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    Wonderful images Gandolfi, I particularty like your last image image, tree with cloudscape. Very dramatic lighting. I would like to know more about your post processing secrets if you wish to tell?

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    Tim,
    Thanks for comments.
    I shoot b/w in dynamic mode in Jpegs.
    I use a mac and do all my post processing for b/w pics in iPhoto. There is an adjust panel.
    It has a histogram at the top with 3 sliders. I believe they adjust the white point and the black point of the image. There are further sliders for exposure and contrast, highlights and shadows, saturation and colour temp and tint, and 2 more for sharpness and noise reduction. I sort of know what I'm doing, (I think it is like being in the darkroom, choosing a hard grade of paper and doing some dodge and burn), but all I do now is slide the sliders about until I've got a pretty picture
    In the case of the cloud picture I seem to have compressed the histogram, increased the contrast, slid the highlight and shadow sliders a bit and increased the saturation minimally. If I wanted to tone I would use the colour temp/tint sliders. Good thing about LX3 is that I almost never have to sharpen and certainly never use noise reduction.
    I realise this is a fairly crude way of going about things, especially compared to what some folks use, but I am doing this purely for the FUN of it.
    I do have Photoshop Elements6 which for b/w I use solely for straightening an image ( there is a straighten tool in iPhoto but when I use it the pic becomes unsharp for some reason- anyone else experience this, and if so do you know why?) Also I have not been shooting much colour, but when I do I may use Elements- I love the solarise filter for effects- see the panorama in this thread from a few weeks ago.
    And that's about it. Love the LX3 to bits, though!
    Also I liked your stained waterfall- if we all carry on like this water will be more valuable than gold, in fact we will be fighting over it soon

    Cheers,
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    Taken during the Cape Argus Cycle Tour this weekend.
    Ai-mode, 24mm, f4, ISO 80, 1/1000th.
    No post-processing at all.
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    The LX3 surely produces fantastic images such a pity thats it's such a crap camera to use, for me that is.... My hands are the size of an average size shovel and there is no way I can get to terms with it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCdeR View Post
    The LX3 surely produces fantastic images such a pity thats it's such a crap camera to use, for me that is.... My hands are the size of an average size shovel and there is no way I can get to terms with it....
    For you, stick to Ricoh and Sigma, the buttons on those are far more spaced. I too sometimes find the LX3 a little finicky for fast operation, but that is a small trade off for a camera that fits in my hip pocket.

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    Re: LX3 images.

    Anyone on the list who uses an LX3, just wondering what the firmware numbers are when purchasing new, and if there has been need to have an upgrade at all to this camera.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCdeR View Post
    The LX3 surely produces fantastic images such a pity thats it's such a crap camera to use, for me that is.... My hands are the size of an average size shovel and there is no way I can get to terms with it....
    I use the D-Lux 4 version and my hands are pretty large. I had the same issue as you at first but then I just got use to it. I still hate the joystick as it isn't super precise (would prefer a dial) but you get used to it... Or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    Anyone on the list who uses an LX3, just wondering what the firmware numbers are when purchasing new, and if there has been need to have an upgrade at all to this camera.

    Thanks,

    Scott
    Hi, Scott,
    I bought my LX3 in January and the Firmware installed was version 1.0. Soon afterwards Panasonic released update version 1.2. I have not updated yet (it is too complicated a process for me, but I am more than happy with things as they are!).
    So I think you should be looking for a new camera with version 1.2 installed.
    Hope this answers your question.

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    [QUOTE=gandolfi;78207]Hello All,

    That's a nice looking walk through the ghostly gum trees, Tim.

    Had a 3 hour walk this afternoon, up hill and down dale just south of Bath. Saw some white trees myself, and some beautiful clouds.

    Last pic is looking down on some water trickling down the side of a road, passing over small stones, gravel and fine mud, creating an ever changing muddy swirl. Looks like a satellite pic of the mouth of the Amazon to me.

    All Jpegs @ 100 ASA modified in iPhoto.

    Cheers,
    Gandolfi.[/QUOTE

    I love the image of the field with the road or pathway running through it. I think it would be even stronger if you could have arranged the camera such that the road cut diagonally through the image as opposed to going vertically along one side.

    Still a terrific image, just my thoughts on composition

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    Woody,

    You may well be right about the composition and if I walk that way again I'll see what I can do, tho' I am hemmed in somewhat by the hedges on either side.

    Here is a similar pic taken 1min 57sec later with a slightly more interesting path curving to the left, and blued in iPhoto for that 'nuit americaine' effect

    2nd pic is a work of art by Carlo Borrani of Milano from the heyday of wire wheels- this on a 1959 Aston Martin DBR1.

    Cheers,
    Gandolfi.
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    Re: LX3 images.

    An old picture from when I still had the LX3:


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    Hello All,
    I took an old starburst filter out to a stream and photographed the sun reflecting off the moving water.
    Gandolfi.
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    Those are really cool, Gandolfi. I've never seen anything quite like them.

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    They brought back memories!

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    Macro photo of a forged carbon Damascus steel knife blade tip.
    Taken handheld, 24mm, f8, 1/25th, ISO 400, no flash, natural indoor lighting.
    Converted to b&w in PS CS3, some noise reduction and sharpening.

    I'm really enjoying what this camera can achieve using natural light!

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    Hello All,
    David, thanks.
    Hansen, memories of what?
    Hilton, nice lens, isn't it.
    Simon (sclamb) mentioned in a dLux4 thread the film grain mode which of course is also in the LX3. 1600 ASA and 2.5 megapixels and quite interesting.
    Some shots wandering the streets tonight.
    1/8 to 1/125 sec.
    Shot of giant hare (sculpture made with wire) with flash.

    Cheers,
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    Hello All,

    Wells Cathedral, a building of such gothic-arched and fan-vaulted splendour.

    2 b/w shots shot through a Cokin pastel soft filter producing almost, (whisper it), film like tonal qualities

    Colour 3 shot pano using PS Elements6, stitched together simply at the press of a button. Unfortunately there is a person standing in the aisle who is only half there

    Plus a bonus shot of a stained glass window, shot using my special 'stained glass window filter'.

    Cheers,
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    Hello All,

    It is all so fecund wonderful in the wide world of natureland.

    Cheers,
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    Hello All,

    Visited one of The Houses of The Holy- this one more holy than most as it is Laycock Abbey in Wiltshire where William Henry Fox Talbot developed (pun intended) the photographic neg/pos process in the 1830s. The doorway in the first picture may even be the one featuring in one of his early pics of a broom leaning in a doorway.

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    ...and a couple more for your Tithe Barn roof collection. This in the village of Laycock- a village used so often for filming period dramas (think Jane Austen) that there are no yellow lines painted in the street or TV aerials/satellite dishes on the roofs.
    800 ASA- 1/30 sec.

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    Hello All,
    4 shot pano of clouds this afternoon, south of Bath.

    Cheers,
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    Hello All,

    Nothing special...just thought I would resurrect the old technique of 'painting with light'. Put the camera on a table, turned off all the lights and painted the scene using the smallest Maglite solitaire torch (size of an index finger, 1 AAA battery). Waved the torch around during 30sec @ f2 exposure. 200 ASA. Custom set colour balance by reading off a white card lit by torch.

    Cheers,
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    Hello All,

    Some leaves with flash.

    Cheers,

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    Absolutely Fabulous Gandolfi.

    Hope i can shoot at 10% of the quality witch you attain,when i get my LX3, your blowin my mind.

    Thank you .

    Derek.

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    Re: LX3 images.

    Here's one from the first day out with the "new" LX3.

    Bill


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    Here's a jpeg right from the camera. Just reduced in size for posting.

    Bill


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    One from today.

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    Hello All,

    Derek- thanks- is the LX3 still difficult to buy in England?

    Bill- liked the shot of the elephant fountain. In your 1st 'tongue-in-teak' pic, is that a natural fungal growth in the tree or something man made.

    I've just started to play with RAW- the 3 leaf pics were my first- and am trying to get to grips with Silkypix, the application which came with the camera. Seems like fun, there is so much more RAW meat on them, it would seem.

    Here is a shot of the weir on River Avon in Bath- worked and converted to b/w in Silkypix.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Bill- liked the shot of the elephant fountain. In your 1st 'tongue-in-teak' pic, is that a natural fungal growth in the tree or something man made.

    I've just started to play with RAW- the 3 leaf pics were my first- and am trying to get to grips with Silkypix, the application which came with the camera. Seems like fun, there is so much more RAW meat on them, it would seem.
    Thanks. I have to say that I'm quite impressed with the jpegs out of the camera. The fungal growth is natural.

    I have been using Lightroom with the LX3 raw files, because for some reason I completely forgot about Silkypix! I'll have to give that a try. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Hello All,

    Derek- thanks- is the LX3 still difficult to buy in England?



    Cheers,
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    Yes the LX3 could be up to 3 months before we have stock in UK that's according Panasonic UK.

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    Hello All,

    Pano of the bandstand in Parade Gardens, Bath, this afternoon.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by D upton-Hackett. View Post
    Yes the LX3 could be up to 3 months before we have stock in UK that's according Panasonic UK.

    Derek.
    Derek, I can feel your frustration, I had the same problem here in Oz - I just got lucky that I preordered with my dealer - he got two in and I got one.

    Can I suggest you look at a Ricoh GX200 to tide you over. You could always sell the GX200 later if the LX3 rolls up and you feel the LX3 is better, but you may not?.

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    Re: LX3 images.

    Well not technically a LX3 but essentially the same - NEW D-Lux 4 images. These are just a few. There's more in my gallery.

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    I bought an LX3 in October 2008. I gave it to my 11 year son. Here are some photos of flowers taken in March 2009 up in the hills of Woody, CA. The photos are straight out of the camera with no PP. Only reduced for web.Attachment 16853

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    Re: LX3 images.

    Here are more images taken by my son in April when we went to Lower & Upper Antelope Canyon, Arches NP, Canyonlands, Mule Canyon and Monument Valley.

    All shot handheld inside Antelope Canyon.



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    Last edited by frontosa; 27th May 2009 at 00:12. Reason: Photo had camera shake

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    Well I normally hate for my picture to be taken which is ironic in itself but at a special request by my family that hasn't seen me in months I did.

    "Self portrait"



    "Artistic shot"

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    A quick shot of a coffee shop I passed on my afternoon walkabout today.

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    Hello All,

    Some pics from exhibition of works by artist Sophie Ryder. Large hare/human made with chicken wire and grey metal wires. Others mainly black plastic wires. Impressive size.

    400 ASA- 1/10, 1/8, 1/15 sec.
    Shot RAW and processed in Silkypix.

    Cheers.
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    Hello All,

    Some pics of 12th Century Dinefwr castle at LLandeilo in South Wales.
    Jpegs + iPhoto.

    Cheers,
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    ....and some pics of beautiful fields and trees and winding streams around LLandeilo.

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    Gandolfi.
    Very effective in B/W have you added texture for effect?. Or should i go back to the Opticians.
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    Derek,
    A quick wipe of the spectacles should suffice.
    These were shot as dynamic b/w jpegs and processed simply/crudely in iPhoto. I made the whites whiter and the blacks blacker, upped the contrast and put a bit into the highlights and added a touch of yellow and magenta.
    Here is a quick before and after

    Cheers,
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    Gulp I have allot to learn.

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    Re: LX3 images.

    Quote Originally Posted by frontosa View Post
    Here are more images taken by my son in April when we went to Lower & Upper Antelope Canyon, Arches NP, Canyonlands, Mule Canyon and Monument Valley.

    All shot handheld inside Antelope Canyon.



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    I just met Gerry and his lovely daughter - new forum member and great photographer - Marielle (and if I've spelled it wrong ). After going to the Antelope Canyon for the first time, these pictures, hand held with the LX3 really deserve special kudos. This was not an easy place to photo and Gerry's son is 10 or 11 years old.

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    Hello All,

    Bath from one of its hills.

    Cheers,
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    ...and a few close ups of plant life...

    Cheers,
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    Re: LX3 images.

    Another from a few weeks ago...

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    These are lovely,love the color and the beams of light.
    Was there dust in the air to make them show up so?
    Quote Originally Posted by frontosa View Post
    Here are more images taken by my son in April when we went to Lower & Upper Antelope Canyon, Arches NP, Canyonlands, Mule Canyon and Monument Valley.

    All shot handheld inside Antelope Canyon.



    Attachment 16856

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    Hereīs one I took on the Welsh Coast a couple of weeks ago whilst on holidays.

    I only took the LX3 along and I enjoyed the lightweight experience.

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    One more but this time of an Iguana captured through the fence. Lucky it didnīt move itīs head quickly and bite off my lense

    This was taken at a theme park where I live.

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