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Love the tree. Such a strong diversity of grayscale
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2021 at 22:33
wow - so you walked/ran into the car park shot part way through the exposure?
I like it, however you did it (even if the technique is never revealed!)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2021 at 23:42
Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

Love the tree. Such a strong diversity of grayscale


Thanks Maarten - glad you like it.

Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

wow - so you walked/ran into the car park shot part way through the exposure?
I like it, however you did it (even if the technique is never revealed!)


It's simple - 10sec exposure triggered by a 10sec delay. Pose during the delay, leave (walking briskly) after 5 or 6 secs. The amazing bit was Oscar (my dog) staying as still as me. I used to do it occasionally with film and tried it during April Foolishness in 2019 - here.

Must try it in daylight somewhen (ND filters are pretty new to me).

Of course you can just take shots with and without the model and blend them in PS - but where's the fun in that?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2021 at 10:29
Ill like to give this selfie long exposure a go
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

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Of course you can just take shots with and without the model and blend them in PS - but where's the fun in that?


Indeed, this is much better
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I tried it yesterday in broad daylight, but with no filter the slowest shutter speed I could manage at iso 50 and f22 was about 1 sec. So working the timing was not on!

I was actually trying the smooth reflection app to get cloud movement in a street view. Given that the camera was set to take 16 exposures and merge them to one, I should have used that and floated through the frame, <doh!>. Another day perhaps.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 20:55
"Been looking for my car for 42 years now..." Well executed
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Week 4 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Week 4 and it's the 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 - the fourth of Minolta's 1988 offerings, in my opinion the pick of the five, but only second best by Dyxum rating.

This is a lens that suffers enormously from comparison with its predecessor - the legendary 'beercan' 70-210mm f4. It simply isn't as good, it doesn't feel as good, it doesn't seem like it will last as well (though my copy has survived the last 30 years pretty well) and it just doesn't take quite so good pictures. It's redeeming features in my book are that it is lighter and fits into one of the Lowepro belt pouches I like to carry spare lenses in.

Although it isn't as good as the beercan, it isn't at all bad, for the first time in the Project 150 I feel happy using the Lens Extravaganza choice for the Landscape theme as well.


Castle (about 150-200m away).

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 @ 200mm. ISO 100, f9 1/200s

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Week 4 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Snow - a rare event round here, a covering fell yesterday, some lingered on long enough for this shot.

Snowy Birches


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 @ 70mm. ISO 100, f9 1/160s
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2021 at 14:14
Nice photos with that "new" 70-210, not the same smoother/painterly rendering you get from a beercan but still nice. The second one could be a fine pencil drawing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2021 at 17:35
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Nice photos with that "new" 70-210, not the same smoother/painterly rendering you get from a beercan but still nice. The second one could be a fine pencil drawing.

It's not a bad lens. It was sold, I believe, as an upgrade from the beercan (it certainly cost more). I did take a shot of the birches the day before (ie in the previous P150 week), when there was more snow - which I preferred, but it's a bit early to start cheating.

Here it is as an outtake:


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2021 at 15:56
Week 4 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Another angle on last week's shot. Single exposure, no PP blending.

Happy in my own company.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 24mm f2.8 ISO 100, f10, 10s.
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Now I have to think how to do this with Smooth Reflections!
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Week 5 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

The fifth and last of Minolta's 1988 offerings, like that year's 70-210 the 35-105 was a replacement for a 1985 lens of the same range. In this case the aperture range is also the same as the 1985 model - hence the addition of an N (presumably for New) to its model designation. Like the 70-210 the original 35-105 has a significantly higher reputation than its replacement; but I'm not so convinced. The problem is that the two lenses have differing strengths and weaknesses. The original is a case study in distortion from pincushion to barrel, but is seriously sharp for its time; the replacement is not quite as sharp, but the distortion issue is massively reduced. It is also lighter and more compact and has, to my taste, better colour.

In 1988 this was the top of the range kit lens to partner the 8000i (even into space as part of the special edition 'Mir' white kit). Nevertheless, my past experience led me to have few expectations. In fact, I am surprised by how much I like the images I took today. All in all its an okay lens - and dirt cheap (mine was £18). The range is not so great on APS and, if you have a full-frame A mount digital your camera deserves better. But, if you're still using an 8000i, this is not a terrible choice.

Market Place in lockdown - vignetting is obvious, but you don't get straight lines like this from the 1985 model.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 N @ 35mm. ISO 400, f4 1/250s
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