Saturday, 29 September 2012

iPhone Photos by Ron

In view of the interest in phone cameras, attached are a couple taken with my iPhone5. Both are exactly as they came off the camera… I have not even cropped or resized them.
The close-up of the African violet, taken at a distance of approx 15cm, was taken outdoors in a shaded area to get it evenly lit. The colour is spot-on, but the definition is nowhere near as good as my D90 (which, admittedly cost 3 times the phone… before lenses). Resolution of this shot is 2488x3264 pixels (8MP) and depth of field is quite good.
The “panorama” is interesting. It has an aspect ration of 2.5 to 1, which I can get to with my extreme wide angle lens. It was taken by moving the viewing angle continuously, the phone automatically recognized when it needed to take another shot. It stitched three of them together without any further instruction from me and presented a final shot ready for emailing. I think if I had kept my finger on the “shutter release” it would have stretched the pano further. (resolution 2590x1088p,  3MP).
There was no problem getting the shots off the phone… PhotoShop Elements Organiser recognized the phone as a source and imported them happily as JPEG’s (even re-numbered them for me)
Hope you find these interesting

No matter what size the images are uploaded onto Blogger, they will be reduced to internet image size. 


Monday, 24 September 2012

Beenleigh Car Show by Bill

We went to the Beenleigh Show Ground on Sunday to have a look at the car display there. here are a few HDR shots.

A Ford Fairlane Galaxy like the one I had in my 20s.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

Spring Flower Show by Ron

The Society for Growing Native Plants held their Spring Flower Show at the Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens last weekend. Both live (in pots) and cut flowers were displayed, featuring flowering plants mainly from Queensland, but including a selection of Western Australian natives such as kangaroo paws and Dianella. (When we first moved to  Western Australia in 1969 we lived in Dianella and this beautiful deep blue annual used to come up as a weed in our lawn. By the time summer had burnt it off the grass was about a foot long. We also had kangaroo paws and their smaller cousins the cats paws in profusion). An extensive range of native plants was available for purchase, including edible plants.

Photographing Australian flowers can be a challenge because they are often individually small but occur in clusters. I have not included several photos ruined when the on-camera flash was partially obscured by the macro lens extension used to get good resolution, resulting in a flash shadow (underexposure) on the lower one-third of the frame. With a bit of better planning, I would have taken my ring flash. The light in the auditorium, whilst good, was marginal for photographing without any flash assistance, and with a colour cast from the fluoro lights. There was very little airflow, so movement was not a challenge, unlike outside where there was a stiff breeze.

The photos submitted have had minor touch-up with Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw, and cropped to improve composition.

Camera used was a Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-200, f1.35-5.6 VR lens. On-camera flash only. “DSLR Pro” 0.5 Macro adapter used for close-ups. Hand-held.

Bottle Brush


Fire in the Car Park

Naked Flower

Native Hibiscus

Native Rhododendron

Orange Cactus

Swamp Orchid


Western Puff-Balls

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Practice by Jean

Something pretty to start with

Santos lights / Brisbane by Rosalind

Santos  Lights  pic1 F/18, @10mm,  10 sec exposure, ISO 100 

pic  2  F18, @10 mm  1 sec exposure   ISO100

F18,  17 sec  exposure  ISO 100

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Night Shots by Michael

Member Michael Yip submitted of some night shots he took last Saturday in Brisbane

Brisbane Sunset (f5.6 - 2" - ISO400)

Night Scene (f5.6 - 2" - ISO400)

Laser Light (f5.6) - 4" - ISO400)

Lantern Show (f3.5 - 1/30" - ISO400)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Practice Post by Kathy

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We went to visit the North Pole in Alaska and used this picture for our Christmas card in 2006!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Alexander Clark Park Photo Shoot

Recently, the Logan U3A Camera Club visited Alexander Clark Park at Loganholme and here are some example of members' photos.