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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 October 2023 at 19:43
Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

the promissed extra pictures from the WHI site Gunfire (Brasschaat)
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Addy, had to wait too long - the Tanks!
Ah, some propper tanks! TFS Time makes you hungry, so, the wait was fine
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Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:


Every day I like and wonder:
     'What will it be'
     Is there an end to the equipment of Lee

Oh Yes, you see, there truly is an end to the equipment of Lee.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 October 2023 at 11:23
Yesterdayevening i went to the last ever Nocturne at the Gunfire Brasschaat.

You can still visit that location during the opening hours during the week - or the week-ends. It closes down next year (a lot of the collection will be moved to Ypres - but it won't be as mobile as it used to be).

During those Nocturnes you also get a free visit into the airfield tower, nearby. They 'managed' to remake it into a disco show. If you like it - i can post some more psychedilic images for you (in red, blue, green whatever you like). We (me and André) managed to get some descent shots without that crap (putting every hat - and every piece of cover we had to get rid of that light too).

What you also missed where the tanks, artillery with search light demo's (and running motors - without the sound it looses lots of the attraction, it almost smells as good as a steam train - i must admit that)!

There was a us-made tank in the museum that consumed a little bit more than a car, 565 liters of petrol (no fuel for heating - called diesel in europe) for 100km! With a big V12 motor. You can still visit that site - to have a view of that little tank (it's a little bit bigger than that of lt. Grueber).

Be prepared that i'll warn you when the last tank ride will take place next year somewhere around April! If you like tanks/artillery - you need to give it a visit. (on the same site you can also have oldtimer events during the winter season - watch out for that on the Brasschaat event sites).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 October 2023 at 14:02
I'm just back from a week vacation together with my wife, my sister and her husband in the Ober Engadin region of Switserland. We had beautiful weather the first 5 days (and some rain after that) and we made a lot of long hikes in the valleys and mountains. One of my oktoberfest lenses went along (the wide angle) and I managed to use it every day. So after just making my minimum target of 3/week in the first two weeks this week I can publish 7 photos, together with several outtakes and themed view contributions.

I have a lot of catching up tot do in this challenge, but also from my trip with Fred and Domien, but I hope it will all be published within the coming 2 or 3 weeks. I'll also try to do some commenting, but haven't really decided what and how I want to do that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 October 2023 at 23:23
Back from a three weeks' trip of biking and hiking - which started October 1. I will try to gradually catch up posting - just posted the four first days. My goal is 7/7 - this is my first monthlong challenge here. I am using the long end of the Sony E 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS APS lens and the Loxia 25mm lens for the challenge (very small kit that fitted into my bike bag).

The biking trip led me from Passau to Vienna along the Danube river - late summer weather except one day when I ended up soaked by the rain. After some days in Vienna (there is currently an impressive exhibition of the photography of Joel Sternfeld at the Albertina) I continued to Rhineland-Palatinate for some days of hiking.

So please accept my apologies for not commenting so far.

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Pieter, Harald,
Good to see both of you back, and posting to the Oktoberfest daily threads.
Lots to like, and to look forward to. Wonderful locations you both travelled through, and a source of some really excellent and picturesque subject matter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2023 at 15:58
Today's shot was an attempt at using my newly hacked Nisi focusing rail. I have attached a small pin which helps rotate the knob using the notches as guide. A rotation from one notch to the next is 25µm. The image was obtained at 2:1 with a step size of 250µm at f/8. My setup is clearly not stable enough, but I have some ideas on how to improve.



This hack was suggested by Allan Walls here, youtube link

Edited by Jonas A-R - 27 October 2023 at 08:38
a1 20/1.8G 21/2.8 Loxia 35/1.4GM 50/1.2GM 85/1.4GM 90/2.8G Laowa 100/2.8 2:1 100/2.8GM STF 135/1.8GM 24-105/4G 100-400/4-5.6GM 200-600/5.6-6.3G 1.4x 2x TC
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2023 at 19:37
It looks pretty good to me, Jonas. And a little scary too
How many shots did you actually use to get this picture?

(ps Your picture in the Talk Thread isn't showing')
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2023 at 20:26
It always seems to happen that I start off commenting but then get caught up in other stuff. This time I've been having to drive my wife to hospital appointments after she broke her collarbone but she's now been passed fit to swim and is getting a list to the pool so I have a spare evening. I'll skip week 2 which now seems ancient history.

DAY 15
Gregja: I really like the contrast of light and shade and between the horizontals and diagonals.
LAbernethy: Nice idea to use the chequerboard as a base. I've concluded you must own a camera shop
Dopol: Dutch cycling culture, much admired by some of us in UK.
waldo_posth: Pleasing still life in autumnal brown.

DAY 16
Jozioau: The essence of hallowe'en, i.e. not at all scary!
Jonas A-R: Interesting to see the cross section, like from a biology textbook.
pegelli: Took me a while to spot them, nature at its bleak and formidable best.

DAY 17
fennetje: Lovely softness.
Phil Wood: Rich tones accentuated by sunlight,interesting mix of brick sizes.

DAY 18
Snegren: I'm marvelling at the effort that the design and construction must have taken.
Jozioau: Nice little urban cameo.
pegelli: Beautiful view, how did you get up there?

DAY 19
onsplekkie: Nice catch
pegelli: The blurring from the glass creates an unsettling sense of movement, the colour pop is effective here (I don't normally like the technique).

DAY 20
Jozioau: The leaves nicely echo the stamens.
Snegren: Beautiful structure.
onsplekkie: A striking collision of shapes and hues.
addy landzaat: What a great building, focus is off but makes a fine backdrop.
Phil Wood: Elegant terrace, are we also seeing effects of the bizarre 18th century window tax? And is that a dead body on the grass?

DAY 21
Snegren: Great perspective.
onsplekkie: That grabbed my attention, the wet street adding to the show.
minolta_mutley: Another nice dose of colour.
Robbie: Peaceful sylvan scene, I'm impressed by your choice of portrait orientation, which I rarely use.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2023 at 01:33
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DAY 15

LAbernethy: Nice idea to use the chequerboard as a base. I've concluded you must own a camera shop

Thanks. I don't say anything about my wife's shoes, she doesn't say anything about the cameras; at some point I think something should have been said.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2023 at 11:57
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:



DAY 15

LAbernethy: Nice idea to use the chequerboard as a base. I've concluded you must own a camera shop

Thanks. I don't say anything about my wife's shoes, she doesn't say anything about the cameras; at some point I think something should have been said.
nah, just get a bigger house
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From day 23, that misty morning picture is beautiful
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:


DAY 17
Phil Wood: Rich tones accentuated by sunlight,interesting mix of brick sizes.

DAY 20
Phil Wood: Elegant terrace, are we also seeing effects of the bizarre 18th century window tax? And is that a dead body on the grass?


Thanks for the comments Alan.

The church was built in the 1920s featuring local bricks in a variety of patterns - sadly all the brickworks are gone now.

I suspect The terraced houses are too small to have been subject to the window tax (10+ windows) - the use of the double windows would be insane if not. The dead body is a bike and some coats dumped there by some lads playing football just out of shot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Robbie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2023 at 17:29
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Robbie: Peaceful sylvan scene, I'm impressed by your choice of portrait orientation, which I rarely use.

Thanks Alan. In September I visited the photo exhibition Secret of Light with photographs by Ralph Gibson in Hamburg. One of the photo series exhibited was entitled "The Vertical Horizon" in which only photos taken in portrait format were presented.
From the text accompanying the exhibition "Secret of Light":

"The Vertical Horizon (2016-2021)
Gibson clearly prefers the portrait format. “When I abandoned the narrative structure of photojournalism decades ago, I was driven away from the horizontal frame […]; 99 percent of my photographs are seen and taken vertically.” Many of the motifs can be found in urban spaces. The recordings radiate a strange, almost irritating energy. Individual motifs seem to break out of their flat spatial structure and conquer the pictorial space. This surreal quality is also due to the use of the 135mm focal length lens. The deliberate optical compression used here condenses the carefully worked out relationship of shapes, volumes and proportions. This is further supported by the overly sharp clarity and the emphasis on linear aspects."

I wanted to try that out. It's a real challenge. Some of the pictures I took I would normally have taken in landscape format, which would have done the pictures more justice. Sometimes I forgot that I only wanted to take pictures in portrait format and then I couldn't use them.

I will definitely try this again.
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