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Old Nov 12th, 2003, 07:27 PM   #81
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By the way....

It got so warm here this afternoon that I had to open all the windows in the house. Had the fire going and almost turned the place into a sweat lodge when the sun came out.

And the weatherman says it's going to get even warmer in the next few days. About 14C or fifteen tomorrow.

And we're way below normal rainfall averages for November.
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Old Nov 12th, 2003, 07:34 PM   #82
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Macnutt, what sorts of filters might be helpful/harmful in the strategy you mention? 14C!!!???!!! We are on our way. I hope you like dachshunds.
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Old Nov 12th, 2003, 07:46 PM   #83
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All you need is a camera that takes a remote shutter release, and will allow you to hold that release button open between lightning flashes.

I would also stop the aperture down to it's smallest size (largest number on the aperture ring.....at the base of the lens on most 35mm SLR cameras).

If you find you have held the shutter open for more than two minutes while waiting for the flash (on a dark night, mind you) then abandon that piece of film and move on to the next frame. Stray light from streetlamps or distant towns will show up after a two minute period and ruin the shot. Use any sort of film, but I prefer slide film because print film will be developed by a machine, most likely, and they are set up to try and fix your underexposures for you. They will try to lighten up the photo to daylight specs.

With slide film, there is no printing involved and you will see what you really shot.

Try 100 or 200 ASA. Use a tripod and remote release...and don't bang into the camera when the lightning flash occurs. Unless you want a "special effects" shot.

Good luck.
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Old Nov 12th, 2003, 08:06 PM   #84
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Macnutt, thanks for this info. I have tried certain of the things you suggested when I was in Georgia, which had weekly thunder storms. Sadly, here in St.John's, these storms are most infrequent. Still, I appreciate the advice.

Now, do you have a good Mac-compatible slide scanner to recommend, something that might function in Panther? The Epson Perfection series (3200 and 3170) are two that I am currently looking at re slides. I have hundreds of quality slides that I would like to digitize.
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Old Nov 13th, 2003, 07:53 AM   #85
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Sturm und drang
Lawn furniture flying, hot tob cover somewhere in the backyard.....morning paper entirely AWOL windows and doors rattling.

Sure paid for that nice day yesterday- the gradient across this weather front must have been pretty damned steep to produce this lot.


They closed the Burlington Skyway and someone said 30 cm of the white stuff.
Battened down the hatches, opened the yard door to let the wind do some raking for me, covered ye olde hot tubbe. Let the winds howl

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The sun is just peeking out above the horizon and below a low cloud layer. Its clear red light is turning the cloud layer to royal purple which is offset by thin wispy white clouds above, before the bright blue sky further above. It is zero this morning with a promise of plus 10. Seems a shame to spoil the morning by running out to fill my windsheild washers before I make the trek into Edmonton to my part time job. Thankfully I will be done by 10 a.m. today, so I will enjoy this brief reprieve from winter to the fullest.
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Sinc, my wife told me of the time she set out on the Calgary Trail for Edmonton on a sunny warm day. Half way there it started to snow. She made it to Edmonton just in time to survive a massive snowfall. Of course, this was nothing compared to the 21 FEET of snow St.John's received three winters ago. In one 13 day period that winter we received FIVE blizzards of +25-50cm snowfall with near hurricane force winds.

Right now, the morning fog has burned away, and the sun is starting to shine with blue skies up above, and it is +7C. These are the days I try to recall as I am outside trying to dig out my wife's VW Beetle that is totally under a snow drift in the driveway.
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At 7:30 a.m. it is minus 5. Not a breath of wind. The sun is just peeking over the horizon and the sky is cloudless. The sunrise is a magnificent deep red today, with shimmering gold above it. Highs today to be plus 10 or more. I am going to leave a half hour early today, so I can be done work, and take a long walk along the river valley this afternoon. Then being the middle Friday of the month, I will enjoy a "pint or two" at the local with my old co-workers at 4:00 p.m. Always an enjoyable occasion as they celebrate their pay day. The weather is supposed to hold for the Grey Cup in Regina Sunday. May the best team win. (Edmonton)
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Sinc, it is a mild +10C here in St.John's at 11:30AM, with a light rain. Most unusual for this time of year. There are still leaves on the trees and my lawn could stand one more mowing. Most unusual...................... [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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We didn't get our 25 cms of snow ... only 11cm and with only half the wind that the GTA got yesterday. Today sunny and -10deg C. I can live with that ...no wind either
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