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by eccles
Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: To all concerned
Replies: 21
Views: 712

To all concerned

A recent discussion between myself and a member of this forum has culminated with the member slinging what I consider to be unwarranted insults. When told to 'grow up' his response was something that would be more suited to a school playground bully. With the exception of this one individual my memb...
by eccles
Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Help!!! want a dlsr...
Replies: 50
Views: 1318

Re: Help!!! want a dlsr...

A nicely balanced viewpoint there Dave. Amanda, you have already taken the first step by actually trying out one or two cameras so good for you. You found a preference despite both of the ones you handled being good photographic tools. Try a few more if you have the opportunity, go with the one you ...
by eccles
Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: September 2009 entries
Replies: 10
Views: 675

Re: September 2009 entries

Thanks Pete. I would have preferred a larger size but I agree we have to accommodate as many UKB members as possible with a level playing field.
by eccles
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:57 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Help!!! want a dlsr...
Replies: 50
Views: 1318

Re: Help!!! want a dlsr...

I would only add to the previous comments by saying having drawn up a short list based on your budget and features that you think you'll want, go down to your local camera dealer and play with as many of them as they'll let you have a go at. This is because the handling can be quite different betwe...
by eccles
Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: The most amazing aberration ever ... !
Replies: 20
Views: 832

Re: The most amazing aberration ever ... !

There are three small copper aberrations in the main butterfly listings. How do these differ from the one posted in Learn-about-butterflies? Hi Eccles, If it's the 'white' ones that you're referring to, they don't; they're the same aberration: ab. schmidtii , in which the copper ground colour is re...
by eccles
Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Help!!! want a dlsr...
Replies: 50
Views: 1318

Re: Help!!! want a dlsr...

Sony :lol: At least Nikon have street cred in the camera world. If your getting a DSLR at least buy from a camera firm, not a electronics giant, with tones of dosh, no pedigree and not prestige. Canon or Nikon camera manufactures, not telly's or Walkman's or play stations, Cameras. :wink: Gruditch ...
by eccles
Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Help!!! want a dlsr...
Replies: 50
Views: 1318

Re: Help!!! want a dlsr...

Get a Sony A200. Built in image stabilisation, decent kit lens, proper spot metering, screw or SSM AF driven lenses both work. You won't regret it.

You see? Everyone has their favourite so you have to try them out to find which you like best or you'll go round and round in circles.
by eccles
Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: September 2009 entries
Replies: 10
Views: 675

Re: September 2009 entries

Are we still restricted to 800 pixels on the longer side?
by eccles
Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: The most amazing aberration ever ... !
Replies: 20
Views: 832

Re: The most amazing aberration ever ... !

There are three small copper aberrations in the main butterfly listings. How do these differ from the one posted in Learn-about-butterflies?
by eccles
Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Photoshopping Advice Please
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Photoshopping Advice Please

It depends on the camera, but with mine I have a set of colour options such as Standard, Vivid, Potrait, Landscape etc in the "Creative Styles" menu. The setting marked as 'Neutral' apparently applies nothing to the image, and gives the most accurate colour rendition, whereas all the other...
by eccles
Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Shooting hawk moths, any advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 396

Re: Shooting hawk moths, any advice?

Insects sense motion only when a compound eyelet detects it, that is, their motion sense is quite coarse. Also their attention span is short, and this is why you can often get incredibly close provided you move slowly enough. In my days using the Fuji bridge camera I would regularly take shots using...
by eccles
Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Autumn/Winter 09-10 themed competition category's
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Autumn/Winter 09-10 themed competition category's

Whatever for? We've had a summer full of them even if they're a bit thin on the ground now. Surely everyone who photographs butterflies has at least one decent PL shot. I agree with the others about dropping the Photoshop category since not everyone has extensive Photoshop skills, or even the produc...
by eccles
Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:21 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Not Lepidoptera (dragons!)
Replies: 111
Views: 3066

Re: Not Lepidoptera (dragons!)

Hi, I will also post this in the general forums under TV shows. On Tuesday (08th September) at 7pm on BBC One _ "The One Show" will be a short film on Golden-ringed Dragonflies filmed in The New Forest this July. Should be worth watching. G I missed it but fortunately BBCi Player still ha...
by eccles
Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Not Lepidoptera (Birds) - 3
Replies: 286
Views: 7479

Re: Not Lepidoptera (Birds) - 3

A very good site for red kite is Bwlch Nant yr Arian Centre in mid-Wales. It is a forestry commission owned lake and woodland, and the kites are fed near the lake. There are fewer kites than at Gigrin farm, and the way they fly down to take food means it's not that difficult to track them as they ap...
by eccles
Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Not Lepidoptera - Spiders
Replies: 27
Views: 955

Re: Not Lepidoptera - Spiders

Nice catch, Trev. I'll have to look out for them in Somerset.
by eccles
Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Painted Lady influx!!!
Replies: 352
Views: 15275

Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

That one looks quite fat, Nick. A female full of eggs maybe?
by eccles
Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Not Lepidoptera (dragons!)
Replies: 111
Views: 3066

Re: Not Lepidoptera (dragons!)

Thanks for the tip, Gary.
Meanwhile, two common darters were doing what common darters do. Snapped at my local nature reserve today using another 'wrong lens', a 200mm f2.8 prime with 2x teleconverter.
by eccles
Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: New Canon 100mm macro
Replies: 53
Views: 990

Re: New Canon 100mm macro

There's more than one way to photograph a butterfly. Check out the 'Wrong lens' thread. :)
by eccles
Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:15 pm
Forum: Foodplants and Gardening
Topic: Dealing with Japanese Knotweed?
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Dealing with Japanese Knotweed?

Digging it up doesn't usually work because the roots go down really deep and you only need a little bit left for that to sprout again. Herbicides are effective but you're obviously restricted as to where you can use them. Seawater sprayed on the leaves work according to Wiki but that isn't much use ...
by eccles
Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Foodplants and Gardening
Topic: Hemp agrimony
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: Hemp agrimony

Stick a big pot on the patio and you'd be surprised what you can grow. At least I hope so, I'm still at the learning stage.... :)

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