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  • Back Button Focus
    possible in the menu settings to disconnect the focus button from the shutter by using the AF ON button This gives you the ability to disable the AF function so when you half press the shutter button you can enjoy a number of advantages The most useful benefit is that you can then focus and recompose without worrying about holding the shutter halfway and changing the focus As well if you hold down the AF ON button when in continuous AF mode the camera will continue to track your subject As soon as you let go of the AF ON button the camera will lock the focus allowing you to recompose quickly and with no fear of losing your focus point In landscape photography this allow you great flexibility as you can concentrate on the composition and not worry about focus as much It does pay to check the focus at the end before pressing the shutter but this method commonly called back button focus can be a life saver I ve used it in bird photography as well by pre focusing on a branch that I know will be where a bird will perch thus making the actual photo

    Original URL path: http://www.billcurry.ca/?p=1332 (2016-02-07)
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  • Composition – Direction of Light
    photographing is essentially flat such as a building but it normally isn t what we want when we photograph most things For most subjects the shape is shown much better with indirect light that is light coming from the side at either a 45 degree angle or more like 90 degrees The 45 degree angle light is wonderful to show shape and give your images depth the light that is more toward 90 degrees is better to show surface irregularities for things like grave markers or stone walls Trees in side light show off their shape so much better than light from behind the photographer you ll be amazed once you are conscious of this fact and use it a few times Even light coming from behind the subject in other words towards the photographer called backlighting can be a super way to improve images The metering is a bit tricky on that one as you need to decide of you want a silhouette making the subject dark or if you want a halo effect with the subject showing and bright light around it but both are ways to add impact to your images So the tip for this week

    Original URL path: http://www.billcurry.ca/?p=1329 (2016-02-07)
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  • Steady as She Goes
    set at 70mm when shooting so the lowest handheld on a 70 200 is 1 200th of a second And if you re using that APS C the 70 200 is really a 100 300 and so 1 300th of a second and maybe now you begin to see the advantages of a full frame camera Now camera manufacturers know this and they have given you some help and added Image Stabilization Nikon and Canon do this in the lens Sony and some others do this in the camera body and so Nikon for example makes a VR lens available for Vibration Reduction This gives you maybe 2 more stops to hand hold so that 200mm instead of 1 200th as the lowest can maybe be handheld at 1 50th or better yet use 1 100th Image stabilization is a great idea but better still is to use a tripod Long exposures of course demand a tripod but even shooting at 1 500th of a second if you re looking at say birds the image will be far better if done from a tripod And that s what my 400mm takes If I handhold it I m having to shoot at 1 400th and even then perhaps get the blurs Instead I use a nice solid tripod and then I have no worries about any speed except to worry about the bird itself moving I have tripods for in the studio and they are big and heavy and I have one for taking afield and it is lightweight but rock steady Of course the portability comes at a price the field one is made from carbon fibre and was quite pricey but it gives me the images I want The heads are another important thing to think about the ones

    Original URL path: http://www.billcurry.ca/?p=1305 (2016-02-07)
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  • Lenses – what to buy for what to shoot
    so it is another very good choice for normal photography One will find the 24 70 f 2 8 however to be quite a bit more pricey like probably triple or more the price of the 50mm It s a big decision to go with the zoom but the flexibility is there but the size of the lens makes this less a street lens than the 50mm The advantage of the 24 70 is the ability to go wider or tighter without moving though You see the 24 mm is almost exactly ½ the 50mm and so it is twice as wide as normal human vision This is why any lens with a mm description smaller than 50mm is described as wide angle Thus the 24mm takes in twice the width of a 50mm That can be very useful if you re doing landscapes and I have to admit the 24 70 f2 8 is pretty well always on my camera if I m not doing street photography What about lenses bigger than 50mm This is where we get into telephoto lenses and so a 100mm lens is two times human normal vision and a 400mm is 8 times or like looking through an 8x binocular The problem is these lenses are also less wide so that 400mm is 8x closer to the subject but also 8x as wide a narrow view Great for isolating a subject like say a bird and so that explains the popularity of a 300mm or 400mm for birds not so good for landscapes A 200mm though is 4x the nearness of the 50mm and a quarter of the view which can be useful to bring a subject closer and sometimes we want to isolate something in landscapes I use a 70 200mm zoom for

    Original URL path: http://www.billcurry.ca/?p=1297 (2016-02-07)
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  • Camera Bodies – Size DOES Matter
    photographer to have the option do more things Let me explain The old film cameras that are equivalent to the predominant digital cameras today were labelled as SLR cameras or single lens reflex i e interchangeable lens cameras There were small cameras in existence but they were very much the tools of kids or beginning photographers fixed lens cameras such as the Kodak Brownie that I learned on at age 7 or small Instamatic or similar cameras that took proprietary film Today we see the same thing in digital in fact more pictures are taken with iPhones and other phone cameras than with other equipment But the iPhone while it has 8 million megapixels has a sensor that is a fraction of the size of a good digital SLR The modern digital SLR dSLR comes in a couple of sensor sizes but the most flexible and the most expensive is a full frame body That is the sensor is about the size of a frame of 35 mm film about 36 24 mm in size Compare that to an iPhone and you ll find that the latter s sensor is tiny about 4 54 x 3 42 mm The thing is if you want to post on Facebook or other social media the iPhone size camera is fine for photos taken in good light but obviously if you want to blow the image up to print it larger you will find that the image begins to pixelate or show other flaws as that tiny sensor just can t render the same detail as a sensor that is 6x as big Other cameras fit in between so a Micro 4 3rds camera has a 1 2 size sensor at 13 17 mm and some point and shoots use a 2 3rds

    Original URL path: http://www.billcurry.ca/?p=1264 (2016-02-07)
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  • Weather trends for Coastal Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Port Maitland Nova Scotia Canada Last update 5 Feb 2016 9 22 PM HOME GRAPHS STATISTICS STATION Graphs of current weather trends for Coastal Port Maitland Nova Scotia Canada TOP

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  • Historical Weather for Coastal Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada
    4 2 10 0 13 1 17 0 19 2 16 6 10 2 7 0 4 7 7 65 2014 16 8 14 9 13 1 6 2 3 1 10 84 Av 1 3 1 2 1 4 4 2 10 0 13 1 17 0 18 0 15 8 11 7 6 6 3 9 6 80 Frost Days Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual Tot 2016 26 3 29 2015 28 28 27 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 7 110 2014 0 0 0 7 17 24 Av 27 16 27 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 12 54 Windchill C Maximum Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual Av 2016 10 3 9 3 9 84 2015 8 9 4 3 5 8 15 6 21 5 21 6 30 3 31 1 26 5 20 4 14 7 13 2 17 81 2014 25 1 25 9 23 3 15 2 15 6 21 02 Av 9 6 6 8 5 8 15 6 21 5 21 6 30 3 28 1 26 2 21 8 15 0 14 4 16 22 Windchill C Minimum Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual Av 2016 17 5 8 3 12 88 2015 23 5 29 5 16 5 8 3 0 5 3 1 8 2 11 2 2 3 2 1 10 1 14 1 6 65 2014 7 8 2 2 2 1 9 6 16 7 2 85 Av 20 5 18 9 16 5 8 3 0 5 3 1 8 2 9 5 2 2 0 0 9 9 15 4 7 46 Windchill C Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual Av 2016 4 1 1 4 1 39 2015 7 3 12 3 4 7 2 0 9 0 12 5 17 0 19 2 16 6 9 0 5 1 2 3 5 71 2014 16 8 14 7 12 4 3 6 0 0 9 50 Av 5 7 5 5 4 7 2 0 9 0 12 5 17 0 18 0 15 6 10 7 4 3 1 2 4 61 Heat Index C Maximum Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual Av 2016 12 7 10 4 11 58 2015 11 0 5 1 6 4 15 6 21 5 21 6 33 6 39 6 26 5 20 4 15 8 13 3 19 20 2014 25 1 25 9 23 3 15 9 16 5 21 32 Av 11 9 7 8 6 4 15 6 21 5 21 6 33 6 32 3 26 2 21 8 15 9 14 9 17 37 Heat Index C Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Annual Av 2016 0

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  • Station and regional information for
    on CoCoRaHS Links to current conditions and forecasts in the Port Maitland NS region Environment Canada Information for Coastal Port Maitland Nova Scotia Canada Coastal Port Maitland Nova Scotia Canada weather station received an award for excellence in reporting from Environment Canada in 2014 Latitude 43 59 35 N deg min sec 43 9930 decimal 4359 58N LORAN Longitude 66 8 49 W deg min sec 66 1468 decimal 06608 81W LORAN Elevation 16 metres 52 feet validated against 12 metres 41 feet from NED 1 arc second Contiguous United States Mexico and Portions of Canada Location Port Maitland CA Weather station Manager Operator Bill Station type software WeatherCat V2 23 Build 14 Davis Vantage Pro 2 This station has been online since January 2013 This station provides live weather feeds and information to The Citizen Weather Observer Program CWOP Weather Underground Environment Canada The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration NOAA The Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network and over 800 organizations that monitor the servers of the NOAA findU service which is where the live feeds for this station are stored A partial list of these organizations includes Canadian Broadcasting Corporation NWS Weather Forecast Offices National Center for

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