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jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5997
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asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
And just to show that I'm not done yet with my Hawaii images. One last (I think) panorama of Moloka'i:

105/2.5 AIS

Working on getting these all into one place on my Zenfolio account.



John, another killer pano! How many images did you use?


Thanks Jose -

5 images. CS6 would not stitch them automatically, so I had to resort to PTGui Pro - I can almost always get a good stitching in PTGui Pro if I work enough at it. In CS6, if it won't do it automagically it won't do it at all no matter what you do.



montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
Total Posts: 4711
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
And just to show that I'm not done yet with my Hawaii images. One last (I think) panorama of Moloka'i:

105/2.5 AIS

Working on getting these all into one place on my Zenfolio account.



John, another killer pano! How many images did you use?


Thanks Jose -

5 images. CS6 would not stitch them automatically, so I had to resort to PTGui Pro - I can almost always get a good stitching in PTGui Pro if I work enough at it. In CS6, if it won't do it automagically it won't do it at all no matter what you do.


THose files must be enormous



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5997
Country: United States

montym wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
And just to show that I'm not done yet with my Hawaii images. One last (I think) panorama of Moloka'i:

105/2.5 AIS

Working on getting these all into one place on my Zenfolio account.



John, another killer pano! How many images did you use?


Thanks Jose -

5 images. CS6 would not stitch them automatically, so I had to resort to PTGui Pro - I can almost always get a good stitching in PTGui Pro if I work enough at it. In CS6, if it won't do it automagically it won't do it at all no matter what you do.


THose files must be enormous


Well, an 8 bit TIFF that is generated from PTGui at about 1/2 full resolution is about 125MB - so a 16 bit TIFF at full resolution would be ~8x larger . . . that's why I don't create full resolution panos - I save the 125MB version and then down-sample to break your monitors.

Western Digital just came out with 4TB R drives and I think I'll be re-building my raid 1 storage drive with these as I'm constantly bumping up against my 1TB drives capacity . . .



montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
Total Posts: 4711
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
montym wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
And just to show that I'm not done yet with my Hawaii images. One last (I think) panorama of Moloka'i:

105/2.5 AIS

Working on getting these all into one place on my Zenfolio account.



John, another killer pano! How many images did you use?


Thanks Jose -

5 images. CS6 would not stitch them automatically, so I had to resort to PTGui Pro - I can almost always get a good stitching in PTGui Pro if I work enough at it. In CS6, if it won't do it automagically it won't do it at all no matter what you do.


THose files must be enormous


Well, an 8 bit TIFF that is generated from PTGui at about 1/2 full resolution is about 125MB - so a 16 bit TIFF at full resolution would be ~8x larger . . . that's why I don't create full resolution panos - I save the 125MB version and then down-sample to break your monitors.

Western Digital just came out with 4TB R drives and I think I'll be re-building my raid 1 storage drive with these as I'm constantly bumping up against my 1TB drives capacity . . .


ugh.....
8x125MB= .... I can't count that high.
Who ever would have thought that we (you) would be dealing with 1GB files. Your computer must breath a sigh of relief when you walk away form it.


I'm going to be putting a 2nd hard disk in my Mac. The b/w files that go in and out of CS6/SEP2 average 200meg...
I delete so many files but my disk is filling up fast....



montym
Registered: Jul 19, 2003
Total Posts: 4711
Country: United States

Here's another one of my silly little dog.

I've said it before, I really starting to like shooting at f/1.2



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7724
Country: United States

on the town shaking. When we lived at Holloman AFB, I thought for sure that some jet had dropped its landing gear on the trailer we lived in there, things shook so bad. I ran outside, and didn't see anything. Several times there would be this huge boom that would shake, and I never knew what it was, till finally someone told me about the test sled there, and the fact that it creates sonic booms. The test sled is on the ground, so the shock wave travels outward from it.

huddy wrote:
Chuong, very well done. That one is a shot to remember.

Here is a huge pano from the latest Nikki post I am working on. I though it would be a good treat.
SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, TX:


If you look on the far left, you will see a water tower and tall cylindrical white object on stilts. That white cylinder is Grasshopper, a 10-story VTOL rocket that currently is capable of taking off and landing itself upright... I don't remember it's maximum altitude or flight time right now, but we hear tests of it nearly every day, sometimes many times a day.

IIRC, the large white/gray metal building is where the company assemble Falcon 9 rockets for testing.

The large tripod looking structure next to the water tower in the middle is a vertical test structure for fully configured Falcon 9 rockets. I've been on the top of the concrete part. It's over 100 feet tall. I think the top of the structure is roughly 260 feet tall and has quite a view of the surrounding area. I don't know what the grid like structure next to that is. The various other outbuildings and mounds of dirt are used for fuel storage, testing of single engines on the ground etc.

When a full launch test is simulated, everything here in town shakes and it is very, very, very loud. If the weather conditions are correct, the rockets will make large streams of clouds along the ground that are miles long. The first large test caused several residents to think it was the apolcalypse. The company now posts signs along highways to notify the town of very large tests!


John, have you tried Microsoft ICE yet? And Newegg had 3TB drives on sale this weekend for $90....

jhinkey wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
And just to show that I'm not done yet with my Hawaii images. One last (I think) panorama of Moloka'i:

105/2.5 AIS

Working on getting these all into one place on my Zenfolio account.



John, another killer pano! How many images did you use?


Thanks Jose -

5 images. CS6 would not stitch them automatically, so I had to resort to PTGui Pro - I can almost always get a good stitching in PTGui Pro if I work enough at it. In CS6, if it won't do it automagically it won't do it at all no matter what you do.




NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7724
Country: United States

50mm f/1.2 at 1.2 on the V1, along with it broken up to full size parts, sorry for more monitor breaking.

































jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5997
Country: United States

Yep. the 50/1.2 has been measured to be the sharpest 50mm at f/1.2 in the center of the frame and I believe it. It just has low contrast and flare that robs it of apparent sharpness - but this makes it great for low contrast subjects and gives images that special look.

Like Rocky or a bottle of wine . . .

It also has a large amount of field curvature which makes focus with the center AF point and then recomposing a problem . . .

Mine is almost always used wide open, otherwise it's the 50/1.8G which has stellar resolution even on my D800, but lacks the f/1.2 look at it's measly max. aperture of f/1.8. . .



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
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I second Laura's suggestion about MS ICE. Been using it for quite a while now...after using auto stitch for years. ICE is magic..however, I did run into a few images it couldn't do this summer - and they happened to be mixes of land and lake/sea.



James Markus
Registered: Jul 20, 2005
Total Posts: 4425
Country: United States

Ray, right after you posted this - the mail man came with my winning low ball, impulse bid, 24mm lens. I knew it was in rough shape, but it turned out to be much better than I expected. So, I cleaned it and tested it. It is almost the 28mm's equal. Ever so slightly less sharp, and a little lower contrast. I couldn't be more pleased.

MDoc9523 wrote:
James Markus wrote:
Ray, If the 24mm f2.8 ais is as wonderful as the 28mm f2.8 ais - I'm gonna be as happy as a pig in $h!#. Like the sample photo too!

MDoc9523 wrote:
James the 24mm 2.8 AIS is a wonderful close focus lens that is defiantly on par with with the 28mm 2.8 I had a chance to shoot with both of those lenses side by side and could see no difference in quality. Here's a shot taken with the 24mm 2.8 AIS



The 24mm is cooler in color that the 28mm but on this landscape the clarity is much the same. The sharpness is the same even at 200%














a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

NightOwl Cat wrote:
50mm f/1.2 at 1.2 on the V1, along with it broken up to full size parts, sorry for more monitor breaking.







Nice image, of a very fine and I am certain delicious, Bordeaux! Toast!

_DSC6255 by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr


jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Country: United States

A few final straggler images from Maui - I promise it's almost over!



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1422
Country: Australia

Alan - beautiful stitch with nikki. Love the detail and the colour. ( a couple of sensor spots ?)

ben


nikon 200mm f4 ai by benmorgan28, on Flickr


nikon 50mm f1.8 AIS by benmorgan28, on Flickr


nikon 28mm f3.5 HC by benmorgan28, on Flickr



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS, Handheld, in door spiral lightbulbs, automatic white balance, and on "P" setting, at ISO Speed 320
Exposure Bias -1/3 EV





_DSC3750 by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 2992
Country: France

montym wrote:
Here's one that is VERY close to falling in the trash can....


Monty, that's one of your best b/w shot, imo. Love the rendering!



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 2992
Country: France

a.RodriguezPix wrote:

_DSC3750 by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr


Man, it seems that you're a real connoisseur!
Roederer is one of my favorite Champagne (after Krug, of course). I recommend you the "cuvée Cristal"!



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 2992
Country: France

bruni wrote:
Alan - beautiful stitch with nikki. Love the detail and the colour. ( a couple of sensor spots ?)

ben



Ben, love that set : great creativity and very inspiring images. Thanks.



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:

_DSC3750 by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr


Man, it seems that you're a real connoisseur!
Roederer is one of my favorite Champagne (after Krug, of course). I recommend you the "cuvée Cristal"!

I do enjoy something every so often in order to afford what I feel fit, and well, affordable as well! I had recently stayed in the french wines category, until I recently deiced to try a different region, and went with an Argentinian, and in my opinion, it was an excellent choice! My one most used method of choice however, is one by Robert Parker Jr., and his affiliation The Wine Advocate. The 2010 Tikal Patriota Argentina Mendoza I shared previously was rated 91 I believe, and for $16.00 USD at our Bevmo, I feel it was way worth its price, that, and I feel stupefied that I only bought one!



2010 Tikal Patriota Argentina Mendoza by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr



LOUIS ROEDERER Champagne ∞ BUBBLES by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 2992
Country: France

Parker is the worst thing that happened in Bordeaux since Philoxera
He imposed the new world taste for too sweet wine and the Bordeaux wine makers produce "Parker's wines" now because they prefer money rather than good taste. It's a pity!

But you're right, there are good wines all over the world (even if the best ones are French and Italian )



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2237
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
Parker is the worst thing that happened in Bordeaux since Philoxera
He imposed the new world taste for too sweet wine and the Bordeaux wine makers produce "Parker's wines" now because they prefer money rather than good taste. It's a pity!

But you're right, there are good wines all over the world (even if the best ones are French and Italian )



Aphid, or not, I feel my tastes are in the same realm as his own, of course he is herald as the tater, and I, just a humble drinker. I have had multiple Bordeaux in the affordable range, and to me, some were less to my pallet, than others. For instance, some had a taste of higher alcohol taste, and some were more pungent than others, however, I go with what I enjoy, and R.Parker is used as a reference.



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