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EM-1 Mark II or D500?

November 25, 2016

Readers of this blog know that most of my photography over the past few years has been done with the Micro Four-Thirds (m43) system. Specifically, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 cameras. I love the m43 system and have taken thousands of pictures with my Olympus cameras. I’ve had my Olympus cameras since the OM-D E-M5 was introduced in 2012 and love the system.

I converted to m43 after shooting Nikon DSLRs for many years.  I used the Nikon DX (APS-C) cameras, most recently the Nikon D200. When I was ready to upgrade the camera in 2012, Nikon had not released a new DX camera since the D300s in 2009. I wanted a D400, but Nikon seemed to abandon the professional DX market. Rather than go full frame, as the Nikon marketing machine apparently wanted, I went the other way and went to the smaller sensors of the m43 system. In a surprise move this year, Nikon released a successor to the D300 after a 7-year hiatus. The company skipped the D400 label and calls the new camera the D500.

I’m now ready to supplement my E-M1 camera with another body and the choice comes down to the E-M1 Mark II or the Nikon D500. I have acquired a significant collection of m43 lenses and I love these small, high performance gems. I find that most m43 lenses are sharp right from the widest aperture, unlike most DSLR lenses. Although I sold some of my Nikon lenses, I still have a significant collection of Nikon glass — mostly the longer lenses for wildlife photography. Continue reading

A Cat Tale

October 5, 2015

She was there the day we moved into our house in Bicester, England. Sitting on the front porch like she owned the place. When we opened the door to our new house, she just walked in. She was cute, but she wasn’t ours. She was black with a white bib, and a white dot on her belly. The white dot led to her name–Domino.

We soon learned that she belonged to our neighbor. Domino was no kitten when we met her; she was three years old.  The previous owner had allowed her to use the house as a refuge from her brother, Oscar. The two cats did not get along, and Oscar was the dominant feline. Our home had a cat flap on the back door, and Domino was accustomed to coming and going as she pleased. Initially we resisted. We kept the cat flap closed. We didn’t feed her. We didn’t want our new neighbors to think we were trying to “steal” a cat. Even so, she spent a great deal of time at our home. Continue reading

Why Adobe Remains One of the Most Unethical Tech Companies Around

March 2, 2015

It’s that time for the annual renewal of my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This has become a struggle for the last few years, as Adobe makes it increasingly difficult to modify your plan. They want to automatically renew at the highest subscription rate possible. Last year, they double renewed me after I changed my plan to the annual rate from the monthly rate. The company continued charging me for the monthly plan after I renewed at the annual rate.  It took hours on the phone with Adobe to straighten out that mess.

I predicted that customer service would decline when the Creative Cloud products were first announced. See that article here: Adobe’s Empty Promise of Innovation. I think that prediction has been largely correct. Continue reading

Follow the Signs

One of the fun things about traveling without a schedule is to follow trails you wouldn’t otherwise pursue. I had a couple of days before my Rocky Mountain High session started, so I spent some time exploring Colorado. I had two things on my agenda, Hanging Lake and Mt. Evans. Other than that, I could explore freely.

Hope Tree, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Hope Tree, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

While driving through Glenwood Springs I saw a sign that said “Doc Holliday’s Grave.” I followed the signs to a trailhead in a residential neighborhood and started climbing. The trail was about 1/2 mile long and, of course, uphill. The first thing I came across was this tree with the colorful flags I’ve now called the “Hope Tree.” All of the flags had words such as hope, love, etc written on them. I have no idea what the story behind the tree was, but it was photogenic nonetheless.

After a few minutes to take some bracketed exposures for HDR processing later, I continued up the trail. At the top of the hill was a small cemetery with probably 50-100 graves. The signs continued pointing to Doc Holliday’s grave, and I followed them.

Doc Holliday's 'Grave,' Linwood Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Doc Holliday’s ‘Grave,’ Linwood Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Eventually, I found the site of his ‘grave.’ I put the word grave in quotation marks for a reason. The informative signs indicated that no one was sure if Doc Holliday was buried under the tombstone. The tombstone was erected later, and apparently no one is quite sure where he is buried in the cemetery. Nevertheless, tourists want a grave site, so the town gave him one. I also learned that he died at the age of 36 of tuberculosis. His last words were reportedly, “this is funny,” referring to the irony of a noted gunman and gambler dying in a bed with his boots off. You can read more about the life of Doc Holliday here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Holliday

 

 

This unplanned excursion gave me some interesting photo opportunities and I learned a little about the history of the Old West. Sometimes you just have to follow the signs.

Equipment Used

Olympus OMD EM-5

Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8

Gitzo 0540 Tripod

Really Right Stuff BH-30

Crumpler Haven in a Patagonia Daypack

 

A Lasting Legacy

Cadle Bill - ca 1941 452 Cadle Pilot trng - 1941 455

Cadle Pilot trng - 1941 453 Cadle Pilot Trng - 1941 450

May 26, 2013

In honor of Memorial Day in the U.S., I salute my great uncle, Bill Cadle. He was killed in a training accident in 1943 as an Air Force instructor pilot during World War II. Few people realize that more than 15,000 aviators were killed in training accidents during WW II. The Army Air Corps lost approximately 7,100 aircraft in training accidents from 1941 to 1945 versus 4,500 aircraft lost in combat in the Pacific theater. The art and science of aviation were very young during WW II and the cost of improving aviation knowledge was dear.

Although I never knew my great uncle, as an Air Force pilot I benefited from the lessons forged in blood by him and others during WW II and subsequent years. The “Greatest Generation” displayed a sense of courage, service, and sacrifice that changed the course of history. This Memorial Day I salute the lasting legacy of Bill Cadle and thousands like him that sacrificed all for future generations.

Note: The pictures posted here are family heirlooms that have been handed down to me from my grandparents.

Today’s Chasing Light Photo Named Landscape Photo of the Day

Fishing the Merced River Yosemite National Park, California

Fishing the Merced River
Yosemite National Park, California

March 20, 2013

I received a nice notice today that the photo from today’s post, “Fishing the Merced River,” was named Landscape Photo of the Day for the Landscape Community on Google+.  I’m honored that they liked the photo and hopefully some of the 130,000 members from the community will come read the blog post that accompanies the picture.

See the picture in the ‘Inspiration’ category here: Google+ Lansdcape Photo of the Day

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