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TNB
03-24-2008, 12:24 AM
Nice photo Tori. All I did today was go the park to take photos of the birds and still ended up taking pics of R/C boats. LOL.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-24-2008, 03:35 AM
Perhaps someone could be jumping to their doom from the top of the falls to illustrate the scale?:D Seriously the shot looks grand scale to me if not Niagara scale.

I was having fun with shutterspeed in the full Aussie sun with no filters in my pack.

Thanks K1W1 - 1/15 sec VR on (for DonS), handheld happy snap, 65mm, F32, ISO200, 0EV, 18-200

K1W1
03-24-2008, 04:45 AM
And the shutter speed was?

Jason25
03-24-2008, 05:29 AM
D200 + 70-300 VR, wide open (f/5.6) at 300mm

http://jmodzik.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p106016276-4.jpg

TNB
03-24-2008, 11:01 AM
That reminds me of what I was taking photos of yesterday.

http://image2-6.rcuniverse.com/e1/forum/upfiles/70716/Lk35506.jpg

Jason25
03-24-2008, 11:03 AM
Nice action grab! Funny, got one of that guy too! :D

http://jmodzik.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p234925744-4.jpg

jcon
03-24-2008, 02:23 PM
Great shot Tori. As for the added noise, did you have to brighten the photo? If so that will bring out the noise from the dark areas that you lighten. I dont see any noise in the photo, although its not full size, so harder to tell.

Suggestions for noise removal would be NeatImage and NoiseNinja. NeatImage is free and is what I prefer over NN. Both are very good and do very close to similar jobs, but to me, after comparisons, NI retained better detail.

erichlund
03-24-2008, 04:40 PM
Suggestions for noise removal would be NeatImage and NoiseNinja. NeatImage is free and is what I prefer over NN. Both are very good and do very close to similar jobs, but to me, after comparisons, NI retained better detail.

NeatImage has a free version. It's really intended as a demo, but they don't put any restriction on it, other than the license specifies only non-commercial use. There are versions for purchase for $30 to $75 (More for additional seat licenses).

toriaj
03-24-2008, 04:53 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys!

As for the added noise, did you have to brighten the photo? If so that will bring out the noise from the dark areas that you lighten. I dont see any noise in the photo, although its not full size, so harder to tell.

Suggestions for noise removal would be NeatImage and NoiseNinja. NeatImage is free and is what I prefer over NN. Both are very good and do very close to similar jobs, but to me, after comparisons, NI retained better detail.

Yep, I'm familiar with both, and I use NeatImage on your own recommendation :)
I did fuss with the exposure somewhat (mostly contrast though) and I expected some noise, it's just that NX seemed to show more noise than I would have expected using other programs. Not a big deal though, it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it at 100%, so I didn't use NI.

K1W1
03-24-2008, 05:56 PM
NeatImage has a free version.

Imagenomic also have a free version, they call it the Community Edition of their Noiseware product. Available here. (http://www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx)

tim11
03-24-2008, 06:29 PM
NeatImage has a free version. It's really intended as a demo, but they don't put any restriction on it, other than the license specifies only non-commercial use. There are versions for purchase for $30 to $75 (More for additional seat licenses).
There is limitation that you can't save image larger than 1024x1024 and only save to JPG format. That's unless they have later free version which is different to the one I have.

btuner
03-24-2008, 07:52 PM
my cousin and his kid
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/brand90/DSC_2881copy.jpg

jcon
03-24-2008, 08:15 PM
Do they know there is a creepy frog following them?:D:D

erichlund
03-24-2008, 09:13 PM
There is limitation that you can't save image larger than 1024x1024 and only save to JPG format. That's unless they have later free version which is different to the one I have.

I was not referring to any technical limitations. I tried both and chose Noise Ninja, so I wouldn't recall those.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-25-2008, 05:11 AM
Oops. Thanks for reminder K1W1. 1/15 sec on the windmill.

Love the geese taking off TNB and I like the bounce flash effect Btuner.

I was trying to put together a set of drought images and found this.

F/4.8, 1/1000 sec, Ap prior, 0EV, ISO200, 18-200mm @ 50mm

dxrocnxj
03-25-2008, 05:53 AM
shipwreck from boston mass.

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z53/dxrocnxj/Shipwreck%20AD/March%2028th/DSC_0092.jpg

Geoff Chandler
03-25-2008, 03:34 PM
I took my new Sigma 28 - 200 out on the front of the camera today for it's first outing.
OK so it's more of a usefull snapshot lens and walkabout - plus an overlap
and as such is not as sharp as my 17 - 70 sigma
But I still kind of like it anyway
Managed a few reasonable shots -
- this one I just cropped the L/H side off a little and then framed it

btuner
03-25-2008, 08:57 PM
"nutty" my pet tame squirrel
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/brand90/DSC_3695.jpg

Rooz
03-25-2008, 09:19 PM
very nice shot Geoff. the left side of the image looks a little underexposed, i think you could really improve it by bringing it out a little.

Turo
03-25-2008, 09:40 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2117/2354291909_4c2d70ff53.jpg

tim11
03-25-2008, 09:43 PM
btuner: I didn't know squirel can be tamed?

Here is my contritbution - a crested pigeon (should be called Mohawk pigeon?)
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m116/tim11_2006/animals/n80321_05.jpg

btuner
03-25-2008, 09:54 PM
lol i dont think it can be either, i was kiddin. i just saw him on the back porch sitting there like he was just resting and thought he looked very tame to me. he actually let me touch him briefly before he darted off.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-26-2008, 01:24 AM
I'm so envious Geoff. I tried black swans on the weekend. My shots are terrible and here I log on and see what I should have done. Well done!

I love the energy Dylan.

Here's one from trying to emulate Rooz. This little fella must be an escapee from Rooz because he sure knew how to pose. Pity the same can't be said of my skills, I spent 3 hours trying to shoot him to get 4 shots I like.

Blue cloth background, natural sunlight (not direct), 18-200VR, Ap prior F10, 130mm, 1/400 sec, iso200, spot metering 0EV. Closely cropped PP for framing, some unsharp mask.

erichlund
03-26-2008, 07:28 AM
Ummmm, while I was living in Colorado Springs, we had about 3 breakouts of plague, from squirrels. The may be cute, but they're still just pretty rats.

Oh, and if they had antibiotics in the Dark Ages, the Black Death would have been merely the Gray Annoyance. ;)

Rooz
03-26-2008, 02:23 PM
Pity the same can't be said of my skills, I spent 3 hours trying to shoot him to get 4 shots I like.

normally speaking photography is not about the tools. in this case though, you did a great job considering the tools you have. with shots like that you just HAVE to have macro capability to make it work really well. if you had a macro lens, close up filter or extension tubes you wouldnt be saying anything about your skills, you'd be dancing a jig about what great shots you pulled off.

erichlund
03-26-2008, 04:09 PM
I'm so envious Geoff. I tried black swans on the weekend. My shots are terrible and here I log on and see what I should have done. Well done!

I love the energy Dylan.

Here's one from trying to emulate Rooz. This little fella must be an escapee from Rooz because he sure knew how to pose. Pity the same can't be said of my skills, I spent 3 hours trying to shoot him to get 4 shots I like.

Blue cloth background, natural sunlight (not direct), 18-200VR, Ap prior F10, 130mm, 1/400 sec, iso200, spot metering 0EV. Closely cropped PP for framing, some unsharp mask.

The 18-200 has pretty decent magnification for what it is, but that photo is just sick. Good job.

XaiLo
03-26-2008, 04:28 PM
Let's play Tic Tac Toe and make it three in a row, great capture DreadPirateRoberts. That shot was worth the time spent. ;)

Geoff Chandler
03-26-2008, 04:48 PM
Firstly - Dread Pirate Roberts - that is a superb shot and well worth all the
effort - and yes it is a lot about the person taking the photos ~ sure you wouldn't get the shot with certain other equipment. V Nice job!

Rooz - yes I played with the swan shot and it seemed to loose neck feather detail as soon as I went much brighter, so I left it like it was.
I may return to it and have another go later - but I am quite pleased, all things considered, as it is.

Rooz
03-26-2008, 05:46 PM
here you go, see what you think of this. i know you're not big on PP so just to let you know this took around 30seconds from open to close. did someone say CCP ?

PHeller
03-26-2008, 06:32 PM
Dlyan, doesn't the band mind you being "in the way"?

Maybe I work with the wrong types of bands...

cvicisso
03-26-2008, 06:39 PM
Here's one from trying to emulate Rooz. This little fella must be an escapee from Rooz because he sure knew how to pose. Pity the same can't be said of my skills, I spent 3 hours trying to shoot him to get 4 shots I like.

Blue cloth background, natural sunlight (not direct), 18-200VR, Ap prior F10, 130mm, 1/400 sec, iso200, spot metering 0EV. Closely cropped PP for framing, some unsharp mask.Dread - you are WAY too modest! This shot is awesome! The lighting, the colors, the 'pose,' just the right depth of field - man, well done! I love it.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-26-2008, 10:44 PM
Thanks All. I'm thinking of buying a macro lens like Rooz has eg the Sigma 150mm. I'm just reluctant to invest another $700 in photography gear at the moment! Damn NAS.

Here's the result of another 3 hours work, this time to get 1 shot I liked. I'm having real troubles getting focus on bugs with the 18-200VR.

This shot is 18-200VR @ 95mm, Ap prior F16, 2.5 sec, nat light again (I still haven't worked out off cam flash), 0EV, cloth background. The F8 shots Rooz suggested should be sharper just weren't focussed right - darn. Oh and I'll admit this shot is post mortem unfortunately (not done to take a photo but rather to keep the kids happy). Sorry bug.

Rooz
03-26-2008, 10:53 PM
a close up filter, extension tubes or a reversal ring for your 50mm f1.8 won;t cost you anywhere near that mate.
btw: what part of the off cam flash don;t you get ? its real easy. if you're confused about how to set it up, ask away.

K1W1
03-27-2008, 12:01 AM
I'm just reluctant to invest another $700 in photography gear at the moment! Damn NAS.

Says the man who has about $3500 worth of gear now. :)
Rationalise it this way. If you buy a Sigma lens it's not NAS so it doesn't count. :)

Rooz
03-27-2008, 01:34 AM
i'll be selling mine soon. lol not that i'm trying to sell it on this forum of course. i would NEVER do that. lol

achuang
03-27-2008, 01:43 AM
i'll be selling mine soon. lol not that i'm trying to sell it on this forum of course. i would NEVER do that. lol

I just noticed you have the 105 VR in your signature, lucky bastard. I've been wanting that lens for ages.

achuang
03-27-2008, 01:48 AM
Nice shots Dread Pirate, just one thing - it seems like you're compressing the images for upload too much and because of the compression they aren't as clear or sharp as the original. I know the attachment size for this forum is very small, maybe if you setup a online photo account like flickr or pbase, etc then you could link less compressed images.

Geoff Chandler
03-27-2008, 02:05 AM
here you go, see what you think of this. i know you're not big on PP so just to let you know this took around 30seconds from open to close. did someone say CCP ?

Looks pretty good to me - maybe I should try again on the orig shot
It was a dull day so I naturally felt I was staying true to how it really looked - I have trouble with this sometimes.
Also - when I initially tried - I seemed to wash out the whites - maybe if I try a little gentler adjustment....

edit: -
Nope - just goes soft and washed out when I try - no idea how you maintained all that sharp detail and still got it brighter. I was using curves.

K1W1
03-27-2008, 02:23 AM
I know the attachment size for this forum is very small, maybe if you setup a online photo account like flickr or pbase, etc then you could link less compressed images.

I agree.
I've never found the compression algorithms on any forum software to be any good they are geared towards small file size not good images. If I post anything on a forum that has a particularly restrictive size (like 900 pixels wide or something) I always resize the picture then store it on Flickr in the appropriate size before I post it.

Rooz
03-27-2008, 02:54 AM
Nope - just goes soft and washed out when I try - no idea how you maintained all that sharp detail and still got it brighter. I was using curves.

i used 4, (i think it was 4, maybe 5), colour control points in capture NX to bring out the brightness only in the darker areas of the image so it doesnt effect the rest of it which is perfectly exposed.

Rooz
03-27-2008, 02:57 AM
I just noticed you have the 105 VR in your signature, lucky bastard. I've been wanting that lens for ages.

just got delivered from HK. the oz dollar rocks right now. :) i've actually had one, (borrowed), for around 4 weeks now running it side by side with the sigma.

Geoff Chandler
03-27-2008, 04:08 AM
i used 4, (i think it was 4, maybe 5), colour control points in capture NX to bring out the brightness only in the darker areas of the image so it doesnt effect the rest of it which is perfectly exposed.
AHA - I don't have capture NX - I have Nikon Picture project which I never bothered to load. I use Serif Photo plus for the more difficult stuff and Dimage veiwer for every day small tweaks.

Shaft
03-27-2008, 11:09 AM
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7009/btzi3.png
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/9650/uppwc8.png

both taken with Nikon D80 & Sigma 18-200 Lens

Turo
03-27-2008, 12:12 PM
If you look closely, you may be able to see me reflected on the water :cool:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2335/2366852226_c9deb3b750.jpg

imagesbyjudd
03-27-2008, 03:57 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2259/2365268089_db5eb69c94_b.jpg


I was at Air and Space the other day. I've never been crazy about taking pics of static displays. But thought I'd give it a try and see if I could have a little fun.

This is a blackbird, matt black finish illuminated by an overhead spot, very warm. I did a few minor tweaks in PS. I may still tweak a bit more, but it's close to what I wanted. Had to shoot at ISO 1600, then use Neat Ninja to clean up the noise a bit. Nikon D200 70-300
148 mm
1/80th
f4.8

XaiLo
03-27-2008, 05:51 PM
Shaft, good composition on both images and nice post work.

Turo, I see u... interesting.

imagesbyjudd, nice shot... I find the bubble stars and the two flares a little out of place.

btuner
03-28-2008, 12:02 AM
yes i know, their only 30"s but at-least Dave keeps them clean
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/brand90/DSC_3869copy.jpg

achuang
03-28-2008, 05:52 AM
just got delivered from HK. the oz dollar rocks right now. :) i've actually had one, (borrowed), for around 4 weeks now running it side by side with the sigma.

Do you have a link as to where you buy your stuff from HK? is it a lot cheaper than buying from somewhere like d-d-photographics or photobuff?

Rooz
03-28-2008, 03:21 PM
Do you have a link as to where you buy your stuff from HK? is it a lot cheaper than buying from somewhere like d-d-photographics or photobuff?

http://stores.ebay.com.au/Hong-Kong-Supplies_Nikon_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ12QQftidZ 2QQtZkm

K1W1
03-28-2008, 08:29 PM
Playing with my other boys toys. :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2173/2370430900_8c0250c729_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400

TNB
03-28-2008, 10:33 PM
Just been so busy taking photos.... Here's one of my early photos from today though I have yet to go through past photos and am out on another outing tomorrow. I just sort of liked this one because I thought that the other vehicle with the raised wheels in the background was a nice touch.

http://image2-0.rcuniverse.com/e1/forum/upfiles/70716/Db84360.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-28-2008, 11:07 PM
Cold enough for a fire huh, who'd have thought 40C 2 weeks ago.

Thanks Auchuang/K1W1. I see I've been overcompressing relative to others, I was a bit concerned about file size but I'll make them around 200-300kB from now on - sorry in advance for the budget Jeff.

On the subject of sharpness I'd like opinions. Here's actual pixels from the cam. A close crop of a praying mantis. The cam recorded as jpeg normal, default settings - (I haven't been using vivid). I then opened the jpeg image in photoshop to crop and saved as a jpeg again at approx max quality. No post cam sharpening but it has been through those 2 jpeg compressions.

Iso200, 130mm, Ap prior F16 (none of my F10 shots quite got focus on the face), spot metering, 0EV, 1/200 sec live but stationary bug, tripod, nat light.

Is this as sharp as you would expect?

K1W1
03-28-2008, 11:11 PM
Cold enough for a fire huh, who'd have thought 40C 2 weeks ago.


No.
One of the Mountains Ash's dropped a large branch the other night. The joys of Australia, if the fauna doesn't get you the flora will. :)

Rooz
03-29-2008, 01:16 AM
Just been so busy taking photos.... Here's one of my early photos from today though I have yet to go through past photos and am out on another outing tomorrow. I just sort of liked this one because I thought that the other vehicle with the raised wheels in the background was a nice touch.



whoa ! that shot rocks. vey nice catch.

Bob_Benner
03-29-2008, 01:49 AM
Thanks All. I'm thinking of buying a macro lens like Rooz has eg the Sigma 150mm. I'm just reluctant to invest another $700 in photography gear at the moment! Damn NAS.

Here's the result of another 3 hours work, this time to get 1 shot I liked. I'm having real troubles getting focus on bugs with the 18-200VR.

This shot is 18-200VR @ 95mm, Ap prior F16, 2.5 sec, nat light again (I still haven't worked out off cam flash), 0EV, cloth background. The F8 shots Rooz suggested should be sharper just weren't focussed right - darn. Oh and I'll admit this shot is post mortem unfortunately (not done to take a photo but rather to keep the kids happy). Sorry bug.

Nice shot. You might want to consider a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. I used one for a couple months and it is a great lens. You can get it right now from B&H for $449.00 with a $90.00 mail in rebate. For the price the lens can not be beat. Do some research on it and I am sure you will be impressed.

Turo
03-29-2008, 07:32 AM
What a good close-up picture of a Mantis. I suggest trying other backgrounds because it is a little bright.

I agree. Great pic. Since the mantis is light colored, think a darker background would increase the contrast and look a little better (in my opinion).

Classic96
03-29-2008, 09:41 AM
It could just be me, but it seems like most of the photos you've posted from you D300 seem washed out and overexposed. That can also prevent it from looking as sharp as it should have been.

erichlund
03-29-2008, 11:00 AM
You have to realize, this but was shot with an 18-200VR, not a macro lens. It's a severe crop, and very difficult to achieve. Still, a little less exposure may have boosted the saturation a bit.

XaiLo
03-29-2008, 01:03 PM
Dread Pirate Roberts hope you don't mind but I did a little post work on your image.
It perhaps may be a little too saturated on the green side having not viewed the lil buger. All things considered you've done an excellent job considering your tools.

http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/03_mar/dpr2.jpg

stunod23
03-29-2008, 05:49 PM
Just bought a nikon d40x before my trip to costa rica so I am very new at this. Let me know what you all think of this photo, any comments or criticism is very much appreciated.

stunod23
03-29-2008, 06:02 PM
here is another, i took this behind my house, comments and criticism appreciated. I was experimenting with a slow shutter speed as the tide was coming up at sunset.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-29-2008, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the help everyone. Now that you've said it it seams obvious to me but I couldn't see it myself before. I'll look closer at any -.3 & -.7 EV bug shots I took, do some post work to sharpen, saturate, mask, blur and darken the background and add contrast and repost as a larger image. Easier to say than do for a newbie but I'll give it a go. Oh and I'll take the implication that you don't expect actual pixels to be sharp but for sharpness to come from resizing down, contrast changes and unsharp masking.

Stunod to my eye the first is a good happy snap but I really like the second. Very simple idea that I'd never thought of and I find the fogginess of the waves lapping quite appealing. The evening? lighting coming in at the low angle to the seaweed is great. No particular subject is hitting me in either picture though.

Turo
03-29-2008, 06:24 PM
Playing around with different DOF's...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3152/2364641791_8b717011e4_o.jpg

XaiLo
03-29-2008, 07:20 PM
stunod23, very nice indeed.
Turo, which lens did you use?

Rooz
03-29-2008, 07:25 PM
I reshot this with the 105 without flash this time. i think it turned out nicer than the sigma shot.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2372067863_1c06c9a721_o.jpg

Turo
03-29-2008, 08:15 PM
Wow, beautiful shot, Rooz. All these pictures you post are really making me want to buy a macro lens.

XaiLo, I took that pic using the 70-300. I was just playing around with it, I wasn't sure how good the DOF would look with it (I usually only use that lens for outdoor/sports photography where I need the long range). Its taken at 70mm, aperture priority at 5.6, ISO 200, 1/320 shutter speed. I thought it came out pretty cool. :cool:

Bob_Benner
03-30-2008, 01:39 AM
I reshot this with the 105 without flash this time. i think it turned out nicer than the sigma shot.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2372067863_1c06c9a721_o.jpg

Awesome !!

tim11
03-30-2008, 03:42 AM
I reshot this with the 105 without flash this time. i think it turned out nicer than the sigma shot.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2372067863_1c06c9a721_o.jpg

I believe this summer spider outbreak in Sydney occurs because all of them want to pose for Rooz. :eek:

K1W1
03-30-2008, 03:49 AM
I reshot this with the 105 without flash this time. i think it turned out nicer than the sigma shot.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2372067863_1c06c9a721_o.jpg

I'm just posting another picture of Rooz's predatory invertebrate animal of the Araneae order because I can and just maybe nobody has seen it yet. :D

Rooz
03-30-2008, 04:10 AM
lol thanks kiwi, thought it may have gotten lost. lol
the more i look at it the more i think it has an ungly green cast to the spiders back.

Gintaras
03-30-2008, 05:50 AM
Rooz, your spider image is superb, i guess you entered in a kind of the agreement with spiders, similarly like Drama did with his dragonfly...:p

Visual Reality
03-30-2008, 06:23 AM
Hey Rooz, what is your approx. distance from the subject when you use your 105mm?

Turo
03-30-2008, 09:39 AM
lol thanks kiwi, thought it may have gotten lost. lol
the more i look at it the more i think it has an ungly green cast to the spiders back.

To be honest with you, I really like the green.

tim11
03-30-2008, 03:25 PM
Rooz, your spider image is superb, i guess you entered in a kind of the agreement with spiders, similarly like Drama did with his dragonfly...:p

That's what I meant ealier; Rooz must have made agreement with all of them. This summer in Sydney there seems to be spiders every where we turn. I think the mystery has been solved. :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-30-2008, 05:24 PM
the more i look at it the more i think it has an ungly green cast to the spiders back.

Everyone loves it Rooz. You're obviously a perfectionist but relax, it's superb.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-30-2008, 07:10 PM
I think this is still overexposed a bit.
200mm, iso800 to freeze liftoff, -0.3EV, Ap prior F5.6, 1/4000 sec

btuner
03-30-2008, 07:28 PM
a Shot taken on the st pete grand prix track for a website
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2383/2371744399_b88c2aabdb_o.jpg

p.du.v
03-30-2008, 09:36 PM
Woo nice on btuner! What a beast.
If only I could stop spending money on camera gear to save up for a nice hotted up car.. Heh.

Rooz, your macro stuff owns man, pure and simple.

stunod23 - love your shot man! Greeeat use of long exposure. Would love to see more of these as a theme/set.

DPRoberts - you're getting some good results man. And the fact you're picking up possible issues is great - ie you're learning from your own experience. Great stuff man!

T06
03-31-2008, 03:31 AM
dpr, mate great pic & capture, btuner very nice mate, very very nice. I love Mustangs.
Heres a pic of mine & how i feel about the forum of late, a lot of shite to sort through lately to get to the good stuff.:eek:;):D

Rooz
03-31-2008, 03:39 AM
lmfao oh man thats gold.

has the mrs got you in the basement mate ? :D

T06
03-31-2008, 03:53 AM
lmfao oh man thats gold.

has the mrs got you in the basement mate ? :D

If thats where she wants me i'm fine with it but I'm not into whips anymore:D

Rooz
03-31-2008, 03:55 AM
well, its about time you posted alot more with that beautiful new piece of glass. hows it goin for ya ? did you manage to sell the 17-55 for what you wanted ?

T06
03-31-2008, 04:41 AM
Only ordered it today & seens I was changing the sig I thought to ad the new addition too.;)

imagesbyjudd
03-31-2008, 04:43 AM
I think this is still overexposed a bit.
200mm, iso800 to freeze liftoff, -0.3EV, Ap prior F5.6, 1/4000 sec

Outstanding capture. Love the composition.

Turo
03-31-2008, 12:33 PM
Playing around with the good 'ole 50mm...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2404/2366331503_b570a5c655_o.jpg

Prospero
03-31-2008, 03:08 PM
Nice shots everyone.
Rooz, I love the spider shot. The composition is excellent and I really like the smooth background. I think I might like it a bit more with the whole spider in focus, although the selective focus also works great here.
Pirate, nice shot. Great timing.
Turo, great shot. Love the colours and DOF.

It's been a while since my last post on these forums. I have been really busy with my study the last couple of weeks. Also, I had very little inspiration and the weather was bad, so I took hardly any photographs the last two months.

Anyway, today the weather was pretty good, so I decided to take some pictures of the sunset. Here are three pictures I took today:

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This image was taken after the sunset. The clouds started to light up orange because of light pollution, while the clouds a bit higher were brigher and whiter. I thought it looked pretty interesting. This was a long exposure, 30 seconds, taken at f/8 with the Sigma 10-20.

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This image was taken with the 17-70 at f/7.1 and 55mm.

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This picture was taken with the flash. I set the exposure to get the best exposure of the sky and let the flash fill in the foreground. This one was also with the 17-70.

Hope y'all like the pictures.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-31-2008, 03:24 PM
Oh my Prospero they are lovely shots.

Out of curiosity how do you post three shot on the forum with text between?

Prospero
03-31-2008, 03:29 PM
Oh my Prospero they are lovely shots.

Out of curiosity how do you post three shot on the forum with text between?

Thanks!
You can post multiple shots with text in between by inserting the images yourself after uploading. You can do this by clicking on the attachment button after uploading the pictures and selecting one of the images in the list. Hope this helps.

T06
03-31-2008, 03:32 PM
Prospero as always your landscapes are very well done.

Dread Pirate Roberts
03-31-2008, 03:35 PM
Thanks Prospero, I think I get it.

And T06 just saw your photo. Love it.
My advice, if the xxxx's frustrating you just hang around the Nikon thread, its clearly a better bunch of people.:D

ssil2000
03-31-2008, 07:37 PM
dpr, mate great pic & capture, btuner very nice mate, very very nice. I love Mustangs.
Heres a pic of mine & how i feel about the forum of late, a lot of shite to sort through lately to get to the good stuff.:eek:;):D

hehehe classic!

ssil2000
03-31-2008, 07:41 PM
Nice shots everyone.
Rooz, I love the spider shot. The composition is excellent and I really like the smooth background. I think I might like it a bit more with the whole spider in focus, although the selective focus also works great here.
Pirate, nice shot. Great timing.
Turo, great shot. Love the colours and DOF.

It's been a while since my last post on these forums. I have been really busy with my study the last couple of weeks. Also, I had very little inspiration and the weather was bad, so I took hardly any photographs the last two months.

Anyway, today the weather was pretty good, so I decided to take some pictures of the sunset. Here are three pictures I took today:

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This image was taken after the sunset. The clouds started to light up orange because of light pollution, while the clouds a bit higher were brigher and whiter. I thought it looked pretty interesting. This was a long exposure, 30 seconds, taken at f/8 with the Sigma 10-20.

34474

This image was taken with the 17-70 at f/7.1 and 55mm.

34475

This picture was taken with the flash. I set the exposure to get the best exposure of the sky and let the flash fill in the foreground. This one was also with the 17-70.

Hope y'all like the pictures.

your landscapes are amazing mate, i really like the first one!

XaiLo
03-31-2008, 08:43 PM
Turo, didn't know you were a Bulldog fan... good capture :)

Prospero, looks like you made up for lost time... very cool and dramatic set. ;)

p.du.v
03-31-2008, 10:02 PM
I concur, great shots there Prospero! Beautiful colours and great composition.

I spent a lazy Easter weekend near the beach, and thought I'd play around with some filters while there.
Did some heavy grad and warming filter stacking, originally trying to emulate that 70's film burnt-orange look, but in the end just decided to go 'arty' with it.

I guess my favourites are:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2412/2379519874_5770c1b011.jpg

and

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3103/2377804080_e49a56c97e.jpg

If interested, the set is here. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pduv/sets/72157604331808937/)

There's always time to get arty in my opinion! :o

Gintaras
03-31-2008, 11:49 PM
prospero, great landscape images, one of the best i have seen. #1 & 2 are my favorites, but #1 is a real winner here. btw, is #2 also long exposure?

btw, flash fill in #3 works superb, i have to try this myself next time. did you use external flash for this?

Prospero
04-01-2008, 12:11 AM
Thanks a lot for the comments, Kev, Ssil, Xailo and P.du.V. I'm glad you like the pictures.

P.du.v, fantastic shots. I really like the use of filters here. Very well done.

Gintares, #2 was a pretty short exposure, in the order of 1/50s. I handheld that one. I used an external flash in the third picture (mounted on the camera).

Gintaras
04-01-2008, 01:07 AM
PduV, I would call #1 image: “Martian vacation" - a surreal voyage. I like them both. :p

Rooz
04-01-2008, 04:17 AM
I concur, great shots there Prospero! Beautiful colours and great composition.


If interested, the set is here. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pduv/sets/72157604331808937/)

There's always time to get arty in my opinion! :o

outstanding shots and a great set. wow.

denis, about time you posted some more, aldor has been kicking your ass lately. :p

Turo
04-01-2008, 07:57 AM
Turo, didn't know you were a Bulldog fan... good capture :)

I am by default (ie., my girlfriend is from GA and was a Bulldog)!

Prospero
04-01-2008, 03:02 PM
outstanding shots and a great set. wow.

denis, about time you posted some more, aldor has been kicking your ass lately. :p

LOL, I can't let that happen, will post some more right away :)

Here's a HDR I took yesterday, I already posted it in the landscape thread, but for those who don't read that part of the forum I'll post it here too. It was made using three pictures two stops apart. I took them with a tripod for a change; that really does save a lot of work with alligning :)

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XaiLo
04-01-2008, 07:58 PM
I am by default (ie., my girlfriend is from GA and was a Bulldog)!

Fair enough I had a girlfriend from Gainesville been a Gator fan ever since. ;)

achuang
04-02-2008, 12:02 AM
Great shots Dennis. Missed seeing your landscapes. I haven't posted much lately so thought I'd post a shot, well 3 shots of my nephew at about 3 months old. This was shot a couple months ago. Can't remember exif data for all three but shot with a SB600 on a stand with a white shoot-through umbrella. I realise the background is a bit messy but I thought it was a nice series.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2119/2382416974_6b8dddda67_o.jpg

Rooz
04-02-2008, 12:29 AM
great series andrew. look fantastic. i'd love to see that printed and framed on a wall. you can work out those messy bits with a bit of selective GB.


300mmf4AF-S + 1.7TC, (510mm dayum)
this is the most underrated lens nikon has imo. its outstanding.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2050/2382384968_f2409a2c6b_o.jpg

p.du.v
04-02-2008, 01:00 AM
Wow niiiiice Rooz!
510mm... Mmmm. I need something long for surf photog this winter at Margaret River.
How much did the 300mmf4AF-S + 1.7TC set ya back, if you don't mind me asking.

I don't much feel like paying $6k or whatever for the 500mm haha. Who woulda thunk.

@ achuang - Adorable! The red jumpsuit really sets the shots off too imo. Love em!

@ Prospero - Man, one of the BEST uses of HDR (read, lack of) I've seen in a long, long time. HDR is just used so poorly - and overused - these days. Great to see you're using it to good effect.
Great series you have going.

achuang
04-02-2008, 01:03 AM
Another lens rooz? Lucky thing. Great shot, something a little different from your usual but still your favourite subject.

Rooz
04-02-2008, 01:19 AM
Wow niiiiice Rooz!
510mm... Mmmm. I need something long for surf photog this winter at Margaret River.
How much did the 300mmf4AF-S + 1.7TC set ya back, if you don't mind me asking.
.

i bought the TC a while ago for around $400 i think. the 300afs i just bought 2nd hand for $999 after searching for one for around 4 months. they are rare as hens teeth the bastard things.

tim11
04-02-2008, 04:20 AM
--

300mmf4AF-S + 1.7TC, (510mm dayum)
this is the most underrated lens nikon has imo. its outstanding.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2050/2382384968_f2409a2c6b_o.jpg

That's a great capture Rooz. What is it? Some sort of flying ant?

Rooz
04-02-2008, 04:28 AM
thank tim, i think its a wasp

tim11
04-02-2008, 04:45 AM
It's his tail. :)
I have no idea why he had to sit there holding it though.

Rooz
04-02-2008, 04:55 AM
lmfaoooooo
that needs to be entered into some sort of competition...seriously. too funny.

tim11
04-02-2008, 05:04 AM
hahaha I'm glad you like it. Thanks.

p.du.v
04-02-2008, 05:09 AM
i bought the TC a while ago for around $400 i think. the 300afs i just bought 2nd hand for $999 after searching for one for around 4 months. they are rare as hens teeth the bastard things.

Nice, congrats! Thanks for the info man.

ooverdrive
04-02-2008, 09:01 AM
Kathakali,Kerala's own art form

Turo
04-02-2008, 02:41 PM
I liked the way this one turned out for the most part...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2278/2366331493_bf296ecd84_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2366331493/

Viky
04-03-2008, 05:57 AM
the 300afs i just bought 2nd hand for $999 after searching for one for around 4 months. they are rare as hens teeth the bastard things.

Wow:) congrats on yet another lovely piece of glass!

Looking forward to some moon shots with the 300mm+1.7x combo:D

Prospero
04-03-2008, 06:56 AM
@ Prospero - Man, one of the BEST uses of HDR (read, lack of) I've seen in a long, long time. HDR is just used so poorly - and overused - these days. Great to see you're using it to good effect.
Great series you have going.

Thanks for the commetn p.du.v. It has taken me quite some time to get HDR results that don't look like the technique has been overused. It is pretty easy to make a fake looking HDR with Photomatix, but to make one that is looking a bit realistic is a lot harder.
What I do now is making use of the tone-compression algortihm of photomatix. The results with this method look much more realistic than those made with the Detail Enhancement process.
The result does look very flat after photmatix, so after that I always enhance the results and colours with Capture NX.

Andrew, thanks for the comment. I really like the series you posted. The colours are great, and the pictures look very nice together. Rooz, congrats on the new lens. Looks like it will be of great use for shooting insects.
Tim, very funny image. Thanks for posting.

erichlund
04-03-2008, 08:23 AM
I agree, a very nice HDR, though I'm not sure I see why it was necessary. Of course, that could be because it's so well done, but the light conditions and time of day are usually those where the light is very soft and useable across it's range. Was the problem that you lost too much light in the foreground? It would be interesting to see the original exposures used in the photo.

As far as the composition, nice use of near - middle - far. Thom Hogan preaches this for landscape work on his website, and this is one of the best examples I've seen in a while.

Prospero
04-03-2008, 08:32 AM
Here's an old picture I took in Italy (San Marino, actually) last summer. I didn't post it yet, because there were many out of focus branches covering the sky that were bothering me and I was too lazy to do the cloning. When going through my pictures, I decided to do that now.

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Prospero
04-03-2008, 09:01 AM
I agree, a very nice HDR, though I'm not sure I see why it was necessary. Of course, that could be because it's so well done, but the light conditions and time of day are usually those where the light is very soft and useable across it's range. Was the problem that you lost too much light in the foreground? It would be interesting to see the original exposures used in the photo.

As far as the composition, nice use of near - middle - far. Thom Hogan preaches this for landscape work on his website, and this is one of the best examples I've seen in a while.

Thanks for the comment, Eric.

I could probably have pulled enough detail out of the middle exposure, and in different conditions I would probably have done that. However in the middle , the shadows were pretty dark, and the sky was in some part nearly blown out, so the result would probably have pretty noisy shadows and not as smooth transitions in the sky.

When taking this shot it was nearly windstill and I happened to have my tripod with me, So I thought HDR would probably give the best results.

By the way, here are the original images:

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swak6287
04-03-2008, 09:19 AM
one for opinion/enjoyment. This one is when I just bought the D40.

erichlund
04-03-2008, 12:12 PM
Ain't HDR great? I think you got the choice right. Maybe 5-10 minutes toward brighter light and you may not have needed it. Of course, you may have lost the glow by doing so. It would take a heck of an effort to pull your final result out of the middle exposure.

FLiPMaRC
04-03-2008, 12:45 PM
It's his tail. :)
I have no idea why he had to sit there holding it though.LOL ... I have tail envy :D

Rooz
04-03-2008, 03:39 PM
Here's an old picture I took in Italy (San Marino, actually) last summer. I didn't post it yet, because there were many out of focus branches covering the sky that were bothering me and I was too lazy to do the cloning. When going through my pictures, I decided to do that now.

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wow...that is beautiful Denis

res222
04-03-2008, 06:48 PM
Here is one that I was "goofing" with yesterday. This is a completely random shot (no composition) but wanted to hear feedback or thoughts....thanks

T06
04-04-2008, 12:07 AM
res222,I quite like this, maybe contrast could help to lighten it a touch?
heres one of mine from Oz day.

Rooz
04-04-2008, 03:20 AM
300mm f4 af-s + 1.7tc. this lens is hell sharp. it gives the 70-200 a serious run for its money. and this is with a 1.7tc aswell. :eek:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2278/2387362938_491d0b8e35_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2129/2386532969_8beed64c8c_o.jpg

Viky
04-04-2008, 04:44 AM
Simply love the first one!

res222
04-04-2008, 05:26 AM
Thanks T06, I am starting to try and work with PS I will try that with the contrast. You picture looks amazing.

Rooz, Beautiful bird..

erichlund
04-04-2008, 08:09 AM
Here is one that I was "goofing" with yesterday. This is a completely random shot (no composition) but wanted to hear feedback or thoughts....thanks

Was it a little windy? The flowers in the center should be sharp as a tack. That's what makes this type of picture, but they are a little soft. That may be motion blur, or it may be a misfocus, or lastly, it may just be a too large aperture. A smaller aperture will give more depth of field and get the whole cluster in focus.

Of course, I don't know what lens you are using, but it's not ideal for this type of shot, because the bokeh (background blur) is very harsh. I suspect a kit 18-55. Get yourself a nice little prime for this type of shot (the 35mm f2 works reasonably well). On a D40, you may have to manually focus it, but you will get much better results.

res222
04-04-2008, 09:01 AM
Thanks Eric, yes it is the kit lens and I am saving for a new lens. What I want based on everything I have been reading is an 85mm prime. What I was actually trying to work on when taking this picture was exposure, it was getting dusk. I have never really taken any flower photos, but thought the blooms looked great so I figured why not. lol.

ooverdrive
04-04-2008, 09:54 AM
It was about to rain...

FLiPMaRC
04-04-2008, 10:13 AM
:eek: Wow! I really like it :cool:

jcon
04-04-2008, 01:05 PM
Did it rain yellow Gatorade? LOL :D

Rooz
04-04-2008, 08:17 PM
It was about to rain...

that is superb. beautifully done.

here are some pics of meerkats, funny little buggers.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3011/2388036461_1cae0161ba_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2360/2388036045_6e3ae20ea0_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2242/2388865552_c55dee3683_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-04-2008, 09:33 PM
Did it rain yellow Gatorade? LOL :D

It really pissed down!

TNB
04-05-2008, 01:07 AM
Nice pics. Although last week was drag racing, tonight was baseball. Although I caught a few bats hitting the balls, this bat couldn't quite hack it.

http://image2-4.rcuniverse.com/e1/forum/upfiles/70716/Rm38064.jpg

XaiLo
04-05-2008, 01:23 AM
ooverdrive, that's a splendid image.

Rooz, just how many little friends do you have running around? Cute shots.

TNB, nice!

Bob_Benner
04-05-2008, 01:38 AM
Took this awhile ago at the San Diego zoo. I love these guys.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb68/Bob_Benner/zoo_111307_0868.jpg

K1W1
04-05-2008, 03:21 AM
It was about to rain...

IMO that shot is sensational. The only thing better would be riding my bike on that road.

Visual Reality
04-05-2008, 08:14 AM
IMO that shot is sensational. The only thing better would be riding my bike on that road.
Just watch out for the poo :eek:

I'd edit all of that stuff out :p

Turo
04-05-2008, 09:20 AM
The other day I tried taking a pic of my girlfriend's salt and pepper shakers. The first image was using the D50's built-in flash. Pic came out pretty good, but I hate the shadow it cast (first pic)! So then I tried it again with no flash and a longer shutter speed (second pic). I think the second one came out much better.

First pic: 50mm, 2.8 aperture, 1/60 shutter speed, iso 200
Second pic: 50mm, 2.8 aperture, 1/30 shutter speed, iso 800 (had to do some noise reduction in pp on this one)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3252/2366331521_a0b1f6791c_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2366331521/

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2090/2366331517_bed2517d43_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2366331517/

ooverdrive
04-05-2008, 09:41 AM
These are pretty sharp pics,I like the second one .

btuner
04-05-2008, 12:20 PM
Taken at the Honda Grand Prix here in St. Petersburg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/2388581756_968c3212d7_o.jpg

Turo
04-05-2008, 02:06 PM
Nice pic, btuner, I love the colors! I saw some of the other pics on your flickr page, excellent work!

I actually wanted to make the trip down to see that race, but unfortunately a coupe of last-minute deadlines prevented me. I'm jealous :p

achuang
04-05-2008, 03:53 PM
Here's a couple shots from a paid Taekwondo shoot last month of a friend. No flash on the first shot, but flash with a white shoot through umbrella on the second. I'm hoping you can't tell that I used flash. This is the second shoot I've done for him, and last time didn't use much off camera flash as I hadn't discovered strobist. Did a lot of experimenting on the shoot and it turned out well.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2188/2390222077_fcb054c756_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3055/2390221891_be1a958320_o.jpg

Rooz
04-05-2008, 03:58 PM
great work andrew. that first shot is superb.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3042/2388781678_95a97a04a2_o.jpg

Rooz
04-05-2008, 04:27 PM
The other day I tried taking a pic of my girlfriend's salt and pepper shakers. The first image was using the D50's built-in flash. Pic came out pretty good, but I hate the shadow it cast (first pic)! So then I tried it again with no flash and a longer shutter speed (second pic). I think the second one came out much better.

First pic: 50mm, 2.8 aperture, 1/60 shutter speed, iso 200
Second pic: 50mm, 2.8 aperture, 1/30 shutter speed, iso 800 (had to do some noise reduction in pp on this one)

yepp, #2 for me too. great colour.

achuang
04-05-2008, 05:41 PM
Nice shot Rooz, the bokeh is so smooth. Great shot btuner, love looking at that car.

jcon
04-05-2008, 10:15 PM
Rooz, was that taken through a window? I noticed some "lines" in the middle of the image above the branch. Can you see what I am describing?

Either way, its an excellent image!

Rooz
04-06-2008, 01:14 AM
i think thats just the compression from the jpeg. its taken thru black metal mesh but you cant see thoise lines in the original.

T06
04-06-2008, 01:16 AM
Probably one of them d300 thingy's.:D

K1W1
04-06-2008, 02:25 AM
After the storms and lack of power today was far to nice to do anything except go for a bike ride.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/2391286051_ca3ce26696_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 22 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV

tim11
04-06-2008, 02:37 AM
.. I'm hoping you can't tell that I used flash. ...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2188/2390222077_fcb054c756_o.jpg



Both are nice Achuang, but I like this one better. TKD used to be my sport when I was a younger man... well still is in my heart. Hope to get back to it someday.

No I can't tell you were using flash.

Rooz
04-06-2008, 03:24 AM
that looks interesting...

rawpaw18
04-06-2008, 04:30 AM
The other day I tried taking a pic of my girlfriend's salt and pepper shakers.

OK, maybe refer to the shoot as "Art" and you may have better luck and not get your face slapped.:D

btuner, great Ferrari shot, love it.

Baseball is back, Love the expressions of pitchers throwing.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3207/2391475801_fb6e05c6cc_o.jpg

Visual Reality
04-06-2008, 07:29 AM
My first contribution to the thread.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_0372Edit.jpg

ooverdrive
04-06-2008, 09:03 AM
Visual reality that's a nice one...hdr?

btuner
04-06-2008, 09:37 AM
Nice pic, btuner, I love the colors! I saw some of the other pics on your flickr page, excellent work!

I actually wanted to make the trip down to see that race, but unfortunately a coupe of last-minute deadlines prevented me. I'm jealous :p

Thanks man! Yeah it was a lot of fun I've been the last three years and its always a great experience. The press pass helped otherwise every shot would have been through chainlink fences!

Turo
04-06-2008, 10:10 AM
The press pass helped otherwise every shot would have been through chainlink fences!

Ah, I was wondering how you got close enough to get all those great shots! Cool stuff! :cool:

Visual Reality
04-06-2008, 10:26 AM
Visual reality that's a nice one...hdr?
Nope actually its a little gaussian blur effect. Thanks :)

ooverdrive
04-06-2008, 01:37 PM
Please don't count me on this but this is real

tim11
04-06-2008, 08:46 PM
Either the snake is overfed or very dumb; but that's one very dumb frog alright. lol

XaiLo
04-06-2008, 09:03 PM
Nice ooverdrive! Nah Tim, the frog is using the Jedi mind trick. lol

K1W1
04-06-2008, 10:50 PM
Please don't count me on this but this is real

Tell me that you were using a 1zillion mm zoom lens from 100 metres away and that you weren't standing within a metre or so of the snake when you took the picture. :D

erichlund
04-06-2008, 10:59 PM
Probably from the other side of the glass in the zoo. I would not be surprised to find this frog very safe indeed. If I recall, most frog that are red tend to not be very appetising to pretty much anything. Poisonous skin. This could be an exception. I don't really know for sure.

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-07-2008, 01:06 AM
Too many lovely shots to single anyone out.

Rooz I guess now you've got the 300mm you're feeding insects to the birds to lure them in?:D

Turo if you want to photograph the girlfriends "salt and pepper shakers" she might be more amenable if you give them a bigger analogy.:D

I had a baking competition with my mates (how macho):D. This was one of the helpings made by the winner. The theme was savoury baking and fun. This is Mr Potato Head the baked potato.

Visual Reality
04-07-2008, 02:52 AM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_0366Edit.jpg

K1W1
04-07-2008, 04:59 AM
If I had got to the end of it I could have shouted D3's to everybody on the forum. :)
It's only a happy snap through the windscreen of my car.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2217/2395028557_54562b8a35_b.jpg

Rooz
04-07-2008, 05:04 AM
OK, maybe refer to the shoot as "Art" and you may have better luck and not get your face slapped.:D

btuner, great Ferrari shot, love it.

Baseball is back, Love the expressions of pitchers throwing.



great action shot. do you manually prefocus these ?
kiwi, love the bike engine.
visual reality, great shot of the angel.

erichlund
04-07-2008, 07:04 AM
The world is getting to be such a small place. If the cars weren't going the wrong way on the road ;), that would look just like a BP station here.

Turo
04-07-2008, 07:51 AM
Trying out my new 35-70mm f/2.8 lens:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3288/2383665730_99f16119f9_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2383665730

Very happy with it!

p.du.v
04-07-2008, 09:17 AM
Turo, what a beautifully sharp lens!
And so many great photos folks! I just went back the 5 pages I'd missed to catch up; some really inspirational stuff there!

I recently picked up the 17-55 f2.8 (cheers Kev! ;)) and I am so in love with it! It's perfect for what I like to do. Perfect range and oh so so sharp!
Anyhoot, I spent yesterday photographing a friend's exhibition opening for the big photography festival that is going on here at the moment (FotoFreo, Fremantle Western Australia. Look it up!).

Of course, when beers are involved, shenanigans will prevail... My favourite highlight:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2395261955_6bb00d735f_o.jpg

Later in the night I tried some of that blurry street photojournalism stylin'..
I kinda dig it to be honest heh.
One thing's for sure though, I'm going to be shooting a lot more black and white.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2396328046_c4f5cc9b5d_o.jpg

The set is here if you're interested. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pduv/sets/72157604422165968/detail/)

ooverdrive
04-07-2008, 10:31 AM
Either the snake is overfed or very dumb; but that's one very dumb frog alright. lol
Thanks for the comments and tim was right,this Rock python had enough frogs and my friend found him overfed at the time he took this:):)just clarified it was taken near a pond by the side of a forest.Actually my friend stephen lives in the border of idukki district where there is plenty macro and wild life shooting opportunities,see IDUKKI here (http://idukki.nic.in/id_wild.htm)[/QUOTE]
This was taken with the kit lens and only had 55mm at the telephoto end...he cropped it heavily.

ooverdrive
04-07-2008, 10:48 AM
I lend my Dcr250 for some days to my friend and he asked me to share these as he is running on a dial up:mad:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/2299883211_a794441940_o.jpg
According to my friend this is a small slow moving nocturnal primates with small ears and a very short tail.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2118/2269085194_7334aa7329_o.jpg

btuner
04-07-2008, 11:31 AM
hay is for horses
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/2395875847_d45612ebd0_o.jpg

rawpaw18
04-07-2008, 03:51 PM
great action shot. do you manually prefocus these ?


Thanks, no I use auto focus. This was af-c, will go back to af-s I usually get better results. I am a bit out of practice on my timing but season just starting.

I may have to give the prefocus a try, never really gave it a thought. Would help in my trouble with sports composition. I always have to shoot center then crop. I want those 51 focus points.

500mL
04-07-2008, 05:24 PM
Tried out my Sigma 30mm lens outdoors today. Although it was cloudy all day, with a bit of pp, heavy cropping and switch to black and white, this one came out okay. Any thoughts? :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/2396633043_9a919cc7ab_b.jpg

-500mL

Visual Reality
04-07-2008, 05:51 PM
A lot of shadow clipping, but that's probably intended I'm guessing.

500mL
04-07-2008, 06:51 PM
A lot of shadow clipping, but that's probably intended I'm guessing.

Yup you guessed correctly my friend! :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-08-2008, 12:48 AM
The world is getting to be such a small place. If the cars weren't going the wrong way on the road ;), that would look just like a BP station here.

Where is here Erich? Not Lund at the base of Sweden by any chance?

The Rolls Royce Car Club of Aust had a get together last week around Adelaide. Here's my favourite shot of a kid learning to drive. A bit different from what I learnt to drive in:p

I should have got out the nifty 50 (left in my car), my 18-200 was just not up to the job to isolate the subject from the background for any of my shots and when I got home I found everything I took was around 50mm. Frustrating.

K1W1
04-08-2008, 02:26 AM
The Rolls Royce Car Club of Aust had a get together last week around Adelaide. Here's my favourite shot of a kid learning to drive.

Yes he's an Aussie kid. He's driving a ute, he has his arm out the window and it looks like he's practising circle work. :D

Eric lives in the USA AFAIK.

Visual Reality
04-08-2008, 02:58 AM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_0371Edit.jpg

Rooz
04-08-2008, 05:15 AM
your experience with the s3 certianly shows. another very nice shot. although i dont like that thing on top of the front vase in the background.

Rooz
04-08-2008, 05:16 AM
Trying out my new 35-70mm f/2.8 lens:

Very happy with it!

damn thats sharp.

Rooz
04-08-2008, 05:21 AM
35mm f2
wide open @ f2, 1/20s using MFD. untouched, straight out of the camera.

beat that for the price, i dare ya.

K1W1
04-08-2008, 05:42 AM
What a useless piece of glass. It can't even get the complete little critter in focus. :)

erichlund
04-08-2008, 07:10 AM
Where is here Erich? Not Lund at the base of Sweden by any chance?


The endless concrete jungle of Southern California. Anaheim, home of Disneyland, to be specific. Live two miles from the place, and haven't been back there in the six years since we moved here. I got my fill of amusement parks the last time we lived in SoCal.

My dad always claimed we were Norwegian, and the name is common in both Norway and Sweden, so I have no reason to doubt him. I'm reminded of the Mastercard commercial though. Son takes his dad for a vacation to the homeland of Norway. They check the hall of records, and find out their actually Swedish. Priceless, as the saying goes.

Turo
04-08-2008, 09:34 AM
damn thats sharp.

Extremely, thats what I love about it! M girlfriend hates it because it brings out the smallest imperfections on a person, but I can't put this lens down. :D

Visual Reality
04-08-2008, 03:20 PM
your experience with the s3 certianly shows. another very nice shot. although i dont like that thing on top of the front vase in the background.
Thanks, it's actually a big lamp. I didn't know what to think of the pic, but went ahead and did some PP anyway (B/W conversion on the background).

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-08-2008, 08:31 PM
Hood ornament on one of the Rolls.
I really struggled to photograph this.

I used F4.8 (50mm on the 18-200). I think the whole statues in focus but it doesn't look that way. Perhaps it's just how she's cast.

dxrocnxj
04-08-2008, 09:03 PM
this band is from iowa named "modern life is war"
last show i jersey before the members part ways.

http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z53/dxrocnxj/Modern%20Life%20Is%20War/DSC_0197.jpg

btuner
04-08-2008, 09:55 PM
i love your show pics man^ wish i could get in with bands and shoot for them like that

T06
04-09-2008, 01:17 AM
heres a sample from the first day out with the 24-70

Visual Reality
04-09-2008, 02:54 AM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_0376Edit.jpg

rawpaw18
04-09-2008, 03:42 AM
Did you hand hold that shot?^

Turo
04-09-2008, 06:26 AM
Playing with some exaggerated parameters in CaptureNX (thought it was an interesting effect):

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2371/2395138738_7b0e62f5e1_o.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2395138738/

XaiLo
04-09-2008, 01:05 PM
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/04_apr/car.jpg

Visual Reality
04-09-2008, 02:08 PM
Did you hand hold that shot?^
Yeah, 1/6 s at f/3.5.

tim11
04-09-2008, 05:49 PM
A cockatoo...
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m116/tim11_2006/animals/n80401_184c.jpg

tizeye
04-09-2008, 06:18 PM
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee258/ibhim/BirdSnake.jpg

Great Blue Heron with banded water snake. Initially thought was a juvenile water moccosin but has slightly different markings.
D40 55-200

btuner
04-09-2008, 06:26 PM
awesome capture Tizeye!

tim11
04-10-2008, 05:58 AM
Do not disturb.
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m116/tim11_2006/animals/n80401_032c.jpg

XaiLo
04-10-2008, 06:44 AM
two enjoyable captures tim.

tizeye, cool image.

Turo
04-10-2008, 06:59 AM
Trying my hand at some macro shots:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3127/2395138730_962a3f0a4a_o.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2395138730/

I tried to get the flower's far petals into focus. Not sure if my hand was shaking a bit, or if my focus was a little off, but the image doesn't look quite as sharp as I'd like it to be. Still, I'm pretty happy for my first try. Oh, and I'm not using a macro lens per se, the 35-70 has a 'macro mode' at 35mm, so I was trying that out. And yes, they are artificial flowers. :D

tizeye
04-10-2008, 08:06 AM
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee258/ibhim/DSC_0114.jpg

Enjoyed watching him position around the waves. For some reason always thought an Ibis was freshwater and tributaries, so surprised to see in the surf.

This area is, which includes the Great Heron photo posted yesterday, is where NASA is wanting to expand with additional launchpads to lease for private commercial launches, effectively closing permanently to the public. Currently it is closed only during shuttle launches - otherwise could just immagine those photo ops!

Prospero
04-10-2008, 11:25 AM
Hello everyone,
Monday evening I was the photographer at a performance evening of my student club. I took the pictures as much as possible with the available light. Here are some that came out quite nice. They were all shot at ISO1600 and f/1.8 with the shutterspeed between 1/100s and 1/200s.

34898

34899

34900

Turo
04-10-2008, 11:44 AM
Nice pictures, Prospero! Low-light images have always been a big challenge for me.

rawpaw18
04-10-2008, 11:52 AM
Little out of your comfort zone Dennis, no landscape or hdr? Very nicely done.
That mike in the first shot is sharp, it looks like it is just floating there.

tizeye
04-10-2008, 01:52 PM
Nice Prospero...
Particurally like the second one with the lighting and shadows. Kind of envisioning it in B&W.

toriaj
04-10-2008, 03:26 PM
Great work Dennis. You really worked that 1.8 :)

res222
04-10-2008, 07:07 PM
I loved the color on this flower..

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-11-2008, 01:07 AM
Another take on the hood ornament.
Still struggling to leave metal looking like metal.
I've resorted to reading Petersons "Understanding Exposure".

Rooz
04-11-2008, 01:30 AM
thats a nicer compostion. i much prefer the exposure you used and the shades of grey/ silver/ blue work perfectly. looke to me that you either took it later in the day or it was more cloudy than your original shot.

here's one just for KIWI. :p

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2258/2405407700_52d7d18e0d_o.jpg

Prospero
04-11-2008, 11:22 AM
Nice pictures, Prospero! Low-light images have always been a big challenge for me.
Thanks, Turo. These were indeed pretty difficult conditions to shoot in. The metering had a hard time getting consistent results (It may have been better if I used spot metering) so I used manual exposure the entire evening. The 50 was of great help, with a slower lens this would not have been possible.

Little out of your comfort zone Dennis, no landscape or hdr? Very nicely done.
That mike in the first shot is sharp, it looks like it is just floating there.
Thanks Rich. It is indeed quite different from the stuff I usually post here. In many ways it is much more difficult to shoot. Getting the exposure right is more difficult and if you don't get it right, the possibilities of fixing it are much more limited.
I have taken pictures at such things before, though, but I seldom post these on the internet (they are generally crap :) ). In fact, I'm not even allowed to post these pictures, but it's not like anybody will notice.

Nice Prospero...
Particurally like the second one with the lighting and shadows. Kind of envisioning it in B&W.
Thanks Tizeye. I will try to convert a couple to B&W.

Great work Dennis. You really worked that 1.8 :)
Thanks Tori. The 50 was great for this occassion. Without it, this would not have been possible. When I first got the 50 I didn't like the focal length all that much, but recently I'm starting to like it more and more.

Rooz
04-11-2008, 03:15 PM
testing out the 35mm f2 capability wide open. sure it aint as sharp as the 105VR but this is a cheapo prime lens doing "macro" pretty darn well. very impressed, its a joy to use.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2406540468_b12a02b277_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2256/2406540134_09665a27d5_o.jpg

500mL
04-11-2008, 07:04 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2258/2405407700_52d7d18e0d_o.jpg


Rooz,
That's just amazing! Which lens did you use to take this one?

Rooz
04-11-2008, 07:32 PM
300mmf4+1.7x tc.

K1W1
04-11-2008, 11:34 PM
It's the time of year again. First practice game at my least favourite ground.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2018/2407053168_be2f551c39_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 135 mm
ISO Speed: 400
55-200VR lens

Rooz
04-12-2008, 01:26 AM
lunch anyone ?

erichlund
04-12-2008, 10:46 AM
Thanks anyway, I just had breakfast. ;)

Visual Reality
04-12-2008, 01:25 PM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_0370Edit.jpg

toriaj
04-12-2008, 03:37 PM
K1W1, that's a great shot, I've tried to shoot some of my siblings' games and your shot puts all mine to shame!! Is the blur on the foreground foot in left corner due to DOF or motion blur? I really like the motion blur on the ball. Thanks for sharing :)

ssil2000
04-12-2008, 04:33 PM
50mm@f1.8
iso400
1/30sec
cropped

not a very good quality image but i really liked the shot because the guy looked like he was really enjoying playing for us.

CC welcomed

Sergio

500mL
04-12-2008, 04:36 PM
From my newly acquired Sigma 18-200mm DC OS HSM lens. Still getting used to it but my Sigma 30mm is still my favorite :D Cheers!

Fetch!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2235/2408120935_e63925e226.jpg

Give Me Warmth
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3265/2408955562_9b16f7f1b0.jpg

Enjoyment
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2290/2408122067_81823cfb31.jpg

Jason25
04-12-2008, 06:20 PM
Taken today with the 70-300 VR

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/2408754874_5b01bef3c0.jpg

toriaj
04-12-2008, 06:37 PM
What a cool look on his face! It looks so sharp, I'd like to see it in a larger size.

Jason25
04-12-2008, 06:58 PM
Thanks! Here's a larger one, it's also on my Flickr :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/2408754874_5b01bef3c0_b.jpg

TNB
04-12-2008, 07:06 PM
I took numerous dog "action" photos today, but I couldn't pass up on one still photo...

http://image2-9.rcuniverse.com/e1/forum/upfiles/70716/Nd53369.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-12-2008, 09:18 PM
Cool shot Sergio, I think I can guess who influenced that shot.
Love those two pooches with the granny hairstyles.

Thanks to Rooz who initially motivated me to add the nifty 50mm to my wishlist at the start. I finally put it back on the camera and tried again, these are my middle two kids. I had to muck around with curves to increase the contrast.

Rooz
04-13-2008, 12:04 AM
spectacular shots stephen. the one of your little girl in particualr is mesmerising.
love that shot Jason.

ssil2000
04-13-2008, 01:47 AM
Cool shot Sergio, I think I can guess who influenced that shot.
Love those two pooches with the granny hairstyles.

Thanks to Rooz who initially motivated me to add the nifty 50mm to my wishlist at the start. I finally put it back on the camera and tried again, these are my middle two kids. I had to muck around with curves to increase the contrast.

nice shots buddy! the frst one is a stand out!
yea prosperos shot reminded me of that shot that i took when i was down in port elliot a few months ago :)

K1W1
04-13-2008, 04:58 AM
Soccer Saturday. Motorbikes Sunday

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2026/2410196160_3743367305_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 38 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV

K1W1
04-13-2008, 05:02 AM
K1W1, that's a great shot,
Is the blur on the foreground foot in left corner due to DOF or motion blur? I really like the motion blur on the ball.


Thanks for the comment.
I was basically just playing around a bit and seeing how slow I could go on the shutter speed and still get an acceptable result. These two were running flat out towards me so I think the blur on the foot and ball is motion related. I kinda think it worked on that shot but it was unintentional.

Aldor88
04-13-2008, 10:16 AM
Havn't had much time for photography lately, had some time yasterday and ended up with this shot. Haven't had time to process any others yet.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3144/2410912432_532ec1a7be_b.jpg

Visual Reality
04-13-2008, 10:53 AM
18-55 VR + Raynox DCR-250

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/Macro/Nikon55mm.jpg

TNB
04-13-2008, 07:57 PM
Another dog photo from Saturday....

http://image2-0.rcuniverse.com/e1/forum/upfiles/70716/Dy79570.jpg

Rooz
04-13-2008, 07:59 PM
nice shot TNB.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2064/2411718449_07b5697ec0_o.jpg

K1W1
04-13-2008, 08:39 PM
Score F

I've run the micrometer over it and the right edge of the box leans 1mm to the left.
Learn to align your photos properly please and then submit a new effort.

:D:D

Seriously. Is this an example of Lightroom 2 or did you use the old faithful software?

Turo
04-13-2008, 09:01 PM
Nice timing with that shot, TNB!

Rooz
04-13-2008, 09:02 PM
lol nah just CNX. added piles of grain, B&W background and radical L&C on the mailbox.
first time i've ever taken a picture of something like this. i cant say i really enjoyed it to be honest...but i suppose for something different huh ?

Classic96
04-13-2008, 09:24 PM
From a newborn and mother shoot today.

Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 and 2 SB-800's fired via CLS.

http://still-frames-by-nick.smugmug.com/photos/279010395_aptaK-L.jpg

ae86gtv16
04-13-2008, 09:33 PM
nice one classic96!!!

ae86gtv16
04-13-2008, 09:36 PM
I was able to take some night shots using my new D300 last friday after work.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/apex4ag/Nikon%20D300%20Images/Night%20shots/_DSC2047b.jpg

dxrocnxj
04-13-2008, 10:59 PM
From a newborn and mother shoot today.

Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 and 2 SB-800's fired via CLS.

http://still-frames-by-nick.smugmug.com/photos/279010395_aptaK-L.jpg

wow.
amazing.

Rooz
04-13-2008, 11:04 PM
From a newborn and mother shoot today.

Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 and 2 SB-800's fired via CLS.


fantastic shot.
ae86, love that night shot ! where is that at ?

ae86gtv16
04-13-2008, 11:33 PM
fantastic shot.
ae86, love that night shot ! where is that at ?


Thanks Rooz!

That's "Our Lady of Peace" located in Santa Clara, California.

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-13-2008, 11:52 PM
Classic, that shots a classic:D
I like the way it fills the frame, the tones... well just everything.
One thing I'm not sure of though is mums hairclip, is it better without?

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-14-2008, 12:02 AM
I don't know if you remember my post of some Tawny Frogmouth owls from before I bought the DSLR. We'll here's the same shot with a "proper camera". What a difference, they look like owls and not sticks this time.

These are wild owls. I've found a spot where they hang out all day everyday, they've been there the last 4 times I've bush walked with my daughter.

200mm on the 18-200VR. Spot metering the owl, -1EV, cloudy day, F/8, IS400, 1/125sec, hand held.

Rooz
04-14-2008, 12:38 AM
wow, thats awesome. i'd LOVE to get these guys my way. :( you've really got that d300 humming now. there is a massive leap forward in in your shots. really well done mate. :)

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-14-2008, 12:54 AM
Thank you Rooz.
It was a lot of hard work manually bracketting/chimping etc but I enjoyed it. My daughter got a bit impatient at the end though.

I'd expected you to have a dig at me saying "at least they look like owls not sticks".:D