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JerBear
05-15-2008, 07:34 AM
Jerbear have you got enough pixels to try a horizontal crop on that to make the tractor a central element? Just an idea, it is also nice as it is.


Actually I have three frames of the tractor, one of which is almost identical to the vertical one but for some reason just didn't see as interesting. I'll post it later when I get home and see what ya'll think.

TNB
05-15-2008, 12:58 PM
Tori,
Where's that bridge located at in Wyo? Just wondering.

Btuner,
Nice bridge shot.

Lbg,
One word, wild.

Attached is one of my hand held photos I finally got around to uploading here as well as on Flickr. And since someone recently asked about rodeo photos, I uploaded a couple to my Flickr account as well.

JerBear
05-15-2008, 07:03 PM
Actually I have three frames of the tractor, one of which is almost identical to the vertical one but for some reason just didn't see as interesting. I'll post it later when I get home and see what ya'll think.

So here's the same tractor horizontal. And I forgot EXIF info before:

f/3.5
ISO 200

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3172/2496138888_a4152039c8_b.jpg

K1W1
05-15-2008, 08:03 PM
I prefer the horizontal image. The shadow detail on the engine is better as well.

Geoff Chandler
05-15-2008, 10:46 PM
..I like the landscape version of the tractor better as well, in fact that one is a very nice photo/composition.

Jason25
05-15-2008, 11:50 PM
55/3.5

http://www.jmodzikphoto.com/img/v1/p93559260-4.jpg

Rooz
05-16-2008, 12:20 AM
beautiful tones Jason

LBGChris
05-16-2008, 12:27 AM
sure, whats your budget ?

$500 or less?

LBGChris
05-16-2008, 12:28 AM
Late night parking garage

Rooz
05-16-2008, 12:57 AM
$500 or less?

stretch it by another $100 to $600 and you get the sigma 150mm. i think the new AF-S 60mm nikkor is around the $570 mark aswell. otherwise, you're gonna be limited to MF only.

achuang
05-16-2008, 01:04 AM
After having the predecessor to the new nikon 60mm AF-S micro lens, the old AF-D one I'd say go with the sigma 150mm just because of length. 60mm doesn't leave a lot of working distance to the subject and sometimes casts a shadow. The only benefit of having a shorter focal length is that it is easier to hand hold.

T06
05-16-2008, 02:54 AM
you're only 8% of the way there mate. lol but yes, i'll pm you if i sell it.

apart from the 70-200, which i rarely use, i dont have any zoom lens' anymore and quite frankly, i havent missed a zoom either yet.

Thats because you've got adequate equipment.;) Now imagine if n.a.s. set in,;);) Careful now:D

T06
05-16-2008, 02:59 AM
Its what piss pour american beer looks like - the image is a little desaturated - but I boosted the color of the beer back close to what it should be. You're right prospero, that blown out part is a little distracting.

Great photo all the same.

T06
05-16-2008, 03:13 AM
How do you know he didn't get beaten up for photographing somebodies boyfriend? :D

kiwi I don't think this is the time to bring up personal preferences :D:D

T06
05-16-2008, 03:20 AM
Well since everyones showing off.....

K1W1
05-16-2008, 03:34 AM
kiwi I don't think this is the time to bring up personal preferences :D:D

You are such a b@#$h! :)

T06
05-16-2008, 04:03 AM
You are such a b@#$h! :)

sorry....:actually after i posted that i thought nah fickim:D:D:D

K1W1
05-16-2008, 04:29 AM
Thursday night - Soccer practice

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/2496954194_4afcd59cf2_b.jpg

Friday night - Maths homework

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3221/2496132209_5d9432f149_b.jpg

T06
05-16-2008, 04:41 AM
Christ Kiwi, your daughter needs glasses, not a joke,.....!

K1W1
05-16-2008, 04:51 AM
She ducked he head because she didn't want her photo taken.

T06
05-16-2008, 04:53 AM
Hmmmm.....:mad::eek::(
Yeah right.....

herc182
05-16-2008, 04:59 AM
She ducked he head because she didn't want her photo taken.

you obviously havent trained her as hard as Rooz has with his :D

Rooz
05-16-2008, 05:11 AM
lol i started on mine young. :D

K1W1
05-16-2008, 05:23 AM
My have become shutter shy. :D

K1W1
05-16-2008, 05:24 AM
Hmmmm.....:mad::eek::(
Yeah right.....

Want me to show you the other photos where she got up and walked away? :D

Rooz
05-16-2008, 05:30 AM
damn that sunset looks brilliant.

res222
05-16-2008, 09:17 AM
I wish you a nice adventure on your bicycle Geoff. Nice Trek you got there. It looks stout.
res222 - Nice capture of "emotion during the pitch". Good color and composition.

Thanks, I liked this one the best because of the expression.

res222
05-16-2008, 09:18 AM
Res222 if that's your boy that shot is worth framing.

Jerbear have you got enough pixels to try a horizontal crop on that to make the tractor a central element? Just an idea, it is also nice as it is.

Great landscape for photography Tori.

Have a good trip Geoff, I'm envious.

Yes it is and I plan on framing it for our game room.

Rooz
05-16-2008, 09:39 PM
last shot with the 50/1.4 today. i just handed it back. very sad to see it go, i really enjoyed it. :(

this is the real reason i want it. f1.4 dof and lovely bokeh. it really is impressively sharp at these wide apertures and the contrast needs a quick kick up in PP but thats it.

namesalex
05-16-2008, 10:04 PM
last shot with the 50/1.4 today. i just handed it back. very sad to see it go, i really enjoyed it. :(

this is the real reason i want it. f1.4 dof and lovely bokeh. it really is impressively sharp at these wide apertures and the contrast needs a quick kick up in PP but thats it.

those eyes look insane in that picture. really cool though

Geoff Chandler
05-16-2008, 11:04 PM
Another lovely shot Rooz, nice job!

dxrocnxj
05-16-2008, 11:24 PM
with my new ttl cable.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2105/2496729026_98db385020.jpg?v=0

Rooz
05-17-2008, 01:11 AM
how did you do that ? can you share the settings pls. :)

dxrocnxj
05-17-2008, 01:14 AM
how did you do that ? can you share the settings pls. :)

still getting used to the new cable so ive been using the flash on auto. :)

Exposure: 0.333 sec (1/3)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode

minor pp done to saturation.

K1W1
05-17-2008, 01:17 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3278/2498696958_50bc96abd6_b.jpg

Rooz
05-17-2008, 01:26 AM
still getting used to the new cable so ive been using the flash on auto. :)

Exposure: 0.333 sec (1/3)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode

minor pp done to saturation.

so thats just using TTL ? :confused:
didnt know you could get that good an effect with it all on auto. will have to try that.

dxrocnxj
05-17-2008, 01:28 AM
yes sir!
oh actually i used the plastic piece in my sb600.
not sure of the technical term if someone wants to fill me in
with a diffuser on top of that as well.

K1W1
05-17-2008, 02:00 AM
The plastic piece is a wide flash adapter. It spreads the flash to match a 14mm lens.

rawpaw18
05-17-2008, 04:55 AM
Richard, looks like art work. Very nice.

Prospero
05-17-2008, 05:16 AM
Rooz, very nice picture. Beautiful bokeh and colours.
Richard, nice work. I really like the colours. Perhaps it would be better framed a little bit less tight.

Dylan, nice picture. What kind of TTL cable are you using? The genuine Nikon cable (which is quite expensive here) or a third party cable?
I was planning on getting a cable myself, although I don't really need it to be TTL, since the lens I will be using it with doesn't support metering or TTL anyway.

K1W1
05-17-2008, 05:38 AM
Richard, nice work. I really like the colours. Perhaps it would be better framed a little bit less tight.

It's what happens when you hold a camera in one hand by waist, point the lens up at somebody standing beside you and push the shutter button. If they happen to be holding an umbrella and you miss their face that is the result. It's a pure accident (not taking the photo just the result).

K1W1
05-17-2008, 05:43 AM
It's Saturday so here is the Soccer pic.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2375/2498091881_9e5f6a3764_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50 wrapped in a plastic bag
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 92 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
55-200VR

dxrocnxj
05-17-2008, 08:28 AM
Rooz, very nice picture. Beautiful bokeh and colours.
Richard, nice work. I really like the colours. Perhaps it would be better framed a little bit less tight.

Dylan, nice picture. What kind of TTL cable are you using? The genuine Nikon cable (which is quite expensive here) or a third party cable?
I was planning on getting a cable myself, although I don't really need it to be TTL, since the lens I will be using it with doesn't support metering or TTL anyway.

third party.
promaster

LBGChris
05-17-2008, 05:45 PM
The infamous carnival baseball game

JerBear
05-17-2008, 06:35 PM
Here is some fresh asparagus from the same farm that I took the pictures of the tractor.

EXIF:
f/8
1/160 shutter
62 mm focal length

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/2499973911_7bef7877e7_b.jpg

toriaj
05-17-2008, 07:37 PM
Very nicely done, JerBear. I love it when shots like that show the landscape. And I bet that asparagus is tasty!! Did you pick any?

accord2003
05-17-2008, 08:12 PM
[QUOTE=JerBear;305319]Here is some fresh asparagus from the same farm that I took the pictures of the tractor.

EXIF:
f/8
1/160 shutter
62 mm focal length

cool shot JerBear. to think of it, I do not recall ever seeing asparagus in the wild before. I really don't get out much :)

JerBear
05-17-2008, 08:34 PM
I'm in a class about today's food, where it comes from, how it's transported to us and the ramifications of all of that and this was one of our farm visits. The farmer was a really neat guy and had us all pick one. I think I'm ruined for life because they were nothing like the junk we get at our local grocer. They weren't fibrous and really sweet. A great snack!

Rooz
05-18-2008, 05:06 AM
105VR + 20mm extension tube
R1 lighting

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2383/2501737406_7b220d7bca_o.jpg

Fiasco
05-18-2008, 08:11 AM
Isn't she just adorable?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3151/2500847516_3fd14fbb4a_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baresoul/2500847516/)

dxrocnxj
05-18-2008, 11:08 AM
rooz,
i absolutely love that shot.
the colors are great!

TNB
05-18-2008, 03:19 PM
Nikon D50 wrapped in a plastic bag
I thought about doing "that" once while I was visiting in another state, but opted against it. In your case, it seemed to work out well based on your photo.

Rooz,
Where's the bug in that photo? I looked and looked, then looked again...

Fiasco,
She does appear to be enjoying herself.

Here's one of my photos from last night--a lot more to go through yet.

Nikon D200
Nikon 10.5mm F/2.8
Hand held

LBGChris
05-18-2008, 05:44 PM
Awesome picture TNB! I especially like how the background curves around the photo.

JerBear
05-18-2008, 07:26 PM
Photo of the lights in the ballroom/banquet room of the Bodega de San Vicente in Spain.

EXIF:
f/4
1/125 shutter
ISO400

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2291/2504152272_2394c98be8.jpg

TNB
05-18-2008, 07:32 PM
Awesome picture TNB! I especially like how the background curves around the photo.
Thanks. I like the curve as well. I also tried angling the camera differently since it appears to effect the curve too, but when I took those photos I had to shoot through some small photo holes and if I tipped the camera too much, I ended up getting the metal cage around the photo hole. In addition, I shot some photos in the portrait mode though those photos had a lot of sky and I wasn't in a position to capture the fountains. The Nikon 10.5mm is a fun little lens and can take some crazy looking close ups of people too.

herc182
05-19-2008, 06:11 AM
stunning photo Rooz. Excellent shot too TNB.

here is one I took on the weekend. HDR, but quite subtle. I love Corel Photoshop. It has an excellent HDR feature.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2346/2503555632_ed0462b334_b.jpg

craigyc
05-19-2008, 08:42 AM
Excellent shot TNB! im curious as to where you were to take the photo!? It looks really elevated!

dxrocnxj
05-19-2008, 12:53 PM
it was prom this past weekend at my friends high school.
since im no longer in high school i decided to go take pictures
and use my ttl cable a bit. :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2311/2498919916_b3abdfef86.jpg?v=0

namesalex
05-19-2008, 01:32 PM
herc182 - i like that picture a lot :)

Visual Reality
05-19-2008, 03:04 PM
dxrocnxj, good one - but was this bounced off the ceiling? I'm seeing some shadows. It looks like it was since the bottom half of their bodies are dark though...

herc182
05-19-2008, 03:10 PM
herc182 - i like that picture a lot :)

Thanks. It turned out better than expected!

herc182
05-19-2008, 03:11 PM
it was prom this past weekend at my friends high school.
since im no longer in high school i decided to go take pictures
and use my ttl cable a bit. :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2311/2498919916_b3abdfef86.jpg?v=0

Lovely shot. Good use of flash.

herc182
05-19-2008, 03:12 PM
Another one from the zoo. Cute little baby rhino (born at a whopping 100kg). And HUMAN women complain :-)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2133/2506799610_ae18c2b49d_b.jpg

namesalex
05-19-2008, 05:14 PM
herc182 - hahaha i love this. i like how the border matches the actual picture too! :p

gsusmaniac
05-19-2008, 08:33 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2344/2506791117_c8100b4f1b_b.jpg

LBGChris
05-19-2008, 09:36 PM
One from my zoo collection on Flickr!

btuner
05-19-2008, 10:57 PM
i know you guys probably arnt into this sort of thing but i thought i'd post it up anyways

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2092/2507124007_f34dfb47e0_o.jpg

dxrocnxj
05-20-2008, 12:33 AM
btuner, i love it.
always wanted a lexus is300 myself. :)


heres a new picture again since its 2:30 am here.
this one of my father figure with my new sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.
comments would be greatly appreciated.
pp is saturation/color.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2230/2506471663_a5b9be1f7d.jpg?v=0

herc182
05-20-2008, 01:31 AM
One from my zoo collection on Flickr!

great shot! Did you add the scratch marks afterwards?

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-20-2008, 03:20 AM
Nice shot Btuner. Is it my eyes/monitor or does it have a slight colour cast?

I was mucking around with focus stacking (manually in photochop). I don't like the effect but after several hours of work felt obligated to post it anyway.:D

Rooz
05-20-2008, 04:50 AM
btuner, i love it.
always wanted a lexus is300 myself. :)


heres a new picture again since its 2:30 am here.
this one of my father figure with my new sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.
comments would be greatly appreciated.
pp is saturation/color.



thats a superb portrait. the desat and crop work beautifully. without seeing an evenly lit image, (flash on both sides), its hard to tell if the lighting in this one could have worked better another way, but as it stands its just beautiful. thats one to really be proud of.

DPR, thats a great shot. how did you do the stacking ? goddamit, am i the only idiot that cant do this ? lol

LBGChris
05-20-2008, 05:02 AM
great shot! Did you add the scratch marks afterwards?

No! The lion was basically attacking me through the glass. It was great.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-20-2008, 06:11 AM
DPR, thats a great shot. how did you do the stacking ? goddamit, am i the only idiot that cant do this ? lol

Thanks Rooz.

I liked the look of the funghi leading edge when perfectly focussed. So I took a shot at F8 or so of it. The rest was pretty much oof but I thought the stem had potential if focussed. I couldn't get both at such a close distance even at F22 so I took a 2nd shot of the stem at F8 or so. Both were handheld, manual focus with timer delay release because my cheap tripod doesn't get that low.

It was a low light, even, backlit kind of rainy day with slow shutterspeeds and I was laying in the wet grass to take both shots from the same position.

Then in post I adjusted curves to increase contrast etc on the Nef's in NX, cropped slightly and sent to photochop as 16 bit Tiffs (just in case). I then used channel masking to select the stem (took about a minute to do). I cut the stem and pasted it into the focussed shot of the funghi top as a new layer. I cloned out a bit of the oof stem on the funghus top layer so the new stem was all you'd see over the top.

I swear I feathered the edge of the stem but it looks so blasted crisp at the edges it doesn't look real. Thats the bit I don't like of the photo. I guess because I've got light stem and dark grass so close you visually get quite a distinct edge.

So I think I can call it focus stacking since it's two shots but as I did it manually as a cut and paste it probably doesn't qualify for a purist. The edge of the funghi top going out of focus as you look round the diameter is also a give away that it is made from only two shots not more. But I like the look of the top as is and wouldn't change that.

Fiasco
05-20-2008, 07:22 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2010/2507018057_c94384fb38_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baresoul/2507018057/)

herc182
05-20-2008, 07:55 AM
Cool shot Fiasco. great treatment (soft focus?)

Fiasco
05-20-2008, 12:12 PM
Cool shot Fiasco. great treatment (soft focus?)

I used a stack of various filters using OnOne Phototools in photoshop. I just bought Phototools 2 days ago.

TNB
05-20-2008, 03:27 PM
stunning photo Rooz. Excellent shot too TNB.

here is one I took on the weekend. HDR, but quite subtle. I love Corel Photoshop. It has an excellent HDR feature.

Thanks. I like your HDR photo even though I very seldom like any HDR photos since most I see appear to be "over done" if that makes any sense.


Excellent shot TNB! im curious as to where you were to take the photo!? It looks really elevated!
Thanks. I took the photo from the Eiffel Tower located at the Paris-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino overlooking the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. I've added another view below.


Nice shot Btuner. Is it my eyes/monitor or does it have a slight colour cast?

To me, it looks a little "blue".


DPR, thats a great shot. how did you do the stacking ? goddamit, am i the only idiot that cant do this ? lol
I like the shot too, but don't worry you're not the only idiot that can't do it. LOL.

Another angle and view from my prior photo.

StuartN
05-20-2008, 10:23 PM
Here's one from Canyon X near Page, AZ. Quite a cool place...

Nikon D80
Nikkor 24-70mm @ 24mm
f/8
20 sec
ISO 100


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2058/2496616490_5a92c7b63b_b.jpg

Rooz
05-20-2008, 10:32 PM
dayum...thats an awesome image !
20sec exposure ??? wow must be hell dark in there.

StuartN
05-20-2008, 10:38 PM
Dark and cool (about 55-60F and above in the desert it was about 80-85F) and wee bit sandy when the wind starts blowing. Had to try and keep the sand from getting all over everything.

TNB
05-20-2008, 10:39 PM
Here's one from Canyon X near Page, AZ. Quite a cool place...

Nikon D80
Nikkor 24-70mm @ 24mm
f/8
20 sec
ISO 100

I'll be heading into Antelope Canyon on Monday. ;) However, since I don't have that lens (dang it), I'll probably use a Nikon 17-55mm or the 10.5mm or both.

Rooz
05-20-2008, 10:42 PM
Another angle and view from my prior photo.

thats a great shot. fisheyes are good for something ! lol
brings back many, many good memories. :)

TNB
05-20-2008, 10:46 PM
Dark and cool (about 55-60F and above in the desert it was about 80-85F) and wee bit sandy when the wind starts blowing. Had to try and keep the sand from getting all over everything.
Heck, it was over 110F here yesterday. :(



thats a great shot. fisheyes are good for something ! lol
brings back many, many good memories. :)
Thanks. I'm really enjoying the lens, especially since I don't have anything else wider than the 17-55mm. The fisheye close-up people shots are hilarious (though I can't post those)... I did take a self-portrait with it of the two cats and me.

StuartN
05-20-2008, 10:56 PM
I'll be heading into Antelope Canyon on Monday. ;) However, since I don't have that lens (dang it), I'll probably use a Nikon 17-55mm or the 10.5mm or both.

We hit up Antelope Canyon as well, but it was a zoo of people. Luckily, we spent about 3 hours at Canyon X (same Canyon, just about 10 miles further upstream). The tour operator, Overland Canyon tours in Page has exclusive rights. There were only 4 of us and were able to take as much time as needed to set up the shot.

I had the 10.5, but completely forgot about using it, D'oh! :rolleyes: Enjoy your time down there it's a captivating place...

LBGChris
05-20-2008, 11:08 PM
SUCH a cool picture Stuart. I'm moving to AZ from MI in August! I can't WAIT to take some inspired photos. I've grown so accustomed to everything in Michigan. It just seems so generic compared to some of the things I see captured in AZ.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-21-2008, 01:02 AM
Lovely shot Stuart. As my kids would say "if we're good can we please have another one tomorrow?"

herc182
05-21-2008, 01:27 AM
that is a stunning photo Stuart. Is that the new Nikon lens f2.8?

cheers

Rooz
05-21-2008, 01:50 AM
Another one from the zoo. Cute little baby rhino (born at a whopping 100kg). And HUMAN women complain :-)



this is such a brilliant image phil. i dont think you've posted an image short of outstanding in monhs. you seem very comfortable with your gear right now and dare i say it...you're in the zone. nice place to be.

herc182
05-21-2008, 04:04 AM
this is such a brilliant image phil. i dont think you've posted an image short of outstanding in monhs. you seem very comfortable with your gear right now and dare i say it...you're in the zone. nice place to be.

Thanks Rooz! thats very kind of you :)

I must admit I take quite a few photos and only very few I am happy with. Have become very critical of myself lately!

Glad you liked that one. Thanks!

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-21-2008, 04:54 AM
A big thanks to ssil for convincing me to step up to Raw.
This would have been a right pain to get the white balance on if it was jpeg.

Man I love my DSLR, so glad I bought one.

herc182
05-21-2008, 05:37 AM
Nice shot Dread Pirate Roberts.

One thing though - when you sign your name on that actual photos, is that because of copyrighting? If not, i would take it off the photo!

Otherwise, lovely composition.

Another thing is that WB can be changed in Lightroom (if you have it) with Jpegs...apparently not as flexible as RAW. Just in case you need to that is!

Rooz
05-21-2008, 06:04 AM
great shot DPR. that looks like a great place to shoot at dusk or dawn on a longer shutter speed.
phil: are you still using photomatix for HDR ?

herc182
05-21-2008, 06:20 AM
phil: are you still using photomatix for HDR ?

No. I have started using Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. It is far more realistic and has a fantastic feature for aligning photos. ALthough i love photomatix (and am not saying I wont go back!), it is hard to control to make it look realistic and not HDR (if you know what i mean!).
Download Corel and give it a shot. Its really easy and only has two sliders! One for brightness and the other called "clarify" (which is the business end of things :D)

here is a tutorial on how to use it:
http://www.popphoto.com/photosoftware/4613/software-spotlight-corel-paint-shop-pro-photo-x2.html

In fact, I am using this over photoshop CS3 at the moment. its just easier. However CS3 is far more powerful. Changing things in Corel takes longer to preview than in CS3. But for beginners, I would recommend Corel

Rooz
05-21-2008, 06:35 AM
i have tried using it in CS3 and all my attempts really suck.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-21-2008, 06:49 AM
Thanks fellas.

Herc Re the sig I'll make it less obtrusive but I copied the concept from the good folks on this site and thought it was a good habit to start. I also post a bit on the small side for the same copyright reason. One day when I get better I'd like to be semi professional so I think of a sig as practice. I know everyone has these ambitions and probably hardly anyone sells an image but I live in hope. The business sig is obviously not Dread Pirate Roberts:D

Rooz that was dusk, just as the sun was crossing the horizon on camera left. The shot is facing North on a long N/S lake but very narrow E/W. The houses each side E/W make a good composition in that direction challenging. Why do you mention a longer shutterspeed, should I go for a water effect or are you noticing lack of DOF?

Rooz
05-21-2008, 06:54 AM
no clarity and DOF is excellent. i was more talking about getting motion free water to bring the refletions out more. regardless, its a great shot.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-21-2008, 06:55 AM
i have tried using it in CS3 and all my attempts really suck.

I'm not great at post process myself but I'm learning. Between the two I'd rather be great at the camera end of things like you mate and weaker in post:D

Darn you've got good eyes. As the picture taker I hadn't even seen the ripples. Now that you point it out I can't not see it. Yeah it'd look better without them. Oh well serves me right for not being a boy scout and taking all my gear on my evening walk.:D

herc182
05-21-2008, 06:58 AM
photoshop is set up for those that know what they are doing. Once you learn their methods, its a VERY powerful package.

For new starters, Paint shop pro excels. Download it and try it.

http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=CorelCom/ProcessLayout&lc=en&ppg=CorelCorp/Trials/Login&pid=1156169694605&cid=1208464481013&trkid=ukgoogpspq406

The good thing is that for every tool, a help menu down the side automatically appears and tells you what the tool does and how to use it.

Rooz
05-21-2008, 07:04 AM
i dont know if i could cope with failing at another software program. lol

on a serious note, i really do have to learn some more cos i feel its really limiting me right now and its gone from being a bit funny to being annoying as hell. anything other than the basics like levels and curves, basic cloning and USM and eveything i touch turns out bad. besides which, my laptop has almost gone on many unscheduled journeys out the window...

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-21-2008, 07:07 AM
Rebuke me for posting two images today but it's 10:30pm and I'm keen.

Wish I'd taken the tripod for this too but I still like it even though the DOF is too shallow by far.

herc182
05-21-2008, 07:08 AM
Thanks fellas.

Herc Re the sig I'll make it less obtrusive but I copied the concept from the good folks on this site and thought it was a good habit to start. I also post a bit on the small side for the same copyright reason. One day when I get better I'd like to be semi professional so I think of a sig as practice. I know everyone has these ambitions and probably hardly anyone sells an image but I live in hope. The business sig is obviously not Dread Pirate Roberts:D



No i like the sig, but if you were not doing it for copyright, then I would put it in the border. I have only started doing it (I kinda stole it from Rooz....cheers Rooz :D).

Think your photos are really good and would benefit from taking the sig out of the photo.

herc182
05-21-2008, 07:11 AM
i dont know if i could cope with failing at another software program. lol

on a serious note, i really do have to learn some more cos i feel its really limiting me right now and its gone from being a bit funny to being annoying as hell. anything other than the basics like levels and curves, basic cloning and USM and eveything i touch turns out bad. besides which, my laptop has almost gone on many unscheduled journeys out the window...

Believe me my laptop has vertigo too. Its getting slow for photo processing.
If you have any questions post them on here. I have learnt to do quite a few things on photoshop and learning Corel now.
To be honest, the main things I use are curves, the borders, sharpening, black and white and thats it.
Any more than that and I feel I am hacking at a shit photo!

LBGChris
05-21-2008, 08:32 AM
Believe me my laptop has vertigo too. Its getting slow for photo processing.
If you have any questions post them on here. I have learnt to do quite a few things on photoshop and learning Corel now.
To be honest, the main things I use are curves, the borders, sharpening, black and white and thats it.
Any more than that and I feel I am hacking at a shit photo!


herc: Give the tools: 'Shadow and Highlights' and 'Color Balance' a try. I never edit a photo without them and my final products usually turn out pretty nice.

craigyc
05-21-2008, 09:18 AM
I don't know much about PP but i do have PSelements and i have just bought Lightroom because i want to start shooting RAW!

What do people usually do!? Edit everything in lightroom like curves, levels, contrast etc and then take it into photoshop or do you do something different?! Ive never worked with RAW before now so dont know the usual workflow!

StuartN
05-21-2008, 09:58 AM
SUCH a cool picture Stuart. I'm moving to AZ from MI in August! I can't WAIT to take some inspired photos. I've grown so accustomed to everything in Michigan. It just seems so generic compared to some of the things I see captured in AZ.

Thanks! Quite the change from Michigan to AZ, at least you won't have to deal with the horrible winters.


Lovely shot Stuart. As my kids would say "if we're good can we please have another one tomorrow?"

Thanks very much. I'll dig out another for ya...


that is a stunning photo Stuart. Is that the new Nikon lens f2.8?

cheers

Thanks as well. It is the new Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S. Quite an awesome lens. I find myself keeping that lens on exclusively lately.

StuartN
05-21-2008, 10:03 AM
Lovely shot Stuart. As my kids would say "if we're good can we please have another one tomorrow?"


As requested... Trying to catch the "beams of light" these canyons are known for. I think a little more PP could improve it though.

Nikon D80
Nikkor 24-70mm @ 24mm
f/8
1.3 sec
ISO 100

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2404/2496616936_07b7945266_b.jpg

ssil2000
05-21-2008, 03:44 PM
A big thanks to ssil for convincing me to step up to Raw.
This would have been a right pain to get the white balance on if it was jpeg.

Man I love my DSLR, so glad I bought one.

great shot buddy! how are you liking lightroom?

ssil2000
05-21-2008, 03:46 PM
stuart... awesome man, really love both shots!

StuartN
05-21-2008, 06:18 PM
stuart... awesome man, really love both shots!
ssil2000, thanks! An awesome place to take some shots.

LBGChris
05-21-2008, 08:31 PM
Meerkat and Proud.

AMDnut
05-21-2008, 09:49 PM
Couple quick ones....

AMDnut
05-21-2008, 09:50 PM
nice day for shooting...

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-22-2008, 04:03 AM
great shot buddy! how are you liking lightroom?

Great program but it runs like a pig on my antiquated computer. Is it still NAS if it's a Manfrotto tripod and an Intel system I desperately want.

K1W1
05-22-2008, 04:27 AM
Is it still NAS if it's a Manfrotto tripod and an Intel system I desperately want.

Nah its MAS and IAS. :D

rawpaw18
05-22-2008, 04:41 AM
AMD, great job on the barn shot, great colors really nice

Rooz
05-22-2008, 05:48 AM
preperation. :(

K1W1
05-22-2008, 06:16 AM
My bid - AUD$800.00 :D

XaiLo
05-22-2008, 07:10 AM
Don't do it!!!:eek::eek::eek: I understand you may not be using it now but I would hang onto it for a minute to make sure.

anco85
05-22-2008, 07:19 AM
Wow, I'd have loved to grab that.

Just noticed now that it's made in Germany. This the case with all Nikkors?

rawpaw18
05-22-2008, 07:59 AM
Germany, but the brass plate is made in Japan:rolleyes:

btuner
05-22-2008, 08:56 AM
Germany, but the brass plate is made in Japan:rolleyes:

haha yeah thats just the filter thats made in germany, lens is from japan

btuner
05-22-2008, 08:59 AM
mini cooper!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3040/2512446151_ef7d27f800_o.jpg

Camerajunkie
05-22-2008, 09:35 AM
Oh god, Rooz, you're selling the 70-200mm?

Good thing you're selling it for more than I'm willing to spend, right? Right? So that way I don't want it...... right?

TNB
05-22-2008, 12:56 PM
I just use my 70-200mm F/2.8 VR way too much to consider selling it right now--as a matter of fact, I used it just a few minutes ago. :p

Visual Reality
05-22-2008, 02:23 PM
mini cooper!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3040/2512446151_ef7d27f800_o.jpg
Very nice image...is this HDR?

Rooz
05-22-2008, 04:27 PM
Don't do it!!!:eek::eek::eek: I understand you may not be using it now but I would hang onto it for a minute to make sure.

lol i'm having severe second thoughts believe me. its such a beautiful piece of equipment. but...really...i have no need for it with what i shoot. the 300/4 is a better tele for my purposes. i know the reviews dont say this but its way sharper than the 70-200. and the 85/1.4 is in my sights which is more suited to the work i'm doing. rolling around on the ground catching kids flying all over the place is hard to do with the 70-200.

it also scares alot of kids and people in general. this may sound stupid, but with all the portrait commisions i'm doing, if i pull out the 70-200 people get nervus and apprehensive. i whack on the 85 or 50 and people get alot more relaxed. not to mention kids are overawed with the size of the 70-200 and all they wanna do is either hide from it or play with it. they ignore me with the primes on.

weddings and sports, this thing is a no brainer. but for my purposes, its just a classic case of a lens that doesnt fit. not to mention i think within the next 12months this lens will be updated and the resale value of it right now is just unbelievable. i may even be able to sell it for more than i bought it. God Bless Nikon's incompetance at meeting market demand and having their top lens' in short supply. lol

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-22-2008, 07:54 PM
Well reasoned Rooz. A beautiful lens wish I had one but if it doesn't suit then it's just dead money thats not working for you.

More great shots everyone. I really like the road serpentining off to the right and the colour in that ceiling BTuner. Nice cat TNB.

StuartN
05-22-2008, 10:19 PM
TNB, love the eyes on the cat, very sharp.

Thought I throw in another of the slot canyon pics. I really love the colors down there...

Nikon D80
Nikkor 24-70mm @ 24mm
f/8
15 sec
ISO 100

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3280/2513043724_6055e25028_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-22-2008, 11:42 PM
Another very cool shot Stuart thanks for sharing again.

Here's something a bit different, the SA Museum has a Coelacanth on permanent exhibit. In case no-one else was keen on dinosaurs as a kid these were thought extinct for 60 milion years before a live one was caught in 1938. Significant post processing to clone out reflections in the glass case and a touch of sharpening on the original jpeg, 50mm prime, no flash, handheld.

btuner
05-23-2008, 01:18 AM
Very nice image...is this HDR?

thanks and nope its just a normal long exposure!

dxrocnxj
05-23-2008, 01:18 AM
its hard to keep up with all of you.
dread, your shots keep getting better and better, bravo.

sicne my last photo was of my father, this will be my mother.
new sigma 17-35 f/2.8-4
flash on auto on a ttl cable.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2117/2515875114_d00018c0e9.jpg?v=0

toriaj
05-23-2008, 08:11 AM
StuartN, that's my favorite of the slot canyon shots you've posted. I really like it, especially the colors. I've seen lots of slot canyon pics, but none with colors like yours.

DPR, I'm off to look up Coelacanth ! :D

dx, I'm sure your mom just loves those wide-angle portraits :p

StuartN
05-23-2008, 09:02 AM
Toriaj, Thanks. I really love the colors as well.

DPR, cool shot of the Coelacanth. It looks quite large compared to the other fish in the shot.

rawpaw18
05-23-2008, 12:12 PM
Sign of things to come, at least there are not two digits before the decimal point.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2274/2516841384_d622c69a46.jpg

No drilling, No refineries, & High taxes, might be closer than you think.:mad:

namesalex
05-23-2008, 12:19 PM
Sign of things to come, at least there is not two digits before the decimal point.

No drilling, No refineries, & High taxes, might be closer than you think.:mad:

id kill myself if gas was that high!

Turo
05-23-2008, 12:51 PM
Not the greatest picture but I thought it was funny...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/2516898032_9f2ea2e2c3_o.jpg
Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2516898032/)

Prospero
05-23-2008, 05:54 PM
Today I took my 20,000th photograph with the D50 :).

Here it is:

36385

I really liked picture 20001 better (it's almost the same but framed closer), but I just couldn't ignore this meaningless milestone :D

And here is a shot of a ladybird I took today:

36386

________

Turo, nice picture. Very funny :),
Richard, the fuel prices indicated there look a lot like the prices we are paying here in the Netherlands for real :eek:

btuner
05-23-2008, 06:41 PM
took some pictures for a model named Gia today, unedited.

bare vivitar 285hv right of camera fired with cactus v2s

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2319/2517504920_f1cfb569b5_o.jpg

LBGChris
05-23-2008, 06:57 PM
Just something to make your mouth water...

XaiLo
05-23-2008, 11:06 PM
lol i'm having severe second thoughts believe me. its such a beautiful piece of equipment. but...really...i have no need for it with what i shoot. the 300/4 is a better tele for my purposes. i know the reviews dont say this but its way sharper than the 70-200. and the 85/1.4 is in my sights which is more suited to the work i'm doing. rolling around on the ground catching kids flying all over the place is hard to do with the 70-200.

it also scares alot of kids and people in general. this may sound stupid, but with all the portrait commisions i'm doing, if i pull out the 70-200 people get nervus and apprehensive. i whack on the 85 or 50 and people get alot more relaxed. not to mention kids are overawed with the size of the 70-200 and all they wanna do is either hide from it or play with it. they ignore me with the primes on.

weddings and sports, this thing is a no brainer. but for my purposes, its just a classic case of a lens that doesnt fit. not to mention i think within the next 12months this lens will be updated and the resale value of it right now is just unbelievable. i may even be able to sell it for more than i bought it. God Bless Nikon's incompetance at meeting market demand and having their top lens' in short supply. lol

lmao, no that's doesn't sound stupid at all... matter of fact I've been told it's like pointing a Canon oops I meant cannon at someone. lol I understand what you mean exactly I have to be less intrusive in my situation and is akin to wedding as in event photography so the flexibility is essential. But as noted in a portrait setting it can be very intimidating. In general you're ahead in this game if you understand why you need a piece of equipment. And you have sold me on the 300mm it's on my semi short list along with the 85mm, matter of fact I recommended it to a friend just a few days ago. Yes! In some ways Nikon is better than the stock market. lol

K1W1
05-24-2008, 03:29 AM
An antique shop window

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2175/2517466893_dda996928d_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
50mm f1.8 lens

Rooz
05-24-2008, 05:48 AM
shot thru venetian blinds. why ? who knows !
rest of the stuff about it on flickr.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/2518472668_c379612134_o.jpg

btuner
05-24-2008, 09:03 AM
ok so my last post didnt show up...

took some pictures for a model named Gia today, unedited.

bare vivitar 285hv right of camera fired with cactus v2s

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2319/2517504920_033b8d5c22_o.jpg

TNB
05-24-2008, 01:53 PM
lol i'm having severe second thoughts believe me. its such a beautiful piece of equipment. but...really...i have no need for it with what i shoot.
I know someone who recently sold his 70-200mm and now he is wishing he hadn't since he wants to purchase another one. Of course, it will cost more than what he paid for it. :rolleyes:


shot thru venetian blinds. why ? who knows !
rest of the stuff about it on flickr.
Looks like a Ninja!


TNB, love the eyes on the cat, very sharp.

Thought I throw in another of the slot canyon pics. I really love the colors down there...

Thank you and the others for the comments on the photo of Bennie the Bengal. Your canyon pics are motivating me somewhat but it is raining here now--hardly ever rains. It's supposed to clear up later and I am not leaving until the morning so hopefully, the weather will be nice, i.e. sunny and cool instead of sunny and hot or rainy.


took some pictures for a model named Gia today, unedited.
This may be a seem like a dumb question, but where is the "portrait" photo instead of the "landscape" photo?

Saleh
05-24-2008, 02:51 PM
Nikon D40x

18-55mm lens

bahrain world trade center

Prospero
05-24-2008, 04:40 PM
Nikon D40x

18-55mm lens

bahrain world trade center

Saleh, interesting building. I really like the way they integrated the windturbines with the building.
I have seen some models of such buildings at the university (we have a department about wind energy here), but I have never seen such a building in reality.

I just googled it, it seems that this is the first buiding where they did that. Very cool :cool:
By the way, do you have both the D40x and some Canon gear?

Rooz
05-24-2008, 04:54 PM
i saw the making of that building on the discovery chanel. its awesome, would love to see it in real life.

btuner
05-24-2008, 05:42 PM
This may be a seem like a dumb question, but where is the "portrait" photo instead of the "landscape" photo?

lol i have like 300 photos of her, thats just one where she wanted the sky and the graveyard in the background. ill post another one for tomorrow's post.

LBGChris
05-24-2008, 08:27 PM
Feeding time!

Visual Reality
05-24-2008, 08:43 PM
ok so my last post didnt show up...

took some pictures for a model named Gia today, unedited.

bare vivitar 285hv right of camera fired with cactus v2s

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2319/2517504920_033b8d5c22_o.jpg
Great shot, but her face is a different color than her body...:eek:

LBGChris
05-24-2008, 09:52 PM
btuner:

How about the post edited version?? I got bored and made this one up, lol.

toriaj
05-24-2008, 10:23 PM
LBG, I almost can't believe the size of that giraffe. I had no idea their heads were so big!!

LBGChris
05-24-2008, 10:29 PM
Haha... yeah it was very interesting. Here's a few more pictures of it.

Visual Reality
05-25-2008, 12:33 AM
My first try at night photography...

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/Night%20Shots/DSC_1029Edit.jpg

30s
f/4
ISO 100

Rooz
05-25-2008, 01:06 AM
btuner:

How about the post edited version?? I got bored and made this one up, lol.

i dont like the crop much, but then i really dont like square crops.
how the hell did you do that tattoo ? that looks freakin awesome !

K1W1
05-25-2008, 01:30 AM
i dont like the crop much,

Agreed.
Call me old fashioned but I'm not happy with the concept of a person editing someone else's photos without a specific request especially adding things like the tattoo. If there is a specific request, "Show me how to crop this" or similar then that's fine but until the photographer actually asks I think suggestions only are the order of the day.
If it was my photo I would be very unhappy at the moment.

btuner
05-25-2008, 01:48 AM
yeah that crop looks pretty shitty if you ask me. The original picture didnt need editing, she liked the scar on her forehead and i liked the landscape picture. that crop and "skin smoothing" makes the picture look worse, much worse, she's 41 not 19, i like to show things how they are, and usually never edit my photos. if you take a photo and shop the hell out of it i dont call that photography anymore, thats just knowing how to use pp.

Rooz
05-25-2008, 03:05 AM
the intentions were good. lets not get carried away. :)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-25-2008, 03:45 AM
Glad to get positive comments on the Coelacanth, my family thought I was nuts posting a photo of a boring "gray fish". Loved capture 20,000 Prospero, they're not easy to capture live.

In keeping with something different I don't ordinarily name my photos but this ones called "Disquiet". I've reallised I'm mortal and been scared out of the water.

Playing with the kids on our local metropolitan beach and found this on the sand just above the low water mark. I used to swim 1/2 a mile offshore here all day every day as a kid. Yup it's a white pointer tooth.

I used to get told to get out of the water by surf life savers all the time when they spotted sharks but they were only hammerheads and the like. With the protection on white pointers, numbers have increased and only 2 years ago a teenager was hunted and eaten by one about 3 miles south of where I found this tooth.

Sorry for the bad PP job on the shot. Handheld natural light, F8, tooth mounted with blue tack onto a blue cloth that I blurred, darkened and desaturated in post.

"Disquiet"

Saleh
05-25-2008, 05:30 AM
Saleh, interesting building. I really like the way they integrated the windturbines with the building.
I have seen some models of such buildings at the university (we have a department about wind energy here), but I have never seen such a building in reality.

I just googled it, it seems that this is the first buiding where they did that. Very cool :cool:
By the way, do you have both the D40x and some Canon gear?

yep i have both and thinking to go with Canon 5D or Nikon D300 i dont know which is better nikon or canon;)

Saleh
05-25-2008, 05:37 AM
While i was in OMAN i like the Zigzag :>

Turo
05-25-2008, 10:11 AM
I just bought an SB-400 and I am still learning to shoot with a flash:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3140/2516898420_8584eb257d_o.jpg
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2516898420/")

LBGChris
05-25-2008, 10:12 AM
yeah that crop looks pretty shitty if you ask me. The original picture didnt need editing, she liked the scar on her forehead and i liked the landscape picture. that crop and "skin smoothing" makes the picture look worse, much worse, she's 41 not 19, i like to show things how they are, and usually never edit my photos. if you take a photo and shop the hell out of it i dont call that photography anymore, thats just knowing how to use pp.

Sorry bud, no offense intended. I never claimed it looked better I was just having some fun with it. Won't do it again!

Aldor88
05-25-2008, 11:19 AM
Old picture revisited, enjoy :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3050/2520947171_f349fae09a_b.jpg

LBGChris
05-25-2008, 11:33 AM
Old picture revisited, enjoy :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3050/2520947171_f349fae09a_b.jpg

I really like your Flickr pics Aldor. Nice work

K1W1
05-25-2008, 04:34 PM
While i was in OMAN i like the Zigzag :>

Don't know which would be more fun going up on a motorbike or down on a bicycle. :D

Prospero
05-25-2008, 04:59 PM
Aldor, fantastic shot. I love the composition and the atmosphere is amazing.
The black and white works great here. Very, very nice :)

Here's a shot of a fly I took last friday. It was with the Kiron 105 at 1:1 magnification and f/4. The rest of the exif is still attached to the image.

36435

kev.
05-26-2008, 04:53 AM
Turo thats a great shot .

K1W1
05-26-2008, 05:47 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3122/2524025212_0f35102a04_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
50mm f1.8 and flashed with a SB-600

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-26-2008, 05:53 AM
Lovelly B&W shot Aldor.

A Bee in my backyard, handheld while balancing on a ladder, natural light.

rawpaw18
05-26-2008, 05:59 AM
Aldor, fantastic shot. I love the composition and the atmosphere is amazing.
The black and white works great here. Very, very nice :)

What he said, totally agree.

Dennis you are working magic with that Kiron.

Visual Reality
05-26-2008, 09:08 AM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_1058Edit.jpg

1/125
f/5.6
ISO 200
300mm

Nikkor 70-300 VR

Prospero
05-26-2008, 04:39 PM
Nice shot, VR. The panoramic crop works great here :).

Rich, thanks for the comment.
Here's another shot with the Kiron. It's a ladybird that has finally reached the top of the long straw of grass :).

36487

500mL
05-26-2008, 09:20 PM
Prospero, Visual Reality,
Awesome shots! I'm still trying to get a shot like yours. You both make it look so easy.

-500mL

herc182
05-27-2008, 02:04 AM
Aldor, fantastic shot. I love the composition and the atmosphere is amazing.
The black and white works great here. Very, very nice :)

Here's a shot of a fly I took last friday. It was with the Kiron 105 at 1:1 magnification and f/4. The rest of the exif is still attached to the image.

36435

That is a stunning macro...I really would love to get into it but dont have the patience or talent! Oh and a macro lens :D

Rooz
05-27-2008, 02:39 AM
Here's another shot with the Kiron. It's a ladybird that has finally reached the top of the long straw of grass :).

36487

this is a ripper.

tfa8rva
05-27-2008, 10:53 AM
I haven't been taking a lot of photos recently, but here is one from last weekend while out doing some RC racing. I would love to be able to afford a sharper lens.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2009/2525209409_a02f8864b1_o.jpg

Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 165 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 55-200VR

Turo
05-27-2008, 11:17 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2002/2516898506_9f779c67b8_o.jpg
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2516898506/)

Firedog28
05-27-2008, 11:45 AM
Jake......

toriaj
05-27-2008, 12:03 PM
prospero and DPR, excellent bug shots!

TNB
05-27-2008, 04:05 PM
Cool bug shots and nice smile on the dog. Not too bad of an RC shot either--good practice for panning. Attached is one of the photos I took at Antelope Canyon yesterday--still looking through them though most have "people" walking through my shots, intentional or not.

Prospero
05-27-2008, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm glad you like the shots.


That is a stunning macro...I really would love to get into it but dont have the patience or talent! Oh and a macro lens :D

Well, you got the talent already, just get that macro lens (and work on your patience) and your good to go. Looking forward to the results ;).

Firedog, lovely shot of the dog. Really like the happy expression of the animal.

Nice shot of the canyon, TNB. I really like the use of fisheye here. It's a bit different from the antilope canyon shots that we see all the time. Looking forward to more.

Rooz
05-27-2008, 05:50 PM
great shot TNB. i like the fact that there are people in the image funnily enough. the latest lake pano you have on flickr is also awesome. i'd appreciate if you stopped tempting me with the fisheye please. enough is enough so pls cut it out.

Rooz
05-27-2008, 05:53 PM
I haven't been taking a lot of photos recently, but here is one from last weekend while out doing some RC racing. I would love to be able to afford a sharper lens.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2009/2525209409_a02f8864b1_o.jpg

Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 165 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 55-200VR

TNB has some competition ! yee haaaa !

i dont know if RC racing is the best place to test lens sharpness. its more of a test of technique, lens AF speed etc. i;d say most "non-sharp" photos are due to the user not nailing the shot, (or the lens not keeping up with the action), RC racing must be one of the hardest events to nail focus on there is. i've never tried to shoot them, but i've seen a coupple of events and those things friggin move so eratically i wont bother trying. lol

Rooz
05-27-2008, 05:56 PM
Jake......

this shot really made me smile. it captures a retrievers great nature and playfulness. i love this shot, great work.

LBGChris
05-27-2008, 06:04 PM
this shot really made me smile. it captures a retrievers great nature and playfulness. i love this shot, great work.

I agreed I LOVED this photo.

Visual Reality
05-27-2008, 07:22 PM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_1075Edit.jpg

1/200
f/2.8
ISO 200
50mm

SB-600 off ceiling

Still trying to learn what the best settings for flash are. I want 1/200 to freeze motion and f/2.8 for max ambient light and shallow depth of field. I'd like f/4 for a bit more sharpness but then the flash has to compensate and kick out more power.

Still learning I guess.

tfa8rva
05-27-2008, 07:45 PM
TNB has some competition ! yee haaaa !

i dont know if RC racing is the best place to test lens sharpness. its more of a test of technique, lens AF speed etc. i;d say most "non-sharp" photos are due to the user not nailing the shot, (or the lens not keeping up with the action), RC racing must be one of the hardest events to nail focus on there is. i've never tried to shoot them, but i've seen a coupple of events and those things friggin move so eratically i wont bother trying. lol

Haha.....to tell you the truth, I tried using auto focus, but it wasn't working out for me. I ended up with crystal clear shots of the background. I used manual focus with better results. I also reduced my aperture to increase my DOF and have a better chance of getting it in focus. I'm pretty much a beginner on this type of photography, but it's fun to shoot.

TNB
05-27-2008, 07:50 PM
Nice shot of the canyon, TNB. I really like the use of fisheye here. It's a bit different from the antilope canyon shots that we see all the time. Looking forward to more.
Thanks. I've looked at countless photos of various places and I still can't figure out why there aren't more photos taken with the fisheye.


great shot TNB. i like the fact that there are people in the image funnily enough. the latest lake pano you have on flickr is also awesome. i'd appreciate if you stopped tempting me with the fisheye please. enough is enough so pls cut it out.
Thanks. And come on now... You know you want a fisheye now. ;)


TNB has some competition ! yee haaaa !

i dont know if RC racing is the best place to test lens sharpness. its more of a test of technique, lens AF speed etc. i;d say most "non-sharp" photos are due to the user not nailing the shot, (or the lens not keeping up with the action), RC racing must be one of the hardest events to nail focus on there is. i've never tried to shoot them, but i've seen a coupple of events and those things friggin move so eratically i wont bother trying. lol
I'd have to agree for the most part--after all, some people trap focus, some pan, and some may practice both techniques. A fast lens does help when the sun is starting to set or when shooting indoors. And although I am supposed to have a couple of R/C photos published soon if they haven't already beeen published (I don't subscribe to any magazines), the attached photo is still one of my R/C favorites (it made a cover in March 2007). When I took the photo, the R/C heli was so close that I had to wait for it to "back off" from my lens.


Haha.....to tell you the truth, I tried using auto focus, but it wasn't working out for me. I ended up with crystal clear shots of the background. I used manual focus with better results. I also reduced my aperture to increase my DOF and have a better chance of getting it in focus. I'm pretty much a beginner on this type of photography, but it's fun to shoot.
I would try shooting in Shutter Priority first unless you are shooting in low level lighting or trap focusing.

tfa8rva
05-27-2008, 07:53 PM
Nice shot TNB. Oh how I love a Trex 600.

AdamW
05-27-2008, 08:01 PM
TNB--that's just gorgeous!

Visual Reality--adorable! It really captures the emotion.

TNB
05-27-2008, 08:16 PM
Nice shot TNB. Oh how I love a Trex 600.
Thanks. There weren't too many around when I took that photo. By the way, it wasn't a staged photo. I simply took the photo at an after hour's party hosted by Thunder Power (battery company) during a two-day fun fly. Two flood lights were on the floor and I used an SB800 on camera. Krause was flying the heli.


TNB--that's just gorgeous!

Visual Reality--adorable! It really captures the emotion.
Thanks. You should have also seen the emotion after I captured that photo by the owner of Thunder Power. Everyone else just thought I was nuts. I still hear about it at some of the conventions. ;)

LBGChris
05-27-2008, 09:29 PM
My first experiment with people. What do you think?

Visual Reality
05-28-2008, 04:07 AM
I like the first one.

If you could shoot at f/4 you could get a bit more background blur. That and a little flash would fill in those shadows but overall it looks "natural".

K1W1
05-28-2008, 04:46 AM
I like the first one.

I agree but I also find the fountain a little distracting.
I suspect that the young lady would have rather not been in competition with a concrete seal. :D

I think the second photo is a neat idea but would have worked better with more of the subjects face visible.

StuartN
05-28-2008, 09:47 AM
Cool bug shots and nice smile on the dog. Not too bad of an RC shot either--good practice for panning. Attached is one of the photos I took at Antelope Canyon yesterday--still looking through them though most have "people" walking through my shots, intentional or not.

TNB, Very nice! You have me kicking myself for not using the fisheye when I was down there. That's a real fun lens.

Looking forward to seeing some more of your shots.

Here's another of a sand "waterfall" in the canyon.

Nikon D80
Nikkor 24-70mm @ 24mm
f/5.6
1/2 sec
ISO 400


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/2495797025_6e8f62bbe2_b.jpg

Firedog28
05-28-2008, 02:24 PM
Thanks for the nice comments about the retriever...He is a ham.

herc182
05-28-2008, 02:49 PM
stuart....thats stunning. Lovely capture.

StuartN
05-28-2008, 03:31 PM
herc182, Thanks very much!

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-28-2008, 05:41 PM
Thanks for keeping them coming Stuart.:)

Visual Reality
05-28-2008, 06:38 PM
Have nothing else to post...

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_1076Edit.jpg

Spookonthe8ball
05-28-2008, 07:04 PM
Nice pic Visual Reality.I have a black cat as well and know exposure can be real tricky.
Spook

LBGChris
05-28-2008, 10:22 PM
I LOVE that sand waterfall. Amazing picture. Nice job!

TNB
05-28-2008, 10:51 PM
TNB, Very nice! You have me kicking myself for not using the fisheye when I was down there. That's a real fun lens.

Looking forward to seeing some more of your shots.

Here's another of a sand "waterfall" in the canyon.
Nice. No sand falls from me though I did have to brush a little sand out of my eyes as it fell. I haven't really gone through any more shots since I ended up at the park trying to take a few photos of the baby birds before they got any larger.

Here's one photo I took at Horsehoe Bend the day before the visit to Antelope Canyon. I took one photo with the fisheye as well, but don't want to rub it in. :p

Nikon D200
Nikon 17-55mm

StuartN
05-28-2008, 11:05 PM
LBGChris... Thanks!

TNB... Another nice shot, I'll have to dig up mine from that spot. Although I don't think I managed to get as close to the edge as you did in this shot. That 1100' drop kept me from getting too close ;) I did manage a few shots with the fisheye though.

Quite a cool spot and well worth the 3/4 mile hike, except for the uphill climb coming back...

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-29-2008, 05:39 AM
Took my wife for a walk round the botanic gardens last week, (she says I took my camera for a walk).

Don't know or care what the plant is but I think I got lucky with this one. Nifty 50 at F16 handheld. Sky darkened in post.

ssil2000
05-29-2008, 05:43 AM
wow stephen! thats awesome!

herc182
05-29-2008, 05:50 AM
thats a stunning shot TNB.

Like the sun punching through behind the rock.

Post the fisheye one? Did you get your ears in the shot :D

herc182
05-29-2008, 06:11 AM
Took my wife for a walk round the botanic gardens last week, (she says I took my camera for a walk).

Don't know or care what the plant is but I think I got lucky with this one. Nifty 50 at F16 handheld. Sky darkened in post.

nice shot DPR. Its a cool angle to take the shot from too

StuartN
05-29-2008, 08:32 AM
DPR... Very cool perspective, I like it. Gotta love that lens too!

Fisheye shot of Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Nikon D80
Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye
f/4
1/3200 sec
ISO 100


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2153/2496608974_5c8147d157_b.jpg

Turo
05-29-2008, 04:42 PM
StuartN, beautiful shot!

TNB
05-29-2008, 07:51 PM
DPR,
For some strange reason the "plant life" in that photo reminds me of a bunch of olives stuck with toothpicks. Perhaps, it's a "martini" tree.


thats a stunning shot TNB.

Like the sun punching through behind the rock.

Post the fisheye one? Did you get your ears in the shot :D
My ears aren't that big! :p

My photo turned out slightly different from Stuart's photo since I'm guessing I choose a different spot to focus on with the 10.5mm. I noticed that the photographer can manipulate the shot simply by holding the camera at a different angle while using the fisheye.

accord2003
05-29-2008, 08:36 PM
Summer Soccer. C&C Welcome. thanks

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2180/2534748621_d840d92780_b.jpg

toriaj
05-29-2008, 08:57 PM
Accord, your shot looks great, I love the early evening feel.
TNB, great lens flare! It really works here.
I decided to post these pics together because the distant rock formation (ancient volcano core called Boar's Tusk) appears in both pictures. It's taken from the south in the 1st pic, from the southwest in the 2nd.

This is one of the first shots where I used my Hitech 85/P Gradual ND 1.2 Hard Edge filter (http://www.2filter.com/prices/htpackages.html). I really like it. The heavy darkening really brings the sky to the same brightness as the land. It seemed like I had a lot more to work with and was more pleased with the photo with less PP. Compare the sky colors in the two photos (the 2nd did not use the GND.)

42mm, f/16, 1/1600, ISO 200 (screwy shutter speed. I brought up the exposure at least 2 stops in PP.)
36527

70 mm, f/11, 1/400, ISO 200. It was at the Sigma's minimum focus distance, resulting in the shallow DOF.
36528

C&C appreciated as always!

500mL
05-29-2008, 09:08 PM
Manhattanhenge 2008

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2534784221_530c9ec812.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3279/2535595966_f9cd1e71b0.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/2535595086_4a8f66dc7b.jpg

toriaj
05-29-2008, 09:16 PM
Wow, 500, #1 is amazing!

StuartN
05-29-2008, 10:20 PM
StuartN, beautiful shot!

Turo, Thanks! Seems everywhere you look in that part of AZ, there's a beautiful shot waiting to be taken...


DPR,
My photo turned out slightly different from Stuart's photo since I'm guessing I choose a different spot to focus on with the 10.5mm. I noticed that the photographer can manipulate the shot simply by holding the camera at a different angle while using the fisheye.

TNB, Love that composition. I was there in the morning and you can really see how the light affects the colors as the day goes on. i think it's pretty cool how you can seem to make the fisheye effect more pronounced by where you make your focus point. A really creative lens.



Accord, your shot looks great, I love the early evening feel.
TNB, great lens flare! It really works here.
I decided to post these pics together because the distant rock formation (ancient volcano core called Boar's Tusk) appears in both pictures. It's taken from the south in the 1st pic, from the southwest in the 2nd.

This is one of the first shots where I used my Hitech 85/P Gradual ND 1.2 Hard Edge filter (http://www.2filter.com/prices/htpackages.html). I really like it. The heavy darkening really brings the sky to the same brightness as the land. It seemed like I had a lot more to work with and was more pleased with the photo with less PP. Compare the sky colors in the two photos (the 2nd did not use the GND.)

C&C appreciated as always!

Toriaj, Really like how the GND worked in the first shot. I've been looking at picking up one or two, maybe a .3 & .6 not sure if I should go with the hard or soft edge. Did you use just one GND @1.2 or stack? I'm guessin' you're using it the Cokin P series holder, how do you like that setup?

Stuart

achuang
05-29-2008, 10:28 PM
Great shots everyone, seems to be that landscape is the theme. Here's my shot of the day, it's a little different. EXIF data 1/2 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1600 Nikon D70s with 18-70 lens. It was one of the buildings at Port Arthur in Tasmania, on the ghost tour. Shot is handheld.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2534973935_3549e0f32e_o.jpg

toriaj
05-29-2008, 10:43 PM
Hey Achuang, interesting image, it's fun to try night stuff and see how different it looks from what our eyes see!

If I were you, I wouldn't bother with the .3. It will make such a small difference that you really won't notice it. I started with the .6, and while it did make a difference, I was constantly wishing for something more powerful. I am often shooting in situations where the sky is much, much brighter than the ground. I think a .6 or a .9 is a good starting place if you think 1.2 is too dark. I have the hard edge filter. I heard that hitech/cokin hard edge are softer than some brand's hard edge. I've been satisfied with the hard edge. I actually just handhold the filter in front of the lens, which is fine in a short exposure. For something longer, it's hard to hold it close enough to prevent reflections without bumping the lens, so if you will be using it for tripod exposures, you would probably want the holder. One nice thing about the hitech filters is the rectangular shape. The dark area is actually so large, you could use it as a regular neutral density filter by covering the entire lens opening with the dark area. Good luck, I think you'll really enjoy the filter.

achuang
05-29-2008, 10:49 PM
I've got a .6 graduated ND filter, and I agree with toriaj that .3 is not dark enough. If you could only have 1 filter then I'd probably choose the 0.6. Mine's a cokin medium edge.

StuartN
05-29-2008, 11:00 PM
^ Thanks guys, that'll save me some time & $$ :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-29-2008, 11:37 PM
If landscapes are the order of the day, here's mine. Really struggling to fit the landscape into a 18mm lens so I tried zooming instead:)

Morialta national park in Adelaide. F11 @ 60mm, 1/60th, ISO400.
Top left quadrant selectively darkened in post.

I liked the background to the flower Tori and the other shot to explain it.
I like the composition and colours Achuang.

Rooz
05-30-2008, 01:20 AM
whats that 10 stunners in a row ? damn me. awesome work all.
accord, that shot is unreal. i love it espcially cos Rich will be out there on the weekend trying to do better. lmao

truflip
05-30-2008, 02:54 AM
just thought I'd share one here..

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2522085863_1d14bdeabc_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/truflip/2522085863/)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-30-2008, 03:11 AM
Beautiful Truflip.

How'd you get that (lovely) pastel colouration? Was it by adjusting shadows and highlights in photoshop? What were your tricks if you can share?

Rooz
05-30-2008, 03:26 AM
yeah thats my fave of that series too. great shot.

K1W1
05-30-2008, 04:10 AM
i love it espcially cos Rich will be out there on the weekend trying to do better. lmao

Nah. July last year will do. :)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1309/863046328_1d473cdf7f_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.3
Focal Length: 145 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Sigma 70-300 APO DG

K1W1
05-30-2008, 04:26 AM
or I might go to Netball instead. :D

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2037/2535431615_f649897c3f_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 200
55-200VR

herc182
05-30-2008, 04:42 AM
DPR,
For some strange reason the "plant life" in that photo reminds me of a bunch of olives stuck with toothpicks. Perhaps, it's a "martini" tree.


My ears aren't that big! :p

My photo turned out slightly different from Stuart's photo since I'm guessing I choose a different spot to focus on with the 10.5mm. I noticed that the photographer can manipulate the shot simply by holding the camera at a different angle while using the fisheye.

that is a nice shot...a fisheye can really give you a totally different perspective.

T06
05-30-2008, 07:35 AM
I symphoniese kiwi's shit too. Gotta look afta the girls too.;)

Visual Reality
05-30-2008, 08:06 AM
A half-assed HDR with blown highlights from this morning after the storms...

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/General/DSC_1133_2.jpg

I had a problem with the bracketing. I have it set for 3 images, -2, 0, +2. Well, the camera took 2 normal pictures at +0 and a +2. The image data says one of them is at -2 but it has the same shutter speed and looks exactly the same as the +0, they are identical images. I am not sure what is up with my D80 but regardless, here is the result and I don't have a -2 image to help with the highlights. It does add some intensity to the picture though.

herc182
05-30-2008, 08:10 AM
Nice shot VR.

The blown highlights will always happen in that type of shot. Unless you combine A LOT of images to combine the Dynamic range.

The problem with shots with trees is that each leaf has to remain still to line up..which is impossible! So trees end up looking very fluffy.

Visual Reality
05-30-2008, 08:13 AM
Well I wouldn't have had as big of a problem if the camera had done what it's supposed to. In a later set, it did take the -2 shot correctly so go figure.

herc182
05-30-2008, 08:36 AM
what do you mean? Did the exposure bracket not work?

Generally end up underexposing because I always have the camera set to underexpose by 1/2 a stop. Therefore the 3 shots are bracketed around that!

Visual Reality
05-30-2008, 08:58 AM
No, it didn't. The picture that says its -2 is actually the same shutter speed and exposure as the normal 0 pic. Therefore I only had a 0 and +2 to work with.

Aldor88
05-30-2008, 09:51 AM
Very Nice shots 500ml and TNB!

StuartN
05-30-2008, 09:51 AM
If landscapes are the order of the day, here's mine. Really struggling to fit the landscape into a 18mm lens so I tried zooming instead:)

Morialta national park in Adelaide. F11 @ 60mm, 1/60th, ISO400.
Top left quadrant selectively darkened in post.

DPR, Nice colors in the rocks and I like that old twisted tree.

Truflip, What a cool looking windmill. Great perspective, and the colors and the clouds are quite nice as well. Looks like it might've been on a golf course.

truflip
05-30-2008, 03:10 PM
Beautiful Truflip.

How'd you get that (lovely) pastel colouration? Was it by adjusting shadows and highlights in photoshop? What were your tricks if you can share?

Thanks Pirate! I don't mind sharing. I used what's called dodging and burning.
But I was real sloppy with it (was my first time trying this technique).
With this shot, I didn't actually use the dodge and burn tools but I made a new layer on top of the original then changed the blend mode to Overlay.
You then take a white brush and set opacity to about 25% and brush the areas you want to make brighter.
The black brush will do the opposite. In that picture, I brushed the clouds black and the grass and windmill white.
Before all this, I adjusted the photo using levels since I metered exposure to avoid clipping the bright clouds in the back.
I hope this helps :)


yeah thats my fave of that series too. great shot.
thanks Rooz! :)

Aldor88
05-30-2008, 06:32 PM
Had some time to try out my new tripod today, wow what a difference to the old cheapo one i had before. I really recommend an upgrade to anyone struggling with a cheap tripod. Anyways... heres an image.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2145/2537655142_a578f15bff_b.jpg

XaiLo
05-30-2008, 08:03 PM
Kiwi, that had to hurt. and more netball please lol

That's a sweet shot Truflip.

Aldor88 great work and congrats on the new tripod it's working out well indeed..

XaiLo
05-30-2008, 08:16 PM
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/05_may/DSC_2237.jpg

accord2003
05-30-2008, 09:44 PM
whats that 10 stunners in a row ? damn me. awesome work all.
accord, that shot is unreal. i love it espcially cos Rich will be out there on the weekend trying to do better. lmao

Thanks Rooz and Toraig. It's the camera. I was just lucky with that one. The D300 has make it easier :)

accord2003
05-30-2008, 09:46 PM
http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/05_may/DSC_2237.jpg

Xailo. very nice shot. I love the colors.

accord2003
05-30-2008, 09:52 PM
one more summer soccer. C&C welcome. thanks

Spookonthe8ball
05-30-2008, 10:00 PM
Nice stamen shot XliLo although I prefer more DOF. Just my preferance. My last flower shots I didn't save as wallpaper more than 4 or 5 days, so you got the talent for holding our interest longer :p
Great work, so keep it up.
Spook

Rooz
05-30-2008, 10:08 PM
another beautiful soccer shot. what lens are you using for those shots accord ? they are incredibely sharp.

Rooz
05-30-2008, 10:08 PM
another beautiful soccer shot. what lens are you using for those shots accord ? they are incredibely sharp.

Rooz
05-30-2008, 10:23 PM
Nice pic Visual Reality.I have a black cat as well and know exposure can be real tricky.
Spook

i've been meaning to ask...whats that a pic of ?

accord2003
05-30-2008, 10:24 PM
Rooz

Thank you. They were shot with the 70-200 VR using D2X Mode 1 picture control.

Rooz
05-30-2008, 10:41 PM
yepp thought so.
Rich, there's you're answer mate.