TT Berlin Photography Club photo meet up

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13:10 saturday at Potsdam Hpt. - I'm going to get the RE1 out of Berlin to Potsdam, gets in at either 6 or 36 minutes past the hour.

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http://www.worldphotographyawards.org/globaltour/berlin.aspx

 

look at this.

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Hi - I have lived in Potsdam for the last three years but have only just come across this forum! - I shan't be able to make the outing on Saturday but I'd appreciate some info about joining the club and when/where it meets etc.

 

I'm English, some good Canon gear and an Epson 3800 if anyone ever needs A2 prints. You can see some of my work at www.photograhame.com

 

My wife is an artist and we have a gallery & studio here in Potsdam - we're on the "Open Atelier" day on Sunday 2nd May so if anyone is interested then let me know and I'll provide directions. It's worth the trip just for my wife's home made cake & herb tea!

 

enjoy your day out.

 

grahame s

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Grahame there are no requirements for joining, anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to join us. We post here when we're meeting and where, so just turn up anytime you want. Good luck with the open day, I'll take a look in your gallery sometime. Enjoyed your website and I'm impressed someone in Germany is paying to the RPS, I was LRPS in England but I stopped paying the fees so I'm not allowed the letters anymore!!

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Thanks for that Callie - look forward to seeing you here. The RPS has a German chapter too now, but it's a bit "down south" for regular visits - might be cheaper than the UK though?

 

grahame s

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Hi there,

Thought I'd introduce myself to the forum.. I have recently moved to Berlin from Sydney. So happy to have found this group as I haven't used my Canon 500D since arriving in Germany - have been snapping away on my phone instead, trying not to look like a tourist i guess :) I would really like to meet some other photographers (and wannabes like me) as well as be introduced to great photo locations. Saturday sounds fun but unfortunately I'm moving house. Hopefully there will be another meet up soon as I'd love to come along. Happy snapping this weekend - look forward to seeing the pics.

Michelle

PS Here are some shots I took during my last week in Sydney in case anyone has been down under.

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Grahame didn't know the RPS had a German chapter - good luck if you're going for your 'A' soon anyway!!

 

Michelle do keep a look in here, we do things most weekends, specially in better weather, you're very welcome to join us. Last year we did quite a few trips out of Berlin to other cities and places of interest, I'm keen to start again when the weather and light improve. Love the Sydney pics btw!

 

I put a few pics from last weeks shoot on my Facebook page, never put urbex stuff on my own website! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=154314&id=717382902&l=8db8b08e10

And I think the group has a Flickr page but I never know where it is. Rose or Lolo maybe for a link?

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Thanks for the response Callie.

Those pics are excellent.. what an amazing location. I will stay tuned and look forward to the next meet!

Michelle

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I added the time and meetpoint to the title of the thread (hope that's allowed!). Most of us seem to agree on meeting tomorrow (Sat) at 13:10 at Potsdam bhf. I'll be there with Gabs in tow. Let's all hope for a day as sunny as today...

 

db

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ok just checked buses there is one going at 13:14, can we try and make that one? Its bus number 638 direction Spandau. I'm getting the RE1 out of Berlin which gets in at Potsdam at 13:06, I guess most people are going out from Berlin anyway? We can get to Krampnitzsee on a zone C ticket.

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I'm suffering here.

Last night I was formatting a bunch of 1GB cards (you know, so that I can more easily "share" my pictures with any power hungry dude in a uniform who requests my cards) using the D90. I took the last one out and met with some resistance. Eventually worked it out, but the next one won't "spring" into place. The camera will no longer hold any SD card!!! ($%#@$@#%)

Worse yet, my "backup", a D40x, has 3 nasty bits on the mirror or the sensor (haven't checked, I'm a little freaked and don't want to damage anything). I've been meaning to have it looked at, but as it is the backup, just haven't yet.

Damn, effectively down to no above-water camera... and the underwater is not exactly something I want to carry around in the air (the case allowing for lens changes is huge and bulky).

The D90 will go back to the shop this morning, but does anyone have suggesitons for the 40x? I have a blower, should I just try to blow it out, or should I take it in for a cleaning? (meter reads over 15,000 shots)

If I do take it in for a cleaning, does anyone have a suggestion of where to go?

 

Any suggestions (barring total sarcasm ;) ) would be helpful.

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K try blowing it out first. See if that helps.

 

If not, then take a q-tip and spray some glass cleaner on the cotton bud. Let it start to dry (no drippy wet), and then gently wipe it over the mirror inside and use the blower to blow it off until it's dry. See if that helps. I usually find that takes care of the spots for me because of how the mirror is angled behind the lens in my camera - it's not the spots on the sensor - it's the mirror where dust accumulates for me.

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usually is the sensor in my case, personally don't like using blowers inside the camera though, if the mirror clean doesn't work, I'd say take it in for cleaning, try this place http://www.calumetphoto.de/ very helpful store, will do it overnight about 50 euro's.

These kits are also pretty good http://www.amazon.co.uk/GREEN-Sensor-Cleaning-System-Camera/dp/B000L9QJRI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1270281948&sr=8-3 if you're sure its something that will come off without too much work. Kit contains a small vacuum which is ok for getting light dust out. Sensors are not something you should mess with much yourself though. You say meter reads 15,000 shots, is that without a sensor clean? Pretty good going if it is!!

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I'm suffering here.

Last night I was formatting a bunch of 1GB cards (you know, so that I can more easily "share" my pictures with any power hungry dude in a uniform who requests my cards) using the D90. I took the last one out and met with some resistance. Eventually worked it out, but the next one won't "spring" into place. The camera will no longer hold any SD card!!! ($%#@$@#%)

Worse yet, my "backup", a D40x, has 3 nasty bits on the mirror or the sensor (haven't checked, I'm a little freaked and don't want to damage anything). I've been meaning to have it looked at, but as it is the backup, just haven't yet.

Damn, effectively down to no above-water camera... and the underwater is not exactly something I want to carry around in the air (the case allowing for lens changes is huge and bulky).

The D90 will go back to the shop this morning, but does anyone have suggesitons for the 40x? I have a blower, should I just try to blow it out, or should I take it in for a cleaning? (meter reads over 15,000 shots)

If I do take it in for a cleaning, does anyone have a suggestion of where to go?

 

Any suggestions (barring total sarcasm wink.gif ) would be helpful.

 

"They can have my film/memory card when they pry it from my cold, dead hand."

 

-Charlton Heston

 

As for your cameras: bad luck! Good thing you have a backup camera. You can do an easy test to see if you have dust on your sensor. Find a blue sky (lucky for us we've got one today) and take shots of it on zoom and wide (if you have a zoom lens). Examine the shots on the pc. If your sensor has dirt/grit you will see black shapes in the exact same spot on each photos with each lens. Mirror dust won't show up in your photos. NEVER TRY TO CLEAN YOUR SENSOR YOURSELF. YOU WILL MAKE IT WORSE (trust me on this one).

 

I take my Nikons to the official Nikon service point for sensor cleaning (about 50 EUR and takes a day or two):

 

http://www.nikonservice-berlin.de/

 

Since that won't happen today, I suggest taking the D40 with you today and if there is any dust on the photos you'll have to photoshop the debris out. But you will only see sensor dust on large, flat areas of your photo (like sky).

 

Good luck!

 

db

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Excellent advice everyone, thanks.

Unfortunately I think we’ll forego the excursion today. It just wasn’t meant to be, I’m afraid.

 

The 90 goes back to Saturn this morning. As far as the 40x, I'll do the sensor/mirror test that db suggested later today… Depending upon the findings, I could find myself doing the “Ohmigawd I’m performing surgery on my DSLR” anxiety and maybe even open ‘er up.

 

Either way the Nikon place usually isn’t an option for me with no opening hours on Saturday and crappy hours during the weekdays. (I’ve got to WORK to pay for these hobbies people!) So if she needs cleaning, off to Calumet I go!

 

Thanks again for the advice and have a fantastic time!

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good luck Snooker! Calumet are a pro store with branches worldwide, they're not backstreet cowboys, you can trust them as much as the Nikon (more than Nikon in my case!).

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I was out there yesterday for about 6 hours, it was very interesting. In one the tank stalls there is a flooded basement, with some old German boots and gas mask. They make a good subject to place in you photos, but if you use them please leave them for the next group. The eagle and swastika are still there, however it looks like the swastika is decaying or someone has start to chisel it away. The officers casino is locked up, but there the a door that is about 2m off the ground, which you can climb in, bu the door is loose, so be careful. Some other interesting finds where the vintage 80's West German Porn/advertising hanging on a wall in one of the armories, the tank tread weight room, a couple of bars and the set plans for Mission Impossible II (they decided not to film it at Krampnitz). If your looking to get in to the film business there are a plenty of points of contact in the papers they have left laying around. The Clock tower is accessible, but the climb is rather precarious. The security is out, we had to evade a car driving through once and some people investigating the Mercedes Van. The security mainly patrols around the Casino and the Calvary School (One with the swastika), they will sit along the main access road, which provides a view down the axis of the camp, between the main gate and an auxiliary gate. As for the Soviet era buildings, the ceiling tiles possible contain asbestos, so I would not kick them around.

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here is an article about the changing world of professional photography:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/business/media/30photogs.html?scp=1&sq=business%20photography&st=cse

 

and a couple shots from fried.volkspark the other day

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/115340850501860762274/BerlinFriedrichshainPark?feat=directlink#

 

cheers

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