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Saturday, 21 October 2017 Dereel Images for 21 October 2017
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More Hugin problems
Topic: photography Link here

House photos again today, with nothing much to distinguish them from other days—until I tried to process them. And then, for reasons I don't understand, the control point detectors didn't work. It's not the first time, and in the past I have blamed it on low contrast. But today the contrast wasn't that bad. I finally got things done, but not without a considerable amount of messing around.


Misery Creek again
Topic: gardening Link here

Off down to Misery Creek Road again, this time prepared for a bit more work. And I was successful: there were still more plants that I hadn't seen before.

I think that this plant must be a species of Dillwynia. It's mainly interesting because it is orange instead of the more common yellow:


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When I took this photo, I thought that the plant was a Goodenia, but clearly it's not:

 
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And I've seen this one before, but I still don't know the name:

 
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And this one looks similar, but is much smaller:

 
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This one is so common that I had thought it was a weed, but apparently it's a native. But I can't find the name of it: my old plant books have gone into hiding, and the books I bought in Halls Gap two weeks ago don't mention it:

 
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And after more comparison, it's fairly clear that this is indeed a Caladenia gracilis. Somehow I still haven't got the right angle:

 
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Last week's Caladenia major are still not there. I think they may prefer more sunshine.

Then there are these flowers, only gradually opening. Here photos from last Saturday, Tuesday and today:

 
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And then there are these ones:

 
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I also got a couple of shots of the Pimelea species with the drooping flowers that I had noticed last week:

 
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Taking the photos wasn't easy:

 
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I really need some better remote viewfinder. Maybe I should really try the mobile phone “solution”.


Dinner: photo failure
Topic: food and drink, photography, opinion Link here

Saturday evening, dinner with Chris Bahlo. Today Margaret Swan was there too. I've been meaning to take photos of us every time, but things haven't worked out well. They showed up late, and I didn't have much time, and after a couple of these I gave up:

 
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What's wrong? Presumably the studio flash went off too early again. I really need to make this more reliable.

Dinner was sushi and sashimi from a new Japanese restaurant in town. Not my taste. There was stuff with things like mayonnaise, and others with thoroughly cooked fish, which tasted like it came out of a can. Chris tells me that they saw Japanese people easing there, so they clearly knew what to avoid.


Stealing cars: reexamined
Topic: general, opinion Link here

After my mention of “How to steal a Subaru Forrester” yesterday, Peter Jeremy came up with interesting aids:

<peter> groggyhimself: Regarding keyless ignition (it's getting common and not limited to Subaru):
        You can build/buy range extender units so that you can steal the car whilst the keys are in
        the owner's house.

We discussed it at dinner, and Margaret came up with the additional information that the engine stops when the car stops, and automatically restarts when you want to drive off. Would this still happen if the key module is missing? Otherwise people might need some modification to their driving style.

And who needs to steal a car for only one drive? It sounds ideal for a getaway car.


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Another unidentified bush
Topic: gardening Link here

While walking the dogs, found this bush:

 
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What is it? It's on the corner of a paddock, but there's no reason to assume that it is indigenous. I really need to learn more about plants.


More on focus stacking
Topic: photography Link here

I'm still thinking about focus stacking, without making much headway. About the only thing of interest is that various people are coming up with more information, which I'm keeping in my focus stacking page. So far I have:

In particular, Richard Turton's article seems well worth reading.


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