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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:10 pm

What you can do with a 9mm lens cap fish-eye lens:

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Re: Photography

Postby MickEssex » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:33 pm

Most excellent old chap. :D
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Re: Photography

Postby The vast minority » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:38 pm

Ah, the estate agents favourite
A 9mm prime lense.

I'm looking for such a lense myself currently
Nice pics Al,
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:38 pm

It's just the trick of the light but the rear windows look good in tint... :lol:
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Re: Photography

Postby MickEssex » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:53 pm

Big Al wrote:It's just the trick of the light but the rear windows look good in tint... :lol:


And there was me thinking you had tinted your windows before me. 8)
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:50 pm

I enter competitions at my photographic society and this week I showed an image I might have shared before:

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This was taken out in New Zealand last year. The judge liked it and gave me 17/20 for my effort.

At the end of the season we will have a photo slide competition which will be the last as so few take slides anymore. It's an in joke that most of the slides were taken years ago. Well I last took slides back in 1981 and they all live in my loft.

I dug them out and found six to show. When I went through the pile of slides I came across this one of my late friends Morris in Banff, Canada. This shows the projector and other slides with 'Made in England' which I thought very apt:

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They have owned Winston since near new and this was take in 1979. His wife still has it and can often be seen around the town in the summer months.
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Mon May 23, 2016 8:37 pm

You may have noticed I have been a little quiet on the forum for a while. There has been a number of reasons but the main one has been photography. After some months of preparation I attempted to gain a distinction with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). In February I had 10 of my printed images judged by 5 senior members (including the societies chairman) and I'm pleased to say I was awarded the Liacensiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) which gives the letters after my name!

You can see the images I used on my Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85782852@ ... 2734669913

I've just got back from a trip to Alaska which I must say was amazing. It's not every day you wake up and look outside your ship cabin door to see something like this less than 50ft way!

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For your information it is an adult Bald Eagle telling a juvenile (a 2nd year bald eagle) they can't have some of the salmon it has.
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Re: Photography

Postby MickEssex » Mon May 23, 2016 8:47 pm

Great photo Mr Big Al LRPS, don't tell me you went all that way and only took the one photo. ;) :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Photography

Postby Panky » Mon May 23, 2016 8:51 pm

Well done that man :D Stunning images, obviously you have talent as well as passion for the artform
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Mon May 23, 2016 9:25 pm

MickEssex wrote:Great photo Mr Big Al LRPS, don't tell me you went all that way and only took the one photo. ;) :lol: :lol: :lol:


I took 'quite a lot' of photos and it will be some while before I know which will be keepers.

Until then here's a few:

Safari Endeavour in Ketchikan.jpg
The Safari Endeavour in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Not the Ice Berg but the little one in front. The big ship had 3000+ passengers and they had to queue to get off and to get on. Between Seattle and Ketchikan we had 32 passengers (a ratio of 1:1 passenger/crew). We picked up another 30 passengers in Ketchikan for the last 7 nights. Needless to say our ship could go where ever it liked and we saw much more than the big ships.

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The Safari Endeavour at anchor

As you can see we didn't stay on the ship every day. Kayaking, zodiac rides, paddle boards and bush walks were a daily option.

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Humpback Whale

Apart from the Bald eagles we saw Black & Brown bears, Sea otters, Dall's Porpoises, Sea Lions, Moose and plenty of Humpback Whales.

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Dawes Glacier

Wildlife wasn't the only amazing thing we saw. The scenery was, as they say our there, awesome. This glacier cannot be reached by the big ships. We took zodiacs to within 1/4 mile of it. We could feel the waves move us as it was carving into the fjord. The ice could be heard exploding under pressure deep behind the face. That night we even had a show of the Northern Lights shortly followed by porpoises playing at the bow of the ship.

it's going to be hard to beat this trip.
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Mon May 23, 2016 9:26 pm

Panky wrote:Well done that man :D Stunning images, obviously you have talent as well as passion for the artform


Thank you. ;)
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Re: Photography

Postby Plin » Mon May 23, 2016 10:07 pm

:D Congratulations on gaining your 'Liacensiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)'.

Looks like you had a breathtaking trip - :D thanks for sharing your lovely photos. (Don't think I would ever want to be on such an enormous ship as the one shown next to yours.)
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Re: Photography

Postby The vast minority » Tue May 24, 2016 4:54 am

Well Done Al
Sir is most deserving, I've long been an admirer of your work. I remember that one of the stranger you asked to jump up and look through the arches of that brick viaduct someplace. That was a great one, I expect it's further back up this thread so will have another look at it.


When I took the trip up the inner passage, we drove from Calgary to Vancouver for the ship in a great big Chevy blazer. It was a great holiday. cameras had already moved on a great deal but I still had a 35mm camera with slide film in it. That was 2004 and the towns on the route up the passage were already full of very tacky tourist tat shops.

Great experience though.
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Tue May 24, 2016 12:51 pm

The vast minority wrote:Well Done Al
Sir is most deserving, I've long been an admirer of your work. I remember that one of the stranger you asked to jump up and look through the arches of that brick viaduct someplace. That was a great one, I expect it's further back up this thread so will have another look at it.


When I took the trip up the inner passage, we drove from Calgary to Vancouver for the ship in a great big Chevy blazer. It was a great holiday. cameras had already moved on a great deal but I still had a 35mm camera with slide film in it. That was 2004 and the towns on the route up the passage were already full of very tacky tourist tat shops.

Great experience though.


The viaduct image was one of my favourites but was culled by an advisor as not being good enough.

This trip was 3rd time lucky. Ten years ago we did the train from Vancouver to Jasper, then train from Jasper to Prince Rupert. The next leg was to be BC ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. We discovered as we travelled between Vancouver and Jasper the ferry had sunk the week before! We ended being flown to Port Hardy in a 20 seater prop plane on our own. Five years later we had booked a big boat from Seattle to Alaska but the insurance company cancelled the trip on a technicality against our doctors wishes! It worked out this time and after using Un-Cruise we'd never set foot a big boat.

I've lost count the number of times we have been to BC & Alberta we started back in 1980. Lots have changed since. This was our first time in Alaska and it might not be the last. Icelandair do some really good deals and it's quick to fly over the top as they do.
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Re: Photography

Postby Big Al » Tue May 24, 2016 1:10 pm

Plin wrote::D Congratulations on gaining your 'Liacensiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)'.

Looks like you had a breathtaking trip - :D thanks for sharing your lovely photos. (Don't think I would ever want to be on such an enormous ship as the one shown next to yours.)


Thanks Plin

I couldn't go on one of those big ships now. We saw the long queues to get back on, they must have been waiting ages. All we did was move a magnet on a board to say we was off the ship and walked off. No waiting. Same to get back on. We also got to know all the crew and they spoke to us by name by the second day. The food was a bit fancy but they knew if you didn't like something or needed something different. We also had a tour of the engine room and galley plus the bridge was open to us between 7am to 7pm.

Another bonus was everything was included. All drinks, all activities including any shore visits to local museums, native gatherings and walking tours. There were 3 fitness instructors on board who ran yoga and stretching classes. We even had a free massage!
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