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  1. The composition looks great, but I feel they should be in colour.
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    Up in the Air

    And approaching Sydney this is one didn’t quite load at the time. It’s a bigger image file from the phone camera whereas the first was the smaller file from a wireless transfer of a camera .
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    Up in the Air

    Given the recent air show photos, here is something from the other point of view. not only that but taking advantage of the inflight wifi to post whilst still up in the air!
  4. That's in pretty good nick for both a Landrover and a Bond car. Consider the mess he made of the Aston Martin DBS V12 in the opening sequence of Quantum of Solace ( which also involved wrecking another Landrover). Fix the windscreen and the headlight glass and this one will probably pass its MOT ( U.K. Annual roadworthiness check).
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    Brecon Jazz

    What a set up! That lens would dwarf the camera.
  6. A couple of things about the Nikon 1 - it was generally priced around the same as low to mid-range dslr, but never had the features and controls to attract more serious users. Most at people I heard of with Nikon 1 cameras (myself included) picked them up at fire sale prices when they tried to clear the first models. Later models were a lot harder to find and I haven’t heard of as many people using the later models. The DL range looked like it was going to address that and a lot of people sounded like they would have bought one if they had made it into production. another model that had potential that wasn’t fully realised was the Coolpix A. I think part part of the problem was cultural - in Japan and parts of Asia like Hong Kong or Singapore, it is possible to charge a premium for a more compact model, whereas in Europe and the US the expectation is that smaller models are cheaper. After my experiment with a Nikon J1, and seeing Nikons various experiments, I finally found a camera that met the expectations of these, the Fuji X-E3. I’m sure if Nikon had tried a more traditional or even retro approach with the 1 models, I might be using that .
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    Photo vs Video

    The same sort of question but from the other direction - when something catches your eye and think about it for a photograph, but then notice some motion adds to it - what are your thoughts? An example, walking home the other evening, I kept glancing at my shadow cast by the street lights. Directly under the light, there was a single strong shadow, but as I walked, the angle changed, the shadow became two and the strength faded as I reached midway between two lights before returning to a single strong shadow below the next light. There might be a photo there, but it was the movement, the fading and growing of the shadow that really caught my attention. visually it interested me, but it didn't have a story. It appealed to me in the same way as photographs do. It might make a fill scene in a movie, but on its own, how can it work? It's not something you'd crash on the sofa with a beer to watch or head to the cinema for, but does that mean it isn't worth looking at. Would still images achieve the same effect - perhaps a dyptic containing the two extremes?
  8. I've always wondered what that lens is like, going beyond 1x. Working at 2x will certainly be a challenge, with that almost non-existent working distance and I'd guess there will be very little depth of field by then too.
  9. #6 looks like a scary version of Mt Rushmore, with stacks of skulls.
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    Photo vs Video

    This is a sort of rhetorical question and certainly isn't meant as a criticism of any one. Why do we look at photos in a different way to videos? Why can we look at photos just for pleasure, but with video we have more expectations - we want a story or some action, something to happen. An example: A panorama of in a rain forest... IMG_0804 2 and a video of the same spot The video is perhaps more informative, but I'm sure that the photo will be the preferred option of many. Perhaps part of the problem is how we have been brought up to view the two in a different manner. Certainly among us older people, video was television and cinema and had to meet certain standards and had to have a certain purpose. Maybe younger people brought up on Youtube clips have a different attitude and appreciation of random video footage. Or perhaps it is the other way around and the stigma has developed from the clips on the internet. It is certainly not a lack of appreciation - I'm sure we all have scenes from movies that we admire just for the view - like the desert view in Lawrence of Arabia (or the Quentin Tarantino opening to The Hateful Eight which copied that style). At times, I'm also tempted to sit and watch the screensaver in the Apple TV, which consists of slow fly-throughs of various cities around the world - but again the prospect of leaving such a thing playing on the TV in the background seems a bit weird compared to hanging a picture on the wall. Thoughts please.....
  11. A photo from Namibia (although not one of Dallas' safaris) to get things back on topic...👨‍🎓 A scan of old film, desaturated to hide some of the horrible colour casts from that batch of developing.
  12. If he’d managed his taxes better and didn’t dump his US citizenship, he could have been tempted with a nice detached house rather than a dingy London terrace.
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    With regard to my 50fps slide show, so far I’ve just uploaded the ‘out of camera’ footage. I’ve probably got enough clips to put together a bit of a story, but I think with video, I’m even more concerned about creating a cliched and amateur look. Editing tools are not a technical limitation, but avoiding the gimmicky options available such as inappropriate or tacky transitions is. The other challenge is soundtrack. In the past when I was sharing DVDs of my videos with a few family members, you could get away with ‘borrowing’ commercial music, things like splicing clips of the kids learning to ride to Queen playing ‘Bicycle Race’. I’m not sure what sort of music skiing fits to at the moment even before searching for free sound loops.
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    Perhaps I would be better describing it as 50fps burst mode.😉
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    I've added some more video here. I haven't really played with video for a long time. I put together a few home movies of the kids when they where small and video cameras ran tapes! I think I need a few upgrades if I'm going to play with it again, both in terms of storage and the speed of my internet connection. Upload of the longer video ( approx 15 min) took a few hours and that was only 720p. I'd hate to try uploading 4K video.
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    The Mosel at Cochem

    I’ll join you on the beers 🍺
  17. I like that statement. Photography is my attempt to bring colour and stop my life being too grey, even if it is only tacking a shot or two on my way to or from work.
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    Also having a bit of a play with video. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EfBV0s_fZr0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> https://youtu.be/EfBV0s_fZr0 shot on a GoPro attached with to a chest harness. (full size is 720p)
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    Melbourne has had some cold spells and even got a good dump of snow just before the ski resorts were due to open, but come opening weekend, it rained and washed all the snow away. As a result we took the opportunity to explore a little further afield. Thanks to everyone else who has looked or commented. Akira, you'll be happy to know the X-E3 performed well in the cold.
  20. Following on from my earlier historic Melbourne post, a few blocks further east, another interesting corner. FS0 4 Swanston Street looking north. Most people shoot this corner looking towards the station in the southwestern corner of the intersection, but I think this direction is quite an interesting choice. Another interesting thing is that both of Melbourne's cathedrals were completed without spires, which were later added in the 1920's or '30's. Looking back at the picture Alan posted that started this idea in this thread, the tall towers/spires are Town Hall (left of centre), Scots Church (tallest, in centre) and St Michael's Uniting Church (second tallest, slightly right of centre). I'm not sure about the other 3-4 towers visible in that shot, but they don't seem to be current churches. ,
  21. I had another visit to the corner to try and recreate the second of the historic shots. FS0 1 - this was about it position wise, but the cars probably spoil it a bit. As I was stood in the middle of the road, I couldn't hang around too long. FS0 - from the traffic island where I could loiter safely, a little bit cleaner. I did think it was a but cliched to process them in B&W or sepia, but I think they are a bit less cluttered than the colour version. FS0 2 - colour. However, returning on my way home after it got dark, colour didn't seem so bad. FS0 3 - colour after dark.
  22. I believe there was a period in racing when they would just polish up the bare metal - saves a few lbs/kg in weight.
  23. Following my earlier snowy post, here are a few more shots from the same trip, but lower down the mountains. Remarkables - the snow shots were taken behind the ridge in the centre of the picture, with Queenstown down below in the foreground. Looking west, somewhere beyond the mountains and across the ocean is home! Steamer on the lake, the mountains of pic #1 in the background. Sunset over the lake. Slipped the camera in my pocket on the way out for dinner and managed to grab this shot. I nearly didn't bother taking the camera with me, which would have been a shame. All taken with Fuji X-E3, first three using 18-55 and the last using 27 f/2.8.
  24. Fascinating shot. I'm not sure how people cope with such tall buildings in narrow streets. At least the streets are reasonably wide here in centre of Melbourne so that the sun can reach the ground between the tall buildings.
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