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Nov 23, 2016 11:44:22   #
In 2013 I spent a couple of days in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I took a couple of canned tours including a visit to the Maritime Museum and a motorcycle side-car ride down to Peggy's Cove (fun!). My photos of that trip are here: I also visited Halifax in 2011 and those photos are here: On that trip I also visited Sydney, Nova Scotia: In 2005 I made an 85-day 11,750-mile auto trip that included driving from Maine up through the Maritimes and Newfoundland to Labrador. Relevant parts of that trip photos are in these Albums:,, and I apologize for the presentations--my postings to Flickr® are more for my enjoyment and sharing with friends, not proof of my photographic ability.
Nov 20, 2016 06:49:42   #
I visited Leadville in 2012, but did not tour the mine. I think it was closed the day I was there. I did visit the Mining Museum and ride the train, though.
Nov 19, 2016 16:54:43   #
Architect1776 wrote:
My question was directed to the poster who indicated that his panorama software didn't always work and offered a recommendation on what I use. I apologize if that was inappropriate in this thread.
Nov 19, 2016 16:44:53   #
DRG777 wrote:
I also got my first DSLR in 2008. It had a crop sensor and I used a super zoom lens so that I didn't have to carry or change other lenses. I shoot mostly landscapes, and found that even though this setup had a pretty wide field of view, I was still doing panoramas, and sometimes the software did not combine them right, which was a lot of work to fix.
What software are you using for your panoramas? I use one called Autostitch, which is a 2D stitcher that doesn't require any input from the user except to load the photos (in any order, but they all need to be oriented the same). Some panoramas produced with that product can be found here:
and I'll post a couple of them as examples

Day 4 pano 1.jpg
by David Casteel, on Flickr

Pritzker Pavilion pano.jpg
by David Casteel, on Flickr

I like the Autostitch product (which I got for free) because it's very easy to use. It only works with photos that have been taken from the same point, though, and if there are any features near the camera it is important to rotate using the front of the lens as the center to avoid parallax problems. (In other words, don't hold the camera at arms length and rotate your body, as would be done with a P&S--try to keep the lens in the same spot.) It is also important to get the exposure the same in all photos to be part of the panorama--I admit I don't always manage to do this, and it shows.
Nov 19, 2016 16:11:21   #
jaymatt wrote:
Other than Four Corners, I have not been to Utah before, so I am open to all suggestions. My trip will be sometime late next summer or early fall.
Well, the top 5 National Parks in Utah are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Do a web search on "Utah National Parks" to find information on them. Those are all in southern Utah, with the first 2 on the west side and the other 3 on the east side of the state. I've been to Zion and Bryce several times, most recently in 2009. I did Canyonlands and Arches in 2012, including a hot air balloon ride over Arches (if you've got time and the weather cooperates, I do recommend it). My photos of the 2012 trip are on Flickr®:, Albums Day 15b through Day 17a. I don't hike, so my coverage of those beautiful parks is somewhat limited, unfortunately.
Nov 19, 2016 06:11:21   #
Very lovely! Some wonderful views of those rocks can also be seen via a jet boat tour of the river.
Nov 19, 2016 06:09:45   #
Very nice! I was there in 2009.
Nov 19, 2016 06:03:06   #
My Nikon D50 bought in 2005 is still functional (and is my backup body), but the D7000 I bought in 2013 failed (salt corrosion inside) earlier this year and I bought a D7100 before going to Spain this past summer. (I guess the salt got in when I was at Normandy, France in 2015.)
Nov 18, 2016 04:49:21   #
Nov 18, 2016 04:31:01   #
This was my Supermoon photo from last weekend. Nikon D7100, Nikkor 500mm f/8 mirror lens, ISO 3200, 1/8000 sec handheld. Some processing in LRCC, including some sharpening.

by David Casteel, on Flickr
This photo was posted in another place a few days ago.
Nov 14, 2016 13:56:41   #
I have been taking a 17" laptop on my trips and download my pictures and GPS log data each day, reconciling the two data streams to put geographic coordinates in the EXIF of the photos. At that point, I have 2 repositories of my pictures--the laptop and the SD chip. When I get home, I transfer the geolocated photos to my desktop and do any adjusting with LR® on that machine before uploading them to Flickr®. My desktop uses a 27" monitor. My original desktop machine died last February and I was using my laptop as a temporary replacement (successfully) until it, too, died a couple of months ago. I now have a new desktop computer and will be wanting a new laptop for a tour in February 2017. (The 27" monitor worked fine with the laptop, BTW.)

Until a few years ago I was using JASC Paint Shop Pro® to adjust my photos, but discovered that it was removing the geographic information from the EXIF and there was no way to disable that. I changed to LR4® and on the new machine am using LRCC®.
Nov 13, 2016 21:43:08   #
dirtpusher wrote:
be better to see. if you click store original when you post a picture. we can enlarge it for detail.
Does that work when posting from Flickr®?
Nov 13, 2016 21:12:51   #
Very nice. I love the shadows in the far right craters.

Here is the one I shot tonight with my Nikon D7100 with the old 500mm f/8 mirror lens. (Devilish hard to focus):
DSC_1596 by David Casteel, on Flickr

I shot handheld at 1/5000 and made more than a dozen exposures, slightly altering the focus each time. This was the best I could achieve.
Nov 12, 2016 06:10:33   #
Very nice shot! I have one of the same church, which is in or near Budapest, Hungary. Mine is not as sharp as yours, however.
Nov 10, 2016 05:47:17   #
My first camera was a Kodak Baby Brownie Special using 127 film. I bought it in 1960 in the BX at my assigned location in Oregon. I used it for several years and then upgraded to a Petri 7S rangefinder 35mm in 1964, bought in Labrador. In 1966 I moved up to a Nikkormat 35mm SLR--I liked it because its control were rings around the lens similar to those on my Petri. That camera was stolen from my car in California in 1968 and I bought a Nikkormat FT to replace it. After retiring from USAF in 1980 and settling in Dallas, Texas I upgraded again to a Nikon N70 SLR, and later added a Nikon FE SLR; on tours I carried both around my neck (FE high, N70 low) and put ASA 800 film in the FE and a Vivitar 28mm f/1.8 lens for indoor shots, and ASA 400 film in the N70 with a Tamron 28-200mm zoom for my all-around work. Around 2004 I decided to join the movement to digital photography and bought a Kodak DX7630 P&S, which I used for my tour of New Zealand that year. Although it took good pictures, the delay in capturing the image and lackluster dim light performance prompted me to consider upgrading to a DSLR, and one of my best friends, a photographer with USAF, recommended the Nikon D50 as appropriate for my needs. I immediately equipped it with the Nikkor 18-200VR zoom lens and that rig accompanied me on all my travels until about 2012, when I decided to upgrade again, to a Nikon D7000, in order to get better low-light capability. (I take a lot of photos inside cathedrals, churches, etc.) I moved the 18-200 zoom to it. I used that combination on my 42-day trip to Europe the summer of 2015, and it apparently got some salt water exposure (not sure how--I never removed the lens) and went belly-up early this year. I bought a Nikon D7100 as a replacement. The old 18-200VR was also getting a little gritty and so I bought the newer VR2 version to mount on it. I have kept the old D50 and older 18-200 zoom as backup units and take them with me on my trips, although I've not had to use them so far. I have fallen on my DSLR cameras twice, both times with the older 18-200 zoom mounted, but once with the D50 and once with the D7000. In both instances, everything still worked and I completed my tour without incident. (I did have some enormous bruises, though....) Nikon makes some very robust equipment!

I've still got the old DX7630, N70, and FE someplace (and maybe even the Nikkormat FT) but I don't know where they are. I do know where my original version 500mm f/8 mirror lens is, though--it's a big heavy dude, and it's tricky to mount it (some interference with the tripod mount plate) but it can be done. I've tried some photos of the Moon with it, with limited success (have problems seeing how to focus it). I've still got the old lenses I used with the SLRs, too. (Maybe I should start a store....)
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