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Everything posted by crowecg

  1. I think I have something similar. I'll have to drag it out. There is certainly an interesting pattern there. Given your line of work, I'm sure you'll be able to talk the centre management into letting you do a shoot with you other cameras.
  2. MF in Namibia, now that sounds interesting! Only downside with that will be keeping the dust out - a lot of the film I shot when I was last in Namibia has a scratch along the bottom of the frame due to a grain of sand getting stuck in one of the film guides or rollers.
  3. It will be interesting to see once reviewers get to properly test them away from the controlled environments. If you haven't come across them, try TFL on YouTube. They occasionally take press cars properly off road.
  4. There are rather a lot of YouTube videos of people wandering around those same two vehicles in that same forest clearing!🙄🙄
  5. I agree there will be some of the original Defenders markets that they’ll struggle to get back into. However I think they will sell them as fast as they can make them. I do wonder if they will cannibalise the Discovery market. in some ways I see parallels to Apple (who also had a product launch on the same day), with both not wanting to appear too cheap and dilute their brands. I think there is a large market for both a cheaper iPhone and a more basic Defender. I don’t see how a cheaper Defender would weaken the brand as there is Discovery and Range Rover above them and to be honest, is there much capability in the new Defender that isn’t already available in Discovery and Range Rover.
  6. Interesting but I think they have pushed it too far up market. here in Australia it looks like it will be priced similar to a Discovery but by the time you pick from the options list, you’ll be in Range Rover territory. i don’t think I’ll be getting one - too long for my garage.
  7. With a new update for MacOS imminent and promises this one will break Aperture, I've been siting down to extract all my Aperture libraries. However, I also took the opportunity to drag the Lorikeet into Aperture, which has a function to show the active focus point. It is on the branch in front of the wing - just down and left from the flower. I'll have to try and find if Capture One can do this.
  8. crowecg

    September Daylilies

    I prefer the lighter version. If it was my picture, I would probably have considered using a flash to lighten the flowers, but then again, considering which kit I have with me, it may not always be an option.
  9. Thanks for the comments. It is quite possible that the focus did pick the branch rather than the bird, I'll try to remember to look more closely in the future. I've still got a lot of learning and experimenting to do with Capture One to work out how much I need to do - however, the Fuji 55-200 is certainly much sharper than the Nikon 70-300 I used previously.
  10. One question - have I overdone the sharpening on the lorikeet? After using the Fuji Express version of Capture one for a while, I finally moved onto the Fuji Pro version before the special offer ran out. The main things I see needing the paid version for is the ability to access multiple libraries ( you could work around this in the Express version by closing and reopening) and the ability to use te levels and curves controls on individual RGB colours, which I need for my ongoing negative scanning project.
  11. Finally spring is close and I've found some time to get out with a camera. Rainbow Lorikeet Long-billed Corella This probably should be here in the bird forum, but it was flying! Bee Off All taken with Fuji X-E3 and 55-200 lens.
  12. I don't know why, but for me, somewhere warm and tropical is always a colour vision. Black and white makes me think cold and windswept. If that tree was battling raging storm under a heavy clouded sky, I'd accept the black and white, but a sunny beach......😕. I guess it must be something about the places I experienced as I grew up. Do others see things the same way? appart from that, I do like the composition.
  13. The composition looks great, but I feel they should be in colour.
  14. crowecg

    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 .
  15. crowecg

    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!
  16. 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).
  17. crowecg

    Brecon Jazz

    What a set up! That lens would dwarf the camera.
  18. 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 .
  19. crowecg

    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?
  20. 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.
  21. #6 looks like a scary version of Mt Rushmore, with stacks of skulls.
  22. crowecg

    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.....
  23. 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.
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