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  1. #111
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    Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, July 2008
    E-520 + 11-22

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3


  2. #112
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    Nice shot e_dawg - was that with a star filter or just the aperture & sun combination?
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  3. #113
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    Is that your first picture here? Nice one.

    Did you use an ND grad? If not, it sure looks like one to me.

  4. #114
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    e_dawg, liked that shot the first time I saw it

    I managed a few mediocre shots of my little buddy today and thanks to LightBox Plus there are kinda, sorta useable

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    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  5. #115
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    Very cute Don. Just curious, what did you have to do in Lightbox?
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  6. #116
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    In both images, the sun was behind the squirrel.

    I used the Pro Quick Edit tab to adjust the brightness, highlights and fill light sliders.

    Even if I was a little better with using Master, I don't think I could have got the colors as close and lightened up the front of the body.

    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  7. #117
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    Don, I especially like the first one, like peaking out of a fox hole or something. At first I thought the second one wasn't as interesting, but thinking about it, is there glare or something over his eye? I think was my reason for thinking it was less interesting, I just couldn't see the eye as clearly.

  8. #118
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    The first shot was pure happenstance.

    I just happened to be walking by the window when I saw him coming.

    I leave the camera on the tripod, cap off and hood on, pointed at the ground.

    He was bounding towards the house at an angle. I turned the camera on as I repositioned the tripod to get the angle, swung the camera up, framed, focused, shot....... and he was gone

    On the second shot if you look closely you will see a slight streak across his right paw and cheek. Pretty sure that's moisture in the not so sealed anymore pane of the window, sigh... I was following him from branch to branch and didn't notice I was shooting through a "bad" patch of the window, sigh...

    Or, it's simply that he was munching on something and it's motion blur.

    There's also an out of focus branch that crosses his body almost up to his ear, doubt if I will bother cloning it out....

    Thanks for the comments.

    Cheers, Don
    Last edited by Don Kondra; 12-10-2008 at 12:49 AM.

  9. #119
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill D View Post
    Nice shot e_dawg - was that with a star filter or just the aperture & sun combination?
    Thanks, Phil. It's the latter: aperture + sun.

    Quote Originally Posted by raven15
    Is that your first picture here? Nice one.

    Did you use an ND grad? If not, it sure looks like one to me.
    Thanks Raven. It's possible it's the first pic I posted in this thread. I've dropped by the Olympus forum at DCRP many times over the past couple years only to find no activity for weeks at a time (so I stopped coming)... I only discovered this thread recently.

    Yep. GND. I use GNDs a lot when traveling. It's basically welded to my lens when I'm outdoors.

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3


  10. #120
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    Don: the second shot is good, but would be great if the squirrel were sharp and clear, but it looks like something was obstructing it or it was washed out and blurred from a branch / flare / something. ... but yep, like your first shot, sometimes the best shots are the ones where you're caught unprepared and only have time to grab the camera, turn and fire.

    The shot I posted above was the second shot in about a minute where I just grabbed the camera, lifted it to my eye, turned and fired. You see: i was lagging way behind my girlfriend and her sister while we were walking through Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. You know how it is: most non-photographers have little patience stopping at every photographically interesting thing along the way and taking a picture that usually involves a bit of setup time. Since i was lagging pretty far behind at this point, I only had time to take literally "snapshots" where I put the camera up to my eye and fired.

    I actually have 6-7 of these turn and fire shots like these from Berlin, and IMHO, they are among the very best shots from the 1000+ that I took that vacation.

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3


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