Alan7140

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  1. I don't know who dressed it, Mike, or for that matter who even put it there - it wasn't there last time I passed that way. Given the professional-standard installation of the pole, I'd say it was a sign that has been removed (probably without permission) and re-purposed. (Sorry, but T-Max only comes in B&W... )
  2. Indeed, Mike.
  3. Kiev-60, T-Max 100, Jupiter 3,5/250
  4. Kiev-60, T-Max 100, Carl Zeiss Jena MC Biometar 2,8/120.
  5. Indeed - SI plates mean restricted use, a log book must be kept that concurs with the mileage on the speedometer.
  6. I was just picturing people lining up with their dogs in an orderly fashion to avoid "driveway congestion". The high pressure hose on a maltese terrier would be interesting, but not half so much as the high suction vacuum cleaner....
  7. Now, now, Mike, I use the X-T2 almost on a daily basis for work. Just because I'm playing the field at the moment doesn't mean I've abandoned her - far from it!
  8. I walked around Moonah for an hour with the Kiev-60, a roll of T-Max 100 and Jupiter 3,5/250 lens attached while waiting for my car to be fitted with new tyres on Thursday. At the beginning of the shopping strip and some odd signs, seemingly unable to decide what Century this is or what the business is: and lastly a way to make me feel old - a somewhat worse for wear Toyota Landcruiser registered as a "Special Interest" vehicle (i.e. an antique) that is one model year newer than the same model Land cruiser I bought brand new back in 1976 (and regrettably sold three years later) :
  9. Yes, the "normal" ones have gotten away with a few children over the years....
  10. Not much to look at initially, but a sight rare enough for a neighbour to drive 1km over to my place to get me to photograph. These are a pair of wood moths mating, again, nothing unusual until you realise the larger female of the pair is 100mm (4") long in the body - so about the length of the palm of an adult human hand. While there is some movement in this rather hurried hand-held stack of 7 photos, they did remain still enough for a result in the stiff breeze while hanging on to the wall of a house. As they showed no signs of fleeing, I then got my tripod out of the car and try a few more comprehensive stacks involving around 40 photos each, but that was too ambitious and their movement in the breeze had those stacks fail. X-T2, Zeiss Touit 2,8/50 Makro, f/8.
  11. Difficult stuff to photograph well at the best of times, these are excellent.
  12. Misguided clamour, if you ask me. Should Fuji instigate IBIS (after explaining in a plausible way their previous insistence that the XF mount wouldn't permit it for being too narrow), I think the justification may well be made so that it can introduce that other great work-around for CFA sensors of pixel-shift, in a supposed cure for moire that Fuji X-Trans cameras were not supposed to suffer from in the first place. This in turn will make it into the GFX, current examples from which I have seen that display the worst moire ever - reverting to a standard Bayer sensor to appease those who found the X-Trans too difficult because Adobe stuffed up their algorithm really did Fuji no favours at all. If the standard X-Trans was beyond Adobe's software writers, a pixel-shifting X-Trans could have them apoplectic. Or..... Fuji may be on track to drop the X-Trans altogether, in which case the XT-2 will be my last Fuji camera. Meanwhile Hasselblad has now introduced its latest update on its now obsolete DSLR H6D camera with a six-pixel-shift option to eliminate the moire that just wouldn't go away. It costs a paltry $73,475 and is being marketed as being for the ultimate in resolution - "These 6 captures are then combined to give the equivalent of a single 400MP capture, delivering a 16-bit Tiff file size of 2.4GB per frame (23200 x 17400 pixels), giving the ultimate in image resolution. That's 26 shots on a 64GB card....... so upload your files to NORAD for processing . https://www.hasselblad.com/h6d-multishot/
  13. Correct, Mike, 'dynamic' is totally not a word I'd use to describe 'wombat'...
  14. Like most Australian marsupials, there's not much goes on in a wombat's nocturnal world other than eating, sleeping, pooping (wombats poop cubes, which is perhaps their greatest claim to fame)... and occasionally the urge to procreate. They live in burrows, keep to themselves, are territorial and are perhaps best described in the intelligence department with the term "the lights are on, but no-one's home". Occasionally they can be aggressive, but Usain Bolt they aren't, so evading such outbursts usually isn't a problem - that's if you ever see a wild one, of course, given that their excursions are usually at night. The female wombat unusually has a rearward facing pouch and no tail to speak of, so with an almost grown youngster in pouch feeding at one end and the mother at the other they can look like they have a head at each end. Australia's wildlife is nothing if not unusual.
  15. I agree, Anthony, and as briefly explained in an earlier post, it was an error on my behalf - I was using unrefrigerated 2009 expired Tri-X, and with three unopened bottles of Rodinal purchased during or before 2002 in my darkroom I thought I'd take a punt and use some for this process. I added what I thought would be an inadequate 25% extra to the processing time. As it rather obviously transpired, this was a mammoth over-compensation and despite their age the Rodinal and film were both perfectly OK and needed none of that. I must also have been mentally compensating exposure during the taking as well because I could also have gotten away with a lot less exposure. All the guff on the Internet about old film and developer deterioration also tend to cloud one's thinking despite previous experience as well, I guess. Too many 'experts' who need their 15 minutes, maybe. Now I have the benchmark to work with I will pull back the development - Rodinal is a fickle enough developer as it is, and overdeveloping blocks up highlights and really increases base fog which results in the accentuation grain. Before this with the other few films I've taken I was using T-Max 100 and processing with Ilford LC29 developer bought four years ago, and that had needed a time increase. That bottle is finished, and with 125ml costing nearly AU$50 I thought I'd try the Rodinal, the three bottles of which would be worth AU$212 if it were available in that size new today (the modern substitute RO-9 costs AU$17 per 120ml). Call me stingy, but I couldn't bear to throw that Rodinal away untried, and as it turns out, nor did I have to. I don't pretend I'm not rusty after being away from the darkroom since switching fully to digital about a decade ago, and I'm anticipating a few more (although not too many, I hope) slip-ups before getting everything nailed down.