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Wow, daytime long exposures. Yes, something creative for sure!
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Week 8 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II

Next up from the Mk II zooms is the 75-300, Dyxum rating of 4.08 - so it falls into the range of fair to middling. Like the 28-80 it was a pleasant experience using the lens, but it is a more capable lens.

I've chosen a shot taken at 90mm (the only processing is RAW to scaled down JPG), which shows that it works well in the mid-range. By 200mm it's not quite so sharp, I didn't use it beyond 230mm by which time sharpness has fallen a lot - shooting handheld may be the reason, but I don't think that it's the whole reason.

I was happy enough to use a shot I took with it as my landscape shot for the week.

Tie a red & white ribbon round the old oak tree.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 II @ 90mm. ISO 200, f5 1/30s

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Week 8 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Pine, bracken & birch.


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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

Wow, daytime long exposures. Yes, something creative for sure!

I recently bought a variable ND filter having found the use of fixed filters a bit of a pain and hence seldom used. I know the variable ones aren't supposed to be so good, but Fred_S posted a couple of shots using one which looked pretty good - it seemed worth £20 to try it out. It doesn't seem to have too much effect on sharpness or colour and it's really convenient to have the ND adjustment. It gives a weird interference pattern with wide apertures, but I guess narrow DOF is a rare requirement for long exposure shots.
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Week 8 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

I have long coveted a tilt and shift lens - but have never really been able to justify the cost. So this week I tried an alternative solution to the old problem of getting a proper front on perspective shot of a building. Being a bit of a local history buff I take lots of shots of buildings from the street. Some time back I decided to try getting the right angle by elevating the camera - the obvious, simple solution.

The next issue was how? A stepladder would do, but what a pain to cart around. So I opted to raise the camera on a monopod. The camera was operated via my phone (using Imaging Edge) - the phone being attached to the monopod using a clamp-on holder - allowing me to press the trigger while holding the monopod.

All in all it was not a huge success. The weight of the camera meant that there was plenty of sway making it very awkward to use and necessitating a fast shutter. Still I did get the perspective I sought.

Webb's.


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Week 9 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II

Monday is becoming Lens Day and, more frequently Landscape Day too (though this obviously depends on the capabilities of the lens in use).

Today it was the Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6 II. I'll admit to being surprised that this was the most highly regarded II lens by DYxumers. However, it's far from bad - though it has plenty of shortcomings.

The cheap plastic construction gives it the advantage of being very light, but few other benefits and mine is silver (definitely not a benefit). Its slow in terms of aperture for the range, but AF is quick and seems accurate. Corners are pretty soft but that's no surprise, the centre is pretty good; on APS-C it would be very decent corner to corner - but the range is not that interesting on a crop sensor.

When I found that I didn't have a black copy I had a look at ebay listings - and realised I didn't think it worth £20 to get one. I'll pick one up for £5 sometime, just for completeness.

I was quite happy using the lens for a few hours and got some perfectly acceptable results but, needless to say, better lens are available.

Old barn reborn.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6 II @ 35mm. ISO 100, f8 1/200s

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Week 9 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

I've been looking at 'The view from above' for another photo group theme - so I took a few shots while I was up on the castle mound. The view is over the grounds of Donnington Grove (Beau Brummell connection) to the village of Speen beyond.

View from the castle mound.


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Week 9 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Panning. Easy in theory. not so simple in practice. I'm not into motors, horse racing or even birds in flight - so why would I need to pan? Years of taking pictures and I've rarely tried the technique - so I thought it was time to give it a go - I'll get it right one day. Meanwhile I'm not over disappointed by this one.

White van.


Sony A99ii + Minolta 35-200mm f4.5-5.6 xi @35mm. ISO 100, f13 1/25s
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 March 2021 at 17:25
When do I pan? Sports shooting (I think my earliest shots here at Dyxum are of some cyclists racing) and birding. Excellent job with the van. Looks like he should get a ticket, LOL!
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Yeah that is a great pan shot, I don't think I've ever managed anything remotely decent :-)
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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

When do I pan? Sports shooting (I think my earliest shots here at Dyxum are of some cyclists racing) and birding. Excellent job with the van. Looks like he should get a ticket, LOL!

Originally posted by eddyizm eddyizm wrote:

Yeah that is a great pan shot, I don't think I've ever managed anything remotely decent :-)


I was pleased to get a pan as good as this, bit I feel I have a long way to go - this was the best of multiple attempts. Some other shots weren't bad in terms of the panning, but I felt this one had the most impact as a photograph.

However, it was a slow moving van (approx 30mph/50kph) and shot at 35mm, not the tele length race car enthusiasts need to use most of the time. Despite this the van is not what could be classified as 'sharp'. I definitely need more practice.

But I do like the idea of cyclists.
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I have the Minolta Expansion Card for Panning, which works with the 700si and other bodies from that time. It uses feedback from auto-focusing and the metering system to help perfect your technique, an ingenious example of 'The Mind of Minolta'.

I used it with a hopelessly expired film here.

A few years ago a circuit race came to Oxford and we had great vantage points to capture the competitors. I accepted the blur of the cyclists as well as the background, but their shadows were sharp!
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That shadow is certainly sharp! I guess the panning card hadn't quite perfected your technique?

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The first example is with the card, the second is a digital picture and purely my proto-technique. What I like about the first is that the shadow of the following person appears to belong to the subject.

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