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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Friday, 30 October 2015

A FALL IN THE FALL. (30/10/15)

The sun is out and it is a grand start to the afternoon. Internet went all a bit slow and silly this morning and last night so I am leaving catching up until it starts behaving again.

I didn’t bother taking a camera out for our first wander as it was almost dark and very wet. After breakfast it looked to be clearing up so I decided to take some more autumn snaps. I took the Bronica, two film backs, one loaded with Velvia 100 and the other with HP5 which is rated at ISO 400. I prefer FP4 and am quite pleased with the results at half box speed. I’ve run out of that stuff until I put another film order in.

The colours just keep getting brighter, maybe not quite Fall Aspen colour but the best I’ve seen for years._MG_2349

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These were taken with the Canon 5DII I use it for checking metering for Velvia as it is not a very tolerant film. I also take and incident reading and if there is a big difference then go for the mean. Otherwise I go for the slower speed.

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Here is the Bronica all set up, as you can see it’s started to rain again. I never realised how much I missed the damn great focussing screen in these cameras. This is a prismatic screen but I do have a clear bright one as well and unlike DSLRs it is only a minutes job to swap them. The shutter release is the wee silver button bottom left but I rarely use it as I fire the camera with a cable release; you can just see it hanging down under the lens. All exposures today were between ½s and 2s so a tripod and no wind are a given. I have a pan/tilt head and don’t really like this one but it is a fraction of the weight and after wandering a mile I notice the difference. I notice it to the extent of begrudging it on the mile back home. There must be a geared head made out of composite materials that is fast and easy to use and will take anything weight wise.

Talking of composites here is one.

_MG_2331 Not a good one but it kept me amused for a while whilst my elbow recovered from a fall on the way home. Soft, Slimy, squidgy and skiddy it is in the forest. No harm done to the gear and I missed landing on a dog or both dogs so all is well.

Have a great weekend, we are going for a good hike tomorrow.

PS.

I’m still looking into the Fuji GX680 system. They are a snip with a portrait lens but look to be daft money for wide lenses and nice screens. Cable releases for them are not cheap but that isn’t a major problem as they usually work just by shorting the circuit to the shutter and I am sure if I can’t cobble together a switch to do that then someone out there can. Most likely they have. I’ll try and find out. Anyone got a Fuji it weighs about the same as a breeze block and isn’t much smaller? I want all the bits you have to swap for the bits I want. £500.00p for a camera with two backs and 120 inserts. As many masks, screens there are as well. Without a lens well under 100mm I’m not bothered unless it’s a couple of hundred pounds. If the batteries have leaked in either the backs or camera then I’m still interested.

24 comments:

  1. Hi Adrian Glad you did not break anything! I think the autumn colours this year have been outstanding. Best for years I'd say. Have a good weekend and no more falling!

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    1. Margaret, yes the best ever possibly.

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  2. Sounds like your weather is much the same as ours at the moment. I suspect that you're going to have to get used to "soft, slimy, squidgy and skiddy" for a few months, Adrian! Just don't go breaking any of that classic kit! Pleased to hear you missed landing on the dogs too. As for you - well, you'll mend all by yourself in time!

    Take care! - - - Richard

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    1. Ta Richard. It is revolting under foot. Good job the trees are putting a good show on.

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  3. Hitting the ground,hurts a lot more at our age, take care.

    peter

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    1. Peter, it was quite a soft landing.

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  4. Yeah---- how come it's harder to stay upright these days? Hey, at least you were having fun.

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  5. El otoño está precioso este año de colores. Ten cuidado con las caidas !!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura lo mejor que puedo recordar. Estoy bien gracias.

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  6. wish you a nice walk and be careful !
    the colors are amazing here too and never seen before
    so many beautiful mushrooms !
    your photos are beautiful
    happy weekend

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    1. Marty, the mushrooms have finished here but the trees are still looking beautiful.

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  7. You got some great landscape shots. You still have some vivid color. So in cameras do we go for standardization or puzzle our brains over cameras.

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    1. Red, a standard world would get very tedious.

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  8. So annoying that our reactions slow as we age and trips, slips and falls occur more easily. Shame we don't land quite so easily. Take care of your elbow. The colours around you are really lovely right now, aren't they?

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    1. Pauine amazing display. Never seen better.

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  9. The colours look fantastic at this time of year but those fallen leaves are a nightmare. For me it's like cycling on ice though I find ice easier to ride over. I've already hit the deck myself twice this week. Still it makes finding birds easier when they opt to hide in trees.
    Thanks for answering yesterday's questionquestion, glad the net has picked up/improved, probably weather conditions

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    1. Douglas, it isn't very grippy under foot or tyre.

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  10. Glorious colours, Adrian. Ours are now sadly past their best. ( I see your camera has started taking selfies. Shame on it.)

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    1. Frances, it is a mature camera but still needs to grow up.

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    1. I have enjoyed this autumn Kovacs.

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