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    Boca Raton, Florida
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  1. Cool - the workspace save is great to see...I have Photo X4 which is right in that picture in the header of the article, so I think I should be able to save those. I do know where the plugins and tubes folders are as well, so should be able to save those as well. I may do the plugin of the old drive and get a SATA to USB3. As you mention, there could be some little file or folder somewhere that I didn't include in the backups and forgot about, so as long as the current drive is still working fine, might be best to transfer directly from there. No matter how I work this, I'm sure to wipe out a weekend getting the new computer set up, everything loaded, everything transferred, everything registered, and so on. At least Windows 10 isn't something new or unexpected even though my current desktop is a Win 7 - because I've had Win 10 on my laptop and my work computer for years now.
  2. Gotcha. Might just be better than to do the build with card already included - sounds more cost effective buying it at the build based on the prices you mention for them, plus the saving of time and stupidity installing something without real knowledge of what I'm doing...and possibility of some mis-match. My other question is: What's the best-easiest way for data transfer from old machine to new? I presume most of the software/programs need to be reinstalled on the new machine, so the rest is just data...I do have backup drives with all my personal data (music, photo, video, documents, etc), so I could go off of those - that would be USB3. But it will probably take a very long time, with nearly a TB of data. Would another method of transfer, some kind of cable to go computer-to-computer, be faster or better? I've been dreading this move mostly because of trying to remember all the different programs and software I'll need to reload, finding old disks, and/or install codes/keys to download, passwords, etc. that I haven't used in years...and then there's all the customization of various programs like PSP, where with a clean install, I'll need to rebuild all my menus, toolbars, screen scale, shortcuts, plugins, etc.
  3. Sounds good. I did completely overlook the graphics card omission. The one I built to spec at Dell site was essentially all the same, except BluRay, and now that you pointed it out, graphics card - I had added NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 6GB GDDR6. The Dell build actually came to $1,949.98. I had also included Office Home and Student - so the price can drop if I stripped that out and went to the subscription version. So the next question - better to buy the full build from Dell, or the one I listed above from Amazon and then just buy and add the graphics card...and how hard is it to add a graphics card to a non-tech-type?
  4. One warning though: They are closing Green Cay sometime in the first few weeks of November, for a project to replace the Nature Center's roof and the boardwalks - it is expected to be down for a few months at least. So either go before early November, or you'll have to wait until probably late January or early February.
  5. Dave, I think I'm starting to feel a bit more comfortable looking at an Intel - and thinking of getting a pre-built unit - I was comparing HP and Dell, and both price pretty close to each other. When I price out a build with my specific wants at both sites, I end up right around $1850...that doesn't include speakers, Office (which I'll probably need to add), or monitor. So I hunted around on Amazon for any Dell builds that were close to my specs, but maybe a touch cheaper, and came across this one with the following specs: Dell XPS - 9th Generation Intel i7-9700K 8-Core 3.60 GHz Processor (12MB SmartCache, Turbo Boost up to 4.90 GHz) 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 512GB SSD + 2TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive, DVD-RW Drive, Windows 10 Professional Intel UHD Graphics 630, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI, Display Port Dell Wireless 802.11a/c + Bluetooth v4.2, Gigabit Ethernet, Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio, Waves MaxxAudio Pro. $1,719. Only real difference from how I was building one was that I was looking to add BluRay RE drive rather than DVD...but honestly I rarely burn either, so I don't think that's a decision maker. It shaves about $130 off the price of my Dell-site built version, and that's about the only real difference I can see. It includes 2 years of Amazon tech support (not sure how much that's actually worth). I'd probably still need to add Office at some point down the road, and may need to buy new speakers as my current Dell powered units are starting to short out a bit. I can live with my current 24" monitor for now too. What do you think?
  6. Yes - all of the birds and animals were in that spot. The hummingbirds are typically near the entrance of the wetlands - from the parking lot, you walk through about 150 feet of pine forest to get to the main building, then there's a boardwalk that circles about 1 1/2 miles around the water and islands. It's that first 150 feet where the hummingbirds are most likely to be found. There's no hummingbird feeders or anything - just those plants there that they seem to like. You often hear them chattering before you actually see them. Migration has been kicking in there pretty good the past few weeks...lots of species in the trees - vireos, warblers, redstarts, painted buntings, etc. The wetlands birds are a little slower to arrive so far as it's been so hot, but already the blue-winged teal ducks are there, and snowy egrets, wood storks, and various herons and egrets have started to gather a little more.
  7. Assuming you are asking about the wetlands photos, I live in South Florida, and these were shot at a local wetlands reserve called Green Cay Wetlands, in Boynton Beach, FL. There are two wetlands within a mile of each other which are my two 'local' spots, being about 10 miles from my house. The other one is called Wakodahatchee Wetlands...I often hit both spots in the same afternoon since they are so close.
  8. Finally got around to loading my weekend wetlands shots to my computer, so here's my Saturday selection: Ruby-throated hummingbird: Red-eyed vireo: Blue-winged teal: Colorful blue dasher dragonfly: Red-bellied woodpecker: Ruby-throated hummingbird sitting still for a change:
  9. It was a lovely Saturday day in the wetlands - hot as ever, but with a nice stiff wind most of the day to take the edge off. Abundant sunshine, which brought out some of the colorful birds to play in the waters. A green heron standing up on the rail of the boardwalk I was on, sticking his neck out a bit: A roseate spoonbill, who seemed to be doing a bit of a dance and display for another spoonbill nearby, sticking his head and neck up, waving his bill back and forth, then lowering again: He also decided to clean himself up a bit by dipping into the water and shaking off: Must have worked, as the other spoonbill saddled up next to him and they hung out together the rest of the time they were within my sight: Wood ducks are among the prettiest in the U.S., if not the world...the male is the one with the most color and pattern, while the females are a little duller. This one is a male, but he's just a juvenile and hasn't gotten his full colorful coat yet - but you can start to see some of the pattern and color coming in: This red-bellied woodpecker high up in the tree canopy and in the shade was torquing his neck around and twisting his head upside down to get the right angle on a hole in the branch for his tongue to go hunting in there for larvae: After a hot day in the wetlands, I went home and jumped in my pool - I always bring my camera to keep at poolside in case any interesting back yard birds show up. This blue jay came to my bird bath for a drink, and the light was lovely, so I had to take a snap:
  10. Indeed. Ironically, I'm NOT a Star Wars fan. I only ever saw the first movie back in 1976 or 77, and it didn't do anything for me, so I never saw any of the others since. But still, I was impressed with the theming and attention to detail - and it was a fun place to visit and photograph.
  11. A rare few shots from a Monday - since I generally am a weekend shooter, unless I'm on vacation. I took a few snaps while wandering through Epcot Center's Living Seas exhibit on Monday, September 16: Shark! A beautiful leopard ray, and a little toddler enjoying the scenery on the other side of the glass: Another look at the lovely leopard ray: On a hot September day, it's nice to stop by France's ice cream shop:
  12. This photo week for me started out on Friday, Sep 13, when I arrived at Walt Disney World, checked in to my villa at the Boardwalk Resort, then decided to spend that first late afternoon and evening by walking over to Hollywood Studios to see the all-new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land that opened there. The theming is wonderfully done, whether you're a Star Wars fan or not (I'm actually not - I only ever saw the first movie in 1977 and it never caught on for me)...the land is quite expansive and everything is themed down to the last detail. Here are some looks at the new land:
  13. Back from a 5 day trip to Disney World, and was a little late getting around to posting shots from the week before to the weekly photo thread. Still working on the Disney pics, so for now, here are some shots from out in the wetlands from the weekend before the Disney trip: An ibis reflecting: A yellow-throated warbler up in the shady pine trees - one of the early migrators returning for winter: A grey-headed swamphen with her chick: The tiny, wee little white peacock butterfly: Big alligator sitting up on the levee in the shade - he was actually fairly difficult to see in the shadows - watch where you walk out in the wetlands! I was cranked up to ISO 6,400 in order to expose him more visibly: A tricolor heron hunting in the still shallow waters: A lovely backlit anhinga glowing in the sun:
  14. I sort of agree with both - as Dave mentioned, there could be some creative or fun use of the 12mm F2 - but unless you have the A6500, some of what havoc mentioned is also true - without stabilization, the advantage may be erased over the F4 of the 10-18mm with stabilization. And the 10-18mm is very versatile and useful in being able to go both wider and longer when needed. I'd personally probably just stick to the 10-18mm for all my wide needs. I've used my SEL16mm F2.8 + ECU adapter (which is 12mm) for maybe a dozen shots since getting the 10-18mm, and never felt the draw to pick up another wide prime as it covers everything I need at the wide end.
  15. Knocking out two different weeks at once, since I was backlogged of shots on my camera with the hurricane interruption this past week. The following shots are a mix of a few from the wetlands, and then a few taken from my swimming pool in the backyard afterwards: First signs of fall migration beginning, with the arrival of the yellow-throated warbler: A female anhinga, sitting up on a log to dry out its wings in the sun: I guess this would be a 'DIF' - dragonfly-in-flight: A beautiful monarch, partaking of a purple flower with the sky-reflected wetlands waters behind: If you really want to challenge both your panning/tracking skills, and your camera's focus tracking and speed - try shooting barn swallows in flight - these little missiles fly in bursts up to nearly 50MPH, with highly erratic turns and banks as they chase down bugs in the air - plus they fly nape-of-the-earth, just barely clipping over trees and obstacles, as well as each other. Of course, it's much more calming to shoot these little guys when you're chest-deep in nice cool pool waters, with your elbows resting on a pool float while ripping off some bursts:
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