I like this kind of stuff. I see something odd when I'm out and about and
then try and work out what it's for.
If this is what I think it is it's (slightly) reassuring. ;-)
They aren't very good photographs because the sky has reduced the
exposure. Try half pressing the shutter with the camera looking straight
forward before raising it to a view that has a lot of sky. That locks
the exposure. You'll lose sky detail but that doesn't matter.
Also, strange as it sounds, even outdoors in daylight turning the flash
on can help a bit with this sort of adverse lighting, especially if you
can get close.
Maybe the best thing though is to position yourself so the light is more
favourable. If this means you will be standing on the tracks it's an
idea to watch out for trams or trains.
On 12/10/2016 21:43, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
We had a French exchange student a few years ago and she knew I didn't
speak a word of French. When I took her to the Bradford media museum and
used the expression contre jour she gave me a right look.
I didn't use it here because it would seem like showing off.
Cul de sac means a cat in a bag. Nom de plume means smokeless zone. In
loco parentis means my dad is an engine driver. A la carte means mobile
chip shop. Chauffeur means your dad. Creme de la creme means a really
profitable burglary. Creperie are special burglars' shoes. De rigueur is
a French TV aerial installer. Divertissement is an alternative route. Je
ne regrette rein means I don't care if it rains. Mange tout means fanny
Using flash will force many cameras to a slowish shutter speed to allow the
SLR shutter to fully expose the film - perhaps this logic is still applied
in which case, if the scene is not relying on flash it can confuse the
Also - don't expect a small flash to have any affect over about 10 feet.
Why do people use flash in stadiums and for sunset photos????
a great many years ago, I was demonstrating CEEFAX at an international
exhibition. Someone wanteed to take a picture of the screen - he held his
light meter up to the screen and said "it's a bit dim, I'll use flash" and
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