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  1. It is a shame that the Fuji hasn't satisfied you. I would disagree with you on the comment about 'recreating film camera' - I like the fact that it goes back to a traditional camera feel and find it is a benefit to me. If I really need to, I can set the dials to make it behave like the electronic digital and late film era cameras or I can stick with the traditional SLR/rangefinder behaviour. That look and feel lasted for around 50yrs before the addition of autofocus and other electronics bulked cameras up and made the larger grip a necessity (both for ergonomics and a place to hide a the bigger batteries). But then everyone has different needs and desires....
  2. crowecg

    City at night

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions - hopefully I'll find some time to upload revised versions. I find myself looking mostly at the cathedral and not noticing it much, but now you mention it, given the poles and structures at the edge of the frame, it is obvious. They poles and the steel frame on the opposite side should form suitable lines to base the corrections on. I might have to take a bit off the sides as well. I think just cropping the bottom will result in a more panoramic format and I think that will take away from the narrowness of the lane (not that it was a particularly narrow lane, but it is part of what I feel the image should portray).
  3. I've found myself a little loop to walk on a Saturday morning whilst my son is at sport. I usually take my camera along too. Bird Lizard Tower The first week I concentrated on exploring the route and how long it would take; the second time I focused on just part of the route and taking photos, but it rained; and this week I managed a few photos, but also completed the 10km loop in a reasonable time. All X-E3 with 55-200.
  4. Looks good - like the bokeh! Strangely, I was watching a show on TV where they shot with some really heavy bokeh and I actually thought it didn't look right. I guess we just have different expectations in how TV and photos look.
  5. crowecg

    City at night

    How far do you think? Perhaps take the bottom of the wall down to the corner? this is certainly a theme I would like to revisit, I just don't get out in the city much. Probably also need to be a bit earlier in the evening - I was a bit tired but also a little uncomfortable about the possibility of running into a drunk who wasn't happy with people taking photographs. However I do think that the Fuji X-E3 and 27 f/2.8 are quite a good combo for such a trip, I could manage some slow shutter speeds even without IS or resorting to electronic shutter.
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    City at night

    Rather than look at the night-time city scape from a distance, this time I'm right in it... Laneway Cathedral - this was the one mentioned in the early cityscape thread, but much closer. Fuji X-E3, 27 f/2.8
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    16-80 f/4 lens

    I'll be interested to hear more!
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    A long wait

    I'm not sure if you mean during or after sunset? I do enjoy the night scenes myself too. I think the cathedral provides an interesting contrast to the taller, newer buildings around it. Hopefully it doesn't get blocked out of this view. I think I need to find a new viewpoint to work from for a while. Perhaps a return visit in mid-winter when the sun has set well to the right of this scene might give a cleaner, bluer night sky. Thanks to to everyone who has stopped by, even if just to look.
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    A long wait

    and the final couple.... sunset 2 ...a zoom right into the sunset. sunset 6 and a wider night scene. All shot on Fuji X-E3 with either 18-55 or 55-200 and, something I don't do often enough, tripod mounted.
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    A long wait

    I did also wait for it to get dark. sunset 5 And one of the few shots from a different angle when a flock of bats flew past.... or is it a swarm of bats? sunset 4 Unfortunately the bats didn't fly across the more balanced parts of the scene, so the composition isn't quite so good.☹️
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    A long wait

    This is probably more to your taste - zoomed in for a tighter crop and also a bit more detail in the foreground. sunset 3
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    A long wait

    I do have a few alternative compositions - I’m sure there will be one you like. Unusual for me I spent an hour watching the sunset and sky darken and must have 50-60 shots with the tripod on exactly the same spot.
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    A long wait

    I've waited months to get this shot - there is a 3-4 week period twice a year when things line up! Same spot up on Studley Park Road that I have used previously. I was hoping desperately that the cloud didn't thicken as I drove over. sunset I might post a few more once I get through reviewing them.
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    OS Catalina

    There was an article I read last week with a link to something that replaces the old files in Aperture and gets it going again https://petapixel.com/2019/10/29/this-app-lets-you-use-apples-aperture-photo-editor-on-macos-catalina/ Unfortunately I'd just deleted my Aperture install a few days before so haven't tried it. the other option if you really want an Aperture clone is RAW Power. The only thing is that it is a standalone editor or plugin and lacks the library / DAM aspects of Aperture.
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    Rock Formations

    I was just thinking about your rock photos recently. Some friends are cycling Route 66 and have just passes through New Mexico. On heavily loaded touring bikes they haven't been able to venture far from the roads, but they have posted enough pictures to remind me of the fascinating landscape you have there. They are now peddling west through Arizona trying to stay ahead of the winter weather.
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    Rainy Day Walk

    Thanks for the suggestions. I think my problem is not so much lack of options, but perhaps too many. 🤔 I've been through all the pros and cons for each of them and none stand out as a clear winner. I've got two interests that could use a macro capability - photographing old negatives and "backyard safari" like the pictures above. Technically the 80 stands out, but it is the priciest and looks quite bulky, which somewhat negates the objectives of my move to fuji. The 60 is cheaper and more compact but only goes to 0.5x, the Zeiss betters that and is cheaper than the 80, but at 50mm focal length, the working distance drops -ok for the negative copying, but not so good for bug hunting. Extension is cheap, but lacks a little in magnification unless I risk stacking them, but on the 55-200 will give a good working distance. And the final option is to adapt my old Tamron 90 (Nikon mount), but given that it is over 20 years old, maybe it doesn't match the resolution of the newer lenses. I'll be sure to post some examples once I do make up my mind.
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    Rainy Day Walk

    I had a couple of hours free on Saturday morning, and took advantage to go for a walk and take some photographs. Unfortunately it rained, limiting the opportunities, but being Melbourne, the weather changed... #1 - Wet Flower #2 - Water Drops #3 - Bee #4 - Bird by Chris Crowe70, on Flickr #5 - Street All shot with X-E3 and 55-200. Reasonably happy with the combination for the close up shots, although I wouldn't mind getting closer. I really need to make up my mind about how I'm going to get into the macro range with Fuji. Adding some extension to this lens is a possibility.
  18. etched glass? Thats a little bit different to the usual stained glass.
  19. crowecg

    Flying high

    A composite? Looks good!
  20. Keeping cows still is quite an achievement, unless your objective is to move them! On the small screen I’m currently looking on, the headless cow ( second from right in the main group) just looks like it is facing away and showing its backside.
  21. So many interesting bridges and wonderful pictures of them. I like the night shots - summer is approaching here in Australia, so not too much night photography for me, but I'm sure you will be taking advantage of the winter nights and will show us more of you fantastic pictures.
  22. Having learnt a little bit of classical guitar as a child, I'm not too scared by the idea of what the right hand is up to, but I'd never manage the left hand. Still some one good playing.
  23. Need to view big to get the most of it. Perhaps try with a graduated ND filter (but upside down from typical daytime use) to bring out the stars more.
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    OS Catalina

    I gave it a try yesterday. It gave a clear warning at the start of the process about which 32bit apps were not going to work. I haven’t given the computer a good work out to see if there are any other bugs which might affect me. I don’t have a lot of peripherals attached to my system - I know such things are often a source of problems for others if new drivers are required.
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