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When I was a small boy, I was fortunate enough to get to know my dad’s uncle Eddy. Born in 1884, Uncle Eddy was a lifelong railroader. He started out with the tiny Bay of Quinte Railway, then worked for Canadian Northern and later on joined Canadian National. He was a freight engineer most of ...

The Days of Film and Pixels

I’ve been a hobby photographer for at least 55 years. Forty of those years were with film and fifteen with digital and maybe 4 years of overlap. I have made images with paper backed roll film, 35mm slide and print film, various and sundry electronic sensors. I’ve used box cameras, rangefinders, single-lens reflex, compact digital ...

Fail

This isn’t so much a post about photography as it is about how a technology-driven company can make products that are a marketing and financial disaster if they don’t understand their customer. Nobody can dispute Nikon’s place as an optical and camera giant. They started out in the 1940s by knocking off Leica rangefinders, created ...

Image or Experience?

When I started out in photography and for many years after I just had one camera at a time. First I had a cruddy old 127 roll film compact, then a 35 mm rangefinder, and finally a Nikon film SLR. During this time I was obviously shooting film of some sort and didn’t travel all that ...

Sailing Back to Miami

Nothing like ending a cruise with a couple of sea days – so we did. The spectacular weather we’d had for two weeks continued right to the end of our cruise (and beyond.) The seas calmed down and it was smooth sailing for the 1000 mile trip back to home port. The kids continued to enjoy ...

Two Days in Orange City

My grandson’s favorite color is orange. He was pretty excited that our last port of call would be a two day stop in Oranjestad, Aruba. Gotta get a T-shirt for sure. Doesn’t look like shopping will be a problem in Orange City. We were off early on our tour of Aruba and right away got ...

A Lovely Surprise

Back in 2008, when we were on a cruise around the British Isles, we had the most wonderful tablemates for dinner. They were three lovely “southern ladies” from Birmingham AL – Rebecca, her mother Jean and their friend Vangie. We had many laughs and ended up closing the dining room every night We kept in touch ...

Hangin’ Out with the Bajans

When I learned about math back in the stone age, I found out that a Bayesian was a particular type of statistician. More recently I found out that a Bajan is an inhabitant of Barbados. The two names are pronounced in the same way. We hung out with some Bajans during our tour of the ...

A Short Visit to Castries

Another day, another island we have toured before. St. Lucia is the most luscious Caribbean island we have ever seen, and Dave and Sarah had booked a boat tour to go to the Piton volcanoes. The kids were staying on board, so we agreed to take a short tour of Castries and look after them ...

After Irma Called

Hurricane Irma struck Sint Maarten in early September 2017. Six months later both the Dutch and French sides are struggling to recover. 80% of the hotel rooms are unusable. The airport’s new 100 million Euro terminal sustained 76 million Euros worth of damage. They are meeting incoming flights in a big tent and it’ll take 2 ...

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