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Messerschmitt 109 & 262 at "Hahnweide"/Germany

Awesome awesome awesome!

There can't be too many airworthy ME262s left.  The Smithsonian has one in the Udvar-Hazy center at Dulles, but it's definitely not going anywhere any time soon...

Cool story :-)

The A-10 is irreplaceable until we have another aircraft that can  do what Kim Campbell's did.  It's old, slow, ugly, and completely awesome.

I like your story about the F-15.  Something I always wanted to see is an F-15E go head-to-head with a MiG-31...

Vacationing in Puerto Rico.  Canon EOS 7N 35mm camera with the plastic fantastic EF 50mm f/1.8 II.  First three images shot on Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 200 and the last one on Kodak Ektar 100.  Crappy scan by Walgreens.

You know why I love Superia?  Because we could saturate the hell out of the colors & people go "wow, that looks awesome". & it does :-)

A similar look replicated in lightroom draws "dude you blew out all the channels" from the crowd...

A few shots from a visit to the hangars of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis association.  They put on a classic airshow every June.  This is a lot more than a hobby for these guys, it's a lifestyle.  A lot of their wives are wingwalkers.

My brother is really into classic aircraft so I just gave him my 6D (with the 40mm pancake on it as usual) & let him go nuts with it (so the exposure & composition aren't really my "style").  It was pretty dark in there but he still got some cool snaps of rare warbirds.

Ju-52, Luftwaffe tri-motor transport:

Fi 156 "Storch", Luftwaffe STOL.  The guy that gave us the tour had flown this one a couple of times.  The Luftwaffe rescued Mussolini with a Storch in the Gran Sasso raid.  Modern replicas have takeoff rolls as short as 30 meters.

"Zhey don't make zhem like ziss anymore, do zhey". 

The detail on the engine cowling on this thing was amazing:

Detail of the canvas on the "Moustique":

The Pink Lady, the last airworthy B17 that saw active duty during WWII:

Freshly built wings awaiting canvas (biplanes need 4 wings, that's a lot of work!)

Renault inline 4 engine undergoing restoration:

Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:10:13 AM »
This was long long ago at the bottom of a ravine in rural Greece up to my armpits in a creek (and also before I had decent post-prod skills!):

EOS 10D and Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8 (C/Y mount, Shell adapter). Shot wide-open at minimum focus distance & damn lucky with the razor-thin DoF.

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:10:33 PM »
If you shoot raw, the colour space in the files is limited purely by the sensor. Any pre-defined colour space standard is only applied as you convert the raw file to a format such as jpeg - so you can choose what you like at that point - sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB etc... Cameras only offer an option of colour space for the jpegs it creates.

True enough, but if the camera doesn't operate in the color space you want then you can't tell if you've blown a channel out or not.

Anyway, 14-bit RAW puts it into the "good enough for me" category as-is; it should be a more than adequate replacement for the GF's aging 350D that she never uses because it's "too big & heavy".

PowerShot / Re: Compact cameras - do everything but good fotos
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:56:42 AM »
My attitude on "electronics" in general (phone, tablet, gps, small camera, etc etc etc) is that I really have a hard time spending more than about $300 on something that has a good likelyhood of getting smashed, dunked, lost, or stolen in the not-too-distant future.

I got my mom a refurb S110 for Pagan Winter Gift-Giving Festival this year for about $200:

Great little camera for the money.  Keep it with you all the time, & get a big SD card for it & a couple of extra batteries.  Use it & be happy with the shots you get if they're well-composed & well-exposed; don't worry so much about the noise.

When you kill it, go get another one for $200 and be happy again.  Hopefully it won't get lost or stolen so you can recover the images on the SD card you hadn't backed up yet, but remember that it's likely going to disappear at some point if you're using it as much as you want to be using it & back it up often.

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:46:58 AM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!
from Canon's website:
(...)Shooting and Recording Modes Including 14-bit RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II offers a host of shooting and recording modes ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, plus Full HD movies and full-resolution high speed continuous shooting. The camera recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. Alternatively, you can exert complete creative control over the look and feel of your images. 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, gives images notably rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data for a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality.(...)

Thanks for debunking that for me; I recall reading it in the specs but I can't remember where, & I couldn't find anything on it in the manual.  I'll still miss the AdobeRGB (my Fuji X10 does it!) but the lower bit depth would have been more of a bummer.

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:08:01 AM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!

awesome idea for a long-lasting thread.

  • All my white L lenses have gaffer tape around them, cut to measure to fit all the flat surfaces.  Impervious to nicks & scratches & much less conspicuous then the naked white L lens bbl.
  • I always keep a pack of cigarette rolling papers in my bag for use as an impromptu flash diffuser.  Costs basically nothing, nicely frosted translucent paper, and already has sticky stuff on the edge so you just lick it & stick it a built-in flash or even over the flash on a compact.  Just throw it away when done.
  • Also have a white index card in there for bounce flash, same idea.
  • I run a cheap-*ss grip strap instead of a battery grip, along with a quick-detach neck strap.  The grip strap is great when you know you're going to be shooting a lot, & the neck strap when you're not but you want the camera handy (I carry it around my neck, sometimes in a fitted neoprene case to protect it while still keeping it handy).
  • On my 40mm pancake lens, I use a $5 52-62mm step-up ring instead of the expensive Canon "lens hood" as they're pretty much the same thing.
  • Belt pouches for monopods are great for walk-around low-light work if you have a nice small light monopod on which you can adjust the height easily, & not so great if you don't.
  • extra memory cards & batteries!

Lenses / Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:56:14 AM »
I imagine you meant focus ring, not zoom ring :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:45:20 AM »
Didn't Canon have some sort of semi-tranparent mirror sort of like Sony's?  Pellical or something wasn't it called?

Yeah, I think they made a Pelican mirror at some point:

Sorry, couldn't resist <grin>

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:42:43 AM »
The 180mm focal length was always a bit of an odd-ball.  Also the 180L macro has about the slowest AF of any L lens I've ever seen (certainly because of the huge glass elements involved, but even behemoths like the 85mm f/1.2L are faster).

A 200mm f/3.5L macro with hybrid-IS and fast(er) AF would be a welcome addition to the lineup.

But really I'd love to see them add IS to the 135 f/2L & 200 f/2.8L, or really any other for-mere-mortals fast telephoto prime for that matter.

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:53:05 AM »
I looked into the links you posted about gelatin/silver prints using an internegative process.  Do you know of any print shops that perform this service?  I gave up printing my own images a few years ago.  I got tired of dealing with clogged printheads, etc.  I use Costco for most printing, except the fine art prints I do on occasion.  I just sent the two images shown above to Costco.  You can't beat the longevity of silver based images, though.  I just looked at some work I printed more than 45 years ago, still as good as the day they came out of the fixer (but not as good as I could do today).

Haven't used any personally but teg goog turns up several promising shops which you could probably research a little further before taking the plunge.

I like Keith Cooper's quote on the care & feeding of large-format printers:

when recently looking into problems with our iPF8300, I talked to several people in the ‘large format business’, and lack of use was the number one cause of problems.

If I had to put a big sticky label on printers it would be:


I keep a 24″ roll of cheap proofing paper in our iPF8300 and try and make sure I print every week (a diary reminder helps).

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 08, 2014, 04:23:19 AM »
I haven't used a chemical darkroom in 30 yrs, even though I've always had one within steps of my office/labs, but I remember with great fondness my grad school days (actually nights) spent making my own developers.  I briefly taught photographic chemistry to the local camera club, but gave up when people's eyes glazed over.  Not everyone was meant to be a chemist, sigh.  Here are a couple of recent B&W images from a trip to Myanmar last March.  They still have that Tri-X look, including the grain.

Awesome shots dhachey.  This thread rocks :-)

Bringing the whole thing together, something that I almost dove into back when I first got a good DSLR but was still shooting film occasionally is  making gelatin silver prints from digital files.  I first learned about it from LensWork magazine, which is a lovely find in and of itself.

In a nutshell, we finally have a use case for the insanely high resolution that the inkjet printer companies have been using as a marketing gimmick forever.  The printheads of even the now-12-year-old Epson 2200 are capable of small enough dots to print a negative with resolution surpassing film when used with the right transparency medium & inks, which can then be used to make a print with a traditional darkroom enlarger.

The process is laborious but I've seen the results in a gallery and the gelatin silver prints from an FF DSLR source file are every bit as stunning as medium format film.

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