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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #150 on: October 28, 2012, 08:55:26 PM »
Caves in Aliso and Wood Canyons Park, here in OC.  The whole park has caves and water-formed rocks.  It was under the sea way back when.  When they built one of the toll roads in that area, crews discovered a giant whale fossil.

I didn't get too close, for fear of sleestacks. LOL.
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« Reply #151 on: October 28, 2012, 09:07:55 PM »
Cool picture GB. Looks like the helmets on the "architects" from Prometheus.

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« Reply #152 on: October 28, 2012, 09:25:45 PM »
It kinda does look like the helmet.  Except one made in China.  LOL.
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #153 on: November 03, 2012, 08:01:29 PM »
Here are a few "sapsicles" collecting under a recently cut branch of one of our pinyon pines.


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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #154 on: November 03, 2012, 08:32:28 PM »
Played with a little HDR tonight...


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« Reply #155 on: November 03, 2012, 08:41:20 PM »
Looks like the scenery in the closing credits of 'Gone With The Wind' :thumbsup:
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« Reply #156 on: November 03, 2012, 10:44:57 PM »
It's the rising of the Dark Rift viewed from Regula 7 in the Zora'k Quadrant.
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More HDR
« Reply #157 on: November 03, 2012, 11:39:24 PM »
Took another HDR to play with. I got a new "bridge" camera after discussing them so much. :D I have been enjoying the auto exposure bracketing feature which makes HDR much easier than having to adjust the exposure compensation for each shot like with my point and shoot cameras.


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« Reply #158 on: November 03, 2012, 11:43:43 PM »
Neat!
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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #159 on: November 04, 2012, 04:28:37 PM »
These are old coke ovens for the mines in the area.





And a re-vamp of yesterday's sunset shot...

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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #160 on: November 04, 2012, 04:50:18 PM »
Very cool. I wish I had something more to share, but I've been laid-up for a couple of weeks. (long story)

I hope to be back on my feet by next weekend, though.

I've got an idea for some pretty cool shots if I can get out in the woods soon.

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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #161 on: November 05, 2012, 12:38:49 AM »
Damn!...you nailed this one PDubs, its good on several levels...

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« Reply #162 on: November 05, 2012, 07:03:02 AM »
Thanks Zam! This was another HDR but I was shooting for a much more subtle effect. There are a lot of opportunities for pictures out at those abandoned mine and railroad buildings.

On another note, we will be getting some snow here this coming weekend if the weather man is right, so that opens up a lot of new picture opportunities as well.

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« Reply #163 on: November 05, 2012, 10:55:51 AM »
Thanks Zam! This was another HDR but I was shooting for a much more subtle effect. There are a lot of opportunities for pictures out at those abandoned mine and railroad buildings.

On another note, we will be getting some snow here this coming weekend if the weather man is right, so that opens up a lot of new picture opportunities as well.

You achieved it nicely, didn't overcook it at all...look forward to more of your HDR experiments. I remember what you said you were using for stitches but what software did you use for the HDR?
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« Reply #164 on: November 05, 2012, 05:28:28 PM »
I used an older, dumbed down version of photomatix called "photomatix light". They now call it something else, but its still about $36. I am considering springing for the $99 to get the full fledged photomatix.

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« Reply #165 on: November 05, 2012, 05:46:59 PM »
I used an older, dumbed down version of photomatix called "photomatix light". They now call it something else, but its still about $36. I am considering springing for the $99 to get the full fledged photomatix.
So...could I achieve this effect if I took three photos of a subject, one at 1 stop under, on at normal exposure, and 1 at 1 stop over, and then "stacked" them with Photoshop, or Gimp?
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« Reply #166 on: November 05, 2012, 06:17:52 PM »
I used an older, dumbed down version of photomatix called "photomatix light". They now call it something else, but its still about $36. I am considering springing for the $99 to get the full fledged photomatix.
So...could I achieve this effect if I took three photos of a subject, one at 1 stop under, on at normal exposure, and 1 at 1 stop over, and then "stacked" them with Photoshop, or Gimp?

I think there is a special version of photoshop (lightroom?) That allows you to do this easily.

I think what most folks do is take the layers and dtack them, then alter their transparency selectively to allow the lighter exposures to be seen in shadowy areas, and thendarker exposurss to be seen in the blown out highlights. Still dedicated software can do in seconds what it would take hours to do manually and probably weeks to learn.

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« Reply #167 on: November 05, 2012, 06:20:19 PM »
I used an older, dumbed down version of photomatix called "photomatix light". They now call it something else, but its still about $36. I am considering springing for the $99 to get the full fledged photomatix.

Yep, I've got the old free version of Photomatix as well, havn't played around with HDR in awhile but I may just give it another go, thanks
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« Reply #168 on: November 05, 2012, 08:46:18 PM »
I used an older, dumbed down version of photomatix called "photomatix light". They now call it something else, but its still about $36. I am considering springing for the $99 to get the full fledged photomatix.

Yep, I've got the old free version of Photomatix as well, havn't played around with HDR in awhile but I may just give it another go, thanks

Yeah the free version is good to see if you like the software, but it puts a watermark on the pictures.

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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #169 on: November 06, 2012, 04:26:25 PM »
Taken in Hannibal, Missouri:

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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #170 on: November 09, 2012, 04:12:14 PM »
Still learning with my SLR but took these today at a new Nature Preserve their starting not far from the house. Turning a very important archilogical site from orange grove back to it's natural waterfront to sandhill ridge. They have found pottery dating back 10,000 years on this site. It was a long term village back then. Oh guess how big that Gator was judging the fact thats a Great Blue Heron standing on his head!








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« Reply #171 on: November 09, 2012, 04:22:44 PM »
COOL SHOTS, Swamp!   Do herons stand atop gator heads, often?  OR just one time per heron :P
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« Reply #172 on: November 09, 2012, 05:38:56 PM »
First I've seen in person Wolfy. I watched forever hoping I was gonna get a NatGeo moment! They were so far out that my 70x135 zoom was having trouble. That's why I B&W'ed it. I'm going back in the am to catch the sunrise if they have the gate open early enough. This is the 3rd largest lake in Fl. It goes into the same system that we all camped in a few weeks ago. But it's away's away.

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« Reply #173 on: November 11, 2012, 09:49:41 AM »
More silly fun with HDR. I know this is way over the top. The shot is a parking lot at an outlet mall. Really uninteresting composition and subject matter. The only thing that makes it interesting is the surreal HDR processing. imagine if I got a good looking shot with this effect! :D  Anyhow I just clamped my camera to the window of the car for the shot.


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« Reply #174 on: November 11, 2012, 10:32:04 AM »
Looks like a November morning in Montana!  :D
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« Reply #175 on: November 11, 2012, 02:15:35 PM »
Thats the beauty of PP, it can take a seemingly lost pic and turn it into something cool to look at. 8)
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« Reply #176 on: November 11, 2012, 04:39:01 PM »
Here's another uninteresting shot made tolerable with processing and cropping.


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« Reply #177 on: November 12, 2012, 11:08:46 AM »
Cool looking building is that a home?  are those copper panels or wood with a million coats of poly...lol ? that is a crazy blue sky!...keepum comin Pdubs... 8)
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« Reply #178 on: November 12, 2012, 01:22:45 PM »
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« Reply #179 on: November 12, 2012, 01:42:15 PM »
Looks great OP
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« Reply #180 on: November 12, 2012, 03:04:05 PM »
No, this is not a computer generated fractal image.
It is an imaged formed by the frost on our front window last winter.
It's quite interesting to find out what different people see when they look at it.




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« Reply #181 on: November 12, 2012, 04:03:08 PM »
Nice little forest scene OP
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« Reply #182 on: November 12, 2012, 04:18:45 PM »
The frost looks awesome, almost like a honeycomb structure.

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« Reply #183 on: November 12, 2012, 05:14:36 PM »
I've wondered why the guy in the long robe is pointing his sword at the tree?
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« Reply #184 on: November 12, 2012, 06:33:32 PM »
Ah, yeah I see it!

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« Reply #185 on: November 12, 2012, 06:39:31 PM »
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« Reply #187 on: November 12, 2012, 06:48:33 PM »
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« Reply #188 on: November 12, 2012, 07:12:11 PM »
Amazing pics guys! I just thumbed through them while waiting for Mrs. K... Great stuff!!!
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« Reply #189 on: November 12, 2012, 11:22:48 PM »
its a tree on a hill with mountains in the background with a rediculously large bat beside a tombstone...its so obvious ;)
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« Reply #190 on: November 13, 2012, 07:32:42 AM »
Kinda like a Rorschach Ink Blot Test, ain't it? Hahaha!
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« Reply #191 on: November 13, 2012, 02:11:11 PM »
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« Reply #192 on: November 17, 2012, 01:16:30 AM »
OP, is that a box elder tree? Neat how the leaves are sprouting right next to the fungus.

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« Reply #193 on: November 17, 2012, 01:36:33 AM »
Not sure what that little bush is. The fungus was on a spruce.
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« Reply #194 on: November 17, 2012, 10:39:56 AM »
Not trying to derail the thread but...Since you mentioned it was on a Spruce, here is some interesting info for those who like to dine on the "Chicken of the woods"

http://blog.mycology.cornell.edu/2006/10/31/eating-the-chicken-of-the-woods/

Other than that, nice pic.
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« Reply #195 on: November 17, 2012, 10:54:50 AM »
I decided to play with PhotoScape it is a free download photo software after seeing some of the other stuff.




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« Reply #196 on: November 17, 2012, 11:05:51 AM »
Nice job Buckskin, I was just looking at the original pic in your walnut and steel thread. This one has a really old school time tested feel to it.
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« Reply #197 on: November 17, 2012, 11:12:25 AM »
I decided to play with PhotoScape it is a free download photo software after seeing some of the other stuff.


Nice effect.
Is that a scanned photo? Scanning and retouching photos would be a good topic in The Cyber Darkroom thread.
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« Reply #198 on: November 17, 2012, 11:14:35 AM »
I decided to play with PhotoScape it is a free download photo software after seeing some of the other stuff.


Nice effect.
Is that a scanned photo? Scanning and retouching photos would be a good topic in The Cyber Darkroom thread.

Nope its digital sepia toned and antiqued.  I also dulled the contrast just a tad before doing the other two processes.
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« Reply #199 on: November 17, 2012, 11:27:45 AM »

Nope its digital sepia toned and antiqued.  I also dulled the contrast just a tad before doing the other two processes.
Those white lines in the antiqued version aren't in the original color photo. I hadn't seen the original until Zammer mentioned it. That's what made me think of an old photo being scanned. Looks sort of like you see scratches on an old print. Was that intentional? Part of the software's "antiquing" process?  Nice touch!
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