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  1. hired goon

    Electronic currently spinning

    Listening to the latest mix from A Strangely Isolated Place, this one is done by Scanner and features Coil, Aphex, Klaus, Loscil, James Holden, etc: --Geoff
  2. hired goon

    Post some pics thread...

    The flash is in manual mode ... generally +1 EV, and I fire it manually. It needs to be bright enough to illuminate but not so bright that your arm is totally blown out. Need to experiment a bit on the night sometimes (but not that particular night at Arches: it was -10C and I was all alone in the dark and I could hear animals nearby ... possibly a hungry mountain lion ... so I bravely ran way soon after). To get the star shape you need a narrower aperture but at night that means too long on exposure for standing still (introducing blur) or too high an ISO for processing. So even though the Nikkor 20mm lens is f/1.8 I was sacrificing some speed by using f/2.8 to get a nicer star shape. The lens is important too ... the Nikkor 20mm lens is known for producing nice star patterns ... but my Rokinon 14mm doesn't give nice star patterns at all. I've also found that a bright sky helps ... using the moon for lighting up my back to balance the light from the flash, like the image above. But if you want the Milky Way in the shot then you want no moon so the flash needs to be a bit brighter and that increases the risk of blowout on your arm. Processing: need to be gentle when applying contrast or reducing highlights (this could reduce the nice hazy glow at the centre of the star to a bright ball). As always: experiment and practice locally, so that when you get out in the wild you'll have a good idea of what your gear can do. --Geoff
  3. hired goon

    Post some pics thread...

    Selfie at Arches National Park, Utah: Nikon D750 camera + Nikkor 20mm lens @ f/2.8, ISO 800, 15 secs. --Geoff
  4. hired goon

    Electronic currently spinning

    Thom Monn - Private Stories -- a mix of minimal deep house and dub techno, with a bit of Detroit. "Name Yer Price" lossless download from Bandcamp. --Geoff
  5. hired goon

    Electronic currently spinning

    Adeptus Mechanicus - Lines and Waves -- described as "my ode to Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream" ... and with lots of big fat sequencers etc that's about right. €0.50 for the lossless download from Bandcamp. Right up yer alley, @Janjuc --Geoff
  6. hired goon

    Currently Spinning

    Various Artists - Heat -- soundtrack to the moofie, got it yesterday for $1, dunno why I haven't picked this up before coz it's choice, bro: Kronos Quartet, Eno, Passengers, Terje Rypdal, Michael Brook, Lisa Gerrard, and the orchestral score (there's a couple of Moby tracks but they are not too bad). --Geoff
  7. Are you a man of wealth and taste? --Geoff
  8. hired goon

    The Sunday night ambient now spinning thread

    Wings Of An Angel - Rutatreng -- normally this prolific artist releases albums that are drones, or random walks across the piano keys, but this one is more traditional ethereal, drifting ambient. Very noice. The entire Wings Of An Angel discography is currently US$1.50 for over 250 albums, so plenty cheap for plenty interesting and weird stuff. --Geoff
  9. hired goon

    Post some pics thread...

    Light painting under the bridge near my house: Nikon D750 camera + Nikkor 20mm lens @ f/8, ISO 400, 20 secs + Dennis Smith CH48 Light Flute + Convoy S2+ flashlight --Geoff
  10. hired goon

    Currently Spinning

    Damon & Naomi - In The 21st Century -- a compilation of tracks from the period 2005 - 2015 for this ex-Galaxie 500 pair. Slow, sweet, and sombre songs. "Name Yer Price" lossless download from Bandcamp. --Geoff
  11. hired goon

    Post some pics thread...

    Nah ... well after sunrise. Lots of snow and cloud means lower contrast. --Geoff
  12. hired goon

    OZ Classic Television Mini Series

    My Brilliant Career? --Geoff
  13. hired goon

    Electronic currently spinning

    Evan Marc + Steve Hillage - Dreamtime Submersible -- a continuous hypnotic mix of dubby underwater bass, floating synths, and Steve Hillage's (from Gong and System 7) trademark glissando guitar for colour. "Name Yer Price" lossless download from Bandcamp. ... alternatively just US$5 for the Bluetech discography, which includes this and other chilled dub / downtempo albums. --Geoff
  14. hired goon

    Currently Spinning

    Guild Of Lore - Winterstead -- ostensibly in a "dungeon synth" style but sounds more like a medieval Slim Westerns, or Dead Can Dance writing a soundtrack for a World Of Warcraft type game. "Name Yer Price" lossless download from Bandcamp. --Geoff
  15. hired goon

    Electronic currently spinning

    Kubusschnitt - Utrecht Sessions -- a 2 hour compilation of live recordings and rehearsals, getting all Klaus and Ash Ra on yo ass. 3 quid for the lossless download at Bandcamp. --Geoff