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  1. #4281
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Here's one from trying to emulate Rooz. This little fella must be an escapee from Rooz because he sure knew how to pose. Pity the same can't be said of my skills, I spent 3 hours trying to shoot him to get 4 shots I like.

    Blue cloth background, natural sunlight (not direct), 18-200VR, Ap prior F10, 130mm, 1/400 sec, iso200, spot metering 0EV. Closely cropped PP for framing, some unsharp mask.
    Dread - you are WAY too modest! This shot is awesome! The lighting, the colors, the 'pose,' just the right depth of field - man, well done! I love it.
    Nikon D70 | 18-70 | 50/1.8 | 70-210
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  2. #4282
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    Thanks All. I'm thinking of buying a macro lens like Rooz has eg the Sigma 150mm. I'm just reluctant to invest another $700 in photography gear at the moment! Damn NAS.

    Here's the result of another 3 hours work, this time to get 1 shot I liked. I'm having real troubles getting focus on bugs with the 18-200VR.

    This shot is 18-200VR @ 95mm, Ap prior F16, 2.5 sec, nat light again (I still haven't worked out off cam flash), 0EV, cloth background. The F8 shots Rooz suggested should be sharper just weren't focussed right - darn. Oh and I'll admit this shot is post mortem unfortunately (not done to take a photo but rather to keep the kids happy). Sorry bug.
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    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  3. #4283
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    a close up filter, extension tubes or a reversal ring for your 50mm f1.8 won;t cost you anywhere near that mate.
    btw: what part of the off cam flash don;t you get ? its real easy. if you're confused about how to set it up, ask away.
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  4. #4284
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    I'm just reluctant to invest another $700 in photography gear at the moment! Damn NAS.
    Says the man who has about $3500 worth of gear now.
    Rationalise it this way. If you buy a Sigma lens it's not NAS so it doesn't count.
    Last edited by K1W1; 03-27-2008 at 01:35 AM.

  5. #4285
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    i'll be selling mine soon. lol not that i'm trying to sell it on this forum of course. i would NEVER do that. lol
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  6. #4286
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    i'll be selling mine soon. lol not that i'm trying to sell it on this forum of course. i would NEVER do that. lol
    I just noticed you have the 105 VR in your signature, lucky bastard. I've been wanting that lens for ages.
    Last edited by achuang; 03-27-2008 at 01:50 AM.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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  7. #4287
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    Nice shots Dread Pirate, just one thing - it seems like you're compressing the images for upload too much and because of the compression they aren't as clear or sharp as the original. I know the attachment size for this forum is very small, maybe if you setup a online photo account like flickr or pbase, etc then you could link less compressed images.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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  8. #4288
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    here you go, see what you think of this. i know you're not big on PP so just to let you know this took around 30seconds from open to close. did someone say CCP ?
    Looks pretty good to me - maybe I should try again on the orig shot
    It was a dull day so I naturally felt I was staying true to how it really looked - I have trouble with this sometimes.
    Also - when I initially tried - I seemed to wash out the whites - maybe if I try a little gentler adjustment....

    edit: -
    Nope - just goes soft and washed out when I try - no idea how you maintained all that sharp detail and still got it brighter. I was using curves.
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  9. #4289
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    Quote Originally Posted by achuang View Post
    I know the attachment size for this forum is very small, maybe if you setup a online photo account like flickr or pbase, etc then you could link less compressed images.
    I agree.
    I've never found the compression algorithms on any forum software to be any good they are geared towards small file size not good images. If I post anything on a forum that has a particularly restrictive size (like 900 pixels wide or something) I always resize the picture then store it on Flickr in the appropriate size before I post it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Chandler View Post
    Nope - just goes soft and washed out when I try - no idea how you maintained all that sharp detail and still got it brighter. I was using curves.
    i used 4, (i think it was 4, maybe 5), colour control points in capture NX to bring out the brightness only in the darker areas of the image so it doesnt effect the rest of it which is perfectly exposed.
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