January 23rd, 2006


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Waiting for the repairman Waiting for the repairman

Half an hour or so after sunset, waiting for the RAC man to turn up. No, I didn't know they even knew about my car. Yes, that's the spare tyre leaning against the back bumper. Yes, The RAC man is being called out so I can change the wheel. No, it won't come off. Yes, I have already removed all the wheel nuts.


On how not to use a camera

We went round Duxford on Saturday. Or rather, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, which is an impressive aviation collection.

I've not been there in many years. Perhaps it would be better to say that though we pass it frequently, I have actually been in only once, the best part of 15 years ago, and it's added somewhat since then. I wanted to go to really try out my camera. It was a glorious day for it - cold, but clear and bright, with no wind, and if I couldn't get good pictures in those conditions, then it wouldn't be the camera's fault, nor the conditions, nor the subjects.

And actually, I'm pretty happy with the results. The 18-70mm lens is great for allowing me to frame an entire aircraft when barely beyond its nose, and the pictures were all nicely exposed on the auto setting.

Unfortunately, I forgot one thing, which is why some of the pictures, the outdoor ones, manage to be 1/800th of a second at f/14. Yep, it was set to ISO1600, which is fine for trying to photograph bats without a flash, but bloody awful for bright sunlight. And the actual pictures have a dullness that they wouldn't normally have, due to the CCD having to work so hard from a bare flicker of an exposure.

So, I'll be going back, some sunny day, and this time I'll have it set somewhere more sane.

(But it's got a U2. And an SR71. And ... and ... and ...)

Oh, yes, the picture in the previous post was on the way home.