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Fagus Week 2014 Helpful info

I do not want to scare anyone but I thought with Fagus week almost upon us I would provide a little bit of advice for people who have not been to Cradle Mountain National Park before, with regards to some necessary items.

So, the start.
The weather can be very changeable. Changeable due to time of day, localised weather (very localised), elevation, and basically just because it can be.

If it is a brisk south westerly it can be 10-15 degrees colder up on the plateau once you take the wind chill into account, it can be glorious weather all day, apart from the times the clouds drop down around you, it can be horrible weather but you can be stinking hot because of your protective clothing. You may encounter sunny days or two feet of snow.

You should bring with you, thermal full body undercloth…

What to load on new photography netbook toy?

As you may have read from my previous journal I have just bought a new netbook and am sorting out what software to put on it to help me out – in the field and back at the hotel/campsite.

What programs do others find useful?
File converter and viewer and basic manipulation – couple of options already sorted – XnView or IrfanView.
The Photographers Ephemeris – where is the sun and moon? – sorted.

Depth of field and hyperfocal distance calculators – which free downloads do people find easiest to use and understand? I have 1 but I think there might be something better out there.

What other programs do people find can be handy?

Garth

Software for netbook help please?

I bought a Windows netbook. 10.1 inch screen.1GB x 250GB plus external DVD drive, external hard drive and USB mouse.
The plan is to use it as a storage drive and a review screen when on extended shoots.
Trouble is that I went to load the Canon software on it and the screen resolution does not go high enough for the Canon software.Only goes to 1024 × 600.
So I did a bit of a google at my options and I installed XnView to use as a viewing and raw converting option. It seems to be quite a good option but I was wondering if there was anything better out there.
I was wondering if anyone has had experience with what might be my best freebie options in this regard.
I want to shoot raw CR2 and view files and do deletions on the netbook.
I can transfer them across with the windows file structure, s…

Need some advice re Canon fullframe ultra wide angle

I am buying a new camera system and have my bases pretty well covered apart from the wide angle end.
Body will be a 5D mark ii.
I have 24mm covered but it’s really the ultra wide I am interested in opinions on.
I don’t want fisheye.
What would be your advice for wider than 18mm?
I want something that I can run a Lee filter system on the front of.
I want it as sharp as I can get with as little CA etc as possible.
At this stage I’m considering the Canons 16-35ii F2.8 or the 17-40 F4.
Is there a prime that is better than them or something exotic that I am not aware of?
Any opinions welcome.
Also interested in anyone who has used teles with ultrawides and how it works (or doesn’t work).

regards
Garth

Sales

Thank you to the mystery buyer who bought 3 framed prints recently. It is much appreciated and I hope they look wonderful on your wall.

Between Browns & Kelpies

Brickmakers Sunset

& Coppertones at Temma

Sojie 4 nomination

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 4!


I remember summer
by Garth Smith

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 35,000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 4. SoJie 4 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 4th one, ever, and 55 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on June 30th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “gallery…

A Walk in The Tarkine - a Fungi Lovers Dream (Part 2)

After last weeks expedition where I rated the fungus at about 9 out of 10 I just had to go back and get those “shots I didn’t take”.
To be honest, I was a little disappointed. In comparison to last weeks 9/10 I would rate this week at about 5/10. Don’t get me wrong, there were still some great individual specimens there but just not the bulk and variety of the week before.
Consolation was a few that I didnt see last week were there this week.
But I had another great day in a wonderful ancient forest and got some shots I was pleased with so the glass has to be half full.
All shots taken with my Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens. Some then cropped to get closer.
Julius River Forest Reserve
Sth Arthur Forest
Tarkine area
NW Tasmania
Australia
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This first one is interest…

A Walk in The Tarkine - a Fungi Lovers Dream

I had a walk in some of the Sth Arthur Reserves on the weekend.
The Sth Arthur forest is in what has come to be known as The Tarkine in NW Tasmania, Australia.
Bubblers Neil Boucher & Di Schoe were over from Victoria on a photog holiday so we organised a get together.
They were camping at Julius River Reserve about 40km south of Smithton.
The weather was meant to be crap so rainforest was the perfect choice.
In close proximity to Julius River is Wes Beckett Reserve and Lake Chisolm Sinkhole Reserve so we added these to the itinerary as well.

Here is our early morning breakfast visitor looking for a few nibbles before he turns in for the day. He was none too perturbed to fossick nearby as long as we didnt move too fast.

First trek was to Beckett Falls on Dodds Creek. A month or so ago it …