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stephent
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Re: Random clicks from today.
In reply to sunisri, Jul 19, 2013

Hi mate, love the first two, bold framing and strong colour make these anything but flower photos. Really great images.

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Re: Points of Light
In reply to dave gaines, Jul 19, 2013

Hi mate, well worth the effort to achieve the different view. Great colours, the black areas could be a little stronger on my screen. Really like the two lower bursts of fireworks they balance the image.

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Re: The Cross...
In reply to stephent, Jul 19, 2013

Nice lines Stephan,

I'll have to go back and look at last week's image. I like the strong lines and vertical axis. It's very symmetrical. I'd also like to see it shown of center, asymmetrically. Nice B&W rendering.

This is a fabric structure, right? A freind of mine designs these here in So Cal. The connections and material forces are very complex.

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Re: Random clicks from today.
In reply to stephent, Jul 19, 2013

stephent wrote:

Hi mate, love the first two, bold framing and strong colour make these anything but flower photos. Really great images.

Regards.

Stephen.

Thanks Stephen for your kind comments.

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Re: Speedster..
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Speedster..

Thanks for looking/commenting

Lou

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Wow that's a nice panning shot. I like it :)...

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Re: Electra
In reply to greyowl750, Jul 19, 2013

What a great perspective. I like the focused reflection in the foregorund contrasted by the OOF wing. Good B&W rendition. Godd leading lines and trussed roof.

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Re: Rudderless: 20th Century love affair
In reply to Zindanfel, Jul 19, 2013

Great colors! The complimentary red and green really pop. I like the red "boat" blending into the grass, wheels hidden. It is plying the oceans of lost love. Good lyrics to go with the image.

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Re: Balrog
In reply to CharlesB58, Jul 19, 2013

"Oh my gosh!" said the wise kitten. "I can't believe he's using that 4/3 format. I thought Olympus was just a ghost in the distant past". words of a wise-alec cat

Those eyes are too funny. What wonderment. It's a beautiful portrait of your furry friend.

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Re: Random clicks from today.
In reply to sunisri, Jul 19, 2013

All three very colourful.  Think I would have preferred the first with the leaf falling diagonally across the frame at about the same magnification.  Hard to tell without seeing it though.  Very nice oof backgrounds in the first two.

Andrew

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Re: Points of Light
In reply to dave gaines, Jul 19, 2013

Nicely caught. When I last tried these on slide film I used the bulb setting with a cable release locked open and the lens cap to expose the film Worked very nicely as I recall and I was able to get several different sets on the same exposure using that technique. Not sure if the same is possible now as there is no mechanical cable release that can be locked open.

Anyway, I digress. The display nicely fills your frame and the city lights give it some context.  Don't know if darkening the sky in post can be done without interfering with the rest of the image, but if it can it might improve the end result.

Andrew

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Re: Points of Light
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Fireworks seen from above on the 4th of July. We climbed a trail to a ridge at around 2000 feet overlooking Pasadena and the Rose Bowl, about 1500 feet below us and 2 to 3 miles away. The Rose Bowl press box can be seen in the lower left. E-5 with 50-200 mm and EC-14 at 283 mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 4 seconds. In-camera noise reduction. On a tripod with cable release and no shutter delay. Timing the shots for a burst of light is mostly luck but using mirror lock up made it very difficult to catch a fireworks burst.

Points of Light over the Rose Bowl

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I like fireworks photos -- surrogates for expression of feelings and beliefs which can be a little larger than one's vocabulary.

In this shot, the treeline and arena add useful reference scale. A darker sky would be welcome to my eye. Also, the atmosphere seems to have a golden cast, and this tends to diminish contrast with the orange/gold-toned parts of the fireworks. Maybe it's caused by smoke catching the fireworks' light?

I usually shoot fireworks in the Fireworks scene mode if the camera has it, and mount the camera on a monopod so that I can wiggle it slightly during exposure, because I think squiggly light-trails often add interest to fireworks shots.  Also, later review of an evening's exposures offers surprises; many are pleasant.

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Re: Electra
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greyowl750 wrote: Thanks all, I was looking for extreme angles and new ways to present these old aircraft, some way to really show their beauty an a way that hankered back to old bw films..I wanted it to be graphic, and gripping..as though this wing was made of muscle.

the 14-54 mk1 is a fine instrument indeed!!

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Re: Painted Face
In reply to Zindanfel, Jul 20, 2013

Thanks for commenting Zin.  I had taken other images that evening from somewhat different angles, but different people involved as well.  I have another of face painting that I was actually looking for when I came upon this one.  Maybe for next week's thread.

Andrew

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Re: Balrog
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dave gaines wrote:

"Oh my gosh!" said the wise kitten. "I can't believe he's using that 4/3 format. I thought Olympus was just a ghost in the distant past". words of a wise-alec cat

Those eyes are too funny. What wonderment. It's a beautiful portrait of your furry friend.

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I had quickly grabbed my camera while he was sitting on the bed. Those eyes are watching the neck strap dangling in front of my chest LOL. This was one of only 2 shots I managed to get before he went to find something to play with.

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CharlesB58 wrote:

dave gaines wrote:

"Oh my gosh!" said the wise kitten. "I can't believe he's using that 4/3 format. I thought Olympus was just a ghost in the distant past". words of a wise-alec cat

Those eyes are too funny. What wonderment. It's a beautiful portrait of your furry friend.

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I had quickly grabbed my camera while he was sitting on the bed. Those eyes are watching the neck strap dangling in front of my chest LOL. This was one of only 2 shots I managed to get before he went to find something to play with.

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Re: Points of Light
In reply to Zindanfel, Jul 20, 2013

Thanks for commenting Zin. I may have overexposed the shots by 1/2 a stop. That's why the firework centers are blown and the sky is not black. I increased the blacks and lifted the highlights in PS post as much as I could. On a couple of them I decreased the exposure slider in ACR by 1/2 stop. I wish I had stopped down a bit for better exposure and more DOF.

Yes, that's smoke in the sky from the fireworks. It shows in all of the photos and can't be removed. It was drifting downwind, up the Arroyo Seco. I posterized 2 of them which turned it into contrasting colors. We could see fireworks displays all over the San Gabriel Valley. Visibility was about 10 miles. As the night progressed the smoke increased and visibility dropped. It's amazing how much smoke it generates. Makes you wonder what's in the smoke?

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Re: Points of Light
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Hi Andrew. Thanks for commenting. Yes there is a cable release and bulb setting for the E-3 and E-5. Some of the other e-series use a different cable and some don't have a cable option but ther is a way to use the IR remote for bulb shots. Also I think you can take multiple exposures with the E-5. I'll have to read the manual on how to do that. I would be leary of using the lens cap due to camera movement on the tripod with the 50-200. There might be an easy way to rig a lens cover that uses a black cloth or something over the lens hood. Now I want to give your idea a try.

As I said to Zin, I may have overexposed the shots by 1/2 a stop. That's why the firework centers are blown and the sky is not black. I increased the blacks and lifted the highlights in PS as much as I could. On a couple of them I decreased the exposure slider in ACR by 1/2 stop. I wish I had stopped down a bit for better exposure and more DOF.

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Re: Points of Light
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stephent wrote:

Hi mate, well worth the effort to achieve the different view. Great colours, the black areas could be a little stronger on my screen. Really like the two lower bursts of fireworks they balance the image.

Regards.

Stephen.

Hi Stephan,

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you liked them. My wife and good friend Jim thought it was a lot of work getting up there. We really broke a sweat climbing 500 feet or so. My wife was bored for a while. a family with kids was there and the little ones were ancy and ready to go home. When the big show at the Rose Bowl started they were all impressed and had a good time. We took an easier but longer, wide paved road out and back down in the dark.

As I said to Zin, I may have overexposed the shots by 1/2 a stop. That's why the firework centers are blown and the sky is not black. I increased the blacks in ACR and lifted the highlights in PS as much as I could. On a couple of them I decreased the exposure slider in ACR by 1/2 stop. I wish I had stopped down a bit for better exposure and more DOF. Next time...

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