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Fuji X camera system thoughts

Thought for the day….”The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more”

“Talent does what it can, genius does what it must”

Having had many cameras over the years, including Pentax, Olympus, Sony, Canon and Panasonic, I am now in the happy position of having a camera that does what I want, and a camera that produces pictures of the quality that I want.   Looking back over the earlier attempts at photography, I can see just how much cameras and lenses have improved.   I am now in the happy position of NOT wanting to upgrade the camera.  The current camera, the Fuji X-T10 makes taking photos FUN.  It ‘only’ has 16mp, but the quality of those 16mp is enough for me.   I still read reviews of newer cameras in the magazines and online (www.dpreview.com is an excellent website), but is is now just for interest.   I have no desire to upgrade at the moment, and can now concentrate on actually taking photos and enjoying the fun of producing a good photo.  I am not interested in buying a camera that can take 20 pictures a second, nor do I feel a need for a 50mp sensor.     Another advantage of the Fuji X system is that the jpeg photos straight out of the camera are so good.  I have now stopped taking RAW files just because the jpegs are so good.   This means that I no longer have to spend hours processing RAW files on the computer.   I know that some people really enjoy this, but for me, less time on the computer is good.    I have read that Fuji cameras are made by photographers who are also engineers, whereas brand X cameras are made by engineers full stop.   This means that taking photos with the Fuji is instinctive, as well as being fun.   True, the cameras may look old fashioned with their dials, but most people agree that the cameras are much better to use.   And the most important thing, the X-T10 produces great photos !!

Today’s photo comes from Rafsundet in Norway, not far from the Lofoten Islands.   As usual, the size of the photo has been greatly reduced for the internet.  The quality of the full size image is great.

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and another portrait photo, this time from Lake Malawi, Africa,

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Last light of the day – sunset

Thought for the day….”Success is more aptitude than attitude”

“Heaven on Earth is a choice that you must make, not a place that you must find.”

As part of my job, I get to travel a lot, and you tend to notice the differences between countries.  At Singapore Changi (code SIN, and possibly the best airport in the world) recently the drinking fountains were closed for maintenance.  Being Singapore, with its fantastically well run services, the airport managers had thought to provide bottled drinking water at the water fountains so that passengers were not inconvenienced.   Travel further up to Norway, which you would expect would also be a well run country and things are the opposite.   In the Scandic hotel in Bergen, the orange juice machine was out of order, but nobody had thought to provide juice in jugs next to it.  Next hotel (again a Scandic hotel) and the coffee machine was out of order.   Just a handwritten sign on the machine saying that it was out of order.  Again, nobody had thought to provide a thermos of coffee to make up for the failure.   And as part of the ‘improvements’ to standard rooms, they do not now provide tea/coffee facilities in the standard rooms.  Gone also are tissues in the rooms, individual shampoo and conditioner and soaps.

And as if that was not enough, the Scandic hotels in Bergen (not cheap, as nothing in Norway is cheap) have decided that they will not put cutlery, cups or serviettes on the tables.   It is the same as the airlines, customer service is disappearing.   Scandic hotels may be happy to ask high prices in order to stay in their hotels.  The prices rise, but the service levels fall.   There comes a point when you say that enough is enough.   Why pay high prices for less service??     Perhaps they should let Singaporeans run the hotels in Norway??

And to end the day, a photo of the sunset near Alesund on the 18th July 2016….wonderful end to the day..

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and another photo from the archives…..happy boys in Albania

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What was he thinking? – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” You cannot have what you do not want”

”  Your present is nothing but the future of your past.  Whatever you do today will reflect in your tomorrow”.

Digging deep into the photo archives (which go back many years) for the picture today.    Today’s picture is of an Iraqi boy.  One of the advantages of compact ‘bridge’ cameras are the large zooms that many of them have.    This photo was taken at around a 24X zoom, but even with the small sensor, the results were good.   Bright light without any strong sunshine helped make this photo a great portrait shot.  We can only speculate about what he was thinking, although the eyes say a lot.     One of my favourite photos from Iraq.

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Boy & Wall – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….”  Do not wait for the right moment, make the moment right”.

” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance”

Did you see the story in the USA (Hawaii) that a woman has won the right to have her full name on her driving license?   Normally it is not a problem, but here family name is ” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele”   which was too long for the government computer systems.   They are now going to reprogram their road licensing computers so that she can have the full 36 letters of her name on her ID.   Also from the USA is the story about the computer problems at United Airlines which resulted in free tickets being given away, when the prices came up as USD 0.    The company temporarily shut down their online booking system when it discovered the errors.   And there was a similar story with United Airlines back in 2012, when some travellers found that they could buy First Class return tickets from New York to Hong Kong for USD 43 and 4 air miles.   Never seems to happen when I want to book a ticket.   When I book a ticket now, there seems to be far too many EXTRA charges.  Some carriers are even charging for carry-on baggage now.    And Samoa Air became the first airline in the world to introduce ‘pay for your weight’, where the price of your air ticket depends on how much you weigh.

And for the photo today, another portrait shot, this time of a boy in rural Nicaragua.  Good lighting and a natural pose make this a lovely photo.   Again, it shows that you just have to have the camera ready to capture the right moment.

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African boy alone – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” If you have no dreeams, then your life will only be a nightmare”.       ” In the concert of life, nobody holds a programme”.

Did you know that OPHIDIOPHOBIA is the fear of snakes?

I picked up a couple of interesting stories on the news today.   In China, some companies are using star signs to choose job applicants.   They are using the star signs to judge if applicants will be successful and if they will get along well in the companies.    Due to the lack of discrimination laws in China, then they can use these methods.   So by being born under the wrong star sign could cost you a job.     The other interesting story in the news is that in Moldova, some surgeons have been using building tools for operations.    According to the BBC, construction drills, rusty pliers and hammers were used in operations.   Perhaps now wise to get sick in Moldova!!!

Another one of the lucky photos today.  It was actually taken from a moving bus, and despite only having a cheap camera, the photo turned out so well.  The expression on the boy’s face, the light and the simplicity of the photo all come together so well.    Judging by the look on his face, he is certainly not very happy.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 24th March 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…”If you can smile when things go wrong then you probably have somebody in mind to blame”

“Light travels faster than sound.   That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak”.

A photo of a boy in a small village in Malawi today.  Until 1964 it was known as Nyasaland, but then became Malawi.  The capital is Lilongwe and the money is the kwacha (MK).  English and Chichewa are the two official languages.   The main feature of Malawi is the lake, which stretches for 580km.  The lake was originally called Lake Nyasa, which gave the former name to the country.   Transport around the country is a problem, and it is not unusual to see a 12 seater minibus carrying 25 people, plus baggage !!

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Photo of the day Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Don’t put the key to happiness in someone else’s pocket “.

“Good judgement comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement”.

Did you know that the first photograph is considered to be ‘The view from the window” taken in 1826.  The exposure time for the photo was 8 hours.  In 1839 Fox Talbot invented the negative, whilst the first colour photograph came in 1861, made by the British scientist James Maxwell.  The first digital camera came in 1973, and had a resolution of 100 x 100 pixels.   The most expensive camera sold at auction was a 1923 Leica which was sold for USD 2.8 million at auction in Vienna, Austria.  There are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the moon, they were left there after lunar landings so that more lunar rock could be brought back to earth.

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Photo of the day Monday 10th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”

Off to Fiji for the photo today, and a child on a bus on the main island.  Not a very happy child either, judging by the expression.  Only about 106 of the 322 larger islands in Fiji are inhabited.  The population of Fiji is around 827 000, with sugar and tourism being the biggest industries.  Kava, a peppary drink made from a root is popular here, and is mildy intoxicating. On the island of Taveuni, a marker indicates a spot where you can stand with one foot in one day and one foot in the day before!

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