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locit
07-20-2010, 12:25 PM
Inspired by this discussion (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=810651#post810651) in the Pit's user photoalbum thread, I decided it was time for us amateur photogs to share the joy of shooting subjects other than ourselves. To get things rolling, here are some shots I took with a point-and-shoot over the past few years that turned out slightly better than average. They're low-res versions of higher-quality shots, but I think they still get the point across.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v262/41/4/1551420014/n1551420014_30104024_4864.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs132.snc1/5654_1076648407050_1551420014_30265806_3860022_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs152.snc1/5654_1076648967064_1551420014_30265820_1855880_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs132.snc1/5654_1076649367074_1551420014_30265830_5908971_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs141.snc3/16845_1175483757872_1551420014_30485446_2140706_n. jpg

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs515.snc3/27060_1243714343594_1551420014_30620263_4794181_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v283/41/4/1551420014/n1551420014_30101973_6264.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-ash1/v283/41/4/1551420014/n1551420014_30101977_7605.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v283/41/4/1551420014/n1551420014_30101848_7618.jpg

So what do you guys use? What do you like to shoot? Is it a hobby? Passing fancy? Career? I look forward to being bested soundly in all categories. Show me what you got, fellow Tyrants!

Ethan
07-20-2010, 12:30 PM
http://ethancheng.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v2/p292354681-5.jpg

http://ethancheng.zenfolio.com/img/s5/v4/p335832640-5.jpg

These are my two favorite shots of the past year and a half.

Adrenaline
07-20-2010, 12:33 PM
At first glance click and photography changed to child and pornography inside my head.

reibeatall
07-20-2010, 12:40 PM
I need to get a scanner BAD. My pictures are all printed and I don't have digital copies of them.

Marfy
07-20-2010, 12:50 PM
I may submit to the humiliation of posting some of my photos from Scotland later tonight when I get home. I have always been enthusiastic about photography so before I went over there I "invested" in a Nikon D40. I've come to regret the purchase, really. I am really limited by the stock 18-55 lens that came with it; additionally, the autofocus on it is jacked. I rarely have time to proper focus a picture manually. I have my eye on a few lenses, but I can't afford to get another one right now and Christmas/my birthday/college graduation are all a long ways away (plus, they're just incredibly expensive and I can't ask my family for that).

Combined with the camera's limitations, there's my limitations. It takes me FOREVER to get the various settings right to get the photo I want, and even then, auto settings can usually take a better photo - and faster. I specifically struggle with taking warm, shadowy photos without flash. I love that kind of photography and I just can't get it. A lot of my friends edit their photos to get that look, but I refuse to. I'm not anti-photoshoping, because like others have said, photography is an art and artists should use all tools available. But edited photos aren't the kind of art I want to make.

Stiv
07-20-2010, 12:52 PM
My camera's been broken for about a year (broke right in the middle of my trip to England, in fact, meaning none of my pictures of the cliffs of Wales came out) but there is at least one photo of mine I like enough to share with The Internet At Large.

http://hatsex.magicweasel.net/img/misc/transamerica.jpg

I believe that was on some C-41 B/W film too, which usually produces these unbelievably weird grey tones, but it worked out in this case.

Violentvixen
07-20-2010, 01:48 PM
Flickr Artsy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22917306@N00/sets/72157603903836192/) set, and a set from when we came across an outdoor ice sculpture (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22917306@N00/sets/72157604942962708/). Some of the stuff is when I was just learning digital stuff. I should upload more tonight.

Oh, and one of my favorite experiences was when we had freezing fog quite a while ago, which let me get crazy stuff like this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3322/3230186209_2bdd7d8d85.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3467/3230170991_cff4673903.jpg

The full freezing fog set is here. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22917306@N00/sets/72157612995638381/)

I need to start taking pictures again. My entire darkroom is in the attic and I don't know if it will ever be set up again, but I miss that.

SDMX
07-20-2010, 02:09 PM
Yaaaay, a thread I can follow you daaays.

I'm picking up a Lumix GH-1 (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=lumix+gh-1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=10019640037768439746&ei=kP9FTPfpC8WgnQee1_XUBA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q8wIwAA#) this week as a result of taking lots of potentially great but actually not great shots of Inna's ropework. It's exciting times, since I've been without an SLR since my Canon D-1H got stolen from the trunk of my car.

And if we're showing off, here's some old journalism work I still have somehow at Fotki:

http://images33.fotki.com/v1141/photos/3/391249/1482128/078final-vi.jpg

http://images23.fotki.com/v805/photos/3/391249/1381612/P1010019_2-vi.jpg

And two from Photobucket (click for hueg):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/somniamagus/Photography/th_Picture312.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v87/somniamagus/Photography/?action=view&current=Picture312.jpg) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/somniamagus/Photography/th_Picture319.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v87/somniamagus/Photography/?action=view&current=Picture319.jpg)

Ethan
07-20-2010, 02:23 PM
Lumix GH-1

I'm currently in the process of switching from the Canon 7D to your camera's little sister, the Panasonic GF1. The Canon system makes technically superior images, but it's just too damn chunky for me to bring overseas and haul around everywhere. A much smaller (but still very capable) camera would encourage me to shoot way more often, and I've decided that's much more valuable to me than a bit of extra pixel-peeper quality.

widdershins
07-20-2010, 03:03 PM
Is this a good place to ask peoples' opinions of cameras?

The last time I had one, it was a 2 megapixel coolpix, and I think the fact that it uses CF cards dates it as well as anything.

I'll admit to being enamored with DSLRs, since both Luana and my dad are pretty big buffs (my dad actually has 2 or 3 Leicas), but I know that if I had such a thing I'd scarcely know which end to look through.

What would people recommend for a fairly reasonably priced point-and-shoot with enough trimmings for me to start learning a little bit beyond the standard "the big button makes pictures" fare? I ended up discovering dpreview the other day, but those guys' reviews are kind of intimidating, and I tend to come away not understanding a word.

redstuff
07-20-2010, 03:20 PM
^Yeah I'm kinda wondering the same thing. I want to upgrade my camera soon, especially with another trip to Japan coming in August. I definitely want to try my hand at a DSLR someday, but I don't have the time now to figure things out.

Ethan
07-20-2010, 03:28 PM
What price is reasonable?

Samsung just released the TL500 (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/samsungtl500/) and Panasonic is about to release the LX5 (http://43rumors.com/ft5-panasonic-lx5-leaked/). They appear to be competing for the title of Best Compact Digital Camera Ever Made By Anyone (on paper at least). They shoot RAW, the sensors are bigger than average, the megapixel counts are lower than average (which means each individual pixel is bigger, which is better for actual image quality), the ergonomics are more enthusiast-friendly than most compacts, and the lenses zoom out to a serious wide angle, gather a lot of light, and seem like good optical designs.

But they'll sell for 4 or 5 bills each, at least for the first several weeks.

If that's too much money, I would investigate Canon's compacts. The SD4000 IS is about $300 and looks pretty nice.

Badinage
07-20-2010, 03:56 PM
While it's only a hobby at this point, I'm hoping to develop it into a career possibility for me, should I ever need something else to fall back on.

I usually use a Nikon D3000, though the following two were taken by a smaller point-and-shoot one during my trip to Europe.

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/7828/36981402165043021595513.th.jpg (http://img534.imageshack.us/i/36981402165043021595513.jpg/)

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/6317/dscf0401c.th.jpg (http://img256.imageshack.us/i/dscf0401c.jpg/)

The following was taken with my D3000.

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/9007/dsc0018te.th.jpg (http://img340.imageshack.us/i/dsc0018te.jpg/)

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/8228/dsc0214y.th.jpg (http://img687.imageshack.us/i/dsc0214y.jpg/)

MikeHawkIsLarge
07-20-2010, 04:40 PM
I chase storms in my free time, my camera isn't anything special and I hope to get a new one soon.

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5295/img0280yv.th.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/i/img0280yv.jpg/)

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/158/img0290v.th.jpg (http://img146.imageshack.us/i/img0290v.jpg/)

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5028/img0297tn.th.jpg (http://img52.imageshack.us/i/img0297tn.jpg/)

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/8351/img0335h.th.jpg (http://img146.imageshack.us/i/img0335h.jpg/)

Lady
07-20-2010, 05:02 PM
my cameras:

I used to have a little samsung that took over-contrasted, oversharpened shots, but my dad let it fall in a creek, so it stopped working reliably!

So now, I have a Nikon D-40 for special occasions and my cell phone, which I pretty much use daily. My phone likes to go nuts with over-much light, especially with reds, so there are some interesting (http://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/events/springbruck/cherrytrees.jpg) effects there. Also, I'm not sure how its capture mechanism works, but if you're moving with respect to your subject, you can get some interesting perspective skews (http://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/nature/swirlydickson.jpg).

http://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/things/lolasnoozingcouch.jpghttp://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/nature/arkansasshire.jpghttp://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/events/besancon/paris/toureiffel-nuit-sanssparkle.jpghttp://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/nature/rainyday2.jpg

These were taken with four different cameras! Try to pair the correct camera to the correct photograph!

Your choices are, in chronological order, Minolta DiMAGE Z, Nikon D40, Samsung S730, and LG Glimmer.

ArugulaZ
07-20-2010, 05:33 PM
Inspired by this discussion (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=810651#post810651) in the Pit's user photoalbum thread, I decided it was time for us amateur photogs to share the joy of shooting subjects other than ourselves. To get things rolling, here are some shots I took with a point-and-shoot over the past few years that turned out slightly better than average. They're low-res versions of higher-quality shots, but I think they still get the point across.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v262/41/4/1551420014/n1551420014_30104024_4864.jpg

Holy SHIT, I walked through that dangerous-looking back alley in Yakuza 3!!!

Luana
07-20-2010, 08:47 PM
I would always borrow my father's SLR when I was younger, and would use my ex's Canon when we were together, but didn't get my own SLR until last winter, when widdershins' father gave me his old Nikon N90. It's broken at the moment, so I'm limited to my Canon Powershot SD1000 (with CHDK (http://chdk.wikia.com) running on my memory card when I'm not lazy), and I had a Kodak DX5790 before that (which despite being a Kodak, was a pretty hardy camera).

Moments like this make me wish I was working with film once again:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4760698597_8bb2f8b045.jpg
(07/2010, Leavenworth: with the Canon, a bit too dark and ugh I can't get rich enough tones with this thing)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/141/398236708_54e49b442b.jpg
(02/2007, widdershins: with the Kodak, blacks aren't deep enough and it's too bright but hey, it's with the Kodak so small victories)

Posaune
07-20-2010, 09:26 PM
All I have is a Canon Powershot SD750 (that sounds right to me) because it is small enough for me to bother carrying around, but I've found that I don't really enjoy taking pictures that much.

A lot of the time it just kind of feels like me trying to get a rule of thirds thing going and make sure it has crisp focus, so usually my photos don't really excite me or anything after I finish it. It just feels really mechanical?

Any tips? I've seen people take some good photos with cameras as unexciting as mine, so it's not entirely the equipment.

Aquadeo
07-21-2010, 12:16 AM
Widdershins: I use a Panasonic DMC-FZ28, and I'm very happy with it. It's a consumer-level camera with a really nice lens. And, might I add, it has a menu system I can navigate quickly that doesn't use bouncy colourful animations or comedic sound effects.

And what do I shoot? Well, I do enjoy landscapes, as you can see... I realise that some of these photos are pretty grainy (probably because I can't resist pointing it at the sun), but even if the quality isn't good, I try to at least pay some attention to composition.

Nunavut!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/3076245710_35b22cdae8_o.jpg

Newfoundland!
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/86/244742250_947a513b55_o.jpg

British Columbia!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4814064507_30ae99e5bc_b.jpg

The Yukon!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4814063705_15248d05fb_b.jpg

Alberta!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4814684554_8b3ba2dbe1_b.jpg

Ethan
07-21-2010, 05:40 AM
http://dpreview.com/news/1007/10072110panasonicdmclx5.asp

This looks so damn good.

If you're in the market for a compact, just buy that one.

ThornGhost
07-21-2010, 08:01 AM
I really need to try and put together a more comprehensive portfolio of my work; it's kind of scattered everywhere.
Here's a couple from my recent trip to Rome. Most likely more interesting because of the subject matter than the composition or exposure or anything, but whatevs.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4708339646_d9396bb168_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4708338966_f7e89fc7ba_z.jpg

Ethan
07-21-2010, 12:27 PM
I went to the Basilica di San Pietro in 2007 but it was very cloudy so my exterior snaps looked really bad. I did take a few nice ones inside though, with a lowish-end compact Canon to boot. I got there before Sunday Mass, so the place was pretty wide open and I used various wooden and stone fixtures to steady the camera.

http://ethancheng.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v8/p702125314-4.jpg

http://ethancheng.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v8/p541877672-4.jpg

http://ethancheng.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v7/p564601354-4.jpg

I wish I'd framed that bottom one just a little bit higher, and had a slightly wider angle for the roof dome one. Ah, the foibles of youth.

Oscar
07-21-2010, 01:39 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs152.snc1/5654_1076648967064_1551420014_30265820_1855880_n.j pg


I've been there! And I also took a very similar photo, just from the other side:

http://i26.tinypic.com/28ugqqp.jpg

Here are some other pictures I quite like from my trip to China last year:

http://i25.tinypic.com/i5pxyb.jpg

http://i29.tinypic.com/2hrod50.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/2qwdbpj.jpg

maeby
07-21-2010, 05:01 PM
I love photography, especially black&white and developing my own photos. I used to have access to a dark room, and I miss it a lot! It's really cool to see a picture come to life like that. But I haven't scanned any of those... I used to be really into photography and tried lots of things, but now I usually only take pictures while I'm travelling. Still enjoy it a lot though.

http://i28.tinypic.com/1037mzt.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/zpmw1.jpg

http://i31.tinypic.com/n1p2yo.jpg

http://i30.tinypic.com/301ecgi.jpg

http://i27.tinypic.com/2qsqi40.jpg

As you can probably tell, I like animals. ;)

WillowCellarDoor
07-21-2010, 10:30 PM
I'm currently in the process of switching from the Canon 7D to your camera's little sister, the Panasonic GF1. The Canon system makes technically superior images, but it's just too damn chunky for me to bring overseas and haul around everywhere. A much smaller (but still very capable) camera would encourage me to shoot way more often, and I've decided that's much more valuable to me than a bit of extra pixel-peeper quality.
OMG! Are you selling your 7D?!?!?!?! I want one so bad but I cannot afford to pay full price for one. I'm suppose to shoot a wedding in September but my current camera will just not cut it! If you are selling I'm totally buying!!!!!!

WillowCellarDoor
07-21-2010, 10:41 PM
PS:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs191.snc4/37878_558632664130_62901468_32690213_1718263_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v251/236/99/62901468/n62901468_31246038_6772.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v251/236/99/62901468/n62901468_31246030_4683.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v367/236/99/62901468/n62901468_31513708_1107.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs263.snc3/27824_553560693400_62901468_32492315_2660469_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs313.ash1/27824_553573353030_62901468_32492544_5848929_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs263.snc1/9030_541106541620_62901468_32080342_7964274_n.jpg

Makkara
07-22-2010, 01:02 AM
Here are some of the more interesting shots I've taken lately.

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/9697/19529887.jpg

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/9093/55674847.jpg

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9308/32447833.jpg

http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/4993/40521742.jpg

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/2688/10891898.jpg

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/3118/86294203.jpg

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8961/38225160.jpg

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/7219/13218769.jpg

I don't really know anything about composition, so most of these are happy accidents. That's the nice thing about digital photography: when you can take hundreds of shots at no cost, there's bound to be a few decent ones hiding in all the crap.

Ethan
07-27-2010, 05:11 PM
Here are some of the more interesting shots I've taken lately.

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/9697/19529887.jpg

That sky is nuts. Did it look that vivid in real life? If it did, I might have had the impulse to not take a photo of it so it could be my sunset that nobody else gets to see.

So, yeah, I'm selling some fast prime lenses for Canon mount (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=816924&postcount=967), and I figured I'd crosspost to here because nobody really visits that trading thread with photo stuff in mind.

Marfy
07-27-2010, 06:22 PM
Here's a smattering of my pictures from nbip's European Adventures. There's more on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fourfs/) and EVEN MORE are on my Facebook. I think I'm friends with some TT people on there?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/peektureshow/27050_1325901343696_1115760134_30910641_7269030_n. jpg

Vondelpark, Amsterdam, April 2010

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/peektureshow/27050_1325894503525_1115760134_30910586_1376108_n-1.jpg

Rembranthuis, Amsterdam, April 2010

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/peektureshow/26790_1318510198922_1115760134_30894159_4462491_n. jpg

Brandenberg Tor, Berlin, April 2010

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/peektureshow/18565_1257656317613_1115760134_30765900_3031762_n-1.jpg

Somewhere between Urqhart Castle and Drumnadrochit, Scotland, February 2010

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/peektureshow/18565_1257656237611_1115760134_30765898_2959194_n-1.jpg

Loch Ness, Scotland, February 2010

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/peektureshow/18565_1257655397590_1115760134_30765878_5125813_n-1.jpg

Inverness, Scotland, February 2010

Makkara
07-28-2010, 07:12 AM
That sky is nuts. Did it look that vivid in real life? If it did, I might have had the impulse to not take a photo of it so it could be my sunset that nobody else gets to see.

It totally did, although I had to do some Photoshop magic to bring it out in the picture. It was taken with a simple point-and-shoot, so I couldn't get the exposure quite right.

sraymonds
07-28-2010, 01:09 PM
My brother is giving me his Canon Rebel XT. Is that a good camera?

Ethan
07-28-2010, 01:56 PM
Yes, it's very good. It's not state-of-the-art, so it's going to give you fuzzier and softer pictures than latest cameras if you crank up the sensitivity for low-light shooting, but it should make great pictures if you've got half-decent light or a tripod, and much cleaner pictures than any compact camera.

Also, you should totally buy my cheapo 50mm lens off me.

Makkara
09-11-2010, 07:18 AM
The nice HDR photos Patrick posted elsewhere (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=851209#post851209) made me want to try it myself. Turned out okay, I think.

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/131/img12532fused.jpg

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/1074/img1267654fused.jpg

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/3010/img129965fusedb.jpg

For comparison: non (http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/156/img1252vj.jpg)-HDR (http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1981/img1264z.jpg) versions (http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/9245/img1295r.jpg).

My point-and-shoot doesn't do bracketing, unfortunately, so I had to adjust the exposure controls manually, which is way too slow and fiddly. I often couldn't get more than two exposures before the clouds had moved too much. I really should get myself an entry-level DSLR. I've been leaning towards a Pentax K-x, but it's tough to decide.

Marfy
09-11-2010, 07:30 AM
I LOVE my Nikon D40 if you can find one. I'm pretty sure it's no longer being manufactured but last time I looked they were still pretty widely available. It is a VERY entry level DSLR (and the lens that comes with it is kind of awful) but it's perfect for my skill level and the limited time I have to dedicate to photography.

Patrick
09-11-2010, 08:29 AM
I completely forgot about this thread, thanks for linking to my pics, Makkara. Your pictures are gorgeous!

I took a bunch more after work, but unless I get my home Internet set up over the weekend, I'll probably post them here w/ comparison shots on Monday.

Makkara
09-11-2010, 10:52 AM
Thanks. It's pretty impressive what you can wring out of even a simple camera with some trickery. I'm looking forward to seeing your new photos.

I LOVE my Nikon D40 if you can find one. I'm pretty sure it's no longer being manufactured but last time I looked they were still pretty widely available. It is a VERY entry level DSLR (and the lens that comes with it is kind of awful) but it's perfect for my skill level and the limited time I have to dedicate to photography.

I think D40s are only available used nowadays. I wouldn't dare buy sensitive equipment like a camera used. The successor D3000 is also one of the cameras I'm considering, though, as well as Canon's EOS 1000D. Other brands don't really seem worth bothering with.

Ethan
09-11-2010, 12:14 PM
Other brands don't really seem worth bothering with.

Take a look at the Pentax K-x. In my opinion, it totally blows away all of Canon and Nikon's currently available sub-$800 cameras.

Anyway, I thought I'd mention that I'm very happy with my travel-conscious switch to the Panasonic Micro 4/3 system. Also congratulations to Makkara for making tone-mapped pictures that don't look like obscene, plasticized midtone monstrosities. I don't want to vomit when looking at them, which automatically puts you in the 99th percentile of all HDR photographers on the entire internet.

Patrick
09-13-2010, 12:43 PM
Uh... pictures! These are from my walk home on Friday. All pairs are normal followed by HDR.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture001-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture002-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture003-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture004.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture005-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture006-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture007-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture008-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture009-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture010-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture011-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture012-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture013-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture014-1.jpg

Patrick
09-13-2010, 12:45 PM
A few more from around my neighborhood, one in my apartment, and then some near my parent's house.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture017-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture018-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture019.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture020.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture021.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture022.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture023.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture024.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture027.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture028.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture029.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture030.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture035.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture036.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/Picture041.jpg

Makkara
09-14-2010, 02:12 AM
Also congratulations to Makkara for making tone-mapped pictures that don't look like obscene, plasticized midtone monstrosities. I don't want to vomit when looking at them, which automatically puts you in the 99th percentile of all HDR photographers on the entire internet.

Yeah, I hate that ridiculous airbrushed look of excessive tone mapping. I guess some people must like it, though, because there are tutorials on how to achieve it on the internet. Baffling.

Anyway, nice to see that the iPhone uses HDR correctly: to boost the dynamic range of the camera and avoid clipping. It does a fairly good job of it too, going by those pics. There does seem to be some loss of detail though, visible in some of the clouds and the tunnel in the playground.

I decided to go with the Pentax K-x, by the way. It's a bit more expensive, but it offers the best value as far as I can tell. As an added bonus - and I didn't even think of this until after I ordered the camera - I already have two extra lenses for it. My father gave me his old Pentax K1000 a few years ago, and despite being over thirty years old, it uses the same lens mount. So now I'll have a 50mm and a 200mm in addition to the 18-55mm kit lens.

The downside is that they're completely manual, so no autofocus or auto exposure. That's okay though; it's not like I've never shot manual before. I even enjoy it, as long as the subject isn't moving. And being fixed focal length lenses, they're a lot brighter than the kit lens. The 50mm has a maximum aperture of f2, which isn't amazing for a prime, but still a lot better than the f3.5-5.6 of the kit lens. The 200mm is f3.3, so it beats the kit lens even at the wide end. Awesome!

Sorry for going off on technical details there, but this is the sort of thing that excites me.

Kirin
09-14-2010, 09:23 AM
I'm kind of excited by this HDR-via-iPhone thing. I may be getting one in a couple months, could be fun to play with.

Lady
09-23-2010, 07:45 PM
Harvest moon!

(not the game)
Two nights ago
http://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/nature/compositemoon.jpg
Tonight
http://www.snowy-day.net/pictures/nature/compositemoon1.jpg

Kirin
09-24-2010, 10:51 AM
I was just thinking when I took out the trash last night that is looked like a nice harvest moon out, and then my wife informed me that that's in fact exactly what it was. Had a great orange-y color from my house.

Makkara
09-28-2010, 02:08 AM
Visited my folks over the weekend and took some photos.

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/834/pajala01.jpg

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/4531/pajala06.jpg

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1384/pajala08.jpg

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/8708/pajala09.jpg

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/3967/pajala11.jpg

http://img814.imageshack.us/img814/1621/pajala02.jpg

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1774/pajala04.jpg

I've never been able to play with shallow focus effects on my old small sensor cameras, so I'm going a bit nuts with them as you can probably tell. It's fun!

Paul le Fou
09-28-2010, 09:30 AM
I've never been able to play with shallow focus effects on my old small sensor cameras, so I'm going a bit nuts with them as you can probably tell. It's fun!

They are far and away the most fun thing about having a good camera. Bar none.

Ethan
09-28-2010, 10:10 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5024280677_e7de1a6d03_z.jpg

Kate or Die!
10-04-2010, 10:23 PM
This sucker was like two inches tall.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o52/KateCastoro/Spider02.jpg

Patrick
10-05-2010, 09:13 AM
Yes, that is a large spider.

Ethan
10-12-2010, 03:06 AM
I signed up for Flickr Pro, so that thing that happened a few posts up — where I re-uploaded a photo and the old link broke — totally won't happen anymore. Also, something has to be done about the way this thread spastically scrolls itself upward as each image loads. Maybe we should keep it to one or two images per post, so each individual page is less annoying in that regard.

I'm pretty sure this coffee porn is what I posted.

http://imgur.com/VNaJj.jpg

Kirin
10-12-2010, 11:49 AM
Ironically, that photo is currently unavailable. Third time's a charm?

Ethan
10-13-2010, 12:43 AM
Fixed. I guess Flickr Pro lets you revise a photo without disturbing the stats, comments, and social thingamabobs of the original upload, but it still changes the URL's of the individual image files. Grumble grumble.

Ethan
10-18-2010, 11:56 AM
http://imgur.com/kQHpf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5093324193/)

Patrick
10-27-2010, 01:40 PM
I done took this photograph.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Padraig946/a0fab681.jpg

Ethan
11-21-2010, 03:02 AM
http://imgur.com/0m4Pg.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5194201060/)

Aquadeo
11-27-2010, 09:52 PM
Some pictures from my trip to Iceland!

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/aquadeo/glacier.jpg
The Eyjafjallajökull glacier, site of the volcano which erupted earlier this year. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't a big reason that I wanted to go to Iceland in the first place.

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/aquadeo/cliff.jpg
The black basalt cliffs of volcanic rock don't erode - they have a semi-crystalline structure. Hence, you get sharp, angular formations of black rock that seem like they'd be at home in Mordor.

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/aquadeo/moss.jpg
Once again, the basalt doesn't break down into soil. Many fields in Iceland are just rocks and moss, as far as the eye can see.

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/aquadeo/cavern.jpg
And, when you combine unerodable black rocks with moss and glacial waters, you sometimes end up with the most beautiful caves I've ever seen.

Ethan
02-02-2011, 10:57 AM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5259/5404115494_8a1244474f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5404115494/)
At the tomb of Tani Yajirobei. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5404115494/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5128/5383149572_0071b0be3e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5383149572/)
A Buddha in the dark. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5383149572/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5132/5400621260_51e7d901d2_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5400621260/)
Hard life of a mop demonstrator. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5400621260/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5292/5411064570_f4e7b2a553_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5411064570/)
Tetsplosion 2011. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5411064570/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

Lady
02-02-2011, 11:41 AM
ooh, when are you gonna start shooting for National Geographic? ;) Those first two especially look like they could've come from there!


A snopixes
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/5409878228_559490be6d_b.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs067.snc6/167705_1654773402384_1028520105_31468137_6906555_n .jpg

Falselogic
05-24-2011, 03:09 PM
http://fictivefunk.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/sdwap-chimp-2-2007.png?w=640&h=428

Lady
06-02-2011, 09:38 PM
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/247300_1876334181265_1028520105_31754522_5085080_n .jpg http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/249222_1876333141239_1028520105_31754519_1226358_n .jpg

Kirin
06-03-2011, 09:15 AM
Ooh, nice catch on that bird.

Ethan
06-07-2011, 03:11 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2552/5806732725_35852fa09a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5806732725/)
The front. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5806732725/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

Lady
06-07-2011, 11:09 AM
how'd you manage that creepy perspective?

Ethan
06-07-2011, 11:15 AM
A very wide lens and fortunate timing.

Ethan
06-12-2011, 01:33 AM
Here are a couple from the day after that other one.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3549/5809022756_eb36103fb1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5809022756/)
Before a summer storm. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5809022756/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5036/5808461899_c93fba23e8_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5808461899/)
Torrential storm at dusk. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanlmcheng/5808461899/) by Ethan Cheng (http://www.flickr.com/people/ethanlmcheng/), on Flickr

These were taken 13 minutes apart with fairly similar color settings.

daroga
07-17-2011, 07:26 PM
Guys, my wife and I are thinking about taking the plunge into the DSLR zone from Point-and-Shoot camp with a Nikon D3100. Can get a refurb model with their VR 18-55mm lens for about $530. My Dad has some other lenses and gear we could long-term borrow. Does this sound like a good plan?

The "Guide" on the camera seems like it would be a really nice teacher. We've both wanted to go more in-depth with photography, and this seems like it might actually be our chance to do so. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Lady
07-17-2011, 10:07 PM
That seems pretty reasonable. I forget what I paid for my d40 (http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product-Archive/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25420/D40.html), but it was around that range four years ago

daroga
07-18-2011, 10:26 AM
Alright, it is ordered. Now to watch eBay to try to score a good deal on Nikon's VR 55-200mm lens.

EDIT: Forget that, Cameta had a good deal on a bundle package so we got the camera, the 18-55mm lens and the 55-200mm lens (both Nikon VRs) for less than the retail price of the camera. I love refurbished stuff. :)

Comb Stranger
07-25-2011, 12:25 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lowiqwREFX1qbxnhxo1_r1_500.jpg

There be witches in them angles.

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lowinvY8p11qbxnhxo1_500.jpg

Also, Philly is not entirely piss-stained concrete.

daroga
07-26-2011, 09:42 PM
hey, our new camera arrived today. And, um, wow. It justified the price tag almost immediately. Can't wait for my Dad, who is a big photography nut, to come to visit in two weeks and teach us how to use it better. For now, though, being able to switch it to manual focus just makes using it so much more fun than a P&S camera.

daroga
08-01-2011, 12:31 PM
So, we were digging around in some boxes the other day and came across my wife's film SLR from college. It's a Canon EOS Rebel X, with a 35-80mm lens and a Vivitar 2000 flash. Is this something anyone here would be interested in? Needs batteries in the camera and the flash, though the flash runs on AAs not on camera batteries so I was able to confirm that it works just fine.

fugu13
08-01-2011, 01:40 PM
Oh geeze, I had nearly that exact same camera (I had the Rebel XS, the immediate successor with only small tweaks) and the exact same lens.

The lens still retains a moderate bit of value, and the flash too. The body's something you could toss in for free with the lens if someone wanted it. It's a solid amateur SLR film camera, which is great except for the "film" bit.

Comb Stranger
08-15-2011, 03:25 PM
7mb multi-frame of Philadelphia city hall. (http://wombatsamurai.aisites.com/Photos/Murphy_SmallerCityHall.jpg) Coincidentally also taken with a Canon EOS Rebel, but a DSLR.

daroga
08-17-2011, 09:02 PM
Not sure how Flickr works exactly, but here's a few things we've been playing with here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66519738@N04/6054424427/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66519738@N04/6055000510/in/photostream

I snapped these on my Dad's D7000, but we're getting pretty well acquainted with our D3100 and really, really liking it. It's nice to start taking picture-taking beyond the "snapshot" realm and actually starting to think about the composition involved.

I've installed a trial of Lightbox, but haven't even gotten the chance to play with it. Maybe tomorrow evening I can. The above are unedited, save for whatever the camera did to the JPGs (they didn't seem too different from the RAWs).

daroga
08-18-2011, 09:35 PM
Hey, double post!

Was playing around with a macro lens this evening, seeing how the f-stop can drastically change the depth of field. Didn't get anything amazing, but this was kind of neat I thought:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Uikd0nAvAGk/Tk3GpTs1SyI/AAAAAAAAAYk/FD20bhPr5gc/s720/DSC_0187.JPG

It was with the Nikon 105mm FX VR Macro Lens if anyone is interested. My Dad let us borrow that one while I save up for the 85mm DX Macro lens.

locit
08-19-2011, 02:50 AM
Beijing: real purdy when it's not choked in smog.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GSpmeScOEjw/TkV4ImJ9zOI/AAAAAAAAAHM/FYQIvOjaRNs/s640/P1060518.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-GNFx2NYNBhA/TkV2W7A5mVI/AAAAAAAAAG4/WzjflZDJ0tU/s640/P1060560.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-VBet1JPHkyU/TkV1-8FVAVI/AAAAAAAAAG0/ysttH1PuOj4/s400/P1060477.JPG

Balrog
01-21-2012, 04:28 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations with regards to digital SLR cameras? Lenses? My wife is getting one for professional use.

Luana
01-21-2012, 08:14 PM
It's a solid amateur SLR film camera, which is great except for the "film" bit.

<snob>
Everyone should learn how to shoot with film first.
</snob>

Anyway, Balrog, what do you mean by "professional" use? What's the profession? What will she be shooting?

daroga
01-21-2012, 09:00 PM
<snob>
Everyone should learn how to shoot with film first.
</snob>With digital, the beginner gets immediate feedback and a very clear understanding and easy side by side comparisons of what different settings change about a picture, and it's all free once you get the camera and memory card. What would take a week to learn and compare could take minutes with digital.

What advantage is there, for the beginner, by shooting with film?

Balrog
01-21-2012, 09:19 PM
Anyway, Balrog, what do you mean by "professional" use? What's the profession? What will she be shooting?

She's starting a family photography thing.

locit
01-21-2012, 09:21 PM
What advantage is there, for the beginner, by shooting with film?
You can be a snob to anyone who didn't.

daroga
09-08-2012, 01:19 AM
I'm pretty excited. Won a 85mm Macro lens on eBay for a solid price today. Macro photography is pretty much the best.

We went to the mission San Juan Bautista earlier this week. I liked these pictures:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8040/7953906070_92678b860d_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8460/7953912382_3d3166133f_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7953909438_f7b53855df_c.jpg

WillowCellarDoor
09-12-2012, 02:21 PM
Since I got a new phone, I have taken on a project to take a picture a day for a year. It's nice all of the things you can do with cameras on phones now, and I love squre format, which had always been a pain to get even on a regular camera if you weren't working with film and a bunch of editing. These are some of my ones since I started the project in July.

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/IMG_20120812_220953-1.jpg

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/IMG_20120812_220535-1.jpg

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/p20120805-224256.jpg

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/IMAG1387-1.jpg

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/IMG_20120721_162956-1.jpg

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/p20120724-174856.jpg

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/willowcellardoor/p20120726-215643.jpg

daroga
09-13-2012, 06:00 PM
Macro lens came today!

This one came out alright, despite breaking the cardinal rule of macro shoot (that is, I didn't use a tripod).

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A2tgLNPCIAAB_iF.jpg:large

Kirin
09-14-2012, 12:54 PM
Mmm, rosemary. (We have so much rosemary.)

daroga
09-21-2012, 12:42 PM
Sometimes a space shuttle flies right over your house.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A3VXvf6CEAApxX0.jpg:large

daroga
09-22-2012, 10:49 AM
We have a bottle brush tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistemon) on our property here, and it's just starting to bloom again. Here are some macro shots!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/8012474746_75b8e17811_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/8012475616_b78f79e552_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8322/8012471179_c348eca3ac_b.jpg

Violentvixen
09-24-2012, 09:52 PM
The third one is crazy. Great shot.

daroga
04-02-2013, 11:47 AM
Kind of a neat shot from of SF from down here on the Peninsula I thought:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8254/8613243831_28d17bd8be_c.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8613243831/

locit
04-03-2013, 06:45 AM
Oh, right! Some guy (or lady!) who is definitely not me got a pic featured in a recent WSJ reader photo slideshow. Maybe check it out (http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/03/20/photos-readers-record-beijings-spring-snow/#next)!



...10/10

R.R. Bigman
04-04-2013, 02:35 PM
There have been a growing number of instances lately where I would see something cool and want to capture an image of it to share with others. It turns out there is already such a device that can do just that! The only problem is that I don't know what cameras in my price range are worth buying. I'm willing to spend around $200, so I'm not looking for something too fancy, but I at least want it to be able to take good pictures outside and in low light indoors.

Suggestions?

locit
04-05-2013, 12:44 AM
Honestly my iPod touch has a nice enough camera that I barely use my nice-ish camera anymore, and it fits in my pocket so I can take it everywhere. I guess that's about $100 above your price range, though. Is that what you're referencing?

daroga
04-09-2013, 12:19 PM
There have been a growing number of instances lately where I would see something cool and want to capture an image of it to share with others. It turns out there is already such a device that can do just that! The only problem is that I don't know what cameras in my price range are worth buying. I'm willing to spend around $200, so I'm not looking for something too fancy, but I at least want it to be able to take good pictures outside and in low light indoors.

Suggestions?If you dont want to use a flash (that is, you want to capture it with something vaguely resembling the lighting as you see it), for decent lowlight performance, you're going to want to step up to something a little beefier than $200 will get you. Though, not too much!

This is the camera I cut my DSLR teeth on (http://www.adorama.com/INKD3100KR.html), and it's pretty great in a lot of ways. The auto mode on it does nice things, and it gives you a good chance to learn and get out of said auto mode and learn how to actually capture the images in a way that will be an accurate record of what you wanted to record.

That camera paired with a nice, fast lens (such as this: http://www.adorama.com/NK3518U.html ) will give you great performance inside and out. And, while not as compact as a point and shoot or a cell phone, is a pretty small, light little package that still comfortable to hold and has enough to it that you can keep it stable while taking pictures hand-held.

Honestly, though, you don't even need that extra lens. The camera plus the 18-55mm zoom it comes with will give you better pictures than anything else you could buy for any where near that money.

Canon may have other options. I'm just familiar with the Nikon stuff. If you want to go this route, and happen to know someone that owns a Nikon or Canon camera, get what they have on the level you can afford so you can borrow lenses, etc. from them.

R.R. Bigman
04-09-2013, 12:47 PM
I actually got a Canon camera that was on sale over the weekend. It takes good pictures indoors and out, and it even records limited video. I'll try to take some good pictures and post them here soon so you can all judge them Prof. Oak style.

daroga
04-10-2013, 03:29 PM
great! Can't wait to see them!

daroga
04-11-2013, 10:35 AM
How about some pictures?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8388/8625368213_95c269e31b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8625368213/)
Purple! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8625368213/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8542/8639856758_d44cf673d1_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8639856758/)
Tiny flower with even tinier bug (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8639856758/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8533/8630915358_888b887cd4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8630915358/)
Bottle Brush tree beginning to bloom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8630915358/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8622838763_5c094dcdc1_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8622838763/)
Columbine after &quot;rain&quot; (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8622838763/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8639855782_234569896e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8639855782/)
Methuselah Tree in Woodside, CA (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8639855782/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

daroga
04-15-2013, 12:12 PM
Another image!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8652774518_39727c1e52.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8652774518/)
04.14.2013 - 16.01.38 [SHR_1555]_stitch2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8652774518/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

I've been experimenting with stitching together several images to make one giant landscape. This particular image was made with 10 individual shots. It's fun to see how big they get. The file on my computer is 105 megapixels and the full size JPG file after it was processed was over 100MB.

Still have some editing work to do on it. But this was my first stab at it last night.

R.R. Bigman
04-18-2013, 01:35 PM
I went to some places and took a lot of pictures, but I could only upload these before FLickr started getting antsy about data caps and other nonsense. It might be time to try Photobucket again.

This is a cherry tree in our backyard.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8660441067_44b51a3bac.jpg

Here's one of those water skater bugs from Wet, Dry World in Super Mario 64.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/8660441225_0ce64f154e.jpg

Big tree in a park.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8240/8660441129_c295c16ec4.jpg

Cute squirrel. What happened to his ear!?
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8261/8660441307_4a461d5fd4.jpg

Some lingering scars from the April 2011 tornadoes.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8262/8660441591_e679969ee5.jpg

I have a lot more, though it may be awhile before I can post them all.

daroga
05-01-2013, 01:06 PM
This little guy was running all over the place at our house the other day:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8253/8686849206_124546d840.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8686849206/)
04.26.2013 - 14.26.45 [SHR_2606] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8686849206/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

daroga
05-07-2013, 12:33 AM
What? Oh, I'll just keep spamming this thread, thanks.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/8716980408_f90dd1af9a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8716980408/)
05.02.2013 - 19.49.38 [SHR_2767].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8716980408/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Guild
05-07-2013, 09:31 AM
Wow, great depth of field on that last one. How much did your lens cost? I'm assuming you use a digital SLR? Nikon?

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/6968/dofm.png

daroga
05-07-2013, 11:13 PM
Wow, that was a really great improvement on that image! ;)

Yeah, I shoot Nikon. I had a D3100 and recently moved up to a D7100. The lizard was shot with the 70-300 VR lens (at about 260mm I think...?), which isn't the best lens they make by any stretch (it's variable aperture), but it's a nice piece of glass. It's also a full frame lens, so shooting that on the crop sensor of the DX camera means you're only shooting through the sweet spot of the glass. It's also not too expensive. I got it for $400 with the camera through a rebate, but I think it's $600 by itself.

I would like to rent some real, major lenses sometime and see if I can discern a difference, other than the obvious depth of field advantages to something like a 70-200 f/2.8.

Guild
05-08-2013, 12:46 AM
i got lucky on the guess of Nikon, i just remember my cannon had a different shift of alpha channels and what else you gonna use? ha ha ha i guess one of these is ok?

http://www.oskarblues.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/02/GoPro-HD-Motorsports-HERO-Camera-Picture-01-800x8002.jpg

daroga
05-08-2013, 11:56 AM
I would love to mess around with one of those gopros for video stuff as I think DSLR video is way too cumbersome to use for candid video stuff (and the AF motor noise on the camera if you don't have an external mic is obnoxious). I just haven't had a real reason to do that.

daroga
05-17-2013, 10:57 PM
Playing around with freezing water in motion the last couple of days. I love the older outdoor faucets we have on this property.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7316/8747976249_03bd720491.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8747976249/)
Drip (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8747976249/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2834/8749946124_0462bc0830.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8749946124/)
05.17.2013 - 15.31.19 [SHR_3412].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8749946124/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/8749946538_5cf0c28783.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8749946538/)
05.17.2013 - 15.52.54 [SHR_3427].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8749946538/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/8749947008_bb7ab66344.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8749947008/)
05.17.2013 - 16.04.30 [SHR_3513].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8749947008/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Guesty
05-25-2013, 07:43 PM
I've recently gotten into photography and find it quite fun! That's not to say I'm any good at it yet, but regardless, here are some shots I'm personally proud of (this is only my second day of doing this):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/96211412@N08/8832443868/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/96211412@N08/8832445754/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/96211412@N08/8834079306/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/96211412@N08/8832514830/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/96211412@N08/8832460286/


EDIT: The images don't seem to be showing for me. Anyone else have this problem?

Lady
05-26-2013, 11:01 PM
You're trying to post a flickr page, not a photo itself. Right click on it and click Medium, and that should take you to the download page, where you can copy the url of some presized images
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/8832443868_bda8b0950d_z.jpg

daroga
05-26-2013, 11:33 PM
You're trying to post a flickr page, not a photo itself. Right click on it and click Medium, and that should take you to the download page, where you can copy the url of some presized images
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/8832443868_bda8b0950d_z.jpgOr, better yet, grab the BBCode from the Share and paste it here so you can show the image and link to your Flickr page!

Just for fun, here's this guy:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3777/8849803075_04f864e8ec.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8849803075/)
05.25.2013 - 10.50.31 [SHR_3673].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8849803075/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

daroga
05-30-2013, 02:35 PM
I'm just going to keep spamming this thread, I guess. Sorry. ;)

I'm just going to copy and paste a post from another photography forum I visit on occasion, so I've got more details listed with these pictures than usual.

Anyway, we took a little family excursion to ride a restored steam engine in Niles Canyon here in (roughly) the Bay Area of California. Would love any thoughts or critique.

Camera was Nikon D7100 for all of these shots.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2812/8863169999_6984e31f30.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863169999/)
05.27.2013 - 11.34.02 [SHR_3715]-Edit.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863169999/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr
Lens: Nikon 18-70 (at 35mm)
f/4.2, 1/320, ISO 160
No Flash
Levels adjustment in Lightroom 4.4; very minor touch-up in Photoshop Elements 11


http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3763/8863765372_006b61849a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863765372/)
05.27.2013 - 11.29.46 [SHR_3710].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863765372/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr
Nikon 18-70 (at 18mm)
f/3.5, 1/320, ISO 160
No Flash
Levels adjustment in Lightroom 4.4


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/8863175725_65798a0c60.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863175725/)
05.27.2013 - 11.36.11 [SHR_3727].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863175725/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr
Nikon 18-70 (at 46mm)
f/4.5, 1/250, ISO 160
No Flash
Levels adjustment in Lightroom 4.4

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/8863171543_e4c387993c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863171543/)
05.27.2013 - 11.35.34 [SHR_3724]-Edit-2.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863171543/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr
Nikon 18-70 (at 29mm)
f/4, 1/250, ISO 100
No Flash
Levels adjustment and crop in Lightroom 4.4, very minor touch-up in Photoshop Elements 11


http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5330/8863263739_46baeeeb38.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863263739/)
05.27.2013 - 13.04.09 [SHR_4006]-Edit.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863263739/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr
Nikon 70-300 (at 70mm)
f/4.5, 1/320, ISO 400
No Flash
Levels adjustment in Lightroom 4.4, very minor touch-up in Photoshop Elements 11


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/8863269993_41a083ab8f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863269993/)
05.27.2013 - 13.06.10 [SHR_4053].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8863269993/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr
Nikon 70-300 (at 110mm)
f/4.5, 1/320, ISO 400
No Flash
Levels adjustment in Lightroom 4.4

Guild
05-30-2013, 03:42 PM
Would love any thoughts or critique.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2812/8863169999_6984e31f30.jpg

For me the entry point/focal point was the small red sign below the yellow light on the front of the engine. Next I explored the details around that element starting with the rivets around the face of the tank-thing and down to the repeated lines and details in the wheels and cow-catch area. The trees are a lovely offset to the red focal point and the depth of field is great for showing all the lovely detail. Probably my favorite out of the set because of the contrast, repetition and detail levels.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3763/8863765372_006b61849a.jpg

Another great shot here. I started at the tank near the center and immediately the red window frame drew me left, then I went down into the wheels and noticed the stars are all at similar angles. Great color palette, subject and excellent framing.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/8863175725_65798a0c60.jpg

This is definitely a great angle for the interest I described in the first image. I'm thinking there's a bit too much tree, maybe 5-15% too much tree on the right. Cropping or moving the shot to the left a bit would have been slightly more ideal to my aesthetic sense. The colors are great, contrast is great. I'm curious how many total shots you took to get this many good ones.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/8863171543_e4c387993c.jpg

D'aww, what a cute little monster. Again a great red/green compliment, good consistency, but I wish the background were either more fuzzy or less fuzzy. It's sorta in that ambiguous zone of almost in the depth of field. He should be looking at the camera! Doesn't this kid know how important layout is in a photograph? Kids today. Sheesh. Obvious entry point of a cherub's face with a lead left by eye line then up when a lack of interest presented there to look at the green in the background, particularly at the saturated greens on that one low tree or large bush's highlights. The near perfect repetiion of the red hue there is also kismet. The fact that I spent so much time in the background of this piece is why I feel it should have been fuzzier or crisper.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5330/8863263739_46baeeeb38.jpg

This is pretty frickin' rad because of the smoke. Using a fast shutter speed to make it appear to stand still was an interesting choice. Have you ever tracked a moving vehicle while taking a shot so the background blurs instead of the moving object? I realize that wouldn't have worked in this shot since it's coming straight on (...? gotta research this someday). The focal point is most ideally placed of all the others and the layout is interesting but there's a tad too much gravel I feel. It's a pretty tall image and you could probably crop it ok.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/8863269993_41a083ab8f.jpg

This one felt a little washed out but when I examined the pixels I realized it was an illusion caused by the neutral greys in the car and the smoke in the air. The human element is an amazing element. You could shift the levels a bit to counteract the illusion but frankly that would also look strange. Edit: I don't suppose you tried saturating the piece 5% or so? Might not look great but it's the only 'fix' I can think of.

daroga
05-30-2013, 04:08 PM
Thank you for the thoughts, Guild! I agree with almost of your criticisms. I also think the post processing in the last image there got away from me a bit. I think it's a bit too warm. I took a fresh run at the DNG. I think this is a bit better and more true to life:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3696/8894983727_c265e675b8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8894983727/)
05.27.2013 - 13.06.10 [SHR_4053].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8894983727/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

If you want to see the whole set, they're all here http://flic.kr/s/aHsjFuM5Vu (save for one's with other people's kids as the focus of the image). All in all, I took about 300 shots, and got 55 worth keeping for keepsakes if not for publishing, which is a pretty good ratio for me. Of the scenes here, the one that I took the most shots on was the one with the train coming at you, as it was roaring toward us and I just got set and started hammering on the shutter (er... running in Continuous Shoot mode).

Guild
05-30-2013, 04:11 PM
Yeah, that's about what I'd have done, but the blue alpha channel might be around 3% too strong? Great contrast change though.

daroga
05-30-2013, 04:15 PM
Do you do much photography, Guild? Anything you could share? I love looking at other people's work.

Guild
05-30-2013, 05:32 PM
I'm a complete fan of pixels, so I studied photography extensively in school, but I'm all thumbs and otherwise interested in branding, so instead I buy prints I need off independent photographers. My input is sorta clinical and specific towards my interests. I suppose you could say I'm also crazy, though, so realize I'm not any kind of expert on photography. I'm thinking from the man's shirt that the white color mixed with a very light grey for it lightens the blue color spectrum up a bit, perhaps you overcorrected for the initial color 'problems' whatever they might have been. I believe the problem was one of the illusion I saw? Subjective. Some dude saw hitler in a teapot, tweeted it and now they're worth 250 bucks online apiece. Brains are weird, yeah?

Edit: I just spent some time away to desaturate and looking at the six you've displayed, I would value the set less because of the little boy image. It's dangerous to lay on railroad tracks, so I wouldn't use imagery like that. But it's a fantastic piece! I would take out number 5 because it is a different train from the others. As a set the remainder would lend more value to each other, which should factor in when you charge for them. Are you selling one-time use? The whole bundle I just saw should be sold from anywhere between ??-$200 for your time you spent sifting through data files and snapping pictures of trains. ?? = what's fair? Lots of people underprice their service. You have to remember 1 out of a million people on this six billion person sphere is capable of setting shutter speed and depth of field with intention and that means you should charge the appropriate value for the work. This informs people that you are not an amateur and you respect your work and the time you've put into it.

Guesty
05-30-2013, 06:34 PM
You're trying to post a flickr page, not a photo itself. Right click on it and click Medium, and that should take you to the download page, where you can copy the url of some presized images


OK, thanks a whole bunch, Lady!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/8834079306_a39b16ee49.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8553/8832594462_8e57f3da47.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5323/8832445754_b10de0bdec.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/8832443868_bda8b0950d.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/8856686093_0927a2d96f.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8396/8832514830_8aef397f5b.jpg

Lady
05-30-2013, 11:13 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/8863269993_41a083ab8f.jpg

This would would've been great as a landscape photo if you could see the rest of the train curving into the distance

daroga
05-31-2013, 08:56 PM
Edit: I just spent some time away to desaturate and looking at the six you've displayed, I would value the set less because of the little boy image. It's dangerous to lay on railroad tracks, so I wouldn't use imagery like that. But it's a fantastic piece! I would take out number 5 because it is a different train from the others. As a set the remainder would lend more value to each other, which should factor in when you charge for them. Are you selling one-time use? The whole bundle I just saw should be sold from anywhere between ??-$200 for your time you spent sifting through data files and snapping pictures of trains. ?? = what's fair? Lots of people underprice their service. You have to remember 1 out of a million people on this six billion person sphere is capable of setting shutter speed and depth of field with intention and that means you should charge the appropriate value for the work. This informs people that you are not an amateur and you respect your work and the time you've put into it.I've never even given a moment's thought to selling any photographs, mostly because I don't think I've ever taken a picture worthy of being paid for. It's a hobby, and while I like to learn, I've never even dreamed about making money from it. Although, if that would happen in the future and I could fund new lenses, I wouldn't be sad. ;)

The last shot is actually the same train, just the end of it. It's really the counter point to the one above it as it was shot after the train had gone by.

I appreciate all the thoughts and help. It's interesting to get different feedback. In another forum I posted them in, one person pretty much hated all of my composition (in a kind way though, just giving his preferences for his shots), where as you liked them, generally. I love that about art (or "art" in this case), where everyone takes what they like and leaves what they don't.

daroga
05-31-2013, 09:26 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/8834079306_a39b16ee49.jpg I like this guy, although it's a little dark. I see your shutter wasn't terribly fast (1/50 of a second) so I'm assuming it was a pretty dark area. Some adjustments in something like Lightroom could probably help that a bit. Framing wise, I'd have* put him in the right side of the frame instead of the left so that he's looking into the open spot of the picture rather than the edge. That being said, there is a certain tension that comes with that type of framing, and if that's what you were going for, great!

* I say I would have done that in an ideal world. Knowing the principles of composition and actually using them in the heat of the moment are two very different things... I'm poor at them both. ;)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8553/8832594462_8e57f3da47.jpg
I like this bug. The framing is nice, the background is nicely out of focus.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5323/8832445754_b10de0bdec.jpg
I like the framing of the flower, just watch that you don't clip the edges of the flower off in the frame. If you can see the whole bloom I think it makes a more interesting shot.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/8832443868_bda8b0950d.jpg
He's back! Same thoughts about the framing. I'd have preferred him to be looking more into the open part of the photo.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/8856686093_0927a2d96f.jpg
Cute!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8396/8832514830_8aef397f5b.jpg
I really like this one. If the background could've been a little less in focus, that'd have been great, but it looks like you were at your widest aperture for that lens at that zoom, so there's not too much you could've done to change that.

Guild
06-01-2013, 01:22 AM
I agree with what daroga said about #4 and on #6 I like the repetiion of the bug and the cast shadow and the proportions of each black area in conjunction with the green space between them, I think i'ts a great focal point. The framing is perfecft. There's a left, right (from bug, left, to shape of green leaf, right as it points) across the canvas movement my eyes do, and I love how the background is fuzzy enough to be 3rd heirarchically element wise after leaf and bug+shadow-of-bug. The centricity of the stick is offering a bounce-back point my eyes follow to return to the bug. Great composition imho. Edit: I just saw a line in the leaf that leads across the bug's back over the length of the leaf (originally wrote breadth of the leaf) from the stick and back, and it's a thing my eyes bounce across, following perhaps subconsciously. Hypnotic. Good composition I give it an A.

Guild
06-01-2013, 01:33 AM
I've never even given a moment's thought to selling any photographs, mostly because I don't think I've ever taken a picture worthy of being paid for. It's a hobby, and while I like to learn, I've never even dreamed about making money from it. Although, if that would happen in the future and I could fund new lenses, I wouldn't be sad. ;)

Not sure what shutterstock pays for art, but maybe they are foresighted enough to hire art critics who are capable of appraising art enough to agree with my opinion? You could always try. You're quite good, Again however my opinion is subjective.

The last shot is actually the same train, just the end of it. It's really the counter point to the one above it as it was shot after the train had gone by.

In terms of the narrative, and for commercial use, they are functionally part of a set because there is nothing to indicate the trains are different, so it's moot. I don't personally have a use for these at this time, but I will eventually peruse your portfolio if you don't mind.

I appreciate all the thoughts and help. It's interesting to get different feedback. In another forum I posted them in, one person pretty much hated all of my composition (in a kind way though, just giving his preferences for his shots), where as you liked them, generally. I love that about art (or "art" in this case), where everyone takes what they like and leaves what they don't.

How much about composition did they know? I'd challenge their expertise in appraisal. I'm just sorta an 8 in that area though. I love critiques!!!!

daroga
06-01-2013, 09:08 PM
A photograpy website I go to runs bi weekly photo contests. This time's contest is simply "summer." I was kind of happy with how this turned out. Although, I can't quite decide if I love the foreground grass or hate it.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/8918828437_3000068506.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8918828437/)
06.01.2013 - 14.10.17 [SHR_4312].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8918828437/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

daroga
06-05-2013, 12:37 AM
Went to Happy Hollow, a kids' amusement park and zoo in San Jose today. Had a good time; took some pictures. Here are a few:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3668/8955979242_bc6e447225.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8955979242/)
06.04.2013 - 14.03.48 [SHR_4428].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8955979242/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7352/8956000424_1565376cc9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8956000424/)
06.04.2013 - 14.05.17 [SHR_4434].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8956000424/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/8956384648_3ea64c972a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8956384648/)
06.04.2013 - 10.35.22 [SHR_4328].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8956384648/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr


http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/8955879694_f3f8c0d2d6.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8955879694/)
06.04.2013 - 10.48.13 [SHR_4352].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8955879694/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/8955890384_e8e85907b0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8955890384/)
06.04.2013 - 10.54.37 [SHR_4362].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/8955890384/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Guild
06-05-2013, 12:54 AM
The layout of that first one with the prarie dog (?) is great. Eye, detail of fur, out-of-focus background elements light then dark, back to animal creating fantastic circular motion... great shot. Good job. Edit: I just noticed the baseball image on the previous page and it too has a great layout. Stitching to vertical in-focus grass cluster across background and back to repetition in the stitching and high contrast of the ball. Another excellent shot. I wish there were a stronger principle to draw the eye right after ascending from the vertical grass clusters, but the employment of the gradient interest functions suitably.

daroga
06-10-2013, 10:03 PM
Hey, so that little photo contest I entered with that baseball picture? I won! (http://cazillo.com/articles/keep-shooting/337-new-lightroom-5-my-epson-printers-tons-of-cazillion-questions.html) (scroll down).

Violentvixen
06-11-2013, 12:12 AM
Nice!

mr_bungle700
06-11-2013, 06:39 AM
I guess you really

:cool:

knocked that one out of the park.

daroga
07-18-2013, 10:34 PM
Santa Clara was beautiful yesterday:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/9313153854_0f714f1e18.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9313153854/)
07.17.2013 - 13.14.04 [SHR_5956].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9313153854/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/9310356863_045b6c10e0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9310356863/)
07.17.2013 - 13.11.42 [SHR_5932].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9310356863/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

And so was the Golden Gate Bridge a little less than a month ago:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5483/9155100465_253f01d23e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9155100465/)
06.27.2013 - 14.29.13 [SHR_5235].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9155100465/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

daroga
07-20-2013, 10:19 PM
This turned out kind of cool:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5450/9330053839_eba03fdd29.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9330053839/)
07.20.2013 - 20.06.59 [SHR_6009].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9330053839/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Guild
07-21-2013, 09:02 AM
That is beautiful. And I missed the thing about winning a contest? Good job! Also, that shot of the GGbridge has framing I've never seen before, and I've seen my share of GGbridge shots! It's an interesting one because of the proportionality of the bridge to the rest of the space, how it towers over a tall canvas and dominates everything. It lends more imposition to the bridge I feel. A great piece.

daroga
07-22-2013, 10:49 PM
Even better? The deer came and chomped all of those flowers I shot two posts above the day after I took them. Good thing I caught them while they were there I guess.

daroga
08-17-2013, 10:56 PM
Here's some stuff!

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/9490633324_6d37f61224.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9490633324/)
09.21.2012 - 12.31.00 [DSC_0037].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9490633324/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/9512571229_6d182779ce.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9512571229/)
08.07.2013 - 18.06.48 [SHR_6164].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9512571229/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5486/9515399490_2febf92267.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9515399490/)
08.14.2013 - 10.55.46 [SHR_6216].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9515399490/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5466/9512566055_cab419a8f6.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9512566055/)
08.14.2013 - 10.44.23 [SHR_6193].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/9512566055/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Violentvixen
09-03-2013, 09:13 PM
While in Seattle I checked out the Chilhuly Gardens:

http://i362.photobucket.com/albums/oo62/annumd/DSC_0193_zps79fdc5b1.jpg

This is my favorite picture.

The set of the ones I liked the best is here. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22917306@N00/sets/72157635374776874)

Lady
10-01-2013, 07:55 AM
http://snowy-day.brontoforum.us/stuff/others/forgetmenots.gif

daroga
10-20-2013, 12:36 AM
Messing around with a black and white conversion of a previously-posted photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Had a free 16 x 20 print with Shutterfly so I ordered this one. Need to get a frame figured out.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/10373720986_d847f321e9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/10373720986/)
06.27.2013 - 14.29.13 [SHR_5235].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/10373720986/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Lady
11-07-2013, 11:34 PM
Outside of the office tower I work in is a pleasant airy green terrace

or at least there was before about a month ago. It had nice trees the sunshine would filter down through, both deciduous and palm varieties. I didn't realize how good I had it, else I would've tried to take a picture, but this is basically it:
http://i.imgur.com/oSnKNGD.jpg

However, they're completely remodeling the area. I'm rather upset about it, really. I've started a small project to take a picture every morning before work.
http://snowy-day.brontoforum.us/stuff/others/destruction.gif

Lady
11-23-2013, 05:45 PM
Struggling to make my new phone's camera work for me! The factory defaults had the sharpness turned up all the way, and it has a nasty habit of trying to compensate for darkness, but...

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jyidJ420wSk/Uo_4Fk-FyVI/AAAAAAAAhpI/9KbrY_T2mfo/s800/hdr_00020_0.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FIuIU30gM1s/Uo_9VfogsKI/AAAAAAAAhqI/VHbIHTe2oWM/s1067/DSC_0064.JPG

daroga
02-20-2014, 12:37 PM
How about some pictures!

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3792/12283212594_589001d523.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12283212594/)
02.02.2014 - 16.04.47 [SHR_7680].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12283212594/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3728/12282806675_cf1ca1b7f0.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12282806675/)
02.02.2014 - 16.11.02 [SHR_7685].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12282806675/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

https://v4s.yimg.com/sk/3791/12661525774_c11a2eee8e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661525774/)
02.19.2014 - 15.24.26 [SHR_7716].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661525774/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

https://s3.yimg.com/so/7452/12661217003_ba8c174bda.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661217003/)
02.19.2014 - 17.43.11 [SHR_7754].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661217003/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/12661226743_4385109f9b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661226743/)
02.19.2014 - 18.08.22 [SHR_7764].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661226743/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

https://v4s.yimg.com/so/7457/12661579354_93f0bf7d7c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661579354/)
02.19.2014 - 17.34.49 [SHR_7735].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/12661579354/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

Kirin
02-24-2014, 01:31 PM
I noticed recently that the lens of my camera-phone is scratched all to hell, so it's kind of a wonder it takes even halfway-decent pictures anymore. Nevertheless, some snaps from this weekend's biking adventure:

Swamp behind my house is rather full after 8" of snow melting in a few days (click for bigger)
http://i.imgur.com/Iac1Cfal.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/Iac1Cfa.jpg)

Froggy eggs! It's supposed to snow again later this week despite being 70 degrees yesterday, so this early batch may not fare so well.
http://i.imgur.com/QeETVL9l.jpg

Panorama of a construction site just south of my neighborhood. This was all forest just last fall.
http://i.imgur.com/rHlVGFS.jpg

daroga
03-23-2014, 07:48 PM
Finally got outside to take a few pictures this afternoon. We have these itsy-bitsy purple flowers that grow by our house. Not sure what they're called, but they're really pretty (and even more so through a macro lens)!

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/13364678803_bf9e097c21.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/13364678803/)
03.23.2014 - 13.56.38 [SHR_7877].jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54250430@N05/13364678803/) by daroga28 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

daroga
07-29-2014, 04:26 PM
Took a trip with the family to Monterey last week! Had fun! Took a few pictures!

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3870/14552531508_b5e6f6fdc1_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oaXwBE)07.22.2014 - 20.19.23 [SHR_0604].jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oaXwBE) by daroga28 (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3924/14736018011_2843cbbb98_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/osaWL4)07.23.2014 - 09.46.21 [SHR_0684].jpg (https://flic.kr/p/osaWL4) by daroga28 (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5583/14739225725_bb86704405_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ossoit)07.23.2014 - 13.33.39 [SHR_0731].jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ossoit) by daroga28 (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

Guild
07-29-2014, 04:32 PM
hey sweet

i like to ruin picture (http://s28.postimg.org/x5x2ggarx/fish.png)

what camera is that, a go pro?

daroga
08-06-2014, 04:29 PM
Nikon D7100.

Violentvixen
08-06-2014, 06:18 PM
Nikon D7100.

I was drooling over one of those when shopping for mine (D3100), it's a fantastic camera.

daroga
08-06-2014, 06:41 PM
I was drooling over one of those when shopping for mine (D3100), it's a fantastic camera.


The D3100 is no slouch. That's the camera I started with. What lenses do you have?

Kirin
08-07-2014, 01:43 PM
I don't exactly have a macro lens on my phone (also it was twilight), but I liked this mushroom:

http://i.imgur.com/o7Bwcspl.jpg

Violentvixen
08-07-2014, 07:11 PM
The D3100 is no slouch. That's the camera I started with. What lenses do you have?

18-55 and 55-200. The last good camera I had a was a film one so I've been having a lot of fun with it!

Droewyn
08-07-2014, 08:29 PM
Cut for size...



https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/p960x960/10459059_10203164734973469_6080870213439287291_o.j pg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/p960x960/10499586_10203164430485857_220181084126056401_o.jp g

Droewyn
08-07-2014, 08:36 PM
The water park's property was bought up by a developer after the park shut down, with the intention of building luxury lakeside condos. They built a single building to act as models while they took sales orders from prospective residents... in 2007. So that ended well. The neighborhood and amenities never materialized, as the development project died in the housing crash. The old water park lobby and sign still stand, decaying.

daroga
08-07-2014, 09:26 PM
18-55 and 55-200. The last good camera I had a was a film one so I've been having a lot of fun with it!Exactly what I had!

If you're looking for a not too expensive lens that opens up some neat possibilities, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 is a great, fast, and inexpensive (new it is $200) lens. It's kind of a "walk around" lens as its field of view is roughly approximate to what your eyes see when you look around, minus the peripheral vision (on a cropped sensor camera, that is--full frame cameras do better with a 50mm).

Being able to set your fstop all the way down to 1.8 really allows you to get a lot of light in (though you'll sacrifice your depth of focus, and it's probably not its sharpest at 1.8). I use it a lot inside with the kids when there's not a lot of light. Also used it on the jellyfish picture above.

daroga
08-07-2014, 09:27 PM
Cut for size...



https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/p960x960/10459059_10203164734973469_6080870213439287291_o.j pg

I really like this one. Is that the full image or is it cropped? Would be great to see the deer's legs go into the grass.

Droewyn
08-07-2014, 09:43 PM
That's uncropped. I got lots of full body shots of her, but that one I wanted as large in the frame as possible, so no feet.

Out of an hour of following her around the cemetery, that shot is my favorite (some of the other ones are in the most adorable thread).

Kirin
08-22-2014, 03:11 PM
An egret showed up at my office park. I didn't even know they ever showed up around here, but apparently we're just at the edge of their winter range.

http://38.media.tumblr.com/712a3d7569284cb828a6cd4a7271e74c/tumblr_naq0ljz1U51ql53c3o1_500.jpg

http://31.media.tumblr.com/c55003b51be7f444b38742a2806ea9aa/tumblr_naq0ljz1U51ql53c3o2_500.jpg

http://37.media.tumblr.com/5138426e050401e288fa393d1a3de8eb/tumblr_naq0ljz1U51ql53c3o3_500.jpg

Violentvixen
08-22-2014, 07:37 PM
Exactly what I had!

If you're looking for a not too expensive lens that opens up some neat possibilities, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 is a great, fast, and inexpensive (new it is $200) lens. It's kind of a "walk around" lens as its field of view is roughly approximate to what your eyes see when you look around, minus the peripheral vision (on a cropped sensor camera, that is--full frame cameras do better with a 50mm).

Being able to set your fstop all the way down to 1.8 really allows you to get a lot of light in (though you'll sacrifice your depth of focus, and it's probably not its sharpest at 1.8). I use it a lot inside with the kids when there's not a lot of light. Also used it on the jellyfish picture above.

I can't remember exactly what lens I used to have, but definitely something like that.

daroga
08-25-2014, 10:31 PM
Went to the Golden Gate Bridge last night and got a couple of neat long-exposure shots.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5565/14852674807_9ba1a3564d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oCtQL8)08.24.2014 - 21.43.08 [SHR_1026].jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oCtQL8) by daroga28 (https://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5560/15016220556_cbccd4b8e1_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oSW4dq)08.24.2014 - 21.46.44 [SHR_1028].jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oSW4dq) by daroga28 (https://www.flickr.com/people/54250430@N05/), on Flickr

R.R. Bigman
02-28-2015, 11:51 AM
Snow!https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8629/16486463298_0835bfc266_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8571/16673018372_1773d01b1e_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8633/16648086556_4c933b7fc9_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8578/16672659821_ac398e6f99_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8645/16674027895_fbdc7eb7a7_b.jpg

Kirin
03-03-2015, 12:51 PM
Oh hey, I took some snow photos too...

https://40.media.tumblr.com/545178b3c829fea660b0eb56eb43ec4e/tumblr_nke9tpYOzE1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

https://40.media.tumblr.com/f7cbc1a2a15378c72ad59db5afde73f6/tumblr_nkdsk25Ysn1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

https://36.media.tumblr.com/444ae2f6275ce00041adb81cc962b094/tumblr_nkdrumQYZz1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

https://41.media.tumblr.com/19dce63e7b620eef5310330084bad0c9/tumblr_njxmy7wf3O1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

https://40.media.tumblr.com/4c7951ef1e9c9d425d313ab11db92b74/tumblr_njxmy7wf3O1ql53c3o2_540.jpg

https://40.media.tumblr.com/351ffa8f0fc504ebc1f2e264a2b6ef03/tumblr_njxl0cPtnu1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

https://40.media.tumblr.com/92c5dd249f9bd63af9e0c08c9e3edde5/tumblr_njxkg0y3sn1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

Kirin
03-27-2015, 11:44 AM
Hey look, it's spring

https://40.media.tumblr.com/bc4aaecd1c12b9ac6616347eaa7c36b3/tumblr_nlqp0xDEmS1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

Also I found a road that doesn't go anywhere anymore.

https://36.media.tumblr.com/52c0f742c22bdf439a1177d9fcb6d954/tumblr_nlqljaPbjW1ql53c3o1_1280.jpg