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Old 08-03-2014, 12:15 AM   #1641
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Yea - we photographed several in Alaska last year. They're pretty cool.


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Old 08-03-2014, 08:22 AM   #1642
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One more… at this point a few whales were so close to the rocks that I could have leapt onto their backs. I have seen this many times over the years, but it never gets old. I have a portable hydrophone that I can drop into the water to listen to the whale sounds as well. Pretty amazing.
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*sigh*. That's a far better look at them, in the wild, that I've ever gotten. Great photo...


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Old 08-03-2014, 09:13 AM   #1644
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Sea Kayaker - what part of he country were these photos taken?


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Fantastic shot, Sea Kayaker!


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Old 08-03-2014, 09:29 AM   #1646
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Has anyone messed around with this technology?

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Old 08-03-2014, 11:07 AM   #1647
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Another review:

Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future | The Verge

Seems like a lot of the appeal would be the interactive nature of the photos it produces. You click to change focus points around, to get different bokeh.

Alright, then what?
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:44 PM   #1648
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Fire up Google Maps, find Vancouver and Victoria, visualize a straight line between the two cities - the line will pass through a archipelago of islands. I have 10 or so acres on one of them. It's my base for my kayaking/whale watching adventures. A magical place, a place I want to spend more time at, thus my ER at 42.
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Fire up Google Maps, find Vancouver and Victoria, visualize a straight line between the two cities - the line will pass through a archipelago of islands. I have 10 or so acres on one of them. It's my base for my kayaking/whale watching adventures. A magical place, a place I want to spend more time at, thus my ER at 42.

Sounds wonderful. You are indeed fortunate.


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Old 08-04-2014, 05:33 PM   #1650
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In reading the book The Digital Print he touches on printing on materials other than paper, like wood, fabric, plastic, metal, etc. I'd heard of printer on wood veneer that is thin as card stock but never the other materials. At least not at home using a normal inkjet.

I can see how with the right image it would look nice, like an image of a wooden rowboat or sailboat printed on wood would "fit".

Has anyone else done printing on alternative materials?
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Messing around today...

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All shots taken with Nikon AW1 using 10-30 lens (27 to 81 equivalent) metered with LunaPro SBC using straight reading of ambient light ( no biasing of the reading). It was an overcast day, so I used the same basic metering of f8 @ 250 (ISO160).
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My FT1 adaptor should come today or tomorrow, and I can use F mount Nikon lenses with the AW1. That old 70-210 zoom survived the dunking. I put it on an old 6006 - in case any electrical damage might hurt the camera I wouldn't damage a new D800- and the electronics worked, although the zoom was slow and made slight noises as if corrosion had started. The focus worked smoothly manually however. There was a light smear on one of the inside elements, but it didn't show in test photos I made. So with a 2.7 crop factor, the AW1 now has a dedicated 189 - 567 lens (35mm equivalent). Once the adaptor arrives.

I may open up that lens and clean the elements. Should probably remove drive motor as well, to prevent corrosion from spreading, and accidently damaging the camera trying to AF when the motor locks up completely.

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Given that it went underwater and therefore will almost certainly be junk in the near future because of the corrosion, I'd figure there's nothing to lose by opening it up and see if I could dry it out an repair it.

Having it done at a repair site would probably cost near the price of a new lens so there's no point in that.
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The lens was in excellent shape, but still only worth $70 at the most. It's dried out over the weeks. It didn't get drenched, just got moisture inside and fogged some elements for a while.

The FT1 came in and I've been playing with as the light diminished. Won't make any real comparisons or judgements until I do a lot of testing in the sunlight, but everything works mostly as I suspected. The old film 35-70 and 70-210 AFs work well in MF mode. The 35-70 looks good so far, and I've seen no problems with the 70-210. If there's no need to open it up, that's fine with me. The 10-24 DX lens tries to AF, but never succeeds. Works well in MF, giving slightly wider results than the Nikkor 1 10-30 (approximately 27.5-75 equivalent). I think it's giving the equivalent of 17-40. The new 2.8 70-210 works great on it lol.

The old 1.6 teleconverter isn't going to work on the FT1 - it's not completely round, and as you try to rotate it on the FT1, the bottom hits the 'foot' for a quick release, and the 1.6 won't rotate completely on. A bit disappointed. I wanted to see what the reach of about 850mm looked like lol. Probably none too sharp. Haven't tried the extension tubes yet. Tomorrow is going to be a full day.

Anyway, I'm not disappointed. The bevy of old lenses that will work on the AW 1, and their reach, will make it worth carrying a small bag with me constantly. Old Nikkor lenses are all over the place.


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Spent the morning taking test shots in Lebanon Ohio using the old film Fmount lenses on the AW1. Pleased with the results. Took one meter reading in the overcast sky and used it for testing: 500 @f8. ISO fixed at 160. The above shot was with the damaged lens, handheld, at an equivalency of a 564 telephoto lens. I did kick the shutter up to 1/1000 since it was handheld. I added no more sharpening than I normally do, and I let the app adjust the histogram automatically. No sign of image loss due to small internal smear on elements.

The 35-70 worked great as a shorter telephoto.

The Fmounts appear to collect more light than the Nikkor 1 lenses. Makes sense as they are larger.

The Fmounts work as a great carry kit to go with the AW1.

There's an update available for the cameras firmware I'll install today.

In short, the camera does what I wanted it for, and much more. Still can't wait for Nikon to come out with the waterproof 30-100 lens. I'll be more confident in the canoe when I have it lol.


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seraphim - Great shots and explanations how you took the photos!
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Anyone else feeling a little peckish? I have sudden urge for salsa and French fries...


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It's time to put the AW1 aside and get the 'bad boy' out.

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Maybe a trip to the zoo tomorrow. Take the AW1 along as a teleconverter lol.


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I love modern technology. I never had fast lenses before, automatic ISO, optical stabilization ... certainly makes things easier lol.

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Still have to bias the cameras meter down half to full stop, when there are clean whites in the frame, however.



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I really like the cloud hanging about in front of the mountain.
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