Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I did see a couple of brief shooting stars but my camera was not exposing at the time or pointed elsewhere, such is life. However as I looked in detail in Lightroom I did pick up some distinct streak which I am now fairly certain must have also been meteorites. I have seen other streak in long exposure that where a series of aligned dots, I assume these are aeroplane lights or satellite. The shooting stars/ meteorites giving a a continuous light.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I like street art and particularly the more useful pieces, like seats.This one in Swanson street Melbourne is quiet fussy and busy and deep with a very busy area. I only had my mobile phone, so I started my HDR Camera+ app and waited for a group of pedestrian and a tram to go by, thinking I would have a clean shoot at the three exposures required. Well as I pushed the button the lights changed and all the folk in the background moved. Yet in the enhanced image, they are not blurred and they are in their original position in the first photo. So I need to learn a little more of the magic by which this app does its processing to get a Higher Dynamic Range.
Monday, January 07, 2013
A while ago I lost an older spare SD card, it seemed to just disappeared “out of” my camera bag. Then miraculously it “reappeared” on the back lawn under the clothes line (luckily I spotted it while watering and before mowing the lawn). I can only assume it was most probably in the pocket of my clothes, went through the wash and fell out of the pocket whilst drying and sat on the lawn through 40°C plus heat and a couple of storms, I dried it off and was able to read it with no problems. Not a bad harsh environment test of the card and the case it was in.
I hasn’t been smooth sailing always for me with SD cards I have had a couple where the plastic tabs and separators around the connectors has broken off or fallen apart (and jammed in my camera!) so I’m very careful and throw out any cards that misbehave (mainly cheap noname brand ones).
Whilst on SD Cards I have found that the speed of the card makes a massive different in practice when you are using a higher end DSLR. Particularly if you are saving both RAW and jpeg version of your photos. I have been using and can recommend both the Scan disk Ultra and Lexar Platinum II series (SDHC 60x) it’s the difference in being able to get 8 images per second or waiting more than a second between images. Only capturing in jpeg does makes things quicker (they require processing but are smaller files and therefore save quicker).
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I got a nice “Merry Flickr” surprise when I logged into flickr today. A three months pro account. Ok I’m not going to go crazy and upload thousands of photos but I do appreciate it. I can also see just a few other nice updates, imprved smartphine apps and housekeeping that suggest a revitalized focus in team flickr. With all the fuss about the right to sell your photos on instagram, Flickr is probably the place to do your social (and private) photo sharing. If you already have an account go visit it, if you don’t now might be the right time to set on up.