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Re: Shutterbug showcase
« Reply #200 on: November 17, 2012, 11:48:51 AM »
It is part of the software.  I think its called Antique 03.  I may play again and try to heighten the contrast and see what happens.
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« Reply #201 on: November 17, 2012, 11:55:23 AM »
Antique 4 is what is on PhotoScape
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« Reply #202 on: November 17, 2012, 11:58:10 AM »
I think I like this one better.  High contrast, Increased sharpness, sepia tone and antique 4

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« Reply #203 on: November 17, 2012, 12:08:57 PM »
Much clearer. Let's move this over to the Cyber Darkroom. I'd like to hear more about your software. That way we won't clog up this picture thread.
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« Reply #204 on: November 17, 2012, 02:03:47 PM »
Cool effects Buckskin! I like the antique effect. It looks like you found an old photograph in a shoebox.

I will look for the rest of the story in the cyber darkroom thread. ;)

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« Reply #205 on: November 17, 2012, 05:58:58 PM »
More landscapes. I think landscapes are my favorite. Anyhow, the sun was setting and we had some great clouds out there.



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« Reply #206 on: November 17, 2012, 06:04:12 PM »
Nice, I think that those types of landscapes lend themselves particularly well to the HDR treatment. I like both shots but especially the 2nd as it really captures that Big Sky country feeling.
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« Reply #207 on: November 17, 2012, 06:08:56 PM »
thanks!

The highlights are a little blown out in the lower left of the sky in that picture. I might load up the three exposures again and see if I can bring out the detail there while preserving the feel of the picture.

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« Reply #208 on: November 17, 2012, 06:23:33 PM »
OK, here it is after the edit. I guess photomatix pro has the ability to select portions of an image independently and replace them with any of the three exposures you load into the software. So instead of a blend, I selected the area with the blown out highlights and replaced that part of the picture with the -2 stops exposure, which preserved the highlights details. Then processed the pic through the software again. It will have a slightly different look from the first version I posted because I didn't save the tone mapping setting between pictures.


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« Reply #209 on: November 17, 2012, 06:28:10 PM »
Thats a cool feature to be able to get rid of an overblown area and not have it effect the lighting and detail around that area. I think I'll probably end up grabbin the Pro version in the near future.
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« Reply #210 on: November 17, 2012, 06:34:18 PM »
Yeah it is a polygonal lasso selection tool that I used. Seems to have worked well for replacing that part of the picture. I have had the light version for a couple of years but the pro version is definitely more capable. If you upgrade do a search because there are a lot of sites offering a 15 percent coupon code, plus they will credit you what you spent on the light version. I ended up paying only 51 bucks for pro.

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« Reply #211 on: November 17, 2012, 08:57:02 PM »
Intense! Looks like an oil painting!
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« Reply #212 on: November 28, 2012, 05:11:11 PM »
Some lichen macros and a bit of a deer skull.






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« Reply #213 on: November 28, 2012, 05:33:06 PM »
Nice! Thanks!
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« Reply #214 on: November 28, 2012, 05:37:48 PM »
Very colorful....I like your lichen likenesses :thumbsup:
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« Reply #215 on: November 29, 2012, 02:06:46 AM »
I've been shooting mostly film recently because I'm in a darkroom photography class at school, but most of my outdoor shots are still digital. Here's a couple from the past few months



Some balsam root growing on some ridgetop habitat I was surveying for work, near The Dalles, OR


Two buddies emerging from a rock fissure that opens out into a climbing area in Vantage, WA


Sunrise over Steens Mtn, in SE Oregon, where my Regional Biology class was camped for the night
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« Reply #216 on: November 29, 2012, 09:16:02 AM »
Thanks! The flower shot is impressive.
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« Reply #217 on: November 29, 2012, 01:20:09 PM »
I agree, I like the selective use of focus. What focal length/aperture did you use?

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« Reply #218 on: December 01, 2012, 11:02:11 AM »
Looking like a great little thread for photos guys.  Here's a few so far.  I mostly do portraits and weddings but nature and wildlife photos keep me sane. 






No post processing (except RAW to JPG).  This sunset was "as shot" in Point Au Baril, Ontario during a camping trip last year.


This was shot on slide film back in the day.  Canmore, Alberta


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« Reply #219 on: December 01, 2012, 11:06:53 AM »
Love the first lake shot, and the footprint. Nice work.
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« Reply #220 on: December 01, 2012, 11:07:17 AM »
Still, there's just somethin' 'bout that ol' Kodachrome that I miss :-\.   Nice shots!
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« Reply #221 on: December 01, 2012, 11:45:39 AM »
Nice pics TACSAR, thanks for adding to our little collection...
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« Reply #222 on: December 01, 2012, 12:05:07 PM »
Well, I'm liking this forum more and more.  I have literally thousands of pics to share, but I'll keep it to a few hundred...  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #223 on: December 01, 2012, 12:10:24 PM »
Glad to hear your enjoying your stay...
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« Reply #224 on: December 01, 2012, 12:13:20 PM »
Great pics TACSAR! Thanks for sharing them.

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« Reply #225 on: December 01, 2012, 12:26:35 PM »

Fort Steele, Wyoming


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Painting with light in my backyard


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« Reply #226 on: December 01, 2012, 12:32:43 PM »
Boy, these shots take me back to my 35mm days when I had complete control over exposures. Nice!
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« Reply #227 on: December 01, 2012, 12:37:38 PM »
Boy, these shots take me back to my 35mm days when I had complete control over exposures. Nice!

I thought I was seriously the last photog to switch to digital.  I shoot my digital cameras just like I did my medium format and old 35mm equipment.  I remember the biggest thing to wrap my head around when I made the switch was how important white balance was.  I miss my 645 format!!  :-\

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« Reply #228 on: December 01, 2012, 12:39:33 PM »
Boy, these shots take me back to my 35mm days when I had complete control over exposures. Nice!

ME TOO!  Thanks for putting in the locations of the photos too, TACSAR!  I'd seen that area at Fort Fred Steele, but couldn't recall where I'd seen it....it would have driven me nuts trying to remember :P

I love old fort and trading post site photos!
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« Reply #229 on: December 01, 2012, 12:43:54 PM »
Boy, these shots take me back to my 35mm days when I had complete control over exposures. Nice!

ME TOO!  Thanks for putting in the locations of the photos too, TACSAR!  I'd seen that area at Fort Fred Steele, but couldn't recall where I'd seen it....it would have driven me nuts trying to remember :P

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was Wyoming.  It was on the way to a campout one year in California.  Great photo opportunities there for sure

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« Reply #230 on: December 01, 2012, 12:53:02 PM »
Boy, these shots take me back to my 35mm days when I had complete control over exposures. Nice!

ME TOO!  Thanks for putting in the locations of the photos too, TACSAR!  I'd seen that area at Fort Fred Steele, but couldn't recall where I'd seen it....it would have driven me nuts trying to remember :P

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was Wyoming.  It was on the way to a campout one year in California.  Great photo opportunities there for sure

Here ya' go.....just in case you want to refresh the memory of your trip......
http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/lincoln3.html

Your picture of the chimney is much better than theirs :thumbsup:
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« Reply #231 on: December 01, 2012, 12:57:41 PM »
Thanks Wolfy. Appreciate that!

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« Reply #232 on: December 01, 2012, 12:58:24 PM »
Boy, these shots take me back to my 35mm days when I had complete control over exposures. Nice!

I thought I was seriously the last photog to switch to digital.  I shoot my digital cameras just like I did my medium format and old 35mm equipment.  I remember the biggest thing to wrap my head around when I made the switch was how important white balance was.  I miss my 645 format!!  :-\
I kicked and screamed more than when I was forced to switch to Windows. Hahaha!
I'll never be able to afford a DSLR that can do what I want to do. Shooting 35mm is almost as cost prohibitive now, too. I'll just muddle along, and pine for the "good ol' days".  :'(
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« Reply #233 on: December 01, 2012, 01:01:05 PM »
Oh I think you can find some great deals on used digital equipment. Heck, without getting into the whole megapixel race, 10-12MP is more than enough. The only advantage over film is the convenience. Long live film!! ;)

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« Reply #234 on: December 01, 2012, 02:11:45 PM »
Oh I think you can find some great deals on used digital equipment. Heck, without getting into the whole megapixel race, 10-12MP is more than enough. The only advantage over film is the convenience. Long live film!! ;)
I'm working with 2 cameras, both with 7.1 MP. Not real thrilled with the Olympus, other than its underwater capability.
Have you visited the Analog Photography thread?

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« Reply #235 on: December 01, 2012, 02:14:30 PM »
Thanks!  I'll check that out.

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« Reply #236 on: December 01, 2012, 05:29:16 PM »


My summer friend.
300mm @ f/2.8



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« Reply #237 on: December 01, 2012, 08:11:41 PM »
Great pics! The background blur on the hummingbird shot is fantastic. Did you shoot at that aspect ratio or crop to 1:1?

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« Reply #238 on: December 02, 2012, 04:37:30 AM »
Great pics! The background blur on the hummingbird shot is fantastic. Did you shoot at that aspect ratio or crop to 1:1?

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That's cropped to however it looks there. Yeah I love the blur too. I'm a huge fan of bokeh, nice creamy bokeh and that lens does it well


Same lens here for this lioness at the Toronto zoo this summer.

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« Reply #239 on: December 02, 2012, 08:49:09 AM »
Tacsar, how much of the time to you shoot from a tripod for standard focal length shots?
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« Reply #240 on: December 02, 2012, 01:04:39 PM »
Depending on my shutter speed. I like to use the 1/focal length rule if handheld shooting because I find tripods restrictive for most scenarios. The shirt answer would be that I hardly use the tripod ;). 300mm at the zoo I use a monopod and always employ proper photo taking skills like breathing control, soft shutter release and getting as stable as I can. 50mm?  Never use a tripod.

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« Reply #241 on: December 02, 2012, 01:10:57 PM »
Depending on my shutter speed. I like to use the 1/focal length rule if handheld shooting because I find tripods restrictive for most scenarios. The shirt answer would be that I hardly use the tripod ;) . 300mm at the zoo I use a monopod and always employ proper photo taking skills like breathing control, soft shutter release and getting as stable as I can. 50mm?  Never use a tripod.
One of my favorite treatments of natural subjects in the "draped water" effect exemplified by David Muench, and others who followed. Unfortunately, my stupid little point-n-shoot digitals can't handle it.
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« Reply #242 on: December 02, 2012, 01:59:41 PM »


Some falls by my place. It was a great afternoon with my daughter.

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« Reply #243 on: December 02, 2012, 02:00:57 PM »
This is not bushy at all, but!  My Grandson turns One tomorrow and his Mom had a party for him yesterday and it gave Papa a chance to practice his photography skills.

I hope you enjoy this little guys glow as much as I do.


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« Reply #244 on: December 02, 2012, 02:03:28 PM »
Great use of natural light. Almost like having a rim light or hair light on him. Great expression

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« Reply #245 on: December 02, 2012, 02:29:35 PM »

Some falls by my place. It was a great afternoon with my daughter.
Atta, boy! I knew you'd have some laying around. Hahaha!
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« Reply #246 on: December 03, 2012, 01:28:52 AM »
Cute grandson Buckskin!

OP, you might try a neutral density filter (even if you have to tape it to the camera) and set the lowest ISO speed to fool your cameras into taking a longer exposure. That might let you squeeze a little blur out of them.

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« Reply #247 on: December 03, 2012, 08:50:37 AM »
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OP, you might try a neutral density filter (even if you have to tape it to the camera) and set the lowest ISO speed to fool your cameras into taking a longer exposure. That might let you squeeze a little blur out of them.

That's a possibility I have a set of Cokin filters for artsy-fartsy effects I might try with the digital. I just need to get out in the field around some photogenic water. All work and no play.....<sigh>
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« Reply #248 on: December 03, 2012, 05:40:10 PM »
Had to dig up a hummingbird of my own. Don't remember the settings but perhaps someone can dig them up from the EXIF data.


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« Reply #249 on: December 03, 2012, 05:50:05 PM »
I'll play. This one took some patience.


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