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MiguelATF

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Great, great light in this shot, Matt.
I don't know if shooting it at ISO 4000 - with the accompanying level of noise - may contribute to the diffused, almost organic sense of nighttime illumination. But whatever the reason or reasons, your 'capture' of this nocturnal shot is very, very cool.
 

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Had to go to the local pharmacy to get my Covid booster shot - which are now available over here - and the ghouls, skeletons and zombies of Halloween have all disappeared, replaced by cheerful smiling and commercialized products of the forthcoming Christmas and Yuletide merchandise.

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All this artificial good cheer sometimes makes me wish I lived on a desert island, or a mountaintop, far from the next marketing campaign.
 

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I love this, Walter.
For me it is a special and rather magical combination of images. Really nicely done.
I just loved the silent charm and poetry both of the lonely chair and the pond with the autumn leaves floating.
I'm glad the feature of double exposure helped me to express what went through my brain.
Thanks for your kind words.
 
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Matt
Great, great light in this shot, Matt.
I don't know if shooting it at ISO 4000 - with the accompanying level of noise - may contribute to the diffused, almost organic sense of nighttime illumination. But whatever the reason or reasons, your 'capture' of this nocturnal shot is very, very cool.
What a beautiful contrast between cold and warm tones and how perfectly both light sources are captured.
A stunning photo, Matt, that shows 'painting with light' at its best.
Astonishing how little noise there is at ISO 4000.
Thank you both - you're too kind. It was kind of a last ditch effort after another day without much chance for photography, but I found the little stroll around the block surprisingly rewarding. Anyhow, I wish I had been able to step back another half meter or so - but that would have been too risky, I was in the murk as it was ...

ISO 4000 isn't a big deal for the Z 6 (or Z 7 II - or D750, for that matter). You can use ISO 6400 with impunity IMO ... That said, I think the Z 7 II is capable of the most "organic" type of grain I've seen to date. But the Z 6 is a tiny bit more forgiving in terms of colour rendition. They're simply great cameras ...

M.
 
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Switzerland
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Matt
Had to go to the local pharmacy to get my Covid booster shot - which are now available over here - and the ghouls, skeletons and zombies of Halloween have all disappeared, replaced by cheerful smiling and commercialized products of the forthcoming Christmas and Yuletide merchandise.

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All this artificial good cheer sometimes makes me wish I lived on a desert island, or a mountaintop, far from the next marketing campaign.
Well seen - and well said. Especially at this time, I'm really fed up with this kind of mindless consumerism. I don't know if you've already taken note of the situation around Europe ... we're in for a very, very sombre end of the year ... All hail Personal Freedom, the destroyer of prudence and accountability!

M.
 

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Well seen - and well said. Especially at this time, I'm really fed up with this kind of mindless consumerism. I don't know if you've already taken note of the situation around Europe ... we're in for a very, very sombre end of the year ... All hail Personal Freedom, the destroyer of prudence and accountability!

M.
I quite agree with you in both topics, Matt. This consumer hype and public booze of mulled wine and other alcoholics has nothing to do with the true spirit of Christmas.

As to Corona: thanks to 'personal freedom' we're heading towards an even more catastrophic end of year than the last one. People still don't see that your personal freedom ends where other people are damaged. Infecting someone because you don't want to get vaccinated is intentional bodily harm possibly resulting in death (a criminal offence).

Here is the reaction of the Swiss parliament to questions asked by journalists why measures are not tightened:
'We'll see when the problems are there'. Isn't that cynicism in its purest form?
We are sliding into catastrophe with our eyes wide open, here in Germany, too.
I'm glad to have been 'boosted' on Monday this week with Biontech/Pfizer.
 
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Matt
I quite agree with you in both topics, Matt. This consumer hype and public booze of mulled wine and other alcoholics has nothing to do with the true spirit of Christmas.

As to Corona: thanks to 'personal freedom' we're heading towards an even more catastrophic end of year than the last one. People still don't see that your personal freedom ends where other people are damaged. Infecting someone because you don't want to get vaccinated is intentional bodily harm possibly resulting in death (a criminal offence).

Here is the reaction of the Swiss parliament to questions asked by journalists why measures are not tightened:
'We'll see when the problems are there'. Isn't that cynicism in its purest form?
We are sliding into catastrophe with our eyes wide open, here in Germany, too.
I'm glad to have been 'boosted' on Monday this week with Biontech/Pfizer.
I really hate to admit it, but the Swiss do have it over everyone else in terms of complacency. It's ... uncanny, in a way. It's as if this nation cannot learn from experience *at all*.

The gratuitious irony is: We've risked so much and so many have been infected in waves two and three that we might be less affected this time compared to Germany and Austria. It's at least possible. I don't care - we'll still go through another avoidable horror ...

But, as the head of the German ICU specialists' association put it, the way things are going, we'll have a new "3G" soon: vaccinated, recovered - and dead. That'll finally solve our problem. Why on earth does humanity have to create whole mountain ranges of dead bodies in order to get *anywhere*?

Bitterness aside, I'm actually much less anxious than last year - at least I'm fairly certain by now that I should be able to see this through without cracking.

M.
 

drd1135

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Steve
I got my COVID vaccine booster today. My first two were Moderna but this one was Pfizer. The second Moderna shot made me really tired the next day. I’ll be curious to see how I react to the Pfizer. You folks may get a shot of my blanket tomorrow.
 
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