Archive | February 5, 2016

Post February 5, 2016 Snowstorm In Central New Hampshire — Alton, To Be Precise.

by Anura Guruge


With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

All these pictures taken in and around Alton, New Hampshire.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.






Wait for my ‘6 Images a Day‘ for MORE.
Smile.


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Olympus Is Sharing Some Rather Special Winter Scenes Shot With OM-D Cameras.

by Anura Guruge


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Click on image to access quite an impressive Gallery, at Olympus, for some ‘Wow, I wish I could have taken that”, shots.


I like Olympus cameras (and Deanna has one). I am on their mailing list and enjoy seeing what they have to say. Next to Fuji, Olympus now is my next preferred camera choice and I am CURRENTLY in a bind now that I sold my Sony RX100 II. Should I get a Fuji or Olympus to replace that. Not easy. Down the road, before September, I will most likely get a Fuji X-T1 (or a X-T2 if they ever get around to announcing one) as my MAIN camera replacing the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. But should I get an Olympus has my ‘small’ camera. These are THE problems that beset my life. Yes, I am fully aware that I am very lucky as such. 


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Google Has Misappropriated The Very Expressive & Useful English Verb ‘Goggle’.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle in amazement. They Google.


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I went to use ‘goggle’ and realized that I hadn’t heard the word, used as a verb, in a long time.


I will grant that maybe it is more British BUT English is British. Goggle comes from the same root to be agog etc. That we, including Google understands it as a ‘noun’ rather than a verb is amusing. The noun comes from the verb so to speak. Google is something I often do, though to be fair I probably Google more than I goggle these days. But PLEASE let us not lose sight of goggling because we are so busy googling.

P.S., Even my Web browser spellchecker is trying to change goggle to google as I type.


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Annual Post-Christmas Sale At Hammacher Schlemmer Offers Some Interesting Price.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle at. Find the sale at: hammacher.com


As I have often mentioned I get regular (i.e., at least once a week (it seems) e-mails from Hammacher Schlemmer — though I am NOT a customer. I do have to confess that I do enjoy seeing what they offer, since these are indeed what I would readily buy IF I had the money.

Yesterday and today I got e-mails about their up to 80% off Annual Sale — which they refer to, unashamedly, as their “Rather Famous“. Well as you can see they do appear to have made some deep discounts THOUGH it begs the question whether these items were ever worth more than what they are listed at now. Also, I have found that you can buy the same, if NOT very similar items, on Amazon for less — though, of course, by doing so you lose the cachet of having the satisfaction and bragging-rights of having bought it from the ‘Jewish Catalogue’, as the kids call it (because of its name). Yes, we get printed copies of the catalogue, in the mail, and the kids love to look at what rich kids get for Christmas (if not Hanukkah). 


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I Sold My Sony RX100 MkII On eBay For A Decent Price.

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I listed it as a 5-day auction, finishing around 2:30pm on Thursday, February 4, 2016 — Sri Lanka Independence Day.

I offered it to you folks for $320. I listed it on eBay with a start price of $305 & $14.75 for shipping (and shipping with $300 insurance came to $16.60).

Some 120 odd people (and some were very odd indeed) looked at it (per eBay statistics) and by Thursday morning 11 were watching it. But no bids. Then the first bid came in from a first time eBay buyer — with ‘0’ feedback. That scared me. Didn’t like the idea of shipping a $350 camera to a person unknown to eBay. I was even thinking of refusing to ship if that person won. Well all the action was in the last few minutes! I guess this was always the case with eBay. The new buyer tried valiantly but was beaten out much to my relief.

The lady who bought it, from California, paid at once. That is always encouraging. I did the shipping label through PayPal. PayPal likes it — and I am an eBay & PayPal shareholder. So I have to support these companies. I am happy. I would rather have sold it locally. Something else that was nice and PayPal told me this. Camera in its box fits in, with tons of space to spare, in a USPS 2-day, Flat-Rate Medium Size box — and the weight limit is 70 pounds. The camera and the book was less than 2 pounds. So this was easy. I am even sending her the printed manuals though I did not include them in the eBay listing. Might as well.

Now come the ‘fun’ part. Looking for a NEW camera. My 5th in since September 2015! I told you. This is why I avoided cameras for 30 years. I like them too much. REALLY going to try to standardize on Fuji. Fuji and I are very compatible — emphasis on still photography rather than video and LOTS of control wheels/buttons. Stay tuned. 


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