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  1. Jock Elliott

    A short review of what a superzoom can do

    I will give it a try, but I am guessing that I would need a tracking mount to deliver the goods. Cheers, Jock
  2. Jock Elliott

    A short review of what a superzoom can do

    Carrying the RX10 Mk4 gets a little more palatable with a couple of "hacks." 1. Extend the camera strap with a couple of hanks of parachute cord. Then you can sling it cross-body, putting the weight on the shoulder instead of the neck. 2. With the RX10 Mk4 (and its siblings) you don't need a...
  3. Jock Elliott

    A short review of what a superzoom can do

    I will. Here's an astro shot taken with the FZ150: The problem with astro shots is that the more that you zoom in, the shorter the exposure time that is available before the stars start to streak. The shot above was 15 seconds on a tripod at full wide, and the stars are just beginning to...
  4. Jock Elliott

    Canon This is what happens when you don't bring the "big" camera . . .

    BrianS, tonyturley, you are obviously Very Heavy Wizards, deeply schooled in the ways of wildlife and their interrelationship with cameras. I bow to your knowledge. Cheers, Jock
  5. Jock Elliott

    A short review of what a superzoom can do

    Wide view from Oakwood Overlook two days ago. See the little tiny bump in the center of the horizon? Cue the big gun. Looking slightly to the North at full wide: Full zoom: Cheers, Jock
  6. Jock Elliott

    Canon This is what happens when you don't bring the "big" camera . . .

    The RX10 Mk4 is the "big camera" and the G12 is the little camera -- got it? The Mk4 ticks all the boxes on my great camera list, except small. Small it isn't. So a lot of times when I'm rattling out the door for an errand, I grab the little camera . . . "just in case." That's what I did...
  7. Jock Elliott

    Troy, NY, May 9, 2020, 5:27 am

    'Nuff said. Cheers, Jock
  8. Jock Elliott

    Awww. . .

    (What, you need a caption?) Cheers, Jock
  9. Jock Elliott

    Small backyard safari

    The better half said there was a hummingbird in the quince bush. I didn't find it, but sat and captured a few snaps of things that caught my eye. And one from Peebles Island yesterday: Cheers, Jock
  10. Jock Elliott

    Philosophy Found an Interview with working Pro using vintage compacts

    Thanks for posting that. Makes me pet my G12 and say: "yer a good old camera . . . " Cheers, Jock
  11. Jock Elliott


    Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY, today: And one of the geese that landed ticked off another one. Love the RX10 Mk IV. Cheers, Jock
  12. Jock Elliott

    Animals Show Birds

    Cheers, Jock
  13. Jock Elliott

    Canon Take a camera everywhere . . . and G12 crop-a-thon

    Took a walk in the neighborhood and obeyed the dictum: take a camera (Canon G12) everywhere and see what happens. Euclid Ave. terminates in a dead end. As we turned around to head back, we spotted this: Here's the cropped version: Another: Cropped: Another: Cropped: Cropped...
  14. Jock Elliott

    Peebles Island (Waterford, NY) today -- RX10 Mk4

    Full optical and digital zoom: Long may she wave: Cheers, Jock
  15. Jock Elliott

    Need help with a personal problem

    Shhhhh . . . that's on my bucket list.
  16. Jock Elliott

    Need help with a personal problem

    Especially when you have various jurisdictions releasing convicted criminals on account of "Covid concerns." You don't gotta be Einstein to figure this out. Cheers, Jock
  17. Jock Elliott

    Some thoughts for those "tele-working" for the first time

    For 17 years, I was a full-time freelance writer, working from a home office. Some observations: 1. Self-discipline can be the hardest thing to come by, but it is the most necessary thing for successful tele-working. Distractions are too easy to find. Determine that you will be...
  18. Jock Elliott

    Need help with a personal problem

    It's all Andrew Cuomo's fault. Yesterday he decreed that all New Yorkers -- including folks like me in upstate New York -- must have available, or wear, a face mask or covering while out in public. Not having a mask, I opted for a bandanna to cover my mouth and nose. I put on my hat and caught...
  19. Jock Elliott

    April in upstate New York

    Cheers, Jock
  20. Jock Elliott

    Big old moon . . . fooling around with post-processing . . . RX10 Mk IV

    There are two images that have been processed through DxO -- the third from the top and the bottom one . . . am I right in presuming you prefer the third from the top? Cheers, Jock
  21. Jock Elliott

    Big old moon . . . fooling around with post-processing . . . RX10 Mk IV

    Huge partial moon hanging in the sky this AM. Put the RX10 4 in full auto mode to see what it would do. Could hear it chattering away, making multiple images and stacking them. Got this: Put it in P mode and rolled in a bunch of minus exposure compensation: Ran it through DXO 9: Ran...
  22. Jock Elliott

    Fuji A typical Elliott adventure

    Two days later. Not raining. Brought the RX10 IV. Rapids back to normal. And we have an eagle on the nest! This was shot by the spotter-in-chief: Cheers, Jock
  23. Jock Elliott

    Fuji A typical Elliott adventure

    "Gee, the weather was marvelous!" -- not us. This is Peebles Island, Waterford, NY, on a rainy day. Brought the Big Kahuna (RX10 MkIV) in case we saw eagles, but never unholstered it. Everything shot with XP90 on Auto setting. From the bridge. That's Peebles Island on the left. That's water...
  24. Jock Elliott

    Oakwood Cemetery Island under attack -- documentary proof

    Here's a map of the ponds at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY: The map doesn't show the small island in the pond at the left, but here it is, complete with a small footbridge for access: And here's the attack: And here's where we think the offenders live: Now, I don't quite get why the...
  25. Jock Elliott

    Sony RX10 Mk IV -- nice focus move

    In my experience, the RX10 MkIV is the fastest focusing camera I have ever handled. I have owned the Oly M5 Mk 1 & II and some long lenses, but not the latest and greatest. On the second day I owned the RX10, I was able to capture an eagle in flight in P mode, single shot, with a center focus...
  26. Jock Elliott

    Sony RX10 Mk IV -- nice focus move

    Normally when I go out for a stroll with the RX10 MkIV, I set it up in P mode with a central focus rectangle. Yesterday, while walking at Oakwood Cemetery, the spotter-in-chief points up and says "hawk." (She noticed it because of a shadow traversing the ground; she's uncanny like that.) I...
  27. Jock Elliott

    Show Clouds Sunrise/Sunset

    Hey, it's ok with me -- they are among my favorites, too. Flood away, as far as I am concerned. Cheers, Jock PS -- Nice shot!
  28. Jock Elliott

    Canon G12 still has it

    The short answer is that I would snap up the G16 in an instant. I think it would be "just the thing" for a trail camera . . . small, jacket pocketable, rugged. Not weatherproof, though, so stick a ziplock bag in your pocket and zip it up if the rains come. Now, here's the longer answer, based...
  29. Jock Elliott

    Why are there no street photographers using superzooms?

    With a tilt screen, it's possible to look like you're adjusting your camera at waist level while actually taking photographs. But since the closest I get to street photography is wildlife . . . . . . I'll defer to those who actually shoot "street." Cheers, Jock
  30. Jock Elliott

    Great Winogrand Article

    I love this line from the interview: "In the simplest sentence, I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. " One of those moments occurred just the other day. I was fooling around with my "crap" camera (the XP90, it lives in my coat pocket). There is very little you...
  31. Jock Elliott

    Why are there no street photographers using superzooms?

    I think you nailed it with Just Not Done. Cheers, Jock
  32. Jock Elliott

    Why are there no street photographers using superzooms?

    I didn't want to hijack the thread on the Winogrand article, so . . . something Kevin posted got me thinking: What I really, really, REALLY don't understand are the street photographers who shoot with a wide angle and then try to get extreme close-ups. It appears they are running an experiment...
  33. Jock Elliott

    Great Winogrand Article

    "he talks about going out without preconceptions, and not preplanning or expecting to shoot a particular thing " This falls in with the philosphy of "take a camera everywhere and see what happens." Cheers, Jock
  34. Jock Elliott

    Fuji In which the "crap" camera strikes again . . .

    You're right; it's a curiously constructed sentence. BUT, the very next time a weather/sky related event occurs in my pocket, I'll be ready! Cheers, Jock
  35. Jock Elliott

    Fuji In which the "crap" camera strikes again . . .

    Lately, I've been sticking the XP90 in my coat pocket in the hopes of capturing some weather/sky related images. Its best qualities are that it is small and weatherproof. There is precious little in the way of controls that the user can employ to influence what happens when the shutter is...
  36. Jock Elliott

    Rockford, me, and that "grainy" look

    Is that a synth or a guitar doing that sublime solo that starts about 54 seconds in? Cheers, Jock
  37. Jock Elliott

    Rockford, me, and that "grainy" look

    Recently, I've been enjoying a boxed set of the complete Rockford Files television series. As each episode opens, Mike Post's excellent theme plays while a series of still photographs -- all with a generally grainy look -- are shown. Does anyone know how to reliably produce that look with a...
  38. Jock Elliott

    “Intrusive” Street Photography.

    My hero in all this is Henri Cartier-Bresson. I believe his goal was be as unobtrusive as possible while taking excellent photographs . . . the gray man, the one you don't even notice is taking photographs. If the goal of the guy in the video is to "take pictures of people being themselves," he...
  39. Jock Elliott

    Canon Time to play another rousing game of . . .

    . . . spot the eagle. Brought to you by Canon and the humble G12. Cheers, Jock
  40. Jock Elliott

    Windows 7 End-of-Life (or at least Microsoft Support)

    Thanks for the tip. I have a very old 2GB machine with a dead internal clock battery, dead battery pack (it stays alive only on the external power supply), not worth upgrading any hardware, that my brother-in-law and I will attempt to migrate to Linux. BTW, I have a 10-year-old Dell workstation...
  41. Jock Elliott

    Advice Wanted Was asked for camera advice - what would you advise?

    I have nothing to say about the camera choice . . . But, as to the lighting . . . for 8.5 years I did a weekly blog on air rifles and air pistols, which have, often, very reflective surfaces. A pro photography gave me some terrific advice: photograph them outside on a cloudy day. That would...
  42. Jock Elliott

    Fuji Autofocus woes

    That actually prompted another idea: how about PRE-focusing manually? Cine types work with pre-marked focus areas all the time. Of course, if people move and you're working with paper-thing depth of field, that won't work. It also won't work if members of the band move a great deal in terms of...
  43. Jock Elliott

    Fuji Autofocus woes

    I usually set my cameras up to AF + MF, so that if the camera is having difficulty finding focus, I can try overriding with manual focus to get the job done. This shot -- -- was taken at about 80% dusk, and the RX10 MkIV was madly hunting focus. Manual override allowed me to get the image at...
  44. Jock Elliott

    In other (personal) news...

    First, congratulations on being accepted. From a generic standpoint (since I don't know your personal situation), I would have two concerns: time and money. Time. Pursuing still photography with serious intent can chew up enormous amounts of time; even more so documentary film. If you are also...
  45. Jock Elliott

    Sony The truth about our birdfeeder

    I have for a long time suspected that those chickadees and nuthatches were pretty desperately hungry during the overnight hours. Finally, the truth is revealed. Here, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we have proof that the buck does, indeed, stop here. The prosecution rests. Cheers, Jock
  46. Jock Elliott

    Sony The reason for the season

    Merry Christmas everyone! Cheers, Jock
  47. Jock Elliott

    Micro 4/3 Gobbledegook Sign

    Either that or it is the new trend in Zen signage . . .
  48. Jock Elliott

    Fuji Lessons learned, Fuji XP-90 and a rant from the cranky old elf

    This is my favorite time of year. I love coming around a corner in the dark to find a house lit with warmth and loveliness. Lately, I've felt an internal prompting to try to capture that beauty. So when the better half (aka spotter-in-chief) proposed, yesterday evening, a stroll around the...
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