Serious Photography Hobbyists?

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lifeintheslowlane posted this 04 July 2015

Any other serious Photographers out there. I've never made a living from Photography but have been addicted to taking pictures for the last 40 years.

I carry a camera and take pictures pretty well every day, be it with my pocket point 'n' shoot or my DSLR. Being retired I have plenty of opportunity and with the sheer convenience of digital imaging it opens the door for the average hobbyist to create in minutes, pictures that in the past would have taken hours to produce.

This b&w land/skyscape from last week...

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Sadoldgit posted this 04 July 2015

Does your wife like photography? I bet she does. I bet she does. Nod nod, wink wink.

Barry Sanchez posted this 04 July 2015

I bought a D3200 and have yet to take it out the box, haven't have the time really, can't wait to try it out but that was 6 motnhs ago.

lifeintheslowlane posted this 04 July 2015

Originally posted by Barry Sanchez

I bought a D3200 and have yet to take it out the box, haven't have the time really, can't wait to try it out but that was 6 motnhs ago.

It'll keep until you retire...actually the secret is to get a dog. Gets you out every day.

Barry Sanchez posted this 04 July 2015

I have a pointer he certainly gets me out and about, he doesn't sit still long enough to photo ha ha!

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lifeintheslowlane posted this 04 July 2015

Originally posted by Barry Sanchez

I have a pointer he certainly gets me out and about, he doesn't sit still long enough to photo ha ha!

Yep I have a Cocker Spaniel and he's the same. The good bit is you get out regularly...picture ops everywhere.

 

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Sfcsim posted this 04 July 2015

I really like photography, but tend to like photos that others take, rather than my getting around to take them. I have a pretty good camera, but always forget to take it with me. End up using my mobile.

I often think about doing a class/course, but never get round to it, or able to afford it. 

lifeintheslowlane posted this 04 July 2015

Originally posted by Sfcsim

I really like photography, but tend to like photos that others take, rather than my getting around to take them. I have a pretty good camera, but always forget to take it with me. End up using my mobile.

I often think about doing a class/course, but never get round to it, or able to afford it. 

Local camera clubs are good way to get started. Most will give advice and some even tutorials freely and you'll find yourself looking at pictures and thinking...I could do better than that.

TheCholulaKid posted this 04 July 2015 - Last edited 04 July 2015

Probably the best one I've ever taken.  Canon Powershot attached to a weather balloon.  This is about 80,000ft over Northampton - looking South.

pap posted this 04 July 2015

Originally posted by Barry Sanchez

I have a pointer he certainly gets me out and about, he doesn't sit still long enough to photo ha ha!

Save it for grinder, Bazza!

TheCholulaKid posted this 04 July 2015 - Last edited 04 July 2015

Same trip. Different time. About 15,000ft.

lifeintheslowlane posted this 04 July 2015

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

Probably the best one I've ever taken.  Canon Powershot attached to a weather balloon.  This is about 80,000ft over Northampton - looking South.

Great picture Cholula...I take it was work related. What was the trigger mechanism?

TheCholulaKid posted this 04 July 2015

Yep - work related.  We downloaded software that over rode the camera settings - then set it to take a pic every 30 seconds.  We got about 600 photos in total - alomost all of which were stunning - we've done it twice since and never had the same luck.

lifeintheslowlane posted this 04 July 2015

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

Yep - work related.  We downloaded software that over rode the camera settings - then set it to take a pic every 30 seconds.  We got about 600 photos in total - alomost all of which were stunning - we've done it twice since and never had the same luck.

I have a love of high cirrus as you can see from my picture...they come out brilliantly in b&w...blue sky can be saturated to black and the thin whispy clouds take on an otherworldliness.

lifeintheslowlane posted this 05 July 2015 - Last edited 05 July 2015

Here's another b&w taken yesterday afternoon...

lifeintheslowlane posted this 10 July 2015 - Last edited 11 July 2015

I remember seeing this observatory in Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" TV series years ago but it was the wooden dome and the antique 24" telescope that stuck in my memory. The last time we were in Flagstaff in 2011...had to take the tour.smile

My picture during the lecture...

Halo Stickman posted this 11 July 2015

I love looking at photographs and those on this thread are wonderful.

I've only got a very basic digital camera, myself, but would like to upgrade some time in the near future.

Anyway, I thought I'd add a couple of my own shots to this thread because no collection would be complete without a couple of sunsets, would it? smile

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

Santo Tomas, Menorca

 

lifeintheslowlane posted this 11 July 2015

Beautiful sunsets Halo.

TBH the quality you can get from basic digital cameras these days is excellent. Unless you want very large prints to hang on the wall a basic entry level DSLR will easily enlarge to 24" x 16" prints. I have half a dozen of this size on our walls from a 10.2mp DSLR so don't spend a fortune...£350 - £500 will get you a 24mp camera today. See if Barry wants to sell his...still in the box, unopened wink

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Halo Stickman posted this 11 July 2015

I wonder if CholulaKid or anyone else could solve the riddle of something that has puzzled me for some years:

The 3 photos below are some that I took from a plane flying above Siberia. The last one shows 2 parallel lines running from the centre bottom edge of the photo. Through the plane window these lines seemed to be something on the ground yet they appear to be too straight and to cut unrealistically through the landscape. Any idea what they could be?

 

 

 

lifeintheslowlane posted this 11 July 2015

Originally posted by Halo Stickman

I wonder if CholulaKid or anyone else could solve the riddle of something that has puzzled me for some years:

The 3 photos below are some that I took from a plane flying above Siberia. The last one shows 2 parallel lines running from the centre bottom edge of the photo. Through the plane window these lines seemed to be something on the ground yet they appear to be too straight and to cut unrealistically through the landscape. Any idea what they could be?

 

 

 

 

 

Oil pipelines I would think.

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Halo Stickman posted this 11 July 2015 - Last edited 11 July 2015

Originally posted by lifeintheslowlane

 

Oil pipelines I would think.

Ah yes, that would make sense, cheers, lifeintheslowlane; and thanks, too, for the camera advice.

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