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sparkie1263
12-05-2010, 03:07 PM
Playing in Photoshop again.


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5236210938_e47a5e8838_z.jpg

sparkie1263
12-06-2010, 05:47 AM
Here is another PS edit.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5083/5236550445_d95d1856d0_b.jpg

sparkie1263
12-07-2010, 05:05 PM
Here is a 5 image hand held HDR using Photomatix 4.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5242/5242163459_f07f994b66_z.jpg

DWessel
12-08-2010, 06:24 AM
Here is another PS edit.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5083/5236550445_d95d1856d0_b.jpg

Great job Frank. My only suggestion would be to make the background reflected below and move the reflected globe upwards to just touching the bottom of the upper globe.

DWessel
12-08-2010, 07:01 AM
Fall finally hits Southern California ... in December.
55752
A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 f2.8 @ 70mm, f11, 1 sec, ISO 100

Switchblade906
12-08-2010, 05:49 PM
Took a picture of my Fire Place tonight

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/DSC01848.jpg

Shutter - 1/6
Aperture - f2.8
Focal Length - 30mm
ISO - 1600
Handheld

sparkie1263
12-08-2010, 06:09 PM
Nice picture. You need to try and shoot at a lower iso. I try to never shoot over 400.
Frank

Switchblade906
12-08-2010, 07:03 PM
i didnt even notice it, it was on auto and i only saw it when i was putting that up

sparkie1263
12-08-2010, 07:13 PM
i didnt even notice it, it was on auto and i only saw it when i was putting that up

Try using Aperture Mode set Iso to 200. I shoot most of my shots at f/8 and adjust from there.

Keep snapping away

Frank

DonSchap
12-08-2010, 07:28 PM
The fireplace at our home is still being finished for Christmas. We took down the wood-burning, 50-year-old one (original version) and are right smack-dab in the middle of finalizing the installation of a natural gas-fueled build. It is nearly done, as the custom "surround" is being finished and the gas-installation with the special heat-generating logs are being installed next Thursday.

Nothing like down to the wire to get your season off to a roaring start, eh? Ho, ho, ho.

I had originally planned for it to be done a lot sooner for a shoot I had planned for the Location Photography class, but alas ... ain't gonna happen.

Anyway, with the new fireplace, came new surrounding walls ... the removal of the carpeting in the living room and the restoration of the oaken floors underneath. Yeah, it all needs to be sanded and refinished, but you have to start somewhere, I suppose.

Anyway, the room looks entirely different ... far more modern and more useful with some aperture changes we made, also. Obviously, the photos will be telling.

Burn baby burn ... :D

Switchblade906
12-08-2010, 10:02 PM
Try using Aperture Mode set Iso to 200. I shoot most of my shots at f/8 and adjust from there.

Keep snapping away

Frank

I always have the camera on Aperture mode but the ISO setting was set to auto and i totally forgot to even check what it was at. And if i went anything higher then f2.8 then the shutter speed would have been to low for a handheld shot. Ill try again tomorrow night at iso 200 and a higher aperture.

Peekayoh
12-09-2010, 02:00 AM
I don't think Frank realised you were at 1/6th sec handheld.
Any lower than that and you need a tripod (other support) or the camera shake will be very obvious.
In any case, by all accounts, the SLT A33 is pretty capable at iso1600.
I don't see any seriously distracting noise in your image.

Rooz
12-09-2010, 02:32 AM
I try to never shoot over 400.
Frank

Thats cos you have an a100. :p
A33 seems to control noise quite nicely.

sparkie1263
12-09-2010, 05:02 AM
I guess it is beaten into my head that 800 Iso and up is bad for me. I still would try to shoot as low of an Iso as the image will allow. Peter did make a good point which I did miss.


Frank

Switchblade906
12-09-2010, 07:38 AM
I don't think Frank realised you were at 1/6th sec handheld.
Any lower than that and you need a tripod (other support) or the camera shake will be very obvious.
In any case, by all accounts, the SLT A33 is pretty capable at iso1600.
I don't see any seriously distracting noise in your image.

WOW! Does that mean i did good by your standards?

SONYNUT
12-09-2010, 10:13 AM
shoot the fire at a fast speed and you'll get some bizzare flame pics......kind of like water drops

Peekayoh
12-09-2010, 03:32 PM
WOW! Does that mean i did good by your standards?

Sure thing Switch. I think you light a mean fire.

Switchblade906
12-09-2010, 05:41 PM
Sure thing Switch. I think you light a mean fire.

Sweet, thanks

Switchblade906
12-11-2010, 02:33 PM
My baby Aiden's little foot.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/Aiden/DSC01886.jpg

I dont know how good this one is since the lighting in the room is kinda harsh.

shoeytennis
12-11-2010, 02:41 PM
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y332/shoeytennis/156900_468213915847_508915847_6147888_3720749_n.jp g

SONYNUT
12-11-2010, 07:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtUcWfcwmjo

BIGGEST SNOW ON RECORD HERE

sparkie1263
12-12-2010, 06:46 AM
Wow!!! Better you than me. We are getting rain right now. If this storm would have started last week it would have been snow.

Frank

SONYNUT
12-12-2010, 10:16 AM
got some 6ft drifts......about 2 ft of snow in one day....:rolleyes:

DonSchap
12-12-2010, 10:37 AM
We received some snow. but nothing like that. :) Actually more like a bitter dusting, to be honest.


55816

You have my sympathies ... we go clear, but decidedly chilly (low teens and single-digits Fahrenheit) :eek:, tomorrow, for the rest of the week.

Believe me, this is no "POTD", more of compare and contrast. I may have deep depth of field, but you have depth of SNOW. You win! Enjoy the prize! ;)

SONYNUT
12-12-2010, 12:06 PM
had 2ft in the driveway this morn...........:(

MAKES MY BIG 10HP BLOWER LOOK TINY

Switchblade906
12-12-2010, 12:15 PM
What happened to the good ol' shovel? lol

When you live in FL you dont have to worry about any of that.....

SONYNUT
12-12-2010, 12:21 PM
Did worry about it in calif either..the earthquakes would shake it all away......

SONYNUT
12-12-2010, 12:23 PM
........................

Anthony
12-12-2010, 12:28 PM
I remember a comic book from my teenage years where they melted the snow by covering the snow with the soot and embers from a fire.

Alternativly where are the boy scouts when you need them with their bob-a-job:


Bob-a-Job week is when the boy scouts go round the village once a year doing jobs for a bob ( 'bob' is the old name for a shilling, now 5 pence).

sparkie1263
12-12-2010, 12:39 PM
we got nailed last year I hope we get a break this year.

Frank

DWessel
12-12-2010, 05:49 PM
had 2ft in the driveway this morn...........:(

MAKES MY BIG 10HP BLOWER LOOK TINY

And, yet it was in the mid-80s and sunny here in LA. ;)

SONYNUT
12-12-2010, 06:06 PM
And, yet it was in the mid-80s and sunny here in LA. ;)

REMEMBER THAT WHEN IT'S 120 OUT:p

SONYNUT
12-13-2010, 05:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6FnS5oKGak


WHITE STUFF.....EVERYWHERE!!!:p

SONYNUT
12-13-2010, 06:33 AM
I sent some your way....
:D



We received some snow. but nothing like that. :) Actually more like a bitter dusting, to be honest.


55816

You have my sympathies ... we go clear, but decidedly chilly (low teens and single-digits Fahrenheit) :eek:, tomorrow, for the rest of the week.

Believe me, this is no "POTD", more of compare and contrast. I may have deep depth of field, but you have depth of SNOW. You win! Enjoy the prize! ;)

SONYNUT
12-13-2010, 05:05 PM
score!!!!!!:p

Peekayoh
12-14-2010, 03:45 AM
I had a look at those images Steve, looks like you Guys in the Midwest are taking a pounding.

Serves you right. Nah, not really LOL, we're taking the medicine here in the UK as well.

This November has been a record breaker for both the highest Nov Temp (19C in St James Park) and the lowest -18C (here in Wales).
The middle of November saw heavy rain and flash flooding in the South West and the end of the month saw the most significant spell of November snow since 1965 causing widespread transport disruption with 400 lorries trapped on the M25 in Surrey overnight, difficult driving conditions and road closures elsewhere, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports closed and rail service delays and cancellations.

December continues in the same vein with heavy snow in the North and temps down as low as -21C. Several feet of snow in places has brought more widespread transport disruption with cars and lorries trapped overnight, motorway closures, airport closures, shops running short of supplies and most of the schools closed. The general chaos in the North has precipitated (pun intended) the resignation of the Scottish Minister for Roads&Transport.

Elsewhere has been a mixed picture with most places getting snow but where I am on the Severn Estuary we have escaped with very little although friends only 10 miles away have been bogged down by a couple of feet of the white stuff.

We simply don't have the infrastructure in terms of Snowploughs, Gritters, Blowers etc. that they have in the colder parts of Europe to cope with unusual amounts of snow. If this weather is a sign of things to come, we will have to make some big investments in spite of the current austerity measures.

We have had a brief respite from the cold as the winds turned westerly to blow in off the Atlantic. Unfortunately, a cold front is now moving north to south and the rapid invasion of Arctic air behind means a significant risk of black ice and significant snow is possible. So it looks like more of the same for a while.

BRRRRRR!!!

SONYNUT
12-14-2010, 06:15 AM
IT'S STILL A MESS HERE TO...SOME ROADS IN THE CITY ARE STILL NOT PLOWED . MORE COMING WEDNESDAY:rolleyes:

SONYNUT
12-14-2010, 06:17 AM
And of course now...it is so cold -15 that the freeways that are plowed get iced over from car exhaust moisture so drivers are crashing like bumper cars out there...

DonSchap
12-16-2010, 07:06 PM
After putting up with a wall that let the fumes from the garage on the opposite side seep in, for far too many years ... down it came, vapor-sealing went in, new insulation, and a new pop-out added for the fireplace, we decided to eliminate the old lime stone and brick hearth and with the entire wall rebuilt, we rebuilt the fireplace with granite, took the wall-to-wall carpeting out and went with a oriental we inherited on the original wooden flooring.

VIOLA!


55843
EXIF: SONY α850 w/ SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 DG EX IF HSM
@ 24mm - f/6.3 - 1/10 sec. - ISO-200 - Manual - Flash (ceiling bounce) - Handheld - CWA metering

Wall decoration will begin ... soon.

Of course, the custom surround is still missing, as it ships out tomorrow, but will not make it for Christmas (there goes the manger scene location). :( Still, the whole thing looks rather modern, as it is.

This image made my day and warmed my ... hearth. :D

sparkie1263
12-18-2010, 10:43 AM
Old barn and house with sunset.


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5271264041_2741621842_z.jpg

Iso 400
1/80
F/8
35mm
Sony kit lens

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/5270466244_f13e71b16c_z.jpg

Iso 400
1/100
F/8
50mm
Sony kit lens

Peekayoh
12-18-2010, 04:57 PM
55857
_______________________

sparkie1263
12-18-2010, 05:15 PM
Looks good Pete. What adjustments did you make?? I kept trying to rework it and that was the best I could do.

Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
12-19-2010, 03:44 AM
Frank, I was just reminding you of composition.
I bumped up the sat a bit but really the biggest improvement was the crop.

sparkie1263
12-19-2010, 05:52 AM
I didn't even catch that. LOl

Thanks
Frank

DonSchap
12-19-2010, 05:20 PM
So, I was playing the computer ... and occasionally you can get some rather interesting checkmates out of it.

Like this one ...


55861
EXIF: A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
@ 28mm - f/2.8 - 1/15 sec. - ISO-400


POTD indeed!

DWessel
12-20-2010, 07:57 AM
Normally dry and arid Los Angeles finally sees some weather that is ordinary in other parts of the country.

Here are some shots from the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena taken yesterday during the rain.
55864

55865

55866

Provides a different perspective on an ordinarily dry channel with just a small amount of water flowing.

DonSchap
12-20-2010, 08:28 AM
You folks are getting a straight line of monsoon-type precipitation from Hawaii, Darin. Most impressive!

What about those trenches through LA? Are they getting topped off, too. Monterey Bay looked like it was getting some gully washers in their own right.

Must be something positive with all that rain? How about free earth-moving in Malibu? Just thinking ... a rather small earthquake could really have some extraordinary results, eh? :eek: Mud-surfin'! Kow-a-bunga!

Switchblade906
12-20-2010, 10:00 PM
A picture of the moon tonight from central FL

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/DSC01916.jpg

DWessel
12-22-2010, 07:03 AM
You folks are getting a straight line of monsoon-type precipitation from Hawaii, Darin. Most impressive!

What about those trenches through LA? Are they getting topped off, too. Monterey Bay looked like it was getting some gully washers in their own right.

Must be something positive with all that rain? How about free earth-moving in Malibu? Just thinking ... a rather small earthquake could really have some extraordinary results, eh? :eek: Mud-surfin'! Kow-a-bunga!

The big hit is looming today. They are predicting 8-10 inches in a 12 hour period.

It has been raining constantly since this past Saturday and LA area has received between 6-10 inches in that time. Not much by other area's standards, but significant when you consider LA's annual average rain fall is around 14 inches/year. But now that the ground is soaked the new storm is expected to have unusually heavy run off.

So now it's evacuation and mudslide day. Several mudslides this morning are already snarling traffic. Good thing is, I'm not in those zones.

DonSchap
12-22-2010, 07:22 AM
Probably great time to wash those hard to get places. You know what they say, "When life gives you lemons ..." In this case ... wash the house and car. It's raining water!

Good luck ... I feel the snow coming our way!

SONYNUT
12-22-2010, 07:14 PM
contradiction :p

Switchblade906
12-22-2010, 08:12 PM
what do you mean?

jr_rodriguez
12-22-2010, 08:23 PM
contradiction :p

Is that semi (and cars behind it) going to be driving on the left side of the road?

Switchblade906
12-22-2010, 10:05 PM
haha wow i didnt even notice that! lol

Peekayoh
12-23-2010, 02:46 AM
What's wrong with that?

Switchblade906
12-23-2010, 05:17 AM
Im sure you know that here in america they drive on the right side of the road

DonSchap
12-23-2010, 08:46 AM
Oh, you guys are weird.

Steve flipped the image horizontally, so you could read the sign out front. It wasn't traffic ... just in Steve's mind ... Minnesota will do that to ya!

More than likely a couple of 12-ounce hoists of Cabin-fever! :D What bar, Steve?

SONYNUT
12-23-2010, 08:50 AM
the picture is flipped so you can read it,,,,it is read from the street side
:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p


Mall of America and people driving like the English:D

SONYNUT
12-23-2010, 08:57 AM
Nice place to visit but i don't want to be there when it collapses....one pos parking structure design...

sparkie1263
12-23-2010, 04:03 PM
Here is another barn I passed on my way home today.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5249/5286815684_74031488f2_z.jpg

F/8
1/320
Iso 400
Focal length 22mm
Kit lens

joenmell
12-25-2010, 01:48 AM
Nice place to visit but i don't want to be there when it collapses....one pos parking structure design...

And I am currently working in Naples Italy. Every building, every overpass, and every parking garage looks like this. This isn't so bad, you should see some of the ones I have to look at :eek:

SONYNUT
12-25-2010, 09:48 AM
And when they collapse everyone acts suprised.......

BTW this structure is 7 stories high and holds 12,287 vehicles...

if it was in california it would be long gone from the first earthquake..lol

SONYNUT
12-28-2010, 05:56 PM
go ahead make my day.

DonSchap
12-29-2010, 05:07 AM
Steve,

Be careful where you are NOT pointing that! :eek:

sparkie1263
12-30-2010, 04:41 PM
Here is a Barn I passed on my way home yesterday.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5208/5307797196_7a2a3d2314_z.jpg

f/8
1/200
Iso 200
Minolta 50mm lens

SONYNUT
12-31-2010, 12:51 AM
Snow 1...canopy 0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502UEDjwke8
YES I HAD MY A55 WITH ME ..LOL


Going over all my pics of the super america canopy collapse......and I'm wondering what idiot approved the design..talk about under rated construction...chip board not rated for outdoor use...unsupported bolt to sheet metal assembly..... underrated hardware....

Peekayoh
12-31-2010, 04:14 AM
Good thing no one was hurt.
Wonder how many canopies will be replaced?

Anthony
12-31-2010, 05:17 AM
Good quality video SONYNUT.

Looks like a bodge job as the sheet metal is just screwed to the bottom of the RSJs.

DonSchap
12-31-2010, 08:47 AM
Looks like the New Year's Eve is going to be a little tough on Arkansas and lower Illinois, today. Tornado grabbed a firehouse in Cincinnati, AR.

Can you say, "Hey, it's December?" -> Not for much longer.

SONYNUT
12-31-2010, 10:19 AM
the funny part was the ''security'' guy that came over yelling at me to quit taking pictures.....the closer he got the slower he got, realizing i was 2 feet taller than him..then he just said please.....yea whatever dude......

SONYNUT
12-31-2010, 11:28 PM
Happy new year!!

DonSchap
01-02-2011, 12:49 AM
After putting up with a wall that let the fumes from the garage on the opposite side seep in, for far too many years ... down it came, vapor-sealing went in, new insulation, and a new pop-out added for the fireplace, we decided to eliminate the old lime stone and brick hearth and with the entire wall rebuilt, we rebuilt the fireplace with granite, took the wall-to-wall carpeting out and went with a oriental we inherited on the original wooden flooring.

VIOLA!


55952
EXIF: SONY α850 w/ SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 DG EX IF HSM
@ 24mm - f/6.3 - 1/10 sec. - ISO-200 - Manual - Flash (ceiling bounce) - Handheld - CWA metering

Wall decoration will begin ... soon.

Of course, the custom surround is still missing, as it ships out tomorrow, but will not make it for Christmas (there goes the manger scene location). :( Still, the whole thing looks rather modern, as it is.

This image made my day and warmed my ... hearth. :D

Adding the finishing touches ... and I still need that base stained the same as the surround ... but, it is close.



55953

I tell you, it begins to feel like home, again.

EDIT: Finally, on 1/8/2011 ... the final touch.


56059

Think I'll go put my feet up ... :D Ahhh ... only 350 days until next Christmas

sparkie1263
01-02-2011, 01:35 PM
Looking good Don.
Here is my 6 month old grandson.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5246/5315677113_bd3d1ed542_z.jpg

Iso 200
F/4
1/40
Minolta 50mm lens

DonSchap
01-02-2011, 06:22 PM
Good shot, Frank. Catch lite looks great.

I am curious as to the Black & White choice.

Peekayoh
01-03-2011, 02:47 AM
Me too and it's toooo dark.
Look at those lovely big eyes but no detail in the iris.

sparkie1263
01-03-2011, 12:40 PM
Just wanted to try something different. Here is the color one.


Thanks
Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5083/5312643784_bf1a3ce603_z.jpg

Iso 200
F/4
1/40
Minolta 50mm lens

sparkie1263
01-04-2011, 07:40 AM
My daughter and granddaughter.


Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5323949690_ee0802572a_z.jpg

Iso 400
F/2.8
1/80
Minolta 50mm

S3000
01-04-2011, 08:01 AM
Very nice photo. You must be a very proud father and grandfather

sparkie1263
01-12-2011, 03:46 PM
Here is my granddaughter in the snow.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5047/5349788955_0cca406440_z.jpg

Iso 200
f/8
1/125
pop up flash
Tamron 70-300 lens at 70mm

SONYNUT
01-15-2011, 12:05 PM
:p

.....................

DWessel
01-16-2011, 08:17 AM
It's a "snow bank." ;)

SONYNUT
01-16-2011, 09:36 AM
ding......
:D


It's a "snow bank." ;)

DWessel
01-16-2011, 06:29 PM
Just when you thought you had seen just about everything ...
56079

Just think of the gas milage this thing gets. :eek:

DonSchap
01-16-2011, 09:28 PM
qualifies as POTD! :eek:

SONYNUT
01-17-2011, 07:11 AM
someone liked ''it's a small world'' a little too much.

Anthony
01-17-2011, 07:48 AM
Every time some body mentions Disneyland that bl**dy song pops into my mind.

Switchblade906
01-20-2011, 08:21 PM
My son Aiden

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/Aiden/DSC02108.jpg

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/Aiden/DSC02168.jpg

Buck Nasty
01-20-2011, 08:38 PM
New here so thought I'd start by posting a pic, currently using a Sony a55 which was an upgrade from a Sony a200.

Taken at the Perth Motorplex just on sunset using the following:
Camera: Sony A55
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO200
1/200 sec
f/2.8

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/DSC02877.jpg

Edit: never mind

SONYNUT
01-20-2011, 10:20 PM
nice lookin ride.

Peekayoh
01-21-2011, 10:21 AM
Anyone know the base ISO of the A55.
Usually 200 with the Sony CMOS Sensors.

sparkie1263
01-21-2011, 11:49 AM
Looks like Iso 100.
Frank

http://www.dyxum.com/gear/camera/a55/Sony_alpha_55_specification.asp

SONYNUT
01-21-2011, 09:13 PM
THE FLAKES ARE OUT TONIGHT!:p

SONYNUT
01-21-2011, 11:28 PM
hopefully he won't let us go broke......

Buck Nasty
01-21-2011, 11:54 PM
This photo was taken in Kings Park (Perth Western Australia) with the following settings:

Sony A55
Sigma 10-20mm
f/22
ISO100
22 sec

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/DSC02539.jpg

SONYNUT
01-21-2011, 11:59 PM
poor tree has no arms:eek:

Buck Nasty
01-22-2011, 07:45 PM
Yeh unfortunately the old girl had to be trimmed up before transportation - moved from the "outback" into the city.

Summer dayze

City Beach (again in Perth) on a typical stinking hot day between Christmas and New Years.

Sony A55
Sigma 10-20mm
ISO100
f22
25 sec

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/DSC02531.jpg

SONYNUT
01-22-2011, 10:04 PM
nice...............

Peekayoh
01-23-2011, 01:39 AM
+1

Which 10mm were you using? Please include exif with post.
Also f22 not really recommended with APS-C due to diffraction.


"So if we could, let's have a few simple guidelines:
One picture per person per day max.
Every picture must be different.
EXIF Info (including lens used).
Comments/caption on the shot.

Buck Nasty
01-23-2011, 03:36 AM
Sorry guys, I didn't read this thread properly before posting. I've gone back and edited my last 3 photos just to give a run down of what I did and where they were taken.

Peekayoh, I like the deep colours you get in the sky at that time of afternoon/night, I've found through trial and error the only way I can tranfer that into a photo is with a long exposure, but using anything between f5.6-f11 means I can only do a 1-5 sec shot at best which isn't long enough, so winding the aperture out to f22 I can do the 20-30 sec exposures which gives me the colours I want.

Peekayoh
01-23-2011, 05:06 AM
Apology not necessary but acceptable.
Welcome to the Forum BTW.

Longer exposure for saturation used to be a consideration with film and was, I guess, a function of the way the emulsion was layered and the chemical actions that took place. Reciprocity failure was also a factor.

I don't believe these things are relevant with digital, rather that correct exposure and White Balance play a bigger role.
If it were me I'd be shooting at f8/f11 to get rid of diffraction and find an exposure/WB that gave me what I was after.
Also, whilst a very long exposure can help achieve a particular effect, say to smooth the water, it will also blur anything that moves.
The shorter exposure would make bracketing easier too.

Still, if your method works for you, that's what counts.

Peekayoh
01-23-2011, 10:25 AM
Smallest bird in the UK.
Main diet is insects - population crashes when the winter is as bad as this one.

WREN

56099

Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Sony 300mm f2.8
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/640th at f4 ISO 320
29th November 2010

SONYNUT
01-23-2011, 10:31 AM
:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p:p


this is not photoshopped...this is how my goofy cat is....a DOG:p

Buck Nasty
01-23-2011, 10:44 PM
I don't believe these things are relevant with digital, rather that correct exposure and White Balance play a bigger role.
If it were me I'd be shooting at f8/f11 to get rid of diffraction and find an exposure/WB that gave me what I was after.
Also, whilst a very long exposure can help achieve a particular effect, say to smooth the water, it will also blur anything that moves.
The shorter exposure would make bracketing easier too.

Still, if your method works for you, that's what counts.

I apreciate the help, it's something I haven't thought about using yet (White Balance) as I'm not advanced enough to take it off auto, but this now gives me the excuse to start seeing what it can do. I do like the effect some moving objects can give a photo, the below one was taken in Venice at the same time of evening, but the boats add some extra colours (even if it was at f14) but will definately play around with the WB when i'm not interested in what's moving.

Sony A200
Sigma 10-20mm
f14
30 sec
ISO100

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/_DSC0910.jpg

Buck Nasty
01-23-2011, 10:48 PM
Smallest bird in the UK.
Main diet is insects - population crashes when the winter is as bad as this one.

That's a fantastically sharp lens, I was going to get a bigger zoom (currently have a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8) as I do love my motorsport shots, but I've started looking at the 2x teleconverters, would you guys recommend them?

SONYNUT
01-24-2011, 02:26 AM
Nice colors

Peekayoh
01-24-2011, 08:23 AM
Thanks Steve, your damn cat just ate .. anyone got a gun?

Peekayoh
01-24-2011, 08:26 AM
I apreciate the help, it's something I haven't thought about using yet (White Balance) as I'm not advanced enough to take it off auto, but this now gives me the excuse to start seeing what it can do. I do like the effect some moving objects can give a photo, the below one was taken in Venice at the same time of evening, but the boats add some extra colours (even if it was at f14) but will definately play around with the WB when i'm not interested in what's moving.Exposure is what will get you the rich colours and of course you can boost them in camera with 'vivid' settings or in post processing. Here's a link to an image from Umbria which may be up your street. Playing around with WB is easy if you shoot in RAW but of course requires extra work in processing.

WB Chart
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That's a fantastically sharp lens, I was going to get a bigger zoom (currently have a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8) as I do love my motorsport shots, but I've started looking at the 2x teleconverters, would you guys recommend them?There's a couple of things to know about Teleconverters.
1) They degrade the IQ and reduce contrast. This may be acceptable if it gets you the shot.
2) They may only be compatable with certain lenses.
3) A x1.4 tele reduces aperture by one stop. That is a f/2.8 lens becomes f/4 and likewise an f/4 becomes f/5.6
4) A x2 tele reduces aperture by two stops. That is a f/2.8 lens becomes f/5.6 (an f/4 becomes f/8 and probably won't autofocus)
5) A x3 Tele is probably not worth it as it results in too much image degradation. You'd be as well to simply enlarge the image in software.

SONYNUT
01-24-2011, 05:37 PM
here fishy fishy!!

SONYNUT
01-26-2011, 05:45 PM
Are you talkin too me?

Buck Nasty
01-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Thanks Peekayoh, that chart will come in very handy! as for the teleconverter, I'm disappointed they drop the image quality, but I guess it just means I'll have to start saving for the SAL70400G :)

Anyway, here's one I took at the Nurburgring in September last year.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/_DSC2923-1.jpg

Sony A200
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
f/14
1/125 sec
ISO100

SONYNUT
01-26-2011, 11:05 PM
this was a bit of a pickle to get

Peekayoh
01-27-2011, 03:57 AM
Thanks Peekayoh, that chart will come in very handy! as for the teleconverter, I'm disappointed they drop the image quality, but I guess it just means I'll have to start saving for the SAL70400G :) ...............I don't mean to put you off Teles completely, you just need to appreciate their deficiencies.
The x1.4 is pretty much always OK and will give good results; the loss of contrast can easily be pulled back in post.
see HERE and HERE

The x2 tele is problematic unless you have a really good lens but again contrast can be pulled back in post.
See HERE

The lens is crucial and IMO you need a good prime to make them worthwhile.

Sony teleconverters are compatible with the following lenses.
Minolta - AF 200 F2.8 G
Sony/Minolta 300mm F2.8 (SAL-300F28G)
Sony 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF (SAL135F28)
Minolta - AF 400 F4.5 APO G
Minolta - AF 600 F4 APO G

Sony 70-200mm F2.8G (SAL-70200G)
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL-70400G)

They may work with other third party lenses, I can't say.

sparkie1263
01-27-2011, 05:38 AM
Pete, I got some good results from my Tamron 2xTC and my Tamron 70-300 lens even though I had to use MF. I would have never went and bought one a friend gave me this one. In a pinch it can come in handy. All my test images were hand held and MF. With a tripod I think you can get some good results. Here is the link to my test shots. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/sets/72157625350319226/

Frank

Peekayoh
01-27-2011, 06:43 AM
Frank, honestly no offense but the Tamron is so bad that I'm not that surprised you wouldn't notice degradation, particularly at the long end.

There's no free lunch in this world, you tend to get what you pay for. It's no surprise that a lens as cheap as the Tamron 70-300mm doesn't perform as well as those costing three or four times as much, that's life.

sparkie1263
01-27-2011, 07:17 AM
Frank, honestly no offense but the Tamron is so bad that I'm not that surprised you wouldn't notice degradation, particularly at the long end.

There's no free lunch in this world, you tend to get what you pay for. It's no surprise that a lens as cheap as the Tamron 70-300mm doesn't perform as well as those costing three or four times as much, that's life.

I know it isn't a great lens. I do think it does good in the right conditions. You do get what you pay for but you don't always have to pay top dollar to get a good image.

Frank

Peekayoh
01-27-2011, 12:44 PM
No Frank, you're right to say that a good lens doesn't guarantee a good image and you might argue that anything is better than nothing.
You say it "does good in the right conditions" and I wont argue that with you, if you can find those conditions of course.
At the long end you need to be at f/11 to get a reasonable sharpness across the frame so you need pretty ideal conditions.
With your x2 tele that results in f/22 so you really need "very good conditions".
If the corners don't matter, maybe you're going to crop, then you can get away with f/8, that's still f/16 with your x2.
The lens is probably more usable over there than over here.

I'm at a stage in life where I'm lucky enough to have some good glass even if some of it is old glass but I've been where you are and been through the mangle with poor glass. I know you've been saving for a new camera; my advice buy a really good lens instead.

sparkie1263
01-27-2011, 01:17 PM
I know glass is the way I should go but I don't know how much more life my A100 has left. I am looking to get a new lens just don't know which way I should go. If I had the new body I could compensate with raising the ISO so I could adjust my aperture to where I want it. Every lens has is limitations. It is up to the shooter to know what they are and how to get the best results out of it. I have been getting good results with it can't wait to see what a good combo would do.



Frank

SONYNUT
01-27-2011, 03:47 PM
..............................

sparkie1263
01-27-2011, 04:10 PM
Creepy looking

Frank

SONYNUT
01-27-2011, 05:42 PM
luckily it is only 2 mm tall

Buck Nasty
01-28-2011, 09:52 PM
I don't mean to put you off Teles completely, you just need to appreciate their deficiencies.
The x1.4 is pretty much always OK and will give good results; the loss of contrast can easily be pulled back in post.
see HERE and HERE

The x2 tele is problematic unless you have a really good lens but again contrast can be pulled back in post.
See HERE

The lens is crucial and IMO you need a good prime to make them worthwhile.

Sony teleconverters are compatible with the following lenses.
Minolta - AF 200 F2.8 G
Sony/Minolta 300mm F2.8 (SAL-300F28G)
Sony 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF (SAL135F28)
Minolta - AF 400 F4.5 APO G
Minolta - AF 600 F4 APO G

Sony 70-200mm F2.8G (SAL-70200G)
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL-70400G)

They may work with other third party lenses, I can't say.

Thanks for the advise, I've found a place that lets me rent them so I'll trial the 2x first and see what I think if it, looking at the photo you've attached I'm impressed with the quality.
I'll probably use the Sigma 2x as I have a Sigma zoom and they are cheaper, but I'll do some homework on both (Sony & Sigma) untis before taking one out for a trial.

Buck Nasty
01-28-2011, 10:00 PM
Some old school muscle, in their day (1971) they were the fastest 4 door car in the world.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/DSC01934.jpg

Sony A55
Sigma 70-200mm (at 70mm)
1/200 sec.
f/9
ISO100

SONYNUT
01-28-2011, 10:50 PM
all the money we blew on cars....if only someone would have said wait 40 years and get a dodge truck with a hemi..lol

Buck Nasty
01-29-2011, 05:42 PM
Yes hindsight, those above cars are very rare and have huge racing pedigree in Australia (basically won everything for the next 5 years), in 2001 you could buy one for around AUD$50,000 - $60,000, just before the GFC hit they were selling for AUD$900,000 :eek: today they've returned to a more "respectable" AUD$400,000 - $500,000

A photo from the same event.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/DSC01899-1.jpg

Sony A55
Sigma 70-200mm (at 70mm)
f/10
1/200 sec.
ISO100

SONYNUT
01-30-2011, 12:55 AM
boo..............:eek:




this is the same guy from a few posts up btw

Peekayoh
01-30-2011, 04:27 AM
Cool, Steve!
EXIF?

DWessel
01-30-2011, 05:58 AM
Now that's a macro!!! Furry litle bastard.

DWessel
02-01-2011, 06:27 AM
Downtown LA during a break in the storm that's now wreaking havoc in the midwest and east coast.

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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm @ 90mm, HDR at f/14, 1/200 1/50 and 1/13 ISO 100

SONYNUT
02-01-2011, 02:38 PM
you mean before the next earthquake..lol

SONYNUT
02-03-2011, 11:47 PM
bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Peekayoh
02-04-2011, 08:16 AM
Cool, Steve.
Are you using that contraption on a 'scope stand?

SONYNUT
02-04-2011, 03:56 PM
not me....:D

SONYNUT
02-04-2011, 08:47 PM
photography has really been bugging me lately

Phill D
02-04-2011, 10:24 PM
Great macro shots there, puns cringe worthy though lol. What sort of magnification are you getting with those bellows? is it a lot more than you would get with a macro lens alone? I had wondered about getting some myself to play with but wasn't sure if they were worth it.

SONYNUT
02-04-2011, 11:13 PM
somewhere around 40x...with the 10x objectives....but it depends on what objective i use...

i use just semi cheap objectives 20-100...some guys can cost you 1000-4000 bucks...

but for what i have invested..hey it works..can it be better,, sure,,will i be broke,,sure


btw..this is a stacked pic...24 pictures...

DWessel
02-05-2011, 06:23 AM
The LA River during the past storm that gave the rest of you on the east coast lots of snow

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SONYNUT
02-05-2011, 06:15 PM
Wasn't much of a storm if it isn't overflowing........lol....

SONYNUT
02-07-2011, 06:28 PM
bigger bugs better pictures..lol



now all i need a fresh ones....winter picking is slim...the last window has been scavenged

allray15
02-08-2011, 06:34 AM
Hi guys iam new to this site. here is my shot , comment please if my settings is right

https://picasaweb.google.com/102272459401026749153/FIREWORKSCREEKSIDE#5570502330531102434

Model DSLR-A230
ISO 100
Exposure 30.0 sec
Aperture 13.0
WB AUTO
DRO OFF
EV 0.0

Anthony
02-08-2011, 07:36 AM
btw..this is a stacked pic...24 pictures

What software are you using for stacking? I have been playing with Combine ZP

Peekayoh
02-08-2011, 07:54 AM
somewhere around 40x...with the 10x objectives....but it depends on what objective i use...
.......................
btw..this is a stacked pic...24 pictures... Brings a new meaning to "thin DOF"
24 images!! Dedication beyond the call....

SONYNUT
02-08-2011, 02:53 PM
helicon focus

or zerene stacker


helicon has a cool 3d app..

this one is 80 stack. every .003 inch

Peekayoh
02-08-2011, 04:56 PM
Speechless!!

sparkie1263
02-08-2011, 06:17 PM
Stunning image.

Frank

SONYNUT
02-08-2011, 07:26 PM
Not bad for being dead a few months..lol

I just came across stacking software last week...I used to love macro but it was always limited by dof...now the possibilities are wider..

i have been working out the bugs for about a week now...one thing that has been plaguing me has been motion blur but just under certain conditions...I finally found out what the problem was..the shutter was sending a harmonic wave through the camera... bellows mount..down the pole.. over the base.. up the specimen pole... down the arm... to the wire holding the specimen .......like wth..i changed wire and NO more vibe...i was getting really frustrated ..i would dial in with live view close up and it was great..take the picture and it was blurry...when i tapped on the camera it would jiggle the picture.. so i was thinking is it was sensor bounce or what....then i changed the angle on the wire for a dif view and it got better....so the light went off..ding


so here are new pics...even better(unretouched,,straight from camera to stacker and out)....BY GOLLY ..NO MORE BUGS FOR MY BUGS;)

Peekayoh
02-09-2011, 03:58 AM
You don't need a damper on your enthusiasm any more, just on the bugs.

SONYNUT
02-09-2011, 04:15 AM
hold your lens out the window if you want it cleaned

Dread Pirate Roberts
02-09-2011, 04:27 AM
Hi guys iam new to this site. here is my shot , comment please if my settings is right


Nice image Allan and welcome to the site. Settings are sensible for what you were trying to do. Note you could have used F8 and a shorter shutterspeed since you have nothing in the foreground but figured you used the smaller apperture to get the star pattern of the streetlights.

Anthony
02-12-2011, 11:57 AM
Great photos SONYNUT and some interesting software.

Its good you found your vibration problem as well. At work they are now mounting microscopes onto large granite blocks ( inspection surface plates ) which are then on foam rubber to help damp out any vibrations.

SONYNUT
02-12-2011, 12:55 PM
The main problem is the shutter on the a55.......i could use my a900 that has mirror lock up but i like the live view on the a55 to much..lol

it's still not as food as other pics out there but hey..i have a lens in the mail that should cure that:d

but for using a 20 dollar enlarger lens this ain't bad

Anthony
02-12-2011, 01:23 PM
Can you not use tethered with the a55 and the mirror will be up anyway?

SONYNUT
02-12-2011, 01:32 PM
the a55 has no moving mirror..but instead a shutter that moves into place for the shot....before i owed it i just figured it would just snap a pic like any other mirror less camera...i was hoping for a silent camera...

the camera didn't come with any remote software, there may be a way to pull it off the live view but i don't know...i tried the a900 software but it wouldn't work.

Peekayoh
02-12-2011, 03:59 PM
Silent shutter? You'll have to wait for a Global shutter. No time soon.
Isn't live view low res anyway?

SONYNUT
02-12-2011, 07:32 PM
You'll have to wait for a Global shutter. No time soon....

my image source camera works silent , but it isn't as high mp..:(

Isn't live view low res anyway?[/QUOTE]

don't know

Peekayoh
02-13-2011, 02:20 AM
I was just rethinking what you said about vibration.
So the initial snap of the shutter closing is sufficient to cause vibration as the shutter starts to open again.
That's unexpected but presumably only a problem at macro magnification, or is it.

SONYNUT
02-13-2011, 05:32 PM
The a55 closes the shutter arm starts the shot opens the shutter,,,then closes again and goes back to live mode....if you are real close 1x and beyond...any little movement will be seen if around the 30th of a second range..longer times, the blur gets absorbed by longer exposures since it only shakes for part of the shot...using a flash should cure it, though i use my led panels for more natural look..


I just wish it has a 2 second mode kind of like the a900 mirror up...2 seconds to settle then click


btw i still don't trust the sensor to hold still...I would just as well glue it in place...if i want steady shot i'll use a tripod

Peekayoh
02-14-2011, 03:10 AM
The steady shot mechanism sits on a friction piston so I doubt it will react to the inertia of the shutter.
I guess you need an A9xx with Live view, I suppose that could happen.
Even then, at 30x, you still have to contend with the first curtain start/stop + second curtain start.

SONYNUT
02-14-2011, 06:42 AM
for the most part the shutter was sending a wave to the wire...using thicker wire fixed a lot of it..

shoeytennis
02-16-2011, 04:27 PM
Photos of my buddys band i shoot
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y332/shoeytennis/gbbs7.jpg
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y332/shoeytennis/gbbs1.jpg

DWessel
02-16-2011, 08:17 PM
Shoey,

I like the general concept of the top photo, but the difference in clarity between the two individuals is disturbing. A couple of ways you could maintain that shot and correct for this. Option one, focus between the two so that they are equally sharp (or slightly soft). Option two, with camera on a tripod and your models holding as still as possible take two shots - each focused on one of the two individuals and then merge and blend together in PS so that both are sharp.

Phill D
02-16-2011, 10:16 PM
Wow those 40X macros are amaizing. Definitely inspiring - it looks like some bellows and stacker software are going on my must get list. Do you do the increments by hand or do you have an automated system?

SONYNUT
02-17-2011, 07:50 PM
automated takes away the fun.....

DWessel
02-19-2011, 04:43 PM
Every now and then, sitting in my office, I catch a glimps of rooftop artificial lighting. Yes, a photo shoot or a movie set in downtown LA ...
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If you look closely below the Eastern sign, you will see it too. ;)

Peekayoh
02-20-2011, 03:32 AM
That upcoming 500mm would have come in handy.

SONYNUT
02-22-2011, 11:14 PM
On the road again

allray15
02-23-2011, 03:47 AM
Roaming around the park


http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k145/allray15/CopyofDSC00646.jpg

SONYNUT
02-23-2011, 11:21 AM
Oh no you don't........

Buck Nasty
02-25-2011, 10:03 PM
Absolutely loving the macro shots Sonynut.

Nearly ran over this little bugger the other day, so decided to take a few shots of him.

Thorny Devil

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk239/skip074/DSC03519.jpg

Sony A55
ISO800 (my mistake, didn't change the settings back from the night before :p)
f/5.6
1/2500sec shutter
20mm (10-20mm Sigma lens)

SONYNUT
02-26-2011, 10:47 AM
Horny little guy

SONYNUT
02-26-2011, 11:10 PM
here is a real tiny guy...1.5mm (varied carpet beetle)

DWessel
02-27-2011, 06:21 AM
here is a real tiny guy...1.5mm (varied carpet beetle)

It looks like it's shag carpet itself. The old adage, "you are what you eat," must be coming true! ;)

SONYNUT
02-27-2011, 11:50 AM
or a hedge hog.....

SONYNUT
02-28-2011, 06:48 PM
some Bugs are just plain ugly...

SONYNUT
03-02-2011, 12:05 AM
beware!!!!!!

DWessel
03-02-2011, 07:10 AM
Just play'n around ...
56456

SONYNUT
03-02-2011, 12:53 PM
took a couple hundred barn shots last week while traveling...

DWessel
03-02-2011, 10:26 PM
Barns????

56460

SONYNUT
03-03-2011, 12:16 AM
this one needs a little work...they had fog here for over a week...everything was covered in ice...when we drove through the fog froze 1/4" thick on the metal truck antenna as we drove.......then it turned into a wing and went crazy spinning around

sparkie1263
03-03-2011, 03:36 PM
Heading west!!!

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5172/5495702948_e0bb6a4bc8_z.jpg

Iso 200
F/8
Exposure 1/640

SONYNUT
03-04-2011, 10:50 PM
....................

SONYNUT
03-05-2011, 06:05 PM
plant porn:eek:

sparkie1263
03-14-2011, 02:45 PM
Here are a few images of a like I pass on my way to a job I have.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5176/5527231330_e32e94f5fd_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5051/5527231334_52f1e13afc_z.jpg

1/160
F/8
Iso 400
70mm

sparkie1263
03-14-2011, 02:47 PM
plant porn:eek:
Nice image! I have tried to do this in my kitchen.

Frank

Switchblade906
03-18-2011, 06:45 PM
Heres some pictures of my dog.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/DSC02724.jpg

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/DSC02754.jpg

SONYNUT
03-19-2011, 06:33 PM
This guy came zooming by with his dog wearing goggles..lol

Switchblade906
03-20-2011, 06:28 AM
All old people are always the same. Big ugly glasses, flannel shirt, high waters, knee high socks, and loafers! lol

joenmell
03-22-2011, 09:10 AM
Hey, that's not fair. I don't always wear big ugly glasses. Only when I want to see things that are closer than my arms can reach. :)

joenmell
03-23-2011, 10:45 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joenmell/5553682764/in/pool-sony_alpha_dslr-a200

Focal Length: 55mm
F/4
1/125

DWessel
03-24-2011, 09:51 PM
"Abandoned"

56578
A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm @ 30mm, f8, ISO 200 @ 1/1000, 1/250 and 1/60
Merged to HDR
Converted to B&W in PS

An abandoned truck I came across in my travels.

Peekayoh
03-25-2011, 02:39 PM
Retro!
Darin, I used to have a Black and White camera like that.

Peekayoh
03-25-2011, 02:41 PM
Joe,
I thought you might have posted quite a few images of Italy.

joenmell
03-26-2011, 06:04 PM
I have many pictures on my hard drive. What I don't have is the time and knowledge on how to get them on here. Seems like every time I try, I fail. I have a flickr account, but still have trouble getting them to post on here properly. Might ask someone for help. :o
Wanna step up?

Peekayoh
03-27-2011, 04:27 AM
Sure thing, Joe.
First thing is to make sure you have a suitable image on your Hard Drive
JPEG
Not more than 1000pixels on the longest side
sRGB profile

Click on the "Post Reply" button (bottom left and you need to be logged in)
Scroll down a bit further to the "Additional Options"
and click on the "Manage Attachments" button.

In the pop-up window you can now "Choose" your image (navigate to the file on your hard drive)
Once chosen click on "Upload" and wait until done.
Close the pop-up window.

Now back up to the text entry box and select (click) whereabouts in your text the image is to be placed and
at the top of the text box there is a "paper clip" icon which contains your image.

You can choose to "Preview Post" to make sure everything's hunky-dory before you choose to submit the post.

While you are in the "Manage Attachments" pop-up you can choose to "Upload a file from a URL" if you'd rather use your Flikr account.

DWessel
03-29-2011, 04:14 PM
Before having to work all day this past Sunday, I decided to stop by one of my favorite places to shoot.
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A900 w Sigma 28-90mm at 90 mm f5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 100, hand-held

At least it decided to stop raining as I got out of the car to start shooting. ;)

SONYNUT
03-29-2011, 04:47 PM
The train yard here is under lots of water right now...probably shouldn't have built it right next to the mississippi

joenmell
03-30-2011, 05:44 AM
This was seen driving through the (very narrow) cobblestone streets of Naples Italy. Had to stop and take this for my own pleasure.

joenmell
03-30-2011, 05:51 AM
This is one of the reasons that I "LOVE" to travel :)
Food...

DWessel
03-30-2011, 07:18 AM
The train yard here is under lots of water right now...probably shouldn't have built it right next to the mississippi

I thought you were in New Hampshire; and I remember enough from high school geography to know that the Mississippi does not go through there!!!

These tracks are right next to the LA River, but it would probably take a 500 or 1000 year flood before it over flowed the concrete channel.

Peekayoh
03-30-2011, 09:39 AM
Before having to work all day this past Sunday, I decided to stop by one of my favorite places to shoot.
[ATTACH]
A900 w Sigma 28-90mm at 90 mm f5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 100, hand-held

At least it decided to stop raining as I got out of the car to start shooting. ;)Darin, interested as to why you chose ISO100 at that shutter speed.

Peekayoh
03-30-2011, 09:41 AM
This was seen driving through the (very narrow) cobblestone streets of Naples Italy. Had to stop and take this for my own pleasure.Probably the local Mafiosi spending his ill gotten gains.

Peekayoh
03-30-2011, 09:43 AM
Uploading works at last..but for how long?

OWL BUTTERFLY (Caligo memnon)

56604

Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Tamron 90mm Macro (not mine)
Exposure: 1/400th at f6.3 ISO 1600
17th February 2011

SONYNUT
03-30-2011, 11:57 AM
no..Minnesota..2 miles away from it....but i'm on the biggest hill..it would have to go up 700 ft..


I thought you were in New Hampshire; and I remember enough from high school geography to know that the Mississippi does not go through there!!!

These tracks are right next to the LA River, but it would probably take a 500 or 1000 year flood before it over flowed the concrete channel.

sparkie1263
03-30-2011, 01:31 PM
Great shot Pete. How do you like the Tamron 90 macro?? I was looking at the 60 macro.

Frank

DWessel
03-30-2011, 07:35 PM
After coming across a couple of abandoned trucks in my recent travels, I decided to start collecting photos for a new series "Abandoned." Here's an old service station I shot yesterday.
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SONYNUT
03-31-2011, 02:39 AM
that fallout from Japan is starting to take effect.......

Peekayoh
03-31-2011, 09:52 AM
Great shot Pete. How do you like the Tamron 90 macro?? I was looking at the 60 macro.FrankNot that much but I didn't have that long to mess with it plus I didn't have my monopod with me which would have helped.
It felt cheap, but then, it really is cheap for a macro and it's pretty sharp stopped down a bit.
AF was slow and noisy but there again, it's a macro and maybe that's what you have to expect.

I was out with a Mate and he now has the Sony 100mm macro (never asked why) and I think he was rather hoping I'd buy it but it didn't really impress me enough to part with any cash. I'll stick with my two MF lenses for now.

Peekayoh
03-31-2011, 09:56 AM
that fallout from Japan is starting to take effect.......LOL. Nice composite, Steve.

Peekayoh
03-31-2011, 10:07 AM
BUTTERFLY

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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Tamron 90mm Macro (not mine)
Exposure: 1/250th at f4.5 [+0.7EV]
ISO 1600
17th February 2011

sparkie1263
03-31-2011, 05:09 PM
I haven't had much to shoot with the new camera. So here are a few strawberries I shot.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5178/5577688549_8b1a33c681_z.jpg

Iso 200
f/5.6
1/80
Minolta 50 mm

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5577688157_7ef2d2a31d_z.jpg

Iso 200
f/2.8
1/60
Minolta 50mm

SONYNUT
03-31-2011, 08:49 PM
Speaking of strawberries, i think this one is happy to see you....

DWessel
04-01-2011, 03:55 PM
Stunning butterfly shot Peek!!!

DWessel
04-01-2011, 04:01 PM
What Strawberry's were really meant for ...

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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm at 60mm, f8, 1/15sec, ISO 200, handheld

sparkie1263
04-01-2011, 04:04 PM
Nice shot!!

Frank

Switchblade906
04-01-2011, 06:05 PM
Looks good.......

Peekayoh
04-02-2011, 12:53 AM
Thanks Darin.

Strawberries are out of season here [bugger]:(

fflower
04-02-2011, 12:58 AM
This is my POTD, an evening shot of the Second Severn Crossing, it's a road bridge near where I live. When I edit in Photoshop, it usually goes away when I "save for web" instead of using save as jpeg. But in lightroom, it's always retained But, anyways id' be great to see a bird on it next time

DWessel
04-02-2011, 06:56 PM
fflower, welcome to the forum. I'm sure we'd all like to see your photo, and while I'm sure you uploaded it, once you return from the upload screen to the message screen, you need to click on the paper clip symbol to actually insert your photo into the post.

Another version from my "Abandoned" series.
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I'm giving you the color versions.

Peekayoh
04-03-2011, 03:54 AM
Darin, that's a Service Station on the road to nowhere.
I presume you used your CPL to really saturate the colours but which lens?.
A stark image and a stark statement about modern times.

In complete contrast to Steve's Pyramids which could be off a film set.

Nicely done both!

Peekayoh
04-03-2011, 04:02 AM
TWO BY TWO

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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Tamron 90mm Macro (not mine)
Exposure: 1/160th at f8 [+0.7EV]
ISO 1600
17th February 2011

DWessel
04-03-2011, 07:44 AM
Pete,

Thanks, and sorry about not posting the exif. That was shot with the A900 and Sigma 28-90 mm at 28mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 100 with CPL

Here's another version:
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm @ 28mm, ISO 100, f/8 (1/320, 1/80 and 1/20) two groups merged to HDR in PS CS5 (photorealistic high contrast) and then merged together for panorama, converted to B&W and palladium tone applied.

Switchblade906
04-03-2011, 10:37 AM
So this is my son Aiden, He will be 4 months on Tuesday. Today was the First time we fed him anything other than his bottle and i just thought that this was a really funny face lol.

I know the lighting is all wrong but i didnt have time to adjust to the kitchen lighting in time cause i would have missed his facial expression.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/switchblade906/Aiden/DSC02830.jpg

Peekayoh
04-04-2011, 04:22 AM
Guess he doesn't like solids then.

Darin, you don't half put in a lot of effort. That telegraph pole is a bit of a shame though.
On the whole I prefer the Statement made by the colour image.
Apart from the Beetle, this one is unfixed in time whereas the colour one leaves us with no illusions.

Peekayoh
04-04-2011, 04:20 PM
My last post until I return from Andalucia.

MORPHO PELEIDES

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Camera: Sony A900
Lens: Tamron 90mm Macro (not mine)
Exposure: 1/500th at f4
ISO 1600
17th February 2011

SONYNUT
04-04-2011, 09:31 PM
took over 1ooo pics in the last 2 days while driving across the land..

sparkie1263
04-05-2011, 03:24 AM
Did the little boy catch any fish????

Frank

SONYNUT
04-05-2011, 05:17 AM
Think he was ready to jump...

Switchblade906
04-05-2011, 05:36 AM
How come the picture is so unclear?

sparkie1263
04-05-2011, 04:21 PM
Here is the Hunting Shack again. Taken with my A580.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/5593779242_e3535a231a_b.jpg

Iso 400
f/8
1/125
Tamron 70-300 at 90mm

SONYNUT
04-05-2011, 04:25 PM
how come the picture is so unclear?

it's art......:d

Switchblade906
04-05-2011, 06:18 PM
wow i hope this post gets taken down.......its WAYYYYY to big

SONYNUT
04-05-2011, 09:11 PM
one from the trip..found this property with lots of fun shot..barns windmills:)

joenmell
04-06-2011, 05:39 AM
Sorry about the Overly Large picture that I posted last night. I obviously linked the un resized version. I will attempt to do it again later.

Switchblade906
04-06-2011, 06:16 AM
Sorry about the Overly Large picture that I posted last night. I obviously linked the un resized version. I will attempt to do it again later.

Thats alright hopefully next time i will be able to see it without moving the courser all over the place lol

DWessel
04-06-2011, 06:25 AM
I always save my downsized images in a "Web images" folder. That way I can easily find the downsized image. And there is less risk of accidentally overwriting a full sized version.

sparkie1263
04-06-2011, 12:36 PM
Here is a 3 image HDR I took today.

Frank

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5595565757_46fcd393f1_b.jpg

Iso 400
F/8
1/200

Bracketed 3 shots at +-.7

Switchblade906
04-06-2011, 01:18 PM
Looks good. Where are you traveling?

sparkie1263
04-06-2011, 01:19 PM
This was on Route 206 in NJ.

Thanks
Frank

kgosden
04-06-2011, 01:26 PM
I guess the housing market in NJ is worse than I thought ;)

Switchblade906
04-06-2011, 01:29 PM
lol yeah you can rent that for cheap!

DonSchap
04-17-2011, 09:29 PM
Okay, technically ... it ain't great ...but, it was good for a smile.


"WHAT?"

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Erad
04-18-2011, 11:07 PM
hey guys, been out of the game for a very long time, now im back with new gear.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5025/5633409479_88b42a0176_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/5633396107_0f89d35959_z.jpg

DonSchap
04-19-2011, 09:43 AM
It's a driving force, photography is. :cool:

SONYNUT
04-20-2011, 12:53 PM
ONLY 9.99 AT GOODWILL:p

needs 2 handles but i can make those in no time

DWessel
04-20-2011, 06:22 PM
The old steam locomotive 3751 was running this past weekend out of LA's Union Station (which in reality is a "terminal" because the tracks do not pass through). Here's some of the shots:
Getting ready to leave (after an hour's delay to fix something)
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And heading out
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Switchblade906
04-20-2011, 06:43 PM
TOOOOOOOOOOOT TTTTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTT!!!!!! lol

sparkie1263
04-21-2011, 03:41 AM
I had those Lionel Trains when I was a kid!!! Wish I had them now they are worth a ton of cash. Nice series.

Frank

DWessel
04-21-2011, 06:28 AM
Old meets new (messing around in PS)
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Working on the Ol' Girl!
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joenmell
04-21-2011, 08:59 AM
He's in overall's and a ball cap. He looks like he should be working on a steam locomotive.

Peekayoh
04-21-2011, 10:07 AM
Nice set Darin, all that lamp black is a b***** for exposure.

DWessel
04-22-2011, 06:22 AM
Thanks Peek. The lamp black was a b***** for exposure, espcially since the delay in arrival meant it was getting closer to mid-day light.

Now another in my "Industrial" series:

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