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  1. 4 points
    My colleague had been periodically taking photographs of the gardens at a stately home in the UK for the National Trust over the last couple of years. He was however somewhat taken aback when asked to photograph the 400 year old estate map drawn on vellum, that hangs in the Great Hall, not knowing if it was a practical proposition for amateurs to tackle. We were discussing it one night over a glass of wine (or two) and decided that with a joint effort it would be ‘fun’ to have a go. It wouldn’t be a paid commission so failure would not be an issue. And so it was that we presented ourself as the venue during the early part of 2018 for a trial run. I should explain at this point that a detailed image was required so that all of the minute fading ink writing could be seen showing the field boundaries, size and owner notation. The plan by the NT researchers was to overlay our image on the current OS maps to see how the boundaries had changed and if any of the properties were in the same family ownership. The map is over 6 feet wide and 8 feet deep, rippled, falling apart and could not under any circumstances be touched! Lighting was a problem. Because we were going to be stitching several images, it had to be even and consistent. In the end I bought a flat panel LED light that fixed to the camera hot shoe, which proved ideal, and our trial shoot taking and stitching 4 images was very acceptable. Like all big organisations various permissions had to be obtained and it was only this week that we were able to get cracking. Access was the big issue for the main shoot as the top of the map was at least 10 feet high, but the NT volunteered to erect a tower scaffold for us, hopefully to solve the problem. The broad plan was to use my D750 with a 35mm prime lens. The 24Mp sensor would provide enough detail in files that were not too large in comparison to my colleague’s megapixel D850. The 35mm lens would give a reasonably wide field of view, be relatively distortion free, and stopped down to f8 should overcome the ripple problem. The rig would be tripod mounted and tethered to a laptop so that the images could be transferred and viewed immediately to check focus. The tower scaffold was a nightmare. It was not wide enough to cover the whole width of the map by about 6 inches either end and the number of braces and safety rails made accurate positioning impossible. Oh and then there was the glass lantern! Again very old and precious that hung down below the top of the map and inside the tower scaffold platform. We decided in the end to hand hold using the various bars for support despite the risk of camera shake. We would only use the tripod at the lower levels when the scaffold was out of the way. So imagine if you will me squirming about on the platform, on my knees, sitting, lying down, while my colleague dutifully held the lap top and tether and checked each shot for positioning, exposure and focus. All going fine until the LED panel fell to the floor, but mercifully undamaged when recovered. To cut a long story short it all worked. We ended up with 25 images that would need stitching together, each image being about 31Mb. Enter Lightroom. Clearly each image had to have a consistent look and so I edited the first image to get maximum clarity and from this created a preset. The remaining images were quickly edited using the preset with very satisfactory results. My first thought was to stitch each horizontal strip and then combine the strips, but Lightroom informed me that this was not possible. I ended up by selecting all 25 RAW images and hit ‘panorama’ and went off for a cup of tea, came back and went off for another cup of tea …. Eventually my final image appeared on the screen, 15,633 x 18,552 pixels, and a file size in excess of 1Gb. How easy was that? You can see the results in the accompanying photographs. The seams that you can see on the finished map image are the joints in the velum not from the digital stitching, and the distortions on the edges replicate the curled edges of the original exactly. It was a great exercise with a pleasing result, and I know that both both my colleague and I learnt a lot from the need to improvise. The first image shows our set up with the scaffold removed, the second the final image and the last a small extract from the final image at 100%.
  2. 4 points
    Yesterday I visited the city of Gouda (well known for it''s cheese). It was beautiful Autumn weather so nice colours and beautiful shadows and light. When I saw this old cast iron bridge I thought it was worth an image. The square format was intentional, no crop in post processing.
  3. 4 points
  4. 3 points
    You're only as old as it takes you to recover from your injuries, Mike.
  5. 3 points
    A collage of four images shot at the Museumhaven in Gouda. The Museumhaven is a harbour for historical ships of about 1900. The ships are mostly restored or in process of restoration. The aim of the harbour is to preserve the ships and the atmosphere of the harbour as it was around 1900.
  6. 3 points
    Sadly the internet is plagued by 'nay-sayers' many of whom will never have even tried the equipment or software they are criticising. I have never used a MFT camera although I have played with a friend's, and for me the bodies are just too small for my big hands, but that doesn't make them bad or unusable for others. I chose the opposite end of the spectrum, FF big and heavy. But so what. I always advise people that there is no such thing as a bad camera these days and that we blessed with a huge choice of equipment. The sensible options is to get to a store or find a colleague that owns the model or similar to your choice and make sure it works for you, from the point of view of size, ease of operation, available lenses and budget etc.. Read online reviews by all means to create a short list but don't make a decision based on those alone. You have obviously been through that process Dallas and Mike is now evaluating his options. Why should we question either yours or Mike's decision.
  7. 2 points
    One of Dorset's most spectacular bays is Seacombe Bay, here portrayed at sunset. It takes a very pleasant 30 min downhill walk to get there, and the place is so amazing that it makes the walk back, all uphill, a breeze! Leica S (Typ 007), Leica Summarit-S 35mm and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters. Thank you for viewing, best regards Vieri
  8. 2 points
    Thanks Hugh, yes I still got my X-H1 + 16mm 1.4, 23mm 1.4, 56mm 1.2, 10-24mm, 18-55mm, 55-200mm and I’ll be keeping that lot for the moment! But having said that the M4/3 system I’m building is roughly the same. But I’m finding very little difference in image quality, any problems will be my fault not the fault of the gear! The Panasonic Leica lenses are expensive but ooze quality. Of manufacture and image quality, I’ve not seen better and of course the lenses are teeny tiny compared to my Fujinons. Plus they look very sexy. 😎
  9. 2 points
    Nikon D5 & Zeiss 18mm f/3.5. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  10. 2 points
    Some color images of my brief stay in this beautiful place. Nikon D5 & Zeiss 18mm f/3.5. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6
  11. 2 points
    Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6
  12. 2 points
    What??? Everyone knows that SLR is the way of the future - a nice big mirror banging up and down to let everyone in the vicinity know you're using a REAL camera.... a big, bulky prism to add weight and presence to your equipment and so allowing a dual-purpose role as weapon to ward off muggers, no useless electronic garbage like focus peaking or focus point enlargement which just gets in the way of getting those hard-to-focus achieving a sharp image, no jittery EVF that will never equal optical finders, and better still all those old manual focus lenses that can be used to get a nice, old look to your photos.... Oh yes, give me SLR any day. I'm even willing to put my money where my mouth is - look at my latest 3.8kg $240 purchase with its $260 lens and grow green with envy. (And FILM - Long live film!!!!) ( ....for those who don't get sarcasm).... Actually, for me the biggest news is that Sigma are working on an L mount camera with a 36x24 Foveon sensor. Given their past enlargement from APS-C to APS-H by simply adding more of the same sized pixels, such a sensor would be in the vicinity of high-40's genuine megapixels, with no luminance interpolation needed. Such a sensor could give even the Hasselblad/Fuji 100MP MF cameras a fright, which, combined with a new range of L mount lenses from Panasonic/Leica would finally give Sigma a viable presence in the up-market camera field.
  13. 2 points
    Mike (B), I agree with you 100% in that there are no more "bad cameras". There will always be bad photographers though. No short supply of those. Sometimes though it is infuriating to read the drivel that gets written by websites that are supposedly the source of education for those who are not in the know. Dpreview, for example. Just today in their "article" on the new Sigma DN 56/1.4 lens which they are bringing to MFT, the "author" goes on about it having an "equivalent aperture" to a 112mm f/2.8 lens. What are these people smoking? Do they equate the aperture of a lens to only the depth of field and then just double the focal length to a non-existent lens because it's convenient for the slender-minded to make a comparison? I eventually just gave up responding to the twits who were defending this insanity. I felt like asking what it's equivalence would be on a large format system but thought better of it. Anyway...
  14. 2 points
    There is a legion of nay-sayers who will stop at nothing to discredit the smaller micro four thirds system, Mike. They invent terms such as "equivalent aperture" and other mystical nonsense to somehow throw a shadow over the quality of this system. All they're doing is missing out. I have used a lot of cameras and a lot of systems since I first got serious about photography 18 years ago and as I have said many, many times on this forum (probably to my detriment), I have not used a better, more versatile system than this. I will continue to invest in it for my work. It will be a very sad thing indeed if the photography world continues to get hung up on building for the 35mm system at the expense of small formats like MFT and APS-C. Long may they thrive. If I ever feel the need for a bigger camera you can rest assured it won't be a 35mm based one, it will be medium format.
  15. 2 points
    Thanks again Luc! The credit for the low noise at ISO 4000 is entirely to the D5. It's a beast dealing with high iso, I've forced it to go all the way up to 51200 and... judge by yourself: D5 + 200/400 f/4 240mm f/4 1/400s ISO 51200 It was dark allright... Krgds, Marcelo
  16. 2 points
    All with the D5 and Zeiss 18mm f/3.5. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  17. 2 points
    "Nasutamanus" by Daniel Firman. Image shot at exhibition "A Balancing Act", Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort/Holland
  18. 2 points
    It's hypothetical. I'm not likely to buy either. I'm done jumping ship and am quite happy with my MFT system. "Full frame" is a term used by the photographic ignorancy at large. My cameras are all full frame. Micro Four Thirds full frame. 😎
  19. 1 point
    Wahoo my £300 rebate for the purchase of my Panasonic G9 was Paypalled to my account today. Quite a happy bunny today!
  20. 1 point
    Ooh you little tinker! 😋
  21. 1 point
    Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  22. 1 point
    Thanks Dallas. No secrets here. As I usually say, I spend less than 2 minutes processing each image. When I'm travelling like now, I do that every night before I go to sleep. Lately I've been using the Viveza filter of Nik in some images. That's the only different thing. My standard process includes some clarity (less than 10), some sharpness (less than 40) and levels adjustment. Only. For the B&W sometimes I use the standard PS B&W converter and sometimes I use the Silver Effex of Nik. Of course the most important part is choosing the good light, along with a good camera and glass. As we say in Brazil, this is raining in the wet (obvious). Best regards.
  23. 1 point
    I guess the principal is sound, but as you say, you need to look carefully at the particular power bank to be sure it will work as expected. They need to be USB-C PD (Power Delivery) units and also you need to use the USB-C port not the USB-A port, otherwise it will just slowly charge the battery while the camera is off rather than power the camera. I think the standard is based on focusing fully in and out and using flash for a portion of the shots, so it should be possible to better the rated figures, particularly if you shoot a burst where you are not refocussing. You do have to look carefully at the power ratings - obviously if you charge it off the same charger as your phone and the power bank is capable of recharging your phone a couple of times, it will take a couple of times longer than the phone. Just swapping to a 2A charger rather than the cheaper 1A chargers that are often shipped can make a huge difference in charge times. With USB-C, power levels can go even higher. I'll get a chance in the next week or two to have a longer play with my camera and get a better handle on my usage. The temptation of getting equivalent to 3-5 batteries for the price of 1 does sound tempting. I also keep thinking about being able to keep myself powered up away from home, although most of my recent trips have been car based and I can rely on the car to charge devices (and now with the USB charging capability of Fuji, also my camera). There are also a few brands around at retail here in Melbourne for about half the cost of the genuine Fuji. I'm sure you'd find power banks useful for the Sigma if it was capable of running of USB power. I'm not sure if other brands are capable of charging or running off USB. Otherwise, if you are doing massive panoramas with your Fuji that exceed the limit of one battery, the power bank would let you keep running without stopping for a battery change.
  24. 1 point
    Taken a couple of weeks ago when two of our Grand-children stayed with us for a night. Evan, who is five was born with the animal-loving gene that courses through our family starting with my mother. Early in the morning while one of our cats was sitting by the window eyeing the birds in the yard, Evan sat down beside him, and I grabbed this shot. Converted to black and white in Photoshop. Nikon D3 zoom-Nikkor 24~70 2.8 AF-S ED G 5.6 @ 1/80th ISO 200
  25. 1 point
    Nikon. I prefer a Nikon in the hand, intuitive menu system, legacy lenses. But I won't be selling my SL.
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