Ann

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    New York State
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    �Everything —� except anything to do with popular "Celebrities"
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    Nikon D5
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  1. Thank you for your extremely kind thoughts and good wishes. It DID hurt . . . like Hell . . . and for nearly three weeks. But the Hydrocodone pain-killers prescribed by the hospital were even worse in their effects so, after taking just three of them over two days, I flushed the rest down the Loo and decided that "keeping a stiff upper-lip and carrying on" was a far better prescription. The hardest thing was to move from a sitting to a lying-down position (and the reverse) but I adopted a sort of Dolphin-roll (with my arms (flippers?) folded in front of me and that worked surprisingly well when getting in and out of bed each night.
  2. The new AF Fine Tuning works brilliantly in the D5. It is very easy and quick to do it for all your lenses (and for combinations of any of them in conjunction with every TC too). Once the settings have been saved, the AF Fine Tune is activated automatically when you change lenses. I believe that AF FT works similarly in the D500 as well.
  3. Versatility (the ability to photograph any situation, anywhere and under any conditions); superb design and ergonomics; totally dependable and robust construction; fast, spot-on focusing; and extensive User-selectable customisation are my criteria for a camera. I think I already have the ultimate camera for my purposes; and it meets all of my criteria. It is not mirrorless, nor is it encumbered with an EVF. Even after a recent unfortunate accident: (food-poisoning which caused me to faint and fall which resulted in a wrenched shoulder, all thoracic muscles and a cracked sternum!), the superb balance of my D5 meant that I could continue to take photographs even when I was in that condition.
  4. What a beautiful rose! Does it bloom only once or will it repeat through out the summer?
  5. Lovely vibrant colours and good detail. This looks like a Coleus: a member of the "Dead Nettle" family (Labiatæ). These cultivars come in a wide variety of colours. They are a tender perennials which are grown for their colourful leaves; but are usually planted as annuals in this area. http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/grow-coleus/8734.html
  6. Very pretty Geraniums. Actually both these plants and the Pelargoiums are members of the same Geraniaceæ family You could side-step the nomenclature issue by calling them Cranesbills. (If you wait until they are seeding, you will see the reason for their popular name!)
  7. Nikon seem to be producing equipment to feed two entirely different types of Users: those for whom utility at the lowest possible price and weight is important (as in these new plastic-mount DX lenses); and a completely different build and quality for those that demand the highest quality optics and robust construction regardless of price. There is no reason for for the latter group to avoid the cheaper lenses if they handle them gently and understand their limitations. If you need a 360° circular Fisheye on a FX body, the new DX 10-20mm is a lot more economical for something that you will use very rarely than is the Nikkor 8mm — if you can even find one because the 8mm has now been out of production for 20 years. VR has little significance for me on any lens shorter than 100mm because I normally prioritise on using faster shutter-speeds (and simply wham-up ISO as needed!) although VR does provide a smoother view-finding experience with the ultra-telephoto lenses or when shooting from a violently heaving small boat.
  8. Expense played a big part in encouraging one to become a lot better at darkroom printing, (and quickly!) — especially when making prints larger than 20" x 16". Photoshop is much more forgiving with its History and limitless undo-redo so it now makes the output of good prints so easy.
  9. One made small holes which were shaped and big enough to obscure everything else on the negative except for the object that you want to add to the composite. Then you hold (and jiggle) the piece of card in the light beam between the lens of the enlarger and the sensitive paper and make an exposure that would be correct for that object. This is called Burning-in. To darken the sky, or add a different sky, you would make an accurate tracing of the horizon and cut the cardboard along that line. If you want to make something print lighter than normal, you cut a piece of card to the appropriate shape, tape it to the end of a piece of stiff wire; and used it to block that part from the light during part of the exposure. That is known as "Dodging". This is exactly how we are still working in Photoshop when we make Layer Masks.
  10. The way which we made composites in traditional (wet) darkrooms was by changing the negatives in the film carrier and projecting part of them onto the same sheet of sensitive paper using masking (a piece of card with a hole cut in it) to protect the rest of the sheet. Once you achieved a successful composite, you normally made a copy-neg so that you could reproduce it more easily.
  11. This is the sort of "angels-dancing-on-the-head -of-a -pin" discussion on which DPR thrives — when it runs out of "Equivalence" threads! Never mind those charts and graphs and just USE the camera with whatever ISO you need to get a sufficiently fast shutter-speed or small enough aperture for the purpose in hand! I am lucky enough to have a D5 and it is the nearest thing to a "Universal Camera" that I have ever had the pleasure of using and I have never yet run into either a DR or ISO situation which the D5 has not been able to handle.
  12. For local use, I still prefer my KATA Reporter bag but the airlines have now listed new dimensional-restrictions (and have Cages at check-in which they can use to enforce those restrictions) and my KATA is too deep by two inches. Rather than risk getting Gate-checked, I bought a Guru bag last year which exactly meets their listed dimensions and I use it on a detachable trolley. Probably because the Guru looks as if it conforms with regulations, the airlines have never weighed it — which is indeed fortunate because it contains my back-up DSLR, my 200-400mm, the Nikkor holy trinity and several other lenses; batteries and other bits and pieces. (The D5 and another lens fit into my lap-top bag.) I have taken my Guru on flights with Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Air, Malaysian Airlines, Silk Air, South African Airlines and Jet Blue and have, so far, not been made to gate-check it — although I have had a few comments about its surprising weight from cabin staff when I have asked for help in stowing it in the over-head bins! My bag happens to be a very feminine pale creamy-coffee colour and optically it looks as if it is much lighter than a black bag so that probably helps.
  13. The problem with permanently attached wheels and drag-handles is the additional four or five pounds of weight: the StreetWalker 2 weighs-in at 8.2 lbs when empty. Many airlines restrict Carry-ons to 15 lbs max. (or less!) so that doesn't allow one to pack much equipment in the bag. I prefer to use a separate detachable trolley so that, if I do get caught for bag-weighing, the bag gets weighed without its wheels.
  14. Very nicely done!
  15. The Update just adds support for some more camera bodies and lenses; more support for Lr mobile; and a fix for a few minor bugs. https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new.html