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DonSchap
03-11-2009, 08:27 AM
One of the main problems I run into is if you take the landscape image using the AdobeRGB colorspace ... and then post it on the web, which is a sRGB colorspace ... all those beautiful greens, blues and cyans are muted ... and you get a rather lackluster looking image, because the highpoints of the B-G-C has been chopped down.

I mean you still have a gorgeous shot in your camera, but it needs to be converted to sRGB to kind of keep that pop.

So, Tom ... what colorspace (aka "Creative style") is the original shot in?

Tom F
03-11-2009, 08:59 AM
Creative style Standard.

dbatapbr
03-11-2009, 11:14 AM
Just wanted to say that I haven't run away from the c&c already. My computer crashed and is still in the garage. I hope to have it back later today. Was going crazy entering grid coordinates so I took a couple of minutes to look through the last 10 pages, interesting discussions. I have taken a couple of shots this week but cannot do anything with them yet. Will be posting soon, I hope.

Dave

millz
03-11-2009, 11:42 AM
just catching up here a littlebit, and maybe it has been mentioned but wouldnt this photo be considered way out of focus. the bird loks very blurry to me.




Here's another peek at the Tauraco ... darting in and snarfin' off with a chunk of the parrot's feed. Food, the great natural motivator, eh?



44818
EXIF: A700 v. 04w/ TAMRON SP AF 200-500m f/5-6.3 Di LD
@ 200mm - f/7.1 - 1/10 sec. - ISO-800 - Spot Meter - Spot Focus - Manual - Handheld - Ambient lighting (diffused skylight)

dbatapbr
03-11-2009, 12:11 PM
Yea millz you are correct on both accounts, they are and it has been.

millz
03-11-2009, 12:54 PM
cool and ty didnt see it was going thru photos trying to catch up and must have missed it. sorry don for bringing it up again but at least i noticed what i was supposed to im learning anyway.

dr4gon
03-11-2009, 06:55 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3664/3343489497_e0f6d21a10_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3343489497/)

From yesterday. Wish I had some way to diffuse the light better than just the bounce card (off the ceiling didn't seem to be yielding enough light and I was in a hurry to leave). Focus didn't seem to catch the eyes either. :\

sparkie1263
03-11-2009, 06:57 PM
nice capture. Where did you see that?

Frank

Elisha
03-11-2009, 07:00 PM
looks nice.....i have been trying to find some kind or bug to take a pic of the past week but it's still a little cold here so i may have to wait a little longer.

dr4gon
03-11-2009, 07:33 PM
nice capture. Where did you see that?

Frank

Kitchen sink lol, which is kinda the reason ceiling bounced flash wasn't quite reaching it initially so I used the bounce card angled downwards to light the spider. It freaked me out initially when I was cleaning my cereal bowl.

sparkie1263
03-11-2009, 07:47 PM
how big was it?
Frank

Peekayoh
03-11-2009, 07:52 PM
From yesterday. Wish I had some way to diffuse the light better than just the bounce card (off the ceiling didn't seem to be yielding enough light and I was in a hurry to leave). Focus didn't seem to catch the eyes either.

You could have detached the flash and , in wireless mode, bounced it around the inside of the sink. One traumatised spider, of course!

sparkie1263
03-11-2009, 07:57 PM
I was looking through my images and though I would post this again.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3272/2406043903_a4ac163bc7.jpg

DonSchap
03-11-2009, 09:38 PM
A handsome devil, this guy. Eye can see why you took this, Frank. :D

dr4gon
03-11-2009, 10:03 PM
how big was it?
Frank
Aboout 2 inches from toe to toe


You could have detached the flash and , in wireless mode, bounced it around the inside of the sink. One traumatised spider, of course!

That's a great idea!


I was looking through my images and though I would post this again.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3272/2406043903_a4ac163bc7.jpg

Awesome macro!

millz
03-12-2009, 08:16 AM
Amazing you got the shot of the spider i would still be on the ceiling sucking my thumb crying like my little daughter, yelling for my wife to come kill the big bad spider. i wasnt even ready when i scrolled the page down and saw the pic my back tingled and i jumped a little. Man im such a pud.

Peekayoh
03-12-2009, 11:22 AM
My Missus is with you, Millz, a spider that big would freak her for a month.
I don't mind 'em much, they do a good job on the other bugs. I usually catch them and put them out; not sure I'd like to make a grab for that thing, though. You feeding it dr4gon, or what?

Peekayoh
03-12-2009, 11:24 AM
This dapper little chap just beat up on a rival, sent him packing with a few less feathers.

ON THE PULL

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/500th at f5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

laydros
03-12-2009, 11:45 AM
I was looking through my images and though I would post this again.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3272/2406043903_a4ac163bc7.jpg

Holy-stuff-coming-out-of-its-head batman! I'll have nightmares about that thing for weeks. Great job Frank.

sparkie1263
03-12-2009, 01:34 PM
Here is the whole lobster. It was 8 pounds.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2406043233_99de9593ee.jpg

dr4gon
03-12-2009, 02:02 PM
Here is the whole lobster. It was 8 pounds.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2406043233_99de9593ee.jpg

LOL, nice

No Peek, well, kinda..... sorta.. not really.

I fed it water, since it was the sink. A lot of water. I wouldn't go anywhere near that thing, ahahha!

I'm sure you can picture the rest.

Peekayoh
03-12-2009, 07:34 PM
TWO BY TWO

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/400th at f11 +1EV
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

dr4gon
03-12-2009, 07:53 PM
Lol nice catch!

On the duck(s) on the left, what is that above it's head? A weird reflection?

Peekayoh
03-12-2009, 08:06 PM
Just the way a stray ripple broke up the reflection.

sparkie1263
03-13-2009, 05:13 AM
Nice image Peek
Frank

DonSchap
03-13-2009, 02:20 PM
Fall has fell and Spring has sprung ... I know those early bloomin' lilacs are a coming.


44853
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD MACRO
@ f/11 - 1/15 sec - ISO-100 - Spot Meter - Spot Focus - Manual - Tripod - Natural light
+/- 2 EV HDR


It's a shame they do not last ... wonderful fragrance.

Peekayoh
03-13-2009, 04:13 PM
LOST OVERBOARD 1,000,001

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/400th at f7.1 +1EV
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

sparkie1263
03-13-2009, 05:25 PM
The Causeway Bridge.
Frank


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/KM17-35%20Lens/LBIBridge.jpg

Rooz
03-13-2009, 06:15 PM
Here is the whole lobster. It was 8 pounds.

Frank



lets leave te technicalites aside about the sky and maybe a tad overexposre on his face...frank, you know whats great about this photo ? its clean, simple, sharp and not overprocessed. well done.

dr4gon
03-13-2009, 11:39 PM
Some recovery would take care of it. But yes, the non-overprocessing (not overdoing the contrast and clipping the darks) is commendable!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3437/3352353691_321f03e83b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3352353691/)

No NR. hand held. straight from raw through LR2.

Taken with a Sony DSLR-A300.

* Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15) [+]
* Aperture: f/3.2 [+]
* Focal Length: 200 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 800 [+]
* Exposure Bias: 0 EV [+]
* Flash: Off [+]

Peekayoh
03-14-2009, 05:10 AM
Nice one, dr4gon, and he's wearing black today.
1/15th at 200mm, that's pretty impressive as well! By my reckoning thats 4 stops better than you'd reasonably expect.

Thumbs up to Frank as well.

THE LOBSTER DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE
.

sparkie1263
03-14-2009, 05:45 AM
Thanks Peek. Here is on of the fishing ships.This was taken with a KM 17-50 lens I borrowed from a friend. I am going to try some portraits of the granddaughter today.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/KM17-35%20Lens/FishingBoat.jpg

Peekayoh
03-14-2009, 11:08 AM
I'm guessing you mean the KM 17-35mm lens; I have one and I'd say it's pretty good.

That fishing boat sure is nice and colourful. I'd have gone for a vertical shot so's I could zoom in a bit and fill the frame with the boat, which doesn't mean your shot doesn't work, just a different viewpoint.

For the causeway bridge I have two things. I like the image well enough but compositionally I'd like to have seen you step closer to the first bench, making it a larger foreground object which would also have changed the perspective and emphasized the diagonal patterning.

Second is that the benches look a slightly washed out due to a lack of dark pixels. Look at the histogram in PS which shows nothing below 20, so drag the slider to the right to change the darkest pixels to black. I overlaid the result on the original; a very small change but worthwhile I think (and quick).

sparkie1263
03-14-2009, 11:16 AM
I will try that. I like the sharpness of the lens. I can't wait to try it on the grandchildren.

Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
03-15-2009, 04:05 AM
This was taken with a 17-35mm at the wide end and f11 for Depth of field.

Peekayoh
03-15-2009, 03:04 PM
MUTE SWAN IN A HURRY

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/1250th at f5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

Elisha
03-15-2009, 03:13 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00496.jpg

Camera Model: DSLR-A700
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 135.0mm
Exposure Time: 0.0013 s (1/750)
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO Equiv.: 200
Whitebalance: Auto
Metering Mode: matrix
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

seanhoxx
03-15-2009, 06:07 PM
Lots of cool, and interesting shots lately guys, good work, frank you are really 'developing' love the pun nicely since i have been here for about a year, really good stuff. Peter thanks for your input and comments, I am learning a lot of things on composition and technical aspects of photography from you. I love how vivid that ship shot is!

Elisha
03-15-2009, 06:14 PM
Peter, that swan is gorgeous.....

Peekayoh
03-15-2009, 08:21 PM
Peter, that swan is gorgeous.....

Georgeous it surely is; I can't take credit for that, though.


Lots of cool, and interesting shots lately guys, good work, frank you are really 'developing' love the pun nicely since i have been here for about a year, really good stuff. Peter thanks for your input and comments, I am learning a lot of things on composition and technical aspects of photography from you. I love how vivid that ship shot is!

More than happy to share what I've learned over the years, Sean. Nice to be appreciated too.
I could see that fantastic Red Ship from a mile away, drew me like a magnet.

dr4gon
03-15-2009, 09:24 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3614/3358906454_219d0edda3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3358906454/)

Seems like it has some strange bokeh on the stem? Like highlights?

Rooz
03-15-2009, 10:12 PM
MUTE SWAN IN A HURRY

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/1250th at f5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

a very difficult subject to expose well. great job.

dr4gon
03-16-2009, 01:03 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3647/3359590043_ba4a932f81_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3359590043/)

sparkie1263
03-16-2009, 01:12 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3647/3359590043_ba4a932f81_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3359590043/)

Great image. Nice and sharp and good use of DOF. What lens did you use??

Frank

Elisha
03-16-2009, 01:31 PM
both your shots are awesome :-)

Rooz
03-16-2009, 02:43 PM
Great image. Nice and sharp and good use of DOF. What lens did you use??

Frank

x2. very nice job.
frank, my guess would his macro lens. ;)

sparkie1263
03-16-2009, 06:11 PM
I thought he had the Tamron 90 but after checking his sig I see he has the Sony 100.

Frank

dr4gon
03-16-2009, 06:48 PM
Had the Tamron 90 briefly. Sony 100mm is just a much better lens as I've stated before (main thing is the working distance and the faster AF).

DonSchap
03-16-2009, 06:50 PM
Construction is entirely different ... and you do save $200 with the TAMRON, if that's important.

dbatapbr
03-16-2009, 09:12 PM
As I was walking I saw him flying through the trees.

Lens: 70-210 AKA Beer can
Aperature: F7.1
ISO: 100
SS: 1/160
Focal Length: 210

dr4gon
03-16-2009, 11:15 PM
Great eye!

It was certainly worth it Don!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3600/3362221076_884c404e7c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3362221076/)

2000 pixel size on flickr (click picture above)

Rooz
03-16-2009, 11:22 PM
very nice shot. the stick is a bit distracting behind the flower but the colour and sharpness of the pinks is awesome !

another convert to GREAT glass. welcome to a journey of pleasure and pain. pleasure at the huge step up in performance but pain at the price. lol

dr4gon
03-16-2009, 11:31 PM
I know what you mean now rooz, I have come to realize this more and more now.

damn, that is distracting....

/me opens photoshop.

dr4gon
03-16-2009, 11:47 PM
Before:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3600/3362221076_c57f0168b9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3362221076/)

After:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3362292760_d756a690e6_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3362292760/)

Thanks rooz!

Rooz
03-17-2009, 01:28 AM
excellent. and very impressive viewed large. thats one hellofa sharp chunk'o'glass.

dbatapbr
03-17-2009, 04:18 AM
Very nice work, both the shot and the PP stick removal.

Peekayoh
03-17-2009, 09:00 AM
The female is smaller than the male.
She's giving the guy I posted yesterday the run around and playing hard to get.
The neck is brown from dipping in the muddy river water. You can see a tide mark on her body as well.

MUTE SWAN

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/320th at f9 +1.7EV
Focal Length: 150mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

Elisha
03-17-2009, 02:29 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0807.jpg

Peekayoh
03-17-2009, 08:19 PM
I thought he would go for me at one point, but then he sailed away after the female.
That was the first shot I posted of him still in aggresive mode.

GOT MY BEADY EYE ON YOU

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/80th at f9 +0.7EV
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

sparkie1263
03-17-2009, 08:44 PM
I thought he would go for me at one point, but then he sailed away after the female.
That was the first shot I posted of him still in aggresive mode.

GOT MY BEADY EYE ON YOU

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/80th at f9 +0.7EV
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

Nice image and real sharp.

Frank

dbatapbr
03-17-2009, 08:57 PM
Love the swans, they are always so cool. They are also on a list of birds hard not to blow out the details in a high sun . Nice shots.

dbatapbr
03-17-2009, 09:04 PM
I was walking around today and met this little guy. He was quite curious.

A700w/70-210mm
Focal Length: 90mm
Aperature: F8
SS: 1/250
ISO: 500

Peekayoh
03-17-2009, 11:36 PM
Love the swans, they are always so cool. They are also on a list of birds hard not to blow out the details in a high sun . Nice shots.

Thanks for that and you, Frank.

You're dead right about Exposure and white birds. I had to hurry on the first shot. I'd been taking a seagull in flight and hadn't noticed the big feller getting angry. I was in retreat when he had second thoughts and legged it after the female. I took a meter reading off the muddy water, locked it, recomposed and took the shot; fortunately it was OK. If I'd paused to select exp.compensation and bracketing the shot would have gone.
The second was +1.7EV; I started at +2 and dialled back a tad for a second shot. (Yes, I've discovered chimping thanks to someone here)
The beady eye shot came in at +0.7EV. The muddy neck and wet feathers toned things down and added contrast.

Of course, the other side of the coin, is that the white of the Swan gives good separation from the background. You had the opposite problem with the Squirrel, he could easily have got lost in the background, but didn't. I'm certain you didn't have much time for the shot but you nailed the focus anyway, nice job all round. BTW which of the 70-200's were you using?

dbatapbr
03-18-2009, 08:21 AM
It is the f4 beer can 70-210.

This is my approach when I have time. If it matters. A camera (all cameras) when setting exposure internally sets it for 18% gray. So if the the entire setting is darker I compensate up, such as the squirrel. If it is a brighter shot I try to compensate down. I also try to shoot a little under on the brighter shots. If it is a little darker than it should be I can work that out in PP. It is too bright and I blow out the details, there is no fixing that they are gone.

laydros
03-18-2009, 08:27 AM
Before:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3600/3362221076_c57f0168b9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3362221076/)

After:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3362292760_d756a690e6_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3362292760/)

Thanks rooz!

Wow, killer shot dr4gon. You take great shots, but the macro you have been shooting is excellent.

Peek, I love the beady eye shot. Such a pretty bird, such a mean look.

dr4gon
03-18-2009, 08:45 AM
thanks Jason!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3588/3365663754_b8307c8c72_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3365663754/)

Peekayoh
03-18-2009, 01:00 PM
dr4gon, keep them coming, and thanks for the good feedback folks.

MIRROR, MIRROR, WHO IS.... UGLY!!

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/640th at f9 +0.7EV
Focal Length: 150mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

sparkie1263
03-18-2009, 01:10 PM
nice reflection
Frank

dr4gon
03-18-2009, 02:25 PM
The bottom one is :p

lol, well you asked! He does looks like he's staring at himself vainly.

Peekayoh
03-18-2009, 04:13 PM
Gave me a laugh, anyway!

dbatapbr
03-18-2009, 08:53 PM
Dr4gon, Love the photo, the color, the plant, everything.

dbatapbr
03-18-2009, 09:01 PM
Here is the first of the native orchids that bloom on the range. This is Calapogon Barbatos. It is actually only about 1 inch.

A700 w/Tamron f2.8 90mm
Aperature: f22
SS: 1/160
Ex: +.07
Macro Tube

dr4gon
03-18-2009, 10:00 PM
A bit soft, you can thank the f/22 aperture for that (refraction), why did you use such a small aperture? Does it have something to do with the extention tube? (I'm not too familiar with those, but know taht they do affect SSS, aperture, and AF. Try turning SSS off and use a larger aperture.

It's a beautiful flower. The colors are nice.

DonSchap
03-18-2009, 10:17 PM
I guess I am puzzled with the use of a MACRO Tube. You normally use those on non-MACRO lenses. The TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di is a very good MACRO lens without anything extra. :confused:

dr4gon
03-18-2009, 11:47 PM
Well to enhance magnification I guess since it was only an inch?


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3614/3367481986_938370ec4f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3367481986/)

Last from my early spring wildflower trip this weekend. A few more not posted on POTD on my flickr.

Rooz
03-19-2009, 12:28 AM
I guess I am puzzled with the use of a MACRO Tube. You normally use those on non-MACRO lenses. The TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di is a very good MACRO lens without anything extra. :confused:

actully, most macro photographers i know use them with a macro lens. its in order to get larger than 1:1 magnificaton for a small subject. you somtimes need tubes if you want to fill the frame.

eg: this image is uncropped, as shot. if i wasnt using a tube, i;d have to cut it back significantly to get this sort of framing. its much more difficult to nail focus though. this one is off by about half a mm. his shoulders are perfect but his eyes are ever so slightly just OOF.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3138/3004854382_1799c16faf_o.jpg






Last from my early spring wildflower trip this weekend. A few more not posted on POTD on my flickr.

another great shot from you dragon. i'm really enjoying your macro stuff. i always take a small set of scissors with me and sometimes do a little pruning to remove distractions in field so i dont have to remove in post.

dbatapbr
03-19-2009, 05:12 AM
Using the tube to bring it in closer it is not that big, and the large depth of field for the depth and details since I have the tube on.
Today I am going back out to take more, the wind picked up yesterday and ended the session early.

dr4gon
03-19-2009, 09:33 AM
Love that shot rooz, congrats on your new sony purchase! :p kidding....

Thanks, yeah I did some minor pruning I suppose but with my own hands. I like the idea of keeping scissors!

Peekayoh
03-19-2009, 08:04 PM
I'M OUT OF HERE

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 70-300mm G
Exposure: 1/4000th at f5.6 +1EV
Focal Length: 180mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

Peekayoh
03-19-2009, 08:14 PM
Some great flower macros being posted, guys. Can I join in with an extra one (over quota).

A WEED IN THE SUN

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD 50mm Macro
Exposure: 1/160th at f5.6 -1EV
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 20th March 2009

Elisha
03-19-2009, 08:30 PM
i hate you guys with your shots of flowers and buds....it started snowing again here today!

dbatapbr
03-19-2009, 08:51 PM
Rooz, yea it may be off a mm, but still a magnificant shot. Peek, that was worth going over quota it's a very nice shot.

DonSchap
03-19-2009, 08:54 PM
You can have my quota ...

dbatapbr
03-19-2009, 09:15 PM
This is straight from the camera, no pp except sizing for post. It, like many plants, has many names. Crow poison is the one I know it by.

Tamron 90mm
ISO: 500
aperature: f10
ss: 1/3200

Two things, you'll notice that the background is darker. This area was recently burned. This plant is fire dependent and will not grow unless the area has been burned. Secondly, the high ISO and shutter speed was to fight the wind. This plant was doing quite a dance.

Peekayoh
03-20-2009, 03:50 AM
i hate you guys with your shots of flowers and buds....it started snowing again here today!

More snow, hot damn! All we get is rain.
Never mind, I'm sure Canada has plenty of good points. I mean you can look forward to a really great summer. And midges, damn! almost forgot about them midges, still, look on the bright side at least you won't have to buy a Macro to get a good pic of one.

seanhoxx
03-20-2009, 07:30 PM
Wow guys, some really neat macro shots and just cool photos here over the last several days. keep it up, just reminds me of how much lack of skill and ability I possess!

Elisha
03-20-2009, 11:08 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0107-1.jpg

Peekayoh
03-21-2009, 03:15 AM
BUDS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD 100mm Macro Rokkor
Exposure: 1/125th at f4 -1EV
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 19th March 2009

S3000
03-21-2009, 06:26 AM
Camera: Sony DSLR A300
Lens: Minolta 70-210mm/ F4
Exposure: 1/640 sec at F7.1
Focal lenght: 75mm
Iso: 200

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=23&pictureid=101

Camera: Sony DSLR A300
Lens: Sony 28/F2,8
Exposure: 1/4000 sec at F2,8
Focal lenght: 28mm
Iso: 200

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=100

sparkie1263
03-21-2009, 06:38 AM
Nice images. On the swan you have to watch the blown highlights on the back. You should watch the histogram and make your adjustments. Nice use of DOF on the flowers.

Frank

dbatapbr
03-21-2009, 07:15 AM
Breaking up the flower show for a moment. First you'll notice no snow here. It was about 85 here yesterday. This is a P-51 Mustang from Kissimmee Fl. If you have a pilots license they will teach you how to fly this beauty, and it only cost about $3,000 per hour. See photography isn't THAT expensive of a hobby. These guys fly at the range all the time and give us mini air shows and fly-bys.

A700 w/ minolta f2.8 24mm
Ap: 5.6
SS: 1/2000
Expos: -1.25
ISO:200

Peekayoh
03-21-2009, 09:52 AM
Nice little Witch, if you can afford her.

Peekayoh
03-21-2009, 09:34 PM
BUDS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD 100mm Macro Rokkor
Exposure: 1/20th at f8 -3EV
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 19th March 2009

dr4gon
03-22-2009, 06:49 PM
Something a little abstract


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3599/3376925119_eb834b1608_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3376925119/)

sparkie1263
03-23-2009, 01:33 PM
Ladybug that came out from hiding all winter.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/Ladybug2.jpg

Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:03:23 09:12:20
Flash Used: Yes (Manual)
Focal Length: 250.0mm (35mm equivalent: 375mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO equiv: 400
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual

dr4gon
03-23-2009, 03:38 PM
A bit soft, but I like the colors, very striking!

Peekayoh
03-23-2009, 05:40 PM
MUTE SWAN

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony 70-300mm G SSM
Exposure: 1/500th at f6.3
Focal Length: 300mm (450 equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

sparkie1263
03-23-2009, 06:58 PM
I shot this hand held. I was too lazy to break out the tripod.
Thanks

Frank

DonSchap
03-24-2009, 12:29 PM
Fall has fell and Spring has sprung ... I know those early bloomin' lilacs are a coming.


http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/donschap/flora/Lilac-buds-4_HDR2.jpg
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD MACRO
@ f/11 - 1/15 sec - ISO-100 - Spot Meter - Spot Focus - Manual - Tripod - Natural light (3-13-2009)
+/- 2 EV HDR


It's a shame they do not last ... wonderful fragrance.

March 24th ... things are opening up ... as the Sun insists they do.


45098
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD MACRO
@ f/3.5 - 1/250 sec - ISO-200 - Spot Meter - Spot Focus - Manual - Tripod - Cloudy (3-24-2009)


How in the heck does Nature squeeze all that in there?

dr4gon
03-24-2009, 01:17 PM
Easy, magic!

sparkie1263
03-24-2009, 03:04 PM
Your plants are way ahead of ours. I keep waiting for things to SPRING here. LOL

Frank

Rooz
03-24-2009, 03:10 PM
what does spot focus mean ?

Elisha
03-24-2009, 03:13 PM
center point.

Rooz
03-24-2009, 03:16 PM
ahhh...ok, i didnt know it was called anything specific.

Elisha
03-24-2009, 03:43 PM
it is called center point in the Sony menu. but i'm so used to calling it spot focus for some reason.

Rooz
03-24-2009, 03:49 PM
so if you select another AF point is it still called spot focus or is that term only used for the center point ?

DonSchap
03-24-2009, 03:52 PM
There are 3 AF Modes:

"Wide" (Averages focus among all focus points)
"Spot" (narrow, centerpoint focus)
"Local" (where you use the joystick to select from 9 specific focus points)

Elisha
03-24-2009, 03:59 PM
Wide lets the body select it's own.
Center is just the central AF point.
Local is where you select the AF point using the joystick.

S3000
03-24-2009, 04:23 PM
Something to enjoy.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=23&pictureid=102

DonSchap
03-24-2009, 04:28 PM
Very eggs-iting! Good Easter-idea!

Peekayoh
03-24-2009, 05:49 PM
MUTE SWAN??

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony 70-300mm G SSM
Exposure: 1/200th at f9 -1.3EV
Focal Length: 75mm (112mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

seanhoxx
03-24-2009, 07:55 PM
Very cool image Peter, what is it just a art piece?

Peekayoh
03-25-2009, 02:03 AM
Yeah! Down by the River Wye at a place called Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. Not far from where I live.

Peekayoh
03-25-2009, 05:30 PM
COMMON GULL

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony 70-300mm G SSM
Exposure: 1/1000th at f5.6
Focal Length: 300mm (450mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

Elisha
03-25-2009, 05:50 PM
i'm liking your shots with the 70-300mm G SSM

DonSchap
03-25-2009, 06:14 PM
On the theme of lilac buds, here is tonight's improved Macro, with the ringflash and the TAMRON 90mm f/2.8 MACRO


45148
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 MACRO
@ f/16 - 1/200 sec - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Ring Flash - Manual - Evening (CROP)

Peekayoh
03-26-2009, 09:52 AM
i'm liking your shots with the 70-300mm G SSM

Thanks Elisha, it's a nice new toy. Here's another pic.


COMMON GULL
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony 70-300mm G SSM
Exposure: 1/640th at f5.6
Focal Length: 300mm (450mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 09th March 2009

sparkie1263
03-26-2009, 09:55 AM
A pair of ducks. I think it is mating season because all the ducks are in pairs.

Frank

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

Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:03:25 11:01:56
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 230.0mm (35mm equivalent: 345mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0008 s (1/1250)
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO equiv: 400
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

DonSchap
03-26-2009, 10:15 AM
45155
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 MACRO
@ f/8 - 1/125 - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Manual - RingFlash - (CROP)

Peekayoh
03-27-2009, 04:14 PM
In 30days Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) goes from this ....

AMARYLLIS SHOOTS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/40th at f8 -1.7EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75 equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 20th February 2009

45217

to this .........

45218


AMARYLLIS IN FlOWER

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/400th at f8 -3EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75 equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 22nd March 2009

dbatapbr
03-27-2009, 08:31 PM
Nice photos Peek and Don. Here is another shot of a rosette spoonbill.
Tamron 200-400
Focal:400mm
1/800 @ f11

dr4gon
03-27-2009, 08:45 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3632/3385978706_92c102d92f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3385978706/)

Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 "Macro shot," too bad this entire week has been so windy.

Peekayoh
03-28-2009, 04:11 AM
The wind's been a killer here as well, dr4gon. That Amaryllis flower was bobbing all over the place; fortunately the bright sun gave me 1/400th.

David, that's a nice looking bird. Unfortunately, we have nothing that big and colourful.

DonSchap
03-28-2009, 09:51 AM
David

I think if you did a little "curve" manipulation and white balance correction of the image, you could get a bit more detail out of the feathers and the spoonbill's face. It seems a little hidden in the shadow.

Great capture and truly workable.

dr4gon
03-28-2009, 04:58 PM
Wow, that amaryllis sure grows fast! what are you feeding it? :D

Wish I had some bright colored flowers but a baby squirrel will have to do.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3543/3393673940_d55854e4b0_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3393673940/)

Peekayoh
03-28-2009, 05:22 PM
Yep, cute gets the job done! What is it with Squirrels?

____________________________________________

45236
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/40th at f5.6 -1EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75 equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 25th March 2009

sparkie1263
03-28-2009, 05:32 PM
Nice image Peek
Frank

Peekayoh
03-28-2009, 06:06 PM
Thanks, Frank. Part II tomorrow.

S3000
03-29-2009, 09:36 AM
At last....sunshine, so I took this shot today.


http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=26&pictureid=109

Peekayoh
03-29-2009, 03:21 PM
Holland, sunshine, you're kidding right. Rare as Clogs and Tulips.
Nice Windmill, difficult exposure. Lets have some more.

Peekayoh
03-29-2009, 03:28 PM
45247
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/250th at f8 -1.7EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 22nd March 2009

dr4gon
03-29-2009, 03:37 PM
45247
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/250th at f8 -1.7EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 22nd March 2009

Wow, well done!

Peekayoh
03-29-2009, 05:08 PM
Cheers dr4gon!

S3000
03-30-2009, 12:24 AM
Holland, sunshine, you're kidding right. Rare as Clogs and Tulips.
Nice Windmill, difficult exposure. Lets have some more.

Thanks. If we see the sun here then we take a photo. That`s very rare. :D
In one or two weeks we should have tulips. I will make a few shots.

I am impressed with your shot. Very well done.

DonSchap
03-30-2009, 03:14 PM
This was a cool shot I got today.


45266
SONY A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD 1:1 MACRO
@ f/4.5 - 1/2000 sec - ISO-1250 - Spot focus - Spot Metering - M - Remote - Daylight


This one was downright freaky! :D

45268
@ f/6.3 - 1/250 sec - ISO-400 - Spot focus - Spot Metering - M - Remote - Daylight

Peekayoh
03-30-2009, 04:50 PM
Undercarriage down and full flaps. One in, one out, just like Heathrow.
I'd like to see some with the 135mm, or is it too risky?

Peekayoh
03-30-2009, 04:52 PM
Thanks. If we see the sun here then we take a photo. That`s very rare. :D
In one or two weeks we should have tulips. I will make a few shots.

I am impressed with your shot. Very well done.

Just the ticket and thanks for the comp.
Here's the next in the sequence.

45267
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/100th at f3.5 -2.7EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 25th March 2009

DonSchap
03-30-2009, 06:24 PM
Undercarriage down and full flaps. One in, one out, just like Heathrow.
I'd like to see some with the 135mm, or is it too risky?

The CZ 135mm f/1.8 is a heavy piece of glass. It weighs 35 oz ... and that really puts some angular torque (sideways or 90-degrees to the ground) on the current clamp I am currently using. Total weight, we're looking at about 7 lbs, perhaps a bit more.

I can say, with some degree of certainty, that the SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD MACRO is right at the breaking point. Obviously, the SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO is lot lighter, but you need to get a lot closer.

I have no desire to see my CZ 135mm f/1.8 splashed in such a fashion, dropping 6 1/2-feet to the mud or hard-ground below. Thanks for idea, though, but I'll stick to this for the time being. :rolleyes:

sparkie1263
03-30-2009, 06:55 PM
Nice images Don and Peek

Frank

S3000
03-31-2009, 12:22 AM
Well done people. Nice photos.

seanhoxx
03-31-2009, 05:30 PM
Peek very neat images, so vivid! well done

Peekayoh
03-31-2009, 06:10 PM
Peek very neat images, so vivid! well done

Thanks Sean. This may be the last in the series.

45290
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5
Exposure: 1/500th at f8 -1.7EV
Focal Length: 50mm (75mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 22nd March 2009

dr4gon
04-01-2009, 07:56 PM
hmmm, we need a picture for today. Anyone?

DonSchap
04-01-2009, 08:10 PM
Normally, you find this guy at the suet feeder, but since that was empty ... he made "hit and runs" at the sunflower seeds


45299
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD 1:1 MACRO
@ f/4.5 - 1/2500 sec. - ISO-1600 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - M - Cloudy

dr4gon
04-01-2009, 08:14 PM
Don to save the day, thanks!

Neat woodpecker shot!

dr4gon
04-02-2009, 04:36 PM
When it focuses (not inaccurate, just slow), the Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 is wonderful.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3407352857_e2b67aa464_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3407352857/)

DonSchap
04-02-2009, 04:48 PM
Good shot, Ryan! I thought I'd add this "lilac update", taken an hour ago, also ...


45317
A700 W/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD 1:1 MACRO
@ f/4.5 - 1/60 sec - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Spot Metering - Manual - Cloudy - Tripod - Slight Wind

dr4gon
04-03-2009, 02:51 PM
They're finally coming out!

One more to share:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3648/3408082443_0580299bab_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3408082443/)

dr4gon
04-04-2009, 05:28 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3321/3412365101_d03a4e9f36_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3412365101/)

So who wants to guess the lens?

Big hint:


# Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500) [+]
# Aperture: f/5.6 [+]
# Focal Length: 70 mm [+]
# ISO Speed: 100 [+]

DonSchap
04-04-2009, 08:56 PM
45344
A700 w/ SONY CZ 135mm f/1.8
@ f/2.2 - 1/60 sec. = ISO-400 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - Manual - AWB - +/- 2 EV HDR

TenD
04-04-2009, 09:07 PM
When it focuses (not inaccurate, just slow), the Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 is wonderful.


That's nice and sharp!

TenD
04-04-2009, 09:08 PM
Looks like Taxidermy, Don. Field Museum, perhaps?

DonSchap
04-04-2009, 09:13 PM
Nah, Cabela's in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Good eye ... the subject is dead. It was a different kind of photography, for sure. Kind of like having the "TIME STOP" function. LOL :D ;)

This one was even weirder ...


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I have noted that the "animals" lack a natural-looking "moistness" about them. Also, the lack of respiration is a bit "stuffy."

seanhoxx
04-05-2009, 04:04 PM
Ryan some nice shots, although a few of them look a little squirrely to me! Don't look that one felllow in the eye to long or he will steal your nu....er um soul! And Don you have been working on the prototype of that stop time feature again I see!

Rooz
04-05-2009, 04:26 PM
When it focuses (not inaccurate, just slow), the Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 is wonderful.



(http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3407352857/)


this ones a beauty.
Don, those shots look quite washed out on my monitor.

dr4gon
04-05-2009, 09:56 PM
this ones a beauty.
Don, those shots look quite washed out on my monitor.

It's the HDR treatment I think.

sparkie1263
04-05-2009, 10:01 PM
Here is one from the local zoo. It is a small zoo and all the animals are in fenced in areas and it is hard to get any good shots without shooting through a fence. The bear cage had a moat around it so there was no fence.

Frank

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

dr4gon
04-05-2009, 10:16 PM
Here is one from the local zoo. It is a small zoo and all the animals are in fenced in areas and it is hard to get any good shots without shooting through a fence. The bear cage had a moat around it so there was no fence.

Frank

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

The fort worth zoo had a moat around the lions and tigers. The Toronto (Canada) zoo had nearly everything behind a cage/fence so it was quite difficult.

That's a nice shot, not over processed and composed well. (Maybe would've taken a hair off the top to make give it equal room on top and bottom).

Did you try and portrait oriented shots?

DonSchap
04-06-2009, 12:16 PM
Don, those shots look quite washed out on my monitor.

Here's the 0 EV shot
45353

and the HDR
45354

I was looking for more detail in the fur and the muzzle, which was a bit washed out by the light through the skylight

sparkie1263
04-06-2009, 01:56 PM
The flowers have finely sprung.

Frank

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

overbyc1
04-06-2009, 07:53 PM
Here's one for today.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cF8Vfju1r9k/SdqqRS2jd7I/AAAAAAAAC1s/M-wAZxaYYJw/s800/DSC00376.JPG

Camera: SONY
Model: DSLR-A350
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal Length: 70mm

overbyc1
04-06-2009, 07:56 PM
And here's one for tomorrow :)

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cF8Vfju1r9k/SdqqSquqFSI/AAAAAAAAC18/5ixO1ltwT-g/s800/DSC00396.JPG

Camera: SONY
Model: DSLR-A350
ISO: 320
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 60mm

DonSchap
04-06-2009, 08:15 PM
Getting ahead on us, eh?

You have got some decent bokeh going on in the images. Good job.

seanhoxx
04-06-2009, 09:33 PM
Don, always trying to learn and understand here. The 0EV bear shot I think looks more 'alive' maybe it's from the light making the fur look a bit splotchy and 'blowing out' the highlights on his muzzle? But the other things like the trees seem to appear more 'fake' in the 0EV, So I guess thats where the magic tweaking comes in!
Andy I like your second photo alot, good color and bokeh and from the dreaded kit eh good job. Just a opinion here, but maybe take the copyright sig. off? I don't think anyone here is going to jack your shot, hope to see some more images.

dr4gon
04-06-2009, 10:26 PM
Nice bokeh, way to make the use of that kit lens! Hope to see more too!

DonSchap
04-06-2009, 11:19 PM
The flowers have finely sprung.

Frank

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

Frank, you really got those flowers sharp and a poppin' .... excellent. :D

overbyc1
04-07-2009, 07:18 AM
@seanhoxx... it was just a thing the picasa did, it asked if I wanted a watermark... It does kind of take away from the pic... Ive only taken 500 shots with this DSLR, and I do it for fun, not money, Ill have to take that off. Good advice. Thanks.

Im trying, but I don't feel Im getting the color pop like you guys do... Could that be the lens?

Edit.. Maybe color pop is not the word, I think its softness... my pics are too soft.

seanhoxx
04-07-2009, 07:31 AM
I think your doing very well for all the bad things I have heard about the kit lens. I would maybe look at your settings, maybe use VIVID, bump up saturation etc. tweak the white balance, I'm sure the guys here can give you more details, I can tell you how to set the camera for flowers blowing in the wind when it starts getting dark! LOL and the water mark does have it's place, a good way to get your name out if you want to, but it's a choice. keep posting and adjusting the settings!

DonSchap
04-07-2009, 08:08 AM
"The lens is key." We say that around here, time and again. The first place to start when "iimproving" your photography is there. Once you have a decent "piece of glass" to shoot through, you can work on the rest.

sparkie1263
04-07-2009, 05:49 PM
I seen these growing by the woods. They look like little blueberries.

Frank

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

dr4gon
04-07-2009, 07:00 PM
Maybe a touch too much blue? There's almost no more detail in the bottom "berries?"


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3549/3415238985_129733a3e5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3415238985/)

Going along with the blue theme...

sparkie1263
04-07-2009, 07:16 PM
Maybe a touch too much blue? There's almost no more detail in the bottom "berries?"


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3549/3415238985_129733a3e5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3415238985/)

Going along with the blue theme...

Nice job

Frank

dr4gon
04-07-2009, 08:49 PM
Thanks, since no one wants to guess the lens used on the two bluebonnets, it was the ....

KIT LENS!

DonSchap
04-07-2009, 09:40 PM
You purposely used THAT lens? :rolleyes:

Why do I bother? :(

dr4gon
04-07-2009, 10:17 PM
You purposely used THAT lens? :rolleyes:

Why do I bother? :(

I take it out to the lake and biking trips (like this past weekend). I didn't think I would be doing any macros, but hey, turns out it can do that too! :D

It's light weight, expendable, and is covered by the Sony ADH along with the camera so I just throw it around.

S3000
04-08-2009, 04:08 AM
And who said the "kit lens" is no good?

Nice shot! :)

sparkie1263
04-08-2009, 05:30 AM
And who said the "kit lens" is no good?

Nice shot! :)

You asked for it. LOL Hold on for the answer.

Frank

dr4gon
04-08-2009, 07:20 AM
And who said the "kit lens" is no good?

Nice shot! :)

Unless you're pixel peeping and not printing up large pictures or posting large on the web, it's perfectly acceptable IMO. It's plenty good in some situations.

Elisha
04-08-2009, 11:02 AM
the kit lens works great for bright situations and the MFD is pretty good.
AF is fast as well.
i kinda miss mine.

DonSchap
04-08-2009, 12:02 PM
And who said the "kit lens" is no good?


Unless you're pixel peeping and not printing up large pictures or posting large on the web, it's perfectly acceptable IMO. It's plenty good in some situations.


You asked for it. LOL Hold on for the answer.

Thank you ... we have spent far too long in discussion of this ... well, you know ... there are times ... you guys regress for the darndest reasons. One or two 'reasonable' shots are not the "truth-tellers" for the story.


PUH-LEASE ... read this -> TALES FROM THE "KIT" (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41530)
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Then, have your say ... in THAT thread, not "POTD"

In the MEANTIME, back to "Picture of the Day"

Elisha
04-08-2009, 12:29 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00132.jpg

dr4gon
04-08-2009, 12:40 PM
the kit lens works great for bright situations and the MFD is pretty good.
AF is fast as well.
i kinda miss mine.

That's a good point, the AF is pretty fast.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00132.jpg

Great sky, but the blue light is kinda odd and I wish it was off to like the right side (instead of dead center).

As for the kit lens, the colors aren't too bad and can be recovered, the bokeh department is lacking. I added bokeh in PP ;).

Elisha
04-08-2009, 12:57 PM
That's a good point, the AF is pretty fast.



Great sky, but the blue light is kinda odd and I wish it was off to like the right side (instead of dead center).



i thought about making the pole off center after i posted it. too lazy now lol!
i should have metered for the bulb when i composed the shot.
would have helped if i had a tripod too!

DonSchap
04-09-2009, 12:11 PM
From this weekend: a young man ... and his wheels!


45425
α700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD MACRO
@ 70mm - f/2.8 - 1/200 sec. - ISO-1250 - Manual - Flash


Notice how the "STOP TIME" feature has frozen this car, dead in its ... track?

sparkie1263
04-09-2009, 04:12 PM
Strawberry closeup I shot this hand held with remote flash.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/Strawberry1.jpg


Here is another image of the strawberries I tried another crop and used USM.

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

DonSchap
04-09-2009, 08:39 PM
To contrast with Frank's powerful reds ... here are a couple of "red birds" "making eyes" at the refilled sunflower feeder.


45432

"Good eats", they all say! :D You can easily see that "Cardinal Red" is more of a "Scarlet."

sparkie1263
04-09-2009, 08:42 PM
Nice job Don.

Frank

DonSchap
04-09-2009, 08:45 PM
It's knowing "NOT WHERE TO STAND", Frank.
LOL ;)

dr4gon
04-09-2009, 11:09 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3377/3427051299_654682c577_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3427051299/)

A Don certified lens: Sony 100mm F/2.8 Macro SAL-100M28 and HVL-F58AM

DonSchap
04-09-2009, 11:18 PM
This would be a perfect shot for this upcoming Camera Club Assignment: "yellow"

dr4gon
04-10-2009, 01:37 AM
This would be a perfect shot for this upcoming Camera Club Assignment: "yellow"

:eek:What camera club?

DonSchap
04-10-2009, 10:27 AM
:eek:What camera club?

The Des Plaines Camera Club (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/desplainescameraclub/) is both a real group, as well as virtual Yahoo group, here in Des Plaines and on the Internet. It is composed of both professional, amateur and new camera owners (even some non-camera owners - people who are looking for advice on prospective cameras).

I recently was invited to join and have. There is a tremendous knowledge base among these members, based on hundreds of years of combined experience mostly in film, as you might expect, but also in digital. The club is composed of members having all sorts of manufacturer's cameras, including, but not limited to, 35mm-film, medium format, stereoscopic, land cameras, instants, P&S, digital SLR, etc.

Topics include process tips, discussion, mini-contests, assignment work and contest participation with other camera clubs in the area. There are occasional guest speakers to offer interesting topics to the membership and guests.

I joined in an effort to see what others were doing with their art and I just may be the only SONY DSLR owner in the bunch, as I have not spent a lot of time with the group as yet (perhaps it would make sense to suggest a poll, to see what kind of camera system everyone is using).

As we have tried to do, with limited success, the Club suggests monthly assignment work to help focus the photographer on composition, subject matter and technique. The submitted images are then shown at one of semi-monthly club meetings, on a projection screen, and commented upon for points of interest and improvement.

For me, it is more of a social meeting, to exchange ideas on how people are dealing with issues in this hobby. Being a pretty private fellow, it is a departure from my usual grind. :D

dr4gon
04-10-2009, 01:03 PM
The Des Plaines Camera Club (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/desplainescameraclub/) is both a real group, as well as virtual Yahoo group, here in Des Plaines and on the Internet. It is composed of both professional, amateur and new camera owners (even some non-camera owners - people who are looking for advice on prospective cameras).

I recently was invited to join and have. There is a tremendous knowledge base among these members, based on hundreds of years of combined experience mostly in film, as you might expect, but also in digital. The club is composed of members having all sorts of manufacturer's cameras, including, but not limited to, 35mm-film, medium format, stereoscopic, land cameras, instants, P&S, digital SLR, etc.

Topics include process tips, discussion, mini-contests, assignment work and contest participation with other camera clubs in the area. There are occasional guest speakers to offer interesting topics to the membership and guests.

I joined in an effort to see what others were doing with their art and I just may be the only SONY DSLR owner in the bunch, as I have not spent a lot of time with the group as yet (perhaps it would make sense to suggest a poll, to see what kind of camera system everyone is using).

As we have tried to do, with limited success, the Club suggests monthly assignment work to help focus the photographer on composition, subject matter and technique. The submitted images are then shown at one of semi-monthly club meetings, on a projection screen, and commented upon for points of interest and improvement.

For me, it is more of a social meeting, to exchange ideas on how people are dealing with issues in this hobby. Being a pretty private fellow, it is a departure from my usual grind. :D

Cool, always good to meet local photographers! :)

dbatapbr
04-11-2009, 01:37 PM
Here is an Eyelash Pit Viper. Not very big but very venonous.

dr4gon
04-11-2009, 06:34 PM
Cool camouflage, his face looks quite deadly!

Easter bunny came early! ;)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3412/3433199264_b333776a75_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3433199264/)


Taken with a Sony DSLR-A700.
* Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50) [+]
* Aperture: f/4.0 [+]
* Focal Length: 200 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 1250 [+]

May I just say version .1's WB sucks big time. Gonna put it through it's paces sometime this week and post up some ISO results and comparisons with the A300.

dbatapbr
04-11-2009, 06:41 PM
dr4gon,

I must say that I was not really interested in the A700 at all. I was trying to decide on Nikon or Canon and make the switch. Then I found something about the v4 update, and how much improvement was made in v4. So I bought it, based off of the updates. I agree with others that there are more things that they can do, but overall am satisfied with the A700 v4.

S3000
04-12-2009, 02:59 AM
Spring is in the air. The tulips are out. Just waiting for the sun to come out so they can open up.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=116

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=24&pictureid=115

dbatapbr
04-12-2009, 06:47 AM
A700
70-210 F4 (Beercan)
Focal Length -75mm
ISO - 200
Shutter - 1/125
F Stop - F7.1
EV - -.3

One of the local plants in the Arenal Volcano Region.

dr4gon
04-12-2009, 11:34 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3336/3435274128_419b4c805d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3435274128/)

Taken with a Sony DSLR-A700.

* Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) [+]
* Aperture: f/4.0 [+]
* Focal Length: 100 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 640 [+]
* Exposure Bias: 0 EV [+]
* Flash: Off [+]

Happy Easter

sparkie1263
04-12-2009, 11:45 AM
Who's A700??? Nice image. Is it a big step up form the A300?

Frank

dbatapbr
04-12-2009, 05:33 PM
Nice, and Happy Easter.

Was that still with the .1 or did you download the v4 now?

r3g
04-12-2009, 05:41 PM
Here is an Eyelash Pit Viper. Not very big but very venonous.


I love vupers.. great shot!

DonSchap
04-12-2009, 08:24 PM
"Enough of this Happy Talk, I say!"

45489
A700 v. 04 w/ CZ 135mm f/1.8
@ f/2.2 - 1/800 sec - ISO-1600 - M - Cloudy - Remote shot
4/12/09


"THIS ain't easy, you know! I'm sticking my neck waaaay out for this."

45490
A700 v. 04 w/ CZ 135mm f/1.8
@ f/2.8 - 1/250 sec - ISO-400 - M - Cloudy - Remote shot
4/12/09

Rooz
04-12-2009, 09:16 PM
"THIS ain't easy, you know! I'm sticking my neck waaaay out for this."


45490
A700 v. 04 w/ CZ 135mm f/1.8
@ f/2.8 - 1/250 sec - ISO-400 - M - Cloudy - Remote shot
4/12/09


lol funny shot.

dr4gon
04-12-2009, 10:36 PM
LOL.

The a700 is mine. Probably not going to keep it. Not really enough to warrant an upgrade. I'll play with it for a week or so and put it up for sale. I got it like new, only couple hundred shots on it, and it looks and is very new.

I'll test version 1 vs 4 vs the a300 and post up my results sometime hopefully this week.


What I do like about the A700 is the nice big bright VF, faster AF, ergonomics, built like a tank, and the dmf, dof preview, mlu features.

Somethings I didn't really care for is the seemingly louder noise (audibly), joystick (prefer the d-pad), inability to zoom out of previewing pictures (A300 can step out and in zoom), and the iso button (top buttons) are in a strange spot.

DonSchap
04-13-2009, 01:31 PM
It's been one of THOSE days ... and tomorrow looks to be about the same ... RAIN!

C'mon dudes ... pony up your share!

dr4gon
04-13-2009, 11:41 PM
Cake from yesterday's Easter Party


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3364/3439977727_8449ecba37_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3439977727/)

Thriller
04-14-2009, 05:54 AM
Finally some decent weather!


http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l352/toastedwhitebread/ferris3.jpg

sparkie1263
04-14-2009, 12:26 PM
Here I go again with another special effect. I will tell you what effect it is after I see some response as to how it looks.

Frank

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

PS No cheating by looking at the picture http link.

dbatapbr
04-14-2009, 03:02 PM
I like the background alot, there is something about the flower though that is throwing me off.

dbatapbr
04-14-2009, 03:07 PM
Here is something a little different. We walked down to the beach at night, and saw all the little hermit crabs running around. So I had her to shine the flashlight on some of them to help the focus and I took pics. I like this one as it is a sort of group shot.

Beercan
f 7.1
1/125
210mm

dr4gon
04-14-2009, 08:42 PM
lol the whole clan is there!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3564/3443692820_ef09f19b9f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3443692820/)

Peekayoh
04-15-2009, 11:06 AM
......... inability to zoom out of previewing pictures (A300 can step out and in zoom).......

Hit the AF/MF Button and use the rear control wheel to zoom, the joystick to pan. Hope I understood correctly.


......... and the iso button (top buttons) are in a strange spot.

You get used to it.

Peekayoh
04-15-2009, 11:09 AM
Here is something a little different. We walked down to the beach at night, and saw all the little hermit crabs running around. So I had her to shine the flashlight on some of them to help the focus and I took pics. I like this one as it is a sort of group shot.

A group of "Hermits"?? Nice one, anyway.

dr4gon
04-15-2009, 11:30 AM
Hit the AF/MF Button and use the rear control wheel to zoom, the joystick to pan. Hope I understood correctly.



You get used to it.

ah ok thanks, couldn't find anything in the manual which pointed to that.

seanhoxx
04-15-2009, 04:59 PM
Hey guys, Here is one from the TEA party in front of our courthouse today. This is just a POTD guys, not a reason for any politcal statements or rants, just comment on the photo and critique, there has to be plenty wrong with it!
I have other images on my flickr, and maybe will start a thread here later.

DonSchap
04-15-2009, 06:15 PM
Can you imagine ... if they were organized like ACORN? Talk about subversive. They'd all be lined up and you could get row shots, like in late 1930s Germany. Thankfully, they're just regular Americans ... knowing that TAX Days will only get worse.

dr4gon
04-15-2009, 06:36 PM
This party was just getting staretd (actually taken before it was supposed to start)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3626/3445499847_6487d58de5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3445499847/)

Only had time for a quick drive by at a local Tax Day <a href="http://taxdayteaparty.com/" target="_blank">Tea Party</a>. They were very enthusiastic and many people driving by were cheering, giving thumbs up, or honking their horns in agreement.

dbatapbr
04-15-2009, 07:05 PM
Yea we had one here too. What ever turns them on. If you are in politics and don't do anything they'll protest, if you do something, they'll protest. They make for good photos anyway.

dr4gon
04-15-2009, 07:37 PM
Hey guys, Here is one from the TEA party in front of our courthouse today. This is just a POTD guys, not a reason for any politcal statements or rants, just comment on the photo and critique, there has to be plenty wrong with it!
I have other images on my flickr, and maybe will start a thread here later.

Looks like we both went out with our Tamron 70-300's? I can see our images are bleeding with CA fringing. :D

seanhoxx
04-15-2009, 08:59 PM
LOL yea I had the good old 70-300 on board mostly because it was wet and rainy all day here!

S3000
04-16-2009, 02:45 PM
I was lucky to take this shot today. It was difficult with the sun on the water but this was the best I could do before she was gone.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=28&pictureid=121

DonSchap
04-16-2009, 03:36 PM
No kidding ... animals love to bolt when they see a 35mm SLR coming their way. Certainly, no time for adjustments. Obviously, a bit of fill-flash might have helped render this lil' dearie.

S3000
04-16-2009, 03:46 PM
He was too far away for a flash and standing in the trees, so that`s why I had to take it the way I had the settings at the moment I took the shot. I only had one shot and then he was gone.

Here is a shot I took of a cheeta a month ago.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=28&pictureid=120

dr4gon
04-16-2009, 05:32 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3369/3448124745_5144e7598c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3448124745/)

Animals can be such a pain sometimes! Flowers generally don't move that much unless it's windy :p

overbyc1
04-16-2009, 06:54 PM
Nice dr4gon!

Here's my shot for the day! Nice shot of a pier in Lake Waccamaw, NC.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cF8Vfju1r9k/SefRmq-V5kI/AAAAAAAAC3I/QqpmyA01ar0/s800/DSC01419.JPG

dr4gon
04-16-2009, 07:12 PM
Very cool, so peaceful!

sparkie1263
04-16-2009, 07:31 PM
I don't know if I posted this yet

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/28-200%20Lens/DockintheSnowPanorama.jpg

dr4gon
04-16-2009, 07:56 PM
I don't know if I posted this yet

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/28-200%20Lens/DockintheSnowPanorama.jpg

When was that taken? looks very similar to over's sans the color. Very peaceful as well. Is that a boat ramp? Composition is nice except, I think it would look a bit more balanced if it were symmetrical, perhaps maybe that would make it look boring? dunno...

sparkie1263
04-16-2009, 08:05 PM
I think it was taken in December in the back of my customers house. Here is another image of just one of the docks.

Frank


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/28-200%20Lens/DockintheSnowHDRDyn.jpg

dr4gon
04-17-2009, 09:28 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3609/3451407796_ae11eb557f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3451407796/)

laydros
04-18-2009, 11:30 AM
I saw this shot in the little thumbnail flickr sends me of my contacts pictures, and didn't think much of it. Then I see it at that size, and it is awesome. I love that picture.


I see your sig has changed. How's the new body working. Maybe you should start a new thread with your thoughts on it.

dr4gon
04-18-2009, 01:32 PM
I saw this shot in the little thumbnail flickr sends me of my contacts pictures, and didn't think much of it. Then I see it at that size, and it is awesome. I love that picture.


I see your sig has changed. How's the new body working. Maybe you should start a new thread with your thoughts on it.

Yeah hoping to compare version .4 this weekend.

DonSchap
04-18-2009, 04:36 PM
Found this little guy at the bottom of a planting vase, in our garden.


45584
A100 w/ TAMRON 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
@ 250mm - f/6.3 - 1/60 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - M - Built-in Flash - Distance = 24-inches

45585
A100 w/ TAMRON 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
@ 210mm - f/6.3 - 1/60 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - M - Built-in Flash - Distance = 18-inches

dr4gon
04-18-2009, 07:49 PM
lol was he stuck?

DonSchap
04-18-2009, 09:55 PM
Nah ... but, I'm sure the lil' one had no need to try and get past the big, bad photographer. He was safe, so ... I left him there. He is "free" to do as Nature commands. The little white mark on the forehead means he is still under his mother's care. He just found an "armored" warren for himself.

dr4gon
04-18-2009, 09:59 PM
A distant cousin I'm sure....



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3327/3453980585_23f31c649a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3453980585/)

Taken with a Sony DSLR-A700.

* Exposure: 0.011 sec (1/90) [+]
* Aperture: f/4.0 [+]
* Focal Length: 200 mm [+]
* ISO Speed: 400 [+]

Elisha
04-18-2009, 11:14 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00852.jpg

Camera Model: DSLR-A700
Flash Used: Yes (manual)
Focal Length: 75.0mm
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO Equiv.: 400
Whitebalance: Auto

dr4gon
04-18-2009, 11:32 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00852.jpg

Camera Model: DSLR-A700
Flash Used: Yes (manual)
Focal Length: 75.0mm
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO Equiv.: 400
Whitebalance: Auto

Great soft lighting, can you share what your setup? Nice catch light too!

seanhoxx
04-18-2009, 11:37 PM
Wow the eye color pops....colored contacts?

Elisha
04-18-2009, 11:49 PM
well guys.....as much as i love the Minolta 28-135mm for it's sharpness.....it's serious limitation is MFD.
even though the minimum MFD is 5ft, 5ft only gives you AF confirmation....you really need 6ft or more for a sharp shot.

anyway i was about 7ft away on this one and i had my Sigma flash with me and sun from the skylight above.

her eyes are naturally blue, i just made it pop a little with the blue luminance slider in LR2.3

as for the soft glow in her skin.....i think that is cause she is almost 8 months pregnant. her skin seems to be glowing much more these past few weeks.

dr4gon
04-18-2009, 11:53 PM
So I guess you used direct fill flash, because no harsh sunlight is visible.

Elisha
04-19-2009, 12:04 AM
So I guess you used direct fill flash, because no harsh sunlight is visible.

yeah the flash was direct but the sun wasn't spilling in. we were in a butterfly conservatorium so there was very little direct sunlight coming trough from the skylight. lost of plants and such blocking most of the light.

dbatapbr
04-19-2009, 05:01 PM
It is a very nice photo Elisha. Great lighting, and it really did make the eyes pop.

Elisha
04-19-2009, 09:12 PM
thanks i'll have to PP it to take care of the not so attractive background soon....

Elisha
04-19-2009, 10:25 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00912.jpg

S3000
04-20-2009, 04:20 AM
Very, very nice shot. How did you do it? Which lens did you use?

Elisha
04-20-2009, 05:03 AM
Very, very nice shot. How did you do it? Which lens did you use?

are you referring to the bird or the portrait?
both were shot with the 28-135mm.
surprisingly the bird was calm enough although i could not maneuver my position to get a clear shot without that little branch getting in the way!

bigw00dy
04-20-2009, 09:43 AM
Just a Daffodil from my yard. Spring is here!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/3459870924_d0c74cc45f.jpg

a100
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Auto, Did not fire

BobJohnson
04-20-2009, 10:45 AM
I think the portrait looks lovely, apart from the eyes!!! They look to be clearly digitally enhanced, in my opinion. I know that they have been altered but I think they've been altered to the extent that it detracts away from the balance of the rest of the shot.

Was the bird altered too? It just doesn't look 'real' in my opinion.