Friday Night Photos Nifty Fifty Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. Post any photos, memes, or music you like.

I've been without internet for the last day and a half. I wasn't sure if I would get it back in time to post tonight's FNP. Thankfully I resolved the problem and I'm back online. Being without the internet these days is like being stranded on a desert island.

You're probably asking yourself why is this weeks edition titled Nifty Fifty. In the photography world nifty fifty refers to a 50mm camera lens. Back in the film days most all 35mm SLR cameras were sold with a 50mm lens. It's also the focal length that comes closest to matching the field of view of human eyes. This months camera club photo challenge was to wander around Balboa Park using only a 50mm lens.

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Aside from being a great photographer are you also a techie? Or was something as simple as accidentally hitting the airplane mode?

The images are interesting.

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@humphrey
I'm not any kind of techie. The original loss of internet was due to problems on the service provider end of the line yesterday morning. They finally restored service late in the afternoon but I wasn't able to connect to the internet. This morning I still couldn't connect so I contacted the cable company. They said everything looked good on their end and offered some things to to check on my end. In the process of making those checks I found out that I had been logged out of the account with the modem manufacture. Once I logged into the account the modem was able to connect with the service provider and I had internet back.

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I was going to take a Viking river cruise until I found out they don't let sack and plunder the towns and villages along the way.

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There is one spot in the mountains where I can get service or I have to drive miles to get a reliable connection. I feel so isolated from the world, but it can refresh my brain.

Boy do I remember the days of only having a 50mm lens, but looking at old pictures I did okay with it. I use a 28-300 on my camera and I have 3 settings on my iPhone. Sometimes it was fun to fix the picture in the darkroom. Boy I’d love to set one up in my basement and do b-w again. Sure miss the smell of acidic acid….lol.

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

Voting is like driving with a toy steering wheel.

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Your 28-300 has a nice focal range and gives you lots of versatility. Good for landscapes on the wide end, portraits in the mid focal range and long enough to capture subjects that are not so close. I know the smart phones today can do some great photo work and being small, light, and you can carry in your pocket, is a real plus, I still prefer using a camera I can hold up to my eye when taking a photo.

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I was going to take a Viking river cruise until I found out they don't let sack and plunder the towns and villages along the way.

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Hi all, Hey SP!

Great photos SP! Looking back at 60 years of photos, I wish I would have shot more 50mm stuff. Much of my photo world was through 400-500mm. I had a 35 mm wide angle I really liked for scenics. Spell check never saw the word scenics before apparently. The most basic AI is a mega fail.

Be right back with a bad pic or two...

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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Auto corrupt is ticking me off this week. It’s been suggested suggesting words that are nowhere near to what I’m saying. It’s like it pulls some word that starts with what I’m saying, but they have no relevance relationship relation to my meaning. Yes I shouldn’t rely on it so much, but I’m having problems with small problems print and it usually works was helpful.

Problems in a 1st world country…

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@dystopian
Seems like spell check has never seen the name Santee either. I always get the squiggly red line underneath it every time I use it.

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@Socialprogressive It's not just spell check. Auto edit drives me absolutely nuts. Thank god, I was a professional proofreader back in my working days. Hope when AI is mature, it's semi-literate! I like the photo mix. You guys start the photog tech talk, I can figure a lot of it out. Hubster is trained in film and video, and spent his career working mostly in high end sports entertainment. Smile Flooding in So. Florida has been the big news here. We finally got some much-needed rain but no floods. Well, that's climate damage for ya. Wait until we get a big blow (hurricane). El yucko supremo!!!! Sad
Anywho, Rec'd!!

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Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

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When it comes to spell checking. I still prefer the good old dictionary. Stay safe and dry from the storms. Around here we're moving into fire season. Last Saturday there was a wild fire nearby that required the use of half a dozen fire fighting aircraft to put out.

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By the time it goes through all its translations it arrives at nonsense. I do wonder whether humans will become more random, due to AI, along with the language.

I also depend on the dictionary.

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I'm glad you got connected, and were able to post your work, which is always enjoyed. I enjoyed the music too, thank you.

There's something so satisfying and familiar about the 50mm lens focal length. My preference is usually the equivalent in the square format. I also like having the more panoramic format in digital cameras.

Enjoy the weekend and connection you have.

ps. who is that a sculpture of, and is the bird at the bottom part of the sculpture or a shadow of a live bird?

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@janis b
Most of my photography is done with longer lenses so using a 50mm was a nice change of pace.
The sculpture is of William Shakespeare. It's located outside the Old Globe theater where live plays are preformed. Many of them Shakespeare plays. And not a bird, just a leaf.

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I’ve just enlarged the image, and sure enough my eyes can see the ivy leaf and its shadow, and I can read the lines of Shakespeare. Here’s the whole beautiful sonnet ...

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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Well actually, they can't...

This Carolina Chickadee regularly comes to bath when OTHER birds are bathing, to HOVER in THEIR splashes!
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This is a White-eyed Vireo. Vireos generally only splash bathe. Which means they do not wade into the water like many songbirds. They only dive into in momentarily, splashing into it, and flying back up to a perch to repeat over and over. Catching it is another thing... you can see the white iris which combined with yellow lores is definitive for ID. Note yellow sides as well.

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Sorry didn't have any handy nifty-fifty type stuff...

be well and happy trails all!

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I really enjoy the bird animation you capture. It's kind of wild ; ). Thanks!

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@dystopian
No nifty-fifty, no problem. Any and all photos are always welcome.
Nice BIF shots of the Chickadee and Vireo.

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A couple photos -

Leftovers from a rainy day in the kitchen ...

Nautilus and soda stream bottle ...

Be well and enjoy!

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Absolutely love the second shot of the Nautilus.

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@janis b Hi Janis,

Those are yer leftovers? The kiwi diet is not what I imagined. Wink In Texas most leftovers have bones. Smile

LOVE the nautilus. How'd they get it in a bottle? Wide mouth? Don't they usually have a bunch of brown stripes on the shell? All mine do. I think these are sanded down to make them all white? I have sold LIVE Chambered Nautilus to Sea World San Diego and Denver Zoo/Aquarium, many years ago. They come up at night to just a couple/few hundred feet deep. They are caught with chicken baited cage traps. There are billions and billions of them. The shell specimens I have are mostly about 4" in size, the ones we shipped were more like 5, but have seen live ones 8" or so, and they get even bigger. There is an ancient fossilized relative, I think Ammonites is the name, which can be several feet in diameter. There is also a neat modern extant species called Paper Nautilus (or Argonaut ?) that is very neat.

Thanks for the pics!

be well amiga!

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both - Albert Einstein

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About 20 years ago I bought a whole Nautilus shell and a half shell in a shell shop, of which I think there were several around. A couple years later I bought the vase in NZ, and realised while looking at it one day that maybe that half Nautilus would fit in it. It nestled in the vase perfectly and has been on my kitchen counter ever since. I have my doubts that shell shops exist any more. The one in the vase is 4”, the full one is 5’.

I think you’re right about the natural look of the Nautilus. When I looked at google images it seems that the white ones are polished or ‘Pearlised’. I have seen some natural ones as well on shelves somewhere. I learned this about them. I will photograph the inside and post it next Friday.

Very funny! "Those are yer leftovers? The kiwi diet is not what I imagined. In Texas most leftovers have bones."

You be well too, mate!

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@janis b jb, your photos look like paintings, but that one of the nautilus is a knockout!! Smile

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