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    Off the Wall Question

    When traveling in Japan, I understand that it is proper etiquette to hand one's business card to another with both hands and the short side toward the recipient. My question is, should this be done...
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    Re: PCH in summer? (LA - SF)

    True. And there are likely more turnouts on that side of the road. The "fog" in summer is really more of an overcast rather than ground-hugging wisps, but if is looks as if it is low to the ground,...
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    Re: PCH in summer? (LA - SF)

    Sort of. But the scenery is better on PCH. And you can always hope an RV driver might get distracted by the beauty and drive off a cliff, say at Hurricane Point.
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    Re: PCH in summer? (LA - SF)

    Your top priority along Hwy 1 is not getting stuck behind 3 rented RVs from Arkansas traveling at 15mph and who refuse to pull over. To avoid this, stay a night in Morro Bay or environs and hit the...
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    Re: Strange Experience in Monument Valley

    Don't take this the wrong way, but I've been to both places more than once: the Dine' are acting just like Italians.
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    I went in Feb when the reservation system was just installed. No problem getting the reservation. However, they were not supposed to charge the $33 fee if you have a lifetime pass, but there was no...
  7. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    Me too. The only time I shot it, there was a fire in the park (2008, methinks.) The smoke invaded the valley, but it did have the salutary effect of turning the morning light very warm, which is...
  8. Re: Popular Photogenic Sites/Locations in Yosemite NP

    My favorite spot is not in the valley. It's along the road from the Arch Rock entrance up to Pohono Bridge. Ansel's tree has been washed away, but there are still good spots. If you go early...
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    Re: Any Yosemite NP Visit Updates in 2021

    [QUOTE=Vaughn;1592140]I thought some cabins had heaters.

    Well, I guess if you rub 2 photographers together you could generate some sparks and then....oh, never mind.
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    Re: Any Yosemite NP Visit Updates in 2021

    If you can't find a room at Yosemite View, there is a much smaller motel about 8 miles farther. If not there, you are looking at staying in Mariposa, which is about 1 hour from the valley. Bottom...
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    Re: Any Yosemite NP Visit Updates in 2021

    Outside the park, your best bet is the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal. If you are going, book now!
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    Re: Good news for Yosemite!!

    Just got back from there. A ranger told me that they were handing out 1100 reservations per day. It didn't seem as if there were anything close to that many in the valley, even with the Firefall...
  13. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    You sound as if this all is a bad thing........
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    Re: Jasper National Park Fall 2020

    One thing about flying to Calgary: if at all possible, get a direct flight. Avoid changing planes in Vancouver. That is where you will have to clear customs. It's busy. We missed our connection,...
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    Re: A Little Bird Told Me... (Kodak E100 news)

    Mine call them "toys."
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    Oh, ye of little faith.
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    I actually thought about the CG but came up with a better idea. I convinced my nephew, who's 11, to go along on the trip. Seems Paul is into performance art in a big way. So last night I put this...
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    Re: spooky and other slot canyons

    To add a bit of shrapnel to the hand grenade, the local Navajo group who administer Antelope have forbidden tripods and even monopods inside the slots. Got this as a warning from a workshop leader. ...
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    Re: New Zealand, S Island, west coast

    What Vaughn said. One sand fly bite will make you miserable for 3 days. Take bug spray. Any time you are near water, spray it on....a lot....and then some more. You will thank us for this. But...
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    Re: New Zealand, S Island, west coast

    Not only can, it does. My first intro to them was in Arthurs Pass where they proceeded to eat my rental car. Well, OK, they ate my weather stripping and wiper blades (called "rubbers" by the...
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    Re: Yosemite Historic Names RESTORED!

    You would have made a good lawyer. You sound just like me.
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    Re: Yosemite Historic Names RESTORED!

    If I had an inventory of the shirts, it would have sold out in a heartbeat. One elderly lady sitting in the Ahwahnee Meadow looked at the shirt and said, "Oh, bless you."
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    Re: Yosemite Historic Names RESTORED!

    Right after the name change, I had a sweatshirt printed with "It's the Ahwahnee, Stupid" and wore it all around and inside the hotel. The manager was none too pleased, but couldn't do anything about...
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    Re: Yosemite again!

    Was there last month with 100 trash bags thinking I'd help with clean up. I wasn't needed. Someone arranged a crew of volunteers the week before. Never saw the valley so clean. All that I picked...
  25. Re: International Air Travel Overhead Bin Size/Weight?

    I've heard, but can't confirm, that in addition to the size limits, Qantas is picky about the posted weight limit as well.
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    Re: HWY 1 opening

    Heading up that way on Thanksgiving Day to Carmel as a birthday present for my wife. So all youse other guys take the 101 or I'll sic my attack gerbil on you.
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    Re: The June Gloom

    May Be
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    Re: The June Gloom

    And how about May Gray?
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    Re: New Zealand North Island in late FEB 2018

    If there were any possibility, I would grab a flight to Rotorua and spend all my time around all the geothermal areas.
  30. Re: Honeymoon - Leaning Toward Argentina or NZ (Early February)

    Second that on the bug spray.

    3 months would be better.
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    Take the Chamonix and both lenses at the very least. You will need them. Tripod, yes, of course. And several books for Emily.
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    If you would prefer 2 weeks only, then keep to the South Island. If you want some details, especially where tourists don't go, email me. Been there 11 times.
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    Re: Winter is coming...

    Coffee
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    Re: Hole in the Rock in October?

    Definitely Capitol Reef. That time of year, you should pretty much have the park to yourself.
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    I never encountered the little bastards except right around water (Lots of that in NZ.) So at least I knew where to expect them, which meant every time I shot a waterfall (Lots of those in NZ).
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    Sandflies are never a problem with the simple expedient of DEET. Been there, done that. Eleven times.
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    Re: Mariposa Alert!

    There is one ironic benefit to this smoke invasion. I encountered it a few years ago when the fire was to the east of the valley. Yes, it made photographing the iconic shots a no-go. But early...
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    Re: Prescott Area?

    Slightly more than an hour away is Sedona. Get up really early and you can be back by lunch.
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    Re: Yosemite to Flood the Weekend

    No snow this past weekend except in the much higher elevations. Much rain yesterday, but still a fine time to shoot if you are selective. No flooding, but the clouds swirling around El Cap were...
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    Re: 2017 Wild Flower Season

    Anza Borrego is looking good. Heading there in a couple of weeks. I'll post the conditions.
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