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I miss all^H^H^Hsome of the fun... Jul. 15th, 2006 07:16 pm
Sorry to have missed b-movie last night, but Thursday's blackout left me convinced that I should do something about my exhaustion levels, so I was in bed at about 9:30. This meant I could get up at 8:30 this morning having already had a good night's sleep, and actually make it to Bourough Market. Via Pimlico; oops, don't *read* when you're only going one stop from Brixton.

Only planned to pick up a couple of things, but *that* never works, so I had to come back home afterwards to empty the rucksack before heading back out to the day's main plan; a trip to the London Wetland Centre. Via Jacob's photographic; no point trying to photograph wild waterfowl with a maximum lens of 55mm (x1.6). Well that's my excuse.

Anyway, *very* fine afternoon down at the LWC; distinctly warm, but very pleasant and worth an afternoon's visit. Then back via only Sainsbury's, and roast veg shortly.

I'll try and get some photos out shortly - but I promise nothing as regards quality as I'm entirely new to this camera/lens.

ETA Pictures at http://www.phase.org/filestore/album/706903
Some crops, no other retouches. Frankly life's too short; even *browsing* 8Mpx images on this laptop is painful.
ETA2 Descriptions added to images, comments welcome.


A couple of events for your diaries upcoming:

Tomorrow: Spitalfields Green fair

August 1-5: Great British Beer Festival. Featuring, I'm told, a cider bar with 60 options.
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From: webcowgirl
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 07:58 pm (Link)
That's right, rub it in!
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 08:42 pm (Link)
So what's the new camera/lens combo?
From: wechsler
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 09:22 pm (Link)
Canon EOS 350D with Canon 18/55mm (non-USM) and 70/300mm USM zooms.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 09:24 pm (Link)
Ah! Roughly what I'm considering, should I decide to get a D-SLR - although I've already got a 75/300mm USM zoom ...
From: davefish
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 09:57 pm (Link)
Go on, you know you want to.
(Photographic bad infulence :))
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:01 pm (Link)
[grin] Aye, but the reason I don't use my 35mm EOS much is that it's pretty cumbersome compared to the compact ... and also my car's probably going to need replacing next year ...
Yes, I still want to, though, you're right. Shiny toy. And I'd probably use it as a motivation to take more "proper" photos.
From: reddragdiva
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:04 pm (Link)
There are dSLRs that aren't much bigger than your Ixus with the lens on the front. Look at marchosias444's Minolta for an example. They don't have the portability (or tank-like steel construction) of an Ixus 330 or S10 (well, maybe an S10) but they won't be that bad.

Mind you, these days I find an Ixus 400 unwieldy compared to the Ixus 50 or the Ixus i, and that's smaller than your 330.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:13 pm (Link)
Well, yes, but I've already got some Canon gear to go with my 35mm EOS series SLR (now about fourteen years old), and I'd prefer to be able to use my decent zoom with it. Any SLR will be more unwieldy than a compact, anyway, because I'd probably want to have an alternate lens, and ... &c &c ... [grin]
From: davefish
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:07 pm (Link)
You do need to make the effort to take it out. I virtually never do casual shots with mine, just because I can't really sensibly take it with me places.

Replacing your car with a camera is a pretty good commitment though :P
From: reddragdiva
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 09:45 pm (Link)
"Frankly life's too short; even *browsing* 8Mpx images on this laptop is painful."

#!/bin/sh
for i in $@
do
convert $i -resize 1200x1200 -quality 85 `basename $i .jpg`a.jpg
echo $i
done


netpbm if I'm in a hurry (it's a lot faster than ImageMagick but I haven't worked out how to get it to preserve Exif data).
From: wechsler
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 09:49 pm (Link)
That's not the slow bit; I've got perfectly good batch tools on here anyway.

Cropping and selection still need human interaction though, and that's where the beachball appears, and spins, and spins...
From: reddragdiva
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:01 pm (Link)
Yeah, I realised the moment I hit 'post comment' that you must have stuff for that :-) What's the machine spec and what's the photo editor? I believe it's around 5MP that Gimp really starts to shit itself.
From: wechsler
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:23 pm (Link)
Powerbook 12" G4/1.33GHz, 768MB ram. Running Canon's own ImageBrowser and using YellowMug tools for image processing.

Hence why I was looking at the high-end MacBook Pro (and thus Aperture, which won't run on this one anyway) a while back, but I don't have that much money at the moment :/
From: reddragdiva
Date: July 15th, 2006 - 10:33 pm (Link)
Canon's software is basically a bit shit. Whack in more RAM in the short term. Using Gimp on the Mac G4 was only slow when doing something CPU-intensive. I wonder how DigiKam or gThumb do under X11 on the Mac.
From: nou
Date: July 16th, 2006 - 12:08 pm (Link)
I'll be at the GBBF with rjw1 and others on the Thursday. Wave if you see us.