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Camera Corner

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 12:49

Hi little-ann,

As digital cameras have improved so has the digital zoom function. What a digital zoom does (in simple terms) is the equivalent of enlarging the middle section of what would be the whole picture instead of using the lens alone. Optical zoom uses the lens itself to its full capacity - when you add the digital zoom you are enlarging a portion of what the lens is seeing.

As digital cameras have evolved the ability to capture more pixels (the tiny dots the picture is made up of) has increased vastly so a digital zoom with say, a 1.5mp ccd ('close coupled device' which is the part that records the data in the camera [not the card which stores the data]) will give a more pixellated (fuzzy) result than say, a 5mp ccd simply because there are many more pixels in the higher resolution camera and so the higher the mp (mega pixels) the camera has the greater clarity the end results will be. A 14mp camera will give very clear pictures therefore compared to say a 3mp one.

One thing you will need to be aware of though: when using digital zoom it will be much more difficult to keep the camera still so it becomes more important to use a tripod or other steadying device or 'camera shake' will be evident in the pics you take. 

Best way is to practice and compare the results: as there is no film to pay for and you can easily delete unwanted pictures is pays to take lots of pictures on all sorts of settings so that you get thoroughly used to what the camera can do.

Hope this helps and isn't too complicated.

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:14

I wouldn't have minded if I had known but to pay for a bare root plant In a bit of compost @ established plant price was OTT.

Problem was by the time I discovered it we were of course back home and it would have been a 50mile round trip to go back! Grrrr! 

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 18:56

Hi David,

I bought a Pilgrim Climber earlier this year but it hasn't flowered yet. It was in a 9" pot and looked healthy enough but when I took it out of the pot to plant it next to the Pergola all the soil just fell off and it was plain to see I had a bare root plant that must have been potted up only a couple of days before! I wasn't best pleased at the time but I set it in some John Innes No 3 with a bit of 'Root Grow' (Mycorrhizal fungi) and it has come on well now.

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:23

Hi KEF,

Yes, it does grow through the winter: I just put some (about 9)  2"-3" root cuttings in some fresh compost in a largish seed tray and keep it damp but not wet over a heated tray in the GH. I have a dimplex 2ft tubular heater in the GH + a couple of heat boxes made from old 12" x 7" rectangular biscuit tins with SES light bulb fittings and 25watt bulbs in. I made sure the bulb holders were the ceramic type, used table lamp brass fixings and because the boxes are metal it is very important to make sure they are properly earthed. I say 'biscuit tins' but in reality 1 originally had 2 bottles of wine in (Ernst & Julio Gallo Californian Red & White) best part was using the original contents!  The other was a Cadbury's Roses tin. John H

PS: I did the Jeyes Fluid bit a couple of weeks ago in the Robinson GH so the pong has now dissipated 

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:55

Cleaned all the glass in the greenhouse and refitted all the staging after washing everything down with Jeyes Fluid solution. OH has pricked out some Knifophia seedlings and cleared the Access Greenhouse of Aubergine & Capsicum plants so I guess the next job will be to clean that & wash down with Jeyes.

Next thing after that is to prick out some Apple Mint cuttings into large seed trays so that they can grow on through the winter in the greenhouse and give us a supply of mint through until next Spring.

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:45

Very nice too little-ann!  Here's a pic OG (Eileen) took at Rosemoor last year

Camera Panasonic TZ18  f5 / 1/500th / ISO 100

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33808.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:36

You've done it now KEF, You mentioned Cake & Buns - that knocking on your front door will be Verdun!

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Posted: 07/11/2013 at 23:50

This one taken at Kew Gardens at the water-lily pond, still pic taken on Sony HD Camcorder HDR-7E in 2008

 

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33797.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

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Posted: 07/11/2013 at 23:36
No expert wrote (see)

Looks good john. What size is the channel iron?

Channel for this bed was 2"x1"x20" (50mmx25mmx 500mm) approx. I bought 8 pieces and welded them together to create 4 posts with slots facing 90° to each other as the pic. shows, then had to Kango the holes in the concrete and set them in rapid cement using 3 spirit levels for vertical in 2 planes and with a narrow plank to get them all the same height. The original posts  made for 3 other beds were 50mmx50mmx500mm but my supplier couldn't get 50/50 when I wanted them so he supplied 50/25 - (you can just see the original posts in the corner of the second pic of my previous post (page 137)).

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 15:41

Hi Dove,

Cost would like as not be prohibitive - the steel channels 1/2 mtr long cost me £38, the tanalised timber boards cost £55, the Jetcem quick set cement to set the posts in (4 x 3kg) were about £20 + the welding rods and Hammerite green paint made a total cost of around £120 to me! still, I shouldn't have to make it again in my lifetime John H

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