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    Sticky: Yeah, I guess it lost something in translation.

    Yeah, I guess it lost something in translation.
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    Sticky: Poppin' another Lily shot

    Lily week 2... lost two of the bottom blooms.


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    SONY a850 w/ SIGMA 85mm f/1.4 HSM DG EX - twin speedlight - 45-degree offset - enhanced blur
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    TTL Pre-flash versus Manual Flash

    I have had this kind of issue with SONY, but it involved pre-flash concerns, using multiple types of flash sources. Normally, if you go to the "Flash Control" MENU, in the camera, you will see three...
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    Shutter creep

    Rooz, I did try to "overshoot" the flash-charge on the a700... and it will not release the shutter until the built-in flash is fully-charged, no matter how many times you press the shutter release. I...
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    Ideas on flash

    Welcome to DCRP "fruitbat14"



    Standard manual flash settings are (usually):

    Aperture: f/4
    SS: 1/60, 1/125 or 1/250
    ISO: 400
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    Sticky: Easter Lily

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    SONY a850 w/SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 IF - dual flash - natural background
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    Personally, I do not want to put it to the...

    Personally,

    I do not want to put it to the test. It ends badly.



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    Chicago is over seven-hundred feet above sea-level
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    To be quite honest, I bought the telescope to...

    To be quite honest, I bought the telescope to monitor for asteroid strikes. You know... just sitting around and waiting for the good lord to hurl us a "fast ball." No more floods, remember?
    ...
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    Blood Moon

    After a bit of searching, I was able to find two images that were close enough to one another, in the sequence, to cobble together and portray the...


    "BLOOD MOON"

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    Even Photomerge...
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    When it just doesn't fit

    Okay, at 3048mm, the Moon does not fit in the image circle, at this distance (240,000 miles), so I went for the "brighter" side.

    Solution for getting the "bigger picture" is... (drum roll, here)...
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    Howling bad night

    Thanks. It was cold enough to make you howl!

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    Feeling the lack of heat...

    Well, froze my tuckus off... for a couple hours. It's 28-degrees Fahrenheit out there... with fresh snow everywhere. The skies cleared just in time. Man, this was no quick solar eclipse event, that's...
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    Lunar Eclipse... the sunrises projected

    On Tuesday (4/15/14) morning... around 2am, CST (<- because I'm not moving), there will be a LUNAR ECLIPSE.

    Just in case there is some confusion, a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse are two...
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    SONY and MARVEL

    I have to admit that SONY's attachment to the MARVEL logo is looking like a marriage for the ages.

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    The latest movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a fantastic example of the...
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    Well, considering the extreme cold this year has...

    Well, considering the extreme cold this year has consisted of... I may have to employ a heater or something. I know the Easter Bunny comes with a fur coat, but he's going to need three pair of...
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    The season ends

    Thanks, Phil.

    I kind of promised myself that there will not be another redress of the tree. The LED lights are guaranteed for 3 years. After that... we get a new tree. I noticed a lot of fallen...
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    I'm just too anxious to wait. I really wanted to...

    I'm just too anxious to wait. I really wanted to get this done. Most of the snow in Chicago is gone... due to the Wednesday-Thursday melt and all we have left is a return of the cold, now.

    In the...
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    Well, the lighting count problem seems to be...

    Well, the lighting count problem seems to be solving itself... as I already, unbelievably, have 840-lights in the middle third of the tree.

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    As you might notice, there is, currently, an...
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    Okay, was able to locate six (6) identical...

    Okay, was able to locate six (6) identical 210-count LED light sets, down in Naperville, IL, so my poor fingers are under torture, once again. Ouch!

    Upon recalculation, I may only get three or...
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    Well, I found out that the "SO" only had 630...

    Well, I found out that the "SO" only had 630 replacement lights and when I got to the end of them, I only was able to get through 2/3rds of the bottom half of the tree.

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    Yikes... severe...
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    Okay, so it's February and the Olympics are the...

    Okay, so it's February and the Olympics are the rage. I finally got the tree broken back down, after the "SO" had her late season party. My fingers and hands are bloodied and hurtin' after stripping...
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    Well, we're at the eighteen month since...

    Well, we're at the eighteen month since graduation and I must say, the economy has been "troubling."

    I know... "Ya think?"

    Man, I have to believe if we had these cameras way back in 2000, the...
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    Thank you, Phil. The northern part of the US...

    Thank you, Phil.

    The northern part of the US has really been frozen, so far, this winter. Most daily temperature have been around 16-degrees F, on average. Heck, it's warmer on the Red Planet! We...
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    Well, maybe so... but last winter, December was...

    Well, maybe so... but last winter, December was so warm... no ice to speak of.

    Now, here's Christmas Eve... lights a blazin'

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    Another angle... from the kitchen


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    Well, I was trying to wait for a nice night to...

    Well, I was trying to wait for a nice night to photograph my Christmas decorations on the house... and lo' and behold, we had another water main detonation in the front yard. It was 3-degrees...
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