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So, what happened today?

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by Diamond Lights, 29 Oct 2020.

  1. Bullet

    Bullet Jack Jull

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    I hope you put her straight and didn't allow her stupid dull-grey slack mind to infect others
     
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  2. Danishfurniturelover

    Danishfurniturelover the prettiest spice girl

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    No could not be bothered.
     
  3. greatwhitenorf

    greatwhitenorf Young-Pyo Lee

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    Hey, boychuk. Been a man of many area codes these days, so, haven't spotted this until now.

    Give me some details about what brand and model you've got, whatever lenses you've got and I'll do my best to steer you forward. I'm a lifelong Nikon devotee, with an occasional dabble in Mamiya medium format cameras. Both brands make beautiful lenses from real glass and metal components. Always good investments.

    The nice thing about this digital imaging era is that you can blast away and make all sorts of mistakes and learn instantly from reviewing them. So get out there and figure out the basics by trial and error. If you've got more than one lens to work with, that can give you opportunities to shoot different perspectives. If you're thinking of buying an additional lens, be aware of this simple rule: There are no such things as 'miracle lenses'.

    You'll see lenses that offer zoom ranges from wide angle to telephoto - something like a 28mm to 280mm. That's a 10x range - not a lens that will give you long-term quality or performance. You're going from a moderate wide angle lens (28mm) to a decent telephoto length. The elements in such a lens have a lot of work to do racking back and forth aligning for many different functions. In a few months of steady use, these elements (probably made from plastic) will begin to loosen in their mounts and you'll see sharpness in the corners and at the edges of the frame begin to soften. Don't buy a zoom lens with more than a 3x zoom range.

    Just did a shoot this morning at a vaccination clinic and mostly used my trusty 17-35mm lens (2x zoom range) and a few with a 35-70mm lens. When the zoom range is kept modest, it means the lens is working over a comfortable range that doesn't drastically tax the inner elements. When I shoot sports, I work largely with 70-200mm and a 200-400mm lenses. I also own a monstrously big 300-800 Sigma lens.

    I'm a staunch believer in shooting what naturally interests and pleases you. Once you get the technical aspects of operating the camera and lens(es) sorted you'll begin focusing on the details of your favoured subject matter. Photography is a lot like golf. You'll often make many bad shots, but good ones will thrill you and bring you back for more.
     
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  4. Rorschach

    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    This was the reply I was hoping for. I didn't understand all of it but I want to. Also I am not an ice hockey player, but that aside I am certainly suffering from ennui and need to be cattle prodded into action these days. Your enthusiasm is rubbing off on me.

    So it's a Ye Olde Nikon D70 and the lenses I have is a Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm.

    What should I set the sensitivity to, for general shots?
     
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  5. greatwhitenorf

    greatwhitenorf Young-Pyo Lee

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    General shots? Indoors? Outdoors? Not only does the intensity of the light change, so too does the colour balance. You'll probably want to set that on Auto WB most of the time.

    Outdoors on a sunny day, set it to 200 iso. On a cloudy day, 800-1200 iso. Indoors, at least 800 iso. But if you are using a flash, you can easily work at 400 iso. Your camera has a flash sync speed of 1/500 sec - my pro level D5 only syncs at 1/250 - which is really good for using the camera outside to eliminate unwanted shadows. Like if the sun is coming in from behind or from one side. Pop a flash in the hot shoe and the high sync speed gives you more control to balance the light.

    You also have to consider what you are shooting. If it is a moving object, you'll need a shorter shutter speed to freeze motion - at least 1/250 sec. To freeze sports action, I recommend at least 1/1000 sec. But if you are shooting static objects, you can opt for longer shutter speeds. Just be sure to support the camera properly. Get your left hand underneath the body and lens. Keep your elbows tucked in to your sides. If you can lean on something for further support, use it. Or consider buying a tripod, something useful for landscapes or shooting plants/flowers.

    Your lens is a decent quality item with a useful range. Be aware that the camera's sensor is not what is referred to as a full-frame sensor. Full frame sensors are equal in size to slides or negatives in film cameras, which is 24mm x 35mm. Your sensor is 18mm x 24mm, exactly half in size.

    It has an effect on lens lengths. It adds 50% to the length - so, 100mm on your camera would equal 150mm on a full frame body.

    Your 18-55mm lens is equal in perspective to a 35-80mm lens on a full frame camera. You go from a slightly wide angle view to a moderate telephoto length. The wide views are great for social gatherings in getting group shots. The longest length is very good for doing a nice individual portrait.

    Here's a review of your camera from Ken Rockwell, a smug little dingdong who runs a popular photography website.

    www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d70.htm
     
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  6. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Had a lovely day sat in the inlaws garden in the sunshine
    Am kicking back with a lovely glass of Barolo now
     
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  7. MKSpur

    MKSpur John Lacy

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    A couple of weeks ago I had a crack at some homebrew and I’m delighted to say that the effort for output was well worth it!

    643BAC54-8DC5-4270-ADAD-E6249AB85914.jpeg

    This is an American IPA and I’ll definitely have a crack at some more. if anyone else is interested in it’s a very simple process and I particularly like the Pinter which is used for the brewing process and sits nicely in the fridge when it’s ready to drink:

    https://thegreatergood.co.uk/
     
  8. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    That looks brilliant, lots of choices on the website too
     
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  9. greatwhitenorf

    greatwhitenorf Young-Pyo Lee

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    Oh, yummm. Looks very appetizing.

    Nothing like home-brewed. Or home grown. Get it on. Bang a gong.
     
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  10. greatwhitenorf

    greatwhitenorf Young-Pyo Lee

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    Here in Her Majesty's Timbered Dominion, our Ontario provincial government has decreed we're heading into a one-month lockdown as of midnight tonight. Been keeping a close watch on positive case numbers in recent days and it's climbing steadily. Good call.

    Been also figuring this would happen so my attention on lumber supplies has been laser focused. We have an 'L' shaped deck off the kitchen that needs replacing of the surface boards, requiring 16 2x6" x 16' and 16 2x6" x 10'.

    Sure enough, the local Home Depot lumber yard is lively as we arrive at 7.45am. Pro contractors are routinely in there at that hour and no shock to see half a dozen of them lined up to pay for carts full of lumber as we arrive. We have no problem finding what we need and take the 16 foot 2x6" inventory down to their last four boards, three of which are damaged. The 10 footers are in good supply, and we fill our cart, head for the check out and load them into a rented Sprinter van for the quick trip home and unloading.

    We get back less than an hour later to return the van and check out the gardening supplies. There's a near riot happening at the lumber area. Guys are in heavy, profane arguments about who is getting what cuts of lumber and in what order. The poor clerks for the area are calling in reinforcements and the whole area reeks of testosterone and entitlement.

    We head over to pick up some top soil, mulch and a few other odds and ends, happy that our sense of timing has once again played out in our favour.

    Once home, I check out the on-line inventory (Home Depot is very good at keeping a running tally) and see that the numbers have dropped dramatically and if you haven't got what you need by now, the chances are rapidly diminishing you'll see the lumber you want anytime soon. This happened last summer and it's happening again.
     
  11. scaramanga

    scaramanga Sonny Walters Staff Member

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    Isn't much of your country essentially made of trees?

    Seems a strange thing to run short on.
     
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  12. awesome dawson

    awesome dawson Dean Austin

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    Nice job, I need to start brewing my own. I just paid nearly ten quid for a pint of DNEIPA. Tasted glorious though.
     
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    Rorschach Vic Buckingham

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    This reply scared the brick out of me. Going to have to dissect it slowly, while drinking wine. I more than appreciate you taking the time to reply and won't let you down, master.

    edit: I just read that guy's review. He has a hard-on for that camera.
     
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  14. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Steffen Freund

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    It is amazing what you can do with a phone camera these days. They say the best camera is the one you have with you. I used to develop film and use an old SLR camera when studying. I invested in a digital SLR...and now all I use is an iPhone camera tbh. It depends on the type of photography you are interested in. If it's amazing macro images of insects say, or fraction of a second sports photography, then you need specialist cameras. If however, you want to capture portraits and images of people, then even using your phone camera is effective.

    Filling the frame is what sets amateur and pros apart most of the time. Generally, get closer, and get into seeing things in an oblong frame, and find your thing, which will dictate how to shoot it.
     
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    Glenda's Legs John Lacy

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    Saw this on my twitter feed and I thought of your post

     
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    Notmegov Teemu Tainio

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    It's an amazing site and one I have not yet seen for myself. And to think we have this kind of wildlife still in the UK!
     
  17. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Preparing for an interview I have tomorrow afternoon

    Fairly new start up, fantastic systems it seems, it's a very interesting full time role very similar to what I have done previously and with a chance to set up a lot of processes from scratch and also means the data is fresh and hopefully good, hate having to deal with really poor legacy systems

    They know I can't start until end August too and yet are still really keen to interview me tomorrow
    I'm still quite sweet on going into the contracting world though but happy to talk to companies about full time roles too

    There is non-figuratively no pressure on me tomorrow as I'm not 400% desperate for a role right now, it's a nice situation to be in

    I have the time to see what is out there and think through what is right for me, plenty of roles about currently
    In Insurance the job market is really picking up currently
     
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  18. Bedfordspurs

    Bedfordspurs Ralph Coates

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    The key to remember with interviews is that they want to give someone a job... they have a need to fulfil
    So think to yourself why not me? What don’t I have (they want that to understand the gaps)
    But focus massively on all the things you DO have
    I’ve seen perfect candidates fail because they forget the interviewer actually wants to give them the job....
     
  19. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Thanks, excellent advice as always
     
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    Bedfordspurs Ralph Coates

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    No probs
    I’ve interviewed probably the best part of 50 people in the last year alone
    Part of my remit on every contract I take seems to be recruiting a new team
    Have confidence in what you know. That knowledge is why your CV got you the interview.
     

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