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I was reviewing some of the photos from the first half of this year and, compared to previous years, the number of photos that I’ve taken and the number of posts that I’ve made are declining. I think that this is kind of a normal thing. I did see a slight uptick for 2015, considering that I went to Guatemala, Europe, and India all in the same year. I had lots to talk about 🙂 Last year, I stayed in…

I think that it was sometime around 9th grade, 1976 or so. I was taking Spanish. The school had arranged a trip to Mexico, or perhaps Spain. I don’t really remember the details. I wanted to go, but my parents said no. Looking back, I can understand why they said that. I was in the Spanish class but not engaged at all. I was going through the motions. I just wanted to go on the trip because I thought it…

I have just returned from another work trip to NYC. While there I put in quite a few miles on the sneakers, in fact, more miles in any one week than I’ve never done before. I walked about 60 miles in 7 days, all around Manhattan. I walked up to Central Park, through Times Square, down to Greenwich Village, almost to The Battery, The High Line, and all points in between. My Fitbit was praising me quite a bit. 🙂…

That was the heading of one of the paragraphs in this report about the state of camera sales in 2016. It was mentioned, also, that smartphones killed the compact camera market. Thinking back to our photography workshop in Cuba, of course everyone had a “real” camera. Many different brands were represented: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, and Leica. No one did the workshop with their cameraphone, though, based on a couple facts: 1. use of moderately wide angle lenses, 28…

While I was in Cuba, I experimented with a few camera settings and finally settled on some that were outside of my normal settings. Usually, I have the camera set to focus using a button in the back, rather than the shutter release button. This works well for allowing me to focus on something and recompose without refocusing. However, taking pictures of people on the move, perhaps, is significantly different than taking pictures of a landscape, for example. Also, Peter…

About a 3-hour ride west of Havana is a small town called Viñales. Here is where they have good conditions to grow tobacco for some of those famous Cuban cigars! Also, I had an opportunity to ride in an ox cart! I only managed a few pictures along the way because, well, the road was bumpy and it’s rather hard to focus when you’re holding on for dear life with your right hand and swaying to an fro as the…

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