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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #1550 on: June 09, 2019, 06:26:45 PM »
Great star shot PW.
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« Reply #1551 on: June 10, 2019, 07:49:27 AM »
Great, PW!  Unfortunately I found out after I bought my new camera that a 2.5x sensor will not handle astrophotography.  Plus this camera doesn't have a full range of A & S controls in Manual mode. 
It does, however, have one heck of a telephoto capability!  (Jupiter and four of it's moons...and a random nebula/galaxy I didn't identify at the time)

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« Reply #1552 on: June 10, 2019, 11:03:18 AM »
Great, PW!  Unfortunately I found out after I bought my new camera that a 2.5x sensor will not handle astrophotography.  Plus this camera doesn't have a full range of A & S controls in Manual mode. 
It does, however, have one heck of a telephoto capability!  (Jupiter and four of it's moons...and a random nebula/galaxy I didn't identify at the time)



By 2.5x do you mean the crop factor of the sensor?

I shot my picture on a 1.6x crop sensor and it turned out ok, but not ideal. I still think it's possible with all in one cameras if you have a manual exposure mode and can choose "bulb" exposure or can at least select a 20 second exposure time. The stars might be faint but then you can use stacking software to bring them out more.

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« Reply #1553 on: June 10, 2019, 11:11:06 AM »


By 2.5x do you mean the crop factor of the sensor?

I shot my picture on a 1.6x crop sensor and it turned out ok, but not ideal. I still think it's possible with all in one cameras if you have a manual exposure mode and can choose "bulb" exposure or can at least select a 20 second exposure time. The stars might be faint but then you can use stacking software to bring them out more.
The sensor in my bridge camera is the smallest on the market for conventional cameras. This camera does NOT have a bulb setting (major disappointment), and the Manual setting doesn't even allow me full access to its range of exposures/shutter speeds.  It's SO "smart" that it thinks it knows better than the operator. Grrr.....  If I didn't know anything about photography, I'd truly love it.....
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« Reply #1554 on: June 10, 2019, 12:25:23 PM »


By 2.5x do you mean the crop factor of the sensor?

I shot my picture on a 1.6x crop sensor and it turned out ok, but not ideal. I still think it's possible with all in one cameras if you have a manual exposure mode and can choose "bulb" exposure or can at least select a 20 second exposure time. The stars might be faint but then you can use stacking software to bring them out more.
The sensor in my bridge camera is the smallest on the market for conventional cameras. This camera does NOT have a bulb setting (major disappointment), and the Manual setting doesn't even allow me full access to its range of exposures/shutter speeds.  It's SO "smart" that it thinks it knows better than the operator. Grrr.....  If I didn't know anything about photography, I'd truly love it.....

Yeah it's too bad a lot of the nicer bridge cameras force you to give up too much control over exposure. I had used a Canon SX40HS for years and it has a great zoom range (40x) and while it doesn't have a bulb setting, it does allow you to use manual exposure, but it's not convenient to do so. I have a newer Nikon P900 with a huge zoom range (still a tiny sensor though) and it has a much better full manual mode. It's not great for everything but it is a heck of a nice option for wildlife photos in decent light because of the zoom. And it's got a built in "time lapse" movie mode for pictures of clouds racing by or cars buzzing along. It also has an intervalometer feature you can use to make your own time lapse movies. I can't upload it because it's too large but I have a time lapse of my wife's tarantula molting and that's really a neat thing to see.

But most of my recent pictures have been taken with a 6 year old Canon T3i. It's a consumer grade APS-C sensor (1,6x crop factor) DSLR. It doesn't have WiFi or bluetooth or touch screen but it has decent 18mp resolution and I used it to teach myself to use manual exposure. And I've also been shooting RAW files as well because it allows so much more latitude in processing the pictures. I am still not and probably never will be as good as a professional but my pictures have definitely shown some improvement.

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« Reply #1555 on: June 10, 2019, 12:44:18 PM »

Yeah it's too bad a lot of the nicer bridge cameras force you to give up too much control over exposure. I had used a Canon SX40HS for years and it has a great zoom range (40x) and while it doesn't have a bulb setting, it does allow you to use manual exposure, but it's not convenient to do so. I have a newer Nikon P900 with a huge zoom range (still a tiny sensor though) and it has a much better full manual mode. It's not great for everything but it is a heck of a nice option for wildlife photos in decent light because of the zoom. And it's got a built in "time lapse" movie mode for pictures of clouds racing by or cars buzzing along. It also has an intervalometer feature you can use to make your own time lapse movies. I can't upload it because it's too large but I have a time lapse of my wife's tarantula molting and that's really a neat thing to see.

But most of my recent pictures have been taken with a 6 year old Canon T3i. It's a consumer grade APS-C sensor (1,6x crop factor) DSLR. It doesn't have WiFi or bluetooth or touch screen but it has decent 18mp resolution and I used it to teach myself to use manual exposure. And I've also been shooting RAW files as well because it allows so much more latitude in processing the pictures. I am still not and probably never will be as good as a professional but my pictures have definitely shown some improvement.

My camera in question is a Panasonic Lumix FZ80.  It's computing capabilities are mind-boggling.  One other limitation I found out after the fact is that the Panasonic RAW format is not compatible with Adobe products, so I can't use "Camera RAW" programming.  Adobe was nice enough to produce a free program to convert just about any RAW format to a Digital Graphic, which retains all the metadata.  I have a workflow now where I convert all my .rw2 files to .dng files as they are downloaded to my computer.  Eliminates about 3 other PITA steps I was going through before finding the .dng solution.
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #1556 on: July 27, 2019, 08:18:56 PM »

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« Reply #1557 on: July 27, 2019, 11:14:27 PM »
Very pastoral, Sarge.  Nice!
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« Reply #1558 on: July 27, 2019, 11:17:49 PM »
Beginning of Fire Season, Northern Rockies.....

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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #1559 on: July 28, 2019, 03:46:38 PM »
Nice shot.  We had a lot of that activity here the last few weeks.
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #1560 on: July 29, 2019, 06:44:44 AM »
Thanks, OP.

Love the lightning pic!
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« Reply #1561 on: August 06, 2019, 09:23:12 PM »
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #1562 on: August 29, 2019, 04:51:49 PM »
I like that lightning picture!

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« Reply #1563 on: August 29, 2019, 09:24:59 PM »
I like that lightning picture!
Thanks, PW!
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
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« Reply #1565 on: September 24, 2019, 03:55:21 PM »
Nice portrait!
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« Reply #1566 on: September 24, 2019, 06:18:25 PM »
Great portrait is right.

Is that a Great Egret?  We don't get them up where I live.
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #1567 on: September 25, 2019, 07:16:29 PM »
Great shot Dave
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« Reply #1568 on: September 26, 2019, 05:16:54 AM »
Great portrait is right.

Is that a Great Egret?  We don't get them up where I live.

It is. 

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« Reply #1569 on: October 30, 2019, 12:48:04 PM »

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