statsr – flickr group referrals

Hi there !

A question I often ask myself about flickr visits is : Where do my visitors come from ?

There are two different kinds of visitors, the one coming from external websites, and the one coming from another flickr page.

Since I’m a “Pro” flickr user, I use statsr, a great website for archiving your statistics. There is a nice option with statsr : “Group Referrals”, that helps you to find the most active group from a referral point of view. Let’s have a quick look to my top 10 group referrals:


In addition, you can also have a look to very complicated charts to find several additional information about specific groups:


Now, you’re ready to jump on statsr to play with numbers, stats, and charts…

Have fun !


no news, good news!

It has been a long, I know. But…

I’ve received as a gift the new Cactus v5, and I’m so happy with ! I own a Nissin DI866 Mark II, but I’ve not played a lot with, as I was used not to use flash.

Things are going to change Smile

I have made a lot of research on the www to be sure everything will be compatible, and had not found it clearly. So let say it : Canon 500d, Cactus v5 and Nissin DI866 Mark II work perfectly fine together.

Here are two pictures I’ve took with:

Rose again


Wish you all the best, and have a happy new year !!

dark black quartet

After kind of “Nick Brandt” b&w tries, I began to use a darker effect. Here are four picture I selected.

If you’re interested in presets, let me know.



Daido lake

waiting for the storm


11th century roman


finally, I keep my 18-55…

noisy red drop…to use with the extension tubes. As described in the previous post, I still observe some issues using the 3 tubes and my 50mm f/1,8 together… No pb with my 18-55 that came with my camera box.

The 2 shots are taken with the 13mm tube and the 18-55 lens:

red drop

quick review – extension tubes phottix 13-21-31

If you’ve seen the pictures posted these days, you’ve probably guessed I just received my “personal birthday gift”.

So my choice was the Phottix 3-Ring Auto-Focus Extension Tubes. They are cheaper than the Kenko, and it look likes they provide quite the same experience.

You want to know what extension tubes are made for? I recommend you to have a quick look here: How do Macro extension tubes work?

Before the purchase, I made a few researches to know what will be the new ratio, using these tubes with a DSLR (Canon 500D) and the 50mm f/1,8 lens, and did not find a lot of information. Opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to find a “Image magnification ratios and exposure factors for a 50mm Standard Lens” table in the notice:

So here it is:


After a (very) quick look to the notice, I finally mounted all the rings on the camera, and added the 50mm lens. Ok I did not took my tripod with me this morning… A big mistake!

So the firsts impressions were good, the hardware looks quite good, and easy to use. After several combination, I’ve notice an issue appearing, the camera tell me the lens is not well connected, and advise me to clean the connectors. I already noticed the same kind of errors with my Tamron 17-50 lens, so I attached this lens, no issue. At the end, only the Canon 50mm f1/,8 has this issue with the 3 tubes together. As I’ve planned a “cleaning session” of my camera & lenses soon, I’ll update you with the results!

Anyway, back at home, I had a chance to take a few pictures, and the first comment was: wow, I understand why focusing rails can be useful! The second was, ok that’s what I was looking for, with the price I planned to pay for. Good deal so!

first try

You can see the 4 first pictures exported from this session:





New exercise is now to compare the tubes.

Here is “the reference shot”: 50mm – f/1,8 – 1/50s – ISO800 – no tube


Now, playing with the tubes, without combining them:

f/1,8 f5,6 f11
13mm IMG_6424 IMG_6425 IMG_6426
21mm IMG_6427 IMG_6428 IMG_6429
31mm IMG_6430 IMG_6431 IMG_6432

The macro is impressive, and I can’t wait to try them with a macro lens!

two over three