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Micro four thirds, a tripod, and two legs: kit testing.

I am going to introduce these photos by a quote from Thom Hogan. Then I will discuss why I was carrying a tripod around Brighton beach, west of Dunedin this evening. Not a single one of you phrased your biggest problem as being “I need more pixels” or “I need more dynamic range.” None of you really said your problem was that the camera’s frame rate was too slow to capture what you shoot. What are we getting from the camera makers? More pixels. Better…

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Getting lost [And no need to upgrade a D800]

These were taken on the way to a hydro lake and at the lake on Valentine’s day: before I got lost and was navigating back the long way… we ended up finding the main road an hour from home. I can get details at full size on these photos: I consider that the sensor in the d800 and successors punches a bit above its weight. It is not as good as the best medium format film I have used — but those shots are taken…

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Why does the Nikon One have the easiest workflow of all the electronic cameras I have tried?

Relax, there are photos at the end of this. But I read this last night and I suggest you go and read the original (and use the links at Thom Hogan’s page to get your next lot of film from B&H: support a good critic and keep analog going. He’s talking electronic here. …. just saw another private report this past week that predicted what would be 30% upswing in ILC camera sales by 2018. There’s just one problem with that report: not a single…

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Old school, new school.

One of the interesting things about micro four thirds is… four thirds lenses. I have (and it still works, but it is a horrible camera, don’t get one) a first generation Olympus 4/3 camera, an e300. And the lenses work via an adapter, including photo information. So… a couple of test shots of this. And in the same pile of gear was a grip and lens cap (f/8) lens. Old school and new school… these are taken by a cellphone, simply because that is what…

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Workflow (Hooper’s inlet, not by me)

This post began when I was trying to upgrade a couple of phones. I have used android phones for a while, most recently, while travelling a Moto G with the most recent upgrades which include the ability to shoot with one swipe. It led to a few trouser photos (of the inside of my pocket) while biking, but it worked. But I was asked to upgrade my Mum’s windows phone. Oh my… install zune on computer, zune cannot pick up phone because USB support is…

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Tokomaru bay wharf

This is an abandoned wharf next to an abandoned freezing works (meat processing plant). There is a small settlement around the now ruined factory buildings. It is quite remote, and with the move to larger ships and centralized processing of meat the factory became uneconomic decades ago. It is now the haunt of artists, and the sea is slowly demolishing the works of man. Olympus OM-10 with 14-42 Zuiko Kit lens. Processed in darktable to 2000 bit jpgs.

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Gray’s Bush: Darktable vs Shotwell: shadow correction.

There are five photos here, one has been processed both ways. Three photos (the .jpg) are automatically generated from darktable. The other three (the .png) have been processed in Darktable: the shadow recovery has been pushed up, the saturation decreased, and highlights adjusted. And this demonstrates that if one can, processing from raw is worthwhile. The fact the pngs are 16 bit is a bonus. _____________________ Grey’s Bush is a small stand of Kahikitea rain forest that was not cut down. It is now managed…

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