Tuesday, 30 June 2009

30-06-09: Foamy Weir


The weir and lock entrance at Gunthorpe.
So, why shoot RAW on the GR digital if it's so much slower than using JPEG?
Laying aside the quality and control issue, curiously it's actually quite a good thing to be slowed down.
I'm used to using relatively fast cameras; my 40D does around 6 FPS, as does my EOS 1N. My 30D does 5. The G9 manages about 1.5 sec/frame in RAW - it could be considered slow, but it's still fast enough to take 3 of 4 pictures in a few seconds before something moves.

When shooting RAW on the GRD, before I press the shutter, I think whether the settings are right, whether the framing is good etc, because I know the camera's out for 10-15 secs after I press that button: You just can't use it like a machine gun, which it's tempting to do with a fast camera.
The GR isn't the thing to be shooting portraits or fast stuff with by it's nature; it's 28mm equivalent lens would give a fishbowl effect to portraits and it's simply not long enough for most animals or sports, so it's being a bit on the slow side really doesn't matter.
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Monday, 29 June 2009

29-06-09: Awaking Town


Nottingham waking up, taken just after 7AM.
I've just dug my previous carry-round camera out again, the Ricoh GR digital. I'd forgotten just how nice it was to use. It's a real photographer's camera, designed to just work.
It's also a lot smaller than my G9, so it's less hassle to carry on these hot days.
Previously, I shot in JPEG with it, because it's quite slow in RAW. I managed to speed it up a little by changing some settings, but it's still a slow camera in RAW. I'm sticking with RAW because of the extra control available, and another reason I'll expand on tomorrow...
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Excuses, excuses...

Sorry for the backlog again, I should get things up to date in the next day or so :)

Sunday, 28 June 2009

28-06-09: Laphroaig


Laphroaig Quarter Cask Whisky.
This stuff is one of my favourite whiskies.
Shot in a light tent with a small piece of white seamless in a curve down the back.
One Canon 430EX from the right fired by pocketwizard, and a touch of fill from an un-diffused 430EX from the front left, fired with an ultraslave.
I need another pocketwizard :)

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Saturday, 27 June 2009

27-06-09: Bored or Just Lazy?


Black and White Ruffed Lemur.
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Friday, 26 June 2009

26-06-09: Do I Look Cute?


Another Meerkat at Twycross Zoo.
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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

24-06-09: Gotcha!


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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Monday, 22 June 2009

22-06-09: Sparrow



A sad day for analog photography today... Kodak announced the demise of Kodachrome.
While it's not a film I use, it is an iconic one, and a real shame to see it go.
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Sunday, 21 June 2009

21-06-09: Big Feet


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Saturday, 20 June 2009

20-06-09: Group Hug!


Meerkats at Twycross Zoo.
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Friday, 19 June 2009

19-06-09: Smoke


Smoke generated by a syringe of oil onto a catalytic hot knife tip.
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Thursday, 18 June 2009

18-06-09: Needled


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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

17-06-09: Latch


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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

16-06-09: Tribble?


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Monday, 15 June 2009

15-06-09: Spherical Impact


Another one from the droplet set I shot a few days ago.
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Sunday, 14 June 2009

14-06-09: Molly


Getting critical focus with the Lensbaby is extremely difficult...
I'm glad I went for the Composer over the Muse, which I think would have been even tougher.
I have to admit I've been considering sticking the lensbaby on ebay over the last week or so, as I've not been having a lot of success with it.
I think I'll stick with it for a bit having got quite a few in-focus ones today though.

I could probably make life easier by stopping the lens down further (it's at f/4 here), but I'd rather learn to use the thing with a small sweet spot from the outset, rather than making things more difficult in future.
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Saturday, 13 June 2009

Friday, 12 June 2009

12-06-09: Cactus


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Thursday, 11 June 2009

11-06-09: Pink Flowers


My comprehensive horticultural knowledge is clearly shown by the title of this one - "Pink flowers" is all I can describe these as :P

Edit: Mum saw this and groaned at the name... Se informs me it's some kind of Dog Rose.
She suggests renaming it to "Summer Afternoon" or "Rosy Glow"
Any opinions?

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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

10-06-09: Splash



Yeah, I know everyone's doing this after the Strobist post, and I've joined the crowd.
It's something I've been meaning to try for ages, and the article inspired me to get on with it...
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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

09-06-09: Speedwell


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Monday, 8 June 2009

08-06-09: Diverge


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Sunday, 7 June 2009

07-06-09: 586


The heart of my first home built PC, a Cyrix 586 processor. I've hung on to it long after the PC itself was dismantled and chucked out.
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Saturday, 6 June 2009

Friday, 5 June 2009

05-06-09: Rays Through The Cloud


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Thursday, 4 June 2009

04-06-09: All Stop



A Panasonic AG-A850 edit controller. For the uninitiated, it's the unit that accurately controls 2 to 5 decks for editing video tape-to-tape.
You tell this machine where to start and stop each tape, then hit the big red button and it does the clever stuff automatically.

All Stop does what it says on the tin - stops all connected decks.

This unit doesn't see a huge amount of use now, as it's largely been superseded by computer based edit systems, but it's still useful to have proper controls on the desk when reviewing tapes.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

03-06-09: Coloured Cable


Much more interesting (and easier to trace) than plain grey cable :)

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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

02-06-09: Green / Red / Green


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Monday, 1 June 2009

01-06-09: Skyline


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