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  1. DanishDevil

    DanishDevil

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    No, I'm not. I made the username after the delicious pastries, not the Country :D
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    Just a basic JPEG for now, I'll process the RAW later, but I thought this one I just took after the rain was worthy of posting:

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    We're doing bugs eh? I have some of those.

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    Sony Alpha A100
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    I just got :nutkick:
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    No, your picture is good. Once you tweak the RAW file a bit it will look really nice.
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    Just don't post the spiders. lol.
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    I've got one of those floating around somewhere :D From my old camera, though.
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    Had to use the little "Snipping Tool" in W7 because they took out the crop feature :(

    Taken on a Casio Exilim EX-S770
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    But they're fuzzy!

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    I like spiders...My buddy has a pet tarantula...i like to pet it! lol
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    You douchebags! lol.
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    Sign me up please, I've just purchased a new Canon EOS450D with a 18-55mm Image Stabilised lens. Its my treat for surviving emergency brain surgery last week for a sub-dural heamatoma. See pictures for extreme scar pic, taken with my Canon Digital Ixus 860 IS.
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    omg those spiders are freaky! how could you take a picture of one, and such a good one at that? i would run away and cry like a lil girl!
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    The spider is less than the size of a quarter, and isn't poisonous. I did have to get very close to take the picture (about 1-1.5 inches). The ghetto way to get extreme macro pictures is to take your lens off and flip it around backwards. The technique works easiest with a 100% manual fixed focal length lens, but can be done with pretty much any lens. I bought an old lens from the 70s and an adapter so that I don't have to hold the lens against the body of the camera myself. If you bargain hunt on ebay you can set up the whole thing for around $60.

    Here's a picture I just took in St. Louis the other weekend.

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    I really like that picture Thermo!
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    I just got a Sony Alpha 300 with a 18-70 and 75-300. When spring comes I'll get out and try to get some good shots.

    @ Thermopylae_480 did you use a polarizer for that shot of the pasta house? Looks like fastish shutter and high iso but I really dont know.
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    You need to give that the photoshop treatment you gave the tractor and your other shots. I bet it would come out spectacular.
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    My first attempt at BW photography. This is more or less just getting a feel for the camera...messing with settings and what not. I do like how the last one turned out. professor really liked it as well.
    What do you guys think...but be easy on me...never done BW developing before. but its a fun process.
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    The last one looks sweet! I love that background blur effect. It's got a name, but I can't remember it.

    Looks like you're well on your way to become a B&W photography pro! :)
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    Pretty good! Black and white conversion is really useful. It is amazing how discarding the color information can make an otherwise bland photo with poor color something nice. Is your lens dusty or scratched? The first image looks like there is a scratch or dust on the lens.

    I think I might like the CAT picture best.

    I really like this picture of a swan I took, but the water was muddy and unappealing, I turned it B&W and now it is one of my favorite photos.

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    No My lens wasn't scratched, I'm not sure why it did that? it was only on that one photo. Might have been something I did developing the film but I'm not sure?
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    The word you're looking for is called 'bokeh'.

    I can't believe I'm just now noticing this club here after being a member of the forums for this long already. I needed some motivation to get off my but and do some shooting again lately and you guys just may have helped me out with that.

    I bought a new lens last year and then shortly after that got busy then stop shooting anything for a while paid or not paid. I get like that at times as I'm sure we all do, but I've been thinking pretty hard about it the past few days that it's time to get back at it already.

    Shame though because the lens I bought it one of the most incredible lenses I've ever used with image quality/range, sharpness, color rendition, bokey, etc. etc. etc.

    The lens is the Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) for the Nikon mount camera body. The balance of the lens is incredible and the weight is nice (to me) and makes the balance even better using a pro body camera. Not sure how it would feel on one of the smaller bodied cameras but I don't think it would be bad? Feels perfect on my camera which by the way is STILL a Nikon D1H even after all these years.

    I just can't let this camera go no matter what it seems, the qualify of the photos is insane for a digital camera and to me it looks and feels just like film totally so I can never let it go I think. I was just about to buy another newer body before buying the lens to go with my D1H but decided I wanted the lens more so I'll get another body later on which will either be a D2Hs or D2X. It has to remain a pro body style camera though because it feels perfectly natural. I always used a grip on the smaller bodies anyway, but I like starting out with the full body in the first place instead as it's just better for me.

    Okay I'm rambling now, but if you guys are looking for a pro lens in the 70-200mm range don't pass on the Tamron because it's just incredible. I had a hard time choosing between the Sigma EX 70-200 and the Nikkor 70-200 at first. After I saw the image quality difference the Nikkor got the nod, but just before pulling the trigger (after months of investigation) I decided to at least LOOK at the Tamron lens to see how it fares. After looking at the reviews and user experience I couldn't believe what I was seeing.....how can this lens match or BEAT the mighty razor sharp Nikkor lens????? I found one local at a shop and drove up to get it (great shop they stayed open after hours just so I could drive up and get it...60 miles GREAT PEOPLE).

    That might be THE BEST $700 I've ever spent on glass, I was pissed I didn't buy it the week before for the H2Oi event (VW auto gathering/show) but I was convinced on buying the Nikkor which would've put me 1-2 weeks after the show. I bought the Tamron only a few days after the show feeling like a fool....

    Kei
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    Guess I should post a pic or two eh? :p

    Here is my Spam,

    Her and I were sitting on the porch one day and I just felt like snapping a few pics away while we were talking. I'm a HUGE fan of candid portraits as I like to call them which is what I consider this type of photo. I don't really shoot many posed portraits anymore, but every once in a while I will. I prefer this style because it's just so much MORE to me if that makes sense. No makeup, no hair dressers, no fancy light setups....this was just me and her sitting on the porch midday or so talking about whatever.

    This first is pure photo work not photoshop magic, but I was trying to capture something cool and kinda like a movie poster. I think it worked put pretty well yes? The second has a filter added for extra emotion but everything else is natural. My Spam is definitely my favorite person to shoot because it's always fun and she's just so damn happy whenever we do. The look in her eyes makes every day pretty much the best day ever.

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    My Favorite Channel,

    I was down on the beach one day and found this sitting in the sand....I have no idea who brings one to the beach but it made for a funny photo I think. :D

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    That's all for now, I hope you guys like them. :)

    Kei

    (the copyright stuff was under a nickname I used to go by and I just never got it switched over, eventually I'll change that)
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    Love that last one! Thanks for posting!
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Wow I love all these photo's here especially that one of the swan thermo.

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