Lives in United States Missoula, MT, United States
Works as a locomotive engineer
Joined on Feb 16, 2004
About me:

Have been using a Minolta DiMage7 for 2.5 years.
Purchased Fuji S3 in late May, 2005
AF & AF-D Lenses from Nikon: 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 60mm, 500mm f8 mirror w/ Nikkor TC14b, 18-70mm DX, 35-135mm, 70-200mm f2.8 VR G and one Tamron 200-400mm. A Sigma 10mm-20mm F4-5.6 EX has been added for really WA photos. The newest additons are the Nikkor 16mm-85mm DX f3.5-f5.6 G and a TC1.7 EII teleconvertor for use on the 70mm-200mm f2.8 zoom. Other non-autofocus Nikon lenses are left over from the days of the FG, F2As and F4 bodies.

A Nikon D40x was added in 09/07 to back up the S3 as well as provide a nice light platform with the NikKor 18mm-70mm kit lens as a travel package when the full compliment of equipment is just too much to carry.

The year 2009 saw the addition of a used Fuji S5 when the back buttons on the S3 body became unreliable. Once the S5 was sharing the camera bag with the S3 the older body sort of straightened itself out. I picked up a Sigma 50mm-150mm f2.8 mod II and matching Sigma 1.4 TC which works well with all 3 digital bodies.

I do some post processing with Fuji's Hyper Utility software but more and more it is all done with Adobe's Photoshop CS3.


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On article Nokia ad takes us inside the new Lumia 1020 (115 comments in total)

I have been a Nokia Windows smart phone for about a year now. I will dump the system as soon as I can. Internet browsing is limited in so many ways account the rest of the internet world is not interested in writing another version of their software for a limited windows market and Microsoft has not made the effort to come up with their own version of needed programs because, well, they are the god Microsoft, everyone comes to them.
Anything which uses Adobe Flash Player is not accessible, some mobile versions of we sites default your phone to a blackberry version which cuts out some of the display, some sites like fox sports will not even open. There are other issues. My assessment is the Windows is not quite ready for prime time. While most cell phones do a software upgrade independently in less than a minute the WinNokia requires a computer connection and download software and may take an hour to complete. I have had issues with Windows Office files.

The Nokia 900 phone is the only phone I have had to replace in nearly 20 years of cell phone use. The display will not take a fall from even a short distance without shattering around the edge. Get a hard shell grip to go around it the moment you buy it. Independent repair businesses will not repair the phone because Nokia will not provide them parts.

If you want a pocket camera buy a pocket camera. If you want a smart phone buy an Android or an iPhone. I do not like the intrusions Google is making into your life with their Microsoft business model but at least it works with the rest of the internet.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 17:17 UTC as 7th comment | 7 replies
On photo Steam over the pass in the Railways in color challenge (1 comment in total)

This was a shuttle move to bring the train from Portland, OR where the locomotive is stored to the upper midwest of the US for a summer of excursion train service to raise money for this locomotive and others. The cars following the locomotive are full of their owners and guests as well as some day riders who have purchased tickets to ride behind steam enroute.

This location is on the old Great Northern Railway line south of Glacier National Park which the mountain in the background is part of. It is east of the continantal divide and this location always works for train photos for nearly all focal lengths and either landscape or portrait mode.

There is no visible smoke from the locomotive since it is drifting downhill and the early July fire danger was high enough the crew wanted to keep the chance of sparks from the stack low. The temperatures were high enough no white smoke from condensation would be visible.

The locomotive with a similar train will return over this route in mid October. I plan to be trackside once again perhaps a little farther to the west for a similar photo.

Thanks to all for the support.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2009 at 21:51 UTC as 1st comment
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