Archive | September 28, 2015

‘Sandwich Fair’, New Hampshire, 2015: Will Feature ‘Annie and The Orphans’, Russell Roderick, ‘The Bel Airs’, ‘Don Campbell Band’ etc.

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by Anura Guruge

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>> Sandwich 2014 — the Parade.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 10 images.
Sandwich Fair 2014 preview.

>> For pictures from Sandwich 2013.
>> Sandwich 2013 — Favorite Vendors.
>> Sandwich Fair 2012.

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The Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015, full Schedule.

Good News: Our favorites ‘Annie and The Orphans‘ and Roderick Russell will BOTH, yet again, be at Sandwich. That is GREAT.

Bad News: They will NOT be performing on all three days or for that matter on the SAME day! So unless you go to the Fair on Sunday & Monday you will NOT be able to see both ‘Annie’ and Roderick. That is a bummer. I think it is poor scheduling. The much beloved ‘Annie and The Orphans’ should play ALL THREE days — like they used to in days gone by. They should be a staple. The anchor act.

The incomparable and ‘always a pleasure’, Art Harriman, will as ever be the MC, and will do his ‘show’, on a regular basis, i.e., at least twice a day, on all three days — Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Art, as the MC, is the only one who will be on stage all three days. Here is the list to help YOU decide when to go.


  1. Alex the Jester (x2)
  2. Joe Howard — Magician (x2)
  3. ‘The Peacheaters’ (x2)


  1. ‘The Bel Airs’ (x2)
  2. Roderick Russell — Sword Swallower & Mentalist (x2)
  3. ‘Don Campbell Band’


  1. Annie and The Orphans‘ (x2)
  2. ‘American Roots’


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Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!

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by Anura Guruge

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Push comes to shove, the Sony RX10 II
is NOT cost justifiable.


Click to access the very useful ‘’ comparison of the Sony DSC-RX10 II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.

In the end I did NOT need the above head-to-head comparison by ‘‘ to tell me that the RX1o II was NOT worth the money — BUT it was the final straw.

When the Sony RX10 II was announced in June 2015 I drooled over it for three months. I genuinely thought, till well into August, that the RX10 II would be my next camera — when I treated myself to a new camera in September, for my birthday, as I have been doing yearly of late. I researched the RX10 II for months. I really wanted to convince myself that this was THE right camera for me. Then right at the last minute I decided that I did not want to go down from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor. That is when I went with the Sony a77 mk II. I loved the Sony a77 mk II — once I got used to it. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the NH Highland Games, in Loon, it was taking some awesome pictures. I could see that just on the LCD display. It was all that I wanted from a camera. I felt vindicated. I had made the right choice. It just happened that it was THE 989 images that I took that day at Loon that I lost — off the card. But, fortunately I had downloaded the images before they went ‘poof’.

I could NOT live with the a77 mk II after that ‘lost image‘ episode. So I returned the entire kit and started again looking at cameras.

Given the TON of research I had done over the Summer it made sense to go back to what had been my short-list cameras — bar the Pentax K-3. The Pentax no longer had any appeal. I want to be mirrorless — or at least get away from a MOVING mirror. So I want back to the Samsung NX1 and Sony RX10 II. Samsung NX1, on second look, proved not to have the right glass at the right price. Plus there are still questions about its AF even with the firmware at 1.4.

I then went back to the RX10 II willing to compromise down to a 1″. But then I realized that IF you discount 4K video — and video in general only has tertiary appeal to me — then the RX10 II is WAY overpriced given that its optical zoom only goes up to 200mm. Yes, it is fixed aperture, at f2.8, across all its range but a camera with 200mm range should not cost $1,200+. In the end, weighing the ‘competition’, I came to the conclusion that the RX10 II should be in the low $900 range. So, I am NOT going to get a Sony RX10 II — and remember that I BOUGHT SNE shares because I was so enamored by the RX10 II. That is how the cookie sometimes crumbles. So here we have the paradox of a Sony shareholder eschewing a flagship Sony product because it is too expensive! 

‘Highland Games’, Loon, 2015: “The Brigadoons” — Sunday Afternoon Set.

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‘The Brigadoons’ — Loon, September 2015
Picture Sets

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Sunday, September 20, 2015,
3:30 pm performance at the Governor’s Lodge.

This was “The Brigadoons” third performance that Sunday; their last at the 2015 ‘Games’ and their second that day at the Governor’s Lodge. We had started that day by going to their first performance at the Lodge and was wrapping up the day by going to this one — per my avowed belief that you can never get enough of listening to “The Brigadoons”. The morning gig was brilliant and this was as good. As is their wont it was different — this one more mellow and reflective, in keeping with the mood of the crowd. It had been a truly gorgeous day at Loon and everybody was sated and nicely chilled out. It was a good crowd and the pub above the stage was packed with an appreciative, and often vocal, crowd — and you can hear them on the video on this post.

John “Mr. Scotland” Carmichael, nearly unrecognizable in trousers, joined in, impromptu, for a song, from the back, and that was special. They should collaborate, on stage, more often. That was grand. And I will admit that this gig was very special to us. “The Brigadoons”, very kindly, let Devanee (14), do a song with them! This was a first for her and we will always remember this gig. Thank you, again, “The Brigadoons”.

I took a lot of pictures this time around too. In total I think I ended up with over 400 pictures of the “The Brigadoons” that Sunday. So I am going to share some with you.

I have ONE more extremely special set of pictures left. That was of “The Brigadoons — The Next Generation“. I will post those soon.

So for now, sit back, relax and enjoy these pictures.

Click to ENLARGE.

Copyright will be enforced vigorously.

Ashley MacLeod

Denis Carr

Reg Portieous

Danny Leroux

Paddy Kelly

Thank YOU “The Brigadoons”.

So that is 4 sets of pictures I have posted of “The Doons” from Loon. People might start getting the impression that I kind of like “The Doons”.

P.S., Danny told me that I would not be able to capture 5 pictures of him smiling. I think I have. SMILE

All the pictures taken with my new — and now sadly returned — Sony a77 Mk II. These pictures were among the 989 that disappeared from the card (fortunately, 3 days AFTER I had downloaded the images. That was what was scary and rattled me no end. I could have so easily lost these pictures. That is why I am getting a non-Sony camera.

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