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  1. Minuteman3

    Critique Redwood Forest

    Just did a quick conversion on a vertical from the same location. Rather interesting ... thanks for the idea!! Cheers!! Ken
  2. Minuteman3

    Critique Redwood Forest

    Interesting, I had not even thought of looking at these in B&W. Stay tuned ... Thanks!! Ken
  3. Minuteman3

    Critique Redwood Forest

    I think maybe I was not clear ... both of the images in the original post were HDR versions ... here are the three originals: One is EV 0, two and three are +/- EV 2. I like the HDR one that's a tad darker (processed a bit in Flex) because it reminds me more of what I saw. Yet, I believe it...
  4. Minuteman3

    Closeups with 24-70

    As a point of comparison ... my Canon 24-70 f4 has a macro setting on the zoom, and I have been playing around with it a little here and there. It's not something I do often, and it is really challenging without a tripod!! Just something to compare your Z-lenses to ... from a much older one!! Ken
  5. Minuteman3

    Critique Redwood Forest

    Took a little hike a few weeks ago in the Redwoods along the Northern California coast. As it was a very sunny and clear day, and we were there in the early afternoon, so the lighting was especially difficult. I shot a HDR series and would like to get your thoughts on which looks better (the...
  6. Minuteman3

    The Newest Member of our Family - Sparky!

    A "pittore"!! I like it!! How big is she and what does she look like "all grown up"? We're curious what we're in for!! Cheers!! Ken
  7. Minuteman3

    The Newest Member of our Family - Sparky!

    Thanks ... he is REALLY keeping us busy!! So much energy, and he's had a few minor health issues. Looks like his birth home may not have been as "clean" as we initially though. Thankfully, nothing serious has developed ... but we have been to the vet a few times already!! Cheers!! Ken
  8. Minuteman3

    Documenting My Father - Fuji X-Pro2

    Thanks so much for sharing, and what a wonderful story you tell. Luckily, mental issues are not found anywhere in my family tree, so as I age this is one thing I'm not overly concerned about. However, if my luck changes, I certainly hope I have family like yours to watch over me. However, I...
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    The Newest Member of our Family - Sparky!

    Perhaps not run, but walk!! Actually that’s one of the things I’m looking forward to. He’s still not much interested in a leash-walk, but I’m hoping he’ll get me out more often!! Ken
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    The Newest Member of our Family - Sparky!

    My wife and I have talked about getting a dog many times over the past couple of years, especially after our son took off to college. I'm NOT much of a "dog person" and have never owned a dg or had one in my home. Lulu had dogs in the Philippines as a child, but none since. We've been looking...
  11. Minuteman3

    US101 Along the Coast

    Yeah, a ton of work. Among a lot of home duties, I also had to build and deploy a new server for one of my clients. A LOT of hours!! But, it’s running like a champ so back to fun stuff! Ken
  12. Minuteman3

    Mt. Rainier @ Sunrise 31July19

    Truly magnificent!! We're spending the night at Paradise Lodge in September ... I only hope we have as nice a bit of weather as you did!! Ken
  13. Minuteman3

    US101 Along the Coast

    On the way home from Sacramento, we shifted over to US101 which runs along the coastline. Further north than it's more well known cousin, CA highway 1 south of Monterey, US101 is a beautiful drive. We passed first through the redwood forests and found two things were true - these are really...
  14. Minuteman3

    Northern California

    My wife joined a bunch of her friends at a 80-s themed 50th birthday party for one of their friends ... as the only white guy with about 50 Filipino women in attendance, I was excused to go take some pictures!! Thankfully .... We were staying in Sacramento and I drove up into the Sierra...
  15. Minuteman3

    Oregon Coast Beaches

    Been culling through the images from our recent tour to California and converted a couple from the Oregon coast. 1 2 Cheers & thanks for looking!! Ken
  16. Minuteman3

    Site upgrade feedback, bugs, and requests thread

    I’m on a trip so all I’ve seen so far is what shows on my iPhone with the app. So far, so good. If it’s doable, I’ll throw in another vote for the home page features. Drew my attention to things I’d probably miss!! Thanks for all the hard work!! Ken
  17. Minuteman3

    Monument Valley pano

    I’m really thinking I need a third trip!! Love the area and this is very well captured!! Did you stay at the View Hotel? We did last time ... but in one of the rooms without a view! Will splurge next time!! Ken
  18. Minuteman3

    One year on the "white side" update!

    About a year ago, I decided to jolt 40+ years of photography knowledge and switch from Nikon to Canon. In the year since, I still believe that BOTH systems are wonderful tools and capable of capturing just about anything I can imagine!! I have found a few areas where I think Canon excels but...
  19. Minuteman3

    Naples Pier...no sunset but lightning

    Dummy me ... I had never heard of this kind of device!! Very cool. If I lived in an area where lightning storms were so dramatic, I'd have one (we get such storms only very rarely here in Western Washington.) You shots are wonderful!! Have fun ... and take care!! Ken
  20. Minuteman3

    Critique Kennedy Space Center - Saturn V Rocket (IMAGE HEAVY)

    Thanks so much for sharing!! Great photos and obviously very timely!! I remember being 19 years old and sitting in the living room watching this whole mission unfold. In addition to my parents, my grandmother was also watching. Having been born in 1900, three years before the Wright Brothers...
  21. Minuteman3

    Northern California??

    We won't be going that far south. Have been on the road a couple of times as it's really a fun drive!! Our "southern edge" for this trip is probably Marin County - Napa Valley - Sacramento. Cheers!! Ken
  22. Minuteman3

    Northern California??

    On Wednesday, we take off for a little trip to Central/Northern California. My wife's attending a 50th birthday party for a close friend, and about 30-40 other gals, in Sacramento, and while she parties, I'm heading up to Beale AFB (Yuba City area) to stay at the VOQ for a couple of nights...
  23. Minuteman3

    Great Falls MT & Glacier National Park

    There was some of that on the East side when we headed over the pass. A big section was already done. Thanks!! Thanks!! Thanks, it was actually tough to find good angles. The fires must have been horrendous at the time! I don't ever remember these at Mt Rainier, I'll be on the lookout...
  24. Minuteman3

    Great Falls MT & Glacier National Park

    Over the 4th of July weekend, Lulu and I went to Great Falls, Montana, and enjoyed a couple of baseball games featuring our good friend, Sammy Abbott. Of course, Great Falls also holds a special place in my heart as nearby Malmstrom AFB was my first assignment in the USAF, back in 1972!! On...
  25. Minuteman3

    Minor League Home Run

    Over the 4th of July weekend, my wife and I went to Great Falls, Montana, and enjoyed a couple of baseball games featuring our good friend, Sammy Abbott. Sammy was drafted by the White Sox out of high school, and has been playing for a couple of years in the instructional leagues in Arizona...
  26. Minuteman3

    On the road again ... Montana!!

    On our way home. A bit better weather today .... Will post up a lot more in a couple of days! Ken
  27. Minuteman3

    On the road again ... Montana!!

    Just a tease as we’re still on the road ... Weather is not so good. This was after a doosey of a thunderstorm!! Ken
  28. Minuteman3

    Sammy Gets to Class A (Updated!)

    Our second game. Guess we brought some luck ... a solo home run to start off the 4th!! Cheers!! Ken
  29. Minuteman3

    Sammy Gets to Class A (Updated!)

    I think it’s Class A low ... I believe they call it “short season”. He’s a great kid ... and is turning into a fine young man. Talented, focused and humble. Ken
  30. Minuteman3

    Sammy Gets to Class A (Updated!)

    Our son’s good friend (and unofficial 2nd son of ours) was drafted out of high school by the White Sox. He’s been in the instructional leagues in Arizona for a couple of years. This year he’s at Class A Great Falls, MT. We drove over for a game. Fun night. Ken
  31. Minuteman3

    Olympics Mountain Goats

    Like both of these .... makes me really wish I was in good enough shape (younger) to hit these kind of trails again!! Cheers Ken
  32. Minuteman3

    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 D AF-S IF-ED Lens?

    I had one of the old 80-200 f2.8D AF push/pull Nikkors and absolutely loved it. It gave me one of the best images I've ever taken of my wife .... It's the one Nikon lens I now miss as the equivalent Canon (EF70-200 f4) although sharp as a tack, just doesn't have the same "feeling" to it...
  33. Minuteman3

    I think my Mac is fried

    I ditched any kind of mouse years ago when the Magic Trackpad was introduced. There's something about just using my fingertip to move the cursor around that works for me & my brain!! Whenever I work on client's Windows machines that have mice, I always fumble a bit! :rolleyes: The wireless...
  34. Minuteman3

    It Had To Happen Eventually

    I was actually referring more to Catalina on my Mac. It's more than a bit funky!! You're right about the iOS being more stable. Maybe not "daily driver" yet but pretty close!! Ken
  35. Minuteman3

    It Had To Happen Eventually

    Something else I just found out after playing a bit today ... LR6 (non CC) will also not install/run on Catalina! Just like Aperture, only a different rationale. Apple wants us to use Photos to replace Aperture. Adobe wants $$$$ from their subscription. Tough to be a dinosaur sometimes!! I...
  36. Minuteman3

    It Had To Happen Eventually

    I had been really hopeful when Luminar announced they would add a database module as that seemed to be one of the things I missed the most about Aperture. Alas I did not like the way it worked, although that’s mostly due to the size of my library (~65k images). That’s also why Photos is a poor...
  37. Minuteman3

    It Had To Happen Eventually

    Guess I had missed that announcement. I knew development had stopped of course. Ken
  38. Minuteman3

    It Had To Happen Eventually

    I also used Aperture for a LONG time, since 2.0, but have found LR to be a reasonable alternative. I have Luminar 3 as well, and have used it a few times, but I find the combination of LR Classic and DXO Pro 2, to handle everything quite well. I hate paying Adobe every month, but it seems I...
  39. Minuteman3

    It Had To Happen Eventually

    As a long time computer masochist (aka "beta tester"), I took the plunge today for the first public betas of macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13 on some spare devices. They are surprisingly rough, and I would not recommend them yet for the feint of heart!! However, I did find one thing that...
  40. Minuteman3

    CS #658 - The Letter "F"

    Thanks ... to be honest, a Ranger really would "fit" us better now that our son is off to college. The initial price is still around $10k less than a "equal" F-150 so that's nothing to sneeze at. But, we'll stick with the F150 for now as I really don't see much of an improvement in fuel...
  41. Minuteman3

    Nikon Z Viewfinder Question

    Thanks, Terri. I can see how that would be helpful in some situations. Thanks so much. I pretty much guessed that the quick look I had was not very representative as it was clearly mal-adjusted. But it's good to hear that eventually it loos pretty lifelike. Appreciate the info!! Ken
  42. Minuteman3

    CS #658 - The Letter "F"

    Waxed our FORD truck today, a F-150, Ken
  43. Minuteman3

    It's Confirmed!!

    Our Fusion is Ruby Red! I guarantee waxed up it’s a gorgeous color!!! You’ll love the F-150. You’re right about parking sometimes. I just park far away and consider it my “exercise” for the day to get where I’m going!! Ken
  44. Minuteman3

    Driving to Alaska-Anyone done this?

    We have not made that trip ... but we have talked about it several times, so I'll also be interested in what folks say here! One time, I did look at maybe driving north and then taking a ferry south from Anchorage to the Seattle area. The only one I found was around $5k for our truck and us -...
  45. Minuteman3

    It's Confirmed!!

    But, I'll bet it looked terrific before you left!! When we drove over to Pullman a couple of weeks ago, I single-handedly destroyed most of Eastern Washington's bug population ... or at least that's what it looked like!! Ken
  46. Minuteman3

    Nikon Z Viewfinder Question

    I'm really not much interested in mirrorless, old timer that I am, but on a recent trip to Best Buy I stopped by the camera counter and was just looking at the Canon version (EOS R) for a minute or two (while trying to avoid a sales guy)!! The image shown on the back LCD was comparable to what...
  47. Minuteman3

    It's Confirmed!!

    For years, I have avoided "white" vehicles as I'm just too fixated about keeping the paint jobs on my vehicles looking better than new. Well, after washing, clay baring, polishing, and waxing our truck (a process that took almost 8 hours!!) ... it's confirmed: WHITE (even pearlized white)...
  48. Minuteman3

    Canon Pro100 Snowy Print

    Interesting idea ... I'll give that a try!! Thanks!! Ken
  49. Minuteman3

    CS #655 - Anything about music

    Hope I can squeeze in .... Been on the road a lot this week, including two, cross state jaunts to Pullman, WA, last weekend to help our son get setup in his new apartment. Driving across the very rural areas of Washington remind me just how much satellite radio has made music on the road a lot...
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