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Edinburgh 2005 [20050921|13:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I've put up my first gallery of photos from the Olympus EVOLT E-300. There's a mixture of black-and-white, sepia and color images, as I spent a lot of time playing with the settings.



I took this while descending the steps to the Edinburgh Castle military prison cells. The moment I viewed it, even on the tiny LCD screen, I fell in love with this camera. Click it to view the rest (25 total).
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2005-09-21 16:03 (UTC)
Those are great photos. I think I would love that camera too.

...and it's just gone midnight here, so happy birthday.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-22 08:24 (UTC)
Yeah, I did some research beforehand, and thought about the EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT), but I liked the controls and the grip on the Olympus better. Also, the package deal on the Olympus included a telephoto lens. So it was a better bargain for a low-end dSLR, IMO.

Thank you for the birthday wishes.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-09-21 16:18 (UTC)
Fucking hot.


I am in the market for a new digicam. Giving myself months and months to save up for it. Think I won't be able toj ustify such a fancy one as yours, though, as I am unconvinced I will ever learn how to use it. I used to have a fancier Olympus before my trusty Canon and I never figured out how to take nice piccies on it. Just pointed and shot.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-22 08:29 (UTC)
Actually, this one may look fancy but it tends to be cheaper than the Digital Rebel XT and there are some places still offering a package deal with a telephoto lens. I've found it pretty instinctive to learn to use. While I still have lots to figure out - for instance, I started using the UV filter on my second day outside and you can see the difference in the photos after the Beer Cave as opposed to before - I feel pretty comfy with it.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-09-21 17:18 (UTC)
The broken grave wall is a great shot. I kept wanting to pick up the tile and put it back.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-22 08:30 (UTC)
Thank you. I love that one too. I think it's the best ones I've taken so far.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-09-21 20:30 (UTC)
The clarity on that thing is awesome.
I love the pic of David Hume's tomb. Inspires me to write.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:19 (UTC)
Yes, it's quite a nice camera for the price.
I like that one too. The sky turned out strangely bright, but I like the effect.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-09-21 21:53 (UTC)
Ow. My jaw just hit the desk, bounced off, landed on the floor and rolled off somewhere.

Need. Passport. NOW.

I love them all. Hard to pick favorites. I love the clouds in the outdoor shots. The "Poor J.S." is subtle and sad. Perhaps, of course, in a slightly narcissistic way, I love the prison ones--having taken similar shots myself. They're all just... wow.

*goes off looking for jaw*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:22 (UTC)
I wish I'd had more time to frame a good shot looking up into solitary. But it was a nice day and there were tons of other tourists around, so I had to be quick.

Also, looking back through the gallery, I realize there's a visible difference between the first day and the second. This probably has a lot to do with my discovery of the UV filter. :-P

And yes, you really do need to go get your passport, ASAP.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2005-09-21 23:42 (UTC)

Ni aqui ni en Valladolid

You have an excellent eye, and the camera's a winner. I particularly enjoy the cemetary shots and appreciate the subtly Burtonesque, almost-creeping spookiness of the shot taken from the Edinburgh castle ramparts. I agree that the Scott Monument has secretly dark designs on the foundations of the rest of the buildings nearby.

Are the Spanish at war with Scotland?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:55 (UTC)
I think the Scott Monument may already have taken out several rival structures. I think it may have also formed an alliance with the verge - its surrounding trees have a burly, roughneck appearance.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-09-23 14:50 (UTC)

I love Edinburgh

Well, Scotland on the whole is such a great place. I absolutely loved it and hope to go again soon. I did not get to see any sword fighting demonstration when I went to Edinburgh Castle :(

How did you get your camera to do that blured thingy with the sword fighters?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:59 (UTC)
I caught the last swordfighting demonstration in the Great Hall at 3 PM. It looked like they did them hourly, but that may only be during tourist season. You were there in the low season, right?

Setting a long exposure time on moving subjects while holding the camera fairly steady produces a blurred effect on the moving subjects with a sharp background.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-09-26 12:24 (UTC)
I went to Scotland at the end of April. So mabye they did not have those demonstrations on during that time of year.

Well, I definately cannot hold my hands still enough. The entire image will come out blurred. And a tripod is not really the best thing to carry around when you want 'spur of the moment' shots.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-09-23 14:52 (UTC)

happy belated birthday

Forgot to say Happy belated Birthday as well!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:32 (UTC)
Thanks! Actually, it's better that the birthday wishes are belated, because I wasn't able to celebrate properly due to poor planning and unexpected illness. So I've rescheduled my birthday for next weekend. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-09-26 12:25 (UTC)
Well, if you are doing anything that I'm able to join in on (even if for just an hour), please let me know. We definately need to meet up, especially since I'm 'always' in the area.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-09-24 03:14 (UTC)
Ok, these are fr#$%ing AWESOME. *Love* them. The first three cemetery shots are quiet and just a little magic.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:31 (UTC)
Wow. Thank you. I didn't even really know what I was doing at that point - those were some of the first shots I took while I was experimenting.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-26 08:29 (UTC)
Such blue, so much untouched natural beauty, so few people. Oh yes. I want to go back to Glen Affric and Plodda Falls with this camera.

Why were you running up the steps? The sword-fighting demonstration isn't that good. ;-)
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