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  1. #31
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    Smile Monumental

    I figured I'd offer up a recent building shot of my own.

    The Gallagher Building in Itasca, IL.

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    EXIF: A700 w/ TAMRON 17-50
    @ 30mm - f/22 - 1/8 sec - ISO-100 - Spot Metering - M - Natural light - WB:5600K - tripod
    corrected for parallax error


    CaliGal might like this, it is almost in the middle of a golf course. Talk about an "hazard."
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-13-2008 at 04:11 PM.
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    Red face Window wash!

    Well, upon suggestion from a complete different photo board ... I went back to image and made some corrections to it ... to improve it's ... appearance, because ... in photography ... appearances are everything.

    So ... here we go, again!


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    ... minus one reflected building. Well, most of it, anyway. Roos should really like this ... bit of Photoshop fun.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-13-2008 at 07:13 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  3. #33
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    First Quarter Moon For some reason I like the moon against the blue sky.



    This was shot hand held with my Tamaron lens
    iso 200
    Speed 1/60
    f/8
    300 mm
    Last edited by sparkie1263; 07-13-2008 at 07:54 PM.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

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  4. #34
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    I'm anxious to see what I can get with the new TAMRON 200-500mm f/5-6.3. I have got my fingers crossed that it is sharp as hell ... but, I may just run it by the LENS tuning station, if the moon comes out ... less than perfect. 6-year warranty ... I love you. LOL

    That crop bothers me, Frank ... do you have a little more of the dark side to hang off it?

    And, hello, does the building look worth a darn?
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  5. #35
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    The building looks great. I think it would make a great HDR with the right sky. I can crop it again. I am glad you told me about this lens. I get alot of complements on the sharpness of my images.
    Thanks
    Frank
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    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

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  6. #36
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    How is this Don?

    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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    Yeah ... what do you think? Do you see the balance ... ? I think you pushed a little too hard with the sharpening, though. Check out that halo the moon now has ... uh, that "five-o'clock shadow."

    About the building ... honestly, it was such a terrific, well-balance exposure in the direct sunlight ... probably one of my best ... I am hesitant to say HDR would offer anything of real value to the image. Perhaps I'm wrong, but the contrast seems very liberal ... not harsh ... which is usually where HDR excels at correcting.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-13-2008 at 08:34 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  8. #38
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    I didn't touch the sharpening I used curves and Noise Ninja auto settings. Would that make it look sharper?
    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  9. #39
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    The soft blue sky does not normally lend itself to sharp, contrasty images ... so you are pushing something that is, well, not natural. Your first shot was good ... a slight adjustment, perhaps ... but, the relocating was key in the image framing. Obviously, a whole separate issue from sharpening.

    My 400mm moonshot over the Red Rocks was with a blue-tinted, early evening sky. Again, the moon was not sharp, like it is in the night sky. It still made the image look astounding. You are also blowing up a 300mm crop, which inherently softens the image.

    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-13-2008 at 08:41 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  10. #40
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    Is there a way to copy the settings from the first image? If I open it up again in PS will the settings show in curves and levels?

    Thanks
    Frank

    I still don't have an eye for this yet. LOL
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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