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Forum: Digital Compacts 09-17-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 9,386
Posted By wgerrard
I bought a Canon S-100 specifically because it's...

I bought a Canon S-100 specifically because it's a good fit for my pockets.

Pocket cameras aren't going to match the specs of grownup RF's and DSLR's. But, the camera that stays home because it's...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-05-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,071
Posted By wgerrard
Haven't been here for a long time, but here's...

Haven't been here for a long time, but here's what it would take for me to use film: A box into which I could insert a film spool, push a button, and out comes a print. A large digital display with...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-20-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 3,029
Posted By wgerrard
Yep. Heard anyone critique the brush handling...

Yep.

Heard anyone critique the brush handling skills of, say, Rembrandt or Picasso? It's the result that counts. Being there, prepared to take a picture, is what really counts. Knowing that...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-17-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 880
Posted By wgerrard
Very, very nice. It's in my newsreader.

Very, very nice. It's in my newsreader.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 11-15-2011
Replies: 119
Views: 14,199
Posted By wgerrard
$4000 = approx. price of this camera and 3...

$4000 = approx. price of this camera and 3 lenses, if it comes to fruition.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-10-2011
Replies: 104
Views: 10,333
Posted By wgerrard
Well, I stand corrected. They certainly vanished...

Well, I stand corrected. They certainly vanished from my home town, where they were much as Kodak was to Rochester.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-10-2011
Replies: 104
Views: 10,333
Posted By wgerrard
It seems unlikely that Kodak has its own Steve...

It seems unlikely that Kodak has its own Steve Jobs waiting in the wings to come back and rescue the company.

I doubt Kodak cares whether it's seen as a "me too" company so long as it makes money....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2011
Replies: 104
Views: 10,333
Posted By wgerrard
Kodak wants to sell off a few things like its...

Kodak wants to sell off a few things like its sensor capacity and about 1000 patents to raise money. Their cash balance is below $1 billion.

Whether or not their film lines are making money, I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2011
Replies: 104
Views: 10,333
Posted By wgerrard
Their inkjet printer line is actually making...

Their inkjet printer line is actually making money, something that can't be said for film, for example. (I don't know why I need an Epson over a Canon over a Brother over an HP over a Kodak printer,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-07-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 3,713
Posted By wgerrard
I agree. If there's money to be made from little...

I agree. If there's money to be made from little p&s cameras with the Leica badge on them, then odds are there's money to be made from selling a premium consumer/prosumer DSLR and a line of lenses...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-07-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 3,713
Posted By wgerrard
The thing to ask is how much of Leica's business...

The thing to ask is how much of Leica's business is selling new cameras to their existing customers. If an M-camera really is good for a lifetime, then Leica has little financial incentive to care...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-07-2011
Replies: 108
Views: 16,549
Posted By wgerrard
I've owned Macs since they were squat little...

I've owned Macs since they were squat little boxes with 9-inch b&w screens. I have had *one* fail on me, an iMac drive went south.

I replace hardware when the old machine can't run the software I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-06-2011
Replies: 61
Views: 4,081
Posted By wgerrard
The differences are difficult to discern and even...

The differences are difficult to discern and even more difficult to exploit consistently, and in no way proportional to price. A $5000 lens does not make you 10 times more likely to take great...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,139
Posted By wgerrard
Kodak: Lost $222 Million, Need Cash

Kodak has less than a billion dollars in its cash balance after losing $222 million in the last quarter and needs to raise funds to survive. It wants to sell off patents.

Its printer sales are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-03-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 6,283
Posted By wgerrard
Kodak'a problem is not that they have stayed with...

Kodak'a problem is not that they have stayed with film too long, but that they botched getting into the digital market.

It is obvious that if film is to survive, it will do so inspite of the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-03-2011
Replies: 12,080
Views: 4,439,203
Posted By wgerrard
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6051/6292684765_9a4...

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6051/6292684765_9a49f958b5_b.jpg
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-31-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 5,373
Posted By wgerrard
Decide what you want to protect and then back it...

Decide what you want to protect and then back it up in more than one location and, if you can, more than one format.

I engage in a bit of overkill, perhaps, because I had the hardware. I use...
Forum: Off Topic 10-31-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 4,549
Posted By wgerrard
Olsen, the median age in Norway is 40, and in the...

Olsen, the median age in Norway is 40, and in the U.S. it is 36.9. The unemployment rate was last reported at 9.1 percent for September. Due to the way that statistic is compiled, it does not include...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-30-2011
Replies: 94
Views: 29,197
Posted By wgerrard
What happened in 2006? Both RAW and JPEG, and...

What happened in 2006?

Both RAW and JPEG, and every other way of creating a photo -- including the chemical ways -- are representations of data. Technically, RAW is lossless, meaning redundant data...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-30-2011
Replies: 94
Views: 29,197
Posted By wgerrard
Whether someone prefers to use RAW or JPEG is not...

Whether someone prefers to use RAW or JPEG is not a matter of taste, and has little, if anything, to do with the kind of photos he or she likes. Digital images require processing, just like film...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-30-2011
Replies: 94
Views: 29,197
Posted By wgerrard
Rockwell doesn't try to hide the fact that he...

Rockwell doesn't try to hide the fact that he likes big, bold, bright, colorful and saturated photos, something that is the antithesis of the b&w street school of photography. He sets his cameras up...
Forum: Off Topic 10-30-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 4,549
Posted By wgerrard
Chris' picture reminds us that real people have...

Chris' picture reminds us that real people have real problems when businesses go under. And, although we might love the image of the mom and pop operation, it hurts just as much when the big...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-30-2011
Replies: 192
Views: 22,781
Posted By wgerrard
Nikon 5100, only a few months old. Light, small,...

Nikon 5100, only a few months old. Light, small, convenient.

Per Nick, the 35/1.8 is a nice thing to put on the camera.
Forum: RFF Polls 10-30-2011
Replies: 144
Views: 24,105
Posted By wgerrard
Filters go on my lenses as soon as they're...

Filters go on my lenses as soon as they're unpacked. I clean the filters by using a blower to get rid of the dust, then a microfiber cloth. I may switch to lens tissue and alcohol after reading this...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-29-2011
Replies: 94
Views: 29,197
Posted By wgerrard
This is an oddly religious debate, in that RAW...

This is an oddly religious debate, in that RAW adherents have faith that the camera really is giving them *all* the data, and that their photo editing software isn't shucking off data as they edit. ...
Forum: Travel 10-26-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 2,356
Posted By wgerrard
If you haven't already, go to the USPS site and...

If you haven't already, go to the USPS site and see what they say about scanning shipments.

When you fly, film below 800 ISO is usually considered safe going through carryon scanners. Does the scan...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2011
Replies: 83
Views: 6,125
Posted By wgerrard
It's the hyperbole -- It's dead! -- that...

It's the hyperbole -- It's dead! -- that distracts us from a reasonable question, much as it does with the film discussions.

If new camera designs offer attributes much like ranger finders, then...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2011
Replies: 83
Views: 6,125
Posted By wgerrard
Are we sure the ability to see outside the frame...

Are we sure the ability to see outside the frame is the primary reason people use rangefinders? They have other attributes that also appeal to people.

An RF is an RF because there's a rangefinder...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-24-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 7,266
Posted By wgerrard
Herewith my thoughts your 9 declarations: 1. ...

Herewith my thoughts your 9 declarations:

1. Hard copy deliveries to the non-profitable boonies will be sustained, and subsidized. The post office may switch to a subscription model and do away...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-24-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 7,266
Posted By wgerrard
Peter, I've been storing data online for several...

Peter, I've been storing data online for several years. And harbor no expectations that data abut my internet use isn't joining billions of other data points in any number of corporate programs. It...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-24-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 7,266
Posted By wgerrard
Roger, on one hand, I don't expect this camera to...

Roger, on one hand, I don't expect this camera to be any more popular with consumers than stereo/3D cameras. I do, though, think high-end models are going to be marketed into the security,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-24-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 7,266
Posted By wgerrard
It's interesting that there's little interest in...

It's interesting that there's little interest in the technology and a lot of rejection of the implementation of that technology -- the camera -- apparently because it doesn't hold to the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-23-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 7,266
Posted By wgerrard
I'd be surprised if this camera has much appeal...

I'd be surprised if this camera has much appeal to serious, or even half serious, photographers, at this point in the technology's development. It's a first cut.

Debuting in the consumer market...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-21-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,326
Posted By wgerrard
Fast uploads would make online storage much more...

Fast uploads would make online storage much more usable. Maybe as cloud storage becomes more mainstream, players like Apple and Amazon will pressure internet providers to stop throttling their...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-20-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,326
Posted By wgerrard
Image files eat up space, even if they're just...

Image files eat up space, even if they're just jpegs. I have access to 150 gigs of online space, bought and paid for with no recurring fees. Filling that up is easy.The cheapest price for 1TB of...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-20-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,326
Posted By wgerrard
Yeah, my bank has a branch 200 yards away. ...

Yeah, my bank has a branch 200 yards away. That's a lot closer than any relative. I should get a box there.

I've accumulated 3 little RAID1 units. Two are 2gig and one 1 1gig. I recently began...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-20-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,326
Posted By wgerrard
Local Backup vs Online Backup: What Say You?

For those of you with digital image files to store, I'm curious about your opinions on local storage and backup versus online or cloud storage.

I just cancelled an online backup service after using...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-20-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,144
Posted By wgerrard
Take this thing as the first roll out of a new...

Take this thing as the first roll out of a new technology, and not as an attempt to produce a better DSLR, and I think it looks very interesting. I expect they'll find customers for this technology...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-20-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 1,019
Posted By wgerrard
"Change Focus After Shot" Camera On the Market

Remember the thread about the "light field" camera that lets you change focus after you shoot? It's on the market (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15383516). Someone needs to get one and play...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
No one can have an authoritative answer, even the...

No one can have an authoritative answer, even the people who make film. We know that very few film cameras are sold, and that you need to go out of your way to buy one. We know that old cameras...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Companies usually have a some finite number of...

Companies usually have a some finite number of years in mind during which they expect a new product to cover its costs and then make money.Fuji might, for example, expect a new film camera to pay for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Sevo, do we know there are a million film users? ...

Sevo, do we know there are a million film users? I don't have any reason to doubt yor assertion, but other than sales figures how would we know? Used camera sales and trades seem iffy because we...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
We do have a lot of choices, Phil. Whether that...

We do have a lot of choices, Phil. Whether that translates into good financial news for the film producers is something else. If we're going to able to buy film well into the future, I think it's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-17-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
I think making film -- from scratch -- that can...

I think making film -- from scratch -- that can be used in the film cameras we use is almost certainly beyond the abilities of hobbyists and enthusiasts.

Film's days as a commercial product are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-17-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Where did the guy who built his own film coater...

Where did the guy who built his own film coater get the film that he coated? Lotus, et all, wouldn't be able to make a few cars every year, no matter how much money a few people were willing to pay,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-17-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Honestly, I doubt that. It doesn't seem any more...

Honestly, I doubt that. It doesn't seem any more likely or feasible than people making homebrew Summicrons. Is anyone making 35mm film now in their kitchen?

Sure, some wealthy film fanatics may...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-17-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
It's not as simple as that. Demand does not...

It's not as simple as that. Demand does not automatically put products on the market. Entrepreneurs have choices. They'll choose to put their money in projects they think will give them the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-16-2011
Replies: 67
Views: 6,368
Posted By wgerrard
You're right, of course, Roger. The price of the...

You're right, of course, Roger. The price of the Leicas diverts attention from from the existence of the market they sell into.

Going by this and other thread, I do think a good number of folks...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-16-2011
Replies: 67
Views: 6,368
Posted By wgerrard
No. Just a little wooden crank you turn to...

No. Just a little wooden crank you turn to charge the thing.

And only a serial port. No USB or firewire. Download that stuff one byte at a time into your Commodore 64.

;)

Almost everything...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-13-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 1,529
Posted By wgerrard
My glasses are progressives and my vision is bad...

My glasses are progressives and my vision is bad enough that diopters cannot cope. Neither can contacts. Manual focus is a real pain because what I see in the VF changes every time I move my head....
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,004
Posted By wgerrard
The mall's owner now says that "friends and...

The mall's owner now says that "friends and family" in the series of malls they operate will now be able to take pictures of each other without harassment, but the security guards will still be...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-10-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,530
Posted By wgerrard
I thought as much, but wanted confirmation. I...

I thought as much, but wanted confirmation. I don't print. No one asks for prints. They're all looking online. With all kinds of equipment. So, I tweak them so I'm happy and hope for the best.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-10-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,530
Posted By wgerrard
A True or False About Color Calibration

True or false: Calibrating *your* monitor or LCD cannot ensure your images look the same on other screens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-09-2011
Replies: 67
Views: 6,368
Posted By wgerrard
I'm beginning to like AF a lot, at least with my...

I'm beginning to like AF a lot, at least with my my new DSLR. Focus is intimately tied to each individual's vision, so opinions about AF will vary. In my case, wearing eyeglasses, I find AF is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2011
Replies: 67
Views: 6,368
Posted By wgerrard
I tied it to the K1000, i.e., an inexpensive...

I tied it to the K1000, i.e., an inexpensive camera. Leica's digitals don't play here, limited functionality and all, because of price. I don't believe people spend several thousand dollars on a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2011
Replies: 67
Views: 6,368
Posted By wgerrard
Would You Buy a Digital Pentax K1000?

I ask if a digital interchangeable lens camera like the K1000 would be successful today?

Would you buy a digital -- SLR or RF -- that allowed you to set aperture and shutter speed and forced you to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Technology changes fast, and consumers change...

Technology changes fast, and consumers change their minds almost as fast. They -- we -- are not a sentimental bunch. Kodak was synonymous with photography in the minds of consumers for decades. ...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-06-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 11,003
Posted By wgerrard
I'm sure that's very far from their mind. ...

I'm sure that's very far from their mind. Presumably, they want to sell more cameras than that.

Seriously, this new camera is at least 6 months away. Let's wait and see. I'm just glad another...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 1,991
Posted By wgerrard
Interesting piece, Roger, and a useful...

Interesting piece, Roger, and a useful distinction of narrative and caption. My captions are usually just a location and perhaps a bit more. They provide little context and don't channel thoughts...
Forum: RFF News 10-05-2011
Replies: 95
Views: 40,881
Posted By wgerrard
Marketing -- adoption rates -- counts. That's...

Marketing -- adoption rates -- counts. That's why Edison gets the hype and Tesla is a geek favorite.
Forum: RFF News 10-05-2011
Replies: 95
Views: 40,881
Posted By wgerrard
Jobs did not change the photo -- who has, really?...

Jobs did not change the photo -- who has, really? -- but the iPhone certainly means a lot more people are taking a lot more photos.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-05-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 11,003
Posted By wgerrard
I have a bunch of M lenses, too. But, it doesn't...

I have a bunch of M lenses, too. But, it doesn't makes sense for technology to be hamstrung just because some folks own a lot of lenses based on design choices made almost a century ago.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 10-05-2011
Replies: 78
Views: 11,003
Posted By wgerrard
I take the sensor remark as marketing hype. But,...

I take the sensor remark as marketing hype. But, it would be very good to get beyond the fixation with the 35mm frame. It's a convention, nothing more and nothing less.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 1,991
Posted By wgerrard
How Important is a Photo's Narration?

I've been showing photos online from a recent trip, and more, to friends and family. Some folks say they want more "narration". I think that means they want to hear a story behind each photo.

Most...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Roger, I wonder if doing a boutique film factory...

Roger, I wonder if doing a boutique film factory is something that could be done on an artisan level, which seems to be what a lot of people think will happen. I honestly have no idea. ...
Forum: Travel 10-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By wgerrard
Contrary to what the image suggests, she was...

Contrary to what the image suggests, she was really telling the guy, "I want to get out of here!"
Forum: Travel 10-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By wgerrard
Close. I had the 55-200, the 35/1.8, and the...

Close. I had the 55-200, the 35/1.8, and the 10-24. the 35/1.8 didn't see much use.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2011
Replies: 204
Views: 16,866
Posted By wgerrard
Exactly. Film at least 35mm film, is a business...

Exactly. Film at least 35mm film, is a business that relies on people using products no one has made for at least several years. Film will continue to be made in amortized facilities as long as it...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 10-04-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 14,204
Posted By wgerrard
Said the Brontosaurus to the...

Said the Brontosaurus to the Tyrannosaurus.

Kodak seems an obvious candidate to be bought by someone who then sells off the pieces. I'd bet that in 5 years Kodak film is reduced to a few color...
Forum: Travel 10-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By wgerrard
Scotland with a DSLR

Back a few days ago from almost 3 weeks in Scotland with my first real DSLR (Nikon D5100 and 3 lenses). A beautiful country with beautiful people.

Thoughts on the Nikon:

The body is no bigger,...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-21-2011
Replies: 197
Views: 18,253
Posted By wgerrard
My reference points for this "enthusiast" camera...

My reference points for this "enthusiast" camera thing:

1. Printing is a boutique craft, practiced by a few who have the time and cash to develop the skill to produce a decent print. Most people...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-11-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,583
Posted By wgerrard
Much to be said for that. If you *are* going to...

Much to be said for that. If you *are* going to sell it, sell it while it's a hot item, before Rev. 2 arrives and the feeding frenzy ends. Digital rarely holds value long term.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-11-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
For me, a craft is a collection of skills,...

For me, a craft is a collection of skills, technique and knowledge about a set of tools used to make something. Housepainters have a craft and paint houses. Picasso had a craft and made art.

In...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-10-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,583
Posted By wgerrard
You can't have had the X100 very long. Let...

You can't have had the X100 very long. Let things go for some time before you sell it. It's not gong to cost you anything to do that.

Have you used enough digitals to know it's digital you're...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-10-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
Asking what photography is "for" may be pertinent...

Asking what photography is "for" may be pertinent -- I don't think it is, anymore than asking what anything else is "for". Things just are. To search for their purpose is a game of projecting our...
Forum: Travel 09-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,116
Posted By wgerrard
Thanks,all. Calumet looks like the place. I...

Thanks,all. Calumet looks like the place. I know Euston Station.
Forum: Travel 09-10-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,116
Posted By wgerrard
Where Can I Buy Film Near King's Cross?

Anyone know of a shop very near King's Cross Station in London where I can buy some b&w film?

Got a train to catch at 12:00 noon on 13 September and I'm staying very near the station. Anything...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-10-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
Rich, you are taking a complex approach to a...

Rich, you are taking a complex approach to a subject I think is very simple. I don't think asking "What's photography for...' is a very useful question. Any more than asking what music or fiction is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-10-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By wgerrard
Well, I need to buy a fan before I try it out....

Well, I need to buy a fan before I try it out.

I do film at the kitchen sink, then walk the Photo-Flo'd reel, covered with a damp cloth, across a room to a small closet, where I unreel the film and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-09-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By wgerrard
Crazy Idea: Household Fan To Dry Film On a Reel?

This is very likely a very silly question, but has anyone tried drying a reel of wet film by putting it in front of a small household fan.

Suppose the reel rotated slowly, to allow for distrbuted...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-09-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,603
Posted By wgerrard
I like the dog shot. If I wasn't so lazy, I might...

I like the dog shot. If I wasn't so lazy, I might do a little project about meeting dogs at their level.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3,617
Posted By wgerrard
Bob gives good advice. Assume pix of friends and...

Bob gives good advice. Assume pix of friends and family won't be posted. If you have an extraordinary photo that demands publication, explain it to them and let them make the decision. No matter...
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-09-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 756
Posted By wgerrard
Hey! Where Did All These Spots Come From?!

So, I bought myself a DSLR and some lenses and a copy of Aperture and have been having some fun.

I just loaded a big batch of scanned film shots into Aperture and I'm seeing more scratches and more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 3,617
Posted By wgerrard
If they are family or friends, you really can't...

If they are family or friends, you really can't stop caring what they think. Find their comfort level and go with it. Maybe they don't mind being photographed, but don't want their picture posted. ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-09-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
Interesting. Do we take pictures without...

Interesting. Do we take pictures without 'seeing' something first, i.e., without being motivated to pick up the camera and frame a shot? I don't. For me, the most enjoyable part of photography is...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-08-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
That seems like an obsession, although I doubt...

That seems like an obsession, although I doubt that's an original observation.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-08-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
That's my thinking, with "important" meaning the...

That's my thinking, with "important" meaning the thing that everything else depends on.

I'm interested in what triggers us to take a picture. When we are out walking, what is there about one scene...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-08-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
I don't. I think it's a craft that allows, but...

I don't. I think it's a craft that allows, but does not require, someone to leverage technical knowledge and technique. The tools involved can be used to produce art, but that's a whole different...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-08-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
I agree, Roger. I'm not trying to say anything...

I agree, Roger. I'm not trying to say anything complex, though. Or toss up a scaffold to explain how pictures ought to be taken, with the inevitable limits and constraints. I am generally opposed...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-08-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
I actually don't want to go very far with it. I...

I actually don't want to go very far with it. I don't think it needs to go very far.

There's always a lot of excellent discussion here about what is and is not a good photo. Roger's recent thread...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-07-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
I think those Winogrand quotes support the notion...

I think those Winogrand quotes support the notion that we decide that a portion of everything our eyes take in at a given moment is worth pointing a camera at. Some of us may shoot dozens of frames. ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-07-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
Agreed, Bob. We do tend to repeat what has worked...

Agreed, Bob. We do tend to repeat what has worked before. So, if we don't take chances. we will just replicate what we have done before, in a new guise.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-07-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
Not planned and deliberate. Just looking and...

Not planned and deliberate. Just looking and seeing that a piece of what you see might make a decent photo.

It's getting at how we decide what to point the camera at.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-07-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
That's getting at my point, Frank. If you don't...

That's getting at my point, Frank. If you don't see the picture before you shoot, no amount of skill, technique or expensive hardware is going to do you any good.

I think this is true for reportage...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-07-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,076
Posted By wgerrard
The jar lid remover thingie worked. Chris...

The jar lid remover thingie worked. Chris wins!

But, man, that filter wants to stick.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-07-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 9,692
Posted By wgerrard
*The* Most Important Thing In Photography...

Assertion: The most important thing in photography, overwhelming everything else, is the ability to see a good picture before you press the shutter.

Assignment: Is this true? If so, explain. ...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-07-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,076
Posted By wgerrard
Thanks, Chris. I know where I can get those.

Thanks, Chris. I know where I can get those.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-07-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,076
Posted By wgerrard
So... The Filter Won't Come Off

I have an NC filter that doesn't want to come off its lens. I am not inclined to try to persuade it.

Any reason to worry about this in terms of stacking another filter on top?

Is a good camera...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-07-2011
Replies: 167
Views: 28,597
Posted By wgerrard
Well said. It's a lens, not a kaleidascope.

Well said. It's a lens, not a kaleidascope.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-05-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 8,795
Posted By wgerrard
I just started using a DLSR for the first time a...

I just started using a DLSR for the first time a few weeks go. I really like it. Looking back over film images I took over the last year, I see dust, scratches, and the odd obvious...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-05-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 8,795
Posted By wgerrard
Me thinks a lot of people in these parts like the...

Me thinks a lot of people in these parts like the process of getting to a good image more than they like the image itself. That's cool. Whether you use film and a traditional wet darkroom, or...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-04-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,165
Posted By wgerrard
Nice pix, Faris. Got memory cards to spare, and...

Nice pix, Faris. Got memory cards to spare, and RAW it is.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-04-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,165
Posted By wgerrard
How To Shoot Under Brooding Scotland Skies?

OK, I leave for Scotland in a week. The Highlands and Edinburgh. So, it might be a good time to refresh my memory on taking pix under gray clouds and overcast, and drizzle. Real rain and I'm staying...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-03-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,756
Posted By wgerrard
Frank, that's OS X. If you can find the install...

Frank, that's OS X. If you can find the install disks, it probably would not hurt to format the drive so you know what you have. The install routine may offer that as an option. If not, there should...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By wgerrard
OK, I bought the Photocrati theme. It's a bit of...

OK, I bought the Photocrati theme. It's a bit of overkill for my needs, and my photos are gonna need to up their game. But, that's part of the idea.

Why pay for a WordPress theme when thousands of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By wgerrard
Need Advice on WordPress Photoblogs

I'm thinking of playing around with a photoblog site, on WordPress and I'm looking for advice.

First, I'm current on WordPress, minus two years. ;) So, I can stumble through.

Here's what I want...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-31-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 3,190
Posted By wgerrard
Pickett, I'm dismayed that so many publishers and...

Pickett, I'm dismayed that so many publishers and other media owners seem so fixated finding a way to make money by giving stuff away. Pre-web, they would have laughed at the notion, and rightly so....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-31-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 3,190
Posted By wgerrard
Newspapers are cutting staff across the board,...

Newspapers are cutting staff across the board, not just photographers. They have lost ad revenue to the web, especially from classifieds.

News outlets serve up pandering junk because they make money...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-31-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 3,190
Posted By wgerrard
That's not the case.

That's not the case.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-31-2011
Replies: 7,463
Views: 3,799,910
Posted By wgerrard
No, no wobbling here. The focus ring has a nice...

No, no wobbling here. The focus ring has a nice steady feel.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2011
Replies: 157
Views: 13,348
Posted By wgerrard
Agreed, Juan. But, I've never known anyone to be...

Agreed, Juan. But, I've never known anyone to be that upset about their photography. In more down to Earth areas, then, yes, obviously, we need to intervene. Timing and finesse are called for.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2011
Replies: 157
Views: 13,348
Posted By wgerrard
Only if we are asked or hired to provide it. ...

Only if we are asked or hired to provide it. Unsolicited feedback can break any relationship.

Even then, I think we focus too much on this notion of art. Art, at least art worth remembering, is...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-30-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,603
Posted By wgerrard
You can email pics from an iPad to your Flickr...

You can email pics from an iPad to your Flickr account. Check Flickr help for upload methods. You'll get an email address to use. Use that address to mail a pic from your iPad's camera roll.
Forum: RFF Polls 08-30-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 9,440
Posted By wgerrard
A year ago I would have said b&w. Now, the...

A year ago I would have said b&w. Now, the impact of a b&w shot isn't there, either in mine or someone else's. I look at them and wonder what the colors were. So, now it's almost entirely color,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2011
Replies: 157
Views: 13,348
Posted By wgerrard
I'm not sure we have any obligation or...

I'm not sure we have any obligation or justification for intervening at all. If someone shows someone samples of their photography and gets a job out it, nothing particularly tragic has happened. ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-30-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,856
Posted By wgerrard
Seems mostly CYA by both bank and police, on the...

Seems mostly CYA by both bank and police, on the slim chance that the guy does want to torch the bank.

In which case he would be an arsonist, not a terrorist. To many people watching too many...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-29-2011
Replies: 70
Views: 4,537
Posted By wgerrard
Yep. Feed strips of 4 or 6 into a Coolscan V,...

Yep. Feed strips of 4 or 6 into a Coolscan V, with Vuescan. Five minutes before I save a file is a good average.

The thing is scanning adds nothing to improve the image. You're always trying to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-29-2011
Replies: 70
Views: 4,537
Posted By wgerrard
Depends. Processing and scanning film is a...

Depends.

Processing and scanning film is a process that isn't part of a digital workflow, so it's going to require some amount of time that digital doesn't.

It takes me about 30 minutes to scan 6...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-29-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,856
Posted By wgerrard
Strange how a picture can get some people...

Strange how a picture can get some people flustered. He should have painted the bank surrounded by mortgage holders shoveling their cash in the front door. The bank would have bought it.

We're only...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-28-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 993
Posted By wgerrard
Comprehensive List of Digitals That Take M Lenses??

Anyone know if such a thing exists anywhere: A list of digitals that accept M lenses, with or without adapters?

I don't think it would be a very long list.:(

I haven't shot film in a while....
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-28-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 5,111
Posted By wgerrard
We were on the western edge of the storm all day...

We were on the western edge of the storm all day here in central North Carolina. As usual, the eastern third of the state took the brunt. About 500,000 without power, flooding, hundreds of roads...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-27-2011
Replies: 157
Views: 13,348
Posted By wgerrard
Most photos have always been junk. Unless we...

Most photos have always been junk. Unless we were related to the photographer, we just couldn't see them. It's easy to publish on the web. So people do.

Only a very tiny fraction of the human...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-26-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 5,111
Posted By wgerrard
The storms leading edges are just here in central...

The storms leading edges are just here in central NC. We expect rain and steady 25-30 mph winds with gusts above 40, and possible tornadoes, thru tomorrow night. We are about 200 miles west of the...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-26-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 5,111
Posted By wgerrard
South of Wilmington? Carolina/Kure Beach area?

South of Wilmington? Carolina/Kure Beach area?
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-26-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 5,111
Posted By wgerrard
I should be on the western fringes, and we're...

I should be on the western fringes, and we're expecting 35 mph winds and the odd gust above tropical storm levels. Obviously, you'll know if the wind is blowing.

But... the thing with a hurricane...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-26-2011
Replies: 157
Views: 13,348
Posted By wgerrard
Strictly speaking, if you manage to sell a photo,...

Strictly speaking, if you manage to sell a photo, I'm OK with calling you a professional photographer.

I'm bothered more, though, by the mean-spiritedness of this and other similar sites that...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-26-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 5,111
Posted By wgerrard
Unless you are way to the east of D.C., I suspect...

Unless you are way to the east of D.C., I suspect you will miss the full force of the storm.. That's a very good thing.

My first inclination is to suggest you stay inside and watch it on the TV....
Forum: Off Topic 08-25-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 3,101
Posted By wgerrard
Agreed. I would like to know if the cops were on...

Agreed. I would like to know if the cops were on duty, or at an off-duty gig. After the Tucson murders, we are going to see more cops at political events. But, they absolutely must be kept from...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-25-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 3,875
Posted By wgerrard
Dave, the cost of 3G may depend on the carrier...

Dave, the cost of 3G may depend on the carrier and where you are. You have to pick your carrier at time of purchase because the technologies are different. Here, in North Carolina, Verizon is $20...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-25-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 3,736
Posted By wgerrard
I recall a thread about that a while back. I...

I recall a thread about that a while back. I think the conclusion was that the permits are intended only for actual film projects, pro or student. Shooting snapshots on the Tube certainly seems a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-25-2011
Replies: 115
Views: 8,060
Posted By wgerrard
Of course, if took the M2 and one lens, I could...

Of course, if took the M2 and one lens, I could stash dozens and dozens of roll of film in the bag I'm using for the Nikon and its 3 lenses. :o
Forum: Off Topic 08-25-2011
Replies: 254
Views: 18,381
Posted By wgerrard
Well, others can speak for themselves. I'll stand...

Well, others can speak for themselves. I'll stand by my statement as it pertains to conservatism in this country, which is now something of a dark perversion of what it was 50 years ago. I suspect...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-25-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 3,736
Posted By wgerrard
I don't see being photographed, on the Tube or by...

I don't see being photographed, on the Tube or by the UK's ubiquitous CCTV system, as having anything to do with controlling me. The streets are full of hundreds of thousands of people, and we all...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-25-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 3,736
Posted By wgerrard
The legal protections offered to the act of...

The legal protections offered to the act of taking and posting the picture differ from the protections offered to people commenting on the pix. That will vary from country to country. But, if...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-25-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 3,736
Posted By wgerrard
Would You Be OK With Strangers Talking Online About A Pic of You?

Here's (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14650757) an interesting spin on photographing people on the street: Sites in the UK soliciting pix of unsuspecting Tube and train riders for posting and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-24-2011
Replies: 115
Views: 8,060
Posted By wgerrard
I've usually gone with an R4M or M2, and 21/35/50...

I've usually gone with an R4M or M2, and 21/35/50 lenses. Last year, tho, on a two-week UK visit, I had almost too much film to fit in my only piece of luggage. Next month, I'll be there for 18...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-24-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 3,875
Posted By wgerrard
Dave, Apple sells a thingie to permit use of an...

Dave, Apple sells a thingie to permit use of an iPad for projection. I have no idea what it is compatible with. Remember, though, that there are no ports on an iPad. No place to plug in an...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-24-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 3,875
Posted By wgerrard
If you are usually within range of wifi or a 3G...

If you are usually within range of wifi or a 3G connection, then the amount of storage on an iPad is irrelevant, because you can point a browser at any web site.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-24-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 3,875
Posted By wgerrard
Dave, if it's an Apple store, they will have...

Dave, if it's an Apple store, they will have iPads out that you can play with.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-24-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 3,875
Posted By wgerrard
iPads can print from some apps to "Airprint"...

iPads can print from some apps to "Airprint" wireless printers. If printing is critical, research it well.

My iPad is on my wifi network with my printer and can't see it at all.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-24-2011
Replies: 57
Views: 3,875
Posted By wgerrard
If you need to carry a laptop for specific...

If you need to carry a laptop for specific reason, and are shopping, look at the Mac laptops. Especially the Macbook Air, which comes close to being as light as the iPad. If you are close to an...
Forum: Photo Software 08-23-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 4,514
Posted By wgerrard
Latest release of Vuescan was on 21 August. Go...

Latest release of Vuescan was on 21 August. Go hence and download.
Forum: Photo Software 08-23-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,174
Posted By wgerrard
If asked, I'd say I prefer maintaining my own...

If asked, I'd say I prefer maintaining my own file structure. On the other hand, that quickly begins to get complicated when you have lots and lots of files in different stages of tweaking. I've...
Forum: Off Topic 08-23-2011
Replies: 254
Views: 18,381
Posted By wgerrard
Seen from here, the "personal responsibility"...

Seen from here, the "personal responsibility" meme that is so popular in conservative circles is simply a device to give conservatives cover for wanting to escape responsibility for their own...
Forum: Photo Software 08-23-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,174
Posted By wgerrard
Packages are accessible from the filesystem. ...

Packages are accessible from the filesystem. Right-click and choose the "Show Package Contents" option.

You can also keep your image files in the filesystem, organized as you wish, and work with...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-22-2011
Replies: 251
Views: 35,675
Posted By wgerrard
Agree. The Kindle display is made to display...

Agree. The Kindle display is made to display text. The iPad uses the same kind of LCD display Apple uses in its other products. Photos viewed on my iPad look the same as on my desktop Mac.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-22-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 5,575
Posted By wgerrard
It's never happened to me. I have carried a...

It's never happened to me. I have carried a camera into museums, etc., that prohibit photography and been politely reminded and asked to put it away, but that doesn't count.

Over the weekend, I saw...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-22-2011
Replies: 251
Views: 35,675
Posted By wgerrard
Apple's been known to replace iPhones gratis at...

Apple's been known to replace iPhones gratis at its stores, even out of warranty. Don't know about iPads. But, it's in their interest to spread a little good will and keep unhappy customers from...
Forum: Travel 08-22-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 3,167
Posted By wgerrard
I should say it's happened to me once, and that...

I should say it's happened to me once, and that was more operator error than not. But, I only had that camera, and it spoiled a nice day after a 3-hour drive. I'd driven back home before I discovered...
Forum: Travel 08-22-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 3,167
Posted By wgerrard
How Often Have You Needed Your Backup Camera?

Taking a backup camera on a trip seems a common thing around here. I'm curious about how often the primary camera fails or goes missing on those trips. Does the old stuff break more often than the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-21-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 4,030
Posted By wgerrard
This water spot business seems like the kind of...

This water spot business seems like the kind of thing that would easily be clarified with a few actual lab tests.

The more I think about it, though, I like the notion that water can adhere in the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-21-2011
Replies: 251
Views: 35,675
Posted By wgerrard
I take your point. LCD's don't bother me, but I...

I take your point. LCD's don't bother me, but I know they do others. The Kindle is also much easier to use outdoors.

I don't know if anyone has mentioned space constraints. That was a major factor...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 5,575
Posted By wgerrard
Well, true. But, I think the ubiquity of cell...

Well, true. But, I think the ubiquity of cell phones with a camera has muted the surprise and potential offense of someone showing up with a camera.

That doesn't explain why people might not care...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 5,575
Posted By wgerrard
Traveling with photography in mind is a...

Traveling with photography in mind is a dual-purpose kind of thing, even for pros who are working. We want to see and appreciate our surroundings, and we want to look around with an eye to taking...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-21-2011
Replies: 251
Views: 35,675
Posted By wgerrard
Folks interested in publishing books with photos...

Folks interested in publishing books with photos on an electronic platform should take a look at the sale figures for iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc., if they are actually available. iPad sales are...
Forum: Photo Software 08-21-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,174
Posted By wgerrard
Smart move to load up on memory, Andy. Much more...

Smart move to load up on memory, Andy. Much more important than CPU speed for apps like this.

I suspect Aperture rewards a little thought in how you use it and how you organize your files.

I'll...
Forum: Photo Software 08-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,174
Posted By wgerrard
I bought Aperture about a week and having been...

I bought Aperture about a week and having been using it and going thru the videos at Lynda.com.

Working on a 2.66 Ghz iMac with 4 gigs of ram, it's been OK. I think it would be prudent to create...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-19-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 5,575
Posted By wgerrard
I have a real aversion to carrying stuff while...

I have a real aversion to carrying stuff while traveling. But, I don't exactly go to the middle of nowhere. So, I really should just ship exposed film off to be processed. Better yet, get it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-18-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 5,575
Posted By wgerrard
Think about the availability of film, and...

Think about the availability of film, and processing, before you commit to film on a round-the-world trip. Also, the more film you shoot, the more space it takes up.

I'd go digital, well supplied...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-18-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 5,471
Posted By wgerrard
Bobby, I had a similar experience. Don't worry,...

Bobby, I had a similar experience. Don't worry, you'll be fine.

The best way to know your package has arrived someplace is to pay for delivery verification.
Forum: Off Topic 08-17-2011
Replies: 254
Views: 18,381
Posted By wgerrard
I've been skimming through this thread, without...

I've been skimming through this thread, without reading it thoroughly.

But, most often, when I hear that assertion, it's made by people who clearly don't feel any sense of concern or responsibility...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-17-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 4,030
Posted By wgerrard
Come to think of it, water certainly could...

Come to think of it, water certainly could collect in sprocket holes. If it didn't drain out onto the negatives until after most of the drying was done, it could easily account for those spots....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-16-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,752
Posted By wgerrard
Anyone know if people like Kodak and Fuji have...

Anyone know if people like Kodak and Fuji have released any long-term data about this? E.g., what's the cancer rate, etc., in employees a decade or two after exposure stops?
Forum: Off Topic 08-16-2011
Replies: 254
Views: 18,381
Posted By wgerrard
You've provided a few illustrations of the...

You've provided a few illustrations of the primary weakness of a market economy. I.e., it is dependent on profit. Essential goods and services will not -- can not -- be provided by the market when...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-15-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,752
Posted By wgerrard
Peope react differently to different chemicals. I...

Peope react differently to different chemicals. I can't use bleach -- Clorox, etc. -- because, even in dilution, my eyes sting and redden. No matter how effective the ventilation.

My reaction to...
Forum: Travel 08-15-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3,041
Posted By wgerrard
Thanks, Chuck. I didn't want to be surpassed by...

Thanks, Chuck. I didn't want to be surpassed by a long wait. Pay-as-you-go is what I'll get. I'm staying near King's Cross, and the Vodafone shop at St Pancras looks to be the closest place.
Forum: Travel 08-15-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3,041
Posted By wgerrard
Sim Card Question & Great UK/Ireland Road Site

Next month's Scotland trip plans are pretty fixed. Got a question about sim cards, though: If I go into a shop and buy a card and a plan, is my UK number active immediately? (I'm in London the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-14-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 9,190
Posted By wgerrard
Those are all common assertions. But, I think...

Those are all common assertions. But, I think they just don't matter.

It is just fine for things to ge easy. Easy lets you focus on the picture, rather than hardware quirks.

The amount of effort...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-14-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,956
Posted By wgerrard
Buy a couple of those gallon jugs of water. Drink...

Buy a couple of those gallon jugs of water. Drink that water. Then, refill them and let them get cold in the fridge. Mix tap water with the cold water to get the right temp.

Or, just let the cold...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-11-2011
Replies: 143
Views: 37,163
Posted By wgerrard
You know, no matter what kind of bag we carry, no...

You know, no matter what kind of bag we carry, no matter how hard we might work to hide what's inside, isn't the game up as soon as we reach inside and pull out a camera?
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-10-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 2,009
Posted By wgerrard
Just bought a Tenba Mini Messenger for my new...

Just bought a Tenba Mini Messenger for my new toys. My iPad fits nicely in an inside pocket along the back of the bag. Certainly looks like it could take your hardware.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-10-2011
Replies: 143
Views: 37,163
Posted By wgerrard
It's amazing we get so much mileage out of...

It's amazing we get so much mileage out of talking about camera bags.

I'm guilty of buying too many new bags. After trial and error, I've decided I like bags that have enough padding to hold the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-10-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 656
Posted By wgerrard
The bag I bought for the D5100...

... and lenses is the Tenba Mini Messenger.

Bought three lenses for this thing, all Nikkor DX jobs. Keep one on the camera, stash the other two in the side pockets, and slip the iPad down the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-10-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 2,052
Posted By wgerrard
I have an F2 and like it, but agree it's really...

I have an F2 and like it, but agree it's really meant to carry more. The shop I use had a good Tamrac selection, I'll look for that 704.

I like the ThinkTank. The padding, too, since the bag will...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-10-2011
Replies: 89
Views: 18,820
Posted By wgerrard
With the exception of the New York Times and USA...

With the exception of the New York Times and USA Today, we don't have national papers in the same sense. But, we do have cable TV and talk radio, and they're explicitly in the business of selling...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-09-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 2,052
Posted By wgerrard
Need A Bag for Nikon D5100, 3 Lenses

So... I've got this new camera and three new lenses, and I need a new bag.

The camera is a DSLR, the Nikon D5100. I also bought 3 Nikkors: 10-24, 55-200, and a 35/1.8.

Went to the camera store...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-09-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,320
Posted By wgerrard
Frank, I've had an iPad for a few months. Love...

Frank, I've had an iPad for a few months. Love it. Can't type worth... anything on the virtual keyboard, but that's more because of the non-standard layout. Certainly a lot easier to carry around...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-09-2011
Replies: 89
Views: 18,820
Posted By wgerrard
Wish I knew, Roger. Finding out what people...

Wish I knew, Roger. Finding out what people really like, no matter what they say, is difficult. Maybe it's a class thing. People often pretend to like, or dislike, something, because they believe...
Forum: Travel 08-09-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
Played with the D5100 over the weekend, with the...

Played with the D5100 over the weekend, with the 35/1.8. Kinda fun. Very easy to use. The primary control knob is in the right place, and the rest of the controls are kept to a minimum.

The thing...
Forum: Travel 08-05-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
I have a basic itinerary plotted out. Now to...

I have a basic itinerary plotted out. Now to decide how much I need to make advance bookings. I'm thinking that might make sense in Skye.
Forum: Travel 08-05-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
Well... the D5100 and the 35/1.8 arrived today. ...

Well... the D5100 and the 35/1.8 arrived today. It's a little thing. That's good in my book. Plan to check it out over the weekend.
Forum: Travel 08-05-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
I just stuff it in jacket pockets, since I never...

I just stuff it in jacket pockets, since I never seem to go anyplace when it's actually warm.
Forum: Travel 08-05-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
NCPS charges $11.95 per 35mm roll for their...

NCPS charges $11.95 per 35mm roll for their "enhanced" slides. So, say I shot 50 rolls. That's $600. If I get them processed locally, it's a bit more than $200. plus about two weeks of my...
Forum: Travel 08-04-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
It's been a long time, but I clearly remember...

It's been a long time, but I clearly remember remember sheep in Scotland having the good manners to stay off those skinny roads, while Cornish cattle used them for family reunions.
Forum: Travel 08-04-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
Thanks, Jim. I've got 12 nights. I'll plot your...

Thanks, Jim. I've got 12 nights. I'll plot your suggestions out in the morning, but they sound in line with my intentions. I want to base myself in 2-3 places.
Forum: Travel 08-04-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
So right. I seem to have come round to enjoying...

So right. I seem to have come round to enjoying film "in moderation", but not in heavy vacation doses. Just too much time on the back end, too much money and hassle. What I would have spent on film...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
I have lots of rationalizations for this, like I...

I have lots of rationalizations for this, like I travel light and now I can pack a couple more shirts instead of all that film. Like I won't have to pay $4+ per roll for processing. Like I won't have...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
Well, I have succumbed. Just ordered a Nikon 5100...

Well, I have succumbed. Just ordered a Nikon 5100 body, a 35/1.8 DX, and the 10-24 DX. Sigh...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
As I see it, the advantage of a digital for me on...

As I see it, the advantage of a digital for me on this kind of trip is not having to slog through examining and scanning hundreds of film frames. That's not a problem when it's a few rolls at a...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
As of right now, I'm taking an M2, the Nokton...

As of right now, I'm taking an M2, the Nokton 35/1.2 and the Zeiss Planar 50/2 (small, takes up no room.) Very subject to change.... ha!

The rationalization for buying some DSLR is to avoid the...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
You're more sensible than I am, Roger. I hate...

You're more sensible than I am, Roger. I hate carrying stuff. Although, whatever else I take, I'll also take the little Sigma DP2-S. It's an annoying camera, but it can produce decent snapshots.
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
I'm leaning to the "base myself somewhere for a...

I'm leaning to the "base myself somewhere for a few days" notion. Primarily because I am prone to spending too much time in the car, just driving. I've put off this trip for several years...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,008
Posted By wgerrard
Travel-Associated G.A.S.

In conjunction with getting ready for my Scotland trip, I'm, as usual, thinking that none of the stuff I own is sufficient to the task ahead and, so, I'm lusting after new toys. This time, I'm...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
Thanks, Erik. I appreciate the suggestions. I...

Thanks, Erik. I appreciate the suggestions. I suspect I'll stay to the west and north. Trying to decide if I want to stay someplace new each night, or base myself for a few days each in a few...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
Hi, Roger. I've never found it difficult making...

Hi, Roger. I've never found it difficult making the switch, although diving into serious urban traffic first thing is foolish. I can handle most roundabouts, but multi-lane affairs at motorway...
Forum: Travel 08-03-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
I've driven a lot in the UK, but not for 20...

I've driven a lot in the UK, but not for 20 years. Booked an automatic, and Inverness is the biggest town I'll be in. I should be OK. (Lesson I learned on my first trip, to Wales: Get to your...
Forum: Travel 08-02-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
OK, car booked. Pickup and return in Inverness. ...

OK, car booked. Pickup and return in Inverness. Considering establishing "base camp"in three different places in the Highlands, plus a day to two in the Orkney's and/or Shetland, so I don't indulge...
Forum: Travel 08-01-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,360
Posted By wgerrard
Two Weeks in Scotland's Highlands

I'll be driving around Scotland's Highlands for two weeks next month. Advice, suggestions, do's and don'ts happily accepted.

We're talking slow and leisurely here. I don't plan to summit Ben Nevis...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-20-2011
Replies: 119
Views: 8,914
Posted By wgerrard
Hate wearing watches. jewelry, etc. I'm...

Hate wearing watches. jewelry, etc. I'm surrounded by things that tell me the time. I'll wear a watch when I'm flying, but that's it.
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