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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

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

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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

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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
How do you find inspiration?
You have said it all for me Brian......I am of the same vintage.......all of life is a wonder and inspiration..........learn to see a shot before you shoot it.

Learn what your camera is seeing through a particular lens.

FUJI

39 03/05/2014 - 5:49 PM
By Paul Morgan
Day 29 April 2014: Shots Of People Outdoors

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3
118 08/05/2014 - 2:15 PM
By HUFC
Help please - Yashica
Thank you folks, your replies have helped to decide on what to do.....

I have ordered a suitable adaptor........I have a spare GF1 M4/3 body , so we can try before he goes down the route of acquiring a used body and adaptor for himself.

It is so sad that these heavy beautifully constructed lenses are practically obsolete, I intend to get the best results possible with the camera, adaptor and old lens combination, then hand the decision making over to him.

Thanks again!

Hobbo

In Lenses | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
6 28/04/2014 - 11:45 AM
By hobbo
Help please - Yashica
I have friend who is a Pro Wildlife Artist and Illustrator, for his reference photographs he now uses a decent FUJI point and shoot camera.

But amongst all his older gear he has a set of very expensive, heavy film camera menses, all fitting his now obsolete YASHICA FILM CAMERA.

The lens he has given to me for reference is a beautiful.....

CARL ZEISS JENA 28-200. 3.8-5.6 MC MACRO

It has a black lever-like tag sticking up when the rear lens cap is removed, the whole comes in a beautiful red lined leather case, so must have been very expensive in its day

QUESTION/S

Is there a DIGITAL BODY or BODIES that his old YASHICA lenses fit, with or without an adaptor?

Preferably without an adaptor would be best.

He might consider a new DIGITAL body, but would like to try a second hand one first....

Any advice and guidance warmly welcomed.

It would be a great pity if these superb lenses can't be used.

Hobbo

6 28/04/2014 - 11:45 AM
By hobbo
Day 24 April 2014: Outdoor Macro Photography

84 20/05/2014 - 9:44 AM
By HUFC
New portrait of the Queen
If you watched the recent TV documentary about his life, and then the film of his adventures in New York, you would know that it was sheer hard work and determination that won him his later fame and recognition.
The documentary shows him at the beginning being a very bored Focus Puller/dogs body to the then royalty of Photography, all. Silk hankies, berets and posh accents, Bailey was treated like dirt, he couldn't and wouldn't take it so he rebelled.........
During his sojourn to New York with Jean Shrimpton and the Vogue fashion editor he demonstrated very clearly, and vocally just what he was capable of........if you can find either program they are real.....Eye-openers.

He took Photography, ( fashion and Portrait especially) from fussy, over posed, waxwork dummy models kept for hours in frowsty studios, looking into the lens of a wooden camera, whils a flouncing celebrity photographer faffed about underneath a dark cloth.

I don't like everything about David Bailey and his personality but, I do acknowledge his service to Photography and to Photographers.

Hobbo

32 22/04/2014 - 6:07 PM
By Paul Morgan
Day 21 April 2014: Outdoor Portraits

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2, 3
75 23/04/2014 - 11:43 PM
By peterjones
Questions you've been asked while taking photos.......
Every day, I have one camera or another hanging from a strap, and almost certainly my little PANASONIC LX5 in a pocket.

My day to day camera now is a PANASONIC GX7 ( used to be a GF1) if that should have more than a pancake lens on, sometimes I might take my SONY A55 out..........the question I hate is......

" Are you taking Photographs?"

I would love to reply........" No, I'm knitting Bloody custard"

But Im far too polite Wink

Hobbo

23 22/04/2014 - 12:38 PM
By TanyaH
It's too Late for me, however....
Stop it you lot Wink

As a pre war kid ( Jan 1938) I speak from some experience....

I wouldn't have changed a thing, there have been parts that I didn't enjoy but proved to do me good in the long run......National Service and 1950s-1960s building trade spring to mind.
Both brought moments of deep dispair, but turned out to be character building, because I wouldn't let the bu**ers grind me down.

My strong advice for you young 'uns is to target retirement at 50-55 because I know from direct experience that the ten years between being 65 and 75 literally ZIPS by.

The other advice for what it's worth is to enjoy your hobbies and activities whatever they are, whilst caring for your immediate loved ones.........one golden bit of advice is...

THERE ARE NO POCKETS IN A SHROUD......so without being reckless SPEND IT.

I had a bit put by for my eventual funeral, thinking of my family......then after serious retinal problems in one eye, I needed a camera with a Viewfinder.......result?

Two weeks ago I splashed out for a new PANASONIC GX7 .......it's a godsend.

However old you are.......ENJOY!

Hobbo

In Light-hearted chat | Page: 1, 2
25 16/04/2014 - 6:56 AM
By Graysta
Clothing
Hi, Patrick, methinks your post has been high jacked a little....

My reference to a cravat was genuine for two reasons.....the first is that my brother had the same surgery as you 17 years ago, he too wears a medical cravat over his Stoma.

Second, I have worn a neck cravat for years, simply because they are both comfortable and smart, and hide a scraggy old neck nowadays Wink

Seriously, regarding clothing for a Street Photography.....just be yourself, merge, don't stand out.

Hobbo

30 13/04/2014 - 6:05 PM
By Paul Morgan
Clothing
We have a name for those in our house..............

The............ BOSS'S SCARF....

Because they are almost always worn by both male and females who think they are better than those who dont wear them..

Boss's Scarves = As worn by BBC and other TV presenters............Social Work, Teaching, NHS and other departmental managers........Art gallery staff........Posers..............they certainly arent worn to keep the neck warm are they?

Whenver we see one on TV or out and about, we always reward ourselve a few points......or should that be Pints?

A photographers one with pockets for cards, filters and lens caps might be useful to a louch Togger Wink

Hobbo

30 13/04/2014 - 6:05 PM
By Paul Morgan
Clothing
Nowt wrong wi a Cravat ladsWink

More comfortable than a Tie.....and.....they hide a scraggy neck:

Hobbo

30 13/04/2014 - 6:05 PM
By Paul Morgan
Hobbo has a mono work chosen as a Book Cover
I'm like a dog with two tails today.

One of my recent mono creations has been chosen as the front cover of a new book.....see here..

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prole/236155444300?v=wall

It is just great to have work recognised by a wider audience.

Hobbo

3 11/04/2014 - 12:10 PM
By Ade_Osman
Macro help
Having learned and honed the basics of macro photography relatively recently, I may be able to advise.

Most enthusiasts, shoot macro using Manual Focus only, but, instead of winding the focus ring in and out you need to imperceptibly move your body back and forth, only pressing the shutter at the right moment, this takes patience and practice......you can of course, zoom the lens to its potential focus point first.

Also, it depends upon which Macro lens you are using.....if it's a reversed lens or an Auxilliary one like a Raynox then the rocking method is best. If you have a dedicated Macro lens then you can experiment with Auto Focus but be prepared for your lens to spend time ( and noise) hunting for that elusive point of focus.

Personally I use. Dedicated 2.8-100 SONY Macro lens on a SONY A55 camera, sometimes with one to three extension rings added.......the most important point for macro newbies to learn is about the extreme Shallow Depth of Focus caused by macro lenses.......it is best to learn to shoot your tiny subjects side on to get best results, not always easy in practice.

One other important consideration is lighting your subject, flash can be too harsh, so learn to make a DIY Flash Reflector/Diffuser, to take the light right down to the end of your lens......After many experiments, I now use. Lidded plastic pudding basin, quarter lined with foil, with a layer of white tissue inside the lid.......the basin has been cut at the base like a pair of doors to fit tightly over my Speedlight.

With this, or a similar set up, begin by setting your camera to.....A 11 to 16 ........S 160 ..... ISO and Flash power to suit ambient light, this should give excellent results.

Learn to move slowly, learn the habits of your targets, be patient, you will eventually begin to record excellent Macro work.

After all of this, look at YouTube Tutorials on Macro Photography and Focus Stacking.

Have Fun!

Hobbo

12 08/04/2014 - 1:19 PM
By Ade_Osman
The Forum needs an injection of life.
HERE!

Hobbo

19 02/04/2014 - 12:19 AM
By StrayCat
Clothing
Just be yourself Patrick......no need for a costume......

.....more important is to be pleasant, have a ready smile ( not a grin) and take a NO on the nose.......be as unobtrusive as possible, without hiding..........use a Prime lens to force you closer to your subjects....... Just relax and enjoy yourself.

Other than this, you could wear a Baseball cap, a turquoise Shell Suit covered in the said Nerdy badges, wear reflective shades, and carry a huge DSLR around fitted with a 400 mm zoom lens.

The choice is yours Wink

Hobbo

30 13/04/2014 - 6:05 PM
By Paul Morgan
Rules
SOD'S LAW ....... is the only one that applied so me, it follows me every where.....go to cross a normally quiet road, a vehicle appears........ Empt till at the supermarket first in the queue .......the till roll runs out.........in a hurry to go out.......shoelace breaks.............and so on.

Hobbo

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12 31/03/2014 - 9:17 AM
By dwilkin
Please watch and be INSPIRED......Just wonderful

Quote: Link won't play on my computer hobbo. Sad

Go to the ....B&H photo tutorials on YouTube, it should be there.

Hobbo

3 29/03/2014 - 12:07 PM
By rogerfry