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About merlin

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    Northern New Mexico
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    Abstract expressionist painter, writer, musician, hiker, kayaker.

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    16/1.4, 56/1.2, 90/2
  1. I have the front control ring set to default, so it controls the aperture setting when I am using aperture priority, which is most of the time. However, after taking some photographs and then placing the camera at my side (using a strap), it very often shifts the aperture setting. Is there any way to make it less likely to do so?
  2. We set out for an adventure on this warm and beautiful day. Rather than follow the well-marked trail, we went off in a southwesterly direction, climbing up and skirting the base of cliffs and rocky ridges. There were many wonderful rock formations, large boulders, and gnarled trees. Footing was fairly treacherous in many parts, with steep drops in case we got careless. Near the end we had to scramble up and over a rock slide, almost on all fours, to get to the top of the mesa. But the views were extraordinary! With nary another soul to be seen, other than the soaring resident ravens, the stillness and solitude were deeply nurturing, and as always the magnificence of nature uplifting and inspiring.
  3. Thanks, Marco. I agree about the microphone, but given the venue, there was nothing I could do about where I was seated, and therefore the view.
  4. Thanks, Marco -- much appreciated!
  5. Thanks for your suggestions. Here is a more recent one.
  6. X-T1, 16mm f/1.4
  7. Thanks very much for commenting! I did not use a polarizing filter. The day was partly overcast, so that accounts for the differences in the colors of the sky. There are more photographs from this trip at
  8. Thanks very much for your kind words!