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Bluedonkey

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British ex-pat living the island life in the #SanFrancisco Bay Area. #Alameda.

Architect of #Cloud / #embedded / #IoT systems. Working on #AI #GunDetection.

Like #ElectricVehicles, #CleanEnergy, #Photography, #3dPrinting, #Electronics and #Travel.

All opinions mine.

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schwa, to random
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I'm going to block ebay and give my router password to someone here at random and ask them to lock me out.

I do not need any more vintage photography gear.

Thanks.

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@schwa I have a website that sends me special offer prices for lenses I can’t afford… sometimes really good discounts, but still more than I can really justify spending. Just can’t cancel the alerts…

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Couple of iPhone shots, taken at Crab Cove in Alameda yesterday. These are California Ground Squirrels, and they live in the rocks at the edge of the beach there. Not quite tame, but very used to people so they let you get reasonably close (close enough to get clear photos with the iPhone 15 Pro 3x camera).

These were taken using portrait mode, providing artificial depth of field.

Small grey squirrel sitting upright, holding something that it is nibbling from in between checking out movements around it. There is tall, yellow grass around it and rocks and driftwood, blurred, in the background.

schwa, to random
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Was about to give Lightroom another go (for tethered mode…) but then I launched the installer and remembered this is an Adobe product… nevermind.

Bluedonkey,
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@schwa I caved and signed up for the photo package with a small amount of online storage and the Classic options so I can edit on my local machine. There are strange differences between the iOS and MacOS versions, but I do like editing photos on my iPad with the pencil. Chews battery like crazy though.

The masking, and lens blur simulation are good. The repair tools on LR less so (much better in PS for some reason).

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@schwa Not a huge fan of Adobe, but I have to admit PS and LR are where they shine. I haven't really used the online versions, and I wish LR Classic would read from Photos rather than making me export them to edit on my MBP (on the iPad it will load direct from the photos, even for ones sync'd from my Mac, imported from the R7).

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@schwa Hmm… very clean UI. I don’t use that part. Just launch the classic version of LR and it can open PS with the photo I’m working on loaded,

Bluedonkey, to photography
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It regularly destroys my bird feeder, or knocks it to the ground, but when I go out to admonish it, the thing just comes up to me looking for peanuts. Hard to remain angry with something this cute, especially when it’s likely just hungry too.

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Started adding some of my photos to https://pixels.com/profiles/23-john-gordon - but so far very little traffic looking at the photos.

Will try to get most of the ones I post here uploaded there too. So far, the most interest in the few there has been for the duck silhouette I posted a few days ago.

schwa, to random
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Almost taken out by a cyclist on the bay trail who seemed unable to get over to make room for a person walking a dog...

I am noticing a correlation between square meters of lycra and inability to act like a decent human being on a shared bike/walk trail.

Assumes the blood flow is getting cut off to the brain?

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@schwa Was the same in SF when I was walking from the ferry to the office. Could always tell which ones were going to ignore the red light and blast through the crossing despite the pedestrians trying to cross the street. Honestly, I had more close calls with cyclists in SF than with cars.

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    @schwa Just having ISO be something you can change between shots, or leave the camera to just dynamically select is amazing when you compare it to film. And I don't recall ever using anything higher than ISO 800 in film, and even that was rare. 100 and 400 were much more common.

    Apparently, the Instax film camera my daughter has uses ISO 800 film (have to be careful with it at airports), and that surprised me (though given the use case ISO 800 makes sense).

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    @schwa I’ve been wondering about getting lenses from Japan. Often a lot cheaper than from US sellers. Interested to hear if you get any issues with getting it here.

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    As a venture backed company, you could take that money and spend it on making your technology better than the offerings of your competitors, or you could spend it lobbying politicians to draft bills that limit the choice of solution to the one your company makes, whether it is the best option or not.

    Luckily, some state governors are not caught out by this blatant attempt at blocking competition & forcing schools to spend their limited funds on just one company.

    Bluedonkey, to photography
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    In addition to posting photos here, I have also been adding them to my new photography website (repurposing a domain I already owned). You can see the California birds in their gallery:

    https://ourlivez.com/galleries/california-birds/

    There are other galleries for birds from Hawaii & other parts of the world, as well as galleries for other animals (that I am still building out).

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    @schwa The tug is starting to look more like her namesake in terms of condition! I remember seeing that one regularly when I was commuting on the ferry and she looked much smarter and cleaner back then!

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    @schwa That would add up really fast with modern camera burst speeds!

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    @GeekAndDad @schwa I don't think you can be concerned about costs if you're looking at film these days. It has to be more for the hobby and satisfaction of taking and developing a great photo.

    I did b&w processing at school, but never tried colour processing. Was something I'd have liked to have done back then. Now, not sure I could go back to film.

    dangillmor, to random
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    Climate scientists are angry, helpless, and overwhelmed as they watch humanity accelerate toward the climate cliff that will likely destroy much of our civilization. But they have no choice other than continuing to fight, as long as they can.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2024/may/08/hopeless-and-broken-why-the-worlds-top-climate-scientists-are-in-despair

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    @dangillmor

    “The world’s response to date is reprehensible – we live in an age of fools.”

    That pretty much captures it. We are living in an age of fools, and not just in regards to climate. Climate change has been an issue for quarter of a century and still there are politicians who refuse to accept it, and religions that preach it is unavoidable. All the while, oil companies make record profits racing to burn everything before they are finally banned.

    Bluedonkey, to photography
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    “Look, I can jump!”

    A small white-crowned sparrow jumping in the grass underneath bird feeders. These little birds seem to be happy feeding off the ground or from the feeders (as long as there are no finches on the feeder at the same time).

    Bluedonkey, to photography
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    “What are you looking at?”

    One of the male house finches looking backwards at me taking its photo.

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    @schwa What lens is on there? They look great.

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    Totally out of my budget, but just watching that straight at the end of the lap, with speeds north of 340 km/h is terrifying. And I know from experience that camera footage looks a lot slower than it feels when you're in the driver seat. That is getting close to double the fastest I've ever driven a car...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x9amijnDt4

    #cars #lotus #nurburgring #ev #electricVehicles

    Bluedonkey, to photography
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    These little Anna’s hummingbirds are also regulars in front of our house even though they don’t eat anything from our feeders. They’re also pretty hard to catch in flight (they do like to rest on this tree between feeding trips to a flower below). This time it stopped to try to eat from the blossom tree.

    skinnylatte, to food
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    I learned early on there isn’t an ‘objective best’ when it comes to . American food media pretends there is but there isn’t. What you like, what makes you happy, what you dislike is as subjective as everything else about you.

    Take bánh mì in my neighborhood (Tenderloin in SF). Everybody loves Saigon, and it is the best American sandwich with Vietnamese fillings. It’s huge, and it’s spilling over. I don’t love that in any sandwich so my spot is a Vietnam-sized sandwich with good fillings.

    Bluedonkey,
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    @skinnylatte I'm fine with places having options for those who don't like spicy food (e.g. my wife), but I don't see why you can't do both. Then everybody in a group can be happy.

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    @skinnylatte Everybody's idea of excessive heat is different though - my wife will be literally suffering, with her lips swelling up, eating a dish that for me is barely above bland. Two of her nieces were born and raised in Malaysia, one loves spicy food, the other is worse than my wife when it comes to spice levels.

    Bluedonkey, to photography
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    Today’s bird photo is a female house finch. These are the most common visitors to our feeder, and they perch in the tree outside the French doors in our bedroom in between feeding. They’re getting more used to me being there with the camera too. This one was eating one of the buds on the tree too.

    Bluedonkey, to random
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    We took my wife's Q5 down to LA, mainly because my 91 year old mother-in-law doesn't like getting in & out of the Taycan. Didn't need fuel for the car en route, but both ways we stopped twice for 30+ minutes each time anyway (for restrooms, lunch and just to stretch our legs). And in all the places we stopped (4 different ones in total), there were chargers (Electrify Americ, Tesla and sometimes ChargePoint too). No real time difference to take an EV vs ICE any longer.

    Bluedonkey,
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    @pixel @breakfastgolem Can’t speak to the whole country, but we’ve done a lot of long trips in the Taycan, and not had problems charging at EA sites. Recently, they’ve been busier, but I’ve only had to wait once in three years, and that was only for ~10 minutes.

    I have heard that outside of California / west coast things might not be as good, but also note that the EV cannonball time was held by a Taycan using EA for a while (before s Tesla reclaimed it), so can’t be that bad.

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