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Thanks for taking a moment to look at my pictures - hope you like them, and please comment! I am always looking for tips and critiques!!

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  • Cheers Keith - w/c 8th Feb confirmed! Looking forward to it again - it was a great experience last time, as it made me evaluate the gallery a lot more closely than before.

    I will second what Keith has said to anyone reading the thread - give it a go!!!!! Its really not that hard (I can do it lol!!). Time wise it doesn't eat up all your free time - I used to browse on my lunch break and in the evening and all in it took perhaps an hour a day.

    You are in control of the GE award giving for a whole week, and has Keith said, if we don't use it, we may lose it!

  • I'd be happy to fill a week again if you need me - really enjoyed it last time!
  • Panning will produce the feeling of movement as well - try following a cyclist / jogger / car etc, and the back ground will blur, remembering the tips from the guys above about shutter speed.

    A trick called zoom burst can also give a sense of motion - this is where you quickly adjust the zoom while the shutter is open. This can produce some funky results!!

    And Don't forget to upload your results on here so we can all see how you get on!!

    Best of luck
  • Copied the pano from a holiday cottage site - we are planning to go this year, and the other half wanted to know where it was!
  • Nice one guys - thanks a lot! Knew I could get a quick response here!


  • Hi all

    Do any of you know where this is? I know its Cornwall, but would like to know the village / town!

    thanks in advance

  • What telescope did you use in the last shot? I am getting a little Skywatcher 102 refractor for Christmas, and hope to have a bash at this myself!

  • Quote:A late introduction

    Better late than never though!! I'm sure many users post images before stopping by to say hi on the forum!!

    Welcome Alex - EPZ is a great community of like minded people!!

    Oh - and the above images are very good!

  • Quote:Over the course of a year you'd probably do better playing a slot machine once a week with you lottery money.

    Or save it - 2 lines on a Wednesday and Saturday at £2.00 each would be £416! You would need to get at least three numbers nearly 17 times to break even anyway!
  • If you think we have it difficult on our UK lottery, chances of winning the US Power Ball lottery is an insane 1 in 292,000,000!!

    People will always play the lotteries, as despite the tiny chance of winning, the chance is there!! My mother-in-law plays the lottery religiously! She also loves the scratch cards - but when ever she wins something on one, she always buys more with the prize money, and ends up with nothing!!
  • Chances of winning the lottery now have changed from 1 in 14,000,000 to 1 in 45,000,000 – so now about as much chance of winning it as seeing Elvis Presley crashing a UFO into the Loch Ness Monster!!

  • Welcome Ian – I hope you find what you are looking for here. It’s a great site, and the natives are ‘mostly harmless’!!

    As the others have said, get uploading!! The critique gallery is a great place to get sound advice on your images, and to get feedback on them.

    Happy shooting!!


  • This question comes up a lot, and I thought that the 300mm yielded better results when using the 1.4tc. Wouldn't the 400 with the 2x become an f8?
  • Positive from me too - purchased a Canon Ef-S 17-55mm f2.8 a while back. Prompt service, and goods where with me very quickly. Highly recommend!
  • Either that, or it was pining for the Fjords!!!
  • I hear the native Norwegian Blue is worth photographing! Wink
  • “In time we hate that which we often fear.”

    By William Shakespeare, in Antony and Cleopatra
  • Joseph Wright College, Derby

  • Derby Quad Art Centre and Cinema

  • Inspiration can be found in so many areas, not just others photography. Have a look round an art gallery. Get a book about a photographer that is the top of their field in a genre you perhaps haven’t tried before. Go for a walk round an area you haven’t visited before. Set yourself a little project, but give it an end date so it doesn’t get forgotten / not finished.

    Remember – this is a hobby, and while you never stop learning you can do things to keep the ‘ol spark alive! I have set myself a mini ‘Autumn’ project recently. I aim to capture images of the ‘feeling’ of autumn – and not necessarily in wide, sweeping landscapes of woodlands etc. I am focusing on the little details – leaves, spiders webs covered in dew etc etc . . . .

  • Quote:Fortunately we get loads of butterflies in our garden so now they get a lot more attention.

    That's cool - if you sadly can't get to the locations, then you focus on things that you can still get too. You adapt to your situation. I have heard / seen that you can hire 'off road' scooters at some locations.

  • Quote:So in your example you could end up not considering taking a particular style / genre of photograph as in the past you didn't like the results you achieved compared to the work of others, so you mind stops you from even bothering to try again

    That's exactly right! We are our own worst critics, and sometimes it can overwhelm us and stop us in our tracks. I know that my landscapes will never be like Ansel Adams, or Charlie Waites, but that's the thing - while I may be able to emulate their style, the photo will always be a 'copy' of their style, and not a reflection of my own style. Trying to free ourselves from this subconscious mind set is very difficult

  • Quote:In addition, there's always the thought, 'why am I doing this'

    I used to have the same thoughts - "why bother, as I'm no good, and won't get any good shots!!".

    However, I realised that I need to be taking photos to please me rather than anyone else. Spending time trying to take pictures to please others takes you away from what you want to achieve, and what is important to you. I bet if you look at some of your first pictures, and ones taken recently, the improvement would be quite evident.

    Photography is like any other hobby - it takes time and patience, but above all it should be fun. Take out the fun, and you are just going through the motions, and that will in turn be evident in the photo's.


  • Hi SlowSong.

    I did indeed burn some shoe leather!! I plotted it on ‘Map my Run’ when I got home, and I walked a total of 16 miles between 9.20am 6.30pm!! I decided not to take the tube around the place. Reason being I felt the journey between two points was as important!

    I did take the Siggy with me, and took a few shots with it. Not posted any of them yet though – still in the ‘to edit’ pile lol!! Used it for a some people shots, and some compressed perspective shots as well. Got a few interesting ones of people working high up in office blocks, as well as visitors at the top of the Shard!

    Really enjoyed my little visit – and am planning another before Christmas. Derby just doesn’t cut it for architecture lol!!


  • For me its setting time aside so I can get out with my camera. I’m getting better at it now though. Went out on Sunday to a local country park. Normally I take my lad out to have a kick about. We still had a kick about, but I took my camera, and afterwards we had a wander around the park – two birds, one stone!!

    I also managed to get down to London for the day last month – just me and my Canon! Had a great time. I think you need to plan these sorts of things like you would any ‘appointment’. It’s all too easy to have other things take priority. However, if we stop doing the things we enjoy and love, then it can have an impact not just on us, but also our nearest and dearest. I learned that he hard way, believe me!!
  • The 17-55mm is great at landscapes, and general stuff as well. I have used a Sigma 17-70mm, and although its a fairly sharp lens, its slow and noisy!

    You can use the ‘600 Rule’ when estimating the time you can expose before getting star trails. Basically, you divide 600 by the true focal length of your lens . This gives you the time you can exposure at any given focal length before trailing can become evident:

    So for my EF-S 17-55mm lens

    True length (crop of 1.6) = 27-88

    600/27= 22 sec
    600/88 = 7 sec


  • Hi John

    Star trails are pain in AP (Astrophotography). I have had limited success in my pursuit of pin sharp stars, but the wider angles are a little more forgiving!! I have a little equatorial mount for my scope, which I hope to motorise next year to reduce trailing even further. The plan being to set exposures of the stars of several minutes, and then get one (un tracked) of the landscape so I can create a final pic in PS.

    Of course, a dark sky and horizon is required for anything more than a 30 second exposure. I did a few in Pembrokeshire – it seemed as black as tar outside, but after a 60 second exposure, they dreaded light pollution was showing along the horizon (think it was Milford Haven docks!)

    As I mentioned – the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 is a decent lens. It’s pretty sharp across the frame, and is as fast a zoom as Canon produce at the moment. Of course, its not FF compatible if you are planning an upgraded body later on, which does put some people off! £900 though would get you some decent L glass primes I’m sure.


  • Hi all,

    I have heard good things about the Samyang primes for astrophotography. I am a keen amateur astronomer (I have a little Skywatcher 102mm f5 refractor), and have used my Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 for some basic astrophotography. You have identified the issue of star trailing, which will be an issue for any long exposure photography – especially if you view at 100%!

    Have you tried stacking images? There are quite a few freeware astro-stacking programs available on the web (RegiStax 6, DeepSkyStacker etc). These allow you to stack multiple images to increase the amount of stars visible. They also help reduce noise). I have not used them myself, but have seen the results, and they seem to be quite good.

    The only sure fire way to reduce /eliminate star trails is to get an equatorial mount with a drive on it.

    The 17-55m f2.8 I use is also spot on for landscapes, general walk-around photography as well. You can pick them up used at MPB for about £400 now.