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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Okay ... how often can you get a Raptor-series of the Weapons Doors opening? They open mighty quick ... to deploy those weapons.
    Nice series.
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  2. #32
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    Question "The Green Machine"

    Along with all the other elements of the EAA (Experimental AIrcraft Association), there is finally a battery-operated (no-kidding) full-sized aircraft.

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    You almost cannot hear it over ambient noise-levels as it goes by. In fact, I'm not really sure I ever did!

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    You charge it by one of those windmills!

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    Okay, maybe that is a little too green, huh? But then again, why not? That way, you get the wind working for you in BOTH directions, right?
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  3. #33
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    Nice pictures
    And that windmill, haha, looks a little overambitious = )

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    Thumbs up Auto warp ... the wave of the future ...

    Well, I finally got it ... two pieces made whole! PS CS3 Photomerge did the job!


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    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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    Red face Variations on a theme ...

    And then, of course, the "variant" ... using Photoshop and pseudo-vignette ...

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    which is also posted in "Airshows" ... but it kind of made sense to put it here, also, as a reference shot.
    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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  6. #36
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    It's just beautiful..... it's been so quiet here lately....

    anything new with you? I just ordered from Amazon the 90mm DI macro lens so it should be here in "2-3" weeks lol.... (better be before Sept 15 when I have to postmark that rebate!). And I'm going to a wildlife park tomorrow so I should have some stuff to post soon.
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    Talking Progress continues ...

    Thank you for the comment.

    I've been working to complete my portrait studio lighting. Unfortunately, this aspect of photography is rather pricey if you do it with standard equipment. I originally tried building it up with electronic strobes and met with limited success. I am currenly working with much more advanced strobes, grids, snoots, and soft boxes, but I need to coordinate some time in an area where I can set up without disturbing the work flow of the home. That is a tall order, because the area of the subject may be limited and focused, but moving the camera and lighting around is the real killer.

    Funny you should mention the SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di, as it will also factor in this lighting set-up's use. I want to be able to easily compare the A900 shots (when the camera becomes available) against the A700. I may just have access to the new camera "pre-release." (I can only hope.)

    In closing, following up the air show performances I was priveleged to witness ... this was a terrific improvement over last year. Not the show, mind you, but the way I was able to photograph it. I simply could not have done the same thing with the Canon EOS 20D. The SONY α700 responded just as I had hoped it would. I really hope everyone has the same amount of positive response with this camera.
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    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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    Hmm a portrait studio, what an endeavor! I'd like to see your setup and your work when you're all set up! Is this for a business you're going to be running?

    Regarding the 90mm f/2.8, If I understand it correctly, the lens will be 1.5x that on my APS-C α300 (135mm). This only goes for "full frame" lenses like the 90mm and the 200-500mm right? I think FF lenses on APS-C cameras magnify 1.5x (on all the Sonys anyway) and APS-C lenses give vignetting on FF cameras like the α900?
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    Smile Studio studies ...

    Basically, my main interest is to establish a decent lighting setup ... one I can reliably shoot with. It looks close ... I have some adjustment test shots to make, but it seems to be working.

    As far as APS-C sensor cameras ( α100, α200, α300, α350, α700), they had the 1.5x DCF when compared to the 35mm & Full Frame (α900)

    In preparation for this, I have the 90mm f/2.8 Di for the APS-C and the CZ 135mm f/1.8 for the α900. So, bring on the big boy! LOL
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Basically, my main interest is to establish a decent lighting setup ... one I can reliably shoot with. It looks close ... I have some adjustment test shots to make, but it seems to be working.

    As far as APS-C sensor cameras ( α100, α200, α300, α350, α700), they had the 1.5x DCF when compared to the 35mm & Full Frame (α900)

    In preparation for this, I have the 90mm f/2.8 Di for the APS-C and the CZ 135mm f/1.8 for the α900. So, bring on the big boy! LOL
    Cool, thanks for the confirmation!
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