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Some Day My Prints Will Come [PHOTO THREAD] (spoiler things and die)

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    VeritasVeritas Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    nation161 wrote: »
    Hi all, I've posted about... once... before here, but I'm a long time reader and admirer of the shots and people on here (plus you're all pretty funny). I just signed on for my school's paper, and we get to use Canon 20Ds. Needless to say, I'm quite excited to be using such a nice camera for the first time. :) And we get to take them out whenever we feel like it, not just for assignments!

    So, is the best way to learn on this to basically shoot a lot? I've never used anything other than point-and-shoots, but I do have a nice one, a Fuji F30 (at least it was nice when I bought it), so I'm somewhat familiar with using manual modes, although the F30's not fully manual (can control ISO, aperture, shutter, etc.). If there's any guides/tips you guys/girls use for the Canons, it'd be great to see.

    First I would learn how to operate in full manual first, and get used to the way your camera meters subjects. Nothing wrong with Program, Av, or TV modes but its always good to learn the nuts and bolts before using the automated modes.

    Learn how to properly hold the camera, this will help a lot in the long run for taking sharper shots. Also learn ways in which to steady the camera in low-light.

    Taking a lot of pictures will help you learn, but for the same reason the idiom perfect practice makes perfect, you will want to follow good picture taking practices to ensure that you do in fact learn instead of just taking hoards of snapshots.

    Also, experiment the shit out of the camera, if you have access to the manual read it straight through and then again. If you have any flashes learn to properly use those as well. And then just have fun, enjoy it.

    @ Sheri: Thats cool, for some reason I expected it to take much longer but I'm pretty clueless when it comes to the fabrical arts

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    AneurhythmiaAneurhythmia Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Don't be fooled, dude. She buys them at Walmart.

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    SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    That's a filthy lie.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Is the "turtle" you're making for Numb Hero a cozy for a turtle, or a turtle made of yarn?

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    bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    edited February 2008
    Now I know how the last photo thread finished before the chat thread.

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    AneurhythmiaAneurhythmia Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    bombardier wrote: »
    Now I know how the last photo thread finished before the chat thread.

    Mods posting off topic?

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    ubernekouberneko Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Sheri wrote: »
    I just keep makin' shit and taking pictures of it.

    snip

    Those are the best kind of hats to wear.

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    VeritasVeritas Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    bombardier wrote: »
    Now I know how the last photo thread finished before the chat thread.

    ...because we're just that awesome?


    New Kiwi photo:
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    saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    A shoe.

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    Bonus points if you see the face (yeah, it's pretty obvious).

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    UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Ver I almost think I would like that better without the reflection. Great quality though. What was your lighting setup?

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    ubernekouberneko Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    This is the only thing I have taken lately that is worth posting. The fact that it isn't perfectly symmetrical bothers me a lot.

    By the way, what is the size limit for pictures? Most of mine aren't THAT big but I still want to put them in spoilers anyways just in case.
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    VeritasVeritas Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Lighting setup was a Sunpak 383 with a snoot at 1/16 power. Very close to the kiwi, I had to shoot at F22 to control the light but it also gave me the nice black background.

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    I have a few without the glass also but not of the same composition.

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    PilcrowPilcrow Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Sorry for calling everybody bitches I thought I was being facetious? Maybe I am bad at words.

    I'm enjoying portraiture!

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    Maybe I'm also bad at pictures!

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    UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I like the first. Second the background is pretty distracting.

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    erisian popeerisian pope Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I think the first is too soft. I prefer crisper focus in portraits (unless it's a total glam shot like old-fashioned pinups, in which case soft focus adds to the mystique - but baldy there is not that mystique-y). I like the level of focus on the subject versus the blur in the background in the second shot, but the overall comp doesn't grab my interest. His open mouth plus the way he's holding that box strike me as a candid snapshot. But other than that, I also enjoy the objects in the background. More than the first, the second shot gives me extra info about the subject due to the context of the background objects, and I like this aspect.


    Also - shoe on beach is awesome!

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    gilraingilrain Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    saltiness wrote: »
    A shoe.

    shoe.jpg

    Bonus points if you see the face (yeah, it's pretty obvious).
    This needs a lot of love, because it is a great photograph. The composition is excellent, the texture and color of the sand is perfect, and the shoe, against most odds, makes for an interesting subject. I was going to say the highlight on the shoe is dangerously close to overexposed, but it's not quite there and I think it works.

    Nice shot!

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    VeritasVeritas Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I actually really like that shoe photo Salti, it might just be me but I think that detail in the leather is just a tad soft but otherwise I like it. I would have almost wanted to see if there was any way in which you could play around with the sand to do something interesting with the cast shadows.


    Kiwi Sans Glass


    Not for the weak of heart:
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    Sorry Salti... I have an addiction

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    JAmp5JAmp5 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I promised myself I'd get back in to the photo thread again so I'll try and crit and stuff when I get the time <3
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    (ohms)Crunchy(ohms)Crunchy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Pilcrow, I like that second picture. It looks like it's from a movie or something.

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    PilcrowPilcrow Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I like the background in the second shot because it tells a story -- that man's a retired drama teacher who still builds sets for all of the high school productions. He is always surrounded by junk and clutter. It's his life.

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    anableanable North TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Veritas wrote: »
    Not for the weak of heart:
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    Sorry Salti... I have an addiction

    I think this is the best photo in the thread so far.

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    SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    You shut your filthy mouth.

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    UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Sheri wrote: »
    You shut your filthy mouth.

    Agreed. His isn't nearly as good as...
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    <3

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    SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Oh you son of a bitch

    (I am so glam)

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    VeritasVeritas Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    You know Sheri I'm hurt that you don't like my work of art but I have to be honest here I don't think anyone can contend with Saints skills, not even with gilded sandy footwear can I win.

    I mean really, look at that sweet flare!



    edit: woo shitty Totp, I really need to stop doing that.


    edit2: Lmao, thanks for the support anable

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    anableanable North TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Sheri wrote: »
    You shut your filthy mouth.

    I'm sorry, I meant to say that this is the best photo in any thread, ever.

    Saint, those glasses, that necklace, and perhaps even the hat needs to be golden if it wants to compete with Veritas.

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    SushisourceSushisource Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Lens flare is really about 50% of Photoshop. The rest is junk.

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    Some drugee on Kavinsky's 1986
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    UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    My philosophy? Flare that lens right the fuck out.

    Anable, I was going to do something like that, but I was so blinded by my own sweet flares that I couldn't stare at the monitor long enough to do so. I believe that says enough.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Using GIMP, I have yet to run in to a situation where I thought "I wonder if this would be easier with Photoshop."

    I found this fractured concrete to be interesting:
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    Obligatory filter abuse:
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    VeritasVeritas Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I think its safe to say that a dangerous precedent was set and I've realized what the power of sweet sweet flares can do when in the wrong hands. I would like to propose a plan of peace and a lens flare disarmament treaty to begin the dismantling of this inhumane weapon.

    As a sign of my peace and charity I offer you all water.

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    (Looking again I'm not sure I like this second one so much)

    Also I didn't mean to completely pass over Jamps photo earlier. Such is the danger of these weapons.

    I really like the shot except for the shadows near the base, I think barring that it could have been great. The sky in that shot is perfect.

    edit: @ Dark Moon: Nope, no selective blurring, similar though. Its a composite of two images, one focused on the top and the other focused on the bottom of the bottle so the middle and sides are still out of focus. The second one is just a shallow angled depth of field and I burned the edges where it bleeds into the background. Also I have no idea what that is below me, buts it looks cool as shit.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    MKR, you're a bad, bad man. With very shiny cement.

    Veritas, was that selective blurring in PS or some sort of wacky water optic hijinx? Either way, if water's the theme...

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    JeakJeak Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    MKR wrote: »
    Obligatory filter abuse:
    HOLY CRAP YOU WORK FOR NASA

    Man, I didn't realise this thread was full of professionals!

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Jeak wrote: »
    MKR wrote: »
    Obligatory filter abuse:
    HOLY CRAP YOU WORK FOR NASA

    Man, I didn't realise this thread was full of professionals!

    NASA is pretty great. We get to play with our gimbals all day.

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    VortigernVortigern Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Darkmoon, I love that shot. I feel almost autistic in my need to just kinda stare at it. I have a think for dark and rich blues though. What IS it though?

    Ok....back to lurking since I don't often have much to offer....

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    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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    foursquaremanfoursquareman Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Veritas - love the bottle shots! The way the first shot has focus on both top and bottom really makes it pop.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Vortigern wrote: »
    Darkmoon, I love that shot. I feel almost autistic in my need to just kinda stare at it. I have a think for dark and rich blues though. What IS it though?

    Ok....back to lurking since I don't often have much to offer....

    Thanks! It's the top of an air humidifier that has some lighting mounted in it to make it both useful and fantastic looking.

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    anableanable North TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    So I considered starting a 365. Then I realized I really hate taking pictures of myself. So there goes that idea.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    anable wrote: »
    So I considered starting a 365. Then I realized I really hate taking pictures of myself. So there goes that idea.

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    Do an anti-365. See if you can't last an entire year without taking a photo of yourself, starting tomorrow. You've clearly already ruined today.

    New photos and a new lens (purchased after the photo taking, sadly)!

    I went out photographing this Friday afternoon, a habit I started last week and hope to continue. Sadly while on my trip home from campus the sky went from a wonderful, clear blue to an ugly grey. I ended up fiddling with some really high contrast processing to get some pop out of the shots. Please let me know if I went overboard.

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    Here's the lens. Pentax A 70-210mm f/4 USM. Manual focus, but the sharpest MF telezoom Pentax ever made. Snagged it for a cool $100 - used, naturally. It's very clean with no fungus/oil/etc. I also discovered that the place I bought it from left a 58mm B+W multicoated Skylight filter on it that's worth about $50 by itself! My longest lens is no longer 55mm!

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dark Moon wrote: »
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    That makes me think of photos from modern-day Chernobyl.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    MKR wrote: »

    That makes me think of photos from modern-day Chernobyl.

    It's a Cancer Bear on the corner of one of the busiest intersections in the city!

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