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Everything posted by robthebruce

  1. House 1

  2. Jamberoo water - sort of

    Unusually dry winter in southern highlands of New South Wales, Australia resulted in this very small waterfall.
  3. Suede

    Very few people understand how difficult it is to photograph a black dog. They often become a 'blob' with no ability to see the details. I have such a dog, so well done.
  4. Chris

  5. Kirsten

    All three of my children were at home at once - a rarity as they come and go overseas at the moment.
  6. Elizabeth

  7. Urban decay #5

  8. Train crossing

  9. Train lines

    I recently bought this 18 mm lens second hand to fill in the gap between the 14 mm and 23 f.14 mm. I found I had problems managing the lens flare in 18 mm which is not the case in the 23 mm or 14 mm.
  10. Who still has a Xe1?

    Here is an example of the 18 mm. I found the issue of flares in the lens a bit of a problem shooting into the sun which is less the case on the 14 mm and 23 mm f.4. Given the subject matter, sharpness is not the main issue.
  11. Who still has a Xe1?

    Several weeks ago I bought a second hand XF 18 mm f2.0. It gave the camera a new lease of life. I much prefer using the primes at the moment on it and I'm still learning things about the camera which are buried deep within its menus.
  12. Urban decay #3

    Somethings look better for aging - be they a gate latch or even the face of those who have loved life and lived gracefully. This gate latch was in Queenscliffe, Victoria, a historic seaside town and it was due to the salt of its seaside location, that has caused it to rust profusely. The sharpness also highlights the capability of the 18-55 lens at f4.5, ISO 400. I have shaky hands and the IS was very useful.
  13. Suburban decay #1

    Not all expensive houses once started, are finished. For about 10 years this one stood uncompleted. I am not certain of the reasons for its incompletion. The usual reasons are because the builder went broke; the owner died, the owner's marriage broke up or the owner lost their money in poor investments. The block has been cleared 9 months ago. It stood on a street with multi-million dollar houses opposite it, on one of Melbourne's top 10 most expensive streets.
  14. Canon FD Adapters

    I have a Canon FD 50 lens f1.4 in perfect condition. It gives an incentive to buy one of the adapters to try out. It might save the cost of the XT 56mm f1.2.
  15. Fujijfilm X 100 F

    Hi John. Like you I still miss my x100. My daughter has been using it for the past five years without any problems after she left home and I gave it to her when I purchased a X-E1. She is now living in Indonesia and taking beautiful pictures with it, so despite concerns that it is not 'weather sealed', it still continues to perform very ably. Perhaps the solution for the aging codgers (like us) reading this is that we get two x100F bodies: one to be used as 23mm and the other with either of the two additional add on lenses that make it 18mm or 35mm. (Try explaining that to your spouse.) I am off to a 60th birthday party tomorrow and would love to have a x100 in hand as the fill in flash is brilliant; people ask if it is an old school film one and they all relax when I start snapping them.
  16. Blooming cereus.

    Gorgeous colour and softness. The pictures in the gallery have picked up in the last few days and this is one of them.
  17. Urban decay

  18. Who still has a Xe1?

    Still using it. People might complain about the lack of speed in focusing and its accuracy, but tonight editing pictures in LR and SilkyPix Raw File Converter - is slower than the camera.
  19. Suburban decay #4

    This house is about one kilometre away from the first. It is still notionally occupied as it has a car parked in front of the gate most days and the gate is openned.
  20. Suburban decay # 3 The Gate

  21. Urban decay

    In our local area (Mont Albert North, Melbourne), we have signs warning us of snakes around the parks. In my backyard which fronts onto a bicycle pathway, I had a Blue tongued lizard living for several years. Sadly it seems to have disappeared. I don't mind snakes as I grew up in the country. I just don't like them in the house.
  22. Urban decay

    The suburb where I live in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the more expensive to buy into. It costs approximately 1.2 million Australian dollars to purchase a house like the one shown in this photo (for what is just a basic house). Surrounding this house are many which are multi-million dollar houses. For example, one just around the corner has 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and has a solid sandstone exterior in a Neo-Georgian style. In contrast to the new glitzy houses, are some where the owners are aging or have sold up and moved out. Some people have been purchasing houses and simply leaving them for several years as they have appreciated by 8 - 15% per annum, which is better capital gain than money in the bank or on the share market. The result has been foreign investors, mostly from China, buying up the property for this reason. Over the next few week's I'll put some more photos up of 'urban decay' and others which were abandoned.
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