Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project

Discussion in 'Memorials & Cemeteries' started by sniper, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Thats not so good Spidge. Sometimes no matter how you take the shot the inscription just can't be read. I have one similar from Banbury. No matter mate, you'll get it in the end.

  2. Reccemitch

    Reccemitch Member

    Sent photos from Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery W Australia
  3. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Thankyou Paul, they are really well taken and have been credited to you. Will be sending you some later for your project.

  4. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    don't worry spidge, his nibs managed to take a shot of half a stone the other day. teach him to try and use the screen in direct sunlight. :>
  5. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Just coz you have some expensive massive camera that you need a crane and a tripod to use it.
  6. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    So far all these have been completed by Spoons.
    Caerlaverock Parish Churchyard
    Borgue Churchyard
    Castle Kennedy - Inch parish churchyard
    Cummertrees churchyard
    Cummertrees cemetery
    Cummertrees war memorial

    Many thanks Paul, can't wait to see the other photos.

  7. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    I am going to buy myself an SLR camera for Christmas. The only problem is:

    What make, model, size, features, lenses..............oh bloody hell!

    I will need it especially for my photos in Wales as I only have about 5% there.

    Got some out of the blue the other day. A UK chap in the services, stationed in Khartoum sent my requirements from the war cemetery there. Go the net!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Keith

    Keith New Member

    Hi Geoff,
    How long is a piece of string ????
    same sort of question, it can boil down to personal tastes and what you wish to use it for.
    To me the Lumix appears to be the daddy of them all, value wise, but then again Cannon, and some of the others may be more to your liking.
    My advice would be check for "DSLR" on the internet for best value, most useful, most adaptable, pixel range and number of useful lens if that is what you are after.
    Be prepared to spend a minimum of £300 up to £6000 for the very best.
    To me it always seems that the term DSLR, now refers to cameras with interchangeable lens, but after all, they all are viewed through the lens when selecting shot, gone are the days of over the camera viewing sights.
    With the viewing possibilities that are included in most of the "ordinary" type of digital camera, with a pixel value between 10 - 14, unless you are specialising on a particular type of photography, they don't seem to warrant the extra cost.
    I hope I'm not teaching my grandmother to suck eggs!!!!!!

    Keith DCXXXIX
  9. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    All now completed this weekend.

    Milton St Baise
    West Hendred
    East Hagbourne
    Long Wittenam

    All in Berkshire.

    Hoping to be heading to Brookwood next weekend so any requests please let me know. Hoping this time to get all the Aussies, Brits, and other Allied casualties there this time. If i get the chance also hoping to get the Axis casualties buried there but that will have to be down to if i have the time. I already have the Canadian casualties and Brookwood Memorial so any requests for any of them please post it on here.

  10. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    So far i have around 50,000 photos of WW1 and WW2 casualties headstones and i am looking for volunteers in all areas of the world to take photo's of wargraves in the area where they live. I have a spreadsheet of all counties and countries which i recieved from the CWGC so will be able to tell you where in your area there are photos to be taken.
    I am also looking for a couple of volunteers to do some admin work such as data splitting, and also in the future i will need someone to edit the volunteers newsletter. If you feel that you can help please contact me either on this thread or you can PM me and i will send you details.
  11. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    More cemeteries finished off by Spoons. Many thanks Paul.
    Kirkinner Cemetery
    Dornock cemetery

  12. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    SLR means Single Lens reflex, which means a lens that will move in and out as needed to zoom in and out. D means digital, so it effectively means any lens that can be removed and changed for another.

    Spidge i know form the Urbex forums they worship Cannons for the strength and ability to cope with any kind of abuse. You can also get cheaper versions of their lenses. I personally have an Olympus e410 [now replaced by the e420] however that is limited to Olympus [Zuikon] lenses only as they have a unique attachment which noone has copied yet, so I am stuck with needing to pay a lot of money if i want any more lenses. im coverting a macro lense, but at over £600 it ain't happening.

    Your best bet is to keep an eye on the papers and when they do a full page spread of offers then have a gander at the cameras, and try to get one that comes with an extra lens like I did. Mine was £650 for the body, normal lens and a zoom lens thrown in for good measure. Took the advert along and got the deal even though the store had not been told about the offer, but because i had the advert they had no choice. also cameras are currently going mad with developments, particularly in the pixel area, now running to up to 20mp, so models are being surpassed all the time, meaning slightly older models are coming up on offer repeatedly.

    Go into a camera shop if you have one and ask for advice, handle a few cameras and see which make and model feels comfortable to you. But remember, you need a higher speed memory card for the higher pixels of a DSLR. Sandisc ultras are very good.

    Go to a few shops and have a bit of a window shopping day. Some like cannons, some like olympus, others every other make, depends what works for you.

    And despite what his nibs says, I do not need the tripod to handle the camera. This from the man who gets outwitted by satnavs.
  13. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Thanks Kitty,

    My "little" digital is quite good for the size and the price and has taken heaps of quality photos being really good in "good light".

    It takes good to great photos. Like the one attached at one of my war cemeteries in the country. All came out like this and it is only 55k. The Hi-Res photo will not load.

    View attachment 4187 Deniliquin Matthews Web2.jpg
  14. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    More cemeteries completed by Spoons. Many thanks Paul.

    Ruthwell Parish Churchyard
    Southwick Cemetery
    Stonykirk Churchyard
    Troqueer Parish Churchyard
    Wigtown Parish Churchyard
    Wigtown Park Cemetery.

    Thanks again Paul.
  15. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    looks a great little camera. to be honest i used to do all my grave photos with a little kodak point and click digital camera. I think it was 2mp. Was great so long as conditions were right, but i did find in direct light onto a white grave stone it would go a bit...mad. I had a fair few bright purple graves i had to go back and redo.
  16. spoons

    spoons New Member

    I looked long and hard to find the camera to suit me, I'm an idiot so point and shoot was a necessity. I take a lot of photos inside churches and some of curved brass (!) so flash really cannot be used. For these requirements you need a big lens and about ISO 1600 for low light levels. Auto stabilisation to counteract camera shake is useful. I also use a 4GB memory card to hold all the pictures. As I don't use flash I can get by without a spare battery. Mine is rechargeable and I took 350 photos on Sunday and could have taken the same again on a single charge.
    Mine is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 which I got for about £330 three years ago. Unfortunately out of production but I have taken over 13,000 pics with it and wouldn't be without it. That big Leica lens is gold-dust.
    If I had to replace it, I would go for as close to it as possible in specification. It really is as simple to operate as any pocket camera.
    Oh, and the viewfinder is a necessity for me, can't see a screen in bright light, nor without putting my reading specs on, the viewfinder works fine inside or out.
  17. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Another 3 cemeteries/churchyards done by Spoons, Thanks Paul

    Challoch churchyard
    Corsock United Free Churchyard
    Dumfries St Andrews Cemetery

  18. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    I still need volunteer photgraphers in the following counties in England, i also need volunteers in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
    Isle of Man
    Isle of Wright

    If anyone can help out with this worthwhile project which will enable family historians, relatives and military historians access to free images and imformation of war casualties from 1914 to the present day please contact me either on this thread or PM me. I am also looking for volunteers anywhere else in the world. I will be listing the cemeteries/churchyards i still require within these counties over the next week.

  19. Reccemitch

    Reccemitch Member

    Hi Mike, I have all the photos from the military section of West Park Cemetery Sth Africa. Are you interested?

  20. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Hi Paul,

    If that is okay i would really appreciate the photo's. How many are there and do you need a datasheet of all the Brits buried there? If there aren't that many you can email them to me.
    Thanks Paul


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