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    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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    Alaska
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  1. Our weeds aren't nearly as nice. Dave
  2. This is most of my response from your post on another thread. ...if you already own a good DLSR (or two), use them. To me, not traveling with my "good" cameras is like buying formal wear but hitting the red carpet in t-shirt and shorts because it's more comfortable and you might spill something on your "good" clothes. I've owned Powershots and a Sony HX-5V and while I liked the size and convenience, I always ended up with the big camera when the pictures mattered. When I picked up a Nokia Icon phone about six years ago, I stopped carrying the compact camera because with the exception of occasionally missing the compact's longer zoom, the phone took better pictures. My current Pixel didn't do anything to change my mind about compacts but I still use the big camera when the photos matter. (Full disclosure...I like my camera and I like using it.) There are compacts like the Sony RX100 series that will rival or beat phones in overall versatility but nothing under the $500 mark and most over $1000. Instead of spending a couple hundred dollars on a cheap camera for Alaska, pack a DSLR, rent a good zoom and have fun taking pictures. I assume you bought the DSLRs because you like taking pictures and if that's the case, you'll find that Alaska is worth a little effort. It is a target-rich environment for photography. My opinion. Your mileage may vary. Dave
  3. Alienware has been around for quite a while. They were a gamer-only semi-custom shop that caught Dell's attention and were eaten. No known issues that I know of before or after the merger and the parts list is all higher-end stuff. The RX 5700 XT is on par with the Nvidia RTX 2070 and isn't a power hog. The sale price is quite good. I'd say it's a go. Dave
  4. I'm pretty sure Havoc's point is that if you already own a good DLSR (or two), use them. To me, not traveling with my "good" cameras is like buying formal wear but hitting the red carpet in t-shirt and shorts because it's more comfortable and you might spill something on your "good" clothes. I've owned Powershots and a Sony HX-5V and while I liked the size and convenience, I always ended up with the big camera when the pictures mattered. When I picked up a Nokia Icon phone about six years ago, I stopped carrying the compact camera because with the exception of occasionally missing the compact's longer zoom, the phone took better pictures. My current Pixel didn't do anything to change my mind about compacts but I still use the big camera when the photos matter. (Full disclosure...I like my camera and I like using it.) There are compacts like the Sony RX100 series that will rival or beat phones in overall versatility but nothing under the $500 mark and most over $1000. Instead of spending a couple hundred dollars on a cheap camera for Alaska, pack a DSLR, rent a good zoom and have fun taking pictures. I assume you bought the DSLRs because you like taking pictures and if that's the case, you'll find that Alaska is worth a little effort. It is a target-rich environment for photography. Dave
  5. Agreed! Boost computational photography in the "real" cameras beyond correcting vignetting and distortion. Smooth the onion rings out of the bokeh. Wipe out moiré. Use the autofocus and electronic shutter to stack focus macros or landscapes. Compute a 50mm f/1.8 into an 85mm f/1.2. Old tech doesn't need to die when you can stuff some new tech into it! Dave
  6. Though I will reluctantly admit that a touch-enabled menu system would be a useful addition to my camera, I can't imagine editing in the camera on a 3" LCD beyond RAW to JPEG, brightening or temperature. I suppose there is a market for filters and such in a camera so you can add a puppy nose and ears to your photo and mannequinizing your skin before uploading it to snapchat, but the people who add those "enhancements" probably aren't in the market for a $2000 camera body. Unless designers dump the buttons and stuff that giant Ikon-like touchscreen on the back (I can hear the screams now), it would make more sense to make the camera operate as NAS connected to a phone's Wi-Fi hotspot (Bluetooth is too slow) to allow direct access to the camera files from the phone or a tablet connected through the phone's local network. That way you could edit a copy, do Lightroom-like non-destructive edits or just add nose and ears and upload. It would also allow for stream-to-cloud in the wild if necessary or, as mentioned, trigger an upload via a recognized Wi-Fi connection when available. On another note, they just announced the Pixel 4 and the pricing ensured that I will be doing my unintentional part to kill the compact camera market by upgrading my original Pixel XL. Dave
  7. Luminar 4 is due out shortly with a lot of new features. AI Sky Replacer, AI Portrait Enhancer, etc. Feature page: https://skylum.com/luminar-l4?utm_expid=.dUOCDh-YSFqtvDmdMieJhQ.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fskylum.com%2Fluminar It is a full number upgrade and is therefore a purchase. For those of you who own v.3 and didn't pre-order the upgrade back in August, this is the last day to get the version 4 and a package of instant "looks" filters for $59 ($69 if you don't already own v.3). The price of Luminar alone will go up to $89 tomorrow. The speed and some of the other issues have been addressed in later v.3 releases and unless you are a die-hard Lightroom user with a billion or so non-destructively edited images in your library that you would have to re-edit or export with changes (yeah, ranting a little), Luminar is a friendly and rather powerful program and I'm interested to see what magic they have added in v.4. I guess we'll know in a couple of weeks. I'll post a feature update when it drops and re-evaluate my Lightroom position at the same time. Dave
  8. Dave Etchells posted an explanation for the Imaging Resource shutdown. Sign of the times. https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2019/10/13/the-end-probably-nigh-after-22-years-imaging-resource-wind-down-early- Dave
  9. Pictures taken between Monday, October 14 and Sunday, October 20. 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!
  10. Imaging resource has been around since the very early days of digital photography. It was there when I gave up on film and started looking at the digital alternatives. In a surprise statement this week they announced that they will be closing operations at the end of 2019. The article appearing on DP Review's site outlined the history of their friendly competition and cooperation over the years but didn't provide any details as to why Imaging Resource is ceasing operations. Personally, I will miss their fair and factual reporting on a photo industry that changes faster than most people can keep up with without sites like Imaging Resource. Dave
  11. After a few weeks of afterthought PAW photos, I put the camera on the strap and took it to the grandkids' skating lessons with Picture-A-Week plans. They are only a few weeks into the process but are improving quickly. No double axels yet, but fewer butt-flops. This really takes Kim and I back thirty years to when their mom was out there with her siblings skating their hearts out. Matthew chose hockey where his uncle did the figure skating for football agility. Jackie is, well...Jackie. A year from now she may be doing spins and jumps like Mom and Auntie or hip-checking the boys into the wall. This shot of Jackie’s first skates tells a story that is just beginning. Déjà vu Dave
  12. Wait.. What? Really? 😉 Actually the A6000 does have a retractable lens on the 16-50 PZ kit zoom. I even killed one maneuvering through a turnstile at Disneyland. Had to shoot the whole day with the 55-210 zoom. The Powershot reference was to illustrate that I had a problem with a Canon camera, not any comparison to the A6000. I don't avoid Canon because of that one instance, I've just had good experiences with Sony. To each their own. Dave
  13. The price of progress! Take a look a this article on how to customize the start menu in Win10. Makes getting to your everyday and every-once-in-a-while stuff really easy. I no longer have 1000 things on the desktop and my taskbar only has the five or six programs that I use daily. Another good practice is to add common folders to the Quick Access area at the top of the Explorer stack. WIndows 10 has a bunch of ways to make life easier. Dave
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