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  1. #681
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    I agree, nice fall capture kgosden.

    Raven: I especially like the second and third. Wide angle lens for the last one?

    Here's a few from the past few days. Not necessarily the best of the bunch, but a cross section. All C&C is welcome.
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    Super pics Dtk, but I especially love the last one of the purple flower. That's so cool!
    I don't make mistakes.....I have happy little accidents. (Bob Ross)




    http://www.flickr.com/photos/builder24car/

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    dtk,

    Why such high iso?

    Perhaps you might be interested in Noiseware

    http://www.imagenomic.com/ There is a free version and a 30 trial...

    This may be pushing noise removal a bit, then a crop, some lighting adjustments in Elements 7 and sharpen + l in FastStone.

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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

  4. #684
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    Don, I really like what you've done with that. Thanks for taking the time. Like every other aspect of photography, I've got some learning to do in the post-production department.

    Why such high ISO? Several answers, really.
    * inexperience : ^ D
    * I had not ever shot with the ISO pushed past 400 before this weekend, and wanted to see what would happen.
    * I was trying to shoot birds high up in a tree on a pretty overcast day, previous to these pix, and frankly forgot it was set so high on some of these.

    It seems on a gloomy, overcast day with the 500 and the 70-300 the only way to go handheld is by pushing the ISO -- is that more or less true?

    Thanks again, Don.

    @builder: thanks for the comments. I hope you post more of your stuff before too long.

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    The way I look at it, if you want to shoot on a gloomy overcast day you either

    -use a tripod
    -buy better glass
    -don't bother shooting at all
    -invest much more money in a system that has better high iso capabilities

    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

  6. #686
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    Quote Originally Posted by jekostas View Post
    raven: Like the second two, don't like the tower being cut off in the first. The girl is very well photographed, though.

    I think my E-510 is getting lonely...
    The cut off tower was a deliberate decision to make it more abstract. I've been thinking of doing something stupid like you, buying an E-450 . I like the size of the E-410, but the exposure and tones of the E-620 are much better. Maybe later.

    Raven: I especially like the second and third. Wide angle lens for the last one?
    No, 25mm pancake . In order: 14-54 @ 28mm, 50mm macro, and 25mm pancake.

    These are with the wide angle lens. (9-18mm @ 9mm, 18mm, 9mm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtk View Post
    I
    Here's a few from the past few days. Not necessarily the best of the bunch, but a cross section. All C&C is welcome.
    1st one is OK, but not special in my opinion.
    2nd one, I'd prefer if she was looking more at the camera.
    3rd one I like best, I actually like your composition better than Don's. But I agree it needs noise reduction.

    It seems on a gloomy, overcast day with the 500 and the 70-300 the only way to go handheld is by pushing the ISO -- is that more or less true?
    Yes.

    The way I look at it, if you want to shoot on a gloomy overcast day you either

    -use a tripod
    -buy better glass
    -don't bother shooting at all
    -invest much more money in a system that has better high iso capabilities

    Cheers, Don
    5. Image stabilization (the one I use)

  8. #688
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    Thanks for the feedback again, guys.

    Don, the bards were flitting too damn fast for the tripod. And my limited finances preclude me from any more "investing" in this hobby any time soon.

    Raven, I find myself wishing the E500 had image stabilization. Thanks for the honest feedback -- like I said, my goal in posting photos hasn't been to try to post every perceived "home run," I think I took, but to post the singles, bunts and even strike outs [hopefully with the occasional home run mixed in].

    But the expertise and honest criticism you guys offer is priceless.

    Here are a few more that I like [or dislike] to varying degrees. They're from the same batch as the last three, so they're a bit grainier than I would prefer.
    Thanks for looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtk View Post
    Raven, I find myself wishing the E500 had image stabilization. Thanks for the honest feedback -- like I said, my goal in posting photos hasn't been to try to post every perceived "home run," I think I took, but to post the singles, bunts and even strike outs [hopefully with the occasional home run mixed in].

    But the expertise and honest criticism you guys offer is priceless.
    That's my philosophy too, so please feel free to critique any or all of my shots.

    As for the last batch,
    1 is OK, the lighting could be better
    2 is great in composition, too bad you weren't there a month before when the leaves were on the trees
    3 not to my taste, guess I don't understand it

  10. #690
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    Quote Originally Posted by raven15 View Post
    3 not to my taste, guess I don't understand it
    Raven: the third is milkweed. I know it's not abundantly obvious, but I've found that I don't always want the gorgeous, crisply presented flower -- I tend to just as much like things like the split open milkweed, with the last of its wispy seedlings barely clinging to it.

    I guess I like the abstraction of it, the "what the hell is that?" factor, if it's a compelling image.

    Thanks, as always, for your input.

    ~ Darrell

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