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  1. Tom Pinchenzo

    A few from the start of May around Snowdonia

    Absolutely love 1. 2 is also fantastic
  2. Tom Pinchenzo

    Beginner In the garden with my new camera

    I agree that vignettes are a bit much on some of them, but don't discount using it completely - just use it appropriately and subtly (as with virtually every processing tool). I use it quite a lot but as a rule, if I can tell there's a vignette, it's too much. Try toning it down a bit and...
  3. Tom Pinchenzo

    Trip to Lake District

    After discounting this one because it looked super flat RAW I decided to give it a shot. After a heavy, square crop and mono conversion and some playing round with contrast it seemed worthy of keeping. Great Gable by Tom Pinches, on Flickr
  4. Tom Pinchenzo

    Exporting as a JPG - what does the Quality slider do??

    It reduces the file size but what aspect of 'quality' does it reduce? Resolution? Its default is 95 - is that overkill? I've exported at a few different levels and can't really see the difference.
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    Trip to Lake District

    A week in the Lake District and only two photos to show! It was a 'family holiday' so I was fairly limited to middle of the day shooting and it was a fairly flat, dull and drizzly week. The only decent light we had was when we went to Buttermere so I managed the 'classic' buttermere shot of the...
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    Beginner Do any professional/highly regarded photographers use entry level gear?

    “Photography is an expensive hobby but a cheap profession”. Considering an average farmer spending more than £100,000 on tractor it makes even the most expensive camera kit seem trivial.
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    Beginner Saving for new lens- Unsure what to go for.

    This is exactly what I did. Went for the af-p 70-300mm 4.5-5.6E which is a great FX telephoto zoom. Still waiting to make the jump to full frame though!
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    Beginner Saving for new lens- Unsure what to go for.

    Depends what you’re shooting. I have the the 70-300 af-p which is great for long-lens landscapes. I also have the 50mm 1.8g which produces beautiful photos and on my d3300 is great for people - in my case friends and family. Although it overlaps with my 18-55 kit lens the quality makes it...
  9. Tom Pinchenzo

    Bird ID Please

    It’s a (nice shot of a) male common whitethroat.
  10. Tom Pinchenzo

    It's not you - it's me.... I've fallen out of love with my Canon system.

    /\ this Maybe downgrade to a simpler lighter system and spend the rest on a photo trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go!
  11. Tom Pinchenzo

    Dawlish Warren

    Ill check out Teignmouth and Exmouth!
  12. Tom Pinchenzo

    Dawlish Warren

    I wanted a nice dilapidated groyne but they were all in fairly good repair! This was the most interesting one I could find... it was a bit of a miserable day but I was thankful for an interesting sky Dawlish Warren Groyne by Tom Pinches, on Flickr.
  13. Tom Pinchenzo

    Considering filter options...

    I got hugely overloaded when looking for a filter system - about to upgrade to a better formatt-hitech system with a polariser adapter for the filter holder. At the moment if I want to use ND and a grad I have to compose my image and set up the grad in the holder, get the metering, take off the...
  14. Tom Pinchenzo

    85mm filter holder at 17mm full frame - would this work?

    That’s good. so what’s the benefit of having the polariser closest to the lens? There’s a fair price difference for the Firecrest so it must be worth it.
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    85mm filter holder at 17mm full frame - would this work?

    Thanks - and what’s the situation with big stoppers? How do you go about preventing light leaks?
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    85mm filter holder at 17mm full frame - would this work?

    Hmm, ok. It’s DSLR with 67 and 77mm thread. I guess 100mm system it is! Thanks for the prompt and helpful advice even though it wasn’t what I wanted to hear! On another note, has anyone had experience with formatt hitech system? Is the difference between the standard aluminium holder and the...
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    85mm filter holder at 17mm full frame - would this work?

    Hi All, I'm looking to upgrade my filter system - currently an absurd hodge podge of drop-in nd grads in a cheap cokin holder and screw-in polariser and 10-stop ND. I'm looking at the formatt-hitech system but I guess it applies to other brands too: will an 85mm system (with a bit on the end...
  18. Tom Pinchenzo

    Critique An evening in Devon

    I was trying to emphasise the light coming from the top right using a sort of partial vignette. I've noticed it used quite effectively by others - I probably need to finesse it a bit!
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    Critique An evening in Devon

    Thanks Jerry :) I considered cropping a bit more out. Thought about a more pano crop as the foreground is a bit dead space. But I wanted the tree in the background to be on a third...
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    Critique An evening in Devon

    Couldn't resist popping out with the lovely evening light on Friday. Had the little one on my back so had to work fast before she got grouchy! Otherwise would have waited longer as the light was only getting better! Devonshire Dusk by Tom Pinches, on Flickr
  21. Tom Pinchenzo

    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    Turns out my calling in life is scanning 35mm negatives...
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    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    I can’t say I do anything special! Just plonk then in the holder and scan away. I remember watching a vid about scanning negs and he talked about there being little plastic spacers which fine tune the distance the film is from the scanner bed, which affects the sharpness as it has a fixed focus...
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    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    Thanks. I scanned them with an Epson V550. Added a bit of vignette/cropping to some and played with the tones on 5.
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    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    Successful development!! It's like magic... Here are some of my faves. Frieda bay leaf by Tom Pinches, on Flickr Mum's 60th_0002 by Tom Pinches, on Flickr Mum's 60th_0017 by Tom Pinches, on Flickr Mum's 60th_0019 by Tom Pinches, on Flickr Mum's 60th_0022 by Tom Pinches...
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    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    Ok, I've just developed my first film reel. it's currently drying in the bathroom but looks like everything came out well! A few questions: Do you throw your used developer down the drain? Can you reuse both the stop bath and the fixer? And what do you store them in? Just a plastic bottle or...
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    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    Had a practise last night with some old film - managed to get it on the reel in the bag. I think I put the sleeve things too far up my arm and they started cutting off my circulation! I’ll give it a go for real tonight.
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    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    I’ve got the instructions on the Ilford website, which seem fairly comprehensive... I’ll just have to make sure I don’t capture any really special moments so I’m not too bothered if I mess up!!
  28. Tom Pinchenzo

    Beginner Developing my first film - any tips??

    So I’m waiting for the developing paraphernalia to arrive and I’ve just loaded some HP5 into my Pentax ME Super... There will undoubtedly be questions to follow like ‘what did I do wrong’ and ‘where have my photos gone?’ Finger crossed!
  29. Tom Pinchenzo

    What Black and white film do you think is easiest to develop ?

    I mean, this is just good life advice!
  30. Tom Pinchenzo

    Your experience of upgrading from crop to full-frame: Never-looked-back or underwhelmed?

    I would add to that: Does the sensor size really matter that much if you're never going to print your images BIG? D3300 is 24mp and you can get away with massive prints.
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