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2nd December 2008, 03:33 PM

Have been lurking here for about 6 months now but feel like I should stick my head above the parapet.

Have learned a lot from this site so far, still a long way to go ... POD seems a long way off yet.

New to DSLR, but used to do Nikon & Oly film in the 70's & 80's. then a bit of a gap, then E510 & now E3 courtesey of Chillimonster in August.

Live in Hamble, Hampshire so lots of pictures of water and Fawley oil refinery.

Interested in all sorts of pics plus 'strobist.com' off camera flash, light painting

Seem to do a lot of night pictures as day job of freelance programmer seems to get in the way.

Both of the Keyhaven days were not on for me but will join other activities if i can.

Will try to upload some of my better stuff up to the gallery.

Thank you all for your help so far.


2nd December 2008, 06:05 PM
Hi Chris - and welcome to the world above the parapet! :)

Well done for becoming an ex-lurker. We're always looking forward to new members and more pix!


2nd December 2008, 06:06 PM
Welcome to the forum 'Lurker' :D

Look forward to seeing your photos - don't be shy, I'm sure you've found out by now that we don't bite!

Sorry you missed the Keyhaven visits, but don't worry I'm sure there'll be more you will be able to come along to :)

2nd December 2008, 06:06 PM
Hi Chris -

Welcome to e-group.

As you have been a lurker you probably don't need any introductions etc - but ask away if you do.

Regards. Barr1e

3rd December 2008, 09:56 PM
Hi Chris, good to meet you. Another one from Hampshire to join the crowd :)

Maybe you can persuade a few more "lurkers" to say hello.

3rd December 2008, 10:46 PM
Ian, Thea, Barr1E & Ellie,

Thanks for the welcome.

I will certainly try to join in a bit from now on although posting images stills makes me nervous ... there is such a high standard in evidence in this group.

I will see what I can sort out from my files and may post some 'different' images rather than tackle you all 'head on'.

Give me a couple of days.


3rd December 2008, 11:18 PM
Thats done it ... just uploaded 4 images to my gallery.

Dont know if I now should be trying to link a message through to them or what ?

Also size ... they mostly have a max size of 1000 by something ... is that OK ?

Advice on this & etiquette welcomed.


4th December 2008, 08:16 AM
They look like excellent images, I like the gravestones shot..

On a technical note, the best looking gallery images are 800 or 1000 wide or high and have a max file size around 200KB. If you drop below 150Kb then the on screen quality starts to suffer. Yours look fine BTW


6th December 2008, 12:11 AM
posting images still makes me nervous ... there is such a high standard in evidence in this group.
No need to be nervous. You're right that there are some astonishingly good pictures and photographers, but none of them mind too much if those of us with less skill share our pictures too :)

I like your picture of the churchyard, could you tell me how you did it please

6th December 2008, 11:07 AM
Snaarman, thanks for the advice of image sizes and the comment on the gravestones.


6th December 2008, 11:21 AM
Ellie, Thanks for the welcome & the comment on the gravestones.

Hows it done ... I have uploaded a few similar ones too.

The shots were all taken on various nights, all after 10pm so pretty dark.

Basically they are all timed exposures of 60secs, weeds, 10s ....

Then running around with torches or flash lighting the items you want to pick out. You need to be a bit careful that the flask/torch does not shine directly at the camera or that you do not get between the light & the camera, but if you wear dark clothing & keep moving, you should not show up. Experts use coloured gels too.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/PB120011_1000.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10788)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/PB140027_1000.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10790)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/PB260017_1000.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10791)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/thumbs/PB120030_1000.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=10789)

60 seconds is the longest the E3 will do without a remote so on something like the big building, to light the lamp, the tower & the lighter bits of stonework all round ... gets me puffed.

The real experts at this who have shown me what to do are the Portsmouth at Night group on flickr ... use this link to see their stuff. Lots of cars, diggers, churchyards etc.


Hopefully this post all comes out ok, hope it makes sense.


6th December 2008, 09:23 PM
Chris, did you know that if you "open" your picture in your gallery you can find a link that will let you post larger images. It's in a box beneath the picture.
Control+C to copy, control+V to paste into the post.

This is the result. I hope you don't mind, but it looks so much better bigger :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PB120011_1000.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10788)

I hadn't realised light painting was so apparently easy, although I bet it's different in practice. I'll have to have a try, if I can ever manage to persuade somebody to join me in a cemetery at night!

6th December 2008, 09:51 PM
Ellie, thanks for the tip about getting the pictures into a post ... I was a bit disappointed in my previos 4 thumbnails.

You are right that light painting is pretty easy, particularly with the lcd on the back of a dslr .... you just try different things amounts of painting until it works.

The church pic you 'enlarged' was my first try after a few words from Dan on the night. Dan is good at this, see his photostream ....


Having a go ... keep an eye on the Porstmouth at Night group on Flickr .. they seem to go out somewhere most Wednesdays and post details a day or so before the Wedensday. If thats too far, maybe we need a Southampton'ish E-System outing.