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A journey in Photography and sharing of how I go about taking various types of photos. Discussions include software and camera equipment and how to make the most of your equipment in a given situation.

Macro

Macro photography is 1 special interest area that most people have a go at at some time. I briefly entered into this area several months ago and did a few pictures and never really explored it.

Well that will probably change with an addition to my kit - an extension tube.

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Forums

Sometimes, web forums have some real gems in the info from other users! Yes, I do browse a few photographic web forums and participate in some as well. Well, while browsing over @ DPReview tonight I came across one of those hints that looked pretty good. So, I checked it out for myself and sure enough -it was the gem I hoped it was!

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Temporary Studio

Typically when you think of a photographic studio, you think of models, backdrops and studio Lights. Well, recently, I wanted to take a series of pictures of some fairly small objects and as I don't have a studio I have to make do with what I do have.

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Pano Printed

Well, the panorama I took a few days ago has been printed. I had it printed out at 82x18 cm in size or  32x7"

The Pro Lab where I get my large prints done print on standard paper sizes. In order to get this print, the paper size was 82cm x 50cm. It costs the same no matter how much you print on the paper, so I had 2 copies done on the 1 bit of paper and it only cost a fraction of getting 2 seperate prints done!

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Wonderful Surprise

Well, tonight was pretty much like every other night when I got home from work. That was until my dogs started barking which is pretty unusual in itself. So, we went out the back to investigate what all the fuss was and we were amazed at what we saw! (More)

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Panorama Updated

A couple of days ago, I posted about the Panorama I created. Well, after a few people on a forum took a look, they commented on how I might be able to improve it.

So, with their tips, I loaded up the cropped image into the Gimp and had another go to try an improve it.

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Adelaide Panorama

A comment was made to me a few months ago about my photoblog - It is called "Adelaide thru my lens" yet has hardly any pictures of Adelaide in it! On reflection the comment was correct. So today, I went out and rectified that!

A few days ago, I came across a little lookout that is about 8km Due east of the city and around 600 or so Metres high. I took a series of photos from there and created a pano of the cityscape.

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Greeting Cards

One of the Great things you can do with your photos is to turn them into your own personalised greeting cards. One of the places where I get prints done had a very attractive price, so I thought why not put together my Own cards for christmas.

In one of the photography forums I visit there was a bit of discussion about taking photos of Christmas trees, so after reading the info I decided that I would have a go at it myself and try and get a suitable picture of my own christmas tree for use on my christmas cards.

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Choosing B/W

Well, today I was looking to get a specific photo and spent a few minutes setting up the scene. I took around 15-20 pictures with some small variations in the composition, lighting etc. Well, then I loaded them onto the Computer and started looking to see if I got what I set out to.

Well, I can say that I was not really very happy with any of them and to get something useful I would have to pull a rabbit out of my hat.

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Street Parade Pictures

As I mentioned in my last post, I am going to present a few of the photos from the Street Parade. I selected 4 images out of the ones I took and I'll discuss them in detail. I will look at the composition of the pictures and why I liked or disliked them. So, lets cut the crap and get to the pictures. (More)

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Street Parade

Yesterday, I grabbed a Camera in the hope of getting a few worthwhile shots of A local Street Parade. The Parade is Where Santa Arrives at the Local Shopping Mall, and several Local Community Groups participate in it.

I only Took 1 camera with me with the 14-54mm Lens on it. I soon realised I should have also had my other Camera with the Longer Lens as well. It just made it a little more difficult to get some shots - I had to wait for the parade to get close to me to get the shot.

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Always check

Yesterday, I went out for a few hours to take some photos. I wanted some specific photos to post in my photoblog. I had a bit of feedback that It is called Adelaide thru my Lens, but there were hardly any photos of Adelaide to be seen.

So, I grabbed my bag, and headed off to a couple of places to take some photos. I had a good afternoon out and took around 50 or so photos from a couple of different places overlooking the City. It was a little hazy, and I hoped to get at least a few decent pictures out of this lot.

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microstock agencies

A lot of photographers, both amateur and professional sell their photos online. They either go with a traditional stock agency, or use a microstock agency. Well, There is always a lot of arguments both for and against the microstocks. But lets not get into this argement here!

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they were a hit

If you read my previous post, you would know I took some pics for the band, 4AM. Well, They guys in the band loved the shots, and plan on adding some to their website and to update their promo poster pictures.

It is always good when the people who you are taking photos of appreciate what you have done.

Now all I need to do is to find a few bands who want some of their own photos. 

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Bag purchased

Well, I finally went out and took all my stuff with me and selected an equipment bag. In the end, it was not the one I was originally going to get.

I looked up on the net suitable bags, and found a local shop who stocks them and took all my gear that was ging to be packed into the bag with me. Firstly, I just put 1 camera with lens attached into each of the bags and put them on. It was pretty obvious to me within a few seconds which bags would not be too comfortable to carry. The just wearing a bag with something in it test actually only left me a choice of 1, with another one a close 2nd.

The one I ended up getting was the Lowepro Compu Trekker AW, and the 2nd choice was the Mini Trekker. These 2 bags are almost identical in size, except the Compu Trekker is just slighty more square at the top giving just a little bit more internal room. All up my bag and gear comes in at 8kg - which is right on the limit for airline carry on luggage.

The first thing I did was to load all my gear into the bag at the shop and I then went out to try it. I went to the top of Mount Lofty (overlooking Adelaide) grabbed my bag and took some photos. I swapped between having each camera in my hand shooting and having it in the Backpack. After an hour of walking around with the pack on my back I was pretty happy with my choice.

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