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  1. #2911
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    Photos can always benefit from a little post processing. I have no idea what that stuff you mentioned is though. I'd bump the contrast w/o crushing the blacks. Try to bring out the beams a little more. Maybe warm it up as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danwiz View Post
    Do you people think it would benefit from any additional processing - for example Shadow Illuminator Pro, Photoshop HDR toning, Photoshop Auto Toning or anything else?
    I don't think toning would be necessary, but darker shadows may help a little. It is already pretty nice with a soft effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWengler View Post
    Is the first one in focus? That reflection is pretty fantastic.
    Yup. I wish the second one was in focus because I rubber banded the shutter button down and left it out so I got about 400 out of focus shots. Nice reflection of the Milky Way though.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheWengler View Post
    Tips for Phill...
    -Make sure you know how to get your shot in focus. You can use AF on the moon then recompose. You can also use MF and live view on the stars.
    -You'll need to monitor your SS to avoid star trails.
    -Because you need to keep the SS relatively short for a long exposure you'll also need to shoot wide open and at a high ISO. The large aperture will give you some DOF problems that may affect your composition.
    -A lot of people blend a longer exposure taken at a lower ISO for the land. This is a good way to get more details that would be ruined by a high ISO.
    -Don't forget your noise reduction.
    Hey! I know how to focus my fisheye...
    Also:
    - The 16mp Olympus sensors are way better then the 10mp and 12mp ones (I've tried them all)
    - A crescent moon can illuminate the land while not obliterating the stars, for example in my second (out of focus) shot that shows the milky way reflection and landscape.
    - Use the largest aperture available, set the shutter speed as fast or faster as 60s for a fisheye, 20s for a normal focal length lens. Set the ISO to match, but there is probably no benefit to shooting over 1600, you would gain less noise at that point by underexposing and brightening in post.
    - Noise declines by roughly 1 stop for every 10 deg C (roughly 15-20 deg F) drop in temperature, so shoot when it's cold. At -40 even the olympus 10mp sensor should take nice 60s photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raven15 View Post
    Hey! I know how to focus my fisheye...
    Haha, that wasn't directed at you. I only get my shots in focus half the time in the dark.
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    The live view focus on a star is a good method. I know about it, but always want the foreground too so I end up forgetting. Except with my fisheye, mostly because it's almost impossible to miss.

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    A bit more interesting now? Thanks for the suggestions.

    Sorry, but you'll have to open both pages in different browser tabs or windows and flip back and forth to see the difference, but I believe it's a bit warmer and the rays definitely stand out more now.

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  7. #2917
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    Lovely sunbeam shot. Very nicely caught.
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    Dambusters fly past

    Here are some shots from the recent commemorative Flypast over the Derwent Dams.
    The Lancaster was pretty low but still twice the height of the actual raid flights and being shot at then too.
    Not the best images I've seen but they definitely recorded a memorable day.

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  9. #2919
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    Here's to the brave men of the 617th... or maybe insane. There is generally a fine line. Definitely, an important factor in the Battle Of Britain.

    It's really cool to see the old Lancasters still flying. We have a few B25's and B17's (and a Lancaster now and then) still making the rounds of airshows here.

    Very good shots Phil, great vantage point. Thanks for sharing the occasion.
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    OK so now I'm inspired to shoot some of the Victorian homes in the area, and go to the next airshow (maybe Watsonvillle or Salinas). Unfortunately, the fleet week airshow in SF has been cancelled (usually a Blue Angels venue). Maybe even the Monterey Grand Prix (motorcycle), in July, as well.
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