Most Influential Blogs 2012

First, congratulations to Sharla at Catnip of Life for her well-earned honor … and another thank you to Sharla for passing it to me.

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On December 31st, catnipoflife was honored by Len @myownheart.me with being one of the Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Thank you, Len, but it is YOU who truly inspires me!

The first to be honored with this award from catnip was Arlen Shahverdyanwho received the award on New Year’s Eve. Nowit is time to pay it forward to a few more.

But, first, aren’t there RULES to follow?

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Surprise!

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The rules are there are NO RULES except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next six (6) months you “should” choose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Those that have influenced you the most!

That’s it, folks, no ifs, ands, ors, or buts! The envelope, please…

Marilyn @Serendipity

Alastair @Alastair’s Blog

Wendell @Forever Poetic and A Taste of Bliss

Penny @

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Deep White: Shooting Snow With the Canon Powershot S100

A snow as deep and heavy as Captain Nemo does not quickly vanish. Here are photos from the Northland. I’m not thrilled by the inconvenience, poor footing, or mud to come, but you can’t beat the beauty of a snowy rural New England landscape.

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This is the first outing for my Canon Powershot S100. The extreme brightness of sun on snow made RAW a better choice. Unfortunately, Photoshop doesn’t recognize Canon’s RAW format or at least CS5 doesn’t. I used Canon’s native software, but it’s a pain to use, klutzy, awkward, non-intuitive. It does the job, but its interface needs to go into rehab. It’s essentially unchanged since I first used it more than a decade ago. Software has come a long way; Canon needs to get with it.

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For shooting snow, RAW is better and it also helps to take your light reading on snow and not on the darker trees or sky. This lets you capture the brightness and still retain shadow and detail amidst the whiteness. RAW adds a lot of extra processing, time and labor. Whether or not you find it worthwhile is subjective. For me, it will depend on circumstance and subject matter. I often don’t use it because I’m posting online and not printing … but for snow, the difference is significant. Sunlight on snow is tricky.

I like this little camera. It produces quality pictures. It’s small, truly pocket-sized, exactly what I wanted. It does not have a super zoom, but the combined optical and digital zoom get me as close I need.

This is a convenient, quality go-anywhere all-in-one camera.

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I prefer the pictures from my Olympus PEN E-P3, probably because I prefer the color the PEN gives me and because I have some great lenses for it. You can’t match that with any all-in-one camera, even a very good one

But for convenience and general purpose shooting, the Canon Powershot S100 is great.

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I have a question for camera manufacturers: why not offer a “weather-proof” option for cameras? Every time take my camera into the rain or snow, it gets soaked. I worry about damaging the electronics. If I’m near salt water, I worry about damaging the lens. Since the technology exists, why not offer it as an option? I’d pay for it. So would a lot of other photographers.