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14" 2021 MacBo0ok Pro This site uses frames, styles, and a little bit of Javascript. It is possible to view the pages with a browser that is not frame-enabled, but navigation will not be as convenient. Without support for styles, things will look very ugly, indeed. Finally, having Javascript enabled and frames disabled will render the site unusable because there will be no way to navigate it.

As of October 2021, is edited on a 14" MacBook Pro connected to an LG 5K Ultrafine Retina display when I'm in Cannes or an Apple 27" 5K Studio display when I'm in Chapel Hill. The computer always runs the latest version of macOS. This laptop replaces three machines: the iMacs in Cannes and Chapel Hill and my 2017 15" MacBook Pro. The power of the Apple M1 Max CPU is a game changer! It allows me to take care of everything I have to do at home and on the road with unprecedented power, and the four-terabyte SSD ensures that I never have to copy data from one machine to another: everything is available on one single computer. The machine has 32 gigabytes of RAM and 32 graphic cores, and the improvement in speed when using photo processing software has to be experienced to be believed. Speaking of software, I regularly use several photo editing applications, including (in no particular order) the DxO suite of programs (PhotoLab, FilmPack, ViewPoint, and Nik Collection by DxO), Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC, ON1 Photo Raw, and Skylum Software's Luminar Neo. Details on any of these software titles may be obtained from the vendors' respective web sites. For more information on the most advanced operating system in the world and the awesome hardware it runs on, take a look at Apple's web site.

The site still contains a couple of photographs that were taken with a Minolta Maxxum 9000 conventional 35mm camera and scanned with a UMAX UC630 flatbed scanner, but in July of 1998, I began shooting with a shirt-pocket-sized Fujifilm MX-700 digital camera. In May 2001, I added an Olympus C3040Z to my inventory. I bought the Olympus for its higher resolution, faster lens, and very impressive feature list. The new camera was used for most pictures on this site until April 2004 when I acquired a Nikon D70 digital SLR. This addition helped me overcome some of the limitations I had encountered with my previous digital cameras, most notably in the area of shutter lag. In early 2008, I supplemented the D70 with a Nikon D300 which was used for the majority of images from then on. In March of 2013, I added the truly superb Fujifilm X100S to my equipment list. Finally, in December of 2014, I purchased the full-frame Nikon D750 to replace the aging, but still excellent, D300.

In September or 2019, I decided to downsize. The weight of a full frame camera and assorted lenses simply became too much. For a number of years, I had been using a hand strap as my neck could not deal with the three-and-a-half pounds of camera and lens combination, so I chose to abandon Nikon after fifteen years of shooting with their dSLRs. Because my experience with the Fujifilm X100s had been so positive, I purchased the Fujifilm X-T30 with a 18-55 mm lens (27-82 mm FX equivalent). This combination weighs in at about a pound and a half—a pleasure! Since then, more lenses have been added and all my Nikon FX equipment was sold.

Fujifilm X-T5In May of 2023, I sold the X-T30 that had been my constant companion for nearly 4 years and acquired the amazing Fujifilm X-T5 which is now my main camera. From now on, almost all photos shown on this site will be taken with one of my two Fujifilm cameras. With few exceptions, mages are posted with embedded EXIF data; this makes it possible for those who are interested in such things to obtain information on camera model, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, and so on, by means of a simple EXIF reader.

In 2018, I started to occasionally use film again with my 1974 Minolta SR-T-303 SLR. Examples and a description of what it is like to shoot film in the digital age may be found on several pages in the Photography section of the site.

To create and edit the web pages, I use BBEdit, an excellent text editor from Bare Bones Software. Previous versions of the site were built with Adobe PageMill 3.0, and I also looked at some of the higher-end graphical HTML editors. Sadly, none of these tools produce clean and easy to read HTML code, and so I'm back to doing things the old-fashioned way: by typing text. BBEdit does provide quite a bit of assistance and performs all kinds of validations on the code. If you really want full control over your HTML code, I highly recommend this product.

This web site is hosted by inmotion Hosting. I switched to them in October of 2007 and never looked back: their reliability and support are much better than what I had previously experienced.

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