Mostly a photography related blog. Think About Photography refers to being ready for getting a photo at all times. This generally means carry your camera around with you as much as possible. Even without a camera, I am imagining how scenes would look in a photo..
I purchased a Konuspot
80 about a year ago with the intention of doing some digiscoping.Eagle Optics defines digiscoping as:
Digiscoping is a unique kind of photography using a digital
camera and a field spotting scope. Now you can expand your ability to
photograph the wonders of nature by putting your digital camera to work with
any spotting scope.
On this past Sunday, I
finally got around to trying out the Konuspot 80 as a digiscope. I was not
following a particular tutorial or procedure, I was basically just remembering
the steps from what I had read in the not too distant past.
The Konuspot 80 is a
20X-60X x 80 scope. Mine came with a T type camera adapter and a small tripod.
First thing I noticed
is the tripod is too flimsy to be of much use. Of course it didn't helpl that I
was using a makeshift table constructed of deck rail, deck chairs, and large
books. But I think it's safe to say a better tripod is in order. There is a lot
of droop in the supplied tripod. At the magnifications we are dealing with the
droop is a major problem.
My suggestion is that
whatever tripod you use, get it mounted on a solid surface.
Next, I attached the
camera adapter. I had planned on using my Olympus SH-1 point and shoot. There
would be no mechanical connection between the camera and scope. I was unable to
get a decent shot by hand-holding the camera up to the eyepiece. The fact that
I had an unstable tripod setup didn't help the situation, nor did the fact that
one hand was always on the camera, leaving the other to adjust the position of
the scope, focus of the scope, and magnification of the scope. I quit using the
SH-1 without a single image.
I got my Olympus
OMD-EM1 and fitted it with a 50mm F2 macro lens. It was easier to hold this
camera/lens combination up to the scope eyepiece. Using live view on the
camera, I was able to get a few shots - all of which were not as sharp as they
might have been. Again, the issue was having enough hands to do everything
required. I gave up pretty quickly.
I came in to regroup.
I realized I needed someway to attach the camera to the scope. I ordered a T to
micro 4/3rds converter for the EM-1. This way I will have the camera
mechanically connected to the scope and will have both hands free for other
things like positioning, focus, and magnification.
So, if the adapter
gets here this week I will try again this weekend.
The images in the scope are
sharp and bright. I think they will make good photos.
I was working in the shade,
which required a high ISO for the photos. The brighter the view the
I received the Onagofly drone a couple of days ago. I am impressed by the quality/design of the packaging and the device itself. It feels really solid and is surprisingly heavy. I don't have the right version of Android on my phone, so I had to get my son to load the app so we could try it out.
The instructions are minimal but adequate. We finally got connected and started the drone. We used the auto takeoff. My son did the driving. The first flight ended up in a bush beside our house. Maybe we could use this as a hedge trimmer.
We decided to move to a more open area for the next try. Started out ok, but for some reason, the drone took off away from us at a high rate of speed. And as if drawn by a magnet - straight to a big oak tree. BAM! Gone are two propellers. Otherwise - everything seems intact. There are spare propellers. Each propeller is marked with a letter. I assume that they have to match with the motor letter. In my haste, I put the wrong letter propeller on a motor. The propellers have a press on fit. They do not come off easily. As I was trying to remove the propeller, I ripped the entire motor from the unit. %#$%^ !
I have written customer service about this incident. Hopefully they can sell me a motor, and I can replace myself. We shall see.
There is a crash avoidance feature. It is not on by default. Even if it had been on, I don't believe it would have saved the drone because of the speed it was traveling and the 8" range of the avoidance system.
Newegg had a great deal on the Huion DWH69 Wireless graphics tablet I purchased one and received it yesterday. . I have a small Bamboo tablet, but never got used to it (for sale, comment if interested).
Seems that lately some of the Asian companies have spent a little more time and effort on packaging. Huion is no different. The tablet came in a sturdy two piece box. Inside, it was cleverly arranged in various compartments. A very nice presentation.
I began with my laptop. I downloaded and installed the latest driver for the unit from Huion's website. I like the way they set that up to. They use OneDrive and share the driver files. If you have a OneDrive account you can copy the file to your storage area, or you can just download it. Pretty cool.
After installing the driver I attached the unit via USB cable and immediately the tablet/pen combination behaved as a mouse. I don't have Photoshop on my laptop so I opened Krita. Sure enough, you can draw with the pen! I am not a big Krita user (yet) so I don't know much about it or what you can do with it. Huion says it does not support Krita. I guess this means that the pen pressure functionality doesn't work among other things. This appeared to be the case. But I could draw.
It will take some time to get used to the two buttons on the pen which function as the two buttons on a typical mouse. They worked as expected. The pen is quite comfy to use.
That's as far as I got on Day 1. Next I will install the tablet on my desktop and give it a try with Photoshop.
I had issues with my drives in the Icy Dock Black Vortes. If I removed a drive and replaced it, I would get a "Drive not accessible" error when I clicked on the drive in explorer. This was very frustrating. I could load a disk partitioning tool and it would see the drive and all the files just fine. Only I couldn't access it in the normal way. The solution was to "Take Ownership" of the drive. There are various ways to do this and Google will supply you with answers. I have not had any issues since I did this for all my external drives used in the Black Vortex.
I recently purchased a new desktop computer that only had space for 2 HD's. I have a few other drives that I wanted access to. The new computer has highspeed usb3 ports so I was looking for some device to attach my drives through usb3. I decided on the ICY Dock Black Vortex MB174U3S‑4SB storage drive cage.
First of all, it's cool looking. It is well ventilated and has a forced air cooling via a fan on front. It also has cool blue LED lighting. The fan has 3 settings - off, low, and high. The LED's have 3 settings as well - off, some, all. I leave the LED's off, but if you want the cool blue lights, they are there.
The cage has four 3.5inch drive slots. 3.5inch drives are easy to install. A simple handle is screwed onto the drive and it slides into the dock and that's it. If you want to use 2.5inch drives, I suggest you purchase the Icy Dock EZConvert Lite MB882SP-1S-3B device, which will allow a 2.5inch drive to easily fit in the 3.5inch dock.
The power switch is on back of the unit. I presently leave the power on at all times, even if I shut the desktop down. When I power on the desktop, the drives are immediately available.
My unit is presently filled with three 3.5inch drives and one 2.5inch drive. The unit comes with 2 additional handles, so one could have 6 HD's ready for use in the unit. The drives are hot-swappable.
I have not had any issues so far and the unit has performed quite well.
I have written before how I use Evernote (free version) in my photography to save tutorials, images I like, ideas, etc. The folks at organizedcreatives.com have a good article on using Evernote. It can be found here. Have a look. I find Evernote to be a big help.
If you have a light table, you can use it to produce some interesting effects on existing printed images. The idea is to place your image on the table and photograph the image again - with the back light from the table. The photo print paper I use is thin enough to let some light through. I have used a texture print below the main print for a different look. Also, you can use multiple prints below the main print to block off a particular area on the main print for highlighting. You can come up with some interesting effects using this method.
I purchased 4 sheets
of Grafix Rub-onZ with the intention of transferring a cone flower image to a
piece of wood. I followed the directions but was surprised to find that when I
put the film on the board and rubbed - nothing happened. I was trying to attached
the non-sticky side to the wood. At this point, I gave up with the idea of
using wood and wondered how I could make this work for paper. I coated a 5x7
matte card with Jade PVA glue and placed the film down on the paper. I rubbed
with a bone folder to get as many of the air bubbles out as possible. I let it
sit for a while. Then I peeled off the outer film exposing the sticky side. At
this point, I thought I realized what I had done wrong. As I was peeling off
the film, there were some tears and scratches - I liked the way it looked. The
question was how to counter the sticky side up? I decided to try coating it
with Jade PVA. This worked perfectly. The resulting image looks a lot like some
of my emulsion lifts and I am happy with the results. I have repeated this
process three times now. Actually, I have yet to use the Grafix Rub-onZ
The 45lb Zeppelin SemiGloss Double Side paper from Red River is a beautiful paper. The paper has a smooth luxurious feel. It prints very well on my Canon MG6200. I have just received this paper and I think I am going to love it for making photobooks. The paper is rather thin, but I see no bleeding from images on either side to the other. I have used only the 8.5x11 size.The paper is not super white. A very nice paper and highly recommended.