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Quick note! - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
January 17th, 2005
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Quick note!
"quiet_moments" was at the Con as well. You may not have her on your f-list, but she's been writing up some nice notes on the Con. I'm just focusing on photos and don't know if and when I'll write up what happens.

Hey - if you do know of any transcripts or good writeup, put a comment here, so we can all find them - *G*.

Just got home about an hour ago... working (finally) on the SeanLij photos.

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From:freakspawn
Date:January 18th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
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thanks, *goes to check* I love reading reports as well as pics:)
From:ex_salwood
Date:January 18th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
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I've seen a couple of your images so far. Can you tell me what photographic equipment you use? Were you quite close to the stage?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 18th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Sure, I'd be glad to help.

I was quite close (seat C40), but that it was still right on the edge of do-able, even with the equipment I had.

On the advice of Lilithlotr, I bought a 2.8 200 mm fixed lens, for maximum light gathering. I use a Nikon D100 or D70, set at "1600 ASA", with white balance sent for lighbulbs (incandescent light). I used only ambient light (no flash).

Even then, I was only getting about 1/60th second - if I was lucky. I really needed about 1/100 or 1/200 since it was hand-held, especially for the verticals. I'd say I was lucky if a fourth to a third of the photos came out sharpish. The lighting was actually pretty good, but the background lighting varied so much (ranging from black curtains to images projectd on the screen to the bright light on the Gollum statue) that I had a lot of over and undercompensated photos, even though I was constantly adjusting.

Why no flash? I was taking about 150 photos per 1 hour session, and it's not fair to the person being photographed. Plus, even if I'd wanted to, I found out my flash isn't working with my most recent camera (the D70). I have no idea why! *L*!

Hope that helps; please let me know if you have any questions and I'd be glad to answer them. Always glad to help out a fellow photographer!
From:ex_salwood
Date:January 18th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
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The D70 is digital isn't it?

Not so easy with a film camera... for the film speed I mean!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 18th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I know!!!! And you don't get as much "graininess" or loss of color with the digital; they're really built for light sensitivity.
From:ex_salwood
Date:January 18th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I haven't gone digital yet. I'm still clunking away with 35mm and medium format!!
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