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Ian
9th November 2008, 08:34 PM
I think we are all wacked after hiking up and down Epping Forest today, but a gallery for the day's pix has been created here and will, soon!, show some pictures frmo the day :)

Look here:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/664

Ian

Bill Gordon
9th November 2008, 08:56 PM
Hi Ian

clicked on link but sadly.....no pics!!

Zuiko
9th November 2008, 09:23 PM
Hi Ian

clicked on link but sadly.....no pics!!

There are now! :D

Sorry for the delay, lots of PP to do, in between eating tea, putting my daughter to bed and 'phoning my mum! :rolleyes:

Graham_of_Rainham
9th November 2008, 09:28 PM
My feet are still tingling and I fell asleep when I got home so I've only just put the card into the backup drive so will start processing tomorrow.

One of my most memorable things from today was the look of relief on Ian's face when I asked to use the 90-250. I was quickly handed the lens and he sprinted off down the track, safe in the knowledge I couldn't catch up to give it back and that he could catch me, if I took a likeing to it, as I'd never be able to run far with it... :D

What a fantastic lens. Ok it's expensive but it's also easy to see why.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB096768.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9670)

Please remember this is a low res version of the image, taken @ 1/160 f2.8 hand held at the full 250mm. Also there is no IS on the body I use.

*chr

Zuiko
9th November 2008, 10:10 PM
And here are some of my own favourites from the day:-

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_026_e_c_r_s.jpg
The customary group picture. Left to right: JohnGG, Napper, Me, Glen Bentley, Ian, andym, Andrew Riddell, Graham from Rainham, mlc, Roger Mac, Xpres.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_035_e_c_r_s.jpg
Ian, JohnGG and Xpres all looking very intrepid and ready for action!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_103_e_c_r_s.jpg
Look what I've got! Like a dog with two tails!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_004_e_c_r_s.jpg
This was my first pic of the day. Despite arriving at 6am the sunrise was not how I hoped it would be (although some of the group got successful shots) and I waited until the sun was up before taking this picture of trees beside Connaught Water.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_017_e_r_s.jpg
Also at Connaught Water, I was attracted to the contrasty view. It needed a fair bit of work in Elements!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_052_e_r_s.jpg
We walked along forest tracks to High Beech (where we had a pub lunch) and on the way I borrowed the 7-14mm from Ian - what a lens!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_064_e_r_s.jpg
This was another I took to test the field of view and low-angle capabilities of the 7-14mm.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_071_e_r_s.jpg
After lunch I went back to using my 14-54mm but still managed to get some dramatic angles at it's widest setting. Note the purple fringing :eek: To be fair, I only get that with this lens in this type of high contrast composition.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_067_e_r_s.jpg
The contrast in this strongly backlit scene was asking a bit much of the sensor but, with a bit of work on the RAW file in Elements, it seemed to cope quite well.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_084_e_r_s.jpg
On the way back to Connaught Water in the afternoon the sun disappeared again but there was still plenty of colouful scenes that benefited from the soft light, as long as I was careful to exclude the sky.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_098_e_c_r_s.jpg
By this time there were plenty of people about enjoing the remarkably good weather for the time of year, both on foot....

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/EPPING_099_e_c_r_s.jpg
......and on horseback.

I really enjoyed the day, thanks partly to the good weather and stunning autumn colours, but mainly to the excellent company. Thanks to eveyone who attended and to Ian for bringing the usual treaure trove of equipment (look out for images in the gallery taken on the new Lumix G1 and Zuiko 90-250mm and 9-18mm lenses, amongst others.

Soon be time to start planning some events for next year.......:)

Ian
10th November 2008, 12:10 PM
The gallery is beginning to fill up - nearly 30 images now :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/664

Ian

Bill Gordon
10th November 2008, 02:36 PM
Really great shots .... wish I could have been part of the group!! Epping Forest, my Mother used to tell me about that part of England and I would some day like to see it.

Xpres
10th November 2008, 02:48 PM
We were lucky with the weather and I for one had a very enjoyable day. I was shattered when I got home.*zzz

Thanks John for organising (and lift *chr), and Ian for toys.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XC5yATFiGno/SRhKdkzUUrI/AAAAAAAABwU/zwbddUnOlLg/s800/PB090689.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XC5yATFiGno/SRhKe3LJiuI/AAAAAAAABwc/OS1IEwrOSSc/s800/PB090705.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_XC5yATFiGno/SRhKf49FFWI/AAAAAAAABwk/wob0AVoZ5Tk/s800/PB090760.jpg


:D

Ellie
10th November 2008, 03:21 PM
Wow, some lovely pictures both here and in the gallery. Glorious autumn colours, wonderful blue skies and some very happy chaps with their cameras. It looks as if it was a brilliant day out *chr

Graham_of_Rainham
10th November 2008, 11:17 PM
I spent the best part of the day using the 90-250. It's a lens I'd love to own but probably never will, so I'm really grateful to Ian for allowing me to have use of it.

Given this opportunity, I simply had to try using it in as many ways I could, within my own limitations and that of a fairly dull day. I had it attached to an E-500 and only used it hand held. Most of the time I was shooting wide open and below 1/250s, so I really didn't expect too much.

I really should know better, as I always get results that are better than I expect from Olympus kit and often it surpasses that of others. I've posted some of my extreme test shots, where I've pushed the lens to my limits.

This one however clearly shows one of the big disadvantages of such a long lens

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB096771.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9816)

Your are so far away you can't hear the joke :D

Napper
10th November 2008, 11:23 PM
What a good day, great weather, great company and some great pictures. Thanks to John for organizing the trip and Ian for bringing all his gadgets. It was good to get to meet some faces of this brilliant site, even if it was a bit of a long day (on the road at 04:15 to get there and got home about 17:45) here are some of my offerings from the day Hope you like them. (Oops Ian I've still got that attatchment upload problem - will post to Photobucket then insert links) cheers.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095394.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095439.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095452.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095489.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095487.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095512.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095541.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095556.jpg

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r69/norwich_napper/Epping%20Forest/PB095558.jpg

Zuiko
10th November 2008, 11:53 PM
My feet are still tingling and I fell asleep when I got home so I've only just put the card into the backup drive so will start processing tomorrow.

One of my most memorable things from today was the look of relief on Ian's face when I asked to use the 90-250. I was quickly handed the lens and he sprinted off down the track, safe in the knowledge I couldn't catch up to give it back and that he could catch me, if I took a likeing to it, as I'd never be able to run far with it... :D

What a fantastic lens. Ok it's expensive but it's also easy to see why.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB096768.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9670)

Please remember this is a low res version of the image, taken @ 1/160 f2.8 hand held at the full 250mm. Also there is no IS on the body I use.

*chr

As seen on Crimewatch UK! :D

Zuiko
11th November 2008, 12:00 AM
What a good day, great weather, great company and some great pictures. Thanks to John for organizing the trip and Ian for bringing all his gadgets. It was good to get to meet some faces of this brilliant site, even if it was a bit of a long day (on the road at 04:15 to get there and got home about 17:45) here are some of my offerings from the day Hope you like them. (Oops Ian I've still got that attatchment upload problem - will post to Photobucket then insert links) cheers.

Hi Napper,

What a great set of pictures - I should think it made the long drive from Norfolk worthwhile! You even got a sharp shot of the dog with a log - I tried but failed! Lovely sunrise to start with and stunning colours and tunnel effect in the last. :)

Zuiko
11th November 2008, 12:05 AM
We were lucky with the weather and I for one had a very enjoyable day. I was shattered when I got home.*zzz

Thanks John for organising (and lift *chr), and Ian for toys.

First shot of single leaf against blurred background absolutely stunning!

Nice to meet you and glad you had a good day.

Cheers,

Zuiko
11th November 2008, 12:26 AM
Apologies to Andrew Riddell for spelling his name incorrectly in the caption for the Group Photo. I cannot edit at moment and have asked Ian to correct this error for me in due course. :o:o:o

PeterD
11th November 2008, 04:43 AM
Great set of shots and obviously a day to remember. These group meets are a great idea. One day I shall join you but I do not have too much free time available that's why I combine my photography time with dog walking. Its good to see the results though.*chr

Peter

Ian
11th November 2008, 08:21 AM
I see we now have 60 pix from the day out in the gallery:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/664

Ian

Glen Bentley
11th November 2008, 08:18 PM
Just to add my thanks to John for organising the day, and posting these images just to prove that the camera did get used. Unfortunately these were all shot at ISO1600 due to an IOM so there is no pretence about their quality.

Obligatory group photo which suggests we were lost at this point

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB094204.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=9854)

Artistic stabs in the dark

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB094231.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=9855)

and

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB094241.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=9857)

finally the wonderer

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/664/PB094236.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=9856)

Glen Bentley
11th November 2008, 08:19 PM
Sorry, forgot, Ian as well for the loan of lenses and the look at the G1 as well as his company.

Ian
11th November 2008, 08:43 PM
Sorry, forgot, Ian as well for the loan of lenses and the look at the G1 as well as his company.


Thanks Glen. I'm really impressed with your shots - especially the winding brook. The colours are so vibrant. :)

Ian

Zuiko
12th November 2008, 12:11 AM
Just to add my thanks to John for organising the day, and posting these images just to prove that the camera did get used. Unfortunately these were all shot at ISO1600 due to an IOM so there is no pretence about their quality.

Hi Glen,

Shame these were shot at ISO 1600, but there's very little to suggest they were and it's a testament to your camera that they look so good. It's also a testament to you as a photographer and I'm glad you posted as this thread would be incomplete without them. Please feel free to add more, ISO 1600 or not!

*chr