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Complete Namibia Tour 2019 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 666)

In this article we start a series of travelogues to walk you through my recent epic Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop, starting with the Quiver Tree Forest and Kolmanskop.

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
4 Comments
  • Fred
    Posted at 05:47h, 03 July Reply

    Re: the 500 rule. I use a Nikon 1.5 x crop camera. Should I use the actual focal length or the 35 mm equivalent focal length?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:05h, 03 July Reply

      Hi Fred,

      Because your crop factor essentially magnifies the stars in your resulting image, you need to use the 35mm equivalent, so if you are shooting with a 24mm lens, your calculation would be 500 / 36 which gives you approximately 14 seconds. If you used my 340 Rule, it would be 9 or 10 seconds.

      It’s important to do some tests and see what works best for yourself. It differs depending on where you are on the planet and the resolution of your camera’s sensor etc.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Eric Bier
    Posted at 23:58h, 03 July Reply

    Our friend, Greg Benz has an excellent tutorial on making selections of the light and dark areas in images like your Doors and Slats photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcW7vf4JFbI

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:22h, 04 July Reply

      Thanks, Eric,

      But as I mentioned, I choose to leave them like this. I prefer it that way. I know how to do it, but choose not to. 🙂

      Regards,
      Martin.

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