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#647679 - 28/08/2006 18:29 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Volkl_1 Offline
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Awesome shots Dan!! The best funnel photos i can remember seeing come out of Australia.
Structure, lightning and a funnel all together. Congratulations.
Imagine how much better they would be if they had been taken with a canon Camera!!!!
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#647680 - 28/08/2006 18:42 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Dan. You are a dead set legend. Awesome photos once again.
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Loo

Robbie you are a stirrer :p

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#647681 - 28/08/2006 20:34 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Alexander:
Imagine how much better they would be if they had been taken with a canon Camera!!!!
A lot less noise!! laugh

Thanks all. Not bad for 100%+ crops. My old D70s wouldve pixelated the photos. Love the extra cropping fredom with the D200.

Cheers
Dan

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#647682 - 29/08/2006 09:53 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
ant Offline
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Are you going to set up shop, Dan, selling big versions of those? Spectacular.

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#647683 - 29/08/2006 13:03 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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dan the man! that is some impressive shots you have there! i love the cloud structure clarity in some of those shots! well done!

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#647684 - 29/08/2006 16:50 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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I posted this elsewhere but thought it might be of interest here too. It's a night shot of Mt Wellington (Tas) a couple of weeks ago. Took it over a 3 minute exposure by moonlight from my house.

Look carefully to the left of the big tower Juust above the Mt top you can see a streaky star trail. Notice also the very strong blown out light from the building on the top.

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#647685 - 29/08/2006 18:40 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Thats awesome Dave, well done.
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#647686 - 29/08/2006 19:46 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Loc: Junee - just north of the 'Bid...
Agree, its great to see someone thinking outside the box.

Dave, what were the other settings?

:cheers: Will
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#647687 - 30/08/2006 10:04 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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BW it was shot on an Olympus OM4 with Fuji Reala 100 iso film at 150mm on a Zuiko 75-150 zoom.

Shot at approx 3 minutes and F8, I bracketed a couple and also changed composition with a couple of others.

One of the others shows star trails better but not much of scenic value in the foreground.

I love good ole fashioned film, traditional cable release and good tripod. mind you a digi was handy as a glorified light meter. wink

I cheated in using a Canon powershot 700 on 400 iso, max shutter speed (15 seconds) got a bit of an image (very grainy, underexposed etc), used some mental calcs and a bit of educated guesswork and hey presto. smile

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#647688 - 30/08/2006 19:28 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Excellent Dave. I too am a very big fan of film. I have two Olympus OM10's and a variety of other film cameras, old and new. My favourite is an old praktica TL1000
Do you ever take startrails with your film cameras? No matter how long the expoure, theres no noise.
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#647689 - 30/08/2006 19:45 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Helen Offline
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Originally posted by Rob Alexander:
Do you ever take startrails with your film cameras? No matter how long the expoure, theres no noise.
I want to try a startrail with the AE1+P... set it to the SCP and do a post-dusk to pre-dawn shot.

Robbie, what your recommendation be re film speed and aperture?

Cheers, Helen :cheers:
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#647690 - 30/08/2006 19:58 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Helen, my longest exposure is only about 1.5 hours. Loo has been right out to 8-10 hours.
I would be using 100 speed film with an F5 or F5.6 apperture.
Loo might be able to correct me on this, but thats where i would start.
You have to have absolutely no moon for the whole period or you will over expose the photo.
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#647691 - 30/08/2006 21:08 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Great shot Dave.
I have done a 10 hr exposure. Pretty awesome shot but I really like the shorter exposures. 30 mins onwards will give the best effects.
Try and get a tree in the pic.I dont know why but try to get it on the left hand side of the pic.It just seems better that way confused
As Robbie said 100 speed film or better still slide film for the real jump out and hit you in the face shot. cool I wouldnt go under f5.6. You would be amazed how bright the sky really is when it is pitch black and no city lights.
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#647692 - 30/08/2006 21:28 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Helen Offline
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Thanks Robbie and Loo, much appreciated and will give that a go at the next New Moon.

Loo, I sure know about a bright night sky out here. Nearest hamlet is Booborowie (4km NW), nearest small town is Burra (22km SE), nearest large town is Clare (33km SW) and Adelaide is 185km away, though you can see the glow.

The Milky Way is amazingly bright on a cool night with enough light to actually see outlines of objects quite clearly. Give me the country life over city living any day. laugh
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#647693 - 30/08/2006 21:53 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Something a litle different from last Sunday.
A large fire in an industrial site caused some interesting cloud formation to feed in towards the city just before sunset...
Would this be a form of pyrocumulus?

5 shot horizontal pan.


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#647694 - 30/08/2006 22:10 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Volkl_1 Offline
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Strike3, thats pretty cool. It certainly is a pyrocumulus.


While we are on the topic of startrails, here is a link to my startrail page. I cant wait for the warmer weather to take startrails again. This time of year, frost, dew and fogged up lenses are a problem!!lol
The vertical startrail photo on this page with the fence in it was under an hour. Loo and I were standing out in the middle of nowhere last summer taking startrails, but the clouds started rolling in so we had to close our shutters early!!
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#647695 - 30/08/2006 22:24 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Dave (Strike3) Offline
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They look great Robbie...can't beat those clear dark skies near the high country! I had a go at star trails here...wwaaaay too much light from the city!!!

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#647696 - 31/08/2006 15:19 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Grant Offline
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Can anyone tell me if it is possible to take long exposures for startrails with my 350D? If so, could someone please give me an idea how I would do this - ie settings.

That night shot of Mt Wellington & Robbie's startrails are awesome!
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#647697 - 31/08/2006 16:46 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
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Registered: 29/08/2006
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That Mt Wellington pic is just sensational! :cheers: Amazing to think that it's a night shot!

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#647698 - 31/08/2006 17:57 Re: Winter 2006 Weather Images
Helen Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by Grant:
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to take long exposures for startrails with my 350D? If so, could someone please give me an idea how I would do this - ie settings.
You most certainly can, Grant. laugh

When I do a startrail of an hour or so, I set a focal length between 18mm and 21mm, an aperture of f/3.5 and an ISO of either 100 or 200 like this one:



Any longer and I'd be taking Robbie and Loo's advice and set a smaller aperture of f/5.6 for better results.

Just remember to have a full battery (or two if you have the battery grip).

Cheers, Helen :cheers:
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