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Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       02-26-2008, 6:36 AM Reply   
Time to move on to #5
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-26-2008, 11:20 AM Reply   
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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       02-26-2008, 6:56 PM Reply   
Not one of my favs. (or a puppy) but this is what I see every night after I turn out the lights in my house and walk towards my room.
Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       02-26-2008, 6:57 PM Reply   
Damn trigger happy return pinky!!!

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Old    Thomas Deneka (tdeneka)      Join Date: Aug 2002       02-26-2008, 7:45 PM Reply   
Canon 10D, 28-135mm @28mm, F11, 54 sec ISO200
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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-26-2008, 8:03 PM Reply   
Just picked up a used 24-105L and went out for a hike.

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-26-2008, 8:30 PM Reply   
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Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       02-26-2008, 9:49 PM Reply   
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       02-27-2008, 3:30 PM Reply   
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Old    Chris Anthony (russian)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-27-2008, 8:15 PM Reply   
Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin CA
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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-27-2008, 10:23 PM Reply   
Nice shot Chris, I'm going to have to get over there and do some hiking/ shooting there. It's been years since I've been there!
Old    Chris Anthony (russian)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-28-2008, 4:47 PM Reply   
Thanks Rich. Be aware that its a 6hr trip out to the falls and back
Old    Brady F (brado16)      Join Date: Aug 2006       02-28-2008, 7:15 PM Reply   
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Old    Brady F (brado16)      Join Date: Aug 2006       02-28-2008, 7:24 PM Reply   
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Old    Kevin Hazlett (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       03-01-2008, 6:40 PM Reply   
I finally dove into the world of RAW, and shot some of a softball game yesterday at school. What a difference in processing after the fact.
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-01-2008, 6:46 PM Reply   
Nice work Kevin.
Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-01-2008, 9:02 PM Reply   
from tonight. Cab 3 off a small drop durring a rail jam.


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Old    mobster            03-02-2008, 12:23 PM Reply   
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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-02-2008, 1:50 PM Reply   
Couple more from the day.

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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-02-2008, 7:47 PM Reply   
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-02-2008, 7:55 PM Reply   
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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-02-2008, 8:07 PM Reply   
BOTH OF THOSE B&W'S ARE PRICELESS!!!!!!!
Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-02-2008, 9:35 PM Reply   
This one should have been my self-portrait. Too bad it was taken this weekend. Oh well.

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Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-05-2008, 3:06 PM Reply   
Love the jet engine in truck look!
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Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-05-2008, 4:47 PM Reply   
Love locks

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Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-06-2008, 9:49 AM Reply   
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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-06-2008, 10:23 AM Reply   
haha! Awesome!
Old    Adam (blindmnkee3)      Join Date: Aug 2001       03-06-2008, 4:30 PM Reply   
Just learning with a new camera, liked this shot. Rare blue sky was pretty sweet that day.

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-06-2008, 6:34 PM Reply   
Bakes,

the locks shot is very cool, I'm always looking for subjects like that. I'd love to shoot that with my tilt/shift and have the entire fence in DOF - kind of a different look. Here's a couple of duck shots from this am. The second one is at least a 50% crop.


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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-06-2008, 6:39 PM Reply   
I like that lock shot too. Nice mallard shots Rich.

I missed the good light on this one so I'll have to go back.



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Old    Chris Anthony (russian)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-06-2008, 7:02 PM Reply   
Very nice Walt. I really like the flowers, they really pop and give the picture a nice balance.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-06-2008, 8:43 PM Reply   
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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-06-2008, 8:51 PM Reply   
Rockets eh? This was shot this summer in northern MN while shooting for Push Process.

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Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-06-2008, 8:53 PM Reply   
ryan, your snowboard shots are so sick. it almost makes me want to head up to the mtns. to get some shots.
Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-06-2008, 9:07 PM Reply   
So do I man. I am stuck here in MN where I live in the land of the jibbers. That jump was built in a field and the riders were towed in by a winch. Here are a couple of photos. I wish I had a better one of the whole setup but its hard to take a photo of a pile of snow in an empty field.

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Actually, I am super jonsin' to get to somewhere warm and wakeboard for a little while. I am pretty close to grabbing a ticket and heading down to Orlando for a weekend. Unfortunately I am swamped with work this month. Maybe the beginning of April.
Old    Sinko (sinkoumn)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-07-2008, 6:25 AM Reply   
Ryan, where were you guys at in Northern MN?
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 3:19 PM Reply   
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Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-07-2008, 3:50 PM Reply   
WaterDrops:

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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 3:54 PM Reply   
Nice shots Jakober.
Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-07-2008, 4:05 PM Reply   
Thanks Walt,

I really your stuff. Playing with a little HDR in that last one? It really makes it stand out!
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 4:37 PM Reply   
Thanks. Here are a few more HDR shots from today.

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Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-07-2008, 4:43 PM Reply   
Very Nice!! I think I am going to have to play around with that a bit.
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 4:46 PM Reply   
It's a great option when the light sucks like it did today. All of those were from a single raw file except for the first shot of the winery.
Old    Chris Anthony (russian)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-07-2008, 5:06 PM Reply   
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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 5:08 PM Reply   
Where is that Chris ?
Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-07-2008, 5:23 PM Reply   
Sinko, we were up in International Falls. Basically Canada. That is the place where Rathy Cab threed that big rock. Actually a lot of Rathy, Adkinson and Wing's parts were shot up there.

Walt, I am really jealous about those HDR's. I still have yet to take one. Its driving me nuts. I was going to tonight but the sun went down as I was getting home from a shoot and wasn't able to grab my still camera in time. Maybe soon.

Jakober, those droplets are awesome! How many lights were you using?
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-07-2008, 5:35 PM Reply   
WCW, how many different stops did you use for the last shot?... if you remember, if not...no biggie
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 5:37 PM Reply   
Nick,

All the shots were from a single file (One stop) but the winery shot was four different exposures.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-07-2008, 5:44 PM Reply   
sorry. thats what i ment, looks great, i would have guessed more than four. thanks!
Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-07-2008, 5:44 PM Reply   
Ryan,

Just the flash on the camera.

Thanks for the compliment. I really like the shot you took of the winch handle.
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 5:48 PM Reply   
Nick,
They would of looked much better had I taken more exposures. I was shooting over a six foot tall fence so a tripod was out.
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-07-2008, 5:58 PM Reply   
I'm working on getting access to this place. http://flickr.com/photos/sigma/1022075635/?addedcomment=1#comment72157604065431276

There's some real cool stuff to shoot there.I'm thinking it will make some great HDR shots.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-07-2008, 9:04 PM Reply   
Nice drops....here is my attempt

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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-07-2008, 9:13 PM Reply   
Nice! Straiten it out a little bit and you got yourself a keeper!

Are you guys using macros? And are you just shooting in your kitchen sink? I have always wanted to try these. This could be my Saturday night.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-08-2008, 5:31 AM Reply   
Shot this in a white bowl on my counter with the pop up flash (speedlight ran out of batteries and I am fresh out), 17-55 lens, tripod, release, food coloring, and a syringe with water.

This is my first attempt and I really don't know anything about drops but here is what I figured out yesterday over the course of about 40 shots.

Food coloring helps
Fill the bowl as high as you can
Lower angles are better
Most of your shots will suck (unless you have nice triggering equipment)


Things I am going to try
-- Clear bowl with a couple of speedlights shooting up the bottom
-- build a laser/sound trigger for the flash
-- Back off and use a zoom to reduce the angle
-- Different liquids (like hot Jello)

There is a pretty nice gallery on pBase that has some pretty cool ones.

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-08-2008, 6:50 AM Reply   
Bakes/JJ: Those are awesome! Now all you need is a penthouse in New York to go with it where you can proudly hang the prints!

Jakober,

Do you remember what your shutter speeds were? (the exif isn't showing them) and I'm curious how you got the BG above the bowl blue. Did you photoshop those at all? If you didn't that's very impressive!

Walt, I'm not a big fan of over manipulated images but in the case of your waterfront shots you really made those work. There's a writer of horror novels (can't remember his name at the moment) that uses that kind of look in his illustrations that I immediately thought of when I saw those.

These threads are getting very entertaining as you guys keep getting more and more creative!
Old    Chris Anthony (russian)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-08-2008, 9:45 AM Reply   
Walt, its the south end of Big Sur, Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park, Mcway falls.
Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-08-2008, 9:47 AM Reply   
Guys,

I don't know if you really want to get started shooting water drops, it's kinda addicting. After you look through 100 plus shots of nothing you will find a few that are OK and then you will want to try again, and again, and again

Ryan,

No macro, I used my 18-180 zoomed all the way in.

Rich,

Don't know why the Exif isn't showing for you, I use OPanda IExif 2 and can right click the picture and see the exif? The shutter was 1/180th as thats the fastest it will sync with the flash. I rely more on the flash burst to stop the motion, rather then the shutter. No photoshop other then to crop and resize. The blue above the bowl is just a piece of white paper standing up at the back rim of the bowl. The blue color of the photos was actually an accident. I started playing around with the white balance settings on the camera and one of them created a blue cast on everything! So I got lucky and didn't need any food coloring.

Like Bakes said, lower angles really help keep the entire drop in focus. Here are some I did a while ago at a higher angle and you can see where the tops of the drops are slightly out of focus do to the shallow DOF.

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These were taken in a bowl with a red towel sunk in the bottom of it.

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Old    Scott (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       03-08-2008, 11:18 AM Reply   
Yeah...there's definitely EXIF info in those last few photos.

I like the details that towel provides.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-08-2008, 6:04 PM Reply   
CS3 was showing me everything but shutter speed for some reason. Thanks for letting me know what you used.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-08-2008, 8:46 PM Reply   
A startrail I screwed up a bit. This shot is 60 30 Second exposures stacked together. I screwed up the exposure by not doing a couple of test shots so everything was about 4 stops underexposed. I salvaged the effect in photoshop but it is still pretty rough. One of the whole points of stacking is to avoid blowing out light pollution...unfortunately jacking around with levels as much as I did screwed that up.

Anyways, its too late here to try again...maybe I'll try again tomorrow.



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Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-08-2008, 9:12 PM Reply   
Thats really cool!

Here are some I did playing around with marbles and slow shutter.

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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-08-2008, 9:50 PM Reply   
The marble shots are great. How did you do that ?
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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-09-2008, 1:27 AM Reply   
Few from tonight.

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Old    Nick Swan (goinbigg17)      Join Date: Jul 2002       03-09-2008, 5:42 AM Reply   
Ryan,

That second picture makes me laugh. The look on his face is something along the lines of "why am I doing this?"

Great stuff!
Old    Kevin Hazlett (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       03-09-2008, 10:56 AM Reply   
A couple from downtown this morning.
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Old    Kevin Hazlett (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       03-09-2008, 11:10 AM Reply   
Riding the tube
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Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-09-2008, 1:29 PM Reply   
Walt,

For the marbles I built a ramp that the marbles roll down and then shoot into the air. I used 1/4sec shutter speed to allow time for the marbles to fly across the frame. I used 1-3 lights hitting the marbles to create the trails and either first or second curtain flash to freeze the marbles.
Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-12-2008, 11:32 PM Reply   
Few from my travels today. I couldn't decide on my favorite one so you get a few different versions. Enjoy!

Oklahoma Airport:


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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-12-2008, 11:47 PM Reply   
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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-13-2008, 7:21 AM Reply   
A couple taken at 800mm.

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Old    Ryan Taylor (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-13-2008, 7:57 AM Reply   
Nice! You should post some pictures of your rig. That lens must be a monster!!!!!
Old    Adam (blindmnkee3)      Join Date: Aug 2001       03-13-2008, 1:17 PM Reply   
Grand Coulee, Central WA

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-13-2008, 7:29 PM Reply   
It's actually not that bad overall, that's a 400 f4 DO IS with Canon 2X TC attached. The combo still weighs a lb less then a 300 f2.8L IS and is about the same length overall. IQ is every bit as good as the other Canon superteles with or without the convertors plus I get AF with both the 1.4 and 2X (which is still f8 because it's an f4 lens).



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Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-13-2008, 8:06 PM Reply   
Domain Chandon #2. HDR and LAB color in photoshop.
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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       03-13-2008, 8:14 PM Reply   
This is from a 5 shot bracket and merged with PS HDR. I handheld it and shot the exposures at 10fps and it looks like they aligned up good in spite of that. I couldn't get rid of the blown areas around the sun however without messing up the rest of it. I guess I should convert the RAW files first and fix that before merging.

Walt,

On that shot above what are you getting by using HDR that you wouldn't get from the regular image (I'm assuming the sky?) Can you post the original normal exposure so I can see what the HDR conversion did for that image.


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Old    Chris Anthony (russian)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-13-2008, 8:54 PM Reply   
Rich, I thought you had a 400 5.6?
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-13-2008, 9:24 PM Reply   
As you can tell by the photo the sun was coming from the side so the hedge was under exposed.The sky would of blown out if I tried to expose the hedge properly.I can get a better overall exposure in some cases.

If you couldn't get rid of your blown high light areas you probably didn't vary your exposures enough.Are you working with curves or levels ?

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