Just couldn't resist putting this on ❣️
Bet your all upset that you didn't think of this great invention!! 😉
LittleRed ( Ron)
I thank all who viewed and commented on my "groaner" and got chuckle or 2. What we really need in the world right now are some smiles to get us through these trying times.
Would surely make one do a double-take.
At least that's how it feels up here in the Great White North .😉
Well, A Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other,
And finally they got married and had a little sweet potato, whom they called 'Yam.' Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her about going out and getting Half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and end up with a bunch of tater tots.
Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her!
But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a Couch Potato either. She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her shoestring cousins.
When she went off to Europe, Mr. and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French fries.
And when she went out West, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped...
Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn't associate with those highclass Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say, 'Frito Lay.'
Mr. and Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ) so that when she graduated she'd really be in the chips. But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Tom Brokaw.
Tom Brokaw! Mr. and Mrs. Potato were very upset. They told Yam she couldn't possibly
marry Tom Brokaw because he's just.......
I know, I know, Tis a groaner. 🤡🤐🤢. But Considering all the BS going on in the world today I can only hope this brings just a wee smile from some of youse Hoggers out there.😉
I'm a newbie and having problem with back button focus. Everything seems to be working properly but when I change viewfinder position of subject and press shutter button, D750 refocuses. What have I done wrong? Last shoot of baby shower pictures were barely salvageable. Thanks!
I don't know if this is any help to you as it refers to my Canon camera's (Rebel Series) and not a Nikon. Also not quite sure if you have at the same time both the back-button and the shutter button working the focusing or in what mode you are using. On my Canon T6i (750D) when I set it up for back-button focus it is activated only for those settings on the mode dial that are in what is called the "Creative Zone" which includes P (program AE where the camera automatically sets aperture and speed), Tv (shutter priority), Av (aperture priority) and M (manual exposure). These are the only modes where back-button works. If I select any other mode such as those in the Basic zone i.e. A (fully automatic), any Scene options such as Sport or Portrait then my focusing is automatically put back on the Shutter Button and the back-button is disabled. Since I seldom use the settings in the basic modes it does not bother me. However the one excellent thing about this is that if I want anybody else to use my camera to take a pic of me and my wife I don't have to bother instructing them on the use of a back button, I just set the mode to A which basically changes my dSLR into a expensive P&S. Makes life much simpler.
But like I said at the start this holds true on a Canon (Rebel Series at least) but may not on your Nikon.
As a Canadian returning home from a day the USA we normally are asked 4 ? They are - where do you live, how long were you out of the country, how much did you purchase, any alcohol or tobacco. If all are answered politely then we get a "have a nice day" and we go home. This is the exact process that occurred the last 3 times, it's almost like it's a script or something like that.
As a Canadian leaving home for a day in the USA we are usually asked a lot more ? Some of the more usual ones are - where are you going, how long are you staying, carrying any fruits or vegetables, are you leaving anything in the states, are you carrying $10,000 or more. If you are going to stay a bit in the states then ? about where you will be staying ( eg. Motel etc) is usually asked. Again speaking politely is the best and short answers are the best bet to get through with very little hassle. However, if the border person himself decides to open up the conversation then we have found that almost all have a quick wit and a pleasure to talk with. My wife and I are nature photographers and if we say that when asked "where are you going" and we say to look for some birds we have found us having many great conversations with the said guard, much to the displeasure of the long line of cars waiting behind us. One must remember that these people have a difficult and stressful job to do. Their main job is to protect the country and its people as best they can from harm brought in by others ( even their own citizens)! Probably a job I would not like myself.
My wife and I cross back and forth over the Canada/USA countless times (probably 40-50) every year with little or no problems as long as we remain polite and civil with the border personnel regardless or the direction we are travelling. Just be ready with your papers (passport) and answer all ? clearly and civilly and you should have no problems. But for God's sake don't tell an untruth for if caught the results can be disastrous. I know some people who crossed the border at one area (such as Detroit) and then recrossed the border elsewhere (such as Sault Ste Marie) have lied about how long they were out-of-country so as to bring back more purchases duty free. That now is a no-no as the border computer systems for each country are now tied together so that a passport scanned by the US authorities will be shown by the Canadian computer scan when you try to recross. They always know exactly how long you we're across (even though that is one of the ? asked 😱). If you do be ready for a good fine and future border crossing problems.
Another untruth that is fairly common is for those south of the border, this one dealing with firearms. Handguns/firearms of any type are severely banned in Canada but still a considerable number of people will falsely claim to have none even though they do when crossing into Canada. If the border guard is suspicious that a unclaimed firearm is present he can do an extensive search himself, or if too busy can give the information to the Federal Police Force (RCMP) to do a follow up check. This means the person could be stopped much later at a distance from the border and then have a extensive search done. Either way, if a undeclared firearm is found it will result in confiscation, large fine and banned from crossing in the future. Not something any traveller would aim for, all the result of one "little"lie. Since I personally do not own a firearm at the present I don't know the consequences of bringing one into the USA, maybe similar!
So if you are planning coming into Canada/USA and also returning play it smart and don't rock the boat, tis not worth it.
My husband wants his flip phone back!! Me, I rarel... (
I agree with you GrandmaG in the fact that cellphones will surely replace the point and shoot type cameras in the future. I also agree that most of us oldtimers using a DSLR will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Some will have a cellphone as a quick backup for our main camera for those quick snapshots that tend to crop up when they don't have a "real" camera with them. (Won't be me as I do not and will not ever have a cellphone). I started many years ago in film with a 35mm Practica, moved to Canon film, then to Canon digital where I am now. Will always be. However, the one thing you have to remember is that the numbers of us oldtimers is dwindling, thus the number of staunch DSLR's are too. Who is going to replace us and continue to buy that said equipment. There will be some newbies who want to make a profession of photography or some sort of art that requires a "real" camera. But a majority of the young people now have no interest at all in using such a "large" object for their snapshots or selfies. They would sooner reach into their purse/pocket and take out a smallish cellphone and click away, then press a button and quickly send it to their buddy in Timbuktu! I look at my daughter (she's now 41), her husband and all their friends whom all have cellphones and as far as I know no DSLR's. They are all "professionals" working for a high tech company. They are some of whom should be now buying the cameras, but they are not. The perfect example of what I'm talking about is related to the church my wife are now attending. When we first started there 40 years ago we had 250 members, we now have 87. At that time we had a large active youth group of 70, no we have less than a dozen (mostly under 8). The rest of us are oldtimers (I, at 77 is one of the youngest). What will happen to church when we are gone. Will it survive??? This is the same question relating to DSLR cameras. Will they survive??? Probably but not as it is at present! Once us oldtimer DSLR's are gone, who will replace us? As the number of reasonable priced camera users declines will the camera companies start making only the more high end models? That will make only those who can afford the higher costs as DSLR users. That for sure would count me out, being a retired senior on fixed income.
Only time will tell, but luckily not in my lifetime.
My apologies Rich, didn't see your post. Would not have double posted if I had. Will be a mite more observant next time.
My apologies Rich for double posting the article you had already put on this site. Did not notice it before, must be a tad more observant in the future. I concur totally with all your points you have made on your post. Looks like the ability for one to purchase a Canon Rebel class camera such as I use will be a no-no in the future. At my age taint no problem, should be gone ☠️ By then.
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Interesting article (especially for us Canoneers) taken from an interview in a Japanese magazine with Fujio Mitarai (Canon CEO) recently. Not a total surprise to me but still a bit of a eye opener.
Smartphones could halve camera market in two years, Canon warns
By James Artaius (Digital Camera World, digital magazine)
Smartphones eating into market, mirrorless cameras not growing it, says Canon CEO
The digital camera market will continue to fall for the next two years before it hits rock bottom, at which time it could have shrunk by almost half. That's the bleak forecast from Canon CEO, Fujio Mitarai.
In an interview with the Nikkei (spotted by Mirrorless Rumors and translated by Digital Camera Info), Mitarai stated Canon's intention to shift its business to corporate customers in response to the grim market trend.
"In our company cameras have declined at around 10% a year in the past few years. The world market for interchangeable lens cameras is around 10 million," he said. "The mirrorless product is growing, but it is a replacement [for] single lens reflex, it is not adding to the market as a whole."
According to Mitarai, smartphones are the primary reason that the market is facing such challenging conditions.
"People usually shoot with smartphones.The digital camera market will keep falling for about two years, but professional and [advanced] amateurs use about 5 to 6 million units. Finally [the market] will hit the bottom."
The digital camera market has been in decline for some time, but it was hoped that the release of full-frame mirrorless cameras like the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 would reinvigorate things. Unfortunately, as Mitarai notes, mirrorless cameras are simply replacing DSLRs – they aren't resulting in new camera adopters.
With a move to service corporate customers, it seems likely that Canon's product line – particularly its compact cameras and lower end DSLRs – might be in jeopardy. With rumours continuing to swirl about professional versions of the EOS R, it looks like Canon is starting to put its eggs into one basket.
Geez, I can't believe how the posting of this one photo with a short caption would take off like this. Firstly I didn't really believe that anyone would think this was real. It is however a credible piece of Photoshopping I think. Like others have said it is pretty clear that what is shown would never happen. There is perhaps a very slight chance that these are trained animals, but really, who would believe that? I don't! However I thought it was a neat method to illustrate the small story that accompanied the pic. The story was really what I wanted to convey. But on reading some of the postings it appears I was mostly mistaken as to how the message would be received by some of you Hoggers. Perhaps the use of animals in illustrating the storyline was incorrect in showing how being different was no reason to not getting along. Perhaps just too far fetched for some of us. Perhaps they should of used homosapiens instead with one race carrying the child of another race in his arms while the child's mother walked beside them with the same little ditty in the caption. Perhaps then people would have been happier, but I doubt it.
I am happy however that there were some recognized it for what is was intended to do. One thing for sure I'll think twice about posting anything like this in the future.
Please tell us where humans are fighting and dying for "no" reason.
God, I can't believe that statement. It appears that you feel that nobody has died or is dying for "no" reasons due to man's fighting. Please look around the world and open your eyes. Since the dawn of history humans have been fighting causing the death of others (usually innocent bystanders) with them dying for "no" reason. Pray tell me in these instances what the reasons are in your opinion?
Yemen 2018 - civilian wedding bombed by Saudi's with 20 killed including bride & children - what reason?
France 2015 - Paris civilians at restaurants and theatre with 130 killed by gunmen - what reason?
Philippines 2016 - Davos civilians in market with 14 killed by a bomb - what reason?
Iraq 2016 - Baghdad civilians in markets all over city nearly 400 killed by bombs - what reason?
Russia 2004 - Besian civilians in school with 334 killed (186 children) by bombs and guns - what reason?
Note that almost all shown above were innocent civilians like you and me. Most of those instances above could be called acts of war with the deaths Collateral Damage, but is that really a good reason? I don't think so myself. Most of these deaths were caused by men's ideology and the want for power. Is that a good reason to you?
Even in the civilized democratic world people are being killed by people fighting no others, but usually themselves or the system. It's just a different type of fighting.
Canada 2018 - Toronto 10 civilians killed by intentionally being run down by a van driver. - what reason?
England 2010 - Cumbria 12 civilians killed in random by gunman - what reason?
United States 2012 - Connecticut 20 schoolchildren shot down by gunman - what reason?
These are just a small amount of the instances where modern man has caused the death of many for "no" logical reason in only the last decade. I could probably fill another dozen pages of similar events with little difficulty. Perhaps you can give good reasons for some of these deaths but I personally doubt it. So do me a favour and take a good look at the history of man past and present. Hopefully you will be able to see that there is a helluva lot of truth in that statement "dying for no reason"
According to the website I found this photo some people call it photo of the year, others even say It was even considered one of the best photos of this century. Don't know if I would go that far as technically it is not spectacular as others I have seen. But the content is so INMHO, and I think a subtle lesson for all of us. I don't know if there is total truth here or an excellent set up, but who cares as it's the message it contains that is important.
From the website "A lioness and her cub were crossing the Savannah but the heat was excessive and the cub was in great difficulty walking. An elephant realized that the cub would die and carried him in his trunk to a pool of water walking beside his mother. And we call them wild/dumb animals. Isn't this a great lesson for mankind who are fighting and dying for no reason."
I've seen some of these on Nat'l Geo publications (I think), but that lightening bolts photo I'd really like to know more about.
Don't know much about any of these pictures other than a bit of information included with each pic. This is what was included with the lightening one. Hope this info helps.
(The winning image in the 'beauty of nature' category shows lightning ripping through a volcanic eruption.
It was snapped by Francisco Negroni from Chile. He said: 'This photograph was taken during a violent night eruption of the Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region, Chile. An incredible dirt storm wraps the fumarole of the erupting volcano')
Dont know if any of these pics were in Nat. Geo. but all were winners or highly placed in the Siena International Photo Awards.