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  1. piggsy

    The Coronavirus, and should we be worried ordering stuff direct from China?

    I'd like to go another angle and suggest: maybe this problem can kinda, solve itself? Let's say you have a group of people who are Definitely Not Racist, because they'll make sure to tell you that, and in doing their definitely not racist thing they self select to spend more time with people...
  2. piggsy

    The Coronavirus, and should we be worried ordering stuff direct from China?

    The virus surviving (as in, not disintegrating or dessicating beyond recovery) is not the same as successful transmission/infection of a new host. As far as I can tell the latest on CDC's page is still saying that as far as they know, cases are transmitted by droplets -...
  3. piggsy

    The Coronavirus, and should we be worried ordering stuff direct from China?

    According to this documentary evidence, yes: According to medical science: it's not actually airborne and requires inhaled droplets as from a cough or sneeze directly transferring deep into your lungs.
  4. piggsy

    Twin macro flashes Yongnuo YN-24EX for Olympus

    I don't own it, but my current lust object is the Laowa/Venus Optics KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash - https://www.venuslens.net/product/macro-twin-flash-kx-800/ just to give you another option :D
  5. piggsy

    Leicaness and The Leica Look

    Yeah without really having ever gone deep into lens design as an interest, I gotta rely on my general judgement of bullshit on the internet, which boiled down is that generally that anyone who declares stuff is simple! with exclamation marks probably doesn't understand the thing they're talking...
  6. piggsy

    Leicaness and The Leica Look

    I think there is probably a good article to write about it that isn't written as, well, horseshit :
  7. piggsy

    Leicaness and The Leica Look

    Lens design and a ratio of how fast the lens is to the focal length (eg without correcting for it it would be almost every lens), I think. There's a section on it (cat's eye bokeh) on a nice writeup here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/understanding-bokeh...
  8. piggsy

    Leicaness and The Leica Look

    Gotta say I'm not at all sold on this! Is the subtitle supposed to be "a collection of received wisdom I will never actually document" ? Also we see a return of our familiar friend :D
  9. piggsy

    Friends what do you think of this new model.....?

    I gotta say I think there's a case for an updated digital model. I've snuck in ISO25600 images without telling anyone and nobody complains, but I have plenty where the shutter speed or aperture is insufficient and there's simply nothing you can do. The ISO blob needs to be smaller :D
  10. piggsy

    Spiders (and other Arachnids)

    skipper and spider by PIG, on Flickr male green jumping spider by PIG, on Flickr male green jumping spider by PIG, on Flickr male green jumping spider by PIG, on Flickr cross polarised mopsus mormon jumping spider by PIG, on Flickr spider in maze web by PIG, on Flickr tiny lynx spider by...
  11. piggsy

    Share Dragonfly & Butterfly & Insects

    lacewing by PIG, on Flickr leaf hopper on rhodosphaera rhodanthema by PIG, on Flickr common blue butterfly by PIG, on Flickr harlequin bug on hibiscus flower by PIG, on Flickr fly on matthiola by PIG, on Flickr bicolour wasp high magnification by PIG, on Flickr
  12. piggsy

    Share Dragonfly & Butterfly & Insects

    mating stiletto flies by PIG, on Flickr praying mantis on senna by PIG, on Flickr tiny mantis by PIG, on Flickr garden mantis on cosmo by PIG, on Flickr mantis nymph on cordyline by PIG, on Flickr juvenile snout nosed catydid on celosia by PIG, on Flickr garden mantis on cosmo flower by...
  13. piggsy

    Lizards, snakes, toads, frogs, turtles and other reptiles & amphibians

    juvenile green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr juvenile green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr juvenile green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr green tree frog on native mulberry by PIG, on Flickr striped marsh frog tadpole by PIG, on Flickr juvenile green tree frog...
  14. piggsy

    Showcase Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 LD (IF) Macro 1:1

    wagtail chasing small insects by PIG, on Flickr rainbow lorikeet afternoon light by PIG, on Flickr juvenile butcherbird by PIG, on Flickr rainbow lorikeet afternoon light by PIG, on Flickr juvenile butcherbird with stick insect by PIG, on Flickr white faced heron eating grub by PIG, on...
  15. piggsy

    Showcase Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 LD (IF) Macro 1:1

    juvenile harlequin bug by PIG, on Flickr tiny lynx spider by PIG, on Flickr potter wasp at sunrise by PIG, on Flickr assassin bug eating fly by PIG, on Flickr harlequin bug on hibiscus flower by PIG, on Flickr baby striped marsh frog with mosquito exoskeleton by PIG, on Flickr Chalcid Wasp...
  16. piggsy

    Share Dragonfly & Butterfly & Insects

    juvenile harlequin bug by PIG, on Flickr garden mantis on cosmo by PIG, on Flickr mating beetles by PIG, on Flickr Chalcid Wasp landing by PIG, on Flickr sawflies in flight with vine moth by PIG, on Flickr hoverflies mating in flight by PIG, on Flickr
  17. piggsy

    photo features from australian fires

    Couple of great photojournalism features so far on the 2019-202x season: Behind the lens: on the front lines of the bushfire crisis on SMH All that remains: the birds of Mallacoota in the Age I should also shout out one of the best fire features I've seen, which still all works (!) from one...
  18. piggsy

    So Sad! :-(

    That is definitely a compelling rebuttal of pake's argument that humans killed the dinosaurs, caused the ice age and continental drift, that the climate has not changed since the beginning of time, and that it won't continue to do so to the end of time. I really like the line by line rebuttal of...
  19. piggsy

    Australian fires - New Zealand sky

    Not that much more, all my stuff is to do with trying to make the most of little urban spots, but, I do talk to people who do know their stuff on it this a bit. As you say it's a huge subject and you're basically tasked with explaining the fundamentals of how about 1/2 of the planet works to...
  20. piggsy

    So Sad! :-(

    There's a book I think about all the time with regard to this as a problem, called On The Psychology of Military Incompetence. Basically it looks at a load of serious defeats (mostly for the british army) and what common psychological profiles might lead to notably terrible command. It's a...
  21. piggsy

    So Sad! :-(

    You already know the reaction to yet another lot of scientists reporting that it can't burn at this frequency and maintain itself as an ecosystem, that wet sclerophyll forest is being burned into dry, that even rainforest is primed to burn, is going to be to ignore it because someone's uncle...
  22. piggsy

    Looks Like No Spiders This Year

    Sometimes a slab of rock or a section of tree trunk or thick branches can be quite useful to put in any exposed areas (say, to wind or water flow that otherwise carries away light mulch). It can help pool and drain water down around it, gives a spot that will be out of step with the prevailing...
  23. piggsy

    Looks Like No Spiders This Year

    It's not going great, and while nobody ever thought to assemble time series data on any particular species (other than some fairly limited work with ALA/WPC), anecdotally, it's not looking so great here. Some tips ...
  24. piggsy

    Share Birds

    laughing kookaburra by PIG, on Flickr striated heron at heath park in the rain by PIG, on Flickr bush turkey by PIG, on Flickr white faced heron eating grub by PIG, on Flickr white faced heron thrashing a grub in the rain by PIG, on Flickr white faced heron eating grub by PIG, on Flickr
  25. piggsy

    Share Birds

    male figbird by PIG, on Flickr male figbird by PIG, on Flickr olive backed oriole by PIG, on Flickr scaly breasted lorikeet smokelit by PIG, on Flickr pied currawong by PIG, on Flickr rainbow lorikeet afternoon light by PIG, on Flickr
  26. piggsy

    The Reason Camera Sales are Stagnant [Blog]

    I think the pricing model they've been using definitely smells like that - big, upfront cash investments, no pay-on-plans, no bundles with eg an account or storage or bandwidth, limited availability of refurbs, it's about as far from the service model as you can get. This absolutely excludes...
  27. piggsy

    The Reason Camera Sales are Stagnant [Blog]

    I think pretty much all their problems are that they're japanese companies who hate change, corralling a diminishing audience of classic boomers who also hate things to change. It's a death spiral that both parties seem to be enjoying very much.
  28. piggsy

    Was I dreaming? Meike macro flashes for M43's!

    Someone should really make a splashproof TTL splitter cable to fit 2 fl-lm3s, this would be a pretty decent all weather macro flash for dirt cheap.
  29. piggsy

    Lizards, snakes, toads, frogs, turtles and other reptiles & amphibians

    green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr green tree frog on native mulberry by PIG, on Flickr juvenile green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr juvenile green tree frog by PIG, on Flickr
  30. piggsy

    Topaz just released DeNoise AI

    Your friend in selective sharpening and denoise is photoshop's select menu, using select > focus area or the primary background colour using seelct > colour range or with a more complex version using contrast masks from a single colour channel with the most contrast, then compressing it to...
  31. piggsy

    Share Birds

    rainbow lorikeet on leopard tree by PIG, on Flickr rainbow lorikeet afternoon light by PIG, on Flickr juvenile butcherbird by PIG, on Flickr juvenile butcherbird with stick insect by PIG, on Flickr gobblin butcherbird by PIG, on Flickr gobblin butcherbird by PIG, on Flickr
  32. piggsy

    Creative brainstorming for Olympus.

    I kinda wish they would go the other way and see if there are low hanging fruit lenses or easy in-camera tricks that could be produced very simply and make groups of photographers 'sticky' to olympus. Get the sensor set to track stars, make a low coma astro lens, make a simple macro lens that...
  33. piggsy

    Show Bats

    Thanks! We're lucky in that they're "around" but not right on us, and we're in but not right in their flight path from coorparoo to the city botanic gardens. The smell from the big colonies on a hot humid day (especially early morning with no wind) is uh, well, people will tell you that you...
  34. piggsy

    Show Bats

    Rare opportunity to shoot them feeding and flying during good light over a couple of days recently - flying fox feeding on grevillea flowers by PIG, on Flickr flying fox feeding on grevillea flowers by PIG, on Flickr flying fox pauses between feeds by PIG, on Flickr These at 1/100 with...
  35. piggsy

    Share Dragonfly & Butterfly & Insects

    assassin bug eating fly by PIG, on Flickr potter wasp at sunrise by PIG, on Flickr mating grasshoppers by PIG, on Flickr pair of flies by PIG, on Flickr blue banded bees by PIG, on Flickr wasp on tall Baeckea by PIG, on Flickr wasp on tall Baeckea by PIG, on Flickr wasp on tall Baeckea by...
  36. piggsy

    New Olympus Lens Roadmap

    I've done it a few times on live/moving/daylight subjects - 2 pairs of scaly breasted lorikeets focus stack by PIG, on Flickr mating pair of damselflies in flight - natural light focus stack by PIG, on Flickr Rainbow lorikeet on grevillea by PIG, on Flickr rainbow lorikeet pair by PIG, on...
  37. piggsy

    Looking for a very fast telephoto lens

    Try this.
  38. piggsy

    New Olympus patent describes the Olympus 100mm F2.8 Macro IS PRO

    Assuming it's not a translation error or similar misunderstanding of the data, for a conventional lens, it's a bit weird for it to be so short. The Tamron 180mm 3.5 macro I use all the time is ~165mm physically long and shrinks to about 117mm FL at 1:1, so almost double the length for about a...
  39. piggsy

    New Olympus patent describes the Olympus 100mm F2.8 Macro IS PRO

    Some interesting stuff if you click through to the link - Someone want to take a guess at what's happening to the focal length of this lens in those scenarios? If we have a potentially 155mm physically long lens breathing down to 61mm focal length that seems pretty strange.
  40. piggsy

    Olympus EM-5 Mark III news and rumors

    You gotta be fing kidding me with that power switch on the upper left.
  41. piggsy

    New Olympus Lens Roadmap

    That's what I used to do with the E-P5, it's just a hell of a lot easier than having to press the shutter each time due to the shutter shock without 0sec/efcs :D Hugely recommend something like fast raw viewer for this approach though, there's often not enough detail in the embedded jpg to tell...
  42. piggsy

    New Olympus Lens Roadmap

    Focus bracketing works with flash on the olympus line so long as you're happy with 1/50 eshutter, which (along with hires having the same limitation) is why I went with the em1-2 over the g9. If I have continuous good lighting I just switch to 60fps mode and rock the camera forwards a bit...
  43. piggsy

    I Find This All Pretty Sad!

    Others have covered that this was an arg event but I gotta say the two things that continue to amaze me about this kind of situation are: 1) the assumption that someone on their phone isn't communicating with another person 2) the belief that by refusing to be on a platform people are using to...
  44. piggsy

    Mosquitoes - What do you use for them?

    I always use DEET (40% aerogard tropical strength) and have been using it for hours and hours at a time for about 9 months of the year for years. No sign of damage to any camera/flash/lens gear. I stopped using picaridin after a while because while it does work, it doesn't really hold up, and...
  45. piggsy

    I think I want sharper M1 Mark II 40-150mm 2.8 sports photos

    Yep, I do it often enough with manual focus where I see the image get sharp in the EVF and press the shutter, but it's not actually sufficiently sharp through the whole range needed to make the shot work. Even on fairly large non-macro subjects - magpie portrait by PIG, on Flickr Magpie...
  46. piggsy

    I think I want sharper M1 Mark II 40-150mm 2.8 sports photos

    It looks a little like DOF problem to me where there's not the same obvious sharpness to the lady's face as to her hand, or the road as to the runner on the bridge, though the runner on the bridge potentially looks a little motion blurred also. If it was me I'd force myself to switch to F4 or...
  47. piggsy

    Showcase Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 LD (IF) Macro 1:1

    juvenile magpie side eye by PIG, on Flickr magpie portrait by PIG, on Flickr pied cormorant mid river by PIG, on Flickr spoonbill resting by PIG, on Flickr water dragon by PIG, on Flickr magpie by PIG, on Flickr Juvenile pied butcherbird by PIG, on Flickr
  48. piggsy

    Showcase Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5 LD (IF) Macro 1:1

    striated heron by PIG, on Flickr curious pied butcherbird by PIG, on Flickr white faced heron by PIG, on Flickr webface wagtail by PIG, on Flickr wagtail chasing insects by PIG, on Flickr eastern yellow robin by PIG, on Flickr crimson rosella feeding on bottlebrush by PIG, on Flickr
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