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Geoff Chandler
01-27-2009, 05:20 AM
Been playing music today - but also took some photos...
Too many to process just yet - but here is one of (one of) my
other interests...
(I will post some others later)
(edit: PS - the MDF board underneath is slightly bowed
it's not a lens thing)

Stoller
01-27-2009, 05:36 AM
Stoller

Is that Bodie?

Yes, it was taken last Saturday. :D

erichlund
01-27-2009, 07:00 AM
http://mnt-publishing.smugmug.com/photos/461659577_QkV8N-XL.jpg

D300, 24-70, hdr

The one thing that I've notice lately in some HDR photos, including this one, is a lack of contextual balance. We see a bright sky with very shiny clouds, yet the ground looks a bit like early evening is falling. There are no shadows and the snow is turning a shadowed blue, rather than its daytime brilliant white. This is not entirely explained by the clouds blocking the sun.

I'd rather see a little detail lost to ground highlights if the result was better balance in the photo.

Stoller
01-27-2009, 08:26 AM
The one thing that I've notice lately in some HDR photos, including this one, is a lack of contextual balance. We see a bright sky with very shiny clouds, yet the ground looks a bit like early evening is falling. There are no shadows and the snow is turning a shadowed blue, rather than its daytime brilliant white. This is not entirely explained by the clouds blocking the sun.

I'd rather see a little detail lost to ground highlights if the result was better balance in the photo.

I hear you. HDR’s are fun to create an unreal or fantasy look. Not a true representation of what the photographer actually seen, but enjoyable to look at never the less. Thanks for your comments.

Here is same shot non- HDR ;)

http://www.mikestoller.com/photos/461463630_WXa2S-XL.jpg

Geoff Chandler
01-27-2009, 08:59 AM
I like the non HDR version!
But that's just me!!
- Lovely shot!!!

Vgonman
01-27-2009, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the welcome folks :)


welcome to the forum.
pretty good for handholding at 0.5s. contrast looks fine to me. did you do some cloning above the house ?

Rooz,
No cloning in the sky, but I did do a slight blur to remove some noise.

ANP !!!
01-27-2009, 12:43 PM
fullsize: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3231522428/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/3231522428_ca109e4841_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D40
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 70 mm
Exposure: +0.70
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: -2/3 EV
Flash: No Flash

K1W1
01-27-2009, 01:28 PM
I like the non HDR version!
But that's just me!!
- Lovely shot!!!

+2
I prefer the original as well.

Prospero
01-27-2009, 02:26 PM
DPR, very nice shot of the lion.
Geoff, good job with the exposure in your shot.
Vgonman, welcome to the forum. If you need to reduce noise, it's better not to use blur, but noise reduction software. Neatimage has a free version, which works fine except when you need to batch process images: www.neatimage.com (http://www.neatimage.com)

ANP, nice shot, but I think it would be better if shot at a different time of the day. The shadows are a bit harsh in your picture.

Stoller, I like the HDR, because there is a lot more detail in the buildings. However I think it does need some changes. Like Eric said, your foreground is a bit too cool and the buildings have a bluish cast. If you warmed the foreground it would probably look better. Also, the bushes are a bit too bright. If you tone these down, I think the picture would be great.

Here's my picture of the day. It's an old shot from Spain, but it's newly edited. I tried to go for a different look than my usual shots, a more desatured gloomy look:

44052

Geoff Chandler
01-27-2009, 03:18 PM
DPR, very nice shot of the lion.
Geoff, good job with the exposure in your shot.
Vgonman, welcome to the forum. If you need to reduce noise, it's better not to use blur, but noise reduction software. Neatimage has a free version, which works fine except when you need to batch process images: www.neatimage.com (http://www.neatimage.com)

ANP, nice shot, but I think it would be better if shot at a different time of the day. The shadows are a bit harsh in your picture.

Stoller, I like the HDR, because there is a lot more detail in the buildings. However I think it does need some changes. Like Eric said, your foreground is a bit too cool and the buildings have a bluish cast. If you warmed the foreground it would probably look better. Also, the bushes are a bit too bright. If you tone these down, I think the picture would be great.

Here's my picture of the day. It's an old shot from Spain, but it's newly edited. I tried to go for a different look than my usual shots, a more desatured gloomy look:


Nothing gloomy about this to my eyes - just an excellent job on the photo - which looks both natural and sufficiently colourfull. :)

N.C.F.
01-27-2009, 03:56 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3447/3218981478_da8e59f4ca.jpg

DownByFive
01-27-2009, 04:56 PM
I thought this one turned out okay, given I was in a dimly lit room, shooting through glass at ISO 1600, and the white balance was so far off it was comical...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/3223191065_34b388df31_b.jpg

Nikon D300
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
1/125 sec.
f/2.8
200mm
ISO 1600

ANP !!!
01-27-2009, 08:08 PM
Amazing shot Prospero, NCF and Downbyfire.

accord2003
01-27-2009, 08:22 PM
Prospero.

Another fine work there. great shot!

NCF. nice catch there.

DownbyFive. nice shot.

LBGChris
01-27-2009, 09:57 PM
Prospero: LOVE the picture, do not love the framing so much

Rooz
01-28-2009, 04:14 AM
Here's my picture of the day. It's an old shot from Spain, but it's newly edited. I tried to go for a different look than my usual shots, a more desatured gloomy look:

44052

damn that PP is superb. really superb.

24-70@ 2.8
http://luca-images.smugmug.com/photos/462755393_xB6gZ-XL.jpg

Cyberwlf
01-28-2009, 07:03 AM
I know for this thread going back as far as this post could be compared to reaching deep back into the archives but was hoping for a bit of C&C on these! :p



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3438/3213259262_5ab71b367c_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3415/3212414121_c41468a7b8_o.jpg

D300+18-200VR used for this one

TheWengler
01-28-2009, 10:50 AM
I thought this one turned out okay, given I was in a dimly lit room, shooting through glass at ISO 1600, and the white balance was so far off it was comical...

That looks like a lot of noise for ISO 1600 on a D300. Did you have to crop a lot or push the exposure in PP?

TheWengler
01-28-2009, 11:42 AM
I know for this thread going back as far as this post could be compared to reaching deep back into the archives but was hoping for a bit of C&C on these! :p

I don't think they're that great. The light is mediocre and there's too much clutter. When you compose an image you should try to eliminate anything from the shot that isn't adding to it. That's not always possible, but I think it's good practice.

ANP !!!
01-28-2009, 11:44 AM
fullsize: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3232438062/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3421/3232438062_8d77b9bc28.jpg

Camera: Nikon D40
Exposure: 0.6
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
Exposure: 0.00
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Auto, Fired, Return not detected

LBGChris
01-28-2009, 12:24 PM
Nothing special, but I thought the composition ended up neat.

Cyberwlf
01-28-2009, 05:23 PM
I don't think they're that great. The light is mediocre and there's too much clutter. When you compose an image you should try to eliminate anything from the shot that isn't adding to it. That's not always possible, but I think it's good practice.

Funny you mention the composition as thats what i felt was best about it (and why i like it, well, besides the subject matter too). The first shot wasn't trying to fill the frame with the house, it was trying to provide perspective/context and provides leading imagery for the viewer to have a path into the shot, the second was more about filling the frame with the subject.

As for lighting, do you mean the lack of specific lighting source vs overall scene lighting or what?

TheWengler
01-28-2009, 06:09 PM
Funny you mention the composition as thats what i felt was best about it (and why i like it, well, besides the subject matter too). The first shot wasn't trying to fill the frame with the house, it was trying to provide perspective/context and provides leading imagery for the viewer to have a path into the shot, the second was more about filling the frame with the subject.

As for lighting, do you mean the lack of specific lighting source vs overall scene lighting or what?

Composition: I just think there's too much going on in the shots. You have fence post that doesn't add anything. Something like a fence can be used as a leading line, but you need at least 3 or 4 posts in the shot or at least be able to see whatever is connecting the posts. There's some stray grass coming up to the same level as your subject. The tree on the left is good and doesn't distract from the subject, the trees on the right are a distraction for me. I think the tire is good. The bushes aren't great, but I'm not sure you can do anything about it. In the image I attached, I cloned or cropped out some stuff on the bottom because it wasn't taking attention away from the subject. I think when you compose a shot you have to decide what elements you want in your picture then compose the shot to eliminate everything else. IMO simpler is usually better.

Light: I'd probably prefer to shoot this in some warmer light (sunrise/sunset) or some softer light (after sunset or overcast day). They also look a little underexposed.

This is the closest thing I have to your subject. BTW if anyone is offended by pictures that aren't taken with a Nikon you may want to look away. I made it really small so it's easy to ignore.

44088

DownByFive
01-28-2009, 06:30 PM
That looks like a lot of noise for ISO 1600 on a D300. Did you have to crop a lot or push the exposure in PP?

Most of the noise is the result of the WB being so far off...sorta fell out of the range of being a non-destructive adjustment...that, and the sharpening when I resized the pic. Here's one that was taken at basically the same settings, but with better initial WB and lighting.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3360/3235758882_6cd9485c31_o.jpg

TheWengler
01-28-2009, 07:17 PM
Most of the noise is the result of the WB being so far off...sorta fell out of the range of being a non-destructive adjustment...that, and the sharpening when I resized the pic. Here's one that was taken at basically the same settings, but with better initial WB and lighting.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3360/3235758882_6cd9485c31_o.jpg

Oh yeah, that looks much better.

Fiasco
01-28-2009, 07:33 PM
It's been a while. Here's something new.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3461/3230285295_48987fe226.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/baresoul/3230285295/)

Cyberwlf
01-28-2009, 07:48 PM
TheWengler, thanks for the C&C, appreciate the detailed feedback!

Fiasco, interesting character but the wide angle distortion is a little excessive for me (doesn't to me compliment the person but more dwarf them)

Aldor88
01-29-2009, 02:20 AM
From germany again :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3513/3230592905_3bb9a38aa0_b.jpg


Nice pic Fiasco, i like the distortion and above perspective, something different :).

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-29-2009, 02:59 AM
I know for this thread going back as far as this post could be compared to reaching deep back into the archives but was hoping for a bit of C&C on these! :p

I like no 2. It's an interesting subject in itself and doesn't need any tweaks to make it interesting.

No 1. Because it's small in the frame I think it's more important to get the composition right to bring your eye to it. I actually find the tyre and the post distracting and would rather just have the house and tree. But it's an art form and there's no right and wrong answer. You decided to show the surrounding context and thats a good decision - stick with it and ignore Wengler and me:D

I really like your shot Aldor. Thats a great use of leading lines to show depth and it's a nice simple attractive subject.

I like your second lizard down by 5 but don't care much for the earlier shot.

Fiasco, I wish you weren't constrained to not show attractive models. I like your compositions, lighting and subject and learn from seeing them by osmosis even if I'll never get the chance to shoot similar stuff. I like this one of the live Bratz doll. Provided her portfolio also has more traditional shots I reckon it's brilliant to throw in a curveball like this that forces you to look at her face. Very ballsy and artsy.

If I've overstretched the invitation to C&C please forgive me we had 45C (113F) yesterday and almost the same today. My computer room is roasting and I'm a bit antsy.

Rooz
01-29-2009, 03:05 AM
It's been a while. Here's something new.



fantastic !


From germany again :)

Nice pic Fiasco, i like the distortion and above perspective, something different :).

damn your good.

rawpaw18
01-29-2009, 03:33 AM
Aldor that is great,
would you consider cropping out the clutter at the bottom?

Downby5,
took a shot of that dude myself, ugggly

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

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-29-2009, 03:44 AM
Kids wouldn't stay out of my photograph. Annoyed me at the time, thankfull now.

No the kids haven't watched the creative lighting DVD and I didn't prompt them they chose to do this all on their own. :) Makes me wish I had ballerinas to work with though;)

Geoff Chandler
01-29-2009, 04:50 AM
Most of the noise is the result of the WB being so far off...sorta fell out of the range of being a non-destructive adjustment...that, and the sharpening when I resized the pic. Here's one that was taken at basically the same settings, but with better initial WB and lighting.


This is an amazing image - I think we can see the colour porblem as even this is a little blue - but hey - it looks great like that!! & it is really well exposed as well.

Cyberwlf
01-29-2009, 04:53 AM
Thanks for the comments DPR :)

Like all but the exposure of the child in the photo, the washed out/overexposed effect the flash has on the colours to me weakens the image, if the child had softer lighting and less shadows it wouldve made a good advert for something :p (...not sure what tho!)

Geoff Chandler
01-29-2009, 05:17 AM
I posted another image of this little frog elswhere
It's a Congo Frog in my Fish tank - about the size of the tip of my
index finger (approx 1")
Taken withthe Sigma 17 - 70 touching the glass of the tank - and the frog also virtually touching the glass - (ISO1600 and still 10th sec wide open!)
So - OK this is not the sort of photo for competitions- more for interests sake, and to see detail that's hard to see with the naked eye..
BTW this is mostly a top and bottom crop barely took anything off the sides.

Aldor88
01-29-2009, 07:00 AM
Aldor that is great,
would you consider cropping out the clutter at the bottom?

Downby5,
took a shot of that dude myself, ugggly


Thought bout cropping but decided not to, i think it adds to the depht of the photo.

And that lizard aint uggly! he's cute!

gsusmaniac
01-29-2009, 07:20 AM
Competing in a contest for car shots...here is one of the shots I got yesterday near the traintracks...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3355/3234067843_425073b539.jpg

ANP !!!
01-29-2009, 09:33 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3236003209/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3509/3236003209_ab7f9d1c6a_b.jpg

LBGChris
01-29-2009, 11:18 AM
WOW anp!! that is an awesome shot!! definitely one of my most favorite on this thread so far!

Aldor88
01-29-2009, 12:24 PM
Here i go again with my over the top editing! Just couldnt get the punch I wanted so had to experiment a bit. Purists of all sorts probably hate this style :).
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/3236611565_9dfe2f5235_b.jpg

Prospero
01-29-2009, 03:14 PM
Thanks a lot for the kind words, Geoff, ANP, Rooz, Accord and Chris.


Nothing gloomy about this to my eyes - just an excellent job on the photo - which looks both natural and sufficiently colourfull. :)

I think the reason why I think the scene looks gloomy is that I still have my original edit in mind. The colours in that one were far brighter than in this one, making the scene look gloomy in comparison. My original edit is still on my flickr site.

Rooz, nice shot. I just noticed you got the 24-70 f/2.8. How do you like it so far?
Chris, I really like your shot. Very nice composition indeed.
DownByFive, very nice shots. Beautiful colours. Perhaps you could try Neatimage; I think the noise in these shots would clean up really nicely.
ANP, fantastic shot. Perfect in every way; beautiful lighting, great compostion and very nice DOF.
Aldor, nice shots. I particularly like the last shot. Very nice B&W conversion. Very nice post processing. I don't think it's over the top.

Here's another old shot. Due to exams the last weeks, I didn't have time to shoot anything new.

44106

Cyberwlf
01-29-2009, 04:42 PM
Prospero..

The slightly freaky thing is i actually took a photo just like this in Southern NSW Australia only the other week, but was taken with my LX3, so cant be posted here! :p

Cyberwlf
01-29-2009, 04:44 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3319/3235986971_59b461c4cb_o.jpg

D300+50mm f1.8 used for this one!

n9nf
01-29-2009, 09:49 PM
Hi all. Its my first time using macro. Please do give some CC / advice so I can improve on my macros ... thanks


1) http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3415/3238451082_b3d5cb093b_o.jpg

2) http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/3237611061_eb35e2490d_o.jpg

r3g
01-30-2009, 09:30 AM
^ I dig the spider pic. having your name smack in the middle kinda throws me off though.

N.C.F.
01-30-2009, 09:56 AM
Expanding my horizons a little with some indoor photos of the house.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3309/3237881756_36ba874bcb_b.jpg

LBGChris
01-30-2009, 10:13 AM
I love the spider pic. Would have liked to have seen it in a more natural setting. I also really like that last home picture. The colors are excellent!

Here's a newer one of mine...

ANP !!!
01-30-2009, 01:24 PM
16:10 full size: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3239063443/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3314/3239063443_e0f4497c9c_b.jpg

esp
01-30-2009, 02:57 PM
I have been away for quite a while but I am finally back. Awhile back I sold my camera (along with many other things) in order to surprise my girl with a ring. I have since spent the last few months saving every dime I could get my hands on to get my new toy. The d300 is finally mine. I have only been able to take a few shots with it but here is one from a bday party last weekend.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3125/3225294067_6e0db29713_b.jpg


Looking back through the last few pages I see I have missed some good stuff. There are some fantastic shots.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-30-2009, 03:49 PM
I was going to say I love the colours in your frog shot Geoff and the bird silloutte ANP and then I changed page and found another set of fantastic shots and I'd hate to leave anyone out so I'll just say wow guys and gals.

edit: Congrats on both counts ESP.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-30-2009, 07:12 PM
Nothing special, a simple hdr of my local beach

britkev
01-30-2009, 07:59 PM
A little late, I know... D300 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4 1/125th ISO 200

Geoff Chandler
01-30-2009, 10:43 PM
A little late, I know... D300 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4 1/125th ISO 200
Great image - I love the expression! Also good having your subject in the corner like that!

N.C.F.
01-30-2009, 10:44 PM
So many awesome shots, I'm starting to feel jealous :P !

Here's my noob lesson for the day : Night Photography = Hard Mode

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3239989359_786dd82c20_b.jpg

Geoff Chandler
01-30-2009, 10:44 PM
Here's another visit to my Sacred Bamboo - a favourite plant which has something interesting about it all the year round...

Geoff Chandler
01-30-2009, 10:46 PM
So many awesome shots, I'm starting to feel jealous :P !

Here's my noob lesson for the day : Night Photography = Hard Mode



Don't be so hard on yourself - this looks good to me!! Keep posting these shots!!

K1W1
01-31-2009, 12:52 AM
This shot just won me a pair of $200+ Wiley-X sunglasses in an Australian motorcycle newspaper. :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/2567649606_91cf69d668_b.jpg

Rooz
01-31-2009, 12:56 AM
fantastic mate. and congrats

ANP !!!
01-31-2009, 01:31 AM
Well done :D.

rawpaw18
01-31-2009, 03:59 AM
This shot just won me a pair of $200+ Wiley-X sunglasses in an Australian motorcycle newspaper. :D




Hey guys, the drinks are on Richard!:D

Congrats

Cyberwlf
01-31-2009, 05:30 AM
Congrats Rooz!

TNB
01-31-2009, 03:04 PM
Hey guys, the drinks are on Richard!:D

Congrats

LOL. One of my older photos also came out in the Februrary issue of Model Aviation. I have yet to see the magazine myself, but I received a few emails regarding it already.

Today, I also reworked one of my older photos.

K1W1
01-31-2009, 03:11 PM
Is that the fake tilt shift technique?

TNB
01-31-2009, 03:16 PM
Yes. First, I played around in photoshop. Then I downloaded a demo plug-in which is what is shown. It only took a few minutes and that includes me just playing with the sliders to see the effects.

Rooz
01-31-2009, 03:58 PM
Congrats Rooz!

thanks for giving me credit for KIWI's achievement. :D

K1W1
01-31-2009, 03:59 PM
Here is a link (http://www.jeremypayne.net/2008/01/this-is-test.html) how to do Fake Tilt Shift manually in Photoshop.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-31-2009, 04:39 PM
Sorry for more jetty's but it's been a while since my last leading lines photo.

Cyberwlf
01-31-2009, 04:49 PM
thanks for giving me credit for KIWI's achievement. :D

Heh. I suppose thats what i get for posting late at night. Congrats K1W1! :p ;)

Cyberwlf
01-31-2009, 04:51 PM
TNB, quite like the idea. Gives me idea for some of my photos actually. Has a feel of being a 'model' version of something than the real thing.

..Only thing, that Copyright font tis a little on the large side!

TNB
01-31-2009, 05:05 PM
Here is a link (http://www.jeremypayne.net/2008/01/this-is-test.html) how to do Fake Tilt Shift manually in Photoshop.
I read a very similar article and that is what I tried first. However, the plug-in was easier to use, has more control, and has more options. It is called bokah by Alien Skin. I'd cut and paste a link but I am actually surfing on the phone right now killing some time.

TNB
01-31-2009, 05:14 PM
TNB, quite like the idea. Gives me idea for some of my photos actually. Has a feel of being a 'model' version of something than the real thing.

..Only thing, that Copyright font tis a little on the large side!
I used to use very small marks until people started chopping off the marks and using them for their own noncommercial and commercial use. Now there is also a second more hidden mark. For that matter, I've seen some marks a lot larger and more over the subject matter.

Cyberwlf
01-31-2009, 05:20 PM
Out of interest how did you discover they were being used by others? I wouldnt know where to start looking for that..

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-31-2009, 05:42 PM
Scrapped equipment at an active quarry with poor security

r3g
01-31-2009, 06:35 PM
Trying to get back into the groove... Talked my lady into letting me play with my strobes. Had to dust them off first though cuz its been a while lol:rolleyes:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3526/3242227693_94ba589e40_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reg_00/3242227693/)

Turo
01-31-2009, 08:08 PM
Great pier shot, DPR!!!

TNB
01-31-2009, 09:49 PM
Out of interest how did you discover they were being used by others? I wouldnt know where to start looking for that..
One thing about a niche market, some I came across and others people have told me about. Just like the recent February publication, I knew that particular photo was going to be published and though I didn't know what month--I usually assume about 3 months down the road--yet someone else notified me when they saw it. For example, I have came across online banners, hard copy fliers, and even a t-shirt after the fact. For those reasons alone, I no longer upload photos to certain websites or certain types of photos any longer.

ANP !!!
01-31-2009, 10:33 PM
FULLSIZE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3242628076/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3424/3242628076_91ae8f998a_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-01-2009, 04:19 AM
More leading lines:D

Geoff Chandler
02-01-2009, 05:05 AM
Sorry for more jetty's but it's been a while since my last leading lines photo.
Sorry for the late comment - I think my e-mail notification got turned off or something - heaps here I haven't seen!!
DPR - I really like this dark jetty image, is this HDR as well??

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-01-2009, 05:14 AM
No just matrix metering, no compensation even from memory. The camera did it all I just stood there.;)

Geoff Chandler
02-01-2009, 05:17 AM
Any of these recent shots with the 16 - 85?? The court is still out on that for me
I am concerned about it's supposedly soft tele end...?

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-01-2009, 05:20 AM
Anything I shoot under 70mm is the 16-85VR and mostly in the 70-85mm range as well.

I'm pretty happy with it. I'd much rather have the 24-70 F/2.8 for sure but it's nice to have $1,500 in the bank too.

Cyberwlf
02-01-2009, 07:35 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/3244586606_1d0ce9c2c6_o.jpg

Geoff Chandler
02-01-2009, 07:44 AM
DPR - That's amazing - does it press it's own shutter button too??
Joking aside - that is a seriously nice piece of kit that D300!!!

Geoff Chandler
02-01-2009, 07:46 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3506/3244586606_1d0ce9c2c6_o.jpg[/
That's an interesting collection of lenses in your signature - which would
you have used for this image - is that a bird flying through on the R/H side?
It's an interesting scene - and the sky looks great! Where would this be...?

Cyberwlf
02-01-2009, 08:07 AM
Sorry Geoff, wasn't happy with my original crop, so killed the original image and edited post to use new URL!

Used the new Tokina 11-16mm for this one, still playing with it/learning to use this UWA lens and experimenting what it can produce. Shot was taken in a Caravan park in Ballarat, Victoria in OZ :) And there is an abandoned fridge, a random road marker, empty cargo container and more in the image, but nah, no birds sorry!

Geoff Chandler
02-01-2009, 08:38 AM
I put the new one in - it was worth a repeat view - no it's not bird - it's my squiffy eyes!!
So what is that item on the grass on the R/H side..? beside the tree.

Cyberwlf
02-01-2009, 09:55 AM
The item directly to the right of the single isolated tree is the random road marker (ie. a cone used to divide/block lanes) and to the right of that the blue item is the even more random abandoned fridge :) Obviously at higher resolutions tis easier to see all these details much more clearly.

TNB
02-01-2009, 11:27 AM
More leading lines:D

Nice ones at that. ;)

K1W1
02-01-2009, 01:01 PM
Shot was taken in a Caravan park in Ballarat, Victoria in OZ :)

In that case that must be Kryal Castle in the background. :D

N.C.F.
02-01-2009, 02:28 PM
My girlfriend rocking a tee shirt she knows nothing about :

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3395/3244376427_b34d5203e4_b.jpg
One thing we don't share : Taste in music. I had to buy the shirt.

Stoller
02-01-2009, 07:07 PM
I was not sure I would like this shot when I took it with the geese in the trees, but I liked how turned out.
http://www.mikestoller.com/photos/465254612_cxcuL-L.jpg

TheWengler
02-01-2009, 07:19 PM
I was not sure I would like this shot when I took it with the geese in the trees, but I liked how turned out.

Yeah that came out pretty cool

Cyberwlf
02-01-2009, 11:41 PM
Bit of silhouette action..
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3430/3246190965_4c97e5a093_o.jpg

TNB
02-02-2009, 12:00 AM
The geese shot does look pretty good.

Since it is almost midnight here, I'll post one for today and one for a couple of minutes from now... One photo was taken at the Neon Boneyard Museum and the other is a redone photo I played with trying to get some more practice on the fake tilt-shift.

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-02-2009, 04:58 AM
Just a honeyeater that took my fancy

ANP !!!
02-02-2009, 11:00 AM
Thats Amazing DPR

http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3244899076/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3318/3244899076_a3783c6c05_b.jpg

Lloyd
02-02-2009, 11:35 AM
Judge a cactus by its flowers not how sore it pricks

N.C.F.
02-02-2009, 12:06 PM
The Other Harley
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/3245893147_991181d031_b.jpg

tim11
02-02-2009, 02:37 PM
A lion on a pole, taken at Chinese New Year Celebration in Sydney.
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m116/tim11_2006/Year%20of%20the%20OX/90131104.jpg

ANP !!!
02-02-2009, 05:16 PM
Shinny stuffs NCF.

Turo
02-03-2009, 06:24 AM
I thought the moon looked interesting in this one:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3092/3236284475_3fe658f3bc_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/3236284475/)

N.C.F.
02-03-2009, 06:32 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3115/3248720141_c6ec99478a_b.jpg

Trying some really low key uses for HDR, and this one I thought turned out great. Please check out the B&W version too! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncfranklin/3249755386/in/photostream/)

Camerajunkie
02-03-2009, 07:54 AM
Turo, I love how you got Venus? Mars? in the picture too.

NCF, I love it. I would hang that. Well done.

Turo
02-03-2009, 09:53 AM
I know absolutely nothing about astronomy so that could be a UFO as far as I know! :D

ANP !!!
02-03-2009, 11:47 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3251377736/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/3251377736_475ddd56ef_b.jpg

erichlund
02-03-2009, 11:50 AM
I know absolutely nothing about astronomy so that could be a UFO as far as I know!

Sadly, it could also be a stuck pixel. A more likely stuck pixel is near the center of the photo, but down in the buildings. It's about 45 degrees down and to the right from the street lamp, just below the dimly lit windows.

You might want to take a black image (lens cap on, long exposure noise reduction off) to make sure.

Geoff Chandler
02-03-2009, 12:02 PM
Well I posted and image of this view on P868 (24th Jan) but
now the snow has come here - it looks quite different!
(Tamron at or around 200MM)
Rem: View from my Wallington Bathroom window, accross the neighborhood,
towards the Croydon Skyline.

Geoff Chandler
02-03-2009, 12:12 PM
Trying some really low key uses for HDR, and this one I thought turned out great. Please check out the B&W version too! (√http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncfranklin/3249755386/in/photostream/)

I don't generally like HDR images - they look so unreal and false!
I am totally loving this image - it is just superb!!! Great job!
:cool:

TheWengler
02-03-2009, 07:12 PM
Turo, I love how you got Venus? Mars? in the picture too.

I'm gonna say it's Venus.

LBGChris
02-03-2009, 07:52 PM
Love that beach photo anp. Very creative.

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-04-2009, 03:49 AM
Lovelly image NCF.

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-04-2009, 04:18 AM
Another jetty - sorry

Camerajunkie
02-04-2009, 09:21 AM
I'm gonna say it's Venus.


I asked my H and he says it's Venus. He likes stars and crap, so I'll go with it. :)


And ANP, I think that's my most favorite picture you've posted so far. I LOVE it.

ANP !!!
02-04-2009, 10:59 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3253964638/
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/3253964638_186eb8039b_b.jpg

Camera: Nikon D40
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
Exposure: +0.38
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: No Flash

d0od
02-04-2009, 12:51 PM
Yamaha R1, Nikon D90, Dark Garage, a flashlight, and a 20 second exposure time. Oh and piss poor Photoshop skills to remove a few "anomalies".
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3432/3250266211_decc945962.jpg

r3g
02-04-2009, 01:04 PM
Thats a good shot d0od. How many times did you fire the flash during that 20 seconds? And was your flash bounced, snooted, etc.

d0od
02-04-2009, 01:11 PM
Thats a good shot d0od. How many times did you fire the flash during that 20 seconds? And was your flash bounced, snooted, etc.

I used a Surefire G2L flashlight, kept it close to the body work and just followed it around. The "anomalies" were where I lingered too long and my pasty white hand showed up. :p

josef
02-04-2009, 02:06 PM
I used a Surefire G2L flashlight, kept it close to the body work and just followed it around. The "anomalies" were where I lingered too long and my pasty white hand showed up. :p

really, Really cool shot. well done d0od.

XaiLo
02-04-2009, 08:49 PM
d0od, I'm just going to echo the previous setiments. Cool shot dude... I enjoy light painting, awesome result!

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-05-2009, 03:51 AM
Abandoned equipment in a quarry.

esp
02-05-2009, 10:50 AM
d0od, great shot. Very cool effect.

Aldor88
02-05-2009, 11:04 AM
d0od, I'm just going to echo the previous setiments. Cool shot dude... I enjoy light painting, awesome result!

Here i was thinking whats upp with everyone saying dude(d0od)all the time, just noticed its the guys nick :P.

Cool bike shot, great lightwork, dude ;)

ANP !!!
02-05-2009, 11:43 AM
I walk towards You (http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3256304328/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3349/3256304328_786bab09b9_b.jpg

Camerajunkie
02-05-2009, 02:53 PM
ANP, I love the shot but I don't like where you can see the tred in the footprints. I'd probably crop it two prints back where it remains less obvious. Or redo it barefoot or sumthin'.

But that's just me. :)

K1W1
02-05-2009, 03:03 PM
Or use Photoshop to remove the two closest steps so the prints just end.
That might make an interesting shot. :D

d0od
02-05-2009, 03:05 PM
Here i was thinking whats upp with everyone saying dude(d0od)all the time, just noticed its the guys nick :P.

Cool bike shot, great lightwork, dude ;)

Its funny how a thoughtless decision on a screen name can stick with you. Now I use it just because I use it so many other places.

Thanks for all the compliments guys, I always hesitate posting pictures because of all the competition here is pretty stiff. :)

Cyberwlf
02-05-2009, 07:40 PM
Yeah I second what K1W1 said. Plus I reckon change the levels / exposure or something, image is too dark for my liking.

Cyberwlf
02-05-2009, 10:17 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3256815565_fab0c00ec2_o.jpg
Shot from the entrance of the front door of the Gaudi Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

Aldor88
02-06-2009, 05:53 AM
Still editing photos from christmas in Germany lol :D.

Heres something different, taken on a tour at the Allianz arena in München.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/3257379395_117336822b_b.jpg

eddie_dane
02-06-2009, 09:34 AM
gonna try to contribute to this thread more instead of just being a lazy bystander. This was my favorite shot at a recent Christmas party and my first real chance to try my new D700 in a challenging venue.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/3124085304_ef1346f7b2.jpg

ANP !!!
02-06-2009, 09:44 AM
Great shot, but you already posted this before. :P.

The Noise is absolutely nonexistent.

Turo
02-06-2009, 12:04 PM
Nice shots, Aldor and eddie_dane! Gotta love black and white! :D


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3245162815_ebbf648031_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/3245162815/)

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-06-2009, 09:42 PM
"Sleeping Beauty"

Viky
02-06-2009, 10:20 PM
I walk towards You (http://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3256304328/)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3349/3256304328_786bab09b9_b.jpg

Great concept there Abhinav! Next time, walk barefeet:)

Here's my edit on this one...

500mL
02-06-2009, 11:25 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3493/3259784828_24152a1918_o.jpg

N.C.F.
02-06-2009, 11:40 PM
This shot is crap if you're a pixel peeper. Totally forgot my tripod. However, for a night shot handheld... I'll take it.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3369/3259188523_60c33ca9ea_b.jpg

K1W1
02-07-2009, 12:18 AM
Today is Melbourne's hottest day ever, 46.4C (115.5F).

We are ringed by bushfires and this is the sky at 4.30 this afternoon.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3446/3260065348_633b7ab49b_b.jpg

Hoses at the ready in the street.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3441/3259229413_84faf0fa5b_b.jpg

ANP !!!
02-07-2009, 01:31 AM
Great concept there Abhinav! Next time, walk barefeet:)

Here's my edit on this one...

Thanks, that's a nice frame :). I will try barefoot next time.


Btw my name is Abhishek.

T06
02-07-2009, 01:48 AM
Today is Melbourne's hottest day ever, 46.4C (115.5F).

We are ringed by bushfires and this is the sky at 4.30 this afternoon.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3446/3260065348_633b7ab49b_b.jpg

Hoses at the ready in the street.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3441/3259229413_84faf0fa5b_b.jpg

k1w1, may it piss down in your neighborhood with a kiwi accent.For those that aren't in the know of a bush fire in Oz, if kiwi says he is ringed by a bushfire then by the time you read this he could have quite possibly lost his house or more.

K1W1
02-07-2009, 01:51 AM
Thanks but water will do just fine. :D

Aldor88
02-07-2009, 07:33 AM
Another fro mthe arena.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/3258207828_0ef55eeb64_b.jpg


GL fighting the fires K1W1

K1W1
02-07-2009, 12:19 PM
Another fro mthe arena.


What's the seating capacity? The MCG is 100,000.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3380/3259461385_548c6c8944_b.jpg

Aldor88
02-07-2009, 12:22 PM
Almost 70,000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allianz_Arena

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-07-2009, 05:04 PM
Life is a beach.

Stoller
02-07-2009, 07:57 PM
LOL. One of my older photos also came out in the Februrary issue of Model Aviation. I have yet to see the magazine myself, but I received a few emails regarding it already.

Today, I also reworked one of my older photos.

Here is my attemp at making a life size photo look like a minature scene.

http://mnt-publishing.smugmug.com/photos/469428744_y9JZh-XL-1.jpg

T06
02-07-2009, 10:43 PM
Here is my attemp at making a life size photo look like a minature scene.



Sorry mate but that to me looks really bad in the focus department to the point of a lucky dip.

LBGChris
02-08-2009, 12:26 AM
Life is a beach.

DPR I love that shot, it's very nicely composed. I personally don't like the framing but I can see where you're going with it. Very cool.

Aldor88
02-08-2009, 04:54 AM
Munich again :). Didnt have a tripod on me but these turned out alright.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3466/3257384507_712f7f80b3_b.jpg

VT4togrfur
02-08-2009, 05:39 AM
Humbled by all the amazing pics. I figured I would start simple. First pic with D90. Photo cropped from original.



D90
16-85VR
1/500
F5.6
ISO200
85mm

Camerajunkie
02-08-2009, 08:51 AM
Today is Melbourne's hottest day ever, 46.4C (115.5F).

We are ringed by bushfires and this is the sky at 4.30 this afternoon.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3446/3260065348_633b7ab49b_b.jpg



K1w1 and all the other Aussies in your area, how are you guys doing? Yahoo is reporting 84 dead from these fires at this point.

K1W1
02-08-2009, 12:08 PM
K1w1 and all the other Aussies in your area, how are you guys doing? Yahoo is reporting 84 dead from these fires at this point.

Thanks.
I don't think that there are any regulars on this forum who live in the areas immediately affected. As of this moment the death toll is now over 100 with over 800 dwellings destroyed. Both of those numbers will continue to rise.
The area burnt over the weekend amounts to some 330,000 hectares (815,000 acres).
Saturday was a day from hell in this part of the world.

r3g
02-08-2009, 01:29 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3316/3263758843_164a7b445e_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reg_00/3263758843/)

K1W1
02-08-2009, 01:59 PM
On Saturday at the play park beside Cricket while it was only warm. :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/3260167566_cda322ecbc.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3395/3265647393_9868680ab3_b.jpg

polvadis
02-08-2009, 05:46 PM
On Saturday at the play park beside Cricket while it was only warm. :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/3260167566_cda322ecbc.jpg


But wow, a 17 degree cool off between Sat and Sunday? Hope this helps you get through these tough times.

michaelb
02-08-2009, 05:59 PM
Great concept there Abhinav! Next time, walk barefeet:)

Here's my edit on this one...


Viky, didn't know you posted over here, great shots.

LBGChris
02-08-2009, 06:11 PM
Orange horizons and black silhouettes...

K1W1
02-08-2009, 06:36 PM
But wow, a 17 degree cool off between Sat and Sunday? Hope this helps you get through these tough times.

In actual fact the temperature on Saturday got to 46C and then dropped to the low 30's in about 20 minutes as a cold front came through at around 5.30pm.
You could feel the temperature dropping.

Cyberwlf
02-08-2009, 07:59 PM
I spent the weekend around the Singleton area near Newcastle in New South Wales, it averaged 43 degrees potentially upto 45, but luckily where i was was also next to a creek. But i didn't want to risk bringing my D300 out there knowing what the weekend was forecast to be, so unfortunately no photos from me there!

AtlPikMan
02-09-2009, 12:17 AM
A few of us went on a photo walk this weekend. Here are the results...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3459/3263565924_493858f393.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3380/3263503396_0c7e215fc0.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3345/3262740159_5fe6061c75.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-09-2009, 02:25 AM
I missed focus and exposure but I like the idea so have inflicted it on you:)

Welcome to the forum VT4.

urfslam
02-09-2009, 09:35 AM
Took this on a camping trip in the Empty Quarter.

Nikon D-80, Sigma 10-20 mm
f/22, 1/25
ISO 400

C&C.

URF

VT4togrfur
02-09-2009, 10:02 AM
Took this on a camping trip in the Empty Quarter.

Nikon D-80, Sigma 10-20 mm
f/22, 1/25
ISO 400

C&C.

URF

Love the colors! Great pic.

Any post photoshop work done?

LBGChris
02-09-2009, 10:20 AM
urfslam: Love that pic. There's some dust on your lens or the sensor, in the sky one on the left and two on the upper right. I think the picture could benefit from some sharpening, a curves adjustment and my own personal suggestion: cropping out the truck?

Turo
02-09-2009, 11:26 AM
I missed focus and exposure but I like the idea so have inflicted it on you:)

Welcome to the forum VT4.

Very nice! I wish his feet weren't cut off, but I'm just being picky. The color contrast is amazing, nice shot!



Took this on a camping trip in the Empty Quarter.

Nikon D-80, Sigma 10-20 mm
f/22, 1/25
ISO 400

C&C.

URF

Very nice! I really like the warm and cool tones on the sand and sky.

N.C.F.
02-09-2009, 12:00 PM
I think I may have found my calling... high contrast landscape work.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1001/3266727327_42a4c24974_b.jpg

XaiLo
02-09-2009, 04:48 PM
Urfslam, that is a beautiful image i'd clone out the truck though.

N.C.F., cool image but is it sacraficing detail to contrast?

N.C.F.
02-09-2009, 08:21 PM
N.C.F., cool image but is it sacraficing detail to contrast?

Probably, I'm still fiddling with it. That was pretty rough and dirty.

Turo
02-09-2009, 08:34 PM
I have officially retired my D50 from duty! Now, to go play with my new toy... :D


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/3268740120_5f0bd9b14f_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/3268740120/)

N.C.F.
02-09-2009, 08:53 PM
I have officially retired my D50 from duty! Now, to go play with my new toy... :D[/url]

Lucky dog! Congratulations and looking forward to amazing images!

urfslam
02-09-2009, 10:36 PM
Love the colors! Great pic.

Any post photoshop work done?

Thanks VT4togrfur,

I didn't do any post production on the photo. I'm thinking about cloning out the truck though.

Thanks,

urfslam
02-09-2009, 10:39 PM
urfslam: Love that pic. There's some dust on your lens or the sensor, in the sky one on the left and two on the upper right. I think the picture could benefit from some sharpening, a curves adjustment and my own personal suggestion: cropping out the truck?

Thanks LBGChris,

I agree about the dust. I had the sensor cleaned the week before so I hope it's on the lens but it probably isn't. It's hard to keep dust out of your camera in the desert.

Just about the sharpening and curves, what do you see in the photo that these would help? I also agree with cloning out the truck.

Thanks for your input.

URF

urfslam
02-09-2009, 10:41 PM
[QUOTE=XaiLo;357733]Urfslam, that is a beautiful image i'd clone out the truck though.

XaiLo,

Thanks, I think I agree.

URF

urfslam
02-09-2009, 11:01 PM
I think I may have found my calling... high contrast landscape work.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1001/3266727327_42a4c24974_b.jpg

Love the Line of the fence, the Texture of the grass and the Pattern of the clouds.

Great pic, I think color would be distracting.

URF

Rooz
02-10-2009, 02:42 AM
great shot NCF

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3322/3269252820_1d26dc08a8_o.jpg

K1W1
02-10-2009, 03:05 AM
He's found is calling in life - Supervisor. :D

Rooz
02-10-2009, 03:09 AM
lol...well a beer in one hand and a camera in the other, doesnt leave room for much else.

K1W1
02-10-2009, 03:26 AM
I meant Lucas. Who are you talking about? :D

Rooz
02-10-2009, 03:36 AM
lmfaooooooooo

rawpaw18
02-10-2009, 03:53 AM
Beautiful Rooz!

Cyberwlf
02-10-2009, 06:08 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3501/3268665051_98e579ef56_o.jpg
...excuse the larger than average resolution!

Aldor88
02-10-2009, 07:26 AM
Gonna be all radical and post 2 pictures as their related :).

This is a new "prodject" of mine, capturing the sunset in the city. Not the easyest thing to do and i found myself running around alot of different streets to get the right angle to the sun. Turns out i should have spent more time planning and I was a bit late for these. A i really need a tele lens aswell for the right angles.
Im not really 100% happy with these but i consider them a good first effort. I got a picture in my mind bout what i want them to look like and theres still a long way to go. But while i wait for another sunny day(their not that common this time of the year) and for my budget to increase these will have to do :).

When i saw this i knew i was late, most of my pics after that are crap :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3268894257_007888650c_b.jpg

I headed further up the road to chase the sun and cought a glimpse of it before it set for good.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/3268894745_a5f6e6424a_b.jpg

These are from Helsinki btw.

ANP !!!
02-10-2009, 12:45 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3454/3270324704_61c808e7b3_b.jpg

Aldor88
02-10-2009, 01:57 PM
lol ANP thats probably a road or something but the first thing i thought of was you jumping arounf infront of the camera with a flashlight like a rabid monkey chasing a banana or something :D. Looks kinda cool but I think i'd like it more a bit darker :).

Geoff Chandler
02-11-2009, 09:53 AM
great shot NCF


Rooz - re the beach shot on previous page:
Nice low and wide angle on this really gives it a reminiscence of my childhood dayz
Kuool shot!
Yeah - it does look a bit like he's supervising too!

urfslam
02-11-2009, 12:01 PM
EXIF
1/200 f/6.3
10-20 mm @ 10mm
ISO 400

Be interested in C&C.

URF

N.C.F.
02-11-2009, 12:41 PM
Be interested in C&C.

The sky is a distraction when it overexposes. This is probably the hardest thing to deal with using ultra-wide lenses. I think you could have stopped up a notch or two (or pushed your ISO down), and slim that aperture to about a F/8 to bring the sky down. This of course is going to darken your foreground a fair bit, but that is easier dealt with in post-processing than a solid white sky.

Overall I like the composition, the wide angle really suits the road's curvature. If only it didn't look like I would be walking directly into the Sun. As always, opinions are opinions, and mine is that of a noob so please take it as such.

michaelb
02-11-2009, 04:49 PM
I think I may have found my calling... high contrast landscape work.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1001/3266727327_42a4c24974_b.jpg


Awesome......

michaelb
02-11-2009, 05:43 PM
The sky is a distraction when it overexposes. This is probably the hardest thing to deal with using ultra-wide lenses. I think you could have stopped up a notch or two (or pushed your ISO down), and slim that aperture to about a F/8 to bring the sky down. This of course is going to darken your foreground a fair bit, but that is easier dealt with in post-processing than a solid white sky...


Hope you guys don't mind me posting here.

I use several methods to deal with the situation of an a possibly over-exposed sky:

1. ND grad filters. I use Hitech - relatively cheap - I hand-hold them except for slow exposures. I have a 2 stop and 3 stop. I like to get it right in camera if possible - makes PP much easier and the final result is better.
2. ND grad tool in LR2 - very nice.
3. Recovery slider in LR.
4. Blend multiple exposures. Take a shot with the foreground exposed correctly and one with the sky exposed correctly and blend them in post. I use Paint shop pro, but CS3 will obviously do this as well.
5. Tone mapping/HDR.


some examples (sorry, all are Canon images :D)....

In this shot I used a 3 stop ND grad hand-held (20mm on FF)...
http://brownphotography.smugmug.com/photos/472077161_6NsRg-L.jpg



ND grad tool in LR plus some careful tone-mapping...
http://brownphotography.smugmug.com/photos/456617559_84uPa-L.jpg



3 stop ND grad, using a holder, tripod...
http://brownphotography.smugmug.com/photos/368731974_SNK8o-L.jpg

josef
02-11-2009, 06:50 PM
Hope you guys don't mind me posting here.


whoa michaelb! stunning stuff! so if i shoot with a canon my pictures will look like that?! haha.. seriously though, gorgeous shots and excellent use of techniques.. (just don't post TOO many Canon shots in here, some people may get a lil feisty.. :D)

Cyberwlf
02-11-2009, 07:59 PM
ND's can be quite effective tools to have. Unfortunately left mine in the UK and have to wait to get back there to start playing with it some more!

N.C.F.
02-11-2009, 10:14 PM
Old stuff just screams to be shot...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3464/3273796402_f8c0b3f514_b.jpg

urfslam
02-11-2009, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.

URF

K1W1
02-11-2009, 11:23 PM
Old stuff just screams to be shot...



I hope that you didn't pay money to stay at the Motel. :D

LBGChris
02-11-2009, 11:27 PM
Old stuff just screams to be shot...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3464/3273796402_f8c0b3f514_b.jpg

Cool picture man, very texturally satisfying.

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-12-2009, 02:18 AM
I have officially retired my D50 from duty! Now, to go play with my new toy... :D


Congrats but what did you buy? I didn't see a sig.

K1W1
02-12-2009, 02:50 AM
Congrats but what did you buy? I didn't see a sig.

D700
The detective work is elementary my dear DPR. :D

Cyberwlf
02-12-2009, 05:00 AM
Yeah i found out via flickr he had a D700 too as i couldnt work it out from this forum either ;)

500mL
02-12-2009, 04:24 PM
Been busy lately and boy I've missed awesome shots here!!!
Here's one I've taken for a client as a sample of product photography:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3438/3260734643_ca1cec82f4_o.jpg

Taken with a SB-600 wirelessly via CLS bounced off a white foam board.

Aldor88
02-12-2009, 04:47 PM
Woo my flickr page broke 10,000views :). Had to post somethign to "celebrate"

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3380/3268893559_91cb6bfbff_b.jpg

LBGChris
02-12-2009, 05:39 PM
I was in an abstract kinda mood today...

michaelb
02-12-2009, 06:03 PM
Old stuff just screams to be shot...



Great shot.

K1W1
02-12-2009, 06:24 PM
Woo my flickr page broke 10,000views :). Had to post somethign to "celebrate"


Congratulations.
I'm up to about 46,000 on the two pages I run but I dread to think what Rooz and people of his talent have.

Rooz
02-12-2009, 06:26 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3300/3275767844_0a2b8d2046_o.jpg

N.C.F.
02-12-2009, 07:55 PM
Something new. Self Portrait.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3468/3274845647_b1db0569d2_b.jpg

Geoff Chandler
02-13-2009, 02:51 AM
Aldor88 - I am curious - your sig shows a D40 with Sig 17 - 70 - I am guessing it has to
be an HSM model - is that right - or do you use manual focus??
I only ask as I am finding I often get better results with manual focus anyway..

Aldor88
02-13-2009, 03:43 AM
Aldor88 - I am curious - your sig shows a D40 with Sig 17 - 70 - I am guessing it has to
be an HSM model - is that right - or do you use manual focus??
I only ask as I am finding I often get better results with manual focus anyway..
Yea its the HSM model and i use autofocus 99% of the time :)

Geoff Chandler
02-13-2009, 04:28 AM
Rooz - I think there is a self portrait thread elsewhere!!:D
Seriously
That'a a corker of a shot!

Cyberwlf
02-13-2009, 09:41 AM
Rooz, you been raiding Taronga Zoo again to increase the collection of native animals in your backyard? :p

PS. Great shot!

Geoff Chandler
02-13-2009, 09:48 AM
Camera has been sitting idle for a few days...
Ok - it's me! - I've been idle (as far as photos are concerned!)
Just pottering around and spotted the evening light - this is a much
photographed view by me - I just liked the lighting of the moment,
it passed too quickly for a second shot!
View towards Croydon Skyline - over Wallington gardens and rooftops
(from my bathroom window)
:)
(edit: _ I guess I should play with this to make it more dramatic - but
this is just about how it was - resized)

GotToyota?
02-13-2009, 10:30 AM
Taken with my D40x, I'm loving this camera so far!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3530/3274954110_12e5c75a21_o.jpg

r3g
02-13-2009, 04:29 PM
Ugh it was a freakin nightmare getting this shot. Hope you guys dig it..

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/3277817884_06067d3937_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reg_00/3277817884/)

LBGChris
02-13-2009, 06:32 PM
Tonight's dinner... Rosemary and Breadcrumb crusted seabass with a tomato basil puree.

Needless to say I'm full. :D

AtlPikMan
02-13-2009, 07:17 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3111/3254541972_9eabc83f86_o.jpg

Miami_Sunset
02-14-2009, 08:11 PM
shot taken of Miami Biscayne bay late night

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/8484/biscaynemiamibayfv3.jpg

nsjuice
02-14-2009, 08:25 PM
aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh Miami........... one of these days.... i'll visit.

nice pic..



Ugh it was a freakin nightmare getting this shot. Hope you guys dig it..



Explain your Nightmare..

I'd like to know the "how I couldnt" vs. "How I Did".

urfslam
02-15-2009, 12:01 AM
Old stuff just screams to be shot...

I really like the feel of the picture. Makes me wonder about the story behind the old stuff.

How do you think B&W or Sepia would change the feel of the photo?

URF

urfslam
02-15-2009, 12:43 AM
Nikon D-80
1/30 @ f/20
ISO 400
10mm wide angle

Nice sunny day on Palau.

TheWengler
02-15-2009, 01:02 AM
Ugh it was a freakin nightmare getting this shot. Hope you guys dig it..

The triggers acting up still?

Rooz
02-15-2009, 02:18 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3514/3280360045_b681cb5dc9_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-15-2009, 02:24 AM
Lovelly composition Rooz, his right ear looks a bit funky with the blur though? Could it be darkened a touch Mr Post Process.

Urfslam you've got spots from your sensor showing up at F20.

Rooz
02-15-2009, 02:28 AM
its actually a light coloured object behind his head which makes it look funny. i tried to clone some of it out but it didnt work. thats a good idea to darken it up, never thought of that. thanks !

its also slightly OOF but i loved the eye contact.

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-15-2009, 02:43 AM
In one of those Joe McNally lectures you linked to a while back he said his most valuable image/s were OOF.

GotToyota?
02-15-2009, 07:41 AM
Another lovely spring flower picture.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3356/3274133437_c3c3b4d7da.jpg

r3g
02-15-2009, 10:20 AM
Explain your Nightmare..

I'd like to know the "how I couldnt" vs. "How I Did".


Click the pic or my flickr link. I talked about it there.

AtlPikMan
02-15-2009, 11:09 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3530/3253940119_20698574e0_o.jpg

achuang
02-15-2009, 02:25 PM
Been a little busy lately but I have been taking photos. This photo is from the archives as I was looking through them. Taken in Ballarat.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3464/3282115627_25fba22c19_o.jpg

Aldor88
02-15-2009, 02:30 PM
Another lovely spring flower picture.
Nice shot is it taken with the kit lens?

TheWengler
02-15-2009, 03:12 PM
Another lovely spring flower picture.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3356/3274133437_c3c3b4d7da.jpg

That came out nice. I love the warm tones.

urfslam
02-15-2009, 07:03 PM
Urfslam you've got spots from your sensor showing up at F20.

Yep, have since had my sensor cleaned.

URF

Rooz
02-15-2009, 07:20 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3530/3253940119_20698574e0_o.jpg

something very interesting about this. i like it.

DownByFive
02-16-2009, 06:27 PM
Stitched this one together from about 15 photos using PTGUI...final size was roughly 8000x5000. Nothing too spectacular about the shot, but the National Building Museum is my new favorite place, so I had to share. If you're ever in DC, it should be on your list of sites to visit.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3522/3286671630_dd7ec43b79_o.jpg

Aldor88
02-16-2009, 06:44 PM
Nice shot Downbyfive, all those people just haing out on the floor? Looks kinda surreal to me for some reason. Huge building with only afew people most of who are on the floor :D. I could imagine liking the place too.

foxesamu
02-16-2009, 07:02 PM
I believe this is my first post in this section...

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/3758/csc0458jr9.jpg

From the Chicago auto show today. I just love the DOF. Taken with my tiny, brilliant D40 + nifty fifty combo.

DownByFive
02-16-2009, 07:26 PM
Nice shot Downbyfive, all those people just haing out on the floor? Looks kinda surreal to me for some reason. Huge building with only afew people most of who are on the floor :D. I could imagine liking the place too.


It's almost like an indoor picnic area. Plus, they have a lot of building-related toys scattered over the floor (towards the back in this shot) for kids. So a lot of people bring the kiddos in to run around and play. There's obviously plenty of space.

GotToyota?
02-16-2009, 08:49 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3377/3286239169_124a85f7e9_o.jpg

I took this inside my custom lightbox then found some settings in Lightroom that I quite liked.

500mL
02-16-2009, 09:32 PM
This shot came out ok but I was hoping for something sharper at f22 but I think the wind was kinda shaking my camera even though it was on the tripod.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3455/3286663388_e191ae4c23_o.jpg

AtlPikMan
02-16-2009, 10:17 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/3283479921_266d1f0c44_o.jpg

TheKoopaBros
02-16-2009, 11:12 PM
Hey everyone. I've bought my first Nikon camera, the Nikon D90 with the 18-55 and 55-200 mm lenses. I'm no stranger to photography, though as I've had other cameras before this. I'm from Western Canada, and I've been following this thread ever since I planned on buying this camera.

This is my best shot from today, my first day with the camera. I hope to become a regular here. :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3220/3286463387_1945f60a05.jpg

0.167 sec (1/6)
f/5.3
45 mm
ISO 1600

Link to Flickr page below (and full size):

http://flickr.com/photos/thekoopabros/3286463387/

herc182
02-16-2009, 11:31 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3514/3280360045_b681cb5dc9_o.jpg

Rooz what lens you using for this? You always take stunning portraits and the eyes are amazing. How do you get them so crisp and reflective?

I want to get into portraits more (since arguably I have good portrait lenses!).

Stunning shot.

Rooz
02-16-2009, 11:31 PM
0.167 sec (1/6)
f/5.3
45 mm
ISO 1600

i cant believe how sharp that is for handheld 1/6s at 1600 iso. incredible.
welcome and congrats on a great cam. :)

TheKoopaBros
02-16-2009, 11:38 PM
i cant believe how sharp that is for handheld 1/6s at 1600 iso. incredible.
welcome and congrats on a great cam. :)

I was resting it on my leg. Otherwise I'd never have been able to get it anywhere near that clear. Unfortunately by the time I got the camera it was dark and I couldn't take many decent shots with the low lighting. :P

Thanks for the welcome Rooz. :)

Rooz
02-17-2009, 01:30 AM
Rooz what lens you using for this? You always take stunning portraits and the eyes are amazing. How do you get them so crisp and reflective?

50/1.4 and flash.

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-17-2009, 02:43 AM
This shot came out ok but I was hoping for something sharper at f22 but I think the wind was kinda shaking my camera even though it was on the tripod.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3455/3286663388_e191ae4c23_o.jpg

I like it too 500ml. I reckon it was begging for F11 though as there's not much motion (car lights) or relative subject distance (it's all infinity).

500mL
02-17-2009, 08:37 AM
I like it too 500ml. I reckon it was begging for F11 though as there's not much motion (car lights) or relative subject distance (it's all infinity).

Thanks DPR.

I'll take a another stab at it next time when it's less windy (and less frigid). And yes, I'll try and shoot it on f11. I was determined to hang around yesterday til dark with my tripod since I've been planning to go for months now to get that shot.

GotToyota?
02-17-2009, 05:31 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/3287031668_a87086a90c_o.jpg

Rooz
02-17-2009, 05:40 PM
i like that alot. excellent job.

K1W1
02-17-2009, 06:06 PM
It isn't that many years ago that that would have been the equivalent of a D300 / SB900 combination. :D

I like the composition and the final image.

Turo
02-17-2009, 07:58 PM
Beautiful shot, GotToyota!

Here's what happened when I am bored and playing with photomatix:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3502/3288849595_23db34337b_b.jpg

flickr link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/3288849595/)

TNB
02-17-2009, 08:55 PM
Was out sight seeing in one of the state parks the other day... Then decided to take something simple and make it interesting. :)