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1  General Category / General Forum / Re: Fireball Aug 23 0010 on: August 23, 2011, 02:49:19 pm
I've had a corresponding report from Drogheda - same time, reported as being in the west from there.

P.
2  General Category / Photography / Re: Home developing on: July 31, 2011, 09:05:16 pm
 A bit more on this Smiley

http://niphotography.co.uk/backtobasics/

I used the X-500 and a few lenses, only one of which was a zoom of sorts - actually a varifocal Vivitar Series 1 28-105 - difference being that you need to refocus after zooming as it doesn't maintain its focus across different focal lengths. Looking at the web renditions I may adjust the image gammas downwards a bit!

Enjoy!
3  General Category / Photography / Home developing on: July 30, 2011, 11:54:37 pm
Not the greatest of photos, but photographed by me yesterday with a totally manual film camera and developed by me in the kitchen this afternoon Smiley  A very fulfilling experience!

4  General Category / Photography / Re: First try at a Butterfly on: July 30, 2011, 02:52:53 pm
Oh yes, sharpness and colour both fabulous!
5  General Category / Photography / Last roll of Kodachrome on: July 30, 2011, 02:51:55 pm
For those interested in retro technology, I have scanned and posted my last ever roll of Kodachrome, the legendary film that gave us those nice bright colours. There's something about them that digital doesn't do quite so well!

Enjoy!

http://niphotography.co.uk/kodachrome/
6  General Category / Photography / Sensor size comparison on: July 01, 2011, 07:41:09 pm
Thought this might be of interest here. A friend was asking what the point of having a DSLR is when his compact camera takes such good 12 MP pictures. It's a good question, though I'm sure all here know that big pixels are better than small pixels. So I pitched my A700 against my Lumix FZ38 bridge camera that is the jack of all trades that I carry when travelling light.

Also, note how good the latest ACR 6.4 is at handling high ISO noise with the A700!

http://niphotography.co.uk/sensnoise/

Enjoy!

Paul.
7  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: 2011 Noctilucent Cloud Season on: May 31, 2011, 09:12:17 am


31/05/11 0118 UT 4 sec f4.5 ISO 800

Faint, but it's a start!
8  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Storm Chasing with the BBC - Vid, May 9th on: May 10, 2011, 10:47:56 am
Brilliant stuff - I take it Jackie will be doing a report at some stage?
9  General Category / Photography / Re: Heads Up! on: May 01, 2011, 10:54:34 am
Crikey, brilliant shot! I'd suspect the BBC might not be interested due to the danger element.
10  General Category / Photography / Re: Bluebells on: May 01, 2011, 10:53:12 am
Very nice! I must get off to Portglenone Forest at some stage soon!
11  General Category / Photography / A few holiday snaps on: May 01, 2011, 10:52:20 am
Hi Y'all,

Here's a collection of er, 800 or so snaps from my recent trip around some of the Southern states of the USA

http://niphotography.co.uk/usa2011/

Enjoy!

Paul.
12  General Category / General Forum / Congrats Martin! on: February 09, 2011, 10:53:03 pm
Why's that?? You got the 20,000th post Smiley

Paul.
13  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Wolf Moon Setting on: January 20, 2011, 09:23:54 pm
Lovely shots Richard. Just to add a bit of technical info - you'll remember that the partial eclipse of 4th January was a case where the Moon's shadow missed the Earth by being too far North. Look at the focus of your anti-crepuscular rays and you'll see they point to the North of where the Wolf Moon is. This is because 14 days later, the Moon is now South of the ecliptic  as it was North at the time of the eclipse.

Orbital mechanics in action!

Paul.
14  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: Star Gazing Live 3-5th Jan BBC2 Heads Up on: January 06, 2011, 09:57:23 am
Well done Martin, that was a fitting end to the series.

I understand the criticism of the series and indeed I was discussing it with one of the producers who rang me about it, and I explained that I liked it a great deal on the basis that it was not pitched at my level. I'm a Sky at Night man on the basis that I want to hear from the Professors about their latest work, but that's not a starting point for Beginners, unless you want to frighten them away!

So for what the series set out to do, it id it well. Now we need it on once a month to maintain the interest that leads people to join societies and find their way up to "Sky at Night" level!

Paul.
15  General Category / Astronomy & Space / Re: SpaceWeather.com on: January 04, 2011, 05:29:05 pm
Beat me to it Richard! Yes, an excellent result Dennis, both with the eclipse itself and the SW.com front page!
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