So this has me pretty chuffed this morning! My Lonely Bay shot has been included in the new Photo Spots section of Photography Life’s website (formerly The Mansurov’s), and my absolute go-to site for Nikon reviews, tips and tricks. Some Canon too, but who cares?

It’s a real thrill to be included!

The Full Frame Upgrade

The Full Frame Camera


If you’re not ‘into’ photography, the long version of this story will probably not interest you. So I’m starting off with the short version:

It was time to upgrade my camera gear, and after a long and agonizing decision process, I went with the camera body upgrade to the Nikon D610. The picture above is one of the first 10 shots or so,Straight Out of Camera (SOC, SOOC), taken inside, without flash, handheld), and I couldn’t be more excited and happy about my decision!

For those of you actually remotely interested in how I came to this decision, and why now here’s the long story.

Up until now, I’ve been shooting with Nikon DX frames (most recently the Nikon D7100, which for the record is a beautiful camera). My favorite lens for landscape/seascape has been the Nikon 12-24mm Nikkor f 4.0/G DX lens. Recently, after consulting with a few other groups and ‘experts’ I discovered that some of my favorite photos have a purple patch. Literally. You can see the discussion of that here if you are interested.  You may have to be a member of the group to see it, but the photo in question is this one: .

After much detective work, which led to a search in Lightroom for every shot I’d ever taken with the lens at 13 mm, I discovered that it was there on EVERY SINGLE ONE. Dating back years:

Purple patch

I guess I hadn’t shot more than about 200 shots at 13mm, and not that many of them were favorites, so they weren’t edited. I don’t know if this is common for the lens, if it’s just mine, or whatever. But I decided that just wouldn’t do.

It was time to replace my DX wide angle favorite lens. Since I knew that I would eventually want to upgrade to a full-frame camera, it was kind of pointless to look at replacing it with another DX lens. All my other lenses are now FX, and it would just be a waste to replace this one that way. The more I started looking at which wide angle I wanted, the more I realized that on a DX frame camera, the equivalent focal lengths would not be very different from the 24 mm on my current zoom lens on an FX camera. And I started exploring whether it wouldn’t just make more sense to upgrade to FX now and look at a new lens in the future.

Which made the decision easier. Full-frame I went.

I honestly didn’t realize how much of a difference this upgrade would make. But since it arrived on Tuesday, I have been in heaven. Can’t wait to get to Steamboat Springs with it in 14 days.

And don’t tell me I should have gone mirror less. I don’t want to hear it.



Google ‘Privacy Checkup’ – what you might not have wanted to share

just noticed a link to a privacy ‘check up’ on my Google account: When I looked, these two boxes were NOT checked.

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Conifer Cougar

Conifer Cougar When we adopted Noob and his brother Booker (then Smoke – gamers mike recognize them as Noob and Smoke from Mortal Combat), we were told that they were litter-mates rescued from a crack house in Conifer, just West of Denver. We always question the exact correctness of this, but we know they love their catnip, and they consider themselves mountain lions.

Make every day a #caturday and rescue a kitten.

Take flight in the middle of the night through intense visions and dreams
Watching life from behind the screen trying to figure out what it all means

The Screenshot that Flickr is going gaga over

Let me preface this: All credit for beautiful editing and captures of the screenshots goes to K putt on Flickr. It’s impressive.

So, this screenshot got “Explored” on Flickr today – when I checked it had over 7000 views.

Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt

It’s hilarious to read through the comments. A vast portion of the viewers obviously don’t realize this is a screenshot.

This morning I was feeling sorry for myself because I feel like my photos don’t get the amount of views they deserve (I know, I know – boo hoo) and now I feel so much better!

Better to have praise from a few whose opinions you respect than a sycophantic gush.

Leveling up in processing

I have been re-editing photos after leveling up in Processing my RAW files. I’ve ‘known’ ‘how to’ edit images for years. But I sort of got into a routine after the first rush and plateaued badly. 

I also realized that when you learn a neat ‘trick’ or technique in Photoshop/Lightroom/Instagram/whatever it’s so easy to fall in love and totally use it all over the place and way too enthusiastically. Like all the time. To excess. I am now past my HDR EVERYTHING faze. I am through with ‘cheating’ with luminance reduction – to the extreme. Here is an example of how far I’ve come (although maybe no one but a critic can see the difference).

The first time I called this image ‘done’, I merged three exposures in an HDR processing image I ran EVERYTHING through – Photomatix. Looking at the resulting image now I’m astonished to have been so ridiculously pleased with the result. So I reprocessed a single image today – took my time, applied new ‘tricks’, without forgetting the old, and am once again pleased as punch with my work!!

Cold Reign


I finally feel I’ve started the way up from a plateau of skill level that I have struggled to improve from. Yay for learning! I left the first image in my photo stream on #Flickr – – in case anyone wants to stop by the Strumpet101 stream there to see it. The new one has pride of place in the ‘I’m almost not a noob anymore account’.

Karluv Most


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