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#257644 We will remember them.

Posted by Wheatsack on Today, 05:36 PM

Last sunday was the 100th anniversary of the armistace of the first world war, a conflict of great significance to New Zealand... we lost 16,697 killed and 41,317 wounded... +1000 who died later.... out of a total population of just over one million.. virtually every family lost some members. I attended a small ceremony on Witch Hill where a memorial in the form of a seat was built in 1917. Witch Hill is a small peak on the 'port hills' above Christchurch.. about 1400 feet (421m)... it involved a bit of a climb from a carpark at the top of Rapaki track. Here are a few photos I took of the event.








DSC_0953.jpg Our own 'Lone Piper'






Z7, 24-70S f4. All pics have GPS info. and if you are keen a rough video of the event  https://youtu.be/gDVy6iMwlZw  I need to carry my external microphone a bit more often... the wind noise is a problem.


#257506 Self Portrait

Posted by Wheatsack on 08 November 2018 - 02:08 AM

Very serious. :rolleyes: ... great shot Art.

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#257185 A Walk on the Wild side - Dutch Coastal Dunes

Posted by Wheatsack on 22 October 2018 - 01:49 PM

Great shots Herman.

#257163 Markermeer Island Project, The Netherlands

Posted by Wheatsack on 20 October 2018 - 11:41 PM

Great project Herman ...we have the luxury of plenty of wilderness areas set aside... but the ongoing problem is all the introduced predator species that have to be controlled..rats,cats,possums,stoats.... big efforts go into fencing out these predators.

#256907 Wild Holland

Posted by Wheatsack on 11 October 2018 - 03:37 PM

Nice images Herman ...welcome back :rolleyes:

#256892 MIOPS Equipment Purchase - Water Drop Photography

Posted by Wheatsack on 11 October 2018 - 03:02 AM

They look pretty good Art... I'm with Dennis... some are a bit adult rated :rolleyes: :P :D  or is that just me ...and Dennis B)

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#256852 MIOPS Equipment Purchase - Water Drop Photography

Posted by Wheatsack on 08 October 2018 - 09:37 PM

Looking good Art... :)

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#256776 Two Z's are better than one .

Posted by Wheatsack on 05 October 2018 - 08:51 PM

I was hunting for my other EN-EL14 charger today ..since the one I regularly use went with the Df...I thought I would have a play with my old P7000.. and came across a long forgotten Fujifilm camera.... and lo and behold it turns out to be another Z...7 even..well Z700 :P :D so now I have two Z...7s.


2x Z.jpg

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#256764 This month is silhouette and shadows

Posted by Wheatsack on 04 October 2018 - 04:28 PM

One from the Z7... still in playing with it mode :rolleyes: a tree, blackboy peach, which has died and I am slowly cuting it down.



#256762 A few test shots with 200-500 &(FTZ)

Posted by Wheatsack on 04 October 2018 - 04:13 PM

Very nice, Peter.


The test shots with the 200-500 are impressive.


How are you enjoying the camera?


Going very well Art.. the light weight is very noticeable.. took it for a long walk in the hills the other day, only with the 24-70 f4, but definately easy to carry. Image quality is very good. From my few shots using tracking at the softball the other day I noticed that the tracking focus didn't keep up with the faster runners,running towards the camera... but I can't say whether that it was worse than my 'old '850 :rolleyes: ... because looking back at some tracking photos taken with the 850 they weren't any better, albeit the samples I checked were of cars on the track which of course were moving a lot faster. I definately think that if you want fast focus tracking only the single digit Ds'(3,4,5) can do that job successfully. But for my main shooting uses I have a light Df weight 850...which strangely, both bodies (Df and 850), were used in the trading for the Z :wacko: . Oh and snapbridge works even better than the 850...bluetoothing the 2mp shots to phone no problems(as with the 850)..But wifi remote control seems to work every time you ask for it  woohoo. I am not sure whether the reports that IBIS and VR work together as some suggest... when you put a VR lens on the menu for VR is greyed out... but the status of the VR switch on the lens is shown (on or off..Std or Spt)...the VR menu is lit ok when a non VR lens is present...so IBIS is doing the VR-ing then. :mellow:

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#256735 A few test shots with 200-500 &(FTZ)

Posted by Wheatsack on 02 October 2018 - 09:41 PM

Tried a few shots in the back yard today with my 200-500, 5.6 lens using the FTZ adapter... at 500mm/5.6 & handheld.. I was rather impressed with these few.. I used the 'pin' focusing on the little statue and that is quite sharp.


DSC_0218-2.jpg      1/1000, ISO640


and cropped 




Then a commotion in the tree ... a few sparrows squabbling amongst the branches... single point focus and very heavily cropped.




DSC_0220.jpg          1/1000, ISO80


DSC_0226.jpg        1/1000, ISO110


Set to auto ISO with 'faster' for the lens focal length.So higher shutter speed, IBIS + VR...  The Z7 seems pretty impressive :rolleyes: :)

#256697 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by Wheatsack on 30 September 2018 - 10:43 PM

I am cheating but it is still yesterday on your side Jim :P :D :lol:  A couple from a walk around town this morning before I grabbed a bus up the hills.






What are they ...you say... the decorative cladding disguising a couple of parking buildings.  Z7 (24-70) slightly cropped.

#256551 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by Wheatsack on 24 September 2018 - 07:42 PM

A couple from my walk down to the beach last week...






and one from my S8+... I liked the way the bright bit of the clouds highlighted the tree..



#256516 Monarch Butterfly

Posted by Wheatsack on 22 September 2018 - 01:31 PM

Lovely shot Art.

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#256032 Back yard break.

Posted by Wheatsack on 25 August 2018 - 05:47 PM

Very Nice Dennis.