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Don't forget ... midnight on Sunday 31st August is the deadline for your entries (a maximum of 4) in the latest monthly TIPF IN FOCUS challenge.


Good Luck  everyone ...;)

Entries close for this weeks Alphabet image at midnight Sunday 18th Aug ... Post a pic taken this week  ...  How  unusual a subject beginning with G can you come up with eh?.;)

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  1. DONUTS!!! Its all about the donuts 🤣 To be fair I was hoping for a brighter day so there were stronger spectral highlights on the sea then the rings would have been very well defined.
  2. Hadb't realised there were so few - I had one back in the day and to be honest time has not softened my opinion of it in use.
  3. And when I say Cat what I mean is a vintage Reflex-NIKKOR*C 500mm f8 catadioptric (mirror) lens. To say it was difficult to use would be to ignore the colour of the air around me while I was trying to frame, focus on and nail bird in flight with this monster. Fun though...
  4. Not even allowed to keep chickens I the back garden so not chance of a llama 🤣
  5. Intentional Camera Movement
  6. I was gifted a Skink Pinhole kit for my Fuji this week and got a chance to try it this morning. Its the equivalent of a 24mm f110 (yes one hundred and ten) lens though you can narrow the FoV with extension tubes. Unfortunately using a pinhole on a small(ish) sensor isn't ideal as you are dealing with catastrophic levels of diffraction that really requires large format film. However that isn't going to stop me experimenting and while I would like sharper results its not really about sharpness with such a basic imaging tool so I'll just have to be creative.
  7. Took at bit of shuffling about and under-the-breath curses to get everything lined up but got there in the end...
  8. Not all landscapes are sweeping and vast...
  9. In from work, change of shoes, camera and dog in the car then off to the cliffs by Camels Island to catch the surf swirling around it at high tide. These have had a bit of a fiddle but fundamentally they are as I hoped the scene would be and what I got in camera with Fuji's Classic Chrome sim giving the colours some drama.
  10. I’d say 80% of my editing is done within Lightroom with some work done with the Nik filters and an occasional finish in Photoshop. The thing to note is Lr and the raw editor (ARC) in Ps are basically the same thing. The difference is when you’re finished with the raw data and in Ps start working with layers and the more advanced tools. Something I just don’t enjoy doing but I would never dismiss.
  11. He's really got the photographic bit between his teeth, takes his camera out with him every day and asks to come out with me. He took a portfolio of his work to his interview at Northumberland College and with that and his projected grades has been given a conditional offer of a place at Kirkley Hall on a three year animal management/zoological course. I'm not old, I'm older 🤣
  12. The eldest has been getting more and more into his photography this last year or two having taken it as a GCSE subject. Currently he is on track for a top grade (I should hope so too) wowing his teacher with shots like this. Taken with his (remarkably decent for its age) Panasonic GH2 + 14-42mm and a 10mm extension tube. The wasp was on a pin which he photoshopped out and the background is crumpled up tinfoil. I'm going to have to up my game 🤣
  13. They are converted though the scene was virtually monochrome as it was very dull this morning. First one was an experiment with a dark/light split running horizontally through the scene - something of a theme I have in mind for a series of shots.
  14. Grey, dull start to the day but the dog needs a walk and the camera is always over my shoulder.
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