October 2018 Photo Competition - Launch & Discussion

Discussion in 'Photo Competition' started by Zone, Oct 1, 2018.


    1. Zone

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      Well done to spannersatcx for winning September's Competition. That's two on the bounce!!

      The theme was "Shadows" which he won with this picture!

      For October he has chosen the theme ‘The Sky’ :)

      Just to be clear folks; a camera of any description is allowed be it a pro DSLR down to the camera on your phone; there is no restriction as long as EXIF data is recorded in the original file :)

      TBC Competition sponsor Gordon @ [​IMG] will offer his services of a free ISF calibration to a TV/Projector of your choice.

      The winner will also receive an A4 print of their winning picture.

      Terms and conditions for ISF Calibration prize:
      Prize: 1 x ISF calibration
      Only available on mainland uk
      Calibration will be done when Convergent are already in your area
      There is no cash alternative
      If winner is out with mainland UK then if travel costs are covered we will honour the prize

      Comp closes Monday 29th, be about 6pm
       
    2. Marika

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      OMG! This theme should get SO many entries! :clap: I'm loving it, I'm a sky crazy person :p
       
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      Great theme. Congrats on the win.
       
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      Does pointing at my sky box count?

      Ice
       
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      ...won't do anything unless you use the remote mate ? ;)
       
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      Oh aye! Aw man.....

      Ice
       
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      Noooooooooooo!

      Can we have this next month as I have a trip to Iceland planned (no not the shop) so hoping for some northern lights shots :(
       
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      You may still be in with a shout for a good theme next month.

      Unless of course @snerkler wins.

      He managed to choose a theme of "Hometown" when I was in Iceland (the country, not the shop).
       
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      @MeanDorris, this is a bit off topic but any tips for northern lights photos (using a 6D and have 14mm Samyang and 24-104 canon). Reading up seems to suggest shutter speed of around 2s and then balance aperture and iso from there ?
       
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      Didn't get any Northern Lights while I was there I'm afraid so can't help much.

      However, I would say wide angle and 2s or maybe a bit more sounds about right, depending on intensity of the lights and the amount of movement.

      Obviously keep ISO as low as you can for decent exposure, any foreground interest you have in the frame will likely dictate your aperture, but if just going for sky keep it wide open.
       
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      Whoops wrong thread! :blush:
       
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      Wrong thread dude :D

      The "It's not valid but I'll post it anyway" Thread
       
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      I think you will find 2s too short unless the lights are very strong. I've had a look through some of my past images and some exposures have been 15-20s even when using a Sigma 18-35 1.8 wide open and 3200 ISO. In these cases the lights have been little more than a fuzzy grey line in the sky (almost indistinguishable from cloud) but can still result in a good picture. With stronger lights then you can decide whether you want to capture the structure of the lights (shorter exposure) or the movement (longer exposure).

      Another factor will be the moon - if you have a full moon a brighter sky will mean longer exposures as it competes with the lights -although it can make for more interesting pictures as you get a better illuminated landscape.
       
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      For the last week around here the sky has been a solid grey block. Haven't had much chance for any kind of interesting shot. Hopefully that will change before the end of the month!
       
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      I’ve had either clear blue skies or one tone grey skies, neither having anything in the way of interest either :rolleyes: ;)
       
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      Hah, some nice clouds tonight.. went out and shot some photos, hated every single one :( This month is proving to be a challenge.
       
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      I either have time and no sky or sky and no time or sky and no camera.
      It's very frustrating!
      Woke up the other morning to a glorious sunrise, snapped from the window then went and got dressed to go out and find a better viewpoint - of course the sky hard turned off like a light while I was getting ready :(
       
    18. Marika

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      that exact thing has happened to me twice now.. next time I'll run out in my pj's to get it
       
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      How would I best go about making sure a photo is within the dimensions and size listed in the rules?

      :)
       
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      Easiedt for me is to upload to a site like Flickr and embed the bbcode link to the image size that you want to display inline
       
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      My backgarden isn't terribly photogenic and I don't think the neighbours would be impressed if I went sprinting through the churchyard in my slippers and dressing gown :blush: :)
       
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      Haha! At least you would be somehow covered! I’d be sprinting straight down the busy coast road that goes past our house :rotfl:
       
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      Tonight's sky: drab, drab, drab, drab... no point going out for it... TECHNICOLOUR, TECHNICOLOUR! for 2 minutes, no time to go anywhere anymore, all around me houses and lamp posts and cars and ugly stuff... oh well.
       

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