Archive | September 8, 2016

“Indian Summers” Season 2 This Sunday, September 11, 2016, On PBS, Right After “Churchill’s Secret”.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access PBS preview of Season 2.


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We watched all of “Indian Summers” Season 1 though we weren’t that impressed with it. It was OK — but it could have been so much better given the setting and material. BUT, we will still record and watch Season 2.

Churchill’s Secret” that precedes it looks to be real good.


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I Have No Choice BUT To Carefully Evaluate Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF’ In ‘Live View’ Mode.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. What you get when you Google “Dual Pixel AF”. It is a Canon proprietary technology.


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From “Better Photography”. Good introduction. Click image to access original with explanation of what Canon was implemented.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Canon’s description on its 7D Mk II page.


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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. What ‘Gordon Lang’, of ‘Camera Labs’, cameralabs.com, has to say re. Nikon D500. Cameralabs.com, of course, has the FULL Nikon D500 review.


I will confess, with contrition, that I had NOT paid ENOUGH attention to Canon’s “Dual Pixel AF” because it was only available on 4 cameras — 3 of them ‘pretty’ old (in terms of today’s 12-month technology refresh cycle) and the 4th, the Canon 80D, was being touted as a mid-level DSLR.

But the recent spate of rumors about the soon to be announced Canon APS-C MIRRORLESS M5 got me digging into “Dual Pixel AF”.

Anybody who has been paying any attention to my 10 cameras in 2 years SAGA will know that brilliant AutoFocus is my Holy Grail — especially since my eyes, never that good, are getting older by the day. The reason I decided to get a Nikon D500, rather than the new Fuji X-T2 (which I lusted after for 9 months), was AF — nothing else.

But the D500’s AF prowess is ONLY in Viewfinder (VF) phase-detect mode. There is no phase-detect in Live View (i.e., LCD) mode. More and more I am opting to shoot LCD mode because I just tend to see better with both eyes open looking at a 3″ screen. 99% of the 2,594 pictures I have taken with my new Nikon P900 (which I am getting rather fond of) — in 10 days — have been in LCD mode!

Canon’s DUAL PIXEL AF will give me phase-detect in LCD mode.

I think I could live with the Canon 7D Mk II or possibly the 80D.

IF the M5 has good specs I could go with that — given my innate fondness for mirrorless cameras. I could also save myself quite a bit of money. I have no aversion to Canon. I had a Canon T3i for nearly a year and it is still in the family (for a refreshing change) in that Devanee has taken ownership of it


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Acadia National Park: 24 Random Images — September 4, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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7th visit to “Acadia National Park” — 2nd this year.
Just a RANDOM sampling of the
629 pictures I took this day!
These are mainly from around the
Southwest Harbor‘ area.

Taken with my new
 Nikon P900.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







All 629 pictures I took that day with my new Nikon P900.

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Milky Way — When Was The Last Time YOU Saw It?

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Click to ENLARGE and ADMIRE here. From “darksky.org”, a wonderful organization, that is TRYING to fight light pollution — a growing problem in rural New Hampshire.

From ‘darksky.org‘ — click here to access their informative Website.


Do you remember? If you don’t that is very sad and you should try and remedy that ASAHP.

I will confess that I had forgotten how blinking beautiful — and beguilingly mesmerizing — it is!

There is nothing else like it — anywhere.

On Friday, September 2, 2016, on the way to ‘Acadia National Park‘ (for our 3 day visit), I took a detour at 10:30pm to go for a quick (and in my case it is always ‘quick’) run up ‘Cadillac Mountain‘. There were about 15 other vehicles at the top. I got out. The bright lights of ‘Bar Harbor‘ were right in front of I — as I expected.

Then I looked up.

WOW!

Right across, from horizon-to-horizon, straight-up above me — OUR MILKY WAY.

So beautiful.

I had forgotten the delight of seeing it.

Though it must have been visible when I was growing up in Ceylon I can’t recall it in the context of my childhood.

I know/remember that I only started being aware of the Milky Way when I moved to the United States in 1985 — living in very rural, farm-country Maryland (about 30 miles from a city). I used to love looking up and seeing it.

I know it was visible in Southern New Hampshire when I moved here in September 1986 — again to a very rural area at the time.

But now, though I still live in what is a rural area, on a dirt road, I no longer see the Milky Way. Light pollution is BAD up here. Why people who are afraid of the dark decide to live on dirt roads baffle me. Stay in the City with bright lights. Don’t move next door to me and put up 40 solar powered garden lights.

My New Hampshire Light Pollution map from my June 11, 2016 post. Use link in above text.

My New Hampshire Light Pollution map from my June 11, 2016 post. Use link in above text.


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“Common Good Soup Kitchen” (& Popovers), Southwest Harbor, Maine — An Inspirational Cause.

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A wholesome, modern-day, year-round ‘soup kitchen’ with heart,
in Southwest Harbor, Maine, (adjacent to ‘Acadia National Park‘)
that raises money with ‘As Good As Jordan Pond‘ Popovers,
for breakfast, 
on a donation basis.


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THE MAN himself, “Larry Stettner”. As is my luck I got to meet him, chat with him and he was kind enough to go and find a sheet (reproduced below) that spelled out what his ‘Goodness’ was all about.



The “Common Good Band” playing in the background — and they were GOOD.


Deanna happened to serendipitously stumble upon this heartwarming “Common Good” cause, on Facebook, just before we headed up to Acadia. Since we like popovers and always stop at ‘Jordan Pond House‘ for some (with me even making a v. rare exception to my low-carb diet) we decided instead to give this ‘Cause’ a try on Sunday morning. And aren’t we glad we did so. It was the BEST birthday I have had in years! Everything, starting with the music provided by the Band, was just so uplifting, collegial and bonhomous. Everybody was bending over backwards to be nice, friendly and helpful. The popovers, with maple butter and blueberry jam, were excellent. As good, if not better, than the exorbitantly expensive ones ‘Jordan Pond House’.

Wonderful experience. Getting to meet and chat with founder Larry Stettner was a treat. What a nice person. met some other nice folks too.

This will definitely be a fixture on our future visits to Acadia. I would like to do something sustainable for them. I have some ideas.

In the meantime please make sure that you pay them a visit.


What the “Common Good” is all about by Bill Morrison.

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The “Common Good Band”,
with talented players from both ends of the age spectrum,
was excellent.






They were SO good and it is such a wonderful worthy cause that I ended up buying a hat.

They were SO good and it is such a wonderful worthy cause that I ended up buying a hat.


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