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1  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: Epson 4900 on: January 02, 2011, 01:39:01 PM
Thanks guys,
Didn't realise that there were profiles on the cd.
Very much appreciated.

Eric D.
2  Technical Discussions / Printers / Epson 4900 on: December 26, 2010, 02:53:08 PM
Hi all,
Just took delivery of an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 11 colour Ultrachrome printer.
Massive printer, in size that is, I had to create a special bench for the beast.
Ordered it with the spectro, however that is apparently not available here in Australia until mid to end January.
Straight out of the box, print colour not to bad.
Any one know if mike or any one else has generic profiles for this machine??

Eric D.
3  Technical Discussions / General Photography Discussion / Re: Experiences on: June 03, 2009, 08:16:08 AM

Ralph & Terry, thanks for your suggestions.
Raw is all I ever shoot ... mostly a benefit, sometimes a pain.
Post processing all those raw files takes time, no matter what program you use!
With respect to manual settings, due to the varying amounts of light particularly with the routines that revolve around movement such as floor, vault and to a lesser degree the other's shooting manual is in my opinion more of a risk.
With the speed at which the gymnast performs their routines, endeavouring to stop motion in poor lighting is paramount, so always have high ISO and very large aperture. (I know, by a D3 Nikon!!!)
Even then speeds are down around 125 - 250 max. At these speeds it is difficult to stop the fast moving extremities.

Good to hear from you guy's by the way.

Eric D.   
4  Technical Discussions / General Photography Discussion / Experiences on: June 02, 2009, 07:39:14 AM
Fellow Photgraphers,

I have recently been photographing some indoor Gymnastic competitions here in Melbourne, and thought I might comment on one of my experiences.
With gymnastics as you can well imagine you have fast moving subjects in dimly lit (photography wise) stadiums/halls.
Inevitably you have dark coloured matting along with backlight and multi coloured walls!!!! Sheesh!
The gymnasts are usually wearing multi coloured outfits and all in all its a tough trot.

I use 2 cameras for this a 5d and a 1ds Mark3 (yep! Canon guy!) I find the 5d a bit slow in the dim surroundings but when it focuses, it is superb!
On the other hand the 1d is super fast, and extremely accurate in its metering, and this is where the problem lies!!!!!

I usually shoot with the 70 - 200 2.8 IS lens and the the 1.4 extender and have spot metering as my default. This gives me an extremely small metering area.
I wondered for some time why 2 shots of the same gymnast shot in rapid succession lets say on a bar, were so differently exposed!!!!

I worked out that whilst following the gymnasts movement I was not as good as I thought at keeping the subject in the relative center of the frame.
As a result the camera would be metering for backgrounds, gymnasts attire, floor mats, ceilings and ocassionaly the gymnasts face which is what I try to track to!
It took a few meets for me to cotton onto just how accurate this camera is in that area, and just how much the exposure can change when your not metering for the entire seen.

I haven't been able to come up with a better way as yet, and I doubt there is one considering the limitations when photographing this sport.
As a result, my expectations with respect to keepers has dropped accordingly, and I do not have a misbehaving D1 as I first thought!

Just a rant, but something I thought I might share with a view to stimulating conversation..

Eric D.  Grin ;

5  Forum Rules, Status, and Info / Forum Feedback, Status, Issues, etc. / Re: forum use? on: June 01, 2009, 11:50:33 AM
Is there the opportunity to have a forum for "General Photographic discussion" outside of the Tech area.
Felt like posting a personal experience the other day, but it didn't fit into anything other than general chat of a non tech nature

6  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: Transporting an Epson 7600 and 9800 on: May 29, 2009, 01:20:57 PM

Thanks for that, I will probably tape the heads in position, leave them on their stands and see what arrives at the other end.
By the way, congrats on this board, as a long time user of Qimage it's good to see a central location now for all devotees.
7  Technical Discussions / Printers / Transporting an Epson 7600 and 9800 on: May 29, 2009, 12:41:39 PM
Hi to all,
I am relocating from southern Australia to far north Australia and was wondering if those who have transported epson printers had any tips on moving them nearly 3,000klm by road.
Really don't wan't to go to all the trouble of draining etc etc, so looking for best case scenarios.
Thanks folks.
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