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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    I usually post one version to my flickr, unless I re-edit a photo and forget that I have already posted it to the site.

    @prosicience Its funny, I have never shot a vertical photo that didnt need a crop afterwards. I dont own vertical grips for any of my cameras, and the way I hold the camera in that orientation always results in photos that are off center and askew from what I had in mind.
    Your areial just gave me an idea for a drone series! Unfortunately I do not own a drone, nor have time to shoot these days, so it will have to be shelved for now. Very cool shot, although it shows the limits of the camera gear that can be lifted by a small quadcopter.

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    edited March 20
    @munnin understandable! Hard without grips to get something level, I'm right there with you.

    As far as quadcopter quality - yeah you can definitely tell the limits. I'm still learning the camera, and after doing some reading up this weekend I found that with my Phantom 4 - you basically never want to go above 100 ISO. So that's something I'll have to keep in mind as that last one was at 600 I believe. I'm also trying to get better at manual camera controls, but it's a bit rough as you can imagine since I'm trying to keep an eye on my P4 in the air while trying to shoot. It's definitely added a nerve racking element to photography.

    I've been mainly shooting old nikon glass with adapters on my Fuji XE-2, but whenever I plop my fuji lens on the camera I'm always surprised at the quality that comes from such a tiny lens.
    32738992863_96bc1ccb3f_c.jpg105 by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    32738992783_28516d3e21_c.jpgMinimal Grain by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
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    Serene Waters by jeremy o., on Flickr

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    Trees / Industry by jeremy o., on Flickr

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    Gettin' Steamed by jeremy o., on Flickr

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  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    Ooooh we have a photo thread! Finally somewhere to spam all my stuff!

    Lemme do a quick introduction bit first. I started seriously looking into cameras about a year and a half ago, and after about a year of browsing amazon and reading reviews and yearning for gear I finally got a bit of a windfall and bought me a really nice DSLR last fall, a Pentax K-3 II. I don't exactly know how it happened, but I'm up to 13 lenses now. (I blame ebay.)

    Lens lineup:
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    Plus another vintage 28mm f2.8 I got given by a friend when I visited LA a month ago.

    Here are a few of my recent shots I'm quite happy with. All criticisms are very welcome! Still figuring this stuff out as I go.

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Yay new blood! Welcome @Kashaar and please continue to dump and post. First two bird photos are good, but don't catch my eye as much as the photo with the two birds (the third photo... wow I couldn't have said that in a more confusing way). The photo of the two birds has some great framing and leading lines to the subject. Also got some great bokeh/dof effects going on. Guessing that was one of your older lenses, just a great capture all the way around. It's pretty rare that I've said this, but I really love that cat photo as well (same reasons).

    @bsjezz That first one makes me excited for springtime.

    I had a moment with this red winged blackbird.
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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Enjoying manual on the Phantom 4
    33748720275_94185679a9_c.jpgFrosted Foothills by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    There was a great fog in the boulder area the other day, I wanted to take photos of everything through the haze. If only I had the time.
    33748720305_42bf171661_c.jpgHazy Mornings by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

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  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    Taken earlier this week at the Hannover train station:

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited April 2

    There was a great fog in the boulder area the other day, I wanted to take photos of everything through the haze. If only I had the time.
    33748720305_42bf171661_c.jpgHazy Mornings by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    Love it!
    Kashaar wrote: »
    Taken earlier this week at the Hannover train station:

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    I thought it was a diptych for a moment. Great composition. Wish the black werent as crushed, but thats just me. Very cool shot!


    Old shot. Gotta get out more.

    33402254520_4a8580d2d7_c.jpgDSCF7429 by Maciej, on Flickr

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    oh, that's a lovely comp


    haven't taken anything for months except some bad beach snaps. I cannot get this bloody dog to stay in focus

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  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    edited April 3
    tynic wrote: »
    oh, that's a lovely comp


    haven't taken anything for months except some bad beach snaps. I cannot get this bloody dog to stay in focus

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    Children and animals, man. Can't catch them with shutter speed slower than 1/1000sec...
    muninn wrote: »
    I thought it was a diptych for a moment. Great composition. Wish the black werent as crushed, but thats just me. Very cool shot!

    Thanks! Lightroom and Photoshop both seems to interact weirdly with my hardware-calibrated monitors, and things will look fine in app, but differently graded on export. Drives me nuts...

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    @Kashaar love that composition, I love the crushed blacks and simultaneously think you crushed that photo.

    @munnin thanks man. Dig yours, always so grimey!

    @tynic don't worry about everything always being in focus. I think the dog being oof along with the water gives the photo a nice sense of movement and brings focus more to the man anyways!

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited April 4
    tynic wrote: »
    oh, that's a lovely comp


    haven't taken anything for months except some bad beach snaps. I cannot get this bloody dog to stay in focus

    ...image snip....

    As someone who has extensive experience working with models you just need to hire the right dog model.
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  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    I shot another birb outside my window:

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    As you can see, the bait I put up is working. I accidentally overexposed this one, but turns out I quite like it!

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    oh, that's a lovely comp


    haven't taken anything for months except some bad beach snaps. I cannot get this bloody dog to stay in focus

    ...image snip....

    As someone who has extensive experience working with models you just need to hire the right dog model.
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    I like my models still and behind glass:
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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    That isn't creepy at all. Good job?

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    Wow! Awesome stuff in here!

  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
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    Had to climb some rather precarious cliffs to get to this vantage point. So that spot was slightly less mobbed by tourists.

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    On a scale of 1-10 how much tetanus do you have?

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    My body is 87% tetanus by weight, soooo..... 8?

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  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    edited April 25
    Question time!

    So I'm looking to go full frame some time this year (I like shooting landscape and low light, and my current DSLR body is very lacking in options as it's pretty low end).

    I was originally looking at the D810, because it had really great reviews, and sounded like it did well in low light, and the 64 ISO sounds sexy to me.

    Then I decided to compare it to the D750, and now I'm all confused.

    The 750 is like 1k cheaper, and all the comparison reviews say it's better all around and has better low light performance, but for landscape or architecture you may want the 810 (better dynamic range, higher MP).

    Long term, the price difference is not a huge deal. But if the 750 is essentially "just as good" why spend the money?

    HALP!

    [Edit] After reading caomparison articles all day, I think I'm leaning towards the 750. The low light performance is more important to me then that sexy sounding ISO 64. The extra megapixels isn't a huge deal to me since I rarely crop in on anything, and don't currently print anything either. And the money I save I can put towards another nice lens. (looking at you Nikkor 28-300).

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  • Baron DirigibleBaron Dirigible Registered User regular
    When you say "low light", what sort of situations are we talking about? Concerts, sporting events and other poorly-lit activities where timing is important, or night-time cityscapes and dense jungle foliage where you have more time to compose?

    In the case of the former, you're probably going to get more value out of spending $1k on a faster lens than you will from whatever low-light improvements the D810 brings. In the case of the latter, $1k will get you more tripod than you could possibly hope to use. (Though, honestly, just go the Gitzo traveller as a model you'll actually want to take around with you.)

    Full disclosure: I don't own and have never used either of these cameras. If it were my money, of the two, I'd go for the D750. If I were feeling really extravagant, I'd parlay the difference into a fast prime lens. I base this on the fact that there's no appreciable difference between the two cameras for my use, and unless you're regularly printing large, the extra mp wouldn't make that much of a difference. Not sure how often the 64 ISO would be useful, either -- I love shooting low ISO film, but it's another case where you need a tripod to really take advantage of it in all but a few situations.

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  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    @Baron Dirigible Thanks! interestingly, the D750 has better high ISO performance between the two! (supposedly). I don't really do concerts and stuff, mostly landscape and cityscape stuff. But as you mentioned, I don't really plan on printing, and don't know how often I would use the 64 ISO. Better to use the money elsewhere I think!


    .....Now jut to wait a couple of months before being in the position to pull the trigger on this lol!


    Also, I think I've convinced myself to drive 2 hours after work out to a park with low light for tonights new moon. Astro here I come!

    Kashaar
  • djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    Looking at https://photographylife.com/nikon-d750-vs-d810/, one significant (perhaps) difference is that the 750 has a fold-out screen but the 810 doesn't -- that sort of thing can make a big difference to usability at times. (for instance, setting up wide-angle landscape shots close to the ground for foreground interest, it's much easier not having to squash your head down at ground level to compose).

    It's also (a bit) lighter and smaller, which can make a difference to how often you bother taking a camera with you. I shoot micro 4/3, and the ability to just shove a camera +lens in one (jacket) pocket, a second lens in another pocket, and go is very nice indeed; I know I'm losing resolution and stuff in exchange, but when I had 'classic' 4/3 bodies, I found myself not wanting to haul the entire kit along at times, and 4/3 is still smaller and lighter than full-frame.

  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Canon did a really similar thing a while back with the 6D and the 5DMKIII. Very minor differences between the two, but essentially the 5D just had a bulkier body, more AF points, and an extra card slot. No loss of image quality and 1K cheaper for minor inconveniences. It sounds like Nikon basically did the same thing - coming out with two body styles, one being a more Elite" version which they can make a little extra money on. I've bought two 6Ds since they came out. I've known a couple wedding photographers and a concert photographer who bought two 6Ds for just a tiny bit more than the full price of the 5DMKIII so they don't have to switch lenses while they shoot (actually a pretty smart idea).

    TLDR: my suggestion is the 750.

  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    As an owner of the venerable D800, I would say go with the D810. That camera ruined all other cameras for me.
    First things first. Where the 800s excel is resolution and dynamic range. Gain in resolution seems inconsequential since you done seem to be eager to print, and web and screen resolutions are not that demanding, but the ability to downsample can hide a lot of high iso noise or camera shake if necessary. Dynamic range is the stuff that useful in landscape photography, and especially at night where most scenes are pretty high contrast.
    If you want something small and portable, I would say go with something like the mirrorless fuji system, since with the D750 you will still have the deep mirror box on the camera and the big lenses that go with it. If you really want something that can see in the night, sony makes the a7s and its ilk.

    But when it comes to night landscapes, nothing beats a solid tripod.

    Anyways, I would suggest you spend some money and rent both of these cameras and see if either one satisfies your needs.
    Also go through flickr and see what is possible with either camera at night.

    Kashaar
  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    Thanks for all the advice everyone!!

    Attempted my first astro last night. Went ok. Learned a lot. Didn't get the milky way in there, as it had not risen yet. (Didn't know it does that! But makes sense.)

    The hardest part was focusing! Tried live view, but it was so dark it was useless. (no exposure simulation on my current body). So this is just the best exposure I had the was mostly in focus.

    Excited to try again!

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    That's actually a good point on the mirror-less if you're just looking for lighter weight @munnin hadn't thought of it from that perspective. Which is silly because I mostly carry around my mirrorless anymore when I'm not shooting for work.

  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited April 30
    Sublimus wrote: »

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    Lovely photo! I wish that the blacks would have more detail in them, and the pink hue of the rocks was slightly more brighter/pronounced. But thats what the latitude D810 would bring to the picture.... (I love my D800)

    That's actually a good point on the mirror-less if you're just looking for lighter weight @munnin hadn't thought of it from that perspective. Which is silly because I mostly carry around my mirrorless anymore when I'm not shooting for work.

    I have been eyeing the fuji system just for that reason for a while... convenience of digital at the size of film gear... the only thing that is holding me back is absence of fully articulated touch screen, and no god-like dynamic range of film and to some lesser extent D800.

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    Glacial ice as found in Iceland.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    edited May 4
    So I finally took pictures again even if they are regular tourist photos of Washington D.C.

    33631163443_e76aab10d6_b.jpgUS Capitol dome by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33599110384_80154801bd_b.jpgLincoln Memorial by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33599109944_42202f767a_b.jpgWWII Memorial by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33631163233_389d64ba75_b.jpgLibrary of Congress by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33631164493_ef874cc4e2_b.jpgVirginia Fog by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33599110694_dc9bed9e66_b.jpgMetro by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33631164053_08945e083b_b.jpgLincoln Memorial by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33599128454_461ce03821_b.jpgLibrary of Congress by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    33599108794_b460f23d7c_b.jpgUS Capitol Statuary by Jeff Fryer, on Flickr

    Edit: One of my coworkers pointed out that I must really like ceilings. :D

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  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    Weee! My hometown!

    I actually want to go back and do some touristy shots hehe.


    You've got some nice ones!

  • Baron DirigibleBaron Dirigible Registered User regular
    I went to New Zealand!

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    White House by Rohan Bassett, on Flickr
    I took large-format photos of restaurants while attracting a lot of attention!

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    See, that is the sort of White House trump should be living in and not the one I photographed.

    Baron, you can't say you went to New Zealand and only post one picture. Need more.

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  • Baron DirigibleBaron Dirigible Registered User regular
    See, that is the sort of White House trump should be living in and not the one I photographed.
    Trump lives in the White House?
    Baron, you can't say you went to New Zealand and only post one picture. Need more.
    fiiiiiine

    Here's something probably closer to what you'd expect from New Zealand.

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    Lake Wanaka by Rohan Bassett, on Flickr
    Have a few more 4x5 to scan, but the overwhelming majority of my shots are on 35mm. Not looking forward to scanning all of them in...

    (Also Wanaka is beautiful, and I'd highly recommend it over Queenstown if anyone ever faces that decision.)

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  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    Why are some ND filters so crazy expensive??

    I'm just going to get some cheap ones to start with I guess. is that crazy?

  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    edited May 12
    I swear, I'm totally not procrastinating, but I just had a mental whoa dude moment when I applied something my dad told me about how to unscrew stuck things. Don't you love it when a filter gets stuck to a lens, or to a step-up ring or when step-up rings get stuck to each other? Well, a little while back I realized that one of the vintage lenses I inherited from my mom (a gorgeous 135mm f2.5) had a light blue filter stuck to its front. The thing wouldn't budge. To make matters worse:

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    (Here illustrated with one of my polarizing filters after the fact)

    Turns out there's a simple, low-cost mechanical solution for that problem! It requires nothing but a piece of string and a pen. Wind the string tightly around the bit that's stuck, tie the loose ends around the pen, keep winding until the string is really tight. Then use the pen as a handle for the bit you couldn't unscrew, and voila!

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  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    edited May 12
    In other news, I took some portraits of a friend the other day and tried some new retouching techniques I learned on them. She was very happy with how her skin doesn't look all blotchy and pimply, so she gave me permission to post them ;-) I'm quite happy with the editing, but not very happy with the sloppy focus... that needs more practice.

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    Yeah, the focus being off really kills the photos. Are you manually focusing or using auto focus? If auto focusing are you using the multiple point focus or a single point? Personally I recommend auto focusing with the center focus point and then recomposing.

    Also, might want to cut down on the size for posting in the thread.

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  • KashaarKashaar Low OrbitRegistered User regular
    Yeah, the focus being off really kills the photos. Are you manually focusing or using auto focus? If auto focusing are you using the multiple point focus or a single point? Personally I recommend auto focusing with the center focus point and then recomposing.

    Also, might want to cut down on the size for posting in the thread.

    Good point on the size. These ones were manual focus with a vintage f1.4 50mm lens... still trying to figure out how to use those properly!

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