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accord2003
06-12-2008, 07:42 PM
Here's a HDR I took yesterday during the sunset. It was made from two rawfiles 4 f-stops apart. The reason I didn't use the 0ev exposure (like I do usually) is that the exposures were quite long (1/1.3 and 13 seconds) which meant that the clouds had moved quite a lot in between the shots. By skipping the 0ev exposure I made sure that there was only one picture with clouds in the sky, eliminating ghosting on the edges of the clouds.
I created 4 exposures with the two rawfiles and blended these in photomatix.
I hope you like it.

Prospero. You are indeed the HDR master :) just wow.

accord2003
06-12-2008, 07:50 PM
more Soccer today. The light was not as good this time.

"ouch" was what he said :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3111/2574686990_4a27e6c221_b.jpg

btuner
06-12-2008, 07:52 PM
a cold one on the tracks.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2572934859_73e54c26b5_o.jpg

kjmdrumz3
06-12-2008, 08:21 PM
A shot of a golfer at the range here in Oklahoma. He said it was cool to shoot him so long as I emailed him the pics or put em on CD for him. Shot 70-80 pics and have 3 or 4 I really like. Just wish I had photoshop so I could get rid of that ugly blue nylon rope! :mad:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2574675346_df8a71de9c_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-12-2008, 09:57 PM
Beautiful Btuner. I'm sure going to copy that one:D
What made you think of the can?
What apperture did you find worked best, does it look better with a pinhole AP or a bit shallower DOF?

rberga1
06-12-2008, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome and comments :). This 18-200VR lens isn't too bad :D

http://srika.com/garage/DSC_1754-1.jpg

Focal Length: 200mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/800sec
ISO-200

XaiLo
06-13-2008, 12:18 AM
Decent flowers around here are rare since the drought hit... I managed to find a bud sorry it's not a light. lol ;)

http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/06_jun/flower.jpg

Rooz
06-13-2008, 12:22 AM
beautiful shot X.

truflip
06-13-2008, 12:43 AM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/DayinPark071copy.jpg

sb600 flash
70mm-300mm af lens
nikon D80

What focal length? was the flash strobed or was it on the hotshoe?
TTL? manual power? more info pls :D i like how it turned out minus the hands

herc182
06-13-2008, 12:54 AM
Here's a HDR I took yesterday during the sunset. It was made from two rawfiles 4 f-stops apart. The reason I didn't use the 0ev exposure (like I do usually) is that the exposures were quite long (1/1.3 and 13 seconds) which meant that the clouds had moved quite a lot in between the shots. By skipping the 0ev exposure I made sure that there was only one picture with clouds in the sky, eliminating ghosting on the edges of the clouds.
I created 4 exposures with the two rawfiles and blended these in photomatix.
I hope you like it.

36870

excellent shot and very clever photo...(WRT the ghosting). Perfect.

herc182
06-13-2008, 12:59 AM
a cold one on the tracks.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2572934859_73e54c26b5_o.jpg

Did you leg it off the tracks as soon as the vibrations on the rail toppled the can?

Lovely composition. Your photos show massive creativity. Good job.

herc182
06-13-2008, 01:00 AM
Decent flowers around here are rare since the drought hit... I managed to find a bud sorry it's not a light. lol ;)



thats a quality shot Xailo. Love the purple outline on the leaf and the colour in the flower.

Benjamin2007
06-13-2008, 01:12 AM
Returned yesterday from a camping trip to Green River Lakes, Wyoming. The unusual mountain in the pic is called "Squaretop Mountain." The cabins below are called the Osborn Homestead. It was an awesome trip, I'll probably have one or two other pics to post.

The man on the right is my husband, the man on the left is our friend. I kind of wish they weren't in the shot, but I don't want to be a photo snob all the time :rolleyes: and I can always clone them out I guess :eek:

1/80, 46mm, f/11, ISO 200
36831
C&C appreciated as always :)
edit: replaced with a version without the cyan tinge to the sky.

Hi Tori

I just saw this. :o I really like both the composition and lighting/exposure.
It's interesting compositionally because of the beautiful sense of depth you've captured: the open foreground elements, the mid-ground cabins & tree-lines, the interesting lines throughout diagonally crossing the photo, the mountains and dramatic clouded sky forming a striking backdrop, all combine to create depth, interest and beauty. :)
It looks good with, & probably would look equally good without, the people in shot. I don't mind the people though, because I think they help give a sense of scale and add to the story-telling quality of the picture. :D

I cann't see any technical flaws nor can I suggest any pp that may add positively to the photo as is.

Beautiful shot! Glad you had a good holiday and I look forward to seeing more from the series. :)

regards,

Benjamin2007
06-13-2008, 01:15 AM
A shot of a golfer at the range here in Oklahoma. He said it was cool to shoot him so long as I emailed him the pics or put em on CD for him. Shot 70-80 pics and have 3 or 4 I really like. Just wish I had photoshop so I could get rid of that ugly blue nylon rope! :mad:

Good shot! Have you tried The Gimp or Bibble?
The Gimp is freeware and Bibble is shareware, downloadable off the 'net.
Jeff has links to both in the "Links" tab.

cheers,

kev.
06-13-2008, 03:21 AM
never say never i suppose. but it certainly wouldnt be my first choice of jobs. cw has got it made. he makes his dosh by shooting weddings and then gets to shoot motorsports ! prick.

with a shitload of stuff in between too huh;):D

K1W1
06-13-2008, 03:47 AM
Bibble is shareware

You pay for Bibble.

Rooz
06-13-2008, 03:51 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3018/2575369312_2152dee19c_o.jpg

kev.
06-13-2008, 03:55 AM
delobbo & Visual Reality, How would either or both of you classify this image?


http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/06_jun/punchbug.jpg

hahaha, well done, that's quite " quaint";););) I was talking about the comment!

kev.
06-13-2008, 04:26 AM
yeah its a beautiful animal. the guy told me they can get speeds of up to 350kph. i find that hard to believe but they sure are frikkin fast.

Have done 300kph on Suzuki GSXR1000 on road, very scary!!!! It is a
different outlook for the need!

btuner
06-13-2008, 07:16 AM
Beautiful Btuner. I'm sure going to copy that one:D
What made you think of the can?
What apperture did you find worked best, does it look better with a pinhole AP or a bit shallower DOF?

Thanks! yeah the can was just sitting close to the tracks(which are not in service anymore) so i just picked it up and set it on the rail lol. and it says i used f/9 but it looks alot shallower than that. I shot that on P so i didnt have to mess with the settings.



Did you leg it off the tracks as soon as the vibrations on the rail toppled the can?

Lovely composition. Your photos show massive creativity. Good job.

Thank you very much! the tracks arnt in operation anymore so no trains to worry about;)

Camerajunkie
06-13-2008, 09:09 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/2566492034_4b21e17802_b.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2566492034/)



That building is jaw dropping gorgeous. Where is it?

Camerajunkie
06-13-2008, 09:20 AM
OKay Rooz, I just about fell outta my chair at that shot. OMG, it's GORGEOUS! The colors and detail are wonderful.

Damn, you guys are good!

Rasidel Slika
06-13-2008, 09:30 AM
That building is jaw dropping gorgeous. Where is it?
it's the Roman pool at Hearst Castle, San Simeon CA

truflip
06-13-2008, 09:36 AM
great shots everyone! some really do pop out of the crowd. u know who you are ;)


Thanks!

I think your car shot is a great angle shot. I can easily make that a magazine ad :D I have a friend who has the '01/'02 Celica and I edited his shot and created a desktop wallpaper version of it.

Yeah I would normally use the 30mm over my 18-200 just cuz it's light and faster than the 18-200. But I figured I'd shoot around with my 18-200 this time and get used to its weight. My decision which lens to use usually vary to the kind of shots I would be taking before I start walking around the city.

no prob :) been a while since i browsed this thread, but thanks! that comment is very flattering :o
so yea, i was asking about the 30mm cause ive been browsing your shots and never really knew of the 30mm. so many great lenses to learn about :cool:

Rasidel Slika
06-13-2008, 01:45 PM
shot with a friend's D300

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2171/2531641317_40c71b4662_b.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2531641317/)

kjmdrumz3
06-13-2008, 03:25 PM
Here's another shot I took yesterday.



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3136/2575732253_55ef49d4ac_b.jpg

Prospero
06-13-2008, 03:43 PM
Delobo, Accord and Phil, thanks a lot for the comments.

Lots of great shots here.
Rooz, another brilliant bird shot. Very nice colours.
Calico, great portrait.
Delobo, nice shot of the fish. I love the sharpness.
Kjmdrumz, good shots of the golf player. I like the post processing of that last one.

Here's another HDR, it was taken in the same way as the last one. I tried a different composition than usual. The Sigma 10-20 is not the best lens for such compostions. Towards the edges, the distortion gets pretty bad and very hard to correct..


http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=36855&d=1213276628

Rooz
06-13-2008, 04:48 PM
great fish shot.

XaiLo
06-13-2008, 05:13 PM
It's peacock & fish season ;) love the colors great subjects Rooz & delobbo!

Prospero, luv the composition great colors too, such a colorful day in the nieghborhood.

Thanks Rooz, :) .

btuner
06-13-2008, 07:04 PM
past its prime
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2576126495_7cea26e8a9_o.jpg

500mL
06-13-2008, 08:26 PM
Here's another shot I took yesterday.



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3136/2575732253_55ef49d4ac_b.jpg


kjmdrumz3,
Excellent capture! Would you mind sharing your PP technique on this one? :D

Rasidel Slika
06-13-2008, 08:29 PM
yeah really like the golf shot, it looks like a tweaked version of the "Cold Tone" preset in LR.

kjmdrumz3
06-13-2008, 09:38 PM
yeah really like the golf shot, it looks like a tweaked version of the "Cold Tone" preset in LR.

Actually, just a little green and blue tweak, some sharpening, and the selenium tone using the color treatment. Took me 5 minutes.
I thought about a Titleist ad as soon as I saw the final result. Was thinking this picture with different phrases all around it like "keep your head down", "follow through", etc. Then at the bottom, something to the effect of "Now is not the time to wonder if you made the right choice. There's only one. Titleist." Kind of cheesey but I could see it. Don't take my idea! I'm gonna patent it! lol

Rasidel Slika
06-13-2008, 09:46 PM
nice - I didn't mean you used that preset :D If you don't mind me asking, where is the selenium tone from? I mean, what program.

kjmdrumz3
06-13-2008, 09:58 PM
nice - I didn't mean you used that preset :D If you don't mind me asking, where is the selenium tone from? I mean, what program.
LR, 3 down from Cold Tone

Rasidel Slika
06-13-2008, 09:59 PM
i knew that! i swear. ;p

kjmdrumz3
06-13-2008, 11:33 PM
A shot from a wedding.

Ya know, I am still very much a novice when it comes to photography and post-processing. I read "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby cover to cover a few nights ago and am noticing dramatically better pictures. I am changing settings in-camera that I never even thought about before the read. Things like using an actual White Balance as opposed to the Auto setting, exposure compensations, trying to find the aperature at which my lens is sharpest, using the Highlights feature to get my exposure right, trying different framings, angles, etc. Just by understanding and utilizing some of these in-camera features, my pictures seem to have jumped leaps and bounds in just a couple days. I have the Field Guide for the D40/D40x coming too which is getting great reviews. I learn best by reading, then going hands-on. Sorry to ramble, but I recommend reading as much as possible to any novice on this board. I just wish I had done it 6 months ago!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/2577363016_fe1d492372_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-14-2008, 02:41 AM
Good one Kjmdrumz & 500ml. That brandname really stands out, good luck talking to marketting:D

I really like this shell photo even though it's very simple in subject matter and execution.
I'm pretty disappointed with the bird though. I really thought I'd nailed a shot getting so close to the bird and its home (that hole behind it) on a bushwalk. I don't know what I did wrong in all the shots, I guess it's just the compostion is disappointing compared to my expectations of how it would look. Still felt obligated to post as always.

K1W1
06-14-2008, 04:06 AM
The road to Lake Cargelligo, western NSW

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2108/2567753316_9bb38d2218_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 200
18-55 kit lens

Rooz
06-14-2008, 04:10 AM
I'm pretty disappointed with the bird though. I really thought I'd nailed a shot getting so close to the bird and its home (that hole behind it) on a bushwalk.

huh ?? what are you disappointed about ? its a great shot and you DID nail it. birds in their natural environment are not easy to catch and its a matter of luck whether the composition works or not given all the obstructions and their skittiness.

all you can do is try and nail the focus, nail the exposure and hope for the rest. you did all of that so theres nothing to be disappointed at mate. :)

K1W1
06-14-2008, 04:26 AM
There is something about that bird shot that doesn't look right to me. It almost looks like the bird has been cut from another photo and added to the blue sky. The top of the bird (between it and the tree) looks unnaturally sharp. Maybe it's the compression on the image size or something that caused it.

I like the composition and the look on the birds face but...

dxrocnxj
06-14-2008, 10:16 AM
A shot from a wedding.

Ya know, I am still very much a novice when it comes to photography and post-processing. I read "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby cover to cover a few nights ago and am noticing dramatically better pictures. I am changing settings in-camera that I never even thought about before the read. Things like using an actual White Balance as opposed to the Auto setting, exposure compensations, trying to find the aperature at which my lens is sharpest, using the Highlights feature to get my exposure right, trying different framings, angles, etc. Just by understanding and utilizing some of these in-camera features, my pictures seem to have jumped leaps and bounds in just a couple days. I have the Field Guide for the D40/D40x coming too which is getting great reviews. I learn best by reading, then going hands-on. Sorry to ramble, but I recommend reading as much as possible to any novice on this board. I just wish I had done it 6 months ago!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/2577363016_fe1d492372_b.jpg

honestly when i saw this, i was blown away.
i love it.

XaiLo
06-14-2008, 01:23 PM
huh ?? what are you disappointed about ? its a great shot and you DID nail it. birds in their natural environment are not easy to catch and its a matter of luck whether the composition works or not given all the obstructions and their skittiness.

all you can do is try and nail the focus, nail the exposure and hope for the rest. you did all of that so theres nothing to be disappointed at mate. :)


Couldn't agree more I only read the first two lines of what DPR wrote and then proceeded to skim the pictures. My thoughts were OK on shell image but the bird image that's really good. Looks like he caught the golden evening sunset light. Well Done DPR ;)

Prospero
06-14-2008, 03:01 PM
DPR, nice shot. I really like the colours.




Prospero, luv the composition great colors too, such a colorful day in the nieghborhood.



Thanks Xailo. Glad you like the picture.

Here are two more of the same evening:

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=36854&d=1213275683

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=36853&d=1213275657

res222
06-14-2008, 03:22 PM
Last weekend visitors.

ae86gtv16
06-14-2008, 03:56 PM
First time i've seen an orange moon last night. i got off work and saw it, luckily i had my camera with me in the car. photo taken last night, 06.13.2008, at around 10:38PM. Just wanted to share it.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3115/2576650613_2abbc1b8b5_o.jpg

Rooz
06-14-2008, 07:56 PM
A shot from a wedding.



stunning shot. wow.

50mmf1.4
f2, sb400

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3040/2577038060_e039cf9c7f_o.jpg

Classic96
06-14-2008, 08:55 PM
Look at those eyes. Great shot Rooz!

achuang
06-14-2008, 10:58 PM
Rooz, that expression of your son, mainly the mouth, reminded me of Dave Hughes. Great shot. His eyes are so nice to look at.

K1W1
06-15-2008, 01:06 AM
Rooz, that expression of your son, mainly the mouth, reminded me of Dave Hughes. Great shot.

How could you wish that upon the poor wee fellow. :D:D

Alen
06-15-2008, 03:15 AM
Hi guys :)
I've seen like the 280 pages of this thread and your pics are really great.I finally decided to post one of mine. Hope that you'll like it :)

Alen



http://img356.imageshack.us/img356/7453/kirajf0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)


Taken with my D40 and kit lens
Shutter speed: 1/250
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Focal lenght: 55mm

K1W1
06-15-2008, 03:25 AM
Nice shot but what is the dogs name?

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-15-2008, 03:35 AM
Hi guys :)
I've seen like the 280 pages of this thread and your pics are really great.I finally decided to post one of mine. Hope that you'll like it :)

Alen


Welcome to the forum mate, glad you've served your apprenticeship by wading through this massively long and fast moving thread.

I like the way you've isolated the dog from the background by controlling your DOF. Good first post, keep em coming.

Alen
06-15-2008, 03:35 AM
It's my neighbour's dog, Kira :). And she hates balls :D. Whenever she sees one, se runs towards it and tears it appart. She probably had a bad experience with them when she still was a puppy, as they adopted her. But she is really nice :)

Rasidel Slika
06-15-2008, 03:58 AM
thats a nice dog shot. :)

Rooz
06-15-2008, 04:31 AM
never say never huh...notice the hack of a photographer in this image ? not only direct flash but he...missed the shot. lol

cropped by about 70%....wish i got closer now and i didnt screw around so much. :(

iso1600
50/1.4 @ f2.8 1/30s.

K1W1
06-15-2008, 05:12 AM
Just think of it as another of those out of comfort zone moments that ultimately make live far more interesting.

Camerajunkie
06-15-2008, 08:57 AM
A shot from a wedding.

Ya know, I am still very much a novice when it comes to photography and post-processing. I read "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby cover to cover a few nights ago and am noticing dramatically better pictures. I am changing settings in-camera that I never even thought about before the read. Things like using an actual White Balance as opposed to the Auto setting, exposure compensations, trying to find the aperature at which my lens is sharpest, using the Highlights feature to get my exposure right, trying different framings, angles, etc. Just by understanding and utilizing some of these in-camera features, my pictures seem to have jumped leaps and bounds in just a couple days. I have the Field Guide for the D40/D40x coming too which is getting great reviews. I learn best by reading, then going hands-on. Sorry to ramble, but I recommend reading as much as possible to any novice on this board. I just wish I had done it 6 months ago!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/2577363016_fe1d492372_b.jpg

Do you have a site of pictures? I'm shooting a wedding this summer and I'm trying to study as best as I can so I can do a decent job of it.

achuang
06-15-2008, 08:59 PM
Nice shot Rooz, that D300 is very clean for ISO 1600 with a 70% crop. Been putting out some great images lately. How's the zoo gig going?

AMDnut
06-15-2008, 09:12 PM
Not the best shot in the world, but if you have seen what happened to Lake Delton in Wisconsin, this seemed to capture the moment. This was taken about 11 hours after the flood water breached the road. After the road gave way, the lake drained in a few hours.... this boy and his dog just sat on the pier looking around. Smell was intense from muck and mud... a once-in-a-lifetime site.

Rooz
06-15-2008, 10:03 PM
Nice shot Rooz, that D300 is very clean for ISO 1600 with a 70% crop. Been putting out some great images lately. How's the zoo gig going?

thats run thru NX NR, so not SOOC.

barely started the gig really. got some shots for him which is good and had strong feedback which is even better. the issue right now is the weather and time.

toriaj
06-15-2008, 10:16 PM
never say never huh...notice the hack of a photographer in this image ? not only direct flash but he...missed the shot. lol

cropped by about 70%....wish i got closer now and i didnt screw around so much. :(

iso1600
50/1.4 @ f2.8 1/30s.
Rooz this is great. I really like the background, the benches, the maids of honor, etc. It adds a lot to the shot IMO. I've been working on framing my shots wider because often I wish I had just a little more to work with.

LBGChris
06-15-2008, 10:35 PM
Polar bear poser

K1W1
06-15-2008, 11:15 PM
http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=36975&stc=1&d=1213594468

For some strange reason I'm thinking that this Polar bear isn't in it's natural environment. :D
I can't put my finger on the reason but it's there somewhere in the pic. :)

kjmdrumz3
06-15-2008, 11:17 PM
Some nice shots here! Nice one Rooz. A shot I got in downtown OKC at the ballpark. Nothing spectacular, but I like it.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/2583414140_afbb6fa0f2_b.jpg

LBGChris
06-15-2008, 11:43 PM
lol k1w1...

maybe it's the birds...?

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-16-2008, 05:01 AM
It's my neighbour's dog, Kira :). And she hates balls :D. Whenever she sees one, se runs towards it and tears it appart. She probably had a bad experience with them when she still was a puppy, as they adopted her. But she is really nice :)

Suggest you don't wear shorts when you take her photo in future:D

herc182
06-16-2008, 05:07 AM
suggest You Don't Wear Shorts When You Take Her Photo In Future:d

Lmfao....:d:d

Alen
06-16-2008, 06:06 AM
Suggest you don't wear shorts when you take her photo in future:D

Believe me that I won't :D

LBGChris
06-16-2008, 07:28 AM
Suggest you don't wear shorts when you take her photo in future:D

LOL... especially if you're wearing tennis ball boxers.

btuner
06-16-2008, 04:37 PM
a bit of a self portrait in an abandoned house
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/2585753960_5b12688d84_o.jpg

truflip
06-16-2008, 06:58 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2584397459_67c8d97108.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/truflip/2584397459/)

Fiasco
06-16-2008, 10:17 PM
Can never get enough of her...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3193/2586185628_a4cf587dd9_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baresoul/2586185628/)

toriaj
06-16-2008, 10:27 PM
fiasco, the PP looks good overall, but the skin seems too smooth and glowy to me. Still, great shot!

Fiasco
06-16-2008, 10:38 PM
fiasco, the PP looks good overall, but the skin seems too smooth and glowy to me. Still, great shot!

Thanks toriaj!!

The "glow" was all her... she had just got a tan while on vacation. Honestly I didn't too much post-work on this. Just got rid of hot-pixels my D80 added and softened the whole image a tiny bit. It's uncanny how smooth her skin is naturally.

toriaj
06-16-2008, 10:41 PM
She is truly very beautiful. However, I think shot #3 (http://flickr.com/photos/33748464@N00/2585349993/) on your flickr portrays her more realistically.

Fiasco
06-16-2008, 10:41 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2584397459_67c8d97108.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/truflip/2584397459/)

This is really cool!! How much does that Tamron 17-50mm go for? I'm looking for new glass.

Fiasco
06-16-2008, 10:46 PM
She is truly very beautiful. However, I think shot #3 (http://flickr.com/photos/33748464@N00/2585349993/) on your flickr portrays her more realistically.

Now that shot I did post-work on!! The tan was distracting in a couple of shots... especially against that brick wall... so I lightened her tone up in Photoshop. Took a while to find a tutorial online that showed how to lighten the skin without it looking obviously wrong. :)

Fiasco
06-16-2008, 10:56 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3268/2577363016_fe1d492372_b.jpg

WOW!! This is amazing to me!!

herc182
06-17-2008, 01:43 AM
a shot i took in bath (not IN A Bath) :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3277/2579375627_d6d12297a0_b.jpg

herc182
06-17-2008, 01:44 AM
[QUOTE=Fiasco;311141]Can never get enough of her...

dont think WE can get enough of her :D

great shot

Rooz
06-17-2008, 02:05 AM
a shot i took in bath (not IN A Bath) :D



beautiful work. you're a damn freak.

Alen
06-17-2008, 07:11 AM
a shot i took in bath (not IN A Bath) :D


Nice one :)

truflip
06-17-2008, 09:40 AM
This is really cool!! How much does that Tamron 17-50mm go for? I'm looking for new glass.
thanks fiasco. i believe they go for $420 USD last time I checked.
mines the older model without the built in motor. I got it for $450 Canadian.

I added you on flickR. I figured your photos are just what I need for inspiration. I'm currently exploring people photography (portraits, candids, etc..) :o
Hope you dont mind :)

herc182
06-17-2008, 09:43 AM
thanks guys. the weather was spot on but still needed HDR to get the proper exposure for the clouds.

truflip
06-17-2008, 10:36 AM
good job herc! IMO, the best HDR's are the ones that don't look like HDR's :)

Visual Reality
06-17-2008, 11:56 AM
a shot i took in bath (not IN A Bath) :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3277/2579375627_d6d12297a0_b.jpg
Was this a just blend of two shots (sky transplanted onto another)? Otherwise I can't see how the trees and water are at a standstill after a bracketed photo merge. That and there are still plenty of areas with full blacks (no exposure) though I prefer that look, I think having black points help image contrast.

I want HDR shots like this but just can't get them at this point...I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but I haven't tried Paintshop yet.

herc182
06-17-2008, 12:38 PM
HDR for sure. Used Corel paint shop pro X2.

will post the three images i used to make it.

37022
37023
37024

Rasidel Slika
06-17-2008, 01:26 PM
beautiful hdr :D

esp
06-17-2008, 02:49 PM
good job herc! IMO, the best HDR's are the ones that don't look like HDR's :)
I agree. I am getting very tired of the overdone HDR look and would much rather see a realistic image.

.....And now for another shot from Hawaii. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3136/2560197708_44f46c07de_b.jpg
Not the best shot technically but I love the subject.

truflip
06-17-2008, 03:04 PM
cool action shot! lucky u!!! got to visit hawaii :D anymore?

Visual Reality
06-17-2008, 05:31 PM
HDR for sure. Used Corel paint shop pro X2.

will post the three images i used to make it.
I see now...the key is the "Clarify" adjustment that sets the two programs apart.

How much do you normally use? I tried to get mine close to yours, and it seems you used somewhere around 60?

My problem is after doing the Local Adaptation in CS3 the image is washed out and loses a lot of color. Until I boost the saturation and contrast the original +0 image looks the best by far. CS3 also makes my blue skies purple after the merge and I can't figure out why.

I can't use .dng files in X2, I have to save them as .tif first - a minor inconvenience.

One thing to be said though, is that the Alignment in CS3 is unbeatable. Far cleaner and sharper than even Corel X2. I'll have to play with these some more.

Rooz
06-17-2008, 05:34 PM
your post is really depressing VR. cos it means that CS3 can do it very well which means that my photos must really suck os they look crap after my efforts. lol

Visual Reality
06-17-2008, 05:35 PM
No there is something about CS3 that takes more work to get them to look right...mine always look washed out. Something about the merge saps the life out of the photos...I don't think its you.

Rasidel Slika
06-17-2008, 06:02 PM
if its any consolation, it happens with the optimal settings in Photomatix too (pix looking washed out) - its a necessity to go into another prog after the merge and do PP.

Visual Reality
06-17-2008, 06:09 PM
CS3 does the cleanest merge by far. If you flip back and forth between the originals and the merged file, you will notice it even shifts perspectives, changes distortion, etc. Basically whatever it had to do to line them up without artifacts, it did and it works better than any other program.

But don't be afraid to boost the saturation back up big time - it will need it. The pics come out looking extremely flat, which isn't a problem with Corel.

I have a pic to post but Photobucket is down at the moment...

Fiasco
06-17-2008, 07:27 PM
thanks fiasco. i believe they go for $420 USD last time I checked.
mines the older model without the built in motor. I got it for $450 Canadian.

I added you on flickR. I figured your photos are just what I need for inspiration. I'm currently exploring people photography (portraits, candids, etc..) :o
Hope you dont mind :)

I don't mind at all! And thanks for the kind words, I'm still exploring people photography myself, learning more each day. I love the look of the storm photo you posted, what did you do in post-processing on that shot?

I may pick up one of those lenses, I need something with f/ 2.8 in it so I can let more light in.

XaiLo
06-17-2008, 09:18 PM
It's a bird, it's plane... it's

http://www.designsbyxailo.com/thepics/2008/06_jun/clouds.jpg

dxrocnxj
06-17-2008, 10:08 PM
my sisters middle school graduation today.
saying goodbye.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3056/2588801432_9a1c36b5f2.jpg

more on my flickr.

truflip
06-17-2008, 11:19 PM
I don't mind at all! And thanks for the kind words, I'm still exploring people photography myself, learning more each day. I love the look of the storm photo you posted, what did you do in post-processing on that shot?

I may pick up one of those lenses, I need something with f/ 2.8 in it so I can let more light in.

You're doing fine with your 18-135mm though :p
I bet the SB600 helps a lot. I've been so lazy but I think I might go get one tomorrow.

The storm photo had mostly color point adjustments using Capture NX2. If I remember correctly, I did that for the sky (darkened, added contrast and increase radius) then did the dash board of the car (brightened, added contrast and a tad bit less saturation--) I also removed my rear view mirror (which stuck half of itself on the top right section of the photo) and lastly, i did a vignette by doing manual select then inverse and adjust levels (not really a vignette but it darkens the corners without blacking them out)

Yep, sounds like a lotta work but CNX's colour control point is rather cool. no more HDR's for me :o

The Tamron's definitely a good lens IMO. As with most lenses though, it tends to be slightly soft at f/2.8. Nothing big, apply some USM and it looks like you shot it at f/6.3 :D
BTW, thanks! I'm glad you liked the storm photo :)

toriaj
06-17-2008, 11:22 PM
This is Lower Green River Lake, Wyoming, with Squaretop Mountain in the background.

Processing done exclusively in NX. I'm quite happy with that program other than the noise reduction (it seems to add noise when making adjustments, or perhaps doesn't automatically remove it like other programs.) I could use a separate NR program, but I don't feel like it :rolleyes: I also noticed that once I save it as a TIFF, I can no longer see the camera settings :confused: . . . but PSP can open TIFFS and work on them, and save them over and over without loss of data (I think?) so if I need to do any PP in PSP I'll use that feature.

18mm, 1/50, f/14, ISO 200. I also used my 1.2 GND filter.
37052
C&C appreciated, as always.

truflip
06-17-2008, 11:27 PM
looks nice! not sure i see the need for noise reduction though. looks rugged but clean

toriaj
06-17-2008, 11:42 PM
Thanks, I did use the noise reduction on the sky. That's the only place I've ever seen the noise "appear" when using NX. Anyone else notice that?

TheWengler
06-18-2008, 12:05 AM
Ohhh, very nice Tori. I need to go there. Looks like my kind of place. :)

truflip
06-18-2008, 12:08 AM
Thanks, I did use the noise reduction on the sky. That's the only place I've ever seen the noise "appear" when using NX. Anyone else notice that?

Weird.. I tend to see more noise when using photoshop vs NX. I also find NX much less destructive when doing adjustments.

toriaj
06-18-2008, 12:12 AM
Ohhh, very nice Tori. I need to go there. Looks like my kind of place. :)

Sounds great, I'll meet you and your gf up there, marshmallows on me! :D
Truflip, I know what you mean about the adjustments, I really like the way they work in NX. Although I'm still figuring stuff out.

Rooz
06-18-2008, 02:18 AM
Cockatiel portrait
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3092/2589862440_8c3582e67c_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2589882428_8ec2ba1c4c_o.jpg
Tawny Frogmouth

herc182
06-18-2008, 02:30 AM
lovely shot Toriaj and good use of a ND filter....!

herc182
06-18-2008, 02:34 AM
Cockatiel portrait
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3092/2589862440_8c3582e67c_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2589882428_8ec2ba1c4c_o.jpg
Tawny Frogmouth

Love the cockateil..very clever birds. We used to have one (until my dad let it escape...60 I wont see again). But it used to sit on my dads shoulder and comb his moustache with his beak!

The Tawny Frogmouth eye is stunning

500mL
06-18-2008, 08:02 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2589882428_8ec2ba1c4c_o.jpg
Tawny Frogmouth

Rooz,

Love this portrait of the Frogmouth. You can see the background's reflection off its eye. How close were you when you took this shot? I'm assuming you have the 70-300mm?

500mL
06-18-2008, 08:03 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2589882428_8ec2ba1c4c_o.jpg
Tawny Frogmouth

Rooz,

Love this portrait of the Frogmouth. You can see the background's reflection off its eye. How close were you when you took this shot? I'm assuming you have the 70-300mm?

r3g
06-18-2008, 09:30 AM
Im rusty -_-. Not too much put into this shot. Got a new BT and wanted to show it off :]. Window on the right, white paper on the left just to reflect a bit.

First pic in almost a year!!!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2589753127_2b6051ac12_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reg_00/2589753127)

esp
06-18-2008, 12:00 PM
Rooz - Amazing shot of the Tawny Frogmouth. I have never been able to capture reflection in an eye like that. As always....very impressive.

And more shots from the 1200 vacation pics...

I love this one because I had time to pull out the camera, turn it on, adjust and focus and this guy was still staring at the other woman. He almost turned completely around and watched her run by.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3026/2559383703_9085bd8d29.jpg

They wanted a picture of the two of them so I jokingly suggested using the shower as a "Striper pole" and they both jump right up. What Sara (The girl on the right) didn't realize was that she turned on the shower and got blasted with water. My timing was perfect on this one.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/2559998776_6634a4bbdb.jpg

dxrocnxj
06-18-2008, 12:42 PM
esp, great shots, i love the funny story behind each.

anyways, i went up in the attic and found my old collection
of crash test dummy toys, so i played around with them with the lady friend.
feels good to be a kid again since ill be 20 next month :P



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/2590149357_ab575b95a1.jpg?v=0

Rooz
06-18-2008, 03:49 PM
Rooz,

Love this portrait of the Frogmouth. You can see the background's reflection off its eye. How close were you when you took this shot? I'm assuming you have the 70-300mm?

this is basically MFD on the 105VR. so its maybe 20cm away.

Prospero
06-18-2008, 04:28 PM
This is Lower Green River Lake, Wyoming, with Squaretop Mountain in the background.

Processing done exclusively in NX. I'm quite happy with that program other than the noise reduction (it seems to add noise when making adjustments, or perhaps doesn't automatically remove it like other programs.) I could use a separate NR program, but I don't feel like it :rolleyes: I also noticed that once I save it as a TIFF, I can no longer see the camera settings :confused: . . . but PSP can open TIFFS and work on them, and save them over and over without loss of data (I think?) so if I need to do any PP in PSP I'll use that feature.

18mm, 1/50, f/14, ISO 200. I also used my 1.2 GND filter.
37052
C&C appreciated, as always.

Amazing shot, Tori. It's perfect in every way, like most of the work you have posted lately. I love the exposure, use of filter and the composition.

I have not really noticed the noise when making adjustments. Of course, with heavy adjustments, things get a bit more grainy, but it's not that bad here. Having said that, the noise reduction of Capture NX is very poor, it's more like a gaussian blur filter than a noise reduction filter. Neatimage is much better.

bgrablin
06-18-2008, 08:19 PM
Hey all, I'm new at posting here. I thought I would post one of my few first shots I have taken with my D80.

Quick Background: I'm a helicopter pilot by night, photographer by day. :) This is unfortunately my second tour here in Iraq. And I am on month 10 of 15 right now.

Iraqi moon.

toriaj
06-18-2008, 09:24 PM
Amazing shot, Tori. It's perfect in every way, like most of the work you have posted lately. I love the exposure, use of filter and the composition.

I have not really noticed the noise when making adjustments. Of course, with heavy adjustments, things get a bit more grainy, but it's not that bad here. Having said that, the noise reduction of Capture NX is very poor, it's more like a gaussian blur filter than a noise reduction filter. Neatimage is much better.

Wow, that compliment means a lot coming from you, Dennis. Thanks. I agree that NX's "noise reduction" is more like gaussian blur, but luckily most of the time I only notice the graininess in the sky, which is ok to blur a little (I think I used 5 this time.)

Brian, welcome to the forum! What lens do you use? There are some great threads here about moon shots, where you could learn some new techniques if you're interested. The main thing is to use a tripod (or something else to steady the camera,) a fast shutter speed (1/320 is a good place to start,) a long focal length (such as 300 mm or longer) and a sharp aperture (such as f/8 or f/11.) Thanks for sharing your shot and your background, isn't it wonderful to catch shots of the moon with details we can't see with our eyes? :)

bgrablin
06-18-2008, 09:35 PM
Sorry, I created a sig after I posted my moon shot.

I did use my tripod, it's a SLIK U212 Deluxe (this thing is a monster).

Photo was taken with my 18-135mm | ISO100 | f/7.1 | 1/60

I was truly amazed at the detail of the moon post-production. Maybe one day when I am taking pictures at night outside I will be able to catch a rocket inbound into the FOB. :) That would be a crazy shot.

Rooz
06-18-2008, 10:06 PM
welcome aboard. look forward to your shots. :)
as tori advised, you would have had an even better result using a faster shutter speed. make sure you switch to manual exposure.

truflip
06-18-2008, 10:13 PM
I was experimenting glow effects ...

edited

C&C are always welcome

btuner
06-18-2008, 10:14 PM
A Corroded Chevy

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2589289138_3b33f92bf3_o.jpg


and Dylan, crash dummies were the shiz! i still have a bunch too haha!

XaiLo
06-18-2008, 10:41 PM
Hey all, I'm new at posting here. I thought I would post one of my few first shots I have taken with my D80.

Quick Background: I'm a helicopter pilot by night, photographer by day. :) This is unfortunately my second tour here in Iraq. And I am on month 10 of 15 right now.

Iraqi moon.

If you're in the army that should make you a Warrant Officer take care over there. a few more moon taking tips use spot metering, manual focus, and under expose a bit, this will allow you to bring back more detail with a editing program.

kev.
06-19-2008, 03:10 AM
Some nice shots here! Nice one Rooz. A shot I got in downtown OKC at the ballpark. Nothing spectacular, but I like it.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/2583414140_afbb6fa0f2_b.jpg

wow, absolutely gorgeous, Oh yeah, not a bad effort either young spud.:D

bgrablin
06-19-2008, 06:20 AM
Thanks for the moon tips. I'll have to add that to my repitour of things that I have learned here thus far.

New day here for me and a new photo. :)

Also, any tips and suggestions for aerial photography as that is where about 80% of my photos will be from? The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior isn't the smoothest aircraft in the world.

Maybe a 300mm VR lens? The only problem with that is that I can't justify to the wife a lens for more than $1k. :( Used maybe?

K1W1
06-19-2008, 06:29 AM
You can take photos while you are flying that thing? :confused:

bgrablin
06-19-2008, 08:21 AM
Only one person flies (right seat), the other person (left seat) operates the TV/Thermal sensor on top. I took this photo while on the ground sitting in the left seat.

It is basically just a 'souped' up Bell 206 (news helicopter); minus the 2.75" rockets, .50 cal machine gun and hellfire that we have.

craigyc
06-19-2008, 10:37 AM
Nice pic bgrablin im looking forwards to seeing more of your images from Iraq. I was looking at your sig, you must get good use out of that D80 body armour!

Rasidel Slika
06-19-2008, 10:52 AM
great heli shot - love the water effect

josef
06-19-2008, 12:21 PM
that heli shot is awesome bgrablin. good luck taking a picture From one though.. my best friend is flying C-130's in the Marines right now. he told me he'd take me up one day with him.. i can't wait..

anyway, here's a more peaceful one.. lol. our neighbor's horse just had a baby and my wife has been begging me to get a photo of him..

please note, this is my first attempt at the selective color thing.. so be gentle.. haha. j/k c&c always welcome.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2187/2493207967_4e114211b1_b.jpg

Rooz
06-19-2008, 04:06 PM
love that horse shot. excellent stuff

esp
06-19-2008, 04:13 PM
please note, this is my first attempt at the selective color thing.. so be gentle.. haha. j/k c&c always welcome.



I looks great. How difficult was it to cut out the main and the tail? I have tried this a few times and fine details like that can be very tedious.



Another recent shot add to the thread. I was having fun with the new flash on a rainy afternoon.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3050/2560218648_be9cc706ce_b.jpg

Rasidel Slika
06-19-2008, 04:15 PM
hey I like that shot a lot, there's something very innocent, candid, and natural about it that makes it. colors and lighting are splendid.

LBGChris
06-19-2008, 05:54 PM
A picture from the great outdoors yesterday...

josef
06-19-2008, 06:04 PM
ESP - pm sent on the selective color thing.. it's not as hard as it looks ;) and nice work with the SB-600. it's definitely on my wish list..

..and thanks Rooz. i appreciate it.

LBGChris - great frog shot. Man thats some nice DOF. well done.

Visual Reality
06-19-2008, 06:48 PM
Really like the frog. Isn't the 70-300 a blast?

LBGChris
06-19-2008, 06:57 PM
Really like the frog. Isn't the 70-300 a blast?

Yeah I love it! Got it for $500 shipped from Amazon. Ordered on Tue. night at 10:45pm and received on Wed. afternoon at 12pm. lol. It was great.

Visual Reality
06-19-2008, 07:50 PM
Of the hundreds I have to go through...here is the first one I'll post.

How about a little handheld HDR. 3 shot bracket, processed in Photoshop CS3 with a touch of "Clarify" from X2 added at the end. The alignment is nothing short of magic.

This is in Downtown Denver, CO.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/Colorado/Denver%20June%202008/TrinityMethodistChurch.jpg

Original +0 EV image:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/Misc/Church.jpg

I spent so much time looking at it while working on it, that the original just looks horrible now.


Yeah I love it! Got it for $500 shipped from Amazon. Ordered on Tue. night at 10:45pm and received on Wed. afternoon at 12pm. lol. It was great.
Hmm prices must have gone up again? Either way, enjoy it. I took at least 1,000 pics with it last weekend.

accord2003
06-19-2008, 08:14 PM
Great shots everyone.

VR. Very nice and sharp picture. if you didn't say, i would not have guess that was HDR.

Josef. would you kindly pm your instructions as well. I am not good at PP at all :(

accord2003
06-19-2008, 08:18 PM
Got myself another flash. Anyhow, just trying remote flash shots.

SB800 on the left and SB600 on bottom. C&C are always welcome. thanks

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2569641684_fd06d9f0e1_b.jpg

Geoff Chandler
06-19-2008, 10:51 PM
A picture from the great outdoors yesterday...
That's a great shot - nice one!!

btuner
06-20-2008, 11:09 AM
a retired Rolls

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2595945738_f807c8f808_o.jpg

Rasidel Slika
06-20-2008, 02:46 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3054/2596454418_c1fc5c44ce_o.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2596454418/)

Visual Reality
06-20-2008, 09:02 PM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/Colorado/Red%20Rocks/RedRocks1.jpg

Rooz
06-20-2008, 09:06 PM
a retired Rolls

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2595945738_f807c8f808_o.jpg

love this shot. great treatment.

LBGChris
06-20-2008, 10:29 PM
My best moon shot from last night...

toriaj
06-20-2008, 11:37 PM
That's cool that you got the stars in there. They've never shown up in any of my moon shots.

bgrablin
06-20-2008, 11:45 PM
Visual Reality, is that Red Rocks, Colorado?

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-20-2008, 11:50 PM
Got myself another flash. Anyhow, just trying remote flash shots.

SB800 on the left and SB600 on bottom. C&C are always welcome. thanks


Love that shot accord. All that black makes me think the camera's out of star wars and about to be wielded by Vader.

LBGChris
06-20-2008, 11:56 PM
Oh the stars are photoshopped. lol. Just adding that touch of ambiance... we'll pretend I captured them though. ;)

Visual Reality
06-21-2008, 12:49 AM
Visual Reality, is that Red Rocks, Colorado?
Yep it is, and I have more...

bgrablin
06-21-2008, 02:30 AM
If you like Red Rocks (and who doesn't!?!?), then you should push south to the Colorado Springs area and hit up the Garden of the Gods.

rawpaw18
06-21-2008, 04:46 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2596802597_b9850b86a2_o.jpg

I went to the Zoo, of course.

LBGChris
06-21-2008, 09:10 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2596802597_b9850b86a2_o.jpg

I went to the Zoo, of course.

Haha nice one... here's one of mine that looks very similar!

Visual Reality
06-21-2008, 09:54 AM
If you like Red Rocks (and who doesn't!?!?), then you should push south to the Colorado Springs area and hit up the Garden of the Gods.
Yeah we just didn't have the time. In the future we will definetely go back and hit up that spot, along with Rocky Mountain National Park.

josef
06-21-2008, 11:34 AM
nice gator photos.. i need to go to the zoo.. i've never been since i got into photography..

here's another with the selective color treatment.. the background could be improved but we were just playing around at the house.. this was my dad's 1937 Ford.. sold to fund his current project (a 1938 Packard).

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2494025470_79a4ae57fb_b.jpg

accord2003
06-21-2008, 08:54 PM
Thanks DPR. I never thought about that :) You just gave me some ideas

love the gator shots.

Josef. love those select colors shots. that car looks like a mean machine!!

ssil2000
06-21-2008, 11:49 PM
hi guys,
I havent posted in a while so I ventured into the backyard today and took some shots, I also determined I really need a macro lens, I was trying to use the 55-200 with reversal ring and 501.8 but the focus plane is just way too shallow and the subject had to be basically touching the lens :/ not ideal!

any hoo vitamin C anyone?

iso200
50 1.8 @ f1.8
1/800 sec
slightly cropped and selective color treatment in lightroom, it actually looked ok without the selective color but this really makes it pop, hope you like and thanks for the inspiration guys!!!

LBGChris
06-22-2008, 12:08 AM
Yeah I really like that pic. Nice creative touch.

LBGChris
06-22-2008, 12:43 AM
Found this one on my computer the other day... an oldie.

rawpaw18
06-22-2008, 03:41 AM
Can't remember what this dude was called

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2597624148_686af16795_o.jpg

Rooz
06-22-2008, 04:21 AM
omg...what the hell is that ???
lol

Visual Reality
06-22-2008, 08:06 AM
Some kind of Iguana or Monitor with very fat cheeks.

ooverdrive
06-22-2008, 09:17 AM
so this is gonna be a wild life page:confused:

500mL
06-22-2008, 10:00 AM
I guess so :p

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3164/2601167070_f68f5dc442.jpg

I actually just got my D40 back from repair this past Thursday and I didn't waste that much time from taking pics. Here's a couple more from yesterday.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/2600336495_67a0d583f9.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3206/2600336191_1a9b86f107.jpg

Camerajunkie
06-22-2008, 10:35 AM
iso200
50 1.8 @ f1.8
1/800 sec
slightly cropped and selective color treatment in lightroom, it actually looked ok without the selective color but this really makes it pop, hope you like and thanks for the inspiration guys!!!

I think that picture would be really fun if the leaves could still have a green tint to them, just not as strong as they are naturally. :)

dxrocnxj
06-22-2008, 10:51 AM
500ml, love that bug shot, was that with the 18-200?

Visual Reality
06-22-2008, 11:25 AM
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k245/BlackHawk2k6/Colorado/Red%20Rocks/RedRocks4.jpg

bgrablin
06-22-2008, 11:48 AM
Another fantastic red rocks shot. Very impressive. Are you using your 70-300 VR lens here? Also, how do you like it? I'm looking into that lens for some aerial photography.

btuner
06-22-2008, 12:11 PM
Camera Toss self portrait.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/2598968034_b22c95d325_o.jpg

josef
06-22-2008, 01:03 PM
Camera Toss self portrait.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/2598968034_b22c95d325_o.jpg

wow. just Wow. :eek:

StuartN
06-22-2008, 01:07 PM
Adding to the wildlife theme, here's a shot of great horned owl.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2600970557_ab1b644f06_b.jpg


Nikon D80
Nikkor 80-400mm @ 250mm
f/8
1/60 sec
ISO 100
SB-800 fired on camera

esp
06-22-2008, 01:12 PM
Great shot btuner. How many tries did that take?

And here is another reptile shot to add to the wildlife theme.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2340/2300160431_6eda391728_b.jpg
taken with my 18-55 kit lens.

toriaj
06-22-2008, 01:55 PM
StuartN, that's a beautiful shot of the owl. Esp, your animal looks dead, like he's on a dried display :o please don't take that wrong though, I'm sure it was tough conditions to shoot in.

btuner
06-22-2008, 02:10 PM
Great shot btuner. How many tries did that take?



thanks! maybe 15-20 tries to get everything in focus and in frame

StuartN
06-22-2008, 03:13 PM
Tori, thanks! I thought he a "don't mess with me" look.

AdamW
06-22-2008, 04:03 PM
thanks! maybe 15-20 tries to get everything in focus and in frame

How'd you do it?

500mL
06-22-2008, 04:19 PM
500ml, love that bug shot, was that with the 18-200?

Thanks dxrocnxj!
That's correct, used the 18-200 on that one. I took several bug shots but only that one came out most decent.

btuner
06-22-2008, 04:57 PM
How'd you do it?

set the self timer for 2 seconds count down and then thrown it up so it takes the picture in mid air. lots of light and a faster shutter speed

gsusmaniac
06-22-2008, 05:34 PM
btuner....a local-ish car guy! I just realized you are on tampa racing. Good to know!

Self portrait is freakin awesome. Nicely done!

kjmdrumz3
06-22-2008, 08:10 PM
My wifes eye.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/2602290533_a9f710bdc6.jpg

toriaj
06-22-2008, 08:45 PM
I love the detail you got there, but you need to warm the white balance, I'm afraid she looks like a corpse :o

K1W1
06-22-2008, 09:03 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2600491088_8cca4cde13_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 26 mm
ISO Speed: 200
18-55 kit lens
SB-600

Slide show here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/sets/72157605746196484/show/)

btuner
06-22-2008, 09:10 PM
btuner....a local-ish car guy! I just realized you are on tampa racing. Good to know!

Self portrait is freakin awesome. Nicely done!

haha yeah there are a couple TR members lurking on here... and thanks!


K1W1 i love that shot!

Fiasco
06-22-2008, 09:37 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3157/2599936163_6b429172a9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baresoul/2599936163/)

XaiLo
06-22-2008, 11:02 PM
Kiwi, luvin it 2Kewl!

Fiasco, pretty sweet image.

rawpaw18
06-23-2008, 03:28 AM
Stuart great use of flash on your owl, nice twinkle and great fill for the
way the natural light was falling.

Here is another zoolife shot.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3240/2596769809_954568ba89_o.jpg

rawpaw18
06-23-2008, 03:37 AM
I just noticed that the rating for this thread went from
5 stars to 4. I hope it is not because of my recent photos.

K1W1
06-23-2008, 04:41 AM
I just noticed that the rating for this thread went from
5 stars to 4. I hope it is not because of my recent photos.

Nah. Its Rooz's fault he hasn't posted any bug photos lately.

StuartN
06-23-2008, 08:17 AM
Rich, thanks! I'm glad I had the flash as it really made a big difference and opened up the shot.

Is that some sort of monkey in your shot? You got him to pose quite nicely ;).

Rasidel Slika
06-23-2008, 02:19 PM
http://www.delobbo.com/gallery2/d/62768-1/IMG_042_delobbo.jpg

bgrablin
06-23-2008, 02:38 PM
Great DOF!

K1W1
06-23-2008, 03:41 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3244/2599439475_09237a1d39_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 23 mm
ISO Speed: 200
18-55 kit lens
SB-600

toriaj
06-23-2008, 03:51 PM
K1W1, this one has a much different look than the last shot you posted (which I loved, BTW.) It looks more flashed, to me. Did you use flash? What were the differences in setup between the two pics?

K1W1
06-23-2008, 04:09 PM
You are asking me about set up? I have no idea to be honest.
I suspect that I may have used full flash on this rather than fill flash. I am having trouble coming to grips with this whole flashing in public thing. :D

Edit: I just looked at the Exif for the first one. There was no flashing involved. I used the non flash version of the photo.

Rooz
06-23-2008, 04:12 PM
shutter speed is higher so much more flash power used to expose the foreground and less ambient light entering the scene.

K1W1
06-23-2008, 05:03 PM
shutter speed is higher so much more flash power used to expose the foreground and less ambient light entering the scene.

Yeah. That's what I said. I was being creative and highlighting the highlights so that the highlights were nicely highlighted and if you have any objections go take your own motorbike photos.
What you you know about flashing anyway?

Rooz
06-23-2008, 05:06 PM
lol not as much as you obviously rich :p

esp
06-23-2008, 07:01 PM
I took the camera and the tripod to the beach this weekend and got a few sunset shots. I tried several slow shutter speed shots after sunset and liked the results.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2602754844_ebc7249e07_b.jpg

Rooz
06-23-2008, 07:10 PM
wow...just wow.
that is stunning.

rawpaw18
06-23-2008, 08:08 PM
Ditto to what Rooz said, ESP: fantastic use of slow shutter speed.

K1W1
06-23-2008, 08:22 PM
I took the camera and the tripod to the beach this weekend and got a few sunset shots. I tried several slow shutter speed shots after sunset and liked the results.

The photo made me feel slightly uneasy when I looked at it (all that water rushing towards me) so IMO that makes it terrific.

StuartN
06-23-2008, 08:23 PM
ESP, Just Awesome! Love the whole look of the sunset and the surf coming in. Definitely one of my favorites.



I took the camera and the tripod to the beach this weekend and got a few sunset shots. I tried several slow shutter speed shots after sunset and liked the results.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2602754844_ebc7249e07_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-23-2008, 09:35 PM
StuartN, that's a beautiful shot of the owl. Esp, your animal looks dead, like he's on a dried display :o please don't take that wrong though, I'm sure it was tough conditions to shoot in.

Glad to see you're not holding back Tori, get it off your chest:)

Rasidel Slika
06-23-2008, 09:56 PM
awesome esp :)

Rooz
06-24-2008, 12:26 AM
50/1.4
sb400

bgrablin
06-24-2008, 02:55 AM
It's next to impossible to get decent color here in Iraq. Everything is so freaking dull. I had my ND-4 filter on at the time to lessen the harsh light from Iraq's blinding sun. Any ideas?

Rooz
06-24-2008, 03:29 AM
first of all...brilliant shot !

give us a better idea of your settings, what metering mode, what colour mode etc. real hard for matrix metering to coe in those conditions. i reckon you need to dial in -1EV as a good starting point.

are you shooting in raw ? cos theres a heck of alot of headroom there for bringing out colours and exposures. this is what i pulled out of a simple 100kb jpeg. results from raw files, (and better PP), will be 100x better.

i'm beggin you to keep your files saved as raw and play with em when you get home cos some of these shots are gonna be unfreakinbelievable.

AdamW
06-24-2008, 08:27 AM
first of all...brilliant shot !

i'm beggin you to keep your files saved as raw and play with em when you get home cos some of these shots are gonna be unfreakinbelievable.

He's right!

bgrablin
06-24-2008, 08:31 AM
i take them all in RAW+JPEG fine.

My settings were:
ISO 800 (to capture the blades)
f/5.6
1/1000 sec
0.0 EV
3D Color Matrix II
Auto Focus
Natural Density - 4

Whatever you did to that photo is what I am going for. Was it just some dodge and burn action in PP? That's what I am going for. Simply Brilliant.

esp
06-24-2008, 09:02 AM
bgrablin - I hope you have a lot of storage because Rooz is right. You will be taking pictures that not many people have the opertunity to take. All of us would have a blast going through and working on all of the raw files you will come back with.

Thanks for all the kind words on my last beach shot. Here is another one from that day.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2601879633_b904f02305_b.jpg

truflip
06-24-2008, 10:23 AM
looks like HDR? i prefer the first one you posted, personally.

StuartN
06-24-2008, 10:29 AM
ESP, another nice shot.


i take them all in RAW+JPEG fine.

My settings were:
ISO 800 (to capture the blades)
f/5.6
1/1000 sec
0.0 EV
3D Color Matrix II
Auto Focus
Natural Density - 4

Whatever you did to that photo is what I am going for. Was it just some dodge and burn action in PP? That's what I am going for. Simply Brilliant.

bgrablin, RAW is definitely the way to go. As Rooz said, you have a ton of room to make adjustments to get the most out of the image. You can even use ViewNX(free download) to make some minor tweaks or for more options CaotureNX, Lightroom or CS3. (Levels, curves, color)

As a personal preference I tend to stick with the lower ISO settings, usually 100-200 sometimes 400.
I find I can usually get better color results, sans noise, with the lower ISO. Using your settings from above I would try lowering the ISO to 400 and bumping the shutter to 1/2000. And if your lens allows, use f/4 ISO 200 shutter 1/2000 to obtain the same exposure.

In any case keep posting those amazing shots!

rawpaw18
06-24-2008, 10:51 AM
ISO 800 (to capture the blades)
Whatever you did to that photo is what I am going for. Was it just some dodge and burn action in PP? That's what I am going for. Simply Brilliant.

First, its Rooz your talking to, he probably just hit the "auto" button in pp.:D

Depends on the program your using, using lightroom there are numerous sliders to use or curves, contrast, vibrance and many more. season to taste.

Take a couple of chopper shots with a slower ss, to capture the motion of the blades too, as well as freezing the blades. your going to have some real keepers.

XaiLo
06-24-2008, 11:20 AM
First, its Rooz your talking to, he probably just hit the "auto" button in pp.:D

lmao :D :D

esp, composition and post on the sunset is wonderful.

bgrablin, that's definately a keeper. keep having fun. Like rawpaw18 said it depends on the editing program, so what's your flavor.

rberga1
06-24-2008, 12:29 PM
http://izover4u.us/gallery2/d/271-2/DSC_1760-30_001.jpg

bgrablin
06-24-2008, 02:20 PM
I'm a huge fan of photoshop, and have been using it since version 5.0. I recently pushed to Lightroom for better organization and post production development. I haven't worked with RAW much, but I am currently reading just about everything on this forum to catch up.

I have plenty of space (collectively about 2.5TB) so that won't be an issue. Yesterday alone I took about 240 shots. Most of them turned out really well.

StuartN: I will take your recommendation on the ISO setting, I see your point and I think speeding u p my shutter speed will get the desired effect I am looking for.

New day, new pic. For some of you who are fresh on your bible skills, you should be familiar with the eternal flame.

Quick snipit:

The eternal flame is a crater about 50-feet in diameter written about in the Old Testament. King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego into the flames because they wouldn't worship his golden idol. The Bible tells of them surviving, unburned, because of their faith in God.

It is said to be over 5,000 years old and still burning today; although not as bright as one would imagine. With enough speed I could probably run through it unscathed. :D

josef
06-24-2008, 02:57 PM
50/1.4
sb400

Awesome colors Rooz!! cute subject too.. i'm not quite to that stage in life yet.. gettin close though :)

Rasidel Slika
06-24-2008, 02:58 PM
nice presentation rberga1, I like what you did overall - also not a theme we have seen a lot of here.

Rasidel Slika
06-24-2008, 03:00 PM
Rooz great kid shot, who says Nikons aren't sharp? ;p Also like what you did with the heli, (fantastic original as well) - looks like its out of a video game! in a good way.

rawpaw18
06-24-2008, 03:02 PM
Great shot bgrablin

nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Rasidel Slika
06-24-2008, 03:06 PM
I'm a huge fan of photoshop, and have been using it since version 5.0. I recently pushed to Lightroom for better organization and post production development. I haven't worked with RAW much, but I am currently reading just about everything on this forum to catch up.

I have plenty of space (collectively about 2.5TB) so that won't be an issue. Yesterday alone I took about 240 shots. Most of them turned out really well.

The eternal flame is a crater about 50-feet in diameter written about in the Old Testament. King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego into the flames because they wouldn't worship his golden idol. The Bible tells of them surviving, unburned, because of their faith in God.

It is said to be over 5,000 years old and still burning today; although not as bright as one would imagine. With enough speed I could probably run through it unscathed. :D
those are some incredible photo ops you are getting. glad to see you are putting them to good use! nice pic.

bgrablin
06-24-2008, 03:13 PM
Great shot bgrablin

nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.


those are some incredible photo ops you are getting. glad to see you are putting them to good use! nice pic.

Thanks. It's a fun job and being able to blend both my hobby and my job (which is also my hobby. :) ) is pretty amazing. If you guys can come up with any ideas that you would be interested in seeing I would love to hear them.

I'm trying to capture a rocket coming out of the tube but I haven't been able to get my settings right. Any ideas? It's basically like catching a bullet.

Rasidel Slika
06-24-2008, 03:16 PM
I'm trying to capture a rocket coming out of the tube but I haven't been able to get my settings right. Any ideas? It's basically like catching a bullet.
well this may be obvious but have you tried continuous mode? I would imagine one of the shots would be able to capture the rocket well, might just take a few tries.

StuartN
06-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Bgrablin, Lightroom really is a great tool and seems to get better the more i use it. Another nice capture, looks like you're getting some great shooting opportunities. I see you're from the Springs, just down the road from me. Are you out of Ft Carson?


rberga1, nice composition and effects. It loooks like a large cannon has shot a "cannon ball" (the moon) into the sky.

Rasidel Slika
06-24-2008, 04:23 PM
I was feeling similarly about the moon in that shot! nice effect.

StuartN
06-24-2008, 04:38 PM
Thanks. It's a fun job and being able to blend both my hobby and my job (which is also my hobby. :) ) is pretty amazing. If you guys can come up with any ideas that you would be interested in seeing I would love to hear them.

I'm trying to capture a rocket coming out of the tube but I haven't been able to get my settings right. Any ideas? It's basically like catching a bullet.

Bgrablin, you may want to use a technique called "trap focus". This would allow you to "pre-focus" on a specific point, such as the business end of the rocket launcher, and have the shutter release automatically when a subject passes it through it. The Magic Lantern Guide for the D80 has some good info on setting it up.
You would setup CS-18, the "AE-L/AF-L" button to "AF-ON" so that focusing is performed only when that button is pressed and not the shutter release. The autofocus setting should also be set to AF-S and single area. Then press the "AE-L/AF-L" button to focus and then recompose holding the shutter release down. When the subject passes through the focus point the shutter will release.

There's more discussion here http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=9479603 on the technique as well.

Stuart

K1W1
06-24-2008, 04:41 PM
It is said to be over 5,000 years old and still burning today; although not as bright as one would imagine. With enough speed I could probably run through it unscathed. :D

Gee 5000 years old and an asphalt road around it for the tourist buses. Some of those ancient civilisations were way more advanced than they have been given credit for. :D

I'd love to see some more detail, must do some Googling.

LBGChris
06-24-2008, 05:05 PM
Just in case you were confused.

bgrablin
06-25-2008, 12:41 AM
StuartN, I am from Ft. Carson. I couldn't ask for a better assignment.

About your "trap focus", I was able to setup my camera and have a buddy simulate a rocket leaving the tube but could only get it to snap the picture about 25% of the time. I want to try and minimize this. Also, I am guessing that I will have to have my shutter speed as high as I can manage to be able to grab the rocket. Very fun and interesting technique that I didn't even know the camera was capable of.

I am going to try and get this down before I go waste a few rockets at our test fire range with no photo success. :)

Rasidel Slika
06-25-2008, 12:43 AM
http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/7103/dsc218800qd6.jpg
Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2004:06:02 14:43:57
Focal Length: 70.0mm (35mm equivalent: 105mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160)
Aperture: f/7.1

Rooz
06-25-2008, 02:55 AM
i take them all in RAW+JPEG fine.

My settings were:
ISO 800 (to capture the blades)
f/5.6
1/1000 sec
0.0 EV
3D Color Matrix II
Auto Focus
Natural Density - 4

Whatever you did to that photo is what I am going for. Was it just some dodge and burn action in PP? That's what I am going for. Simply Brilliant.

hmmm...you'll need to explain that logic to me. you increased your iso by 4 stops but also used a 4 stop filter to drop your exposure by 4 stops. so effectively, you've negated the iso and the filter. does that make sense ?

in super bright conditions you are far better off using iso100 cos your shutter speeds look high enough. maybe use iso 200, (or even auto iso using 1/1000s as your min shutter speed), just to be sure.

the other issues i see with using iso 800:

1. even though you dont get alot of noise given the conditions, you comprimise your dynamic range by a couple of stops, so theres some of your contrast/ colour loss right there.

2. iso refers to the sesnitivity to light your sensor has. so this in effect will always blow the lighter colours just that little bit too much. and more to the point, the lighter shades of colour will move even further right of the histogram, creating even less contrast.

couple those 2 things with the fact that matrix metering on the d80 overexposes by a third to 2/3rds of a stop and you have a recipe for overexposure and dull colours.

aswell as dropping your iso and dropping your exposure back by -0.7EV, i'd also be looing at shooting the d80 in colour mode IIIa just for kicks. if you shoot it in raw, you an always change back. this colour mode is a high contrast, saturated colour mode that will give you a dynamic s curve in contrast in-cam.

give it a go and make sure you experiment a little. the only way to learn is to throw a few different things at it and seeing what works best.

btw: for that adjustment i used Capture NX. i simply added 3 colour control points. 1 to the sky to increase saturation, one to the chopper to increase brightness and 1 to the ground to decrease brightness and increase saturation. the whole process took around 15 seconds. no layers. very very simple process.

look forward to a heap more of your shots. :)

bgrablin
06-25-2008, 03:17 AM
hmmm...you'll need to explain that logic to me. you increased your iso by 4 stops but also used a 4 stop filter to drop your exposure by 4 stops. so effectively, you've negated the iso and the filter. does that make sense ?

in super bright conditions you are far better off using iso100 cos your shutter speeds look high enough. maybe use iso 200, (or even auto iso using 1/1000s as your min shutter speed), just to be sure.

the other issues i see with using iso 800:

1. even though you dont get alot of noise given the conditions, you comprimise your dynamic range by a couple of stops, so theres some of your contrast/ colour loss right there.

2. iso refers to the sesnitivity to light your sensor has. so this in effect will always blow the lighter colours just that little bit too much. and more to the point, the lighter shades of colour will move even further right of the histogram, creating even less contrast.

couple those 2 things with the fact that matrix metering on the d80 overexposes by a third to 2/3rds of a stop and you have a recipe for overexposure and dull colours.

aswell as dropping your iso and dropping your exposure back by -0.7EV, i'd also be looing at shooting the d80 in colour mode IIIa just for kicks. if you shoot it in raw, you an always change back. this colour mode is a high contrast, saturated colour mode that will give you a dynamic s curve in contrast in-cam.

give it a go and make sure you experiment a little. the only way to learn is to throw a few different things at it and seeing what works best.

btw: for that adjustment i used Capture NX. i simply added 3 colour control points. 1 to the sky to increase saturation, one to the chopper to increase brightness and 1 to the ground to decrease brightness and increase saturation. the whole process took around 15 seconds. no layers. very very simple process.

look forward to a heap more of your shots. :)

WOW Rooz, I appreciate all that input. I can't honestly say I had no logic behind the ISO 800. I still for the life of me can't remember why I didn't change it to lower than 400. I'm still a n00b at this.

I did take all the advice I have gotten thus far and came up with this shot today.

It wasn't an easy shot because I still have to worry about my own aircraft and it's positioning as well as my aperture, ISO, focus, etc...

You can't see it, but both aircraft are hovering about 75 feet over water.

ISO100, f/5.0, 1/1000sec, UV filter.

Visual Reality
06-25-2008, 03:20 AM
Rooz, Auto ISO maxes out at 1/125 on the D80. 1/250 on the D300. This doesn't really matter in such bright conditions though since you'll never go that low. To do 1/1000 you would need to use M mode, which I would never do in such bright conditions. The reason being if the camera in a given situation can't drop below your bottom ISO of 100, can't change the aperture and can't use a slower shutter, it has no choice but to underexpose.

Rooz
06-25-2008, 03:30 AM
sorry VR, you are right. cant use auto iso. anyways...no real need. not looking like the absense of light is the problem. more like the abundance of light. lol

you're taking these shots while you're FLYING the chopper !! omg...you are batman !lmao

K1W1
06-25-2008, 03:35 AM
It wasn't an easy shot because I still have to worry about my own aircraft and it's positioning as well as my aperture, ISO, focus, etc...

You can't see it, but both aircraft are hovering about 75 feet over water.

ISO100, f/5.0, 1/1000sec, UV filter.

So tell us that you didn't use a little radio chatter to set that shot up. :D

Great picture.

bgrablin
06-25-2008, 03:44 AM
2 pilots are in the Kiowa and only one flies at a time. Controls are on both sides. Left seat (me when I'm playing photographer) operates the sight (big ball on top) and the right seater typically maneuvers the aircraft.

It took quite a bit of radio chatter to set that shot up. As well as a little prior planning.

K1W1
06-25-2008, 04:01 AM
So I assume that you are 90 degrees to the other helicopter shooting through an open port side window.

You must have made an inviting target for them. :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
06-25-2008, 04:04 AM
Reduce the apperture a bit if you can tolerate a bit slower shutterspeed. You might get a bit sharper result around F8. I use a different consumer level lens but find big improvements in contrast and sharpness from F5 to F8.

At that angle you're not freezing the rotors so you could get away with the smaller apperture which should give you a little more sharpness.

Everything is at infinity in that shot so it's best to use your lens' sharpest aperture if there's no other reason not too.

Love the shot. Your sig says you've got camera armour is that a joke?:D

Re the PP. Using capture nx colour control points on that shot is in my opinion a sin because it works on a radius from your control point, not the whole colour as you'd expect. Note the sky's gone blue but lightening towards the edges. You can address it with more control points but frankly why bother.

Instead use photoshop. Do whats called channel masking. Work from your original Raw if your copy of photoshop will handle it, if not use capture NX to convert your raw to Tiff 16 bit then open that in photoshop.

Go to channels, select the blue channel, duplicate it, go to threshold or levels on the duplicate blue channel adjust it to get black and white or use the magic wand on the blue channel. It should be super easy to select the sky this way. Save the selection as an "alpha channel" (fancy term for saved selection).

Click back on the RGB channel (ie the whole image in colour). Load the sky selection you just made, adjust colours using hue, saturation sliders or levels or curves etc. Invert the selection so you have everything but the sky selected adjust contrast of the heli and ground using curves and or unsharp mask. Also with the ground/heli selection have a look at the effect of adjustments>highlight/shadows. Highlights/shadows is a pretty cool adjustment tool but if abused will make your images go all pastel with that HDR look.

herc182
06-25-2008, 04:05 AM
2 pilots are in the Kiowa and only one flies at a time. Controls are on both sides. Left seat (me when I'm playing photographer) operates the sight (big ball on top) and the right seater typically maneuvers the aircraft.

It took quite a bit of radio chatter to set that shot up. As well as a little prior planning.

holy god, your shots are brilliant. have added you as a contact on flickr and am looking forward to seeing the rest. Please put them on here when they are ready!

well done.

LBGChris
06-25-2008, 05:54 AM
The ever elusive squirrel.

Rooz
06-25-2008, 05:58 AM
nice shot chris. very nice dof and the squirrel is nice and sharp.
i've put a crop suggestion on your flickr page. :)

bgrablin
06-25-2008, 08:32 AM
Reduce the apperture a bit if you can tolerate a bit slower shutterspeed. You might get a bit sharper result around F8. I use a different consumer level lens but find big improvements in contrast and sharpness from F5 to F8.

At that angle you're not freezing the rotors so you could get away with the smaller apperture which should give you a little more sharpness.

Everything is at infinity in that shot so it's best to use your lens' sharpest aperture if there's no other reason not too.

Love the shot. Your sig says you've got camera armour is that a joke?:D

Re the PP. Using capture nx colour control points on that shot is in my opinion a sin because it works on a radius from your control point, not the whole colour as you'd expect. Note the sky's gone blue but lightening towards the edges. You can address it with more control points but frankly why bother.

Instead use photoshop. Do whats called channel masking. Work from your original Raw if your copy of photoshop will handle it, if not use capture NX to convert your raw to Tiff 16 bit then open that in photoshop.

Go to channels, select the blue channel, duplicate it, go to threshold or levels on the duplicate blue channel adjust it to get black and white or use the magic wand on the blue channel. It should be super easy to select the sky this way. Save the selection as an "alpha channel" (fancy term for saved selection).

Click back on the RGB channel (ie the whole image in colour). Load the sky selection you just made, adjust colours using hue, saturation sliders or levels or curves etc. Invert the selection so you have everything but the sky selected adjust contrast of the heli and ground using curves and or unsharp mask. Also with the ground/heli selection have a look at the effect of adjustments>highlight/shadows. Highlights/shadows is a pretty cool adjustment tool but if abused will make your images go all pastel with that HDR look.

Dread Pirate Roberts, I don't use Capture NX, just lightroom and PP. I am well familiar with channel masks, etc. I see what your saying to isolate the sky and give it a more dreamy effect, I may try that. I also only edit in TIF 16 bit from my RAW.

Camera Armor, no joke, and a great investment. I'm still fighting a war here, and the camera doesn't get the best treatment when it's in the glare shield (front window).

Also, NO DOORS HERE. :) Too hot to fly with doors without an A/C. It was 115 degrees when we took that photo, AND CLIMBING.

I do have a question for you skilled senior guys, will the constant vibrations from a helicopter damage my camera in any way? It's a bumpy ride, and I want to avoid destroying my D80.

StuartN
06-25-2008, 08:52 AM
WOW Rooz, I appreciate all that input. I can't honestly say I had no logic behind the ISO 800. I still for the life of me can't remember why I didn't change it to lower than 400. I'm still a n00b at this.

I did take all the advice I have gotten thus far and came up with this shot today.

It wasn't an easy shot because I still have to worry about my own aircraft and it's positioning as well as my aperture, ISO, focus, etc...

You can't see it, but both aircraft are hovering about 75 feet over water.

ISO100, f/5.0, 1/1000sec, UV filter.

Bgrablin, Killer capture...Alot richer looking colors as well. Nice shots you have on flickr.

esp
06-25-2008, 09:31 AM
I spent hours trying to get pictures of an arrow as it was fired and it was tough. I was unaware of the trap focus technique so I was just trying to time it and get lucky. I ended up with 3 or 4 successful shots and about 200 unsuccessful ones. I am guessing the American taxpayers would not be happy paying for rockets at that success rate?
(I might have already posted this one a while back but here it is anyway)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2044/2403767396_031faae13f.jpg
This was taken in horrible light conditions with no flash.

TheWengler
06-25-2008, 09:59 AM
The ever elusive squirrel.

I agree with Rooz. It helps to lead your subject into the frame. So if the subject is looking right, leave more open space on the right and put your subject on one of the rule of thirds lines/points. Not always, but usually I find it more appealing.

bgrablin
06-25-2008, 11:36 AM
Yeah, we only get 1 rocket a day per aircraft to test fire, so I would have to be spot on with my photographic techniques.

Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions. This website is full of amazing talent and experience.

Calico
06-25-2008, 06:43 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/D80test023copy.jpg

My daily contribution

K1W1
06-25-2008, 07:01 PM
What is it about cute cuddly animals at the moment? First we have bugs now it seems that cuddly is the order of the day. :D

How about something that makes terrible noise, uses up the earth's resources, contributes to global warming, makes a mess by leaking oil everywhere but is great fun for boys to play with?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/2600042391_548bdfd868_b.jpg

You can even see the oil patch under this one!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2600443830_845fd7d0ac_b.jpg

Calico
06-25-2008, 07:10 PM
ok here you go

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/LightRing171.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/LightRing179copy.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/LightRing175.jpg