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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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A Good News story

Thought for the day….”The telephone book is full of facts but it does not contain a single idea”

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for”

With all the bad news stories around at the moment, it is heartwarming to read a happy story.  The New Zealand newspapers recently featured a story about a cat in Auckland (which, incidentally,  is not the capital of New Zealand, merely the largest city).    The government electoral commission had sent a letter to this cat inviting it to enrol ready for the forthcoming elections.   Somehow it had not been noticed by the government department that this person was actually a cat.   But even better, the name of cat was ‘Chairman Meow’.   Wonderful name for a cat!!.

A photo from capital of Slovenia, Ljublana for the photo today….

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and another photo from the archives…a crowded ferry on Lake Malawi, Africa…..

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Disappearing down the corridor

Thought for the day…..” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

” A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station”

No doubt there are many of us who will sympathise with the man from Colorado, USA who is being prosecuted for shooting his computer, which had gone wrong.   Probably anybody who has experienced Windows Vista or Windows 8 will especially sympathize with him.    Lucas Hinch, aged 37,  became so frustrated with his non-functioning computer that he took it outside and shot it 8 times.   A Colorado judge will decide his fate, although the computer is now definitely not working.    Revenge is sweet !!

Down the corridor for the photo today, something a little different with the camera…..and another triumph for the Fuji X-E1

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and another photo from the archives…..lakeside on Lake Malawi, Malawi…..

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Airline etiquette or bad behavior.

Thought for the day….” Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”.

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines”.

There cannot be many people in the western world who have not flown, so I assume that most people know the etiquette of flying.    Even if they do not, then common sense and good manners is enough.  But recently I experienced the worst passengers that I have ever had the misfortune to sit next to (and misfortune was the word.).  Bad enough that there were 300+ passengers on the aircraft, but what are the odds of ending up sitting next to the worst passengers possible???   These two passengers had a screaming baby, bad enough on any flight but on an 11 hour night flight then obviously VERY unpopular with a lot of passengers.  Not only that, but the parents wanted to get up out of their seats.   Not just a few times, but an excessive number of times.    Even when the meal was served, they decided that they wanted to get out (same thing at breakfast too, trays down and the food there, but they still wanted to get out immediately).    The man on my left seemed to be unaware that he did not have a god-given right to put his legs and feet into my leg rest.   When I was not fast enough at moving to let them out, they simply climbed over me, regardless of whether I was getting up to let them out or not.   11 hours sitting next to the worst ever passengers.     I wish that I had taken a photo of them, not just to shame them but to warn others that this couple had a gold medal in inconsideration.   And even on arrival, the man decided that he wanted to be first off the aircraft and was going to try to push past everybody else like a rugby scrum.    I hope that these two particular passengers end up on a no-fly list due to their total lack of consideration.

On a happier note….a photo of the Interislander ferry sailing up the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.    The route through the sounds, which takes about 1 hour, is extremely scenic.   During the winter months, the 3 hour crossing between the North and South Islands of New Zealand can be extremely rough in the middle section, so passengers will be relieved once they enter the sheltered waters of the Sounds.   The ferry is seen near its final destination of Picton, top of the South Island, New Zealand

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Photo of the Day Saturday 15th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Before you judge others, make sure that you meet the requirements’.

” LIFE – it is about the journey, not the end”.

Another nice story in the news about a German bank clerk who fell asleep at work with his finger on the ‘2’ key whilst transferring money.  222,222,222 was almost transferred, although another employee spotted the mistake.   He is very welcome to do this to my bank account. Reminds me of the story from New Zealand about a garage owner who ‘accidentally’  got an overdraft from Westpac Bank for NZD 10 million, or about USD 7 million.   The bank had approved is overdraft request for NZD 100, ooo but input a figure 100 times this amount by mistake.  In less than 1 month Hui and his partner withdrew almost NZD 7 million and transferred it to Hong Kong, and then promptly fled there from New Zealand.  Hui Gao and his girlfriend were caught in 2011 but the bank only managed to recover about NZD 2.9 million.  He received 4 years and 7 months in prison, although if he still has the NZD 3.8 million somewhere, then he will probably still be happy.

A typically crowded African boat in the photo today, and another photo from the archives.     The boat here is seen in Malawi heading out to Likoma Island on Lake Malawi.   At least 47 people died in June 2012 when a boat capsized on the lake, and judging by this photo, you can see why they capsize.  The smaller boats are just as crowded and are just as overloaded.

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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 Sunday 10th March 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” The future depends on what we do in the present” (Mahtma Ghandi)

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Another photo from the archives, and from Malawi, Africa.   Malawi was previously known as Nyasaland, and has a population of about 15 million.  Agriculture is the main industry, with about 85% of the population living in rural areas.  Tobacco, sugarcane and tea and cotton are the main crops.  The highest point is 2438m.   Even though the country is landlocked, it does have a navy!!  Today’s photo shows why you should always keep the camera ready.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 16th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.”

Did you know that the name ‘elephant’ comes from the Greek words for ‘oblique sided tooth”, and that a bull elephant can weigh up to 6000kg?   African elephants will also have 6 sets of teeth during their lifetime, and once it has had its final set of teeth, then it will probably starve to death.  It also comes with a brain that weighs in at around 5kg.  The photo comes from the Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

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