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Sagitar last won the day on June 19 2020

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  1. I know you are being a bit facetious but if you could see all the money, time and effort that goes into the creation and maintenance of the garden, you might not be so keen. Happily for me, the boss does most of it and she's not for sale. We had our 64th wedding anniversary yesterday and she is 92 today, so the house is full of cards and presents.
  2. Every time I turn my back, she has the tea on.
  3. White Larkspur in the evening.
  4. Maybe Tony has misunderstood the reference to Google Lens. It's a piece of Artificial Intelligence software that helps to identify images. I use it often, but it doesn't always work. I tried it on the first of my images of this tiny moth but it didn't work on that image. I think there probably wasn't enough of the wing pattern showing. It was a very small image and I couldn't get close enough to the subject to increase its size, because of the tangle of flower stems around it. When the moth moved I was able to get a lot closer to it and to find an angle that let me see the wing pattern clearly. When I tried the second image with Google Lens, it identified it unambiguously as a Mint Moth. The second image magnifies the subject a lot; maybe six or seven times on my monitor. The moth is only about 10mm, wing tip to wing tip.
  5. Relax fellows; I did my own research and it's a Mint Moth. Here is another view.
  6. It didn't get much better outdoors and in the end I went back to the straightforward 80mm macro lens. I had almost no luck in finding any bugs to photograph. The picture shows a tiny bug that I haven't been able to identify as either moth or butterfly. He is really tiny, The pink blossoms on which he is resting I have measured carefully as being 5mm diameter. You can make your own estimate of the size of the creature from that. If anyone knows what it is, do please tell me.
  7. It's twelve weeks today since the boss and I started our isolation and we haven't been off our own premises in all that time, other than to make a couple of trips to the hospital for blood tests. I have to go for another blood test next Tuesday and I'm beginning to get quite excited at the thought that I will get to drive about a fifteen miles round trip. The only thing that's keeping me sane is doing some photography and even there I'm beginning to run out of ideas for things to do. I always enjoyed doing some macro photography and in the days when I used Canon gear I had a couple of really good macro lenses that let me get good butterfly pics and some excellent pics of much tinier creatures. The Fuji lenses that I use now are excellent but Fuji have not produced much in the way of macro lenses. I have both of the macro lenses that are in their catalogue; one is a 60mm lens and the other, 80mm. They are both a bit short, which means that you have to get very close to the target, in order to produce a one to one image. Getting too close means that I inevitably frighten off the subject before I get to focus and click the shutter. I spent some time this afternoon seeing what I could do with the 80mm lens after adding a 1.4 times lens extender. It makes focusing a bit more difficult and it adds but little to the lens to subject distance, but I think it might be worth a try. For today's experiments I used a wrapped toffee that's about the same size as a large butterfly as the subject. The light wasn't good and hand holding was difficult so I had to use a large aperture and didn't get very god depth of field. Tomorrow I'll try again outdoors and if I'm lucky I might even spot a butterfly. This is a jpeg straight out of the camera and with no processing other than to reduce the long side to 800 pixels. i.e. no cropping.
  8. The light for photography in the garden this morning was excellent. The sun was masked by very light cloud so that the shadows were not harsh, but it was bright enough to use quite high shutter speeds and relatively small apertures. I tried several different lenses and they all gave pretty good exposure and contrast. These are all jpegs straight out of the camera with no processing other than reducing the size of the image to 800 pixels on the long side.
  9. I was watching the feeder yesterday when the rain started. The Goldfinches stayed for a while but soon flew off. The Bluetits got a real soaking, after which I found it really difficult to get anything sharp
  10. My wife is the coleslaw expert (I can take it or leave it). I suspect this came from Tesco with our last on-line order. I tend to stay away from the green leaf stuff. The haematologist was strongly opposed to including it in my diet when I first met him. Mrs Sagitar grows some leafy stuff in the garden and I suspect this will be on the menu in the next day or two. It's a "cut and come again" variety, grown from seed.
  11. Eschscholzias, otherwise known as Californian poppies Proper Poppies! Usually known as Oriental Poppies Both of them light up in the sunshine. They were well lit up today.
  12. I had the impression that you used Photoshop. It certainly stitches panoramas.
  13. The pedant in me says that's not entirely true Tony, but water does have a very high bulk modulus so it is close to incompressible for most practical purposes.
  14. Thanks Rich. The first one has six images and the second one has five, but they are all taken with an 8mm lens so there is a great deal of overlap on each image. I think the first one just lacks contrast. The second is, I think, over processed and the colours are un-natural. But I was only trying to learn the processes that I needed to produce a panorama and the garden isn't big enough to really need one so it was all just for fun. I can get better pictures of the garden without panoramas. Here's a straight one for comparison.
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