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Dear "J,"
 It is not's him.

This is known as 'truncating a quote'.  Makes it easier to read through replies.  Particularly when the replies include photos (unlike this one).  Great response, unfocused link

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:10:32 PM »
Baars Bridge between Pensacola and Perdido Key

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:43:03 PM »
M109 in Ursa Major, most distant of the Messier objects.

First try with PixInsight, I've been using Deep Sky Stacker & PhotoShop for years, but a trial download of PixInsight converted me pretty quick.  I recently revamped my old imaging laptop (Vista) with a SSD and a new video cable for the display and installed AstroTortilla on it.  Confirmed AT works fine with some archived images....but don't you know we have a week of rain coming at us.  I'd rather subject that laptop to the elements than my i7 Win8.1, which is now my image processing platform so my son can have his desktop back.  I like my Newt and SCT's, but the only 'refractor' I'd be interested in is that 600/4L.  APO's are nice, but you can't shoot BIF's with one.....

I'm a CC user (PS and Lightroom) and I'm very happy with the arrangement. Not everyone is a hater...

Yup.  I can't complain either.  I still have CS2 and the even older PS6 and PS7.  It was the price that kept me from upgrading, with CC that's not an issue......even if it does eventually go to 20/month.

I've been "Uncle Bob" at a couple of weddings... except I go talk to the photographer and offer to be an unpaid second (or third) shooter for the day and tell them they can copy my memory cards at the end of the day and use the pictures... Far better to be an assistant than an annoyance... and a second shooter who knows who in the crowd is important is a valuable asset.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang Lenses Go On Sale Tomorrow
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:26:27 PM »
300mm is a good focal length for piggybacking a camera on a telescope with a tracking equatorial mount.  I use an older 300/4L, but there are problems when shooting with a modified camera body due to CA.  Halos around stars, for example.  If the Samyang 300cat lens is sharp, it would be worth a try for the right price.  A niche lens to be sure, but they do have their uses.

I use DSLR Controller frequently (>50% of shooting) with my 6D and an Acer A500 tablet, couldn't be more pleased with it.  I find it works quite a bit slower with my phone, tho.  I also use it tethered with a 40D and 60D.  I was using it tethered for some time prior to getting the 6D, so I've stayed with it.  DSLR Controller was the main reason I bought a tablet.  I realize I'm sounding perilously close to being a shill, but I really do like the app.

15,000US vs. attorney's fees and half of everything (due to the ensuing divorce)......I'm gonna have to pass.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX mini – I'm speechless
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:23:53 PM »
"Luxurious" leatherette.......

I guess that sounds better than "Textured vinyl"

I've had three root canals.  One became infected while the temporary cap was in place and waiting on the crown.  I left on a 4 day trip to dark country for astronomy the day after the root canal and spent the time in wonderful pain.  For another root canal, I arrived in the morning and the receptionist told me I'd have to reschedule as the compressor that runs all the air tools had malfunctioned and they were having to cancel and reschedule all appointments.  I offered to take a look at it, got it running in a couple minutes.  After the procedure I came back to the receptionist to cover my copay portion....the dentist walked over and said, "Are you kidding?  If you hadn't fixed that we'd have had a scheduling nightmare and lost an entire day's work!  You don't owe anything."

Any more comments like that and I will challenge you to a duel of calculus at dawn.

Said duel to be conducted with compass and protractor (a.k.a., Weapons of Math Instruction)

Seems to me (and I suspect most others) this entire discussion comes down to budget.  If budget allows, or it's required because your livelihood depends on it, get the Big White(s).  Otherwise, the Tamron will not disappoint.  I'm talking to you, fellow hobbyists.

I'll wait for the REAL tests........brick walls and cats  ;)   

My HTC One and Acer A500 both work fine with 6D wireless.  The A500 works wired with my 40D, 60D and 6D.  Handy when I'm doing astro work and don't want to mess with a laptop.  As for wallowing in the dirt.....yeah, I've noticed how much farther away the ground gets every year........

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:42:49 PM »
We really don't need any more reviews of this lens.  If you want the best normal range lens ever made and can justify the expense, just get it and enjoy; end of story.

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:47:01 PM »
I freely admit I just usually don't appreciate 'fine art'.  Particularly anything that's supposed to be 'edgy' and 'provocative'.

Ansel Adams - I like
The Pond - I like it
Dead troops talk - like it also

Cindy Sherman - I'm sure she's well regarded by many.  Doesn't do a thing for me.  Any time I see "Self portrait of the artist" I'm pretty sure it's crap, I'd rather see a well-done "Dogs playing poker" or Velvet Elvis.  That includes Van Gogh.  Sole exception (for me) M. C. Escher with the reflecting ball.   Just my $.02, and worth as much.

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