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  1. Lightmancer

    Fuji X-Pro3 first impressions

    Praise indeed... I still have - and love - my X-Pro3... I confess I have been carrying my GRIII more frequently during lockdown but the Fuji has something very special.
  2. Lightmancer

    Queen's Wayfarers Short Trips #1 Twice Shy now available for pre-order!

    Here's the preorder link on Amazon UK: Twice Shy: The Queen's Wayfarers Short Trips #1 eBook: Palmer, Bill: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store It is available on all major marketplaces now, with a release date of the 7th December. The paperback cannot be put on preorder, but will be published at the...
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    Queen's Wayfarers Short Trips #1 Twice Shy now available for pre-order!

    Hi Kevin, that's really interesting, thanks. I never go on amazon.com - no reason to, tbh. All I update is KDP - Kindle Direct Publishing - that automatically updates the half-dozen or so Amazon sites my books are sold through. In theory everything should be identical, and if not, then...
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    Queen's Wayfarers Short Trips #1 Twice Shy now available for pre-order!

    7th December 2020. Just sayin'.
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    Ricoh (Patent Rumor) New Ricoh Compacts with Prime Lenses?

    You know what I think? They are going to revisit the GXR concept, but without the evolutionary blind alley of the "lensor" approach. The GXR system is the only one I have bought into three times. The drawbacks - the aforementioned lensor cost/bulk/built-in obsolescence and the lack of a built-in...
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    If you are in the US - and you are quick - I'm doing a giveaway on Goodreads

    Yes, it's true. The Kindle version of Sharp Focus is being given away for a limited time to just 100 people. Unfortunately, Goodreads only allow such offers in CONUS, but if you qualify, please feel free to go for it! You should be able to enter here: Book giveaway for Sharp Focus (The...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    I've never heard of mobileread - I'll have a look, thanks. I'm about to (tomorrow) do a kindle giveaway on Goodreads, but I can only do it in the US. The paperbacks turned up today, btw. I have to send two copies each to the British Library, the Bodleian, and the national libraries in...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    I'm more politically correct than JK :biggrin:
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Check your Kindles, people... It's "auto-delivering wirelessly" as I type...! :biggrin:
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Paperback available to order today...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Hi Miguel, it's not a stupid question at all. The content could easily vary - you upload two different files for kindle and paperback - but what I do is produce the ebook version first, then the paperback, which takes more physical formatting, including paying careful attention to widows and...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    It's Monday, there are just two weeks to go, so it's new video day. You can learn a bit about characters old and new, heroes and villains...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    The paperback is ready to roll, but I cannot put it on pre-order. I'm trying to work out lead-time and release it so that people can order, and get it on more or less the same day. It won't be cheap, I'm afraid, but it will be nearly 500 pages of high-octane action! Here's one of the new...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Some top secret files are being released over on Instagram...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Saturday image. Three weeks to go. You don't want one of these in your rear view mirror...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Thank you! As a bonus at the end of the new one, you get a crucial meeting between Sir Francis Walsingham and Doctor John Dee in Walsingham's Manor in Odiham on the Feast of Stephen in the year of Our Lord 1589 - it's the prologue to QW3...!
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    The best bit about this is that I have the "photos taken by Guy" while in Moscow...
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    Give me a year - it starts in 1589... You can read the first few pages in the back of Sharp Focus.
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    Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers #1 - now published!

    It's sold through all amazon outlets but it can take time to propagate.Annoyingly, although I can put the ebook on preorder, I can't do the same with the paperback. The video in the dedicated thread "shouts" the release date: Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2, now on pre-order!
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    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    I apologise it's taken a little longer than I intended, but as leaked here: Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers #1 - now published! I have just released the Queen's Wayfarers Book 2, Sharp Focus for pre-order on Amazon. To be precise, the ebook version only is available for pre-order. Paperback...
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    Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers #1 - now published!

    The wait is nearly over... Pre-order will open at the weekend.
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    Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers #1 - now published!

    The good news is Book 2 is finished... It is much longer than Book 1, with more plot, more action, more adventure, more everything... This time it's Russia. This time it's personal. I'm planning to publish in a few weeks. It's in proofreading at the moment. It will go on pre-order on Amazon...
  23. Lightmancer

    The April 2020 Challenge - day 16

    I decided to join the "Random Strolls with resurrected vintage compacts" thread. This was my chosen tool, my old X20. Here it is waiting for a couple of batteries to charge. Visit that thread for the results.
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    Stroll Random Strolls with resurrected vintage compacts FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR OWN IMAGES

    I took my X20 out today, for a spin. My very first X Series was an X10 and I had almost forgotten how much I liked this particular form factor. It has it's quirks, sure, but it is still a powerful little beast. Two on a theme:
  25. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    The creativity of humanity never ceases to both amaze and scare me in almost equal measure. This looks like a useful resource to keep an eye on. A veritable smorgasbord of disease dodging ideas collated from worldwide, from the unworkable to the unavoidable, the fascinating to the fruit loop...
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    Stroll Random Strolls with resurrected vintage compacts FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR OWN IMAGES

    That's Farnborough! I love that old airship hangar skeleton - industrial archaeology at its best. This is a really nice sequence and a good idea (goes rummaging in the camera drawer...)
  27. Lightmancer

    COVID-19 Coronavirus: Agree to Disagree 😧

    I think we need to get to the bottom of this...
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    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    That's exactly what I am doing... :biggrin:
  29. Lightmancer

    The April 2020 Challenge - day 15

    Three and a bit weeks in and supplies are running low... I might have to go to the store soon...
  30. Lightmancer

    We Need a Work Space Thread

    Just for the record, this is what I mean about it getting uncomfortable in here on a sunny afternoon...
  31. Lightmancer

    Ahoy Hoy

    Welcome Ingall! Great to see you here - what kept you?!
  32. Lightmancer

    We Need a Work Space Thread

    Y'know this thread fascinates me. It's definitely my favourite of all those running at the moment. There is enough material here for a book... We are all voyeurs, in a sense (all the more here, since we are united by a love of photography - a visual medium) and it tweaks my sense of curiosity...
  33. Lightmancer

    The April 2020 Challenge - day 14

    Tell you what, they took PPE proper seriously back in Victorian times...
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    The April 2020 Challenge - day 13

    I can't even begin to think of a clever caption for this that would in any way top the surreal nature of the subject matter...
  35. Lightmancer

    We Need a Work Space Thread

    Okay, look ye well upon this... I had my office purpose built for me on the back of my house about fifteen years ago. It has not been so tidy and well laid out before or since. I took the opportunity of the Covid disruption to redecorate and re-equip. It makes a huge difference, I must say. I...
  36. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    Gents, you are entirely entitled to your views on masks, but until there is a global announcement that there is concrete, incontrovertible proof that their wearing stops Covid dead in its tracks in the general populace, your opinions are just that. I'm getting tired of the hype around this and...
  37. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    The cat and I went for a walk tonight. We washed our paws before and after, of course and kept our distance from other animals and people as per the sensible government and clinical advice.
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    Help me out, pick a or b

    A. B looks flat.
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    The April 2020 Challenge - day 12

    This is the approach road to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. This road is normally heaving with hospital and through traffic. This is about twenty minutes walk from home and while taking this picture I realised something. No sirens. Normally, while working from home, I hear a dozen or more...
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    The April 2020 Challenge - day 11

    On reflection...
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    Fuji New Member Steven Beck former Fuji employee

    Welcome Steven! Good to see you here.
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    The April 2020 Challenge - day 10

    This is the little pond at one end of my road. I haven't seen geese here for the past fifteen years or so, ever since the mum-runners dropping their offspring at the infants school out out on the main road turned my cul de sac into a personal parking lot. One of the unintended consequences of...
  43. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    I met him once, at a drinks reception in Whitehall. When we were introduced he asked me what I did. Rather than go into a long explanation along the lines of "I manage a team that sells high level professional services associated with the implementation of the world's foremost enterprise...
  44. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    If he's in a general ward, he won't be in "extremely good spirits"for long...
  45. Lightmancer

    The April 2020 Challenge - day 9

    I've not managed to go out today. I'll take a walk later, after dark. So this is a safety shot. I came across this leaflet while having a clear out in my office. Ah, 2012... It was a more innocent time... The biggest worry of the permanently paranoid and glibly gullible was whether the Mayan...
  46. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    There you go. I haven't the foggiest who half of these people are, but at least they are getting off their overpaid arses and trying to reach the people who follow and look up to them in a positive manner.
  47. Lightmancer

    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    Brian, you are absolutely right that nobody here has stated that mask wearing is THE answer. But we are a narrow demographic capable of rational thought and balanced decision making. There are millions that genuinely think that wearing a flimsy bit of old t-shirt or a day-old surgical mask...
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    Coronavirus 2020 🤧

    Here's the thing. I don't know about where you live, but here there is a huge issue with whole demographics who think that the lockdown and precautions do not apply to them, or that it isn't serious. It's not that they haven't thought it through, assessed the personal risk and decided to go...
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