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Monday, 18 March 2019 Dereel Images for 18 March 2019
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Jousting in armour
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Chris Bahlo has been holding a meeting of like-minded reenactors over the weekend. Yesterday they practiced in civvies, today in armour. Time to go over and take some photos:

But first, where are they?


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Ah, over there on the right:


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Over to take some photos (run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour):


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The pain of no viewfinder
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

I took the photos of the jousting today using the fastest speed I could manage with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: 60 frames per second. Problem: the viewfinder stutters under those conditions. The results were that panning was more good luck than good management:


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Out of 784 photos, maybe 20 were worthwhile, probably the lowest yield yet. Maybe I should try “Pro Capture” mode, where the viewfinder works continuously, but the number of shots is limited. Unfortunately, the setting is so well hidden that I couldn't find it today. Setting it is complicated enough that Olympus has done a video about it; */B/fast/slow settings/Pro Cap:

And even easier: it was a setting on my shutter release menu, right next to the “high frame rate” that I chose! I just wasn't expecting to see it there:

 
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Kangaroo apple
Topic: gardening, photography, opinion Link here

We have these plants that grow around the area:


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What are they? We know them as Kangaroo Apple. Looking on Wikipedia, that's Solanum aviculare. But the image on that page looks very different:

Then there's this page, describing Solanum laciniatum (“Kangaroo Apple”):

Is that closer? Maybe. That page (from the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and thus hopefully trustworthy) notes that “Kangaroo Apple” can also mean Solanum aviculare, but this one is clearly Solanum laciniatum.

OK, link to the Wikipedia page. There isn't one! Or at least, not in English. There's a German version. Do I really have the energy to translate it?


New mobile phone battery, try 2
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Another battery for Petra Gietz' phone came in today. It works! Needs charging, of course. And that took a remarkably long time; by evening it still wasn't done.


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