whilst there are still diseases such as measles and malarial together with starvation and sanitation based problems that are killing similar numbers in developing countries every year as they have for decades in the past and likely will for decades into the future. What I also can’t understand is why a country like the US is so resistant to the government providing healthcare and a welfare safety net. From an outsider it often appears as a grass roots resistance, but I’m sure that there will be significant lobbying by the health insurance sector too.
  5. Given Australia’s Geographical isolation, reasonably strong economy and strict immigration controls, the prospect of eliminating community transmission is a feasible goal. New Zealand has already proven it possible. I know such a goal isn’t possible everywhere. I did find the news earlier this week that the UK will allow quarantine free travel to and from Australia rather amusing given the state of their handling of this crisis. The Australian government will certainly not be considering reciprocating that offer at this time. Taken to apocalyptic extremes, Aus/NZ could be becoming the city in the dome or above the clouds. Hopefully, things won’t come to that.
  6. Melbourne is going back into lock down. Looking out the window at the cold and damp weather outside, I’m not going to miss being out and about.🥶
  7. That would be wide even for an interchangeable lens camera, and most would probably also show that curvature at the edges.
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    Light Trails

    fuji XF 27 f/2.8 on the X-E3, so no stabilisation. Maybe next time I should take a tripod.
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    Light Trails

    I was just holding the camera steady against the top of a wall, but there doesn’t seem to have been any sign of movement in the rest of the image. I would have thought there would be a bit of a bump in the middle of the picture where tram tracks come out of the side street, but it seems to be more widespread.
  10. I guess the last one was shot with the ultra-wide option - there seems to be a bit of distortion around the edges. What is the equivalent field of view? You've certainly done a good job of catching those clouds.
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    Light Trails

    Also on my trip to the supermarket, I took a detour to the rooftop car park and tried grabbing a few shots of the light trails from the passing traffic. night 3 I think the location may be a bit too brightly lit and I was probably a bit late in the evening, as the traffic wasn't too heavy. Another variation got some nicer light stars from the street lights. night 4 I had tried this once before, when I lived in Hong Kong. Light Trails That was shot on film and was the view from my apartment's kitchen window, so I remember sitting there for some time counting the traffic light sequence to work out when I would get the most cars, for a single attempt. The more recent ones on digital from a damp car park were more of a shoot and pray. There are another couple of locations that I am thinking of trying for this sort of shot, so if the weather and time permit, I will get out to try them.
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    Another Night Walk

    I've been making a habit recently of taking a walk over to the supermarket one evening a week. I have kept thinking that I should take my camera with me - last week I finally did, although I nearly didn't has it had been raining, but then the wet footpath has a nice reflection at night. night 5 An interesting reflection in the window - I haven't tried pulling up the shadows enough to see if I can be seen reflecting too. night 2 And a couple more abstract images - I can't decide which I prefer. The general composition of the diagonal one, I like, but perhaps the tree branch spoils it. Unfortunaltey, I only had one fixed lens with me, so I couldn't move forward under the tree and zoom out further. The square on one avoids the clutter of the branch, but just desert have the enigmatic look of the diagonal. night night 1
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    Dawn at Joshua Tree

    And airport car parks! 😀 There was a spell a few years ago when I was flying down to Hobart for day or two every week. There was one day I got back into Melbourne, took the bus to the long term car park and then just couldn’t remember where I had parked. What made it worse was I could find the spot I had parked in the week before and the week before that. After that I started writing the location on my car park ticket.
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    Dawn at Joshua Tree

    I’ve done the same, stashing my backpack behind a rock for safety and then struggled to find that safe rock.
  15. I think I would agree with the analysis of this from Thom Hogan, in which he suggests that Olympus will not disappear as a camera brand, but that they may retreat from some less profitable markets - perhaps even to the extent of an Asia only brand.
  16. Various sites are running stories this morning that Olympus is selling off its camera division. Hopefully the buyers can restructure it into a profitable ongoing concern without too much disruption for users.
  17. Good luck, hopefully this is the start of the recovery for you.
  18. crowecg

    Saturday Breakfast

    There are 5 under the TV+ channel that are listed as Apple Originals and are included in the subscription here. One about elephants, one about the Beastie Boys, one about a Pakistani skater girl, The Banker with Samuel L Jackson and something called Dads. I think all the other movies are what you would have previously bought/rented through iTunes.
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    Saturday Breakfast

    It is certainly very limited in content, although they are rumoured to have bought the rights to the Tom Hanks movie that was due out around now. They seem to be working on the basis of commissioning new content rather than starting up with a back catalogue of old content.
  20. I’ve got an old F70, that I keep thinking about running a roll of film through, that has the same problem. I don’t suppose simply ripping it off would work as it is probably just as sticky behind it.
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    Escape

    I think we’ve been talking about different images. yes, the fence shot was a metaphor for the isolation we have been through. I don’t think it’s much of a standout photo on its own, but it does serve as an introduction to the series. Ironically it was the last photo of that outing.
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    Docklands Evening

    I wouldn’t mind a Texas trip too, although at this time of year the waters beyond Port Phillip Bay can get a little rough. But I guess where you are you also get to see the force of the Southern Ocean.
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    Escape

    I’d thought of the series as perhaps a metaphor, but not so much the individual images. What do you see in that second image? Is it an emptiness? I must have been lucky to get a gap in the constant traffic of cyclists and joggers on the path across the pond (there are a few of them hiding under the trees at the left edge). Somewhat ironically, I’ve thought that many parks and footpaths seem to have been busier under the various levels of restrictions than they would normally be.
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    Docklands Evening

    Melbourne Docklands is always pretty quiet after dark. Docklands by Night #1 And looking in the opposite direction - Bolte Bridge Docklands by Night #2 An alternative view of Bolte Bridge Docklands by Night #3 I tried playing with the colour to bring some warmth to the white lights and add a bit of contrast to the blue lighting. Also amazed by the IS capabilities from the Fuji lenses - this was hand held at 1/5 sec. (the previous two had some barriers to lean on). And finally, the Docklands Wheel. Docklands by Night #4 This time managed handheld 1/2 sec. This sort of night time shooting is something that has always interested me but I've never wanted to be weighed down by a tripod. Finally I've got a set up that can deliver the sort of results I want with the freedom to wander unencumbered.
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    Escape

    Some photos from my first real outings (although they are now a couple of weeks old). escape 1 escape 2 These first two were a local walk not far from home. escape 3 This third was a work outing. Fortunately picked good weather. Also found something good from this current crisis - running late from this outing for a subsequent meeting, so simply found a suitable parking place and logged into the meeting from the car.
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