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Dread Pirate Roberts
11-27-2012, 02:56 AM
Can you believe he complained about it, 2nd time I was happy with a shot of him and 2nd time he bitches. I thought I was the perfectionist :mad:

tim11
11-27-2012, 03:24 AM
Maybe you can put a flash to lighten up the darker side of the face a little?

Dread Pirate Roberts
11-27-2012, 03:39 AM
Yeah I'm going to have to put some effort in and then hope the little bugga's satisfied. Oh well at least he let me shoot him

Rooz
11-27-2012, 03:40 AM
Send him a bill, then watch him complain. lol

Rooz
11-27-2012, 03:42 AM
IMHO, it's better with the shadows. Traditionally we try and use flash to fill these in as Tim suggested but the mood of this photo is better suited to the depth of light and dark.

D70FAN
11-27-2012, 11:38 AM
Tell your brother that we think you got it right. No need for flash on that one.

Sir Les
11-27-2012, 05:46 PM
Tell your brother that we think you got it right. No need for flash on that one.

+1 on that. Gives him a "man of mystery" appearance. Tell him he'd look like this if you used flash (see below). That should make him appreciate your talents. :)

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tim11
11-27-2012, 06:11 PM
Ahh haha. Not that bright. It wouldn't work. But I'm thinking of just a tad brighter.

Sir Les
11-27-2012, 07:17 PM
Tim, imagine a small beard on the man in the picture. Can you see the family resemblance? :p

D70FAN
11-28-2012, 08:11 PM
Just one of the locals goin' for a swim.

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tim11
11-29-2012, 04:30 PM
Nice puppy you have there D70Fan. As time goes, wouldn't you change your name to D700, D7000FAN; or something like that?

Here's my contribution for today. Tourists at the Bayon Temple (12th or 13th century), Cambodia.
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D70FAN
11-30-2012, 05:54 PM
Nice puppy you have there D70Fan. As time goes, wouldn't you change your name to D700, D7000FAN; or something like that?


Just don't try to take a fish away from him.

Nope. The D70 is my first DSLR (ca. 2004) and still my goto camera. The D7000 needs to go back to Nikon for some focus issues. I thought that by now they would have fixed that problem, but guess not. The D70 is still sharp as a tack with almost any lens.

D70FAN
12-02-2012, 08:56 PM
A little late for Thanksgiving here in the US, but these are our local group of (semi) wild turkeys. There are four or five that frequent the neighborhood.

If it had been up to Ben Franklin this would have been our national symbol and on many government logos... maybe he had a good point.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
12-04-2012, 05:14 AM
They are a very pretty bird (apart from the head)

tim11
12-04-2012, 03:38 PM
Nice back... sorry about the face? :(
I agree, the turks are beautiful except when looking from the front.

tim11
12-04-2012, 03:40 PM
Here's another one from an ancient temple in norhthern Cambodia, Preah Vihear Temple.
I wish there was some blue patches of sky... but again I should count myself lucky. We almost didn't make it up to the top of the mountain.
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Dread Pirate Roberts
12-05-2012, 03:46 AM
Another nice one Tim, thanks ever so much for sharing it. The composition makes the most of the scene with those beautiful steps but if you're trying to appreciate the temple they sure draw the eye away.

At the very top is that some form of bell tower or is that only Christianity that does that?

tim11
12-05-2012, 04:01 AM
No DPRoberts,
It's no bell tower. And I doubt it ever had a bell there even during its heydays. The temple is in fact a Hindu temple. It is where there were arm skirmishes between Thailand and Cambodia recently. So much that an Australian paper noted "two buddish countries fight over an old hindu monument..."

tim11
12-07-2012, 10:35 PM
A shot from Preah Khan Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Which one would you prefer: The colour or BW version?

D70FAN
12-08-2012, 12:07 AM
The B&W is pretty darn compelling. Sepia might be interesting as well.

Well done.

Rooz
12-08-2012, 04:41 AM
A shot from Preah Khan Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Which one would you prefer: The colour or BW version?

That's a stunning location and a brilliant shot. I don't think either version is getting the most out of the image though. Particularly the black and white version which looks very flat. IMO, be more aggressive with your processing. Unlike the fuji which goes BOOM with mono right off the bat, I find the nikons need a good kick in the a$$ to get rid of the greyness.

Rooz
12-08-2012, 04:47 AM
the d70 is sharp as a tack.

The d70 is 6mp, it's not showing up the defects the d7000 would. Not saying the d7000 doesn't need a calibration, but you have to be careful that the resolving power of the d7k is going to amplify any OOF areas or technique flaws you have. A shot that could appear sharp on the d70 s going to look so-so on a d7k even if its slightly out. This is exactly what I'm going thru on my d800.

D70FAN
12-08-2012, 10:56 AM
The d70 is 6mp, it's not showing up the defects the d7000 would. Not saying the d7000 doesn't need a calibration, but you have to be careful that the resolving power of the d7k is going to amplify any OOF areas or technique flaws you have. A shot that could appear sharp on the d70 s going to look so-so on a d7k even if its slightly out. This is exactly what I'm going thru on my d800.

Yes I am finding that out. The transition from 3MP to 6MP was fairly easy. I'm realixzing that there is a little steeper learning curve, equipment and technique-wise) to 16MP. Additionally, as I upgrade my equippment I can see that there are flaws caused by the display i.e. things look much better on a new 23" monitor than on the old 19. Lenses, of course, need to be tweeked in camera as well.

I'm gettin' there. Slow but sure.

Thanks for the extra reminder.

tim11
12-08-2012, 01:37 PM
That's a stunning location and a brilliant shot. I don't think either version is getting the most out of the image though. Particularly the black and white version which looks very flat. IMO, be more aggressive with your processing. Unlike the fuji which goes BOOM with mono right off the bat, I find the nikons need a good kick in the a$$ to get rid of the greyness.
Thanks Rooz. It's a stunning location indeed. In fact, like I said before, the location is photographers' heaven, there isn't just a few temple but hundreds of temples and monuments within 30 kilometres square.
As for processing, you notice it already... yes I am reluctant to go too heavy on it. There's a fear that the result isn't natural any more. Can you show me how much you would have done?

D70Fan. Thanks for your input. I might try sepia as well.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-08-2012, 04:52 PM
Awesome shot Tim, thanks for the invite to reprocess. Here's my go. I wanted to lose the green so crancked the green slider way left when doing the B&W conversion.

Rooz
12-08-2012, 07:42 PM
i think the shots should be pushed hard personally. its just too epic to be flat.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
12-08-2012, 10:54 PM
Two of my daughters shots from yesterday. That's it I'm never lending her my better lenses again, it makes me feel so inadequate:o

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tim11
12-09-2012, 01:25 AM
Thanks DPRoberts and Rooz.
I can see the difference. Yes your version pop up much better.
Rooz: Did you add more contrast? Did you sharpen it further?

Sir Les
12-09-2012, 04:45 AM
Great shots from your daughter, DPR. Either you have a very exotic garden or you've a lifetime subscription to the zoo, as you always seem to be around unusual animals! :)

D70FAN
12-09-2012, 11:47 AM
Tim thanks for letting us play with your image. Sepia didn' seem to add anything, but tinting was fun.

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Falconest174
12-09-2012, 03:26 PM
Interesting temple shot. I still prefer color, although Mono does work.
DPR;
You need to watch out, she is already good. Wait until she is an adult and able to shoot with her OWN gear. She's gonna put all of us old geezers out of work.

tim11
12-09-2012, 04:11 PM
Yes DPRob, your daughter is following your foot steps closely behind.

Regarding temple shots, have fun every one. It's open season on my photos, until you have a chance to be there yourselves. On one condition though... please tell me what you did: upping contrast only, contrast/sharpen; etc. That way I also learn new techniques and perspectives.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-10-2012, 03:05 AM
Trying to remember what I did ten.

B&W conversion in CS6, reducing the green slider and maybe the blue but paying careful attention to the yellow as it really affected the image. Then I added a tint and just moved the colour of it till I liked the result. A slight increase in clarity, a fair bit of sharpness and some noise reduction. Topped it all of with a slight curves adjustment in the shadows and mid tones.

Rooz
12-10-2012, 03:46 AM
Thanks DPRoberts and Rooz.
I can see the difference. Yes your version pop up much better.
Rooz: Did you add more contrast? Did you sharpen it further?

tim, i used a global contrast and sharpening adjustment and then painted on some dodging and burning. in selected areas.

Rooz
12-10-2012, 03:46 AM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8259987451_91ee664c4c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/8259987451/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10435080@N00/8259987451/) by .Chris.K (http://www.flickr.com/people/10435080@N00/), on Flickr

tim11
12-10-2012, 04:20 AM
Man.... why can't there be a straight forward technique? LOL.
Thanks you both of you for the tips.

D70FAN
12-10-2012, 11:19 AM
Just a little bit of green shading on the pond and trees using the NX2 spot tool, and a little fiddling with contrast and sharpening.

Once you get used to all of the software it gets easier as you know what works (most of the time). I'm usually a minimalist (work with the image as you shot it), but sometimes you just have to have some fun.

When you get that plyable image (like the one you posted) it's just fun to play with it. That is the sign that it's a great image.:)

Thanks Tim.

Falconest174
12-10-2012, 02:04 PM
Rooz;
I can see you having trouble with these two at home. Great expressions, looks like they were having a lot of fun at the pool.

Rooz
12-10-2012, 02:30 PM
Man.... why can't there be a straight forward technique? LOL.
Thanks you both of you for the tips.

lol ha ! there are so many different styles and techniques its not funny. PP has become an artform in and of itself. Theres 2 or 3 guys on this forum who are gobsmackingly good at it. but it all depends on the photo. if you shoot raw or standard picture control jpeg the your pictures will always look flat cos that's the intention of the file. Ie: Make it a flat foundation to build on in post. If you have a landscape photo the you almost always will bump contrast and sharpening. Not so much with portraits but typically they may still need a quick touch up.

I'm personally very lazy and really dislike spending time in post, (plus i suck at it lol), so I have my shots adjusted in camera, I crank up contrast, sharpening and saturation for landscapes and macros for example. Maybe 1 in every 50 shots ill spend some time on. With the d800e I turn down sharpening a pinch for portraits. It all depends on your camera and what you shoot.

D70FAN
12-11-2012, 11:16 AM
Like Rooz I crank up to vivid and adjust in-camera settings for the type of shot.

For most shots, I just do a once over in NX2 which is relatively quick and easy. Seems the more I do in post processing the further away I get from what I saw through the viewfinder.

tim11
12-11-2012, 03:01 PM
Rooz,
Well spotted. Yes, I did shoot in RAW. I'm a reluctant post processor - I want eye popping images but on the other hand, I still want to retain the natural vision as I saw it. Think of it, there's no real reason why I should be concerned too much.

D70Fan, Thanks to you too for the tip. This is the only way I learn, and slowly I learn, since I never attend any formal photography lesson.
I do have a lot of simliar 'playable' images that I shot last October on my trip to the country.

D70FAN
12-11-2012, 05:20 PM
Rooz,
D70Fan, Thanks to you too for the tip. This is the only way I learn, and slowly I learn, since I never attend any formal photography lesson.
I do have a lot of simliar 'playable' images that I shot last October on my trip to the country.

Ply-able (i.e. flexible). In an image it means that you can change the picture to evoke many emotions. I seem to find one of these in every 50 (or so) shots. Sometimes you have to simply crop the image to see the emotional part. Sometimes you won't see it until it's printed.

Just for giggles try to get your hands on the Ansel Adams books. The Camera, The Negative, The Print. I know it sounds like film based images, but (IMHO) the rules and information are as relevent today as 50 years ago.

Rooz
12-11-2012, 11:58 PM
Tim, if you shoot raw and use capture nx2 it will read the in camera adjustments so there is no pp required. Crank up the contrast and sharpening and you'll get the best of both worlds. That works for me anyway.

I have to say there is something to be said of the thought process in Fujis Jpeg engine cos I don't touch those files and I couldn't think of a single thing to do to them if I did want to. They are as close to perfect sooc as I've ever seen. But in doing that I also accept that when I screw up a shot its pretty much unrecoverable.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-12-2012, 04:02 AM
I think you'll find Rooz doesn't really shoot in vivid.

For what it's worth I'm always told I don't have enough contrast but I find that's my style and what I like. I shoot in Raw and process in lightroom with the setting Nikon camera standard. I start pulling sliders or manually tweaking the curves tool on any shot I post.

I don't like what vivid does to my reds and so haven't shot vivid in 4 years.

Rooz
12-12-2012, 04:23 AM
No, I shoot in standard and adjust contrast and sharpening up. With the d800e I also have a awb adjustment towards magenta. You're right, vivid mode destroys reds on the nikon. Another point for the fuji. lol

Falconest174
12-12-2012, 02:24 PM
Vivid on anything, camera, DVD player, PC monitor, VCR, or TV,destroys reds. Digital anything seems to have this thing about 'blooming' reds. Or is it our eyes that perceive it this way?

tim11
12-12-2012, 04:10 PM
Trying to break out of my own familiar zone.

A shot from the Bayon Temple, Cambodia.
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D70FAN
12-12-2012, 05:20 PM
Yup. Changes the whole feel of the image.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-13-2012, 03:16 AM
Another amazing shot. I love the composition including the framing with the doorway but I just don't like such contrasty processing, each to their own and cudos for pushing your own boundaries Tim.

Rooz
12-13-2012, 04:35 AM
Brilliant stuff

D70FAN
12-15-2012, 12:00 PM
Tim, can you post the original with no PP? Just curious as to what the original looked like. Another great perspective shot.

I shoot in vivid mode most of the time (D70 and D7000 NEF). I agree with the blown-reds problem but I find with most reds that the images are actually over saturated (more so on the D7000) even with picture control set to standard. Once I back it down, (red)details return with more natural color.

tim11
12-15-2012, 09:42 PM
Tim, can you post the original with no PP? Just curious as to what the original looked like. .

As requested.
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tim11
12-15-2012, 09:46 PM
Guys,
Thanks for the compliment. But I think it's just the matter of being there at the right place.
The problem with taking shots at such a popular monument is that there have been already tens of thousands of similar images that people have seen and mine isn't any different to Jack's, Bill's, Peter's, Mary's and Jane's snapshots of their iPhone. That always poses a challenge for composing from a different perspective.
One day maybe we arrange for interested members of this forum to go on a photographic excursion there. :) I will be the guide and interpreter all free of charge.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-16-2012, 12:02 AM
Kind offer Tim. I'd love to go but finding the time is such a problem at the moment, life is all work work work.

D70FAN
12-16-2012, 10:41 AM
Guys,
Thanks for the compliment. But I think it's just the matter of being there at the right place.
The problem with taking shots at such a popular monument is that there have been already tens of thousands of similar images that people have seen and mine isn't any different to Jack's, Bill's, Peter's, Mary's and Jane's snapshots of their iPhone. That always poses a challenge for composing from a different perspective.
One day maybe we arrange for interested members of this forum to go on a photographic excursion there. :) I will be the guide and interpreter all free of charge.

The difference between a snapshot and a "hanger" is what is seen through the lens. 1000 people take snapshots Yosemite Valley but very few can duplicate Adams. Sometimes opportunity is the deciding factor, but it's what you do with the opportunity that sets the image apart. What is done in post processing can also have an dramatic influence on the image, and again it's all in how you picture the setting in you own visualization.

My problem is that when I'm driving (or walking) along I'm visualizing what might make a good image. I used to take my camera with me everywhere. This drove my wife (and friends) crazy (must have been the influence of working for Japanese companies for 11 years ;)). I'm getting better (not really). Sometimes what I think is a great image is just so-so to others, because they were not there... and vice versa.

You are doing well. Keep it up.

Thanks for the offer, would love to, but it's a long trip from here, and of course there are other extenuating circumstances (i.e. time and $$$).

photowerkz
12-16-2012, 01:01 PM
D700 iso800 with sigma 12-24mm (version 2) of the auralic taurus and hifiman he-500's..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v398/markryder/moody500_zps39fe3972.jpg

tim11
12-16-2012, 10:19 PM
What does that device do photowerkz?

Guys, I said maybe one day. So if the world isn't going to end on the 21st then there is still a chance.
Originally, I was hell bend on retaining the original feel and look of the images. Which is the reason I feel frustrated when I couldn't get the image to strike an impact. I realise there's no reason why I had to do that, so from now on it's a new ball game.
Here's a few more from the same temple. I decide to leave the images on the bigger side so the small details and carvings aren't lost.

1: The fallen gate. (Bayon Temple, Cambodia)
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2: Celestial Maiden. (Bayon Temple, Cambodia)
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Rooz
12-16-2012, 11:39 PM
The location that keeps on giving ! more more !

Sir Les
12-17-2012, 01:46 AM
What does that device do photowerkz?

I would have thought it was obvious -- it's a rice strainer for the busy bachelor, complete with handy built in drain tube. OTOH, if you turn up the gamma setting, it morphs into a set of headphones, sitting on an amplifier....

If you're looking for images that pop Tim, I reckon you've nailed it with photo #2. What an awe-inspiring (and intimidating) temple that must have been in its hey-day! And perhaps one day I'll take up your offer....

tim11
12-17-2012, 03:11 AM
I originally came here seeking advice because I was frustrated with the low light capability of the Panasonic FZ20. Remember that camera? :)
Finally, at the moment that someone commented that I nailed it with an image (Thanks Sir Les) DCResource is to close down. See Jeff's announcement. I have to post a few more before that date.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-17-2012, 03:58 AM
Tim, really rocking those last two, probably the former most but it's close as they're both great. I really like the focus on the close carvings. Good stuff from a good location, but mainly good photography more than good location, definitely more than snapshots.

photowerkz
12-17-2012, 07:50 AM
What does that device do photowerkz?

As Kevin Smith would put it: it's a big old audio d**k for your ear p**sy :) Or: a very good headphone amplifier and headpone.

kgosden
12-17-2012, 07:59 AM
Photowerkz,

I think I envy your HeadFi collection as much as the your photography. I cannot quite justify getting past my Fiio F9/E7 combo on the amp side. Thought about the HE-400, but I just don't have enough headphone time in the day. Not sure if they would make my ears happier than the Sennheiser HD600's, Shure SRH-840's, Grado SR80's, Shure SE425's, Klipsch Custom 3's... I imagine you get the problem.

Falconest174
12-17-2012, 07:00 PM
Tim;
Nice pics. Can't tell which one I like better, the sign of some good work. Someone once commented earlier on the towers, thinking they were like our western church steeples, which I believe are intended as phallic symbols.

tim11
12-17-2012, 08:53 PM
Tim;
Nice pics. Can't tell which one I like better, the sign of some good work. Someone once commented earlier on the towers, thinking they were like our western church steeples, which I believe are intended as phallic symbols.

Thanks Falconest and everyone else for your kind words. I'm much flattered. Thanks to Rooz for telling me to be more aggressive with editing, for now I can create different impact to those same images I edited before.
I've been wanting to go to that temple area since 2005 when I took up serious photography but never had a chance until recently. It's been work, work, work and more work until now. And now the kids grow up a bit too. Living in metropolitan Sydney I just couldn't find the same level of inspiration to take photos. There are more images to come up...

FALCON, I'm not sure the towers were supposed to be phallic symbols, I'm not expert on Cambodian temple but if what I'm sure is that the linga were built in smaller statue and a little more discreet (see photo). They didn't built the linga sky high LOL.
Photowerkz, since you mentioned d**k, here is an ancient one (10-12th century?) for you mate.
By the way, those images posted are little bits and pieces of The Bayon, a huge monument with perimeter the size of 4 football fields joined together.

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tim11
12-18-2012, 03:31 PM
DCResource is soon to close, but until then I have a whole batch of new photos to share... All the results of tips and tricks gathered through the years from this forum.
Here are more shot from the Bayon Temple before the forum locks up. I have hundreds more from many other temples.
As I said, the Bayon is a huge temple. Probably the largest or 2nd largest ancient temple in Cambodia. How big is it?

1: Two tourists on the left are dwarfed by the size of the monument.
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2: I can't really recount the exact number but the towers of the Bayon Temple consist of 48 (?) heads. Each head has four faces looking into the four main directions.
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3: View at the top.
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4: Portrait of the Bayon.
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Falconest174
12-18-2012, 08:54 PM
Great series of images, Tim.
Was saddened to read of Jeff's decision to close down this site. I have enjoyed several years of posting and long-distance friendships, here. I know I will miss seeing the many pictures and advice from fellow shooters like DPR and D70 fan, you too Tim. the many compliments and suggestions have really encouraged me in my growth as a photographer. I want to thank Jeff for his reviews as well, it was his review of the Nikon D3000 that started the ball really rolling in my quest to move from a snapshooter to a serious photographer. The advice that I have received here has helped me immeasurably and I want to thank all that have helped me move forward.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-19-2012, 04:57 AM
Nicely said Falcon and I'll echo your thought - thank you all so much for helping me over the years too
Stephen

D70FAN
12-19-2012, 01:53 PM
Yup. My sentiments exactly guys. Hopefully we can get something going over on the DPR forums. I appreciate the advice as I grew into the DSLR world in 2004, and still to this day
the tidbits gleaned from Falcon, DPR, K1W1, Rooz, Ken, and fellow CA resident Wengler, have improved my shooting and PP skills.

I've decided to stick with the D70FAN handle, and will slowly migrate over there.

Too bad we can't just keep this thread as a website, or transfer it in-tact...

D70FAN
12-19-2012, 01:58 PM
My compliments to "Tim The Temple Man". Really strong candidates for National Geographic... or Cambodia tourism, if they are watching.

Don't laugh, I got a magazine cover from a posting here. Magazine editors do cruise these websites.

K1W1
12-19-2012, 05:11 PM
Macro shooting. Putting things into perspective.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3505/5823158545_d4dfcbb045_b.jpg

tim11
12-19-2012, 10:26 PM
K1W1,
That's some perspective indeed. Good idea.

D70Fan,
To have one's image appearing in a magazine is an honour; and National Geographic is the ultimate. I was going to laugh though, but you told me not to so I have to hold back.
Thanks for the compliment. I don't think I am suitable for the title bestowed upon me since I can't really carve anything like my ancestors.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-20-2012, 04:57 AM
Over 3.8 million views at this point, we've all made some collective contribution to the net for sure.

tim11
12-20-2012, 05:03 PM
I guess that's why they call it a 'ruin'.
Preah Khan Temple, Cambodia.

All comments and criticisms welcome. Suggestions to improving the image are most welcome.
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blindeye
12-20-2012, 07:35 PM
Macro shooting. Putting things into perspective.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3505/5823158545_d4dfcbb045_b.jpg

K1w1, loving this one!! That is an awesome idea and execution.

-Brandon

D70FAN
12-20-2012, 09:04 PM
Brilliant... again.

tim11
12-23-2012, 03:58 AM
1: A huge gate way over the road called The Long Circle leading to the area where LOTS of ancient temples concentrate. The gate is actually large enough to let a car drive through.
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The ruin of Bayon in natural colour
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The ruin of Bayon in BW adding film grains.
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Another ruin of the Bayon
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I think I should get to other temples before the curtain closes. :)
By the way, between 2 and 3 which one works better for you?
Any comment or suggestion for improvement is welcome.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-23-2012, 06:01 AM
Two of my last

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D70FAN
12-23-2012, 03:49 PM
Yeah, just went over to DPReview... now I remember why I didn't like it. Too segmented, but guess it's the only game in town after 1/1/13.

Rooz
12-23-2012, 04:09 PM
The forum setup of dpreview is horrific. It's unreadable in its current format. Try nikoncafe, dslrusers.com or there's another one that dpr and Richard go to but the name escapes me.

K1W1
12-23-2012, 05:11 PM
there's another one that dpr and Richard go to but the name escapes me.

Australian photographic forum - Australian Photoholics (http://www.ausph.com/custompage.php)

I haven't looked at the DPReview forum yet but my expectations are very low. I hate their forum set up and only very infrequently look there. I probably haven't posted on DPReview for years.

RichNY
12-23-2012, 10:00 PM
I haven't found any other forum that has the type of feel that this one has; it's disappointing to see it close down. I think I'm probably going to be the last person who had to clean their mailbox on the forum thanks to you ;)


The forum setup of dpreview is horrific. It's unreadable in its current format. Try nikoncafe, dslrusers.com or there's another one that dpr and Richard go to but the name escapes me.

tim11
12-23-2012, 11:06 PM
I'm not sure if I will join DPreview. The format seems too congested. The only thing I like is their vigourous testings.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-24-2012, 04:37 AM
Merry Christmas from the Dreads.

"Milk and biscuits for Santa" - Gangdem style

D70FAN
12-24-2012, 01:56 PM
Fine looking family. Have a Merry Christmas, and a very happy, and prosporous, New Year.

That certainly goes out to all of the contributors on DCRP, and here on the Nikon DSLR/ILC forum specifically.

I'll hang in here until we can no longer post, and will check in periodically to see if a benefactor revives it.

Hope to see you all again at Nikoncafe (DPReview just isn't my cup of coffee... I don't drink much tea). Not sure the Ausie photo forum is appropriate for a Yank.

tim11
12-24-2012, 02:45 PM
Merry Christmas to the Dreads and everyone else too.
Like D70Fan, I will still keep posting here until Jeff turns off the light.

D70FAN
12-24-2012, 03:52 PM
Wow. Went to Nikoncafe (Yahoo groups), and it appears that the last post there was 3 months ago. Looks easy to use, and is wide open. Kept my existing username. Could be interesting. :)

K1W1
12-24-2012, 05:09 PM
Wow. Went to Nikoncafe (Yahoo groups), and it appears that the last post there was 3 months ago. Looks easy to use, and is wide open. Kept my existing username. Could be interesting. :)


Wrong place.

Nikon Cafe (http://www.nikoncafe.com) one of the biggest and most active Nikon sites on the web. 12,000 members over 3 million posts in 300,000+ threads.

D70FAN
12-25-2012, 12:47 AM
Thanks K1W1. Thought it looked a bit bare.

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-27-2012, 11:03 PM
Cheating and posting too many but may as well finish with a few.

tim11
12-28-2012, 08:59 PM
What macro shots.
I have problems with macro. I just can't decide how much bokeh... :)

Okay, here is a few shots from the majestic Angkor Wat.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
12-28-2012, 09:34 PM
Nice temple scene again Tim.

Here's another Lillium macro

Falconest174
12-29-2012, 02:38 PM
Sorry I am late with Holiday greetings but it is a bit crazy, here. We are finally getting snow that we didn't get last year. 2 5"+ storms in less than a week. Hope all had a merry Christmas, mine was, and looking forward to a wonderful New Year. DPR; great family shot, should have used delay and put yourself in, as well. :rolleyes:

Sir Les
12-30-2012, 07:29 AM
Just trying to sneak in before the deadline. Sometimes you get lucky and are seated on the right (correct) side of the plane. This was taken last August on the way from Seattle to Dallas. It's Mount Rainier of course, the still-active stratovolcano situated just 54 miles south-east of Seattle, in Washington State. The peak stands 14,410 ft above sea level, or in other words, the top of the mountain reached about halfway between the earth and the height of the plane. It was lovely to look at - the photo really doesn't do it justice. You'll note from the position of the window relative to the wing that I wasn't travelling first (or even business) class! :)

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Sir Les
12-30-2012, 07:33 AM
Here's another Lillium macro

The more I look at it DPR, the more I like it. It sort of grows on you, if you'll pardon the pun. :)

Dread Pirate Roberts
12-30-2012, 07:21 PM
I'd like to say farewell from the Dreads and thanks for your company on the forum. It's been a pleasure to share my photo's with you and also to watch everyone's photographic journeys.

Best wishes to you all.

tim11
12-31-2012, 04:21 AM
So... there you are, The Pirate himself.
Happy new year to you and your family too.

Falconest174
12-31-2012, 09:18 AM
DPR; Will surely miss your many photos and advice. :(
Happy New Year to your family, hope to find a way to remain in contact on the 'net somewhere.
Will try to make a last-minute posting b4 the day is out.

Falconest174
12-31-2012, 02:07 PM
Here is a drip-cicle caught this afternoon. Lots of snow, here.
Also is a couple of pics of my renovated Living room, still unfinished, but I have framed and hung several of my favorite pics from recent outings. New 46" Sony TV is the central item in the redecorating project. As this is Dec. 31, we're in the middle of US college football (American) Bowl week, post season games played by the top teams from US colleges and universities.
So Long all and hope to find away to reconnect with you.

D70FAN
12-31-2012, 03:57 PM
I'll wait to say a final goodbye until later. Luckily Jeff and I are in the same time zone.

Hope to see you all at (the real) Nikon Cafe, but it just won't be the same.

RichNY
01-01-2013, 02:09 AM
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DiamondSCattleCo
01-01-2013, 04:24 AM
I'd like to thank everyone for their help, critiques and kind words over the last couple years. We'll see some of you around the net I'm sure...

DiamondSCattleCo
01-01-2013, 04:28 AM
Whoops, posted too soon. Guess these forums will be open for a few more months. See y'all right here then :)

D70FAN
01-01-2013, 11:42 AM
I thought Jeff was archiving the site starting today.

Guess I need to re-read the parting note.

D70FAN
01-01-2013, 11:53 AM
[QUOTE=RichNY[/QUOTE]

I think you've done it.

Good job, and nce subject as well.

tim11
01-02-2013, 02:10 AM
A shot from the trip to the beach.
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Dread Pirate Roberts
01-02-2013, 04:10 AM
Also at the beach Tim. 40 Celsius here tomorrow.

She's growing up.

anco85
01-02-2013, 07:42 AM
Wow, so sorry to see DCR go. Been here for many many years and the wealth of knowledge obtained from you guys is immense.

I'll try get some pics up from my recent vacation as a last hoo-ha to DCR.

I will surely miss you guys

Sir Les
01-03-2013, 02:16 AM
Trying out my new (to me) Nikkor 16-85 DX. Granddaughter #2 is 7 months old and already loves having her picture taken. I'm a bit concerned that I (and her parents) might be creating a future media tragic.

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K1W1
01-03-2013, 03:39 PM
Trying out my new (to me) Nikkor 16-85 DX. Granddaughter #2 is 7 months old and already loves having her picture taken. I'm a bit concerned that I (and her parents) might be creating a future media tragic.

Nice shot and don't worry about the media tragic thing. By the time she is a teenager she will hide every time a camera is anywhere near her. Make the most of it before she learns to be self conscious.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-03-2013, 07:13 PM
Congrats on # 2 and the lens acquisition

tim11
01-03-2013, 10:13 PM
DPRoberts,
That's a nice shot. It certainly looks like the Dreads are comfortable both in front and behind the camera. I'm glad the 40C forecast didn't eventuate where I am.

Sir Les,
You won't regret the 16-85 VR. I have it 99% of the time on the two cameras. Now the rubber ring has worn down on mine. LOL

Here's another one from my favourite beach.
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Dread Pirate Roberts
01-04-2013, 04:31 PM
Nice scene and well taken Tim, Cronulla?

Have you considered some dodging and burning on the left foreground

tim11
01-04-2013, 05:01 PM
It's Wollongong, DPRob. You can see Port Kembla steel plant on the extreme left.
I tried to bring out some details on the foreground; but may be not enough.

tim11
01-04-2013, 05:07 PM
I haven't run out of ancient temple shots yet... :) (Oh no!)

Preah Khan Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
I don't know what that was supposed to be. A giant bell? Nonetheless, the light coming through the gap makes it look liek a candle being lit.

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D70FAN
01-05-2013, 10:52 AM
As always, very nice temple shot Tim.

Hah! 40C, when I lived in the Phoenix (AZ) area that was jacket weather. :cool:

Average temp from June to September... 45C. On the other hand the relative humidity was around 5% - 10%, so we were dry roasted vs. just roasted.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-05-2013, 08:43 PM
Gad that's hot D70, how and why would you live there.

Here we only get that sort of thing as a max 1 or 2 days a year. Last Friday turned out to be 44C (111F)

D70FAN
01-06-2013, 12:38 PM
Gad that's hot D70, how and why would you live there.

Here we only get that sort of thing as a max 1 or 2 days a year. Last Friday turned out to be 44C (111F)

In my former life I worked as an engineer and marketing manager in the semiconductor field. From CCD's and CMOS Micros & Imagers to High Power MOSFETs. Phoenix was the last stop on that journey (Microchip and ON Semi).

Brutal summers, but absolutely fantastic winters. I'm a Northern California "kid", so returned to my native home during the economic "bust", and forced to retire (a bit of age-ism). A little bumpy for a while, but ok now.

Photography has been the one constant in the universe. I do miss Arizona (fantastic terrain and subjects), and plan to return for visits down the road.

D70FAN
01-06-2013, 12:43 PM
Winter In Arizona...

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Phill D
01-06-2013, 02:13 PM
That's a pretty nice looking winter! and a lovely sharp shot.

D70FAN
01-06-2013, 04:17 PM
Thanks Phil. I believe I was using my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 on the D70. Guess I should use it more on the D7000.

One of the few times that snow fell on the Superstition Mountains. Right place, right time, right lens. :)

Sir Les
01-06-2013, 09:06 PM
Preah Khan Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
I don't know what that was supposed to be. A giant bell? Nonetheless, the light coming through the gap makes it look liek a candle being lit.



You're right Tim, it does look like a birthday cake with a giant candle on it! Do you know what all the holes are for in the stone wall?

D70FAN: I do like that winter shot. Nice punchy colours.

D70FAN
01-06-2013, 10:19 PM
Thanks Les. It's one of my favorite AZ shots.

tim11
01-07-2013, 04:15 PM
You're right Tim, it does look like a birthday cake with a giant candle on it! Do you know what all the holes are for in the stone wall?


Sir Les,
I don't know the real story behind the candle and I doubt if we can ever learn the truth whether that happened by design or accident. I will get back to it if I can find out more.

D70FAN
01-08-2013, 09:08 PM
Yikes! I just realized that I have not mounted the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 (older version) to the D7000. Did some quick sample shooting today and I'm starting to think that the 18-105 VR is not working correctly.

Anyone heard of focus or VR failure problems with the 18-105?

I need to take some additional shots, but it appears that the D7000 likes the old Sigma over the Nikkor kit lens.

D70FAN
01-08-2013, 09:48 PM
Some samples. And here I was blaming the camera. I am now bonding with the D7000 :)... thanks to the 24-70.

f/4 @ 1/50 sec. (no OS on this Sigma)
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f/5.6 (Color and Contrast are back)
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Sir Les
01-08-2013, 11:47 PM
What exactly is the problem with the 18-105 -- out of focus shots or movement blur? Have you tried any other of your Nikkor lenses on the D7000? Have you seen Tim Jackson's Nikon D70 site with its focus test chart? (http://focustestchart.com/) .

I thought I had focussing problems with my non-VR Nikkor 35mm f/1.8. Using the focus test chart proved the lens' focussing was spot on, and it was the operator (me) that was faulty! :)


PS Looks like you've got a gun trained on that raccoon!

D70FAN
01-09-2013, 08:07 AM
Thanks Les. I have tried the 50 f/1.8 and the 55-200 which both seem to work better than the 18-105. I may have to download that chart and see how all of my lenses work on a tripod. The 24-70 just seems to give very consistant and sharp results in comparison. i.e. handheld I am confident in the results.

D70FAN
01-09-2013, 09:05 PM
PS Looks like you've got a gun trained on that raccoon!

The Caption is "hands Up, Rocky". Trying to get pictures of the real raccoons around here can be hazardous. The little beggers get pretty feisty when you interupt thier dining (in your garbage can). Luckily no bears here... although there is the occasional mountain lion sighting. I think I've already introduced the neighborhood Turkeys. Marina... a wild and crazy town.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-10-2013, 03:51 AM
I've only just payed attention to your profile, what a crazy nice place to live. We see documentaries on it from time to time over here.

tim11
01-10-2013, 04:50 PM
Preah Khan Temple, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
This temple is very spectacular...

D70FAN
01-10-2013, 08:58 PM
I've only just payed attention to your profile, what a crazy nice place to live. We see documentaries on it from time to time over here.

Interesting... what sort of documentaries?

This sign is posted about 3 miles from here... I used to go bow hunting in this area.

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Sir Les
01-10-2013, 09:07 PM
Sign: "DO: Talk calmly, yet firmly to it"

"Now look here, Mr Mountain Lion, this just won't do..."

LOL!!!

RichNY
01-10-2013, 09:23 PM
A few from yesterday's shoot with the Fuji X-E1. I took a few quick shots after my lighting students got done with theirs (see pullback shot). These were shot using the 18-55 kit lens, JPG, Auto White Balance. B+W conversion done inside of Aperture.

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D70FAN
01-10-2013, 10:38 PM
Did Nikon buy Fuji?

K1W1
01-11-2013, 05:36 PM
Better pull finger and post a couple before the end of the world I guess.

This mornings 6 shot pano of Melbourne from Mt Dandenong. Got sick of waiting for the cloud over the CBD to burn off

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8475/8370905365_bb61a4c7ea_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/8370905365/)

So I made a couple of slightly OTT HDRs instead so the HDR hater crowd will have something to complain about.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8370921837_e9883c65cc_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/8370921837/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8192/8372020152_bf02a3f3e5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/8372020152/)

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-11-2013, 08:28 PM
Aquatic ones mainly, recovering fisheries, kelp forests and killer whales

K1W1
01-12-2013, 04:41 AM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8372620656_834657cfac_b.jpg

D70FAN
01-12-2013, 11:27 AM
Aquatic ones mainly, recovering fisheries, kelp forests and killer whales

Ah. Yup we have all of that. When I would dive here (living in Hawaii for 5 years killed my desire for cold, murky water diving) the kelp forests off of cannery row were always an
amazing experience. Only had a close encounter (~100 meters) with a KW once while diving those same kelp forests off the breakwater in Monterey. They were after the sea lions
(one of their favorite snacks) who live in great numbers at the end of the breakwater.

The Beakwater (corrected):

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tim11
01-12-2013, 02:45 PM
Something about the beach shots always capture my attention.
A great scene D70Fan but the horizontal line is tilted.

tim11
01-12-2013, 02:46 PM
K1W1,
Is that a Skoda? Do you own one?

D70FAN
01-12-2013, 05:11 PM
Something about the beach shots always capture my attention.
A great scene D70Fan but the horizontal line is tilted.

You're correct. This is a fairly new shot and it's now corrected about 1 degree (my normal tilt). You would think that since I have the grid turned on all the time that I would get it right. Sometimes the brain just isn't checking the horizon... or anything else for that matter.

Side Note: I was stationed here (breakwater) for 2 years in the Coast Guard (2nd Class Gunners Mate - Search and Rescue on the 95 ft. USCG Cape Wash 95310). Picture is the Cape Henlopin but identical to the Cape Wash.

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tim11
01-13-2013, 04:07 AM
A rock pool in the fading light.
http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/737161_432487113488511_1539554818_o.jpg

kgosden
01-13-2013, 09:29 AM
Tim,

I like that one.

D70FAN
01-13-2013, 10:51 AM
Very punchy Tim. Nice shot.

K1W1
01-13-2013, 06:49 PM
K1W1,
Is that a Skoda? Do you own one?

Yes and yes.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5451/7072078897_c540ed09be_b.jpg

D70FAN
01-13-2013, 07:32 PM
Looks like the Czech's (aka VW) are doing well. Is this a Superb?

Nice ride.

K1W1
01-13-2013, 08:51 PM
No. Octavia vRS which is basically a Golf GTI in different clothes. It's 3 years and 40,000 miles old now.

AMDnut
01-13-2013, 09:25 PM
Been too long.... very busy the last few months...

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D70FAN
01-13-2013, 09:44 PM
Welcome back. Fortunately we are still here, as Jeff has decided to keep the forums.

Who's your new freind?

AMDnut
01-13-2013, 10:02 PM
He was hanging out near the lake docks... weather was warm so went out for a drive to shoot some pics.... glad the place is still here!

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tim11
01-14-2013, 12:59 AM
Love the colours and details. Nice one, AMDnut.

tim11
01-14-2013, 02:57 AM
Looks like the Czech's (aka VW) are doing well. Is this a Superb?

Nice ride.

It is Czech's. It's really a VW in another fancy clothing. Yes, Skoda is doing well in Australia.

tim11
01-14-2013, 02:59 AM
Here's another temple shot.
Chau Say Tevoda temple, built in the mid-12th century.
http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=60134&d=1358157149

K1W1
01-14-2013, 03:44 AM
Yes, Skoda is doing well in Australia.

Not really. 2012 sales nationally were one, yes one vehicle more than in 2011 in a market that had an overall 5.4% increase.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-14-2013, 04:24 AM
Nice to see the extra activity fellas, 2 pages of photos here in 1 day, like the old days.

My mum had her 80th birthday party yesterday so I got to play with my camera

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D70FAN
01-14-2013, 08:37 AM
God bless your Mum. And happy 80th. Now an octogenerian.

May we all be that fortunate.

I think we all realize that Jeff saved us from a fate worse than DPReviw (for posting)... the reviews are fine.:)

K1W1
01-14-2013, 04:04 PM
He was hanging out near the lake docks... weather was warm so went out for a drive to shoot some pics.... glad the place is still here!


My first impression of this shot is that you had applied a watercolour effect (between the dock and the bottom of the image particularly and there is no pun intended). I love the colours and clarity here.

Minor, minor quibble. Get rid of that dock or whatever it is that is three quarters of the way up in the water on the left.

D70FAN
01-14-2013, 06:18 PM
Here's another temple shot.
Chau Say Tevoda temple, built in the mid-12th century.


It's truely amazing what ancient cultures (both Aisia, and Europe) could do with stone, brick, mud, and no power machinery.
This temple was built about 100 years before Marco Polo opened his trade routes to the far east, and the
great wall, as we know it, was completed during the Ming Dynasty (although it was started, in pieces, about 1500 years before).

The picture is also well done. ;)

D70FAN
01-14-2013, 07:25 PM
I spent a lot of time here, and there, but always in the clouds.

Over the UK.

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AMDnut
01-14-2013, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the comments!


K1W1 - adjusted per your thoughts... looks better!

Not sure about this one... wings slightly blurred portrays motion. Your thoughts?

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K1W1
01-14-2013, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the comments!


K1W1 - adjusted per your thoughts... looks better!


I would have just cloned it out rather than crop but in some ways I think the crop works better because you don't have that non vertical dock post right next to the edge.

D70FAN
01-15-2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the comments!

Not sure about this one... wings slightly blurred portrays motion. Your thoughts?

Looks "Ducky" to me. The motion blurr works fine.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-17-2013, 05:21 AM
Despite 41C the family were dressed up when I got home from work and expected to be taken out for a meal. I made them pose for repayment.

D70FAN
01-17-2013, 12:00 PM
You are a cruel task master indeed. I'm sure you all went to The Outback Steakhouse for dinner (more punishment).

D70FAN
01-17-2013, 03:49 PM
I was in Silicon Valley yesterday and went by Fry's to pick up a few odds and ends (DVD's. new DVD Burner, etc.) and decided to shoot the entrance to One AMD Place. Next Time Intel and Apple... Maybe HP, Seagate, etc.

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D70FAN
01-17-2013, 10:23 PM
Question: Does the shot above look a little fuzzy? I'm still having some issues with the D7000. Not so much focus, but lack of definition.

Thanks.

K1W1
01-17-2013, 11:37 PM
Without being able to see the Exif on my iPad I don,t know the aperture and shutter speed but I can't see the focus point either. I guess it's the front door but that doesn't look pin sharp to me.

D70FAN
01-18-2013, 10:07 AM
Yup, thanks. f/8, 1/360sec., 56mm (sweet spot of the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8). I was shooting single point center.

tim11
01-18-2013, 03:33 PM
The Citadel of Women in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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tim11
01-18-2013, 03:36 PM
DPRoberts,
That's good family portrait. Unfortunately you are not in there as well.
Lucky you got 41C, I had 46C and that sent the train service into disarray. Typical of CityRail. I always say its infrastructure was designed to run at room temperature.

tim11
01-18-2013, 03:42 PM
It's truely amazing what ancient cultures (both Aisia, and Europe) could do with stone, brick, mud, and no power machinery.
...

It's true D70Fan. We couldn't help but bewildered: how did they do it?
Personally, while I admire and bewildered by Asian monuments for their artistic statues and bas reliefs, I always look at the pictures of ancient European grand castles in awe. It's their grand size that makes me wonder - how did they drag the stones to build on a cliff? Unlike the Asian builders of the time, the Europeans wouldn't have elephants either.

Sir Les
01-18-2013, 06:33 PM
Question: Does the shot above look a little fuzzy? I'm still having some issues with the D7000. Not so much focus, but lack of definition.

Thanks.

Yes it does, especially at its original size (1510 x 1000). A touch of unsharp mask helps, but I would have thought at f/8 and 1/360, things should have looked a bit sharper all round.

D70FAN
01-18-2013, 10:30 PM
This seems to be happening on a regular basis. Sometimes the majority of shots look, for lack of a better description, noisy, with noise reduction applied. i.e. soft, but processed soft.

Anyway, frustrating and it's going back to Nikon asap.

Rooz
01-18-2013, 11:38 PM
How do you know it's not the lens ?

K1W1
01-18-2013, 11:53 PM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V3-G_nwjzFE/UPo7QT98ygI/AAAAAAAABYc/HE3wWJK1fJc/s1024/20130119-RLR_6025_HDR.jpg

K1W1
01-18-2013, 11:54 PM
How do you know it's not the lens ?

With a Sigma lens that is where I would be looking first.

Rooz
01-18-2013, 11:56 PM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V3-G_nwjzFE/UPo7QT98ygI/AAAAAAAABYc/HE3wWJK1fJc/s1024/20130119-RLR_6025_HDR.jpg

That's a great shot !

K1W1
01-19-2013, 12:48 AM
That's a great shot !

Thanks. Take one camera, tripod and 10.5mm lens a km into the forest then take 5 shots and edit in Nik HDR Efex and low and behold! Easy really. :D

Rooz
01-19-2013, 03:44 AM
I've forgotten what software looks like. lol

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-19-2013, 03:54 AM
D70 what Les, K1W1, Rooz said. No where near sharp enough and likely a Sigma problem

K1W1
01-19-2013, 04:05 AM
I've forgotten what software looks like. lol

Where is the superior "I own a fuji" emoticon then? :D

Rooz
01-19-2013, 04:12 AM
lmao well here you go one edited with a mono conversion and one raw.
every now and then i remind myself why i own a dslr.

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Sir Les
01-19-2013, 07:58 AM
Rooz, b+w can be dramatic but sometimes colour just gives the pic that extra punch -- I think this is one of those occasions. Cute!

D70FAN
01-19-2013, 10:13 AM
With a Sigma lens that is where I would be looking first.

Could be. or... It could just be that my hands are getting too shakey for handheld shots. But at 1/360? I'm having the same problem with other lenses, including the VR's... or my expectations are too high...

AND a very cool bridge shot. I'm glad there was no post procesing involved... ;) Image title? "Don't drink and hike!!!".

D70FAN
01-19-2013, 10:25 AM
lmao well here you go one edited with a mono conversion and one raw.
every now and then i remind myself why i own a dslr.

This is one of those times when color is required. Of course there is the (ultra) "cute" factor. What a great moment in time to capture.

I like the California accent as well... even if it is LA.

K1W1
01-19-2013, 02:43 PM
Could be. or... It could just be that my hands are getting too shakey for handheld shots. But at 1/360?

The test is to take some tripod shots then.

K1W1
01-19-2013, 04:09 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8393477711_346f2d4189_b.jpg

D70FAN
01-19-2013, 05:58 PM
Yup.

i.e. "the tree tube"... nice.

tim11
01-20-2013, 02:06 AM
Great vision K1W1. You make the fishie worth its price.

Falconest174
01-20-2013, 03:44 PM
Rooz, the color shot I like better, maybe cropped closer to him/her? Great expression on the face that I would like to see closer.

D70FAN
01-20-2013, 04:23 PM
Rooz, the color shot I like better, maybe cropped closer to him/her? Great expression on the face that I would like to see closer.

IMHO and not to speak for Rooz... but the raindrops and space to the right are where the attention (and amazment) is focused, so taking it away would affect the feeling of the shot.

D70FAN
01-20-2013, 04:54 PM
The test is to take some tripod shots then.

Yup. Done.

Better but...

You can see there is no motion blurr, but even at ISO400 (it was a dark area) it's not what I expect.


Original: 18-105 VR. VR Off, 105mm - ISO400, f/5.6, 1/125sec.
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100% Crop
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100%crop with NR
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K1W1
01-20-2013, 05:47 PM
I would say that the lens needs a calibration adjustment. Just purely for an exercise try manual focus with live view and see what happens (on a tripod).

Rooz
01-20-2013, 06:34 PM
x2. There's something not right there.
If you have another lens use that as a comparison. Obviously if all your lens' aren't sharp it's a camera problem.

D70FAN
01-20-2013, 07:08 PM
I would say that the lens needs a calibration adjustment. Just purely for an exercise try manual focus with live view and see what happens (on a tripod).

Yeah. Did that, almost identical result.


x2. There's something not right there.
If you have another lens use that as a comparison. Obviously if all your lens' aren't sharp it's a camera problem.

Unfortunately all of my lenses, including the 50 f/1.8 do about the same.

Many, many, thanks guys. Always a good idea to get multiple opinions. This has been driving me a little daft, and the problem seems to be getting worse instead of better. I have a decent set of lenses, that worked great on the D70 and a freinds D300.

Back to Nikon. Love the camera... hate the images.

K1W1
01-20-2013, 09:26 PM
Just to completely eliminate a lens issue if you still have the d70 why not take the same shot with the same lens but two different bodies.

D70FAN
01-21-2013, 08:20 AM
Yup. The D70 is my 2nd body. Will run the gammut with both... just to make sure.

Bottom line... not happy with many (most) of the shots I'm getting. It's a killer to frame a nice image and have it turn out crap.

tim11
01-21-2013, 02:59 PM
It's bloody frustrating to have gears that don't function the way they should be.
Lately I found out I got a lot of blurry shots but it turns out that in the process to hold the camera steady I sometimes hold the lens hood instead the lens. Bad habit now corrected.

D70FAN
01-21-2013, 05:47 PM
Thanks again guys. Here are the D70 shots. Same 10-105 VR on a tripod. Later in the day so ISO @200 and SS @ 1/25sec
All shots, including the D7000 are unprocessed NEF (12 bit on the D70 and 14 bit on the D7000).

Original: 105mm, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, ISO200, No NR

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100% Crop

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I think you will agree that the D70 is much sharper than the D7000... hence my chagrin.

D70FAN
01-21-2013, 07:10 PM
Yeah anyway, enough complaining. The D7K is going back for a check-up. In the mean time, back to the image reliability of the D70.

It does seem to do very well with the 18-105 VR.

D70FAN
01-21-2013, 08:54 PM
D70, 100% Crop, 18-125 Sigma, handheld, 1/100sec, 78mm, f/8. NEF, No PP.

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Original full size image

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I digress.

tim11
01-21-2013, 09:50 PM
Hey, hey, we're the monkeys....

I love my 70-300 VR.

ssil2000
01-22-2013, 04:25 AM
Wow been missing for a while some ripper shots in here keep it up!

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-22-2013, 04:53 AM
It's a killer to frame a nice image and have it turn out crap.

Too bloody right. I shot a very pretty girl in a bikini Sunday :D and 200 of my 260 photos were way oof :mad:. Luckily as I was spraying and praying like a trained monkey I got a few keepers. Either my lens back focuses after the repair or it is just really damn slow to focus or I was out of my routine.

Oh and sorry Sergio for not inviting you to hold the reflector, I did at least consider it but then discarded the idea as I figured your lovely wife would kill me :rolleyes:.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-22-2013, 04:54 AM
Oh by the way Tim, I love that last shot with the geometric rope

Sir Les
01-22-2013, 09:33 AM
Too bloody right. I shot a very pretty girl in a bikini Sunday :D

We need to see the proof! :p

PS Why were you wearing a bikini? ;)

tim11
01-22-2013, 09:54 PM
Suor Prat Temple
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tim11
01-22-2013, 09:56 PM
... Thanks Dreads.

D70FAN
01-22-2013, 10:11 PM
DPR I'm with Les on seeing the proof.

Ok Tim, how about one in color? I love monochrome but color, on occasion, is nice too. :)

D70FAN
01-22-2013, 10:15 PM
Wow been missing for a while some ripper shots in here keep it up!

Welcome back. Feel free to jump in with both feet.

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-23-2013, 04:41 AM
This was supposed to be a James Bond Dr No Ursula Andress theme but I ballsed up the focus on those shots, at least I've got these to share instead. Here's looking forward to the re-shoot at least.

Sir Les
01-23-2013, 09:57 AM
Wot, no knife at the waist? :) She's a brave girl, looks more like the cold waters off West Beach than the tepid blue ocean waters of the Caribbean! Nothing wrong with the focus on those two. You must have been actually standing in the water - I'd have been afraid a rogue wave might do something unspeakable to my camera.

Talking of rogue waves, on a recent trip to Washington state we travelled to the north-west (near La Push) so we could dip our toes (fingers, actually) in the Pacific Ocean.

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"Stay there, I'd like to get a few more shots" I told my wife. She grumbled a bit but stayed there. Unfortunately, she took her eye off the approaching waves and as I had my eye glued to the viewfinder, I didn't see them either. Naturally, the inevitable happened.

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I knew I'd suffer for it later but the silence in the car for the next two hours was worth it.

D70FAN
01-23-2013, 04:18 PM
What? No Bikini? In the tepid waters of the Pacific Northwest? She had to know that she was inside the wave-wash line.

The water had to be at least 58 F. I quit swimming (and diving) in the ocean when I left Hawaii after living there for 5 years. Yup, spoiled me forever.

Rooz
01-23-2013, 05:29 PM
"Stay there, I'd like to get a few more shots" I told my wife. She grumbled a bit but stayed there. Unfortunately, she took her eye off the approaching waves and as I had my eye glued to the viewfinder, I didn't see them either. Naturally, the inevitable happened.

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I knew I'd suffer for it later but the silence in the car for the next two hours was worth it.

lmfao great story !

Dpr, those are really nice shots. I think a more serious facial expression would have added to the mood.

tim11
01-24-2013, 01:54 AM
That's beautiful shots Dreads.

tim11
01-24-2013, 01:59 AM
Ok Tim, how about one in color? I love monochrome but color, on occasion, is nice too. :)

You want colour? Here's one. It's not mine but my brother's. It's really nice and sharp, isn't it? It was shot with the D70 (I told you so, you'd say) and 60 mm Nikkor.
That shot you were referring to was in fact started off in full colours. However, I had problems since parts of it was in the sun and some in shade and it was really challenging to bring out details. So BW it is. I will post some different shots of the same temple in colour though.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
01-24-2013, 04:01 AM
Nice stuff all.

Tim you live in Sydney and post a shot of the floral emblem of my state and I've never seen, let alone shot one

Thanks for the suggestion Rooz, I'll work on actually thinking about what I'm doing rather than spraying and praying next time. I was nervous and not because I had pricey gear in the ocean.

tim11
01-24-2013, 04:09 AM
Tim you live in Sydney and post a shot of the floral emblem of my state and I've never seen, let alone shot one
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Dreads,
It's not my shot but my brother's. He grows it and he lives in Victoria. It's only this year that he has good result with it.
He told me it's Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) - Floral Emblem of <YOUR STATE>.

Rooz
01-24-2013, 04:56 AM
I was nervous and not because I had pricey gear in the ocean.

Do they call it "nervous" down there do they ?lol

D70FAN
01-24-2013, 11:26 AM
It's ok. I think we have all been "nervous" from time to time.

The posted shots are well done... in both cases.

Tim. That's what I've been telling Nikon. My D70 shots have always been consistantly good... the D7000 should be as good or better. Have the shipping label printed and sending it to Nikon today. I'm hoping they can fix the problem. Your brother got a very nice shot of the Sturt's Desert Pea.

D70FAN
01-24-2013, 04:37 PM
Sent the D7000 to Nikon today. :( Hope it comes back fixed.

So in the mean time I have dusted off one of my favorites and remembered why it was so much fun to use. Battery life... Meh! needs NiMh rechargables.

Not a Nat Geo shot, but fun. f/4, ISO400, 1/3sec.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
01-25-2013, 04:42 AM
Simple but nice that one, well thought out

D70FAN
01-25-2013, 09:15 AM
Thanks DPR. The CP990, while not a DSLR, was the consumer DSLR/ILC (without the interchngeable lens) of it's time. Still a wonderful macro and snapshot shooter 13 years later, and one of Nikons best innovations. Handles and shoots like a DSLR, adjustable ISO (100-400), and even has a top info LCD.

tim11
01-25-2013, 03:17 PM
That camera probably cost a fortune back then?
Here are some more temple shots (in full colours).

Ta Keo Temple - 11th century, Cambodia
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D70FAN
01-25-2013, 03:36 PM
That camera probably cost a fortune back then?
Here are some more temple shots (in full colours).

Thanks Tim. Always enjoy your temple shots.

Yup as I remember it was around $995. This is actually the second one (my youngest son seems to have misplace the original) But only paid $73 on e-bay (mint).

Falconest174
01-25-2013, 09:12 PM
Tin, Have they any idea how old those temples are? Nice shots as usual. :-D

tim11
01-26-2013, 04:07 AM
Thanks D70Fan and Falconest174. I enjoyed every shot I took too. :)
I just made addition to the description above. Ta Keo temple was built around the year 1000. Ta Keo is in fact a modern name. Ta means 'grand father' and Keo is a name. Its original name is in sanskrit. I don't have a clue when, why and how they decided to adopt Grandfather Keo's name to that temple. No one really knows for sure about each temple - the little inscriptions the ancient builders left were incomplete and vague.

tim11
01-26-2013, 03:08 PM
Another shot from Ta Keo temple.
http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/735988_430177660386123_28495366_o.jpg

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-27-2013, 04:24 AM
That ones a cracker Tim, the colour of the stone and light is beautiful

Dread Pirate Roberts
01-27-2013, 04:53 AM
My daughters shot of a wild kangaroo using me as a framing device. This roo was browsing on blackberries growing in the creekbed alongside the path and allowed us to approach very close for perhaps 5 minutes of shooting. A truly magic bushwalk.

K1W1
01-27-2013, 05:24 AM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8516/8416346812_753e0d3980_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreeve/8416346812/)

D70FAN
01-27-2013, 10:02 AM
My daughters shot of a wild kangaroo using me as a framing device. This roo was browsing on blackberries growing in the creekbed alongside the path and allowed us to approach very close for perhaps 5 minutes of shooting. A truly magic bushwalk.

From that perspective that kangaroo looks totally alien...

... and so does... uh, no, won't say it.;)

Good shot. Kudo's to the new photog in the family.

Rooz
01-27-2013, 01:41 PM
My daughters shot of a wild kangaroo using me as a framing device. This roo was browsing on blackberries growing in the creekbed alongside the path and allowed us to approach very close for perhaps 5 minutes of shooting. A truly magic bushwalk.

That is superb !

D70FAN
01-27-2013, 08:26 PM
Back to the D70 for a while... and shows that the 18-105 VR is very capable.

Saw this and had to shoot it. Handheld, 1/30sec., ISO400, f/8, 105mm

I'm hoping the D7000 will be at least this good when it comes back from Nikonland.

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K1W1
01-27-2013, 08:44 PM
To be honest it still looks a bit oof to me. Any chance of a link to a full size version with Exif on Flickr or somewhere?

D70FAN
01-27-2013, 09:46 PM
Yup, U R right. There may be a very slight bit of motion blurr (i.e. 1/30sec) as I still do have a problem with hand-tremor and diid not have a tripod handy. That said, if you copy the image directly all of the EXIF info is there (I leave the info on every shot). Here is the uncropped version.

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D70FAN
01-27-2013, 09:54 PM
Here is another taken HH at 1/15sec, f/5, 42mm, ISO200. Not perfect, but shows that the VR and lens are working correctly.

Try as I might the D7000 could never give me this clear of an image, at any setting, with any lens. For a while I wondered if the VR on the 18-105 and the 55-200 was even working... apparently, it is.

Prim Rose.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
01-27-2013, 10:12 PM
I'm going to be naughty and bomb the thread with a few of my daughters shots from last weeks bushwalk - yes I know it's supposed to be 1 per day :p. But as I post her shots so infrequently I hope you'll forgive me. BTW she's 12 and makes me sometimes think I should sell my photog gear and take up golf. PS My son took the one of her eating the blackberry, it's the first time he showed an interest in photography in a couple years.

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tim11
01-28-2013, 12:31 AM
Great posts Dread,
I love 2) the roo and 3) the girl, they share the same facial expression - almost...

D70FAN
01-28-2013, 12:44 AM
Bombs away mate. Love those posts.

Rooz
01-28-2013, 04:42 AM
Try as I might the D7000 could never give me this clear of an image, at any setting, with any lens.

Then clearly it's a defective camera. You did the right thing sending it back. There shouldn't be a single thing that the d70 does better...or even gets close to a d7000. Resolution and dynamic range being the 2 things the d7000 wipes the floor with the d70.

Rooz
01-28-2013, 04:43 AM
I'm going to be naughty and bomb the thread with a few of my daughters shots from last weeks bushwalk - yes I know it's supposed to be 1 per day :p. But as I post her shots so infrequently I hope you'll forgive me. BTW she's 12 and makes me sometimes think I should sell my photog gear and take up golf. PS My son took the one of her eating the blackberry, it's the first time he showed an interest in photography in a couple years.

All winners. Great stuff.

D70FAN
01-28-2013, 08:15 AM
Then clearly it's a defective camera. You did the right thing sending it back. There shouldn't be a single thing that the d70 does better...or even gets close to a d7000. Resolution and dynamic range being the 2 things the d7000 wipes the floor with the d70.

Thanks Rooz, and I agree. My expectations were very high, and still are. I have a lot of nice shots from the D70 over the past 8 years, and am looking to raise the level dramatically and specifically for larger prints. A couple of weeks should tell the story. Anyway, nuff said.

Falconest174
01-28-2013, 08:12 PM
Nice shots DPR; Your daughter and your son show some of the same talent, genes will tell. :p
Here is a shot of a Lionfish taken at a local Pet shop. This was a monster, close to a foot long, maybe a bit more, from nose to fin tip, swimming solo (except for a dead goldfish put in for lunch). I told the people at the store they needed to call it "Livingston" after the Lionfish in the Star Trek TNG TV series. The business is also Called "Livingston's Animal Kingdom". BTW; the blue spots are from the overhead lighting.

D70FAN
01-28-2013, 11:32 PM
Nice shot Falconest. Making the switch to fish for the winter? I'm hoping for that image quality when the 7000 comes home.

It's always great to find an unusual shot by chance, and indoors as well.

Looks like you will be warming up the next couple of days... then back to the deep freeze.

Sir Les
01-29-2013, 01:02 AM
DPR (well, Anne really), Falcon - v. nice work. That lionfish reminds me of the Aquarium screensaver I used to have. It was my favourite of all the different types of fish available.

tim11
01-29-2013, 02:49 AM
That fish is awesome.

tim11
01-29-2013, 03:59 PM
Back to Suor Prat Temple (12th century). It really consists of 12 small broken down brick monuments. I don't know why I was attracted to this temple which is largely ignored by the majority of tourists there. I think the temple is ignored because it was too close to the proximity of other grand temples nearby. Or maybe it has no attractive statue or bas relief. Even that, I couldn't help but spending about 30 minutes there.

And there are MORE SHOTS OF THIS TEMPLE HERE (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?12046-Ancient-buidings-castle-temples&p=444071#post444071), SHOULD YOU WANT TO SEE MORE.

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Dread Pirate Roberts
01-30-2013, 04:26 AM
That's what I love about this thread / forum, the variety and your awesome shots. Stuff I just don't see everyday