Over 35 Countries

We passed an interesting milestone this month with our eBooks now being sold in over 35 countries! We would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of our readers around the world that have been supporting our work by purchasing copies of our eBooks.

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Olympus TG-5 @ 10 mm, efov 55.6 mm, f/5, 1/200, ISO-400

As regular readers will know, since the inception of this photography blog over 5 years ago, we have never accepted any advertising, paid product mentions, or produced any paid articles.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

Our intent was always to provide readers with (hopefully) an interesting and informative photography site, free of outside commercial messaging.

NIKON 1 V2 + 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 7.3mm, ISO 160, 1/125, f/5.6

In our view, the visual clutter on many websites today has gone past the point of being distracting. Often it is now so severe that it has become aggravating and annoying.

Eye of the Wind, Monument Valley

You can rest assured that we have no plans to change our approach. This website will be sustained in the future as it has always been… primarily through reader donations and the purchase of our growing collection of eBooks. We hope to have an announcement fairly soon on a new eBook!

Deirbhile’s Twist, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-160

We would like to apologize for not producing as many new articles as we would have liked over the past couple of months. While some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, we’re still not comfortable visiting indoor facilities such as Bird Kingdom, the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, efov 120 mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-3200, extension tube used, subject distance 235 mm

It is quite possible that we may not resume these types of indoor photography activities until sometime in 2021. Personal safety is paramount.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, f/8, 1/250, ISO-6400, Handheld Hi Res Mode, subject distance 225 mm

Another factor that has restricted our ability to get into the field more often has been a slower-than-expected recovery from a knee injury that occurred a couple of months ago. Progress has been made, but my photographic adventures continue to be impacted significantly.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 44 mm, efov 118.8 mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-3200, extension tube used

So… we ask for your continued patience as we do our best to create new content under somewhat challenging conditions.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 250 mm, efov 675 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-250

It is incredibly gratifying to know that we have loyal readers in over 35 countries who are actively supporting our work! Thank you one and all!

Technical Note:
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held using camera gear as per the EXIT data. Images were produces from RAW files using my standard process.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/8000, ISO-4000

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As a reminder to our Canadian readers, you can get a special 5% discount when ordering Tamron or Rokinon lenses and other products directly from the Amplis Store.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-160

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4 thoughts on “Over 35 Countries”

  1. To get that first image using the Olympus 60mm Macro lens, did you really us the MC-20 teleconverter? The subject was 235mm.

    1. Hi Bob,

      Thanks for catching the ‘copy and paste’ edit error that I made with the EXIF data with the butterfly image. On that particular visit to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory I used the M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, as well as the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with the MC-20 teleconverter for various images. I have corrected the EXIF wording and removed the reference to the MC-20 teleconverter. I apologize for the error.


  2. I appreciate your continuing interesting and informative articles and am glad you have found things to write on even in this difficult time. Congratulations on making it to 35 countries with your books!


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