Daily Quote: February 20, 2020

A true photograph need not be explained,
nor can it be contained in words.
~ Ansel Adams (American – PhotographerFebruary 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Love Your Pet Day


Still mourning the fact that my Nikon D750 isn’t repaired yet.  I’m trying to do my best with the used, obsolete Nikon CoolPix L340,  With only 1 frame per second I really need to watch, wait and anticipate a good shot (and be lucky enough).  Since I can’t take pictures in RAW, I also need to make sure the settings are close.  I used the “pet” preset and underexposed for the light pink bird.

I’m really glad for the advise to underexpose light coloured birds and overexpose dark coloured birds (from the birding photography workshop at Estero Llano Grande.)  Underexposing light coloured birds gives more definition to the feathers.  The small camera moves around too easily, so I’ve been using a mono-pod to help steady the camera.  Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to slowdown and wait for the right shot.

Using the screen instead of a view finder is also a bit difficult.  Glare on the screen in the field on a sunny day doesn’t let you know what the shot will actually look like when you’re taking a picture.

This photograph of a bathing Roseate Spoonbill, was edited using Black and white choices in Fotor (free editing software package) .  Fotor is my favorite editing software to add text and save my large format photographs in a smaller size suitable for posting on my blog site.

Ansel Adams was an environmentalist and photographer, best known for his Black and White Landscape Photographs of the American West.

Daily Quote: February 18, 2020

All good work has magic in it,
and addresses the mind in a subtle way.
~ Duane Michals (American – Photographer Born: February 18, 1932)


 National Battery Day

National Drink Wine Day


So what is the story behind the picture.  I was hiking through Bentsen-Rio Texas State park when I saw what I thought was a leaf that landed on the road ahead of me.  On closer examination it was a golden butterfly that landed on the road and remained completely motionless.  The butterfly laid perfectly still and was almost lost among the colored stones of the paved pathway.  Not a new butterfly, but beautiful despite the tears in her wings.  Before I continued on my way I showed the people on the path behind me where it laid.  They pulled out their cell phone and also took a picture of this camouflaged beauty.

Daily Quote: February 16, 2020

Don’t cling to fame. You’re just borrowing it. It’s like money.
You’re going to die, and somebody else is going to get it.
~ Sonny Bono (American – MusicianFebruary 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998)


Do a Grouch a Favor Day

6th Sunday after Epiphany

6th Sunday after Epiphany


A tree full of Great-tailed Grackles making all types of noise seem as if they are sirens or ominous portents giving warnings; or perhaps the large blackbirds are part of a Hitchcock Movie.  Mimicking electrical wires, sirens, bells or other electrical equipment, nothing more than nonsense.

Daily Quote: February 13, 2020

Millions long for immortality
who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
~ Susan Ertz (English – NovelistFebruary 13, 1887 – April 11, 1985)


First Magazine Published

German Reunification

Penicillin 1st Used On Humans

Get a Different Name Day

Daily Quote: February 11, 2020

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
~ Thomas A. Edison (American – InventorFebruary 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931)


Make a Friend Day

National Inventors Day


My Nikon D750 had to be returned to Nikon for required repairs (due to a Service Advisory that caused the pictures to be incomplete).  Because I don’t have access to a printer it took a week for the UPS label to come.  I’m hoping that the repairs can be done and my beloved camera is returned before I leave Texas.  Everyday I’m here my heart aches for my D750 and all the wonderful pictures I’m missing.  The good news is that this repair is paid for by Nikon even if there is no longer a warranty on the camera.

In the meantime I purchased a use Nikon CoolPix L340 through Facebook MarketPlace and am taking pictures to include in my daily quotes.  What a cute little point and shoot camera.  No options for taking RAW and very slow (1 frame per second compared to the 6.6 fps of the D750).  With the advances in technology the CoolPix L340 is now considered “obsolete” and with the introduction of the new D780 my D750 won’t be far behind.  The D750 dropped in value by almost $1,000(Canadian) as soon as the D780 was announced.  You can now buy a brand new D750 for less than I paid for my used one last summer with Walmart advertising at $945 (USD).

So what’s the difference?  Let’s google it:

“Nikon D780 advantages over Nikon D750
    • Focus peaking.
    • Longer stills battery life. Cameras with longer battery life can take more photos before exhausting their batteries. 2260 vs 1230 shots.
    • Brand new vs 5 years old.
    • 786k vs 307k pixels.
    • 900 vs 30 sec.
    • 12.0 fps vs 6.6 fps.
    • 12.0 fps vs 6.6 fps.
    • 204800 vs 51200 ISO.
http://www.imaging-resource.com › Camera Reviews › Compare Cameras


Nikon D750 vs Nikon D780 – Imaging Resource”