I was going to take the entire day today to work on the Quiet Color book project, and I haven't even gotten to it yet. :-( Something's come up this morning, and it's always something. But a few minor blips:
• Based on readers' inputs, I think we should demote the Nikon 1 AW1 from the CoY nominees. Pretender, begone! I cannot swim a stroke, and would drown in the shower if I didn't pay attention. My personal experience with underwater photography is exactly zero. I admit I picture the AW1 being used by kids at the swimming pool and the beach, but then, I cannot fathom anyone wanting to be under more than six feet of water. (You see what I did there. Fathom. Six feet. And my son thinks my sense of humor is corny.)
Also, we might have to promote the GM1 based on reader input.
• Today is the most lightless day of the year in my hemisphere. Hallelujah! From now on, the days begin their slow lengthening toward those beautiful, light-filled summer days with their long, lovely twilights. Happy, hopeful Solstice to everyone.
As for "Quiet Color," it's still a go and it's still looking very good. I will work on it today....
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JohnMFlores: "Thanks for demoting the Nikon AW1 and hopefully devaluing it in the marketplace; I'll be able to get one more cheaply now. It doesn't have the best IQ, but I deem it good enough for what I do. I value small and light and good tracking AF, and my latest story for RoadRUNNER magazine featured many photos taken with the AW1's older brother, the V1. My thoughts on using the V1 as my main camera are here. The AW1 will be a nice compliment and will fit in my bag quite nicely."
Mike replies: You're muddying the waters, John (see what I did there too?).
Seriously, though, beautiful article in RoadRUNNER. Nicely done.
Bryan Hansel: "I own a Nikon AW1 and am working on a review for a kayaking magazine that I write for. While, it isn't exactly what I'd like—what is?—it's a solid camera. The image quality seems good enough and the focus is blazing fast. There's not another camera on the market that's as waterproof and rugged as the AW1 with a similar image quality. When shooting from a sea kayak, it's great to be able to just stash it on the deck under the elastics and not worry about waves washing over it. We were kayaking the other day on Lake Superior in two- to three-foot waves, 10 knot winds, air temps in the high teens, and I came home with a few photos and the only reason I didn't get more is that my neoprene mittens froze so solid that I could do much other than hold the paddle. When we got to shore the camera still worked fine. There's not another camera on the market that can do that."