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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-11-2006, 5:55 PM Reply   
The...uhhh...frosting matches the wall.



Does it mean i'm a photographer if I take pictures of useless things? My wife says I'm stupid, I say i'm a photographer......she's normaly right....


Self portrait, self portrait, self portrait. :-)

Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-11-2006, 6:29 PM Reply   
Simply awesome !

Nice work Jeremy and keep it coming.

We need to start a random photo thread for pics like this.
Old    Scott (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       02-11-2006, 9:10 PM Reply   
haha nice 'shop job on the last one.

and its entirely possible that you are a "stupid" "photographer" haha

good stuff.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-11-2006, 9:42 PM Reply   
Looks like you got a good 50, it looks much sharper then mine.
Old    David Williams (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       02-12-2006, 9:23 AM Reply   
Wow, those are really great. What did you do to the second one in Photoshop?
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-12-2006, 2:02 PM Reply   
Thanks! Thanks!
Scott, it's not only possible it's probable. :-)
That old wagon...ummm...I did a curves layer, a selective color adjustment layer to get just the wagon the way I wanted it, copied the background, desaturated that, used a mask to mask out the wagon on the desaturated layer, also masked out the highlights on the curves layer cause they lost detail.

Here's the layers pallet.


Here's the original.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-12-2006, 3:16 PM Reply   
You're a quick learner Jeremy!

Good job!
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       02-13-2006, 8:26 AM Reply   
Nice work Jeremy.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-13-2006, 5:10 PM Reply   
I just got a Canon 45mm tilt/shift and I'm having some fun with it. Here's one where I used the tilt to keep both the foreground and background in focus.

Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-13-2006, 6:52 PM Reply   
That looks interesting. You can tilt the angle of focus?
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-13-2006, 7:52 PM Reply   
Cool shot...It looks like it's 3-D

What's up with the banding in the sky ? (low res?)

Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-13-2006, 11:55 PM Reply   
In this case I used swing which turns the lens towards the left. That banding must be from the final jpeg compression I had to use to get the file under 150kb it's not in any of the larger versions. Pretty ugly isn't it! Here is a better example:

http://www.pbase.com/rd4tile/image/55868082
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-14-2006, 4:55 AM Reply   
Very nice Rich.
Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       02-19-2006, 11:31 PM Reply   
Very nice Jeremy! Looks like we have another video'er gone photo on us... lol

The Fu give You 5 out of 5 chops!

You definitely have the eye, plus the PS skillz to really put the photos over the top! I'm looking forward to more pics like this from you this summer!



Rich - nice.. How much did that lens set you back? I though those lenses were ridiculously expensive... or maybe it's the ones for video that I'm thinking about.. Regardless, nice pic!
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-20-2006, 7:25 AM Reply   
The Canon TS-E's are all $1150.00 and unfortunately they don't come up used very often. I actually have a plan to use this one for work - ahem (interior tile installation shots) of course that hasn't happened yet! A tilt lens on a video cam would be interesting. Here's a stitch from 2 landscape shots using the shift function on the 45.

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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-25-2006, 7:53 AM Reply   
Thank you Master Fu! (bows)

Rich, nice stitch on that landsca....eehumm...tile installation.

Here's a piece I like to call "Lone Contrasty Tree".......OK it's just a picture of a tree and a sunset but I like it.
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-25-2006, 7:55 AM Reply   
Nice Shot Jeremy !
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-25-2006, 7:58 AM Reply   
A little smaller so you can see the whole thing.
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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-25-2006, 7:59 AM Reply   
Dang your fast Walt!
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-25-2006, 12:31 PM Reply   
I've heard that before.
Old    Chris Anthony (cmawsr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       02-25-2006, 4:45 PM Reply   
Here are a couple 50 1.8 pics

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Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       02-25-2006, 5:46 PM Reply   
I wanna play

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-25-2006, 5:49 PM Reply   
Electronic "tree"

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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-25-2006, 5:50 PM Reply   
Damn bug....Shweeet.
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       02-25-2006, 6:53 PM Reply   
Thanks Walt. Here is one more. Everyone say hi to my cat Mollie.

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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-25-2006, 7:43 PM Reply   
The 50 sure is sharp.
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-25-2006, 7:45 PM Reply   
Ant,

Great color in the Mollie shot.
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-25-2006, 8:04 PM Reply   
WOW guys. The talents just FLOWIN! NICE pics!
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-25-2006, 9:48 PM Reply   
A little different direction.

What do you guys think of this? Opinions?



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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-26-2006, 7:35 PM Reply   
If you think it sucks please say so.

All you bastards are probably out wakeboarding!
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       02-26-2006, 8:03 PM Reply   
Jeremy ~ You know this is Wakeworld and all.

I think it's a really nice pic, but a little too soft. The brightness infront and behind her head is a little much for me as well. Classic look on her face though.
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-26-2006, 9:26 PM Reply   
Ant ~ You know I live in OHIO and all.

Thanks for the input. I was playing with it for a while, maybe I got a little carried away.


Here's something from my new little "home studio" I set up tonight. I'm going for the high key look that I like in so many portraits.








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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-26-2006, 9:37 PM Reply   
After looking at it I think this is probably better.
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(Message edited by shutupandboard on February 26, 2006)
Old    Scott (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       02-26-2006, 11:14 PM Reply   
jeremy- the b/w shot needs more blacks in it. play w/ the contrast a bit maybe.

and on the above portraits you might wanna soften the skin a bit. its just not a very flattering pic because there's waaaaay too much detail in the skin i think. also maybe increase the depth of field just a bit so her chin is in focus? or maybe you just want the eyes in focus? i dunno. but to be honest ive seen much nicer shots from you than this one.
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-27-2006, 10:00 AM Reply   
That b/w one is actually supposed to look more like a pencil sketch. I just didn't really get there for whatever reason.

Thanks for the comments! Good or bad, it helps.
Old    Elizabeth LaMarca (lizzyb)      Join Date: Sep 2005       02-27-2006, 12:32 PM Reply   
WOW! Amazing pictures everyone!
Jeremy - your girls are absolutely gorgeous, what wonderful pictures.
AntBug - that sunset is gorgeous, that's a beautiful pic. Look at Mollie, our baby is famous! :-)
Old    Travis M (travis_m)      Join Date: Aug 2005       02-27-2006, 4:05 PM Reply   
Nice pictures.
Her head looks like its floating. LOL.
Old    Chris Anthony (cmawsr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       02-28-2006, 4:16 PM Reply   
I'm curious, has nobody noticed that the 2 pictures I posted seem a bit "off"??
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-28-2006, 7:27 PM Reply   
Ya. The 50 1.8 can't focus that close. The lens isn't a macro, and those are macro shots or else crops.?.But the depth of field is to shallow.?.Other parts of that lizard seem to be on the same plane as the eye, which is in focus, but they are not?
Old    Daniel Galloway (mississippireb)      Join Date: Aug 2003       03-01-2006, 7:22 AM Reply   
I was wondering if you did a vignette on that photo of the lens, what tool did you use to get the blur?

Daniel
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       03-01-2006, 8:20 AM Reply   
Lens blur? No pun intended.
Old    Chris Anthony (cmawsr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       03-01-2006, 4:15 PM Reply   
the only processing was resize for web...
there is a trick...
but it was done at the moment the picture was taken....
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       03-01-2006, 6:49 PM Reply   
Which would be called lens blur. You zoomed in when you took the picture?
Old    Chris Anthony (cmawsr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       03-01-2006, 7:18 PM Reply   
If I did that everything would be blurry.

It's actually a ghetto macro technique. made even more ghetto cause I dont have the right tools.
What I did was hold the lens backwards, move in close, rock back and forth until the subject is focused and fired. those were wide open but there is a way to stop the lens down. also, the cameras meter will still work
The right way is to get an old all manual lens(50mm fd, or similer, it doesnt matter what brand) and either mount it to the front of another lens via a lens to lens coupler or to take a body cap, an old filter, remove the glass, cut a hole in the cap and glue the filter to the cap, then mount lens and start shooting. with an all manual lens you can easily change settings on the lens.
I'm going to play around some more soon and post some of the results here
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       03-02-2006, 12:49 PM Reply   
Actually, if you did that it wouldn't be all blurry.


Here's a pic I just took to show you what I mean. It is called lens blur. I did absolutely nothing to this photo except resize.


This soccer ball is on my carpet. You can see where it says hand stiched is clear (well, actually as clear as it could be handheld at 1/30th shutter speed). I just zoomed while taking the picture. The center doesn't move as much as the sides.



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Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       03-02-2006, 6:50 PM Reply   
Hey Walt. That picture of your cat is great. I can just see you telling the cat, "turn your head a 1/4 turn to the right" It just looks like he sat down in the studio for his posed portrait!

Next time have him turn his head 15 degrees more to camera left, so the nose shadow is more prominant. Also turn the key light up one stop!!!!!!!!!!!
Old    Chris Anthony (cmawsr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       03-02-2006, 7:22 PM Reply   
the fifty doesnt zoom, but my point was more about what would be sharp and in focus. I know what lens blur is
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       03-02-2006, 9:31 PM Reply   
"Which would be called lens blur. You zoomed in when you took the picture?"

"If I did that everything would be blurry."

"I know what lens blur is"

UHHH....OK

Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-03-2006, 6:40 AM Reply   
My 50f1.8 looks like Chris's on the corners when I use it wide open in the normal orientation. (hahahaha).

The FF sensor on the 5D isn't to kind to it. (Of course what do you expect for $80.)

I was going to say that if I didn't know better I would have thought he had a tube on it for those pictures.

Old    Daniel Galloway (mississippireb)      Join Date: Aug 2003       03-03-2006, 6:52 AM Reply   
When I first started doing Photography for money, I took some photos of a couple's cats so that they could get some big prints. Initially I had my photogenics set up, and a nice place for them to sit up high, but reality set in and I ended up chasing those cats all around the living room snapping them from every angle with an on-camera flash. Imagine trying to repair red-eye, well in this case it was green-eye, from on camera flashing into a cats eye. It was a freaking nightmare.

Moral of this story...Cats suck

J/K

Daniel
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-03-2006, 7:14 PM Reply   
Jeremy,

I can't get that cat to do anything. She lays around all day and as soon as the camera comes out she won't sit still.

I'm with Daniel... Cats suck.

Fish are kind of hard to shoot too.
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       03-03-2006, 9:31 PM Reply   
Not if they're hanging from a hook!.....Cats I mean.
Old                09-19-2007, 11:30 AM Reply   
kitty kitty
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Old    Tim (suckbuthavefun)      Join Date: May 2003       09-19-2007, 2:26 PM Reply   
Since we are showing off our cats...

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Old    Davis (malibu_monkey)      Join Date: Apr 2006       09-21-2007, 10:19 AM Reply   
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Old    Loren (helix_rider)      Join Date: Mar 2003       09-22-2007, 8:21 PM Reply   
Took this today with the 1.8, then applied the 'solarize' filter effect. I thought it looked pretty cool.
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Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       09-22-2007, 8:30 PM Reply   
here's a shot w/ my 50mm.

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Old    Charley Carvalho (wakeeater)      Join Date: May 2002       09-25-2007, 10:58 AM Reply   
i want a 50mm now

is this the 50 you guys are using?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12142-USA/Canon_2514A002_Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html

(Message edited by wakeeater on September 25, 2007)
Old    Loren (helix_rider)      Join Date: Mar 2003       09-26-2007, 7:06 AM Reply   
Charley, that is the one I bought. I was disappointed when I first 'held' it...it feels cheap and is so light...but other than a small manual focusing ring, I have 0 complaints. Hard to beat $80 for a usable lens.
Old    Peter_C (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       12-10-2007, 6:14 PM Reply   
Well mostly because of this thread, I finally bought a 50mm. I am headed to Paris and many of the historical places to go do not allow strobes. So the f1.8 should help make an otherwise impossible shot with my other lens'.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-10-2007, 7:23 PM Reply   
This is what you need: a Nikkor 6mm f1.4 180 degree fisheye!Upload
Old    Peter_C (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       12-10-2007, 9:11 PM Reply   
I couldn't find the f1.4 but apparently the 6mm f2.8 was a custom order lens. http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/speciallenses/6mmfish.htm

So are you going to sell me one for the $109 I paid for a USA 50mm f1.8?
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       12-10-2007, 10:02 PM Reply   
Here is a new 50mm pic. The two people I love the most...

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-11-2007, 5:33 AM Reply   
that's even better Peter but do you think they'll let you in the door with on of those on your camera LOL

I wish Canon/Nikkor had some more bargain quality lenses like the 50 f1.8's!
Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-13-2007, 10:29 AM Reply   
I'm looking to get a thrifty firty too but was wondering what do you guys think about the Canon 85mm f/1.8?

Is it similar to the thrifty 50 but with a different focal length? It's about 4 - 5 times more the cost.

I'm looking to use it for action sports shots at an indoor gym so I don't think the 50mm will work very well for me.

I need the speed and the low light capability.
Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-13-2007, 10:35 AM Reply   
I'm looking to get a thrifty 50 too but was wondering what do you guys think about the Canon 85mm f/1.8?

Is it similar to the thrifty 50 but with a different focal length? It's about 4 - 5 times more the cost of the 50mm.

I'm looking to use it for action sport shots inside a gym so I don't think the 50mm will work very well for me. I'll be using it on an Rebel XTi.

I need the speed, the low light capability, and the distance.
Old    Jeremy (shutupandboard)      Join Date: Aug 2002       12-13-2007, 1:19 PM Reply   
WOW! This was dug up from the long dead.
Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-13-2007, 1:47 PM Reply   
Yes, I'm just now learning about lenses and want to know if anyone have any experiences with the 85mm f/1.8 lens since the 50mm is a nice lens but doesn't have the ability to get close up like I need. A telephoto zoom lens with that kind of speed is way out of my league and ability.

What do you think about the Canon 85mm f/1.8 on an XTi body for indoor sport shots, like basketball, TKD, etc.?
Old    Steven Hahn (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       12-13-2007, 2:13 PM Reply   
Since everyone is posting pictures of their kid, here's mine.
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Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       12-13-2007, 2:16 PM Reply   
nice hahn...she definitely didn't get looks from dad.

but yeah, the shots in this thread were shot w/ a 50mm lens.
Old    Steven Hahn (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       12-13-2007, 2:17 PM Reply   
I know I just wanted to post a pic of my kid.
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       12-13-2007, 2:24 PM Reply   
definitely a cutie!

here, lemme help you out.

http://www.adorama.com/CA5018AFU.html?searchinfo=canon%2050mm&item_no=17

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12142-USA/Canon_2514A002_Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-13-2007, 5:33 PM Reply   
The 85 f1.8 is a good lens with fast accurate AF. They tend to be a bit soft at f2 and under but well worth the money. They are considered superior to the more expensive 85 f1.2L for low light sports because of their faster AF where the f1.2L is the ultimate portrait lens. (on a FF sensor)
Old    A. P. (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-13-2007, 9:00 PM Reply   
Here is my contribution for child shots with the nifty fifty

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Old    Jason Parmentier (xbar)      Join Date: May 2003       12-14-2007, 9:51 AM Reply   
I wanna play! Here's my daughter around Halloween taken with my 50mm.

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Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-14-2007, 12:12 PM Reply   
Thanks for the feeback Rick. I'll definitely rent an 85mm to check it out before making the purchase.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-14-2007, 12:59 PM Reply   
It's a really good lens for a non "L" but it's very specialized given it's focal length. I tried my mine with a non Canon 1.4X TC as well, you lose 1 stop but AF is still pretty good (as well as IQ with a good convertor) which is good because it's a little short as an indoor sports lens in general and a little long for portraits (on a 1.6X crop body.) But if you need that FL it's the shizz.
Old    kvoman (kvoman)      Join Date: Aug 2006       12-14-2007, 2:48 PM Reply   
Thanks Rick. Having only one focal length is my main concern with the 85mm. That's why I think it's best to rent and use it in the actual gym to make sure that this is the lens I need before spending money on one. I read that on a crop camera (XTi), the 85mm acts like a 135mm???
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-15-2007, 9:05 AM Reply   
With the crop factor you do get a magnified FOV but if you find it's still too short for gym work even on a 1.6X body the TC I mentioned above is the way to go. The 70-200 f2.8L is really the king of lowlight indoor sports lenses. It's hard to beat a zoom if you're trying to follow action that is moving around a lot. With some indoor sports, like gymnastics, a prime like the 85 makes more sense.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-15-2007, 9:13 AM Reply   
Here is a shot from the 85 f1.8 on a 20D @ f2- great bokeh IMHO
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