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  1. That's a great set. I particularly like the first. The positioning of the dragonfly relative to the similar coloured flowers in perfect.
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    A new Nikon Z7

    I bought myself a decent Sony Handicam when my kids were young but in truth rarely ever used it. I did use an old VHS video camera when I had a construction company specialising in repairs and renewals that I used to 'hose down' properties on a room by room basis, and that was extremely useful and well used. More recently I bought my wife a little digital video camera but I doubt she even knows of its whereabouts today.
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    A new Nikon Z7

    Congratulations Mike. Looking forward to seeing some great pics in the near future. I have to admit to a severe touch of GAS but so far have managed control the urge, particularly as I already use five cameras on a regular basis, albeit each for a different purpose. On the other hand there is still room on the shelf for one more!
  4. Throughout my professional career I was always advised to beware of statistics and indeed I have manipulated them to suit my own purposes many a time. I think the simple truth is that we are all fumbling around in the dark with this one. When the government advisers, worldwide, cannot agree, there is little point in us pontificating. Too many of the published statistics are mixing apples with oranges and governments being governments are never going to clarify or equalise those statistics. Frankly I think most governments are going to be damned if they do and damned if they don't with all of the suggested preventative measures. I'm just pleased I'm not in government. I have simply made up my own mind on the precautions I'm going to take within the government dictates and as and when I feel safe to go out and mix with the public at large, holiday or fly, I will stick to my rules irrespective of any easing of lockdown or other measures.
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    Sacre Cœr

    All the better for a lesser used viewpoint.
  6. No accidents to report with my Manfrotto over many years thank goodness but I did ditch the trigger head which was useless.
  7. Yes, I have several Michael Freeman books in my substantial photographic library, but unlike you Dallas I have found them quite useful. One of my favourite photographic books however is 'Pictures on a Page' by Harold Evans the former editor of the Sunday Times when it also issued the excellent magazine along with the paper. The book takes us behind published images describing how they may be improved so that our 'seeing' is enhanced, discussing ethics, the implication of cropping and much more. Although featuring upwards of 500 many iconic pictures the book is a fascinating marriage of words and pictures. Highly recommended.
  8. You guys are in a different league to me! I'm still using my old Manfrotto 055PRO aluminium tripod with cheap Kenko large ball head and a smaller Manfrotto Befree aluminium travel tripod. Oh and then there are the small table top travel tripods of which I have several. My backpack came from Jessops 30+ years ago and is still going strong, and my tiny 'street' bag cost me £7 from the 7-Day Shop. I did treat myself to a Thinktank sling bag last year which is great. Hmmn, but then there are the cameras. I'd best keep quiet!
  9. I'm not a huge fan of infra red photography although under certain circumstances it can produce really interesting images. Suffice to say that my interest has never been sufficient to justify the expenditure on a conversion of an old camera, but following an interesting piece I found on the web I am now in possession of a 720nm infra red filter. Whilst clearly not able to produce comparable results to an i/r camera early tests look promising. Watch this space!
  10. Cohen Brothers first movie 'Blood Simple' 'Kenny' for a laugh. Anything by Wes Anderson if you have a warped sense of humour.
  11. I recently received top marks in a stiff club competition for a mono print (A3 size) taken a few years back with my D70, all 6Mp of it! Who needs 60Mp for that purpose. Marketing man wins OK!
  12. Just bought a Lab-Box daylight developing tank to speed up the film processing. Much too expensive for what it is but very convenient. I hate the old changing bags and all that nonsense.
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    The Blacksmith

    It is interesting that I have found the same technique works best for me. The more recent crop of sensors seem to give a huge amount of latitude when it comes to post processing. I can also sympathise with your situation with regard to family and friends accompanying you. Most of my travels are in the company of non-photographers, which in itself proves quite a challenge when trying get the right shot. We do suffer for our art!!
  14. Condors are not the prettiest of birds!
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    The Blacksmith

    Then you have maximised the opportunity. I agree that a flash would have ruined the atmosphere unless you had a complex setup and all the time in the world to get the power levels right.
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    Peeling Paint

    Much better (in my opinion).
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    The Blacksmith

    Nice environmental portraits. Maybe lift the shadows and increase the contrast a touch?
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    Peeling Paint

    I really like it Mike but I think you could increase the saturation and clarity a touch to give it more bite. It looks a bit flat.
  19. Strange territory for me. Lit with two LED torches in black box. Mental note ... need better samples!
  20. A few weeks back I 'enjoyed' a field trip with the RPS to the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. I say enjoy because storm Dennis was raging at the time and I did get very wet and battered. It was nevertheless very interesting though not as productive as hoped. What did catch my eye was this extraordinary tree carving by a guy called Tom Harvey who uses a combination of chain saw and chisels. This one is called 'Reflections on the Moon'. I only had a 24-90mm lens so could not get the close up shot I wanted but fortunately it is a very sharp lens and enabled the crop and edit that I had envisaged. Here is the final image. (click on image to see it at its best in the lightbox.)
  21. Merry Christmas Dallas with best wishes and good luck for your new adventures in 2020. Not forgetting Seasons Greetings to all Fotozones participants.
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    This brings back happy memories of a visit to Clervaux and the Bulge Museum during one of my many stays in Vianden. Luxembourg is such a beautiful country, particularly in the Autumn.
  23. Yes, downloaded my copy today. It does look very different. I had no idea there were so many free fonts to tap into either, which could be quite useful when I next have to dream up a poster for the local theatre youth group.
  24. Not sure I'd want to be in any of the little boats with all that heavy traffic passing by.
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