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  1. #71
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    It was the Tamron 28-200 not my 70-300. I am going back to shoot it again. It is about 25 miles from home and I have a job near there. Going to try a sunrise.
    Thanks
    Frank
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    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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  2. #72
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    Remember that apple; well it's on the floor now and giving me a better opportunity to get a shot of the Blackbird. Unfortunately it's got it's back to the sun so the plumage detail is low. Also I was zoomed to 90mm instead of 135mm so it's a big crop.

    AN APPLE A DAY

    Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
    Lens: Konica Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
    Exposure: 1/100th sec
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 90 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Date: 10 December 2008
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  3. #73
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    Nice image Peek
    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



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  4. #74
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    Thanks, Frank.
    I got these at the same time. I was still stuck at 90mm so it's a huge crop.
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  5. #75
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    So when you say its a huge crop is that a bad thing. Just me but I dont see that as a big deal. Or i got to think about this I would suppose it would hurt the image quality or detail.
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  6. #76
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    Alright. I was pretty excited about this thread but I haven't participated yet. I haven't even been able to keep up. Now that my last exam is done I hope to get more involved. Skimming through I have seen some very cool images, so a pat on the back to all. Another downside to not being around as much is that I have to follow all the great work. I'll probably do a few from my beach trip a few weeks ago to start. My wife and I went to Nags Head on the outer banks of NC for a "babymoon."

    The first night we went to the Wright Brother memorial, and we were there right around "magic hour" so I got some fun shots in.



    Camera: Sony DSLR-A300
    Lens: Sony DT 70-300
    Exposure: 1/50th sec
    Aperture: f/6.3
    Focal Length: 110 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Date: 21 November 2008
    Last edited by laydros; 12-11-2008 at 10:36 AM. Reason: Added EXIF info
    Jason Hamilton
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  7. #77
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    Quote Originally Posted by millz View Post
    So when you say its a huge crop is that a bad thing. Just me but I dont see that as a big deal. Or i got to think about this I would suppose it would hurt the image quality or detail.
    Thats it millz, you answered your own question, really.
    I screwed up big time with these last images. I took them at 90mm when I had a 135mm lens on (don't ask!). By not using the zoom to full advantage there are acres of grass (still are) and not enough subject. Subject detail would have been much better if I had done job properly.

  8. #78
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    Now, that's a really nice sky, well the bottom bit is anyway.

    The top bit is pretty uninteresting and so is the grassy foreground so you probably know what I'm going to say now. The two points of interest here are the Monument and the sunlit clouds and as neither your Zoom nor your feet got you into a prime position to compose the image, then your last resort is the "Crop Tool". It won't rescue every situation and this one's no exception, there's still an awful lot of nothing in most of the upper right quadrant.

    What do you think, is an even more drastic crop called for?

    Anyway, keep up the good work.

    ps. the bit of guarding in front of the monument needs cloning out as well.
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  9. #79
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    Thanks for the feedback. It brings up about 50 composition questions I have, but I'll try to keep it short.

    I looked at this from a rule of thirds prospective. I put the monument in the left third, hill in the bottom, and left the sky as the rest. I certainly should have cropped out the top, but what makes the hill bad, and not a boarder? Also wouldn't the somewhat dead upper right be ok, so that the viewer's eye is brought more to the rest of the image.

    Also, why in this age of 10MP+ sensors, why is cropping a last resort? Is it a question of shooting with sloppy technique, or loss of image quality?

    I'm not at all attacking, I'm just excited to understand more. I took a few art classes in high school, but never photography. My understanding of composition (along with everything else) is in the process of being self taught. So the feedback I can get from you guys is a huge help. After just the three I posted here a few weeks back I felt like I learned a ton. Thanks.
    Jason Hamilton
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
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  10. #80
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunZ View Post
    Thanx Rooz, yea that makes a lot of sense. I probably should have mentioned that I took the photos on Shutter priority. But thinking about it now I should have used Manual focus isnt it?
    you need to use manual mode, (not manual focus). the camera's meter will not expose the moon correctly n auto modes so you cant shoot in Sp or in Ap, has to be manual mode. the best way is to choose your settings, take the shot and then look at the LCD and adjust accordingly. a good starting point for moon exposure is:

    f8, 1/125s, iso100.

    if its too dark drop your shutter speed. if its too light increase it. if possible use a remote to trigger the shutter to minimise the chance of camera shake.

    Question
    - This is on another topic. I've got an Alpha 200 and I took some photos indoor at low light the other day. (I had some trouble with this before so I brought it up a while ago on a thread, and you guys gave me some good instructions, thanx)
    So all is well but I find that at ISO 400 and above, there's a lot of grain. Is this normal?
    yes its normal for Sony. they haven't got a good handle on iso yet. my advice is get a flash. no matter how good your camera is at hi-iso, a flash will always make better indoor photos.
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