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Anyone Else Weird Like This?
My son was giving me some crap as I was sorting through my equipment. He noticed that I have all my camera batteries lettered. I have six, lettered A-F. When he asked me why I told him I use them in order, A through F as they run down and get recharged. So, for example, when D comes out of the camera, E goes in and D goes straight to the charger. He laughed at me and called me anal.

I just want to keep usage and charge cycles even across all the batteries.

Anyone else manage their batteries in a similar way? Or am I just weird?

Dennis
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Lighthouse Question
This is a “postcard” picture of the Portland Head lighthouse from over 10 years ago (D50) taken from a whale watch boat. I shot and shot from a moving platform until I nailed the light in the tower. My question, would you have done that or simply Photoshopped it in?


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How big an SD card is best for a big trip?
I use a 128GB SD card for my Nikon Coolpix P900, Sandisk Extreme sdxc with 90mb speed.
I go on 3 week trips and shoot around 8000 pictures plus video at National Parks.
Next week is Badlands, Glacier, Yellowstone and Theodore National.
On a 10 mile hike, I don't want to stop to change my memory card.
Any comments or expert advice on this strategy?
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Quetions about exposure
In reading HHH, i am learning some things, but can i ask a question to you experts? I have a Canon EOS 5i that i have had about 2.5 years. From what i read that is an entry level DSLR, which is ok, cuz i am entering this hobby. I want to learn most of the capabilities of my camera. Little by little i am learning, and i am determined to keep on. I am in my 70's and decide i dont want to world to get away from me! I dont want to always use my camera in Auto, i may as well use a point and shoot. Any way i am trying to figure out some exposure situations - my camera has a choice in the menu( i forget which one) maybe exposure compensation? of using "backlight" If i choose that am i still in M mode? and do i still choose f stops and/or shutter speed for a pic ? I have other questions about stuff but will post at other times for those. I read the manuel and "Dummies" book for my specific camera which helps a lot. But I am trying to figure things out. Thanks so much for any advice.
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One of my all time favorite images
I was out shooting one morning and the water was very calm and smooth when this brown pelican came quickly by flying low down the bayou I was at and I had about two or three seconds to capture him with this nice reflection


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Meet Jack Williams...
It was fairly early in my career as a photojournalist that I worked for the Talladega (Alabama) Daily Home newspaper. We were usually pretty busy because we had a staff of 5 photographers who covered a huge area- all of East-Central Alabama. One day though, I was eating my lunch in the paper's break room and reading a small article in our sister paper, The Anniston Star about a man who was living under a bridge on one of the major highways leading into Talladega. Since I wasn't busy that day, I decided to go see him and find out what his situation was. I went to the location and found a tall, frail looking man named Jack Williams. Jack had a very raspy voice and it turned out that he had terminal throat cancer and had been told he had 3 weeks to live. He explained that he loved the outdoors, so after getting all of his affairs in order, he decided he wanted to spend the remainder of his days hunting, fishing and camping. The owner of the land gave him permission to be there and charged him $1 a year for rent- payable at a later date. I ended up doing not just one, but several stories about Jack, and it garnered me a lot of attention and job offers from bigger (but not necessarily better...) newspapers. I think Jack, more than any other person I photographed, did more for my career than anyone else. I felt guilty about this, but he just laughed and told me he was happy to help. Very typical Jack Williams response.


In Alabama, there is usually a lot of flooding in the spring. Heavy rains happen at this time of the year, and Jack's little creek-side abode was flooded out. I offered him my couch until the waters subsided, and when we got to the apartment on Coffee Street, he gave me a strange look. I asked him if he was OK and he explained that he had lived in the apartment on the 2nd floor, left side- my apartment. In researching Jack, I found out that his family was pioneers in the area, starting the school, library and even the paper that I worked for.


Fast forward a few years and I was now working for a large newspaper company who was involved in the Newspapers in Education program. I was speaking to a group of 4th and 5th grade students and I was telling them about Jack. My point in this was that you can't judge people prior to knowing their situation and that Jack was a good example of this. To look at him, you would consider him homeless, maybe an alcoholic or a drug user, but know him and you find out that he loved to read National Geographic, Scientific America and some other "intellectual" magazines. He wrote poetry and could tell you about ANYTHING in the natural world. A very smart, well read man. Well, after I say this, one of the teachers gets up crying and leaves the room. I tracked her down after I was finished and asked if I had said something to offend her. She smiled and patted my hand and said "No, that man you spoke about, Jack Williams, he was my father. I had a bad falling out with him and was too proud to say I was sorry, so for the last ten years of his life, we didn't speak. Now, my only mementos of him are the articles you wrote. I have them hanging proudly in my home..." . Needless to say, chills ran up my spine. She had some questions about him that I was able to answer for her, and the next day I brought a box of things to her that he had given me over the course of the year and a half that I photographed him and gave them to her and tokens of her father's life. Sometimes, you just never know how the things you do will effect people.

If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading and have an excellent day! Here's the photo:


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Going to Greece. What lens do I take?
I just got my first DSLR, a NIKON 3400D with 2 kit lenses, AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, f3.5 - 5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70 - 300 mm f4.5 - 6.3 ED. I am a novice and trying to learn as much as possible before my husband and I travel to Greece in Sept. for 2 1/2 weeks. We will be travelling lightly as we have several ports of call and don't want to get bogged down with too much to carry. I am planning on taking this camera as well as my Olympus TG4 point and shoot. My dilemma. I only want to take one lens with me for the DSLR. I will not have a tripod, but I want to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. There are some beautiful monasteries in the distance that I will want to take photos of as well as beautiful sunsets. I plan on taking tons of photos. Which lens would work the best for me? And if there is one that would work better for me, (not too expensive) what would that be? Is there anything other "must have" attachments I should take?
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Anyone had any experience in selling quality used equipment to major retailers?
I have my used, quality digital equipment for sale and would like to avoid the complications with Craigslist, eBay, and ruthless dealerships. Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'd really like to find a company who would trade my equipment for new equipment. I've read the Robert's Photography has a good reputation.
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Format it not to format new SD card
When buying a new 128GB SD card for my Nikon Coolpix P900, should I format it after loading it into my camera the first time? Pros and cons ? Sandisk Extreme sdcc with 90mb speed.
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Looking for advice on buying a new camera
I've been using crop-sensor DSLRs (Nikon D-40x and D-7000) since switching from film cameras a number of years ago. I'm now looking to get a full-frame camera. I'm not a big tech guy, so I don't need all the latest bells & whistles or super-high MP sensors such as on the Canon 5D S and Nikon D850. I also don't shoot video. I mainly shoot landscape and nature subjects. I'd like something that's fairly user-friendly but is still capable of producing excellent results (assuming the user is competent!). Since I'll need new full-frame lenses I don't need to stick with Nikon. Some of the cameras I've looked at are Canon 5D Mk III and IV and Nikon D810. I'm also considering the Canon 6D Mk II or Nikon D750 to save weight and money. I've read tons of reviews, but now I'd like to hear from real people who have been using their cameras and lenses for awhile.

What camera and lenses do you prefer for general/landscape/nature photography?

Can you get as good quality images from the smaller cameras (6D MKII & D750) as the larger ones?

I'd like to be able to produce sharp prints up to 20 x 30.

Sorry for such a long post - thanks in advance for any ideas or suggestions you can provide.
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