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 on: Today at 01:09:05 AM 
Started by Paul2660 - Last post by Ajoy Roy
With a 400mm f/4 I get

400mm f/4
560mm f/5.6

600mm f/4
840mm f/5.6

I can already get 280mm (300mm) f/4 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 and 1.4X TC-14III.  It is not that 300mm f/4 isn't useful, it is.  It is that most of us can already get their pretty well and a separate 300mm f/4 doesn't give near what a 400mm f/4 would.  And a stop or 2 of light is not insignificant.

This is the change in thinking that needs to happen.  Few bought a 400mm, not because they didn't want/need it, but  because it was too big, too heavy and too expensive.  In 1970 we could get 300mm reasonably and if you needed more then you went really big.  In 2015, we could get 400mm reasonably small, light and inexpensive.  400mm would be the new 300mm.  But the camera makers can't get out of the 1970s thinking.

400mm F4 would have quite a large front element minimum 100mm, which would mean a front filter of 105/110mm. Then that large front glass would be heavy and expensive. A 5.6 would be lighter and more hand holdable. That is why I like the idea of 500mm F5.6.

 on: Today at 12:43:35 AM 
Started by DrRAW - Last post by Lundberg02
In contrast to the previous version, I was able to open an image from the Pictures folder. I got it to fill the window, and I created a new Group Layer. I then selected Lighten, but after that I was unable to affect the image in any way, although I didn't try Opacity. I expected to see some sort of slider to lighten the layer, but there was nothing. I clicked on everything clickable and nada. The zoom in and out magnifying glass doesn't do anything at all. Is there a tutorial for version 0.2.2? I don't seem to grasp the concept. The app just doesn't have any adjustments that I can find for the layers you create.  WTF?
Also, OS 10.10.5, the app still won't Quit. Had to Force Quit just like in Mavericks.

 on: Today at 12:28:42 AM 
Started by BobDavid - Last post by BobDavid

I'll give that a try!

Thanks for the tutorial. This technique will come in very handy! The photo now looks the way I wanted--the quartz sand looks correct, the flesh tones glow, and the water is blue. I am now a lot more confident about being able to capture the light at the beach shortly after sunrise.

 on: Today at 12:05:39 AM 
Started by DrRAW - Last post by Lundberg02
Thanks for the headsup. I downloaded the new version and will see if I have a better experience this time. I'll try to detail my voyage.

 on: Today at 12:04:48 AM 
Started by kikashi - Last post by MattBurt
Good clouds tonight
IMGP1555-Edit by Matt Burt, on Flickr

 on: October 06, 2015, 11:56:36 PM 
Started by Ian stuart Forsyth - Last post by Colorado David
That poor moose looks like he's been infested by winter ticks.  They can literally bleed an adult moose to death. It is common in the Alberta moose population.  I have a book here by Dr. Bill Samuel, White as a Ghost: Winter Ticks and Moose.  Bill was the chairman of the wildlife biology department at the University of Alberta, now retired I believe.  His brother, Dr. Dave Samuel, was the chairman of the wildlife biology department at either Virginia or West Virginia.  I can't remember which.  Winter ticks will work together in loose cooperation.  For example they will form a chain by one tick holding another, and another, and another until they are a couple of inches long.  When a suitable moose walks under them, the last tick grabs on and they all infest the poor creature.

 on: October 06, 2015, 11:33:14 PM 
Started by Ian stuart Forsyth - Last post by Ian stuart Forsyth
thank you

 on: October 06, 2015, 11:27:06 PM 
Started by Jonathan Cross - Last post by Ray
Paraphrasing a quote from Koudelka (I think), just because everyone has a camera and takes pictures doesn't make them photographers any more than anyone having a pen makes them a writer.

I think this quote needs clarifying. Are you referring to 'professional' photographers and writers, who strive to earn a living out of their activities?

A person who has a camera and takes pictures is a photographer. He might not be a professional photographer. He might not be a good photographer in the opinion of some, but he is nevertheless a photographer according to the broad definition of the word.

Now, it's true that simply having a pen does not make one a writer. One has to actually use the pen, or keyboard, to be a writer. But again, the same principle applies. I'm a writer and photographer, but not a professional writer and photographer, merely an insightful and rational writer and photographer.  ;)

 on: October 06, 2015, 11:09:32 PM 
Started by Jack Varney - Last post by Jack Varney
I have not found a source for the plug. It began to be like finding a needle in a hay stack.

 on: October 06, 2015, 11:02:36 PM 
Started by jneale - Last post by Vladimir Steblina
The best advice....check the weather forecast and be prepared to be flexible.  Get a list of web cams to check for weather.

IF we have a high pressure area set up over the Pacific Northwest there is a good chance that eastern Washington will have high fog.  I hate this weather pattern.

IF this pattern sets up there is a good chance that the higher mountains will be clear.  This generally happens between 3,000 elevation plus.  So it is helpful to find web cams and their elevations so you can get up above the fog for bright sunny weather.  Great time to take photographs up in the mountains.

Western Washington and Oregon can be miserable this time of year with rain.  Be prepared for rain and photographing in it.  If there is a high pressure cell set up over the northwest there is a chance that there will be clear weather over western Washington and Oregon.

Eastern Washington can be beautiful this time of year IF you hit the right conditions, but the odds are against you.  Best time for great light is October.

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