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  • Quote: you had to learn your hobby to get the results

    You still do. If your 'hobby' is producing photos then you need to have enough knowledge to do so. That could mean understanding the limits of full auto, to using all manual control, or anywhere in between. However if your 'hobby' is using camera eqipment, then you need to know how it works. You can, of course, combine both hobbies. What digital has done is open the door to many who only want to produce photos and not have the bother of the technical side of things. So are they any less a photographers? You can only tell when you look at their photos.

  • Quote:At the end of the day, film is how photography started. It's as simple as that.

    Quote from your blog, but not true.
  • In Sport and wildlife photography in general a fast shutter spead is required to stop movement. In which case IS will make no difference. IS comes in use when photographing stationary objects in low light.
  • Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts.
    Stuart's funeral will be on Monday at Milton Keynes Crematorium.

  • Quote:You may be blown away by the simplicity of their oparation, it's so refreshing.
    The flapping of teh mirror makes each shot a truly optical and acoustic experience.
    Flap! It's so reaffirming you got the shot Smile

    It can't be that good. Of the last 20 photos in your portfolio not one was taken on film.

    If film is so good why is it that the overwhelming majority use digital cameras?

    If you like film and wish to continue using it, that's fine. Just be like Pentaxpete and get on with it.
  • Thank you all so very much for your very kind words and wishes. At a time like this they provide a lot of comfort.

    Stuart lived alone and only has 3 living relatives, a niece and nephew that he rarely saw and another niece of whom he was very fond. She will be arranging his funeral and will visit me later today. I will pass to her your messages of sympathy. My wife and I, along with a few other friends, gave Stuart his only sense of ‘family’.

    Life can be a bit of a bitch.
    Just 4 weeks ago I had to have my beloved german shepherd Quinn put to sleep. He was old and infirm and it was the kindest thing to do. It was also the hardest and most painful decision I have ever had to make and I am still full of grief.

    I know Stuart feared being aged and infirm and I am sure it was part of the reason for his action.

  • Pete, whatever you do, make sure you get all the help you can. Disaster can strike. Have a look at my thread titled ' Stuart Holland '.
  • This morning I had some very sad news

    My friend and photograpic comrade of the past 40 years, known on Epz as f8, has, during a severe bout of depression, ended his own life.

    My photo outings will never be the same again.

    RIP Stuart.

  • Quote: Obviously will have a tripod

    Then you don't need fast lenses or high ISO.

  • Quote:I am sure they did, but like the 'poster' I always did my own

    Back in the 70's when I did a lot of freelance work I had a darkroom at home but it was really only kitted out for monochrome, which was the majority of my work. Colour work was sent mainly to Colab, whose wedding service, from proofs to finished prints, was excellent.
  • Anna, don't take too much notice of Lemmy. He's done similar to me. Both feet in first, engage brain much later, if at all.

  • Quote:In the days of film, a decent photographer would take the exposures, develop the film, examine the negatives, select the best, process them in the darkroom, dodging, burning, altering contrast, etc. etc., as necessary and then provide the respected client with a well selected series of proof prints from which further copies and variations could be ordered.

    Or, just as likely, send the exposed films to be D & P'd at a lab. Many such labs offered wedding packages for photographers.
  • Who cares, who cares, who cares???
  • 1999 and I will never willingly use one again.

  • Quote:Something that may be of interest to anyone with (or thinking of getting) the Panasonic 45mm f2.8 macro lens:

    I've just got around to trying my Kenko extension tubes with this lens and find that it doesn't lock into place on the extension tube. It still AFs OK and the pictures you take are fine BUT its not locked and I could see all sorts of problems arising if one wasn't aware of this.

    Maybe just your lens as my 45 macro fits perfectly on the extension tubes, as do my other lenses.

  • Quote:REALLY??

    I'm just outdated.

    Thankfully, so am I.
  • Last year I was in the same position as yourself, Ann. I needed lighter kit.

    I had top Canon gear, 1DmkII and 5 'L' lenses ranging from 17-40 up to 400 f4, flash etc. All this was accomodated in a Lowepro back pack. But it weighed in at 36lbs.

    I sold all this and bought into the Panasonic range. My GH2 and 4 lenses (from 20mm up to 300), flashgun, tubes etc all fit into a messenger bag and weigh just 13 lbs.

    Most of this year's photos in my portfolio were taken using this kit and I am very happy with the results.

  • Thanks, CB.

    Quote:Similar to a Twonk

    Thanks, Alison, just what I needed to know. My education is going forward in leaps and bounds.Smile
  • I may be a bit out of touch, but what is a 'Dork'?
  • Events are organized by anyone and are not specific to Epz. A meeting, however, is organized by and for Epz members to attend one of the said events.
  • Why can't a meeting be called a meeting. Seems simple enough to me.
  • Keith, I have a shrewd suspicion that you read and understood my first remark in the manner I intended.

    And if you mean I am only the second best worst offender, my one chance of fame has gone.
  • The ones I dislike? The very ones you mention.......
    Quote:Plenty of native English speakers do it, mainly due to laziness
    Is that clear?

    quote]I try not to read their writing

    Does that make sense?

    Quote:I never respond if I do

    I don't respond to lazily written words. Understand now?

    Quote:You try not not to read the writing of people who don't use capitals and punctuation, yet you don't use them or like them yourself. You don't read what you write?

    I have no idea how you conjured up this nonsense. The only explanation I can think of is a wind-up.

  • Quote: no problem coping with people for whom English isn't their first language

    I don't have a problem with them either.

    Quote:It's the omission of capitals and punctuation that makes posts impossible to understand. Plenty of native English speakers do it, mainly due to laziness.

    They are the ones I dislike, I try not to read their writing and I never respond if I do.

    If it doesn't irritate you, then you accept it. We all have different likes and dislikes.

    As I said, I don't like it.
  • Ok,Ok. If it suits you, fine.

    I just don't like it.

  • Quote:But we all use English here, so why don't you join the majority?

    Not all.

    And I do try to write in English.

  • Quote:guess i confused a few there someone sent me a message saying they liked my comment i made sometime ago i felt a bit lost haaa

    Quote:What? Does your keyboard not have upper case? Or full stops?

    Lemmy, it's a new language for people who neither read nor write English.
  • Another thing to remember is the 'most hated dog' changes over time. Not long ago, rottweilers were the bad guys, before that it was german shepherds. They replaced the doberman as the worst thing on legs. The breed changes, almost with fashion, but the one common denominator remains. Irresponsible owners.

  • Quote:My wife is confronted by loose Staffies all the time

    Quote:when she sees a loose Staffy

    That still seems a problem caused by irresponsible owners. They should be the target for control.

  • Quote:I don't know how you can draw that conclusion - we have no idea if being locked in the garage had anything to do with it.

    I have a suspicion that this gives a clue
    Quote:The dog was whining, so the little girl let him out