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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-08-2020, 05:46 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By lidy
Replies: 4,340
Views: 255,880
Thank you very much for your kind words, Hans, appreciate it!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-07-2020, 10:32 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By lidy
Replies: 4,340
Views: 255,880
I hope I haven't posted this one before. I just can't stop taking pictures of this meandering river - love it! This one is just as much about the clouds though,
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-06-2020, 06:25 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #339 "Spitfire"
Posted By lidy
Replies: 16
Views: 1,432
No prob! ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-05-2020, 09:04 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #340 - Fisherman under dark skies
Posted By lidy
Replies: 17
Views: 1,185
Congrats, Tas!

Lovely picture!

1st attempt:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-05-2020, 09:01 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #339 "Spitfire"
Posted By lidy
Replies: 16
Views: 1,432
Unfortunately I missed this round. :( Nice pic, Laurie, and congrats, Tas!

BTW Tas has started #340 here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-01-2020, 03:38 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By lidy
Replies: 12,051
Views: 1,033,935
What's keeping you???
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-30-2020, 08:55 AM  
Focusing problems with Sigma 17-50 on KP
Posted By lidy
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Thank you all for your comments!

I'm afraid I spoke too soon. Yesterday I gave the lens an outing and it was H-O-R-R-I-D! :( Spinning a lot, but hardly ever focusing, whatever setting I used. Sometimes it seemed to be worse on the wide end (17mm), and work on the tele end, but then it changed again. It drove me nuts.

I've decided to return it and ask for a refund. Somehow I think the problem may be related to both the lens and the body having a stabilisation system. Or maybe I just had a Monday morning copy. As I really like and want this lens though, I've ordered another one. This time one without OS, from a reputable UK seller whom I've bought from before: SRS Microsystems. I'll have a 30-day approval time + 1 year guarantee.

Hoping for the best - keep your fingers crossed please, ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-29-2020, 05:08 AM  
Focusing problems with Sigma 17-50 on KP
Posted By lidy
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Okay, I have something weird going on. I bought a (second-hand) Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 HSM OS and paired it with my KP. I already own 2 HSM Sigmas that I'm quite pleased with. The AF is nearly always fast and on target. However, as soon as I started playing with this lens, I noticed that it was hunting an awful lot and often refused to lock focus, unlike my other Sigmas. I cleaned the contacts - no difference. As I bought the lens in a camera shop, I have a 12-month guarantee, but before returning it, I want to make sure that I'm not doing something wrong.

Now the weird thing is: initially I'd turned the OS on the lens off and the in-camera SR on; that's when it didn't work. I then decided to do it the other way around: OS (lens) On - SR (camera) off. Lo and behold: it seems to work flawlessly: fast and accurate focusing; no hunting to speak of .

I've no idea what's going on. In an in-depth comparison test here on PF it says 'based on our testing we found no statistically significant difference between the in-lens and in-body stabilization systems.' As my experience seems to be different, could this vary from camera to camera?

If anybody has any ideas/suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks in advance!

Lidy
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2020, 09:23 AM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By lidy
Replies: 2,707
Views: 161,512
Thank you very much, @taks, I really like it! I paired it with the KP and it's one of the lightest set-ups I've ever carried around. ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2020, 08:42 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By lidy
Replies: 4,340
Views: 255,880
Sigma 10-20
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2020, 08:31 AM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By lidy
Replies: 2,707
Views: 161,512
My first outing with the - new to me - SMC DA 15mm
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-19-2020, 07:15 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #338
Posted By lidy
Replies: 14
Views: 913
Pffff, Tas, this may well be one of the most difficult ones I've worked on!

Two totally different ones (may replace them later in the week or leave them - can't decide yet). ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-19-2020, 01:32 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #337
Posted By lidy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,189
Hahaha, great intro, Tas! Congrats, and @graeme83 thx for a great picture and your wise words and choice! ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-11-2020, 10:42 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #337
Posted By lidy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,189
BTW Graeme, something else has cropped up - I'm afraid I can't possibly host a challenge next week should I win. :( Sorry!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2020, 01:54 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge #337
Posted By lidy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,189
Lovely countryside and great picture! Not the easiest one to work on, but that makes it even better and more interesting. I've tried to bring the sun out amyway. ;) Give it a little bit of time and the whole area will be basking in the sunshine! ;)

First attempt in colour, second one in b&w and a bit foggy
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2020, 10:22 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
Thanks, @graeme! Yes, I certainly did! I'm glad that you enjoyed it. The good thing is, the more often you play with a photo, the more you learn from it and the better you get to know your photo editing programs. A big plus for me is also that, while playing, you forget about the less pleasant things in life. Well, that's how it works for me anyway, it gives me a bit of 'selfish' me-time. ;)

So, I hope you'll keep participating and having a good time while doing so. I'm looking forward to your picture!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-09-2020, 06:14 AM  
Flower Garden
Posted By lidy
Replies: 7
Views: 179
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2020, 05:55 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
Oh, Noel, I feel your pain and misery. It's such an awful thing to happen! They only positive thing I could see in it was the part recovery of the climate, the animal world, and people being more inclined to look after each other. Unfortunately all that is only temporary reprieve. I can only pray for a vaccine at short motice, although the experts say that that's not likely any time soon.

Here in Europe there are many fatalities to mourn and we're fearing a second wave. I often think life will never be the same, we'll have to change our ways and have more respect for this earth and everything on it, not least the animals. The abhorrent way in which we treat them must come to an end.

Hang in there and keep safe!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2020, 05:18 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
Sorry to hear that, Noel! Definitely hope it's temporary! ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2020, 04:55 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
This time picking a winner was harder than ever. There are a lot of cracking entries this round. Thank you all!

So, these were my thoughts on the contributions:
Robert: I like the toning, but overall it's a bit too grainy for me
Laurie: loved your colours, makes me think of the impressionist painters, very soothing and peaceful
Pelto: You're new to the challenge, aren't you? Great to see you joining! The band of clouds in your version is a bit understated - I would like to have seen it displayed more prominently.
Mariwalt: a very smooth, calm and straightforward interpretation. I think there's a bit more 'life' to be uncovered.
Todd: as always a very nice, impeccable b&w conversion expressing moodiness
Strobedumas: and another new joiner? Wonderful! You've delivered a very daring and bold copy! Clever! I love the idea of something hiding in there. Maybe I should go back one day and see what it might be! ;)
Noel: a bit more subdued than I'm used to seeing from you in these challnges. ;) Very nice nevertheless! In #1 my feeling is that the clouds are a bit too undefined for me as there's so much detail to be found in them. The same goes for #2 and I think some land areas could have done with some brightening
Tuggie: I'm always looking forward to seeing what you've added! And this one 's definitely no disappointment - I think it may be your best one yet! I also like the colours, drops and ripples in the water! Very detailed! Great effort!
Graeme: hahaha, the boat + fishermen is a wonderful addition. You can even see their shadows in the water, so that's a plus score for adding that detail!
jmacias: I'd have preferred the red colour to be a bit deeper, but I like the detail in foliage and clouds.

And the winner is ......

Graeme83 for version #2
runner-up: Tuggie76!

Congratulations, @graeme83!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-08-2020, 11:56 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
The challenge is closed now. I'll be back later with the results,

Thanks for participating everybody!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-07-2020, 10:10 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
Last chance tomorrow. I'll close the challenge at 2400 CET.

Come on, you know you want to give it a try! ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2020, 12:22 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge #336
Posted By lidy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,038
Thanks, graeme! You can't ever spend too much time on something if you're having fun and enjoying yourself. ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2020, 10:11 AM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By lidy
Replies: 2,249
Views: 163,382
A mouthful of peanut butter
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2020, 10:06 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By lidy
Replies: 4,340
Views: 255,880
Towards the tea garden
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