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He keeps getting older...
     
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Mar 25, 2008, 11:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by Nivag View Post
Good shot and composition. I'd up the exposure a tad though, colours look a bit dull at the moment.

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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
Two from a senior shoot I did last Thursday:



Nice JB. I think 64oz is still my favourite from you though.
     
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Originally Posted by James L View Post
Nice JB. I think 64oz is still my favourite from you though.
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
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Mar 26, 2008, 07:20 AM
 
I took this one last night to test out my new remote switch:

"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
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Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
I took this one last night to test out my new remote switch:

What'd you shoot that with? 100mm f/2.8 macro?
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
What'd you shoot that with? 100mm f/2.8 macro?
Close. 100mm f/4 macro.
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
What'd you shoot that with? 100mm f/2.8 macro?
Yes, I use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM.
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Mar 26, 2008, 04:06 PM
 
Oh. Duh, silly me. Lens, not settings. Oopsies.
     
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Mar 26, 2008, 04:42 PM
 
I've been looking at that one enviously. Soon, soon...
     
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Mar 26, 2008, 05:25 PM
 
It's a great lens, hands-down. Here's another shot with it in a not so controlled photo:

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Beautiful!
     
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Mar 26, 2008, 06:23 PM
 
Excuse my ignorance, but how did you guys blur the background while keeping the object into focus. Is that a camera feature or some PS skills?
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Mar 26, 2008, 07:30 PM
 
it's a matter of aperture. see this thread: http://forums.macnn.com/83/art-and-g...tography-tips/
     
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Mar 26, 2008, 07:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Excuse my ignorance, but how did you guys blur the background while keeping the object into focus. Is that a camera feature or some PS skills?
It's all in the lens.

One way to get this "effect" is to to zoom in as much as possible while staying far enough back from the subject to properly frame your shot, thus maximizing the bokeh (blur) in the background.

You can also shoot with a small aperture, like I did (f/4). This is another reason I like buying f/2.8 lenses as much as possible.
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Mar 26, 2008, 08:39 PM
 
Thanks. I have never ventured into that forum before, but upon receiving my Panasonic DMC-TZ5, I will be taking a closer look at that forum and that thread in particular.
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Haven't posted to this thread in a while...
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Mar 26, 2008, 09:12 PM
 
those are great portrait shots JB..
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Mar 26, 2008, 09:40 PM
 
Yeah, JB's stuff is great -- I need to find some models besides myself. Nevertheless, here are a couple of recent self-portraits I like:






The bottom pic is me with my LASIK goggles.
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Mar 27, 2008, 01:44 AM
 
Thank you, PB! Love the hummingbird capture too.

mindwaves, I didn't really understand the impact a shallow depth of field was going to have on my portraits until I picked up the Canon 85mm f/1.8 several months after picking up my first DSLR. For about $350, this lens alone made my shots look nearly professional, up from nice and amateurish. I still use it a ton, generally swapping between it and my 28mm f/1.8

Good bokeh is many times the difference between a nice shot and a stunning shot. What's really cool is when someone is leaning their head forward, glancing up from the eyes. You can focus for the eyes, and the mouth will be out of focus; it gets that shallow. It's a beautiful effect when executed properly, which is a cinch with auto focus these days.
     
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Mar 27, 2008, 02:25 AM
 
bokeh is an interesting concept. i went into it a bit in the digital photography course i taught last week (i can post the keynote presentation if people want).

it can be round and smooth:



or you can customize it (this is really fun to do. all with the camera. no photoshop):

     
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I'm interested in that presentation … 
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that's two!
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
Good bokeh is many times the difference between a nice shot and a stunning shot.
If you're bokeh-seeker like I am, be sure to ALWAYS check how many blades the lens has. More blades = smoother blur. On that note, I did a quick-n-dirty lens shootout a while back that addressed bokeh with the Canon and Tamron lenses I own:

Another Dadgum Stinking Blog: Canon and Tamron Lens Tests
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Originally Posted by ARENA View Post
Sergio, what was your lighting for this one?
     
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Two bowens 500w flashes with through white umbrella at each side of the subject, plus 580EX bounce off ceiling on camera.
     
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Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
Good shot and composition. I'd up the exposure a tad though, colours look a bit dull at the moment.
Thanks, I'll have a play around. I took over 1200+ photos in a recent trip to New Zealand need to sit down and get them trimmed to good shots and then tweaked.
     
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Originally Posted by ARENA View Post

I love these two, for the sheer amount of emotion they manage to display.

The old man looks like he’s about to have a heart attack while breaking down crying, and the kid looks unbelievably deep in some inner world, oblivious to everything around him. Beautiful shots.
     
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Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
I love these two, for the sheer amount of emotion they manage to display.

The old man looks like he’s about to have a heart attack while breaking down crying, and the kid looks unbelievably deep in some inner world, oblivious to everything around him. Beautiful shots.
The old man is none other than the great Ennio Morricone, really concentrated during his last concert in Santiago.
     
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I have no idea who Ennio Morricone is (I’m uncultured like that). I could tell that it was a conductor, but somehow, the about-to-break-down interpretation just seemed more ‘right’ for this picture than the highly-concentrated-conductor interpretation.
     
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Mar 28, 2008, 05:10 PM
 
Here's another shot with the 100mm f/2.8 Canon macro lens:

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That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
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For Bokeh-Seekers. D300 - 17-55 DX

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my turn! shot tonight @ 2.8

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Originally Posted by ARENA View Post
I really like the angle of this shot and the colours on the building!

Anyway, here's mine:

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let me know of anything that I can do to improve these, and if anyone wants, you can do your own editing of my pictures and please post them here. thanks
     
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I would prefer them to be horizontal, not vertical. I've just never been a fan of the horizontal pic -- and think of all that water you could have in the shot...
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Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
I would prefer them to be horizontal, not vertical. I've just never been a fan of the horizontal pic -- and think of all that water you could have in the shot...
Vertical shots look good for portraits and full body portraits.
     
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how can i get the fishing guy in the first picture to pop out a bit more?
     
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He needs it-I hadn't seen him until I actually LOOKED for him because you asked your question.

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Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
how can i get the fishing guy in the first picture to pop out a bit more?
Draw a red circle around him in Photoshop?

Like Glenn, I hadn’t seen him before I read your question, either, and I had to look at the photo twice even after that, ’cause the first time, my only reaction was, “What fishing guy? There’s no fishing guy!”. Basically, since his colours are so close to those of the rocks surrounding him, I don’t think you’ve got much of a shot at making him pop out more without also making the rocks pop out more.
     
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how can i get the fishing guy in the first picture to pop out a bit more?


Duplicate the background layer, then knock the guy out of the rest of the picture in the copied layer. Kick up his levels. Save the picture, with the brighter copy of the guy overlaying the original.
     
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Mar 30, 2008, 07:49 AM
 
Here's a before and after showing what I did to it:






His clothing is almost camouflaged with the rocks, so it's hard to do much with him. Plus, the noise is so high, there's not a lot of data to work with. Anyway, I did my standard corrections and used a few of my secret tricks to lighten-up the rocks and the fisherman.
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