Thursday, December 28, 2017

The End is Near

The Museum will be closed
December 31st andJanuary 1st
Enjoy your New Year!
Just a friendly reminder that if you mail your gift, be sure that it is postmarked by December 30 to ensure tax credit for a 2017 gift. Online gifts may be made up to midnight on December 31.
Click donate to be directed to PayPal. Or click here if you would like to mail a donation in.
Oregonians have a unique opportunity to fund cultural activities in the state and to double their impact for free with the Cultural Tax Credit. Make sure to claim yours. Find out more by clicking here. Up to $500/individual and $1000/joint filing.
We have so many exciting things coming up this year!
Just a quick overview, with more details to come:
1st Tuesday Talks, 2nd Sunday Free Day, Monthly Knot Club, Basket Weaving Classes, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian exhibit, Patriot Nations: Native Americans in our Nation's Armed Forces - Opens March 1st, Woman's History Month Luncheon, Brunchy Canvas Class, Annual Fundraising Event and so much more!
There will be NO first Tuesday talk in the month of January.
February 6th at 6:30pm will beJoshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck, Authors and Textile Experts.
Membership Renewal
It's time to renew your membership! If you do not know when your membership expires, email Becca to find out.  She would be happy to help. Click here for online membership renewals or hereto print off a form to mail in.
Our bookkeeper and collections manager have made a special request. We are in need of copy paper.  Reams or cases can be dropped off at the front desk with your contact info.
CHM 975.75 A
1902 Marshfield High School Classroom all decked out for the holidays.
Toddler Yoga starts up again January 4th!
Every Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am
Cost is $7 per adult or free if you are a CHM member, at family level or higher.
Bay Watch?
On the front page of our website, when the pictures scroll through, is a link to see what is going on in the bay.Click here to see what we get to see every day.
One of the many benefits of getting a Friend membership or higher is being able to gain access to the 973 museums that are a part of that association. Click here if you are interested to know what NARM is and see places you can go.
Membership to the Coos History Museum has its rewards when shopping locally. Show your membership card when you shop at Tru Furniture and Katrina Kathleen's to receive 10% off regular prices.

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Art Rage

Greetings friends.....Catima Biersdorff, who introduced me to ART RAGE a little over a year ago, is joining with me to teach another workshop , and she is very savvy about using PC's, all the bells and whistles on the laptop and desktop versions, so for those
of you who want to learn more about how to use this app, please join us (or join me again!).  I've also been learning more about incorporating photos and using layers, so we should have a lot to play with.  Space is always limited at the gallery, so let us know as soon as you can if you would like to come on the 3rd.  Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Round Three

Now we come to the third contender the Canon.

Canon's image is almost as golden as Nikon and you pay dearly for it. But there are lenses aplenty and gear just waiting for you to snap it up.

So why isn't this my first pick?

Well it has fewer bells and whistles than the other two. It has a smaller ISO range, (That's ASA for those old enough to remember Kodachrome and for those who aren't it means how dark you can safely shoot.) faster shutter speeds, more focus points, and it is heavier. Having real heft may not sound like a perk, but it is. It makes you feel like you are using a REAL camera.

So why recommend it at all?

There are hundreds of lenses available and the South Coast seems to be lousy with Canon fanciers so many of them are available locally. If you want it now this is the right box for you. Also many lenses means cheaper prices. I just saw a Canon EF 28-200 for $39! That lens should run around $200 so if you just wanted to buy it and resell it it would be worth the effort.

But back to the reasons. Canon makes the best walking around lens in the market. It's a 55-250 zoom and I just saw one of these on Craig's List for $144. Now that's not as good as the $39 buck lens but it is pretty juicy. If you get a 55-250 you may not need another lens for years. It's a workhorse and Canon quality will keep it working even when you don't.

The preview screen is bright, full of info and right where you need it. Now Nikon and Pentax have info screens and they are good as you would expect but they aren't as bright and easy to read as the Canon. I can read the whole screen without my glasses and when you are shooting not having to push the cheaters off your nose to check the camera settings is a plus. Especially when you get that once in a lifetime shot of a gray whale breaching one hundred yards off the rocks at Shore Acres! 

The battery, remember a sore spot with me, lasts a looooooooooooooong time. I've had it in the camera for a few months and it is still holding enough of a charge I haven't felt the need to recharge it. Now the truth be told the modern Lion batteries don't develop a memory like the old NiCads. You can top them off anytime so don't be ascared. It won't hurt but try every now and then to run it flat. It just keeps the battery in better shape.

Speaking of batteries, you might think about getting another one just in case. That way you can have one in the charger ready to cook up when Brad Pitt comes to town. Or maybe the next time you decide to get up at Dawn Thirty to go see the Polar Bear swimmers. They are bat-shit nuts you know but you can get some interesting pics.

Canon makes two series of lenses, the EF and the EFs. The EF fits the full frame cameras and the EFs fits the APS-C like the Xsi. The nifty, neat and cool thing about an EF lens is that it has a crop factor of 1.6. Yeah, I know you don't know what that means but I am going to tell you and then you will know what it means.

When a lens has a crop factor, it means you get less image to the sensor or effectively a longer lens. So a 28mm wide angle becomes a 45mm normal lens. This isn't so dramatic on the wide angle end of the spectrum but when you get out to the long end of the story a 300mm becomes a 480mm super telephoto and that kids is a huge deal. Canon makes some wonderful long lenses but they charge an arm and a leg and a nose and several other body parts for them. Art Wolf's favorite, (If you don't know who Art Wolf is you need to watch more PBS or go to Art's website and take a look at some of his pictures.), is a 200mm-400mm zoom with a built in 1.4 extender which Canon sells for, take a deep breath, $10990.00 and that's what my first dental implant cost so that is a huge chunk of change but with the crop factor a 18mm-270mm Tamron zoom becomes a 29mm-432mm zoom and it costs $133.00. Now that is a whopping difference.

So, if you like Canon and want to spend the cash you can lay your hands on some pretty lofty equipment for a bunch less than Canon wants for their Brand-name stuff.

Now my follow-up blog post will talk about the handling of each of these guys but I'll fess up right now and say that I like the feel of the Canon more than either the Nikon or the Pentax. It just fits my hand and everything is in the right place.

And while I am making admissions there's Sony and Olympus but their stuff can be hard to find here at the edge of the world so I think you are better off staying with the three guys I have mentioned.

And now that the hollering day is over and the sales are starting you can start thinking about what you would like. Having a top-notch camera is much better than not having one so any of the three I've talked about will do fine. Just try handling them and see if you like the feel and then let loose of some of that cash you made out with for Christmas unless you went to the Mill on Christmas Day like the Ole Trawler and the Long Sufferin' and pushed the cash into the slot machines for three or four hours and came away with nothing but the shirt on your back cause if you had lost that there'd be mucho coverage by the KVAL folks cause a nekkid woman is always a photo-op while a nekkid man is a felony so either way there'd be news coverage and since there wasn't I can bet you kept some of that loot so you have no excuse not to spend it on a good camera.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dance the Night Away

From: South Coast Folk Society
Subject: English Country Dancing in Coos Bay!
When: Saturday Evening, DECEMBER 30, 2017
Time: 7:00PM to 9:30PM
Where: Coos Bay Senior Center, 4th and Ingersoll, Coos Bay, OR
Featuring: Music: Outstanding Open Bandand Dance Calling by Alixe Dancer

Folk Society to Host English Country Dancing December 30, Public Welcome

The South Coast Folk Society will host an evening of English Country Dancing on Saturday, December 30, from 7:00 to 9:30PM.  This public event will feature live music by the Outstanding Open Band, and dance lessons and calling by Alixe Dance of Roseburg.  Singles, couples and families can all enjoy English Country Dancing, and new dancers are always welcome.  It’s a lovely, graceful form of casual social dancing appropriate for all ages.  Experience is not required.

The Outstanding Open Band consists of many talented local musicians dedicated to playing great dance music.  Alixe Dancer, the caller for the evening, is a highly experienced and very personable instructor and caller.  Her English Country Dance repertoire is ideal for all skill levels.

This event is alcohol and fragrance free.  It will take place at the Coos Bay Senior Center located at 886 S. 4th, corner of 4th and Ingersoll in Coos Bay.  Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 6:45PM.  General admission: $7; Seniors over 60: $6; Members: $5; Students: free; and Supervised Children under 12 are also free.  For more information call 541-404-8267, or go to their web site at
The South Coast Folk Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music, and song.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Round Two

So you thought it over and buying a REAL camera sounds like a good idea and you are a mature adult and can wait until after Christmas so now all you have to do is figure out what camera to buy

No it's too late to catch the Aunt Martha show this year but I know you'll be ready for act two next year. The Dance of the Quivering Flamingo is not to be missed, so lets think about how to be ready.

We've already talked about the economy option and I think it is still the best but for some of you, you just won't be satisfied with anything less than the High-priced spread.

That means Nikon.

The Nikon D90 is a twelve megapixel camera. (You remember we already decided that twelve megapixels is enough even if you want to blow up that shot of the Thing on the Couch in the bear's mouth.) It is a Nikon and it has almost all of the bells and whistles that the bigger, heavier, more costly Nikons have. It just won't cost as much as the new BMW in the driveweay.

Why a D90? It isn't a Pro level camera which is a very good thing for our purposes. Most Pro level cameras, be they Nikon, Canon, Sony or Pentax have been worked to a frazzle. They have high shutter counts, loose lens mounts and worn setting ratchets. They don't have light leaks which plagued all film cameras cause you had to have a way to load film and with all of that opening and closing the backs work their way loose by the time a Pro decides to get a new box.

No a Nikon DS5 or even a D850 is not a good choice, They are fantastic machines and they take wonderful pictures and they last forever but the Pros know this and they use the hell out of them and by the time they make it to the used market they are a mere shadow of themselves.

No you want to focus on an entry level camera like the Nikon D5300. Of course that means no college for the kids but I'm sure they'll understand in a few years and MacDonald's offers some great career options...

Maybe you should think about something a few generations older, like a D90. Now the new Nikon D7100 is a comparable camera, but it will take a second mortgage to buy and it is only a tad bit better. The D90 was introduced in 2008 and it hasn't faded all that much. In fact Nikon still offered it new until 2013 so they thought it was pretty viable. Now you can get all of that viability for around $200. Just check KEH, for a bit more $229 you can get an EX grade model and that kiddios is some deal.

Just think your snotty brother-in-law is going to show up with a Nikon D810 which set him back $2199 refurbished from B&H and you know your sister is seething and planning to Lorena Bobbit him the first chance she gets and that would ruin a lot of Christmases and you can fess up that your Nikon only cost $229 from KEH and aren't you a smart shopper not to mention not having to be afraid of anyone who knows where the knives are kept and that makes for a Happier New year!

And the D90 will have most of the features that the D810 has. No not the ginormous sensor, but why do you need all that? You aren't going to post your photographs to a billboard along I5 so something smaller will do just fine.

And you can still use all of those juicy Nikkor lenses so long as you can afford them. But with the huge tax break the Republicans are giving us as a Christmas present you can have plenty of money to spend on high-priced lenses!

No you won't? Okay take a long look at Sigma and Tamron. They make reasonably price lenses for your Nikon and some of them are better than anything offer by Nikon. The new Sigma 150-600 is the neatest thing since indoor plumbing and cost less than a thousand dollars. Too much, take a look at the Sigma 50-500 for around $650 before Christmas dollars. After the big doings on the 25th you can probably get one for $500.

Still too much? Tamron makes a 28-300 which for my money is the best walking around lens you can have and you can get your hot little hands on one for...$160 dollars at B&H and that's for a high grade copy at the highest priced seller!

And if you decide to get the Tamron 28-300 you won't have to decide if you like wide-angle or long lens best. You'll have both in one package. That means fewer lens swaps, fewer clods in the camera's innards and fewer trips to the repair shop cause you put a clod in the cameras innards!

Now read this over and think on it and after Christmas when Aunt Martha is back to wearing Mumus and drinking chamomile tea and the Thing on the Couch has passed out in front of the Stupid Bowl you can slip off to the computer and order your REAL camera and take beautiful shots all year long even if you decide to buy the Nikon and spend way too much money when you could have had a Pentax for a third of the price but I am not the sort of person to say I told you so so do whatever you matter how wrong it is.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Round One

So maybe more than a day has passed since I started yakking about getting a real camera. Things happen, especially this time of year.

But now that you've had a chance to think about it I am sure you have come to the same conclusion, you need a real camera.

So where to start?

The good news is digital cameras are changing faster than a chameleon on a paisley tie, what was new yesterday is obsolete today, unless you actually want to take photographs.

If you want a camera to impress your neighbors and expose yourself to break-ins and snatch and grab in the streets go ahead and buy that brand new Nikon or Canon. Then make sure your insurance is up to date.

But if you are serious about taking pictures then you don't need a brand new camera.

Here's an important fact, electronics work or they don't. Now a car with a hundred and fifty thousand miles has had a lot of wear and tear, but camera with forty or fifty thousand shutter activations is just settling in. (Shutter activations are the miles on the odometer for a camera) If it works when you get it the odds are it will continue to work for longer than you will have it or maybe even live.

When I got my first DSLR I didn't know these things so I bought a camera with forty thousand shutter activations on the clock. That's not bad and my Pentax K-x is doing just fine thank you very much, but when I bought the second K-x for the Long Sufferin I got one with four thousand activations and it will probably outlive both of us. In the meantime my old camera now has forty-seven thousand clicks on the shutter and is showing no signs of breaking down.

So buying a used two or three generations old camera is not risky, it's just good economics.

Why did I chose a Pentax and not a Nikon or Canon?

The number one reason was the K-x is powered by four AA batteries. There is nothing more annoying or defeating than grabbing your camera only to find out that the battery is dead. This usually happens when you are far away from home and the charger. No charger, no camera, but you can buy double A's at any 7-11. So when the power goes dead, you can be back up in a flash.

Now there were other reasons. Pentax is an old establish name in cameras but it has never achieved the public recognition which Nikon and Canon enjoy. Not good for Pentax stockholders but very good for you. The average cost of a Pentax at any level is forty to sixty percent less than the high priced spread and the camera takes pictures of equal or superior quality. (Also it is built like a tank, I took a header and hit my front porch with the camera between me and the porch. The camera never missed a lick. The porch was fine too but I had a very sore rib or two for a coupla weeks. I don't recommend this method of testing ruggedness. Just take my word for it the Pentax can take a licking and keep on ticking.)

And Pentax has been in the business of making cameras and lenses since the fifties so there is a whole world of compatible lenses for the camera. Sure you won't want to have a flock of lenses hanging around but you will want to be able to try one or two out to see where your eye fits. (Yes, eyes fit. Mine has always been specific so I like long lenses but many people like wide angle views. They are great for landscapes, sunsets and cheating the focus. {Yes, you can cheat the focus. A wide angle lens will keep everything in focus most of the time so you won't have to fight the autofocus to get the image sharp. Course I like long lenses cause they wash out most everything but the object you focus on, so you takes your pick})

There are many more reasons for choosing a Pentax, but lets just keep things simple. You can get a camera for under two hundred dollars, lenses are wildly available and they are cheap and the cameras are rugged. I found a 28-70mm wide-angle for twelve dollars so try that with a Nikon.

And even though the K-x is a few generation old, it is a twelve megapixel camera and that is more than enough if you have the big, fat megapixels in a DSLR and not the sad, sorry and tiny megapixels in your phone. You can make mural sized prints if need be and 11x14's will look like a professional photographer shot them so when you take the picture of the Thing on the Couch being eaten by the bear he surprised taking out the trash Sunday night you could get a full page in National Geographic.

And you do know that now is the time to look but not to buy? It's Christmas! People are screaming and waving money and fighting with teeth and toenails to get the goodies for Aunt Martha even though Aunt Martha has a boy-toy in Aruba and is sunbathing nekkid so that the expensive breast augmentation she treated herself to gets lots of attention and she doesn't have all those pesky tan lines and what if she can land a younger island guy with dark curly hair and a body tight enough to bounce quarters off and no Facebook page to tell the PTA back home what she has been doing over the holiday.

So leave Aunt Martha alone, she's paid her dues and deserves some recreation in her golden years and so what if she comes home with a new tattoo and her navel pierced. Grandma Harriet isn't going to see her in that micro bikini at the family Christmas party unless those missing tan lines turn out really good and Martha decides to throw caution to the wind and dance the marimba in nothing but her ugly Christmas sweater but then you'd really need a new camera to catch the evidence which you would have if you had paid attention to me last Christmas and now there's Martha in nothing but two yards of wool and a smile and you have nothing to capture the image with except your phone which you don't actually have cause the kid swiped it when the battery in his phone died cause he was bored spitless and talked all through the Christmas dinner and annoyed Uncle Bosco who was trying to watch the USC vs Slippery Rock game on the wide screen so there you have it why miss a chance to catch Aunt Martha in the all togethers?

Don't be caught empty handed, research that camera now and when the holiday is over and all of the sales come singing their siren song you'll know just which camera you want!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Play the Links

Why so late?

Yes, I usually start wingeing in late August or September, which is completely stupid, cause even if I get through to you by the time Christmas comes around and you feel like splurging on yourself instead of those ungrateful brats who only show up when they want money or need a baby-sitter, or you discover that The Thing on the Couch has spent $700 on a new LED TV and never said a thing to you and now you want to spend the money you planned to give to him on something nice for you, you will have forgotten all about this so I decided to wait and tell you to just squirrel the cash away and hope that you get even more for the holiday and then after the first of the year when all of the merchants are trying to unload their inventory you'll have a wad of money to buy that camera.

So having waited like a smart shopper, and it's after the holiday so that all of the returns have been made and it is safe to go back out the mall don't just go online and try one of these guys:

So what do all of these links mean? (And yes, I checked them out and they are all active, safe and phishing free)

They are the places where you should be shopping for your camera equipment, even if all you are willing to spring for is a pocket-sized point and shoot. The difference between a good used camera and a new camera can be as much as four hundred dollars and that will by a lot of oil paint! And with modern electronics, they either work or they don't.

I have two Pentax K-x cameras, both from these resources, both working perfectly. Mine has around forty-six thousand activations and the Long Sufferin's has about four thousand and the K-x is supposed to be good for fifty to a hundred thousand activations so I'll let you know when my K-x kicks.

Now a bit more about the links. Adorama is the lowest priced outlet I have found and they are usually very straight forward about the condition of their merchandise. They say right in the description if there is anything which might keep you from selecting an item. But they do sell a lot of items for parts only so read carefully.

B&H is the most expensive outlet but they are also the most comprehensive. If you want a DSLR they have it, if you want Canon Ultra Premium inkjet Photo paper they have it and if you want a lens cap for that old Argus brick sitting on the top shelf of the closet, they have it. Just be aware they charge for stocking all of that stuff so you will pay a bit more.

Henry's is a Canadian outfit, How come ya'll don't recommend 'Marcian, heah? Cause Henry's has some of the best stock and prices you will find, their merchandise is good quality and the exchange rate is very favorable right now. $100C is around $80 US so you get an immediate twenty percent discount.

If you live in these parts and are willing to travel then Glazer's in Seattle should be on your shopping list. They have excellent merchandise and great prices and you can see it and hear it and touch it before you buy it. Besides Seattle is a beautiful city, holidays should always be spent in a city and Art Wolfe has his gallery there so you just can't lose. (You don't know who Art Wolfe is, shame on you! Travels to the Edge on PBS. And check out his blog cause he is most generous with his tips even if you'd never be able to afford that Canon USMC 200-400 with the built in 1.4x extender.)

KEH is the Wily E Coyote Acme of camera stores, they got everything and it is great and it is cheap and they are fast and if you happen to break it before you get to use it they have a repair shop you can send it back to to get whatever you did wrong put right and have it back again ready to shoot those first snow of the season pictures.

I have done business with them several times and have always found them to be completely honest and reliable.

And while you are in their neck of the woods, take a look at the KEH outlet store. If you couldn't stand to buy at KEH's modest prices maybe you can find what you are looking for in the outlet store for an even more modest price.

It is Ebay so be sure to click on the Buy it Now button to get the non-auction price. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

So get on the computer, take a look at the links and I'll be back tomorrow to chat some more.

And It's Free

Museum Store Sale!
During our Saturday, December 2nd, Holiday Open House and Artisan market, from 10am until 3pm, the Museum Store will have 10% off selected items. CHM members will get 20% off their purchase.* Not a member and want the discount? Sign up anytime!
*Discount taken on total purchase; excludes sale and consignment items.
Cannot be combined with other discounts.
Come Join Us for our Holiday Open House & Artisan’s Market!
Click here for a sneak peek!

December 2nd
10am-3pm Market
Coos History Museum is Admission Free All Day

Activities for kids
Live music

Shop from unique vendors
CHM Angel Tree
Include the museum in your holiday gift giving. Help fulfill museum staff wishes for donations to pay for needed program supplies and equipment. Come into the museum and select paper ornaments from the tree, then go to our admissions counter to make your donation. Each paper ornament features a suggested donation amount to cover the needed expense.
Your generous support is greatly appreciated and needed.
Print Making Classes
Sunday, December 3rd
1pm - 4pm
Join us at the Coos History Museum for an intro to the historical art of Gyotaku with the help of the Charleston Marine Life Center sharing information on our subjects.
Other classes in this series and their locations can be found on our website here.
1st Tuesday Talk
John Whitty, WWII: Its Effects in Coos County
December 5th    6:30pm
The talk will cover the war years, both locally and around the world, and will also cover the post-war effects on Coos County.
Doors open at 6pm. Museum exhibits and store open until 8:30pm. Free with paid museum admission. CHM Members get in free.
First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino.

South Coast Biography: Local History From Lives of the Past

Wednesday evenings
January 10th-March 21st
CHM board member Steve Greif will again teach a local history class this winter term with a new curriculum twist. “South Coast Biography: Local History From Lives of the Past” will be held at the Coos History Museum. The fee for the Southwestern Oregon Community College community education class is $60. As this is a non-credit course, there is no textbook, assignments, or tests.
Interested participants must register for the class through the community college. Call Steve Greif at the museum for more information. (541)756-6320
CHM 995.1.14124 a
Public display of the list of names of Coos County's WWII fighters. The billboard was against the outside right wall of a two-story bank building, on the corner of Second and Central Streets.
Toddler Yoga!
Every Thursday
Cost is $7 per adult or free if you are a CHM member.  Not a member? Family memberships are only $50 per year.  That is cheaper than the cost of a gym!
Bay Watch?
On the front page of our website, when the pictures scroll through, is a link to see what is going on in the bay.Click here to see what we get to see every day.
One of the many benefits of getting a Friend membership or higher is being able to gain access to the 945 museums that are a part of that association. Click here if you are interested to know what NARM is and see places you can go.
Membership to the Coos History Museum has its rewards when shopping locally. Show your membership card when you shop at Tru FurnitureTruffles! and Katrina Kathleen's to receive 10% off regular prices.

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