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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: Today at 04:36:12 AM »
Hi Bennymiata.
So sorry to hear you didn't actually retire when you intended to!  :o ;D
But seriously, all that matters is that you are happy, and possibly more important not under your wife's feet all day, I've heard that gets on their nerves in short order! ;D

Cheers, Graham.

as I hadn't had a holiday for 15 years that I would retire.
And so I did, and I am now as busy as ever chauffeuring my wife around and doing some professional photography in products, weddings and events etc, and I am enjoying myself.

Sports / Re: 25 Pdr Artillery pieces.
« on: Today at 04:17:57 AM »
Hi Jock.
Thank you.

Cheers, Graham.

Great shots Garaham, I just signed you up on Flickr  :)

Sports / Re: 25 Pdr Artillery pieces.
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:39:18 PM »

Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:37:56 PM »
Hi Brooklyn161.
Great respect to you and your colleagues willing to protect life and property and often putting yourselves at risk in the process. I am currently re assembling a car for a firefighter from the London (UK) brigade, a very nice bloke with a slightly warped sense of humour, and most humble about his line of work.

Cheers, Graham.

Jack of all trades, master of some.
I am a Firefighter/Paramedic, additionally I am a Volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic and do professional Real Estate Photography 2 days a week. The Real Estate gig pays for my hobby, which is photography and started in 1993 with a Ricoh KR5 Super II.

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:15:16 PM »
LOL :)

Hi Folks.
I grew up on Star Trek, probably the first reruns. I too feel that Leonard Nimoy's death is a great loss, a good man, but he will live on in the reruns for a long time yet!
Three things guaranteed in a life, Birth, Death, and Taxes! All the rest is a bonus.

Cheers, Graham.

It is sad, but I guess the only guarantee in life is death.

Don't Forget DR, someone will always bring that up. ;D
To expect that a thread on this forum would not have DR intrude would be illogical....

Sports / 25 Pdr Artillery pieces.
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:09:09 PM »
Hi Folks.
Some shots from the commemorative events in Normandy. These are 25 Pdr artillery pieces firing blank rounds. Real fun to capture, the unit officer says number one gun fire, the gun crew chief responds number one gun fire, I press and hold the shutter button on my 40D and lo and behold lots of shots of not much happening, but out of the hundred plus I took I did get some good shots, unfortunately they are all JPEG as was not at that time fully aware of the capability to improve shots in raw format.
Please feel free to join in posting similar if you have it.

Dad, Raymond, a Normandy Veteran talks to a reenactor recreating his wartime past.
IMG_3002_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_3025 Good Flash in Smoke_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_3057 Pretty good flash from No 2 Gun_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_3113 Probably best Muzzle Flash_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_3122 Good Flash in some smoke_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_3123 Far Gun Flash in muzzle brake_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

IMG_3134 Spent Casing Still bouncing and smoking new charge clearly see wadding at top_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

Pretty smart bunch of chaps for reenactors, very nice people to actually talk to, they were really interested to listen to a veteran.
IMG_3156_DxO by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

Edit. Yes I just saw the lump of crud on the sensor in some of the images.

Cheers, Graham.

Hi Roo.
Very nice shots, love the mini tornado, the wall of fire looks spectacular!

Hi Carel.
Very nice shots, welcome, please post more.

Hi Viper.
Great shots looking down on them. Forgot to say on the other post, I think it was yours, trying to tear the wings off in the rain? Excellent!

Cheers, Graham.

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:39:39 PM »
Hi Folks.
I grew up on Star Trek, probably the first reruns. I too feel that Leonard Nimoy's death is a great loss, a good man, but he will live on in the reruns for a long time yet!
Three things guaranteed in a life, Birth, Death, and Taxes! All the rest is a bonus.

Cheers, Graham.

It is sad, but I guess the only guarantee in life is death.

Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 01, 2015, 06:22:31 AM »
Hi Folks.
Trained as an engineer, no jobs locally (Isle of Wight) , not brave enough to move away so trained as a motor vehicle technician (mechanic!) working on JCB's. Finally got a job in engineering as a toolmaker at a local company, I made some if the moulds for the die cast aluminium parts and moulded rubber bits.
I dragged them kicking and screaming in to the internet age by registering the domain name and putting up a basic page so that we could be found! Got a rollicking for it but they carried it on! (This was just after the "two types of company, those on the internet and those that fail" speech).
Made redundant and worked with my brother as a sparkie, he married an American and emigrated so I am now a self employed Classic Car Mechanic specialising in Triumphs, just bought an old lathe, (1955 date stamp on the reprinted manual making it at least 12 yrs older than me and possibly in better condition!) so that I can get back to making things!
Photography habit is casual, though I'd like to get better, and I have to beg for my new gear from my partner! ;D
Sorry for rambling on!

Cheers, Graham.

Photography Technique / Re: Perspective Distortion and How to Use it
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:34:38 AM »
Hi Macguyver.
Thank you for the explanation of this phenomenon, very informative, clearly and concisely written, easily understood.
Also the secondary explanations of tilt shift are very informative.
Thanks to all.

Cheers, Graham.

Hi adhocphotographer.
Aren't you supposed to carry lenses of that size on your tripod with the legs over your shoulder!  ::)
I carried 2 bodies with grips on a BR double with a 70-200+2xIII on one and a Sigma 150-500 on the other for 2 full days at an air show, no real problems, except occasional touch of lens hoods when walking with both cameras at rest. Of course I was not hauling a rucksack as you will be and don't know how the BR and rucksack will play together. The 500 may be bigger or heavier but on its own I would think it should be more than reasonable to carry for a day for such a reason, I hope you are able to get some really nice shots to make the effort worth while.

Cheers, Graham.

I'm going to give the strap a whirl tonight, but otherwise, i was going to make an ad hoc rig so i can attach it to my back-pack straps...  you know, spread the weight! :)  Lets see! :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DS - effective resolution in mraw and sraw
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:29:02 PM »
Hi Good24.
I don't know if it still holds true but I recall that mRaw and sRaw used to only be able to PP in DPP, other software did not recognise them. Maybe with such large file sizes this has changed?

Cheers, Graham.

Good24, here are your answers: (courtesy of

RAW: 50.3 MP (8688 x 5792)
M-RAW: 28.50 MP (6480 x 4320)
S-RAW: 12.40 MP (4320 x 2880)

Thank you! (And yes, for the record, I used the word "resolution" only because that's what Canon used in the link in my OP.)

Interesting that the 5DS s-raw will be bigger than the 5D3 m-raw, and will be more than 4K.  I wondered because to me the 5DS might be nice to have all those mp's sometimes ... but more often than not I wouldn't need it.  Seems someone could shoot in s-raw and still have remarkable images (and more manageable file sizes) and just break out the full raw when needed.  Of course if you're only using the full 50 mp rarely, might be hard to justify getting in the first place.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:13:02 PM »
Hi Erik.
Very nice, colours in water always look good to me.

Hi Andy.
It looks more like a chain on ice to me!  :D
Very nice shot.

Cheers, Graham.  :)

Ice on chain

IMG_2933-Edit by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I just want a stills camera.
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:38:48 AM »
Hi Folks.
Just a thought, but didn't video limit the stills abilities of my camera, the 7D with that over powering AA filter in front of what was at its time a great sensor? Hasn't this been shown to be a fact by the other bodies which used the sensor with a less aggressive AA filter proud un sharper images?
So video did hurt at least one body, but I also use the video function in preference to my phone for short clips at parties etc (because it is there and what the hell) and understand that it's here to stay and helps keep the cost of the camera down, and when I'm not using it, it causes no grief and if I never use it again it won't change the way the camera works.
Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about the 7D, as if I have to give permission!  :o ::) ;D ;D

Cheers, Graham.

Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:18:39 PM »
Hi Folks.
Sorry to dig up an older post, but I was intrigued by the number of people shooting left eye to viewfinder, so I tried it, spent the next few seconds cursing and cleaning off the skin oil on my glasses lens from my right thumb knuckle used for BBF! It seems so contrary to the ergonomics of the camera for me to do it this way, also it would prevent the unused eye from looking past the camera to acquire a target, bird or plane in my case, I find it much easier to bring the camera to bear on a target using both eyes.
Im fairly ambidextrous through practice, but predominantly right handed and I use my right eye though I may be left eye dominant, but I had trouble getting a result with the pencil and a light stand! Might have been too far away from the stand!
Very interesting thread.

Cheers, Graham.

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