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To Lightroom or Not To Lightroom , That Is The Question

To Lightroom or Not To Lightroom , That Is The Question

One by One in the Bad Old Days In the pre-2007 days before Lightroom, I used stand-alone image management software (DigitalPro, no longer available) to import, keyword, caption and file my digital images. If a shot really needed it, I would import it into Photoshop...

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Eclipse Chasing 2017 – Rev 2

Eclipse Chasing 2017 – Rev 2

"No plan survives contact with the enemy." - Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke These words are still very true today, over 150 years after Field Marshall von Moltke wrote them. A Canine Tumor Changes Everything When our Bernese Mountain Dog Daisy developed a large 9cm...

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How Many Lenses Do You Need?

How Many Lenses Do You Need?

I can shoot that picture in one lens, Tom Before usable zooms, a common question was how many lenses you needed to shoot most pictures. If you were using a rangefinder camera in the early 1960s, you might be carrying a 35mm and a 90mm. You got a mild wide angle and...

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Cloudcroft – Ghosts, Food and Domes

Cloudcroft – Ghosts, Food and Domes

In last week's post, you discovered an almost accidental lava field, a 100-year-old railroad trestle, and intensely storm-shrouded skies making great mountain landscapes near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. But I left you waiting for dinner. Sorry about that... Lush...

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Cloudcroft – Rain, Trestles & Wildflowers

Cloudcroft – Rain, Trestles & Wildflowers

"Hmm... 60-100% chance of rain in Cloudcroft this weekend." We'd been planning a getaway in the mountains around Cloudcroft, New Mexico that would be easy on my knee and our Berner Daisy. When the rain percentage started looking that high, I was a little hesitant. If...

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Predicting the Light Part 2 – Solar Eclipse in 3D

Predicting the Light Part 2 – Solar Eclipse in 3D

First, a disclaimer – nothing written here shall be construed as advice for viewing a solar eclipse. The information is for amusement purposes only. You use it at your own risk. I am not responsible for any equipment damage or injury you may incur with any use of this...

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Watch Out for that Turtle!

Watch Out for that Turtle!

Wildlife don’t understand human civilization, especially in southern Missouri. They’re just trying to find food, shelter and a mate at certain seasons. Roads are annoyances mostly, obstructing movement to somewhere else. They just get in the way, especially if it's...

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Hiking in Duke City When You’re Hot

Hiking in Duke City When You’re Hot

When we moved to Albuquerque in 2013, I thought, “Great, we’re at 5900 feet elevation, so summers shouldn’t be too hot.” My impression didn't last beyond that first summer. It’s not Phoenix, but June in Albuquerque is warm enough that I’ve looked for cooler places to...

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Willow Springs Historical Downtown

Willow Springs Historical Downtown

"Gas station looks kinda crowded." A couple minutes go by, waiting in line. "Still looks too crowded." A couple minutes after that, we’re at "Oh forget it. Let’s go into town." That’s how we discovered the historical district of Willow Springs, Missouri. Buggies and...

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Cooling Off at Ojo Caliente

Cooling Off at Ojo Caliente

With Albuquerque edging towards 100, it was time to go somewhere cooler, at least for a couple days. We thought about Abiquiu Lake in Georgia O’Keefe country, but the Riana Campground was full, with only first-come first-served tent sites left. Sandstone fin near Echo...

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