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Grand Master's Palace, Rhodes as viewed from the harbour

By MentorRon
Originally a 7th century Byzantine citadel, Italian architect Vittorio Mesturino restored the palace between 1937 and 1940. It became a holiday residence for the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, and later for Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Formerly occupied by the Knights Hospitaller from 1309 to 1522, for which it is named.
I took my first shot at 140mm, then tried this one at 4.1x digital zoom (or 574mm) from shipboard, so the Palace would fill more of the frame. Auto ISO200.

Tags: General Palace from Harbour

Voters: Tooma, newbe2, taggart and 10 more

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Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
9 May 2019 1:08AM
Nice wee holiday home, and a good frame filler, Ron. I would rather live in the yacht. Smile

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MentorRon 1 60 Canada
9 May 2019 5:38AM

Quote:Nice wee holiday home, and a good frame filler, Ron. I would rather live in the yacht. Smile

Looks terrific in this shot at lunch time, but by supper time high winds were trying to smash all the smaller (than a cruise ship) boats into the concrete wharves. I took a short video clip of a harbour tour boat in this situation (out of view to the left of this shot), with the crew on the wharf having heart attacks hoping their boat would not be swamped or heavily damaged. Luckily they had fastened it well enough that it survived !
When our ship left port that evening, the doors to outside deck areas were locked until the winds subsided.
Same happened in Santorini. Fine all day until evening.
Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
9 May 2019 12:04PM
That all sounds scary and exciting, Ron. Not been to Rhodes; spent a week in Santorini - loved it - so photogenic - none of my shots digitised yet. Smile
MentorRon 1 60 Canada
9 May 2019 9:37PM

Quote:That all sounds scary and exciting, Ron. Not been to Rhodes; spent a week in Santorini - loved it - so photogenic - none of my shots digitised yet. Smile

Assume that means you are a film holdout Wink Is it 35mm or larger format?
As much as I just LOVED 35mm (usually Kodachromes) for almost 1/2 a century, I fell for the instant review capability of digital.
Started with some small Fujis (non-zoom P'n'S using xD cards, then their 2800 2MP 6X zoom bridge camera). They won me over.
Later used a Konica-Minolta Z3 4MP 12X bridge camera (4MP seemed to provide sufficient detail at the time) and a few Kodak P'n'S with zoom for pocket-ability.
Then moved up to APS-C with a Sony SLT-a58, which takes great pictures, but is bulky for carrying about with it's 18-135mm (28-202mm) zoom.
So for escorted touring and leisurely walk-abouts, we take our current (c.2008, bought used) Fuji P'n'S cameras (the Finepix F100fd displayed here and a J110W). Both have 28-140mm zooms.
Interestingly, these small Fujis allow choosing which FujiColor film formulation you want to match, and suffice for our intents and purposes in all but the most difficult lighting.
P.S. I still have my faithful old Canon 35mm SLRs in the closet: an A-1 with 23-135mm f/3.5 zoom (c. 1980) and an EOS 1000F with kit and tele zoom lenses (c. 1991). The A-1 did quite a bit of world travel, from Hong Kong to Athens. The 1000F was bought (used) for it's additional electronic functions just before I switched to digital about 2003.
MentorRon 1 60 Canada
9 May 2019 9:52PM
Sorry, the Canon A-1 lens is the Canon 28-135, not 23-135 (my typo) ...
3oldmen 23 United States
10 May 2019 7:23PM
You seem to have had a long and great history with a variety of cameras. Is that typical? The current four we share a Canon sx120is, a Fuji f70exr, a Sony hx7v, and a Sony WX150 we occasionally trade off with one another. That is enough 'variety' for us. It is hard remembering the differences in operations to move back and forth between them. The two Sony's are the most similar with the same modes and menus. Except the Sony hx7v has a manual mode of sorts. We can't imagine switching back and forth between all the cameras you have or now own. You must have to read up on the manuals to keep it all straight. We enjoyed your comments very much. An interesting photography autobiography. This is a lovely image. Glad you enjoyed some sunshine.
MentorRon 1 60 Canada
11 May 2019 5:43PM
I've always loved cameras, apart from any photographic skills I may or may not have. I've made some poor decisions on which cameras to buy, especially during the film years when small, pocketable cameras came into vogue. The 110 cartridge cameras come to mind. I used those in the 70's, from Kodaks to a Pentax 110 mini-SLR with 3 lenses (you could hold all of that in the palm of your hand). It was a great idea, but resulted in poor photos. Even 4x6" prints were big enlargements for that format. The idea arose, I believe, from the German Minox cameras which started as "spy" cameras during WWII, using 16mm B&W film stock.
I agree that when you have several cameras on hand, you start to neglect/forget their "special" features, which are usually buried within menus, and become more of a snapshooter.
Even when a camera has a "Manual" mode, I seldom, if ever, use it. I also avoid "Scene" modes most of the time unless one of them opens a capability I require which is unattainable in Auto or Program.
Currently, although I have a great Sony SLR, I am trying to concentrate on this Fuji F100fd P'n'S since it seems to create images that I am very satisfied with 99% of the time. I can strap it's carrying case on my belt and almost forget it's there. Of course, it has the P'n'S issue of less than perfect low-light exposures due to a smaller CCD, but in reviewing them I realized the biggest issue for me was blur, even though it has CCD-shift I.S.. I think I am less steady as my age advances (78 in October), and a mini stroke a decade ago has affected some sensation in my fingers.
I can live with the minor detail loss in those situations, as it doesn't seem discernible when viewed on our 40" Samsung LED TV from a standard viewing distance (8 - 10 feet), when sent via Chromecast wirelessly from our laptop.
The other thing is that since our cellphones now take reasonably good photos, and mine is always in my shirt pocket, it now gets the lion's share of snapshots day-to-day. It has 2 wide-angle lenses (25mm and 18mm). Carrying an actual camera (no matter it's size) is something I have to consciously decide to do for some specific purpose.

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