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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:51 am

Toothy wrote:
Excellent photos, Penners. :D Caught me with my eyes shut - my standard pose, I'm afraid, as everyone who's ever taken my picture will tell you. I think it's something to do with wossname. Quantum. ;)



Here's a photo with your eyes open ;)
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I got home late yesterday evening, worrying about mC a lot, I knew she made her flight but not if her luggage made it or if she got her keys back. I'm glad you got home ok, and your luggage should be there soon ;)

I had great time at the convention! Loved meeting up with you all.

Looking forward to 2014 :D
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:02 am

That's a really good photo! :D
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby michelanCello » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:43 am

Love the pictures, Penners! :D
Still no luggage, I'm affraid, but should be here soon-ish (I hope)... Feeling great, though, slept a LOT and I don't even have to unpack yet :lol:
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:49 am

Toofs, I'm sure I've seen you before - your face looks so familiar. Maybe at another DW event. :?
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Penfold » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:15 am

Sjoerd3000 wrote:
Toothy wrote:
Excellent photos, Penners. :D Caught me with my eyes shut - my standard pose, I'm afraid, as everyone who's ever taken my picture will tell you. I think it's something to do with wossname. Quantum. ;)



Here's a photo with your eyes open ;)
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And also demonstrating the fine art of duck balancing! :lol:

Here's another one that I took, this time with your eyes open and finely balanced duck. :D
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Catch-up » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:25 am

LOVE the pictures!! :D Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time.
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby SimStars13 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:41 am

Ah, pictures look brilliant :) How on earth did you manage to get good photos? All mine are blurry or have dodgy poses... And I do hope your luggage turns up (my friend once had her luggage redirected to Spain on a flight home from Italy...)
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby michelanCello » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:48 am

Luggage needs holidays too, sometimes :lol:
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Penfold » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:11 pm

SimStars13 wrote:Ah, pictures look brilliant :) How on earth did you manage to get good photos? All mine are blurry or have dodgy poses... And I do hope your luggage turns up (my friend once had her luggage redirected to Spain on a flight home from Italy...)

As a tip, blurry photos not caused by focus is down to shutter speed or camera shake. A good rule of thumb if using a zoom lens (hand-held rather than tripod) is that the shutter speed should equal or exceed the focal length of the zoom (the longer the zoom length, the more pronounced the camera shake). For example, if the zoom length is 300mm then the shutter speed should be 1/300 second. If the zoom length is 100mm then the shutter speed should be set at 1/100 sec, and so on. Image Stabilizers built into lenses/cameras allow you to stop down the shutter speed a couple of places as does putting the camera on a tripod (I think you can also get 'mini' tripods from camera shops for point and click cameras quite cheaply as well).

Regarding 'dodgy' poses, THIS WALL-CHART might be useful for ideas and THIS ONE shows the best (and worst) places for cropping photos of people. Picasa has good image editing as well for adjusting brighness, contrast, exposure, straightening, sharpening, and cropping photos which is free and easy to use.

I hope this helps or at least gives you some ideas. :D
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby SimStars13 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:38 pm

So the trick is to plan what you're doing? ... that might have been what I got wrong :) I tend to point, shoot, say "oops that went wrong", change some settings and by that time the person having their photo taken has moved on... but that is an interesting site :)
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby raisindot » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:47 pm

penfold wrote:Stephen Briggs plotting the untimely demise of a pushy photographer.
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These are all great photos, Penners, but the Briggs here does such a spot-on imitation of Paul Kidby's Vetinari portrait (love the Tyrant button!) that I almost wonder whether Kidby originally based his Vetinari on Briggs himself...

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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Jason » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:03 pm

Don't know about the Paul Kidby one but the patrician stamps were most definitely based on Stephen.
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:05 pm

See here. :D
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby michelanCello » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:12 pm

Got a phone call - my luggage will be delivered between 5 and 6 PM. A bit late, but at least I'll have it :D
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Re: Back from The Discworld Convention

Postby Jason » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:15 pm

Great news. Apart from having to wash it all now.
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