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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby uschi » December 30th, 2015, 11:03 am

Lovely pictures! I do love those hill horses!
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Postby hickybank » December 30th, 2015, 12:23 pm

That looks wonderful, yesterday was good, we went for a 7 mile walk locally but what a difference today :td: :td:
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby uschi » December 30th, 2015, 11:36 pm

This church is rarely illuminated, but it was over Christmas.

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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby chicken_hot_pot² » December 31st, 2015, 7:26 am

Beautiful photos Capt and Uschi that church looks divine in that light. :)

Weather been pretty awful here so haven't been out as much as I'd liked to have been, plus the old knee's been playing up a bit. :(
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby uschi » December 31st, 2015, 7:39 am

I hope that it'll improve soon! It's bad here, too, but they said that it would be better in the evening. I certainly hope so, since I plan to snap the fireworks tonight.

I hope the New Year will bring us all peace, good health and contentment!!!

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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby spotteddick » December 31st, 2015, 8:57 am

I am writing a piece about Kilkeel for my blog and it will of course include photographs, I thought I would just give you lot a preview.
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The Church of the narrows dedicated to St Colmann in 1388


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The Lull before the storm


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Postby uschi » December 31st, 2015, 9:09 am

Great pictures!!! :tu:
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby aero280 » December 31st, 2015, 10:04 am

I do like well floodlit buildings! :)

Dick, have you read any of the Sister Fidelma books by Peter Tremayne? They are whodunnits set in 7th Century Ireland. Colman is a name that crops up from time to time.
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby hickybank » December 31st, 2015, 11:50 am

Great pictures everyone,& a happy snappy new year to you all.
I am camera less at the moment as my granddaughter has borrowed it for a school project, we did some work at my house but she is now doing some at her house.
I will try to post some on here if they turn out o/k.

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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby Herbidacious » December 31st, 2015, 2:51 pm

The church photo is beautiful Uschi.
I love the light on your sea pic, spotteddick.

I haven't been out with my camera properly in a while. Still haven't really, but I am on my own for the first time in over a week now so I took a few this morning. Very random subject matters.
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby billinalaska » December 31st, 2015, 9:01 pm

My wife in the hammock. Taken through the bedroom window. Needless to say I wasn't as stealthy as I thought.


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Postby chicken_hot_pot² » December 31st, 2015, 11:01 pm

More wonderful photos. :)
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby Herbidacious » January 2nd, 2016, 3:00 pm

Great cat photobomb, billinalaska.
I managed to capture another bird (on 'film'):
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Postby aero280 » January 2nd, 2016, 3:13 pm

Oh! Wow! :)
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby uschi » January 2nd, 2016, 4:21 pm

Lovely pictures! I guess it isn't exactly hammock weather in Alaska right now. ;)

That bird is something else Herbidacious!
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby hickybank » January 2nd, 2016, 4:32 pm

Great pictures herby, with your Canon?

Hi Bill, thanks for sharing your picture, what a great place to live for photography, I loved my holiday there a few years ago.
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Postby Herbidacious » January 2nd, 2016, 5:09 pm

Thanks!

Yes all Canon this time, Terry. Experimenting with birds...!
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Postby hickybank » January 2nd, 2016, 5:28 pm

I guessed so, taken at 1/4000 I assume
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby billinalaska » January 2nd, 2016, 11:19 pm

uschi wrote:Lovely pictures! I guess it isn't exactly hammock weather in Alaska right now. ;)


That photo was taken in Durango Colorado, probably during the summer of 1979. We'd move there from Denver the fall before, and left during the summer of 1980 for Anchorage. Right now I'm in Lake Havasu Arizona and while it doesn't feel bad it's about 16C. In Anchorage it's 3C, so yes...it's not hammock weather there. :)
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Postby Herbidacious » January 4th, 2016, 8:26 pm

hickybank wrote:I guessed so, taken at 1/4000 I assume


Actually the abbreviated EXIF data is: ƒ/6.3 1/1250 ISO 400

Now, I potentially got some good shots today - parakeets flying etc. but the pictures came out too dark. I raised the ISO, had the aperture as wide as possible (not very though, when using a zoom lens) even went out on the balcony to get a proper outdoors photo, but still next to useless. I suppose that if there is just not enough light, it's not going to work with a fast shutter speed, or am I missing something?
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Postby uschi » January 4th, 2016, 9:15 pm

The problem will be that you are shooting them against a light sky. I can't help with the technical stuff, but if you can get the sun in your back and it shines on the birds then you'll have a better chance. Mind you, I've tried several times and never managed it.
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Postby hickybank » January 4th, 2016, 9:55 pm

In post processing changing Highlights & shadows can improve the picture

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Postby hickybank » January 5th, 2016, 4:48 am

Yes you are right by the way, low light fast shutter speeds & long focal length will always cause a problem, you need to spend around £10,000 to solve that problem.
If you get one can I borrow it :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Herbidacious » January 5th, 2016, 11:55 am

Thanks Terry. Yes I do photoshop them a little to get them brighter when necessary. (Including that one :) ) Yesterday's were beyond worthwhile help though.

There is a £1,100 or so lens on Amazon allegedly reduced to £700 or thereabouts...

I shall not be buying anything until I have done part two/intermediate of the photography course I went on last year. I am booked in for the end of the month. The guy who does these half day courses did suggest second hand - eBay even.
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Postby Herbidacious » January 5th, 2016, 12:06 pm

Meanwhile, a subject matter that wasn't moving. Much. The view from my balcony this morning:
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The mist was actually in next door's garden. Possibly in our in the part beyond the rhododendron and camelia bushes.
Capturing this was at least one silver lining to being stuck at home after injuring my toe!
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Postby hickybank » January 5th, 2016, 12:16 pm

Lovely mood shots herby, looks like a river, great reflections as well

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Postby Herbidacious » January 5th, 2016, 4:08 pm

With a different non-zoom lens. Not sure if the lack of focus is lack of zoom... or something else!

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Postby uschi » January 5th, 2016, 4:17 pm

Well done, they look good!!!
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Postby hickybank » January 5th, 2016, 5:10 pm

Great shots I think it is movement rather than a focus issue,
What lens did you use & what speed

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Postby Herbidacious » January 5th, 2016, 5:27 pm

Thanks! It was at 1/1250, f2.8. Needless to say I had it on burst mode.

The lens is a Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro USM Lens. I originally bought (very indulgent birthday present to self) a Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens from Amazon, but it had a scratch on it, so I sent it back and got my money back, and when I saw that Jessops had a cash back offer on the 'L' version, it was a wicked, slippery slide upwards. But it is an excellent portrait lens as well as a macro one. Very versatile in fact.

I have been wanting to capture the parakeets as they fly overhead at sunset, as the sun shines beautifully through their wings. I have not quite managed this. Maybe in the summer when they do a bit of a loop over the house in small flocks before settling down for the night.
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Postby hickybank » January 5th, 2016, 7:07 pm

I have my camera back so here is my Christmas cake


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Postby hickybank » January 5th, 2016, 7:26 pm

As I said, my Granddaughter borrowed my camera for a school project depicting light & glass, here are a couple I set up for her


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Postby Herbidacious » January 5th, 2016, 7:55 pm

Very nice. (And I could really eat a piece of that cake...)
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Postby uschi » January 5th, 2016, 11:37 pm

Ooooh, that cake is marvellous!!!
And I love the ones with the glasses. Have you tried glass marbles? They are great to snap!

A few more from last year.

St Laurentius with a small restaurant on the corner.

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Lit up trees up the road from the church.

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The chaps who were dismantling the ferris wheel having a chat. One grinned at us and gave us a cheery thumbs up.

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Postby chicken_hot_pot² » January 12th, 2016, 10:00 pm

Wonderful photos everyone.

Some things I've taken recently, or when the dreadful weather has allowed me to go out that is, otherwise they've been inside photos!!

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Postby Herbidacious » January 18th, 2016, 10:20 am

I have been house bound, or at least house and garden bound, for a bit, but didn't want to let that stop me...

The camelia (included mainly because it) seems a tad early.
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Re: Your favourite photos 2

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Postby hickybank » January 19th, 2016, 2:01 pm

Lovely photos herby, nice to see you are making good use of your camera

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Postby spotteddick » January 19th, 2016, 2:30 pm

Yesterday I went for a walk to the grave yard, normally a good area to get some good bird shots, unfortunately I only got a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers playing chase me round a tree and ducks skating on the ice at the Herrengarten Teich.
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Postby Herbidacious » January 19th, 2016, 8:09 pm

Thanks Terry.

Not much chance of me seeing a red squirrel either.

What sort of woodpeckers are those Dick. They look huge! Or is that just the angle?

Great spotted?
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Postby spotteddick » January 26th, 2016, 8:10 am

Yes Herbi yes it is a female [i]Dendrocopos major[/i] (no red on the head, but a red bum, it is also an older bird, that was protecting her territory)
I bought a couple of Amaryllis at Ikea a couple of weeks ago, I am very happy with them one is nothing like the picture on the identification tag, but I find it even better.
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The pink tinged red edged Amaryllis


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Postby chicken_hot_pot² » January 31st, 2016, 11:04 am

Lovely photos spotteddick.

Just a warning for cat owners Amaryllis are part of the Lily family and highly toxic. :(
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The red ones fully opened


I was sitting thinking last night, that we had such good luck with our two bulbs, I would certainly buy them again from IKEA, well worth the €2,- each :tu:
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 2nd, 2016, 9:16 pm

My lovely Ozzie, AKA Gandalf.

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Postby hickybank » February 2nd, 2016, 10:43 pm

Thats lovely pepper, so sweet, I want him

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Postby uschi » February 2nd, 2016, 11:06 pm

Aaaaw!!! So sweet!!!!
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Postby Busybee » February 3rd, 2016, 7:22 am

I think he suits his nick name Gandalf, he looks wise, gentle and patient.

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Re: Your favourite photos 2

Postby Herbidacious » February 5th, 2016, 11:18 am

I don't know if this /these interest anyone:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35476291


Quite a bit of photo manipulation in some (all?) I think which is fine. Just wish I knew how to do it!
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Postby hickybank » February 5th, 2016, 1:11 pm

Some great photos there Herby but as you say there is a fair bit of photoshop in there as well & there are a couple I have doubts about as to how genuine they are
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