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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.
  • 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.


  • 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:

    • 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. 🙂


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