Happy Holidays to all!!! Here's a chance to preview my new short story. Instead of the almost stereotyped immigrant experience story where the protagonist is perpetually confused and must toil at grim poverty stricken manual labor THIS is a thoroughly reimagined and restructured take on that story. 7000 words, give yourself 20-30 minutes and zoom … Continue reading How to pronounce oesophagus
Mazda is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a company although they did not start manufacturing automobiles until 1960. Covid has hampered any festivities for this young, small and highly ambitious car company. As early as 1970, they began challenging the ultimate 24 Hours of Le Mans by placing the 10A rotary engine from their R100 … Continue reading 1982 Rx7-254i Le Mans found
I'm going to shamelessly self promote myself with this blog entry but at the same time remaining true to m43 (micro four thirds) photography. This is my latest book, a coffee table style pictorial about a hidden and thriving world sharing space with the citizens of a famous metropolitan city. This is the first … Continue reading Discovering Wildlife in Toronto’s Don Valley
Here in Canada, every summer event was cancelled to prevent large gatherings of people during the Covid Pandemic. I was very surprised to learn that the annual airshow in London, Ontario - a small city 2 hours west of Toronto - would still proceed. This is the airshow of my childhood with a history of … Continue reading Shooting m43 at a Pandemic Airshow!
Some of you may task me for continuing to buy products made in China after I declared in an earlier entry that we should all boycott such products, if possible. I still firmly stand behind that position as the relationship between China and the free world continues to disintegrate. China has formally charged the two … Continue reading A Chinese Replica Heuer Monaco … up close.
The pandemic has eliminated my usual summer time photographic endeavors - I was even planning to try shooting some wedding events this year. So I've taken to shooting YouTube product reviews. But unless you have a cameraman and a sound man living with you, this becomes a purely solo effort. And I didn't want to … Continue reading Shooting YouTube reviews with m43 & the PIVO
There are rumors that Olympus will deliver two new Pen F bodies later this year. But it's unlikely. Nevertheless, Olympus should deliver a new compact body because the E-PL6 all the way through to the E-PL10 have been entirely forgettable cameras. They may have been cheap to retool and manufacture and may even have made … Continue reading If not a new Pen F Olympus body ….
This will be short and brief. During the pandemic, I shot a review for a company that make bicycle friction drives to convert them into e-bikes using my E-M1.2 It's an ok first effort that could really use a dedicated camera and sound man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoDN8Lpy4v4
Brand loyalty starts at an early age. I was probably 9 years of age when my father brought home an Olympus light microscope he had bought from one of his grad students. In 1980 I was thirteen and on vacation in Hong Kong, when my father picked up the brand new compact Olympus XA 35mm … Continue reading At Olympus, what’s old should be new again – a retrospective look at the XA and LT1.
Like my two recent entries regarding music (but with a photographic tie in), this will be my last discussion on vintage watches. I did not think I would find the world of vintage watches interesting because save for a very few, it is a passive hobby typically involving the gradual acquisition of certain watches with … Continue reading Vintage Watches – the last word.