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sparkie1263
01-28-2010, 04:57 PM
Though B&W fit this well.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4312843774_44b45660df.jpg

DonSchap
01-28-2010, 10:59 PM
Now there is a grim reminder of the future ....

sparkie1263
01-29-2010, 04:10 PM
I have been trying to get a good shot of a Kingfisher this is the best I got.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4313861323_0d8a137b6d.jpg

DWessel
01-29-2010, 07:55 PM
That's a pretty good capture Frank. I've found that birds tend to be uncooperative, kind of like small children, when it comes to being photographed.

This is one of the better bird shots I was able to get, and it truly was a right time, right place shot
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sparkie1263
01-29-2010, 08:02 PM
Nice capture. I like shooting birds. Some of them stay still long enough to get a shot. It is the little ones that don't stay still. I have been trying to get a good shot of a Kingfisher for a while. This was shot hand held from my car at about 50 yards away. Here is the original before I cropped it.

Thanks

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4314087083_d60042e73d_o.jpg

Peekayoh
01-30-2010, 08:43 AM
... I like shooting birds. Some of them stay still long enough to get a shot. ...
Frank, I've seen your recent bird shots and I'm sure she's underage.

Joking aside, I think you do quite well considering the kit you have to work with.

The A100 was a good first effort from Sony but:-
the motor lacks the torque of the later A200 and A700.
It suffers from significant shutter lag which is bad news for shooting small birds and in particular BIF.
The AF is not as sensitive as the later models particularly the A700.

As for the Tamron, .... well, you know.

sparkie1263
01-30-2010, 08:52 AM
Thanks Pete, I try to make do with what I have for now. I can't wait till I get something more advanced.

Frank

Peekayoh
01-30-2010, 09:13 AM
Maybe one day you'll come across a nice used A700.

sparkie1263
01-30-2010, 03:51 PM
I was trying to wait to see what they replace it with. Here is an image I took today of this weed I though looked neat.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4316274827_bb4e128cec.jpg

DWessel
02-02-2010, 06:45 AM
Ever wonder where rainbows come from :confused: Or wondered whether there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow??? Well, I hate to break everyone's bubble, but
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A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO 1600 (I forgot to reset after the previous night's shots)

sparkie1263
02-02-2010, 12:08 PM
The last of Saturdays snow.
Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2584/4325225299_feb4e462e8.jpg

DWessel
02-06-2010, 08:32 AM
Got Mono? Mono County, California that is.
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DonSchap
02-06-2010, 11:30 AM
Nice landscapes, Darin.

I suspect Frank is also going to have some seriously FUN photographs after this rather intense Mid-Atlantic States snow storm. All sorts of fun stuff is feeling the "pressure."

sparkie1263
02-06-2010, 12:31 PM
I just got finished digging out the car and I went for a ride. I will post later.

Frank

sparkie1263
02-08-2010, 09:39 AM
Manahawkin Lake Bridge

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4340520083_3e4ec5964f.jpg

SONYNUT
02-08-2010, 11:35 AM
evil lights

DonSchap
02-09-2010, 09:46 PM
Open the front door ... and the Christmas lights may be dead ... but man, we have the snow! A whole bench full, over there.


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Think I pack some up in a box and send it on to Vancouver! :cool: Thanks to Obama playing the "I'm in charge, now" card, Chicago may not have gotten the Summer 2016 Games, but maybe we can still get the Winter ones in 2018!

DWessel
02-10-2010, 04:58 AM
From the Newhall Historical Society Museum
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Too bad it was surrounded by miscellanous junk. Soon I'll make it to the Travelland museum in Griffith Park where they 50 or more trains of various ages.

DWessel
02-10-2010, 05:03 AM
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A900 w/Tamron 70-200 @ 200mm f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 100
Back lit.

I like how the back lighting from the sun makes the thorns of the plant luminescent.

sparkie1263
02-10-2010, 06:35 AM
My granddaughter on here first day of preschool.

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2760/4345532199_24a52003c2.jpg


Darin, I like the train and the PP work.

sparkie1263
02-10-2010, 06:29 PM
It was a nasty day and I needed something to shoot.


Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2784/4346751369_47e1114cd9.jpg

SONYNUT
02-10-2010, 06:34 PM
Nice blue colors

sparkie1263
02-10-2010, 06:35 PM
Thanks
Frank

DWessel
02-11-2010, 08:12 AM
Downtown Los Angeles yesterday morning. I had hoped to capture the snow capped mountains in the background of downtown LA, but the remaining clouds from Tuesday's storm did not cooperate
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90 @ 28mm, f22, 10 sec, ISO 100

DonSchap
02-11-2010, 08:40 AM
Thank goodness you at least have some real stuff to photograph. Last I heard, they are going to have to "Photoshop" show in behind and underneath the Olympic skiers, up in Vancouver!

SONYNUT
02-11-2010, 10:58 AM
nice shot down olive street

DWessel
02-15-2010, 09:15 PM
Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, CA.
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SONYNUT
02-15-2010, 09:24 PM
Suprised that is still standing

DWessel
02-16-2010, 06:53 AM
They built them to last, not like today's disposable consumer goods where it's often cheaper to buy a new replacement than to fix the old one.

But you can see a lot of patching on that old bridge.

Now for something completely different:
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Peekayoh
02-16-2010, 03:52 PM
Nice Moire!

DWessel
02-22-2010, 09:10 AM
The God daughter's fourth B-Day at Disneyland.
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sparkie1263
02-22-2010, 04:45 PM
My oldest daughter at a wedding this weekend.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4379442838_2dcf4d67f8.jpg

I held the flash off camera to her right side and used my Minolta 50 mm lens.

ISO 400
f/4.0
Speed 1/60

sparkie1263
02-23-2010, 06:48 PM
Here is the rework of my son in law.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4383168713_8b951e4a49.jpg

saf
02-24-2010, 01:48 AM
Sydney Harbour at night - Panorama

jr_rodriguez
02-26-2010, 03:23 AM
Here's a shot taken a couple of months ago...

sparkie1263
02-26-2010, 07:00 AM
Needed something to shoot.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4389178873_99a584e7c6.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2686/4390138884_4492e15236.jpg

shoeytennis
02-26-2010, 09:28 AM
I'm back!
My buddy had a Jersey Shore party and of course i brought the camera
a300
17-50 tamron
no flash

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5601/aadsc04228.jpg (http://img52.imageshack.us/i/aadsc04228.jpg/)

DWessel
02-27-2010, 06:36 PM
Took this shot recently in the forrests of Virginia. It was cloudy and very windy, so I tried to maximize shutter time.
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90 @ 55 mm, f/32, 2 sec, ISO 100, CPL and R60 filters

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A900 w/sigma 28-90 @ 55 mm, f/32, 6 sec., ISO 100, -.3 step, ISO 100, CPL and R60 filters

Peekayoh
02-28-2010, 03:16 AM
The God daughter's fourth B-Day at Disneyland.
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Darin, I'd crop away the right hand side and it's a pity the feet are missing but the girl's sense of anticipation tempered with a little reticence is palpable in her stance. Good capture!

Rooz
02-28-2010, 03:36 AM
My oldest daughter at a wedding this weekend.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4379442838_2dcf4d67f8.jpg

I held the flash off camera to her right side and used my Minolta 50 mm lens.

ISO 400
f/4.0
Speed 1/60

shes very photogenic. i really like that contrasty light frank. great job. i think you should crop tighter btw.

sparkie1263
02-28-2010, 04:08 AM
shes very photogenic. i really like that contrasty light frank. great job. i think you should crop tighter btw.

Thanks Rooz I will fix the crop before I have it printed.
Frank

DWessel
02-28-2010, 05:52 PM
The newest member of my spouse's family, the new nephew Andrew.
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sparkie1263
03-03-2010, 06:31 PM
Hoboken Condo's

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2718/4405389884_afd146d6ec.jpg

DonSchap
03-03-2010, 09:08 PM
Frank, what would happen if they were straightened up a little or are they just built that way or falling over?


51988

Chile's Earthquake must have been far more far reaching than I thought.

sparkie1263
03-04-2010, 05:14 AM
Lol I didn't see that. What causes that. shooting too close on an upward angle or the Kit lens??

Thanks
Frank

SONYNUT
03-04-2010, 06:41 AM
wide angle lenses do that..

sparkie1263
03-04-2010, 12:53 PM
wide angle lenses do that..

Thanks
Frank

Though this was a good image to use the tilt shift effect on.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4407298166_833aab6778.jpg

Rooz
03-04-2010, 06:53 PM
very very nicely done.

DonSchap
03-04-2010, 08:04 PM
The fact is, Frank, almost all lenses do this effect EXCEPT a tilt/shift, which is designed to counteract the effect.

It is a perspective, when shooting close, that when you change the shooting angle to something higher or lower than you are, the "vanishing points" change and plane at which the light strikes the sensor is not perpendicular.. If you went with a more straight-on shot (perpendicular), it would be nowhere near (heh heh) as dramatic.

Rooz
03-04-2010, 09:25 PM
The fact is, Frank, almost all lenses do this effect EXCEPT a tilt/shift, which is designed to counteract the effect. .

huh ?:confused:

SONYNUT
03-04-2010, 10:40 PM
downtown stillwater with the minolta 50 2.8 macro...on the full raw i can read the license on the truck 2 blocks down..damn sharp:)

SONYNUT
03-04-2010, 11:00 PM
You can shop here and it won't cost you an arm and a leg...

sparkie1263
03-05-2010, 04:11 AM
Might cost you a breast though.

Frank

sparkie1263
03-05-2010, 04:13 AM
downtown stillwater with the minolta 50 2.8 macro...on the full raw i can read the license on the truck 2 blocks down..damn sharp:)

I use my Minolta 50mm for some landscapes. I like the colors and the sharpness. Nice image

Frank

DWessel
03-05-2010, 07:33 AM
I wanted slow shutter speed to capture the movement, but no tripods allowed without permits. I tried to opt for the monopod, but was told by a Metro employee that I would be ticketed without a permit. (Indeed, I was initially told I could not photograph at all without a permit, but checked the Metro's web site which indicated photography was allowed.)

So, I did the next best thing ... camera braced on handrail and held as steady as I could with SSS on.
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90 @ 35mm, f/22, 30 sec., ISO 100

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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90 @ 60mm, f/8, 2 sec, ISO 200

52007
A900 w/ Sigma 28-90 @ 28mm, f/8, 2 sec, ISO 200

Now that top photo, to me, shows the benefits of SSS.

sparkie1263
03-05-2010, 09:09 AM
Nice shots. Would there be any way to make the people stay in focus? Like taking two images and layering them.

Frank

DonSchap
03-05-2010, 09:27 AM
One of my "holding tricks" (where I have noticed LESS shake) is ... since the view is not that critical, hold the camera at a relaxed distance from your body, where your muscles are less contracted or strained (as you will notice they are when you hold the viewfinder close to your eye) and fire a few away like that.

Also, you can get a quasi-three point stance from using a simple 5 to 6.5-foot piece of rope dangling from the bottom of the camera (anchored at the tripod post screw hole). You even might want to run it through a rubber ball, so there is some weight on it and it is easily accessible and you can feel it with your foot. For you WISE-ASS, KNOW-IT-ALLs ... I would not consider using a bungie cord, because those have a wicked tendency to really pop if you push it and with Murphy's Law the way it is ... nope, doing that is just not smart. Heck, it's NOT safe! DO NOT DO IT. You need your eyes for seeing.

WARNING: BEFORE you do this ... :mad: Make sure the camera's neck strap is around your neck, just in case. :rolleyes:

Step on the dangling end of the ROPE and slowly stretch THE ROPE, bringing the camera up to your eye, with good tension on THE ROPE. HOLD ON TO THE CAMERA, because you know where it will wind up if you get too aggressive yanking it up to your eye!

The camera is THEN anchored at THREE POINTS: In your two hands and the third "firm" downward force on the rope applied by your foot. You will get tripod-results from this and while it may seem a little "stupid-looking", you will find that it works quite well, with a little practice, and is a whole lot faster than setting up a tripod. It also is a good "work-around" for those place that prohibit tripods (monopods). They call it the "poor man's stabilization", but it does work when your wallet is a little light. (For goodness sake, do not tell the Canon or Nikon guys that I shared this older technique ... or we will never sell another SONY. ;)

Anyway, you might give it a try ... work with it and see if it improves those slo-o-o-w ones.

I know, I know ... "Why didn't you tell us about this years ago, Don?"

And give away all my trade secrets? Hah! :D Also, I know someone is going to forget their neck strap and ... wind up needing some new equipment.

SONYNUT
03-05-2010, 11:47 AM
i use a cardellini clamp for railing...handy on bridges shopping malls ect

SONYNUT
03-05-2010, 05:28 PM
stillwater bridge 50 2.8 marco at work
30 seconds 200 asa f22

SONYNUT
03-05-2010, 08:51 PM
T i double ga errrrrrrr

DonSchap
03-05-2010, 09:10 PM
Steve ... are you bored?

Peekayoh
03-06-2010, 04:14 AM
Nice shots. Would there be any way to make the people stay in focus? Like taking two images and layering them.

Frank
Frank, you would combine slow shutter speed with rear sync flash. You have to balance the flash so that it only illuminates the foreground subject you want to freeze leaving the rest as is.
Note this technique is not just for a moving background but works for portraits in low light where you want some background information.

Peekayoh
03-06-2010, 05:08 AM
One of my "holding tricks" ....... piece of rope dangling from the bottom of the camera (anchored at the tripod post screw hole)........
Don, I think you probably meant string rather than rope for your stabiliser, otherwise you're on the money.
I wouldn't discount using bungee cord, though. You can buy 5mm shock cord (same thing) off a roll and, so long as it's not too short, allows a bit of flexibility in movement without too much risk to your equipment.
Also needed is a quarter inch eye bolt for attaching to the camera or, if you already have a Manfrotto tilt head with 200PL-14 Accessory Plate (http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/cache/off/lang/en/pid/16928?livid=107&idx=116), you can use that.

sparkie1263
03-06-2010, 08:39 AM
Frank, you would combine slow shutter speed with rear sync flash. You have to balance the flash so that it only illuminates the foreground subject you want to freeze leaving the rest as is.
Note this technique is not just for a moving background but works for portraits in low light where you want some background information.

Like what I did here to lower the brightness of the bulb only using a slower shutter speed to show the train moving.


Thanks

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2707/4393398718_45b134a70e.jpg

DWessel
03-06-2010, 09:14 PM
Nice shots. Would there be any way to make the people stay in focus? Like taking two images and layering them.

Frank

After the shot ... when I was back at the in law's house I had a slap the forehead thought, flash followed by long shutter speed. Works best with strobes. The flash/strobes would have frozen and rendered the people reasonably sharp while the continued open shutter would allow the movement of the train.

Of course Don and Sonynut's suggestions would do the trick if the people didn't move too much.

Peekayoh
03-07-2010, 03:40 AM
Like what I did here to lower the brightness of the bulb only using a slower shutter speed to show the train moving. [imgage removed]
Frank, you got me there, because I don't know what you did with the light bulb. In any case, to elaborate and using Darins' image to illustrate the point ...

The exposure is already decided at iso200 and f8 for 2secs which dictates the motion blur, so how to get the people sharp and leave the train as is. Were you to use slow sync with your F42 in TTL or ADI mode, the power of the flash would undoubtably affect the rendering of the train as it's reach would be 7.5m (25ft) so you would need to use manual flash and reduce the power.

With this particular scenario, you'd be as well to use the popup flash with it's low Guide Number of 12 but you still need to understand the implications of GN and aperture. That is to say, at iso200, the pop up flash has an effective guide number of 17 (12x1.4=17) so divide that by the aperture to get a distance of 2.1m (17/8=2) for correct exposure. In other words, at a distance of 2.1m (7ft) from the camera, the people will be correctly exposed but the Train should be well out of flash range and mostly unaffected (there may be a slight brightening at the left hand end ot the train). However, with this low key image you may find that the people are too bright in comparison to the rest so you can modify that by moving back or by dialling down the power in manual flash mode.

Note Guide Numbers are always given at iso100. The multipliers to get the GN at other iso's are
200 multiply by 1.44
400 multiply by 2.07
800 multiply by 2.99
I just round them up to 1.5, 2 and 3.

Also GN/Aperture=Distance or GN/Distance=Aperture

sparkie1263
03-07-2010, 04:07 AM
I understand now. Now all I have to do is head to the local train station and try it. The nearest train station is 100 miles away. might have to try it with moving cars.

Thanks
Frank

SONYNUT
03-07-2010, 09:08 AM
take a bean bag to set a camera on

Peekayoh
03-07-2010, 09:41 AM
And a wall to set the bean bag on. LOL. Sorry!

SONYNUT
03-07-2010, 10:11 AM
they wont stick on a wall...

SONYNUT
03-08-2010, 09:25 PM
Spring is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






















































...........

sparkie1263
03-09-2010, 03:49 AM
Lol That must have been there from the first snow. If you know any cannibals the meat should still be good.

Frank

DWessel
03-14-2010, 07:19 PM
First try at a tilt-shift perspective.

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DWessel
03-18-2010, 01:35 PM
A pseudo HDR merge. A say pseudo because my ancient version of photoshop does not have HDR merge function. So, this is actually a "panorama" of three bracketed exposures using the jpg versions.
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I can't wait until Friday evening when I can get into photo lab and use CS4 with the raw files to create a truer HDR.

sparkie1263
03-18-2010, 04:13 PM
First try at a tilt-shift perspective.

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Great job on this. I have done a few and I like the way they look.


Frank

sparkie1263
03-18-2010, 04:14 PM
Not much to shoot yet but, the weather is warming up and the birds are coming out. Here are a few Grackles.


Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4443450227_63c5103ec5.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4443450045_3bddb0213d.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4444220378_7e130f9691.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4443449785_18bc587e89.jpg

DWessel
03-19-2010, 07:38 AM
Sunset this past Wednesday. Not the most spectacular, but pretty decent.
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3 shots merged; A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 90mm, ISO 200, f/8 @ 1/80 (0 step) 1/60 (+.5 step) and 1/125 (-.5 step)

sparkie1263
03-19-2010, 05:41 PM
I really like the way these look. I drove past this restaurant on the bay and decided to take some shots to make another joiner image.


Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4443449647_47e9ab5f6a.jpg

DWessel
03-19-2010, 10:59 PM
Another version of the look towards downtown LA.
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Peekayoh
03-20-2010, 09:48 AM
Darin, nice lighting, I like the soft pastel colours and lazy feel to the image.
I'd definitely crop the left and bottom though.
I doubt much stargazing is done through that haze.

SONYNUT
03-20-2010, 10:42 AM
sure glad i quit breathing that air 20 years ago

DWessel
03-20-2010, 10:10 PM
Now, I know you critics out there are going to say, boy this image is soft. But consider the conditions under which this was taken.
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A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 200mm, f/2.3, ISO-400, 1/1000 second

Taken through dirty, tinted, train window with train moving at about 55-65 mph and surfer about 200 yds away. All considered, not bad ... other than the fact I had to work that day and would much rather have been on that beach having to "endure" :rolleyes: the "hardship" :rolleyes: of photographing surfers.

SONYNUT
03-20-2010, 10:18 PM
Doesn't mean ya cant change it ;-)

Peekayoh
03-21-2010, 03:39 AM
That f2.3 zoom was just toooo heavy for ya!

SONYNUT
03-22-2010, 09:24 PM
Tell the twins i'm almost home.

SONYNUT
03-22-2010, 09:28 PM
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sparkie1263
03-26-2010, 01:13 PM
Here is another attempt at High Key.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4465632162_2366b4bae3.jpg


Fixed background.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2795/4465032735_e175ce3330.jpg

Rooz
03-27-2010, 04:09 AM
nicely done. although you lost the rich yellowy/ gold somehow in the second image. the yellow in the adjusted version looks quite muted and flat.

sparkie1263
03-27-2010, 05:29 AM
nicely done. although you lost the rich yellowy/ gold somehow in the second image. the yellow in the adjusted version looks quite muted and flat.

I should have done this with layers. Then I could have brought back the bright yellow. I always work without thinking. I tried a few different edits but I didn't post them all here. They are on my Flickr site.

Thanks
Frank

sparkie1263
03-27-2010, 11:06 AM
It may not be the same image.

Frank

SONYNUT
03-31-2010, 01:41 PM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM ICE CREAM:p

Peekayoh
04-02-2010, 05:05 AM
Frogs
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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/40th at f8
Focal Length: 55mm (82mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
27th August 2009

SONYNUT
04-02-2010, 10:10 AM
rivett..........(soap holder):p

Peekayoh
04-03-2010, 05:21 PM
Bacharach on the Rheine - An old Street

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Shame about the yellow van.

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/125th at f5.6
Focal Length: 60mm (90mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
26th August 2009

sparkie1263
04-03-2010, 07:25 PM
Pete that building looks like it is falling over no fault of yours.

Frank



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3317/3550141454_2d91e4705e.jpg

Peekayoh
04-04-2010, 03:17 AM
Nice frog theme.

Peekayoh
04-04-2010, 03:19 AM
Frank, you'll be falling over too, when you're 641.

Alten House - Bacharach

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/160th at f4.5
Focal Length: 60mm (90mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
26th August 2009

sparkie1263
04-04-2010, 03:56 AM
Wow, they are old. That one building is about a foot out of level. LOL


frank

SONYNUT
04-04-2010, 07:45 AM
these building must be crawling with mold

DWessel
04-04-2010, 07:08 PM
U.S. Supreme Court with Nik software's Polaroid effect.
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Peekayoh
04-05-2010, 05:24 AM
Here's another Medieval building suffering from the dropsy.
Literal translation is "the old mint".
Not sure how old it is but it was producing gold-coins back in 1356 (note the sign).


Alte Münze - Bacharach

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/160th at f7.1
Focal Length: 28mm (42mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
26th August 2009

Peekayoh
04-06-2010, 01:29 PM
Last post for a short while.

Vinyard - Bacharach

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/100th at f5.6
Focal Length: 45mm (67mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
26th August 2009

sparkie1263
04-07-2010, 05:39 PM
I don't know if I like this one.

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2773/4500933059_c9888f6838_b.jpg

DonSchap
04-07-2010, 05:57 PM
It looks exceptionally straight, Frank. Most excellent!

sparkie1263
04-07-2010, 06:31 PM
Thats a first for me.

Thanks Frank

shoeytennis
04-12-2010, 07:50 AM
Pittsburgh
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/5349/adsc04582.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/i/adsc04582.jpg/)

SONYNUT
04-12-2010, 01:40 PM
MOOOOOOOOOOOOO
i made the mistake of showing my wife these friendly cows...they always will run over to see you..i told her not the touch the electric wire midway down....she when back today afer work and got zapped.....'i told you so' comes to mind

shoeytennis
04-13-2010, 07:46 AM
http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7576/adsc04631.jpg (http://img706.imageshack.us/i/adsc04631.jpg/)

SONYNUT
04-13-2010, 12:59 PM
Morning light show

Peekayoh
04-17-2010, 12:57 AM
Hi Guys, I'm back from a short break in Umbria/Tuscany.
As I was unloading the car I spotted this view of the Moon and Venus.

(VENUS IS) HALFWAY TO THE MOON

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 4secs at f5.6
Focal Length: 28mm (42mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
17th April 2010

DonSchap
04-17-2010, 09:35 AM
Welcome back and thank you for taking the time to get this shot. I had heard Mercury was also up there, this time. It has a relatively short 88-day revolution, as it heaves and sweats out its interior around the Sun and makes timing a little tricky.

Peekayoh
04-17-2010, 10:08 AM
Thanks, Don.
Yeh, Mercury was visible for a couple of weeks before the 5th April, so gone now.
Weather precluded any shots when I had an opportunity.

Elisha
04-17-2010, 10:34 AM
That's a nice image Peek.

DonSchap
04-17-2010, 04:37 PM
I was out tromping around the prairie along side the Des Plaines River, when I heard one coming from the right ... another from the left ... resulting in this rather fun picture on the "bridge of conflict" ... the moment before ...


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and moment of ...


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NON IMPACT! :D


Guess you had to be there. :rolleyes: They were on separate tracks, obviously, otherwise I would have had thousands of images and tons of scrap metal.

Elisha
04-17-2010, 05:32 PM
Dude you have dust on your sensor!

DonSchap
04-17-2010, 07:08 PM
Yep. that was a bit of dust, but it is now gone! I did a bit of lens changing out in the field ... and it must have shook loose. Could also be a small bug, too. Who knows? I checked the sensor ... gave it a "rocket blast" with my Giottos. Whatever, it is gone.

Thanks for noticing. :D

Peekayoh
04-18-2010, 01:02 AM
... clip... otherwise I would have had thousands of images and tons of scrap metal.

and BIG BUCKS!!

Peekayoh
04-18-2010, 01:47 AM
That's a nice image Peek.
Thanks, Elisha.
It's often surprising when the simplest of images turn out to be the best, or maybe not.

Peekayoh
04-18-2010, 01:55 AM
Continuing with the "simple" theme, here's a typical

UMBRIAN HILLTOP VILLAGE

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/800th at f11 (+0.3EV)
Focal Length: 55mm (82mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 800
13th April 2010

SONYNUT
04-18-2010, 10:08 AM
and BIG BUCKS!!


and homeland security wondering what you were doing there at the time..lol

DWessel
04-18-2010, 06:29 PM
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm 3 exposures -2EV, 0EV and +2EV merged to HDR via PhotoMatix and post-processing in PS

Peekayoh
04-19-2010, 03:13 AM
I really do have to try out HDR techniques. I need a longer day.

DWessel
04-19-2010, 07:15 AM
I really do have to try out HDR techniques. I need a longer day.

There are a lot of them, and I've been learning that each of the different programs and their tone mapping algorithms render different looking images. In my novice HDR opinion having seen what the different programs can do, I would say the all around best are FDRTools and PhotoMatix.

FDRTools does a spectacular job rendering details but falls short in other areas such as skys. It tends to emphasize reds. It also tends to do a really good job when you have movement in your bracketed exposures, e.g. water movement.

PhotoMatix does a very good job overall, but does not render the details quite as well as FDRTools. Skys and clouds are one of its strongest suits.

One of the solutions is an HDR merge of HDR images or a simple layering/blending of two HDR images through PS.

It is very easy to go over the top with the effects, but sometimes an image that looks like a painting or even a cartoon does the trick. I've found it more difficult to get the image to have the benefits of HDR while maintaining that truly realistic look. One of the solutions I have yet to try is a merge of the HDR image with the original 0EV exposure in PS. This technique is supposed to help improve the "realism" of the image.

Peekayoh
04-19-2010, 10:46 AM
Thanks for those pointers, Darin.
I think the main reason I haven't bothered with HDR is that the images normally exhibited look pretty unnatural.
Don't get me wrong, some of them are interesting but hardly photographic.
HDR is essentially a way to extend the limited dynamic range of the camera, a good thing, but as usual people find ways to corrupt the original purpose (not necessarily bad).

DonSchap
04-19-2010, 12:57 PM
Well ... as with anything, there are "limit-pushers" ... and that is not within the scope you are looking for, Peter.

HDR, if done properly, can literally save an image in ways people should not even notice (unless they are trying to spot it). The results are a real "solid" looking photograph, in my opinion, where the changes are so subtle and superior, all you get is an astounding looking image, technically better than Mother Nature can pull off, in her infinite wisdom.

One of the things they are stressing in school is how to make improvements to an image without revealing that it was ever necessary. The "perfect mistake", I guess.

SONYNUT
04-22-2010, 06:26 PM
Well he is driving......................

sparkie1263
04-22-2010, 06:31 PM
Well he is driving......................

Thats too funny. Check out this link I heard this on the radio.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1267136/Father-banned-driving-getting-wheel-toy-Barbie-car-drunk.html

Frank

sparkie1263
04-22-2010, 06:39 PM
I just missed the sunset.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4520333817_e47520957e.jpg

SONYNUT
04-22-2010, 06:39 PM
what bullshit...ARE THEY GOING TO ARREST EVERY KID FOR NOT HAVING A LICENSE???

DWessel
04-25-2010, 09:20 AM
Sometimes you just need a bath ...
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm
Cropped

sparkie1263
04-25-2010, 09:43 AM
Great shot and timing. I have to check and see when they make there way up here to NJ.
Frank

DWessel
04-25-2010, 10:51 PM
Butterflys are out in the Southland.
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm @90mm Macro about 7"away.
Normally the little guy's won't let you get near them, but this one must have been hungry because it let me get real close.

SONYNUT
04-29-2010, 07:26 PM
don't squeeze the sh!t out of it!!!!!!

DWessel
04-29-2010, 09:30 PM
don't squeeze the sh!t out of it!!!!!!

Must have been constipated ;)

SONYNUT
05-05-2010, 12:04 AM
.................

Peekayoh
05-10-2010, 11:34 AM
Fields of Gold

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/1000th at f8 (+0.7EV)
Focal Length: 24mm (36mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 320
10th May 2010

SONYNUT
05-10-2010, 12:14 PM
Morning light

SONYNUT
05-10-2010, 07:42 PM
duckies!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peekayoh
05-11-2010, 11:03 AM
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DonSchap
05-11-2010, 04:25 PM
My God, I have no idea there was an actual parcel of land left that was this big, in the UK. Nice job locating it, Peter.

sparkie1263
05-11-2010, 05:32 PM
[QUOTE=Peekayoh;411169]53084
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Looks great

Frank

SONYNUT
05-12-2010, 12:28 PM
light rain

Peekayoh
05-13-2010, 04:13 AM
My God, I have no idea there was an actual parcel of land left that was this big, in the UK. Nice job locating it, Peter.
Don, I can't take any credit for legwork, it's the view from my window (orange marker) looking SW.
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SONYNUT
05-13-2010, 08:27 AM
looks just like my neighborhood

Peekayoh
05-13-2010, 09:40 AM
Then you're as lucky as I am.

SONYNUT
05-13-2010, 04:00 PM
Till the wind blows the wrong way....

SONYNUT
05-13-2010, 04:07 PM
Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

DonSchap
05-13-2010, 11:57 PM
So, like we are sitting in class ... and out the window ... the sky puts on a light show ... as the sun sets on a rather stormy day.


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SONYNUT
05-14-2010, 08:19 AM
long ring toss

SONYNUT
05-21-2010, 11:21 PM
camera shy

DWessel
06-30-2010, 06:24 AM
Some night shots of the air traffic arriving and departing from San Franciso International airport.

This is a single shot version.
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A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 43 sec., ISO 100

The next two are HDR merged versions of multiple shots at 200mm, f/8, ISO 100 with different exposure times ranging from 32 seconds to 8 1/2 minutes.
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This one is a merge of 11 shots.

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This one is a merge of five shots.

DWessel
07-03-2010, 08:51 PM
On approach to LAX, I had an idea ... HDR via jet. If anyone's tried to photograph out through a commercial airplane's window, the images are usually very flat with very muted colors. If I had to venture a guess, I would say it has to do with a combination of factors, 3-4 layers of plexiglass, probably with tinting, and angling the shot through the plexiglass. One of the great benefits of HDR is its tendency to boost color saturation.

So, here is Hollywood Park on approach to LAX.
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A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 70mm, f5 -2EV at 1/2000, 0EV at 1/500 and +2EV at 1/125.

DonSchap
07-04-2010, 06:50 AM
On approach to LAX, I had an idea ... here is Hollywood Park on approach to LAX.
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A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 70mm, f5 -2EV at 1/2000, 0EV at 1/500 and +2EV at 1/125.

Interesting and quite impressive :eek:, considering the ground speeds involved. Did you have to realign (stack) & crop to get this to look this good?

DWessel
07-04-2010, 08:33 AM
Don,

Speeds were helped by auto exposure bracketing and the A900's 4fps. But, even with the 4fps, there was bound to be some movement just in hand shake and plane shake. So, I used PhotoMatix's auto align and crop feature.

Here's a different shot.

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Peekayoh
07-26-2010, 03:47 AM
I had the Beercan on so why not?
This thread is dying, Guys. Everyone too busy?

APPLES Looks like a good crop this year!

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta 70-210mm f4 Beercan
Exposure: 1/125th at f5.6
Focal Length: 200mm (300mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 320
26th July 2010

sparkie1263
07-26-2010, 05:35 AM
Great shots. I though I was the only one still shooting. I was going to ask if anybody needed the dust blown off there cameras to send it to me. LOL

Frank

sparkie1263
07-31-2010, 07:47 AM
I was driving and had to stop and snap a few shots.

Frank



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4146/4845792261_3d7b7e13c2.jpg

SONYNUT
08-05-2010, 08:22 PM
................

sparkie1263
08-06-2010, 05:42 AM
Nice sky shots.


Frank

sparkie1263
08-06-2010, 12:32 PM
Catbird

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4866304835_b3fc33c970_z.jpg

DWessel
08-06-2010, 07:24 PM
Here's a couple of examples of my self-imposed summer project, titled LA Exploration.
From Heritage Square Museum
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Some HDR applying the "Grunge" effect.
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and converted to Black & White.
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sparkie1263
08-10-2010, 06:11 PM
Here are a few images from today.


Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4880383065_a25b6e5fc0_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4880991040_e75c1e196f_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4880382707_1b41d79fe9_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4880382617_c3c4ce255a_z.jpg

joenmell
08-11-2010, 05:31 PM
I think that this is the first picture that I have posted.

DonSchap
08-11-2010, 08:10 PM
you really should post the EXIF settings you used to get it. It makes for a healthier discussion.

joenmell
08-12-2010, 05:16 AM
you really should post the EXIF settings you used to get it. It makes for a healthier discussion.


Okay, Teach me...Oh Educationally Wise One! :D

i.e. Thought it would be attached with the photo.

DonSchap
08-12-2010, 06:34 AM
Okay, Teach me...Oh Educationally Wise One! :D

i.e. Thought it would be attached with the photo.

It's there with a viewer, but for simplicity .. you could post it. :D

Peekayoh
08-19-2010, 04:19 AM
This thread is a bit slow so I'll post some snaps from our family holiday in Germany.
If members think it inappropriate I will desist, otherwise, here goes with the first.

The North Eifel Nature Park straddles the border between Germany's Westphalia and the Belgian province of Liège.
Within it lies the historic old town of Monschau sometimes known as the "gem of the Eifel" or "Rothenburg of the Rhineland". Little has changed in the town for close to 300 years and half-timbered, rubble masonry buildings are abundant and photogenic.


Monschau - Town Houses

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/250th at f5.6 (+0.7EV)
Focal Length: 28mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

SONYNUT
08-19-2010, 04:20 PM
huge shroooms

Peekayoh
08-20-2010, 02:34 AM
BIG is good! Did you eat them?

Peekayoh
08-20-2010, 02:44 AM
Monschau - Town Houses

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/250th at f8 (-0.3EV)
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

SONYNUT
08-20-2010, 01:15 PM
eat..no

nice shot

sparkie1263
08-20-2010, 04:14 PM
Here is a boat on the roof of the Beach Haven Fishery. It is the same place I took the old car from.


Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4911753450_36a9306642_z.jpg

sparkie1263
08-20-2010, 06:18 PM
I took this with my Tamron 70-300 at about 4 feet away.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4911965034_0a330b16d3_z.jpg[/IMG]

DWessel
08-20-2010, 07:20 PM
I took this with my Tamron 70-300 at about 4 feet away.

Frank

Great capture Frank.

I expecially like the graphic quality of the flower and the sharpness/detail of the bee's wings.

Peekayoh
08-21-2010, 03:06 AM
Thanks SonyNut.
BTW...
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Now that's BIG, if a little obscene.

Wow Frank, that's a nice Bee, I wonder if SonyNut would prefer these in house.

Spectacular boat noise, I might prefer this...

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Peekayoh
08-21-2010, 03:28 AM
MONSCHAU - GREEN DOOR

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/40th at f3.5 (-0.3EV)
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

sparkie1263
08-21-2010, 05:31 AM
I never run Noise Ninja any more. I need to remember to do that especially on HDR images.

Thanks
Frank

SONYNUT
08-21-2010, 05:34 AM
NEVER HURTS TO BE READY FOR A FLOOD


[QUOTE=sparkie1263;416277]Here is a boat on the roof of the Beach Haven Fishery. It is the same place I took the old car from.


Frank

Peekayoh
08-21-2010, 06:12 AM
And there was me thinking it was a waste of a good boat. They must be Boy Scouts.

Peekayoh
08-22-2010, 02:03 PM
MONSCHAU - BELL TOWER

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/200th at f5.6
Focal Length: 90mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

S3000
08-23-2010, 08:20 AM
Very nice and very clear shot

sparkie1263
08-23-2010, 02:41 PM
My new grandson Graden.


Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4920941397_b030708c77.jpg

Peekayoh
08-24-2010, 09:59 AM
Bedankt, S3000.

Crikey Frank, he's shooting up.

______________________________

The Rotes Haus (Red House) was erected in 1752 by Johann Heinrich Scheibler, clothmaker and merchant, as both Residence and place of Business. Furnished entirely in Rococo, Louis XVI and Empire period styles, it reflects the splendor of upper middle class living.

MONSCHAU - THE RED HOUSE

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/125th at f8
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
08-25-2010, 11:13 AM
MONSCHAU - 39 STEPS

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/100th at f4
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
08-25-2010, 01:19 PM
I didn't, but at least the last one was 800px.
I'll have to read the rules, if I can find them.

Peekayoh
08-26-2010, 02:13 AM
SonyNut, the only thing I can find in the Forum rules is this ...

"What files types can I use? How large can attachments be?
In the attachment window you will find a list of the allowed file types and their maximum sizes. Files that are larger than these sizes will be rejected. There may also be an overall quota limit to the number of attachments you can post to the board."

and here is the attachment window....

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which limits the maximum JPEG file size to 4.77MB with no mention of maximum pixels on a side.
Although I have a 1920 x1080 display I realise that others may not, so I generally use not more than 800/900 pixels (I doubt anyone is using less than a 1024 display).
Having said that, if there is a consensus that we should restrict ourselves to a smaller size I will be more than happy to comply.

Peekayoh
08-26-2010, 02:17 AM
........ Crikey Frank, he's shooting up. ......

I just realised that this statement has different connotations in this warped day and age. No offense intended.

sparkie1263
08-26-2010, 04:54 AM
I just realised that this statement has different connotations in this warped day and age. No offense intended.

None taken since I had to Google the word because I never heard of it.LOL

Frank

DWessel
08-26-2010, 05:43 AM
August is here and the "Southland" of LA is finally in the 100's (38-41c). At the end of walking the dog, she cooperated and I was able to get this 3 shot 2EV HDR shot.
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Peekayoh
08-26-2010, 09:12 AM
HaHa! Nice one Frank.

And you Darin, I expect she was too tired not to cooperate in that heat.
That's unreasonably hot, at least for me.

SONYNUT
08-26-2010, 10:25 AM
Well it used to say that..lol........

Guess i'll post bigger pics now then :d



sonynut, the only thing i can find in the forum rules is this ...

"what files types can i use? How large can attachments be?
in the attachment window you will find a list of the allowed file types and their maximum sizes. Files that are larger than these sizes will be rejected. There may also be an overall quota limit to the number of attachments you can post to the board."

and here is the attachment window....

54798

which limits the maximum jpeg file size to 4.77mb with no mention of maximum pixels on a side.
Although i have a 1920 x1080 display i realise that others may not, so i generally use not more than 800/900 pixels (i doubt anyone is using less than a 1024 display).
Having said that, if there is a consensus that we should restrict ourselves to a smaller size i will be more than happy to comply.

Peekayoh
08-27-2010, 02:31 AM
Although this image is technically less than perfect, I wanted to share this spectacular spiral staircase.
It's in the Red House (posted two days ago) and is a self-supporting oakwood spiral staircase which extends over three floors.
Embellished with scenes depicting stages of clothmaking it is a triumph of past craftmanship.

MONSCHAU - THE RED HOUSE

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/8th at f4 (+0.3)
Focal Length: 28mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

DWessel
08-27-2010, 06:07 AM
HaHa! Nice one Frank.

And you Darin, I expect she was too tired not to cooperate in that heat.
That's unreasonably hot, at least for me.

It was at the end of the walk. But she's not doing well right now as a coyote tried to make a meal of her yesterday. Fortunately only four puncture wounds that appear to have not hit anything vital. On the bright side, with the pain killers she's on she's not moving much so I could do all the HDR shots of her I want to.

Peekayoh
08-27-2010, 08:06 AM
Sorry to hear that, although good she's OK.
We don't have Coyotes over here, just idiots who breed Pit Bulls which end up attacking kids.
We also had an incident recently where a Fox, of all things (Foxes are shy creatures) bit a Baby.

sparkie1263
08-27-2010, 08:55 AM
It was at the end of the walk. But she's not doing well right now as a coyote tried to make a meal of her yesterday. Fortunately only four puncture wounds that appear to have not hit anything vital. On the bright side, with the pain killers she's on she's not moving much so I could do all the HDR shots of her I want to.

Glad to hear she is ok. There has been quite a few coyote attacks around here.


Frank

Peekayoh
08-28-2010, 01:05 AM
MONSCHAU - THE HUMBLE ABODE OF DR.INGELMANN

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/125th at f8 ()
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
08-29-2010, 04:24 PM
MONSCHAU - IN NEED OF REPAIR

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/640th at f4.5 ()
Focal Length: 22mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
08-31-2010, 01:38 AM
MONSCHAU - NICHE SHRINE

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/500th at f2.8 (+1.0)
Focal Length: 35mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
08-31-2010, 02:56 PM
MONSCHAU - ROCK SHRINE

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/160th at f4.5 (+1)
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
09-02-2010, 05:19 AM
MONSCHAU

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/320th at f8 ()
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
09-05-2010, 07:18 AM
As a bit of a change from Holiday Snaps here are some Macros...

A STICKY END

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
02nd September 2010

sparkie1263
09-05-2010, 06:27 PM
Great shot Pete.

Frank

Peekayoh
09-06-2010, 01:31 AM
Thanks, Frank. Although the fly was help captive it took me ages to get a halfway decent shot. The wind made it like trying to shoot a kid on a trampoline. I never saw the spider.

Peekayoh
09-06-2010, 02:16 AM
SEVEN SPOT LADYBIRD

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
28th August 2010

sparkie1263
09-06-2010, 07:54 AM
Ours are more orange nice shot. I need a macro lens.

Frank

Peekayoh
09-06-2010, 09:35 AM
Quite a bit of variation in colour and different varieties of course.

SONYNUT
09-06-2010, 12:29 PM
they will be rebuilding the bridge in my town soon...of course they went with the worst design for cheap...may as well leave what we have:rolleyes:

sparkie1263
09-06-2010, 02:22 PM
Here is my first attempt at fireworks. They were about four miles across the bay. I shot this hand held at ISO 400, F/6 and exposure 0.8. I didn't have a tripod with me, We were crabbing at the docks when they started shooting them off.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/4963603551_4cc49f41b6.jpg

sparkie1263
09-06-2010, 06:46 PM
I was looking at some old photos and decided to give the old truck an older look. I removed some things from the image and added some noise to give the image a grainy look.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/4966214572_152bc71272.jpg

Peekayoh
09-07-2010, 07:53 AM
SIX LEG SPIDER

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
29th August 2010

S3000
09-07-2010, 08:05 AM
Very nice shot Peekayoh

sparkie1263
09-07-2010, 02:16 PM
My granddaughter waiting for her brother to leave for school.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4968396719_866c317e13_z.jpg

ISO 200, F/8 Exposure 1/125

I had it set on manual.

Sorry I keep forgetting to put it.

joenmell
09-07-2010, 07:46 PM
Took some pictures while in the mountains of North Carolina. Sorry Don, Almost forgot
F/7.1 focal length 70mm ISO 200 Exp 1/125
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joenmell/4969292711/

joenmell
09-07-2010, 07:51 PM
Another flower while in Hendersonville
F/6.3 focal length 70mm ISO 400 Exp 1/125
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joenmell/4969904238/in/photostream

DonSchap
09-07-2010, 08:02 PM
a little fill flash would have gone a long way in "popping" this image. You need to remember, when you frame and shoot, more often than not, the eyes go to the brightest point in the image. Unfortunately, it's not the flower in your exposure.

I used a rendering technique with a type of fill flash ... to highlight the image. You tell me ...

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Try and see that background white spot to the left of the flower is sneaking in there. A slight slide to the right would have hidden it. By brightening the flower, we can diminish the effect. It is a nice shot ... :D

Peekayoh
09-08-2010, 04:14 AM
S3000, thanks for the kind words.

Frank, Angelique photogenic as always. Where's the Exif, where did you meter and how much Flash?

Joe, did you spot meter? BTW why not post direct to the forum and show the EXIF!

Peekayoh
09-08-2010, 05:03 AM
Joe, some more thoughts on the flower.
Don's right to point out the exposure problem and the hot spot.
I'd choose a slightly different approach to Don by first correcting the slight underexposure in levels or curves.
Selectively using the levels or curves tools to darken the background.
Finally using the clone tool to take out the hot spot.
The whole process shouldn't take more than 5 mins or so, if that.

Of course it would be better to get the exposure correct in camera in the first place. Spot metering should have done it in this case or, as Don suggested, a touch of flash can sometimes get the job done.

BTW any criticisms are not derogatory and intended to be helpful in improving your (anybody's) results.

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S3000
09-08-2010, 05:11 AM
I think the flower pops out too much now. There is a white line or ring around the edges and it looks like the flower is glowing now. It will look a lot better if you get the correct exposure in the camera.

Peekayoh
09-08-2010, 05:12 AM
YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD WASP

54873

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
29th August 2010

Peekayoh
09-08-2010, 05:22 AM
I think the flower pops out too much now. There is a white line or ring around the edges and it looks like the flower is glowing now. It will look a lot better if you get the correct exposure in the camera.

I won't argue that it's best to get the exposure right in camera, I think I already stressed that point.

I deliberately darkened the background enough so that the change is obvious. The amount used will be a matter of personal preference.

The white edges are present in the original and not a direct result of the changes although the darker background does accentuate them somewhat.

DonSchap
09-08-2010, 05:26 AM
I was only trying to use the "flash" idea as a convenient point of contention concerning exposure levels.

ALL the APS-C cameras come with the pop-up flash, so the convenience part of this idea is always there. You simply check your flash mode, in the menu for "Fill Flash" and then also check menu, under flash control for "ADI flash"

Lift the flash and then pop the shot. If the flash is "over-blown", use the Flash Exposure setting to ratchet it down to the right amount, but you should be able to tell with one or two shots at various settings. Then ...pick the one that pops and has not gone overboard with highlights! I would imagine that you are still trying to maintain a "natural" looking exposure.

You need to bear in mind, you are looking for definition and separation between the background and the subject. Fill flash does that. :D It also allows you to do a lot less "playing around" in post-process. Let the initial capture do most of the work.

It is rare that I go into a photograph thinking, "Well, I'll correct that exposure in PP." Usually, if I am thinking post process correction, it is for things that need to be removed, if I cannot find a way to hide them. When you look through the viewfinder, see ALL of the image, not just the subject. You'd be very surprised the things that get into a shot ... when you are NOT looking. :eek:

Please ... continue. :D The submissions are great and appreciated. I hope this has been helpful.

BTW: Forget the flash when it comes to the wasp ... :eek:

S3000
09-08-2010, 05:27 AM
Very nice photo of the wasp. That Minolta lens looks like a great lens. Well done.

Don`t forget the person that holds the lens....

joenmell
09-08-2010, 07:40 AM
a little fill flash would have gone a long way in "popping" this image. You need to remember, when you frame and shoot, more often than not, the eyes go to the brightest point in the image. Unfortunately, it's not the flower in your exposure.

I used a rendering technique with a type of fill flash ... to highlight the image. You tell me ...
Try and see that background white spot to the left of the flower is sneaking in there. A slight slide to the right would have hidden it. By brightening the flower, we can diminish the effect. It is a nice shot ... :D

Don, Sruprise... I did use "Fill Flash" on the HVL-F42AM Flash :)
The original picture was 2.03 meg, so I did a minor pp in Elements 7 before posting. I cropped out a stem on the left side and resized it. I guess the issue is more my "perception" of level. I thought the flower was appropriately lit. I do see your point about the bright spot to the left of the flower. Guess It's a learning curve and all about individual observations. Thanks for all the input and compliments. I think I should start shooting in RAW so that I can get more correctability for my lack of equipment/experience. This shot was actually done with the kit lens. I was also shooting waterfalls and kids sliding in the water. Didn't want to get any of my other lenses wet. Luckily nothing got wet this day.

joenmell
09-08-2010, 08:00 AM
While in Town Hendersonville, North Carolina, I ran across a bear statue which had been painted. They have these in front of most of the major stores in town. I really liked this one and decided to photo it for you guys to enjoy. Please let me know what you think. Again only PP was Resize and crop. Taken with Alpha 200 using a Tamron DiII 55-200 4.5-6
Flash used: No
Focal Length: 160mm
F-Number F/4.5
Exposure Time: 1/250
Metering Mode: Pattern

Peekayoh
09-09-2010, 02:35 AM
LoL! Joe, you fooled us both with that one.
If anything I would have expected some O/E with flash not the reverse. HoHum!

The Bear's looking good, although I wouldn't have chosen Pattern Metering for the shot, did you use levels on it?

joenmell
09-09-2010, 06:02 AM
Okay Peek... I don't know what you mean when you ask if I used "levels"...(Still uneducated).
Also, I'm not real clear on what the difference is using "Pattern Metering" Just thought it would be the best mode. Probably leave it set in this position all the time. Once again, uneducated. (Sorry Don)
Thanks for the compliment anyway :)

Peekayoh
09-09-2010, 08:53 AM
OK Joe, the A200 has three metering options; 40 segment, Center weighted average and Spot.
The first looks at the whole image and averages out.
The second looks at a more central region and averages out.
The last one meters only from the centre spot area.

If you look at the Bear image, you can see that the distant areas behind it contain bright areas that we don't care about but Pattern Metering will include them in it's calculations. Seeing as they are quite bright, you may well underexpose your main subject, the Bear.

Using either of the other two modes you can exclude the bright areas and give a better exposure of the subject. The only problem is that the Bear has a shiny surface and specular reflections can give a false reading so I would probably choose to "Spot" meter off a non reflective bit of the Bear, like the Butterfly and lock the setting with the "AEL" button before recomposing and taking the shot.

Another tip is to zoom in so that the Bear fills the frame, lock the meter with the "AEL" button, zoom back out and take the shot.

Peekayoh
09-09-2010, 09:03 AM
Very nice photo of the wasp. That Minolta lens looks like a great lens. Well done.

Don`t forget the person that holds the lens....

Thanks, I may start a new thread to discuss my Macro lenses and stuff.

Meanwhile...

Another view of

YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD WASP

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
29th August 2010

joenmell
09-09-2010, 09:51 AM
Once again, I thank you for the information. Now I have a project question.
Our local Middle School has been graced with a gift from the US Naval Nuclear Power Training School. They are sending Students (Sailors) to the school tomorrow to paint the entire Fine Arts building (inside, flourescent light). I have been asked to come early and bring my Alpha to "document the activities of the day". This will be for fun, is nothing "Official" and no monetary compensation. My questions is, Which of my available lenses would be the best suited for this type of activity? I am leaning towards the Tamron DiII 55-200 which is 4.5-6, but also have the Quantaray D28-90 which is 3.5-5.6(includes the "D" capabilities and is wider) but might not be the better quality lens. And, last (and certainly least) I have the "Kit" lens.
I will bring the F42AM flash so I believe that lighting will not be an issue. Just don't want to mess this one up. Probably just throw the thing into "auto" and shoot away. What Don calls "Assault Photo".
I figure if I take 500 photo's at least 50 will be useable. :)
Any input will be appreciated....

Peekayoh
09-09-2010, 11:38 AM
Light or the lack of it will be your problem. Even fairly small rooms seem quite dim when you're at f5.6.

You should definitely take the 50mm prime and use your feet to zoom.
There is no "D" so no distance information but it still does TTL metering which is all you really need anyway.
Ideally, you would green gel the flash to match the Fluorescent lighting but I guess it may be too late for that.
Try and work it at f2.8 or more for best sharpness although f2 will still be pretty good.
Working at these larger apertures will work your flash less hard so the batteries will last longer if that's an issue.

I'd take the Mino 100-200 f4.5 lens as well. I'm not familiar with the Tamron but I had a Mino for several years and can tell you that it's very good wide open (f4.5).
I doubt you'll need anything longer than 100mm.

sparkie1263
09-09-2010, 03:07 PM
This fawn was about 15 feet from the road. I had to use my flash because it was cloudy and under the trees. It never ran away even after 10 shots.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/4974687121_ed0c5ee209_z.jpg

ISO 400 F5.6 Exposure 1/30 flash for fill

Peekayoh
09-09-2010, 03:09 PM
Nice catch, Frank.

sparkie1263
09-09-2010, 03:26 PM
Nice catch, Frank.

The other shots have white eyes. I cannot fix it with the red eye tool.

Thanks

Frank

Peekayoh
09-09-2010, 04:12 PM
That's a bummer, Frank.
Deer have a Tapetal Fundus between the Retina and the Choroid at the back of the eye.
It reflects light back through the retina to increase the stimulation of the retina.
Unfortunately the reflection shows up white when light is shone into the Deer's eye.
Humans don't have a Tapetal Fundus, and red-eye is caused by reflection off blood vessels at the back of the eye.
Hence the Red-eye tool does not work on animals.

Maybe you can clone in some falsies? But difficult, I think.

sparkie1263
09-09-2010, 04:47 PM
Here is the edited eyes.

Frank


Before

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/4975532132_38bb2fa9a9.jpg

After

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/4974921075_4ee9940327.jpg

joenmell
09-09-2010, 07:27 PM
That was a nice capture Frank. We have them wandering through our back yard. They are not frightened by the dogs anymore, but let me grab my camera and they are quick to show their "White Tails" :)

SONYNUT
09-09-2010, 07:39 PM
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SONYNUT
09-09-2010, 07:43 PM
:rolleyes:better than seeing them in front of your car when you are taking pictures while driving 65..

SONYNUT
09-09-2010, 07:45 PM
This fawn was about 15 feet from the road. I had to use my flash because it was cloudy and under the trees. It never ran away even after 10 shots.



you blinded it:p;):rolleyes::D

sparkie1263
09-09-2010, 07:55 PM
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What did you do to it????

Frank

SONYNUT
09-09-2010, 08:21 PM
fixed eyes..bigger. had it for dinner

Peekayoh
09-10-2010, 10:16 AM
The blue bottle fly is a species of Blow Fly in the family Calliphoridae.
Non-biting flies, they are found in all types of environments and mostly feed on dead animals.
Bottle Flies come in many metallic colors such as blue, green, copper or black.

GREEN BOTTLE FLY

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
31th August 2010

SONYNUT
09-10-2010, 12:04 PM
metalic colors just sounds funny on a bug

sparkie1263
09-10-2010, 07:46 PM
This is the old abandoned fish factory. It was located just inside the Little Egg Harbor Inlet in New Jersey. I don't know where the road is to get closer to it.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4154/4978590730_8c62bd78f0_z.jpg

Iso 200 f/8 exposure 1/640

Here is a link to information on the Factory

http://www.weirdnj.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=90&Itemid=28

Peekayoh
09-11-2010, 03:59 AM
This is the old abandoned fish factory. It was located just inside the Little Egg Harbor Inlet in New Jersey. I don't know where the road is to get closer to it. ............
Frank, it's a pretty strong image but don't you think that the rather messy poles on the right are a distraction.
If they'd "walked" you toward the factory it might be different.
I don't know which lens you used but a zoom is better than a crop.

Just a thought, maybe I'm wrong.

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Peekayoh
09-11-2010, 04:02 AM
metalic colors just sounds funny on a bug
Makes them "go faster". LoL!

Wish the damn things would stand still.

GREEN BOTTLE FLY

54893

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
31th August 2010

sparkie1263
09-11-2010, 04:25 AM
Nice shot Pete. Use some flypaper that will get them to stay still. How about a FIF shot. LOL As for my image I was thinking the winding poles were showing you the path to the factory. I like your crop but the pole looks to close to the right. I used my 70-300 so I could have tightened up the shot. I should have tried to move more to the right to get a straight line of poles to the factory. Next time I am out that way I will take a few more angles. It will have to be when the flies go away. the Green Head flies will eat you alive.

Thanks

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/GreenHeadFlycopy.jpg

DWessel
09-11-2010, 04:59 AM
... As for my image I was thinking the winding poles were showing you the path to the factory. I like your crop but the pole looks to close to the right. ... Frank

Frank,

I think Peek's edit of your photo helps quite a bit and that the pole is not too close to the right. Here's why it works for me. First, the pole in the foreground provides a point of interest that then leads the eye to the factory in the background. The pole is derelict and emphsizes the abandoned nature of the factory in the background.

Now if you can find a location where the series of poles provides leading lines towards the factory ... go for it. :)

sparkie1263
09-11-2010, 05:15 AM
Darin, I see what you are saying.

Thanks
Frank

SONYNUT
09-11-2010, 10:19 PM
sept 11..............