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Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:48 am UTC
by Oregonaut
So, I took a few more pictures, and I'm kind of proud of them. Please to be posting pictures you are proud of as well. Also, no asshattery. Not all of our pictures will win the next prize of the year, so let's keep it friendly. Comment, critique, cliche, but the first cheeto gets reported.

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Pansies, the lot of you.


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Laser Series, cyclamen.


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Laser Series, cyclamen 2.


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Tulips and Daffodil

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:58 am UTC
by jawdisorder
This is most likely the favorite picture of mine that I took. I don't generally have a camera so I don't really have that many pictures.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:59 am UTC
by Oregonaut
That's pretty neat, were you in motion?

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:05 am UTC
by jawdisorder
Yeah. My friends and I decided to spend a day taking pictures while riding our bikes.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:27 am UTC
by Sungura
Ahhh I have wayyy too many to post...here goes though, just check out my flickr for more.

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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:30 am UTC
by Oregonaut
I love that waterfall picture, it's...misty, but still waterfall....and hard to describe.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:33 am UTC
by Sungura
Second one? Yeah. I love it because it's like what you actually see in a cave as you move through it. It's so...realistic. I love photography that just lights up whole huge rooms, like huge photography projects in this cave that they say it's like standing on top of a mountain inside a cave...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdYZH3PS-fA seriously, watch it with sound on, the music totally adds. But...I often find when looking through photos I see more in the photo than I saw in cave due to lighting. The darkened edges, the mistyness or particles in the air...it's *real*.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:50 am UTC
by Oregonaut
That'd probably be vertigo inducing to a lot of people. I WANNA GO THERE!

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:40 am UTC
by Sungura
That one in particular is in Mendip in the UK.

If you are interested in caving though, check out http://www.nssio.org/Find_Grotto.cfm
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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:13 am UTC
by Korrente
Here's a sample of what I like to take.

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One of my school's DA-40's after a rough Tennessee snow storm.


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My first solo IFR flight, apparently I had an angel with me 'cause I don't usually carry around the halo.


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View over a friend's fence, minor color correction.


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My old house at night with snow.


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View of a friend's house from down the tracks.


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Flew into CVG one day and drove around with some friends. This is coming down the hill into good ol' Cincy.


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The airport sign at home, minor color correction.


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My prop made this one blurry, but I wanted to share since not many people get this view often. One runway at CVG has an entrance/exit on both sides and the tower told us to taxi up. We had to wait for this guy to get out of our way because he was 'time sensitive' and could do 200 knots faster than us or something dumb like that :P



Sorry, got a little carried away. I got a Canon Rebel XS for Christmas and I've been going crazy with it. I dunno if I'm much good or not but it's a lot of fun. Especially in the air.

On a side note, I've been looking for some filters to take some longer exposures during the day. And as a way to get richer colors out of the normal shots. See, I have this pair of prescription sunglasses that have a tint that makes the world look quite awesome...I wish I could have the optometrist make me a larger lens but I dunno if he could or not. Anyway, what do you guys recommend? What kinds of filters and what brands. I'm kind of low-budget but if it'll last a while I'll spend for it.

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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:32 am UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
Korrente wrote:Sorry, got a little carried away. I got a Canon Rebel XS for Christmas and I've been going crazy with it. I dunno if I'm much good or not but it's a lot of fun. Especially in the air.

On a side note, I've been looking for some filters to take some longer exposures during the day. And as a way to get richer colors out of the normal shots. See, I have this pair of prescription sunglasses that have a tint that makes the world look quite awesome...I wish I could have the optometrist make me a larger lens but I dunno if he could or not. Anyway, what do you guys recommend? What kinds of filters and what brands. I'm kind of low-budget but if it'll last a while I'll spend for it.
Depending on how long an exposure you're looking for, you could try either a polarizing filter (which might let you double or so your exposure time, and can do fun things with skies and reflections), or an ND filter (which just makes things darker, and come in varying strengths). For brands, I'd suggest Hoya or B+W. Given that filters will last forever if you don't break them, and sticking a coke-bottle-grade filter in front of a great lens is a bad idea, spending a bit more for good quality is certainly worth it.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:00 am UTC
by clumsy_culhane
Oo photography thread ! :D I've been doing photography for about 3 years now (started when I was 15). I started using the family's digicam, but then bought my Canon 40D about two years ago and since then have used a bunch of other gear that I've hired or borrowed. I haven't taken anything for about 6 months though due to school/uni, I need to get back into it :S I tried to chose 3 very different pics to post here:
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@Korrent I like the fourth one, the framing is good :)

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:01 am UTC
by Anubis
Yay! A photography thread! Those cave pictures are pretty awesome.

I started out with an old Minolta SRT 101 when I was about 12, and saved up enough for a Nikon D70 by the time I was 15, which is what I still use (I'm 21) since I'd rather put my limited funds toward lenses and equipment than a new body. I mostly do nature photography.

Waterfall in Western NC, USA
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Peak in Superstition Wilderness, AZ, USA
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Aspens near Flagstaff, AZ, USA
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Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ, USA
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Another in Antelope Canyon
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Ice on a frozen stream in Western NC, USA
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Linville Gorge, NC, USA
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Well, I guess that's all for now. My favorites are the waterfall and the slot canyon ones.

EDIT: As a mildly interesting aside, the Minolta was used by a war photographer in Vietnam before I got my hands on it. When he got back from the war he was so disturbed by what he saw he quit photography entirely and sold all of his equipment to my uncle for $50, who then eventually gave it to me.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:23 am UTC
by Oregonaut
There are some really awesome pictures in here, I hope I can get some shots that are just as good.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:25 am UTC
by existentialpanda
I'm something of an obsessive about taking pictures; my friends will tell you, I never go anywhere without my camera. (In fact, this will probably allow me to live on campus next year, as it got me elected Historian for my house :D) I'm not that good of a photographer by any means, but occasionally something turns out good.

Anyways. This is myself looking over a bridge, taken on a band trip to London.
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This is on the same trip, looking down from the London Eye.
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This is a random flower in some park in Madrid. I wish I knew what type it was.
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This is a sunset on a beach in Hawaii, taken during spring break last year.
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This is the same sunset.
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This was taken on a tour of the college I now go to.
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And this was taken about a month ago during an impromptu party we held after the basketball team won a game. It's also currently my desktop, though that will probably change soon....
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Also, Anubis, that waterfall looks awesome.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:13 am UTC
by Korrente
Anubis can you give some info on that waterfall? I know it's a longer exposure but what did you do to set it up? How'd you get the colors to come out like that?

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
by tes
existentialpanda wrote:This is myself looking over a bridge, taken on a band trip to London.

At first glance, I thought of your head as a tree in front of a weird but beautiful night sky. Was that your purpose?

Three photos by me:
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I often switch off autofocus and take blurry photographs, but they almost never look as good afterward as they did on the camera preview. This one is an exception.

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Flashlight + long exposure + fiddling around in Photoshop. I made quite a lot of these.


I take the pictures that I like mostly by accident, but I hope I'm going to improve a bit in the next few months, as I'm going to have a lot more time for photography.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
by AJR
Ohh, some really nice pictures in this thread.

Here's some of mine:
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Sunset 2 by ARendle, on Flickr

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Bonfire 1 by ARendle, on Flickr

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Secret garden gate open by ARendle, on Flickr


I have sometimes had a go at the Flickr monthly scavenger hunt as a way of making myself look out for interesting things to take photos of, although I never got very many and haven't entered in a while

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
by Sungura
Some cool photos!

Hey just so ya'all know, if you want ideas/inspiration for different kinds of photos, and you are on facebook, join the "Photo Fun Group" and then you'll get invited to all the 7-day projects. You'll see me and a few other forum members a part of it. It's been going on over a year now, every week is a new theme, you take a new photo every DAY. It makes you get the camera out and play around! Has people who use p&s all the way up to professional make-a-living-at-this photographers so it's a great mix and a friendly helpful group! I really need to update my flickr and make a huge 7-day photo group on it for all the stuff I've gotten.

Just to give an examples of some of our cool themes...

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Day 1 - Dream by Sunguramy, on Flickr
Double exposure, one of me in bed with twisting the camera while shooting to give the whirl effect.

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Day 6 - Death by Sunguramy, on Flickr
old Michigan Central Depot

Hitchcock Week:
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Day 5 - Psycho 1 by Sunguramy, on Flickr
Erm...back when I used a menstrual cup...what can I say, menarche was helpful for once :P

Senses week:
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This tree smells fresh and bright like spring =)

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Day 7 - Motion by Sunguramy, on Flickr
Twirled in my red skirt by a blooming yellow forsythia bush

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:03 pm UTC
by Jacque
To art and links with you!

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:55 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
Wheeee!!!!! Fun ride!

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:02 pm UTC
by PhoenixEnigma
Quick question: has anyone here had canvas prints made? I've got a couple photos I'm thinking of getting printed on canvas, but the sizes I'd like would mean printing at a little lower resolution than I'd normally like. I've heard that it's less of an issue with canvas because the texture obscures fine detail a bit anyways. Is this true, and if so, to what degree?

Also, in keeping with the topic, a photo!
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My city!

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:18 am UTC
by Sungura
My friend got one of her cave photos printed up on a canvas print for $30 (There was a sale going on with some internet company or something) and it is AWESOME.

So...I'd say...go for it!

And yeah, texture is gonna hide if the res is a little low for the size you want. Also have to remember, big print on a wall, you aren't going to be looking at it closeup either. I have some really neat old icestorm photos that why I resized them smaller and dont' have the originals (this is from when I first got a digital camera) is beyond me, but printing 8 x 10 even thought it means that's like at 120dpi or something it didn't really make a ton of difference unless you were really looking close up to it.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:51 am UTC
by Anubis
Korrente wrote:Anubis can you give some info on that waterfall? I know it's a longer exposure but what did you do to set it up? How'd you get the colors to come out like that?


Unfortunately I don't really remember the details. From the metadata I can tell you that it was a six second exposure at f19 and ISO 200, and obviously I had it on a tripod, but other that I don't know.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:14 pm UTC
by Jacque
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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
by Anubis
Jacque, do you shoot medium format?

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:30 am UTC
by Stellazira
Nice pictures! :D

I like the one with the star trails - does anyone do any astrophotography?

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:35 am UTC
by GuitarFreak
Here's one I snapped a while ago of a ladybug
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And one of my lens
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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:22 am UTC
by Sungura
Stellazira wrote:Nice pictures! :D

I like the one with the star trails - does anyone do any astrophotography?


I've made a few attempts.
Taken from my deck at my apartment...lots of light polution. But it ended up looking cool.
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Taken up north, middle of nowhere. I have no clue what the heck squigglything is.
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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:29 pm UTC
by Jacque
Anubis wrote:Jacque, do you shoot medium format?


Sometimes. Mostly I use my Hasselblad when I'm taking photos, but other times when I don't want to carry that beast around I'll shoot on my Canon AE-1. Either way I mainly use film.

I do use digital cameras but for documenting or for when I need a quick turnaround.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
Squiggly thing is most likely an airplane, or sat in LEO. Motion is wrong to be much else. Looks neat though!

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
Oregonaut, I really like the first one. The blurring of the grass in the foreground was good. Nice bokeh.

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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:33 am UTC
by GuitarFreak
Stellazira wrote:Nice pictures! :D

I like the one with the star trails - does anyone do any astrophotography?


I do a bit. Here's a couple
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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:10 am UTC
by Anubis
Here's a few more of mine:

Wild Tiger Lily (I think?) after a rain shower, Western NC
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Butterfly Weed, Western NC
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Rain or dew on a blade of grass, Western NC
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Sunset, Western NC
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Frozen duck tracks, Western NC
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Petrified wood, AZ
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Grand Canyon at night, AZ
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Grand Canyon, AZ
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Fawn, AZ
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Another waterfall, Western NC
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Yet another waterfall, Western NC
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Another waterfall, Western NC
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Again the waterfalls are my favorites.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:51 pm UTC
by Jacque
On the subject of...

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And Waterfalls:

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Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
So what are people's preferred subjects to photograph? What draws you to that subject? If you had to select a single photo out of your collection to display in a museum retrospective on that subject, which would you choose?

I like to photograph people - not so much portraits, more like capturing them in candid moments in places where they can be found. I'm not very good at it, but they add a variety to my photos which are somewhat lacking when I try landscapes or still lifes. I'm not that great at composition or lighting so I choose to turn my lens on people. They can be surprising variables. Anyway, since I was trained as a journalist, that usually tends to be my mindset when I'm shooting - the documenting mode. How can I accurately convey this event or place? That kind of thing.

Edit: I forgot to add, Anubis, your Antelope Canyon shots are amazing. How'd you get that kind of illumination? Was it natural?

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
by Oregonaut
I can't photograph people. I've been looking at flowers, bright vibrant colors, things that draw my eye normally. Taking the advice on the boards to try and find new angles, new perspectives to give on things we see every day. Now all I need to do is get the battery charged on my camera in time for a trip to go pic some sures.

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:10 pm UTC
by EvilDuckie
podbaydoor wrote:So what are people's preferred subjects to photograph? What draws you to that subject? If you had to select a single photo out of your collection to display in a museum retrospective on that subject, which would you choose?


I have a thing with cemeteries. Especially old ones (Pere Lachaise in Paris, to name one). But if I had to pick, I'd love to see this photo in a museum:
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A Comrade In Arms by hans905, on Flickr

Not that I consider my photography to be museum-worthy :oops:


Some other photos that I'm quite proud of:
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Elliott Murphy by hans905, on Flickr
I'd like to get better at concert photography. Very happy with this shot though.

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Redhead Day by hans905, on Flickr
This is my most popular (i.e. most views on flickr) photo, I wonder why... (International Redhead Day is an annual event in a nearby town, draws hundreds, if not thousands, of redheads from all over the world)

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Waiting for the ferry by hans905, on Flickr
Had to wait for the ferry, this guy decided to get some fishing done during the wait.

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Rhyolite by hans905, on Flickr
Ghost town, derelict building.

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BoHo Scarecrow by hans905, on Flickr
I usually don't do portraits, but this snapshot came out very well.


There's actually a flickr group for xkcdians: http://www.flickr.com/groups/xkcdia/

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:16 am UTC
by sneha123
Nice collection !!!!!!!!! that is beautiful pictures...thanks lot for share with all....it pretty thought....then i like it...thanks for share with us,,,,,

regards........
sneha

Re: Photography thread.

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
by tastelikecoke
Alot of amazing photos here! I have some to share too, but I don't think it would be possible...
EvilDuckie wrote:I have a thing with cemeteries. Especially old ones (Pere Lachaise in Paris, to name one). But if I had to pick, I'd love to see this photo in a museum:
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I took it last year at the US War Cemetery near Luxembourg City (General Patton is also buried there).
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A Comrade In Arms by hans905, on Flickr

Not that I consider my photography to be museum-worthy :oops:

I know some cemeteries are really orderly about there tombstones, but that creepily looks like a 3D rendering.