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12 panoramas of Northern France

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Between work travel and tying many many saltwater flies, I have not posted frequently.  But on my last work trip, I used my iPhone 6 panorama feature to record my day off around St Malo, the home of Jacques Cartier, and Mont St Michel.

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Beach around St Malo, with wind surfer using the wind.

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Not  a warm beach day, but very beautiful

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Inside the walls of St Malo

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Jacques Cartier statue

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My selfie amongst the chimney pots

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Mont St Michel, yes, I would go back.

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View from Mont St Michel looking north-west, just before you enter the cathedral.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2016/05/01 at 22:37

Posted in Work Travel

My Camera Bag

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I have been using a Crumpler 6M Dollar Bag, which has been excellent (and the customer service is excellent), but has one flaw, I really cannot fit in my ipad.  So I have gotten myself a ONA Street Bag and updated it for my travels.  What is in this bag, starting from the left ….

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  • ONA Waxed Cotton Messenger Bag – I do not like camera bags that look like camera bags. Good bag, but would like 2 additional features:
    • Another inch depth in the laptop sleeve for laptop + ipad
    • A loop in the front pocket to clip accessories.
  • Nikon D600 – Zeiss Milvus 50mm f2 Makro-Planar
    • + Crumpler Wrist Strap – strongly recommended
    • + 67mm B+W KSM C-Polarizer for the 50mms
    • If the polarizer is not on, then a protective clear B+W filter is on.
  • Zeiss 25mm f2 with a thin ring clear B+W protective filter.
  • Filter Case for unused filter on the 50mm lens.
  • Spare Batteries for 2 Cameras.
    • Nikon D600 + Battery Charger
    • Nikon AW100 – Waterproof. This camera get little use, so to save space, I do not include the charger.
  • Lifetrons Universal Power Adapter with 2 USB Charging Ports. No longer made, but highly recommended.  If I am going to South Africa or India, I also include my wide 2 pin adapter.
  •  Nikon AW100 – If I am worry about security or wet weather, I use this camera that is tucked in the outer side pocket.
  • Business Cards – mine Employeer’s and Mine
  • Morphie PowerStation (for iphone, ipad and local wifi adapter)
  • Ipad (purple case) and sitting on top and to the right:
    • Moleskins Notebook (small as shown or medium)
    • Passport
    • Wallet – (Backup cards are kept elsewhere)
    • Acme Pen (present from Tesla (daughter))
  • Etymotic Headset for Cell-Phone
  • Lanyard with
    • USB Memory Stock x2
    • Office Security Fob
    • Travel Charm from Kyoto Shrine (Caitlan’s (other daughter urging))
  • Purple Bag (it is Dack Shoes Bag not Crown Royal), holding a collection of important little support-backup items, including:
    • iPad file transfer connectors
    • Apple USB Cables – iPhone and iPad
    • USB Cable to D600, which also serves to recharge the Morphie
    • Power Cable for the D600 Charger
    • D600 Charge goes into the bag to.
    • D600 DK21 Eyepiece Cover – as I always knock them off.

Missing from the Picture:

  • iPhone

What else that I might add to the kit:

  • If I am going to India or South Africa, the wide 2 prong power adapter
  • Keyboard for the iPad.
  • Laptop in lieu of iPad
  • Tabletop Tripod.
  • MonoPod – also makes an effective staff (think security)
  • A local Pocket Wifi Adapter
  • A Comb!

Now the confession. I have other bag(s) that are linked to:

  • Sinar f2 4×5
  • Wista 4×5 field camera
  • Filters +  This last bad transcends all cameras and is associated with using the tripod (I have 2), which includes my Lee Filter System.

I am not sure this is progress, with have the weight being consumed by modern electronics.  But here it is.


Why no film. I retired by Nikon FM2 when I could no longer shoot Kodachrome.  For my return to Black and White, I will keep with the Sinar and Wista and go back to slow contemplative photography.



Written by raspberryfisher

2016/01/13 at 07:32

Posted in Photography, Work Travel

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Ireland May 2015

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While I posted some pictures on facebook, I never did blog some of my pictures of Ireland from May of this year. In fact, I still need to do a final edit and select the ten best.  But rather than continual delay, here are some of the notable pictures taken in Ireland with Tesla, Scott and Judy.

My favourite panorama

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Tesla and Scott on the rocks – yes, they are small

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Clouds on the beach v

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^ Judy walking on Clouds

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Show those teeth!

I prefer a stout!  (I do not care what they say, A stout is always easier to down than a hairy fruit!)

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Good service! and it was!

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Last night, watching the sunset before we take the train back into Dublin.

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2015/09/23 at 22:54

Small Fly Fishing Kit

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Fly-Fishing can be a bulky endeavour – rods, waders, boots, and hundreds of flies. So I have been working to reduce-reduce and reduce, so I can take a small kit with me on my travels. So here is my current answer:

  • No Waders and Boots – so I must keep to the shore and the edges of water.
  • Jacket and Hat  – my regular Gore-Tex jacket.
  • Fly-Rods + Reel: 9′ 5pc (9wt and 5wt) – will fit in my regular check in luggage.
  • Fishing Bag, as below.

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Fishpond Bag – with the large back pocket holding:

  • Maui Polarized Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Buff – with sunscreen and hat provides the protection I need from sun and insects
  • Flies – Either tube bunnies or one box dry flies

On the bag’s side – floatant, tippet (2x-6x) and nippers.

On the bag’s front – a rare earth magnet – as previously reported a catch all convenience to hold flies on the stream as I can things around.

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The most open pocket holds:

  • Leaders for Dry Flies – 7.5′ (4x pocket water) and 9′ in (5x flat water).
  • Leaders for Streamers – often stubby dry fly leaders, conditioned
  • Furled Leader – 12′ Leader
  • Seaguar Fluorocarbon Tippet – 3x (streamer) and 5x (nymph)
  • Maxima Chameleon Tippet – 12lb 
  • 3x Glasses and Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Scissors, Needle with a thread loop
  • Licenses

Streamers and Nymphs on the Foam Patch:

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Moving to the outer edge, the front flap, we have tools used to support me when I need to release a fish:

  • Foreceps
  • Leahterman Multitool Juice S4 that includes pliers, siccors and a knife

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Under the flap are some stream side accessories

  • Insect Repellent
  • Weight – Tin Shot and Mud to treat nymph leaders
  • Floats – either home made or “pin” style
  • note picture shows the rare earth magnet

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And in the one dry fly box, given I do not know what water I will be on, I keep soe generic, but favourite flies that span a wide range  – starting in the top left and going clockwise – in varying colours and sizes:

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Is there anything missing, yeah, but right now the only thing I am wishing to add are:


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/13 at 00:51

Stockholm – Thielska Gallery – Pictures through Ports

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This week, the sun has been out, but never-the-less, it has been a precious resource this winter in Stockholm. Friends here, knowing my appreciation for art suggested the Thielska Gallery, which is an absolute gem – small collection and very excellent collection.

Anyway, here are some pictures from January 17, playing with light in windows, frames, doorways at the Thielska Gallery.

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There is a fine collection of Edvard Munch, but after seeing more of his work, I do not believe the scream is his most “distrubed” work.  Yes, The Scream is open and forceful, but there are other faceless works that show a greater sense of despair.  I will note he has a similar colour palate as Van Gogh (later work) and similarity in patterns also come out.

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Winter, northern light and the outdoors are major themes here.

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One of my favourite watercolourist is Carl Larsson and there were several excellent painting’s of his here.  Worth returning to study in more detail, (when) if I get back to painting.

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I will let Judy picked which of the two she prefers.  The ligthing was changing quickly, so I had little time to compose get the angles right.  The first (third shot) does not have me smiling, but includes the exterior window.  The next (second shot) is a better portrait, but I am not as well placed (there were few options, as the shadows were dropping).

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Written by raspberryfisher

2015/01/18 at 17:40

Posted in Work Travel

Stockholm – 9 Pictures – As summer ends

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I have been kept very busy for the past 3 weeks, with no signs of easing for weeks to come. Last week I was in Stockholm, and got out in the mornings to walk and on Saturday into Gamla Stan. Here are 9 snapshots

Part of my morning walk around the inlet. On one morning, I saw a fisherman bring in an Atlantic Salmon.

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Another morning, with the sun rising and the fog heavy made me think of Monet images of the sun and train stations.

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On Saturday before my departure, I walked into Gamla Stan (but not going to Finland). First stop was the Photography Musuem, a well run gallery, but much of the work does not fit into my liking.

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Gamla Stan, old Stockholm has many shops, but I found the smaller and more deserted streets had more charm

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and some cool windows (I have more), but keeping the snapshots to 9.

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A window in Sodermalm, on my way back to Hammerby

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Next week is Vancouver.


Written by raspberryfisher

2014/09/24 at 17:22

Posted in Work Travel

My new tan dress shoes

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I infrequenctly need to wear a jacket, but I do – either with dark grey or tan (camel) pants. Grey is easy to match with black shoes, but trying to find a pair of leather tan dress shoes to match has been a no go. Black is the standard, but black shoes with tan pants – no! Dark red browns are available to, but wrong tone. Ugh. So I have been looking for months for a nice tan all leather shoe for a 10 1/2 E foot. There are a few models available, and the two that I have found did not fit (they did not have 10 1/2 in stock). I am not incline to spend 300-500$ for an unfitted shoe off the internet.

So I this is what I going with, until a magic days happens and a store has a nice pair of tan leather dress shoes in stock.


Written by raspberryfisher

2014/08/04 at 20:22

Posted in Work Travel