PL8ATUDES – December 10, 2017



Plate-A-Tude

We continue our series of personalized (vanity) license plates in Arizona. To maintain individual privacy, we try to show as little information about particular cars as possible as long as we can reveal the license plate.

NOTE – License plate photos may have been archived for quite some time. The years indicated on the registration stickers DO NOT necessarily reflect the current status of any given plate!

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If you

Hate Drama

Remember that much of the time you can just

Walk Away

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STATUS QUOtes — 20171210

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers most” — African Proverb

“Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a person we don’t start measuring their limbs. [ed]” — Pablo Picasso

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” — Harry S. Truman

“If an actor says, ‘But what’s my motivation?’… I say, ‘Your salary.'” — Alfred Hitchcock

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20171209

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“People are divided into two groups—the righteous and the unrighteous—and the righteous do the dividing.” — Oscar Wilde

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” — Charles de Gaulle

“Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.” — Samuel Butler

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” — Everett Dirksen, American congressman & senator (Illinois)

 
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Photography: As Shot – Saguaro with a Halo

NOTE – “As Shot” photographs are some that I have posted on Instagram, but without any imposed crop that might not be warranted, less detail reduction and more of an explanation.




Saguaro with a Halo as seen at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve, Cave Creek, AZ

One of our favorite places to hike is at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek, AZ. This is a riparian area and has running water all year long. In the desert this is a commodity which is likely to attract many of its inhabitants including birds, lizards, snakes, etc.

The trails have some ups and downs, but overall the hiking is moderate at its most strenuous for those who do any amount of hiking. While on a hike, we were descending into a lower area and the sun was backlighting the edges of this saguaro. The light playing off of the surrounding foliage along with the halo over the main cactus caught my eye.

Technically, this is not the best picture. The only camera I had with me was my bridge camera which does not do too well at an ISO higher than 100 especially in this type of lighting situation. Having said that, however, there is something about this photograph that that I find artistically satisfying.

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Metadata

File Name: jewel_of_creek_IMG_0118-2.tif
Capture time: 2:27:04 PM
Capture date: Dec. 29, 2015
Exposure: 1/160 sec @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 83.27mm
ISO: 200
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens: 4.3-215mm

Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop

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STATUS QUOtes — 20171208

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“It would be a very big book that contained all the maybes uttered in a day.” — French Proverb

“Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.” — Willa Cather

“Those that think it permissible to tell white lies soon grow color blind.” — Austin O’Malley

“I would say the world’s in terrible shape, but I’m afraid the world would say, ‘Look who’s talking!'” — Cass Elliot, Mamas & Papas

 
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Adventures in Oregon: Views from Ecola Point

 


Map of Indian Beach and Ecoloa Point
Map of Indian Beach and Ecoloa Point

While we were exploring Indian Beach at Ecola State Park, we noticed a sign pointing to additional viewpoints. The weather continued to be dreary. A few years ago, we hiked a week in the rain in the Grand Tetons so we weren’t going to shy away from exploring on this day either.

I can’t tell you the exact road, but it led us to a point further south of Indian Beach and there were quite a few other cars in the parking area. The overlook brought us to a place where we could see Cannon Beach and the famed Haystack Rock with the summer’s growth fading in the foreground.

NOTE – Apparently this is near Ecola Point and Crescent Beach (see map above). If all else fails, look for those landmaarks.


Cannon beach through the grassland
Cannon beach seen through the grassland

The sky would lighten and darken at times adding even more dramatic views.


The sky turned stormy at times
The sky turned stormy at times


A closer view of the massive ocean rocks
A closer view of the massive ocean rocks


Haystack Rock is the iconic feature of Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock is the iconic feature of Cannon Beach

This was not the only scene available at this stop. Sea Lion Rock could be seen off the coast and even on a grey day, it loomed large in the distance. Apparently native wildlife can often be seen in and around this protrusion, but not during our visit.


Sea Lion Rock awaits around the bend
Sea Lion Rock awaits around the bend


Craggy beauty surrounds the cove
Craggy beauty surrounds the cove

Surprisingly, we caught a glimpse of the Tillamook Rock Light in the distance.


Tillamook Rock Light way in the distance
Tillamook Rock Light way in the distance

We tried to find this during our hike of the Clatsop Loop Trail with no success, but then the fog had lifted a bit and there it was in the distance.


Tillamook Rock Light - the best shot I could manage
Tillamook Rock Light – the best shot I could manage

Although the rain held off and the sky had periods of brightness, we were ready to leave, but I needed to capture one or two more shots of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.


Parting shots of Cannon Beach and the Haystack
Parting shots of Cannon Beach and the Haystack


Parting shots of Cannon Beach and the Haystack

NOTE – I would like to point out that Oregon has a very enlightened approach to their shoreline. Most areas of the coast are open to the public and with the purchase of a yearly parking pass at $30 +/- visitors and residents alike can enter the state parks and enjoy the beauty of the state. We so enjoyed having this pass which gave us entré to all the areas we had earmarked. I highly recommend it.


Oregon State Parks parking permit
Oregon State Parks parking permit

You can find more information about this resource HERE.

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Read previous posts about our adventures hiking and exploring in Oregon:

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 1

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 2

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 3

Adventures in Oregon: Warrenton to Seaside

Adventures in Oregon: Hiking at Indian Beach

 

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Aggregating anemones, Anthopleura elegantissima, Oregon Coast, Lane County, Strawberry Hill State Park

STATUS QUOtes — 20171207

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.” — Blaise Pascal

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken. It means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” — Linda Poindexter

“If one hasn’t a horse, one is one’s own horse.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano.” — Bob Hope

 
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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20171206

Today’s Picture Quote

What's meant to be will always find its way.

“What’s meant to be will always find its way.”

Via

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20171206

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“I said what needs to be said, not what you want to hear.” — Unknown

“The present gallops away with clattering feet, while the future steals noiselessly upon us.” — James Lendall Basford

“We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it; which last is itself another form of duty.” — John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, 1880

“A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.” — Kin Hubbard

 
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Fuji X-T2: Firmware Update Procedure

One of the reasons to consider a Fuji camera is the ongoing support Fuji offers its users. Some camera manufacturers sell their camera to someone and unless there is a major problem, the firmware rarely gets updated.

Fuji, on the other hand, continues to support their buyers by improving the performance of their cameras by updating the software often with new capabilities. Yes, of course they use updates to correct poor performance or problems, but they don’t stop there.

Last week I learned that my relatively new Fuji X-T2 was eligible for a firmware update. I updated the firmware once before, but I couldn’t remember exactly how to do it and believe me, this is one area where nobody wants to make a mistake. I discovered that there are more warnings than a photographer can shake a stick at while I was reviewing the correct procedure.

I did what most people would do under the circumstance, and I went to the web to determine the best procedure.

Here is the procedure I used: (I give official documentation at the end and I would suggest your read that as well as watching the video.) I found comfort in reviewing the correct procedure from different sources just to make sure I understood it completely.

NOTE: There seem to be many steps, but it is easier than it appears. Just take your time and follow the instructions carefully. Please read this entire web page and information at the links before proceeding. It will give you confidence!

  • 1. I visited the Fuji firmware update page and located the latest firmware upgrade for my camera which was represented by the entry in the table on that web page:
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    X-T2 Firmware update listing

  • 2. Since I knew I needed the update, I clicked on the Firmware-Download link and checked all the necessary agreements!
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  • 3. The file, FWUP0010.DAT, was waiting for me in my downloads folder. I could see that it was 53.5 MB
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  • 4. The next thing needed is a newly formatted memory card. There are couple of ways to do this. P. 203 of the User’s Manual provides the basic outline**:
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      A. – Press the Menu button on the back of the camera and select User Setting (the wrench) –> Format
      B – Choose the slot that has the memory card you want to use and press MENU/OK.
      C – You have to confirm the choice. Naturally, all data on the card will be erased and lost so make sure there isn’t anything on the card that you will need. You can always select CANCEL at this point if you are unsure.
      D – If you are sure you want to format the card, choose OK and let the camera do its work.

    ** Fuji owner’s manual

  • 5. Once the card is formatted correctly, insert it into your computer and copy the .DAT file recently saved as the Fuji firmware download. Don’t change the name of the file or do anything to it other than copy it to the card.
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    NOTE – The copied file needs to be in the main directory or root directory of the card. It should not be in a folder and technically, it should be the only thing on the card! (Just drag and drop it onto the newly formatted card and you will be fine)

     

  • 6. Eject the card from your computer and carefully insert it into the camera.
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  • 7. Fuji warns users to make sure they are using a fully charged battery. You can insert the battery into your camera to check the power level. Make sure it is fully charged.
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  • NOTE: Firmware updates can take some time. You never want to interrupt an update so be careful in handling the camera so that it is not turned off or disturbed in any way. I just put it down with the screen facing me and let it go through the paces. Fuji suggests that the update can take up to 90 seconds. When waiting for the process to complete, it may seem like a long time, but let it run through the steps. You will be notified when the process is completed.
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  • 8. With the camera turned off, press and hold the DISP/BACK button while turning the camera on. You should see a menu indicating the firmware version. It may give both a body and lens version. Now you can let go of the button.
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  • 9. Make sure BODY is selected and press the OK button on the back of the camera. Pressing the up button should highlight the word “OK.” DO NOT SELECT LENS as this upgrade is for the body’s firmware only.
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  • 10. Press the OK button and the camera will update the firmware. When the update is complete, the screen will show the current firmware (updated) version.
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  • 11. Fuji recommends that you turn off the camera at this point and check the firmware version; good idea. (see step 8 above). It should list the updated version.
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  • 12. Fuji also suggests that once you have checked the firmware version and the upgrade has been successful, you should reformat the memory card so that it can be used for photos and doesn’t become a source of confusion later.
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Here is a video offered by Fuji if you prefer learning that way.

NOTE: The video seems to imply that users should remove the lens, but I did not find that necessary with my X-T2 and the video actually addresses that particular issue so don’t be concerned. You can leave the lens in place with the X-T2

You can also read the Fuji web page detailing the complete procedure which is basically what I outlined above.

I hope newcomers to the Fuji system, especially the X-T2 find this information useful!


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