Usacomp2k3 wrote:At a friend of mine's wedding: http://usacomp.zapto.org/gallery/d/10536-1/IMG_1202.jpg
Pagey wrote:I'd really like to get my wife a nice digital SLR for her birthday, but pretty much everything I've read suggests that unless you're a professional (or a bedroom pro), you are wasting your time and money.
Pagey wrote:LOL, no, not a pr0n director. Though that might make home life more interesting. I guess by bedroom pro I mean some that could do photography for a living/business but chooses not to due to other obligations.
liquidsquid wrote:Take a peek at Sony's crossover product I am using, the R1. Big, heavy, but allows some great shots. Excellent resolution and handling. No changing lenses and comes with a great set of optics.
FireGryphon wrote:LS: Nice pictures. One thing I notice from the R1 in your shots (checked your website out, too) is that they are very undersaturated. Is that the camera's default, or did you set it like that manually?
Yeah, CS2 has an "automatic" HDR combiner that should help in combining multiple frames for landscapes like that, tough to do without a tripod handy though. In all honesty I thought the shot was a throwaway for a while - the original is just way too hazy and unsaturated to be especially pleasing. I like the added punch from taking the saturation a tad over the top, and without that boost the background suffers greatly. I could mess with selectively boosting the saturation of the background, but the saturated foreground is rather striking. I love gnarled trees like that.liquidsquid wrote:Pretty cool, the saturation suits the shot. Love the composition... though I am no expert there.
Its a shame the sky is all white though. Tough shot to get both the sky and landscape in the proper exposure. Many people will take a few shots at different exposures and blend them in PS. For example one shot with the sky exposed properly, the other with the foreground. Otherwise use a camera with a wide dynamic range like a lot of the latest higher-end prosumers have.
I am dying to get out there with my R1 and take some real shots but I can't seem to get the frig out of this house! Something keeps coming up.
In retrospective I should have exposed a bit less, but at the time I was just letting the camera meter for itself, and it isn't very protective of highlights as we can all see right now. It certainly tends towards overexposing a bit in that sort of situation. Looking through all of my photos from that trip most of them are overexposed a tad. I only had ~500 clicks with the camera previous to that trip, and most of those were either indoors, in dark or overcast conditions, or had larger portions of sky that the camera metered more correctly. I also probably wasn't paying enough attention to not overexposing the sky as well. My camera is a Canon a80 so I'm sure the limitations on dynamic range are similar. I'd like to get something superior because the shots I really enjoy taking tend to be a tad on the challenging side. While the photographer, not the camera, makes the shot, nicer tools sure are tempting.FireGryphon wrote:mattsteg: I bet if you increased the shutter speed and closed the aperture on those shots, the sky wouldn't be as blown out as it is. That would make the rest of the picture dark, but it's remarkably easy to brighten a darker image and still have it looks nice. I take almost all of my outdoor pictures this way because my Canon A95 doesn't have great dynamic range.
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