May 30, 2021
Thanks for the suggestions. It may help before I go buy a new one.
Fuji film can still be found. They have supposedly stopped production, but if there is still demand, might eventually resume. In the end, many I know had dumped Kodak and changed to Fuji.
The problem with Kodak, was on their slide film processing, the quality went literally down the toilet. I was a happy user of K64, but the transparencies were coming back looking like they had used wastewater (sewage) in the developing. It was HORRIBLE, and I did not appreciate them charging me for ruining my memories. I bought a Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP and have never looked back. Later went to a Canon Rebel. I still have all of SLR equipment, but it will likely just continue collecting dust, until my time has gone by.
I am really enjoying following along as your miniature world develops!
My new tripod came in today, so i am playing with it. The three shots below are f8 at 30. I can't really tell the difference yet. Still messing with the settings to see what happens.
The first two are brighter and sharper. What kind of metering are you using? Matrix, Center-Weighted or Spot?
I like the third one as well. The first two show a lot of detail that we all need to model similar. While the third shows regular daytime shadows which helps make it more interesting in a different way.
Thanks for sharing and best wishes. I'll have to be doing the same and relearning with the digital.
Don't. That is the least used metering mode in any photography situation. That can explain some of your darker shots. Try Matrix metering.
Very nice! Low F-stops and/or longer focal lengths yield shallow depth of field in focus, which is very useful for emphasizing a specific element of a scene. Higher F-stops and/or shorter focal lengths increase depth of field, for views of an entire scene in focus. Both effects are useful for different intended purposes.
Well now, Nice time to throw a monkey wrench into the works here. When i first started this layout or series of different layouts it started with a 5 foot model. I had three 50 watt leds that were 5000k. They are still in use. But the same three lights is now trying to light up a 9 foot model. I am thinking another 3 foot track and three more lights would be necessary.That would kill the shadows, but the stark 5000k lights would give everything a grey look to it. I am thinking a set of say 3000k or 4000k lights mixed every other would do better. I put new LED.s in the track to help with old LED burnout? Not sure what to call it but they have been in use for 8 years or so and lots of hours as well. I noticed that that made it brighter. But it looks kinda ok with my eyes, But the camera see's things in different ways so i think warming up the light would help along with these brighter LEDS. Any thoughts?Two 3 foot strips leaves 3 foot without any light up above. I am still thinking that 3 4000k might be enough to give the layout a more balanced light. They sale the 4000k lights right along with the 5000k lights and all are dimable. I can use a dimmer for each set to give it whatever kind of light i like. One other thing is i still plan to light up the buildings and would be dimmed down a lot to see them. Other ideas? I am up to any other ideas. MK has been very helpful as he has the same camera i have. I am going to start using the Matrix metering to see how that comes out. Laters
oK Matrix metering. first is darkest at f3.5 and 60 speed. second is f6.5 30 speed. last is f9 15 speed. The second and third seems almost the same. I could only tell by the sound the camera makes when it takes the picture at slower speeds. I like the last one. next...
Now check this. I shut out all the light but the tv. I did the first with the LEDS dimmed to almost off. Then one with no light but the tv. It was dark screened. So was the computer monitor. Strange effects for sure. Only light it could get was the window and its got a black out curtain. Very little light from it Last shot wa about 4 seconds time exposure. Cool!! Shots below.
Okay, I like all of these pics. But, I cannot see a real difference on my laptop between the first [upper left] and 3rd [bottom] pic. It may just be me. I do like the clarity you are achieving now.
My overhead lights are (4) 4 foot led shop lights...2 down each side. My camera is a Samsung WB100F or my S21 cellphone.
I seldom have to use the cameras flash to take pics...
No flash lets us see the sun is off to the left. Notice shadows.
Yup...the led shop lights are bright enough to throw shadows which I like. Funny things is...the lights on the other side of the layout throws the shadows of things on that side of the layout to the left...LOL.
I haven't useed flash in awhile since i started doing shots and with MK's help. I remember that i didn't have to use flash when i was first using this camera on my first couple of layouts. I had enough light. I can still take good shots without flash, but have to use tripod and slow speed or time exposures. I don't mind doing that once i had a bit of experience with the camera and help here.
So i have been working some on the big mountain. Shots below. I am getting ready to go outside to try and take a few night shots of moon and stars. I haven't done that in years. Back in my 35mm days Shots of the work today on the mountain below. laters
Got the rest of the big mountain done. When dry i can start trees! Shots below. Laters
Now they be trees here!!
I ran out of trees!!!! gees anyway.I know i planted at least 50-60 trees. Gonna have to get more!. Lots of photos but i'll give the best.