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  1. #5721
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    Great shot bgrablin

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  2. #5722
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgrablin View Post
    I'm a huge fan of photoshop, and have been using it since version 5.0. I recently pushed to Lightroom for better organization and post production development. I haven't worked with RAW much, but I am currently reading just about everything on this forum to catch up.

    I have plenty of space (collectively about 2.5TB) so that won't be an issue. Yesterday alone I took about 240 shots. Most of them turned out really well.

    The eternal flame is a crater about 50-feet in diameter written about in the Old Testament. King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego into the flames because they wouldn't worship his golden idol. The Bible tells of them surviving, unburned, because of their faith in God.

    It is said to be over 5,000 years old and still burning today; although not as bright as one would imagine. With enough speed I could probably run through it unscathed.
    those are some incredible photo ops you are getting. glad to see you are putting them to good use! nice pic.
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  3. #5723
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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    Great shot bgrablin

    nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
    Quote Originally Posted by delobbo View Post
    those are some incredible photo ops you are getting. glad to see you are putting them to good use! nice pic.
    Thanks. It's a fun job and being able to blend both my hobby and my job (which is also my hobby. ) is pretty amazing. If you guys can come up with any ideas that you would be interested in seeing I would love to hear them.

    I'm trying to capture a rocket coming out of the tube but I haven't been able to get my settings right. Any ideas? It's basically like catching a bullet.
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  4. #5724
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgrablin View Post
    I'm trying to capture a rocket coming out of the tube but I haven't been able to get my settings right. Any ideas? It's basically like catching a bullet.
    well this may be obvious but have you tried continuous mode? I would imagine one of the shots would be able to capture the rocket well, might just take a few tries.
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  5. #5725
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    Bgrablin, Lightroom really is a great tool and seems to get better the more i use it. Another nice capture, looks like you're getting some great shooting opportunities. I see you're from the Springs, just down the road from me. Are you out of Ft Carson?


    rberga1, nice composition and effects. It loooks like a large cannon has shot a "cannon ball" (the moon) into the sky.

  6. #5726
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    I was feeling similarly about the moon in that shot! nice effect.
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  7. #5727
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgrablin View Post
    Thanks. It's a fun job and being able to blend both my hobby and my job (which is also my hobby. ) is pretty amazing. If you guys can come up with any ideas that you would be interested in seeing I would love to hear them.

    I'm trying to capture a rocket coming out of the tube but I haven't been able to get my settings right. Any ideas? It's basically like catching a bullet.
    Bgrablin, you may want to use a technique called "trap focus". This would allow you to "pre-focus" on a specific point, such as the business end of the rocket launcher, and have the shutter release automatically when a subject passes it through it. The Magic Lantern Guide for the D80 has some good info on setting it up.
    You would setup CS-18, the "AE-L/AF-L" button to "AF-ON" so that focusing is performed only when that button is pressed and not the shutter release. The autofocus setting should also be set to AF-S and single area. Then press the "AE-L/AF-L" button to focus and then recompose holding the shutter release down. When the subject passes through the focus point the shutter will release.

    There's more discussion here http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...essage=9479603 on the technique as well.

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    Last edited by StuartN; 06-24-2008 at 05:40 PM.

  8. #5728
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgrablin View Post
    It is said to be over 5,000 years old and still burning today; although not as bright as one would imagine. With enough speed I could probably run through it unscathed.
    Gee 5000 years old and an asphalt road around it for the tourist buses. Some of those ancient civilisations were way more advanced than they have been given credit for.

    I'd love to see some more detail, must do some Googling.

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    Just in case you were confused.
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  10. #5730
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    StuartN, I am from Ft. Carson. I couldn't ask for a better assignment.

    About your "trap focus", I was able to setup my camera and have a buddy simulate a rocket leaving the tube but could only get it to snap the picture about 25% of the time. I want to try and minimize this. Also, I am guessing that I will have to have my shutter speed as high as I can manage to be able to grab the rocket. Very fun and interesting technique that I didn't even know the camera was capable of.

    I am going to try and get this down before I go waste a few rockets at our test fire range with no photo success.
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