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Forum: Camera conference 13th July 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,340
Posted By Swordfish
A nice OMD endorsement story

I recently spent a week in northern Finland snapping Brown Bears - a very enjoyable but exhausting experience. (Shut in a small hide from 4.30 pm until 7.00am with no room to stand up and only a...
Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 1st May 2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,586
Posted By Swordfish
Re: I may have lost my mind! :D

I have used this combo and find it very good. The attached example was taken in very poor November light - ISO800 and f4 - and I was very pleased with the result. I took a number of photos on this...
Forum: Foto Fair 25th April 2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,202
Posted By Swordfish
Re: All that training pays off - eventually

Very impressive Brian. You've got a lot more patience than me!

Forum: Olympus OM-D E-M1 25th April 2014
Replies: 48
Views: 7,067
Posted By Swordfish
Re: m4/3 and 4/3 SHG lenses

Hi Tord, I have been to Africa a number of times, the latest was last September to Kenya.

For what it's worth here are my comments:

On my last trip I took an E5 + 50-200swd plus EC14 and an OMD...
Forum: Looking for improvement 22nd April 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,011
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Everyone else is doing so why don't I

Is one reason that they are not very blue!?

These don't really look like native bluebells to me; I think it's the vivid blue colour of the native species contrasting against green foliage that...
Forum: Telephoto 30th March 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3,128
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R how good is it

I don't know if I'm a reputable reviewer, but I can give you my opinion!

In my view it is an amazing lens for the money, (I bought mine used, so even more so). I hope the attached shot shows why I...
Forum: The lounge 27th March 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Monitor for 200?

I had the same need as you a few months ago. After research I bought an Asus PA238Q 23" IPS monitor (200 Amazon) and it is absolutely superb. It is colour calibrated from the factory and if you then...
Forum: Foto Fair 20th September 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 500
Posted By Swordfish
When the Law is an ass

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P9150270.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/65908)

Lamu Town, Lamu Island, Kenya

Forum: The lounge 27th August 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By Swordfish
For lovers of anagrams

Came across this list of splendid anagrams recently:

Presbyterian - Best in prayer

Astronomer - Moon Starer

Desperation - A rope ends it

The eyes - They...
Forum: Foto Fair 6th August 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,882
Posted By Swordfish
Re: A day at Weston

Like all those.

Pretty moody sky, presumably why there's so few people about.

Forum: Looking for improvement 30th July 2013
Replies: 30
Views: 2,817
Posted By Swordfish
Re: OMD does airshow - RIAT 2013

Great images, as a previous comment suggested - skill and technique remain a match for technology.

Forum: Foto Fair 25th July 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 963
Posted By Swordfish
Oly Experience day - British Wildlife Centre

Took myself along to this day on Tuesday and had a really good time. It's a great place and having exclusive access, including inside the enclosures etc made for some great photo opportunities.
Forum: Foto Fair 12th July 2013
Replies: 6
Views: 755
Posted By Swordfish
Re: 75-300mm II m4/3

Thanks for comments. I hadn't thought about firmware upgrade - I'll give this a go.

I realise the IS is working overtime at 300mm, it was just that the noise was a more disturbing graunchy sort...
Forum: Foto Fair 24th June 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,247
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Steam Launch 'Banjo'

Reminds me of Humphrey Bogart in the African Queen

Forum: Foto Fair 29th May 2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,439
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Colour, colour everywhere

Some very interesting shots and great colours.

I presume they must sell some of this stuff? Makes me realise what a sheltered life we live in the provinces!

Forum: Foto Fair 26th May 2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,094
Posted By Swordfish
Re: 70-300mm round the garden today

Some nice shots - amazing what a bit of sun does for a change. Your garden is more advanced than mine i must say.

No.4 is not Scilla by the way (Scilla is blue); can't say what it is without...
Forum: Foto Fair 5th May 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,003
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Thought I'd have a go at macro too

Nice colours and detail. I do like the daffodil trumpet as well - I never know how to deal with daffs, but this works well.

Forum: Foto Fair 20th April 2013
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By Swordfish
Re: HDR vs LR4

There was nothing special about the LR processing, which was pretty much as follows:

1. Slight adjustment to vertical distortion

2. Adjust overall exposure (Basic tab) - overall exp -0.36 (bit...
Forum: Looking for improvement 12th April 2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,412
Posted By Swordfish
Re: New Brighton Lighthouse

A much photographed lighthouse - for good reason.

I agree it's potentially a good image.

Two possible improvements - as above I think it needs a bit more punch, or contrast in B&W. Also I...
Forum: Foto Fair 11th April 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,523
Posted By Swordfish
Re: The Falkirk Wheel

Great treatment there - is it HDR?

Would love to visit that famous structure one day.

Forum: Looking for improvement 10th April 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 764
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Reflected Trees

I like these, very intriguing images.

Forum: Foto Fair 9th April 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,375
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Bittern in Flight

Brilliant shots; suspect Minsmere might become a bit popular now!

Forum: Software 27th March 2013
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By Swordfish
PS Elements 11

Heads up for anyone interested, Amazon are selling PSE11 for an amazing 32.99 for today (27 March) only.

Forum: Foto Fair 16th March 2013
Replies: 14
Views: 1,505
Posted By Swordfish
Re: Some first attempts

What canI add?

Take one photographer who knows what he's doing, add wonderful subjects plus one hell of a camera and lens = great results.

Forum: Show your movies 14th March 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1,134
Posted By Swordfish
Re: There has been a murmuration


Haven't seen numbers of starlings like that for years.

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