Nikon Announces 'Extraordinary Loss'

Hmmmmm...., this can't be good.

Though discussions of photography hardware typically bore me no end, there certainly are exceptions to the rule. And though it may prove to be 'much ado about very little' down the road, this report sounds a bit ominous. Of note to my eye....

  • Nikon Group (of which the Nikon camera line is one piece) is announcing a $500m loss for the last 3 quarters of 2016. Apparently, they had originally forecast a loss somewhere in the $240m range, but are now tacking another $262m on to that forecast. Yikes. I realize Nikon Group is a large corporation, but no matter how we slice it, $500m ain't pocket change. Combine that with a grossly underestimated forecast, and I'll bet there are some 'tight cheeks' nervously occupying some chairs in the organization at the moment.
  • Quoting from the article......."Most of the additional losses were in the Semiconductor Lithography Business, which is the technical term for the division that produces electric circuitry." Again, I am so uninformed about the structure of the organization, I certainly don't know how, or if, this will have much impact on the camera line. But it wouldn't seem out of place to think they utilize their own electric circuitry in their cameras. And if that sector of the corporation is losing money at a significant clip, it seems at least plausible nothing good is happening there.
  • Part of the announcement includes this wonderful little tidbit. Nikon is restructuring the company "shifting from a strategy pursuing revenue growth to one pursuing profit enhancement." To these ears, that sounds a whole lot like...."batten down the hatches boys, there's a storm a-brewin' and the seas are gonna get rough."

Only time will tell if Nikon camera owners have any cause to be worried, but if they've already decided to axe a venture into one camera market, it would seem unlikely everything else will skate by totally unscathed. Otoh, perhaps this action is being taken precisely to ward off any changes to plans for the existing lineup.

NewsRussell Wilner2017, Nikon
Old Man Take a Look at My Life....
I’m a lot like you.
l need someone to love me
The whole day through.
Ah, one look in my eyes
And you can tell that’s true.
— Neil Young

Couldn't help Young's song popping into my head as soon as I saw the first of this stunning series of portraits of elderly folks looking at a reflection of their much younger self in a mirror, a train window, or whatever. What a terrific concept executed with hints of a Norman Rockwell sensibility to them. 

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Be Willing to Learn.....Always
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Lightroom Tips: Adding Copyright Info & Keywords

Primary Interest Level: Those new to Lightroom wishing to learn about some of the cataloging features available in LR.
Duration: 14:22
Date: 7/24/2015

If you've not been to previously, it's worth a visit. It is basically a tutorial site for Lightroom and Photoshop. Some of their tutes are for purchase options, but there is a sizable number of very useful free tutorials as well. I've purchased one of their tutorials and viewed a number of the freebies.  The only nit I can pick is that the host, Aaron Nace, tends to speak rather quickly. Otherwise, all seem very well done.

This particular tute addresses adding copyright info to the metadata of our images as well as a brief overview of keywording. If you're not doing either, or have stumbled through getting them accomplished efficiently, this one's worth a watch.

What's Blooming in the Smokies

I've made a number of photo excursions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the last 5 yrs or so. There is an incredibly diverse array of photo ops in the park to attract image makers of all types. And though I'll attempt to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself, I'm mostly after 'landscape' shots when it the moss covered rocks in streams/rivers in locations like the Tremont area or the fade in the distance ridge tops from Clingmans Dome. 

And I've had the good fortune to capture the unbelievably vibrant spring greens in the park as well as warmer colors that come in autumn. The one opportunity I've not yet captured is the blooming of the rosebray rhododendrons and/or mountain laurels that are so populous throughout much of the park. From everything I've read, they tend to bloom anywhere from late May to August....depending on the elevation of any given location. In the lower elevations like Cades Cove and Tremont, it seems the best opportunity to capture these will fall in the first 2-3 weeks of June.

All of which is a long way of getting to the point of this post. While researching the best time frame to capture the bloom, I ran across this Species Mapper link specific to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If an equivalent is available for other National Parks, I was not able to find links to other parks. Perhaps it's something new.(?) In short, the provided map will assist one in finding areas of the park where a particular species of fauna or fowl is likely to be found. When I input either Mountain Laurel or Rosebray Rhododendron, it's clear the lower elevations throughout the park are very highly populated with these 2 species......which just verifies what I've seen 'up close & personal'.

Only thing left to do here is.....plan another trip to the park in June!

Below is just a sneak peek. Please visit this link for the whole enchilada....