Panasonic Tag

Here's a traditional New Year saying for today, the 13th of February:" I'll be darned, eh?"If you meet a Canadian today, be sure to greet him or her this way. It is also considered to be good luck for the coming year if you scratch the back of your head and then just stand there - a lot of this goes on today in Canada and so far it has worked. The country has not been overrun with elephants.As you'll hear in the news, this is the Year Of The Moose, and there will be a lot of decorations around Perth in the Canadian restaurants and bars featuring a moose theme. Stuffed heads, antler hat racks, Rocky and Bullwinkle tee-shirts - the whole commercial thing. And of course there will be the traditional moose dinner tonight. Tables all over the metro area will be groaning with the rich, heavy roasts of this delicious animal. And they will be groaning for months - there is a lot of good eating on a moose. Along about July 1st the youngest child at...

Like everyone I have a morning routine - in my case ablutions, nourishment, bodily functions, and reading Ken Rockwell. In some cases, I read Ken after the bodily functions - in some cases before. I find if you read him before it speeds up the process. I suspect speaking with him on a face to face basis would have very much the same effect.For a while I wondered if he actually had a face, or was just a clever computer construct by 'The Onion' or 'Kids In The Hall'. Reading his work, however, gradually convinced me that he is real - and very likely his family is as well. Of course I could be wrong about anything on the internet - that Nigerian letter episode still rankles, and I am starting to doubt that the 45,000,000 Euros are ever going to be paid into my account...

No one can really predict the future of technology - think of all those magazines in 1948 that had you flying to work in a car with folding wings and hopping down to the supermarket in a jet suit. Remember when your new vehicle was going to be gliding along automatic highways while you played cards - under a perspex dome? Sound like the trip to Joondalup at 5:45?  Ha ha ha.Likewise with cameras. Digital? What's digital? Ahem...

It has finally arrived - rain. Time to consider what to do with your photography for the next three months:1.   Stay inside and drink.2.   Go outside and take pictures.3.   Bring your waterlogged equipment in to the repair department and hope it can be rescued.Assuming that you won't be permitted to do the first, and you would like to avoid the third, give a thought to some of the products that we stock designed to cope with wet weather.If you are going to be outdoors in intermittent showers or mist, good camera and lens protection can be had with flexible hoods and pouches made by Op/Tech, Aquatech,Think Tank,or Kata. They range in price, durability, and complexity from simple plastic bag sleeves to fitted raincoats that cover arms, flashes, and long tele lenses. The really cheap ones are really cheap and are a good insurance policy for landscape shooters. The expensive ones are intended for working sports pros or wildlife photographers who might be standing in a drizzle for hours. Of course those of us who have elected to stay inside and...