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The Photography / Photographer / Photo thread
Nov 17, 2011 - 2:00 PM - by t3ch
t3ch's Avatar Photography threads seem to pop up often enough and posts get lost/unnoticed in the random thoughts thread. Maybe a more directed thread would be useful?

Anyways, I've got some questions for you guys, even though most of you seem to shoot Nikon. I've got the Canon T3i and want Santa to bring me some new toys to play with. I'm thinking higher quality wide lense to replace the kit 18-55 and a macro? I really like macro photography.

Secondly, I need to replace some basic equipment. I tried to take pictures of the moon with my telephoto and realized my tripod is horrible. Any tripods you guys like? Anything else I should look to add to improve the photographic arsenal? Weird lenses, filters, etc?

Lastly, anyone a member on a photo-forum? Mind telling me where so I can read through and learn some stuff?

Several of the photo guys are MIA right now but hopefully this thread develops into a good resource.
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The girl who gets gifts from birds
Feb 27, 2015 - 9:34 AM - by NotFSI
NotFSI's Avatar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31604026

Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.

Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection.

"You may take a few close looks," she says, "but don't touch." It's a warning she's most likely practised on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience.

Inside the box are rows of small objects in clear plastic bags. One label reads: "Black table by feeder. 2:30 p.m. 09 Nov 2014." Inside is a broken light bulb. Another bag contains small pieces of brown glass worn smooth by the sea. "Beer coloured glass," as Gabi describes it.

Each item is individually wrapped and categorised. Gabi pulls a black zip out of a labelled bag and holds it up. "We keep it in as good condition as we can," she says, before explaining this object is one of her favourites.

There's a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a faded black piece of foam, a blue Lego piece, and the list goes on. Many of them are scuffed and dirty. It is an odd assortment of objects for a little girl to treasure, but to Gabi these things are more valuable than gold.

She didn't gather this collection. Each item was a gift - given to her by crows.

She holds up a pearl coloured heart. It is her most-prized present. "It's showing me how much they love me."

I'll be honest, I find this a little bit creepy. Maybe it's just that I read The Wasp Factory too may times (I read it once) but I'm worried that she might grow up to be a psychopath. A psychopath with a crow army.
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DC/Baltimore Area Meetup
Jan 22, 2015 - 10:31 AM - by BottomHeavyKate
BottomHeavyKate's Avatar So it looks like b00t and I might go hiking the third weekend in February.

I'll mostly likely fly into Baltimore as the flights are so dirt cheap....but that's still up in the air.

Potential meetup?
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L. Ron's tube DI thread
Dec 06, 2014 - 8:40 PM - by L. Ron Hoover
L. Ron Hoover's Avatar So as I've mentioned a couple of times in other threads I'm working on a tube direct box design. They're all the rage these days and I have background in tube audio design, so why not?

I decided to go with a 6SN7 dual triode with an octal base. Partly because I'm really familiar with it, partly because it performs nicely and partly because no one else is doing it. It's a medium gain tube, perfect for this application because I can run it as a gain stage as opposed to a cathode follower, which is what most of the others do. Also, it is well suited to driving an output transformer. My initial idea was to run the two triodes in parallel with a true output transformer, not unlike the REDDI. *So back in May, I ordered up some transformers from Edcor and I finally put the circuit together a few weeks ago.

This is the first version. Sadly, the Edcor OT did not live up to its spec and was very amemic in the low end. I still haven't abandoned the idea but I need to pony up the cash for a good OT.

Then I got to thinking that I had a couple of Lundahl mic pre/DI transformers kicking around and the passive DI I built with one works great so why not try one in the DI? Can't use it as a plate load because it can't pass DC on the primary side like the Edcor can so I changed the circuit to a resistive plate load and capacitor coupled out to the transformer. Boom! The bottom end came back! It sounded pretty good like that but I can leave well enough alone so I decided to add a switchable cathode bypass cap and a series-parallel switch for the transformer secondary (7:1 or 3.5:1). Bypassing the cathode gives a/bit more gain and also a bit more distortion (low order, nice distortion) and switching the transformer ratio results in ±6dB of gain but also loads the tube a little differently. With the cathode bypass out, it's very clean and clear but still with some tubey-ness. With the bypass in, it thickens up quite a bit but still has an overall cleanish vibe. So far I think the best sound with my Sterling 5 is with the bypass in and the transformer in parallel (7:1).

The first version:

Latest version:
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More pointless gig-spam:
Feb 28, 2015 - 10:44 AM - by Onkel Bob
Onkel Bob's Avatar (because the gig is in Denmark)

Playing tonight with this band:


There are two fresh videos in there from the last gig. I posted one of them a while back (the one called '8 år', I like that one better). It's the same venue as well. We're playing twice as long as usual ( two 45m sets), so that'll be fun and/or a complete disaster... we've had to bring back quite a few songs we haven't played in a long while.

Based on who I know is coming, the house will be pretty packed, but it doesn't take much to achieve this... It's way more fun to play for 30 people in a tiny room than in a large one, though, or is that just me?

Should you feel like it, go ahead and throw us a like.
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