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Old 01-20-2012, 01:56 AM   #6061
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What were the camera settings for the sunset?
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:45 AM   #6063
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What were the camera settings for the sunset?
Good morning picflight, welcome to the thread.

Canon Rebel, DSLR, XTi...and you're going to hate me for this...on full auto.

I usually take the sunsets on full auto, but I don't just aim the camera and click. Two reasons for that. First is that it won't necessarily focus properly, and second, it will often either over or underexpose the pic.

So I make sure to take several pics with this technique.

Aim the camera somewhere there is a clear definition in the frame so that it focuses properly, button half down, then frame it where I want to shoot.

In order to get different speeds with full auto, I will aim at both a darker and brighter spot in the pic and shoot. One shot is always better than the other.

The camera is getting a bit old now, some 35,000 pics have gone through it. I think Canon says the mechanism is good for 50,000 shots, so I don't have long to go.
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Man, I think I am going to cry, that wood is just too beautiful to burn. I can see some beautiful bowls and other turnings there. How well does it hold that color Keith? I would be in hog heaven if I could find some pretty wood like that down this way. The only kind I can think of anywhere close would be Flaming Box Elder and even then that is not easily found. You are one lucky man buddy.
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Man, I think I am going to cry, that wood is just too beautiful to burn. I can see some beautiful bowls and other turnings there. How well does it hold that color Keith? I would be in hog heaven if I could find some pretty wood like that down this way. The only kind I can think of anywhere close would be Flaming Box Elder and even then that is not easily found. You are one lucky man buddy.
I agree, don't burn it. Way too cool. dorf dude...
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Man, I think I am going to cry, that wood is just too beautiful to burn. I can see some beautiful bowls and other turnings there. How well does it hold that color Keith? I would be in hog heaven if I could find some pretty wood like that down this way. The only kind I can think of anywhere close would be Flaming Box Elder and even then that is not easily found. You are one lucky man buddy.
Darn it Jim, I never even thought of that.

Well, there is quite a bit of that wood left in the big arbutus to cut up yet, so perhaps I will see if I can pick out a couple of chunks to turn. That's going to have to wait awhile as we are under a blanket of snow right now.

And there is a huge burl on an arbutus tree down towards Sand Dollar Cove. I really don't know if it is possible to cut it off as it's another tree on a side hill. Not only that, but I'm not sure if I could lift it even if I could cut it off.

There is quite a wood turning fraternity over on central Vancouver Island. Perhaps I should see if I can get in touch with one of them to see if they might like some of this wood.

As far as I know that wood should hold it's colour. At first I thought that part of the wood was wet, but it isn't.

The wood from the base of this tree has about the same density as black cherry, which I turned several bowls from maybe 25 years ago. I put a Carnauba wax finish on them - using the stick - and their colour seems to have remained the same.
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I agree, don't burn it. Way too cool. dorf dude...
Looks like our posts came in at almost the same time Shu...

OK, I will see if I can pick out some of the chunks with colour and set them aside, there's plenty more wood to burn.

I have a masterclass wood turning book here, so I'll have to go through it for some inspiration.
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Darn it Jim, I never even thought of that.

Well, there is quite a bit of that wood left in the big arbutus to cut up yet, so perhaps I will see if I can pick out a couple of chunks to turn. That's going to have to wait awhile as we are under a blanket of snow right now.

And there is a huge burl on an arbutus tree down towards Sand Dollar Cove. I really don't know if it is possible to cut it off as it's another tree on a side hill. Not only that, but I'm not sure if I could lift it even if I could cut it off.

There is quite a wood turning fraternity over on central Vancouver Island. Perhaps I should see if I can get in touch with one of them to see if they might like some of this wood.

As far as I know that wood should hold it's colour. At first I thought that part of the wood was wet, but it isn't.

The wood from the base of this tree has about the same density as black cherry, which I turned several bowls from maybe 25 years ago. I put a Carnauba wax finish on them - using the stick - and their colour seems to have remained the same.
Man, now I am hyperventilating, I can't wait to see your turnings. You should try to get that burl, if you didn't use it all, you could sure sell it to the fellows over on the main land. Your island just gets better all the time.
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I think you guys all know the weather we've had over the last several days. Very cold, some snow, and yesterday torrential rain.

There is now water sitting on top of the ice in the pond, and we have ice spiders there.
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...and you guys didn't believe me! Shame on you...tsk tsk.
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I don't believe I've ever seen anything like that. Pretty cool!
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Me neither...and I have absolutely no idea what caused them.
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Did you have a meteorite shower?
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Did you have a meteorite shower?
Good one! I kinda doubt it though! If this crappy weather ever lets up I can look in the bottom of the pond for tiny meteorites.
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May be birds dropping their gargo.

Sixty-nine degrees here today, may be a record.

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