Winter Park and North Catamount Reservoir – Aug-Sep 2018

We took a trip to Georgetown and Idaho Springs this weekend and stayed in Winter Park. Only a couple hours away, but traffic was heavy heading out. As luck would have it, the Aspen trees were just starting to turn colors and it was magnificent. I forgot to post photos from our trip to North Catamount Reservoir and I added those at the end.

LED Lights tripping my circuit breaker!

I recently moved into a brand new home. After a few weeks, the circuit breaker in my office would trip every week or so, but recently it began to happen every night. I figured all my office equipment was using too much power and I need to have an additional circuit installed. It seemed odd, however, that it only happened at night when power usage was at its lowest. Another thought was that maybe a device was shorting, so I tried to narrow it down by unplugging every nonessential device. Still, the breaker would trip.

My office is on the same circuit as the outside lights, but it never dawned on me they could be the culprits. I had replaced the two porch lights with some motion sensor LED flood lights, and bulbs in the two sconces with night sensor LEDs. I also installed a Ring doorbell which has IR LEDs. Surely, these low-power LEDs couldn’t be causing the problem, right? Well, apparently, the answer is yes they can.

I didn’t know this, but I’ve learned that when LED lights are turned on, there is a short but large electrical surge (called the inrush current) and, according to this article, can be 253 times the LED’s rated current! My theory is that when some combination of the motion floodlights and Ring doorbell simultaneously sensed motion, it would trip my breaker. It sort of makes sense. As more and more people moved into the neighborhood, night activity like car headlights, roaming cats, etc. would increase. To test this, I replaced the floodlights with regular LED bulbs and the breaker has not tripped once in the last several days.

I suppose I could try a different brand of motion floodlights, but I think I’m going to just install a solar powered one and avoid the problem all together.

The new Nikon Z7/Z6 stops the ship from sinking and that’s what is really important

Did the new Nikon mirrorless Z7/Z6 cameras leapfrog the competition? Do they crush the competition feature for feature? Did they hit it out of the ballpark?

Nope. And they didn’t have to. The thing that all the major reviewers miss is that this stops the ship from sinking. Many former Nikon shooters have already jumped ship onto the USS Sony or USS Fuji and many, like me, were strongly considering the move. I am no longer scared of investing in something new or, perhaps more importantly, how I’m going to sell all of my Nikon gear to switch to a new system, how I’m going to tolerate an unfamiliar menu system, subpar egonomics, etc. Nikon did it right and made it a priority to have solid backwards compatibility with F mount lens. Well done.

What is interesting is, if you asked me a week ago, if I was ready to jump if Nikon released a solid mirrorless camera, I would have said, “HELL YEAH.” However, today I sit without a confirmation for a pre-order in my inbox.

I feel good about my D500 and D750. They still take awesome pictures. Would it be cool to have an EVF, silent shooting, more resolution? Of course. However, I feel like I have time now. There is no longer a feeling of urgency to get started with a new system. Let others be the guinea pigs. Let the firmware mature. Perhaps, I even need to wait for the Z7 II.

Thank you Nikon for restoring my trust in your brand and vision.

PS I’m SO glad I didn’t buy a D850 :-)