Those are great photos. I think I would love that camera too.
...and it's just gone midnight here, so happy birthday.
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.
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.
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.
The broken grave wall is a great shot. I kept wanting to pick up the tile and put it back.
Thank you. I love that one too. I think it's the best ones I've taken so far.
The clarity on that thing is awesome.
I love the pic of David Hume's tomb. Inspires me to write.
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.
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*
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.
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?
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.
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?!
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.
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.
2005-09-23 14:52 (UTC)
happy belated birthday
Forgot to say Happy belated Birthday as well!
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. ;-)
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.
Ok, these are fr#$%ing AWESOME. *Love* them. The first three cemetery shots are quiet and just a little magic.
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.
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. ;-)