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  1. #21
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    Famous astronomers at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
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    Thumbs up Astronomers by SpecialK

    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    Famous astronomers at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
    Nice one SpecialK, the moon in the background makes a great addition to the composition!

    "Scientists, thinkers and lovers", a multi-figure statue in front of the State Library of New South Wales (NSW):
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    A fountain featuring a) five statues: the topmost figure is of Capt Arthur Phillip, First Governor of NSW (1788-1792), the four reclining figures, evocative of ancient Greek mythology, are: Neptune (the Roman version of Poseidon), Commerce, Cyclops & Agriculture, b) four ship prows & c) four panels depicting Australian Aboriginals. The fountain was erected by Viscount Hampden, 19th Governor of NSW, in 1897 in honour of the 60th year of Queen Victoria's reign over the then British Empire:
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    Smile Bert Flugelman Sculpture series

    Here is a series of photos of the Bert Flugelman sculpture from a variety of angles:
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    Enjoy.

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    Nice shots but where are they?
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

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    New York City during christmas time^

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    Ahh I did wonder if it was New York thanks. I'm possibly going to visit later this year if the flight prices come down a bit. The exchange rate is still pretty good for us so it should be affordable once I'm there.
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    btuner, two great shots: A moving monument framed well by the background architecture, and an interesting fountain shot, love the colour of the xmas baubles.

    A few shots of a statue/monument to Capt Cook, the English explorer who "discovered" Australia in 1770.
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    An experiment with a polarising filter, i.e. the lens from my sunglasses held over the camera lens, shot at 1:45pm in bright sunshine, in portrait orientation:
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    Second take with sunglass lens polarising filter, landscape orientation, positioning statue in its environment, shot at 1:46pm in bright sunshine:
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    Pondering whether its worth buying any 46mm filters for the Fuji (UV/Skylight/CPL etc), or a step-up ring & larger filters; unfortunately the only 46mm filters available in Sydney are single coat, which are hardly worth it, or whether I should save that money and put it toward a dSLR when the time comes....

    Any feedback/comments are always welcome.

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    Is it just me, or does the sky in the "regular" shot look darker and better than the sky in the "polarized" shots? And I've heard that polarizers can reduce reflections even off leaves, which might improve the trees in the shot. (Or are the white spots on the leaves actually blossoms? It's hard to tell ...)

    Looks like you're having beautiful weather If you had a chance to reshoot the statue, maybe you could go a few steps to the right so his upraised arm is against the sky, rather than the tree.
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    Hi Tori'

    Interesting, .... thanks for your comments, you're absolutely right, in the "regular" photo the sky appears darker than in the polarised photo, what you see in the forum is pretty much what it looked like on the LCD and on my computer screen. This seems counter-intuitive doesn't it? I also thought that polarisers were supposed to cut glare/reflection and generally make colours more vibrant and "pop", which sort of suggests deeper hues etc. and yet in my photos the polarised image looks lighter....

    My guess is this, since I was shooting in Aperture priority-auto, I didn't have full manual control of the exposure, looking at the EXIF data for both photos, although I opened the aperture from F6.3 (reg' photo) to F5.6 (polarised photo), the camera, sensing much less light in the polarised image, slowed the shutter dramatically from 1/170sec in the regular photo to 1/30sec in the polarised photo, to compensate, all else being equal (except a slight difference in zoom factor/focal length), so the much slower shutter speed allowed more light through, even the polarised lens, so the sky looks lighter/brighter.

    The white specks on the tree leaves in the regular photo are just harsh reflected sunlight, no blossoms.

    The other things I noticed about the difference in the quality of light between the two photos are that there appear to be more shadows about the statue, especially the face in the regular shot, as opposed to the polarised photo, where the statue's face seems lighter. In the regular shot everything is harsh, sharp, high contrast, lots of reflected light etc, in the polarised shot, everything seems softer, less reflected light, less shadows, and there seems to be a bit of a torquoise tint in the statue and marble pillar its standing on compared to the regular shot.

    On the whole I think a UV or polarising filter would be a good idea when shooting in bright sunlight, I'm just reluctant to spend $20. for a single-coated UV filter and $50+ for a single-coated CPL for the Fuji, I'd rather spend $100+ for a Hoya HMC or SHMC/Pro1 multi-coated filter for a dSLR when I buy one.

    Thanks for the tip about the hand, I honestly hadn't noticed while I was shooting the other day, thanks for pointing that out, I shall go back and do it again (with the sunglass lens, if its bright , and try to reframe it better).

    cheers,

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