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post #101 of 185
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Wow so many photos are blowing me away here. I really love the Amazon stuff Bucho, and you're a braver man than me getting that close to a spider the size of a face hugger from Alien.

Mcnooj continues to bring the goods with the candids and i love the snow stuff Judas.

These next photos were taken at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, A park that used to be called Marine World way back when it was basically the Sea World of Northern California.

They are apart of a tiger breeding and conservation program and from birth train their tigers to be used to water and even like it. So when feeding time comes why throw chunks of beef into a plexiglass sided pool so you can watch what tigers look like when they dive.







The muscles on these animals are incredible.




And one final shot of this guy staring through the chain link fence right into my lens.


Edited by Tim K - 12/11/12 at 9:28am
post #102 of 185
Thread Starter 
Did my tigers kill this thread?

Well, have you ever had the perfect shot and known it, but no matter how many hours you throw into shooting the scene things conspire against you?

There is a Hotel in Germany that is themed to the Roman Colosseum and it has this gorgeously lit center courtyard with an elaborate fountain that is built into the ground so if you chose to, you could walk right into it and get soaked. My tour group checked into this hotel one hot summer's night and it was absolutely the best place to chill. At the back of the courtyard there was some statium seating that gaves great views of the entire scene and I must have spent a good hour trying to get an image that could convey just how great this day was.

But it was really dark, I didn't have a tripod, my only lens wasn't wide enough and I have been cursed with shaky since the day I was born. I eventually gave up, but I do have some shots that I'd like to share.

This is the fountain:




Here was the stadium seating in the background




I wanted to capture the romanitc feeling shared by the people sitting around me with the fountain as the focal point. This is as far as I could zoom out with the lens I had. I chose to upload this shot in particular because I like the candid poses and it gives an idea of the overall shot I was aiming for.




I eventually gave up attempting to capture the entirety of the stands and went with some verticals which I feel are the best shots I got that night.




And one more closer up shot of the people in front of the fountain (they were on the same tour as me). I like their posing in this.




*sigh*

Someday I will return to that hotel with a wider lens and a tripod.
post #103 of 185
The fountain is cool but my favourite from that set is the second one, with the Colosseum seating and arches looming imperiously over proceedings.

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Well, have you ever had the perfect shot and known it, but no matter how many hours you throw into shooting the scene things conspire against you?

Only about a million times.

Ok, I'm exaggerating, more like eight hundred and seventy thousand times.
post #104 of 185
Thread Starter 
Man I really did kill this thread.

I guess I'll post one of my first digital photos.

Taken from the top the the Arc de Triomphe




And then I discovered this in the archives, a photo I exported and ment to post with the almond orchard photo at the beginning of the thread.

post #105 of 185
Keep em comin' Tim, clearly your well is far from dry and those shots are both awesome.

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Man I really did kill this thread.

I just got to realise that I had probably played out my Sunsets or Amazon theme and also realised that I haven't taken a lot of photos of other things beyond family and friends, and those are really just keepsakes rather than striking images that would impress or inspire anybody else, so they don't belong in this thread. Nooj's awesome shots of his friends certainly make me want to take more like those. And spend a lot of money on camera gear.
post #106 of 185
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Don't worry this thread isn't all about posting great photography, we can talk about aspects of the hobby too.

Right now i'm eagerly waiting for a refurbished EOS Rebel T3i to arrive. I ordered it for super cheap off of Canon's website. Truthfully I had been holding off for a full 35mm frame sensor DSLR like the 5D mark III, but decided to jump on the T3i and wait for the 5Ds to get cheaper.

But now since I have a cropped sensor camera on the way I am debating if I should buy a second lens. The T3i comes with a Refurbished EF-S 17 to 55mm zoom, but with the size of the sensor being so small a 17mm wide angle has to be multiplied by 1.6 to get the true wide angle value of around 28mm.

I hear canon makes an excellent 10 to 22mm Ultra Wide zoom, but it is also an EF-S mount lens which means that is is not compatible with Canon's full frame DSLRs. Since the EF-S lenses go deeper into the camera body than the EF lenses the EF-S lens will block the 35mm DSLRs mirror from rising which makes it impossible to use on a full frame camera even though the mount itself is almost exactly the same as an EF mount.

So I'm asking myself the question: Do I really want to double the amount of money I spent on this camera for a lens that will allow me to shoot in my favorite range (wide angle) even though I won't be able to use this lens when I upgrade to a full frame sensor camera sometime in the future?
post #107 of 185

That's not true of all EF-S lenses, for the sake of it (it could be for this one, I don't know).  The biggest problem generally is that they are just too small to cover the sensor on a full frame, so you get a vignetted/toilet roll effect.

 

What were you using before?  Can it not be adapted?

I'd give the 17-55 a try before you splash out on anything else.  I'm not a wide angle fan particularly,  So perhaps that's why, but  I do find the Tamron of those lengths I've got plenty wide enough on the ol 60D.

post #108 of 185

Bought a used Canon 5D MkII off of a friend and slapped on the 50mm fixed lens I'd already been using with the Rebel T2i.

 

These are some photos I took of my family on a holiday outing to... the ballet.

AH, THE BALLET...

 

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Doo doo dodododo doo doo dooooo do!  THIS WILL BE ANOTHER MONSTER POST.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Edited by mcnooj82 - 12/25/12 at 1:55am
post #109 of 185
More 5D mkII action for the holidays!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"... take the shot."
 
post #110 of 185

Mcnooj, what ISO where you using for the post of the people on the stairs. Particularly the one with the guy in the black suit going away from you. It looks like you have film grain in it and that's amazing! I wish I had pix to post. *sigh*

post #111 of 185

Looks like that particular photo was taken at an ISO of 1000.  But I made some changes in Lightroom, so the original RAW file didn't look like that.

post #112 of 185
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As always Mcnooj, I am not worthy.

Simply amazing...
post #113 of 185

Indeed. The mild cavalier-ness with focus and a little motion is refreshing to see (too many obsessed with pure technical achievements sometimes these days.  Probably just the circles I wander in).  Sounds like faint praise I know, but oh well.

 

Raw noise is actually pretty alright, based on my brief fiddling, despite 'noise' being a dirty word vs grain particularly.  It doesn't hurt much making it show a little, I find.

post #114 of 185

Oh, I LOVE noise and grain.

post #115 of 185

These are really gorgeous, Tim and Nooj. 
 

post #116 of 185

Some great new photos in here.

post #117 of 185
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Oh, I LOVE noise and grain.

 

Mah man.

 

On this one...

 

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...apart from the nice texture from all those screens being awesome, you appear to have put a vignette on.  But is it some extra colour shifting vignette, or a gradient and vignette on the top, or a radial gradient of some kind?  (I'm just trying to figure it out.  Whatever the case I now have to start doing all of the above, just because)

post #118 of 185

The full frame sensor on the 5d MkII and the 50mm prime lens already puts on a natural radial vignette.  But I'm sure I adjusted the RAW file to increase that natural vignette as I was putting on some color shifting.  I toy with it until I like it.  Not always sure what I do!

 

I LOVE Lightroom.  Just makes it so quick and easy!

post #119 of 185

Cheers.  Yeah  I wouldn't mind playing with it some time I think.  Photoshop does pretty much everything it can do, but it's not exactly at your fingertips to say the least.

post #120 of 185

I saw The Darkness Monday night.

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post #121 of 185

Couple that I took using my phone while on holiday in Mount Maunganui.

 

The first one is Pohutekawa trees growing at the foot of the mount.  They are such a strange, alien looking tree with their spindliness.  I came around a bend in the path and it was like I'd been transported to another world.  

 

 

 

The second one is just my kids looking at the sea on the beach.  I have this weird obsession with photos of my kids looking away, it's all gone a bit Inception.

 

 

post #122 of 185

Ooooh, I like the one of your kids! The fact that there's nothing but ocean in it makes for some interesting thoughts.

post #123 of 185

I normally can't take a photo to save my life, but these don't completely suck:

 

This was taken after a storm. The sky turned a weird yellow/green. The photo really doesn't capture the color of the sky that evening, it looked surreal.

 

 

 

These two were my attempt at taking photos at night. The blurriness makes them look much cooler than I intended.

post #124 of 185

Trip to LA LA LAND.

 

Huntington Library:

(these were shot with the 5d mkII... FULL FRAME!!!)

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Edited by mcnooj82 - 1/29/13 at 2:18pm
post #125 of 185
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I visited the San Diego Zoo last week and only now really got around to looking at my photos. I was lucky, the weather was perfect and all the animals were up and about. I just wish I had brought my DLSR and not my little compact Canon SX230. I lost a lot of good shots because the damn thing kept on focusing on the foreground foliage.

Here is a Meerkat haloed by the sun.




A California Condor with a face only a mother could love. Seriously though I think I found Jim Henson's main influence for the Skeksis in Dark Crystal.




An Arctic Fox drifting off in the afternoon sun.




I'm not sure what bird this is, I just like the way it turned to loo back at me.




And the obligatory panda photo.

post #126 of 185
That condor is so badass.
post #127 of 185

I love the full frame image - it's so lush.  Sony has a new camera with full frame and a Zeiss lens that I covet but I'm not ready to break my streak of inheriting hand-me-downs.  :)  Meanwhile, I took a trip to Arizona recently and took a lot of pics.  Here are a couple that turned out...

 

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ps. Everything posted above is gorgeous.  You guys really have an eye.

post #128 of 185

Is that the way cacti normally grow? That's really cool! What time of day was this? It's a funny brownish green.

post #129 of 185

Yeah, they're called Suaro cacti.  I'm not sure I got the color exactly right.  My camera washes everything out so I tried to tweak the exposure in photoshop.  It was late in the day so the light was an umber color. 
 


Edited by yt - 4/8/13 at 6:38am
post #130 of 185
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I love both of those yt. The color looks fine to my eyes and that second shot is amazing. You got the moon in the perfect place top third of the photo, great composition skills.


I usually have to rely on finding the correct composition when I do my cropping after I get back from a day out with my camera.
post #131 of 185

Thanks, guys, and Tim K, that's the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me about my fledgling photography.  It means a lot. :)

post #132 of 185

Splurged on a new lens, so I took my camera in to work (prop house) to play around with it a bit.  Took a few shots I liked.

 

 

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post #133 of 185

Grace, those are incredible!  What a cool job, and I love the faces, which manage to be blank and expressive at the same time. 
 

post #134 of 185

Thanks!  Yeah, fake dead people make great practice models.

post #135 of 185
Holy cow Grace! (In a good way.)

What lens did you get?
post #136 of 185

This little guy:  http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Standard-Medium-Telephoto-Cameras/dp/B00009XVCZ

 

My first 50mm lens.  Almost went with the 1.8 because Canon's got such a good price on it, but I figured it was better to spend more now than wish I'd spent more later.  That, or I'm a sucker.

post #137 of 185
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This little guy:  http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Standard-Medium-Telephoto-Cameras/dp/B00009XVCZ

 

My first 50mm lens.  Almost went with the 1.8 because Canon's got such a good price on it, but I figured it was better to spend more now than wish I'd spent more later.  That, or I'm a sucker.

 

That's the exact 50 I'm using!

 

Which is really the go-to lens for portraits.

 

These are from a shoot I got to stand around in last month.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
post #138 of 185
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That's the exact 50 I'm using!

 

Which is really the go-to lens for portraits.

 

 

Awesome. I feel much better about my purchase knowing it's mcnooj-approved.

post #139 of 185
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I love how digital has made professional movie sets look ridiculous.

That zoom lens on the camera in your photo is bigger than the camera body and probably twice as heavy and 5 times as expensive.

Just goes to show that having a possible 8k image is no substitute for having good glass pointing at your subject, the same goes for a good portrait lens for a DSLR. (Yes it seems the field is moving into 8k even though 4K has yet to be adopted for use in theaters and in the home)
post #140 of 185

You know what sucks though?  With all that equipment, they were shooting at 29.97 fps.  Microsoft imposed standard.

 

UNNNGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  MORONS!!!

post #141 of 185
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I thought 29.97fps is a RCA imposed standard.

Basically when color tvs were coming around, RCA was the leader of the field as they were the ones who started television. Their techs though found that the color signal impinged on a radio bandwidths because it was using a much larger spectrum than B&W. by slowing down the framerate it separated the color signal from the radio one enough so that the image could get through without interference.

Here article that I looked up to double check my facts.

http://theautomaticfilmmaker.com/blog/2009/2/23/about-frame-rates-or-why-2997.html
post #142 of 185

Oh, you misunderstood me.  I know 29.97 fps is a part of the NTSC broadcast standard in the US. (but I didn't know the specifics that you described, so thanks!)

 

I'm just saying that I was told that videos that vendors produce videos for Microsoft are required to follow technical guidelines set by the company.  Honestly, I have no idea if that's even true or not, considering the fact that I've seen Microsoft ads that are shot more like films.

 

But this video is supposed to be meant for use within the company, so maybe it's just an internal standard.  Either way, it's a stupid standard until I hear a better reason.

post #143 of 185

Have you guys seen this? Not still but pretty interesting from a digital point of view.

 

http://vimeo.com/63357898

post #144 of 185
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I love how digital has made professional movie sets look ridiculous.

That zoom lens on the camera in your photo is bigger than the camera body and probably twice as heavy and 5 times as expensive.

Just goes to show that having a possible 8k image is no substitute for having good glass pointing at your subject, the same goes for a good portrait lens for a DSLR. (Yes it seems the field is moving into 8k even though 4K has yet to be adopted for use in theaters and in the home)


Not that you're wrong, but that's an Alexa so they're probably about the same in this case  (also a weirdly low res camera, yet beloved by old school DoPs for its look.  Leaving many a Red un-rented)

post #145 of 185
Tim K your tiger snaps are amazing!

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post #146 of 185

Dr. H., what is that we're looking at? Do you have an outside opening or a window behind you?

post #147 of 185
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Dr. H., what is that we're looking at? Do you have an outside opening or a window behind you?

That is an odd little alley being lit up by the first glow of dawn, located somewhere in Washington DC. Taken the morning of Obama's second inaugural on my way to work.

Eta behind me is the street, and I am standing in front of a security gate (you can see the shadows of the bars on the ground).
Edited by Dr Harford - 4/18/13 at 2:07pm
post #148 of 185
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post #149 of 185

Went to Belize for 10 days back in March. Here are some of the best shots I got while there. I took something like 800 total.

 

 

Cool sign post in San Pedro

Really awesome restaurant on Caye Caulker

Taken at the Barefoot Bar in Placencia

Love this one because of the sand texture/shapes

Here's my ad for an amazing beer

The most mindblowing sunset I have ever seen

Another

Our captain on the river boat trip to the ruins at Lamanai

Bird

Gigantic

Daunting architecture. The main structure at Lamanai.

 

This was taken after we got back from the sacrificial caves at Actun Tunichil Muknal

The main structure at Caracol. The tallest structure in the entire country.

post #150 of 185
Thanks for this thread, cause I dunno why I got so busy with life that I've been neglecting my camera

iPhone 5 (imported from Facebook, so some loss of quality)


The Nikon

The first image I ever snapped with the camera. Brick would be proud.

Just some random plant stuff
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