Can't stop the [PHOTO]

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    The houses above the hill in that third pic were awful to look at, but I didn’t take any pictures - it felt super voyeuristic, especially since we got extremely lucky and didn’t have more than cosmetic damage.

  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    I keep coming back to that last one. No upholstery left on the seats, car is just burned out, and yet...there's an intact coffee cup just sitting there.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 9
    I’m at least 70% sure that was chucked in by someone later, but maybe not! Fire can be pretty random. The complete lack of melting on the lid is pretty indicative though, that kind of plastic usually warps really easily

    It looks even more out of place in the color version

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    Edit: actually yeah looking at it here that’s gotta be someone using the car as a trash can.

    tynic on
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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    That makes sense. I was thinking it might just be the vagaries of fire.

    tynic
  • GrifterGrifter BermudaModerator mod
    Took my boat out for an evening cruise yesterday and managed to catch this photo.

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Hot dang, that is one gorgeous photo @Grifter ! That must have been one amazing boat ride... where was this at?

  • GrifterGrifter BermudaModerator mod
    Hot dang, that is one gorgeous photo @Grifter ! That must have been one amazing boat ride... where was this at?

    This was taken off of the West end of Bermuda near Long Bay.

    https://goo.gl/maps/LsFHfpNCS8F8EBSb6

    I have a few more pictures from that evening if people are interested but that one is my favourite.

    Prospicience
  • SublimusSublimus Artist. nowhereRegistered User regular
    Wow! Yeah that is an awesome photo for sure!

    Prospicience
  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    edited August 16
    Grifter wrote: »
    Hot dang, that is one gorgeous photo @Grifter ! That must have been one amazing boat ride... where was this at?

    This was taken off of the West end of Bermuda near Long Bay.

    https://goo.gl/maps/LsFHfpNCS8F8EBSb6

    I have a few more pictures from that evening if people are interested but that one is my favourite.

    Nice! Was wondering if it was Bermuda, wasn't sure if you were back there or not. Think the last time we chatted you were living in Canada or planning on moving there (that was a LONG time ago though haha).

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  • GrifterGrifter BermudaModerator mod
    edited August 18
    Grifter wrote: »
    Hot dang, that is one gorgeous photo @Grifter ! That must have been one amazing boat ride... where was this at?

    This was taken off of the West end of Bermuda near Long Bay.

    https://goo.gl/maps/LsFHfpNCS8F8EBSb6

    I have a few more pictures from that evening if people are interested but that one is my favourite.

    Nice! Was wondering if it was Bermuda, wasn't sure if you were back there or not. Think the last time we chatted you were living in Canada or planning on moving there (that was a LONG time ago though haha).

    Yeah I moved to Toronto for a few years. Turns out it's really cold there for most of the year. Since the pandemic makes travelling super risky, I decided to not travel and use that money to buy a boat. Today I'm heading up the North channel to hang out at Northrock. Hopefully get some good shots while there.

    [update] Didn't make it to Northrock for reasons but headed over to Deep Bay yesterday. Brought my new GoPro and it stayed in the bag the whole time. Need to get used to pulling it out to capture photos and video in the future.

    Grifter on
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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Haha understandable. A boat is a great way to get some travel in, as long as you're not landlocked like me. Look forward to seeing some photos from your future outings.

    There's been some really horrible fires here in CO lately, the only positive is they've made for some incredible sunsets. Unfortunately I've only have the opportunity to capture one.
    50235793432_d37a9b6efc_c.jpgWireless Sunset by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

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  • godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    Hello, folks! I think this is my first time posting in the AC. I've never had any kind of artistic training or education, let alone anything photography-specific, but I have enjoyed taking pictures ever since I found my mom's old Pentax something or other in the closet when I was younger and thought it was neat that the lens could be taken off the camera. I've since moved on to all digital photography, because modern cameras sit in a wonderful intersection of art and technology for me that I just love.
    Lately, I dream of a time when I can freely leave my apartment whenever I want just to travel around and take pictures, get more practice and capture the things I find interesting, but I've never asked anyone for critical feedback before. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what makes an interesting picture in the first place, outside of what they say in the miscellaneous beginner-oriented articles and Youtube videos on the subject. While recognizing that it's a somewhat subjective process, I was hoping some folks can provide some pointers on what I can work on to take "better" photos, or perhaps edit them better. Anything is appreciated really, I don't think I've ever participated in a serious conversation about photography with anyone before.
    So without further ado, the stuff I liked enough to put on my new Flickr account...thanks for taking a look!

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    Hanami

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    Artificial Waterfall

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    Karuizawa Shiraito Falls

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    Yokohama

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    Always love seeing your stuff over at the SE++ thread @godmode, good to see you over here :)
    Really love the second and fourth photos. Great framing and love the patterns you got going with zem lines. Like the cherryblossom shot a lot as well, but something makes me want to see it shot lower showing more sidewalk - with the rule of thirds flipped. Still a great photo though.


    Some different infrared coloring
    50296044013_82f7aeb705_c.jpgWatering by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    50296043988_f9fd997f68_c.jpgTowering by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

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  • godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    Thank you so much, that's incredibly kind of you!
    Our stay-at-home lockdown was recently renewed so I haven't been able to go anywhere and take new pictures lately, but I'm hoping to have more stuff to share in the next couple weeks.
    Any feedback on what else I could improve?

  • WeX MajorsWeX Majors 8th Floor, MegashipRegistered User regular
    When I started trying to get better at this, it was when things weren't a Dumpster Fire, so I don't envy you having this urge to shoot things only to realize you can't.
    What I do is when I come back from a trip (side benefit of being in a country not taking this seriously, you can at least drive to your nearest favorite mountain and go hike it with relative isolation.) I'll say "what would I need to get a Professional Shot of [Subject]?" find a blog or a video talking about that, and work backwards. I like taking pictures of bugs and flowers. I get a zoom lens I can slap on the back of my phone. I find out you need a WAAAAAAAY steadier hand than what I got. I go buy tripods of various heights. Sometimes this means you'll come back from a trip realizing all your shots are gonna be a blurry mess or whatever, but you know for next time.

    Figuring out what KIND of photos you like to take is your next bit. If you're like me, you combine your photography with enjoying travel. That's a tough road to hoe these days right? If you're still in the "What Does This Button Do" phase and you're still trying to figure out what to press for when, try a mini setup in your house. Get some paper, point a light at your favorite action figure and go to town. Don't say you ain't got one, you're on a message board, I See You! :P

    Specifically, I'd muck about with trying those waterfalls again. What DO you need to do to get some amazing ribbons of water and stuff? Also, Pros is right, a lower angle of those cherry blossoms would be killer. You know what I'm talking about already, this sorta thing
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    Find a quiet time, just plunk your butt down on the sidewalk.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Ribbons of water usually means long exposures, which means tripods and Neutral Density (ND) filters. Hm. I have a few. I should start using them...problem is I didn't have a portable enough tripod. That's no longer an excuse, thanks to my new 2 lb tripod. :D

  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    edited September 19
    godmode wrote: »
    Thank you so much, that's incredibly kind of you!
    Our stay-at-home lockdown was recently renewed so I haven't been able to go anywhere and take new pictures lately, but I'm hoping to have more stuff to share in the next couple weeks.
    Any feedback on what else I could improve?

    I think @WeX Majors comments are totally true, as well as @Orca with long exposures. If you do have a camera or lens with image stabilization (IS) though, you can get some water ribbons with a 1/30th exposure time handheld (just did this recently since I didn't have a tripod either). A tip for doing that is just to up the aperture as high/small as you can get it (usually f11+) and the shutter speed is slower. You want to be at 1/60th or lower for some water blur, usually lower, so steady hands and/or the aforementioned Image stabilization are key. A few tips: leaning up against something to steady your body as to not sway at all | arms close to your body | crouching with arms in close | take a breath and at the end of your exhale take the photo = can be used separately or all at the same time as the situation presents itself. Without IS I can usually grab a pretty clean shot at around 1/30th with the tips I just mentioned, with IS it's generally pretty easy.

    Recent one I did handheld with IS at 1/30th:
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    The motion blur isn't quite as good as you'd get with a longer exposure, but it's better than water frozen at 1/100th +

    Also, as far as not being able to get out and shoot everything you want - I've been there quite often also. Feeling stuck in the house and just have the bug to go take photos. I generally find macro a good way to mess around, practice in the backyard, back patio, out the window, inside the home with light coming through windows. What compositions can you find in the place where you wander everyday that maybe you didn't see before. Just like any art, practice helps refine your style and will help you figure out what you like to photograph more and more!

    Prospicience on
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  • WeX MajorsWeX Majors 8th Floor, MegashipRegistered User regular
    I would absolutely recommend getting a Macro lens. Even the cheap one I got that just gets clipped on the end of my phone gets some fun shots.

    Also, considering what time of year it is, you can totally get some shots even if you just wander around your house/apartment/doomsday bunker.

    ALSO ALSO! So I went and tried to follow @Prospicience and tried to buy the setup for infrared shots. Course, I wound up buying the wrong kind of Everything and I kinda didn't realize you need to do Actual Photoshop to get the image looking like the samples seen above.

    So, here's three recent examples for each of the topics. T'aint nothin special, just an idea of what you can get.
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    This was literally outside my front door
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    And here's my best stab at infrared which was basically me holding the lens in front of my phone lol
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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Okay, apparently I need a macro lens. :)

    How does a lens help with infrared capture? The phone sensor has its own IR filter, right?

  • WeX MajorsWeX Majors 8th Floor, MegashipRegistered User regular
    Sorry, the confusion might stem from me being dumb about photography terms and calling an IR Filter a Lens this whole time. I bought a Filter that blocks out everything about IR Light, which is supposed to produce the type of photos seen Above Thread. But it takes a whole bunch of steps to get to what Prosp produces that you need to an actual Editing Software to pull off.

  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Ahhh, so it's an IR pass, visible light blocking filter? That makes sense since the IR blocking filter on most cameras (and I suppose cell phones) is leaky, especially in the near IR range. Though improving pretty regularly, which can be bad for e.g. astrophotography with an unmodified sensor.

  • SublimusSublimus Artist. nowhereRegistered User regular
    Awesome stuff in here everyone!!

    Haven't taken enough photos this year, but here are a few from when the PNW was blanketed in wildfire smoke.

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  • WeX MajorsWeX Majors 8th Floor, MegashipRegistered User regular
    Those shots are like, the B-Roll Montage that starts like, something akin to There Will Be Blood. Gorgeous work.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    WeX Majors wrote: »

    This was literally outside my front door
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    oh my god I love this guy.

    Prospicience
  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    WeX Majors wrote: »
    Sorry, the confusion might stem from me being dumb about photography terms and calling an IR Filter a Lens this whole time. I bought a Filter that blocks out everything about IR Light, which is supposed to produce the type of photos seen Above Thread. But it takes a whole bunch of steps to get to what Prosp produces that you need to an actual Editing Software to pull off.

    Think both you and @Orca are correct to some extent. Not sure you can technically grab IR with an unconverted camera if you just have a filter, but I think Orca is correct also because the photos you got look semi IR. Guessing some light still passes through the sensor's filter. There's also a bunch you can do in camera settings so that you don't have to rely on editing software completely to get the look I end up going with. There's a lot of photographers I've found in the last year or so since I started doing IR photography that don't swap color channels even, they just use White balance, which you're supposed to set on green vegetation - but you can get different looks if you do otherwise.

    Love those photos @Sublimus , the fires sure have made for some interesting moods for photos. Even moreso there in the PNW it looks like.

    A couple panos from a recent trip of mine, apologizing ahead of time since I'll be posting a ton from this trip.
    50354249602_29eb6defd8_c.jpgThree Nights Ago by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    50369928288_f4e1455110_c.jpgPool by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    Couple non-panos
    50364641636_e85b35f447_c.jpgTrailblazing by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

    50371838313_ff81830aa2_c.jpgWater Ouzel by Lee Stonehouse, on Flickr

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  • ProspicienceProspicience The Raven King DenvemoloradoRegistered User regular
    edited September 24
    >.>
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    Was hoping someone else would have posted by now. Another "pano". Really I could have gotten a lot of these just by using a wide lens, but all I took with me backpacking is a 18-55 and 55-200. But, I guess it makes for a higher megapixel photo as well so there's that!
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    Meditation
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