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Exploring Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ As A Viable, Long-Term Solution For My Photo Storage.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Where I stand with my 3TB (RAID 1) Drobo.


Click to access my original post from April 2017.


In 2017 I was not mentally ready to have all the photos I take, on a daily basis, stored offline, in the Cloud.

But, technology, needs and my attitudes do evolve. Having the 1 Gig Internet service, with 400MB uploads, is definitely a factor. Ironically, it was my 3TB Drobo getting jostled around during the 1G installation (on Monday) that got me evaluating my online options again. My Drobo going into ‘Data Protection’ mode for three hours to rebuild its storage image was SCARY. Got me thinking my long-term strategy all over-again. I know that trying to keep my photos local, on the RAID I (i.e., redundant-data/data duplicated) Drobo, is far from ideal. I really need to have the photos stored offline, in the Cloud.

I had looked at Google Drive, Google Photo and even Amazon Photo. There way of storing photos did not meet my needs! I store my pictures in folders per my criteria — NOT just the date on which they were taken. So, when I go on a trip I have a master folder for that trip. Then within that folder I have other folders my day, ‘topic’ AND camera! Yes, I always shoot with at least two cameras and I keep the pictures separate.

So, I need a very flexible folder scheme. OneDrive gives that to I. I tried creating some nested folders and uploading some pictures. Works. It seems viable. I still need to do more research.

I will keep you posted.


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Canon’s New, Smaller Than A Phone, 4.4″ IVY Rec Miniature Camera.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘shop.usa.canon.com’.


When I got an e-mail from Canon, yesterday, telling me about this miniature (too BIG to be a real ‘spy’) camera, I thought they had gone bonkers. Everybody now has a camera on hand. But, I decided, out of some respect for Canon, to check it out.

It sure is small enough. No LCD display, no viewfinder. You look through the hole and shoot! Yes, with an APP you can control it with your phone. That to I defeats the purpose. It is waterproof etc. I can see possibilities BUT it is going to be ANOTHER thing to carry — in addition to your phone.

With this it is all about size. Nothing else. It is small. That is its only virtue.


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I Installed Firmware v1.3 On My Canon EOS RP — And In Case You Want The Instructions.

by Anura Guruge


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Installation Procedure.

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I got an e-mail yesterday, from Canon, saying that I can improve my photographs. Then went onto say that I should upgrade my Canon EOS RP to Firmware v1.3.

They made it easy. All you had to do to get to the update was to press a BIG RED button. Did so. Was slightly disappointed that the ABOVE instructions weren’t there! They are included in the ZIP file you download. Hence, why I published them here. I did a quick Google and got the gist of what I needed to do.

I had skipped v1.2. I had never done a firmware update on a Canon. Knew I would have to bit the bullet some day. So, decided to give it a try.

I knew I would need a formatted SD card and a fully-charged battery. Got that taken care of.

The process was very straightforward, smooth and quick.

I was all done in less than 10-minutes. No problems. Worked, to my relief, first time.

The new firmware does not appear to have clobbered the camera. That is good news too. So, so far, so good.


Taken after update.

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Pictures That Don’t Get Posted On This Blog — I.E., Stash Of My Extra Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access NEW site.





I take a lot of pictures.

We are not even at mid-month, and I have already taken 710 pictures in September and that is a LIGHT month. Over the last few years I take between 20,000 to 40,000 pictures a year. That is a fair number of pictures.

Though you may THINK you see a lot of pictures on this blog, you only are getting to see the tip of the iceberg. For every picture I publish, I probably have 30 that I don’t have time and room to publish.

Excess pictures is a major issue after events, e.g., last night’s UNH ‘Mid-Autumn Festival‘ or last week’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘. Time is an issue too. These days, severely strapped for time due to work on my latest book (on ‘conclaves’), I just don’t get around to posting as many pictures & posts as I should. And people expect and ask for pictures.

So, this morning I created this new site. I have had variations of it before, but never this organized. This is where I will DUMP excess pictures. I am not going to bother doing a post. Just create an image gallery and upload a bunch of photos.

So check it out on a regular basis. I will remind you.


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N.H. ‘Wallis Sands’ State Park Prohibits Digging Dry Sand.

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.






We stopped by there on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, when we went for a drive by the ocean. First time we have ever pulled in and parked there. Drive by there all the time but we are always going somewhere else. It was near empty. Nice beach. Nice views. Well maintained.

I saw the BIG sign in RED: ‘No Digging In Dry Sand’.

Never seen a sign like that.

I guess it has to do with pollution and EROSION. Dry sand will — and I guess MUST — get blown about and away from the beach.

Strange. But, that must be the reason. I will have to ask someone.

Wanted to share.


 

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Making Sense Of Canon’s Supposed “Mirrorless-To-DSLR” Converter.

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Click to ENLARGE. Annotations are mine. Original from ‘petapixel.com’.



I saw the PetaPixel post and studied the picture. I immediately grasped what it was all about. Then, it took me a good 10-minutes, during a leisurely walk in the dark with the dogs, to work out what it was all about.

It is NOT a lens adapter. We already have plenty of them — such as the ‘EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (with Control Ring)‘ shown above.

This is a hulking BIG convertor replete with retractable mirror, a pentaprism equivalent, an OPTICAL VIEWFINDER and maybe even a focusing unit.

When you attach it to a Canon mirrorless camera, e.g., my Canon EOS RP, via the lens mount you will have a camera with TWO (2) viewfinders — one on top of the other! One electronic (in the body of the mirrorless) and the other OPTICAL above it.

Why?

For those that insist that they have to have an optical viewfinder and to speed-up autofocusing.

But, why? Why not just get a DSLR? And that is what this seems all about.

IF Canon is serious and actually releases this, it would mean that they will no longer make high-end DSLRs! About bloody time too.

They will just make mirrorless bodies — and I am totally cool with that. I have and will continue to be committed to mirrorless.

So, in future, all the lens sensors and technology (bar faster autofocus) will be in mirrorless bodies.

Then, those that demand an optical viewfinder will have to get this convertor.

Not sure it will work in practice. The technology will work. It is pretty trivial. Even I could design one of these. Not sure anybody will pay nay good money to buy one. They will switch to Nikon.


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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens With ‘Canon EOS RP’ — Not Impressed; Actually Quite Frustrated.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My Canon EOS RP with the EF 50mm f/1.8.



It could be I. That is always a possibility. But, this highly praised Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens has yet to impress I. True, I have only used it a few times and the light has been challenging much of the time. But, it has left me feeling very disappointed.

I find the focus, all aspects of it, far from satisfactory. Autofocus struggles on the EOS RP! That happens often, even in decent light. Manual focus isn’t easy.

It is nowhere close to the ease-of-use and image quality (I invariably manage to obtain without too much effort) from my Tamron 28 – 300mm Di VC PZD. Yes, that is a much more, i.e., 4x, more expensive lens but it also has 4 times the range. Yes, of course, the Tamron is bigger, bulkier and heavier. But, I think I will go back to having the Tamron on 99% of the time. Not worth trying to sell the 50mm. Just keep it I guess.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is $125, and as far as I am concerned it delivers at that price. Does NOT punch above its weight or price.

But, definitely a heads up. If you have an EOS RP check out this 50mm lens before buying it ‘blind’.


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