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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 Dereel Images for 18 July 2018
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New leveling base
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

The Andoer DY-60A leveling base that I ordered the weekend before last arrived today from Guangdong (and not Singapore as claimed), but still before the ball head that I had ordered from Sydney last week, and which had been sent last Monday. Bloody Australia Post!

It's not clear that this was Auspost's fault. See the following day.

The head looks pretty much like what it promises to be. Here it is (on the right) compared with the Manfrotto 3416 that I have at the moment:


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What's the advantage? It's a lot easier to adjust than the Manfrotto, which has stiff screws oriented at 120° from each other. It also has a considerably larger range:


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I'll see on Saturday how well that handles the more extreme cases.


Historical exchange rates
Topic: history, general Link here

On 22 May 1967 I ate my first caviar, in Babolsar. Here with my parents:


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I noted that it cost 770 IRR, and that it was very expensive. When I typed in the diary entry in February 2011, I also noted that 770 Rials are now worth USD 0.40, which for three serves of caviar would really be the world's cheapest.

Today I heard from Paul Robbins, who has apparently fought his way through my diary to this point. There's a site fxtop.com that specializes in historical exchange rates. The interface is rather hard to use, but I was able to establish that 770 Rials were worth £3/6/0 on this date. I would convert that to $150 AUD nowadays, which does indeed sound very expensive.


Pam Hay to visit
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Pam Hay arrived to spend a couple of nights. I had thought that it had been some time since we last saw her, but in fact it was less than three years ago. I must be more careful in noting things in my diary.


Thursday, 19 July 2018 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 19 July 2018
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Blood test results
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Into Ballarat early this morning (the only appointment I could get) to discuss the results of last week's blood test. Nothing unexpected, but there are still a couple of anomalies that puzzle Paul: MCV remains above the 80-96 fl at 101 fl, like it has been for years. And both neutrophils and general white blood cell counts are low.

None of this is new, and I went to see a haematologist about this three years ago, without any conclusive results. But Paul wants still more blood tests, thyroid hormones and reticulocytes.


More flash pain
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Taking the photos of my leveling bases for yesterday started with the Olympus STF-8. Not good. First I accidentally had the camera set to f/22, just too small an aperture for the poor, anaemic flash at 1 m distance:


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But even at apertures that it can satisfy, the results are useless:


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By contrast, with the mecablitz and bounce flash, the lighting worked well:


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Sometimes I wonder what use the thing is. If only there were a sane ring flash for the system. But the mecablitz ring flash looks like it has a number of disadvantages as well.


Where's my ball head?
Topic: general, photography, opinion Link here

A bit more investigation about what happened to the ball head that I bought nearly two weeks ago. Now I have a tracking number, indicating that Auspost has received the shipping details earlier this week. And no more! Let's see what happens tomorrow.


Dinner with Pam and Chris
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We drew our weekly dinner forward from Saturday for Pam Hay's sake:


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Pam brought a cake with her, either Napoléon or Neapolitan—she wasn't sure which:


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After dinner, we looked at some of the myriad photos that Yvonne took today. A number of them were shaky or out of focus, so I tried myself. Not good:


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Clearly the image stabilization on the E-PM2 can't match the E-M1 Mark II.


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