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I thought I'd posted a comment on your last set of images Ray but I can't find it, so I'll write again. Gorgeous! You make Florida look almost inviting... Sue is in Delray Beach at the moment and she happens to enjoy the warm weather and humidity. In the meantime we have cool nights with temperatures in the mid-fifties and days in the mid-eighties. I vote for that...

You have a great eye for composition Ray. I'm looking forward to your tripod adventures in the coming weeks. I did a quick search on that tripod and found a number of critical comments about the capacity of the ball head to hold the camera without slipping. I wonder how it handled the 300 which weighs a couple of pounds with the tripod collar. Are you happy with performance of the tripod? I'm not prepared to take the leap myself, but I'm certainly gathering information along the way...



Jul 26, 2013 at 03:38 PM
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
Kevin, hope you take that class, I'm finding mine fun, even though right now the pressure is on to get things wrapped up for the final presentation.

I won't have too. I am the admin in the department and all the photo people love me. I can use the labs and developers whenever I want too. My last roll of film was developed by an advanced film student. Had it done and scanned in a day. We also have some very nice scanners so the 35mm scans I get are larger than the RAW files from my D7000.



Jul 26, 2013 at 03:45 PM
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Getting in ahead of the weekend rush.

Sorry for the large number, but family coming tomorrow from NZ so it may be my last time to post for a while (I'll still be reading and enjoying everyones contributions though).

Anyway, away from the brief detour to ol' Blighty and back to the wonders of that magnificent country of France.

Still on Day 2, The day finally cleared up near the end of the day. In my new (dry) shoes I went around the coast to a bird reserve where I had a good chat to the site administrator and then actually took some photos, unleashing the 50 and 24mm lenses on the countryside. After that I went back to the camp site and a couple of shots while relaxing on the beach.









Finally the sun starts to clear







Evening over the marshes







The Fence







Relaxing by the beach.







Through the magical woods




Jul 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM
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Thanks Mark and Laura and Leighton (and anyone else I forgot to mention). We are all tired today, but glad for it. I need to find a new backpack to carry my photo gear plus backpacking stuff . . .

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Jul 26, 2013 at 04:27 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I thought I'd posted a comment on your last set of images Ray but I can't find it, so I'll write again. Gorgeous! You make Florida look almost inviting... Sue is in Delray Beach at the moment and she happens to enjoy the warm weather and humidity. In the meantime we have cool nights with temperatures in the mid-fifties and days in the mid-eighties. I vote for that...

You have a great eye for composition Ray. I'm looking forward to your tripod adventures in the coming weeks. I did a quick search on that tripod and found a number
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I used the 300 EDIF with the tripod collar with the ball head connected to the mount and not the camera. I did not notice any slippage what-so-ever. I would set the angle and the tripod held like a grip. It was great for a stationary object but when the birds flew away it was difficult to follow using the tripod.
I used it mostly for the 24mm and 35mm for landscape and I had no problems at all using the tripod. In fact it made my shooting actually easier .
Here's a photo that I really liked using the 35mm 1.4 - F11 - 1/13th







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Jul 26, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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MarkdV wrote:
Getting in ahead of the weekend rush.

Sorry for the large number, but family coming tomorrow from NZ so it may be my last time to post for a while (I'll still be reading and enjoying everyones contributions though).

Anyway, away from the brief detour to ol' Blighty and back to the wonders of that magnificent country of France.

Still on Day 2, The day finally cleared up near the end of the day. In my new (dry) shoes I went around the coast to a bird reserve where I had a good chat to the site administrator and then actually took
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Mark, love "The Fence"... What a great shot.



Jul 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
I used the 300 EDIF with the tripod collar with the ball head connected to the mount and not the camera. I did not notice any slippage what-so-ever. I would set the angle and the tripod held like a grip. It was great for a stationary object but when the birds flew away it was difficult to follow using the tripod.I did notice slippage if I connected to the camera. I used it mostly for the 24mm and 35mm for landscape and I had no problems at all using the tripod. In fact it made my shooting actually easier .
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At least with a ball head, it is easier to pan... I am using a 3 axis head, so it pans great in any of the individual axis, but is tough if you are trying to track like a bird in flight. I love using a tripod for panoramas, makes stitching more successful. I find it almost a requirement when doing any macro over 1:2... The only downside is if the weather isn't perfect. I have a lot of shots where the wind blew during exposure, causing the tree to move.

I love the shot above, draws you right in and makes the viewer want to keep on the path.



Jul 26, 2013 at 04:45 PM
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Thank you Leighton(Tom), Laura and Curtis
Alex that's an interesting shot
Tom it is so nice to view your part of the world.
Mark I really love the tunnel shot it reminds me a little of a NG photo called Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
Kevin thanks for the comments. Yes I think I am going to enjoy my tripod. Macro is not my thing but for panos and fireworks it is a must.



Jul 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM
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Then Day 3. The weather was much better on Day 3 and I took the morning to go to an "old castle" that was interesting because it was surrounded by marshlands with lots of birds as told by the bird reserve administrator from yesterday.
The castle also was interesting by being (a) 14th Century (b) very big and well restored and (c) by being the winter home for the Dukes of Burgundy (these guys didn't go for small and pokey). These bits the bird guy failed to mention.

So these are all from the 24mm except the last which was 180mm.









Just a small castle

















Storm clouds did threaten







the 180mm as a landscape lens again




Jul 26, 2013 at 05:30 PM
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Beautiful shots Mark. I love the first one especially, not to mention the stained glass. Nicely done and what scenery for a vacation!!!


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Ray, stopping down as you've done when using the tripod yields incredible depth of field and excellent sharpness. These images with wide lenses, the 24 ad 35, are really quite brilliant. I see the advantage. I tend to shoot at f/8 when doing landscape work not so much because of shutter speed but in the belief that is a sweet spot for sharpness. Clearly, one can't generalize about these lenses so experimenting with stopping down further, which becomes possible with a tripod, is a worthy thing to do. And, of course, some shots can only be done with a tripod. I'm thinking about shooting moving water at a shutter speed the captures the sense of flow. Keep em coming. I may yet be motivated to buy a tripod...


Jul 26, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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Amazing Mark to see sunlight coming from Switzerland. What a difference it makes in bringing aliveness to a photo. I'm definitely enjoying what you are sharing at the moment.

Enjoy your visitors.



Jul 26, 2013 at 06:42 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Ray, stopping down as you've done when using the tripod yields incredible depth of field and excellent sharpness. These images with wide lenses, the 24 ad 35, are really quite brilliant. I see the advantage. I tend to shoot at f/8 when doing landscape work not so much because of shutter speed but in the belief that is a sweet spot for sharpness. Clearly, one can't generalize about these lenses so experimenting with stopping down further, which becomes possible with a tripod, is a worthy thing to do. And, of course, some shots can only be done with a tripod.
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I can help you with that Curtis. I have a set of legs and a 3-way head that I am going to be selling soon. I don't need two nearly identical setups.



Jul 26, 2013 at 06:43 PM
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Curtis the main reason I bought this particular tripod was the light weight and cost. The tripod head can be changed to a better one if I can determine that I really need too. Dolica has a better head on the next model designed for heavier lenses. I am comfortable using this one with the 300mm 4.5 If I had heavier lenses i would go for a more expensive one, but as you say for water movement and more depth of field it is ideal. I was a little taken back by the amount of detail my 35mm 1.4 gave me at F11 Here are a few shots that I particularly liked.










Jul 26, 2013 at 07:03 PM
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Thanks Ray and Curtis for your comments.

The real draw of the third day in France (and the holiday) for me was the final of the Junior (Under 20's) Rugby World Cup. I was there expecting there to be the final of NZ vs South Africa, but things don't always go according to plan and both the 'baby blacks' and the 'baby bokka' got knocked out in the Semi-finals by England and Wales respectively.
I luckily still got to see them play, but only in the 3rd / 4th playoff.

I took the 180mm, unfortunately not the best seats for some good photos, but the 180mm did it's usual stellar job.

What was great was watching these young men and the passion they had for the game and the sheer un-bridled joy at playing as well as their respect for the match officials and each other. There are many sportsmen from any code that could learn about what sport means from these lads.





The Haka







In the final Wales scored first







But England fought back







Full-time. le 'rosbif' win




Jul 26, 2013 at 07:07 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Curtis the main reason I bought this particular tripod was the light weight and cost. The tripod head can be changed to a better one if I can determine that I really need too. Dolica has a better head on the next model designed for heavier lenses. I am comfortable using this one with the 300mm 4.5 If I had heavier lenses i would go for a more expensive one, but as you say for water movement and more depth of field it is ideal. I was a little taken back by the amount of detail my 35mm 1.4 gave
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Ray, these are very nice, love the last one especially. The colour is so vibrant. Is that SOOC or did you boost the green in PP?



Jul 26, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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Ok, this is it I promise, the last set from me for a while. Last set from Quiberon day 3 (only one more day & night to go, don't worry)

Back home in the evening. Sun going down, off for a walk around the coast, 24mm in hand & 180+ 50mm in the pocket. How good can life be.





The waves coming in to the shore







The two guys in the photo were going surfing







Someone racing the sun to harbor.




Jul 26, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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MarkdV wrote:
Getting in ahead of the weekend rush.

Sorry for the large number, but family coming tomorrow from NZ so it may be my last time to post for a while (I'll still be reading and enjoying everyones contributions though).

Anyway, away from the brief detour to ol' Blighty and back to the wonders of that magnificent country of France.

Still on Day 2, The day finally cleared up near the end of the day. In my new (dry) shoes I went around the coast to a bird reserve where I had a good chat to the site administrator and then actually took
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Nice, it has a very painterly look to it.



Jul 26, 2013 at 07:25 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Curtis the main reason I bought this particular tripod was the light weight and cost. The tripod head can be changed to a better one if I can determine that I really need too. Dolica has a better head on the next model designed for heavier lenses. I am comfortable using this one with the 300mm 4.5 If I had heavier lenses i would go for a more expensive one, but as you say for water movement and more depth of field it is ideal. I was a little taken back by the amount of detail my 35mm 1.4 gave
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These are all beautiful Ray, but this one is REALLY nice! That 35 really is sharp when stopped done. I expect the tripod helped a little too. Your post work is exceptional as well.



Jul 26, 2013 at 07:28 PM
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Mark - Nice castle shots.
Ray - Love those shots from your 35mm f1.4



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