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Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:14:52 AM »
The postings about pickpockets amuse me. I guess as someone who has lived in Europe (Oh, OK - the UK) for most of my 55 years (as of tomorrow...) I tend to think of most European cities as being safe so long as you are sensible. I recall in the late seventies when I was at university in London and the IRA still had a penchant for bombing the City, that Sylvester Stallone refused to come over because it was too dangerous...

My experience is that you are far more likely to be fleeced by those who are supposed to be serving you in the USA because the staff are so poorly paid that they pretty much have to beg to get tips. Hands are always out for money in the US, whereas it is a small minority of pickpockets, many of whom are instantly recognisable anyway, in Europe.

My advice: don't look too rich, don't talk too loud, don't throw money around like you are in the US, and you will be fine!

Enjoy Paris - a beautiful city!

Lenses / Re: This thing's gotta go!
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:35:04 PM »
Contrary to the gist of this thread, I really regret getting rid of some of my old stuff - when I HAD to trade-in. I wish I still had my Pentax ME Super, because I loved it, and I wish I had my Zenit E because it was my first SLR. Not so sure about the Praktica (sp???) that came in between.

Right now I do have a 15-85 EFS that sees ABSOLUTELY no use whatsoever, but then I doubt it is worth much. Also my 7D sees little use, but I am using it as a placeholder pending that fantastic new version that is coming imminently!!!


Photography Technique / Re: Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 11, 2014, 06:29:17 PM »
Here are some from the Hamilton/Burlington area in Ontario, Canada. These are all HDR.

I do not normally like HDR so much but some of those shots are very nice. Well done.

rcarca - I know Marlow well, and I hope you do not mind me saying but I think your shots are too blue. Great place for pics though. When I am in the UK I go a lot for coffee.

Curious to know why you think they are too blue? I desaturated the photographs... The colour depends on the time, the weather and other conditions. Anyway, thanks for looking.


Photography Technique / Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:09:14 AM »
Per Wikipedia: "The blue hour is the period of twilight... where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light". You guys all know that, but in some ways to me it is even more special than the golden hour. Well here are two shots I was determined to get in the "blue hour". I would love to see other "Blue Hour" photographs...

The Blue Hour 1 by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Diii, 24-70 2.8L @ 70mm, ISO100, 25 seconds at f7.1

The Blue Hour 2 by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: As above except @30mm, 15 seconds at f14.0

Thanks for looking.


Landscape / Re: Sky on Fire!
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:41:07 PM »
Taken two weekends ago:

Marlow Sunset #46 by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Marlow Sunset #39 by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Marlow Sunset #24 by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

All taken over the Thames at Marlow.

Many more here:


Animal Kingdom / Re: Luckiest Shot - Please Share
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:53:23 PM »
My daughter coming off the stage at Buckingham Palace after the Coronation concert this summer, she was coming down, the smoke and light was there and I turned at the right moment (I think!)

2Y2A5866-32.jpg by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5DMkiii, 24-105mm @ 105mm, ISO 4000, 1/400, f5.0


Landscape / Re: Show your Sunday shot of today
« on: September 22, 2013, 06:34:34 PM »
Taken this evening in Marlow:

Sunset over The Thames by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Landscape / Marlow weir - night/moonlit
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:07:41 PM »
A couple of shots from the other night. I am not a great user of tripods (generally too bulky to carry round all the time), but I had little option for these exposures:

Marlow Weir in moonlight by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Diii, 24-105mmL at 24mm, ISO 500, 30secs at f10.0

I cannot choose between these first two...

Marlow Weir in moonlight by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 32mm, 25 secs at f10.0

And the last one:

Marlow Weir in moonlight by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 47mm, 20 secs at f10.0

Thanks for looking


Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:49:01 AM »
All Clyde Estuary / Firth of Clyde themed this time.

The timber ponds in the foreground, the hills of the Arrochar Lomond range in the distance.
Waves breaking over the prominade wall at Saltcoats
View from Lyle Hill over Gourock Bay
View from Erskine Bridge past Dumbarton Rock and down the Esturary.

I particularly like 2 and 4. Fantastic shots. No 2 for stopping that wave as only King Canute could have wished, and No 4 for the light. Simply lovely, both.


Landscape / Northern Ireland
« on: August 15, 2013, 06:28:07 PM »
I went to the North coast of NI recently. A couple of photographs:

Giant's Causeway by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Dmkiii, 24-105mm @ 82mm, ISO320, 1/50 sec, f22

Giant's Causeway by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 105mm, 1/125 sec

Newry Canal and River Bann by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 24mm, 1/25 sec

Giant's Causeway by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 60mm, ISO200, 1/1600 sec, f13.0

More to be found on Flickr:

Thanks for looking


But anyway, regarding 35mm film "which is actually 36mm" you couldn't be more wrong, roll film is measured by its film gauge, that is, it is 35mm wide, hence 35mm film, it has nothing to do with the arbitrary dimensions of the film we expose.

Let me be more precise. The gauge (from edge to edge of the film including the sprocket holes) is 35mm. The area we exposed on a 35mm film was 24 x 36mm. That is the relationship that drives the "standard" lens.

I will research further on the relationship with cinema film.


Classic film before 35mm was 72mm but 35mm (which is actually 36mm) rapidly became the dominant film standard. If you use Pythagoras theorem, you will note that the square root of the hypotenuse (the diagonal on the film) equals the square root of the sum of the square of the two other sides of the triangle (24mm and 36mm)For 35mm format film that gives approximately 43mm. That is the perfect match for what the human eye sees. That got rounded up to 50mm for most purposes. I rather suspect you will find similar relationships with other standard film sizes, although I have never done the maths.


Black & White / Re: Coronation Gala Concert at Buckingham Palace
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:15:09 PM »
Thanks for the comments and apologies that this went missing. Not sure what I did... Anyway, the picture is back!


Black & White / Re: Coronation Gala Concert at Buckingham Palace
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:57:18 AM »
Great shot!  I don't know if the composition was improvised or not, but it works.


Thanks Jim. I was milling about at the front of the stage waiting to collect her, and saw her coming down. So, yes: improvised!



Black & White / Re: Coronation Gala Concert at Buckingham Palace
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:02:31 AM »
It says that the link doesn't work.

Sorry - a delinquent fullstop had crept in. Now gone. Thanks for looking


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