A sharper focus with a set of bellows

I’m currently working on sharpening my skills with macro photography.  I’ve invested in high-power macro lenses, I’ve bought a macro focusing rail to move the camera into sharp, tight focus, and I’ve improved my focus stacking capabilities. But I have a feeling that the one new item I’ve acquired may help me really claim a…

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Donate to your food bank, get a Chuck Miller artwork! Help us get through COVID-19!!

These are the times that try our souls.  With the COVID-19 pandemic raging throughout the world, families are working from home, students are tele-learning from home, and those who live paycheck to paycheck are discovering their paycheck isn’t going as far as it once did.  They’re relying on food banks and other charitable organizations to…

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Could drive-in theaters be a COVID-19 antidote?

As the days progress, the COVID-19 diseases causes more and more of our daily activities to change or modify for the foreseeable future.  Restaurants are reduced to takeout or delivery only.  Department stores are reducing their hours.  Heck, the casinos are closing.  I mean, when was the last time a casino closed?  Well, there was…

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What if you could watch the most controversial Disney movie RIGHT NOW?

In 1946, Disney produced a film that integrated animated and live-action segments together.  It wasn’t the first time Disney did this – in the silent era, Disney’s “Alice” shorts featured a live-action actress interacting with animated characters.  But this film WAS Disney’s first full-length attempt to create such a process, and it would be replicated…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, March 14, 2020

So … If nothing else, at least the bloggers and writers and photographers that populate my blogroll haven’t closed down because of COVID-19. And that’s a good thing. So what say we check them out and read what they have to say this week? Sounds good to me. BLOGS FOR HEALTH The Cairns and Carrots…

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Can COVID-19 bring bipartisanship?

Liz Joy and I have known each other for a very long time, back when we were both bloggers for the Times Union.  She’s currently running for the Congressional seat currently held by Paul Tonko, and although her policies and my policies are different, I wish her the best of luck in her campaign. On…

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College telecommuting would have been a nightmare in my day…

Yesterday, my college alma mater, Hamilton (not the play), announced that they would join the many colleges and universities who will transition from on-campus classes to telecommunication and computer education, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I get that.  I understand.  Everyone needs to be safe. It’s just a good thing that this pandemic didn’t occur…

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The COVID-19 finally hit home. Ugh.

So I was set for three back-to-back-to-back contests with the Albany Patroons this weekend at the Washington Avenue Armory. Then I received an e-mail yesterday afternoon. And my weekend plans just got mangled. Because of the increased coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, various organizations – colleges, sports leagues, even parades – have been forced to shut down…

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