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  • Location
    Southern California
  • Interests
    Cruising, cruising, wildlife...oh, photography too!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska
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    www.pptphoto.com

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  1. Pictures taken between Monday, January 25 and Sunday, January 31. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  2. This week's photo doesn't really have much of a story other than the fact that it was taken while on a walk that itself walked a fine line between allowed exercise and actual enjoyment, which is not allowed. The day started out cold and foggy and when it warmed up somewhat unexpectedly, we went out and walked a couple of miles through the neighborhood enjoying the sunshine, cool weather and a little bit more contentment than we are technically allowed under the rules imposed by the Powers That Be in the People’s Republic of California. Since we aren’t elected officials, relatives of elected of
  3. Pictures taken between Monday, January 18 and Sunday, January 24. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  4. One of our semi-local breweries is notorious for expensive but outstanding specialty beers. Back in the oughts, they started an annual release of seasonal beers named after the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas song, My fancy beer appreciation started around the release of Five Golden Rings and it was spectacular. The seasonal search for the current release in the years that followed became a Christmas tradition. I always regretted missing the first few. 2021 started with my son-in-law delivering a collection of all twelve days from a 2020 re-release of the series. Friend Ron and I split
  5. They will still ship your cards to your home. You just have to order a little earlier. Dave
  6. Got this today... Took longer than expected but we all knew it was coming. I guess my Canon Selphy 4x6 photo printer was a good investment! Dave
  7. I didn't mention is but I also use ISO-AUTO. I will occasionally override and pick it manually, but usually I leave it on auto and set the minimum shutter speed at which the ISO increases to match whatever I'm shooting. I usually leave it at 1/15s but if I'm shooting action (or frenetic grandkids), I'll set it to 1/250s or 1/500s as needed. Using the minimum shutter function along with aperture priority and auto-ISO works better for me than shutter priority because it still lets me control depth of field while worrying less about motion blur. All this control! It's a great time to
  8. She plays there now. Her name is Paige Smith and she's quite good, I'm told. Upcoming season should be a challenge with all that's going on. With billions of dollars in research by the manufacturers to make AUTO smarter than most of us, there's no shame there. Personally, I shoot about 99% in aperture priority to maintain control over depth of field. The aperture adjustment and the +/- exposure compensation dial are about the only controls I use when out and about. Happy shooting! Dave
  9. I would never in my life have deciphered your username if my niece didn't play softball there. The pictures are nicely done as well! 😉 Dave
  10. Just an FYI for my friends here on the CC boards. I have posted here for years and most of my posts for the last several of those years are linked to my Zenfolio account. Recently, I have started transforming my pptphoto.com site and adding my galleries there using a Java-based album builder. My Zenfolio account was up for renewal this month and I am far enough along on the project that I decided to pull the plug and terminate my account. This means that except for the most recent photos all the links are severed. The revamped site is still at pptphoto.com and the galleries are be
  11. Pictures taken between Monday, January 11 and Sunday, January 17. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  12. Last week the family rallied and found a puppy for Savannah. It turned tragic when it was found to have Parvo and had to be put down after a single day. We were heartbroken. This week gave us hope that this year will not completely suck when a phone call to a shelter led to a run to the High Desert and the adoption of Lila. She is a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, has shots and has a wonderful personality. With all that is going on with remote school and stay-at-home orders that seem endless, having Lila to care for will bring nothing but good into the mix. Even the trials and tribulations of potty-t
  13. Pictures taken between Monday, January 4 and Sunday, January 10. Rules: See above That's it. This isn't a contest. All photos taken this week are welcome (not just cruising). Prizes will not be awarded. Discovering the joy of photography is the prize. The idea is to get folks out using their cameras for more than vacations and toddler birthdays. Post one. Post many. Up to you. Have fun with your camera and share your fun with others!
  14. This year's opening image is of Kim's Christmas flowers. They are called Paper Whites and I wanted to start the year with some sort of blank page reference. In psychology, “Tabula rasa” refers to a state of mind without knowledge or preconceived ideas such as exists in a newborn child. In this case I use it as it translates from Latin as “scraped tablet” or “blank slate”. 2020 was a dumpster fire of epic proportions and starting this year with a fresh outlook and a clean page untainted by the previous one is something I wish were possible. Sadly, it isn’t. All the stuff we stepped in last year
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