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Rasidel Slika
08-15-2008, 12:38 AM
Well if a certain company didn't totally f-up their auto-focus, maybe they wouldn't have been so vulnerable. There is simply no excuse for a mulit-billion dollar company to have engineering disasters of that magnitude, especially on multi-thousand dollar equipment...

But, I don't want to start WWIII so I'll stop...:D
so true. that was a pretty huge blunder! especially given the fact that MANY were in a position, locked and loaded, to upgrade their equipment.

Rooz
08-15-2008, 01:31 AM
i wonder in another 4 years if we see some sony's there ?

Rasidel Slika
08-15-2008, 01:42 AM
taken before the existence of the Chicago Trump tower / hotel!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3024/2764303943_b4cd0d00af_b.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2764303943/)
Image Date: 2005:07:05 22:41:31
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
Exposure Time: 0.200 s (1/5)
Aperture: f/3.5
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-15-2008, 02:21 AM
Swpars Love the colours you've captured in your shot.

Can't believe you got a butterfly with 105mm. I can't get close with a 200mm telephoto. Wow Pastorbbc, nice first post.

Lovelly conversion delobbo.

craigyc
08-15-2008, 04:56 AM
Looks great. A really well exceuted shot that draws you in. Good subject choice, good exposure, good composition, good editing. Nicely done.

Thanks JTL! I will have some other pics up next week hopefully as I'm off to the little town Lindos in Rhodes/Greece tomorrow! Its supposedly a beautiful place and I'm really hoping to put the 10-20 through its paces!

JTL
08-15-2008, 06:41 AM
Thanks JTL! I will have some other pics up next week hopefully as I'm off to the little town Lindos in Rhodes/Greece tomorrow! Its supposedly a beautiful place and I'm really hoping to put the 10-20 through its paces!Love Lindos! One of my favorite places on Earth! Lucky bastard! :)

craigyc
08-15-2008, 07:30 AM
Love Lindos! One of my favorite places on Earth! Lucky bastard! :)

Really! Now I definitely am looking forward to it!

Aldor88
08-15-2008, 09:57 AM
taken before the existence of the Chicago Trump tower / hotel!
WOW i really love this! the building in the lower left corner is really interesting, is it a hotel? Great picture all the way, well done.

Gintaras
08-15-2008, 10:37 AM
delobbo, great image, love the look and surprisingly B&W works great there.

Rasidel Slika
08-15-2008, 11:00 AM
WOW i really love this! the building in the lower left corner is really interesting, is it a hotel? Great picture all the way, well done.
thanks - that building is Marina City, it's 2 identical condominium towers and is a famous staple of Chicago. Have a search for that on flickr if you want to see more. I have more images of it, maybe I'll post some later.


delobbo, great image, love the look and surprisingly B&W works great there.
thanks, I was a bit surprised myself - I'm a newb to b/w conversion but I've enjoyed doing these first ones, definitely want to do more.

K1W1
08-15-2008, 04:38 PM
One day, when I grow up and get a little bigger....

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3086/2765091382_265cfa0a13_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-15-2008, 08:45 PM
Cool shot K1W1, wish I knew how you get those so sharp.

Rooz
08-16-2008, 02:00 AM
annoying isnt it ?

Turn
08-16-2008, 02:18 AM
I tried to edit a photo posted before

in my eyes this is what it should somewhat look like (I didn't do it completely right sorry!)

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-16-2008, 02:22 AM
Yep. Well not really annoying so much as making me jealous.

Seriously though, I couldn't read the exif on the image but maybe it's just my new computer (have I mentioned my new computer allready - loving it):D

What lens did you use, it looks like ambient light too? Any tricks. Where is the location even, I didn't know Vic had a motor museum.

K1W1
08-16-2008, 03:13 AM
Cool shot K1W1, wish I knew how you get those so sharp.

Seriously I have no idea about the sharpening. That is what they look like.
It's the Southward Car Museum (http://www.southward.org.nz/) just north of Wellington (that's New Zealand of course :D). The photo was taken when I was there on holiday in early 2006.
The lens was my 18-55 mark 1 kit lens and I did not use the flash.

rawpaw18
08-16-2008, 04:38 AM
One day, when I grow up and get a little bigger....



Great expression

Aldor88
08-16-2008, 09:50 AM
Stopped by an local racing event today, didn't take too many shot's but got some ok ones. Tried panning as well, it really is as hard as they say :).

Here's one shot, PP over the top i know :). The skin tones will need some work lol.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3144/2768137268_a4632533e6_b.jpg

TNB
08-16-2008, 02:50 PM
One of a few shots I took yesterday...

Dirty window,
Reflection from the blinds,
Handheld D200

A few other shots are also on my Flickr photostream--a few may even look better. ;)

dan4466
08-16-2008, 04:00 PM
I used my Nikkor 50 1.8 for the first time and I was blown away by the pictures I was able to get in the dark. This is the first fast lens I've had and what a difference. This was shot at 1/125 @ F/1.8 ISO 800. What an awesome little lens that everyone should have. Seemed like I always had someones head in the way.

Rasidel Slika
08-16-2008, 04:27 PM
another shot from the same set as the B&W I last posted. You may recognize some of these buildings from The Dark Knight...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3032/2769442196_9fedf89d7d_o.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2769442196/)
Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2005:07:05 22:30:14
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
Exposure Time: 0.400 s (1/3)
Aperture: f/3.5
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

JTL
08-16-2008, 04:49 PM
another shot from the same set as the B&W I last posted. You may recognize some of these buildings from The Dark Knight...

Very, very nice. What ISO did you use? Noise control is great...how did you pull it off so effectively?

Rasidel Slika
08-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Very, very nice. What ISO did you use? Noise control is great...how did you pull it off so effectively?
hey thanks - the ISO is not in the EXIF.. it's not in there for pretty much all my D70 shots, dunno why. :confused:

I'm guessing it was as low as possible (100?). I did apply one pass of NR.

Fiasco
08-16-2008, 06:20 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/baresoul/2767475057/

Aldor88
08-16-2008, 06:42 PM
Nice pic fiasco, great lighting. The heair covering her right eye is a bit distracting to me. Great shot.

rawpaw18
08-16-2008, 06:46 PM
another shot from the same set as the B&W I last posted. You may recognize some of these buildings from The Dark Knight...



Just awesome

Rooz
08-16-2008, 07:08 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2769786304_ffd5e34622_b.jpg

Aldor88
08-16-2008, 07:46 PM
Cool shot Rooz, love the background.

Gonna post two more pics of the racing event. These are some old Fords and Chevy's racing in a Legends class. If you watch F1, Kimi Räikkönen and Heikki Kovalainen's fathers were drivers at this event. More as a fun hobby i think, the profit went to charity.

Pretty much the only picture i consider to be any good from my first panning tries.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2769026718_4d0c819701_b.jpg

Heres some action from the pit, show's the athmosphere of the race. More of a fun family event than head to head race.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2768177335_13070fbdc9_b.jpg

swpars
08-16-2008, 08:07 PM
Rooz,

As always - amazing color and sharpness on the bug.

Here is a bird that I shot today. This is a resident of the new flamingo exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3227/2769648892_3d1209b7a0_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D40
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Shot in RAW, converted in RAWTherapee. I pulled out some shadow and highlight detail and applied a bit of sharpening and exposure adjustment, and cropped to the 4/3rds aspect ratio. Used the cheap but wonderful 55-200mm VR wide open at maximum zoom.

JTL
08-16-2008, 08:18 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2769786304_ffd5e34622_b.jpgNow, that's just scary...one, because that thing will give me nightmares now, and two, because you have some scary good skills...

Rooz
08-16-2008, 08:59 PM
thanks. not so happy with the composition of this one, i had some bright red flowers tothe right that would have picked up his red markings well but he wouldnt comply. still, its technically pretty good.

on a side note...the 105 was frustrating me cos of backfocus until i adjusted the AF using AF fine tune. its absolutely spot on now. when i first heard of AF fine tune thought it was a gimick. it absolutely works perfectly. i'm impressed. in a shot like this at f11 and what looks to be a dof of around 2-3cm's, those micro adustments are the difference between a keeper and trash.

thats at 180mm btw, (105+1.7tc), and its still very sharp.

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-16-2008, 11:06 PM
A girl was having trouble dealing with the stress of year 12 so her friends threw her a picnic in our botanic gardens. They didn't mind me taking a snapshot and I thought the picnic gae some counterpoint to the background.

Rooz
08-17-2008, 01:34 AM
nice scene DPR.

50/1.4
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3252/2770021230_2252b080ca_o.jpg

and lucas/ grandma. 35/2 with flash looking into a blazing afternoon sun.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/2769720589_f328d51a3b_o.jpg

TheWengler
08-17-2008, 01:59 AM
Rooz, I think I prefer the angle of the other shot of your son on Flickr. Both are very nice though. The last couple macros are also excellent. Probably pretty normal for you, but excellent for us humans. :p

Rooz
08-17-2008, 02:11 AM
yeah i prefer that angle too but i screwed the exposure.

rawpaw18
08-17-2008, 03:57 AM
A girl was having trouble dealing with the stress of year 12 so her friends threw her a picnic in our botanic gardens. They didn't mind me taking a snapshot and I thought the picnic gae some counterpoint to the background.

It all works for me well done and good friends too!


yeah i prefer that angle too but i screwed the exposure.

I commented on liking the larger than life angle too, can't use your pp prowess to bring it up?:)

Rooz
08-17-2008, 04:34 AM
can't use your pp prowess to bring it up?:)

i did. lol

K1W1
08-17-2008, 03:36 PM
There are only three games left this season then it's back to cricket.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3243/2766609663_25067afbc8_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 165 mm
ISO Speed: 400
55-22 VR lens

500mL
08-17-2008, 05:23 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3264/2772922736_812fcaf999_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2772074969_b86acb93a0_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-17-2008, 08:03 PM
Still sorting old shots. A much more pleasant job now that I've got more than 512MB of RAM:)

The lions at the zoo in a small enclosure behind thick close set bars but I got most of him in shot by stretching out to maximum reach near the bars.

Without a proper bird lens I resorted to photographing Native Minah birds that come and steal scraps of food at the botanic gardens kiosk. I don't really go there for sour cream and wedges at $9.00 for a big bowl. Honest:D Well not now I'm dieting anyway.

500ml I like birdie 2 a lot. Great soccer shot K1W1 and Rooz that first shot of Lucas is lovelly.

Rooz
08-17-2008, 08:21 PM
fantastic lion head DPR. thats brilliant.

here is the last i'll post from the last Lucas set. made me laugh. i got 'im training young !! 35/2 sb800. hows that for panning ? lol :p

ROCKY !!!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3155/2770915050_84794b3ee2_o.jpg

K1W1
08-17-2008, 08:45 PM
i got 'im training young !! 35/2 sb800. hows that for panning ? lol :p

He's still going to be too young for London and 2016 so I'm guessing the 2020 Olympics? He is still going to be on the young side then for a male athlete so what are we looking at, gymnastics? Boxing isn't a long term option and future product endorsements are few and far between for people with messed up faces and cauliflower ears.
Personally as you are his business manager and "Mr 49%" my advice would be to give him a soccer ball (Frank Lampard just signed up for $320,000 per week for 5 years) or go the long term route with a tennis racket now with a view to pro golf after he retires from tennis at about 28. That will get him through to his mid 40's at least and you to retirement. The money and product endorsement opportunities from athletics are fairly low compared to Soccer, Tennis or Golf and you must after all think long term.

achuang
08-18-2008, 03:18 AM
Nice panning shot, he's growing up so fast. Here's one from a while back when I went to tassie at the start of the year. Taken with D70s, 18-70 and polariser.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/2773548991_c590eb0972_o.jpg

rawpaw18
08-18-2008, 03:26 AM
DPR great detail in Lions head shot, wonderful.

ROOZ Lukas panning shot was my favorite of the last set. He is always on the go

herc182
08-18-2008, 04:20 AM
another shot from the same set as the B&W I last posted. You may recognize some of these buildings from The Dark Knight...


Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2005:07:05 22:30:14
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
Exposure Time: 0.400 s (1/3)
Aperture: f/3.5
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

Great shot. Very smooth with excellent detail.

herc182
08-18-2008, 04:21 AM
fantastic lion head DPR. thats brilliant.

here is the last i'll post from the last Lucas set. made me laugh. i got 'im training young !! 35/2 sb800. hows that for panning ? lol :p

ROCKY !!!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3155/2770915050_84794b3ee2_o.jpg

stunning shot and PP. Like the colour cast.

Your bug shot....what lens did you use? very sharp focus plan (and very shallow DOF).

herc182
08-18-2008, 04:26 AM
Still sorting old shots. A much more pleasant job now that I've got more than 512MB of RAM:)

The lions at the zoo in a small enclosure behind thick close set bars but I got most of him in shot by stretching out to maximum reach near the bars.

Without a proper bird lens I resorted to photographing Native Minah birds that come and steal scraps of food at the botanic gardens kiosk. I don't really go there for sour cream and wedges at $9.00 for a big bowl. Honest:D Well not now I'm dieting anyway.

500ml I like birdie 2 a lot. Great soccer shot K1W1 and Rooz that first shot of Lucas is lovelly.

That is one of the best lion head shots i have seen! Excellent. what lens did you use?

K1W1
08-18-2008, 04:28 AM
Here's one from a while back when I went to tassie at the start of the year.

Freycinet National Park?
Never actually been there in my trips to Tassie but it's on my to do list.

Rooz
08-18-2008, 04:43 AM
Your bug shot....what lens did you use? very sharp focus plan (and very shallow DOF).

105 + 1.7TC. (180mm)
the sharpness retention from the nikon TC's is excellent. almost makes the PITA compatability worthwhile.

achuang
08-18-2008, 04:50 AM
Freycinet National Park?
Never actually been there in my trips to Tassie but it's on my to do list.

Yep, freycinet national park. We camped there for one night. That shot is taken from walking up Mt Amos. The previous day we walked down to the beach area before sunset (silly idea wearing thongs) and walked back in almost darkness. While we were on the beach a pack of almost 10 dolphins were swimming back and forth near the shore, they were almost close enough to touch. Here's one of the shots. Taken with the 55-200VR

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/2774552876_cc502c33b4_o.jpg

K1W1
08-18-2008, 05:14 AM
Taken with the 55-200VR

Cheap consumer lens. You'll never get a decent shot with it. :D:D

achuang
08-18-2008, 05:24 AM
Cheap consumer lens. You'll never get a decent shot with it. :D:D

That's right :p I'm still waiting.

K1W1
08-18-2008, 03:31 PM
What is the world coming to? I have just learnt that the famous Chocolate Fish Cafe in Wellington has closed down. It was the victim of high rents and increasingly onerous health regulations.
This is the only photo I have but it shows one of the things the cafe was famous for. The cafe was on one side of the road and during fine weather the diners sat across the road on the sea shore.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2765890477_ac6220f196_b.jpg

jemr
08-18-2008, 05:21 PM
I know this next picture has nothing to do with being amazing ... nor does it have anything to do with Nikon, but it's my 5 year olds first picture with her new Olympus stylus ... And I am proud of her :D

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l95/jemr/Picture030b.jpg

mamie a little sis ... mamie looks annoyed, but a well :D

rawpaw18
08-18-2008, 07:36 PM
Five year olds and cameras, great combo, don't loose the photo it will be a great keepsake for years to come.

btuner
08-18-2008, 07:44 PM
havent been on in a while...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/2775956426_31841a0d2f_o.jpg

Turo
08-18-2008, 08:11 PM
Nice one, btuner. I love the color on that car!

500mL
08-18-2008, 08:34 PM
Nice panning shot, he's growing up so fast. Here's one from a while back when I went to tassie at the start of the year. Taken with D70s, 18-70 and polariser.


That's one awesome view man! I would love to visit wherever that is :D
A couple of decent shots from my afternoon walk.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2777081986_e5b1cf2b37.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/2776227093_4d477a1e38.jpg

btuner
08-18-2008, 09:07 PM
Nice one, btuner. I love the color on that car!

thanks, yeah he just had some guy spend 50 hours detailing it before the shoot:eek:

crazy:
http://www.autopia.org/forum/pro-details-before-after/110556-la-bella-firma-round-two-50-hours-lamborghini-gallardo-spyder-330-pics-long.html

JTL
08-18-2008, 09:51 PM
Upper East Side Fantasy

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/354680849_pkmo2-L-0.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-19-2008, 04:31 AM
Love the dolphins Andrew.

Herc it was the 18-200VR that I use almost exclusively.
Usually I'm unhappy at 200mm with my results but the lion came out really sharp. I was underexposed but managed to recover it as the original was a raw. The rest of the lions head was in the original but got really contrasty as the fence started to obscure the light path.
200mm
Apperture priority F7.1
1/250 sec
ISO 800

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-19-2008, 04:52 AM
Todays pic from the archives. Taken during a walk around my local lake.

How do you all calibrate your monitors, I'm not sure I've done it right all my shots look OE.

Turo
08-19-2008, 06:04 AM
Another wakeboarding shot of mine. I don't like it quite as much as the last one I posted, but I'm still pretty happy witht the way it turned out. C&C welcome!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3106/2664375287_1be1f3aacb_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2664375287/)

TNB
08-19-2008, 06:00 PM
Another wakeboarding shot of mine. I don't like it quite as much as the last one I posted, but I'm still pretty happy witht the way it turned out. C&C welcome!
I'd try a tighter crop. Also have you tried a slightly slower shutter speed? If not, I'd try a few just to see if the water wouldn't look as "frozen" as long as the wakeboarder can still remain in focus.

btuner
08-19-2008, 06:09 PM
Truckin!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3079/2778986331_d53c069180_o.jpg

Rasidel Slika
08-19-2008, 09:11 PM
I'd try a tighter crop. Also have you tried a slightly slower shutter speed? If not, I'd try a few just to see if the water wouldn't look as "frozen" as long as the wakeboarder can still remain in focus.
I prefer the "frozen" look, I feel it makes the shot timeless, both literally and figuratively.. just my 2 cents. nice shot!

gsusmaniac
08-19-2008, 09:39 PM
Just a panorama from Tropical Storm Fay...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/2779660855_a82333d9eb_b.jpg

And a link to the full size if you wanna look through it!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/2779660855_772ed94755_o.jpg

K1W1
08-19-2008, 10:22 PM
Just a panorama from Tropical Storm Fay...



I like that. To me the long thin image with the black border works on that shot(s).

gsusmaniac
08-19-2008, 10:45 PM
I put a semi-thick border, because when I print it tomorrow, it will be 43 inches long and only 6.5 inches tall...so the border gives it a little more height!

Turo
08-20-2008, 07:34 PM
I'd try a tighter crop. Also have you tried a slightly slower shutter speed? If not, I'd try a few just to see if the water wouldn't look as "frozen" as long as the wakeboarder can still remain in focus.

I was suggested a tighter crop by a few people on flickr, and I do agree it could look better with it. I can't really do a slower shutter speed because these guys are too fast and it will result in motion blur.

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-20-2008, 11:49 PM
I like the frozen in time effect on this style of shot too (ie crisp static droplets). If everything you took was like that I'd be bored but for these wakeboarders of yours I reckon it's the way to go.

500mL
08-21-2008, 06:26 PM
Testing out the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro's capability.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2784928731_e7560838b9.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3218/2785784408_e8cc82eded.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/2784931229_7b4d22fc6c.jpg

Rooz
08-21-2008, 08:23 PM
#2 and #3 are sensational.

500mL
08-21-2008, 08:30 PM
#2 and #3 are sensational.

Thanks Rooz!

LBGChris
08-21-2008, 09:28 PM
Testing out the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro's capability.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/2784931229_7b4d22fc6c.jpg

#3 is awesome.

Turo
08-21-2008, 09:53 PM
#3 is awesome.

Agreed, I love the silhouette!

Geoff Chandler
08-21-2008, 11:16 PM
Testing out the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro's capability.


This is a great value and much under estimated lens.
Of course - needs someone with an eye and some know how to get reults like those!!
Great photos!

rawpaw18
08-22-2008, 04:58 AM
Small town harbor, ramped up sat, vib and anything else there was a slider for:D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2786025973_20eacddc91_o.jpg
1/1000 f/11 ISO 400 34mm matrix

Rooz
08-22-2008, 05:38 AM
rich your corn stalks one is a ripper.

rawpaw18
08-22-2008, 05:47 AM
Rooz, the saturated boats are for a local group mostly.

But here is my RIPPER and thanks, I think:D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3017/2786881238_856f1d433b_o.jpg

1/500 f/11 ISO 400 18mm matrix
Used the distortion and the up angle to almost get a fish eye type view

500mL
08-22-2008, 07:41 AM
Agreed, I love the silhouette!

Thanks guys! It was a purely accidental. I overexposed the background by accident and I didn't wanna delete it so I increased the blacks in PP to create a silhouette effect. I like how it turned out :D


This is a great value and much under estimated lens.
Of course - needs someone with an eye and some know how to get reults like those!!
Great photos!

Geoff, I thought the same thing. I was debating whether I get this or the 70-300 VR without the macro. Although the VR will help for hand held shots slower than 1/80, I wanted a macro lens at the same time. So far the tests came out better than I expected. I have a few more days to play around with it and if I don't think it meets my needs, I'll return it in the store and try out the 105mm f.28 macro.

-500mL

Geoff Chandler
08-22-2008, 08:50 AM
Thanks guys! It was a purely accidental. I overexposed the background by accident and I didn't wanna delete it so I increased the blacks in PP to create a silhouette effect. I like how it turned out :D

Geoff, I thought the same thing. I was debating whether I get this or the 70-300 VR without the macro. Although the VR will help for hand held shots slower than 1/80, I wanted a macro lens at the same time. So far the tests came out better than I expected. I have a few more days to play around with it and if I don't think it meets my needs, I'll return it in the store and try out the 105mm f.28 macro.
-500mL

Interesting. Well - if it's macro you want then the 105mm f.28 macro is going
to be quite a bit better. IMHO the 70 - 300 is a decent quality zoom with
semi macro ability to boot. On the whole, though I don't use it much, I am very happy with mine - but one day I will buy a dedicated macro - My 17 - 70goes stupidly close - you can actually touch the subject! so it casts a shadow - that too takes great semi macro shots, but I'd still like a dedicated macro one day.
So - if the 70 - 300's macro ability suits you - then the usefull zoom range and reasonable quality make it a great buy.

domenic
08-22-2008, 12:32 PM
My First maternity shots

......... Well not mine I'm a guy, but you knwo what I mean.

I took this with my 50mm f1.8, no flash used.

CC please guys.

39112

Cheers

Dom,

Turo
08-22-2008, 01:52 PM
Nice shot, domenic! Looks a tad soft, did you do that intentionally?

Here is my first attempt at an HDR (its harder than it looks!):


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2787155307_d030ca0084_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2787155307/)

rawpaw18
08-22-2008, 01:54 PM
Hey Domenic,
She will appreciate the soft focus on the baby. Typically you see more with the womans face to capture that love and adoring kind of look. Sometimes the get it out look, depends on the woman and how far along :). Try and use a background and pose to accent the baby more, perhaps a little more sideways. Plain backgrounds tend to work best. And don't be affraid to use the flash, looks slightly underexposed.

Turo,
I'm liking it man!

500mL
08-22-2008, 01:55 PM
Interesting. Well - if it's macro you want then the 105mm f.28 macro is going
to be quite a bit better. IMHO the 70 - 300 is a decent quality zoom with
semi macro ability to boot. On the whole, though I don't use it much, I am very happy with mine - but one day I will buy a dedicated macro - My 17 - 70goes stupidly close - you can actually touch the subject! so it casts a shadow - that too takes great semi macro shots, but I'd still like a dedicated macro one day.
So - if the 70 - 300's macro ability suits you - then the usefull zoom range and reasonable quality make it a great buy.

Geoff,
How close to the subject do you have to be to get the macro shots in focus? I took those shots about 5 feet away from it. I am looking into the 105mm f2.8 as well, but it will not be for a while since I'm thinking of getting the VR Micro (means more $$).

K1W1
08-22-2008, 03:11 PM
IMHO the 70 - 300 is a decent quality zoom with semi macro ability to boot. On the whole, though I don't use it much, I am very happy with mine -


I thought much the same thing but I was never 100% comfortable with the Sigma 70-300 so it's sitting in box box unused somewhere in the house and has been for over 18 months. The IQ of my 55-200 puts my Sigma to shame any day.

K1W1
08-22-2008, 09:15 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/2787987147_45487c81c7_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 110 mm
ISO Speed: 400
55-200VR

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-23-2008, 01:19 AM
Just a shot at the zoo.
Attempted to completely recover it in post- warmed, darkened, cropped etc.

Geoff Chandler
08-23-2008, 03:34 AM
Geoff,
How close to the subject do you have to be to get the macro shots in focus? I took those shots about 5 feet away from it. I am looking into the 105mm f2.8 as well, but it will not be for a while since I'm thinking of getting the VR Micro (means more $$).
I haven't used it for over 6 months - but as I remember it is around 20 inches.
I tend to use the 17 - 70 for close ups - despite the risk of shadows - and most zoom work I use my 28 - 200 which is a more usefull range for me - the 70 - 300 is nearly retired - Ireckon I need something going up to 400 or more in it's place - then a dedicated Macro - the Sigma 105 seems OK as I know a couple of people with one.

rawpaw18
08-23-2008, 03:58 AM
Great timing Richard, ball, eyes, slight motion, its got it all!
Zip on over to Beijing, they could use you there.

K1W1
08-23-2008, 04:41 AM
Zip on over to Beijing, they could use you there.

:D:D Dream job. Imagine being crowded into one of those pig pen photographers enclosures with 50 other camera wielding looneys and half a millions bucks worth of glass.

rawpaw18
08-23-2008, 04:58 AM
Would love it,
seen a couple of the pit shots on dpreview, they were counting Nikon vs. Canon cameras. Way too much time on their hands.

Found it http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1021&thread=28988745&page=1

Aldor88
08-23-2008, 08:02 AM
Its me :o

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2788962507_80a81ebeef_b.jpg

Camerajunkie
08-23-2008, 12:22 PM
I love the conversion Aldor!

Rasidel Slika
08-23-2008, 01:46 PM
beautiful Aldor!

Rasidel Slika
08-23-2008, 01:58 PM
just a shot at the zoo.
Attempted to completely recover it in post- warmed, darkened, cropped etc.
.........nice.........

rawpaw18
08-23-2008, 03:05 PM
Its me :o



Thought you were taller.:rolleyes:

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-23-2008, 08:23 PM
Almost caught up sorting old shots.:)
Hallet cove near Adelaide. An ex glacial landscape remnant of the last ice age.

Turo
08-23-2008, 08:55 PM
Nice one, DPR, I really like that one.

toriaj
08-23-2008, 10:00 PM
Love your use of foreground, DPR.

Rooz
08-24-2008, 01:25 AM
Its me :o

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2788962507_80a81ebeef_b.jpg

fabulous mate.

rawpaw18
08-24-2008, 03:42 AM
DPR that shot totally umm ROCKS! I can hear the groans, but I love bad puns.

You and Aldor are raising the bar with these last couple shots, everyone is going to have to step it up.

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-24-2008, 04:53 AM
Thanks all.
I love the bad pun Rawpaw, I'm a fan of puns too.

I'd stopped shooting for the day before taking that shot. Our bushwalk got rained out while we were a couple miles from any shelter and it was really pissing down onto my 6 yo and 8 yo kids and my hopefully waterproof camera bag and $5,000 of gear. Just as we got back to the car the rain let up and so I let the kids play at a playground. Then the stormwater drain started discharging into the rocks and I thought oh there's an opportunity. Once shooting rocks at F22 I noticed the paragliders in the far background and thought very cool and damn my dripping tripod's back at the car:D

craigyc
08-24-2008, 05:02 AM
Here is quick pic from Rhodes where I recently got back from. Not a good pic by any means but it just shows you how nice the place is and I could have swam in the bay for the whole week!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3078/2791703855_d995fae297_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-24-2008, 05:22 AM
The colour of that water is amazing. I'd love a swim there - if there aren't many big sharks that is.

Rooz
08-24-2008, 06:02 AM
lucas' little g/f. love the look on her face here cos she lost her shoe. as usual, lucas wont sit still.

the 50/1.4 in bright conditions is spectacularly sharp and vivid.

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/photos/357869864_nRUV6-XL.jpg

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/photos/357870110_kuaNk-XL.jpg

Aldor88
08-24-2008, 08:00 AM
Thanks for the comments. Great shot DPR and craigyc

Heres a shot over downtown Helsinki. Took a while to fin the right window but i did. You wont find any skyscrapers here ;).

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/2788959153_39350c89cb_b.jpg

Calico
08-24-2008, 10:39 AM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/AA.jpg
Something from the archives

herc182
08-24-2008, 02:09 PM
Its me :o

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2788962507_80a81ebeef_b.jpg

Stunning shot. What PP did you use for the B&W. Looks amazing.

K1W1
08-24-2008, 05:48 PM
Spring is only 6 days away (here) so it's time to start thinking of summer activities. :)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/73/182331804_fb43cf03fc_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 31 mm
ISO Speed: 200
18-55 kit lens

Fiasco
08-24-2008, 06:40 PM
Its me :o

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2788962507_80a81ebeef_b.jpg

Great self-portrait!! Love it! You made your own fish eye lens!!

JTL
08-24-2008, 10:34 PM
One of my favs from this weekend...

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/358538711_3vfaD-L.jpg

Make = NIKON CORPORATION
Model = NIKON D700
Exposure Time = 1/200"
F Number = F7.1
ISO Speed Ratings = 200
Focal Length = 46mm
Color Space = sRGB

DownByFive
08-24-2008, 10:50 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2176/2795589032_7585a30609_b.jpg

Taken at Provo River Falls, Uinta Mountains, Utah
Nikon D300
Nikon 18-75mm f/3.5-4.5
f/16
1/6 sec.
ISO 100

craigyc
08-25-2008, 01:44 AM
Another one from Greece

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3053/2791764945_2ff300642e_b.jpg

Rooz
08-25-2008, 06:15 AM
great shot craig.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3275/2796467758_aa7056e813_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2796468600_68320b107f_o.jpg

Turo
08-25-2008, 08:11 AM
Nice shots Rooz, love that DOF!

This shot I went to B&W because I love the contrast formed between the boarder and the water spray behind him. The contrast wasn't as visible in color.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3011/2679208482_5a842ffd24_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2679208482/)

toriaj
08-25-2008, 08:47 AM
Beautiful shot Turo, the B&W really works. Rooz, I love seeing the tough guy blowing bubbles with the kids :)

DownByFive, I've been to the Provo River Falls several times, it's rather close to where I live. (I have some pics here (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21371&highlight=waterfall) from 2 years ago, right after I got my camera, if you're interested.) Are you on a trip? You got some beautiful colors, what time of day did you shoot? Or did you use D-lighting or similar? I also love the scrap of sky you managed to get in the shot. Often I think waterfall shots could have been improved if there was some sky in there (although sometimes it's pretty much impossible, you did a great job here.)

craigyc, I take a lot of shots with the sun in the frame, too :) I like the way yours turned out, just the sun as we see it without a lot of sunrays. I'm usually using a very small aperture which creates those sunrays, but your image inspires me to try using a larger aperture for those sun shots. Your shot must have been taken on a rather dim day? Was the sun behind clouds?

JTL
08-25-2008, 11:20 AM
Something different...

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/358564062_BnmGi-L.jpg

K1W1
08-25-2008, 02:56 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2796468600_68320b107f_o.jpg

Don't do that to me first thing in the morning.:)
He reminds me of somebody who lives in Sydney who I dislike intensely.

craigyc
08-25-2008, 03:23 PM
Thanks Rooz, Love the shots, it looks like he is really having a good time and you have captured it perfectly! the black and white conversion works really well here aswell!

Toriaj - Thanks for the compliment, I was a bit worried about shooting in to the sun but there was nothing i could do about it as the trip to the acropolis was a one time thing so i took the shots anyway! It was actually a really sunny day with no clouds in the sky! It was only f11 because I was using the 10-20mm (which is a slow lens) combined with a polarising filter so it was the smallest i could achieve handheld. Im pleased with how it turned out though, but would like it to be a more contrasty b&w conversion like some other peoples on here (Rooz & Aldor)

Turo - Love the shot, the b&w conversion really makes the boarder pop!

DownByFive
08-25-2008, 03:48 PM
DownByFive, I've been to the Provo River Falls several times, it's rather close to where I live. (I have some pics here (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21371&highlight=waterfall) from 2 years ago, right after I got my camera, if you're interested.) Are you on a trip? You got some beautiful colors, what time of day did you shoot? Or did you use D-lighting or similar? I also love the scrap of sky you managed to get in the shot. Often I think waterfall shots could have been improved if there was some sky in there (although sometimes it's pretty much impossible, you did a great job here.)

Thanks Toriaj, I was visiting my sister in Park City and we took a day trip up to the Uintas. I took the photo in the middle of the day, but thankfully there were some large, passing clouds that allowed me to get the shutter speed down. I also took this one, which I'm still on the fence about...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3007/2794745003_0888420cb2_b.jpg

Nikon D300
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
.6 sec.
f/10
ISO 100

JTL
08-25-2008, 11:18 PM
Another day...another image...:)

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/359305786_Mw8AY-L.jpg

achuang
08-25-2008, 11:45 PM
More shots of my nephew. He's getting bigger so fast (just over 8kg now). Shot with natural light from a window.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3111/2799374056_d3e6a59641_o.jpg

craigyc
08-26-2008, 02:30 AM
Tiny little church on the side of St. Pauls Bay. Weddings are very popular there but I did not see one whilst i was down there.

Tried using a new PP technique split toning to different shades of yellow/gold

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/2793818342_d3d5036130_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-26-2008, 03:19 AM
I also took this one, which I'm still on the fence about...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3007/2794745003_0888420cb2_b.jpg


I like it, nice shot & composition :) .. but to my eye .. it's a bit oversharpened and oversaturated assuming you did those two steps and that it wasn't as you saw it.

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-26-2008, 03:29 AM
Crickey you're setting a tough standard to post here:)

Not trying to single anyone out but:
Downby5 love that wide angle waterfall, Craig very cool shot at a cool location, Truro that b&w w/b shot is lovelly. Rooz looks like a double for angry anderson nice moment of humanity (the 1st shot), JTL great composition and execution. Achang, something about that kiddie shot just works for me.

Rasidel Slika
08-26-2008, 04:08 AM
Looking south down State street from Wacker or so, Chicago. Hand-held.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3242/2798912849_099a19c878_b.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2798912849/)

Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2005:02:15 19:45:00
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 56.0mm (35mm equivalent: 84mm)
Exposure Time: 0.050 s (1/20)
Aperture: f/4.5
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

500mL
08-26-2008, 09:36 AM
Some shots from my weekend camping. All shots were taken using the Sigma 70-300. I'm pretty happy of the image quality. Comments always welcome :D

Half Full
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/2794465183_728fb82699.jpg

Star Gazing - first attempt at long exposure
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2794466875_122bca4f7e.jpg

Hang Glider
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/2794486617_8280f378a3.jpg

JTL
08-26-2008, 10:09 AM
JTL great composition and execution. Thanks mate! :)

Turo
08-26-2008, 11:04 AM
500mL, how long of a shutter speed did you use for #2? EDIT: nevermind, I just saw it on your flickr site. :)

Great shots, everyone! Damn, is it me or is the quality of pictures just going up exponentially in this thread?

delobbo, I love that shot, especially the lighting!

500mL
08-26-2008, 11:17 AM
500mL, how long of a shutter speed did you use for #2? EDIT: nevermind, I just saw it on your flickr site. :)

Great shots, everyone! Damn, is it me or is the quality of pictures just going up exponentially in this thread?

delobbo, I love that shot, especially the lighting!

Thanks Turo!

I'm glad I was able to try it successfully this time. One minor mistake I did: I should've used ISO 200 on it. With my excitement to try it, I completely forgot I previously had it set on ISO 800. The full res shows quite a few hot pixels (I think). But other than that, I was pretty happy how it looked :D

JTL
08-26-2008, 12:29 PM
Netherworld of the Pre-Apocalypse...

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/359305398_MHkJg-XL.jpg

Camerajunkie
08-26-2008, 01:11 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3064/2800176721_5d8ee973bf_b.jpg

It's got noise. Is that what you get when you shoot from a distance at dusk in not the best clear weather?

C&C is okay. :)

500mL
08-26-2008, 01:19 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3064/2800176721_5d8ee973bf_b.jpg

It's got noise. Is that what you get when you shoot from a distance at dusk in not the best clear weather?

C&C is okay. :)

I'd use a tripod and slow shutter, increase the exposure compensation a little bit, and use an ISO of 400. It would definitely help decrease the noise. If no tripod, find something where you can set the camera on to. Just my 2 cents :)

AdamW
08-26-2008, 03:27 PM
JTL--that's a wonderful picture. I love the composition.

Turo
08-26-2008, 08:27 PM
Thought about a tighter crop with this one but then decided against it.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/2735331625_547d4ce578_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2735331625/)

JTL
08-26-2008, 08:57 PM
JTL--that's a wonderful picture. I love the composition.Thank you Adam. It's one of the few recent ones of mine that I really like myself as well...

JTL
08-26-2008, 09:00 PM
Thought about a tighter crop with this one but then decided against it.

Wow! That's it! You are showing an insane amount of skill and we simply can't have you making the rest of us look bad! :D

Seriously, everything is right...the composition, the timing of the shot, the exposure, the focus...not everyone can do what you do...if you're not already putting together a portfolio, you should...and start shopping your skills around...you can start having your gear pay for itself...;)

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-27-2008, 03:08 AM
Looking south down State street from Wacker or so, Chicago. Hand-held.


Nice shot, not something I see everyday round here.

craigyc
08-27-2008, 03:19 AM
Great capture Turo

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3114/2793454893_39c49b98b1_b.jpg

Rasidel Slika
08-27-2008, 03:21 AM
Turo I think you can be doing advertisement photography for Wrigley Juicy Fruit.. :)

the Wrigley gum theme music automatically accompanies the last two boarding shots you posted, in my head. :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-27-2008, 03:29 AM
Thanks for putting chewing gum music in my head:D

Craig very nice shot, bet it took you a while to find where to shoot from there.

Here's another from weeding through old shots.

craigyc
08-27-2008, 03:44 AM
Thanks DPR, yeah it sure did, there were hundreds of people walking up and down the steps as its the entrance to the Acropolis and i waited for a while for it to be empty for the shot but the best i could do were 2 or 3 people in the shot so i took it and cloned them out! Don't think it went too badly!

Rasidel Slika
08-27-2008, 05:19 AM
Thanks for putting chewing gum music in my head:D
no problem, I felt guilty keeping it to myself. :)

Rasidel Slika
08-27-2008, 05:31 AM
ps nice shot. :D

Turo
08-27-2008, 07:35 AM
Wow! That's it! You are showing an insane amount of skill and we simply can't have you making the rest of us look bad! :D

Seriously, everything is right...the composition, the timing of the shot, the exposure, the focus...not everyone can do what you do...if you're not already putting together a portfolio, you should...and start shopping your skills around...you can start having your gear pay for itself...;)

Thanks! :D Unfortunately I don't have much time to do this beyond just a hobby, but I do use fancy cameras in my line of work every now and then (image processing research), so maybe one day I can have my fear pay for itself that way!



Turo I think you can be doing advertisement photography for Wrigley Juicy Fruit.. :)

the Wrigley gum theme music automatically accompanies the last two boarding shots you posted, in my head. :D

Hahaha! Ok, I just bursted out laughing here at work when I read that, lol!

Camerajunkie
08-27-2008, 07:44 AM
Craig,

LOVE the shot!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2800171019_c4bcfc7b5d_b.jpg

I was just having some fun with the fountain.....

craigyc
08-27-2008, 10:16 AM
Craig,

LOVE the shot!

Thanks Camerajunkie!

Your shot actually makes a really nice background for your watermark! Kind of looks like the bottom of a swimming pool.

fionndruinne
08-27-2008, 04:29 PM
You oughtta dodge and burn that fountain shot, that's a really nice pattern, but it seems like it wants to be brought out more. As a background for the watermark, though, it's pretty awesome.

LBGChris
08-27-2008, 11:14 PM
Pollination

Rooz
08-28-2008, 12:05 AM
sheesh how good is that hummingbird shot !

faisal
08-28-2008, 12:10 AM
wow...very cool capture LBGChris.....

K1W1
08-28-2008, 12:39 AM
sheesh how good is that hummingbird shot !

You have been trumped mate. :D:D

Back to the drawing board for you.

I think that gets my shot of the year vote.

LBGChris
08-28-2008, 12:49 AM
wow thanks guys. haha. gotta put up at least 1 good shot to the 20 bad ones every once in a while ;)

Turn
08-28-2008, 12:58 AM
Pollination

a good example of someone who knows how to use their camera

anco85
08-28-2008, 04:19 AM
Great shots everyone...

Chris, that humming bird is just stunning.

I almost feel ashamed to post this pic, but it's the first time in a while I've gotten out shooting again. I missed my D80 so much...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/2805840420_fdaa27ee4b.jpg

Rooz
08-28-2008, 04:23 AM
dont know what your ashamed of. thats a great action shot.
(you can post slightly bigger photos btw)

anco85
08-28-2008, 04:29 AM
Thanks Rooz :blush:

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-28-2008, 04:37 AM
Beaut panning Anco.

How about this for a study in breaking the rule of thirds. I like it anyway but as I'm dad I may be a tad biased.

anco85
08-28-2008, 04:46 AM
Thanks DPR.

I like that shot a lot. It's, errrmmm, interesting :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-28-2008, 04:55 AM
I should have titled the photo.

"Things we say ok too as long as it gets the kid to take a bath".

Or

"I guess he's looking forward to summer!"

Thats a green flannel I carefully placed before taking out the camera:)

K1W1
08-28-2008, 04:56 AM
Beaut panning Anco.

How about this for a study in breaking the rule of thirds. I like it anyway but as I'm dad I may be a tad biased.

You might want to train the little one that the snorkel goes on the left side of the head. Seriously it does so it doesn't foul your regulator hose coming over your right shoulder and also so that you can remove your regulator with your right hand whilst fitting the snorkel into your mouth with your left hand.

BTW. Nice shot. I have an almost identical one from back in the film days.

K1W1
08-28-2008, 04:59 AM
Thats a green flannel

Translation for US readers. "Thats a green face cloth" :D:D

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-28-2008, 05:01 AM
Thanks K1W1, When I put it on him it's always on the left, I just said ok if you must and snuck out to get the camera witha big smile leaving him to it!

Someone (Eric?) ages back kept trying to get me to stop posting shots of the jetty looking out to sea as a leading line photo at sunset. Here's one looking back to shore just after sunrise:D

"Early morning Fog"

K1W1
08-28-2008, 05:03 AM
"Early morning Fog"


With James Dean in a trenchcoat walking towards that picture would be worth millions to you. :D

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-28-2008, 05:05 AM
I'd settle on Scarlett Johansson if I had to

achuang
08-28-2008, 05:30 AM
Thanks K1W1, When I put it on him it's always on the left, I just said ok if you must and snuck out to get the camera witha big smile leaving him to it!

Someone (Eric?) ages back kept trying to get me to stop posting shots of the jetty looking out to sea as a leading line photo at sunset. Here's one looking back to shore just after sunrise:D

"Early morning Fog"

What are you doing on a jetty just after sunrise? Should be sleeping :D
Nice shot, it is different from the normal sunset jetty shot and it works.

anco85
08-28-2008, 06:00 AM
Very nice DPR.

Striking, to say the least

craigyc
08-28-2008, 06:37 AM
Excellent composition DPR

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/2793088273_b8f204d9f5_b.jpg

Turo
08-28-2008, 06:59 AM
I love that shot, DPR! The atmosphere is excellent!

500mL
08-28-2008, 07:57 AM
Pollination

That's an award-winning shot right there!
I can totally picture that as a cover for the next National Geographic Issue :D
Awesome capture Chris!

Turo
08-28-2008, 08:13 AM
My contribution for today is not very good from a photography standpoint, but it was funny so I wanted to share with you guys. Its actually a picture of a poster I found in a little bar in Puerto Rico. The picture is a little blurry because I had to use a slow shutter speed to take a clear pic of it, but since the bar was full, it was not too easy sitting still!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3293/2805415397_874d821f3c_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2805415397/)

JTL
08-28-2008, 09:30 AM
A stroll through the post-reality...

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/359305598_RkKKZ-XL.jpg

esp
08-28-2008, 10:03 AM
As always there have been some great shots over since my last post.

LBGChris - Great humming bird. I chased humming birds around my yard for over an hour a few weeks ago. And you will notice not a single humming bird picture on my flickr page. I think I need to try again.

DPR - There is always something funny about little kids wearing a mask and snorkel. I have a similar shot of my little one as well.

JTL - I like the post work on this one. Very interesting.

Here is my contribution to the page. This was sunrise on my recent trip to the Colorado River. After losing most of my trips budget in the casino on the first night I decided to grab one more glass of scotch and the camera and head out to the river. The fact that I was able to find the right button to take the picture amazes me.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/2805543148_cd8bb5987c_b.jpg
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 15 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-28-2008, 07:01 PM
Craig, love the colours and scene generally, great shot.

Esp nice shot and colours too - I'd never have guessed you were pissed when you took it if you hadn't told me:D

JTL
08-28-2008, 09:07 PM
Going down...

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/359308111_TwPQD-L.jpg

Rooz
08-28-2008, 09:40 PM
Thanks K1W1, When I put it on him it's always on the left, I just said ok if you must and snuck out to get the camera witha big smile leaving him to it!"

great shot mate.


A stroll through the post-reality...



ok, how the hell did you do that ? love the effect.

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-29-2008, 12:57 AM
JTL have you cranked up the saturation on that last one (going down)? The skin tones have gone a bit odd at least on my monitor.

Top facial expressions btw.

K1W1
08-29-2008, 01:41 AM
JTL have you cranked up the saturation on that last one (going down)? The skin tones have gone a bit odd at least on my monitor.

Same here. Looks a bit like they all have very bad fake tans.

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-29-2008, 04:57 AM
Copying Rooz,
But unfortunately laying in the mud outside the glass walled cage.

K1W1
08-29-2008, 05:58 AM
He is okay until he stops. :)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/150/386260236_7ff63276ef_b.jpg

JTL
08-29-2008, 06:11 AM
Top facial expressions btw.Thanks! It's what makes the shot for me...
Same here. Looks a bit like they all have very bad fake tans.The saturatinon is cranked AND they have very bad fake tans! :D

Turo
08-29-2008, 08:14 AM
This little maneuver here is called a "raley", and it takes some serious balls to attempt. Reason being, if you miss the landing, you do a belly flop. And you can imagine what a belly flop feels like from about 15-20 feet up in the air while being dragged behind a boat!

Its also really hard to get a clear image of since he moves so fast during it! I had to pan a little bit and use the fastest shutter speed I could (while still getting enough light). I finally captured this clear shot of him, even though the water drops came out a little blurry, lol! Not sure if this one would benefit from a tighter crop or not...


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2808889204_4c7cc6cf67_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2808889204/)

esp
08-29-2008, 09:46 AM
Turo - I spent all morning going through your wakeboard set on flickr and there are some amazing shots in there. This one is impressive. I don't think you could crop it to much but I would cut the boat in the corner out.

Calico
08-29-2008, 05:55 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/OperationCalendar212acopy.jpg

My sunset of the day

Turo
08-29-2008, 05:58 PM
Turo - I spent all morning going through your wakeboard set on flickr and there are some amazing shots in there. This one is impressive. I don't think you could crop it to much but I would cut the boat in the corner out.

Thanks! I do agree about the boat, I hadn't noticed that before.

Beautiful colors, Calico!

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-29-2008, 06:36 PM
K1W1 nice shot of your son, you chose a great spot to take it.

Turo, whoa what a wakeboard shot.

Rasidel Slika
08-29-2008, 06:53 PM
Turo you are unstoppable - wow.

Rasidel Slika
08-29-2008, 08:00 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3151/2810328450_3134e4907d_b.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2810328450/)
Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2005:08:28 12:28:51
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 22.0mm (35mm equivalent: 33mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320)
Aperture: f/9.0
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

K1W1
08-29-2008, 09:33 PM
Photographers heaven.
I can count at least 5 people who are in the process of taking a shot or are reviewing a shot (but I can't see Wally). :)

LBGChris
08-29-2008, 09:49 PM
Ghost town...

Turo
08-29-2008, 11:05 PM
LBGChris,

I really like that image! One minor suggestion, to go with the "ghost town" feel, I think the image may work a bit better in black and white. I hope you don't mind, but I did a quick conversion here:

Just a thought, cool pic regardless! :cool:

LBGChris
08-30-2008, 12:22 AM
Neat idea Turo! I ran with it and this is what I came up with after a little Photoshopping... how do you like it?

Thanks

Rooz
08-30-2008, 05:12 AM
boys and their toys
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2810239967_a243dc582f_o.jpg

Camerajunkie
08-30-2008, 08:39 AM
Rooz,

I like that one!

nic08
08-30-2008, 08:55 AM
I really like that girl over there and the Chicago Bean, that's a perfect shot for me, really!

Turo
08-30-2008, 09:44 AM
Nice LGBChris, I like that much better than the color one!

I love that shot Rooz, the baby's hand absolutely makes the shot IMO!

Turo
08-30-2008, 10:39 AM
Ok, last wakeboarding shot for a while, I promise!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/2808038579_98ea9e0ce4_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2808038579/)

Calico
08-30-2008, 12:01 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/Tripodcloseups005copy.jpg

Took this early this morning. First try with a tripod and remote shutter button.Still learning C&C welcome

Rasidel Slika
08-30-2008, 01:10 PM
Ok, last wakeboarding shot for a while, I promise!

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2808038579/)
I've liked the "poses" on your other ones better but I just have to say the clarity, definition and contrast on your photos is stunning! Also, the subtle yet noticeable blur of the background is a real treat on these and add to the overall wow factor.

Calico
08-30-2008, 03:06 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/A.jpg

Took this early this am another hot muggy day on the horizon

Rasidel Slika
08-30-2008, 03:15 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/puckstop43/Tripodcloseups005copy.jpg
Took this early this morning. First try with a tripod and remote shutter button.Still learning C&C welcome
I love under-lighting like that and contrasts of colors like that. nice work.

accord2003
08-30-2008, 07:28 PM
Calico

I really like this sunrise shot. contrast and just right amount of light.

accord2003
08-30-2008, 07:29 PM
Ok, last wakeboarding shot for a while, I promise!

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flickr link[/url]

Turo.

You should be a sportshooter for SI or something. just another amazing shot!

Rooz
08-30-2008, 07:30 PM
why is flickr showing 2 iso speeds on my last shot ? anyone know wtf thats all about ?

Exposure:0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture:f/1.4
Focal Length:50 mm
ISO Speed:3200
Exposure Bias:0/6 EV
ISO Speed:400

K1W1
08-30-2008, 07:36 PM
Looks like most of your recent shots show two ISO speeds although they do seem to be the same on the ones I looked at.
My guess. Nikon is writing data in non standard ways to the exif.

K1W1
08-30-2008, 07:39 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2810857446_5f30133b31_b.jpg

Rooz
08-30-2008, 07:57 PM
i wonder if thats cos its auto iso ?
still...strange.

TNB
08-30-2008, 10:22 PM
Baseball last night, RC today... Anyway, this is one reason I use a lens filter.

Rooz
08-30-2008, 11:36 PM
tats one ofthebest RC photos i've ever seen. period. if you havent already, that is a highly sellable image imo. i'd be very careful of a larger size of flickr.

Sunday Lunch
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/2813487306_d863be67cb_o.jpg

Rasidel Slika
08-31-2008, 12:57 AM
agreed on the RC pic.. very nice, one of the best I've seen. those things are very fast and small, very difficult to capture them in an artistic and creative manner as you've done.

D70, 2004. I wanted some good b/w contrast and detail so I pushed it a little harder than I normally would.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2812696847_b3829dbde6_o.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/delobbo/2812696847/)

Calico
08-31-2008, 06:23 AM
WOW TNB really like the RC shot makes me feel like I need to wipe the dirt off my face.

Turo
08-31-2008, 08:29 AM
Wow, incredible RC pic, TNB! It almost looks like a real car, amazing!

Nice one Rooz! I love the shallow DOF. What lens did you use?

I love the contrast on your image, delobbo!

toriaj
08-31-2008, 04:15 PM
I went to the Medicine Bow Mountains in southeast Wyoming yesterday, it's a beautiful place. This shot is very nearly SOOC, mostly just removed some AWFUL dust/brush bristles ... I think I need to check into professional cleaning, when I tried I wasn't careful enough and mucked it up :(

Anyway, hope you like the shot. I used both a CP and GND.
39339

Turo
08-31-2008, 05:07 PM
I was trying to capture my dog catching a ball, but this little guy is harder to photograph than the wakeboarders! Focusing on him is almost impossible since he moves around so much!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3245/2815875678_7b43d8128a_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2815875678/)

AdamW
08-31-2008, 05:52 PM
Tori--you nailed it! Just lovely! I suggest a great big print...

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-31-2008, 07:22 PM
Took this early this morning. First try with a tripod and remote shutter button.Still learning C&C welcome

Love that shot Calico, the shapes and the colours under the arches.

Turo, love the dog action shot.

Rooz a bit of a departure from bugs and birds, I love that image even though I don't know why or which bits in focus. Lovelly.

Tori a lovelly photo, hope you use it as wallpaper.

That RC shot is awesome TNB.

btuner
08-31-2008, 07:24 PM
My buddies NSX, quite sexy if you ask me!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/2816289298_81bcd00be4_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-31-2008, 08:08 PM
I can't work out when indusrial photography becomes art but here's my attempt.

It's actually a deaerator at our local brewery that I designed in my old job. It strips out the dissolved oxygen from water so the boiler doesn't corrode. The discharge out the top is steam and almost all the dissolved oxygen.

toriaj
08-31-2008, 09:10 PM
Thanks, guys. Turo, that's a great action shot of your dog. Btuner, great car shot as always, DPR, I love the colors and exposure in that one.

accord2003
08-31-2008, 09:13 PM
TNB. If you didn't mentioned RC, I would thought it was the real thing. just wow

Rooz. excellent DOF shot. I saw it was the 50 1.4. If I didn't check, I would have never guessed it was with flash as well. I wish I can do that :)

Tori. You definitely got this one. Every nice. It should be on a wall.

Turo. That must have been fun. nice shot

Btuner. Nice Car and picture. very sharp.

DPR. Nice concept. Do they let you in there?

accord2003
08-31-2008, 09:17 PM
Here is a shot of a fake statue of Liberty. I was trying to capture it with the blowing U.S flag at night. I am not sure if it was worth the effort. C&C welcome. thanks

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2798672036_a84b6f08c8_b.jpg

K1W1
08-31-2008, 09:44 PM
Did you try a portrait mode shot so you could orient the statue vertically? I know the flag would be on an angle but by turning my head and holding bits of paper over the image IMO it would work better.

Rooz
08-31-2008, 10:00 PM
agreed. i love the idea. DEFINATELY worth it. a bit of fiddling.

TheWengler
08-31-2008, 10:10 PM
Rooz's pp skills save the day again!

Dread Pirate Roberts
08-31-2008, 10:29 PM
DPR. Nice concept. Do they let you in there?

Not anymore but I used to be on site at the brewery a fair bit supervising my tradesmen. They always searched the trunk when I left though for some reason:D

I took that shot through the fence from the roadside, using those through the fence shooting skills I'm developing shooting at the zoo.

K1W1
08-31-2008, 11:58 PM
agreed. i love the idea. DEFINITELY worth it. a bit of fiddling.

Smart alec. Is there a shortage of bugs around Sydney at the moment you seem to have plenty of time to photograph other things or play at being the PP Master. :D:D:D

Rooz
09-01-2008, 01:15 AM
well...what can i say. just call me Mr Photoshop. :D

Rasidel Slika
09-01-2008, 01:19 AM
Sunday Lunch
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/2813487306_d863be67cb_o.jpg
do us all a favour and post a crap shot once in a while please. :p

Rooz
09-01-2008, 01:37 AM
do us all a favour and post a crap shot once in a while please. :p

:p here ya go.

Rasidel Slika
09-01-2008, 01:40 AM
hey, that's a cool shot ;)

LBGChris
09-01-2008, 01:57 AM
Ahh.... finally a shot I can follow up after!!


haha.

Rasidel Slika
09-01-2008, 02:41 AM
http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/4098/dsc0103ad2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2006:08:22 21:18:46
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 70.0mm (35mm equivalent: 105mm)
Exposure Time: 2.500 s
Aperture: f/5.6
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix

Benjamin2007
09-01-2008, 03:16 AM
Love that shot Calico, the shapes and the colours under the arches.

Turo, love the dog action shot.

Rooz a bit of a departure from bugs and birds, I love that image even though I don't know why or which bits in focus. Lovelly.

Tori a lovelly photo, hope you use it as wallpaper.

That RC shot is awesome TNB.


TNB. If you didn't mentioned RC, I would thought it was the real thing. just wow

Rooz. excellent DOF shot. I saw it was the 50 1.4. If I didn't check, I would have never guessed it was with flash as well. I wish I can do that :)

Tori. You definitely got this one. Every nice. It should be on a wall.

Turo. That must have been fun. nice shot

Btuner. Nice Car and picture. very sharp.

DPR. Nice concept. Do they let you in there?

Ditto! :eek:
The action and quality of this thread is fast and furious! :D
Great work everyone! :cool:

Tori, you absolutely nailed it with that last photo! The CP & GND combo' seems to work a treat! :cool::D


Rooz's pp skills save the day again!

If only my pp skills were as good as Rooz's ;) ..., but honestly if Rooz's skills are, shall we say, pretty basic, mine are non-existent! :p:o ...
(the learning curve can seem very steep indeed! :()

Geoff Chandler
09-01-2008, 04:06 AM
I was finding it hard to get a reasonable photo of some chickens in the run.
So:
I passed the camera down through the wires at one end and aimed it, blindly,
trying to make sure it was pointed in the right direction and looked about level
This was the result...
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff217/geof0711/Smalls%20bin/ChRun.jpg

Geoff Chandler
09-01-2008, 04:11 AM
http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/4098/dsc0103ad2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Camera Model: NIKON D70
Image Date: 2006:08:22 21:18:46
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 70.0mm (35mm equivalent: 105mm)
Exposure Time: 2.500 s
Aperture: f/5.6
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix
I just love night cityscapes and this is a great shot!
Have you done any altered/tweaked versions?? I am thinking a less red/bluer version - I think that colouring is beyond the range of the Auto WB (D80 limit is somewhere around 3500K, not sure about the D70).
Would be interesting to see a few variations.:cool:

Dread Pirate Roberts
09-01-2008, 05:34 AM
I find it hard to believe but I like your chicken shot! - Nice composition and DOF.

The chook looks a bit stuck on the background, was that the original shot or has it had sharpening that has caused that effect?

Dread Pirate Roberts
09-01-2008, 05:51 AM
The primates were gracious enough to follow the rule of 1/3rds while they tried to kill each other before my eyes last week.
(At least after post process cropping):D

Don't know if I should burn in that foreground rock a bit or if it's good so bright to give some counterpoint.

Rooz
09-01-2008, 05:52 AM
the chicken shot looks great. the angle makes it and the cage funnels you right into the focal point. awesome fight scene dpr !

heres lucas and grandpa. my PP skills coming to the fore again. film grain and B&W. :p

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/2817589208_561fc83eff_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
09-01-2008, 05:57 AM
Let me be the first to say it this time Rooz, killer shot. Wow.

Can't believe you add film grain on purpose when I spend all my time removing it!

I think we'll have to stop joking about your cruddy PP skills, you're now better or at least more confident than almost everyone.

Rooz
09-01-2008, 06:09 AM
I think we'll have to stop joking about your cruddy PP skills, you're now better or at least more confident than almost everyone.


ha ha !! considering how much time i've invested in practicing, thats the best compliment you coulda given me ! :D thanks.

(btw: NX film grain looks great imo, reminds me so much of real B&W film).

toriaj
09-01-2008, 07:53 AM
Rooz, that shot is gorgeous. What a great expression, he looks like he thinks Grandpa is going to tickle him. And his OOF face with the focus on Gpa's glasses ... perfect!
P.S. And DPR is right about your PP skills, I was thinking the same thing :D

Geoff Chandler
09-01-2008, 08:00 AM
I find it hard to believe but I like your chicken shot! - Nice composition and DOF.

The chook looks a bit stuck on the background, was that the original shot or has it had sharpening that has caused that effect?
Well - it's resized.
tech stuff: - Tamron 28 - 200(@28) 100th sec, F4.5, ISO400 (lowish early morning light).
I brightened the orig up - literally about 0.3ev worth
Once reduced in size I used a miniscule amount of sharpening as I don't like
things over sharpened (amount40, radius 0.9,threshold 1).
The Tamron is quite sharp I have found - so I think it is a DOF matter that makes the hen stand out.
Thanks for the comments

Geoff Chandler
09-01-2008, 08:03 AM
heres lucas and grandpa. my PP skills coming to the fore again. film grain and B&W. :p


I like this PP work - it looks great with the B&W treatement - and a nice natural looking shot as well

Geoff Chandler
09-01-2008, 08:05 AM
The primates were gracious enough to follow the rule of 1/3rds while they tried to kill each other before my eyes last week.
(At least after post process cropping):D

Don't know if I should burn in that foreground rock a bit or if it's good so bright to give some counterpoint.
I would be tempted not to fiddle too much - although no harm in trying I s'pose. It's a really great shot and very natural looking.:cool:

Turo
09-01-2008, 08:11 AM
Nice shot, accord! The flag seems to be flying by itself, I love that!

This may be sacrilegious, but my contribution for the day is an old picture I found on my hard drive taken back when I was first getting into photography about 3 years ago. It was taken with a Canon (:eek:) S1 IS. I know I know, its NIKON DSLR picture of the day, I know...but I thought you all would still appreciate it! :)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3127/2815616291_0a80c34efb_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/2815616291/)

TNB
09-01-2008, 12:52 PM
Tori,
If that is the road I am thinking of, it should be closing soon because of the upcoming snow. Still don't really miss that stuff. Nice photo.

To everyone who commented on the RC photo, thanks for the comments on the RC photo--this thread moves fast sometimes.

Yesterday, one of the locals wanted to get together and snap a few photos. For example:

Rasidel Slika
09-01-2008, 12:54 PM
RC otter?? wow didnt even know they made those!! nice shot.

toriaj
09-01-2008, 04:53 PM
Thanks, guys. Yep TNB, that's Hwy 130, closed over the pass every winter (like all the scenic roads.) I went up to Sinks Canyon again today, and encountered spitty snowfall on the way back, the first snow of the season.