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#264397 Superbike Racer David McKay 2019

Posted by Art on Today, 09:35 PM

Took this last year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


As I am getting withdrawal symptoms now, started looking at old photographs and playing with them.


Tried this in B&W.



#264384 April/May 2020 - From your home/garden or apartment/balcony

Posted by Art on 28 May 2020 - 04:45 PM

I love Rhinos, Herman.  Excellent capture, in a box, no less!! :P


Well done, I like the Rhino.

#264383 Nikon Medium-Term Management Plan

Posted by Art on 28 May 2020 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for the link, Mark.


I don't like the one slide with the comment, "Strengthen China Business." I am the complete other end of the spectrum here.  We recently purchased a Toaster Oven ... took it home, "Made in China"..... RETURNED TO STORE.


I am making a serious, serious effort to stop buy goods made in Communist China.  If this is where Nikon is making their investment.... well, I will be purchasing less product.  I don't care if I pay more.  I do NOT want my money going to Communist China.


This is how I feel right now. I am surprised at Nikon a little bit.

There is going to be a huge economic fall out in the coming months and a lot of people want China to PAY! I am one of them.

OK, off my hate Commies rant....

The photography industry from my small perspective is in big trouble. I am hearing people are postponing weddings!! So, this is #1 photographer money maker.

There is no sports to speak of.

No one is thinking portraits.

So, what is left? Product Photography?

- with 10,000 hungry photographers who will be offering to pay, to get the work?

How is a high end, premium brand that charges top dollar going to sustain itself in a market place that has no disposable cash? Locally, I am seeing big chains selling off Easter Product that arrived by the boatload for an Easter than never happened for $1.  The lines ups outside the stores were huge.  The losses inside the store...equally huge.  But what are you going to do with the product?

My daughters company.... you may have heard of it.... Hudson's Bay, has been giving things away to staff! Chocolates and other items that will be stale date and have no hope in selling.  This is all profit out the window. I am sure the camera companies are sitting on full warehouses as well.  Nikon just started a spring sale, but the discounts are nothing spectacular, which tells me the Captain hasn't gone below deck yet to look at the damage and water coming in!


So, it will speed up the Z line.  That's nice.  And.... sell it to whom? I wonder if Nikon realizes their trajectory is a downward one? Their sales and revenue contract every year, it is managed, they are financially in good shape, but their curve is not an upward curve! A controlled Shrinkage in all aspects of your business, from Market Share to Bottom line is not sustainable model of business  in the long run.

I am not dumping on Nikon (I have been thinking about the industry for the last month or so), but I suspect Canon is having the same meeting, SONY, Olympus and Fuji, just to name a few.  Everyone has the same plan selling to a market that primarily has gone to sleep for the foreseeable future. The companies that will still be floating will be the ones with other businesses to sustain them, namely, the fittest will be the ones who are the most diversified and can at the very least, break even with their bottom line and ride out the storm.

Lucky for Nikon, they are entering the storm with a PROFIT from operations last year.  So, they are heading into the storm in a good position. That is the bright light in all this.


However, saying they are going to do all these great things to right the ship is a whole different story than fixing the gapping hole caused by the iceberg that is running from Stem to Stern.  Unfortunately, I see a very dim future for the photography we have enjoyed the last 10 years or so.

I hope I am wrong.

#264382 Common Tree Swallow

Posted by Art on 28 May 2020 - 04:12 PM

Thanks, everyone.




YIKES.  Yes, I believe it is.  I need to clean that! I typically take my camera to a Nikon free clinic but with the "PLAGUE" happening, there has been nothing going on anywhere.

I guess I better break out my Sensor Cleaning gear.  Good eyes.

#264376 Common Tree Swallow

Posted by Art on 28 May 2020 - 02:43 AM

Should be two images showing.

#264375 Common Tree Swallow

Posted by Art on 28 May 2020 - 02:41 AM





Taken on a trip a few days ago, to the lake. All with the 500mm f5.6 PF.



#264374 My other hobby...

Posted by Art on 28 May 2020 - 12:28 AM

The detail in this game is amazing.  There is even the Pitch indicator on the wing strut! Love it!

#264371 Blue Jay TEST

Posted by Art on 26 May 2020 - 07:14 PM

This was shot with the 500mm from my deck. 100% crop.  That lens is really something!

#264356 Blue Jay TEST

Posted by Art on 25 May 2020 - 09:59 PM

OK, testing the site on this post.

I have attached a picture of a BLUE I took a day or so ago!



#264350 Egret - Rainy Day Light

Posted by Art on 25 May 2020 - 09:52 PM

At my end, it all looked good, I am not just saying that.  I am being truthful and factual. It was posted properly.


Posted by Art on 21 May 2020 - 07:03 PM

I just visited our favorite restaurant last night for takeout.  Maggie and I try to do this once a week in our neighborhood.


The owner was there cooking, looking tired, haggard and miserable.  He had two locations.  One closed. His "home base" location near us ....


The dine-in side had no tables or chairs.  No idea what that is all about.  I am hoping he is not going to be cut down to just the kitchen and take out.  In his heyday, this guy was a renown chef.  This virus-thing is really starting to piss me off.  It has destroyed a number lives in many ways, and more to come.

#264328 Egret - Rainy Day Light

Posted by Art on 16 May 2020 - 09:21 PM

Thank, everyone.  Fun but short outing. I went out on purpose, hoping to find the more exotic birds at the park.  I figured, with no people around, the park would be teaming with them.  Nothing.  Just a cormorant and the egret.


Lucky day.  All you need is ONE good image and it makes the trip and the couple of hours out well worth it.  I have to admit, it is getting on my nerves being cooped up at home.  We did gardening today.  Generally, you can poke my eyes out with rusty nails, that is how much I enjoy working on the garden.  I was nice to just be outside in some sunshine today.


Looks like next week, restrictions are going to ease up a bit.  I think I will start stock piling some things because I feel we will hit another big wave later in the summer.

How are you guys doing?  Hope everyone is faring well.

#264320 Egret - Rainy Day Light

Posted by Art on 15 May 2020 - 03:56 PM

Went out to clear my head a bit, earlier today.  Very overcast, slight drizzle.  Perfect for Egrets!

It was so nice to get out with my gear again! Went to High Park.  It has been closed for weeks.  Also, you cannot park at the park, just walk.  So, had to park on the side streets and walk.  Well worth it today!!

Nikon D850

Nikkor 500mm f5.6E PF

Hand Held







#264319 Egret - Rainy Day Light

Posted by Art on 15 May 2020 - 03:55 PM

Went out to clear my head a bit, earlier today.  Very overcast light.  Perfect for Egrets!

Nikon D850

Nikkor 500mm f5.6E PF

Hand Held







Posted by Art on 03 May 2020 - 09:13 PM

Over the years, I have brought them $1,000's of dollars in sales and lots of referrals as well. They are a good outfit, I have nothing negative over the years to say about them.  I am sorry they are in financial trouble.


I am not really sure 100% where this will lead.  1/4 of the stores closing...roughly and they are getting protection from creditors, I guess.  I have lost touch with corporation laws over the years.


This is also bad on other levels.  This is Nikon Canada's biggest customer!!!  If they do go down, what ever Accounts Payable they owe to Nikon is GONE!

Also, if they stay afloat, things don't necessarily get easier.

The COVID thing has killed PHOTOGRAPHY! 

No events

No gatherings

No portraits



So, even if they stayed open, NO SALES because no one is making any money.  What would you possibly buy and why would you? No return on investment.


When it all comes back to "normal", no JOBS, no income, no spending money.


This is not a good picture!