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Day 17 August 2014: City Abstracts

63 19/08/2014 - 7:54 AM
By altitude50
fave scene from a horror film
When Bambi's mother gets shot. Tongue

Hobbo

In Off-topic discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
19 13/08/2014 - 6:45 PM
By Paul Morgan
Are Panasonic Lumix G series really as good as an SLR??
I have had a GX7 for some months now..........a BRILLIANT Bit of kit..........especially now that I have a decent set of lenses for it, plus adaptors for a whole variety of others old and newish.

The tiltable viewfinder is a Godsend to me currently, after serious eye surgery has left me temporarily one eyed, the 14-42 kit lens gives excellent results.

The SIGMA 60-2.8 Art lens is superb for portraits and the 20-1.7 ideal for Street Photography.........a 200 mm lens keeps me happy around wildlife.

All the kit packs away nicely in a very small bag...........whoops! Nearly forgot to mention the brilliant Chinese made AF EXTENSION RINGS available via eBay, they work beautifully.

Hobo

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2
31 12/08/2014 - 6:43 PM
By SlowSong
The times they are a changing
Im my day, our walk to school was so long we got there just in time to here the going home bell........then we had to walk home :-(

Hobbo

In Light-hearted chat | Page: 1, 2, 3
12 11/08/2014 - 9:06 AM
By hobbo
Day 07 August 2014: Photos That Fit The Theme 'Hot'

49 12/08/2014 - 8:34 AM
By andybebbs
Day 05 August 2014: Abstract Shots

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
92 06/08/2014 - 7:19 PM
By djh698
Photo realistic painting from photos
If you want to be amazed and surprised and have an iPad......try the.....WATERLOGUE .....app.....by some magic it creates the most beautiful watercolour painting from well defined photographs.


See here......a pic of my old moggie transformed, automatically...




Hobbo

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
4 04/08/2014 - 5:00 PM
By hobbo
Perils of none-UK purchases
Would the staff at a branch of......The London Camera Exchange.....be willing to help you?

You might have to offer to pay them.....or, they might be keen to help if not busy.

HOBBO

19 10/08/2014 - 9:13 PM
By lemmy
Day 01 August 2014: Portraits With Good Bokeh

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2
76 04/08/2014 - 10:43 PM
By nikon
aquarium/fish photographer needed
I just cant Fathom what you mean by that........I think that your Out of Your Depth.....

I'm off to listen to some Sole Music.............the world is my Oyster! Wink

Hobbo!

22 03/08/2014 - 6:52 PM
By Chris_L
Is the xt-1 the perfect street camera?
My new PANASONIC GX7 fits the bill beautifully, tilting viewfinder and screen, a good range of lenses, plus being able to use a whole host of older and other lenses via appropriate adaptors.
Its small, comparatively light and beautifully designed, just Google the reviews or look on YouTube.

Take a look at the BH presentations on YouTube, one of their latest features every mirror-less and micro four thirds camera going in great detail.....

Hobbo

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2
42 18/08/2014 - 12:03 PM
By iancrowson
aquarium/fish photographer needed
Whoops!

Methinks there are a few ....Phish Fingers ....on board now.

All little Shrimps with even tinier Winkles.......Muscle up men ......Trawl the Net, for a bigger Catch, better than On Line..........then they'll take you.....Hook Line and Sinker.

This is the age of AQUARIUM ........take care not to become a........


Shoal of Sprats!

Hobbo

( Just afloatWink

22 03/08/2014 - 6:52 PM
By Chris_L
aquarium/fish photographer needed
I realise that you are all Codding the OP ......But dont go Carping on if he responds negatively, eel be Angling for an explanation I bet?

...... On the Scale of one to ten, Fins ain't what they used to be, but the lucky photographer he chooses will have a Whale of a time as long as he is a good Snapper and doesnt get too Crabby.

Apparently one applicant failed because she was a Chubby old Trout, her partner Mr Rod Rest wasnt too happy about that.........he just couldnt see what the Catch was after he Weighed everything up, he reckoned the approached things from the wrong Angle.

There is a time and Plaice for Codding serious posters to EPZ, but it takes a Spratt to catch a Mackerel .......this man is serious ......is there no Snapper out there that can help?

So come down of your high Perch and you might be Squids in Wink

Hobbo ......( EEL DO!)

22 03/08/2014 - 6:52 PM
By Chris_L
What Will it Take?
StrayCat........you have been very brave to post your thoughts and observations on a public forum, I'm sure that is allready proving to be very therapeutic, because you got it all off your chest in one go, plus benefitting from the support and empathy currently being received from EPZ members.

One of the lessons I have learned during my 76 years is to avoid at all costs any kind of negativity from anyone or anywhere, not selfishly so because you and your immediate family come first.

Above all stay POSITIVE yourself in the knowledge that positive thoughts are flowing your way.......hold on to them and act accordingly.

Thinking of you!

Hobbo

10 03/08/2014 - 6:22 PM
By StrayCat
Gallery Suggestions
I tried 500PX.........So many photographs, I suffered from visual burn-out, if you can call it that.......too many pics in one place to take in properly, in my opinion.

I like the current EPZ Gallery.

Hobbo

244 11/08/2014 - 1:37 PM
By tj
If you miss me....
Hi Festiniog,

After what you have been through, the cataract surgery is an absolute doddle, I had both done before my retinal surgery yesterday.

I wish you well,

Sore eye

Hobbo

In Off-topic discussion | Page: 1, 2 ...16, 17
27 18/07/2014 - 9:23 PM
By cantona43
If you miss me....
Hi, all,

another ....Round-Robin message from Cyril

Good News and other News regarding my retinal surgery yesterday.

I spent over five hours in the Day Surgery Unit, pre op preparation plus lots of stinging drops up to the point of surgery.
Then a traumatic wait for the inevitable and painful, first local anesthetic injection, followed by another, which totally froze the left quarter of my face, eye and forehead.

The surgeon supported by his incredible team, then beavered away for over one and a half hours, with me wide awake, listening to fascinating technical stuff interspersed with jokes and banter, some of which I was able to join in, after the fine work was completed.

If you watched the video, I posted of the surgery you will know that it all looks pretty grim, but, after the local anesthetic kicks in, all is utterly painless, I just felt pushing and, at times pressure, with lots of work by a surgical compressor that balances eye ball pressure as the vitreous is replaced by water.

The latter, is the good news, it meant, that after the surgeon had completed the peeling off of my sight distorting membrane he could re-pressurise my eye with water and not gas or oil, either of these would have meant weeks of having to be face down for most of 24 hours.

Instead, I am left with an extremely bloodshot, half closed eye, not painful, just uncomfortable, with a variety eye drops to use, every few hours fir the next couple of weeks.

The recovery of the vision in the affected eye will take up to six months, with no guarantee of total success, recovery is monitored by the surgeon, every two weeks.

Currently I am seeing bright lights, with hazy wobbly shapes and colours, because I am attempting to see through a totally out of focus water bubble, that wobbles alarmingly throwing me off balance if Im not wearing my eye patch.

So, to sum up........I am very relieved not to have to use weeks of ....Face-Down....posture, instead I have to take it easy, no heavy work or strenuous activities, using drops, eye patches and taking pain killers as required.
The sight in my left eye, should recover very slowly, and should improve as the air bubble reduces, it could be weeks or months.

I will be able to read and type using one good eye, but wont be taking any photographs for some time......I will drop in on photo forums as and when I feel like looking at your pics and adding the odd comments.

I wish to thank you all for your very kind thoughts and words, they go a long way to aiding recovery.

Cyril ( Hobbo)


Sent from my iPad by Cyril Hobbins

27 18/07/2014 - 9:23 PM
By cantona43
If you miss me....
Mods and Regulars,

Should you miss me during the next few weeks, I havent left or died........today, I am having serious eye surgery..........post operatively, I will be unable to see properly or take photographs again for some time :-(

Catch you all again as soon as my sight returns.

Cheers!

Hobbo

27 18/07/2014 - 9:23 PM
By cantona43
Panasonic GX7 query
Thank you all.....

I have it sorted now.......I just need to think more when I make drastic changes to my everyday settings.

Cheers!

Hobbo

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2
4 03/07/2014 - 9:55 PM
By hobbo
Panasonic GX7 query
Ive, had my GX7 for around four months now, I have used it for all kinds of photogaphy ( see my portfolio) and with four different lenses without a hitch,until today, that is.

I decided to shoot at its extremly high shutter speed, to capture water drops, I upped the ISO, and went from A to S priority.

It was a. Bit dark, but the pics look fine, on the LCD ....trouble is, when I reset all my dials and buttons to where they were, the results in the LCD and viewfinder remained dark.

No matter what I did.......Set ISO, to 200 ..A to 5.6 ....set to A Mode....all remained dark.

I was half way round a long walk, still trying to work things out.....then, in sheer desparation, I did a ....RESET.....Hey Presto, all returned to normal.

Question?

Any ideas what may have caused the camera to stick like that?.....Surely I dont need to RESET, after every major change of the dials?

Curious!

Any advice, ideas welcome.

Cheers!

Hobbo

4 03/07/2014 - 9:55 PM
By hobbo
but what if i dont like football
TENNIS??

AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHH,

Hobbo

15 22/06/2014 - 4:01 PM
By Jestertheclown
but what if i dont like football
I cant understand why, when 99% of real footie enthusiasts know the score as it happens.......why the rest of us, need to be told the results.....OVER AND OVER AGAIN.......in news bulletins, and then just a few minutes later they are ....REPEATED.....during the sports section of the news.......repeated endlessly on the Radio, and in the newspapets next day......do soccer supporters have terrible short term memory spans?

And, and, if there is anything to send me diving for cover with my hands over my ears it is accidentaly over hearing a SCREAMING radio commentator, spitting and dribling through his mainly indecipherable commentary.

AAAAAAARGH!

Hobbo

15 22/06/2014 - 4:01 PM
By Jestertheclown
Welsh Ospreys........Chicks in nest.....well worth watching..
Hi, folks,

If you enjoyed watching the family of Peregrine Falcons growing up then fledging, you will enjoy dropping in here from time to time....

The Ospreys have chicks.......at this moment, one parent, and the chicks are waiting for a fish supper to be delivered.

http://www.dyfiospreyproject.com/stream

Hobbo

11 23/06/2014 - 8:13 PM
By Snapster
Have you Seen This?
If you have ever suffered a dose of....CAMPYLABACTA ......like I did a few years back, you would take heed of this advice........I have never felt so ill or low ........

Cause?

I used milk from a bottle that had been opened by a crow.

Hobbo

18 21/06/2014 - 9:47 PM
By RogBrown
Day 18 June 2014: Photos Of Faces


A Triker at a recent event

Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2
96 19/06/2014 - 4:44 AM
By hqa
Day 17 June 2014: Castles


KENILWORTH CASTLE

Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
135 21/06/2014 - 4:06 PM
By altitude50
Day 16 June 2014: Images Shot Wide Open


Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2 ...9, 10
88 18/06/2014 - 8:19 PM
By shadow_photo
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails
Youll be thrown out of the Pub! Grin

Hobbo

In Taking photos | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
Day 06 June 2014: Photos Taken From Transport Windows



From a wet bus window, autumn evening.

Hobbo

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
50 09/06/2014 - 8:35 PM
By shadow_photo
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails
EXACTLY!

Wot I meant......'Onestly Guv.

Hobbo Wink

In Taking photos | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails



Will this get me hung in a Top Gallery?

Could you think up a suitable Title for it?

Hobbo

In Taking photos | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails
After seeing the photographs and reading the text, I am wondering why I have bothered to learn all that I have about photography........a look at my portfolio will show you that I will never be able to reach that standard.

If any of us attempted to take photographs in an International art Gallery, we would be promptly escorted out.

Enter a pic of two plastic buckets in your Camera Club exhibition or competition it would be laughed out of the entries at first viewing, as a Mickey Take.

The other shot is well taken, but doesnt do anything, it is just a bland staged shot.

Or should I have typed.

A trio, of seminal works each one drawing out from the viewer long buried feelings of family holidays, camping trips and Sunday roasts?

Or


Three photographers, with friends in the Art Gallery circuit, who despite their degrees, have learned that if they take photographs similar to those of millions of snappers, their work will be held up as something worthy of recognition.

Im going to get our plastic bucket.......I feel sick.

Hobbo

In Taking photos | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
What Micro Four Thirds lenses would you like to see next?
I recently acquired a SIGMA 60-1.2:8 ART ( portrait) LENS, it is exactly that, an amazingingly sharp bit of glass, that does exactly what it says on the tin.

The design with its smooth chrome, focussing ring, and its disconcerting rattle when the camera isnt switched on, or, is off camera, can be a bit off putting.....

But dont be put off, the results are truly amazing.........

......does anyone else use one on a PANASONIC GX7?

In Group Chat | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
42 01/06/2014 - 12:38 AM
By dandeakin
The Peregrine Falcon is back
All the chicks look almost ready to take the first flight....all taking great risks right on the edge ...


Hobbo

65 01/06/2014 - 10:52 AM
By tomcat
Weekly macro challenge - ending Sunday evening 1st June 2014 - Glass.
Your all like Putty in my hands.........

Questions,......Would it be unfair if I processed my entries in a ...........Windows Computer?.......

.......do entries need to fit inside a Frame?

..........If I take a macro shot of a pane of clear glass......how would someone know?...How would I Clarify this?......or......should I go Obscure?..

.......If I process using layers, do they have to be Double or Triple Layers......


Oh Gawd!.........My eyes are Glazing over.........I'm Cracking up........I feel absolutely Shattered.

Hobbo

In Group Chat | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
25 02/06/2014 - 4:51 PM
By lumi
Colour of Skies
I had a very similar problem when I purchased a new PANASONIC GX7 recently, my RAW files looked terrible when I converted them......I put a query on here, and the problem was solved instantly.......I had to update the RAW converter PS the difference was amazing.

Hobbo

In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2
41 30/05/2014 - 6:26 PM
By SlowSong
Possible scam
I received a very similar message purporting to come from USPS the other day .....I just binned it.....I know when I have ordered things.

Be vigilant out there.

Hobbo

In Off-topic discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3
23 17/06/2014 - 4:55 PM
By chris.maddock
Press photographers - query
Perhaps this is a daft question but I'm going to ask it anyway...

I've just watched on the TV NEWS a politician exiting from his car, he was totally surrounded by a crush of excited press photographers.

I noted that they all seemed to have a long lens with a wide end (60mm?) even though they were very close to their subject....... Most were firing in BURST mode.........my questions?

What is that lens most if them seem to be using, and why?

Just curious

Hobbo

7 03/06/2014 - 7:15 PM
By KarenFB
Does technology Impede Creativity?
Further to my points above.........I have been a creative worker in wood all my life, I have a collection of very sharp tools, old, new, basic and specialist, plus a few very sophisticated power tools.

With these I can put my hand to creating the products I have become very well known for, another craftsman using the SAME tools might produce ......Reproduction antiques, fine musical instruments, beautiful cabinets, roofs, stairs, windows etc.......Because they have learned all they can about tools, timber and techniques.

But.......others with the SAME set of tools, will just make shavings,sawdust, off cuts and ill looking items, plus suffering a fair few injuries from tool misuse.

All cameras, are just TOOLS to get a job done..........it is the CRAFTSPERSON who CREATES.

Hobbo

31 23/05/2014 - 7:19 PM
By Paul Morgan
Does technology Impede Creativity?
Creativity is a uniquely Human thing, nothing to do with technology, it has been proven through the centuries, that give a man soft sand or mud and he will draw in it.....give him a cave wall and he will decorate it...............the ARTIST, is within the Creative ones......................others are good technicians, engineers etc etc.

Its not Taking the photograph.....it is MAKING IT.....first in your head, then in the viewfinder, followed by whatever processing is used.............the camera, no matter how expensive or sophisticated is just a TOOL.

The correct use of Tools needs to be learned though Wink

Hobbo

31 23/05/2014 - 7:19 PM
By Paul Morgan
A simple basic macro flash reflector/diffuser that works


I hope this uploads OK.

A fellow member requested that I illustrate this very simple, but very efficient FLASH REFLECTOR/DIFFUSER for Macro Photography.

Should you consider making one, placing the plastic cereal container in near boiling water prior to cutting the openings may make things easier and safer......mind your fingers.

NB. Should you be shooting a shiny beetle etc, then a layer of white tissue over the hole will diffuse the flash very efficiently.

The opaque plastic Cereal Container is a pretty standard item in any Pound Store.

Hobbo

In Lighting | Page: 1, 2, 3
0 20/05/2014 - 10:01 PM
By hobbo
Day 24 April 2014: Outdoor Macro Photography

84 20/05/2014 - 9:44 AM
By HUFC
Big business attempts to change rules to suit themselves
Methinks that this is just pre election propaganda.


Hobbo

In Off-topic discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
6 19/05/2014 - 4:15 PM
By brian1208
What one thing....
On advice from an old film days pro, now using a brand new full frame DSLR ........I leave my camera in A....Aperture mode so I can control the Depth of Field ( DOF).

Also my ISO is left on intelligent AUTO to get the best from almost everything I point my camera at......I do switch to fully Manual when I want full control.

Composing shots in the viewfinder.......it becomes automatic after a time, but dies take some learning.
My camera is a PANASONIC GX7.

Hobbo

31 22/05/2014 - 2:22 PM
By lemmy
Compact camera for slr user
The LX5 or a later version of it.....all the way!

Hobbo

In Digital cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3
42 15/05/2014 - 11:21 AM
By MichaelMelb_AU
Day 02 May 2014: Dandelion Clocks

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3
70 16/05/2014 - 3:32 PM
By altitude50
actors headshots - feedback appreciated.
Ye Gods!.....

Take the pictures down.......a They've all gone up the wall!!!

HOBBO

In Website Showcase | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
52 09/05/2014 - 1:05 AM
By sharpfocusphoto
I am leaving this site
Yes!

Severe flatulence can do that to a person Wink


The answer my friend......is blowin' in the wind.

Hobbo

In Light-hearted chat | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
8 04/05/2014 - 10:07 AM
By KevSB
I am leaving this site
See you in the morning then?

Hobbo

8 04/05/2014 - 10:07 AM
By KevSB
Photography in the Yorkshire Dales
Can I make a very heart felt plea please? ( tongue firmly in cheekWink

Please, please avoid, at all costs......taking your camera anywhere near that ......Lone Hawthorn Tree.....on the natural stone pavement........it has been done to death, the tripod hoes must be ancient monuments by now. Wink

Milky water.........nooooooo!............let's see all the rush and bubbles stopped in their tracks.....( that is just a personal preference......hate milky water)

Please don't take this seriously unless you agree with me.

Seriously, it is through exploring all the photographs on this wonderful forum EPHOTOZINE that I have learned what and where most of the photographic Cliches are.

Hobbo

31 24/05/2014 - 9:44 AM
By Phoenix