The wind is trying to straighten them back up today!
At the moment, it's trying to open our front door. Ed.
We are on a top floor flat and the living room windows face west. The curtains are flapping like flags.
Sometimes a wee white lie is OK? Ed.
It certainly makes the lamppost look better, but to me the tall house in the middle, now leans out at the top. But as I said at the beginning, "nothing much worthy of note". These were just throwaway images, to stick in the collection and probably never look at again. At least this way they have led to a bit of interesting discussion
John, Ed & Philip,
Is it me? Only I cannot fault any of the images which have prompted such 'vigorous' discussion. As Ed says, "each to their own". Of course discussion and debate is good, especially when embarked on in such a good natured way as the three of you have, but, is there really anything to be gained by doing so?
Just a thought, as things seem to be going around in circles.
I have learned a lot since starting to post here. I now look at my own images far more critically because I know someone else will. The reason I post here is because of the constructive criticism. Maybe I should post a bit less, as I seem to be hogging the forum.
Very interesting discussion Gentlemen.
From my point of view as a youngster ( in photography terms ), the opportunity to digest comments made and study shots posted by far more experienced forum members, is a critical part of the learning curve.
True, I may not be fully aware of the implications of some of the comments made but that is of no great concern.
Reference books may be utilised, but I find posted shots followed by constructive discussion invaluable.
So please guys keep those shots rolling in and remember that folks like me benefit from your knowledge.
Regards to all,
And no engraving to worry about! Ed.
Yesterday I purchased a book for my Kindle. Robin Whalley's "Beginning Photography the Right Way: Taking control of the camera". I am a firm believer that, no matter what you do, it is always a good idea to go back to basics every now and again. Just to check what you have let lapse, forgotten, never learned in the first instance. I am sure I will learn something of value. and furthermore, it may just give me a bit of inspiration to try something different. Who know.
Today I tried a little exercise from Robin Whalley's book. He is talking about getting to know your camera and the exercise was to try out all the available ISO settings and to see what are acceptable to you, the photographer. I did just that, with my Nikon D80, and was much surprised by the results. The ISO settings on my camera range from 100 to 1600, in one stop increments, then up to 3200 in third of a stop increments. I took the same picture (indoors, as stated in the exercise), then compared them to each other. I have sharpness turned off on my camera (I use Sharpener Pro 3: Raw Pre-sharpener) and for noise reduction I used Dfine 2. This is my usual procedure. I treated each of the raw images, as I normally would, using Lightroom 6.3, then noise reduction in Dfine 2.
The definition and detail dropped off very quickly, with, in my opinion, only ISO 100 and ISO 200 producing quality results. Prior to noise reduction, all settings showed quite a bit of noise in black areas, rising quickly as the ISO went up. The shot was very contrasty, with black to white included, however, the contrast deteriorated very quickly with rising ISO.
The outcome of this is, for quality photographs, I am going to have to limit myself to ISO 100 and 200. If I am desperate I will go up to 400, but anything more than this is really just a waste of time. Maybe I need to do a bit of penny pinching to gather together enough for a more modern camera (with a better sensor system). I would like a Full Frame body, but that, and glass to suit, is way outside an OAP's budget.
John, your last paragraph, is what I found out when I bought the Sony a290, although ISO 400, is acceptable if it must be used.
Unlikely I will change camera now, for all the use it gets. Ed.
I am seriously considering a Nikon D7200 (body only). This will accept my existing lenses and the price is not too terrible. God knows what the other half will say though. Have to give this some thought!
Spoke to Mrs T about getting a new camera, and she suggested I sell one or two of the ones I have at the moment. Not what I had in mind.