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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:17 pm

While I was having some fun, and got this image, which I am not really thrilled or disappointed with, there is a sequence which will be accompanied by my thoughts as I took the image.
ImageBig Waves Hilo (4 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr

So cool, this looks like it will be a nice wave crash.
ImageBig Waves Hilo (1 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr

Wow, that's a pretty solid crash....
ImageBig Waves Hilo (2 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr

Aaahhhh, too close!!!
ImageBig Waves Hilo (3 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:32 pm

TheEmry's, are you in Hawaii on a permanent basis? I remember you posted some shots from a trip there over the summer, but I thought that was just for vacation/not permanent.

My recent contributions. Went wine/spirit/beer tasting yesterday, and grapes don't grow in ugly places (slogan of nearby winery: they're pretentious and their wine isn't great, but their slogan is entirely true) so I got some fun pictures. Also, a picture of the WI capital, as I was out there for an interview.

View from where we had a picnic lunch. This was at Pollak Vineyards, looking over the small lake.
Image_DSC9123 by emerson.robert, on Flickr

This little bugger came barreling towards us, just as we finished our sandwiches. He stuck around for a bit before realizing we didn't have any more food.
Image_DSC9063 by emerson.robert, on Flickr

Third winery (Veritas) gave us this view. It was pretty crowded, so the 135mm came out and I tried to shoot around people.
Image_DSC9140 by emerson.robert, on Flickr

And bonus picture from Madison!
Image_DSC9002 by emerson.robert, on Flickr
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Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:05 pm

Naw, these are from May. I have Comprehensive Exams tomorrow for my MA and needed a break. Since I couldn't go out and shoot, I looked at some old shots.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:22 pm

Ah, well I can understand that! This past weekend has been a lesson in doing everything but studying...

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Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:56 pm

So, comps are done. Did a wee walkabout today on campus with my a7 and Minolta 100/2. I am falling in love with this lens. Tiny, well balanced on the a7, and so nicely sharp. Love the thin DOF at 100mm. And I absolutely love the bokeh. These are un-processed, aside from cropping. Oh, one does have some CA removal. It had some CA in the eye reflection.

ImageBerries and Squirrel (1 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr

ImageBerries and Squirrel (2 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr

ImageBerries and Squirrel (3 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr

ImageBerries and Squirrel (4 of 4) by the3mrys, on Flickr
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Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:21 am

We had a rain show move through late in the afternoon followed by a temperature drop around dusk. Coming home from picking the dogs up from the groomer, I noticed a light fog moving in. Much to my wife's consternation, I grabbed the camera and tripod and headed out the front door.

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Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:21 pm

Very fun. I miss mist here in Colorado. Its very, very rare, as high and dry as it is. I like #2 best, and its a pity about the raindrop on the lens.

Can you get starbursts on groups of lights? I don't know and would like to know. If you could, that might be an interesting long exposure with some nice starbursts there.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:28 pm

TheEmrys wrote:
Very fun. I miss mist here in Colorado. Its very, very rare, as high and dry as it is. I like #2 best, and its a pity about the raindrop on the lens.

Can you get starbursts on groups of lights? I don't know and would like to know. If you could, that might be an interesting long exposure with some nice starbursts there.


It's not a raindrop. It's reflections off the lens elements. The high power flood lights are just too much for the coatings on the lense elements. It's even more pronounced in a couple of other images, to the point where you can actually make out the individual lights in the reflections.

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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:32 pm

You didn't have a filter on, did you? I've given up on them outside of using polarizers for some landscapes and water reflections. My 70-300, especially, will show almost exact 1:1 reflections of bright stuff when used with above average clear protection filters.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:34 pm

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You didn't have a filter on, did you? I've given up on them outside of using polarizers for some landscapes and water reflections. My 70-300, especially, will show almost exact 1:1 reflections of bright stuff when used with above average clear protection filters.


Yeah, now that you mention it, I did... :-? I keep a UV filter on the front of it. Didn't even think about it until you mentioned it.

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Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:53 pm

I gave up uv filters. I find a hood works as well for protection. Even then, a front element can take a ton of damage before it affects image quality.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:19 pm

TheEmrys wrote:
I gave up uv filters. I find a hood works as well for protection. Even then, a front element can take a ton of damage before it affects image quality.


I was actually discussing this with one of the guys in the office today. He just picked up a new Canon with the 18-135 kit lens and was asking about a protective filter. The way that lens is built, you the barrel sticks out beyond the front element a bit so you would have to hit it on a pointy object in the middle of lens to actual get to the element.

I'll probably leave the filter on mine for now. That's my general purpose walk around lens and it doesn't normally get put in the situation in that image. If I find myself taking more pictures that cause problems, I'll re-think that.

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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:06 pm

A hood does a pretty good job, too. I never go without a hood on, mostly for protective reasons.

Regarding actual damage to lens front elements, this article pretty much made me never worry.
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Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:39 pm

Can't imagine a lens not having a sacrificial UV filter on it.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:04 pm

The thing is, digital sensors don't need a UV filter. I actually have one or two that are just clear glass - no UV coating. I usually remove the UV or clear filter when I install a polarizer, but it's not as disposable.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:07 pm

I use filters for storage, as it keeps dust off of the front element. I try to remember to take them off before I go out shooting, especially if I'm shooting at night. That was an issue on my Canon (cheap Tiffen filter), and while the Hoya's I have a bit better, I do prefer no filter, though I'll probably look into a nice CPL and some ND filters. Eventually. I use hoods whenever possible, as my 135/2.8 has a built-in and the 28-70 has one that works well. The 40/1.8 doesn't have a hood, but it has a tiny front element so I'm not too afraid. Of course, I'm gonna have to find one for the new 58mm. That'll be fun...

Random thread contribution for today:
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Just got a Minolta 58mm f/1.2 (mentioned above) this afternoon so I took it out and shot a bit after work. The above shot is at f/2, ISO 100, 1/8000 sec.
It's a great lens. Extremely fast, solid, but not too bulky, very sharp above f/2, with lovely bokeh and contrast. The coating is also excellent, as it barely flares, especially when compared to my Konica AR, and I really like the Minolta colors.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:18 am

First snow of the year in Cincy, snapped some shots on the way into work. For whatever reason, I've been addicted to shooting in the 75mm - 135mm range recently. These are at 75mm.

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Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:51 pm

Really like the mood of number 2.
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Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:58 pm

I see you traded up from your old a65. Nice.
 
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Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:37 pm

I've been spending more time with my EOS-M and the excellent 22/2 and 11-22:

ImageBokeh Balls on the 22/2 at f/2 by John C. Tharp, on Flickr


Image22/2 at f/2.8 for some extra DOF by John C. Tharp, on Flickr


ImageWide-open at 11mm from the attic by John C. Tharp, on Flickr


But I did break out my Kenko macro tube set and took some shots with my 50/1.4 stopped way down using all of the tubes and my YN568EX II set to TTL and 14mm for lighting:


ImageAt f/8 with significant CA corrections by John C. Tharp, on Flickr


ImageFull Kenko Stack with 50/1.4 USM at f/16 by John C. Tharp, on Flickr

I've mostly stopped playing around with macro stuff after having given up my 100L, but if I can get my LED TTL ring light (a cheap Bower setup) adapted for 58mm threads, I think I'll take another shot at it; the 40/2.8 will probably provide much better bokeh with similar magnification to the 50/1.4 and my 70-300 may be able to provide slightly more magnification. And I was surprised to see that the 85/1.8, while providing much better background rendering, has a lower magnification than the 50/1.4!
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Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:07 pm

ImageFaded Glory by mattsteg, on Flickr

From last March.

Hotel in the middle of Tahiti, Relais de la Maroto. Accessible only by 4x4 or helicopter. This building/wing seems pretty much abandoned, except for a somewhat sketchy restroom and the satellite dish on the wall. The hotel is still a going concern, and the restaurant in particular was decent (we stopped there for lunch). I did not ask if it was current, but at the cash register (manned in true Tahitian tradition by a Rae Rae) was a list including several first growths. It seems almost quixotic to run a hotel and fine dining restaurant in such a location, and visiting (just for lunch) was an incredible surreal experience. The logistics and effort to keep such a business going boggle the mind.
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Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:19 pm

And now with a bit more time - liking SS's first mist shot quite a bit, and flip's second snow shot. The touch od color from what I assume to be oak leaves really adds to the impression imo.

Snow here in dreary Minneapolis is more like rain for now...
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Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:31 am

mattsteg wrote:
And now with a bit more time - liking SS's first mist shot quite a bit, and flip's second snow shot. The touch od color from what I assume to be oak leaves really adds to the impression imo.

Snow here in dreary Minneapolis is more like rain for now...


I bounce back and forth between both of flip's snow shots. They both seem to capture the dreary beauty of a winter storm. The first one definitely reminds me of childhood winters and could have been taken in numerous places around my parents house.

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:54 pm

It's been far too quiet here...

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Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:04 pm

Zoo day!

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Also had to post this.
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Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:54 am

Love the shot of the hotel there Matt, the image itself is surreal, can't imagine being there in person.

I think I may pop out my camera for a trip we are going to be making to the Zoo for my sons 2nd birthday... hmmm. It's probably time I give the whole camera thing another shot. Felt pretty beaten down the first time seeing my Sony A230 in comparison to the Nikon and Cannon shots right out of camera.
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Mon May 18, 2015 10:52 pm

I hate that this thread as been abandoned for the last couple of months. I also hate posting multiple shots from the same place, but slightly less (and am too lazy to edit down further). Feedback is very much welcome. First black and whites in years - felt like B&W fit the setting.

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Wed May 20, 2015 7:29 pm

Here's a couple recent ones from yours truly.

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