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    Rhino Rockin' the Boat

    Just upset some of my purist camera club folk by winning the Pictorial Natural History Competition with this image of a Rhino'. Apparently it should be in colour and not so creatively edited!
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    Owls and More Owls

    Beautiful images.
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    Negative space adds tension to an image which is fine by me. Nice series Luc. I'm a sucker for architectural photography.
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    I still have my D70 and it would get an airing if it were not for the covering going all sticky. I have some great images ( by my standards) taken with this camera and 35/2 lens combination.
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    Rhino Rockin' the Boat

    Thanks Anthony, and as far as clubs are concerned I'm already a member of two. In my experience it is the Natural History competitions that cause more argument than any other. The judge was fine Mike he chose it as a winner. There is a general problem however in that they have all been trained the same way and the aesthetic is often the last thing they will consider, if at all, after all the technical issues. Still it's not a life threatening issue so I can't get particularly wound up about it. In fact I find their blinkered comments quite amusing at times.
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    Back to the beginning

    I just love the results from these traditional methods. Timeless as others have said.
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    1 & 2 Point Perspectives

    Great images Dallas and I can see why the apartments are a hard sell from your aerial shot.
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    The Swede, Saltis.

    I'll look out for him when I'm in Stockholm this coming week!
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    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    Thanks Daniel, very useful information. Perhaps another possibility for me.
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    Guys and Dolls

    One of my enjoyable ‘jobs’ is to photograph the local Youth Theatre’s annual production (as well as help build the set). This year the group performed Guys and Dolls. Naturally one cannot disturb paying customers by taking photographs during performances so all the work has to be done during the dress rehearsal, which is quite challenging as everything has to be done on the fly with no pre-planning. Modern technology is both a help and hinderance these days. Our cameras have much improved sensors and dynamic range, coping much better at high ISO values, but stage lighting is now extremely bright and with focusable moving heads pooling intense light on an otherwise dark stage even the latest sensors struggle to cope. Another problem is accommodating production numbers that takeup the whole stage, appropriately lit, followed by an immediate change with maybe two characters in a corner or centre stage in a pool of light requiring a close up. This is my approach to the problem, which I’m sure will differ from others, but it works for me (most of the time). I use three 24Mp cameras all set to ISO 3200 which I have found to be the safe limit to avoid excessive noise. The first is tripod mounted with a 35mm manual focus lens set at f6.4 and zone focussed from infinity to a few metres from the camera, matrix metered in aperture priority mode and fired with a cable release. This is positioned to take in the whole stage for the big production numbers. My second camera is fitted with a 24 – 90mm zoom with vibration reduction, the camera again on aperture priority at f4 and using spot metering. This camera is hung on a strap around my neck. The third camera is fitted with a 70-300mm zoom with vibration reduction, aperture priority, spot metering and at f5.6. This camera is hand held. I leave the colour balance on auto with all three, firstly because I take RAW images anyway, and secondly because the intense colour washes used for stage lighting frequently need adjusting in post where the sensors over saturate or colour shift. I always underexpose by a stop or two to avoid burning out the highlights. I did try bracketing but this is not successful due to the slight time lag between exposures. My aim is always to reproduce the actual stage lighting as close as is possible. How did it go? Well I took well over 500 images during the rehearsal which I have now pruned down to just under two hundred, ditching duplicates, closed eyes, too much movement and missed exposures etc. The Director and more importantly the youngsters are extremely happy. I on the other hand can always see plenty of room for improvement.
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    Guys and Dolls

    Thanks Dallas. I ran a theatre for 13 years before I retired so had many more opportunities then. The youth group show is sadly my own chance these days.
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    Willpower of a cabbage!

    The point to remember is that it doesn't make me a better photographer, far from it. I'm just a fool that spends too much on his photography. But then there are no pockets in a shroud! It took me about 60 years to realise my dream of owning a Leica. My uncle had one when I was a lad and when he died the family gave it and his Leica enlarger to my cousin, a year my senior, who wasn't even that interested in photography. I vowed then that I would own one some day. When my dear old Mum died I bought one in memory of her and her late brother with the money she left me. I've not been disappointed although for me it's not an everyday camera that I'll take into the urban jungle, hence my interest in the descreet Olympus Pen F or the like.
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    Guys and Dolls

    Thanks Mike.
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    Willpower of a cabbage!

    I do buy 'used' wherever possible!
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    Willpower of a cabbage!

    Congratulations Mike. I am pleased that I'm not the only sufferer of that condition.
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    Olympus Pen F

    Do any of you MFT fans have any experience with the Pen F? I'm looking to update my long serving Olympus XZ1 walkabout camera with a larger sensor and ILC but still relatively small. My other gear is bigger, heavier and less convenient when flying budget airlines. The Pen F is now being discontinued and so there are bargains (relative) to be had.
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    Olympus Pen F

    Thanks Luc, very useful information.
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    Olympus Pen F

    Thanks for that Mike. I've not ever considered the Panasonic rangefinder style cameras and will investigate. I'm still very undecided and in truth can't really justify yet another camera, the sensor on the XZ1 is just too small, and my other standby small travel camera, a Nikon D3200 plus Sigma 17-70 zoom is looking a bit large these days. Mind you it is tiny in comparison to some of my other stuff. The problem is that I favour manual focussing for lot of what I do and really don't like manual focussing on the Nikon DLSRs. Mirrorless with focus peaking etc. spoils you.
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    Changing Systems

    Mine's a Nikon.
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    Lightroom and Z6 Raw Files

    Do you have all of your images in the one catalogue Dallas? If you switch the machine off and clear the cache then the whole lot has to be loaded again which takes time. My iMac is much faster since I have been using an SSD for storage and I only ever 'sleep' the machine rather than switching it off.
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    Saltis in frame

    I like the way you have lit the dog but do find the frame too dominant for my personal taste.
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    Desolate Orford Ness

    Following on from my 'Silver Thread' post here as threatened are some more shots of this wonderful location.
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    Desolate Orford Ness

    Yes they are all from the more recent military activity. The pagoda roofed buildings were where the explosive experiments were carried out. The lighthouse is likely to fall into the sea soon as erosion is quite excessive and recent attempts to improve matters have proved ineffective. Thanks for your comments.
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    The Silver Thread - Orford Ness

    One of my favourite haunts is Orford Ness, a wild and desolate shingle spit on the Suffolk Coast in the Uk. Orford Ness' military history began in 1913, when the Central Flying School’s Experimental Flying Section took ownership of part of the peninsula. Experiments with parachutes, camouflage and aircraft evaluation. German POWs were kept at the site during WWI - and helped to build the flood defenses. In 1929, Orford Ness was chosen as the site for early British explorations into the field of radar. The beacon established at the site was a simple radio installation that looked something like a sail-less windmill (which still stands today). Within a few years, the tests conducted at Orford Ness gave the British the theoretical and practical background necessary to construct the network of radar-directed air defence that would prove so critical during the RAF's battle with the Luftwaffe in WWII. In 1950, the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment was created to coordinate Britain's efforts in nuclear warfare and took control of the Orford Ness site, which became a testing ground for building design that could withstand nuclear blasts. Officially, no nuclear material was ever detonated at the site, but explosive tests were certainly carried out to test the functional performance of distinctive 'pagoda' shaped buildings - some of which remain standing to this day.
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    The Silver Thread - Orford Ness

    Thank you both. I'll dig out some more images of the Ness to show you just how desolate it is. If anybody is thinking of paying a visit then take some warm clothing any time other than high summer.

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