Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Tough Ricoh Theta360 Photography on a Cold Spring Ride

Barely above freezing, but the sky is clear and winter blue.  The camera is a Ricoh Theta S on a Gorilla Pod wrapped around the rear view mirror, until it wasn't.  Without a hint of a problem it suddenly let go at 80km/hr as we rode down a country road.  The tripod and camera slid down the pavement for 50 odd metres before coming to a stop.  We turned around and went back to find the camera case popped open and electronics hanging out, I figured it was dead.

Once home I put the guts back in and snapped it shut again and it powered right up.  All the photos on it were fine, only the plastic piece at the top shattered.  It's now covered in tape and looks like the tough little camera that it is.  If you're looking for a hardy 360 camera, the Ricoh Theta has survived thousands of miles on a motorcycle taking all sorts of photos and videos, and now it has hit the road at high speed, and it still keeps on ticking.

I'd kinda hoped that this nixed the Theta S so I could upgrade to the new Theta V.  At this rate I'm going to have to drop this thing into the sun to kill it!  #onetough360camera

I had the camera set to take a photo ever 10 seconds.  I hoped that it happened to be taking one as it came off the mirror, but no luck.  In the meantime, here are a selection of stills and 360 movable images from the Ricoh on the ride:

Dress warm for a cold ride. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Cold, easly spring #Triumph ride #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

A Cold, Sharp Night Sky

Taken between 9-10pm on March 17th using the Canon T6i - ISOs from 6400 and up, F stops from 5-11, 30 second shutter...

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Signs of Spring 2018

The weather is fairly crap, but there are signs of spring as the sun returns more and more each day.  All done with the Canon T6i.  Macros are done with the 18-35mm kit lens, the birds are using the 'kit' 55-250mm long lens.


Monday, 12 March 2018

2018 Tundra Swan Migrations

A dull and snowy day, lots of white on white, and using the Nikon p610, which isn't the most low light friendly camera in the world (though it does have ungodly reach).

Then two of these flew by and the flock launched...

We came back through a couple of hours later and the big flock was gone, but this couple and an odd duck were enjoying the winter-runoff pond in the middle of the farmer's field.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

March Break Moments

Some random moments from the weekend...

Mercury & Venus at sunset - using the P610 Nikon superzoom bridge camera - I tried higher zoom shots but they didn't come out (wobbly atmosphere, shaky, cold hands)

Fat finches on the feeder - Using the Canon Rebel T6i with the long 'kit' lens (55-250)

Snow flurries were just hanging in the air during a quiet Sunday morning sunrise...

Snow flakes falling... done with the Canon.

Snow falling on trees

May Garden Photography

May floral, macro photography using the Canon T6i Rebel SLR using the kit lens on the overcast shots and the macro lens on the sunny ones.: ...