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Peekayoh
09-12-2010, 03:50 AM
OH SH**! THATS MY LEG

54900

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

sparkie1263
09-12-2010, 03:22 PM
I was watching this snowy egret hunt for fish. I wasn't fast enough to catch it with a fish but did get one halfway decent shot.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/4978589846_234c90f74e.jpg

Peekayoh
09-13-2010, 01:53 AM
Frank, if there's anything that could make me envious of living in America, it could be what we would think of as exotic wildlife. The Snowy Egret being one example.
Here's a link to the best picture I've seen of the bird. (http://www.clarkvision.com/galleries/gallery.nature-1/web/c01.14.2003.img_5113.egret-flight.f-600.html)

sparkie1263
09-13-2010, 05:18 AM
Pete, I am going back to Florida this weekend. They are real people friendly down there. They walk right up to you when you are fishing. Here is another one I took in April when I was down there.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4528816700_910e28011d.jpg

Peekayoh
09-13-2010, 05:51 AM
Lucky Man.
Just remember to use your exposure compensation button.
All that white will fool the meter into underexposure.

sparkie1263
09-13-2010, 06:39 AM
Lucky Man.
Just remember to use your exposure compensation button.
All that white will fool the meter into underexposure.

I shoot M so I will take some test shots to try to get it right.


Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
09-13-2010, 10:15 AM
Frank, I'm intrigued!
What then is your procedure for achieving correct exposure?

sparkie1263
09-13-2010, 11:10 AM
Frank, I'm intrigued!
What then is your procedure for achieving correct exposure?

I take a test shot before and try to set my exposure for what aperture I want to shoot at. Then I check the histogram and make sure I am not over exposed on the light side. I read about the Zone System and I try to follow that. Or you can set the camera to Aperture mode and see what speed the camera is set to and then you can adjust your shot from there. You may miss a few shots if you are shooting wildlife.

Frank

I don't think this is the one I read.

http://www.normankoren.com/zonesystem.html

sparkie1263
09-13-2010, 11:18 AM
These are only rare if you don't have Photo Shop.


Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/4986810541_77ef1247ff.jpg

Peekayoh
09-13-2010, 01:51 PM
Ok Frank, I see that you may indeed miss a few shots.

Look, the Zone metering system was developed back in the old days of film when we didn't have the benefit of the Histogram. It's pretty tricky to determine the Zones and requires an accurate narrow angle spot meter. Digital is a bit like slide film in that you really need to avoid overexposure of the critical areas, film has a more forgiving roll off into clipping.

You should also remember that the Histogram is not necessarily accurate, it's based on a camera processed JPEG and usually it's a bit pessimistic and tends toward underexposure. Of course that also depends on where you metered and which metering mode you chose. Still, I can't help thinking that you're over complicating things.

Seems to me that (A)perture priority (S)hutter priority or (P)rogram shift quickly get you to where you need to be and a check of the Histogram will assist in dialing in the correct (??) amount of compensation. I realise that the A700 is better than the A100 in this respect as you can assign the rear dial to compensation while the front dial takes care of shifting.

I honestly can't see why you would prefer full time (M)anual. Been there, done that and now I only go into (M)anual for Macro. I think you'd be better off in RAW using UniWhite Balance.

EDIT: Missed that link first time around. You're definitely stuck in the film era, Frank.

sparkie1263
09-13-2010, 01:59 PM
I see what you are saying. I used to shoot in A mode and then switch to M mode when I was using my flash. How do you set it to UniWhite Balance??

Thanks

Frank

Peekayoh
09-13-2010, 02:32 PM
Frank, if we're going to discuss UWB, I think it needs a new thread so as not to clutter up this one. I'll work on it.

Peekayoh
09-13-2010, 02:33 PM
FLESH 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
09-13-2010, 05:51 PM
Looks like a bee beat him to lunch

SONYNUT
09-13-2010, 05:56 PM
Quack...............

joenmell
09-14-2010, 05:44 AM
Wow, I love those colors in the Duck. Don't know why nothing I do ever comes out that "Brilliant"... Maybe my ducks are just too boring...

SONYNUT
09-14-2010, 05:56 AM
good morning light

SONYNUT
09-14-2010, 05:58 AM
Wow, I love those colors in the Duck. Don't know why nothing I do ever comes out that "Brilliant"... Maybe my ducks are just too boring...
lighting!........

Peekayoh
09-14-2010, 03:40 PM
Looks like a bee beat him to lunch

I wondered if anyone would spot that, but it ain't no Bee as the poor little b****r is about to find out.

FLESH FLY

54916

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

sparkie1263
09-15-2010, 04:13 PM
My Grandson again.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/4992360733_eff90ea17c.jpg

Peekayoh
09-16-2010, 03:58 PM
WINGZZZ

54918

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
04th September 2010

SONYNUT
09-16-2010, 06:08 PM
take this job and shovel it.......

Peekayoh
09-18-2010, 04:50 AM
Hmmm! Interesting Peg-Leg you got there.

Peekayoh
09-18-2010, 06:54 AM
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES

54937

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th August 2010

Peekayoh
09-19-2010, 01:16 PM
ARE YOU LOOKIN' AT ME?

54970

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th August 2010

sparkie1263
09-19-2010, 05:11 PM
ARE YOU LOOKIN' AT ME?

54970

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th August 2010

Great shot.

Frank

Peekayoh
09-20-2010, 03:56 PM
Thanks, Frank.



PAYDIRT

54980

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

sparkie1263
09-20-2010, 07:04 PM
Pete here is my attempt at a bug close up.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/5010538052_6708171039.jpg

Tamron 70-300 @ 300
Iso 200 f/8 exposure 1/100

SONYNUT
09-20-2010, 07:38 PM
eeegads...that just looks deadly:eek:

DWessel
09-21-2010, 06:06 AM
Thanks, Frank.



PAYDIRT

54980

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

Peek,

Great shots. But is that a dead body :eek: you're keeping in your back yard????

Peekayoh
09-21-2010, 03:43 PM
Pete here is my attempt at a bug close up.
Frank

Keep up the good work, Frank.
But what the hell is that thing. Never seen anything like it.

Peekayoh
09-21-2010, 03:46 PM
Peek,

Great shots. But is that a dead body :eek: you're keeping in your back yard????

HaHa! Almost, it's a rotting apple on the Apple Tree. It fell off the other day, what was left of it, anyway. I think it went rotten because it was being "mined" by that monster.

Peekayoh
09-21-2010, 04:33 PM
Ok, so this is a Hornet, the largest social wasp in the UK.
This one is female and well over an inch long so could be a Queen.
They were introduced into the US in the 1800's and I believe you call them the European Hornet.
They are not at all agressive, in fact the reverse. This one crash landed on me (my fault for getting in the way of a fully laden transport), anyway I helped her back to her feet and she went on her merry way.
Mind you, flies are treated less gently. That picture I posted of the Flesh Fly entering the Apple, well she did for him and carried him off to the nest. I'm so sorry I missed that picture.

HORNET

54981

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th August 2010

sparkie1263
09-21-2010, 07:06 PM
I have no idea. It looked neat. I don't think it bites. I kept hitting the bush it landed in so I could get a shot. It kept landing on the bottom side of the leaves. Then it landed on the screen.

Thanks
Frank

sparkie1263
09-25-2010, 04:36 AM
Just another dragon fly. There were some flying around that were about 7 inches long but never landed.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5021514329_18a3bbf0a1.jpg

sparkie1263
09-26-2010, 01:16 PM
How would you like to get caught in this spiders web???


Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5026597211_4b9ed4bd8c.jpg

DonSchap
09-26-2010, 02:02 PM
Nice shot, Frank. Another half-stop of light would have been even nicer. :)

sparkie1263
09-26-2010, 02:07 PM
Nice shot, Frank. Another half-stop of light would have been even nicer. :)

Thanks
Frank

joenmell
09-29-2010, 05:31 PM
Hope that everyone can see this...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joenmell/5037217335/

40MM
f/5.6
1/1000
ISO-100

sparkie1263
09-29-2010, 05:38 PM
Hope that everyone can see this...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joenmell/5037217335/
40MM
f/5.6
1/1000
ISO-100



Nope!!!!

Frank

joenmell
09-29-2010, 05:46 PM
Frank please try it again. Don't know what I did wrong.

joenmell
09-29-2010, 05:50 PM
:DThink I got it this time.....

sparkie1263
09-29-2010, 05:52 PM
I can see it now. I think you need to straighten it.

Frank

DonSchap
09-29-2010, 07:12 PM
I felt compelled ... sorry, Joe :o I used "Distort." It got rid of the brighter area on the left side.

55035

Peekayoh
09-30-2010, 06:18 AM
Hi, Joe, nice picture of a Seagull but the background's a bit distracting. LOL

Sorry, couldn't resist.

On a more serious note, you need to go there with a wet suit or stepladder.
You're never going to clone out those foreground pilings.

But still, Bridges make for great Architectural and landscape images.

55036

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Konica Minolta 17-35mm f2.8/4 D
Exposure: 1/400th at f5.6 (0 & -1 EV)
Focal Length: 17mm
Date: 03December 2008

Peekayoh
09-30-2010, 06:24 AM
I know this is two in one day but I've been a missing link for a couple of days so I'm catching up.

HORNET

55037

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th August 2010

joenmell
09-30-2010, 07:50 AM
Hi, Joe, nice picture of a Seagull but the background's a bit distracting. LOL

Sorry, couldn't resist.

On a more serious note, you need to go there with a wet suit or stepladder.
You're never going to clone out those foreground pilings.



Peter, I am able to get this bridge from many different angles. No wet suit needed. :D
I liked the composition as it was with the seagull on the posts and the bridge in the background. I will try to put some other entries with the bridge this weekend.
Don, I am still not good with post processing and thought that the "unstraight" bridge would look okay, since that's the way you see it from that position. I do like the removal of the bright spot, never would have thought of that. Thanks.

Peekayoh
09-30-2010, 10:57 AM
Damn, so I was right the first time, a picture of a Seagull.

joenmell
09-30-2010, 11:01 AM
Damn, so I was right the first time, a picture of a Seagull.

Uhm... Yes. I don't really like bees and hornets and those "stingy" things. :eek:

DonSchap
09-30-2010, 05:33 PM
Don, I am still not good with post processing and thought that the "unstraight" bridge would look okay, since that's the way you see it from that position. I do like the removal of the bright spot, never would have thought of that. Thanks.

Joe, you mean to tell me the earth's horizon is physically altered in that location? That is amazing ... :cool:

What I was want to show you is how you could improve the image with a slight adjustment ... please try this simple procedure in Photoshop:

After loading your original image, go to the "View" menu list and check the "Rulers" selection
Click in the top ruler, hold the right mouse-button down, and pull down a "guide line" from the top ruler
Align it with your mouse cursor/pointer with the horizon at the left side of the image
Go to the "Select" menu list and click on "All"
Go to the "Edit" menu list
Go to the "Transform>Distort." A frame will wrap around your image.
Drag the upper right-hand corner anchor square up - vertically - so that the right-side of the image stays even with border. Do this until the right horizon aligns with the guide line you set on the far left horizon.
You're not done, yet. Click on the selection box tool (dotted square) and tell the window that you want to apply this.


This should effectively cleave off those distracting bright clouds in the upper right and also balance the horizon.

Hey, it's a start, right ... and today was not a waste after all. LOL

Good luck. :D

Peekayoh
10-01-2010, 09:18 AM
Ok, but I wouldn't normally use "distort" unless absolutely necessary.

1) Use the "measure" tool on the Horizon or Bridge
2) then <image><image rotation><arbitrary><OK> (the angle is automatically inserted).
3) Crop to size.

Peekayoh
10-01-2010, 10:16 AM
I got home yesterday only to receive instructions to go and deal with a huge Bee on the back doorstep.
It turned out to be a small, exhausted, wringing wet Bumblebee.
I took it a bit of honey on a scrap of paper and pushed it into contact with the honey.

OUT FOR THE COUNT

55038

Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th September 2010

joenmell
10-01-2010, 10:26 AM
I will try both methods with the a couple of other photos that I took that day. See for myself.

Very clear Macro shot. Clear enough that I can comfortably say that you need to scrape and paint the back doorstep soon :)

Peekayoh
10-01-2010, 11:15 AM
Don't you start on me as well.
I already have a wife tasked with those duties.

Peekayoh
10-03-2010, 01:56 AM
The smell of honey revived the scruffy little Bufftail and she was soon hoovering up the honey.
I didn't see her depart but at least she donated some pictures.

HONEY MONSTER
55052
Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
30th September 2010

sparkie1263
10-03-2010, 06:07 AM
Another great image. I need a macro. I have some close up filters but they only fit my old Quantary lens that only works in MF. I might give it a try.

Frank

Peekayoh
10-03-2010, 08:11 AM
Frank, don't worry about MF for Macro.
AF is useless anyway. At least that's my take.
I said as much when I wrote about Macro in an earlier thread.
No-one contradicted me but maybe they were being nice.
The only thing I don't know is how well the A100 VF is for MF, may not be that good.
Maybe someone can chip in.
I can lend you my spare 100mm Macro.

shoeytennis
10-03-2010, 04:55 PM
darn tornado's

http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8497/adsc05383.jpg (http://img38.imageshack.us/i/adsc05383.jpg/)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (http://imageshack.us)

sparkie1263
10-03-2010, 05:05 PM
Frank, don't worry about MF for Macro.
AF is useless anyway. At least that's my take.
I said as much when I wrote about Macro in an earlier thread.
No-one contradicted me but maybe they were being nice.
The only thing I don't know is how well the A100 VF is for MF, may not be that good.
Maybe someone can chip in.
I can lend you my spare 100mm Macro.

I tried to use my Quantary lens in MF till I got my Tamron and it was hard. I was used to the split cats eye on my Minolta which made it easier. I will take it out tomorrow and give it a try. Bugs may be hard to come by this time of the year.

Thanks
Frank

Rooz
10-04-2010, 12:27 AM
Frank, don't worry about MF for Macro.
AF is useless anyway. At least that's my take.
I said as much when I wrote about Macro in an earlier thread.
No-one contradicted me but maybe they were being nice.
The only thing I don't know is how well the A100 VF is for MF, may not be that good.
Maybe someone can chip in.
I can lend you my spare 100mm Macro.

depends on the lens and camera combo peter, the tammie 90 and sigma 150 were MF alot, but the nikon 105 is always on AF.

Peekayoh
10-04-2010, 02:52 AM
I was really talking about MF with a macro lens.
Frank said "I must get a Macro" but rereading the post he was referring to his Quantaray.
If you're going to use something other than a Macro then I totally agree that it depends on the lens.
Some AF Teles are just impossible to use in MF even with a good OVF.

Rooz
10-04-2010, 03:12 AM
I was really talking about MF with a macro lens.

so was i. :)

tamron 90/2.8 macro
sigma 150/2.8 macro
nikon 105/2.8 macro

alot of people swear by MF for their macro work, personally i prefer to avoid it if i can.

Peekayoh
10-04-2010, 11:15 AM
Each to his own Rooz, I tried an AF Macro and didn't like it.
Went back to MF.


BUFF TAILED WORKER
55066
Camera: Sony DSLR-A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
17th September 2010

sparkie1263
10-04-2010, 06:55 PM
I went back and reworked this image I posted a while back. I applied the Lucis Effect again. Then lowered the effect to 75%. Then I added a layer mask and removed the effect from the face and hands.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5049106465_107eded635_z.jpg

DWessel
10-05-2010, 05:37 AM
I went back and reworked this image I posted a while back. I applied the Lucis Effect again. Then lowered the effect to 75%. Then I added a layer mask and removed the effect from the face and hands.

Frank

Frank,

Did you just remove from the guy on the left? I would suggest removing the effect from the face and hands of both guys.

Either way, I like this image. It has a Norman Rockwell goes modern grunge quality.

sparkie1263
10-05-2010, 05:49 AM
I think I did remove it from both men. I know I left the facial hair. I will go back and check.

Thanks
Frank

joenmell
10-06-2010, 09:01 AM
None of my lenses are "Macro" lenses. Guess I should attempt to get one and learn :)
I don't see with the naked eye in the viewfinder well enough to use manual focus. That is an issue on a lot of stuff I shoot because I can't see that it is oof....

Peekayoh
10-07-2010, 02:44 PM
You're not alone. The Pentamirror OVFs of the lower end Sonys (and others) are difficult.
Even with an A900 I still want better (never satisfied).
This is one area where EVFs (like in the A33/55) offer the promise of better MF with the magnification function.

sparkie1263
10-07-2010, 04:54 PM
I took this hand held with my Tamron 70-300.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5061223218_1980ac8e7f.jpg

ISO 400
Aperture F/8
Speed 1/200

SONYNUT
10-08-2010, 12:54 AM
hair on a nats wing

joenmell
10-08-2010, 06:59 AM
Good thing you weren't looking at his AZZ :)

Peekayoh
10-14-2010, 03:00 PM
It's that time of year again!

AUTUMN LEAVES
55194
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Exposure: 1/320th at f6.3 (+1.3EV)
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO Speed: 320
07th October 2010

SONYNUT
10-14-2010, 05:13 PM
:rolleyes:yea...about a foot thick of leaves around here

SONYNUT
10-14-2010, 09:16 PM
Got a match?

Peekayoh
10-16-2010, 04:35 AM
ZZZZZZ
55205
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Exposure: 1/320th at f4 (+1.3EV)
Focal Length: 280mm (1.4x Tele)
ISO Speed: 320
07th October 2010

Peekayoh
10-17-2010, 02:51 AM
HELP, I GOT STUCK!
55219
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 320
17th September 2010

DWessel
10-17-2010, 06:53 AM
55224

This brick and mortar (literally) camera shop appears to be hanging on .... barely. Closed most of the time I drive by.

sparkie1263
10-17-2010, 03:47 PM
55224

This brick and mortar (literally) camera shop appears to be hanging on .... barely. Closed most of the time I drive by.
They don't sell Sony that is why they are going out of business. Keep checking they might have a good sale.

Frank

sparkie1263
10-17-2010, 03:57 PM
Went to a Fall Festival today and they had a pumpkin carving contest. Here is one of the pumpkins.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5091044502_f3f52d9866_z.jpg

DonSchap
10-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Must have been some sour mash, eh? Bleech! :p

I'll toss an image into the ring ...a Photoshop special. Here's one from the Zoo ... on Saturday


55229
EXIF: A850 w/ SONY CZ135mm f/1.8
@ f/22 - 1/30 sec. - ISO-100 - Center Weighted Average - Manual Mode

SONYNUT
10-18-2010, 08:17 PM
doing a shoot with the mn timberwolves today:)

Peekayoh
10-19-2010, 09:02 AM
You're not going to trap any Wolves in that net.

Peekayoh
10-19-2010, 09:16 AM
Cochem Castle on the banks of the Moselle Valley in Germany dates back to the 11th Century.
In 1689 it was destroyed by forces of the French King Louis XIV.
It remained in ruins until 1868 when the entire Castle was rebuilt, in the then popular, Neo-Gothic architectural style.

COCHEM CASTLE
55236
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 135mm
Exposure: 1/200th at f8 ()
04th August 2010

DonSchap
10-19-2010, 12:26 PM
Nice Job, Peter

You have captured the majesty ... very cool

Peekayoh
10-20-2010, 04:12 AM
Don, thanks for the VOF.
This one was real awkward to find the right place to stand.
I ended up behind a 6 foot wall, on tiptoe with camera held overhead.
What price Live View?

sparkie1263
10-20-2010, 04:51 AM
Great job, Peter

Frank

joenmell
10-20-2010, 05:43 AM
Don, thanks for the VOF.
This one was real awkward to find the right place to stand.
I ended up behind a 6 foot wall, on tiptoe with camera held overhead.
What price Live View?

and Bravo for the steady hand :D
Well done. I would love to have the opportunity to tour this area. Maybe someday....

Peekayoh
10-20-2010, 11:36 AM
Well Joe, I did have the top of the wall to steady the camera, so not all me I have to confess.
The Mosel Valley (and the Rheine Valley) is definitely well worth the visit should you ever get the opportunity.
We've been several times and there is always plenty to see and of course, from August through the Autumn all the little Villages hold their own Weinfests.
Here's the main Market Square in Cochem.

COCHEM MARKET SQUARE
55239
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 28mm
Exposure: 1/400th at f8 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

Rooz
10-20-2010, 05:22 PM
Cochem Castle on the banks of the Moselle Valley in Germany dates back to the 11th Century.
In 1689 it was destroyed by forces of the French King Louis XIV.
It remained in ruins until 1868 when the entire Castle was rebuilt, in the then popular, Neo-Gothic architectural style.

COCHEM CASTLE


what a stunning looking place.

Peekayoh
10-21-2010, 04:00 AM
I agree Rooz, impressive.
Here's another view I wasn't going to post as I preferred the other, but what the heh!

COCHEM CASTLE
55246
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 40mm
Exposure: 1/125th at f5.6 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
10-22-2010, 08:39 AM
The Mosel river is a major transport system.

MOSEL COAL BARGE
55255
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 85mm
Exposure: 1/2000th at f5.6 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
10-23-2010, 03:25 AM
These things are BIG; this one is articulated so that .....

MOSEL COAL BARGE
55261
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 85mm
Exposure: 1/2000th at f5.6 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

sparkie1263
10-23-2010, 09:54 AM
Portrait attempt again. I had to fix the BG on this.

Frank

ISO 100
f/16
Speed 1/100

I used my Sony Kit lens for this

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/5107253679_1cb902ce30_z.jpg

More on my Flicke site

Rooz
10-23-2010, 01:41 PM
some nice portraits in that set frank. f16 is unnecessary though. you are starting to suffer diffraction at that point and dont need to go that far up. f8 or even f11 tops is more than enuf for this type of shot.

Peekayoh
10-24-2010, 04:11 AM
Rooz is right, why f16?
Massive DOF yes, but you don't really need a distracting, razor sharp backdrop do you?
Worse, the smaller the aperture the harder the flash has to work = harsh highlights, as can be seen.
So I'd go further than Rooz and ask, why not wide open at f5.6?
Ok, I'll answer that myself. The kit lens isn't great wide open, there again it's not much better at f8 either.
Which begs the question, why not use your 50mm Minolta. On your A100 its field of view is equivalent to 75mm so it behaves just like a basic portrait lens on FF.
And although soft in the borders, the centre sharpness beats the kit lens from f2.8 up.
Even wide open at f1.7 the Mino centres are sharper than the kit lens at f5.6.
Generally speaking we're not too concerned about the borders in Portrait photograhy, they are usually defocused anyway.
MTF's below...
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Another thing, although you may think from the MTF's that the bokeh of the Mino might be poor, in fact it is quite smooth and buttery.

Peekayoh
10-24-2010, 04:17 AM
..... it can go clean round the bend.

MOSEL COAL BARGE
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 135mm
Exposure: 1/400th at f7.1 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

Rooz
10-24-2010, 04:25 AM
maybe frank wanted to show off the grain in his flash floorboards aswell as his gorgeous grandkids. :D

Rooz
10-24-2010, 04:30 AM
peter, what downsizer are you using, the latest shots look a bit fuzzy on my monitor. looks like its badly compressed by the software maybe ?

Peekayoh
10-24-2010, 05:18 AM
Operator error, Rooz. Just a rubbish shot.
I'm using CS4 so can't blame the software.
I'd have chucked it but it shows the Barge "articulating" its way around the bend.

sparkie1263
10-24-2010, 06:51 AM
I kept trying to control the light and the fastest speed i could use was 1/125. So I kept adjusting the aperture till the image didn't look blown out. I always use my Minolta for these shots but where I set up I had no room to back up. I still have a lot to learn about taking portrait shots. Wildlife is much easier.

Thanks for all the comments and help maybe one day I will get it right.

Frank

Peekayoh
10-24-2010, 09:30 AM
Frank, the shutter speed has no effect at all on flash exposure.
Only when trying to record some ambient light with a slow shutter does it come into play but it still has no effect on the flash exposure.
The idea is to choose the correct aperture to control DOF and then vary the flash intensity to give correct exposure.
Either dial down the flash, move it further away, use a diffuser or any combination.

ps. Get out of that corridor!

sparkie1263
10-24-2010, 05:55 PM
Frank, the shutter speed has no effect at all on flash exposure.
Only when trying to record some ambient light with a slow shutter does it come into play but it still has no effect on the flash exposure.
The idea is to choose the correct aperture to control DOF and then vary the flash intensity to give correct exposure.
Either dial down the flash, move it further away, use a diffuser or any combination.

ps. Get out of that corridor!

I need to watch my lightning tutorials again. LOL I remember seeing that now that you mention it. There was too much confusion that night with my daughter trying to be the director and she kept standing in front of my light. I will have to have a sleep over (only one) and try again.

Thanks again
Frank

Peekayoh
10-25-2010, 05:37 AM
Frank, you need to get swotting up or else the grandkids will be full grown. LOL.

Peekayoh
10-25-2010, 05:42 AM
This morning I went outside to put out the rubbish for the Bin Men.
There was a heavy ground frost and it was bl**** freezing.
Not a cloud in the sky and little atmospheric distortion.
The Sun was rising in the East and brilliantly lighting the Moon setting low in the West.
By the time I had the camera set up on the tripod the light wasn't quite as good but ...
with a bit of playing around with selective levels .....



MOON AT SUNRISE
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Sony 300mm f2.8
Focal Length: 600mm (2x Tele)
Exposure: 1/50th at f8 () ISO 400
25th October 2010

sparkie1263
10-25-2010, 10:25 AM
Great shot!!

Frank

sparkie1263
10-25-2010, 11:59 AM
Here is shot of my son in his Halloween Costume.

Frank

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1163/5115235680_d5fb2f5535_z.jpg

ISO 100
F/5.0
Speed 1/30

SONYNUT
10-25-2010, 01:08 PM
Your son looks old enough to watch movies rated arrrrrrrr.

sparkie1263
10-25-2010, 01:10 PM
Your son looks old enough to watch movies rated arrrrrrrr.

LOL

Frank

DonSchap
10-25-2010, 10:47 PM
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/donschap/models/_DSC1485-adj.jpg

A850 w/ SONY 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
@70mm - f/14 - 1/250 sec - ISO-200 - CWA - WB=Daylight - Manual
Model: Chelsea Barker - New York

SONYNUT
10-25-2010, 11:55 PM
it's almost sighted in...

Peekayoh
10-26-2010, 03:22 AM
Sonynut, that A55 isn't three bad.

Peekayoh
10-26-2010, 03:32 AM
Don, I really like that shot.
The composition is fine for a double page lay up
For a stand alone image I'd cut the crap and concentrate the attention.

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But top marks for idea and execution.

Rooz
10-26-2010, 04:12 AM
it's almost sighted in...

awesome shot.

Peekayoh
10-28-2010, 09:32 AM
These trees are on the Cochem riverfront.

TREES
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 35mm
Exposure: 1/80th at f5.6 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

Peekayoh
10-29-2010, 12:58 PM
Cathedral of St. Martins in Cochem.

SANKT MARTIN COCHEM
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Focal Length: 28mm
Exposure: 1/400th at f5.6 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

sparkie1263
10-30-2010, 07:09 AM
Angelena in her Halloween Costume. I used a home made "A Better Bounce Flash Card" on my flash. This is the first time I tried it and I think it works pretty good.

Frank

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1415/5128092925_62a4920b32_z.jpg

Iso 200
F/5.6
Speed 1/100

Peekayoh
10-31-2010, 03:56 PM
Nice one Frank!

sparkie1263
10-31-2010, 05:47 PM
Nice one Frank!

I am trying. I have some from today to edit. I will post the one I think is the best.

Thanks
Frank

sparkie1263
11-01-2010, 01:33 PM
Here is another shot from yesterday using the BBF. (Better Bounce Flash)

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/5137180110_e6ff34976d_z.jpg

Iso 200
F/2.8
Exposure 1/40
Minolta 50mm lens

shoeytennis
11-01-2010, 07:22 PM
http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/9683/33685448248030847508915.jpg (http://img824.imageshack.us/i/33685448248030847508915.jpg/)

Part of me "Random Retard" Series, yeah there all edited weird!
Serious opinions i will take :)

Peekayoh
11-02-2010, 02:50 PM
Part of me "Random Retard" Series, yeah there all edited weird!
Serious opinions i will take :)

Wouldn't know where to start, Ryan.
Unless it was to make the series title less contentious.

Peekayoh
11-02-2010, 03:13 PM
Here is another shot from yesterday using the BBF. (Better Bounce Flash)

Strange how your model is the spitting image of Angelina, or not!

sparkie1263
11-02-2010, 05:52 PM
Strange how your model is the spitting image of Angelina, or not!


That is my oldest daughter which is Angelena's mother. She is also the mother of Matthew and Vincent (Vincent is the oldest and don't get in many shots)

Frank

sparkie1263
11-02-2010, 06:29 PM
Here is Angelena looking into here candy bowl with the Lucis Effect added.


Frank

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1052/5141634796_0104cb63bb_z.jpg

DonSchap
11-02-2010, 09:12 PM
Chicago weather was great, today.

At Brookfield Zoo, the Grizzly flopped in and took a bath!


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a850 w SONY 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
@ 180mm - f/6.3 - 1/200 sec. - ISO-400 - CWA - Daylight - Manual

Peekayoh
11-04-2010, 03:50 PM
SANKT MARTIN
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: CZ 16-35mm f2.8
Focal Length: 16mm
Exposure: 1/30th at f2.8 () ISO 320
04th August 2010

DWessel
11-06-2010, 07:40 AM
Not the best combination of items ...

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:eek:

S3000
11-06-2010, 11:43 AM
Specially the last two....lol

DonSchap
11-06-2010, 12:18 PM
the last two, how you going to get the fish drunk enough to shoot him? :confused:

Cast that into your bucket of fun! :D

S3000
11-06-2010, 04:44 PM
Try and shoot the fish when you are drunk?:confused:
I want to see this..:D

sparkie1263
11-09-2010, 02:34 PM
My friend gave me a new Tamron 2x converter. I put it on my Tamron 70-300. I had to use MF because the AF don't work with an aperture of 4.5. I shot this hand held.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5162598524_78820d8e09_z.jpg

Peekayoh
11-09-2010, 03:34 PM
Frank, that's very nice, especially using MF which you nailed.
Those small birds aren't still for very long, if at all.
Also credits to the A100 VF (and you) for being able to see well enough to focus at f9+.

I wish you'd remember to post EXIF data in POTD.

Just to be clear, the 2x tele knocks your Tammie's maximum aperture down two stops to f9 which is the reason it can't AF.
That's why teles are normally used on fast lenses.
A 2x tele on an f2.8 knocks it down to f5.6 but it can still AF.

sparkie1263
11-09-2010, 03:51 PM
Sorry I keep forgetting to add that. The VF was real dark. It wasn't easy trying to hold still either.
F/11
Speed 1/320
Iso 200
Focal length 600mm

Here is another image

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/5161992081_70659007d9_z.jpg

F/11
Speed 1/500
Iso 200
Focal length 600mm

Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
11-10-2010, 11:31 AM
:):):):)

Low light photography!!

sparkie1263
11-10-2010, 01:31 PM
Here is another image with the TC. This was about 50 yards away.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5161992641_d6c479d65e_z.jpg

Iso 200
F/ 11
Speed 1/400
Focal Length 600mm

Peekayoh
11-11-2010, 10:14 AM
It's b***dy freezing today, blowing a gale and raining off and on.
Even the sheep are feeling the cold

COLD FEET
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Sony 300mm G SSM
Focal Length: 600mm (2x tele)
Exposure: 1/500th at f5.6 (+0.3ev) ISO 800
11th oCTOBER 2010

SONYNUT
11-11-2010, 01:30 PM
light and darkness

sparkie1263
11-11-2010, 03:43 PM
Here are two test shots with me TC and my 50mm. Both shots I used my home made bounce card. I shot one at F/5.6 and one at F/8.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4031/5168162466_2593d2c9de_z.jpg

Iso 200, F/5.6, speed 1/60


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1324/5168161872_2b30c36e96_z.jpg

Iso 200,F/8, speed 1/40

Peekayoh
11-11-2010, 04:44 PM
First pic is clearly the best.
Did you try one without the tele?

sparkie1263
11-11-2010, 04:49 PM
First pic is clearly the best.
Did you try one without the tele?

No I didn't but I can snap a few to compare them.

Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
11-11-2010, 04:54 PM
Standing at the same distance, take a shot with and without the teleconverter.
Upsize the 50mm one to the size of the other and compare.

sparkie1263
11-11-2010, 05:36 PM
Here are the two side by side.

Frank


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/5167800531_61023010c1_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5167799883_401f5685a5_z.jpg

Peekayoh
11-12-2010, 01:59 AM
Frank,
a 2x converter tends to reduce contrast and blur detail and of course loses you 2 stops.
With some converters, upsizing the "without converter" shot can work out better, depending on the quality of the tele.
Clearly, if you can move closer, then the unconverted shot will always be superior.

I can't tell from a web image, you need to compare the shots with a critical eye.
BTW, there's nothing riding on this, I just want you to be aware of the downside and I'm interested in hearing your thoughts.

BTW (another), the sweet spot of the lens for centre resolution is f5.6 and f8 for border resolution.

Peekayoh
11-12-2010, 02:22 AM
BEWICK'S SWAN
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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/4000th at f5 (+1.3ev) ISO 320
07th October 2010

sparkie1263
11-12-2010, 04:26 AM
Great shot. I never seen a swan with yellow on it like that.

Thanks again for the help
Frank

PS Where could I get critical eye????? I know I don't have one!!

Anthony
11-12-2010, 05:02 AM
The swan looks very strange to me as we tend to have mute swans here:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_twXBe0RgCpI/TFMozH1auUI/AAAAAAAAAaA/OiCCLEDVErc/s720/background.jpg

I have this as my PC wallpaper and it works well with the icons down the lefthand side.

Peekayoh
11-12-2010, 11:12 AM
Frank,
I don't think you'll see it in the US although it is related to your Tundra Swan.

The smallest swan in the UK, the Bewick's is more goose like in shape. It arrives in Britain in mid-October after spending the breeding season in Siberia. Found mainly in eastern England, around the Severn estuary and in Lancashire with concentrations at the Ouse and Nene Washes (Cambridgeshire), Martin Mere (Lancashire) and Slimbridge (Gloucestershire).

I'm not sure we should inflict you with the "critical eye", Frank. It's an incurable condition found mainly in the female of the species but increasingly being identified in digital photographers after years of pixel peeping. No known cure!

_______________

Anthony,
The mute is our only resident breeding swan, so much more common than the Bewick's which only drops in for a winter break.

I posted Mute Swan pictures earlier in this thread if you're interested. LINK (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=363544&postcount=786)

Anthony
11-12-2010, 11:26 AM
Another great picture; its a shame our local lake water is brown not a nice blue.

That was the swan that kept attacking me when I was taking the damson fly photos ( taken about the same time ). It settled down after a while and I took that photo from about 3ft away.

Peekayoh
11-12-2010, 04:08 PM
The swan I linked you to was really pissed. You can see from the set of his wings that I was not his favourite person. Fortunately he was more concerned with keeping his "mate" out of harms way.

Remember "Hissing Sid"???? LINK (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7953652/Angry-swan-named-Hissing-Sid-evicted-after-river-rampage.html)

Peekayoh
11-15-2010, 01:37 AM
When photographing the Mute Swan in bright sunshine, there's a frustratingly fine line between over/under exposure.

You also need to be ready to beat a hasty retreat from another "Hissing" Swan.

MUTE SWAN

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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Focal Length: 280mm (1.4x Tele)
Exposure: 1/2500th at f8 (+1ev) ISO 320
07th October 2010

sparkie1263
11-15-2010, 05:29 AM
Nice job controlling the whites.

Frank

Peekayoh
11-16-2010, 01:53 PM
The Black Swan was originally introduced into the UK from Australia but is becoming a regular sight amongst our native swans. A little smaller than a Mute Swan, it is more aggressive and competes in the same niche leading to fears that it may displace the native breed.

BLACK SWAN

55445
Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/400th at f5 (+1.7ev) ISO 320
07th October 2010

Switchblade906
11-16-2010, 01:56 PM
Great looking photo, i need to find somewhere to find those kinds of birds

sparkie1263
11-16-2010, 02:56 PM
You will have to strap yourself in a plane!!!! Pete is in the UK.There are more birds in Florida to shoot.

Frank

Switchblade906
11-16-2010, 03:37 PM
yeah i know lol, i really love the look of swans though.......

sparkie1263
11-16-2010, 03:44 PM
One got lost and found its way to NJ. I seen this black swan in a flock of about 50 white swans.It looked like a fly in milk.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3499/3868978105_2515987ecb_z.jpg

Iso 200, f/8 1/1000 300mm

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5182647047_2978d976a0_b.jpg

Switchblade906
11-16-2010, 04:24 PM
Very nice!

Is the first picture cropped or is it all lens? And do you use a tripod?

sparkie1263
11-16-2010, 04:26 PM
It is cropped and I don't use a tripod.


Thanks
Frank

Switchblade906
11-16-2010, 04:28 PM
how do you crop it and keep all the detail?

Peekayoh
11-16-2010, 04:31 PM
Magic!
_____

Peekayoh
11-16-2010, 04:33 PM
LOL, good capture Frank.
I don't think there are many Black Swan in the US, maybe it's an escapee.

Frank's right Switch, you have loads of birds in Florida, you just need to find them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Florida

Here's another pic of the same Swan eyeing me up.

BLACK SWAN

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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/400th at f5 (+1.7ev) ISO 320
07th October 2010

sparkie1263
11-16-2010, 04:36 PM
I never seen one before and haven't seen it again. I took 25 shot of it that day.

Thanks
Frank

Switchblade906
11-16-2010, 04:40 PM
i just found that link, im going to a nature reserve tomorrow morning maybe ill find some good stuff there. Not that ill know any of the birds names lol.

But come on is there a certain way to crop the pictures to keep all the detail from before they were cropped??

Peekayoh
11-16-2010, 04:56 PM
Switch, there's no way to do that.
When you crop you throw away detail, no way to avoid it.

sparkie1263
11-16-2010, 04:58 PM
Genuine Fractals plug in.

Frank

Switchblade906
11-16-2010, 04:59 PM
ok so how is there still that much detail in those pictures after being cropped? Is it the megapixels or something else?

SONYNUT
11-16-2010, 07:37 PM
megapixels are wonderfull things

SONYNUT
11-16-2010, 10:02 PM
.........................................

Switchblade906
11-17-2010, 09:48 AM
A picture of the moon i took last night.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/DSC01084_2.jpg

Camera: Sony A33
Lens: Sony 55mm-200mm
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/125th at f9, ISO 100

Peekayoh
11-17-2010, 04:12 PM
Although native to South America, the Black-necked Swan is a close relative of our Mute Swan and does well here.
Just like the Mute Swan it is relatively silent compared to other Swans and Geese.

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BLACK-NECKED SWAN

Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/2500th at f3.2 (+1.7ev) ISO 320
07th October 2010

Switchblade906
11-17-2010, 04:17 PM
Man I hate how you can get some close lol.

SONYNUT
11-17-2010, 04:20 PM
Looked like a bird with a nose.........i didn't scroll down enough

sparkie1263
11-17-2010, 04:29 PM
This was an 8 lb lobster my son in law brought home.



Frank


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3272/2406043903_a4ac163bc7_z.jpg

Iso 400, f/6.3 1/500 at 300mm

Switchblade906
11-17-2010, 04:31 PM
Looks like that will be a tasty dinner lol

SONYNUT
11-17-2010, 04:37 PM
.......................

Peekayoh
11-17-2010, 04:42 PM
Man, that's ugly, unless you're a Lobster.

And that Duck might have a glint in his eye but he's got no chance. That thing would rip him to bits.

Peekayoh
11-18-2010, 03:01 PM
WOOD PIDGEON

55474

Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Focal Length: 280mm (1.4x Tele)
Exposure: 1/320th at f4.5 (+1ev) ISO 320
07th October 2010

SONYNUT
11-18-2010, 03:04 PM
Must have took some time to carve and paint.........;)

Peekayoh
11-18-2010, 04:36 PM
A thankless task but someone has to do it.

Switchblade906
11-18-2010, 05:17 PM
That bird looks awesome, im going to have to go to a nature reserve soon....

SONYNUT
11-18-2010, 07:59 PM
my grandkiddle in NICU...poor little guy..
one twin is going home..this one...not for some months:(:(:(:(:(:(

Rooz
11-19-2010, 12:57 AM
our twins were in ICU for a week so i cant imagine how hard it would be for it to be months. hope the little fella is ok.

Peekayoh
11-19-2010, 01:11 AM
Yeh, I second that.
Always seems worse when it's kids that are bad.
All the best Steve, for the little fellow.

sparkie1263
11-19-2010, 04:12 AM
It won't be long before you are chasing them both around with the camera.Wishing you the best!!

Frank

SONYNUT
11-19-2010, 12:29 PM
Last night was the first time mom has been able to see baby 2 since he was moved to a diff hosp than her and other baby...

She is out now so they went over to other hosp...the baby has not opened its eyes very much doctors say but the second mom talked he reached out and opened his eyes, wiggled around...doctors were excited to see this...it is a big indicator that brain function is good....this is a big relief for everyone

shoeytennis
11-19-2010, 02:08 PM
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5958/adsc05531.jpg (http://img690.imageshack.us/i/adsc05531.jpg/)

SONYNUT
11-20-2010, 05:57 PM
The twins..

SONYNUT
11-21-2010, 08:44 PM
Yum.........:D

sparkie1263
11-23-2010, 09:14 AM
Here is a Red Shouldered Hawk I shot in Florida in April.

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5202018668_17e8e238ba_z.jpg

Iso 400
F/10
1/250
250mm

sparkie1263
11-24-2010, 05:44 AM
Took a ride looking for something new to shoot and this was all I found. I need to go for a long drive before it gets cold.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5129/5203660423_23e430e0d0_z.jpg

Iso 400
F/8
1/1250
28mm

DonSchap
11-25-2010, 11:15 AM
How about some Turkey-Day shots?

Peekayoh
11-25-2010, 11:53 AM
Not yet!
______

SONYNUT
11-25-2010, 12:02 PM
mmmmmm:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

sparkie1263
11-29-2010, 04:20 PM
Here is a shot I took today using my Tamron 70-300 with my 2xTC manual focus hand held.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5218948005_8f8166c812_z.jpg


ISO 400
F/11
1/250
600 mm

Peekayoh
11-29-2010, 04:24 PM
Frank, I don't know what focal length you were at but with a 2x tele and MF, that's highly commendable.

Peekayoh
11-29-2010, 04:26 PM
ROBIN

55579

Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Sony 300mm f2.8
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/500th at f4 () ISO 320
30th November 2010

sparkie1263
11-29-2010, 04:56 PM
Made a WB correction.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5085/5219636272_1900cdbce9_z.jpg

joenmell
11-30-2010, 04:30 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joenmell/5221851889/

This guy was in the back yard this last weekend.

Peekayoh
11-30-2010, 05:01 PM
I hope you gave him his marching orders! From a distance.

Peekayoh
11-30-2010, 05:03 PM
Here's a Juvenile (tell by brown plumage) Blackbird.
The specular highlights are from all the ice.
We're getting unusually cold (b****y freezing actually) winds in from Russia.
It was colder here than in Greenland!!!

JUVENILE BLACKBIRD

55681

Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Sony 300mm f2.8
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/100th at f4 (+1EV) ISO 320
29th November 2010

sparkie1263
11-30-2010, 07:01 PM
Nice shot Pete!

Shy Swan


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5004/5222145977_1a3d35b15f_z.jpg

Iso 400
F/8
1/500
160 mm

SONYNUT
12-01-2010, 08:41 AM
She/he is their own pillow

.

jr_rodriguez
12-01-2010, 01:21 PM
Nice shot Pete!

Shy Swan


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5004/5222145977_1a3d35b15f_z.jpg

Iso 400
F/8
1/500
160 mm

Nice shot, Frank. The feathers look a bit too yellow, IMHO. Would adjusting the white balance negatively affect the rest of the shot?

SONYNUT
12-01-2010, 01:27 PM
splashdown

sparkie1263
12-01-2010, 02:54 PM
I tried correcting the WB.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/5222816958_7f583804a7_z.jpg

Frank

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5222146313_119f298bd0_z.jpg

Iso 400
f/8
1/160
250mm




Frank

Peekayoh
12-01-2010, 03:07 PM
Better Frank.

That's nice timing with the Blood Lemon Steve.

Peekayoh
12-01-2010, 03:59 PM
BLACKBIRD [FEMALE]

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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Sony 300mm f2.8
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/400th at f4 (+0.7EV) ISO 320
29th November 2010

Switchblade906
12-01-2010, 05:22 PM
cool shot, is that in your yard?

sparkie1263
12-01-2010, 05:31 PM
I seen this tutorial and decided to give it a try.

Frank

Duck Triptych Image
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5130/5224720093_9b22bae4c8_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5127/5225348078_0f65a162d6_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5125/5225425650_ca23ac72b5_z.jpg

jr_rodriguez
12-01-2010, 08:22 PM
I tried correcting the WB.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/5222816958_7f583804a7_z.jpg

Frank


That's better, at least to me.

SONYNUT
12-01-2010, 08:28 PM
The basketball player :d
the girl in a dress
and the volcano

Switchblade906
12-01-2010, 09:07 PM
Wow, i can see all of those lol

SONYNUT
12-01-2010, 09:39 PM
REALY....THEN WHAT DO YOU SEE HERE?:rolleyes:

shoeytennis
12-02-2010, 09:36 AM
http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/5210/adsc05888.jpg (http://img819.imageshack.us/i/adsc05888.jpg/)

Peekayoh
12-02-2010, 09:49 AM
cool shot, is that in your yard?
Certainly is, although we would say "Back Garden".

Anthony
12-02-2010, 09:51 AM
REALY....THEN WHAT DO YOU SEE HERE?

Isn't that a machine from a science fiction film that was used to shrink something :p

Peekayoh
12-02-2010, 09:55 AM
I see a Japanese girl in a Kimono.

jr_rodriguez
12-02-2010, 10:18 AM
I see dead people.

SONYNUT
12-02-2010, 02:04 PM
1/2 full or 1/2 empty?

sparkie1263
12-02-2010, 04:35 PM
Not the best image but just wanted to try it with a landscape image.


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5227839512_545774bb4d_z.jpg

sparkie1263
12-02-2010, 07:22 PM
Just playing in PS.

Frank


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5043/5228152798_eef67b88eb_z.jpg

Peekayoh
12-03-2010, 02:56 AM
Triptychs, now Cubism, whatever next Frank?

Anyways, you need to pay a bit more attention to perspective.

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sparkie1263
12-03-2010, 05:02 AM
I messed up with the Gradient it looked washed out so I didn't add it. LOL

Thanks
Frank

Anthony
12-03-2010, 05:02 AM
The perspective looks correct now but to my eyes it looks like the top "bulges". It must be an optical illusion.

SONYNUT
12-03-2010, 05:15 AM
I noticed that right away..but one would have to then assume it is a true square cube..

I had a similar question on one of the tests for a drafting class i taught......most students assumed it was square when it wasn't

Peekayoh
12-03-2010, 08:18 AM
It is bulging.
I did a quick and dirty adjustment simply to illustrate the point.

SONYNUT
12-03-2010, 08:35 AM
the top left edge was not parallel to the lower top right edge

SONYNUT
12-03-2010, 08:41 AM
or it isn't a cube..lol

SONYNUT
12-03-2010, 08:55 AM
not by much though

Anthony
12-03-2010, 10:42 AM
I wrote some imagemagic code a couple of years ago to do something similar.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=49&pictureid=402

sparkie1263
12-03-2010, 10:46 AM
I had to adjust the images when I put them on the cube. The cube should b perfectly square because I made all of them from the first on. Here is the cube without the images.

Frank


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shoeytennis
12-03-2010, 03:35 PM
http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/842/dsc05931p.jpg (http://img203.imageshack.us/i/dsc05931p.jpg/)

Switchblade906
12-03-2010, 04:41 PM
^ lol thats cool!

Peekayoh
12-03-2010, 04:49 PM
Brian, you really need to watch your diet, it's screwing with your head!

Peekayoh
12-03-2010, 04:51 PM
Frank, I drew this cube to demonstrate proper perspective and then debated all day whether to post or not.
In the end .....

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It's all about vanishing points if you remember.

sparkie1263
12-03-2010, 05:12 PM
Looks much better Pete. I forgot what settings I used.

Frank

Peekayoh
12-04-2010, 02:19 AM
All about perspective and the vanishing point Frank.
Just like in any street scene, parallel lines converge on the vanishing point.

I've extended imaginary lines from parallels on this image. You may be surprised at how close the VP is!

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SONYNUT
12-04-2010, 05:03 AM
First you must decide if what you are intending to show is a perspective or an isometric representation of a cube

SONYNUT
12-04-2010, 05:22 AM
It's all a matter of........

Peekayoh
12-04-2010, 07:35 AM
Seeing as this is not engineering, I think we can safely stick with "perspective", as you did.

SONYNUT
12-04-2010, 09:48 AM
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee
sketch up from google is a great free program

Anthony
12-04-2010, 10:32 AM
Fred has written an imagemagick program that will do a similar thing BUT I do not have the minimium requirements on my server - need to update - and have the correct version on my PC but can not run the script unless I install cgwin? or whatever it is !
http://www.fmwconcepts.com/imagemagick/3Dbox/images/box_animation_tilt_pef0p5_center.gif

http://www.fmwconcepts.com/imagemagick/3Dbox/images/box_animation_pan_pef0p5_center.gif

Peekayoh
12-04-2010, 01:46 PM
Starting to feel a bit giddy!

shoeytennis
12-04-2010, 03:24 PM
I'll take serious photos one day lol
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y332/shoeytennis/rt.jpg

sparkie1263
12-04-2010, 08:29 PM
I posted this image before but wanted to give Photomatrix 4 a try. This is a 5 image hand held HDR using Photomatrix 4. This is the first image I tried this on and it looks pretty good to me.


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5203/5233561328_6614524227_z.jpg

sparkie1263
12-05-2010, 06:54 AM
Here is the vertical image.


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5087/5234099897_debe34c71d_z.jpg

Switchblade906
12-05-2010, 07:50 AM
Here is a picture of my new baby Boy Aiden Michael! He was born this morning at 0324 hours (3:24 AM) at 7 pounds 4 Ounces and 20-1/2 inches long.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/Aiden/DSC01751.jpg

Shutter - 1/50
Aperture - f2.8
Focal Length - 30mm
ISO - 1600
Handheld

sparkie1263
12-05-2010, 08:12 AM
Congratulations on the new baby. Nice shot of him too!!


Frank

Switchblade906
12-05-2010, 09:17 AM
Thanks Frank, i was hoping to get a good shot. I tried to get the histogram to be just about as perfect as i know how to get it

Switchblade906
12-05-2010, 02:37 PM
Heres another picture of my little boy

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/Aiden/DSC01777.jpg