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by Andrew McP
Thu 19 Jul 2012, 5:41 pm
Forum: Farnborough International Airshow
Topic: Thoughts on the show (Merged)
Replies: 136
Views: 34694

Re: Thoughts on the show (Merged)

I've somewhat reluctantly trimmed airshows from my budget since Biggin died and took much of my enthusiasm with it. But I do keep an eye on things via you guys and I just thought I'd say that IMO Farnborough took a calculated gamble on the Russians turning up. Let's face it, if they'd displayed it w...
by Andrew McP
Tue 11 Oct 2011, 3:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Rather impressive Adobe de-blurring demo
Replies: 0
Views: 347

Rather impressive Adobe de-blurring demo

For quite a long time I'm wondered if something like this would be possible. It turns out it is, though in this video it's difficult to tell just how good it might be. The crowd seems impressed though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxjiQoTp864
by Andrew McP
Sat 20 Aug 2011, 8:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Red arrow down
Replies: 320
Views: 43072

Re: Unconfirmed reports of Red Arrows landing accident...

I don't like "me too" threads, but sometimes you have to make an exception. Terrible news. The Reds inspire so many, and never fail to lift even my grumpy, middle aged spirits when I see them fly.

Condolences to Red4's family... including the team itself.
by Andrew McP
Sun 02 Jan 2011, 1:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Happy Easter!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Re: Happy Easter!!

For my sins, Asda pay my wages. Our store's first (creme egg based) egg end will be going on even as I type this, and the first major egg drop will land any day now. It's steady, reliable employment, but it's also somewhat soul destroying. Still, at least the darned carols have stopped now! Thank ga...
by Andrew McP
Fri 03 Dec 2010, 12:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: SnowWatch 2010-2011
Replies: 164
Views: 14839

Re: SnowWatch 2010

We've had around a foot of snow in Kent. I nearly took a shot of that as I walked past yesterday. I was on my way out over towards Eynsford to take this... http://lh5.ggpht.com/_X9rkS-PQC14/TPe5VRyQLrI/AAAAAAAAI8I/u2O9cAAP-A8/s800/IMG_9341.jpg Not a particularly inspiring shot (unlike that technica...
by Andrew McP
Thu 04 Nov 2010, 12:49 pm
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Axalp 2010 by hesja :)
Replies: 48
Views: 11087

Re: Axalp 2010 by hesja :)

Just stunning. Absolutely amazing shots from start to finish. This thread is going onto my bookmark list to show people when they ask "why do you go to so many airshows?" :-)

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Fri 15 Oct 2010, 7:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why can't people...
Replies: 113
Views: 7639

Re: Why can't people...

One of my bugbears is 'off of', as in 'can't take my eyes off of you'. This is a prime example of how popular music has destroyed the English language, your honour. "You're just too good to be true Can't take my eyes off of you"</Tony_Bennett> In songs words are used purely because the li...
by Andrew McP
Thu 23 Sep 2010, 4:35 am
Forum: General Photography
Topic: Class Monster Forage Harvester
Replies: 9
Views: 2361

Re: Class Monster Forage Harvester

Love the one before last. That's a very satisfying image.

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Thu 23 Sep 2010, 1:40 am
Forum: General Photography
Topic: I am a *complete* photographic incompetent!
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: I am a *complete* photographic incompetent!

Thanks for the reassuring replies. I feel marginally less depressed now. Which means I'm now only about fifteen times more gloomy than Marvin the paranoid android. :-> The trouble for me is that it's out there in the 'wild', whether that's an unexpected aircraft, bird, fox, or whatever, that's where...
by Andrew McP
Wed 22 Sep 2010, 2:50 pm
Forum: General Photography
Topic: I am a *complete* photographic incompetent!
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

I am a *complete* photographic incompetent!

For three years I've been keeping an occasional eye on a local heron. Well, when I say local, it takes me an hour to walk there. But on a day like today that's no hardship. Here he is earlier on, standing just across the river, waiting for me to b*gger off. Unless he's a she. http://lh3.ggpht.com/_X...
by Andrew McP
Tue 14 Sep 2010, 5:55 am
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Lindsay & Alan's Leuchars.
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: Lindsay & Alan's Leuchars.

Interesting set, and a lovely Vulcan underside shot. Really wonderful lighting, with a bit of vapour to top it off. It's a real 'Dan Dare' shot... more spaceship than aircraft.

To me anyway. :-)

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Sun 12 Sep 2010, 6:53 am
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Leuchars 2010 Arrivals & Show Photos - A few extras 27/12/10
Replies: 15
Views: 8345

Re: Leuchars 2010 (Updated with Thurs/Fri pics)

Superb! Every time I thought I'd found a favourite, I scrolled down and there was another.

Well done.

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Fri 27 Aug 2010, 4:14 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Canon 60D + new Glass
Replies: 30
Views: 3282

Re: Canon 60D + new Glass

I thought the 50D was a pointless step from the 40D but this is just plain stupid. As someone who actually wants a camera with video (for those moments when only a clip will do) and was quite excited about the prospect of an articulated screen (something I really liked on a Canon S1) I think Canon ...
by Andrew McP
Tue 24 Aug 2010, 6:22 am
Forum: Airline & Commercial Aviation Photos
Topic: Planebow?
Replies: 11
Views: 4866

Re: Planebow?

Stunning images. What kit were you using for these? Just a 40D & 100-400L. Nothing special (around here anyway! ) While I'm at it, apologies to the mods for parking this in the wrong section originally. My reasoning was that it wasn't a post about the aircraft, it was about the vapour trail... ...
by Andrew McP
Mon 23 Aug 2010, 9:44 am
Forum: General Photography
Topic: Storm Approaching..
Replies: 8
Views: 1350

Re: Storm Approaching..

That's a great shot thanks to the well lit foreground. Nice catch!

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Mon 23 Aug 2010, 9:42 am
Forum: General Photography
Topic: white heron
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: white heron

cheers mate i wasnt aware that we got those over here, that would explain the colouring! There's one down in the Eynsford/Lullingstone valley a few miles away from me. I was amazed the first time I saw it, and got quite excited. Then I got home, did a bit of research, and started to feel a bit sill...
by Andrew McP
Fri 20 Aug 2010, 5:59 am
Forum: Airline & Commercial Aviation Photos
Topic: Planebow?
Replies: 11
Views: 4866

Re: Planebow?

A search for "contrail rainbow" reveals some pretty impressive sights, including this rather striking clip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJyaTjXrajY

I guess it always pays to keep an eye on the sky. :-)

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Thu 19 Aug 2010, 1:29 pm
Forum: Airline & Commercial Aviation Photos
Topic: Planebow?
Replies: 11
Views: 4866

Planebow?

This parallel composition caught my eye in the sky... http://lh4.ggpht.com/_X9rkS-PQC14/TG0mW_Fr3lI/AAAAAAAAIwo/oYCA5WeQsSQ/s1024/IMG_8998.jpg And through the viewfinder my eye was obviously drawn to the aircraft's unusually lit trail... http://lh5.ggpht.com/_X9rkS-PQC14/TG0oOr45tvI/AAAAAAAAIw4/cH2w...
by Andrew McP
Tue 17 Aug 2010, 1:08 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Dummies guide to teleconverters
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Re: Dummies guide to teleconverters

Unless you have expensive (f2.8ish) prime glass I'm not sure it's a wise investment. I bought a x1.4 and tried all the pin taping and AF tricks recommended by various people when trying it with the 100-400L. But although it was an interesting experiment, in practice the AF hit rate plummets, and the...
by Andrew McP
Sun 15 Aug 2010, 12:54 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Another wobbly Pentaxian
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: Another wobbly Pentaxian

I haven't had much of a chance to try it out yet, but there were a few passing seagulls, and I have to say the AF is an absolute revelation. Almost worth the money, eh? It is an impressive step up after living in Pentax screwdrive land. I left my 100-400L on the 40D all the time when I got mine, fo...
by Andrew McP
Sat 14 Aug 2010, 10:06 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Canon 60D Pictures - The Tilt Screen is here.
Replies: 10
Views: 1642

Re: Canon 60D Pictures - The Tilt Screen is here.

Like lots of camera features, you don't realize how useful it is until you use it then wonder how you got by without it. I can see it being useful for macro and close-up work. Agree 100%. I had a Canon S1 bridge camera for a long time, with a fully articulated screen. I didn't expect to use that fe...
by Andrew McP
Thu 12 Aug 2010, 9:37 am
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Ian's RIAT selection box
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: Ian's RIAT selection box

Lovely lighting on the first Vulcan. The rest aren't bad either. The first shot is nearly my favourite because of the satisfying cloudscape. But my levelometer keeps nagging at me while I'm looking at it. Either my sense of balance is a bit off or it could do with a slight tweak... though I hate rot...
by Andrew McP
Thu 12 Aug 2010, 9:30 am
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: Air Tattoo by hesja [heavy - sorry]
Replies: 28
Views: 3922

Re: RNLAF F-16 Demo [Air Tattoo]

Lomcevak26 wrote:That is all! :biggrin:


What he said. :-) Lovely stuff!

Andrew McP
by Andrew McP
Thu 05 Aug 2010, 5:39 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Another wobbly Pentaxian
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: Another wobbly Pentaxian

If I'm honest, Pentax's breed of DSLRs just don't cut the mustard when it comes to action or sports photography. Sadly I think that's still true Martin. It's a relatively niche need, and people who take 'run of the mill' action shots (kids, the occasional bird, or whatever) will never really have t...
by Andrew McP
Thu 05 Aug 2010, 5:51 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Another wobbly Pentaxian
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: Another wobbly Pentaxian

Welcome to the PTC (Pentax Traitors Club). Your membership is in the post. I am thinking of a Canon 50D or 550D with the 100-400 L IS USM, which would cover the focal lengths of most of my pictures. My choice was between the D300 and the 40D. The D300 was what I wanted but a combination of the fact ...