Eachine EX110 brushed micro quad

With winter fast approaching here in Scotland & indoor flying now representing a more realistic way to enjoy the RC hobby, I figured it was time to try one of the many F3-based brushed micro quads that Eachine have recently been releasing via Banggood.

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CS PhD Reading Party 2012

Seems apt that I am only just posting photos from last year’s reading party considering that this year’s takes place 3 weeks from now.

Again with the trees/foliage because, well, TREES.

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Then some lesser-spotted computer scientists amongst the trees.

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It seems that age can’t hamper the gleeful happiness of playing in running water…

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…but others may have their own ideas.

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‘Spot the computer scientist’ 1/2.

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2/2.

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One paddle wasn’t enough, now everybody wants a go.

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Lade Braes, St Andrews

Despite having lived in St Andrews for almost 4 years now, I had never walked along the Lade Braes, a lovely path that follows the old walls of the town out along the route of the ‘lade’ (an artificial stream) that was cut to ensure a freshwater supply to the cathedral.

This first one was probably my favorite of the bunch, but at the time I wasn’t expecting it to be anything special.

Rewinding back to the beginning of the walk here. I dropped the colour from most of these after I scanned them, but for some reason I left this one with the tint it ended up with after the scan.

I took the dSLR with the 100mm macro as it had just rained (& still was a bit) & I was hoping to get some clich├ęd close-ups of droplets on leaves, but with most of the walk in the shade of the trees, the sun behind the rainclouds & the fact the 100mm macro is only an f4, I couldn’t really get anything without cranking up the ISO into noisy territory.

Luckily I grabbed the Canonet as an afterthought as I was heading out the door & was glad I did as even though I still had to shoot most things with a very slow shutter, the combination of f1.7 & not focusing on subjects less than 30cm away meant I at least came back with some usable snaps.

I had it loaded with Tri-X & with a yellow filter screwed on. Of course the filter wasn’t of much use with no blue sky about & I think it actually caused the washed-out almost IR look to the foliage, but at least it didn’t completely ruin the shots. A lot of them would’ve looked better if I wasn’t forced to shoot wide open because of how dim it was, but hey – at least I got something.

This might’ve come out nicer with a longer shutter (& no ugly sandbag wall in the background), but even managing to get it this slow handheld was a feat!

Likewise with this. I might go back at some point with a tripod, cable release & a set of NDs or something.

Really need to start taking more attention to my framing. Even with more DOF this would still look bad with the end of the branch jutting out at the bottom.

Not really the sort of subject I wanted to shoot at f1.7.

This came out better than expected though. The almost IR like quality to the foliage helps it I think. But then I am biased.

Wanted to finish the roll before I started retracing my steps on the way back. Time for bench shots.

Just look at how this is perfectly framed so the angle of the bench draws the viewer’s eye… straight off the edge of the photograph in the opposite direction to the rest of the image >.< It takes some skill to be able to frame a shot so badly after actually stopping to consider the framing.

Canonet QL17 GIII

As I think I mentioned in an earlier post, I acquired a Canonet QL17 GIII just before Christmas & had the test roll (Ilford XP2 Plus 400, about a year expired) back from developing this weekend – just in time to confirm that it is in full working order before I leave for a week in Morocco on Tuesday! I won’t bore you with the details of the camera, as there is a whole host of information about it at Camerapedia, CameraQuest & a multitude of groups on Flickr, but briefly it is a 35mm fixed-lens coupled-rangefinder camera sporting a 40mm f1.7 lens, shooting shutter-priority or full manual with a lovely quiet copal leaf shutter.

These first few were taken in Edinburgh whilst I was there visiting a friend for Christmas. I was intrigued by the ‘robotic cleaning system’, something I would’ve more expected in Japan than Scotland, but alas it was nowhere to be seen.

I couldn’t buy a rangefinder & not attempt ‘street’ photography!

The rest of these were taken around St Andrews, desperately trying to find a good variety of lighting conditions to test how the light meter works using a 1.4v zinc-oxide hearing aid battery, as the original 1.35v mercuric-oxide batteries that the camera was originally designed to use are long outlawed for environmental concerns.

No prizes for guessing how many aperture blades the lens has from looking at the glare in this photo!