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crowecg

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  1. crowecg

    Rock Climbing

    I've had another burst of working on my old film scans. Here is a little collection of rock climbing pictures from back in the early 90's. climb 1 climb 2 climb 3 climb 4 climb 5 climb 6 climb 7 I know they don't look as exotic as some of the stuff you see on the web, but, hey, that's the difference between the UK and California. Some of them are a little bit dusty still, so that is something for me to work on. There are also another couple of pictures I know I have somewhere that would add nicely to this collection - I just need to find them and scan them.
  2. I was looking at some new lens options before this all blew up, but with the prospect of us all working from home, I ended up spending the money on a new monitor just before they all sold out.
  3. I’ve been looking at some internal filters from STC Optical, which clip into the camera body. They sound very much like the Sigma Set up. They do a selection of IR filters as well as astro filters and also a UV/IR block to restore a visible light capability. But then again I’ve been planning to get round to converting a camera for a long time, but still haven’t done it.
  4. The other thing I can’t stand about new cars is the desire to put as many controls as possible into a touch screen. They need concentration and a steady hand, neither of which are available in a moving car. And that is with a good user interface design - I’ve seen some that have terrible user interfaces that are almost impossible to use.
  5. I don’t think it is necessarily any worse than any other modern vehicle with electronic engine management which shuts itself down to avoid damage. Another problem is diesel particulate filters which are a common cause of cars going into limp mode. Unfortunately it is not possible to build a modern car without these features (commercial vehicles can sometimes bypass them but can feel very agricultural in comparison to a passenger vehicle). it is probably time form me to start thinking about a new car, but at the moment I just can’t think of one that appeals to me but isn’t ridiculously overpriced.
  6. And some nice Namibian scenery too. There are a few other videos from those not lucky enough to make it to Namibia - they just got a drive around Ledbury and Eastnor in the UK. I wouldn’t mind one apart from the price and being too big to fit in my garage.
  7. Nice to see some invisible light pictures here again. I used to shoot quite a bit of IR a few years ago, but subsequent camera upgrades resulted in downgrades in IR capability. As you mentioned, cameras of the Nikon D40/50/70 generation worked reasonable well unmodified. I could shoot my D50 handheld with a 720nm filter and in the bright Australian sunlight could even get decent autofocus using the 18-55 kit zoom. The D50 could also set a decent custom white balance into the IR range to allow jpg shooting. When I upgraded to a D7000, I thought the better high iso performance and live view would improve my IR shooting capability, but other problems made things worse. The internal IR block filter out paced the gains from high iso performance; light leaks through the view finder lead to significant metering inconsistencies; the white balance range was more limited; and the 18-105 zoom that came with it hotspotted. I have done some very limited experiments since moving to Fuji mirrorless. I think there is better potential than with the D7000, but my lens selection includes some notorious hot spotters and filter sizes are all over the place. I’ve got an adapter on order so I can press my old Nikkor 18-55 into service for some more serious experiments (if I’m allowed outdoors before all the leaves fall off the trees for winter).
  8. I’m liking the colour shots in this thread better than the b&w shots in the other thread.
  9. crowecg

    The bull

    I find the bull is a bit too low in the picture for me. My eyes are searching around to find the purpose of the image.
  10. The mk1 golf might be worth hanging on to for resale to the uk, especially after they drop the EU regulations later this year. Australia is a bit fussy about private imports and I’ve heard stories of customs stripping them down to check the brakes and head gasket don’t contain asbestos then delivering you a box of bits to put back together.
  11. Isn’t it just a rebadged Smart? I think the prices will fall a long way before there is any chance of them rising. I have heard that there is a bit of a market for more ordinary cars that are still on the road on SA but are much less common in the UK where most examples will have a severe rust problem if they are still on the road. Things like 30 year old Fords.
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    An early evening

    Following Dallas’ thinking, perhaps a crop of the left third would help focus attention to the moon. I think the right too thirds would also work as a stand-alone too. I think there is something in the juxtaposition of the masts and the tall buildings. Perhaps a little crop top and bottom for that.
  13. I think it was an attempt to deal with an EU regulation about achieving an average emission level over the range of cars a manufacturer produces.
  14. New stuff from Fuji due in a few days too!
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    Rough Sea II

    Waves like that could easily knock such a small kid off their feet and drag them in. A little bit bigger and as you fear they could take an adult. Drownings are a regular feature of the Australian summer at the beach, even without the help of sharks, crocodiles and jelly fish.
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    Rough Sea

    Very dramatic! I like it, but find the shadow on the top right wave a bit distracting. However I know that there isn’t much you can do about it - you just have to take what the ocean gives you.
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    Challenge: Old

    Had a brief trip to Sydney and managed to find a brief interlude in the torrential rain - unfortunately not during daylight 🤨 Hall at night - one of the buildings making up the University of Sydney quadrangle. I this one dates back to the early days of the 20th Century, although it is styled to look much older.
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    More Old Melbourne

    Other way round, north side of the river looking west, so Flinders is behind me. It is the old boat turning circle, just below Queens Bridge. The river is probably the only thing in that view that would have been a recognizable landmark around that time.
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    Challenge: Old

    Wow! That certainly fits the bill for “old”.
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    Night Spider

    The spider is still in the garden and the Nikon battery was charged, so revisited.... Night Spider 4 First one is from a little further back, so cropped a bit. Night Spider 5 Second one was closer, with a 2/3 stop exposure compensation set. Probably could do with a bit more depth of field as the head is drifting out of focus. Both shot Nikon D7000 with Tamron 90 macro. Set the exposure manually 1/80s, f/8, but left flash on auto, auto focus with the help of a small flashlight to illuminate the spider. There is definitely a bit more magic to the Nikon auto flash control compared to Fuji.
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    More Old Melbourne

    I think Melbourne won’t quite be as bad as Sydney - I think Melbourne’s CBD streets are generally a bit wider and with the regular grid pattern, they will be around 15 minutes every day when the sun shines along the length of the street (perhaps except the east-west streets in the depths of winter). it’s also spreading to South Melbourne/ Port Melbourne - there are two towers under construction out past the exhibition centre and another couple due to start soon nearby.
  22. crowecg

    Night Spider

    I think I have been spoiled by Nikon’s amazing flash capabilities, which seems to just work. I still have a bit of learning to do with the Fuji flash system. if anyone has any suggestions about the Fuji flash system I’d be glad to hear them. Ultimately however, I think a continuous led light is probably the way to go for mirrorless macro work.
  23. crowecg

    More Old Melbourne

    I think there will be changes in just a few years. I know there are plans for more towers behind the exhibition centre in the centre of the picture - there are at least two already under construction.
  24. crowecg

    Night Spider

    Thanks for looking, Aguinaldo & Dallas. You a both right about me having more work to do shooting macro with my Fuji gear. If my Nikon had some charge in the battery, I think the results would have been different. I’ll have to have a look and see if I missed some settings for the flash. Perhaps I might need to change the metering - I have probably been spoiled by Nikon’s flash capability. for ambient light shooting, I do like the ability of mirrorless cameras to preview the exposure. However, that isn’t the case with flash lit shots, I had to turn off the exposure preview to see anything through the viewfinder. I guess a longer term plan would be to get an led light for macro work. I like the idea of backlighting the web, but perhaps that needs to be balanced with some illumination for the spider. Do you think that would work? I’ll play with a few more options and settings, I probably need to work on getting closer so that I don’t illuminate the background so much. when I went out to put the bins out earlier, I noticed that the spider was sleeping under a branch having carefully packed away it’s web during the day as orb weavers have a habit of doing, so I might get another chance.
  25. crowecg

    Night Spider

    A challenging night shoot! Lacking a macro capability for the Fuji kit, I initially reached in the drawer to use the old Nikon/Tamron combination, but the battery was flat, so the Fuji had to do. Night Spider 2 A nice looking spider building a beautiful web in the back yard, backlit with a torch. Night Spider Night Spider 3 Night Spider 1 All shot using Fuji X-E3 and 55-200 zoom and the little clip on flash that came with the camera. A bit of a learning exercise trying to get the best from the focus and viewfinder in the dark. I'm sure the passers-by walking their dogs were wondering what the torch and flash were about - but watching the spider was fascinating. I did read that there will be a new option for Fuji macro work - Laowa have just released a 65mm 2x macro in Fuji mount, only compromise being manual focus, but that isn't too big an issue for macro work. Probably a Orb-weaving Spider, Eriophora biapicata, although the patterning on the abdomen of this one doesn't seem as distinct as the reference pictures I've seen.
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