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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 April 2024 at 15:03
@Phil Wood, nice to see another IR shooter, there's several others here on Dyxum, so maybe starting a dedicated thread you can get some advice on how to best process the raw files.

@minolta_mutley, don't worry about the failed shots, the two I saw from that day (bagpipers and the upper fllor of fort 8) all came out very well. That's all that counts.

@bonneville, good luck sorting through all your troubles Brian, and if you want no need to catch-up, just jump back in when you can (and feel like it).

@Harm vb, indeed, I was there last saturday with three Leica friends. One of them was like me using a Sony "digital back" for his old rangefinder lenses (a 7C). The other two were Leica all-in (M9M, M10, M11) and my status was mixed (M246M + A7ii). Couldn't resist at least one day with a non-A/E mount camera
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 April 2024 at 13:49
Brian, all the best with your chaos... We'll see you soon again!


Ha Pieter, been to Rotterdam lately ?
Was there on Monday
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 April 2024 at 15:24
Big regrets but we are just emerging from a domestically chaotic week where everything seemed to coincide, all taking up far more time than available. In addition in my haste to get my new M3 MacBook up and running I managed to copy the hard drive's empty documents folder onto my backup disc, instead of the other way round!!. Finally we are nursing a poorly Rosie who seems to have done what golden retrievers do best and eat something disgusting that is now fighting its way out again!!

IOW, I am so behind with little to no chance of catching up and have decided to reluctantly withdraw from this challenge for this year
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 April 2024 at 20:53
Yesterday i had +/- an off-day. 50% unsharp shots (while i have about 5a10% in normal conditions using the A77ii that means i wasn't up to my normal standards).
To make things worse - the SD-card had 100KByte of Bad sectors suddenly (this is only the 2nd time in > 10 years i had errors on a Sandisk flash-device). I managed to save all the good images (not so difficult with that high error-tremor-rate of mine)...

I could of course try another more simple method - getting stung by an Asian Hornet - but it's too cold at this moment. Bizar is to know that Ants like 33%beer + 33% white wine + 33% sugar - but they do not survive this (yes i took a patent and copyright on this new animal-friendly way of killing the Ant - to be honnest i'm a fan of the aardvark - in the cartoons - this time the Aardvark wins!).

Today i'm recharging my batteries in preparation for the fortress-walhalla in Aubin-Neufchateau for next Saturday (our 2nd visit).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 April 2024 at 00:20
Thanks Harm, Domien.

Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

I thought that was new, Phil, and the result is impressive. Can you share the EXIF? I have used a 720nm filter on unconverted cameras and it's like a heavy ND filter and high ISO and slow shutter speeds are the order of the day. I have an old NEX-3, a spare NEX-7 and an old A100 that could be converted, but have baulked at the cost hitherto ...


It was the very long exposures that put me of the filter on a standard camera approach - essentially you are exposing through a blocking filter on the sensor - pretty daft.

No such problem here in bright light - EXIF - ISO 200, f7.2 1/4000s (full EXIF is in the file).

I have been deliberately overexposing about a stop today, yesterday they all seemed a little dark. Though it worked pretty well in the one I chose for Day 20.

The real problem is that they are all far too red - LR white balance hasn't got the range to correct it. I am currently trying to get Lightroom to find a RAW converter profile I have created to resolve this (following instructions found online). I will try again tomorrow.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2024 at 15:06
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

@Phil Wood: Your Day 20 IR shot is not bad at all.
I'm no fan of IR (in general) but this one worked out very well.

Fully agree on Domien.


I made some shots not further away than the backyard. Tomorrow I'll try for some shots in Rotterdam (before I'm visiting the shop that is selling the A7RivA ).
Still undecided: Both A7iii and A7iv do meet my expectations of what I want in a camera, so I think selling the A7iii and purchasing an A7rivA may cause regret
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2024 at 14:40
@Phil Wood: Your Day 20 IR shot is not bad at all.
I'm no fan of IR (in general) but this one worked out very well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2024 at 11:27
I thought that was new, Phil, and the result is impressive. Can you share the EXIF? I have used a 720nm filter on unconverted cameras and it's like a heavy ND filter and high ISO and slow shutter speeds are the order of the day. I have an old NEX-3, a spare NEX-7 and an old A100 that could be converted, but have baulked at the cost hitherto ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2024 at 11:09
Apart from an experiment with a 720nm filter on an unconverted camera a couple of years back (worked but not a technique I ever felt the need to repeat), I had no experience with IR photography until yesterday. The previous day a converted Nex-5 arrived in the post and I spent some time working out why it wouldn't work with my A mount glass via an LA-EA4 (firmware update required). Having resolved this issue I was able to fit a lens that my 55mm dia 720nm filter fitted.

As my Foolishness lenses have 55mm filter threads I mounted the 35mm f2 and set out to take my Day 20 shots in IR on an unfamiliar camera without a proper viewfinder in bright sunlight - the foolishness quotient may not match the RD175 /1,000mm lens combo, but it was higher than I am accustomed to.

B&W conversions worked quite well, but channel swapping was less successful. I was just happy to get a shot I was prepared to share!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2024 at 00:11
Originally posted by ffrolvaag ffrolvaag wrote:

Since the front end of the camera is a 500si, I would be curious to know if the film body has the same lack of information in the view finder. Amazing how far we have come in 29 years.

And the answer is ... 'No'. Both the 500si and 500si Super have a side bar in the viewfinder that conveys focus signals, shutter, aperture, etc.

Update: I suspect Minolta left this out because the viewfinder in the RD--175 is small owing to the 2x crop factor; I can barely read the panels in the film cameras as it is.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2024 at 21:50
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

Inspired by harm vb

What an honour.
Would love to use it once for my one and only film so far . I guess the positioning of the film is more accurate than in my cardboard "El cheapo" version.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2024 at 20:35
Finally made some shots today. Three days passed without holding the camera..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2024 at 13:44
Thank you :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2024 at 09:12
Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

Question to Dopol about day 10 and those beautiful straight lines but low shooting point. Was is processed in any way, or maybe you were not standing on the floor but somewhere higher?

Thanks

It was a handheld shot while standing up, doing my utmost best to get all things level.
There was some correction necessary at the edges (where I cropped it a bit), but it was more or less straight, as can be seen here where I put the SOOC (only resized)
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