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I bet the stuff under the bridge has changed though There's a part of me that wants to be on the furthest point out along that access road

pburke wrote:
I think I have the same shot, taken in 1990 on Tri-X film. Hasn't changed much



Treasure these moments for sure, Phillip, gone way too fast, and by the time you miss them, they're teenagers

philipj wrote:
Glad to see the thread is humming along just fine. Free time is at a minimum these days, but I try to at least keep up with the photos, if not the conversation. So many great photos of such a variety of subjects, a truly unique corner of the internet.

Margot passed her half-year milestone a week and some days ago, and is growing in leaps and bounds. She army crawls around, has started eating solids, has gotten a bit better at being able to sleep, and is as beautiful as any little girl could be. A portrait from today with
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Thanks Ray, my definition of March Madness includes the NIT, but I'm sure the NCAA frowns on my definition

pbraymond wrote:
Laura, beautiful arrangement of bananas and strawberries.

Laura, I did not get anywhere for March Madness, the BB shots are from the University of Toledo, participating in the WNIT tournament.



Thanks for another sample, Peter. You've done what nobody else could make me do.. install Photoshop again

pburke wrote:
Another stacked image - a model of probably my favorite race car of all time

first the real thing - last summer at Road America, D7000 with 300mm f4.5 ED-IF AIS, iso 220, 1/500s f11 (GoPro cameras should not be allowed at vintage races...)

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/BRIC_2012/02_Porsche_917/slides/_DSC1241.jpg

and my own copy, 1/32nd scale, about 6 inches long
http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/forum_pix/fredmiranda/105mm/917_stack_blended_edit_web.jpg

9 image focus stack, taken with the D600 and 105mm f2.5 and K2-5 extension tubes. All images iso 100, 1/60s f8, two remote strobes and some diffuser cloth. I had to do some clone tool cleanup in some areas, because the master images were spaced just a little
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Mar 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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jhinkey wrote:
Yep - very nice explanation. For me especially reds get blown very easy and then it's tough to get something nice looking in post. Bright pink has done me in a couple of times . . . . . I have to watch the color histogram quite closely if there is a lot of red in the scene that matters.


Red, Yellow and pink are the ones I have to watch. Strangely enough white isn't a problem?
There's a ton of comment on the net which ranges from a built in emphasis on red to make it more prominent to using a different white balance. The most sensible seems to be to watch the red channel in the histograms.



Mar 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Love that last shot Laura!


And I like the others too!



Mar 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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rankamateur wrote:
Sick of cold weather. Sick of snow and longing for these days again. 50 1.4 AI-S

Ron, don't you get the sunflowers at theend of summer ?



Mar 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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Thank you Ray (ohio) and Ben, too kind.


Mar 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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asiostygius wrote:
+ 1
great capture.


+2



Mar 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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Full internet again - at last!!

Really nice images in past day or so and a bunch of new things to try - stacking, Nik etc etc

Out again with the 500 f8 - it was on the camera and looking at Don Jean's images on the "Big Daddy" thread ( http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1198809 ) got me to go out today - it is a glorious autumn day here!






Concentration - Young fisherman "squidding"







Two boys and a rubber duck - happiness is.




Mar 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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Subsistence fishing! Knysna suffers from chronic unemploiment but quite a few families subsist on small fish caught by women on handlines from the old wharf.

They are quite jolly and apparently make a very tasty "Bouillebaise" type stew from their catch.





Fishing and talking







Live bait




Mar 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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Leighton, I'm going to stop wishing for more winter, but those snow shots are gorgeous. I especially like the backlit tree and sunstar.

pburke, great stack work!

Kevin, I like the flowers.

Alan, really nice portrait. Best wishes!

Jose, great tribute to PF.

Goran, beautiful portraits with the venerable 105mm.

Curtis, wonderful shots from the Zen center. I love the close up of the fence.

Thanks Peter. Great people shots, especially "Concentration."

Chin, love the long exposure with the PC-E.

Laura, beautiful shot of a beautifully made vase.

Ray, great flowers.

Ron, the sunflowers photo is really nice. The composition of the trees and sky really add to it.

Philip, great one of Margot!



Mar 26, 2013 at 02:38 PM
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Some thoughts from a long time Photoshop user (since before Adobe acquisition) on the NIK software bundle offer:

I have been through just about all of the PS and LR actions, plugin, filters, etc since Kai, Russell, John, etc. etc. Most of them simply automate that which long time PS jockeys do instinctively. Additionally, Adobe has incorporated much of the good stuff into successive PS iterations over the years.

That said, the NIK bundle is a good deal, and I would encourage everyone here to consider it. It works with Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

It is far better in Photoshop, however. In LR, you must convert the image to a tiff or jpeg. In PS you can work on a layer, but, even better, you can work on a smart object (converting the RAW file in CR to a smart object.) Thus you get to see the result of your NIK edits, plus you get to go back to the raw file and change it, without loosing those. NIK has nice interaction with Photoshop brushes and Wacom tablets, as well.

For anyone serious about printing, or about exhibiting images on the web, the NIK Sharpener works quite well. You can apply your own input sharpening, then use NIK Sharpener targeted to the specific output and size you require. Again, it is better in Photoshop, as I have found it easier to resize in PS for the output. For web, just resize in Photoshop. For print, I use Perfect Resize (I have a D700, not enough pixels for an Epson at 360/large prints). Then apply the NIK Sharpener to the resized image.

I have also found Dfine to be the best noise reduction option out there. Don't really use the other NIK apps that often, as I can do most of what they offer in Photoshop myself. But if you don't want to mess with dozens of layer masks, curves, etc. NIK is the way to go.

They are nice people as well, and have some excellent video tutorials at their site. Hope the Google deal does not hurt this aspect.

Any questions, just ask. Not that great a photographer, but I do know this stuff fairly well...



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CGrindahl wrote:
John, perhaps you want to go LONGER with a 600 f/5.6 AI that appears to be in GREAT condition for under two thousand dollars.

Nikon 600 f/5.6 AI ED-IF on E-Bay


I certainly would, but I've had Jose do some test shots for me as well as getting test shots from another owner and this lens just is not very sharp. Hence if I'm going to be $1K+ I might as well go $2K+ and get the 500/4P. At least that's my logic.

- John



Mar 26, 2013 at 03:10 PM
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Thanks Jeff - on review I'm convinced this lens has to either be on a tripod to ensure sharp focus, exposed at >1000th or handheld by Curtis! Because it's light for its length it's too easy to get a bit of shake in there!


Mar 26, 2013 at 03:18 PM
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For the cold weather cyclists (Monty?)







What's he up to?







Another crappy day in paradise




Mar 26, 2013 at 03:31 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
I certainly would, but I've had Jose do some test shots for me as well as getting test shots from another owner and this lens just is not very sharp. Hence if I'm going to be $1K+ I might as well go $2K+ and get the 500/4P. At least that's my logic.

- John



Let's get serious John...

Nikon 800 f/5.6 AI on E-Bay

Now you and Jose will have something to talk about...



Mar 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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Or how about this one John? It is so much fun to spend other people's money...

Nikon 600 f/4 AI on E-Bay



Mar 26, 2013 at 03:45 PM
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Oosty wrote:
Thanks Jeff - on review I'm convinced this lens has to either be on a tripod to ensure sharp focus, exposed at >1000th or handheld by Curtis! Because it's light for its length it's too easy to get a bit of shake in there!


I tried hand holding the 500 Reflex but it was a no go. Part of that is the focal length but the other part doubtless is the shortness of the lens. It really doesn't provide much ballast when mounted on the D700. I have used it a couple of time with a monopod but I think a tripod is definitely the way to go. Here is a shot I took last summer with the 500 C version. The keywords say 400 but it was the 500. I was using both that day and forgot to change the keywords.




Mar 26, 2013 at 03:51 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
I certainly would, but I've had Jose do some test shots for me as well as getting test shots from another owner and this lens just is not very sharp. Hence if I'm going to be $1K+ I might as well go $2K+ and get the 500/4P. At least that's my logic.

- John


I've been contemplating to buy the "not working for parts only" 500mm f4p on ebay. That crack in the front lens may not really make that much of a difference, and I'm pretty sure I could sell it back for close to what it costs to find out how good/bad it really is...




Mar 26, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Or how about this one John? It is so much fun to spend other people's money...

Nikon 600 f/4 AI on E-Bay


this thread is not good for my finances... I always wanted to get back to a 600f4 - was my favorite Canon lens of all time when I was in the white camp, and this offer is actually something one could justify if one were to "go big" in the process of kit building




Mar 26, 2013 at 04:43 PM
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How many fiances do you have, man?


Mar 26, 2013 at 04:45 PM
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Kry27 wrote:
How many fiances do you have, man?


not enough to carry all the heavy glass I want to own



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