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  1. #31
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    I dont blame you Don I often just grab garden shots through the windows. We don't get anything quite so exotic here though.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  2. #32
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    cool shots there Don.....Really like the "Just Hanging Around" one a lot...
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  3. #33
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    Okay, Brace yourself now.....

    It's NOT another Big Red feeder with a tiny bird

    I present a hollow turned vessel in Maple burl by Michael Hosaluk, a Bronfman Award Winner.

    The set up and the piece... the light stand on the far right is not in use.

    ZD 50mm f 2 @ f 8, 1/30, iso 400

    Cheers, Don
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  4. #34
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    Lovely pic Don... have you considered using a pair of smaller lights at table level, angled up to get a nice solid white background? It's a matter of taste, mostly, but it's something I tended to do a lot.

    Anyways, just something I grabbed today, excuse the odd blurred-out vegetation in the slight foreground, this was taken out of the window of a car going 70Mph down a freeway.
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  5. #35
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    Today I tried the 18-180mm @ 105mm.

    I changed the focus point from the front leading edge to just in front of the opening. With this lens that gave me a cleaner image..

    Cheers, Don
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    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by jekostas View Post
    Lovely pic Don... have you considered using a pair of smaller lights at table level, angled up to get a nice solid white background? It's a matter of taste, mostly, but it's something I tended to do a lot.

    I've actually found that over the past half year or so I'm now leaning towards a gray back ground instead of white... I have a shoot coming up where I will have to use my white backdrop, it'll be interesting to see how I feel about it then.

    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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  7. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kondra View Post
    I've actually found that over the past half year or so I'm now leaning towards a gray back ground instead of white... I have a shoot coming up where I will have to use my white backdrop, it'll be interesting to see how I feel about it then.

    Cheers, Don
    Like I said, it's often purely a matter of taste. For smaller items that aren't on reflective backgrounds, I always preferred a solid white (or grey or black) with no shadows, but for larger pieces sometimes a small shadow can work to your advantage.

    Anyways, pic #2 from same said trip. Fun with exposure range.
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  8. #38
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    Nothing like a free meal...
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  9. #39
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    And a nice sun tan after all that free food
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    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  10. #40
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    Nice ones Don. Jekostas, that is remarkably sharp for that speed, you must have been using 1/2000s? I made a whole road trip where my goal was 1/1000s, and they generally were much blurrier. Of course, I consider 70 mph slow! That could be my problem.

    I haven't been taking many unofficial pictures lately. Wiith the onset on night classes 3 nights a week (even photography and kayaking) my perceived free time for photography and posting is much less. Fortunately I had a backlog.

    1 more of my favorite subjects
    2 and two new ones
    3 & 4 bees and flowers, the second one was actually a RAW file which apparently irfanview can use to some extent.

    All with 18-180 lens, I believe. And E-410 of course.

    OK, the backlog is worse than I thought. There are quite a few shots good enough for posting. Later maybe.
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