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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2022 at 21:25
Three out of three Hoawrd - Alex Harvey in the striped shirt and Zal Cleminson in the clown face. To me it's Cleminson's face that was the trade mark. Oddly he was one of only two Zals I've come across and the other was a guitarist too (Yanovsky of the Lovin' Spoonful).

The concert was The Who Put the Boot In tour of football stadiums, which I caught at Vetch Field in Swansea. Happy days.

I think it was the only outdoor concert I went to where one could get close enough to get a shot with 300mm - I did go to Reading a few times, but I don't think I took a camera (they may have been banned). Indoor concerts, where one could be close enough, almost always banned cameras.

The results of the photography were pretty poor (though it was sunny) - the keeper rate is very low! I used Kodachrome 64 almost exclusively at that time - not always a wise choice. Still, I'm pleased I gave it a go.



 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2022 at 21:55
I can't say I ever heard a note of Alex Harvey, but the records he made seemed ubiquitous in the day, and this album cover



is what I thought of when I saw your photo.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 February 2022 at 07:43
Week 7 Comments

The "Little Feat" shot has a lot of character and life, and I must confess I have no idea who they are.
Of the 85/2.8 shots, I like your black and white shot the most. It has both depth and a standout point of interest.

And I see you've already started posting Week 8 shots! That's really setting the pace.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2022 at 21:18
Week 8 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro

70mm is an odd focal length for a prime, this is the only one in A-mount.
It gets a very high rating of 4.88 from Dyxum reviewers - which I find hard to understand. It's not that it's a bad lens, it's actually quite a nice lens, but it really isn't that special.

It's a more modern design (2006) than most A-mount macro lenses, but is still has screwdrive focus. Like most macros, it's capable of good sharpness. It has a decent MFD (257mm) which is not bad for a 1:1 macro image.

All in all a competent lens that does was one expects from a macro lens, the only big downside is the hood, which is a metal screw-in one (I prefer a bayonet). The filter thread within the hood is on the front edge (so the hood doesn't shade the filter) - and the thread is larger than that on the lens so you can't fit the lens cap on it. You either carry a second cap or take the hood off whenever you want to fit the cap on. Needless to say the hood doesn't fix on to the lens reversed.

Personally I prefer the Minolta 100mm macro, which is virtually the same size and weight, but gives an even better MFD of 350mm. I do have and love the Minolta 50 and 100, perhaps there is a case for the Sigma as a decent compromise option, but I'm not convinced.

The other downside is price, I picked one up cheaply, but looking at ebay, sellers are asking from £200 to over £400 - more than enough to buy both Minoltas.

Sign


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2022 at 21:30
Week 8 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro


The Maiwand Lion


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I do see quite a few spots in the sky of that sign photo. Time to clean the camera sensor?
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2022 at 09:11
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

I do see quite a few spots in the sky of that sign photo. Time to clean the camera sensor?


My sensor always seems to need a clean, but I did fix those - and then uploaded the wrong file (now corrected).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 February 2022 at 09:13
Week 9 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

A fourth shot from the Who put the boot in concert - it took me a while to identify this chap, but the hairdo is impressively '70s.

Who 4?


Praktica LLC (probably) + Aico 300mm f5.6 (probably).

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I haven't done any online research, but is that Edgar Broughton of the eponymous band?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 March 2022 at 00:00
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

I haven't done any online research, but is that Edgar Broughton of the eponymous band?


I can see where you're coming from, but Edgar was even hairier. This is Hughie Thomasson of The Outlaws, a Southern Rock outfit from Florida. Apart from this gig I don't think they ever came to my notice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 March 2022 at 09:54
I also thought of the Groundhogs as a possible answer.

No, never heard of them, but I am pleased to see that _The_ Outlaws were an English band that were a house band for producer Joe Meek that featured, among others, Richie Blackmore and Chas Hodges.
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Week 9 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 24mm f2.8

Well behind on posting images, partly down to the A Mount retirement party.

Week 9 saw me using my Minolta AF 24mm f2.8, not Minolta's greatest prime by a long way, but a very capable lens, better IMO than the Sigma offerings, but not by a lot.

This was a long exposure tripod shot, already seen in the retirement party, but it shows nicely what the lens can do:

Salisbury Cathedral Font (by William Pye)


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 24mm f2.8

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Week 9 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 24mm f2.8

Salisbury Cathedral - the ceiling of the choir.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 24mm f2.8

Edited by Phil Wood - 15 March 2022 at 21:33
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Week 10 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

A last shot from the Who put the boot in concert in June 1976. This Roger Chapman, 'Chappo', master of the vibrato. Formerly of Family he was by this time with Streetwalkers along with Charlie Witney, fellow Family stalwart and co-writer with Chapman of most of their material. Also pictured is guitarist, Bobby Tench.

I married late in life and the first of my wife's family dos I attended was a niece's wedding in 2005. Not wishing to make a fool of myself in front of my new relatives I failed to accost fellow guest Chappo and tell him how much I've enjoyed his output over the years - a matter of some regret since.

Chappo


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