Learning a new camera

My new "little" camera is a French- made DxO One, replacing my venerable little Canon. Pardon me while I wander into camera geekdom: the DxO One is a miniaturized pro- quality camera that shoots RAW, JPG and "Super RAW." It weighs 3.8 ounces, is just under three inches tall and, according to the manufacturer, the lens is made "with six aspherical elements, offering an exceptionally high level of precision while also optimizing acutance."

What makes the DxO unique is that it has a built-in Lightning connector that plugs into an iPhone. The iPhone becomes the viewfinder, focus tool, setting adjuster and flash for the DxO. Click on one of the links in this blurb for more about the camera.

The very best thing about the DxO is its size and portability: Chase Jarvis said it, "The best camera is the one you have with you."

As with all new toys, there is a learning curve. In this case it is fairly steep because the DxO is radically different than any other camera I have used.

 

The learning curve:


Augusta, GA:

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City skyline

 

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Storm over the city

 

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After the storm

 

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Great Hilton Curio property in Augusta

 

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Veranda during the storm


Atlanta airport:

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Under construction

 

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Morning Dew

 

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Rain through a hotel window


Home:

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A friend


Upper Tampa Bay Park.
4th of July.
Temperature right at 90 degrees and at least 1000 percent humidity. Nice day for a stroll in the park.

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June-July, 2018






Hither & Yon...

Various and Assorted;

(all these, and more, are full-size at my 2018 Gallery)

Starting with the Bahamas and The Infamous Birthday Cruise...

 

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Moving air around is important!


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Very green

 

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Drtiver and assistant


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Always important to have a good pilot.


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Looking down at night

 

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Miami

 

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Stormy First Night 1

 

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Stormy First Night 2

 

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Dancing for Dinner

 

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Preparing appetizers

 

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Miami Early Morn


Moving on...

 

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Awaiting mail. Tallahassee.

 

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Tallahassee Gate

 

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Construction

 

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Somewhere on the West Coast of Florida. Old steam Train Locomotive wheel makes up the background.

 

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CLOWN!! Daytona Beach

 

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Daytona Beach in the Round

 

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Pier in the round



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Better Days behind the Wynfield, Orlando.

 

These last two were taken with my new DXO One camera (camera guys, look it up). Definitely a learning curve.

 

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Rainbow at home

 

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Augusta, GA skyline



January - June, 2018




Sunrise and Sunset- 2018

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Cruise- looking back to where we were

 

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Cruise Sunset

 

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Cruise- last day sunset

 

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Sunrise through our front door

 

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St. George Island- working toward sunset

 

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St. George Island- end of sunset

 

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St George Island- ocean side sunset

 

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St. George Island- sunset through the brush

 

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St. George Island- getting close to sunset

 

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St. George Island- same shot, later towards sunset

 

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St. George Island- lensball sunset

 

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Daytona Beach- bird and sunrise

 

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Daytona Beach- birds in flight sunrise

 

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Daytona Beach- watching the sunrise

 

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Daytona Beach- palms at sunrise

 

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Daytona Beach- sunrise from a balcony

 

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Daytona Beach- homeless awaking for another day at the beach


January - May, 2018


Getting from here to there: Final San Francisco

(This is the thirteenth post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

Last of the San Francisco images:

Starting with two scenic's

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Alcatraz as the fog burns off

 

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Famous San Francisco Fog

 

Then some more walls:

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Legs (must be chilly in the winter)

 

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PAY ATTENTION TO THE WALL

 

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Nice tile work

 

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Three birds (hint: look closely at the tile work)

 

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A Famous Record/ Music Store

 

And a street scene

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Street Drummer and his kinda sorta fan base.

 

And, finally, two more night scenes

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The streak in the middle is the bumper-to- bumper night traffic

 

That's it for the city. Now on to our last stop: Napa!


December, 2017

 


Getting from here to there: More San Francisco

(This is the twelfth post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

Miscellaneous San Francisco...

 

Store signs:

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Wall murals:
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Building fronts:

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Jack Kerouac corner

 

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A Custom House

 


Musee Mecanique
(Penny Arcade Museum):

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She moves, she talks. The thing of kid's nightmares.


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Etc.:

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Can't go to San Francisco without taking a picture of the water.

 

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Just after sunset

 

San Francisco is a beautiful city, but it can also be a very disturbing city. Looking out the window of the <very nice> Hilton we stayed at, less than a block away are the not-so-nice Hotel Mentone and Coronado Hotel. Look carefully at the sidewalk in front of the hotels. Those are tents and tarps belonging to homeless folks who cannot even afford the Coronado and Mentone. It is an encampment that has obviously been there for a while. Within a block of a very nice hotel and blocks from one of the richest shopping areas in San Francisco.    

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December, 2017

 


Getting from here to there: Chinatown- San Francisco

(This is the eleventh post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

A quick stroll through Chinatown.

One of my favorite parts of San Francisco. Always alive and vibrant. This trip seemed like we were visiting old favorites instead of heading off in new directions...

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Chinatown has some of the best doorways.

 

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Dragon steps. We have visited this building, multiple floors full of little shops and stalls, before. Unique. Unfortunately one of the shopkeepers told us the building has been sold and was being demolished.

 

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A Chinatown landmark soon to be gone.

 

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Looking down is interesting.


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Fa lun Da Fa? Whatever it is, it's good according to the umbrella.

 

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THE Heart of Shanghai

 

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Great painted walls.

 

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Do you know how to tell you are in a good Chinese restaurant? When you are the only one's speaking English and you can't read anything, including the menus!

 

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Sam Yup fascinates me. I think I have another image of this same sign posted several years ago.

 

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Great facades on buildings!

 

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On a side street hidden away. Not exactly sure what this is, but the colors are great.



December, 2017

 


Getting from here to there: Union Square, San Francisco

(This is the ninth post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

A walk around San Francisco's Union Square...

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Union Square was decorated for Christmas

 

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The building is on a hill, making the perspective shift a little strange


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Just above the door you can just barely make out Native Sons Hall.

 

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This is at the corner of the building.

 

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No more rhythm at Ruby Skye

 

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New and old signs

 

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Saks

 

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An "unusual" statue

 

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It was SantaCon weekend (25000 dressed like Santa doing a pub crawl). Union Square was a busy place.

 

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Yellow flower just hanging out in Union Square

 

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My two favorite people

 

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And again


December 9, 2017


Getting from here to there: Last Day, over an infamous pass and into California

(This is the seventh post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

The last, fifth day of our journey took us through Utah, including a stop at the Biggest Little City in the World, over the infamous Donner Pass, and down into California to just outside San Francisco. 

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High desert before Reno

 

Side Note: 'Mid-morning pulled into Reno to an underground platform. The conductor made an announcement that we would be here for a few minutes for those that wanted to stretch their legs and for the smokers (Amtrak trains are completely non- smoking and the infrequent stops are the only opportunity for a few puffs). He warned everyone getting off the train, however, that whatever they did, DO NOT GO UP THE STEPS. Wander around the platform, look down the tracks, but DO NOT GO UP THE STAIRWAY. Because, he explained, if you went up the steps you would be in a casino. And you would have just enough time to put two quarters in a slot machine, come back down the steps... and see that the train had left.  

 

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Following the Truckee River to the Donner Pass


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Just across the California line, last stop before the big pull over the Donner Pass

 

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Donner Lake- the infamous Donner Lake

 

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Taking poetic license with color

 

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Speeding by Donner Lake. Many jokes about what occurred there and the need to get by quickly.

 

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The equally infamous Donner Pass

 

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Peaking the Donner Pass. It took three locomotives.

 

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And down into the California lowlands.



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Old buildings beside a siding while we waited for yet another freight to pass

 

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Last leg: across California and into Emoryville, just outside San Francisco. End of the ride.

 

Next stop: San Francisco, courtesy of our family Uber driver!

 

December, 2017   

 


Getting from here to there: The Gallery Slideshow

Getting from here to there, our cross- country train excursion, was an amazing trip. I have been posting images and the story through a series of blog entries. The images in the blog are thumbnails... cut down images to fit in a blog. As such, they lose a lot. Now you can see them in my Galleries as full images. Click here to go to the From Here To There gallery. I'll continue to add images, all the way through the days in San Francisco and in Napa.


Getting from here to there: Riding into the Sunset

(This is the fifth post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

Vivid western sunset...

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Stopped in maintenance yard

 

Side Note: In typical Amtrak style, just at sunset the crew announced that we were going to stop for twenty - thirty minutes to swap a locomotive. Evidently there was a problem with one of the two pretty Amtrak locomotives so they were going to put on a freight locomotive (a bit of scorn entered the announcer's voice when he said that) for the next day's pull over the Donner Pass. Twenty to thirty minutes turned into an hour or so... with no power. They had to turn off everything except emergency lighting when they did the coupling, including the heat. We sat in semi- darkness and grew rapidly colder, finally wrapping ourselves in blankets. We were no longer in the mountains but it still was chilly. Finally they got things sorted, power came back on and off we went... led by the aforementioned ugly freight locomotive.   

 

December, 2017


Getting from here to there: To Chicago and beyond

(This is the third post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

Second leg: overnight from Washington, DC to Chicago

Third leg: 52 hours scheduled, that turned into 54 hours, from Chicago through Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno to Emeryville, CA just outside of San Francisco

Side note: once we passed through Denver the scenery changed from tedious to everything it was advertised as: awesome. Mountains, snow storms, amazing views, the feeling of being in a middle-of-nowhere's wilderness. All from the <relative> comfort of a sleeper car with a dining car and observation car to hang out in. Despite the inefficiencies of Amtrak and the feeling of traveling in a less- than- first- world, modern conveyance, the views outside the windows were spectacular and more than made up for any minor inconveniences. 

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Trains pass through lots of small towns, often stopping for five to ten minutes.

 

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Not a lot to get excited about between DC through Chicago and to Denver.  A lot of it was at night.


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Yes, it's a cell phone image. We were happy to be in the train and not down in the traffic. Chicago in the background.

 

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Denver way in the hazy background as we start to climb.

 

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Same place, different perspective, with a bit of blur and window reflection to prove we were actually where we said we were... on the train!

 

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Into the mountains


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Train climbing into the mountains. It takes two engines, later three, to pull through the mountains.



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Snowstorm approaching, that we would go through

 

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Snowy Road and partially frozen creek, shrouded by the snow storm.


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Coming to a tunnel (center right). Most of the tunnels had dates back in the 50's at their entrances.


More to follow...

 

December 5-7, 2017