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  • Lilith __,

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    Magnolia and reflections.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Eucalypt and macrocarpa.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Not pictured are about a hundred costumed children attending the annual Cadbury Fairy Party . Including a wee lad dressed as spiderman, brandishing a rainbow duster alternately as a sword and a guitar. You will have to imagine.

    And the cafe had enough hot chips for them all, but ran out of tomato sauce.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    I’ve been playing with film, which I haven’t done for about 15 years. It’s all very messy – without a scanner I have to digitise the images with the digital camera. But it is fun not seeing what the images are like until you go through all that fiddly process.

    Cornwall Park, and a gnarled tree one from Otuataua Stonefields.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Otuataua Stonefields.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Another one from Cornwall Park.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    oops, wrong thread

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    We made it North this week. I wont put photos up yet. Think we lost around 100 trees but mostly tee tree and the Natives are good plus our house is fine. Spent the day making firewood which as some were dead anyway has made it usable straight away. We are burning the evidence as I type. Came through landslips, roads with bits missing, fallen trees . I cannot believe Kelvin Davis thinks we want a fukin highway to batches in Omaha when driving around here is unbelievable. parts of roads are just sunk, parts are missing. Enormous macrocarpas have disappeared, and, as has been mentioned on the news, SH1 is no go. Trouble is they detour everyone (school hols, great) onto roads just as bad which makes them worse.. How anyone thinks Fonterra trucks on dirt roads with flooding, landslips and whole parts missing is a good idea is beyond me. We are lucky we got a 4wd . And that’s not even the stories of resilience I’m hearing from those stuck here permanently.The roads up here need fixing first not some holiday highway. :(

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    That's dreadful. The state of the roads will send many into survival mode. All the best Sofie to you and Steve and your community.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

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    Here’s some fernery finery from near Raglan.

    without a scanner I have to digitise the images with the digital camera

    Nice work Bruce. Would be interested in your setup for htis. There are a number of reports on the internet suggesting this method is much better than scanning in any case. I’m trying to find time to set this up for my older negs. Wasn’t too happy with the ‘professional’ scanning I had done, albeit on the cheap.

    Sofie B, was nice to see you last week. Sorry to hear about all the tree casualties.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman, in reply to JacksonP,

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    Well my brother in the US has just got himself an Epson V700 and his results look pretty good but I’m broke right now so dropping $900 on a scanner wasn’t going to happen. So instead I bought a small (A5) LED powered lightbox off trademe. Then I got some heavy cardboard and made a couple of masks for the filmstrip, and taped them to the box with duct tape so they operate as a double lid, holding it in place and blocking any extra light. A couple of lead weights on top before shooting help keep the filmstrip flat.

    Then I mounted my camera on the tripod with the 50mm lens and a single 20mm extension tube. Doesn’t quite fill the frame so I may tinker with other tube combos to get it right. If you have a proper macro lens then that would be better.

    The nice thing is I can shoot directly from Lightroom (tethered capture in the File menu). I set up a preset in Lightroom that includes inverting the tone map (so it goes from negative to positive) and a few other basic tweaks. Then I do any cropping/angle adjustment and send the image to Photoshop for any other tweaks.

    Problems:
    1] Getting the film plane and sensor to be perfectly parallel is tricky. With even a slight angle you get distortion/lack of focus at edges. I plan to get one of those hotshoe mounted levels for the camera to try and ensure my camera is perfectly level.
    2] Also my DIY film strip holder is a little fiddly. I’m thinking if you had one of the film strip holders that comes with scanners that using this would be a better solution.
    3] Not so much a problem as a thing to get used to but all the controls (blacks, whites, shadow etc) in Lightroom are reversed once you’ve inverted the tone map.
    4] The light from the lightbox is low compared to a flash, so exposure times are comparatively long (1/8th), so you need to make sure you’re not shaking the setup when you click the mouse.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Hebe,

    Oh we are fine Hebe, I was just feeling so sorry for the locals. I’ve told Kelvin so but turns out Harold once again have worded it wrong. He was talking about roads and infrastructure up here through to Auckland and he has been volunteering around Moerewa. He’s rescued a dog, saved some old lady, set up call centres and more. So I have apologised that I took the Harold as word. His aim is my wish. Trouble with call centres, the power lines and landlines are just coming back on now, so pointless if you got no phones. Imagine, (and this did happen) a friend, living on his own, with little cell ph reception, the river swelling on his property and heading toward his home, has a seizure,wakes up, ear and arm and head stuck to his log burner. Hes there for 2 days cos he cant get over his river, land slides, breaks fence ,neighbours cows invade, He is trying to apply cold to his 3rd deg burns meanwhile putting up electric fence to get horse to higher ground, trying to corale cows back to neighbours. Manages to get up drive and the land slides and covers it . He gets to A andE in Kaitaia by car. They say Middlemore immediately. So the first Ambulance has to get through the Maungamukas with much difficulty and gets to Whangarei just as SH1 shuts. The charge nurse told me they were inundated with many accident patients and because some detours have been made ,the Hospital was full . That’s just the beginning of my friends journey to Middlemore for major surgery. People are resilient but even he deserves a cry.He's been very brave.
    On a lighter note. Tee tree is fine firewood .

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to JacksonP,

    Sofie B, was nice to see you last week. Sorry to hear about all the tree casualties

    You too JP. Sorry I missed M, realised she was there once brain engaged eyes.
    I've taken photos of broken trees but it's just tee tree on our land although some large Tee tree. I'll grab a photo down the road of the Macrocarpas that have come down when we next pass .

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Poor man.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Jos, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    A good tool for copy work is an old enlarger stand that you can adapt to take your camera rather than the enlarger head. Nice and level and has up/down control.

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman, in reply to Jos,

    That's a jolly good idea. Will investigate that.

    Since Jan 2012 • 96 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    Nice ferns. I have an idea I would love Raglan.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Plane trees three ways

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Not plane

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Ah, I have one of those in my walkies home photo (the car is broken)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos, in reply to Lilith __,

    I like that Lilith! :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

    my walkies home photo

    pretty chilly walk tonite - that sun had no heat.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    A couple more from our wonderful recent trip to Raglan. Lots of pretty trees round there.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Nice Jack, been visiting then? :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to JacksonP,

    our wonderful recent trip to Raglan

    like another land : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

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