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merlin last won the day on 2 September 2018

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About merlin

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    Merlin Emrys
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    Northern New Mexico
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    Most of my photography is meant to document Nature as I see and experience it. So much of the land and wilderness has already been lost, and even more is endangered by those who wish to feed their addiction to greed, power, and control.

    My hope is to inspire people to protect what is left, and to go out and experience it for themselves.

    Other creative activities include abstract expressionist painter, writer, musician, kayaking, hiking, cooking.
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  1. merlin

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    It has sadly become all too obvious that Dallas is missing the point entirely. And since FZ is his dog-and-pony show, we get to accept it, or pull an Ann Shelburne.
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  3. Despite gloomy weather forecasts, our off trail hike was mostly sunny, with interesting cloud formations over the soaring cliffs. It was Diana's first outing with a camera, and she got some wonderful photographs. There is always something very magical about these adventures amongst the trees, boulders, cliffs, shrubs, and cacti, and with recent rains, wildflowers. Perhaps it is the stillness, solitude, and expansive vistas that allow for deep connections with Nature, Earth, and Spirit, but it is always a special experience. X-T2, 18-55mm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
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    Vivion, I completely agree with almost everything you have stated relative to this issue. I am refraining from giving your posts a thumbs-up, however, in keeping with our shared perspective in terms of this theatre of the absurd.
  5. Wondering if anyone has used the relatively new XC 15-45 lens with the XE-3? It seems like an excellent combo for those who are wanting something small and lightweight, with better resolution (albeit much shorter reach) than my discontinued X30.
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    We creative types often are overly sensitive! I am as well, but if I can get my little easily-damaged ego a bit out of the way, I am always appreciative of folks who take the time to share what they see and enjoy in one of my photographs, and as you and others have done, offer suggestions for improvement. I accept that "likes" have become a big part of social media, much of which precludes real engagement and connection. But I take issue with you rewarding them with a competitive advantage, e.g. moving to the top of the Popular Posters list.
  7. I tried two card readers plus the USB cable with the same results. Fortunately I only had taken a few photographs in the garden, so the loss was a non-event. And the others, after formatting the card in the camera, were taken to test the card, so no loss at all. And as I said, it was a huge relief to find that it was not the camera, which had only come back from repairs a week or so ago!
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    I agree completely. The best way I have grown photographically is from the kindness of fellow photographers who have offered insights and suggestions for improvement.
  9. For the first time since entering the digital format in April 2009, an SD card has failed. It is a Sandisk Extreme Pro 32 GB SDHC UHS-II. When I inserted it in the card reader, none of the files were useable. The error messages indicate that the file info had been truncated. I re-formatted the card in the camera and took some photographs. Everything seemed fine, but when I inserted the card in the reader, it came up blank. After huge anxiety that it was the camera and not the card, inserting a different one worked perfectly.
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    For another view: I have 300 more likes than posts on perhaps the largest Fujifim forum, but very few comments. Whilst it is nice that so many folks enjoy viewing my photographs, participating there has not really helped with improving my photographic skills.
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    This whole thing reminds of of the Cecil DeMille movies of yesteryear, when the Roman emperor and empress voted whether or not to throw the Christians and others to the lions in the Coliseum. Creative suggestions and feedback are of great assistance for my photography. Thumbs up or down says more about the person choosing that as a response than anything else, and in my opinion is what has contributed to the massive amounts of ignorance and stupidity that are destroying our planet and its beings. If someone cannot take the time to say what they like about a photograph and/or offer helpful suggestions, best to say and do nothing.
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    It is rather upsetting that you are caving in to what IMNSHO is mass stupidity, mostly attributed to and connected with so-called social media. It has always been very refreshing to visit FZ, but with the system you are implementing, I doubt it will continue to be so, for me.
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    Second X-T2

    Just ordered another X-T2 from B&H a few minutes ago. In addition to the USD 500 discount, they also threw in a Sandisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card, extra third-party (Watson) battery, and holster-type pack. Due to arrive on Tuesday. And I sold the X-T1 to KEH.
  14. Armando, I am very heartened to hear about the comparison with the X-T2, as I am considering getting a second one, and selling my X-T1. It is now seriously discounted due to the upcoming X-T3 announcement.
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    A Muddy Lunch

    Returned to the river today after three weeks away. The changes were enormous. Lower water levels meant many more mudflats, which made navigation challenging. And the current in places was very strong. We went about 7 miles upstream, but our searches for a dry landing spot for lunch were in vain. So we retreated to Cochiti Canyon, and getting out of the boats meant almost knee-deep mud. But the rock cliffs, herons, turkey vultures, hawks, ravens, ducks, spotted sandpipers, swallows, and solitude made for a memorable outing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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