Archive | August 12, 2016

First Pictures With My Rented Nikon D500 — August 12, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Originals at 5568 x 3712.
These reduced to 1600 x 1067.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.







The supposedly fully charged battery died after I took 14 pictures!

Appears that it is a known problem BUT one that I missed.

LensRental” from whom I rented the Nikon D500 sending me a new battery and charger! Not good.


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Alton, N.H. “Old Home Week”: Saturday, August 13, 2016 Fireworks Postponed, “Annie and the Orphans” Up In The Air.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. My annotation (to help YOU) of the Alton Parks & Rec. events calendar for Saturday, August 13, 2016. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the Alton Town official calendar page.


>> >> “Annie and the Orphans” rescheduled for Sunday. See this post. << <<


Suffice to say the weather for Saturday, August 13, 2016, in Alton, is going to be unsettled. See weather forecast below.

Kellie Troendle, CPRP, Alton’s Parks and Recreation Director, has informed me by e-mail that: “Old Home Week Fireworks are postponed due to predicted inclement weather. The rescheduled date is Saturday, August 27 with a rain date of Sunday, August 28. 9:00pm, Alton Bay”.

So fireworks pushed back 2-weeks. [This has happened before, e.g., 2014 July 4th fireworks.]

We will NOT know about “Annie and the Orphans” till around NOON tomorrow — yes, Saturday, August 13 (the day).

IF rescheduled it will most likely be the next day — i.e., Sunday, August 14, 2016.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

See above ….


weather

From “weather underground” at: wunderground.com. Alton weather for Saturday, August 13, 2016.


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by Anura Guruge

Lack Of Curiosity Among Some Of Today’s Degreed Youth.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Taken with my Fuji X-E2s.


We went horseback riding at ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ with ‘Riding in the Clouds‘. It was good. Our 12 person party had two guides, both young ladies, one at the front and one at the back. The young lady at the back, with a pink “local NH College” (whose name I will NOT mention to avoid blushes and just say that it is the one notorious as being a ‘Party College’) T-shirt was very gregarious and kept up a banter for much of the ride — repeatedly encouraging us to ask questions.

There (as I knew (since I knew who established it many years ago)) is a water bottling plant at ‘the Clouds’. There was a French flag flying in front of it — as you can see from the above picture.

I asked the young lady as to the significance of that flag — THINKING that maybe it was NEW to reflect the recent atrocities in France (e.g., Bastille Day rampage in Nice).

She replied that she was not sure of why the flag was there.

So I persisted. Did the flag just appear this Summer. I was told that that was not the case — though both flags had been at half-staff for much of the Summer (as was to be expected).

She then volunteered that she had been working at the stables for 3 years and that the flag had been there ALL that time. She also went onto add that she had been asked the question about the flag BEFORE.

That just had me amazed. Her role, as she had told us, was that of a TOUR GUIDE.

She had been asked about the flag previously and she had NOT bothered to find out — in 3 years.

Amazing, but I find this more and more among today’s EDUCATED youth.

I spoke with the young lady afterwards. She had just graduated with a joint-degree in criminal justice and psychology. I told her about my daughter Danielle and her Master’s in forensic psychology. She was interested. That was an option she was thinking about. We talked about Colleges. I told her that she should find out about the flag. She joked that I should, on my way back, stop at the plant and ask.

I did better than that. I Googled. Plant, as of about 5 years ago, is owned by the French-Japanese “Crystal Geyser Roxane” Corporation. That was the French connection. However, to be 100% sure, I called. They confirmed that the flag reflected the ownership. Took me all of about 7 minutes.


by Anura Guruge

A New Post At DPReview Confirms My Fuji Auto Focus Grouse — But On The Current Flagship X-Pro2.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original DPReview post.

Click here to access original DPReview post.


And one of the responses included this … which is so SPOT ON.

It cracked me up because this really is the case.

pointandpray

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access thread. I think this was reply #4 (or thereabouts). But the first few are all worth reading.


I do NOT need any affirmation that my decision to ditch Fuji, after just 2.5 months, was indeed the correct and sensible thing to do. In my old age, with not that many days in front of me, I am not going to put up with ‘things’ that do not do what I want them to do (and to be fair I have been like that most of my life (SMILE)).

But it is interesting that it is NOT just I (given that some, led by my wife, may believe that I am just being my overcritical Virgo self).

Just 2 days ago (albeit after I had started trading in my Fuji lenses) there was the DPReview Fujifilm X-E2s review that said EXACTLY what I had said about autofocus and how AF performance was so dependent on which lens was being used (with some lenses much worse than others).

And now this.

I just want to highlight some points to help YOU if you are interested.

  1. Note that one of the lenses mentioned in the DPReview post is the 35mm. This, in my experience, was a PATHETIC lens when it came to AF. Brilliant outdoors in good light. Take it indoors and you might as well put a paper bag over the camera and shoot through that. The 35mm was THE first lens I traded in.
  2. As you will see in a subsequent response by the ‘original poster’ most of his woes were taking pictures of a dinner party. DITTO. I took some pictures in a restaurant with my Fuji X-E2s and had to, to my intense chagrin, throw them ALL out!
  3. From all I have read the autofocus on the (still preorder) X-T2 is better than that of the X-Pro2 (until they come up with yet another Firmware update for it) — but my fear has been that even the IMPROVED AF will NOT be able to compensate for the pathetic performance of lenses like the 35mm — and that the X-T2 AF will only ‘work’ with the optional, v. expensive GRIP and $2,000 PRO lenses!
  4. Amuses me how some folks get so DEFENSIVE about a brand or a product. I can’t ever see myself being like that. I have come to realize that there are a LOT of people ‘protecting’ Fuji — for whatever reasons — who seem incapable of just admitting that Fuji has focus issues and that folks like I, who demand immaculate focus, should look at OTHER systems.

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by Anura Guruge

“Jesus Incognito” At The Rio 2016 Olympics — I Am SURE It Is A Fake, But It CRACKED ME UP.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Received it in an e-mail from Sri Lanka.


Came in an e-mail, a few minutes ago, from Sri Lanka. It is from a crazy Sri Lankan Buddhist who on a daily basis broadcasts images he finds on the Web that he thinks discredits Christianity (he, yet another, insecure Sri Lankan Buddhist who feels that you have to undermine Christianity to make Buddhism more credible).

It just CRACKED ME UP. My kind of humor.

Did a quick Google but didn’t find a barrage of stuff saying “Fake Adidas Rio Jesus …”.

I am sharing with you because it is genuinely clever. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge


2016 Perseid Meteors Over New Hampshire, August 11 — I Saw A Few.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Base skymap (as ever) from: neave.com/planetarium/


Yes, there are SOME Perseid Meteors out there BUT it was NOT a huge display.

I went outside, in Central New Hampshire (viz. Alton), on Thursday night, August 11, 2016 at 11:30pm. It was fairly dark. I kept the outside lights off. The sky was clear. I could clearly see Cassiopeia. So I knew that visibility, for once, would not be an issue.

To start with, i.e., first 3-4 minutes, saw nothing. Just a few, very faint twinkles. Could have been anything.

Then TOGETHER, two bright and long streaks — one noticeably green from the North and the other from the opposite direction. They crossed before burning out.

Then nothing for about another 4 minutes. Then a much smaller one … and a similar time later a fourth medium sized one.

Lots of flickering up there. Lots of ‘crickets’ chirping out there — non-stop. There was a grasshopper in the house yesterday. So could be those too. And even possibly cicadas. 


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