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Peekayoh
08-07-2009, 06:06 AM
Cracking shot, Elisha. Slight crop, maybe.

Peekayoh
08-07-2009, 06:19 AM
........... I will lower the ISO and will try your F/8-11 suggestion. ....... The noise I am guessing is from using the NIK tonal contrast (I tend to go over the top) I did use a noise reduction, but I guess not enough.

Just to be clear.
The base ISO of the camera is 200. There is no advantage to be gained from going to ISO100 except that it acts as a 1EV ND Filter.
In sunlight ISO400 is fine and should not need any noise reduction.

DWessel
08-07-2009, 08:03 AM
I took this shot at my firm's summer bash which is held in the courtyard of the building. It was mid-day and I wanted to slow down and emphasize the movement of the water which was making the blow-up ball rotate. Since I do not have ND filters yet, I had to stretch the limits to compensate but had to keep it in limits for hand-held because I did not have the tripod with me.
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a900 w/ Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm, f/20, 1/40sec, ISO 100
post-production editing in PS

seanhoxx
08-07-2009, 09:53 AM
A man has got to know his limits! well done Darin

sparkie1263
08-07-2009, 02:04 PM
Magic leaf floating in air???

Frank



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2453/3799148682_56e5ddd0f9.jpg

dr4gon
08-07-2009, 02:11 PM
Magic leaf floating in air???

Frank



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2453/3799148682_56e5ddd0f9.jpg

I like how you even photoshopped in the shadow! :D j/k!

sparkie1263
08-07-2009, 02:15 PM
I did not PS the shadow. It is the shadow of the leaf. The leaf was hanging on a spider web and blowing in the wind. LOL

Frank

Elisha
08-07-2009, 05:28 PM
very nice.

Elisha
08-07-2009, 11:56 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2430/3798867393_0f9b094437_b.jpg

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 28 mm
Exposure: +1.15
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm

Rooz
08-08-2009, 02:49 AM
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 28 mm
Exposure: +1.15
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm

nice one elisha. crop, (or clone), a bit more off the left side to get rid of that rogue leaf.

great shot frank !

threedognight
08-08-2009, 03:49 AM
Friends maid had no photo's of her grandkids. I made this Akvis sketch for her.

sparkie1263
08-08-2009, 05:33 AM
nice one elisha. crop, (or clone), a bit more off the left side to get rid of that rogue leaf.

great shot frank !

Thanks Rooz

Rooz
08-08-2009, 05:37 AM
Friends maid had no photo's of her grandkids. I made this Akvis sketch for her.

i normally hate this kind of PP, but this is really something else. its absolutely superbly executed. thanks for sharing.

Elisha
08-08-2009, 09:42 AM
nice one elisha. crop, (or clone), a bit more off the left side to get rid of that rogue leaf.


I see what you mean. like you, i suck donkey balls at cloning.
cropping while retaining the aspect ratio may make the top and bottom half little too tight!
time to practice cloning i guess!

DWessel
08-08-2009, 10:01 AM
From past POTD posts, I know a number of our Sony members like these guys,
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But I am not at all happy :mad: when those guys go after these guys
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Don't they realize that they are cutting into MY guacamole supply for football season.

sparkie1263
08-08-2009, 10:22 AM
I see what you mean. like you, i suck donkey balls at cloning.
cropping while retaining the aspect ratio may make the top and bottom half little too tight!
time to practice cloning i guess!


Cloning is not that hard just need some patience. Here is a before and after on a tough job i think came out pretty good.

Frank


Before

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/LucisEffect3.jpg


After

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/LucisEffect3RemovedBench.jpg

threedognight
08-08-2009, 12:14 PM
Peekayoh
OK thanks, I figured by going low to 100 would keep the noise down, But I think maybe my problem is in the PP as I am heavy handed at that. :)

threedognight
08-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Rooz,
Thank you for your kind words. Glad you liked it.

threedognight
08-08-2009, 12:25 PM
Great cloning job Sparkie!

dr4gon
08-08-2009, 12:30 PM
Woah you went back in time, removed the bench, and the two men didn't move an inch! Pretty nicely done!

seanhoxx
08-08-2009, 08:51 PM
In Ohio today 08/08 was the first day high school football can have offical full contact, coached practice. So to make the most of it we had a scrimmage at 12:01 A.M. Kids had a blast, pretty good turn out also.

Elisha
08-08-2009, 11:01 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3470/3799580529_ce38f60c4a_b.jpg

BobJohnson
08-09-2009, 07:33 AM
http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr30/jrobert425/11.jpg

From a day out in a place called Durham, around 13 miles from where I live.

Peekayoh
08-09-2009, 04:23 PM
The Cathedral has a pastel, etherial quality to it.

DonSchap
08-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Bob, that is a damn nice shot! Most excellent!

seanhoxx
08-09-2009, 07:44 PM
Bob, Damn! thats a nice image

Elisha
08-09-2009, 11:51 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2569/3791558296_8e69892d84_b.jpg

fdexclpl
08-10-2009, 05:38 PM
I was fooling around with the "macro" mode on my Minolta 28-135mm. After a bunch of flower shots she cam up to me and stuck her face in the lens.

a700 Minolta 28-135@28mm(macro mode) f/4.5 1/160 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3568/3809037435_b02474dcaf_b.jpg

dr4gon
08-10-2009, 06:43 PM
What a brave soul, very nice!

Elisha
08-10-2009, 10:10 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3455/3809781591_6b1f4966e0_b.jpg

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 110 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm

DonSchap
08-10-2009, 11:09 PM
When you hit them with an undiffused HVL ... things are VERY REFLECTIVE.

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DWessel
08-10-2009, 11:13 PM
From last Saturday Night's photo shoot.
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A900 w/ Sigma 28-90mm @ 28mm, f5, 1/13sec, ISO-200, SSS off, tripod.

Peekayoh
08-11-2009, 04:01 AM
I was fooling around with the "macro" mode on my Minolta 28-135mm. After a bunch of flower shots she cam up to me and stuck her face in the lens.

I'm liking it. Your daughter may not thank you for it when she's a bit older.

I didn't realise you had a 28-135mm. With Elisha that makes 3 of us; unless there's someone else?

Peekayoh
08-11-2009, 04:05 AM
Very nice, Elisha. I have to say that your posts have improved enormously since you got that new screen.

fdexclpl
08-11-2009, 04:22 AM
I'm liking it. Your daughter may not thank you for it when she's a bit older.

I didn't realise you had a 28-135mm. With Elisha that makes 3 of us; unless there's someone else?I like her look. She really seems to love the camera. I have a similar pose in B/W and a pretty cool one of my wife that I'll post later tonight.

A few months ago I was asking for some input about this lens. Both of you posted some shots in that thread and that convinced me. I love the lens but I find it takes a while to find the sweet spot. It seems to be very picky with the lighting. You have to be very aware of where the sun is because it can easily ruin a shot. I did purchase a hood for it to cut down on the flare.

Elisha
08-11-2009, 06:04 AM
Very nice, Elisha. I have to say that your posts have improved enormously since you got that new screen.

Yeah that made a world of difference when it came to PP. I was ruining perfectly good shots before. Now i'm making them better :D

ISO 1600 worked out well for that shot. I didn't use NN at all.

dr4gon
08-11-2009, 06:31 AM
For 1600ISO, that's very nice!

Peekayoh
08-11-2009, 10:21 AM
....... A few months ago I was asking for some input about this lens. Both of you posted some shots in that thread and that convinced me. I love the lens but I find it takes a while to find the sweet spot. It seems to be very picky with the lighting. You have to be very aware of where the sun is because it can easily ruin a shot. I did purchase a hood for it to cut down on the flare.
True the front element is pretty exposed and Minolta chose not to supply a Hood for some reaaon. Anyway a rubber job does the trick.


Yeah that made a world of difference when it came to PP. I was ruining perfectly good shots before. Now i'm making them better :D
ISO 1600 worked out well for that shot. I didn't use NN at all.

It doesn't hurt that your Missus herself is pretty gorgeous.

Here's one of my Missus from 20years ago. I've been digitising some old deteriorating negs which is why I haven't posted much.

sparkie1263
08-11-2009, 06:35 PM
This was back lite from the sun.


Frank


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3813368312_439ca7436c.jpg


I think I over sharpened it.

fdexclpl
08-11-2009, 07:37 PM
Here's my better half. I'm really familiar with this pose.

a700 Minolta 28-135@28mm(macro mode) f/4 1/250 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3517/3812710947_de13149cb7_b.jpg

DonSchap
08-11-2009, 07:52 PM
"Put those back ... you heard me! The CZ 85mm f/1.4 and CZ 135mm f/1.8 are way too much lens for you, at this time. You have your Minoltas ... trust me on this, honey ... and then, go get that sofa we were looking at." :rolleyes:

fdexclpl
08-11-2009, 08:00 PM
"Put those back ... you heard me! The CZ 85mm f/1.4 and CZ 135mm f/1.8 are way too much lens for you, at this time. You have your Minoltas ... trust me on this, honey ... and then, go get that sofa we were looking at." :rolleyes:You've seen it too!

Elisha
08-11-2009, 09:33 PM
It doesn't hurt that your Missus herself is pretty gorgeous.

Here's one of my Missus from 20years ago. I've been digitising some old deteriorating negs which is why I haven't posted much.


LOL thanks. Your wife looks very elegant with that dress. Too bad women don't dress like women anymore!

dr4gon
08-11-2009, 09:47 PM
True the front element is pretty exposed and Minolta chose not to supply a Hood for some reaaon. Anyway a rubber job does the trick.



It doesn't hurt that your Missus herself is pretty gorgeous.

Here's one of my Missus from 20years ago. I've been digitising some old deteriorating negs which is why I haven't posted much.

I hope it's at least a Minolta! :rolleyes: Knowing you, it probably is! :D

Elisha
08-11-2009, 10:52 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2585/3790651985_ea65aa6f44_b.jpg

Peekayoh
08-12-2009, 06:21 AM
I hope it's at least a Minolta! :rolleyes: Knowing you, it probably is! :D

Yup, but which one I haven't a clue.
Pity the negs are almost gone; I should have started sooner.

BobJohnson
08-12-2009, 06:57 AM
thanks guys. I was in a row boat at the time so it was a little wobbly, but even I didn't think it was bad!!

fdexclpl
08-12-2009, 05:35 PM
My neighbors dog, Mr B. He has the deepest bark I've ever heard.

a700 Minolta 28-135@100mm f/4.5 1/20 ISO-400
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3435/3815517583_959eb5fa06_b.jpg

Elisha
08-12-2009, 10:00 PM
I re-processed this shot I took a few months ago!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3442/3812448917_0c625fb30f_b.jpg

jekostas
08-12-2009, 10:46 PM
I re-processed this shot I took a few months ago!



You really need to scale back the sharpening/unsharp mask/clarity filter, whatever. I don't know what else to say - this is jarring. Being able to see every little pore on someone's face and every vein in their eyes does not make a good portrait.

Elisha
08-13-2009, 06:55 AM
You really need to scale back the sharpening/unsharp mask/clarity filter, whatever. I don't know what else to say - this is jarring. Being able to see every little pore on someone's face and every vein in their eyes does not make a good portrait.

You're assuming it was over-sharpened cause you can see the veins and pores?
The RAW file shows all that too!

LR
Sharpen Radius: +1.0
Sharpen Detail: 25
Clarity: 0

CS4 (Local Contrast Enhancement)
Sharpening Amount: 20
Sharpening Radius: 50


In fact the image is back-focussed. The top back of the head is what is in focus. I got lucky with the rest because it was stopped down.
It was taken with my old Minolta 50mm f/1.7

Here's the full size image: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3442/3812448917_c8be2bfb2a_o.jpg

dr4gon
08-13-2009, 08:46 AM
You really need to scale back the sharpening/unsharp mask/clarity filter, whatever. I don't know what else to say - this is jarring. Being able to see every little pore on someone's face and every vein in their eyes does not make a good portrait.

You're exaggerating. It's not overly sharppened. It shows fine detail but not to the point where you got artifacts and random false detail (crap) all over.

Peekayoh
08-13-2009, 12:08 PM
It has IMPACT!

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Elisha
08-13-2009, 12:15 PM
As it is that pic makes me look like a terrorist, you didn't have to crop it and make me look like I lost my arms in a suicide bombing attempt :D
You're making me look less sexy :cool:

dr4gon
08-13-2009, 12:26 PM
As it is that pic makes me look like a terrorist, you didn't have to crop it and make me look like I lost my arms in a suicide bombing attempt :D
You're making me look less sexy :cool:

I LOLED..... ahahhahah

It's ok, no one knows what you look like now! :p

Elisha
08-13-2009, 12:30 PM
I used to go to the Dog Park and people used to avoid me like a plague!
When I pulled out the camera, they started running!
When I walked into a restaurant, they all stopped talking and started whispering!

I loved it of course, however the wifey wasn't too amused by it all.

dr4gon
08-13-2009, 12:59 PM
I thought this was interesting: (one guy thought it was over sharpened)

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1037&thread=32673642

24.6MP can resolve a ton of detail! Unfortunately, if I got an A850, that's all I would be able to afford for the time being lol.

Elisha
08-13-2009, 01:06 PM
I have got a couple of shots like that that are extremely sharp. however when you soften them, it doesn't look good anymore.
I do soften portraits of women though just to give them a nicer skin texture and hide blemishes and acne!

This is one of the sharp ones of on my sister's wedding day: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3578/3781460203_ce79ff940a_b.jpg
The focus is not quite on the eye but you get the point!

jekostas
08-13-2009, 01:24 PM
You're assuming it was over-sharpened cause you can see the veins and pores?
The RAW file shows all that too!

LR
Sharpen Radius: +1.0
Sharpen Detail: 25
Clarity: 0

CS4 (Local Contrast Enhancement)
Sharpening Amount: 20
Sharpening Radius: 50




So... you used two separate sharpening operations in processing the image yet it's not over-sharpened. Right.

Elisha
08-13-2009, 02:25 PM
So... you used two separate sharpening operations in processing the image yet it's not over-sharpened. Right.

You as usual are CLUELESS :p
Try those settings and see how much they effect your image!

jekostas
08-13-2009, 04:08 PM
You as usual are CLUELESS :p
Try those settings and see how much they effect your image!

One more time with the personal insults... very classy.

Every, and I do mean EVERY picture you post on these forums is massively oversharpened. I'm not the first one to say it, I doubt very much I'll be the last.

This is not an "attractive" picture, and there's no way in hell that an 1024x600 JPEG resize of a 14MP RAW file should retain the amount of detail in the cheeks, nose and eyes without said sharpening/detail enhancement/local contrast enhancement, whatever you want to call it.

How about instead you turn OFF the sharpening and see how your pictures turn out instead?

Elisha
08-13-2009, 04:17 PM
One more time with the personal insults... very classy.

Every, and I do mean EVERY picture you post on these forums is massively oversharpened. I'm not the first one to say it, I doubt very much I'll be the last.

This is not an "attractive" picture, and there's no way in hell that an 1024x600 JPEG resize of a 14MP RAW file should retain the amount of detail in the cheeks, nose and eyes without said sharpening/detail enhancement/local contrast enhancement, whatever you want to call it.

How about instead you turn OFF the sharpening and see how your pictures turn out instead?

Maybe you should consider switching to Sony since your Oly can't capture enough detail in your RAW files! :eek:
Based on your comments on another thread, I suspect you shoot jpeg and lack the ability to comprehend the power of a RAW file.
the LR sharpening is a default applied by LR for all RAW files it imports. It doesn't make much difference at the 1 pixel level.
Go ahead and try it on your RAW files before you assume you know how I process my images.

Don't be hating that you can't get sharp shots!
With my old monitor, most of my shots looked fuzzy and soft, so i did over-sharpen them to acceptably visibility on that monitor. But when i view all my RAW files on my new monitor, it was visible that they were all sharp enough to begin with and have since replaced all my Flickr photos with re-processed ones!

DonSchap
08-13-2009, 04:20 PM
Elisha ... calibrate that thing and all will be well in the world.

dr4gon
08-13-2009, 07:12 PM
To help ease the tension, how about a nice hot shower


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2440/3808805563_371ba6892f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3808805563/)

A picture from Monday that got explored on flickr, highest position at #141 so far. No cameras or lenses were harmed in the taking, and actually cold water was used :D

EXIF on flickr as usual. HVL-F58 bounced off the far end of the shower.

Elisha
08-13-2009, 08:07 PM
how much do you want for that 58 if you end up switching?

fdexclpl
08-13-2009, 08:21 PM
A700 Minolta BBC@200mm f/5.6 1/80 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3583/3819575666_e07dca86a8_b.jpg

Peekayoh
08-14-2009, 05:18 AM
To help ease the tension, how about a nice hot shower
Looking for a new camera

Well I, for one, will be sorry to see you go.

Elisha
08-14-2009, 08:30 AM
ran downstairs and took a quick shot of my niece who is visiting...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2467/3820746012_2643b6e4cd_b.jpg

sparkie1263
08-14-2009, 01:40 PM
I am going to trade in my camera for some brushes and a easel and take lessons from this young lady.


Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2661/3820642527_ff56c52da6.jpg

Elisha
08-14-2009, 02:04 PM
I am going to trade in my camera for some brushes and a easel and take lessons from this young lady.


she's not young!
i say 45+

dr4gon
08-14-2009, 02:26 PM
I say you grab that umbrella and get yourself a flash! :D

Cute niece Elisha, nicely done!

sparkie1263
08-14-2009, 02:30 PM
I was being nice.LOL She has a nice tripod too. I should have went and took a picture of what she was painting.
Frank

Peekayoh
08-14-2009, 04:14 PM
What sort of lessons, I wonder?

dr4gon
08-15-2009, 09:53 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2586/3816988937_b41070c740_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3816988937/)

Tamron 70-200mm, hand held.

DonSchap
08-15-2009, 09:58 PM
The Chicago Air & H2O Show (8/15) ... dropping in



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I mean, does this look like the air you want to shoot through?
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But, on a clear day...
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Unfortunately, the "air quality" did not lend itself to getting sharp, clear shots. It was a distinctively "hazy"day. I had hoped it would "burn off", but no such luck. All that got burned were the spectators, by the merciless August sun. There was even an "Air Quality Action Day" posted. We definitely could have used some breezes. Oh, the challenges we face, eh?

sparkie1263
08-16-2009, 10:13 AM
Dragonflies were everywhere yesterday.

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2605/3826889860_5dcc479ec8.jpg

fdexclpl
08-16-2009, 07:37 PM
a700 Sony 50mm f/2.8 1/30 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3546/3828676598_bdff9208f3_b.jpg

Elisha
08-16-2009, 09:36 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2666/3829053250_5578290b07_b.jpg

DWessel
08-16-2009, 11:11 PM
Well, not taken in the desert ... although LA probably qualifies. One of the barrel cactus in our front yard had a double bloom going on. So,
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A900 w/ cheap Sigma 28-90 @ 90mm macro w/ +10 filter

sparkie1263
08-17-2009, 08:04 AM
My granddaughter and here other grandfather.

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2494/3830277676_f54d64728e.jpg

Elisha
08-17-2009, 12:51 PM
My cousin's girlfriend Gennie.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2511/3828236807_1c0aafd4b3_b.jpg

DonSchap
08-17-2009, 02:40 PM
want to shake your tree ... (a nod to the Steve Miller Band)

I liked the "base" color this fruit had, as the sun lit the kitchen ... and wanted to share it, before it disappeared. I used HDR to effectively neutralize the overall shadow cast from the single light source - the window. :cool:


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A700 w/ SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO
@ (HDR) f/2.8 - 1/30 sec. - ISO-400 - M - Spot Meter - Spot Focus - Tripod - Dist: 30 inches - Light Source: Indirect sunlight - WB: Cloudy -1

sparkie1263
08-17-2009, 07:49 PM
want to shake your tree ... (a nod to the Steve Miller Band)

I liked the "base" color this fruit had, as the sun lit the kitchen ... and wanted to share it, before it disappeared. I used HDR to effectively neutralize the overall shadow cast from the single light source - the window. :cool:


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A700 w/ SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO
@ (HDR) f/2.8 - 1/30 sec. - ISO-400 - M - Spot Meter - Spot Focus - Tripod - Dist: 30 inches - Light Source: Indirect sunlight - WB: Cloudy -1


Nice image Don.

Don, can you post the original? I would like to see what the HDR did to improve the shot. I never used HDR on anything but landscape images.

Frank

fdexclpl
08-17-2009, 08:54 PM
We're on vacation this week and today's trip was to York Beach and York's Wild Kingdom.

a700 Minolta 28-135@135mm 1160 f5.6 ISO200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2502/3831691217_f7c529e2aa_b.jpg

fdexclpl
08-18-2009, 07:21 PM
Here's another one from York's Wild Kingdom

a700 Minolta 28-135@120mm f/5.6 1/160 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3539/3835579668_35554f3e66_b.jpg

dr4gon
08-18-2009, 09:22 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3835069405_6f93ecb109_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3835069405/)

Anyone want to guess the lens? Exif for cheaters on flickr.

sparkie1263
08-19-2009, 01:01 PM
I used the Lucis Effect on this image. What do you think??


Frank


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DonSchap
08-19-2009, 04:55 PM
I don't think it works for the water up front ... almost like noise ... you know what I mean?

Now, the rear wall almost looks like a reflecting pool of water ... kind of weird ... and a bit difficult to identify.

How about a crop?

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Anyone else? :)

fdexclpl
08-19-2009, 06:25 PM
Sunrise this morning at Nubble Light.

a700 Tamron 17-50mm@17mm f/7.1 1/2 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2566/3837749707_50de7f916b_b.jpg

shoeytennis
08-20-2009, 09:37 AM
Man this thing is wide
11-18 sony

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/3166/adsc03206.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/i/adsc03206.jpg/)

sparkie1263
08-20-2009, 02:10 PM
Windmills in Atlantic City New Jersey

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3073/3840075153_4831f22a4f.jpg

DonSchap
08-20-2009, 03:07 PM
Now, there's a definite sign of the times. Spokes of progress ... backwards. God help you if you are in a low-flying ultra-light plane or a helicopter ... and you thought high-tension wires were dangerous. Ha!

sparkie1263
08-20-2009, 07:23 PM
Here is one of the newer casinos in AC.


Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2488/3840073975_854bd7b9e0.jpg

DonSchap
08-20-2009, 07:27 PM
Frank, you might want to correct that distortion the buildings have in CS ... using "Select ALL", "EDIT", "Transform", "Distort" and pull the top corners on the image out to the side just a bit, until they are vertical.

EDIT: Something like this Frank ... what do you think?

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sparkie1263
08-20-2009, 07:30 PM
I will try I don't have an eye when the buildings are on an angle like that. I tried several times and it still isn't right.LOL

Thanks
Frank

fdexclpl
08-20-2009, 07:36 PM
Another sunrise from York. The red light in the distance is Nubble Light.

a700 Tamron 17-50@50 f/9 1/50 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3480/3841533228_9a7dde03b0_b.jpg

sparkie1263
08-20-2009, 08:53 PM
Frank, you might want to correct that distortion the buildings have in CS ... using "Select ALL", "EDIT", "Transform", "Distort" and pull the top corners on the image out to the side just a bit, until they are vertical.

EDIT: Something like this Frank ... what do you think?

48366

Looks good. That kit lens does it every time. LOL

Thanks
Frank

I was editing some other shots and seen this dragonfly in the shot

48370

dr4gon
08-21-2009, 10:22 PM
from macro monday


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3446/3829526311_782941394d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3829526311/)

DWessel
08-22-2009, 09:26 AM
48386
A900 w/ Tamron 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/30sec, ISO-100

sparkie1263
08-22-2009, 11:54 AM
The surf is real high due to hurricane Bill coming up the coast. The water is about 20 feet higher than normal.:eek:

Frank



48392

fdexclpl
08-22-2009, 08:24 PM
Here's a shot right after a thunderstorm passed by today. It is straight out of the camera.

a700 Tamron 17-50@17mm f/9 1/8000 EV -1 ISO-200
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3440/3846592969_2fc6196846_b.jpg

SONYNUT
08-22-2009, 09:03 PM
it's the mother ship!!!

sparkie1263
08-23-2009, 05:58 AM
Flip Flops left by the entrance to the beach

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/3846137220_810b16eb60.jpg

fdexclpl
08-24-2009, 02:35 PM
a700 Sony 50mm f/3.5 1/640 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/3853779770_57566dcbea_b.jpg

sparkie1263
08-24-2009, 04:33 PM
Beach after Bill blew by.

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2525/3848760359_a958cf9b5f.jpg

Elisha
08-24-2009, 10:08 PM
Noisy but I kinda like it. His mouth was moving a mile a minute!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/3854272041_8cb35f54f9_b.jpg

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 135 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm

DonSchap
08-24-2009, 11:33 PM
With the sun going down, you're not sure which direction to face ...


48440
A700 w/ AF 200mm f/2.8 APO G HS
@ f/2.8 - 1/320 sec - ISO-800 - W/B Daylight - M - Spot Focus

shoeytennis
08-25-2009, 12:41 AM
fun with fisheye
My best friend was taking some pictures of me, haha i like them. 11mm really is amazing with the wierd effects it can do to a shot. just look at the second image.
http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/8905/adsc03378.jpg (http://img35.imageshack.us/i/adsc03378.jpg/)
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/6900/adsc03457.jpg (http://img295.imageshack.us/i/adsc03457.jpg/)

SONYNUT
08-25-2009, 05:43 PM
Where is a cop car when you need one?

Elisha
08-25-2009, 10:09 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2488/3854401369_c1f6228e8b_b.jpg

sparkie1263
08-26-2009, 07:23 PM
Added catch light

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2644/3860105759_371cfc6f61.jpg

fdexclpl
08-26-2009, 07:31 PM
A spider I saw the other day on a hike. I used the Sony 50mm 1.8 but it couldn't autofocus on the body so this one is MF.

a700 Sony 50mm f/4.5 1/50 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2594/3860919874_26c65c5137_b.jpg

Elisha
08-27-2009, 10:25 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2542/3857350099_3712abd943_b.jpg

fdexclpl
08-27-2009, 08:11 PM
a700 Sony 50mm f4.5 1/80 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2495/3863910880_ba54fce8ec_o.jpg

jsolack
08-27-2009, 08:12 PM
Hello all, i'm new to all this so i'm hopin i can get some pointers from you all. This is my first try at doing a little photo editing in GIMP - so input on what i've done wrong is greatly appreciated!

http://www.solack.com/share/DSC00267Edit1.JPG

Thank you again for your input!

SONYNUT
08-27-2009, 08:26 PM
rusty n crusty

DonSchap
08-27-2009, 08:45 PM
'jsolack' ... you need to learn how to size your image so that we see more of the overall frame ... and not every pixel. The standard, unless you are posting a panorama, is around 800x600.

Once you get this right, re-edit that posting and corrrect the image included. Then ... we can critique. :)

shoeytennis
08-27-2009, 09:08 PM
Sometimes nothing is good

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/7642/adsc03331.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/i/adsc03331.jpg/)

Bup
08-28-2009, 01:23 AM
A spider I saw the other day on a hike. I used the Sony 50mm 1.8 but it couldn't autofocus on the body so this one is MF.

a700 Sony 50mm f/4.5 1/50 ISO-200


Real nice.
Did you let it shoot continuously(sp) for a few frames or did you manage to without a tripod get the dof that right? Considering that if a baby ant had walked into your boot, it (the in-focus part of the scene) would have flown 4 meters to the left. It seems that one can either choose to get a too-narrow focus field, or too few pixels covering the scene subject.

Or maybe I just breathe really heavily all the time :p

Anyway, case in point(below). I have a variant where the front legs are out of focus while the head is more in focus. Both seem slightly unsatisfactory.
Edit2. A. diadematus - 'European garden spider'. We call it the 'Cross spider'.

jsolack
08-28-2009, 05:16 AM
Sorry for the huge picture!

Here's my post again:

Hello all, i'm new to all this so i'm hopin i can get some pointers from you all. This is my first try at doing a little photo editing in GIMP - so input on what i've done wrong is greatly appreciated!

http://www.solack.com/share/DSC00267Edit1.JPG

Taken on an a300
F4.5
42mm
iso400
1/3 sec exposure
no flash

Thanks again

fdexclpl
08-28-2009, 05:33 AM
Real nice.
Did you let it shoot continuously(sp) for a few frames or did you manage to without a tripod get the dof that right? Considering that if a baby ant had walked into your boot, it (the in-focus part of the scene) would have flown 4 meters to the left. It seems that one can either choose to get a too-narrow focus field, or too few pixels covering the scene subject.

Or maybe I just breathe really heavily all the time :p

I shot a few frames in AF and they were all off so I switched to MF and got this one. I don't usually bring a tripod on the hiking trails so do have to take many shots to get the one that I want. I usually go hiking with my brother-in-law, his 7 year old daughter, my 6 year old daughter and a 6 month old puppy. A tripod doesn't mix well with all of this action!

DonSchap
08-28-2009, 07:40 AM
Sorry for the huge picture!

Here's my post again:

Hello all, i'm new to all this so i'm hopin i can get some pointers from you all. This is my first try at doing a little photo editing in GIMP - so input on what i've done wrong is greatly appreciated!

http://www.solack.com/share/DSC00267Edit1.JPG

Taken on an a300
F4.5
42mm
iso400
1/3 sec exposure
no flash

Thanks again

Okay, first off, the focus appears to be on your little one's elbow. At the aperture you are using, the depth of field (DOF) is rather shallow, making everything from his elbow out of focus (OOF). But since everything looks a little shaky, I am assuming this is "hand held" and there is a darn good chance you are dealing with 'camera shake', even though you believe you are 'rock steady.' The internal SSS (Super SteadyShot) can only provide up to around 1/15th of a second stability, after that, the camera's ability to deal with the shot becomes rather "iffy."

There are a few approaches to solving this:

(Best solution) Refocus on the subject's face, preferably the location of the eyes.
Speed up the exposure to at least 1/15th second so SSS has a fighting chance to work.
If you need to have the aperture this wide, backing up will expand the DOF.
Tightening the aperture to f/8 or f/11 will also get more of the shot in focus, but you will require a whole lot more light than you are using to keep the same exposure ... or sacrificing the level of noise in the shot, up the ISO to 800 or 1000.


Let's face it: Shooting with little to no light is hard on a camera. You need to up the ambient light (light in the room) until the following settings give you what you want.

Focal Length: 43mm (I am assuming you are using the "kit" lens = DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6)
Aperture: f/4.5 (this is widest aperture and a 'forced setting' at this focal length, using the "kit" lens)
Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec (So that SSS has a reasonable chance to stabilize the shot)
ISO: 800 (at least this, for this kind of indoor shot)


These are minimal settings for an indoor, "hand held" shot. For this kind of subtle lighting, I highly recommend the use of a tripod .. because, then you can go longer with exposure times and get a better overall shot. Plus, the subject is NOT moving. You have a luxury not afforded to the "waking hours."

Once again, focus on the eyes. That is usually where people look first, when they see a human or animal subject.


Good luck ... and try again!

jsolack
08-28-2009, 07:44 AM
Thank you very much for the detailed response!! That is great info - hopefully i'll come away with better images using your advice.

Thanks for helping me through the learning process!

shoeytennis
08-28-2009, 07:56 AM
don and his hour long paragraphs............... only kidding
The softness of the picture is cool except the face needs to be in focus. like everyone else is saying make sure you have light before shooting or use a tripod. Manual focus comes in handy also but it is a pain when im lazy also.
Or there are plenty of good lens under $400

Elisha
08-28-2009, 09:09 AM
Thank you very much for the detailed response!! That is great info - hopefully i'll come away with better images using your advice.

Thanks for helping me through the learning process!

When I shoot my son, I normally focus on the eyes using any of the 11 AF point available to me and shoot.
However when I use my flashes remotely, things appear a little too sharp, so most of my baby photos are intentionally softened in Lightroom. I normally use around -20 to -40 on the Clarity slider and doesn't affect the sharpness of the eyes too much!

DonSchap
08-28-2009, 09:11 AM
don and his hour long paragraphs...

Hey Brian ... you in a hurry? Why not a detailed explanation ... eliminating further questions, if possible? If I can go through the pain of producing it ... certainly, taking the time to read and understand it must be reasonable. My fingers are not all that fast. :(

I figure a new member deserves some background ... initially. After that ... shoot, shoot .. and shoot, again!

jsolack
08-28-2009, 11:49 AM
When I shoot my son, I normally focus on the eyes using any of the 11 AF point available to me and shoot.
However when I use my flashes remotely, things appear a little too sharp, so most of my baby photos are intentionally softened in Lightroom. I normally use around -20 to -40 on the Clarity slider and doesn't affect the sharpness of the eyes too much!

Thank you for the input... i really admire your shots... your images really seem to pop off the screen. Any advice you can give on how to achieve such vibrant pictures?

Elisha
08-28-2009, 12:10 PM
I have a bunch of custom configured Presets in LightRoom which I use and tweak to my liking.
I leave the default sharpening that LR applies to th RAW file which I believe is 25 over 1 pixel mostly because I forget to reset it back to 0. I deosn't seem to have much effect on the RAW file anyway.
And I almost always soften portraits especially when I use flash.
I also sometimes use the Spot Removal tool in LR to remove spots and skin imperfections. And use the adjustment brush to darken or brighten areas as well as whiten teeth and so on.
The graduated Filter gets used if my background looks blown out or if i want the sky to look better.

After that I export the RAW to Photoshop and attempt some cloning if need be or even the Spot Healing brush again.
I also on occasion use USM at 100% with 1-1.2 pixel but most times this is not needed if you already have good lighting and your focus is spot on unless you really want to sharpen the image more than it appears.
I also use Noise Ninja if need be most on higher ISO images.
But most times I just skip the USM and do a Local Contrast Enhancement which is also done via USM but the values are 15-20 and pixel is set to 50. This is what gives the image somewhat of a POP effect.
Then I save the 16bit TIFF and also convert to 8bit and save as a jpeg.

That's pretty much my workflow. I have yet to mess with layer masks and such but I'm sure that will open up a whole different level of Post Processing.

shoeytennis
08-28-2009, 02:44 PM
Don-The only thing I meant by it was that it seems like ti was way to much info and complicated if he is just a beginner. Maybe some baby steps is all.

DonSchap
08-28-2009, 03:01 PM
Oh, alright ... don't ask for a short blurb from a Encyclopedia. That's TLI (Too Little Information) LOL ;)

Elisha
08-28-2009, 03:24 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2503/3862707141_f9c800077d_b.jpg

dr4gon
08-28-2009, 07:09 PM
Some crazy bokeh in the background ,where was that?


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3491/3865580649_bdeafa0621_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3865580649/)

Tamron 70-200mm has some nice multi-coatings! It's also for sale ;).

Elisha
08-28-2009, 07:11 PM
it was shot trough a huge cage. the stripy bokeh is the bars/wires.

fdexclpl
08-28-2009, 08:42 PM
a700 Sony 50mm f/4.5 1/30 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2592/3866654258_110e0c3d3c_b.jpg

Elisha
08-29-2009, 07:35 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3423/3865866679_ef6e6a1416_b.jpg

fdexclpl
08-29-2009, 06:50 PM
Here's a weird bug that I caught the other day before he flew away. Sorry for the crappy quality. It was taken under our umbrella, upside down with the flash and no time to check my settings. If you know what it is please share.

a700 Minolta BBC@300mm f/5.6 1/125 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2558/3869224408_fdd38d5148_b.jpg

sparkie1263
08-29-2009, 06:57 PM
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/wp-content/ApacheCicada16.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/2006/08/26/apache-cicada/&h=850&w=567&sz=139&tbnid=fUW99j9pdd2LBM:&tbnh=145&tbnw=97&prev=/images%3Fq%3DCicada&hl=en&usg=__5FHJ_iOV1ASs61uHCIp-cNN5BrA=&ei=Fs6ZSoDEL-Wy8QaWxvnABQ&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=8&ct=image

I think it is a cicada

Frank

sparkie1263
08-29-2009, 09:20 PM
Blue Dragonfly

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2535/3869665486_e0280e7ed0.jpg

SONYNUT
08-30-2009, 09:18 AM
honk honk

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab215/STEVESPHOTOWORLD/ANIMALS/DSC03785.jpg?t=1251645263

ShaunZ
08-31-2009, 05:13 AM
Tokyo Disneyland

Sony A200, Tamron 18-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO 100, Manual exp

sparkie1263
08-31-2009, 09:27 AM
Black Swans are not native to the states they are from Australia.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3499/3868978105_2515987ecb.jpg

shoeytennis
08-31-2009, 04:31 PM
http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/7892/adsc03330web.jpg (http://img299.imageshack.us/i/adsc03330web.jpg/)

SONYNUT
08-31-2009, 04:43 PM
honk if your swimming!!

dr4gon
08-31-2009, 07:13 PM
Just a reminder. ;)

Let's keep it to one photo a day per person and only Sony cameras.

jcray19
08-31-2009, 08:08 PM
My wife is pregnant with our first child! Yay! We have been taking "belly shots" about every third week throughout the pregnancy. She is now 32 weeks along, we're getting excited!!!

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_uK9bhYqNZuA/SpyBVWS95BI/AAAAAAAAD-A/iCFBNP2lNPg/s512/DSC07689.JPG

DonSchap
08-31-2009, 08:16 PM
Nice heart-shape with the hands, Chris. Perhaps a shot with your hands involved, instead? Just a thought ... :)

fdexclpl
08-31-2009, 09:06 PM
My wife is pregnant with our first child! Yay! We have been taking "belly shots" about every third week throughout the pregnancy. She is now 32 weeks along, we're getting excited!!!

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_uK9bhYqNZuA/SpyBVWS95BI/AAAAAAAAD-A/iCFBNP2lNPg/s512/DSC07689.JPG
That's a great shot!

fdexclpl
08-31-2009, 09:07 PM
a700 Sony 50mm f/4 1/320 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/3876191433_1d257afd57_b.jpg

Elisha
09-02-2009, 12:08 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3516/3880732484_de53ff5043_b.jpg

shoeytennis
09-02-2009, 08:14 PM
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/3234/aadsc03635copy.jpg (http://img199.imageshack.us/i/aadsc03635copy.jpg/)

sparkie1263
09-02-2009, 08:48 PM
Sunflower in the sky

Frank

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2429/3882555329_080b8ce976.jpg

Elisha
09-02-2009, 10:23 PM
I handed my wife the camera and I'm not really sure what she focussed on but regardless....since I don't have many pics of myself, I rather like this one...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v701/elishajesudason/_DSC4976.jpg

Wish she had gotten it when my eyes were open wider!

dr4gon
09-02-2009, 10:35 PM
Very nice bokeh and not a bad shot!

Portraits it is then.... Here's just someone random I ran into. You can read about it on flickr.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2669/3881778089_35310c5f32_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3881778089/)

shoeytennis
09-03-2009, 08:17 AM
While were on pictures of us.
My best friend always takes my cameras and takes about 1000 pictures of herself and me and this one i just loved of myself.
C&C please?

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/8382/adsc03639.jpg (http://img513.imageshack.us/i/adsc03639.jpg/)

sparkie1263
09-03-2009, 11:29 AM
Ready for a nap.

Frank


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3536/3882556237_364d404f71.jpg

SONYNUT
09-03-2009, 01:36 PM
Talk about pear shaped..lol

DWessel
09-03-2009, 11:23 PM
Spent last weekend at a beach house on Marrowstone Island along Puget Sound in Washington. This is but one of many shots.
48670
This shot could have really used a flash to help highlight the tree. But since I've not bought a flash yet, I had to compensate by pushing up the DR.

SONYNUT
09-03-2009, 11:26 PM
dr work fine

Elisha
09-03-2009, 11:27 PM
Very nice bokeh and not a bad shot!

Portraits it is then.... Here's just someone random I ran into. You can read about it on flickr.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2669/3881778089_35310c5f32_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3881778089/)

don't you love how much detail and clarity proper lighting gives?
the more i do it, the more i want multiple flashes!

SONYNUT
09-03-2009, 11:47 PM
would be a cool shot for a fisheye

Elisha
09-04-2009, 12:23 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/3886593080_3ca904a251_b.jpg

SONYNUT
09-04-2009, 12:58 AM
now tilt it left 15 degrees and add a blue frame..

sparkie1263
09-04-2009, 06:38 AM
I took this shot before but I liked the color of the sky so I took another shot.

Frank

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3476/3882555925_fecffab0d3.jpg


I know the pilings in the front should be cropped out.

48701

shoeytennis
09-04-2009, 11:14 AM
Talk about pear shaped..lol

r u talking about my head lol

shoeytennis
09-04-2009, 11:33 AM
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/3940/adsc03687.jpg (http://img177.imageshack.us/i/adsc03687.jpg/)

SONYNUT
09-04-2009, 05:39 PM
whoa is right!!!!!! :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Elisha
09-04-2009, 05:45 PM
they're gonna sell burgers out of a portable shitter?

SONYNUT
09-04-2009, 06:38 PM
they should think a little harder where they place it..lol

Elisha
09-05-2009, 11:51 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/3889675001_86953a66b2_b.jpg

Elisha
09-05-2009, 10:00 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2472/3889686657_6c9dfe0028_b.jpg

dr4gon
09-05-2009, 10:16 PM
Aren't you sneaky, in for the Eastern midnight upload?

Nice colors! How much did you push up the saturation?

Elisha
09-06-2009, 06:59 AM
Aren't you sneaky, in for the Eastern midnight upload?

Nice colors! How much did you push up the saturation?

Not much. I did that pic in Photomatix with Tone Mapping - Detail Enhancer.
I believe i pushed it to 70. I believe default was 50.
Just wanted to see if it was worth while using Photomatix and if it worked with the Sony RAW files any better.
Then I cropped the Tiff file in either LR or CS4.

sparkie1263
09-06-2009, 06:59 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2472/3889686657_6c9dfe0028_b.jpg

Nice image what PP did you do??

Frank

Elisha
09-06-2009, 07:03 AM
I went into the Detail Enhancer in Photomatix 3.2 and messed with the sliders.
I can't say for sure what most of the values were Frank cause it was the first time using it but there is less than 15 sliders in there i believe.

sparkie1263
09-06-2009, 07:07 AM
I have that program. I use it for HDR's. I will have to check it out. How do you open a single image without creating an HDR?

Frank

dr4gon
09-06-2009, 10:09 AM
hmmm I need to update to 3.2 :rolleyes:

Ldorey
09-06-2009, 06:46 PM
Jonas

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu83/ljd1019/jonas.jpg

A300
f 5.0
IS0 350
1/250

Elisha
09-06-2009, 10:41 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2458/3892495139_d1f513b03c_b.jpg

SONYNUT
09-07-2009, 02:17 AM
I think i hear a who!!!!!!!!!!!

saf
09-07-2009, 03:29 AM
Brillant shot of that flower Elisha !!

dr4gon
09-07-2009, 05:48 PM
Life on the moon


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2507/3869934965_e3d3f53e23_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3869934965/)

fdexclpl
09-07-2009, 06:37 PM
I really like the way the sun seems to be coming from the lighthouse.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3536/3898707010_3f1999bec5_b.jpg

Elisha
09-08-2009, 12:08 PM
Re-processed in Photomatix.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2430/3798867393_860711fcb5_b.jpg

Peekayoh
09-08-2009, 05:31 PM
A SILVER LINING

48727

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/5000th at f5.6
Focal Length: 28mm (42mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200

Elisha
09-09-2009, 09:57 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3499/3905248585_87b9eb123b_b.jpg

Rooz
09-09-2009, 10:07 PM
Life on the moon



(http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3869934965/)


very clever shot. i love it.

Peekayoh
09-10-2009, 10:40 AM
ANOTHER SILVER LINING

48756Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/1600th at f13
Focal Length: 35mm (52mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200

shoeytennis
09-10-2009, 09:56 PM
I get bored a lot

http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/6268/adsc03612.jpg (http://img200.imageshack.us/i/adsc03612.jpg/)

dr4gon
09-11-2009, 04:33 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2589/3910839000_652d0895eb_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3910839000/)

SONYNUT
09-11-2009, 05:20 PM
i get bored a lot

now try for the floating zen shot

Elisha
09-12-2009, 09:30 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/3912705764_ee9f2b0621_b.jpg

dr4gon
09-12-2009, 09:38 AM
Nice color!

shoeytennis
09-12-2009, 10:11 AM
now try for the floating zen shot

for you I will........ I may hurt myself tho lol
I think i should be a model not a photographer, im good in front of a lens

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3222/aadsc03684.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/i/aadsc03684.jpg/)

sparkie1263
09-12-2009, 11:40 AM
This guy was trying to pedal into a 40 MPH wind. I don't know why his newspaper didn't blow away. I bet the ride home was easier.

Frank

48789

sparkie1263
09-12-2009, 11:44 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/3912705764_ee9f2b0621_b.jpgreat

Great image you nail this.

Frank

Peekayoh
09-12-2009, 02:26 PM
Nice one Frank, though I wish you had been closer and framed just the torso. That would have drawn attention to all the effort evident on the guys face.
Elisha, I'd like to have seen both eyes in focus in preference to the scarf on top of his head.

Elisha
09-12-2009, 10:26 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2658/3914252662_40b7b89224_b.jpg

Rooz
09-13-2009, 01:07 AM
love that shot. the noise adds to a great atmosphere.

Elisha
09-13-2009, 10:19 AM
Thanks. I amplified the noise by increasing the shadows and i like how it looks.

saf
09-14-2009, 06:01 AM
I think this is called an Australian bearded lizard. Not sure, came across it on a recent camping trip

f/4.0, 1/640, iso 200, 100mm macro

Elisha
09-14-2009, 08:58 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2438/3916800288_4372314ca1_b.jpg

SONYNUT
09-14-2009, 02:11 PM
Smoke it up

Rooz
09-14-2009, 04:34 PM
thats amazing. what is that lightsource ?

SONYNUT
09-14-2009, 09:02 PM
1k...............and my fogger..;-)

dr4gon
09-15-2009, 03:40 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2477/3918042896_b6a3f4a6a9_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3918042896/)

SONYNUT
09-15-2009, 03:43 PM
Time to mow the lawn..i mean weeds...

dr4gon
09-15-2009, 03:50 PM
Good thing they aren't my weeds!

Peekayoh
09-15-2009, 04:54 PM
Great shot Sonynut. Unreal!

Peekayoh
09-15-2009, 04:56 PM
The Combine Harvester worked through the night so all I got was the straw bales.

STRAW BALES

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: KM 17-35mm f2.8/4 D
Exposure: 1/80th at f8
Focal Length: 24mm (36mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200
48872

SONYNUT
09-15-2009, 06:04 PM
Great shot Sonynut. Unreal!

i'd love to show you more but i can't yet...top secret stuff :D ....but it was a great shoot..horses , women, and 2 foggers..lol


but this is from earlier...

:p


waaaaaaassssss uuuuuupppppppppppppp

saf
09-15-2009, 06:37 PM
Another Australian lizard

f/4.5, 1/1250, ISO 500, 100mm macro

Elisha
09-15-2009, 06:41 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3486/3898606252_68b92d3fa1_b.jpg

fdexclpl
09-15-2009, 08:01 PM
a700 Tamron 17-50@50mm f/4.5 1/500 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2448/3924071337_cdf7288601_b.jpg

sparkie1263
09-15-2009, 09:07 PM
Don't know what kind of bee this is.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3425/3925091382_0d0880a42a.jpg

Frank

SONYNUT
09-16-2009, 11:55 AM
yellow jackets

sparkie1263
09-16-2009, 12:00 PM
yellow jackets


I wasn't sure if it was a yellow jacket.

Thanks
Frank

sparkie1263
09-16-2009, 12:04 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2639/3924306651_30f0577e76.jpg

Frank

Peekayoh
09-16-2009, 12:17 PM
i'd love to show you more but i can't yet...top secret stuff :D ....but it was a great shoot..horses , women, and 2 foggers..lol


but this is from earlier...

:p


waaaaaaassssss uuuuuupppppppppppppp
Looks like a pagan ritual to me and he's the sacrificial lamb.

Peekayoh
09-16-2009, 12:47 PM
Another Australian lizard
A little fellow or a big fellow?

Peekayoh
09-16-2009, 12:51 PM
LOADING BALES

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Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 200mm HS APO G
Exposure: 1/640th at f4
Focal Length: 200mm (300mm equivelent)
ISO Speed: 200

Tom F
09-16-2009, 01:30 PM
Don't know what kind of bee this is.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3425/3925091382_0d0880a42a.jpg

Frank

It's not a bee or yellow-jacket. It's a hoverfly.

SONYNUT
09-16-2009, 04:43 PM
How is one supposed to take a roll in the hey if it's rolled up already?

sparkie1263
09-16-2009, 05:24 PM
It's not a bee or yellow-jacket. It's a hoverfly.


Thanks Tom

SONYNUT
09-16-2009, 05:38 PM
Same thing

saf
09-16-2009, 05:41 PM
A little fellow or a big fellow?

medium sized, about 30-40cms

fdexclpl
09-16-2009, 07:12 PM
a700 Tamron 17-50@50mm f/5.6 1/640 ISO-200
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2658/3927793944_9a02b06f8f_b.jpg

SONYNUT
09-16-2009, 09:31 PM
Man o man i had a bee go by me today that was huge..more than 2 inches long...nevermind the macro..get out the wide.

Peekayoh
09-17-2009, 02:22 AM
Sonynut, are you a Fisherman?
BTW, do your straw bales look a little odd?

SONYNUT
09-17-2009, 07:29 AM
sonynut, are you a fisherman?
Btw, do your straw bales look a little odd?

why and why?

Peekayoh
09-17-2009, 11:59 AM
Fisherman are known for their propensity to exaggerate. (I don't know of any Bee that size).
The bales look speckled.

dr4gon
09-17-2009, 03:28 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/3917254307_9ffe606495_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3917254307/)

We're nearing 100k views!

shoeytennis
09-17-2009, 09:17 PM
I failed but I reallt want this to work, Wish I would have got her whole head! otherwise what do you guys think?

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5694/adsc04047.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/i/adsc04047.jpg/)

SONYNUT
09-18-2009, 12:09 AM
fisherman are known for their propensity to exaggerate. (i don't know of any bee that size). You've never lived here..
The bales look speckled.

plastic netting on them..or from shrinking the image

DonSchap
09-18-2009, 01:21 AM
I failed but I reallt want this to work, Wish I would have got her whole head! otherwise what do you guys think?

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5694/adsc04047.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/i/adsc04047.jpg/)

I think I would have waited until she passed the pole in the background. If you look quick, it looks like an accident ... just about to happen. :rolleyes: Ouch!

The pan rate is excellent ... and the subject looks sharp. A high-speed series might have worked well, also. Like they say, "more pictures is better to choose from than less." You might leave the camera in "Rapid-fire" drive rather than single shot, for casual shooting. You can always erase images. ;)

Peekayoh
09-18-2009, 03:43 AM
Sonynut - shrinkage, I think.

Shoey
Good panning technique and 35mm would have got the head.
Don, I agree about the pole, better out of shot or behind the girl. But at 1/100th, rapid fire would have jumped the camera all over the place.

shoeytennis
09-18-2009, 08:40 AM
Yeah it was in rapid fire mode and only jpg no raw so boooooo.
I'm going to try and get better ones when were not hanging out under a bridge.
Panning sucks and is really mode, any other tips and helps?
I was getting about 1 out of 5 decent ones and this one was the best.

DonSchap
09-18-2009, 09:26 AM
This is one of those kind of shots where practicing the technique makes perfect. Try panning on passing cars (God knows there are plenty of them). You cannot expect to get some thing like this every time, but using a panning head on a tripod can help smooth out the alignment and allow you to "focus" your attention on the shot, without having to worry about where the camera is in respect to your body, as you turn.

If you have the sun behind you, you can often use a much higher shutter speed ... and if you boost the ISO to say, 1000 ... you will be amazed at the flexibility of your shutter speed control.

Planning a shot like this is always better than being surprised by your "subject", as they whiz on by.

Good luck.

dr4gon
09-18-2009, 08:32 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/3932136135_cf485ab6fe_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3932136135/)

So much rain here lately.

Elisha
09-19-2009, 12:04 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2618/3932824221_d07a361ce7_b.jpg

dr4gon
09-19-2009, 08:45 PM
we need more submissions, closing in on 100k and 200+ pages!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3425/3930651220_a871109a9b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3930651220/)

800ISO :eek: (some of the noise was due to upping the exposure in LR), but the grain looks kinda cool.

Elisha
09-19-2009, 09:29 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3465/3932793653_513d40b422_b.jpg

saf
09-20-2009, 04:56 AM
Orange Blossom

f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200 - 100mm macro

Rooz
09-20-2009, 05:04 AM
you can often use a much higher shutter speed ... and if you boost the ISO to say, 1000 ... you will be amazed at the flexibility of your shutter speed control.

the beauty of the shot is actually in the slower shutter speed.
there's nothing wrong with it apart from the fact that he cut her head off. otherwise, technically, the shot is perfect imo.

Elisha
09-20-2009, 07:03 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2484/3938614857_e730aaafa2_b.jpg

Peekayoh
09-21-2009, 02:59 AM
........If you have the sun behind you, you can often use a much higher shutter speed ... and if you boost the ISO to say, 1000 ... you will be amazed at the flexibility of your shutter speed control..........
Uhhhh, no!
The raison d'etre of a shot like this is a slow shutter to give the feeling of movement. A fast shutter freezes everything and panning becomes superfluous.
Judging from the post, I think your technique is pretty sound and you hardly need any tips but here goes anyway.

Stance is clearly important. If you shoot a gun, that's how you want to be. One foot in front, slight crouch, a forward lean and squeeze the trigger.
Shutter between 1/40th (Runner) and 1/200th (speeding car).
Subject has to be in the same part of the frame during the pan, you can't allow it to move across the frame. Again use an AF point like a gunsight.
Go for continuous focus and probably wide area AF or choose a local AF point.
If the shot is repeatable, you can preset the focus point, switch the lens to manual and concentrate on the framing.
You may need to control the DOF with an ND filter (slow shutters lead to be smaller apertures and deeper DOFs).

Can't think of anything else right now.

SONYNUT
09-21-2009, 12:03 PM
Here is a HAND HELD SHOT

fdexclpl
09-21-2009, 02:13 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2484/3938614857_e730aaafa2_b.jpg
Creepy goat eyes. Run away, run away!

Elisha
09-21-2009, 06:15 PM
Aren't those eyes freaky?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3474/3939144901_37c2426e10_b.jpg

SONYNUT
09-21-2009, 06:16 PM
"they don't look freaky to me"

dr4gon
09-21-2009, 07:31 PM
Creepy goat eyes. Run away, run away!


"they don't look freaky to me"

Gotta separate the sheep from the goats!!! LOLLL :D