ABOUT ME

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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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

ONLY TWO. (14/10/15)

It’s a cold and foggy morning, not nice mist but thick fog. I took a couple of pictures for your edification or perhaps not.

WEB.

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CRANE FLY IN WEB.

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I am waiting for the fog to clear and then I’ll go out for a proper walk. I have too many things on the go so will get a few off the list. I’ll get the video finished that has to go onto a DVD in PAL. I’ll do some more Blendering as the firework video has taken a back seat, when they are done I’ll have a serious think about making a camera shutter speed analyser. A week ago I was offered a pair of  Kiev 4 rangefinders one with a lens and one without; they both have broken shutter tapes. I can get silk tape to replace them and it doesn’t look a big job…….be one of those jobs that when you have done it once thereafter it should take an hour or two. These shutters are a metal roller screen with a gap in….Like a roller shutter door but smaller with a few slats missing…..The tape appears to hold them together and also re-cock the shutter. Not like a DSLR where there are two solid doors on levers. Not like the Bronica where there is a Seiko leaf shutter, I won’t be attempting to repair one of the latter anytime soon or ever given my hamfistedness.

The idea is to shine a laser light through the camera and then have a photo transistor behind a pin hole and couple the transistor to an oscilloscope. I should get a constant flat line until the shutter opens then a dip or peak then flat whilst the shutter is open then back to constant. It ought to be easy to read the shutter speed. The problem is the oscilloscope bit. They are very expensive but I found a Chinese kit for under twenty pounds. I am not sure of  my ability to build it and make it work so the alternative is a small hand held unit for £50.00p I will have to check I can read the screen….I am also trying to source some Kevlar ribbon 3mm x 0.3mm, a metre should see me out even if I find a Contax or two with the same problem. Kevlar or a Carbon/Kevlar composite should last forever.

That’s all for today.

31 comments:

  1. You remain a busy man Adrian. There's always something technological going on in your head. I am not sure that this is a good advertisement for retirement or not. The "Web" picture is delightful and delicate and a tribute to your passion and talent for capturing images that really celebrate Mother Nature in some of her many guises.

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    1. YP, It's getting it from my head that takes the time. These webs are unusual in that they seem to disappear in sunlight.

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  2. You're waiting for the fog to clear? Foggy landscapes are the bomb.

    Hugs to the pups, which we need more photos of

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    1. R.Mac, they can be but this was the wrong sort of fog.

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  3. Sounds like your time for the next couple of days is sorted then?

    Interesting first picture, looks like the spider has got everything pretty well wrapped up? ...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I havn't decided whether it is worth the bother but the range finder in these cameras looks impressive. They take Contax RF lenses so that bit shouldn't be a problem.
      I have spent ages looking for the spider that does this but so far no luck.

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  4. Your technical knowledge is quite impressive.

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    1. John, I know a little about a lot but not visa versa.

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  5. I'll ignore the technicalities of photography as I don't understand them. But what I also don't understand is why a spider would bother with with a crane fly. All those tangly legs to deal with, and not much if a meal at the end of it all.

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    1. Frances, I have seen spiders trying to wrap Crane flies, it is quite entertaining as the legs keep escaping.

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  6. Adriaan what that first photograph beautiful.

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  7. Love the webs with foggy droplets clinging to them!

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  8. fog plus spiderwebs equals happy photoggers.

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    1. Bill, I needed to find something to snap.

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  9. Wonderful images Adrian... keep yourself busy

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    1. Andrew, thanks. I have plenty to do, whether I'll get round to doing it is another matter.

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  10. I really like the first image Adrian

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  11. Awesome shots, The first is my favorite though, but only because I'm not real fussed on any type of bugs!! The detail you captured is fabulous. I'd be real proud to say that I had taken either of those.

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    1. Kathleen, it's a good job you didn't visit in insect season. Insects aren't popular but I love them.

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  12. I love the fine details you have captured here Adrian.

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    1. Liz, Canon 100mm macro lens. I may take a more powerful lens out today.

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  13. Really like that first image, Adrian. As for the rest - that's good, as long as it keeps you happy.

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    1. Pauline, it's an unusual web. I wish i knew what had made it. I'll try and get a picture of the culprit.

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  14. Those spiders don't realise how artistic their webs look.

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    1. No they don't John. I have just been trying to find the spider but still no luck.

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  15. I love the web image. A great construction.

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  16. Wow, your first shot is marvellous. You have to send it to a photo compatition :)

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