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  1. #11
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    Don you are the man. I have to give credit where credit is due and Don has been giving me pointers along the way. I have alot more I have o look at to see if they are better.

    Thanks
    Frank

    PS Don when is the class on solar eclipse. LOL
    Last edited by sparkie1263; 02-21-2008 at 12:29 PM.
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  2. #12
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    Red face <-- Lunar Eclipse face

    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    PS Don when is the class on solar eclipse. LOL
    Frank,

    Hey, I am glad to try an help. We're kind of in this together ... as interested parties to enjoy our craft. It takes real work to get some of this done ... and sometimes, it's just experimental for the fun of it. A voyage of discovery that, with the advent of digital imaging, is a heck of a lot cheaper and quicker than it used to be.

    Solar Eclipses are of far shorter duration than the lunar two-and-a-half-hour panacea. That ol' Moon, she be a flyin'! You really have to have your ducks in a row to do it and I have not shot one, directly, ever. I've always used a "pinhole" projector/camera because it is far cheaper and kids love it.

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    The last time I was involved in it was when my son was 3 or 4-years-old (14-15 years ago). We (he and I) constructed a pinhole camera from a large cardboard box, some tape and a piece of white paper.

    It was an interesting event ... once again, I was thankful it went fast, because a 3 or 4-year-old's attention span for these kinds of things was about 6/10s of a second. LOL
    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-21-2008 at 03:42 PM.
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  3. #13
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    I thunk I will pass on that.
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    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
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    Thumbs up Solar-powered photography

    Fair enough ... I'd hate to think how easily a sensor could get sizzled with all that concentrated UV light pouring down through the lens. It's one thing to smoke a frame of film ... but, the digital sensor ... that's forever!

    Anyway, I found this online from the 1995 Total solar eclipse and thought it was a kind of cool looking and well-thought out exposure.

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    Or this one from 1999
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    And a close-up ...
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    Anyway, the next TSE ... will be Aug 1, 2008 ... but as you can see ... where you have to be to observe it is a little off the beaten path. LOL
    China, Siberia, Upper Greenland ... god forbid ... The Yukon Territory of Canada! Hiya, Nick!

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-21-2008 at 06:28 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  5. #15
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    Thats good enough for me. I don't think it makes that good of a picture anyway.
    Thanks again
    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  6. #16
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    it was -6f here... i tried but it froze me and the camera in 5 minutes

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    Unhappy Colder than ...

    Yeah ... shooting cold-d-d-d is no f-f-f-f-fun!

    I should have dropped the idea of using the TAMRON MF 200-500mm f/6.9 (Although I suppose it could just be the adapter ring-spacing that threw the focus off. Adaptall2's may be a bit susceptible to these slight variations).


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    Add the 2x Adaptall2 T/C and you have one monster looking 400-1000mm f/12 lens ... with a minimum focus length of nearly 10-feet ... and no infinity focus at all. This is a perfect example of "looks can be deceiving."

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    Makes you appreciate this lil' guy. In fact, I probably should have gone with the Tokina ATX-840 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 instead.

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    It's a lot less trouble at infinity focus. Well, next time, then ... in 2010 ... a Space Oddity.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-22-2008 at 10:04 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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