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01-23-2011, 03:34 PM   #301
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01-23-2011, 04:20 PM   #302
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great shots all of them... the Lion is a ripper... National Geo class for sure


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QuoteOriginally posted by nulla Quote
the Lion is a ripper... National Geo class for sure
Im pretty confident that shot was in national geo's online comp? running up or winner one week ?
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benisona: amazing! Where are these churches and what settings did you use? (lens?exif?)
In downtown Denver. I am using my new (and already beloved) sigma 8-16mm. It is a really fun lens, and I feel like I am getting the hang of it, although it has very special and unique characteristics. See below for exif ect...

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I'd like to say +1 .. what he said (tho doesn't everything look better when larger? ). I'd I'd definitely love to know the post processing technique you used on the 1st & 2nd one. The fineness or the detail, sharpness yet jaggie free, punchy colorfulness ... outstanding. Please do tell how (knowing full well you started w/something exceptional then took it from there)
Thanks for the compliments. The pp (post process) is my own special brand of HDR, which combines many aspects of traditional tonemapping, with selective masking. I use a bunch of filters and photoshop techniques that varies a bit with every shot because they each pose their own challenges. I often think of the creative fun that I have trying to reach a satisfactory zeitgeist for the shot, as similar to the advanced techniques used in darkrooms of old (especially master such as Ansel Adams). I think of the old masters toiling away in the dark, feverishly trying to create an image of the beauty they saw in their mind's eye. Always learning and advancing their techniques. Not to compair myself to such photography gods in any way, but I feel a connection to them. I often find many vocal critics of post processing on forums I have been apart of in the past, but when you really get to know all the inticacies of photoshop, and you are freed from the shackles of the technical tripping blocks involved with mastering the software (I still have a lot of mastering to do), then the sheer variety of different ways to achieve the same end product lead to an almost endless improvisational ability to reinvent and extend what the pixels of the camera sensor captured to match what the mind saw and felt.

I digress, here is a great tutorial to get you started with some more advanced HDR techniques. It is by no way a complete guide, but I find that it has a lot to sink your teeth into if you are just starting...

HDR Tutorial | High Dynamic Range Tutorial

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Benisona

great shots all of them... the Lion is a ripper... National Geo class for sure


cheers

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Why don't you put a good word in for me with Nat Geo. I could use the extra income . Seriously though, I don't think the shot is on the website, but if you have seen it, please let me know (I had a shot get on there before, and I didn't know until someone told me later).

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Im pretty confident that shot was in national geo's online comp? running up or winner one week ?
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This one wasn't but I have actually been published on the nat geo website before. It was a real honor and I hope to get on again some day.

I'm glad you liked the last lion shot. Here is another I snapped, along with a couple more from the day. My girlfriend and I only spent about an hour and a half at the zoo that afternoon because it was pretty late when we got there and we both got hungry, otherwise I might have gotten a few more...










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Joshua Tree in Arizona

Here's a shot I took of a Joshua tree between Benson and Wickenburg, Arizona with my K-5. 18-55 kit lens at 18 mm. Aperture priority, 1/200, f/11, ISO 100. Tricky to backlight!

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Here's the same shot in black & white. I think I actually like it better!


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Here's a shot I took of a Joshua tree between Benson and Wickenburg, Arizona with my K-5. 18-55 kit lens at 18 mm. Aperture priority, 1/200, f/11, ISO 100. Tricky to backlight!

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Nice! I like it.
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I bought a couple of lenses for Pentax mount. And actually i have allocated funds to make a change to Canon. But now i will use the k-5 for a while to see if it is going to produce a quality photo for wildlife. I must say from the k-x to the k-5 has been a pleasant suprise. I am holding off on my purchase of the Canon lenses and bodys for now..

Most were shot at 1250 ISO. I would never do that with the k-x. Focusing is not to good for some subjects. And with a fast 300mm lens I have to be really careful. It is on par with the k-x on focusing. But much faster. And the micro adj. for lenses is nice. Now i can make the changes in camera for my lenses and do not have to send every thing off to Sigma.

Most recent wildlife photo's with the k-5 are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos/
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Those are superb! Very sharp and love the punchy colors.

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The dock shot is great.

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K5 18-135 - Dolphin: f 5.6 - 1/800 at 53 mm (not much time to focus, but lens did a good job IMHO) Panorama same lens at F8 at 18mm and Panaoramastich. (Isla Ganito de Oro besides Coiba Island, Panama)

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