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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2024 at 19:30
We're trying to catch some Asian Hornets - with specific built traps & some specific attractive liquids (Trappit) + a micture of white wine, sugar and 'white/light' beer.

But i won't use this 'gift' i received today from a longtime friend (he always brings some beer when we donate him some good ict-material for a good cause) for catching these pests though... What's on the glass says it all!

I cought one European Hornet - but i've completely forgotten to make an image about that animal (a tiny little bit bigger than the asian hornet - it shouldn't have been into the trap but it did). Of Course i let it escape (as it is one of our most important weapons against the invasive unwanted Asian Hornets.

So whenever i catch one - you'll get an image of that.

And for now being i'll have a tasting, and i'll raise the glass for your health (and images posted during this and other challenges). Cheers!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2024 at 20:03
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

We're trying to catch some Asian Hornets - with specific built traps & some specific attractive liquids (Trappist) + a micture of white wine, sugar and 'white/light' beer.
For Dutch Dyxumers who got thirsty: Karmeliet Trippel is on sale at Albert Heijn, picked up a 4-pack
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2024 at 20:05
Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:


Harm vb - Brilliant image It took me a while to even see the cat! My pick of the day


Thanks Brian

I'll try to deliver some weekly comments
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2024 at 11:29
I am slow to start but I hope to make it up.
I do have some photos I need to go through from April 1st. I will post today. Just some spring stuff from my garden.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2024 at 15:18
I am on a slow start as well. The flu doesn't help either. We'll see where we get.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2024 at 17:40
On the b&w photo of day 2 (b&w wooden Statue) - some details of the rather new artwork (the 2nd one, with the other 3 elements, isn't visible yet):

artist: Jauma Plensa

information in dutch: https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/nl/2024/persbericht-spaans-kunstenaar-jaume-plensa-brengt-four-elements-naar-leuven

information in english: https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2024/spanish-artist-jaume-plensa-brings-the-four-elements-to-leuven
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2024 at 20:21
Haven't been shooting today. Tomorrow I'm off to Museum Belvedere in Oranjwoud, so I'll have the opportunity to shoot...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2024 at 17:12
This time I was in the New and Old Town in Warsaw. Always plenty of photo opportunities there. I chose the church I was singing in today but I will create a separate post in Open Views with all the rest I liked.

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Here is the thread with all other photos.

I thought that was a bit too much for a regular outtake post.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2024 at 12:45
I guess I took an event pass? Took a picture of the neighbourhood cat with my phone - a shot of opportunity but breaking the rules of the challenge: "Shoot for the whole month with one (or two), prime lens(es)"

Picture is in the 7x52 challenge for 2024 thread.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2024 at 13:33
I was a bit shocked today to see that the red Paeonia that gives in normal circumstances flowers between the end of may or the beginning of june (right before the harvest of the strawberry's) are already showing flowers right now.
The red ones are the first to give flowers in the year though.

Our Paeonia (the nice smelling farmers variant - the light pink one) isn't up to that stage yet. It's a bit earlier than usual but 1 a 1,5 months earlier is a lot.

Another thing i saw in the convent guarden (yes i was there again) was the wood anemone, bluebell and wild garlic blooming at the same time. Normally it's first Wood Anemone, followed by the bluebells and followed by the wild garlick with a tiny bit of overlap.

That's no good news for the bees and the wildlife in general i think...

I hope you enjoy the image though (and tomorrow when it'll be bad weather i'll post the proofs of the other flowers. The lake of wood anemones around one of the bigger trees wasn't as present as it used to be - maybe due to to many other plants on the soil. Let's hope next year it'll be back.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ffrolvaag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2024 at 17:23
It was pretty sunny out, so I spent some time playing around with the 1000mm f8. Not my best photo by far, but part of what I can expect given the two pieces date to 1992 and 1995. My observations are as follows:

1. AF is useless on the RD-175 with this lens, as it would constantly hunt, and focus time would take about 5 seconds to achieve. Fine for static targets, not so much for moving ones.
2. MF is what I mainly used, but very challenging. No view screen on the camera, so I can't replay and zoom. The viewfinder is 1.04x of a 2x crop, so very tiny and hard to see if you were in focus unless you happened to have the target on the single AF line sensor. Imagine looking through an optical viewfinder 1/4 the size of a FF camera. I feel like I wasted a couple of hours taking photos only to get home and realize I was consistently under focusing. If I continue to try it out, I will bring reading glasses see if the additional magnification will help.
3. It is hard to find the target through the viewfinder. With the 2x crop factor it is equivalent to 2000mm, so moving targets were hard to track.
4. Keeping consistently high shutter speed was difficult. ISO is a static 800, so I can't adjust that up to help.
5. The kit is not hand-holdable, but the massive RD-175 body does act as a nice counter-balance against (1.1 kg or 2.4 lbs). I used a carbon fiber tripod with heavy duty gimbal head. Without these, even what I took would not be possible (the lens is 6kg or 13 lbs for a total rig weight of 7.1kg or 15 lbs).

Overall, the quality of photos is way less than I want, and I need to keep trying a few things out to see if I can dial these up a bit, but this is far more challenging that I would have guessed. Of course, you don't know until you try. Naturally, these are the limitations of the RD-175.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fennetje Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2024 at 21:20
Franz, your dedication to combine this very unlikely combo is admirable ! For webviewing, the results are absolutely fine.

Today, I've finally managed to get an STF image which shows off its intended qualities. The title 'pink purple' is a reference to 'deep purple', the band. Not that 'delicate and feminine' is part of their repertoire.. I was listening a little earlier to their LP 'machine head', trying to get the day going again.

Day 1 i tried to show the in-focus to out-of-focus transition by the STF, but the image isn't appealing. The other STF shots, day 3, 4 and 6, were basically all portraits, which keeps me in my comfortzone. Sharpness is there, but the focus isn't put on the bokeh in any way.

One week in, onwards and upwards

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ffrolvaag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2024 at 02:34
Originally posted by fennetje fennetje wrote:

Franz, your dedication to combine this very unlikely combo is admirable ! For webviewing, the results are absolutely fine.


Thanks, I appreciate it, but the camera shines when using it in a studio setting, and I get all the sharpness 1.75MP can deliver with great color accuracy.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2024 at 18:12
There has never in my recall been a contribution more apt to the April Foolishness title than Franz's attempt to combine an RD175 with a 1000mm f8 lens - top marks for thinking of it, let alone trying!

This was the first I'd heard of this lens - and I immediately had thoughts of acquiring one. Sanity soon prevailed - I have enough problems with 500mm on full-frame!

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