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  1. Envy makes it hard to compliment your pictures, but I will. ­čÖé Dave
  2. Pictures´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ ´╗┐taken between Monday, August 19 and Sunday´╗┐,´╗┐ August 25. 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 fu´╗┐n ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐with ´╗┐´╗┐ot´╗┐h´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐e´╗┐´╗┐rs´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐!
  3. Another week of non-photographic activity. The kitchen project is in its final laps and the weekends and evenings are filled with the sounds of saws and screwdrivers and the smell of sawdust and lacquer. Pictured here is a pull-out trash receptacle that is 2.5x larger than the ones easily available online. Why did I have to design and build a larger one? Because I love my wife and she wanted a larger trash can. Another reason is that a pull-out trash receptacle was not in the original design and the larger units online were too wide by far for the space available. Cutting down and framing an industrial container that was a bit too wide and tall was the answer and ended up looking pretty good. Trash Talking Dave
  4. The technique I describes is better suited for situations where you need to use a longer exposure that you normally would hand-held when light is bad and you find yourself without a tripod. As for moving birds, perhaps "skeet mode"? ­čÖé Dave
  5. I have been shooting for most of my life, both cameras and guns. (Gives a new dimension to point & shoot ­čÖé). One technique that carries over between the two was mentioned by bobmacliberty which is the smooth release on the shutter. Another is "sniper mode". You support the camera against your face with your elbows held in against your body (not too tightly for either), take a breath and let it out. At the end of the breath, hold it long enough to snap the picture. The idea is to eliminate as much body-induced motion as possible. Another tip is usually associated with shooting action where you are trying to catch the peak moment. Burst mode. Camera shake is an oscillation that moves back and forth, up and down or a combination of those. At some point the camera.is nearly motionless at the peak of the oscillation before moving back in the other direction. Shooting a burst of images gives you a chance that one of the images will be captured at that nearly motionless peak. Or a tripod... ­čśë Dave
  6. 1.3 miles from the Best Western on So Camino Real..... Dave
  7. You wound me, Justin. I feel so hurt that the only way I can think of to get over your verbal attack is to drive down to one of the three In-N-Outs within 10 minutes of here and drown my sorrows with a burger, fries (maybe Animal Style) and since I "suck", maybe one of those shakes (made with real ice cream) to suck on. ­čÖé Dave
  8. I honestly said to myself that it looked like a racing lizard before I read the text. Probably explains the name. ­čÖé Dave
  9. In all honesty, unless you plan to design and build your own chip at home, ambivalence is advised regarding the deep internal structure of the various CPUs on the market. Other than knowing that a 10nm (nanometer) chip uses less power and is potentially faster than a 14nm one and that 7nm is less than 10nm, the end result is what impacts the user of the PC. How many cores is relevant but the thickness of each circuit layer is more or less a trivia question. Tom's Hardware does an annual CPU hierarchy that lists the recent generations of Intel and AMD chips along with results from their gaming and application benchmarks. It provides basic information like number of cores, hyperthreading yes or no (the ability to run two instructions simultaneously per core), rated power usage and clock speed. The test results are from machines with supporting hardware balanced as fairly as possible without overclocking or any fancy performance boosting. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-hierarchy,4312.html I find it handy to get a general overview of how far up the performance ladder I want to go, then go to the review of that processor to find out the pros and cons. Chipmaster made an important point. The incremental increase in total performance from generation to generation is often small and the last generation's prices tend to plummet when the shiny new stuff hits the shelves. If you are coming from a four or five year old machine, the next to newest processor of the same level will be leaps and bounds ahead of your old machine and available at a significant savings over the newest generation. Even if you go with the newest generation, choosing a processor a step or two down from the top can save considerable money without giving up a similar percentage in performance. Dave
  10. Mid-August and the supply chain for all the new AMD components is struggling. Fortunately the supply of wood and cabinet hardware is steady, so I still have the kitchen project to keep me busy. Notes from diving deep into what's (going to be) available: For the CPU I have almost decided mostly for sure not to go with the 12 core/24 thread Ryzen 9 3900x, The extra cores do impressive things in the benchmarks, but benchmarks artificially load worst-case scenarios that real-world users are unlikely to encounter. My previous research indicated that above six cores, the benefit of multi-core usage in Photoshop diminishes rapidly. This leaves me looking at the 8 core/16 thread Ryzen 7 3800X and some extra money to throw at a graphics card. Why throw the extra money at a graphics card? Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW just added support for GPU Accelerated Editing. This means that during edits and adjustments, the programs will utilize the much-faster graphics processor on high-end graphics cards. I haven't seen any side-by-side comparisons yet but will keep my eye out. Even if you are not building a new computer, replacing an older card or adding one if you are using the integrated graphics on the motherboard with one of the newer models from Nvidia or AMD could perk Lightroom up quite a bit. Not really hard to do but be aware that cases and graphics cards come in sizes and while the PCIe interface on a newer PC is standard and they will theoretically work, not all are compatible simply because of size. The card I have mostly probably nearly decided on is some flavor of the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super. These were just announced to combat AMD's new 5700 series cards and offer a lot of bang-for-the-buck. As noted above, I'm still sticking with the AMD option this time. Why? It's the faster PCIe Gen4 bus for faster storage options. Load times are my foes and I will do what I can to defeat them. The PCIe Gen3 drive I picked up on sale will still be used but I will fiddle around to see where it fits best in the storage lineup. The boot drive will be a Gen4 unit for sure. New controllers that will make better use of the Gen4 bus will be out next year but not soon enough to make the wait worth it. Prices are still volatile with MSRP appearing briefly when stock comes in and jumping 25% to 50% when main supply goes dry and the scalpers start reselling. I will order the cooler, traditional hard drive and memory in the next couple of weeks and let the sharks fight over the early shipments of processors, motherboards and Gen 4 SSD drives. This build has turned into more of a pain that I anticipated but that is mostly because of generational improvements in the tech appearing in the middle of planning. During the wait I have gained some knowledge about what is really needed to do what I want to do and how to save a few dollars by avoiding the bleeding edge and just plain overkill. Dave
  11. I am a native Californian and since In-N-Out hamburgers pre-date me by several years, I have never lived in a place that didnÔÇÖt have one within driving distance. However, since my upbringing didnÔÇÖt include a lot of dining out, it wasnÔÇÖt until my mid-teen years that I discovered the iconic Double-double. Since that moment, it has been my favorite fast-food burger. By far. Never frozen burgers frying on the grille as somebody runs potatoes through the french fry cutter is a constant dance at a typical location. Waiting in a line of 20 cars for a box of blessed meatiness and driving home while swiping a couple of fries from the bag almost makes The PeopleÔÇÖs Republic of California worth living in! That's What It's All About Dave
  12. Pictures´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ ´╗┐taken between Monday, August 12 and Sunday´╗┐,´╗┐ August 18. 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 fu´╗┐n ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐with ´╗┐´╗┐ot´╗┐h´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐e´╗┐´╗┐rs´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐!
  13. The FZ330 is the European designation for the FZ300. Same camera. Dave
  14. That particular niche in Panasonic's lineup has gone through either a lot of change or little change depending on how you look at it. The direct replacement for your camera, the FZ300, came out in 2015 and has yet to be updated. They also released the FZ1000 and FZ2500 which use a much larger sensor for better image quality but the cost is larger size and pricing at around $1000. The FZ300 is a solid camera and would replace your ageing FZ200 with a familiar layout but isn't really a significant upgrade from the FZ200 other than the ability to record 4K and somewhat faster autofocus. Dave
  15. But there's nothing wrong with shiny and new if that isn't the only reason you bought it! ­čśë Dave
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