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nikongod

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  1. I think I'm finally figuring out how to take portraits. NYC 2015 Easter Parade by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr Fire Hydrant Portrait by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr NYC 2015 Easter Parade by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr The trick for people is to use the 14mm lens, and get less than 2ft away. With this technique failure is impossible. For fire hydrants, you should make some noise while at a distance of approximately 30-45ft so as not to startle the creature. Then approach slowly and in silence never breaking eye contact even for an instant. The fire hydrant can see your trepidation. If you need to look at your camera to adjust settings the Fire Hydrant knows and is laughing at you. Anyways, once you get to within shooting range of the fire hydrant, crouch down low so that you are at its eye level, and in one smooth motion bring your camera to your eye and fire. The Fire Hydrant will make a funny face if you wait too long to take its picture. I once heard a fire hydrant mutter something along the lines of "like a tourist who gets all his friends together, clears the sidewalk, and then starts to look for the camera app on his phone" to a photographer. Seriously, Easter parade photos are up on my Flikr page. Click for all the photos Guggenheim NYC by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr
  2. As evidenced by the lack of deleted threads, they don't delete threads around here very often.
  3. Any requirement for Dirt/Mud/Water resistance?
  4. Sorry for missing this. Happy birthday AL!
  5. I kinda like the shadows a 2-light macro setup gets you. Surely there is an aftermarket ring-flash that will work with the camera in TTL mode. If you are willing to give up TTL metering there are TONS of generic ring-flashes.
  6. You may need to tweak the values to get the right bias from your B+.
  7. I dont think I would even want to hike that.
  8. Saturday I took fotos at the Grants Tomb Crit in NYC. Ignoring the fact that it rained for most of the day, it was pretty awesome I'd say. There were very few spectators, so I got to stand where ever I wanted, and the overcast sky was a nice change from previous years with harsh direct sunlight coming from the wrong place. Link to Flickr album 2015 CRCA Grants Tomb Crit by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr 2015 CRCA Grants Tomb Crit by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr 2015 CRCA Grants Tomb Crit by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr 2015 CRCA Grants Tomb Crit by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr
  9. I'm a bit surprised KG hasn't built a nitrogen/noble gas purge system to rid his bottles of oxygen. You can buy "canned air" looking cans filled with noble gas for this purpose... And people used to do this with photo-chemicals to increase their shelf life.
  10. It has been my experience that all of the colorations is the same as no coloration.
  11. you got a pretty nice pen for a guy who does not know what he is doing. Just saying... On a happier note, the AG-7 is "breaking in" a bit. The clicker has gotten a bit smoother with a liberal application of graphite lube, and some fairly obsessive clicking. I still wish it were smoother.
  12. If you sell photos (in america anyways) your camera equipment may no longer be covered under your normal home owners/renters insurance. Tagging your photos properly is very important.
  13. Because Headcase, I bought a Fisher AG-7 "spacepen" and a 400G Bullet Pen. I have not actually used either *much* seeing as how I only received them a few days ago, but here are some quick first impressions. I realllllly wanted to like the AG-7, but I'm finding it too lacking. I'm not a big fan of the balance of this pen. The center of gravity is a bit closer to the clicker than the tip than I'm comfy with, and I'm not really a fan. I think I am just used to neutrally balanced or tip weighted pens and this just feels weird. The grip of the pen is also thinner than I like. I guess with no gravity pulling the pen around it might not matter. It is heavier than the 849 I have gotten used to, but still lighter than a Rotring although both have better subjective balance than this. The clicker definitely has some metal on metal contact, and scrapes as it goes down but seats with a very positive click. The button release is pretty neat. Ignoring the scraping clicker, the fit and finish of this pen actually feels quite good. It is all metal, and will probably outlast me. I also got the 400G Lacquered Brass bullet pen. I was not sure how I would like the bullet pen, but I must admit it is growing on me quickly. I had previously used HALF of a bullet pen - with no idea what to do with the cap. Whoda known, but with the cap on the back of the pen, it handles like any other full sized pen! The balance is biased towards the tip of the pen, which I like and the weight is nice. Like the AG7, this pen is on the slim side for my tastes, but I see it as a backup for my primary pen, or something to jot quick notes in the car. My only other complaint about this pen is that it tends to sit in the EXACT bottom of my pockets perpendicular to my leg where a full size pen stays more or less straight up & down parallel to my leg. It is probably better suited to being tucked into a wallet, or left in a cup holder in your car which is where mine will live. Seeing as how I am me, I removed the Lacquer from the pen within 12hours of receiving it. I will not be able to comment on the durability of the lacquer, as about 2 minutes soaking in acetone and another 30seconds with a scouring pad made short work of it... The patina of naked brass, combined with the unusual spiral decoration is giving my modified pen a nice well loved look.
  14. Lithium battery explosions/fires are quite violent. They are also SIGNIFICANTLY less common in non-rechargeable batteries than they are in rechargeable batteries. There is basically no chance that happened here. My bet is something flaking off from inside the flashlight.
  15. no. Enough water goes though to dilute the acid to hopelessly weak concentrations. Front load washers are often cited as being gentler than top-load. So even less chance. Batteries don't leak until they are fully dead. Stop. We all have your best interests in mind here. There is nothing to worry about. Water for a batter spill applies to a car battery (or other Lead-Acid battery) and safe handling practices for the much stronger acids found there. It is not applicable to this situation.
  16. I, like the others, doubt any acid (or anything) leaked out of the batteries - they are typically quite well sealed. If it really bugs you just wash the sheets again for piece of mind.
  17. The small-house-fan in me says that should also serve double-duty as an ironing board.
  18. Even if you start off small(ish) it is not hard to get to DIY-Dyna* level pretty quickly. If you are interested in DIY, I would also look at the CKKiii as one of your "middle of learning process amps." It is VASTLY overshadowed by the vastly overhyped b22... so nobody talks about it. But its a good sounding, very affordable mid-complexity build. The hardest part is (still) casework. For me, anyways.
  19. I am not getting notifications for the movie thread I started.
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