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There was a thin layer of ice on a large bucket of water outside the shed. As it got slightly above 0°C water started dripping down from the roof of the shed into that bucket, forming a small hole and making these stunning splashes:



And moving through the city at night, I found the state turning its 'eyes' away (like usual); a more symbolic picture:

 
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That droplet photo is amazing and I almost want to use it as a background @Dinnercore
 
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Some of the best shots I got from this morning Bird Watch
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Did you take any long exposure shots of that waterfall? As that would be very impressive.
 
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Didn't have a tripod with me
 
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This pic gives me the feel of living in solitary which is kinda scares me
I would gladly give up internet and electricity to have property like that i could hunt and fish on
 
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Sadly I broke my good ol D5100. It was my first real camera, and my one and only for 6 years now. So many memories and nice photos attached to this thing. And it was all my fault that it broke, I forgot that it was sitting there on the ground next to me and I walked over it, kicking it across the floor.
No longer turned on, only showed low battery symbol and SD-card LED lighting up. A repair would cost more then its worth so I took it apart:


(dont know why but direct full size pictures from my pic-hoster no longer work on TPU, so thumbnail it is)

Really tough to get into these things. I checked all those ribbon connections and closed it again. This time it turns on but is still busted.



Those artifacts are from my phones cam, don´t know why it is acting up now too. Was fine afterwards, well the D5100 display is showing wrong colors, it still claims low battery while I confirmed with 2 seperate batteries that I used a fully charged one. It locks the release due to low power and it does not detect any lenses.

From here on out I have no idea what else to do, so I looked around and found a used one for less then 200$. I shortly considered upgrading to a newer model, but I don´t have money saved for that and the newer ones do not have much improvement in terms of picture quality, they just added stuff I don´t really need.
That was a shock, but I´m glad I got that used body for cheap, it only has 4.000 total picture count! That is 1/10th of my old one.

I really can´t live without a DSLR, and just really realized that the moment it broke.
Anyway, a photo with the new body:

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Snoqualmie Falls - This is a 'Single' jpeg file with 'Motion' effect!!:D
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I have to compress it to upload it here.

Another Single picture of Caffe Latte.

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So, I'm honestly pretty terrible at shooting just about anything, but product placement is the one area where I like to think my performance isn't completely appalling. Even so, I haven't had much results lately. I don't like my 35/2D nearly as much as everyone says I should. However, there was a lot of sun today (last week it was 0 degrees and still snowing here and there, tomorrow is slated to be 22 :eek:), I was bored, and thought to mess around with my boards, including the one I had just finished building on Friday night. Most of them were unimpressive and frustrating, with the exception of this one:



It seems that PS CC's RAW editor likes it best when there is an abundance of natural light, and there are no contrasting swathes in the background. That said, I'm still struggling with the 35/2D's barrel distortion; my D610 doesn't seem to correct it properly for the 35, and it seems to be much more pronounced than even the 50/1.8G, which already wasn't exactly a winner in that department.
 
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Visited a few UNESCO ruins in Hampi, India.

This is featured on our currency- Rs 50 note.
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Just a grassy sunset
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Some old corridors.
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And a cat ofcourse.
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I went hiking and camping this weekend into the Kosciuszko National Park, the weather was pretty bad (it cleared with like 30 minutes to go) but still gave me the time to get some awesome shots whilst up there.

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Right lets see how this goes.... Its the rip from my google photos so quality/size is a little reduced.


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A late winter sunset at the bay:



An X60R after some barrel and perspective correction:

 
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With broken left hand, cast on and using Cast as my Camera stand I could still take these pictures:laugh:

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Being that it looks like I'm doing this for real this time, I suppose I'll join in here.

Back in 2008 I got my first SLR, a Canon Rebel of some sort, and took a few classes. I really took to it and felt like I progressed a lot. But my instructors insisted on us using film and shooting in full-manual full-time. It was a great way to learn the fundamentals, but very creatively stifling for me. "See the photo before you press the shutter." They said. Well I got better at that than anyone else in the class but my photos still weren't good! I feel like I learned a whole lot, but it wasn't really scratching the itch.

Ultimately, I sold the camera. Not because I didn't love it, but because I was 18 and really big on just living life and trying stuff. It got away from me, sadly.

A couple of years ago now I came out of a really shitty, rotten relationship that cost me a lot of time and well-being. It's all good now, I came out a happier, more actualized person... while she basically threw her whole life away. After the shit she pulled, it serves her right! Since moving on I've been making up for lost time, just pursuing stuff I left behind that I realized really mattered to me. I had always regretted selling that camera. Wanted to pick up a DSLR but never felt like I could swing it between the money I sink into other techy stuff and making music. Not for everything I'd want to really get going. I wasn't gonna just get like, a T3 with a kit lens and a strap. Not enough for me to grow into.

Well, it just so happens that at some point way, wayy back there, I bought a used T3i! I was going through stuff I had in storage when I found the body, kit lens, strap, a battery/charger, and bag in pristine condition. The timing was so uncanny that I couldn't just ignore it. So I rounded out my setup with all of your typical accessories. I even bought a couple of lenses - the Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake and 10-18mm f/4.5/5.6 STM. A good general-purpose and something for landscapes and the tight hiking trails I tend to frequent as-is. Super excited to get going with it.

I will say, the T3i is both mind-blowing and frustrating coming from a 35mm SLR. The flippy screen, live-view and such blows my mind - completely changes my whole vision of what composition is, not to mention all of the other cool features that film cameras can't have. Shooting RAW and using Lightroom is like god-mode to me. Being able to do HDR, fix exposures, change tones, add effects, correct lens artifacts/distortion and sensor noise - all non-destructively... this shit is crazy man, I can't even. I learn something that blows my mind every day! It is an overwhelming amount of just... things... and... stuff...

I'm enjoying actually using the semi-auto modes. I prefer aperture priority with manual ISO. I take in the light and settle on an ISO for the camera to choose decent shutter speeds at my desired aperture/DOF. It's like a whole new world compared to the way I was taught. Just feels a lot freer. Add in exposure compensation and it's just so quick and easy to dial-in whatever exposure I need on the fly. More time spent taking pictures and less time futzing needlessly with settings. I see it as a faster, more intuitive way to the same results I would get in manual mode.

I'm having trouble getting used to autofocus, though. I never really used it on my 35mm, and now I'm remembering why. All too often I find it forcing me to change my composition to put my subject or focal point on one of the autofocus points. Moving the point in live view is clunky, and the viewfinder doesn't have enough points to be all that useful. Can't seem to break the habit of tilting the camera instead. So I think I'll be sticking predominantly to manual focus, just to have one less thing getting in the way. Obviously there are times when that's kinda beyond simple preference and you should really use AF, which is why I'll still take the time to get acclimated. I think on a better body I'd love it... I don't know. It's really pretty damned fast with either lens through the viewfinder, but that's no good to me if I can't easily direct it to focus where I want it to.

The other weird thing for me with this being a crop sensor camera is the DOF itself. I know how the DOF usually is at 40mm on a full-frame. 24mm is pretty close to equivalent, but focusing it is completely different. Does that make sense?

At least the image quality is good with these lenses. Good enough that I do it no justice with my amateur crap. All I *really* want for is better high ISO/low-light performance. Clearly this is not older Canon crop-sensor cameras' strong suit. Don't get me wrong - the camera is awesome to me and I feel like I can do SO much with it, but I can see where I'm ultimately going to outgrow it.


I've only just begun to shoot and haven't really gotten any good pictures that I would call favorites. I have a spot picked out... went on a long mid-day scouting expedition. I knew the light would suck with it being a sunny afternoon, but I also knew there was an overwhelming amount of interesting stuff to look at, so I wanted to just kind of hand hold and get some ideas. Now I feel like I know what to do when I go back. Been chomping at the bit. But it has been pouring hard for days since then... the lightning is no joke. I have seen two pine trees explode and probably heard many more. o_O

I had planned to go today after work. 5-8pm is a good window to hopefully get some nice shots. But it poured again. Between downpours I vented my disappointment by wandering the porch/front yard and taking little snapshots just to get more comfortable with the camera. I'm glad I did because that's when I realized I have issues to work out with AF. I'm otherwise very impressed with the setup. Didn't really get any keepers, though I hadn't expected to. I did get one little snapshot that I kinda like. And that's all it is. I wouldn't even call it a real photograph, or even a good picture. I do kinda like it, though. First I've taken that I liked at all tbh.

I swear it feels like I've forgotten everything. I guess this is one thing that isn't like riding a bike. See for yourselves lol
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This was taken with my T3i, obviously. The Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM. Shot at f/2.8, 1/1000s, ISO 100. Raindrops collecting atop the elephant ears under glowing stormy skies.

The bokeh kinda surprised me coming from a $125 lens. Though I wish I hadn't shot wide open. The vignetting is an anomaly. I was using one of those rubber hoods and I must have bumped it forward, because it is the only shot even remotely like that. I opted to leave it in. I think it adds a little drama. It's definitely not exposed right. I wish I had shot at f/4 and actually composed the shot to get better coverage and depth with all of the droplets (I'll never know why I opted for so much headroom :kookoo:) There's just something really pleasing about the perfectly spherical droplets strewn across the FOV, popping in and out of focus. It's a neat effect. Something I'll have to revisit next time it rains. I want this to be a good shot but it isn't... yet. Next time, I'll approach it very differently. I should have plenty of opportunities, at least.

Well, I'll stop rambling now and just say "hello!" Really just wanted to put up something to be embarrassed about some time later. :p
 
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Being that it looks like I'm doing this for real this time, I suppose I'll join in here.

Back in 2008 I got my first SLR, a Canon Rebel of some sort, and took a few classes. I really took to it and felt like I progressed a lot. But my instructors insisted on us using film and shooting in full-manual full-time. It was a great way to learn the fundamentals, but very creatively stifling for me. "See the photo before you press the shutter." They said. Well I got better at that than anyone else in the class but my photos still weren't good! I feel like I learned a whole lot, but it wasn't really scratching the itch.

Ultimately, I sold the camera. Not because I didn't love it, but because I was 18 and really big on just living life and trying stuff. It got away from me, sadly.

A couple of years ago now I came out of a really shitty, rotten relationship that cost me a lot of time and well-being. It's all good now, I came out a happier, more actualized person... while she basically threw her whole life away. After the shit she pulled, it serves her right! Since moving on I've been making up for lost time, just pursuing stuff I left behind that I realized really mattered to me. I had always regretted selling that camera. Wanted to pick up a DSLR but never felt like I could swing it between the money I sink into other techy stuff and making music. Not for everything I'd want to really get going. I wasn't gonna just get like, a T3 with a kit lens and a strap. Not enough for me to grow into.

Well, it just so happens that at some point way, wayy back there, I bought a used T3i! I was going through stuff I had in storage when I found the body, kit lens, strap, a battery/charger, and bag in pristine condition. The timing was so uncanny that I couldn't just ignore it. So I rounded out my setup with all of your typical accessories. I even bought a couple of lenses - the Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake and 10-18mm f/4.5/5.6 STM. A good general-purpose and something for landscapes and the tight hiking trails I tend to frequent as-is. Super excited to get going with it.

I will say, the T3i is both mind-blowing and frustrating coming from a 35mm SLR. The flippy screen, live-view and such blows my mind - completely changes my whole vision of what composition is, not to mention all of the other cool features that film cameras can't have. Shooting RAW and using Lightroom is like god-mode to me. Being able to do HDR, fix exposures, change tones, add effects, correct lens artifacts/distortion and sensor noise - all non-destructively... this shit is crazy man, I can't even. I learn something that blows my mind every day! It is an overwhelming amount of just... things... and... stuff...

I'm enjoying actually using the semi-auto modes. I prefer aperture priority with manual ISO. I take in the light and settle on an ISO for the camera to choose decent shutter speeds at my desired aperture/DOF. It's like a whole new world compared to the way I was taught. Just feels a lot freer. Add in exposure compensation and it's just so quick and easy to dial-in whatever exposure I need on the fly. More time spent taking pictures and less time futzing needlessly with settings. I see it as a faster, more intuitive way to the same results I would get in manual mode.

I'm having trouble getting used to autofocus, though. I never really used it on my 35mm, and now I'm remembering why. All too often I find it forcing me to change my composition to put my subject or focal point on one of the autofocus points. Moving the point in live view is clunky, and the viewfinder doesn't have enough points to be all that useful. Can't seem to break the habit of tilting the camera instead. So I think I'll be sticking predominantly to manual focus, just to have one less thing getting in the way. Obviously there are times when that's kinda beyond simple preference and you should really use AF, which is why I'll still take the time to get acclimated. I think on a better body I'd love it... I don't know. It's really pretty damned fast with either lens through the viewfinder, but that's no good to me if I can't easily direct it to focus where I want it to.

The other weird thing for me with this being a crop sensor camera is the DOF itself. I know how the DOF usually is at 40mm on a full-frame. 24mm is pretty close to equivalent, but focusing it is completely different. Does that make sense?

At least the image quality is good with these lenses. Good enough that I do it no justice with my amateur crap. All I *really* want for is better high ISO/low-light performance. Clearly this is not older Canon crop-sensor cameras' strong suit. Don't get me wrong - the camera is awesome to me and I feel like I can do SO much with it, but I can see where I'm ultimately going to outgrow it.


I've only just begun to shoot and haven't really gotten any good pictures that I would call favorites. I have a spot picked out... went on a long mid-day scouting expedition. I knew the light would suck with it being a sunny afternoon, but I also knew there was an overwhelming amount of interesting stuff to look at, so I wanted to just kind of hand hold and get some ideas. Now I feel like I know what to do when I go back. Been chomping at the bit. But it has been pouring hard for days since then... the lightning is no joke. I have seen two pine trees explode and probably heard many more. o_O

I had planned to go today after work. 5-8pm is a good window to hopefully get some nice shots. But it poured again. Between downpours I vented my disappointment by wandering the porch/front yard and taking little snapshots just to get more comfortable with the camera. I'm glad I did because that's when I realized I have issues to work out with AF. I'm otherwise very impressed with the setup. Didn't really get any keepers, though I hadn't expected to. I did get one little snapshot that I kinda like. And that's all it is. I wouldn't even call it a real photograph, or even a good picture. I do kinda like it, though. First I've taken that I liked at all tbh.

I swear it feels like I've forgotten everything. I guess this is one thing that isn't like riding a bike. See for yourselves lol
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This was taken with my T3i, obviously. The Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM. Shot at f/2.8, 1/1000s, ISO 100. Raindrops collecting atop the elephant ears under glowing stormy skies.

The bokeh kinda surprised me coming from a $125 lens. Though I wish I hadn't shot wide open. The vignetting is an anomaly. I was using one of those rubber hoods and I must have bumped it forward, because it is the only shot even remotely like that. I opted to leave it in. I think it adds a little drama. It's definitely not exposed right. I wish I had shot at f/4 and actually composed the shot to get better coverage and depth with all of the droplets (I'll never know why I opted for so much headroom :kookoo:) There's just something really pleasing about the perfectly spherical droplets strewn across the FOV, popping in and out of focus. It's a neat effect. Something I'll have to revisit next time it rains. I want this to be a good shot but it isn't... yet. Next time, I'll approach it very differently. I should have plenty of opportunities, at least.

Well, I'll stop rambling now and just say "hello!" Really just wanted to put up something to be embarrassed about some time later. :p
Welcome to the Digital World:D

High ISO low light performance, IBIS, Weather Sealed Body and Lenses and of course amazing picture quality - main reasons I went from Pentax Film Camera to Pentax DSLR:rockout:

With IBIS, I can mount any old legacy glass and still get stabilized, for $20, 50mm F2.0 lens was almost perfect.
 

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Taken with my Panasonic TZ70EB while in hong kong. Noob/scrub cameraman behind the camera so be warned some images were not 100% in focus or dialed in correctly with lighting conditions and lens/shutter speed boolsheet. I was just snapping shots of everything i thought was nice or 'artistic'.

I will be getting or downloading a book on photography basics so i learn how to really put my camera through its paces.... However my camera skills on Mate 9 phone faired a little better and i think i managed to get some better snaps which i'll upload shortly.

It hurts me ever so slightly that despite the 'idea' behind some of these photos was generally good and looked very nice. I couldn't get the sharpness or clarity that i wanted now that i look back on some of them. None of these photos have been edited in anyway and camera modes used were either on 'Auto Ai+' or 'scenery' mode.

Maybe there are some words of advice that ya'll would like to share on how i could improve my photography skills.


These arent all of the photos i took but the ones that i thought were most noteworthy to be shown.
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I really loved this particular pic down here. It looks very 'metropolistic' and the dull colours almost make it look like an oil or pastel painting.
One amazing thing to take away from this picture is that Hong Kong is still being developed as we speak. A lot of land was reclaimed from the sea and land is very important to HK as we're just a small island with a ridiculous amount of people per square mile... One way to put it is every day is like black friday here - you have an absolute SEA of people just going about their daily business and that never stops.
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Some of the pictures y'all take is honestly so beautiful


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Mobile phone pics part 1


Mobile phone pics. Lots of pics yet again.... Some of my best ones including the long panoramic from my post that I posted while still in hong kong - these are all the original photos with my Mate 9.

Noob behind the camera as usual. Maybe because a lot of the snaps were done at closer range so they came out sharper with less noise. I did try to take the same pics as i did with the TZ70EB in the same places so some of the pictures can be compared directly and i think my mate 9 photos were quite a bit better. Colours just seems more vibrant.

I have more pics so this is like part 2... I hit the 30 attachments limit. go figure :rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Part 3 of 4 - the last batch of mobile phone pics. Again its just me taking pics of whatever i could find that i thought was scenic or 'artistic' - just more or less the same stuff but on mobile. A lot of duplicate shots where i dont think i nailed the first shot so retook it.

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There is a part 4 of 4 to come but ive reached the attachment limit and i cant make another post till this one times out and can no longer be edited. 99% of pictures from HK attached here.

I look forward to hearing your critique :toast::toast:

Part 4 of 4 - the last of it - the sky looked absolutely amazing in a few of these pics - the clouds and the sun just breaking through to almost give these excellent 'God Rays'

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And the one im most super impressed with the most....

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I tried to do a panoramic with my TZ70EB but for some reason it just saved it as a video file (or i think it did) - am a little disappointed with that but i'll have a look again later. but this picture almost steals my heart. especially the light/clouds on the right that give the backdrop on the right side a very picturesque vibe. Some of you will also notice that there's like a TINY lonely observation tower of some sort on the right and i wanted that in the picture so badly as it seemed very like of fallout'ish

But just the way the light breaks through the clouds on the right and lights up part of the city below or just makes it into a undistinguishable haze just gives me goosebumps.
 
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