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Forum: Travel 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for a brilliant word-picture. Even though...

Thanks for a brilliant word-picture. Even though I have never visited the place and probably never will, quite apart from having no desire to retire there, I now feel that I know a very great deal...
Forum: Travel 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah... I've not visited the northern shores of the...

Ah... I've not visited the northern shores of the Baltic. I'm not sure I ever will, given the price of beer in Finland and the fact that I have spent a good few years in Malta (52-54 and 58-60),...
Forum: Travel 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Where? I've only seen the Baltic coast once, in...

Where? I've only seen the Baltic coast once, in June 2011. Gorgeous! But the weather was superb and I think I'd rather be in Estonia (probably Parnu) than the other Baltic states. This may be pure...
Forum: Travel 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
No real surprise to most. It is (as elsewhere...

No real surprise to most. It is (as elsewhere remarked) experience. And several people have mentioned non-European and non-North American destinations. I'm sure we'd all be delighted to hear your...
Forum: Travel 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, Yes. And? In some places real...

Dear Peter,

Yes. And?

In some places real estate is very cheap, and the tax situation is continually changing everywhere.

The "miserable pointless whining" referred to well, your miserable...
Forum: Travel 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, At the very least, my small,...

Dear Peter,

At the very least, my small, cheerful insight on brunch is worth infinitely more than your miserable pointless whining.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry, I didn't mean to be combative. My point...

Sorry, I didn't mean to be combative. My point was simply that I don't have a "home" in the sense that you do, and that there are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. I can't really understand...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 466
Posted By Roger Hicks
This exactly reflects my understanding of the...

This exactly reflects my understanding of the situation.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, First sentence: some will. Or at...

Dear Peter,

First sentence: some will. Or at least, they'll take it into account.

Second sentence: because I'm not a po-faced misery-guts accountant with a masochistic desire to go into...
Forum: Travel 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
A further argument for France: today's brunch. My...

A further argument for France: today's brunch. My wife and I split a bottle of Freixenet Cava (4.50€ on sale at Super U, call it £3.50 or $4). I had half a dozen Marennes No. 1 oysters (well, 7,...
Forum: Travel 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thought about it -- but when you start looking at...

Thought about it -- but when you start looking at the details, it's not so attractive, at least for my wife and me. Her brother and his wife actually do it, and so far, their accounts of the...
Forum: Travel 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Born Cornwall. Raised England, Malta & Bermuda...

Born Cornwall. Raised England, Malta & Bermuda (father in Royal Navy). Lived in England, California, France. "Home" is Cornwall, sure, but a house there costs 3-5x as much as a comparable house here...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 466
Posted By Roger Hicks
You don't need to be a "Leica snob" to believe in...

You don't need to be a "Leica snob" to believe in conventional photographic quality: merely mainstream. Of course there is room for imperfect photography. Some of it is even quite good. But branding...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 466
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. But over-dramatized articles by people who...

Quite. But over-dramatized articles by people who don't quite know what they are talking about are a regrettably but perennially successful form of click-bait.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Oh, come on. This is a common but...

Dear David,

Oh, come on. This is a common but indefensible plaint from the English. Even if you like Cheddar, Cheshire and Wensleydale (all middle-ranking cheeses in my estimate) there are at least...
Forum: Travel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Randy, Is this true outside the (heavily...

Dear Randy,

Is this true outside the (heavily armed, notoriously individualistic, idiosyncratically policed) USA? I freely accept that you can get much lower population densities in the USA than in...
Forum: Travel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not so much. If you've moved about all your life,...

Not so much. If you've moved about all your life, as I have, they'll be scattered all over the place: Clydeside, London, Delhi, Los Angeles, Bath, Bristol, Dharamsala, Arles, Paris...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Another important factor, at least for me, is the...

Another important factor, at least for me, is the ability to travel from where I live. In the UK I used to fly on silly-cheap short-notice packages, e.g. Malta at £99 each for two weeks (that was 15...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 2 Days Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Your "o" is probably far enough from most others'...

Your "o" is probably far enough from most others' that there is little point in pursuing the argument. "I could do without migrant worker" [presumably "mother"]. Gosh. Well, pity about the rest of us...
Forum: Travel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Too many bloody English. One of the poorest parts...

Too many bloody English. One of the poorest parts of the UK in terms of income; one of the most expensive for houses, because of Londoners selling their overpriced houses and then retiring there (or...
Forum: Travel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Damnably expensive booze; limited & expensive...

Damnably expensive booze; limited & expensive cuisine; quite expensive houses; small island it's quite expensive to leave; unbelievably hot in summer (I remember 100 degrees on the roof at midnight)....
Forum: Travel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Yeah, right. The "baby boom" was...

Dear Keith,

Yeah, right.

The "baby boom" was originally regarded as being driven by couples (re)uniting after WW2.

Anyone who thinks it was still the "baby boom" in 1964 is grabbing a convenient...
Forum: Travel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
I sure as hell hope you can too. Although my wife...

I sure as hell hope you can too. Although my wife and I mark the beginning and the end of the true "baby boom" (1945 and 1950), we have quite a lot of sympathy the the view that all too many of our...
Forum: Travel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, And in others they're still silly...

Dear Peter,

And in others they're still silly cheap: 40,000€ -- call it $45,000 US -- for a village house in the next village, 3 minutes from the café-bar, butcher, and the best baker's for miles...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By Roger Hicks
Absolutely! The big danger with any metering...

Absolutely! The big danger with any metering system is treating it as Gospel, without any interpretation. As I say in one of the links, ANY metering system can be made to work with a bit of...
Forum: Travel 2 Days Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 3,318
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Frank, If I knew what I know now I'd...

Dear Frank,

If I knew what I know now I'd probably have moved to Arles 13 years ago instead of where I am -- the far north of the old (and new) Aquitaine, see...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, it's not. To begin with, broad area meters...

No, it's not. To begin with, broad area meters are normally calibrated for for an average reflectance 13-14% grey, not 18%, and second, a spot meter is not a broad-area meter designed for average...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By Roger Hicks
First sentence: thank'ee kindly. First...

First sentence: thank'ee kindly.

First highlight: No, I.R.E. 5 is not a visual mid tone, because perception is logarithmic, not linear. This is why it is much easier to tell two very light tones...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not if you are using a spot meter properly....

Not if you are using a spot meter properly.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By Roger Hicks
From...

From http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/meters%20and%20metering.html about 3/4 of the way down:

The mere fact that spot meters are supplied with a mid-tone index at all, presumably in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,161
Posted By Roger Hicks
Lovely pics (except the WELDING sign growing out...

Lovely pics (except the WELDING sign growing out of the head in the second), and a perfect ad for FP4. I've seen the same tonality in others' shots -- but I can't get it myself! At least, not in 35mm...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 3 Days Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Stephen, Beautifully phrased! Cheers, R.

Dear Stephen,

Beautifully phrased!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 3 Days Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Joe, Oh, everyone. Some people are never...

Dear Joe,

Oh, everyone. Some people are never happy until they can be mildly and possibly falsely outraged on behalf of someone they'll never meet. Clearly, for example, you were exploiting women by...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 3 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 872
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you can't do better than that, don't bother....

If you can't do better than that, don't bother.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 3 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 872
Posted By Roger Hicks
Who cares? By the time you've strained it through...

Who cares? By the time you've strained it through a monitor it would need to be a REALLY bad lens for it to matter.

Make a decent print and it's another matter.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 3 Days Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 3,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, The key word is "most". There are...

Dear Michael,

The key word is "most". There are still plenty of people who don't want more of the same sort of mass-market rubbish peddled to the dull, unimaginative majority.

As a general comment...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 3 Days Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Alistair, No, no, no. We must have a "one...

Dear Alistair,

No, no, no. We must have a "one size fits all" answer to EVERYTHING. Unless someone else gives us that answer -- preferably, someone who knows little or nothing about the subject --...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes. Cheers, R.

Yes.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Days Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 3,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tim, Although I agree completely that...

Dear Tim,

Although I agree completely that sapphire glass is a worth while improvement, I also have to add that I really don't care all that much about the scratches on my M8 and M9. The people who...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Days Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 3,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not so much think, as know. Yes, they do. It is...

Not so much think, as know. Yes, they do. It is however regarded as something of a penance or possibly punishment.

They tend to listen only to those with good ideas that can be realized. Imagine how...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Days Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 3,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Stop wasting time listening to people on the...

Stop wasting time listening to people on the internet, who make a lot of noise but seldom buy new Leicas and rarely have any idea about the difficulties of camera design (e.g. full-frame IIIcs)....
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 5 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 577
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ronald, Thanks for the clarification --...

Dear Ronald,

Thanks for the clarification -- it's not an abbreviation I immediately recognized, obviously -- but I'm still not quite clear what you're saying. We use 4-slot processors for B+W as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,527
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, You might very well think that. I...

Dear David,

You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment. Besides, I was trying to be generous.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,527
Posted By Roger Hicks
The article itself. Sorry: I thought that was...

The article itself. Sorry: I thought that was pretty clear. I'm grateful to you for bringing this to my attention (and everyone else's). I just thought that once I'd read it, it was drivel, and an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,527
Posted By Roger Hicks
Don't get me wrong. I'm very grateful to you for...

Don't get me wrong. I'm very grateful to you for having posted the link. Normally I don't bother to read links, but this sounded like an interesting topic. Which it is, even though the piece you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,527
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Andy, Your post finally prompted me to look...

Dear Andy,

Your post finally prompted me to look up FUD, which I see is "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt". Well, yes, I see your point but on looking at the Petapixel piece linked, a more useful reading...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 5 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 577
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ronald, Why not? I've been using 'em for...

Dear Ronald,

Why not? I've been using 'em for that for maybe 25 years and heartily recommend them.

I'm not quite sure what the other two sentences mean. What's SS? And what experience has taught...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 1 Week Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,132
Posted By Roger Hicks
Trouble is, I keep reading "average $$ spent in a...

Trouble is, I keep reading "average $$ spent in a bar" instead of "on a bag"...

Because Frances used to cover bags for Shutterbug, we have quite a lot of high-end bags. To a very large extent, you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,432
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you need the extra stop, you need the extra...

If you need the extra stop, you need the extra stop. I used to have both the 35 pre-asph. Summilux and the 35 pre-asph Summicron. The Summicron was MUCH better at f/2; quite a lot better at f/2.8;...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Week Ago
Replies: 229
Views: 8,961
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or maybe there's a glut of virgins... Cheers, R.

Or maybe there's a glut of virgins...

Cheers,

R.
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