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Olynmpus XZ-1

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The Olympus XZ-1 has been sitting on a shelf, for a long time.  It was time to ressurect it.  The lens at it’s widest setting is very decent, even seven or eight years on from it’s launch.    Mobile phones may replace the lower end of small cameras but as far as I’m concerned there is a place for a designated small format camera with all the PSAM controls.  What has worked against the small format camera is the high price in comparison to a mobile phone, and at lower end, cameras seemed to me to be sluggish.  A wifi or NFC capable small format camera with a decent lens is a nice companion to the modern smart phone.

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May 18, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Realignment

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Realignment

Facebook, two weeks from now and my account will be deleted. Linkd In is next. My blackened toes and moments of clarity in-between evenings imbibing cans of Devils Bit have brought me to the simple and sweeping realization. Now is now, now is gone. Now is now. Everything hinges on now.

It’s Ok…

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It’s ok to eat baked beans. It’s ok to eat pasta and cheese. It’s ok to eat plain toast, drink black coffee, tea with milk. It’s ok. It’s ok to eat in your car, walk in the park, watch people passing by. It’s ok to window shop. It’s ok. It’s ok to aspire, it’s ok to play monopoly. It’s ok to have a trade, an education, a work ethic. It’s ok. Sometimes enough is enough. It’s ok to value your health. It’s ok to be imperfect. It’s ok.

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April 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

Found Objects with iPhone

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Sometimes the beautiful and intriguing come along when one least expects it.

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And sometimes the beautiful can be intriguing.

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August 15, 2012 at 12:18 am

A poem by Seamus Heaney

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June 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Greystones South Beach

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June 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

The Leica 50mm Elmar

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The Leica 50mm Elmar is the country cousin of the 50mm Summicron. But it has something special. Shooting with it takes a similar élan to using hands to print an image in b&w wet process. It has a long focus throw and while I’ve enjoyed it’s unusual ergononomics, I could never make up my mind about it. Untill I sent it off to Malcom Taylor Leica repair in Hereford, UK. It came back in almost new condition, not bad for a fifty year old lens. So the Elmar is a keper. Beautiful low contrast images. Processing the Leica M8 files in the latest version of Aperture is a painless way to process. More time to shoot, that’s the way it should be.

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April 13, 2012 at 12:32 am