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Dec 3, 2009, 03:55 AM
 
Wow, this place is dead.

Anyways, some recent shots:






     
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Originally Posted by calverson View Post
Wow, this place is dead.

Anyways, some recent shots:

OOOOO MMMMM GGGGG!!!!! That's MY motorcycle! At least it was, way back when, except mine had the touring fairing. I LOVED that bike! Beautiful picture too, except that the helmet on the right handlebar sort of interferes with the look.

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Beautiful. The color and depth are really stunning.

Originally Posted by calverson View Post
Cool. Nicely blended, lots of action.

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Yeah that is a great bike. Thanks for the feedback mate.

I hate how as soon as I start posting on the 'NN it dies up.
     
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I think you might just have killed Railroader, calvie.
     
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Umm... Err... No, he tripped and fell onto that machete....
     
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Dec 5, 2009, 11:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
I think you might just have killed Railroader, calvie.
Still here.

This thread has turned more into a photo gallery thread which I am not interested in.
     
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Dec 5, 2009, 11:58 AM
 
I'm willing for mean, cold & hard... critique.
     
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Dec 5, 2009, 02:49 PM
 
There are times when people have critiqued in here and came across as more "this is why I know so much about photography" rather than "here's some advice that can help your photos get better." There's a fine line between observation and pretentiousness.

That being said, there's been a lot of good advice passed out as well.
     
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Dec 5, 2009, 06:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
There are times when people have critiqued in here and came across as more "this is why I know so much about photography" rather than "here's some advice that can help your photos get better." There's a fine line between observation and pretentiousness.

That being said, there's been a lot of good advice passed out as well.
And then there are the times when people have come in and photoshopped the hell out of some people's work.

A reposting of the first post in the thread:
Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
Well, we derailed Jawbone's thread with some pictures and critique discussions. But I really enjoyed the posting of images and the critiquing.

Rules:
1. Post a picture. You don't post a picture, you don't get to critique someone else's picture.
2. If you write a critique, post a picture to be critiqued. Post your picture at the end of the critique.
3. Constructive criticism first. If you think a person could improve their picture, tell them how.
4. Keep personal comments and opinions cordial. Focus on the picture, not the person posting the picture.
5. ONLY post pictures you have taken.
I bolded certain areas for emphasis.
     
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spontaneous self portrait

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Jan 17, 2010, 03:05 PM
 
I was in South Africa for two weeks and took a few photos when I went to Butterfly World.

I liked how these two came out.




I also shot a time lapse over the Fish Hoek valley. I set my camera to take a photo every minute and had it going from 2pm to 8am the following day. I've uploaded it to youtube. YouTube - Fish Hoek Valley Time Lapse
     
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Jan 18, 2010, 06:29 AM
 
Excellent video Mike!!! Care to let us noobs know the details? What did you use to create the film? Was the camera controlled by something? etc etc
     
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Jan 18, 2010, 07:35 AM
 
Thank you.

I have a Nikon D300 which has a feature called Interval Shooting. I set it up on a tripod and then set the camera to take a photo every minute.

It took 965 photos which I used QuickTime Player 7's File > Open Image Sequence... feature to create a movie out of all of them. I chose the 12 frames per second option for this video. After creating the movie I imported it into iMovie and used that to add the map at the end and the music.

As for camera settings the camera was set to Aperture Priority, f/8.0, and 16mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens).
     
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Jan 18, 2010, 08:17 AM
 
FFS, now I'll start looking at the D300 again !!!!

I'd FINALLY decided that I'd get a wide angle and not purchase another camera, but then you have to tell me about this feature - DAMN YOU COSENTINO !!
     
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Jan 18, 2010, 07:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by mdc View Post
I was in South Africa for two weeks and took a few photos when I went to Butterfly World.

I liked how these two came out.
I like that one.... i would like to see a bit more of the butteryfly... but the crop works nicely too!!



125 exposures blended in PS

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Jan 21, 2010, 05:03 PM
 
Thank you. Unfortunately the butterflies didn't hang out too long and this was the most in focus shot I took of this butterfly in this position.

When I look at nature macro photography I'm amazed at the results people are getting especially since I always try shoot macro insect photos when I come across them. It's very difficult.

richwig83, I like the exposures and the tree in the foreground is nice.
     
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Feb 22, 2010, 04:07 PM
 
Love it.

Here are a few of mine:







Thoughts/improvements/tearing-me-apart welcome.
     
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Feb 22, 2010, 04:45 PM
 
Thoughts/improvements/tearing-me-apart welcome.
The colours are quite strange in all of them. They look HDR’ed, but the colours are dull, rather than exaggerated.

The two first ones don’t say much by way of story or angle, and the composition is mediocre at best. The third one has a somewhat interesting composition, but it doesn’t quite get there; and the colours are still very strange.

Probably most tearing-you-aparts there, but while there’s nothing really wrong with the pictures (apart from the colours), to me, they’re just not all that interesting or attention-catching.
     
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Feb 24, 2010, 12:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Thoughts/improvements/tearing-me-apart welcome.
Hmm... the third one, the leaves on the top distract form the buildings.

Overall, my critique would be to get closer and use a wider lens. When taken from far away, the buildings appear to be more "flat". If you get close and use a wider lens they'll take on that "larger than life" quality.
     
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Feb 24, 2010, 12:35 PM
 
Any ideas on how to fit a wider lens to this guy:
( Last edited by Laminar; Feb 24, 2010 at 01:26 PM. Reason: rehosted)
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Any ideas on how to fit a wider lens to this guy:
Cant see anything!
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Feb 24, 2010, 01:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Any ideas on how to fit a wider lens to this guy:
I think you grab a hammer, smash it, then go to the store and buy a cheap Canon DSLR and a 10-22mm lens. You'll thank me immensely later.
     
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Feb 24, 2010, 02:36 PM
 
As nice as a DSLR would be, it wouldn't travel as well as the Elph.
     
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Mar 21, 2010, 11:49 AM
 
I used clevr.com to stitch together this panoramic shot. I'm not happy that the top of the Durian center and some of the buildings on the right got cut off, but otherwise it did a pretty good job.

     
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I'll assume this is a long-term exposure. Otherwise, the pic could be titled "Car about to be sucked up by UFO".
     
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Mar 23, 2010, 05:55 PM
 
yes... a 10-second exposure.

a taxi cab drove by.
     
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Aight, question. I’ve tried to get that kind of stuff to work plenty of times, but never managed.

How do you do a long exposure and keep a moving object (like the cab) in focus? How do you distinguish this cab from the other cars that seem to have gone by on the right? Flash?
     
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The car is Sealobo's Fiat. The cab is the light streaks that are on the right of the frame. He did not move the Fiat during the exposure.
     
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the magic of.....not moving.

is there a more specific trick you're trying for Oisín?
     
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What other cars?

I see two taillights and the cab's sign at the top, all of which lead Into the background.

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Mar 23, 2010, 08:12 PM
 
hm... no flash.

nothing moved in that 10 seconds EXCEPT the taxi cab on the right.

Over a long exposure in dim environment; a static subject would leave an impression. and yes.... you can flash it once to burn a particular moment over the duration. If i did that, a Taxi Cab would appear somewhere on the right in or out of focus depends on where it was when the flash was fired.
     
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Ah, right. Didn’t look closely enough.

I’ve seen long exposures before where some (seemingly random) moment in the long exposure was frozen, and I’ve always wondered how that was done. Example: a similar street shot, with a woman going by on a bike—except she was caught mid-frame, so she looked almost as sharp and stationary as the car in the picture above, while the other cars and bikes going by were streaks of blurred light. I guess it could be just a superimposed image, but I’ve seen others, and I’ve always wondered how the hell they did it.
     
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Honing my bird-tracking skills so I can start shooting them with bullets when they wake me up in the morning.


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Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
I’ve always wondered how the hell they did it.
It's done with a flash. Most DSLRs these days have a setting that's, typically, called "slow curtain". The camera exposes for low light and then throws a flash into the mix. You can often choose where in the exposure you'd like the flash to fire - if the flash is fired at the end of the exposure it's called "rear curtain", if it fires at the beginning of the exposure it's called a "slow curtain".

You can also do this by hand of course, with a manually fired flash.
     
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I went to The Metropolitan Museum yesterday and took a few photos of some pistols that were on display.



Nothing too amazing. I was just playing around with shooting in Manual and trying to shoot through the display cases and darken everything so you couldn't see the people around.
     
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I shot some long exposure photos early this morning.



I also shot a time lapse.
     
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Here are a few of mine.











     
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Personal opinion only, but they all strike me to be over-processed, with especially the black levels turned up too high for my liking.
     
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I quite like the last shot.
     
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^^ Interesting that you say that: I feel quite the opposite. Perhaps my screen is just badly calibrated, but I like that these are finally some photos that have a good, deep, intense black. So often, blacks look almost greyish to me in photos.

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I also shot a time lapse.
How’d you do that? I find it very mesmerising, too, and I think the music is very well chosen. But how do you set up your camera to take a picture every X seconds? Is there some basic setting I’ve completely missed all this time?

(Mine’s a Canon, but I’m guessing this would be something that Canon and Nikon should have in common)
     
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should be one of the built-in custom functions.
     
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Googled it a bit more—seems to require a timer-remote to work. Sucks.
     
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Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
How’d you do that? I find it very mesmerising, too, and I think the music is very well chosen. But how do you set up your camera to take a picture every X seconds? Is there some basic setting I’ve completely missed all this time?

(Mine’s a Canon, but I’m guessing this would be something that Canon and Nikon should have in common)
Thank you for the compliment. The music is from the WALL-E soundtrack; I agree, it fits nicely.

I have a Nikon D300 and one of the options is "interval shooting."
I setup my camera on Manual mode with a 2 second exposure and then setup the interval shooting to take a photo every three seconds.
I was unsure how a time lapse video from long exposures would look, so for this video I only took 500 photos. I copied them all to my Mac and used QuickTime Player 7's "open image sequence" at 15 frames per second to create a movie out of the still images.
     
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Originally Posted by mdc View Post

I also shot a time lapse.
Really nice.
     
 
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