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S3000
04-21-2009, 01:28 AM
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!

I was referring to the bird. Super shot. The branch is not a problem. It`s nearly the same colour than the bird. You can hardly see it if you take a quick look.
Well done

Elisha
04-21-2009, 05:14 AM
Was the bird altered too? It just doesn't look 'real' in my opinion.

i enhanced the contrast and the greens in the bird shot!

sparkie1263
04-21-2009, 12:26 PM
Red winged blackbird.

Frank


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

DonSchap
04-22-2009, 10:24 AM
TO HECK WITH WHITE LIGHT, HE LIKES BEING IN COLOR

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α700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
@ 75mm - f/2.8 - 1/8 sec - ISO-400 - Spot Metering - Spot Focus - Natural Light - Handheld - Crop

seanhoxx
04-22-2009, 01:43 PM
Don nice shot, a sight most big lazy dog owners will recognise LOL

bigw00dy
04-23-2009, 07:16 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3479/3467619119_0c448cd3e3.jpg

Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Auto, Did not fire

DonSchap
04-23-2009, 03:34 PM
You don't even want to know how close I was for this ...


45706

A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5
@ f/5.6 - 1/400 sec. - ISO-1250 - Spot Focus - Spot Metering - Manual - Dist: 5-feet! :eek:


Wish i had taken this a week ago ... it'd have been an excellent entry.

sparkie1263
04-23-2009, 03:39 PM
Great image Don.
Frank

sparkie1263
04-23-2009, 03:43 PM
These are fast little birds.

Frank

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

Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:04:21 10:27:49
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 300.0mm (35mm equivalent: 450mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: 1.70
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

DonSchap
04-23-2009, 03:45 PM
Almost like he is wearing a mask! Good trigger finger, Frank.

dr4gon
04-23-2009, 05:00 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/3468424693_a8fb5cdf16_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3468424693/)

achk, so windy today, 40mph gusts and a wind advisory!

DonSchap
04-23-2009, 05:45 PM
Nice work, Ryan. Might want to "Photo Gallery" this one! :D

bigw00dy
04-23-2009, 06:06 PM
Taken in the vicinity of the Millstone River off Rte. 1 - West Windsor, NJ

From about 175 yards away. Thats as close as I would get considering her nest was very close to her.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3468433282_f11c88d6c5.jpg
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +0.3 EV

After I did some cropping.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/3468433086_ae45f5b7b9.jpg

DonSchap
04-23-2009, 06:12 PM
My friend, we have to get you a longer lens! This bad boy rates a TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD if ever there was one. Remember, tell the spouse ... "You see, if I had this lens ..."

Good capture, though ... just need some s-t-r-e-t-c-h to wrestle him on in. You could also hold up a rabbit and invite him down for lunch. ;)

dr4gon
04-23-2009, 06:53 PM
Nice work, Ryan. Might want to "Photo Gallery" this one! :D

Thanks!


Taken in the vicinity of the Millstone River off Rte. 1 - West Windsor, NJ

From about 175 yards away. Thats as close as I would get considering her nest was very close to her.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3468433282_f11c88d6c5.jpg
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +0.3 EV

After I did some cropping.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/3468433086_ae45f5b7b9.jpg

Nice job on the focus, still looks ok even with the crop, but yeah.....


My friend, we have to get you a longer lens! This bad boy rates a TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD if ever there was one. Remember, tell the spouse ... "You see, if I had this lens ..."

Good capture, though ... just need some s-t-r-e-t-c-h to wrestle him on in. You could also hold up a rabbit and invite him down for lunch. ;)

... Don is right you do need a longer lens for birding and in general, most wildlife!

DonSchap
04-23-2009, 11:45 PM
One of the drawbacks of buying a DSLR ... is looking through the veiwfinder and getting that sinking feeling ... "I'm not there!"

A little personal anecdote: I was on a river with a beautiful Eagle on the opposing side. Man, sitting up there, in the highest tree on the waterfront ... just waiting for someone to come along and take his portrait. Problem was ... from my rather decent vantage point, even with a 500mm, he was a dot ... at least 60 feet off the ground.


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@500mm - f/11 - 1/800 sec. - ISO-400 - A Mode - Direct Sun - (Actual frame, no crop)


Going for the crop ... well, you get this:


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Two things ... I need to get closer ... and I had to do it so he would not feel threatened. So, I got the neighbor to take me out, on a float boat, and we cruised up and down the river ... looking nonchalant ... non-menacing ... you know, like typical moron boaters. The eagle bought into it ... at least until we actually stopped, lined up the 200-500mm and commenced fire.


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476mm - f/6.3 - 1/1600 sec - ISO-400 - A Mode - Shaded Daylight - (Actual frame, no crop)


He tolerated about two minutes of our loitering and then, with a sweep of those awesome wings ... 'bugged out.' Without that lens ... he would have looked like my first picture. :rolleyes:

Cropping, yes the image has some issues with backlighting ... had I used a power flash ... I'd have had better subject lighting, but he also would have probably dived down and killed me! :eek:


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Shooting through trees, against a bright sky, from a bobbing and rocking boat, is always a little rough to get a good angle. Tree shots often throw off CA (Chromatic Aberration), but as you plainly see ... there isn't much with this particular lens. There is a lot to like about it. Also, since there is a lot more bird to work with in the original image, pixelation is almost nonexistent.

My rule of thumb ... pack the lens for the job. If you cannot get 'em with a 500mm, he's too far away, anyway. :p This particular bird was the very reason I spent the cash for the 200-500 (~$800). I tried a 2x T/C on a high quality 70-200mm f/2.8 thinking I would have it knocked ... all of the images were soft and still small. Very unimpressive for the effort. There is nothing like the REAL glass on your camera. Please try it and see for yourself.

Sorry, back to POTD ... I sometimes get carried away. You guys are super.

dr4gon
04-24-2009, 01:59 AM
I've come to the conclusion that 2x TCs are really only good for macro lenses (achieving 2:1) and moon shots where every mm counts!

bigw00dy
04-24-2009, 04:56 AM
Excellent shots Don!!!

I just turned 27 and that was the 1st time I ever saw a bald eagle in person. Luckily, I had my camera. I was working and its not always easy to carry my camera bag & little bit of acessories I own.


Nice job on the focus, still looks ok even with the crop, but yeah.....
Thanks dr4gon for the kind words

DonSchap
04-24-2009, 10:05 AM
bigw00dy,

I understand getting surprised with photographic opportunity. Man, it's the story of our lives, isn't it? Again, thank you for sharing your eagle shot (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showpost.php?p=369998&postcount=1013). You were fortunate to even have your camera with you, at the ready. More often than not ... we find it nowhere handy, either at home or stuffed in luggage.

My intent was simply saying that some shots require a little more ... well, a lot more. I knew the eagle images I took would require a significant investment ... and still, some uncertain luck in addition to that. :rolleyes: Thanks for your comment on my image and someday, the good Lord willing, that Eagle and I will meet, again ... and perhaps, I will capture the image I can only now imagine, having the right tool and being prepared ... for that moment.

One of the other aspects that has only been briefly covered in our forum is having a "nature" lens. This is not the 200-500 we have been discussing, but something a bit more ... well, practical. The lens I have in mind is the SONY 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM (54oz). This would be the glass you would carry into the woods, when you only have room and want to carry one lens. You also might pocket the 50mm f/1.4 ... but, basically it is you, the camera and one long range zoom.

An older lens, no longer made, also fits that bill: The Tokina AT-X 840 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6


http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/donschap/camera%20stuff/A700-w-ATX840.jpg
The "Be Prepared" lens

It is not as refined or even as heavy as the "new" SONY, but it can offer you a much broader range of options for a lot less money (roughly $300-400), if you can find one out there. It only weighs 33oz ... and that is quite nice on those long nature hikes into the woods or wherever. It has a tendency to 'zoom creep', so a small piece of gaffer's tape can quickly put that to rest. In my opinion, for the money, this is the lens. Coupled with "SSS' ... you have almost everything you could ask for in a lens of this kind. It puts most of the 'super-zoom' P&S camera results to shame. ;)

So, if you find yourself out in the woods ... having a lens like that already on your camera can provide a lot more comfort when you reach for "the quick shot." In other words, this kind of lens takes the "surprise" out of your photography and puts it back where it belongs ... with the subjects. :D

sparkie1263
04-24-2009, 03:12 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/3468424693_a8fb5cdf16_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3468424693/)

achk, so windy today, 40mph gusts and a wind advisory!

Great image even with the wind.

Frank

sparkie1263
04-24-2009, 03:15 PM
Taken in the vicinity of the Millstone River off Rte. 1 - West Windsor, NJ

From about 175 yards away. Thats as close as I would get considering her nest was very close to her.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3468433282_f11c88d6c5.jpg
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +0.3 EV

After I did some cropping.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/3468433086_ae45f5b7b9.jpg

Nice capture. I tried to get a few shots of the Eagles in Howell NJ but they were too far away.

Frank

Elisha
04-24-2009, 03:20 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/3468424693_a8fb5cdf16_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3468424693/)

achk, so windy today, 40mph gusts and a wind advisory!


argh....you make me want a macro lens! :cool:

dr4gon
04-24-2009, 04:06 PM
argh....you make me want a macro lens! :cool:

The 70-300mm can do some limited macro work ;) lol :rolleyes:

seanhoxx
04-24-2009, 04:28 PM
Wow thats some kind of BLUE

seanhoxx
04-24-2009, 04:39 PM
And speaking of the 'nature' lens I have a very very nice clean copy of the Tokina 80-400 and it is a killer piece of 'old school' glass! Heavy a nice solid metal feel to it. Good colors but is does like the bright light of day! I used it for some long range soccer and football, once the sun started getting down the lens really shut down. I have NO zoom creep on mine at all, as a matter of fact I had to check with Don to be sure I didn't have a problem after 300mm you have to "put some more' to the ring to move it up. Make sure you get the ATX pro issue. and if you don't have much gear or don't have the distance covered with other glass there is I think it is a 80-200mm ATX pro also might be nice to have.

dr4gon
04-24-2009, 07:06 PM
I even turned down the blue a touch via saturation lol...

Elisha
04-25-2009, 11:00 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01341.jpg

Rooz
04-26-2009, 02:44 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01341.jpg

best shot you;ve ever posted. this is really superb.

laydros
04-26-2009, 10:06 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01341.jpg

Spectacular image. Is that with the new G?

Elisha
04-26-2009, 10:10 AM
best shot you;ve ever posted. this is really superb.

Thanks Rooz!


Spectacular image. Is that with the new G?

Nope....the old 28-135mm. the G was to long to use at the country market so i opted for the Minolta instead.

i actually have a pic of another orchid being sold at a different side of the market and the purple looks a little different....

Elisha
04-26-2009, 06:48 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01379.jpg

Mr. Static Hair!

seanhoxx
04-26-2009, 06:55 PM
So late this evening I took a walk in the backyard looking for a wood pecker I have been hearing but not seeing for days now! No woodpecker but this guy and a few dozen of his buddies were doing some feeding. To much with the onboard flash eh.

Bup
04-27-2009, 05:57 AM
Market day in town, so took a walk in nearby protected (nature) area.

It hosted lots of these (purple, actually) flowers. Spot metering on one of them made the picture slightly underexposed overall- to a rather pleasing effect, or so it would seem judging by how especially newspaper photographers love to raise color saturation and contrast and dim the brigthness a little. Well, rant aside, I still like it : )


Photo is unedited besides resize.

laydros
04-27-2009, 06:35 AM
Market day in town, so took a walk in nearby protected (nature) area.

It hosted lots of these (purple, actually) flowers. Spot metering on one of them made the picture slightly underexposed overall- to a rather pleasing effect, or so it would seem judging by how especially newspaper photographers love to raise color saturation and contrast and dim the brigthness a little. Well, rant aside, I still like it : )


Photo is unedited besides resize.

Yeah, I like the underexposure and depth of field. It creates a darker mood for the picture, along with the dead log and vines, and a nice contrast to the in focus and bright new flowers. Very nice work.

Rooz
04-27-2009, 06:42 AM
Market day in town, so took a walk in nearby protected (nature) area.

It hosted lots of these (purple, actually) flowers. Spot metering on one of them made the picture slightly underexposed overall- to a rather pleasing effect, or so it would seem judging by how especially newspaper photographers love to raise color saturation and contrast and dim the brigthness a little. Well, rant aside, I still like it.

this is a really strong image. i think its brilliant.

personally, i think there's a little too much on the left of frame and it could do with a tiny bump up in exposure. but your dof, subject and composition is quite simply...superb. i think its the strongest image ever posted in the sony forum. period.

dr4gon
04-27-2009, 07:49 AM
this is a really strong image. i think its brilliant.

personally, i think there's a little too much on the left of frame and it could do with a tiny bump up in exposure. but your dof, subject and composition is quite simply...superb. i think its the strongest image ever posted in the sony forum. period.

I agree, but very nice!

Elisha
04-27-2009, 08:18 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01365.jpg

Bup
04-27-2009, 09:47 AM
Thanks very much all. They don't usually turn out like that, and especially not when I really make an effort :p

Nice clown Elisha, but especially the flowers in your previous picture. Is the 'shaded corners' thing post processed, or in the shot, and in any case how? I've occasionally gotten it in shots, but never on purpose, and haven't really tried to work out what causes them.

dr4gon
04-27-2009, 09:57 AM
Very nice catchy colors Elisha!

seanhoxx
04-27-2009, 10:25 AM
Bup underexposed really works very well on your shot, it has a 'feel' to it, the log running through it gives a nice look also, very neat shot.

Elisha
04-27-2009, 01:05 PM
Nice clown Elisha, but especially the flowers in your previous picture. Is the 'shaded corners' thing post processed, or in the shot, and in any case how? I've occasionally gotten it in shots, but never on purpose, and haven't really tried to work out what causes them.


thanks mate...your purple/blue flowers look awesome. i bet the colour looks blue because of your WB setting.
same thing happened to me at my sister's wedding. my bro-in-law was wearing a purple tie and it came out blue in every pic. another guy who was taking pics with his D90 had the same result. but somehow yet another guy with his D80 was able to get it purple. only difference was that fella was using an external flashgun.

anyway the vignetting can be done with the camera itself on some lenses and filters but mine was done in LR 2.3....there are about 6 sliders under Vignettes and i slide them all to the left except the last one i slide to the right. you can mess with it and get different effects.

sparkie1263
04-27-2009, 08:58 PM
I don't know what these flowers are.

Frank

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

Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:04:25 11:35:10
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 300.0mm (35mm equivalent: 450mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160)
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: 0.70
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

Elisha
04-27-2009, 09:24 PM
very nice. do they grow wild?

sparkie1263
04-27-2009, 09:30 PM
They are on trees and are everywhere.

Thanks
Frank

sparkie1263
04-27-2009, 09:35 PM
I just did a search on google and it might be some kind of pear tree.

Frank

Elisha
04-27-2009, 10:08 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/3478533800_aaaa7c4428_b.jpg

seanhoxx
04-28-2009, 10:02 AM
Elisha good capture on some vivid color!, a good image, but maybe one to play with a bit and crop to fill the photo with the one center flower? or go back and get it again,I really like the 'veining' or texture in the petals

Elisha
04-28-2009, 02:45 PM
ok so since i had 3 comments about my flower pic regarding cropping and sharpening....here's a re-edited version:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC013422-2.jpg

sparkie1263
04-28-2009, 04:04 PM
Here are a few tulips.

Frank

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

Elisha
04-28-2009, 04:54 PM
i love tulips....very nice. still a little cold here for the tulips to be out. hopefully in May!

Elisha
04-28-2009, 10:02 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01326.jpg

dr4gon
04-28-2009, 10:42 PM
A windy day? Who wants some dessert?


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3549/3484604571_fd4ddb8908_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3484604571/)

Rooz
04-29-2009, 06:12 AM
ok so since i had 3 comments about my flower pic regarding cropping and sharpening....here's a re-edited version:




try posting the original.

Elisha
04-29-2009, 09:12 AM
try posting the original.

here you go.....no colour manipulation or sharpening:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC013422.jpg

dr4gon
04-29-2009, 02:24 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3648/3486914140_59abdd6364_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3486914140/)

Rooz
04-29-2009, 04:13 PM
here you go.....no colour manipulation or sharpening:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC013422.jpg

how much have you cropped it down ? i think your edits of this one are a little over processed. you have a nice image there, (although a bit soft), some subtle sharpening is all you need imho.

Elisha
04-29-2009, 04:26 PM
how much have you cropped it down ? i think your edits of this one are a little over processed. you have a nice image there, (although a bit soft), some subtle sharpening is all you need imho.


very little cropping done. probably missing about 25-30% of the original image. i just took off a little from the left. i think i used USM on the Lightness Channel to 0.3 pixel and slid the slider to 300 on the edit but i can't quite remember now!

dbatapbr
04-29-2009, 07:07 PM
Hi all, it has been a busy time so I have missed alot. Elisha, I love the bee, and the clown is so vibrant and yet not blown out, very nice. Bup, that was a fantastic photo, it looked like it had been processed to fade out the background. Back to Elisha, I am a huge fan of orchid photos, I agree with the others it looked over processed. The original looks much better just some minor work. Orchids are so amazing on their own without needing much from us. Just my opinion.

Elisha
04-29-2009, 10:00 PM
i like this pic of a Chow Chow.....his hair looks so unnatural!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC013511.jpg

dbatapbr
04-30-2009, 05:56 AM
I thought it was Kieth Richards.

dbatapbr
04-30-2009, 06:32 AM
Here is a Calipogon that was taken yesterday. There is a small spider on it, and on the edge you can see the legs of a second one on the bottom side.
The only pp is a little unsharp mask.

A700
Fstop F8
SS 1/160
ISO 200

seanhoxx
04-30-2009, 11:01 AM
NAH! Kieth looks a lot more dead then the chow chow!

Elisha
05-01-2009, 05:40 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01346-2.jpg

seanhoxx
05-01-2009, 10:15 AM
Nice color and cool dark border effect, Most Amish would perfer not to have the face clearly in a photo, some of the younger ones don't seem to mind though. If things dry out around here I may go and try and get some of the guys working with the horse drawn equipment.

Elisha
05-01-2009, 10:21 PM
this pic was OOF so i tried salvaging it as much as i can cause the Sigma twins were hawt!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0018-2.jpg

had to sharpen and NR it so it does not as natural as i would like!

seanhoxx
05-01-2009, 10:34 PM
Softball from Thursday night, I just really like this image. A great photo....no . local sports action shot......can't see her face, or her number to identify her so.......nope, even though web radio site loved it! We had home softball, baseball, and middle school track and field all at home on same night, I put up about a dozen shots of each on flickr.

DWessel
05-03-2009, 10:59 AM
I would love to know what you think of this one. Just a slight touch-up in PS in lower left corner to soften white reflection.
45882

dr4gon
05-03-2009, 11:02 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3495449871_d7428fcfdd_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3495449871/)

Went to a baby shower yesterday. Brought 3 lenses: 100mm, 50/1.4, and the 17-50/2.8. I only used the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8. The flash was very handy and I don't know how I could have done it without a flash. Even with the very very high ceilings to bounce off of (+.7-1EV on the flash), I was still able to get enough soft lighting. Shot about 300 pictures and my flash lasted the entire night with probably AA battery to spare. One other thing I liked was having a wide angle. I didn't think I would value it that much, but I liked the 17mm shots that really captured the atmosphere well. I may have to reconsider a 10mm zoom for aps-c.

seanhoxx
05-03-2009, 11:09 AM
D Wessl, Awesome image, the swirl and blur of the colors is really neat, nice work.
Another endorsement for the Tamron 17-50! Nice use indoors, I need to get my flash ordered.

DWessel
05-03-2009, 12:19 PM
I would greatly appreciate anyone's feed back on this series of images.
45883
45884
45885

dr4gon
05-03-2009, 01:10 PM
You should definitely get a flash. Looks like you could use it too!

It's between number 2 and 3, but I think 2 is a bit better with the greater DOF

shoeytennis
05-03-2009, 01:42 PM
sony A300
Stupid Kit Lens
Fixed in picasa and CS2

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/652/adsc01177.jpg (http://img10.imageshack.us/my.php?image=adsc01177.jpg)

DWessel
05-03-2009, 02:15 PM
Good for a kit lens. I would PS out the little nub of a stem in the lower right corner.

DWessel
05-03-2009, 02:20 PM
You should definitely get a flash. Looks like you could use it too!

It's between number 2 and 3, but I think 2 is a bit better with the greater DOF

The flash is on the list. But I intentionally photographed in the shaded lanaii.

Overall, I'm partial to #3 - I like the slightly cooler background and to me the shallower DOF adds a bit of mystery.

shoeytennis
05-03-2009, 02:24 PM
Good for a kit lens. I would PS out the little nub of a stem in the lower right corner.

Yeah its a decent kit lens. trying to get rid of some nikon stuff so i can buy sony stuff :).
Thanks for that point as well I didnt even notice it there, two heads are better then one!

seanhoxx
05-03-2009, 07:08 PM
DWessel I think #2 is a 'better' photo in general but the back ground color blur is to close to the statues own color I think, I like the color balance.is thet the right word? in #3 as compared to #2, does that help or make sense?
Brian welcome to Sony! lol. North central Ohio here!

shoeytennis
05-03-2009, 08:31 PM
DWessel I think #2 is a 'better' photo in general but the back ground color blur is to close to the statues own color I think, I like the color balance.is thet the right word? in #3 as compared to #2, does that help or make sense?
Brian welcome to Sony! lol. North central Ohio here!

what part of ohio?
and thanks, i was active in the nikon section for along time then havent post here in over a year! im back tho.......!

Elisha
05-03-2009, 11:04 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01763.jpg

seanhoxx
05-04-2009, 06:42 PM
Hey Brian I am in Millersburg in Holmes county I am South of Canton and East of Mansfield. welcome back to the Sony side!

seanhoxx
05-04-2009, 06:46 PM
A trip to the zoo on saturday, I will post more in a thread tonight. Not sure if he was posing for me or pondering how edible the fat guy with the Sony is!

Elisha
05-04-2009, 07:54 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01800-2.jpg

shoeytennis
05-04-2009, 09:25 PM
Haha in response to the dog pic
The second one is my car

<a target='_blank' href='http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=adsc01052.jpg'><img src='http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/8343/adsc01052.th.jpg' border='0'/><br>
<a target='_blank' href='http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=n50891584718411607363.jpg'><img src='http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/6286/n50891584718411607363.th.jpg' border='0'/><br>

bigw00dy
05-05-2009, 05:08 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01800-2.jpg

What a GREAT picture! The clarity is incredible.
Thanks for sharing.

Elisha
05-05-2009, 12:59 PM
What a GREAT picture! The clarity is incredible.
Thanks for sharing.

thanks for the compliment!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3502934344_2afcff90ee.jpg?v=0

dr4gon
05-05-2009, 05:03 PM
OOh, that's a hard subject to take since it's so dark on a bright day. Could use a bit of fill light around the face, but not bad!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3505130583_a2178d7d65_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3505130583/)

Thriller
05-05-2009, 08:10 PM
From the Spit (http://www.friendsofthespit.ca/).......

http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l352/toastedwhitebread/DSC02307.jpg

Camera: Sony DSLR-A200
Exposure: 1/640
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 500 mm
ISO Speed: 400

DonSchap
05-05-2009, 08:21 PM
I know you are "cropped" ... but, how about some EXIF details of the shot, like aperture and what not? This is POTD, right?

Elisha
05-05-2009, 10:09 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3628/3502725364_99a2320332.jpg?v=0

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: +0.3 EV
Flash: Off

DonSchap
05-05-2009, 10:49 PM
Elisha, you may be over-sharpening. That squirrel is looking more like a rock than made out of fur.

Elisha
05-05-2009, 10:53 PM
USM was 0.3 pixels @ 200.
i believe Noise Ninja is the culprit that sharpened the edges.

DonSchap
05-05-2009, 11:01 PM
Look, I hate giving away my precise settings, but try these (if you 'nailed' the focus):

Amount: 100%
Radius: 1.8 pixels
Threshold: 3 levels

And see how that works for you. Remember, these are sharpening settings for a "full sized" image, not a resized, smaller one.

Elisha
05-05-2009, 11:21 PM
ok so i tried your recommendation:

Original USM 0.3/200/0 and NN:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC02110.jpg

Don's setting USM 1.8/100/3:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC02110-2_18.jpg

Don's setting USM 1.8/100/3 + NN:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC02110-2_18_NN.jpg

DonSchap
05-05-2009, 11:31 PM
Can't say that I see that much difference ... which is a little daunting. My eyes must be going ... :rolleyes:

My squirrels tend to look a little "fuzzier."

45932
A700 w/ TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD 1:1 MACRO
@ f/9 - 1/200 sec - ISO-200 - M - Cloudy - Distance: 10-feet

Elisha
05-05-2009, 11:34 PM
maybe it is Flickr?
the original was on Flickr.
these 3 i hosted on Photobucket!

DonSchap
05-05-2009, 11:43 PM
Could be that MACRO lens I am using, too. It picks the hairs out of these little bandits!

45933

Elisha
05-05-2009, 11:48 PM
well here's his lady

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3654/3501913801_f26cc43005.jpg?v=0

Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/10.0
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: -0.3 EV

DonSchap
05-05-2009, 11:54 PM
Well, that last one does not look anywhere near as denuded as that first one. Man ... talk about a skin condition.

BTW: How do you get them looking in the same direction? Mine are like all over the place in seconds ...

45934

Elisha
05-05-2009, 11:59 PM
they were both close to each other actually and the light coloured one scooted off and the dark one took it's place all within a minute or so!

he looked at me first before he looked left

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/3501913025_810d99d19d.jpg?v=0

DonSchap
05-06-2009, 12:07 AM
I tell ya, with that color ... he looks more like a "tree-rat" than a squirrel. Sheesh!

We've got some of them dark ones around here, too. There seem a bit more aggressive than the grays!

dbatapbr
05-06-2009, 07:09 AM
Sorry Elisha, I have to agree with Don, they look over done. I know it takes more time but I have stopped using the auto setup for nn. I am doing them by hand individually.
Maybe the combination of their darker color and being in the shadows is making it more difficult to find that right combination.

dbatapbr
05-06-2009, 07:15 AM
A little change of pace here.

A700
Beercan
focal len: 210
F4
1/160
ISO: 125
A little toning, crop and nn was the only pp. It was a low sun when they passed, you can see a little reflection on the front window.

dr4gon
05-06-2009, 08:45 AM
Elisha hte first series has way too much noise ninjaing, quite a loss of detail. The female is very natural looking (furry) :).

Also, if you do use USM, you should always fade it. I think in photoshop, it's in the edit menu. edit > fade mask or something.

Continuing the squirrel theme, an older shot


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2801308597_4d31b4e570_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/2801308597/)

seanhoxx
05-06-2009, 09:46 AM
O.k. guys nice squirrels! now I got to go check out the buggers in my back yard! And yes the black ones are different, they will 'move in' and kick out the grays, they will also 'raid' the grays stockpiles. way to much animal planet watching!

Elisha
05-07-2009, 07:03 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01758.jpg

Flash Used: Yes (manual)
Focal Length: 50.0mm
Exposure Time: 1.600 s
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO Equiv.: 400

DonSchap
05-07-2009, 09:50 PM
Among my wanderings at the zoo, they went and planted several hundred tulips in the walkway boulevards ... so I settled in and did a shallow DOF of them ... and through HDR, attempted to catch the very spring-like color they had. I was not trying to capture any one flower, but just the feeling looking across them all had on me. The prior days of rain beat them up a bit. Go ahead, call it a "wild hair!"



45969
A700 w/ TAMRON sp af 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD MACRO (IF) lens
@ 200mm - f/2.8 - 1/500 sec. - Spot Focus - M - Bright, but cloudy - HDR

It might even make for a nice "Mother's Day" background.

dr4gon
05-07-2009, 10:08 PM
Nice colors, definitely mother's dayish... what's the original look like? 0ev

DonSchap
05-07-2009, 10:23 PM
Nice colors, definitely mother's dayish... what's the original look like? 0ev

Here is the EV (original) shot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and HDR crop:

45970 45971

I was at the lens' maximum focal length, so I simply had to "crop for the frame" ... to eliminate the bordering bush, the walkway and the vertical lamp post. ;)

But, hey, if you want monotonous ... I got your monotonous:

45972

It does make one wonder, "Who would plant something like this?"

dr4gon
05-08-2009, 01:27 AM
The originals look a little over saturated (particularly the red), especially on the second one where there looks like a loss of detail. It's very vibrant though. I think the original is much better! ;) A lot more natural and doesn't have that photoshop hdr washed out look.

Rooz
05-08-2009, 02:37 AM
I think the original is much better!

x2. seems to be a common theme here...too much overprocessing. that squirrel shot is fantastic dr4gon, love the pose...looks like a ninja-squirrel !! lol

saf
05-08-2009, 04:59 AM
I love that squirrel shot. Fantastic work Dr4gon

Elisha
05-08-2009, 06:14 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01728-2.jpg

DonSchap
05-08-2009, 08:13 AM
Elisha ... the composition looks fine, but I "think" that bottom shadow/vignetting edging is a distraction and may be unnecessary to compliment the image. (just an opinion) See what it looks like without it.

Elisha
05-08-2009, 08:28 AM
thanks Don. i used it more so because of the building in the back!

shoeytennis
05-08-2009, 08:34 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01758.jpg

Flash Used: Yes (manual)
Focal Length: 50.0mm
Exposure Time: 1.600 s
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO Equiv.: 400

Niagara falls windsor side, haha

Elisha
05-08-2009, 08:37 AM
Niagara falls windsor side, haha


no the Canada side. the camera was soaked. i could not get a good high angle so i had to stand up on one of those binoculars stands and expose for the falls and use fill flash for her hence the extremely slow shutter speed salvaged by SSS!

i didn't even dry off the camera afterwards.....it just did it on it's own with the wind!

shoeytennis
05-08-2009, 08:45 AM
no the Canada side. the camera was soaked. i could not get a good high angle so i had to stand up on one of those binoculars stands and expose for the falls and use fill flash for her hence the extremely slow shutter speed salvaged by SSS!

i didn't even dry off the camera afterwards.....it just did it on it's own with the wind!

Yeah thats what i meant haha. Yeah it is hard to shoot good there water is flying everywhere and I didnt even want to bring any SLR's with me lol

shoeytennis
05-08-2009, 08:46 AM
sony a300 kit lens
30 second exsposure!
I was bored and it was pitch black out, also notice im in the picture and the light is my cell phone lol

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/5876/adsc01158.jpg (http://img18.imageshack.us/my.php?image=adsc01158.jpg)

Elisha
05-08-2009, 08:47 AM
do a light drawing the next time....
i did one some time a go with a long exposure and a glow stick in a dark room.
it came out well!

dbatapbr
05-08-2009, 09:53 AM
Elisha the flowers look nice, I agree with Don concerning the black edge. Also it appears that you toned down on the pp a bit and it looks good.

dbatapbr
05-08-2009, 10:03 AM
I forgot about this mask. It was in a museum, I am always amazed at the artistry that people from the past possessed. No modern tools to work with.

A700
Lens 24mm f2.8
used f2.8
ss 1/30
ISO 1600
Flash: No
Hand held

Elisha
05-08-2009, 10:04 AM
that looks South East Asian....Indonesian maybe?
or could be South American too!

dbatapbr
05-08-2009, 10:07 AM
It was from Costa Rica

DonSchap
05-08-2009, 10:46 AM
A very nice image, 'dbatapbr'. That exposure looks spot on!

Elisha
05-08-2009, 10:56 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3595/3482367894_911f64ca48.jpg?v=0

dr4gon
05-09-2009, 10:05 PM
Inflation.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3517621626_68c65ff78e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3517621626/)

What isn't going up these days? Except for the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/2.8 which dropped from $1749 to an <i>affordable</i> $1599, not much else.

Another year, another 2 postage (to 44) increase for mailing a letter. Fortunately these last <i>forever</i>.

Prices go up Monday May 11. If you want some forever stamps check your local post office's vending machine before then (where I got these).

seanhoxx
05-09-2009, 10:14 PM
My daughters friend and her mom getting dressed for prom tonight.

dr4gon
05-09-2009, 10:27 PM
Maybe a bit more headroom (?), but the lighting is quite nice. Matches the surrounding warm sunset I presume well. And, it's not over processed!

seanhoxx
05-09-2009, 10:41 PM
Thanks yea late in the afternoon, around 7 P.M. very cloudy also with shafts of sun. They are standing on a covered porch, the tight headroom is to avoid the birdfeeder hanging right behind the young ladies head, I don't have the skills to clone it out yet!

sparkie1263
05-10-2009, 05:15 AM
Very nice image. They look like sisters. I love there eyes.

Frank

sparkie1263
05-10-2009, 05:35 AM
Sean hope you don't mind I gave you some headroom.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Forum%20Edits/SeanspicPS.jpg

Rooz
05-10-2009, 05:37 AM
well well well...arent we quite the expert now ? lol
great job frank

sparkie1263
05-10-2009, 06:09 AM
Thanks Rooz I have spent alot of time playing in PS. I just need to learn not to over do it with the PP. Removing and adding is easy.

Frank

PS Far from an expert. I still have alot to learn. but I do like the challenge.

DonSchap
05-10-2009, 08:34 AM
Good job, Frank. It it a very good advance in framing correction.

seanhoxx
05-10-2009, 12:10 PM
Frank, thanks for the help, great job! now can you do anything to make me taller? how about thinner? LOL

seanhoxx
05-10-2009, 12:16 PM
O.K. guys how about this one? My daughter on the left and her cousin on the right getting ready to leave for prom in a semi truck. As we are a fairly rural county over the years the kids have got into this thing about going to prom in semi trucks, tanker trucks, tractors, combines, earth movers etc. can be pretty funny.The shot is cropped tight on the right to avoid the large mirror on the door of the rig.

sparkie1263
05-10-2009, 07:58 PM
Nice job Sean. About the make over it can be done. Just don't show up in person.LOL Check out the link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3ZNLQhe40

Frank

dr4gon
05-10-2009, 08:03 PM
Nice job Sean. About the make over it can be done. Just don't show up in person.LOL Check out the link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3ZNLQhe40

Frank

Not sure what you're implying, but that is SCARY!

sparkie1263
05-10-2009, 08:17 PM
Frank, thanks for the help, great job! now can you do anything to make me taller? how about thinner? LOL

I was just trying to help Sean with his request.LOL

Frank

dr4gon
05-10-2009, 08:19 PM
I was just trying to help Sean with his request.LOL

Frank

Oh, totally didn't see that :p

Here's one from the dove evolution ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U

dr4gon
05-11-2009, 08:47 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3302/3522169041_0b08707c4d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3522169041/)

Quiet day on DCRP

Sponge shot for macro mondays on flickr.

bigw00dy
05-12-2009, 07:22 AM
My Dog
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3369/3525539544_d54858b2e4.jpg
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Did not fire

dr4gon
05-12-2009, 08:21 AM
Hi there. Nicely done. I like how well the green grass stands out.

The only thing I would suggest is tilting it a bit because it's crooked. Needs to be rotated slightly counterclockwise.

bigw00dy
05-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Your correct about the tilt. Thanks for that!
Jeff

DonSchap
05-12-2009, 09:31 PM
Hey Dudes ... and Dudettes ... this thread could use some improved participation. We know you have shots you have not posted, that should be here.

If not, how about lifting those wonder-filled SONY DSLR cameras and commence fire!

Sparks! Sean! Jas ... uh, not Jason ... he abandoned ship. LOL Okay ... everyone ... PICTURE BLITZ! Keller is in Hawaii, let's go!

Tomorrow is going to be bad, here ... a very serious storm heading into the "Windy City."

seanhoxx
05-12-2009, 09:41 PM
Maybe I can get some storm's a brewing photos! And hey I say let jason post any way he still has a Sony heart!

Bup
05-13-2009, 01:04 AM
Nice sponge dr4gon, they really aren't any prettier up front :p

Very good retriever shot bigw. (It is a golden retriever I assume?) Exposure, sharpness, colors.
The collar things looks a tad odd from that angle, but it doesn't really attract attention in the picture anyway.

sparkie1263
05-13-2009, 04:44 AM
I haven't taken many pictures lately. Here is one I never posted.

Frank

This is my youngest daughter and granddaughter (not the best shot)

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

bigw00dy
05-13-2009, 06:55 AM
Very good retriever shot bigw. (It is a golden retriever I assume?) Exposure, sharpness, colors.


Thanks...Yeah she is a golden retriever. I shave her once a year to cut down on the fur tumbleweeds on the hardwood floors. She always seems like she is smiling.

My oldest daughter at her bowling birthday party.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2426/3528389190_1c507f7260.jpg

and her cousin Braxton
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2280/3527577491_ca69a0fcd4.jpg


and my bleeding heart
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3644/3528389024_995d717b5f.jpg
probably needs to be cropped a lil

dr4gon
05-13-2009, 09:17 AM
and her cousin Braxton
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2280/3527577491_ca69a0fcd4.jpg




This one is nice, but it needs to be leveled and you gotta watch the feet next time! :p

Elisha
05-13-2009, 11:31 AM
good job bigw00dy.
Frank your pic is really cute. it may look nicer is sephia or B&W.

sparkie1263
05-13-2009, 03:17 PM
Thanks I will try it out.

Frank

bigw00dy
05-13-2009, 04:14 PM
Taken last summer.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2258/3528857777_653acfabfd.jpg

dr4gon
05-13-2009, 09:34 PM
Who's hungry? This should get your mouth watering.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3401/3529485567_06a30d3053_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3529485567/)

dr4gon
05-14-2009, 05:29 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2120/3532273524_5e6163824a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3532273524/)

DonSchap
05-14-2009, 05:55 PM
Okay, I give ... what is it?

What aperture ... speed .. ISO ... heck, when did you take it? I know it probably has nothing to do with the image above it.

Excuse me, but weren't you the one who said EXIF data was, like ... uh, "required"? :confused:

dr4gon
05-14-2009, 06:43 PM
EXIF is always on flickr if you are interested, just give the picture a click.

First:

Taken with a Sony DSLR-A350.

* Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13) [+]
* Aperture: f/4.0 [+]
* ISO Speed: 800 [+]
* Focal Length: 50 mm [+]
* Exposure Bias: 0 EV [+]
* Flash: Off [+]

Second:

Taken with a Sony DSLR-A300.

* Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20) [+]
* Aperture: f/2.8 [+]
* ISO Speed: 200 [+]
* Focal Length: 100 mm [+]
* Exposure Bias: +1 EV [+]
* Flash: Off [+]

dr4gon
05-15-2009, 08:49 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2008/3533800538_f74dd129be_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3533800538/)

Exif on flickr

Elisha
05-15-2009, 09:02 AM
jebus dr4gon, i hate you and your macro lens!

dr4gon
05-15-2009, 09:17 AM
Go macro the baby! :D

Elisha
05-15-2009, 09:22 AM
forgive the distracting background

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/3533062993_9182371191.jpg?v=0

bigw00dy
05-15-2009, 11:42 AM
Nice Dhalia shot!

dr4gon
05-15-2009, 11:19 PM
To start off the new page


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2377/3535432240_e8e6975b7c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3535432240/)

Exif on flickr (click the picture)

Elisha
05-16-2009, 07:27 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC00336-2.jpg

dbatapbr
05-16-2009, 09:26 AM
dr4gon and Elisha the last two photos from both of you I enjoy very much good focus good color. dr4gon the detail on your macro is incredible. Elisha you have toned done the sharpening in pp and it really helps enjoy your photography alot. There is an incredible difference in my opinion.

dbatapbr
05-16-2009, 09:32 AM
Okay the photo is just a photo nothing special. The person in the photo is why I put this in the photo of the day. This is Barry Smith she was born in 1920, she was one of the WASPS in World War II. I took this Thursday. When I arrived at her house it was over 90 degrees outside and there she was on her mower, mowing the 2 acre pasture.

amorek13
05-16-2009, 04:18 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20236198@N05/3536459217/

A350
70mm 1/160sec F4.5 iso 100

Tamron 70-300mm Di

dr4gon
05-16-2009, 05:12 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20236198@N05/3536459217/

A350
70mm 1/160sec F4.5 iso 100

Tamron 70-300mm Di

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3610/3536459217_e3e4247a3d.jpg?v=0

Here's the picture.

To everyone else, let's try to keep POTD to one a day, thanks! :) If you have more, start a thread and feel free to write something about it for further discussion.

dr4gon
05-17-2009, 10:18 PM
dreary day yesterday


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2403/3541469480_1d3ccf2090_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3541469480/)

Rooz
05-17-2009, 10:22 PM
To start off the new page



(http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3535432240/)

Exif on flickr (click the picture)

killer shot man. just killer. colours and detail are superb.

dr4gon
05-17-2009, 10:27 PM
killer shot man. just killer. colours and detail are superb.

Thanks mate, was really happy with this one. With the bee in focus, not much else PP needed to be done. It was only a slight crop, an adjustment brush for some decrease/increases in brightness, and that was all I felt that was needed. No curves adjustment or exposure adjustments. Everything was done in Lightroom. :D

Rooz
05-17-2009, 10:34 PM
i cant remember the last time i saw so many primary colours in one image that worked so well together.

Elisha
05-18-2009, 02:00 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/DSC01734.jpg

kinda ruined the shot with the car in the background but i like the colours....

sparkie1263
05-19-2009, 05:39 AM
Great job everybody. I need to get a macro lens next.

Frank

saf
05-19-2009, 07:41 PM
Dr4gon - I love your bee shot - brillant !!

dr4gon
05-19-2009, 10:21 PM
thanks saf!

In before midnight!

Here's a quickie macro I shot over the rainy (stormy) weekend.

Nothing but sun till the friday this week :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2403/3541469480_1d3ccf2090_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3541469480/)

DonSchap
05-20-2009, 05:38 PM
83-degrees, they claimed ... and since the humidity was down ... it felt great.

All the gang came back, last night, from college and fired up the grill. Yep, and they are hungry, too


46463
A700 w/ 17-50mm f/2.8
@45mm - f/5.6 - 1/60 sec - ISO-400 - WB=Daylight - Lighting: Direct Sunlight under cover

Yes, the "Boys of Summer" are back .. and on the attack! Obviously, the Fashion-Police haven't hit the streets, yet.

dr4gon
05-20-2009, 05:59 PM
I see the dolphins are gone. :p

Elisha
05-20-2009, 08:20 PM
which one is mini Schap?

dr4gon
05-20-2009, 09:42 PM
hmmm I'm going to guess #3 from the left.

place your bets everyone :p

seanhoxx
05-20-2009, 10:42 PM
# 3 from the left, the one with the 'crazy eyes' and that I'm a college man now, see my beard!

DonSchap
05-20-2009, 10:46 PM
which one is mini Schap?

Yep, the big guy with the smirk, the college-beard and pair of "guns." :D Get 'er done!

seanhoxx
05-20-2009, 10:48 PM
O.k. I know this is NOT a very good image guys, and honestly it is nothing compared to the great color, and the really cool macro stuff that has been here the last few days. But this is with the Tamron 17-50 about 12 rows back in a DARK theatre and no flash. Should have put the 50mm 1.7 on!

DonSchap
05-20-2009, 10:55 PM
Yeah ... the nice part of carrying the AF 50mm f/1.7 is that you can conveniently tuck it away, in a trouser pocket. It certainly can be a low-light solution, just bear in mind your shallow DOF and the ever-important CoF, upon which hangs the DOF. :rolleyes:

A SIGMA AF 24mm f/1.8 can even be a terrific indoor solution, but it is quite a bit larger and little more pricey, overall than the AF 50mm f/1.7.

Ah PRIME lenses ... where does the money go, eh?

seanhoxx
05-20-2009, 11:00 PM
yea that money thing again! maybe the 85mm G or the CZ 135 would have done the 'trick' eh.

DonSchap
05-20-2009, 11:18 PM
What were you focusing on? There is a monster difference in frame size between 24mm or 50mm ... then rocketing in with an 85mm or 135mm, Sean. Talk about a major DOF change, too. Whoa! You'd be pointed at the lips on the Tuba! :D

dr4gon
05-21-2009, 09:22 AM
50mm does give you a TON of DOF for a concert setting

Not always wide enough

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3625/3352349669_2492473ebe.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3352349669/)

From yesterday:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2427/3550337822_2c3681d2f5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3550337822/)

fdexclpl
05-21-2009, 09:00 PM
This is my daughter, the biggest ham in the world. We were out on a walk in the woods and I asked her to show me her best pose for a picture. She grabbed the flowers from a tree right next to her and gave me this look.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2476/3552489023_dce4d675d0_b.jpg

Sony A350 - Sony 18-250@60mm - f/7.1 - ISO 160

DonSchap
05-21-2009, 09:09 PM
Well, you may just have you practice subject for image and lighting alignments. Man, i could use on of them, myself. My dog just doesn't look right, half of the time. He smiles funny.

seanhoxx
05-21-2009, 09:40 PM
well maybe the 135 would have been a wee bit much even if I moved to the back of the hall, i think I am trying to justify buying the darn thing! The 85 may of worked out, that is a pretty good crop on that shot, The zoom on the 17 - 50 of course is a nice range, but i think 99% of what i took was at 50mm.

Elisha
05-21-2009, 09:48 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3623/3552605027_070e7be5ab.jpg?v=0

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 160 mm
Exposure: +0.20
ISO Speed: 400

70-300G

DonSchap
05-21-2009, 09:50 PM
Sean ... if you are keeping the A700 ... and not considering the A900 ... after my experiences, the CZ 85mm f/1.4 would be the right choice. If you still want to do NIGHT games ... the CZ 135mm f/1.8, for pure reach alone ... but, only with that condition. It really is kind of long on the APS-C sensor (effectively 200mm).

If you really can afford both, that's the way I'd swing. ;) Those "night" and indoor games can be a little rough on a f/2.8 and it would still be a lot cheaper than anything Nikon and Canon have.

Ain't it fun being you? Imagine the decision making process you will have to go through: "Do I use the GOOD glass ... or the GOOD glass? Man, I just cannot decide!" :rolleyes: Yeah, it would be rough ...

Rooz
05-21-2009, 10:28 PM
This is my daughter, the biggest ham in the world. We were out on a walk in the woods and I asked her to show me her best pose for a picture. She grabbed the flowers from a tree right next to her and gave me this look.



lol nice photo...hysterical story.
she's a real cutie.

laydros
05-22-2009, 07:12 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3623/3552605027_070e7be5ab.jpg?v=0

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 160 mm
Exposure: +0.20
ISO Speed: 400

70-300G

Great photo Elisha. Thats getting a picture that tells a story.

Don, is there a noticeable focusing speed difference in the CZ85 and 135? That might make a difference in which is better for things like indoor concerts.

dr4gon
05-22-2009, 08:09 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3623/3552605027_070e7be5ab.jpg?v=0

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 160 mm
Exposure: +0.20
ISO Speed: 400

70-300G
Nicely done!


Great photo Elisha. Thats getting a picture that tells a story.

Don, is there a noticeable focusing speed difference in the CZ85 and 135? That might make a difference in which is better for things like indoor concerts.

Looks like they're both quite slow relatively. They could really benefit from SSM. My guess is the 85 would be a touch faster.



Got a new mp3 player yesterday, SanDisk Sansa Clip and wrote a review (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3552932426/).


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3400/3552932426_18ffa49d7d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3552932426/)

laydros
05-22-2009, 08:26 AM
My father-in-law bought one of those. I was really impressed with it. If my phone didn't do a good job as an always with me mp3 player, I might jump on the Sansa.

shoeytennis
05-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Nicely done!



Looks like they're both quite slow relatively. They could really benefit from SSM. My guess is the 85 would be a touch faster.



Got a new mp3 player yesterday, SanDisk Sansa Clip and wrote a review (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3552932426/).


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3400/3552932426_18ffa49d7d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3552932426/)

whats creepy is on the other mp3 player is 30 seconds to mrs and that kid on there is a friend of mine lol

dr4gon
05-22-2009, 12:29 PM
whats creepy is on the other mp3 player is 30 seconds to mrs and that kid on there is a friend of mine lol

haha really? small world!

DonSchap
05-22-2009, 12:30 PM
Okay, so like I am outside ... looking around the house and suddenly I sense something paying attention to me. I turn and there, staring me in the camera is my RV, seemingly asking:


"So ... like where are we going, this year?"

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a700 w/ SIGMA 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
@ 10mm - f/11 - 1/60 sec. - ISO-640 - M - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - Daylight - Dist: 8-feet - HDR



I really hate nosy, gas-guzzling machinery. :p Worse yet, I'm not too thrilled at not having an answer. :(

sparkie1263
05-22-2009, 08:59 PM
Purple flower close up
Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/PurpleFlower-2.jpg

Elisha
05-22-2009, 09:55 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0638_crop.jpg

seanhoxx
05-22-2009, 10:30 PM
O.K. Don here's the plan, Frank your drive to my place in Ohio, Then Frank and I drive to Des Plains, Elisha drives over and down to Des plains, we load our gear into the RV and head South to Texas where we pick up Ryan 'dr4gon" and then we cut back East to North Carolina to Jason's place. what do you guys think, a fun photo road trip? or we all show up for bike week at Sturgis and stay in the Rv, I betting the wives don't see the humor in that one!

dr4gon
05-22-2009, 11:33 PM
LOL sounds good! Sony express!

hmmm we need to put some floats on it to go get Peter (peek!)

DonSchap
05-23-2009, 06:26 AM
Look, you guys spring for the "Guzzel-line" and any incidental maintenance/repairs (yes, that means tires, too. They are in good shape, but you never know. a 3-4000 mile trip can really change things.) ... and I could see something like this. I'm not saying "yes" ... but, it would be fun to consider the possibilities. Doing the scary math: 4000 miles / 6 miles per gallon x $3.00/gallon (hopefully, this is not conservative) I get $2,000 in petrol alone. Figure an equal amount in beer and concessions ... LOL ... then entertainment costs and tickets ... divided by five people ... then again ... I'm not driving you back home. Once around the block is quite enough! You can leave from Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, WI and save some bucks. Heck, if you flew in and out of there, it would save a ton of driving time and mileage.

Now, as Sean has envisioned, if the wives put up with it ... it would kind of similar to an RV-version of "Wild Hogs."

Timed right, we could get A "AirVenture 2009" (http://www.airventure.org/) (July 27-Aug 2) and B "Sturgis" (Aug 3-Aug 9).

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The two events are about 900 miles apart, so any driving around through the southern States would have to be done prior to that.
No knock on Dr4gon, but Texas is huge! Not to mention that "side trip" to Great Britain ...


"Avast ye, Ryan ... we're here! Now, where did Peek say his house was?"

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On the shores of Loch Ness, Scotland ...

A SONY DSLR-forum "Land & Sea Road Trip?" Definitely, a DCRP first! :eek: Imagine the "POTD"! Here's a reach ... what if SONY helped sponsor it?

Elisha
05-23-2009, 09:01 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0615.jpg

DonSchap
05-23-2009, 09:03 AM
Elisha ... I would take the entire background exposure down just about 2/3 f-stop (post processing, of course) ... the overall exposure is too much of a match for the subject to really stand out like it probably should. The composition looks very good.

Elisha
05-23-2009, 09:09 AM
you're right Don....i did expose for the sky....but unfortunately when i reset the camera to defaults, i forgot to set the AEL button back to Toggle instead of Hold and frigged up many shots that had the sky in it!

Elisha
05-23-2009, 09:25 AM
does this work better?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0615-3.jpg

DonSchap
05-23-2009, 09:53 AM
You see that orange area to the "rear" of the subject. Take it down a notch, it is unbalancing the image by similar contrast levels and merges with the dress. Your eyes have to work a little too hard to separate them.

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What do you think of this "selective" edit? Do you see how it kind of pushes the subject forward? The dress separates from the background ... I also touched up a couple skin aberrations ... to smooth out the image.

Elisha
05-23-2009, 10:05 AM
ah ic what you did. i did a -1 on the sky and a -.5 on everything above the railing but didn't touch anything under the railing.

dr4gon
05-23-2009, 10:17 AM
I think Sean is going to like this ;)

In addition to what Don said, I think there's also a bit too much saturation.

Just curious, why didn't you use the 50mm F/1.4?!

Elisha
05-23-2009, 10:22 AM
I think Sean is going to like this ;)

In addition to what Don said, I think there's also a bit too much saturation.

Just curious, why didn't you use the 50mm F/1.4?!

the skin colour is pretty natural but i had to mess with the green and red channels to get the sky to be bluish again cause underexposing wasn't restoring it too well!

didn't use the 50mm cause i didn't have time and needed to choose 1 lens to do it all. there were about 20 kids at the house all there for pics before they were bussed off to the hotel. so i only had about 45 mins!

many other parents were there too. couple of Rebels and a D60 i think and many P&S!
funny how the people with the DSLRs did not use a hood on their lenses. thank jebus i had a rubber hood for the 28-135mm or else it would have flared like crazy!
sun was high at 4pm.

laydros
05-23-2009, 10:36 AM
I like the road trip idea. I'm actually flying out to Iowa for a bit next week, but originally thought I might be road tripping it. Heading up through Ohio/Illinois/Indiana I thought it might be fun to at least catch up with Sean and Don(I don't remember where the others are, except Ryan and Elisha are WAY too far out of the way).

But my wife veto'd me spending that much time off work with no pay (no vacation time as an intern) so instead I'll be praying my camera gear makes it on the flights. One of the reasons I am going is to shoot her cousin's wedding as a second shooter, so it should be fun.

We made a deal that I would do it for free, but no promise of even one good shot, and I get to use the pictures for my portfolio.

sparkie1263
05-23-2009, 10:45 AM
I just tried to blur the background to make her stand out more.


Frank

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Elisha
05-23-2009, 11:09 AM
here's a version with vignetting and a little Orthon effect applied minus the face!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0615-3-2_orthon.jpg

shoeytennis
05-23-2009, 12:15 PM
Been trying to shoot lately and nothing to shoot
1/2 shutter to blur the river a tad.

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/5706/adsc01295.jpg (http://img43.imageshack.us/my.php?image=adsc01295.jpg)

fdexclpl
05-23-2009, 08:25 PM
A350 - Minolta BBC@120mm - ISO200 - f/8
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3413/3558457870_1b8777b48c_b.jpg

DonSchap
05-23-2009, 08:39 PM
Nice shot! I like it. Got the bokeh working for you. Perhaps another shot tomorrow, when the rest of the lilacs bloom. The fragrance must be pretty intense.

shoeytennis
05-23-2009, 08:48 PM
I like the road trip idea. I'm actually flying out to Iowa for a bit next week, but originally thought I might be road tripping it. Heading up through Ohio/Illinois/Indiana I thought it might be fun to at least catch up with Sean and Don(I don't remember where the others are, except Ryan and Elisha are WAY too far out of the way).

But my wife veto'd me spending that much time off work with no pay (no vacation time as an intern) so instead I'll be praying my camera gear makes it on the flights. One of the reasons I am going is to shoot her cousin's wedding as a second shooter, so it should be fun.

We made a deal that I would do it for free, but no promise of even one good shot, and I get to use the pictures for my portfolio.

Toledo ohio pick me up!

seanhoxx
05-24-2009, 11:50 AM
Where's the wedding at Jason?, so Don are you willing to let Sony repaint your Rv like one of those city buses that are a wrapped billboard! Talk them into providing a full line of Alpha's for the compare and contrast shots LOL
And yes the old MARRIED guy likes the photos Elisha, and speaking of 'old guys' worked the Elton John / Billy Joel face to face show last night, WOW! outstanding show. An what was really strange they let cameras IN as long as they were fixed lens, no video, we were supposed to try and watch for people shooting vid with there cameras, yea right!

dr4gon
05-24-2009, 12:04 PM
Where's the wedding at Jason?, so Don are you willing to let Sony repaint your Rv like one of those city buses that are a wrapped billboard! Talk them into providing a full line of Alpha's for the compare and contrast shots LOL
And yes the old MARRIED guy likes the photos Elisha, and speaking of 'old guys' worked the Elton John / Billy Joel face to face show last night, WOW! outstanding show. An what was really strange they let cameras IN as long as they were fixed lens, no video, we were supposed to try and watch for people shooting vid with there cameras, yea right!

Get some JB weld, and there you have it, a fixed lens camera with a 70-200mm F/2.8 zoom. That's nearly a 3x zoom, quite modest if you ask me!

Elisha
05-24-2009, 12:08 PM
here's one for you Sean:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC0554_crop.jpg

the girl on the left had almost perfect skin but i had to fix some blemishes on the girl on the right.
too bad HSS flash could not overpower the shadows!

seanhoxx
05-24-2009, 12:13 PM
LOL all right guys so now I have a reputation here I see how this works! Make a few innocent comments, indicate that you find ladies of other nationalities attractive and the next thing you know I am just another dirty old man with a camera! Jeesshh! LOL

Elisha
05-24-2009, 12:20 PM
LOL....that's why i posted a pic of a Russian girl and a Mexican girl side by side!
you have an eye for beauty!

DonSchap
05-24-2009, 03:01 PM
Hey, which one of you guys was supposed to cover the Indianapolis 500? That would have been a great picture of the Day!

Sean ... might want to consider that for next year. I know I am closer, but ... well, maybe we could team up and get the shots. Definitely going to need some long glass for this one.

fdexclpl
05-24-2009, 06:25 PM
A350 Minolta BBC@300mm f/5.6 1/250 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/3560618541_c603234440_b.jpg

Elisha
05-24-2009, 06:27 PM
is that thing dead?

fdexclpl
05-24-2009, 06:34 PM
is that thing dead?Nope he was very much alive. He stayed in that spot for about 20 minutes then flew away. That is the first time I was able to catch one before it flew away.

seanhoxx
05-24-2009, 09:49 PM
Making hay the old way....man thats some hard work, even got the dogs helping!

seanhoxx
05-24-2009, 09:56 PM
It's not Indy by any means but the Mansfield motorspeedway is juat about a hour and 20 min. away or so. Not much of a race fan, but it would be another sport to try and shoot. They have rally car races, lots of European classic cars, they also do motorcycle races. One of the security deputies goes over to the rally races pretty often, and my secretarys father in law races motorcycles over there.

Aryajaide
05-25-2009, 12:22 AM
My first contribution to this thread. Comments welcome to help a noob:)

http://s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Arya_Jaide/?action=view&current=MulticolourSunset.jpg

http://s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Arya_Jaide/?action=view&current=Aintnosunshine.jpg

http://s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Arya_Jaide/?action=view&current=WildDesertPurpleFlower.jpg

Cheers

Elisha
05-25-2009, 07:15 AM
Wadup Ladies?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/3562212837_219df3eaf3_b.jpg

dr4gon
05-25-2009, 09:23 AM
My first contribution to this thread. Comments welcome to help a noob:)

http://s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Arya_Jaide/?action=view&current=MulticolourSunset.jpg

http://s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Arya_Jaide/?action=view&current=Aintnosunshine.jpg

http://s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Arya_Jaide/?action=view&current=WildDesertPurpleFlower.jpg

Cheers

Welcome, nice composition on the second.


Wadup Ladies?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/3562212837_219df3eaf3_b.jpg

lol, what a playa :p

Peekayoh
05-25-2009, 09:43 AM
Hi Guys, I'm back. Hope you missed me!
Been reading through the posts. Some interesting stuff and great images, especially dr4gon's Squirrel and Bee pics.
Congrats to Frank (Son's Wedding) and Elisha (new arrival).
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In case you're wondering, after Easter I got pressganged into helping out on another rush job (I'm supposed to be taking a back seat for heaven's sake) then my computer had a terminal melt down so I've been building a natty replacement. The rather large bonus from the 'rush job' meant I had my eye on a new Lens or Body but my "Better Half" is busy blowing most of it on a European Holiday and I'm left waiting to see if there'll be any any scraps.
-
Here's one I took last month of the Apple Blossom appearing.

APPLE BLOSSOM

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm f4
Exposure: 1/30th at f8 -3EV
Focal Length: 100mm (150mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 12th April 2009

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Elisha
05-25-2009, 10:04 AM
wb Peek. nice shot. what lens were you thinking of getting?

Peekayoh
05-25-2009, 10:39 AM
Providing the Missus leaves me something, it's the 135mm f1.8 ZA or an A900 body.
The other option is the 70-400G to try out against my 70-300G, sell the least preferred one (my Son's idea) and use the proceeds to get the 135mm.

Elisha
05-25-2009, 10:48 AM
lol but the 70-400mm is a monster compared to the 70-300mm.
an a900 would be sweet too!

Peekayoh
05-25-2009, 11:19 AM
Monster is right. That's why I didn't wait for the 70-400 when I bought the 70-300. I figured it would be too heavy. There again it does do 400mm.

seanhoxx
05-25-2009, 11:31 AM
AryaJaide, welcome, some nice images, as dr4gon said nice composition on #2, I really like the colors and light in #1 what lens did you use? and where from? is the roo a clue! LOL

dr4gon
05-25-2009, 11:49 AM
Monster is right. That's why I didn't wait for the 70-400 when I bought the 70-300. I figured it would be too heavy. There again it does do 400mm.

welcome back!

Yes, that's why I passed up the 70-300mm and intended to get a 400mm zoom.

This might help with your decision.

http://www.newcamerareview.com/sony_70_400mmid272.html

sparkie1263
05-25-2009, 01:04 PM
Thanks, Peek nice image and welcome back.

Frank

Peekayoh
05-25-2009, 06:20 PM
Thanks Frank and thanks dr4gon for the link. There's no doubt the 70-400 is an outstanding lens; maybe I need both!

sparkie1263
05-25-2009, 08:33 PM
The beer is on me. I was sitting at the table and my son in law put his beer on the table. I too this with my 50mm lens.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Minolta%2050mm%20Lens/Heineken1.jpg

Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:05:25 19:07:32
Flash Used: Yes (Manual)
Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75mm)
Exposure Time: 0.013 s (1/80)
Aperture: f/1.7
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: -1.30
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

DonSchap
05-25-2009, 08:46 PM
Frank ... just allowing for some Post Processing ...


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shoeytennis
05-25-2009, 11:19 PM
2 pics from memorial day
1st one is my buddys playing hockey
2nd one is my buddy jumping over his own foot haha.
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/6145/adsc01328.jpg

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6677/adsc01345.jpg

Rodent
05-26-2009, 04:48 AM
2 pics from memorial day
1st one is my buddys playing hockey
2nd one is my buddy jumping over his own foot haha.
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/6145/adsc01328.jpg

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6677/adsc01345.jpg

Those links are not working for me, they just lead to a blank webpage. :(

Might be a temporary problem with Imageshack.

Peekayoh
05-26-2009, 09:20 AM
Good stuff but I'd say you need to watch your horizontals and verticals.

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Peekayoh
05-26-2009, 05:52 PM
This is what I see when I look out of the window in the morning and I count it a great privilege.
It was such a lovely day and Buttercups are flourishing so I thought I'd share this scene with you all.

BUTTERCUPS

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta AF 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/640th at f8
Manual (Hyperfocal) Focus.
Focal Length: 24mm (36mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 26th May 2009
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dr4gon
05-26-2009, 07:10 PM
Cool view!

DonSchap
05-26-2009, 07:29 PM
I look out my windows and see houses for as far as the eye can see ... and it ain't that pretty, either. (Grumble grumble)

shoeytennis
05-26-2009, 07:48 PM
Good stuff but I'd say you need to watch your horizontals and verticals.

46612

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yeah i know lol. my friends hate me because i take my camera everywhere with me. Ive been too lazy to find models and do real editing tho lol