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  1. #31
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    Millz, your pic demonstrates one of the problems of wildlife photography. The little devils take no notice of requests to "move over a little" or whatever. Unfortunately the out of focus bit of foliage turns the image into a snap. Not a "keeper", I'm afraid.

    jcray, I like it. But I'd go even more intense and darker. I'd also get rid of the ugly building in the bottom right and the patch of sky top left adds nothing.

    Peter
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    OLD SEVERN BRIDGE from BLACK ROCK

    Here's the third and last in this series. It's the other Bridge to the North.

    I almost didn't post this one; the sky is particularly uninteresting but there again it doesn't detract anything from the bridge.
    However, I do like the composition, the heavy foreground anchors the image giving it depth and the mudbanks lead the eye back to the main subject.
    Dunno, you tell me!

    Camera: A700
    Lens: Konica Minolta 17-35mm f2.8/4 D
    Focal Length: 35mm
    Exposure: Auto - ISO 100 - 1/400 -0.3EV and 1/250 +0.3 EV
    Aperture: AP - f/5.6
    White Balance: Daylight
    Metering Mode: Spot
    Flash: No
    Date: 03December 2008

    Now the question is what to post tomorrow?
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    Millz, the crop definitely works well! Good call.

    Peter, I think the crop adds very nicely to the image by eliminating the distracting element(s) and focusing on the sunset! It's a very warm pleasing image.

    The bridge's crop works well too. I would have probably done the same since the sky is very dull, hazy, and uninteresting. Can't wait to see what's for tomorrow!

    Went to a local college's classical guitar concert a few weeks back. The Tamron 70-200mm was very beneficial for the stage lighting! Saw some poor Canonintes using what looked like the kit lens (something small) and I felt kinda bad! I've been there.....



    Here was the professor for the class that was playing. I wish he had been facing my direction!

    Camera: Sony DSLR-A300
    Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
    Aperture: f/2.8
    Focal Length: 200 mm
    ISO Speed: 800
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  4. #34
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    Here is the Brooklyn Bridge with the Water Fall Project.
    Frank

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    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
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  5. #35
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    Basketball

    A couple of shots of high school basketball, we lost, still need to fine tune the settings a bit. Maybe I should learn to shoot and process RAW? I find my stuff very inferior to 98% of the stuff in this thread. more practice.
    1st. shot A700 with tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 at 70mm f/2.8, 1/400sec. +1.0EV, spot metering, ISO 2500, AWB. cropped. opposite end of gym
    2nd. shot same as above but at 135mm.
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    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  6. #36
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    Not bad Sean. Wait till you see my basketball images. I missed my grandsons first game today. I will be going to his next game and I will post some of my nightmare images.LOL I might try the 50mm because it is a small gym. Keep trying. I started using Manual mode for indoor flash.
    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



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  7. #37
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    All mine are with out flash, can't bring myself to use PUF in the gym LOL. The reflections off the floor are just one more thing to deal with! I posted 17 shots from the game on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoxshotz/
    Going to spend time working with Lightroom2 and Elements over the holidays.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    Here is the Brooklyn Bridge with the Water Fall Project.
    Frank

    Nice nighttime image Frank, it's just a bit crooked

    EXIF for that image:

    Camera Make: SONY
    Camera Model: DSLR-A100
    Image Date: 2008:07:19 08:52:57
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
    Exposure Time: 13.000 s
    Aperture: f/22.0
    ISO equiv: 400
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Center Weight
    Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
    Sean, those are great basketball shots from the game. The high ISO performance on the A700 is incredible!
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  9. #39
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    Thanks Dr4gon, this thread's getting pretty interesting eh!
    That bored (?) Prof's a study in BROWN, even the hair. I bet his shoes and socks are brown as well.

    Sean, I do very few indoor venue shots so I'm a bit hesitant to offer constructive critisism on your shots, but what the Heh! BTW are you sure the first shot isn't Judo? And see that phoographer just behind no 41. He's going to blind someone.

    The second one would be a great action shot except for two things; it's a bit fuzzy and the players are merging with the in-focus background.

    ISO 2500 won't help the fuzziness (did you sharpen the image). I'd try to get down to 800 which would put the shutter at 125th but it may be possible with a monopod.

    DOF is a bit more complicated. Using AP mode lock the camera at 2.8f zoom out to 200; DOF decreases with increasing magnification and the subject will better fill the frame anyway.
    The second thing is to focus in front of the subject in order to bring the range of DOF closer to the camera and defocus the background. Generally speaking, the DOF will extend one third in front and two thirds behind the object of focus. I don't know the extent of DOF at 200mm of your lens (it can be worked out) but say it was 6m. That means that anything from 2m in front to 4m behind is in focus so you could focus say 3m in front and the subject still be sharp but the background will blur. For action shots you can only do this if you go to manual focus, pick your focus point and wait for the action to "come to you".

    You won't get as many images if you try this but they should be better.
    I tried to simulate a shot to show what I mean.

    Hope this helps, Peter
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  10. #40
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    These are images I posted before but the newer people here might not have see them. This is my daughter and granddaughter.

    Frank

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    Sony A580
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    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
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