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Dread Pirate Roberts
04-23-2011, 12:49 AM
I did photography for a cyclo cross race yesterday. Spent all day processing images. Here's my favourite, and the rest here http://sentimentalphotos.com.au/gallerys/Events/Cycling/Cyclocross%2022%20April%202011/Top%2040%20Photos/indexgal.html

And yes I know the website still doesn't work properly but I only have so many hours in the day:(

K1W1
04-23-2011, 04:12 AM
I didn't realise that that did Cyclocross in Australia. I thought it was mainly confined to Europe with a bit in the US.

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-23-2011, 04:24 AM
My friend's just trying to get it started here in little old Adelaide.

AMDnut
04-23-2011, 09:24 PM
From a recent drive....57133

Switchblade906
04-23-2011, 09:30 PM
Thats pretty cool, did you use brushes to deepen the colors?

Rooz
04-24-2011, 03:07 AM
From a recent drive....57133

thats a great shot, very intense colours and cleverly framed.
what the hell is it ?

Sir Les
04-25-2011, 03:33 AM
With autumn here, leaves on the empty grape vines are starting to turn colour and wither. What was a sea of vibrant green only a few months ago is now yellow and red -- luckily for us photographers! :D

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K1W1
04-25-2011, 04:56 AM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5023/5653338702_7a404a3c91_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5653338702/)

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-25-2011, 05:05 AM
Crikey K1W1, what about wrapping the kids in cotton wool.

Lest we forget

tizeye
04-25-2011, 09:08 AM
Have to love a 5 floor parking garage across the street!
http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb377/tizeye1/Birds/DSC_4761.jpg

AMDnut
04-25-2011, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the comments!

Switchblade906 - No brushes, pretty much out of the cam, a D40 with CP and the 35mm f/1.8 lens.

Rooz - This is an old farm silo that is sitting in a field. The tree behind it caught my eye when driving so I stopped and shot this from the car! Threw on the CP and dropped the EV by .3 and color came out good. The tree behind makes the shot and I figure I will stop again when the leaves start to really show green. Should change the look a bit...

Sir Les - nice shot, love the color!

Sir Les
04-26-2011, 10:11 AM
Still on the autumnal theme.....

Switchblade906
04-26-2011, 11:19 AM
Nice colors.

Rooz
04-28-2011, 03:35 AM
i havent posted images in a long time so im going to post a few.

85G - easily the best lens i've ever owned.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5602854912_3b31155505_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5602854912/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5146/5602854910_25a46a9fa3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5602854910/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5269/5582885003_b2e6ce900f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5582885003/)

50G

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-JdLjJwq/0/XL/2011-04-24-0374__dsc0018-XL.jpg

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-9WpLvdp/0/XL/2011-04-24-0421__dsc0088-XL.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-28-2011, 07:47 AM
A real family man now

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-28-2011, 07:48 AM
Sir Les, I recognize Mt lofty gardens same as my autumn shots :)

Yours is much nicer by the way

eddie_dane
04-28-2011, 08:47 AM
Rooz,

#3 is incredible.

Sir Les
04-28-2011, 12:32 PM
Sir Les, I recognize Mt lofty gardens same as my autumn shots :)

Yours is much nicer by the way

Yes, you're right, it's Mt Lofty Botanic Park. And thanks for the compliment. Here's another one I prepared earlier......

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa242/SirLes_bucket/DSC_1220_01.jpg


Since I'm not yet into the HDR thing, shooting directly into the sun means blowing out the sky, unfortunately.

Mind you, some people get really serious about it...

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa242/SirLes_bucket/DSC_1219.jpg

Switchblade906
04-28-2011, 01:45 PM
I really like the first one. The colors make it, i couldn't care less about the sky being blown out.

Turo
04-28-2011, 03:52 PM
i havent posted images in a long time so im going to post a few.

Wow, outstanding shots! Love the DOF on all those shots, brilliant work as always.

Rooz
04-29-2011, 08:47 PM
http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-LdHsfzK/0/XL/2011-04-25-0560__dsc0266-XL.jpg

Jrb350z
04-29-2011, 08:55 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5670914497_61566ab8d9_z.jpg
DSC_0686 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/57982948@N05/5670914497/) by Jrb350z (http://www.flickr.com/people/57982948@N05/), on Flickr

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-30-2011, 06:44 AM
Can't believe no other Aussies or Kiwi's posted an Anzac shot. Here's another of mine even though it's now a week late. East Timor vets.

K1W1
04-30-2011, 07:10 AM
Sunrise over Mt Dandenong

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5181/5672100470_480f46c1f2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5672100470/)

K1W1
04-30-2011, 07:16 AM
Can't believe no other Aussies or Kiwi's posted an Anzac shot.

Sorry I don't understand that one. Are you suggesting that everybody should attend the ANZAC day march and take photos?
I have not attended an ANZAC day service of any sort since 1970 or 71 but that does not mean I don't understand the meaning of the day or that I do not have relatives who were service personnel. I certainly don't need to take and display jingoistic photographs to somehow solidify my thoughts on the significance of the occasion.

BTW. ANZAC should always be written in capitals.

Rooz
04-30-2011, 07:26 AM
I only have one answer to that...wtf is jingoistic ?

Switchblade906
04-30-2011, 07:52 AM
jingoism |ˈji ng gōˌizəm|
noun
extreme patriotism, esp. in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy.
DERIVATIVES
jingoist noun
jingoistic |ˌji ng gōˈistik| adjective

Sir Les
04-30-2011, 10:17 AM
Sorry I don't understand that one. Are you suggesting that everybody should attend the ANZAC day march and take photos?

I don't think DPR is suggesting that at all. I think he's just expressing surprise that of all the Australian and NZ members here, he's the only one to have posted photos of the ANZAC Day march, which is a pretty special event in the Aust/NZ calendar. Special enough to warrant a public holiday, anyway.


I certainly don't need to take and display jingoistic photographs to somehow solidify my thoughts on the significance of the occasion.

Yes, the occasion is significant. It commemorates the sacrifices made by the ANZAC personnel in two world wars and various other conflicts, so that we (and others) can lead comfortable lives. It does not glorify war -- far from it, in fact. Returned servicemen and women march to remember their comrades who did not return, and to remind us, too. Emotions run very high among the marchers on that day, and in the crowds that attend the dawn services around the country. Those services can be very moving.

Photos of marching ex-diggers and Vietnam veterans (who were shamefully treated until recently) call attention to the fact that these people were prepared to put their lives on the line for us. All wars are evil, but sometimes you have to stand up for what's right. Taking photos of the occasion is one way of reminding us that wars cause untold pain and suffering to all concerned, and should be avoided if at all possible. Jingoistic? I don't think so.

I enclose two photos taken at my local dawn service last year.

BTW: ANZAC Day should always be written with a capital 'D'.

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Sir Les
04-30-2011, 10:23 AM
http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-LdHsfzK/0/XL/2011-04-25-0560__dsc0266-XL.jpg

Love this photo! If that's the 85G, I'd keep it! :)

dii
04-30-2011, 05:17 PM
i havent posted images in a long time so im going to post a few.

85G - easily the best lens i've ever owned.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5146/5602854910_25a46a9fa3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5602854910/)


amazing eye,,,, also a great lens

Falconest174
04-30-2011, 08:14 PM
One of two taken today of a male Tree Swallow as he was perched on a birdhouse near a local Riverwalk.57183
I See You !

Dread Pirate Roberts
04-30-2011, 10:09 PM
K1W1 it was also a reflection that in previous years people bombarded this site with ANZAC photo's and reflections, that didn't happen this year. I'm not saying it's bad or jingoistic, just drawing attention to a change in behaviour.

Thanks Sir Les.

Rooz
05-01-2011, 12:17 AM
i just like the sound of that word...."jingoistic". i just gotta figure out a way i can use that at work next week. lol

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-01-2011, 05:08 AM
From a drive out to a medieval fair.

travis
05-01-2011, 07:23 AM
Saint Basil's Cathedral

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-01-2011, 07:38 AM
Very pretty Travis, where is it?

travis
05-01-2011, 11:48 AM
Moscow, Russia.

K1W1
05-01-2011, 09:14 PM
Motorcycle pornography.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5675310158_66d63ea0a1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5675310158/)

jr_rodriguez
05-01-2011, 09:35 PM
From a drive out to a medieval fair.

I like it, DPR. Nice composition.
Do you know what kind of trees those are? Are they native to Australia? I don't think I've seen those here in the U.S.

K1W1
05-01-2011, 10:20 PM
I don't think I've seen those here in the U.S.

Check the Strawberry Peninsula near Tiburon in Marin County or the Golden Gate park in San Francisco.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-02-2011, 04:26 AM
They've been exported from here all around the world to the point they now show up in Californian, Spanish and middle eastern movies and I think "but that wasn't made here".

Most Aussies just call them gum trees. More educated would say they are some species of Eucalpyt tree, I've no idea of the specific type though.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-02-2011, 04:40 AM
At the medieval fair. Took a few crowd shots and mostly didn't ask permission, except for this bloke who promptly changed his expression before I pressed the shutter :( -serves me right for asking before clicking (he was a big bloke though)

Anthony
05-02-2011, 05:23 AM
I wonder if the black bike will make it home OK with that oil leak - must be British ?

Falconest174
05-02-2011, 06:52 PM
DPR;
I would say it is ananachronism, but that is something from an earlier time in the wrong place. That cig is from the future. Some form of temporal relocation, perhaps?:p

Her is a pic of a pair of tree swallows perched on that box they seem to have chosen as their own. See bird thread for more.

K1W1
05-02-2011, 07:47 PM
I wonder if the black bike will make it home OK with that oil leak - must be British ?

I wouldn't worry about it. The British (Vincent) engine was in an Italian (Ducati) chassis so the chances of it starting were remote anyway. :)

AMDnut
05-02-2011, 10:05 PM
Which way do I go????

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Sir Les
05-03-2011, 03:38 AM
At the medieval fair. Took a few crowd shots and mostly didn't ask permission, except for this bloke who promptly changed his expression before I pressed the shutter :( -serves me right for asking before clicking (he was a big bloke though)

A young Orson Welles dressed as Friar Tuck, perhaps? :)

Sir Les
05-03-2011, 03:43 AM
Her is a pic of a pair of tree swallows perched on that box they seem to have chosen as their own. See bird thread for more.

Nice shot with good detail, Falconest. I suppose the male is the prettier one of the two?:D

eddie_dane
05-03-2011, 10:23 AM
Just got done doing far-and-away the most difficult show I have ever done. I almost never shoot above ISO 2000 but had to go well into 3200 for this poorly lit show. The "artists" is GirlTalk and for much of the show, he was only lit by the screen of a laptop, never stopped moving and could not be seen from the pit.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5070/5683606297_5615d38bd6_b.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5684169070_de368cb687_b.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5684146278_f35953a1d0_b.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5104/5683572073_8ca1b0d9cb_b.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5684121348_387f379a10_b.jpg

You know when you can see glowsticks, you are in a dark environment. More can be found here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisnewman/sets/72157626514069713/show/).

Falconest174
05-03-2011, 07:58 PM
Sir Les;
Got it in One!:D
Did you check the shots on the Bird thread? Esp. the 'yawn' pics.

Cyberwlf
05-04-2011, 06:21 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5301/5688218119_05a2afc95e_b.jpg

First image processed / edited then uploaded to Flickr via an iPad 2.

K1W1
05-04-2011, 07:21 PM
First image processed / edited then uploaded to Flickr via an iPad 2.

Processed using what app?
How did you get the image into the iPad? Camera connection kit?

Switchblade906
05-04-2011, 07:41 PM
or you can just put them on the computer and add the photo through itunes.

i have all my photos on my ipad

K1W1
05-04-2011, 07:56 PM
Thanks I know that you can do it that way but I was curios how Cyberwolf actually did it in this case.
If the Camera connection kit was used I'd be interested to know how well it works with a D300 as you have to physically connect the iPad to the D300 to transfer the images.

They don't make an Ipad that would hold more than a couple of weeks of my photos at this time of year. :)

Cyberwlf
05-05-2011, 03:09 AM
Hey K1W1

There's a Chinese company called M.I.C that make a CompactFlash UDMA compatible reader for the iPad which I am due to receive within the week. On this occasion though I just used iTunes to copy it over.

I used two apps for this pic, one called piRAWnha, a RAW processing / manipulation app, similar in concept to Adobe's Bridge. I then used Photogene which is a surprisingly good image editing / processing app (ala Photoshop / Capture NX), both I believe support loading RAW files from the d300 but I've been having teething issues with the latter with getting it to recognise the RAW files copied via iTunes, will be quite interested to see how it goes once I do direct imports via the CF reader (also have the CCK too I'll be experimenting with).

The class of photography apps has really stepped up a few notches recently for the mobile computing space c/o the iPad.

K1W1
05-05-2011, 03:31 AM
Thanks. I'd love a PM with a link to the Compact Flash reader supplier.

Edit: Found the manufacturer site. They have some interesting stuff.

palsphot
05-05-2011, 07:02 AM
I think my daughter likes to be in front of the camera:
http://www.bdcamera.com/
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u153/pacman642_2007/Lauren-web.jpg

nice shot .

Cyberwlf
05-06-2011, 03:56 AM
Hey K1W1

Received the CF reader today and immediately pulled a CF card from the D300 and plugged it in to the reader, worked well, in Photos app and both Photogene and piRAWnha both immediately recognised and loaded the D300's RAW files, so all has worked seamlessly for me using this method.

Here's one of the pics imported via the reader, processed and them exported all via the iPad (it's a little blurry unfortunately due to too low an ISO)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5269/5693055954_5aea1db2f1_o_d.jpg

Ps. Another app worth mentioning is Photosmith, a new Lightroom tagging and cataloging tool for the iPad. Yet to try it myself though.

K1W1
05-06-2011, 05:33 AM
Ps. Another app worth mentioning is Photosmith, a new Lightroom tagging and cataloging tool for the iPad. Yet to try it myself though.

Good to know about the card reader. Rob Galbrath gave it a so so review.
I have seen Photosmith it looks a little $xx for my requirements.

Cyberwlf
05-06-2011, 05:47 AM
Yeah I read Rob's reviews, all the CF cards though I have were in his list of those that worked fine, given the price it's a pretty good offering as initial impressions go.

K1W1
05-06-2011, 06:01 AM
Yeah I read Rob's reviews, all the CF cards though I have were in his list of those that worked fine, given the price it's a pretty good offering as initial impressions go.

Ta. I always take those reviews with a grain of salt I'd rather rely on people I know most of the time.
BTW. I assume that you know Rip Curl is an Australian company based near Melbourne. :)

Screenclutter
05-06-2011, 07:50 AM
Obviously not my photo, and likely not even a Nikon but I found this interesting:

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/862474-man-takes-picture-of-a-bird-snaps-crocodile-attacking-hippo-instead

Sir Les
05-06-2011, 08:52 AM
Had some trees trimmed today. The guys were handling heavy chainsaws as easily as Japanese chefs handle their sushi knives. It was money well spent -- rather them than me! :)

gsusmaniac
05-06-2011, 01:47 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/5693658231_134c45401f_z.jpg

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-06-2011, 04:49 PM
Hi guys! I'm overwhelmed by the positive atmosphere on this forum; hence I just joined in & here's my first post awaiting analysis:

Camera: Nikon D3000
ISO: 100
F/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/125s

Switchblade906
05-06-2011, 05:59 PM
Looks nice.

What lens's do you have for the camera?

Cyberwlf
05-06-2011, 06:24 PM
Ta. I always take those reviews with a grain of salt I'd rather rely on people I know most of the time.
BTW. I assume that you know Rip Curl is an Australian company based near Melbourne. :)

Yeah I knew it was an Aussie surfwear brand, but to my knowledge it's no where near Melbourne that it comes from, I believe it originated in Torquay, which also happens to be in Victoria, but that's the only similarity. There's also the more internationally successful Aussie surfwear brand Billabong that started off around Sydney too.

K1W1
05-06-2011, 07:45 PM
Torquay is about 100km from Melbourne and it's a place that you go to in the summer to go to the beach. In Australia 100km is very near (it's 75km from my place to the airport and we are at opposite sides of Melbourne). Things aren't regarded as being any distance until it's more than one tank of fuel there and back.

I think Billabong is actually from Queensland near the Gold Coast rather than NSW.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-06-2011, 09:54 PM
Beat me to it K1W1.

Australia has a really low popultation density still with predominantly single story detached housing. Although I live in a small city of under 1 million people, Adelaide is 65 km (roughly 45 miles) from long edge to long edge (as viewed from space on google earth).

Welcome to the forum Palspot and S.Saqib.

AMDnut
05-06-2011, 10:04 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II

I like that shot! Color is nice and I like the lighting.

What lens? I am assuming the 18-55 kit?

AMDnut
05-06-2011, 10:12 PM
Don't know why I shot it, it just caught my eye...

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Sir Les
05-06-2011, 10:20 PM
Hi guys! I'm overwhelmed by the positive atmosphere on this forum; hence I just joined in & here's my first post awaiting analysis:


Welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome)! Nice photo of the dandelion but it's a bit, excuse me for saying this, boring. Sometimes a different angle can really pep up a picture. Getting down near to ground level is worth a try -- see photo below.

Also, don't be disappointed if you post a photo and no-one comments on it. Many people will see it and think to themselves, "Mm, that's nice" without being moved to post. After all, we see a lot of photos here! Just keep experimenting and posting, and having fun.

EDIT: Actually, on reflection and looking at your photo again, I take back what I said about it being boring. As AMDnut said, the lighting is what makes the shot, with the bright yellow standing out against the dark background. Well done.

K1W1
05-07-2011, 02:08 AM
Who cut the grass?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2600/5695124268_85e9bd3dee_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5695124268/)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-07-2011, 03:36 AM
Looks nice.

What lens's do you have for the camera?

Thank you.

It's a standard Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens for this shot.

Also, I have a few filters and macro lenses plus I have ordered a Sigma 18-200mm Telephoto lens thinking of which gives me butterflies in my stomach. :D

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-07-2011, 03:38 AM
S. Saqib Shams-II

I like that shot! Color is nice and I like the lighting.

What lens? I am assuming the 18-55 kit?


Thank you & wow! How did you figure that out? It is, indeed, an 18-55mm Nikkor VR lens. I'm still wondering.. :D

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-07-2011, 03:51 AM
Welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome)! Nice photo of the dandelion but it's a bit, excuse me for saying this, boring. Sometimes a different angle can really pep up a picture. Getting down near to ground level is worth a try -- see photo below.

Also, don't be disappointed if you post a photo and no-one comments on it. Many people will see it and think to themselves, "Mm, that's nice" without being moved to post. After all, we see a lot of photos here! Just keep experimenting and posting, and having fun.

EDIT: Actually, on reflection and looking at your photo again, I take back what I said about it being boring. As AMDnut said, the lighting is what makes the shot, with the bright yellow standing out against the dark background. Well done.


Thank you, I very much appreciate your constructive criticism and I agree with you on the fact that different angles can make pictures stand out - esp. when you get closer to the ground... which is exactly what I did, I took a few shots closer to the ground and then I decided to take the one you've seen. But somehow I like this particular one better than others.

Please allow me to share with you another shot, with a different (rather close to the ground) angle. I hope you like this one Sir.

I hope all moderators would forgive me for posting another picture on the same day, as I understand we're not allowed to post more than one picture a day.

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Nikon D3000 (with 18-55mm VR lens)
Shutter speed: 1/80s
F/8.0
ISO:100

P.S: Thank you Mr. Dread Pirate Roberts. :)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-07-2011, 04:20 AM
We're pretty free and easy here without heavy moderators. We mostly follow the thread rule for this particular thread and generally limit ourselves to 1 image per day, but not always.

I prefer the 2nd image btw.

K1W1
05-07-2011, 04:35 AM
Thank you & wow! How did you figure that out? It is, indeed, an 18-55mm Nikkor VR lens. I'm still wondering.. :D


If you load a program called Opanda you can get sorts of interesting info about images posted on the web. Here is teh data for your second image

EXIF IFD0

Camera Make = NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model = NIKON D3000
X-Resolution = 300/1 ===> 300
Y-Resolution = 300/1 ===> 300
X/Y-Resolution Unit = inch (2)
Software / Firmware Version = Ver.1.00
Last Modified Date/Time = 2009:08:31 20:44:07
Y/Cb/Cr Positioning (Subsampling) = co-sited / datum point (2)

EXIF Sub IFD

Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 10/800 second ===> 1/80 second ===> 0.0125 second
Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 80/10 ===> ƒ/8
Exposure Program = n/a (0)
ISO Speed Ratings = 100
EXIF Version = 0221
Original Date/Time = 2009:08:31 20:44:07
Digitization Date/Time = 2009:08:31 20:44:07
Components Configuration = 0x01,0x02,0x03,0x00 / YCbCr
Compressed Bits per Pixel = 4/1 ===> 4
Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/6 ===> 0
Max Aperture Value (APEX) = 50/10 ===> 5
Max Aperture = ƒ/5.66
Metering Mode = pattern / multi-segment (5)
Light Source / White Balance = unknown (0)
Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length = 550/10 mm ===> 55 mm
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S. Saqib Shams-II
05-07-2011, 05:26 AM
@ Dread Pirate Roberts:

Thank you. :)

@ K1W1:

wow! That's alot more information than a beginner like myself can probably digest. :D

I'd like you guys to have a look at a couple of albums I just finished uploading, I could use your expert opinions on them. :)

K1W1
05-08-2011, 04:16 AM
A goal at 8fps

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3217/5699112058_c913352355_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5699112058/)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-08-2011, 05:04 AM
Sign post in London.

Nikon D3000
18-55mm VR kit
f/3.5
Shutter speed: 1/6s
ISO: 1600


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Switchblade906
05-08-2011, 06:26 AM
S. Saqib Shams-II - Was this handheld or with a monopod or tripod? If you have a tripod i think you should go and take it again with a longer shutter speed to let more light in (about 4-6 seconds long) and also play with the ISO. Try not to let it go over 800 cause thats why the photo looks really grainy.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-08-2011, 06:46 AM
S. Saqib Shams-II - Was this handheld or with a monopod or tripod? If you have a tripod i think you should go and take it again with a longer shutter speed to let more light in (about 4-6 seconds long) and also play with the ISO. Try not to let it go over 800 cause thats why the photo looks really grainy.


This was hendheld. Ok, I'll try to re-take it using a tri-pod while playing with Shutter speed and ISO, boss. :)

K1W1
05-08-2011, 06:50 AM
Try not to let it go over 800 cause thats why the photo looks really grainy.

It was iso 1600 according to the Exif but what's wrong with grainy? I actually like the photo as it is it has a sort of gritty street feel.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-08-2011, 04:05 PM
I took this earlier today. :D

57334

Nikon D3000
Focal Length: 55.0mm (18-55mm VR kit)
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
f/5.6
ISO: 360

Switchblade906
05-08-2011, 05:17 PM
Pretty good close up shot with a non macro lens.

AMDnut
05-08-2011, 10:19 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II

I like the sign post shot although I might run it through Noiseware to remove a little of the grain. I currently am shooting only handheld as I have not purchased a good tripod yet. I pump up my ISO when needed for handheld.

Your D3000 seems to be doing pretty good though, very similar to my D40.

AMDnut
05-08-2011, 10:34 PM
Playing with the new 70-300... shot at 300mm, cropped...

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-09-2011, 05:14 AM
Pretty decent for a non macro hey AMd. Hope you're loving it.

I like the signpost shot too except that I always hate grain. Doing a good job with what you've Saqib - a better way to learn than just throwing down dollars.

Anthony
05-09-2011, 05:53 AM
I also like the signpost and would not have thought about taking it.
I would also try taking a long exposure as with the car lights you would get more of a sense of movement. Might be an idea to take a photo or two earlier as well when its slightly lighter ?

Rooz
05-09-2011, 06:05 AM
I dont see anything wrong with the grain at all. The obvious improvement that can be made is reframe and ditch all that negative space at the top.

Welcome to the forum.

Sir Les
05-09-2011, 06:32 AM
@ Saqib: How do you know the beetles are mating? They might just be playing the beetle equivalent of 'leapfrog'! ;)

@AMDnut: Beautiful bokeh on that 70-300! I can see it becoming a firm favourite pretty quickly.

I recently took some publicity shots (under stage lighting) for the theatre group I belong to. It was interesting to see how they were used in the local paper (third photo, which is a screenshot).

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 12:53 PM
Pretty good close up shot with a non macro lens.

Thank you very much. :)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 01:00 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II

I like the sign post shot although I might run it through Noiseware to remove a little of the grain. I currently am shooting only handheld as I have not purchased a good tripod yet. I pump up my ISO when needed for handheld.

Your D3000 seems to be doing pretty good though, very similar to my D40.

Noiseware? ...uummm, I appologise for my ignorance but is this a photo editing tool? If it is, I might give it a try.. or it'd be nice if you could show me what it looks like afterwards..
..I have a Star 61 (by Hama) tripod, but I don't remember using it, I like the tripod but I can't be asked to carry it around. If you intend on buying one, may I suggest that you consider it?

here's a link to what I'm talking about:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=hama+star+61&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=8688364381&ref=pd_sl_2i1cp6n0ag_b

And I agree, the D3000 is one impressive piece of equipment. It does a cracking job for the price. But I'm sure your D40 would be a far more capable device, esp. considering how popular and expensive it is.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 01:09 PM
AMDnut:

Shot at 300mm? That's a very impressive lens you got mate! I bet it has Image Stabilization / Vibration Reduction. Please share more information about the lens. I'm very impressed here. It's a beautiful shot.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 01:09 PM
Pretty decent for a non macro hey AMd. Hope you're loving it.

I like the signpost shot too except that I always hate grain. Doing a good job with what you've Saqib - a better way to learn than just throwing down dollars.

Cheers boss! :)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 01:12 PM
I also like the signpost and would not have thought about taking it.
I would also try taking a long exposure as with the car lights you would get more of a sense of movement. Might be an idea to take a photo or two earlier as well when its slightly lighter ?

Point taken. I'm certainly trying it the next time I go there.
I noticed you're located in Cambrige. I am dying to come down to the Lake District to take some shots. Can you suggest me some nice places to stay please?

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 01:15 PM
I dont see anything wrong with the grain at all. The obvious improvement that can be made is reframe and ditch all that negative space at the top.

Welcome to the forum.

Thank you very much Rooz.
I am not sure about the reframing thing, as initially I wanted to do the same but then I realised I wanted the sign post exactly in the middle of the picture, because I believe it wouldn't have appeared as interesting otherwise.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 01:18 PM
@ Saqib: How do you know the beetles are mating? They might just be playing the beetle equivalent of 'leapfrog'! ;)



LOL!! I came to the conclusion after observing them for a while and realizing neither of them were willing to leap or move away. :D
By the way, I think your photos above look fabulous.

Switchblade906
05-09-2011, 01:54 PM
I think for a novice photographer (just like me) you are doing very well, but posting here will make you a much better photographer.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-09-2011, 05:05 PM
I think for a novice photographer (just like me) you are doing very well, but posting here will make you a much better photographer.

Thank you so much, I appreciate all the support you guys offer here. It helps alot. :)

57355

Nikon D3000 (VR 18-55mm kit)
Focal length: 20mm
Shutter Speed: 1/20s
F/3.8
ISO: 400

I don't like how the sky appears hopelessly bright in the picture although it looks pretty decent in its reflection on water. Do you guys reckon usage of a UV filter for this shot?

Switchblade906
05-09-2011, 05:25 PM
I like the reflection on the water of this one, and the green really pops.

The only thing about this one is that the sky is blown out (all white, no detail) but if you were to have the sky have detail then the trees would have been a lot darker then they are, and the only way to fix that is to shot a HDR photo.

Falconest174
05-09-2011, 06:05 PM
Sometimes you just get lucky.57356
Apple Blossoms

Switchblade906
05-09-2011, 06:23 PM
That's a good one, I like the almost all black background yet the flowers still have a lot of detail. Nice shot!

K1W1
05-09-2011, 06:46 PM
and the only way to fix that is to shot a HDR photo.

No that's one option but not the only way to resolve the issue.
More careful metering is an option
Exposure compensation is another option
Darkening the sky in pp using a graduated filter for example is also an option
What the OP needs to get in the habit of doing at the time of shooting is to review the shot using the cameras LCD display (the highlight screen) and check which areas of the image are exposed correctly and which are overexposed (are blinking) then try changing exposure compensation or metering or both or even recomposing the shot to see if the blinkies can be eliminated. A decision should also be made about whether having parts of the image overexposed are really a problem, sometimes they don't matter to the image so why stress about it. If the overexposure can't be rectified in camera then can it be resolved in post? In this case probably yes. If it's not likely to be able to be resolved in post and you really want to capture the scene then HDR is probably the best option left. Obviously if you are a fan of HDR and use it regularly then that may be your first option and in that case it's a valid one.

Switchblade906
05-09-2011, 07:04 PM
I've never shot an HDR image and still really don't know how to. Also I don't know what metering is.

And what would exposure do with it, is he made it darker the sky would pop more but then the trees and water would not look good and if made lighter the opposite happens.

K1W1
05-10-2011, 01:59 AM
I don't like how the sky appears hopelessly bright in the picture although it looks pretty decent in its reflection on water. Do you guys reckon usage of a UV filter for this shot?

I hope that you don't mind but I had a bit of a quick play with your shot.

Sir Les
05-10-2011, 02:19 AM
Sometimes you just get lucky.57356
Apple Blossoms

Great grab, Falconest! The lucky ones are always the best ones!




57355

I don't like how the sky appears hopelessly bright in the picture although it looks pretty decent in its reflection on water. Do you guys reckon usage of a UV filter for this shot?

The trouble with photography is that there hasn't been a camera invented yet that can match the human eye and brain in distinguishing between light and dark areas in a scene (i.e. the camera's dynamic range is inferior to the human perception). So if the camera gets the shady areas right, it tends to overexpose the bright sky, and if the sky is right, the shady/dark areas are underexposed. Modern cameras attempt to overcome this by metering (i.e. measuring the light) in all areas of the frame, and then the user can choose whether to use an average exposure value (matrix metering), give more importance to what's in the centre of the frame (centre weighting), or accurately expose for a small portion of the frame (spot metering). On top of this you can use exposure compensation to brighten or darken the final exposure, usually within a range of +/- 5EV (Exposure Value or 'stops'). Some photographers 'bracket' their shots by taking three photos at pre-determined different exposures -- the camera can do this automatically if the bracket function is selected. It's all very confusing to the novice photographer (and to some older hands as well). In spite of all this, with scenes having a high dynamic range (i.e. very bright and very dark areas), the final result out of the camera can be disappointing. However, as K1W1 said, there are several ways around it.

One way is to use a circular polarising filter. This works just like polarised lenses in sunglasses, and will darken skies and improve contrast and saturation. It's not suitable for all shots though -- it depends on the prevailing lighting conditions and direction of the sun relative to the shooting position. The first photo below gives you an idea of how it can make a scene look dramatic if the conditions are right.

Another way is to use software to alter the look of the sky after the photo has been taken. In the second photo below, I used Picasa to add a graduated tint to your original shot. I think you'll agree it does a fair job of improving the overall look of the scene.

I could go on about HDR (high dynamic range) photography....but perhaps we'll leave that for another day!

AMDnut
05-10-2011, 05:41 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II

Thanks for the link for the tripod, I will take a good look at it!

Noiseware is a program by Imagenomic that I use to remove noise (grain). You can get it here - http://www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx but there are free programs that will do good that are out there.

I ran yours through it as a sample...

AMDnut
05-10-2011, 06:17 PM
Dread Pirate Roberts - I am really lovin' it! ;)

Sir Les - I rank this as a fav, right there with my 35mm f/1.8!

I just need more time to shoot with it....

AMDnut
05-10-2011, 06:25 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II - your D3000 is bit of an upgrade from my old D40! The D40 was replaced by Nikon with the D60, then the D60 was replaced by the D3000 so my trusty D40 was a couple generations back! I have a D90 that I cart around a bit but the D40 gets used a lot too. Sometimes more than the D90 as I have the battery grip and 18-105 lens on the D90 so it is a bit heavier.

The 300mm pic was taken with the Nikon 70-300mm VR lens. It has the Image Stabilization as you noted and is a great addition to my collection. I really like it and am glad that it worked out as I bought it used online. I didn't have the funds for new and KEH had a good deal on a used rated LN- (Like New Minus) for only about 60% the cost of new. It has no scuffs, marks, wear at all, looks new to me and best of all it is working good so far!

AMDnut
05-10-2011, 06:34 PM
Shot yesterday, Nikon D40, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8@f/2...

Switchblade906
05-10-2011, 06:39 PM
ohh thats a nice shot! I like how the buds look almost 3D

AMDnut
05-10-2011, 06:40 PM
Thank you!

kgosden
05-10-2011, 08:24 PM
AMDNut,

Eastern Redbud? Man, you must be pretty far north ours finished up a month ago.

AMDnut
05-10-2011, 09:45 PM
kgosden - right along the Michigan / Indiana line... ;)

Turo
05-10-2011, 10:49 PM
I took this shot with my latest toy, a Samyang 14mm UWA lens (couldn't justify the price for the Nikon offerings since its not a focal length I use very much). Its got its pluses and minuses, but overall I am very happy with it! I may do a more in-depth review later if anyone is curious.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2637/5709358798_69b0f200e5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/5709358798/)
St. Augustine Lighthouse (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arturodonate/5709358798/) by arturodonate (http://www.flickr.com/people/arturodonate/), on Flickr

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:02 AM
I hope that you don't mind but I had a bit of a quick play with your shot.

wow! I think it looks brilliant now!

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:04 AM
I like the reflection on the water of this one, and the green really pops.

The only thing about this one is that the sky is blown out (all white, no detail) but if you were to have the sky have detail then the trees would have been a lot darker then they are, and the only way to fix that is to shot a HDR photo.

Agreed. I think K1W1 has done a very nice job while fixing it.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:05 AM
Sometimes you just get lucky.57356
Apple Blossoms

Brilliant shot!

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:07 AM
I've never shot an HDR image and still really don't know how to. Also I don't know what metering is.

And what would exposure do with it, is he made it darker the sky would pop more but then the trees and water would not look good and if made lighter the opposite happens.

Ditto! I could use some pointers on the same subject myself.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:09 AM
Great grab, Falconest! The lucky ones are always the best ones!



The trouble with photography is that there hasn't been a camera invented yet that can match the human eye and brain in distinguishing between light and dark areas in a scene (i.e. the camera's dynamic range is inferior to the human perception). So if the camera gets the shady areas right, it tends to overexpose the bright sky, and if the sky is right, the shady/dark areas are underexposed. Modern cameras attempt to overcome this by metering (i.e. measuring the light) in all areas of the frame, and then the user can choose whether to use an average exposure value (matrix metering), give more importance to what's in the centre of the frame (centre weighting), or accurately expose for a small portion of the frame (spot metering). On top of this you can use exposure compensation to brighten or darken the final exposure, usually within a range of +/- 5EV (Exposure Value or 'stops'). Some photographers 'bracket' their shots by taking three photos at pre-determined different exposures -- the camera can do this automatically if the bracket function is selected. It's all very confusing to the novice photographer (and to some older hands as well). In spite of all this, with scenes having a high dynamic range (i.e. very bright and very dark areas), the final result out of the camera can be disappointing. However, as K1W1 said, there are several ways around it.

One way is to use a circular polarising filter. This works just like polarised lenses in sunglasses, and will darken skies and improve contrast and saturation. It's not suitable for all shots though -- it depends on the prevailing lighting conditions and direction of the sun relative to the shooting position. The first photo below gives you an idea of how it can make a scene look dramatic if the conditions are right.

Another way is to use software to alter the look of the sky after the photo has been taken. In the second photo below, I used Picasa to add a graduated tint to your original shot. I think you'll agree it does a fair job of improving the overall look of the scene.

I could go on about HDR (high dynamic range) photography....but perhaps we'll leave that for another day!

Many thanks for the pointers Sir. I'll be waiting to find out more about HDR. :)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:13 AM
S. Saqib Shams-II

Thanks for the link for the tripod, I will take a good look at it!

Noiseware is a program by Imagenomic that I use to remove noise (grain). You can get it here - http://www.imagenomic.com/nwsa.aspx but there are free programs that will do good that are out there.

I ran yours through it as a sample...


That's neatly done! Cheers mate. :)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:17 AM
S. Saqib Shams-II - your D3000 is bit of an upgrade from my old D40! The D40 was replaced by Nikon with the D60, then the D60 was replaced by the D3000 so my trusty D40 was a couple generations back! I have a D90 that I cart around a bit but the D40 gets used a lot too. Sometimes more than the D90 as I have the battery grip and 18-105 lens on the D90 so it is a bit heavier.

The 300mm pic was taken with the Nikon 70-300mm VR lens. It has the Image Stabilization as you noted and is a great addition to my collection. I really like it and am glad that it worked out as I bought it used online. I didn't have the funds for new and KEH had a good deal on a used rated LN- (Like New Minus) for only about 60% the cost of new. It has no scuffs, marks, wear at all, looks new to me and best of all it is working good so far!

Oh really? ..I thought it was the other way around. :D
One needs a lot of courage to buy a used lens over the internet, I guess I had none which is why I ordered a new Sigma 18-250mm Telephoto lens with Optical Stabilization. I expect it to arrive early next week.
I hope Sigma's OS (Optical Stabilization) is as good as Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) though... fingers crossed.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:20 AM
Shot yesterday, Nikon D40, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8@f/2...

This is beautiful!

500mL
05-11-2011, 11:34 AM
Wow so much stuff I've been missing! Keep up the great shooting guys!
Here's one from my latest shots to date.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5182/5681097549_abd33b0478_z.jpg

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 12:08 PM
Thats looks nice, id like to see that in color though.

Jrb350z
05-11-2011, 12:53 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5027/5670917647_8bf214ac56_b.jpg

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 01:50 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5027/5670917647_8bf214ac56_b.jpg

This has to be the best shot one can ever take! Brilliant stuff mate.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 02:00 PM
57382

Nikon D3000
Nikkor 18-55mm VR kit
Focal Length: 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
f/8.0
ISO: 125

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 02:01 PM
JRB350Z- can you crop in a little on the butterfly so there isn't as much green?

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 02:03 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II - I really like the color on this shot, and the detail on the two middle flowers. Also I think that you should crop out some of the space above the flowers but thats just my opinion.

Also i see that you like to take a lot of Macro photography so i think that you would benifit from a macro lens. Tamron has THIS (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/652142-USA/Tamron_AFG005NII700_SP_AF60mm_f_2_DI.html) lens with a $100 rebate until the end of july and its supposed to be really good

Anthony
05-11-2011, 02:26 PM
I noticed you're located in Cambrige. I am dying to come down to the Lake District to take some shots. Can you suggest me some nice places to stay please?
I have just seen your post and Cambridge is a lot closer to London than the Lake district. Its a coincidence as I was thinking about going up to the lake district at the end of the month some time.
I used to climb there a lot in my youth but had friends to stay with then so I need to find somewhere to stay myself now.
The southern lakes tend to get a bit touresty and I used to stick to the northern ones. I can not remember any good photo points but I think Wasdale head ( good for a beer after winter walking and climb ) http://www.english-lakes.com/wasdale_head.html, striding edge ( quite exposed but not that photographic ) http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=striding+edge&hl=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=MO_KTey9INDqOZjc-dgH&ved=0CDUQsAQ&biw=1899&bih=907 and wast water http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/wastwater.htm were interesting.
An overview of the area from Wikki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_District
You realy need a car to get around and some good footware if straying away from the roadside. I remember once coming down from a winter climb and there was a tourest coach up from Manchester with women tottering up the paths in high heel shoes and their sunday best!
Try to avoid the school holiday times as well.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 02:46 PM
S. Saqib Shams-II - I really like the color on this shot, and the detail on the two middle flowers. Also I think that you should crop out some of the space above the flowers but thats just my opinion.

Also i see that you like to take a lot of Macro photography so i think that you would benifit from a macro lens. Tamron has THIS (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/652142-USA/Tamron_AFG005NII700_SP_AF60mm_f_2_DI.html) lens with a $100 rebate until the end of july and its supposed to be really good

Cheers mate! This shot was taken with a standard Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens with no filters. Also, I think I'd have to deal Macro shots with the current set of Macro lenses that I own, since I bought a new Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM Telephoto lens costing 320 alongwith a Fisheye (0.42x) wide angle lens by S. Bower. The ordeal has costed me about 400 earlier this week. I'm planning on being very careful with cash now. :D

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 02:48 PM
I have just seen your post and Cambridge is a lot closer to London than the Lake district. Its a coincidence as I was thinking about going up to the lake district at the end of the month some time.
I used to climb there a lot in my youth but had friends to stay with then so I need to find somewhere to stay myself now.
The southern lakes tend to get a bit touresty and I used to stick to the northern ones. I can not remember any good photo points but I think Wasdale head ( good for a beer after winter walking and climb ) http://www.english-lakes.com/wasdale_head.html, striding edge ( quite exposed but not that photographic ) http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=striding+edge&hl=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=MO_KTey9INDqOZjc-dgH&ved=0CDUQsAQ&biw=1899&bih=907 and wast water http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/wastwater.htm were interesting.
An overview of the area from Wikki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_District
You realy need a car to get around and some good footware if straying away from the roadside. I remember once coming down from a winter climb and there was a tourest coach up from Manchester with women tottering up the paths in high heel shoes and their sunday best!
Try to avoid the school holiday times as well.

Thanks mate! I'll do my homework on the weekend, I hope I find out a good spot to take photos. Since I don't drive, I'd have to convince my brother on going with me.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-11-2011, 03:22 PM
Switchblade, this one is for you:

57384

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 05:09 PM
There we go, personally I like that one better but to each their own.

Are you new to DSLR cameras? Because if you are you are doing a really good job.

Jrb350z
05-11-2011, 05:54 PM
JRB350Z- can you crop in a little on the butterfly so there isn't as much green?

It's actually a crop already (I could crop more for web viewing), but I actually like the green contrast.

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 06:28 PM
Oh alright, well if you like it then keep it like that. I was just saying to crop it so that the butterfly would look larger and closer

SONYNUT
05-11-2011, 06:58 PM
lots of hail came out of the sky on the left...

possibly a tornado on the right exploding open at .04 seconds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkKbLgNktiM

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 07:05 PM
Take this with your new Nikon SONYNUT?

Well anyway it looks awesome!

AMDnut
05-11-2011, 07:50 PM
Todays shot... maybe pushed the depth of field to much? Shot at f/1.8...

Switchblade906
05-11-2011, 08:12 PM
Well i think that it would have been a little better shot at f/4-5 but it still looks good the way it is.

Sir Les
05-12-2011, 12:09 AM
Nice shots, everyone.
@Jrb350z: The butterflies where I live are too shy and quick on their feet (wings?) for me to get a good shot of them!

@SONYNUT: Love the threatening sky -- is that SOOC or did you apply a tint?

@AMDnut: With depth of field, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it's always a compromise between focussing on a detail, and pulling back a bit to see more of the picture clearly. I think the following two shots illustrate this dichotomy nicely.

SONYNUT
05-12-2011, 12:47 AM
No filters.....SOOC

K1W1
05-12-2011, 01:35 AM
Take this with your new Nikon SONYNUT?

Well anyway it looks awesome!

If you check the Exif it was taken with a Nikon D7000

Rooz
05-12-2011, 02:41 AM
lots of hail came out of the sky on the left...

possibly a tornado on the right exploding open at .04 seconds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkKbLgNktiM

is this a real image ?
EDIT: sorry i didnt see your post. thats freakin amazing the way that light is coming thru there. what a great catch.

Rooz
05-12-2011, 02:46 AM
Switchblade, this one is for you:


very nice colour.


Todays shot... maybe pushed the depth of field to much? Shot at f/1.8...

nope. i think it looks fantastic.



@Jrb350z: The butterflies where I live are too shy and quick on their feet (wings?) for me to get a good shot of them!


love the ant macro

Jrb350z
05-12-2011, 05:24 AM
Oh alright, well if you like it then keep it like that. I was just saying to crop it so that the butterfly would look larger and closer

Thanks for the comments, I decided to crop it more like you suggested and here is the result:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3582/5712377065_57c7ca0bfc_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/57982948@N05/5712377065/)
DSC_0681 - Version 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/57982948@N05/5712377065/) by Jrb350z (http://www.flickr.com/people/57982948@N05/), on Flickr

I agree that this shows the butterfly much better and I was still able to have enough of the contrasting green that I like. This version is probably a much better photo. Thanks again for the suggestion.

Rooz
05-12-2011, 05:30 AM
great suggestion. thats a big improvement.

Switchblade906
05-12-2011, 06:43 AM
Jrb350z - Oh yes, thats much better. You could have done a crap job of cropping but you made it look really nice with the focused and blurry areas.

Sir Les - I really like flower with the water drops on it.

Jrb350z
05-12-2011, 07:59 AM
@Switchblade - Thanks. The more I look at the crop the more I realize there was too much boring dead space around the subject in my original photo. Thanks again for the comments/ critique, as that is the best way for me to get better.

Sir Les
05-12-2011, 08:13 AM
love the ant macro

So.....you didn't like the flower with the water drops? ;)




Sir Les - I really like flower with the water drops on it.

So.....you didn't like the ant macro? ;)


(Just kidding, guys!)

Jrb350z
05-12-2011, 09:22 AM
If it makes you feel better, I liked them both ;)

Switchblade906
05-12-2011, 01:41 PM
Yeah i liked the Ant Macro, but i really liked the flower shot lol

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-12-2011, 02:21 PM
57397

Nikon D3000
Nikkor 18-55mm VR
Focal length: 42mm
f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
ISO: 200

Switchblade906
05-12-2011, 04:04 PM
Nice shot, there's a good amount of detail in the flowers center.

500mL
05-12-2011, 08:58 PM
Thats looks nice, id like to see that in color though.

Just cuz you asked nicely :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/5714471091_37a032d5db_z.jpg

XaiLo
05-12-2011, 10:00 PM
500ml, great looking shot :)

K1W1
05-13-2011, 12:57 AM
Today near home.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2339/5715411040_cf002669ae_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5715411040/)

Edit: Changed photo crop.

Rooz
05-13-2011, 02:52 AM
D5100
16-35/4 @ iso1000 SOOC

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-XvvkDpC/0/X2/2011-05-13-0647DSC0050-X2.jpg

K1W1
05-13-2011, 04:24 AM
D5100
16-35/4 @ iso1000 SOOC


Didn't take long. :)
I can't see the shutter count but I bet it's well past 1.

Sir Les
05-13-2011, 05:03 AM
K1W1: Great photo - that's just the weather we're getting here in the Adelaide Hills.

Rooz: Congrats on the new camera -- lovely image quality. And that's your 65th photo with it!

Rooz
05-13-2011, 05:34 AM
well well past now. i took around 50 when i picked it up just testing it out to make sure all was working as intended. :)
great little beastie it is.

K1W1
05-13-2011, 06:09 AM
well well past now. i took around 50 when i picked it up just testing it out to make sure all was working as intended. :)


Doesn't the owners manual say something about ensuring that the battery is fully charged first. :)

Switchblade906
05-13-2011, 07:14 AM
500mL - That looks great!, were you on a boat or a bridge? Where was that taken?

Rooz - How did you make his eyes look like that?

Falconest174
05-13-2011, 09:27 AM
S. Shaqib;
Looks like a Rhododendron to me. Usually large bush-like foliage with large enlogate leaves that stay green through Winter.
They usually make nice groups of flowers, big attractant to Bumblebees, too.

XaiLo
05-13-2011, 11:34 AM
500mL - That looks great!, were you on a boat or a bridge? Where was that taken?

Rooz - How did you make his eyes look like that?

Switchblade906, SOOC = Straight Out Of Camera, he did it the old fashion way those are the childs natural eyes. So the answer to your question is DNA. lol :)

Rooz
05-13-2011, 04:39 PM
Switchblade906, SOOC = Straight Out Of Camera, he did it the old fashion way those are the childs natural eyes. So the answer to your question is DNA. lol :)

Correctamundo. The shot is actually around a third to half stop UE which confirms what ive been reading that the metering is very conservative. Much more like the d300 than the d7000.

AdamW
05-13-2011, 07:29 PM
Rooz - How did you make his eyes look like that?

Well, when a mommy and a daddy love each other very much, and .....

AdamW
05-13-2011, 07:30 PM
Rooz - How did you make his eyes look like that?

Well, when a mommy and a daddy love each other very much, and .....

Switchblade906
05-13-2011, 09:23 PM
lol yeah i know what happens with that, I have a 5 month old.

I just want to know how to do that for my family photos.

AdamW
05-13-2011, 11:12 PM
lol yeah i know what happens with that, I have a 5 month old.

I just want to know how to do that for my family photos.

Oh, that. Well, first get Rooz's talent, skill, and cute kid......

Rooz
05-13-2011, 11:37 PM
lol yeah i know what happens with that, I have a 5 month old.

I just want to know how to do that for my family photos.

switch, meter off the eyes and use good glass.

Switchblade906
05-14-2011, 07:05 AM
Im still new at this, what does metering mean and how do i do it?

AdamW
05-14-2011, 07:46 AM
I think he means that you should set your desired exposure for the eyes. If your camera does spot metering this is easier.

jr_rodriguez
05-14-2011, 12:09 PM
Im still new at this, what does metering mean and how do i do it?

Switch, you may need to read the manual :)
Even the manual for my Sony A200 (when I had it) covered this.

500mL
05-14-2011, 12:28 PM
D5100
16-35/4 @ iso1000 SOOC

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-XvvkDpC/0/X2/2011-05-13-0647DSC0050-X2.jpg

Gangsta! I like!

500mL
05-14-2011, 12:29 PM
500mL - That looks great!, were you on a boat or a bridge? Where was that taken?

Thanks! It was taken in Vancouver. It's a park that's overlooking the river and mountains.

500mL
05-14-2011, 12:31 PM
500ml, great looking shot :)

Thanks man! How's everything with you?

jr_rodriguez
05-14-2011, 12:55 PM
Im still new at this, what does metering mean and how do i do it?

Switch:
An eyes tutorial from Rooz's flickr page (hope Rooz doesn't mind):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/2835861690/in/set-72157603051208588/

tony.roberts
05-14-2011, 02:26 PM
These are great examples of what the SLR can do. I recently purchased my first to capture the precious moments of my kids growing up and the images and studio quality! I will post some soon!

Switchblade906
05-14-2011, 02:44 PM
Thanks for that link, I'll have to read that when I'm not on the iPhone.

tfa8rva
05-14-2011, 11:37 PM
One I took the other day.

Burnt Out
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/5711409903_7b66613550_b.jpg

On a side note.......not digging the new forum format.

Rooz
05-15-2011, 02:47 AM
geez that was a long time ago jr. lol
anyway...using pretty much the exact same strategy today.

d5100 85G @ f2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2765/5721149079_bf10e6d146_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5721149079/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5721149079/) by .Chris.K (http://www.flickr.com/people/10435080@N00/), on Flickr

d5100 50G @ f2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2581/5721171069_f8040ff585_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5721171069/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5721171069/) by .Chris.K (http://www.flickr.com/people/10435080@N00/), on Flickr

Sir Les
05-15-2011, 03:51 AM
D7000
18-200mm VR @ 30mm equivalent
1/125s f/8 ISO 200

AMDnut
05-15-2011, 09:17 PM
I like that shot Sir Les... ;)

AMDnut
05-15-2011, 09:36 PM
35mm at f/2.5....

AMDnut
05-15-2011, 10:24 PM
35mm at f/8...

AMDnut
05-15-2011, 10:25 PM
I must really like this 35mm lens, I shoot a lot with it these days! ;)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-16-2011, 04:40 AM
AMd have you tried that with more contrast ?

Sir Les
05-16-2011, 09:06 AM
I like that shot Sir Les... ;)

Thank you! I like your latest ones as well. As you can see from my sigfile, I too have the 35mm f/1.8 but I suspect it's back-focussing a tad, so I'm going to do some tests. At least you can fine-tune the AF for various lenses on the D7000 -- if you're brave enough.

And now, a challenge for Dread Pirate Roberts. Can you identify this building?

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-16-2011, 10:37 AM
Brilliant stuff guys!

Here's my first shot using my Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM kit:

57435

It's hand held so... :)

Jrb350z
05-16-2011, 12:34 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5672838700_b572264cc6_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/57982948@N05/5672838700/)
DSC_0807 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/57982948@N05/5672838700/) by Jrb350z (http://www.flickr.com/people/57982948@N05/), on Flickr

TheWengler
05-16-2011, 03:55 PM
Here's my first shot using my Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM kit:

It's hand held so... :)

Try spot metering off the moon

AMDnut
05-16-2011, 04:07 PM
DPR - Like this? I think it looks better... Thanks!

AMDnut
05-16-2011, 09:40 PM
From the archive.... 35mm again @ f/6.3

Sir Les
05-16-2011, 10:58 PM
Two free hotdogs with every 3-night stay -- who could refuse such an offer? :)

Interestingly, I prefer the less contrasty version of your office building shot -- the high contrast one looks too artificial to me. Which just goes to show that different people have different tastes......and no doubt different monitor settings.

Classic96
05-17-2011, 08:14 PM
Been away too long! Shot this at Luke Days in Phoenix this year.

D200 80-200 f/2.8

http://www.stillframesbynick.com/The-Daily-Grind/Luke-Days-2011/i-kKm4fLt/0/XL/NGR8944lightroom-XL.jpg

tfa8rva
05-17-2011, 10:29 PM
Went on a walk, and brought the camera. This is the road in front of my house.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2137/5732201790_0700c38c94_b.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-18-2011, 06:27 AM
Wow this thread is jumping with activity and great shots lately.

I prefer the higher contrast whether through different taste or monitor settings I can't guess.

I also can't guess the building Sir Les, maybe I don't look up enough. Waterfall Gully kiosk or something in Hahndorf ?

K1W1
05-18-2011, 06:49 AM
The lake at Nicholas Gardens

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/5721348533_05578ec9a4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5721348533/)

Sir Les
05-18-2011, 07:54 AM
I also can't guess the building Sir Les, maybe I don't look up enough. Waterfall Gully kiosk or something in Hahndorf ?

Close, but no cigar. It's Thorngrove Manor at Stirling, one of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World", or so the sign says. Prices start at $780 per night and go up from there. (That does include a continental breakfast, though. Personally, I couldn't give a flying continental....) ;)

Sir Les
05-18-2011, 08:07 AM
@ Classic96: Pure Buck Rogers! Great shot!

@ tfa8rva: Very moody -- definitely suited to b&w. Hope you looked both ways before setting up! :)

Rooz
05-18-2011, 05:12 PM
Been away too long! Shot this at Luke Days in Phoenix this year.

D200 80-200 f/2.8

http://www.stillframesbynick.com/The-Daily-Grind/Luke-Days-2011/i-kKm4fLt/0/XL/NGR8944lightroom-XL.jpg

fantastic shot.

AMDnut
05-18-2011, 09:58 PM
Buddy gave me a new toy to play with today! Old lens and fully manual but should be interesting.... 8mm fisheye!

K1W1
05-19-2011, 12:34 AM
Check that it will work okay before you put it on your camera. People have had issues with putting these old lenses on then not being able to get them off again.

Sir Les
05-19-2011, 03:03 AM
The lake at Nicholas Gardens

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/5721348533_05578ec9a4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5721348533/)

Very nice -- puts me in mind of a Monet painting. Perhaps it's the footbridge! :)

500mL
05-19-2011, 11:56 AM
Most of my HDRs are done with multiple exposures. This time, I experimented (again) using one RAW file and processed it using Photomatix and CS5. The result of a boring shot after doing HDR and adding some effects:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3499/5734541214_dfa161c785_z.jpg

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-20-2011, 03:16 AM
The lake at Nicholas Gardens

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/5721348533_05578ec9a4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5721348533/)

It's beautiful! I particularly like those colors.. they look brilliant!

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-20-2011, 03:17 AM
Been away too long! Shot this at Luke Days in Phoenix this year.

D200 80-200 f/2.8

http://www.stillframesbynick.com/The-Daily-Grind/Luke-Days-2011/i-kKm4fLt/0/XL/NGR8944lightroom-XL.jpg

That is sheer skill mate! Smashing stuff!

Sir Les
05-20-2011, 03:48 AM
Most of my HDRs are done with multiple exposures. This time, I experimented (again) using one RAW file and processed it using Photomatix and CS5. The result of a boring shot after doing HDR and adding some effects:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3499/5734541214_dfa161c785_z.jpg

Interesting how the 'after' shot seems more dynamic and 3-D, somehow (no doubt the sense of movement is generated by the 'effects'). I like it.

They've certainly cleaned up good ol' George since I saw him last!

Turo
05-20-2011, 10:39 AM
Been away too long! Shot this at Luke Days in Phoenix this year.

D200 80-200 f/2.8

http://www.stillframesbynick.com/The-Daily-Grind/Luke-Days-2011/i-kKm4fLt/0/XL/NGR8944lightroom-XL.jpg

Wow, spectacular shot!!

tfa8rva
05-20-2011, 11:26 AM
@ tfa8rva: Very moody -- definitely suited to b&w. Hope you looked both ways before setting up! :)

Haha...yep. Made sure I wasn't gonna get run over. Thanks.

Rooz
05-21-2011, 05:04 AM
d5100, 60G
shot by a 4yo using LV...amazing....

http://luca-images.smugmug.com/Family/Life-after-twins/i-LwCN8xL/0/XL/2011-05-21-0946DSC0349-XL.jpg

jr_rodriguez
05-21-2011, 08:01 AM
[QUOTE=Rooz;428077]d5100, 60G
shot by a 4yo using LV...amazing....

Wow. Is Lukas already saving for his own D700? :)
If he keeps this up, I may just throw away my gear and forget I ever tried this hobby!

Rooz
05-21-2011, 03:40 PM
[QUOTE=Rooz;428077]d5100, 60G
shot by a 4yo using LV...amazing....

Wow. Is Lukas already saving for his own D700? :)
If he keeps this up, I may just throw away my gear and forget I ever tried this hobby!

Lol believe ir or not kids find this very easy cos they are quite one dimensional. All i say to him is get alex's face inside that green box and then press this button. Easy. Hes not thinking of anything else other than that. Pretty simple when you look at it thru the eyes of a 4yo.

K1W1
05-21-2011, 04:42 PM
f4 1/125 sec he has strong hands for a 4yo. I guess VR helps.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-21-2011, 05:39 PM
57492

Nikon D3000
Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM (Focal length: 80mm)
Shutter Speed: 1/125s
f/10
ISO: 110

AdamW
05-21-2011, 07:07 PM
Pretty simple when you look at it thru the eyes of a 4yo.

Isn't everything?

Rooz
05-21-2011, 08:32 PM
good point adam. lol

K1W1
05-22-2011, 01:38 AM
This gentleman made my day. I was taking photos in Fitzroy Gardens this morning and he came up to me and started a conversation about cameras (he had a D90 and was also taking pics). All of a sudden he just spontaneously did this, he was so happy and enjoying himself so much that I've been smiling all day.
Thank you sir.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5223/5745201029_bef1b14251_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5745201029/)

polvadis
05-22-2011, 02:19 AM
Here's my first experiment with a new toy, Tokina 11-16mm wide angle.

57494

Rooz
05-22-2011, 03:03 AM
This gentleman made my day. I was taking photos in Fitzroy Gardens this morning and he came up to me and started a conversation about cameras (he had a D90 and was also taking pics). All of a sudden he just spontaneously did this, he was so happy and enjoying himself so much that I've been smiling all day.
Thank you sir.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5223/5745201029_bef1b14251_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5745201029/)

love the shot. love the story. made me smile too.

been far too long since ive done macro with this lens.
d700 105VR

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2054/5745401795_0d3d877b43_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5745401795/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5745401795/) by .Chris.K (http://www.flickr.com/people/10435080@N00/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3172/5745401793_a182b4e349_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5745401793/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5745401793/) by .Chris.K (http://www.flickr.com/people/10435080@N00/), on Flickr

Sir Les
05-22-2011, 09:33 AM
57495


Sorry Rooz, I couldn't resist -- great photo! :)

SONYNUT
05-22-2011, 11:19 AM
A little bit of lightning last night.....

Turo
05-22-2011, 08:30 PM
This gentleman made my day. I was taking photos in Fitzroy Gardens this morning and he came up to me and started a conversation about cameras (he had a D90 and was also taking pics). All of a sudden he just spontaneously did this, he was so happy and enjoying himself so much that I've been smiling all day.
Thank you sir.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5223/5745201029_bef1b14251_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5745201029/)

That is the epitome of happiness right there, I haven't been able to stop smiling since I saw that shot (and read your description). Great one!

XaiLo
05-23-2011, 03:10 AM
This gentleman made my day. I was taking photos in Fitzroy Gardens this morning and he came up to me and started a conversation about cameras (he had a D90 and was also taking pics). All of a sudden he just spontaneously did this, he was so happy and enjoying himself so much that I've been smiling all day.
Thank you sir.



Sometimes yuh just havta hav fun... glad you had an awesome one! Great Capture, Kiwi :)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-23-2011, 07:58 AM
Cyclocross in the parklands. Gotta love autumn, darn cold (15C) but gotta love it.

Falconest174
05-23-2011, 10:26 PM
I usually like spring here, but this year we have been so wet I am afraid I will get webbed feet. I haven't been able to take any of my usual riverbank walks. We have had one period since last Nov. with 5 consecutive days free of rain or snow.
We have finally started to see some of the usual spring flowers, a month late (Cold and wet). This is one of my favorites, a little bloom about a quarter of an inch(6.2mm) across.

Rooz
05-24-2011, 05:42 AM
lucas' perfect grip of the d5100

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5754042473_aa72745c97_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/5754042473/)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-24-2011, 06:36 AM
Very pretty Falcoln and he's growing too fast Rooz.

K1W1
05-24-2011, 07:04 AM
I notice that he has graduated to no neck strap.

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-24-2011, 04:57 PM
Cracking stuff guys! Keep up the good work.

...took this few days ago.

57517

Nikon D3000 (w/Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM)
Focal Length: 250mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125s
f/8.0
ISO:100

AMDnut
05-24-2011, 10:04 PM
Nice shots everyone!

Something from a recent lake trip.... (edited to fix horizon!!!)

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-25-2011, 06:18 AM
Love your straight horizon AMD:p

But otherwise very nice.

AMDnut
05-25-2011, 04:34 PM
Another one from the lake.... (this time I remembered to fix the horizon!)

Shooting from the boat is hard to keep things straight! ;)

S. Saqib Shams-II
05-26-2011, 02:33 AM
Another one from the lake.... (this time I remembered to fix the horizon!)

Shooting from the boat is hard to keep things straight! ;)

It's beautiful!

Sir Les
05-26-2011, 03:00 AM
OK, try and straighten this horizon! :)

K1W1
05-26-2011, 03:43 AM
Horizon or trees?

Sir Les
05-26-2011, 07:02 AM
Ah, but you cropped! What can you make of this one....without cropping!

dxrocnxj
05-26-2011, 02:31 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5533638784_e83e5c1a4b_z.jpg

Out to dinner with the lady friend :]

Haven't posted but have been viewing often, hope everyone is doing well on here. :)

K1W1
05-26-2011, 03:04 PM
I had to put something on page 1500.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3179/5746405658_f776e6c9db_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/5746405658/)

SONYNUT
05-26-2011, 07:52 PM
looks straight to me

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-26-2011, 07:59 PM
Nice soccer shot K1W1, great composition, expression, exposure and DOF. A real keeper.


horizon or trees?

rotflol.....

AMDnut
05-26-2011, 09:14 PM
Recent storms moving through... didn't bother the cows!

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-27-2011, 08:18 PM
Beautifyul clouds AMD, not convinced that you've got the best foreground to go with them though

AMDnut
05-28-2011, 10:34 AM
Yeah, there was not a lot to choose from at the time. Took a couple and this was the better of them. The fence stopped me from moving forward and I did not have a zoom with me.... Guess I could crop a little!

kgosden
05-28-2011, 12:08 PM
Crop away. No laws enforce height and width ratios.

Dread Pirate Roberts
05-28-2011, 07:06 PM
Good idea crop some foreground could be good