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Recent winter photos
Posted By: R.Miller, 02-03-2007, 10:25 AM

I have been learning to use the K100D and over the last several weeks walked around a local nature center and a park next to lake Michigan. Most pictures ended up underexposed, it was either cloudy or snowing the days I went out, but it was a lot of fun. All pictures have been resized and have PP done to lighten the shots a bit.

Berries at Wehr Nature center. 1/200, F11, ISO400, 200mm

Rootriver during a snowfall. 1/400, F6.3, ISO200, 50mm

Squrrel at Grant Park during a snowfall. 1/100, F5.6, ISO200, 200mm

Prickly plant at Wehr Nature center.

Lake at Wehr during snowfall. 1/640, F4, ISO200, 50mm, +.7 Ec.

That's it for now. It's a bit too cold out this week to play outside (7F) with the camera. Any suggestions on better settings for cloudy or snow scenery pics welcome.
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02-03-2007, 11:14 AM   #2
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I really like the last one

The only suggestion I have would be to increase the contrast to give the mood more punch. It looks like your having a lot of fun with the new camera despite the cold! I'm getting shivers just looking at all of these winter pics...
02-03-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Jun!

I'll give that a try. I'm still learning to Post Process so a lot of this is trial with mostly error....
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You and that squirrel are both nuts! Get outa that snowstorm!

I really liked the lonelyness of that last lake scene. Again - I admire your ability to ignore that weather and get some shots.

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The squirrel is great. Very good framing IMO. It deserves to be printed.
thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the kind comments and for looking.

It was really funny the day I took the picture of the squirrel. It was not snowing at all on the short drive to the park, then the minute I stepped out of the car it was like someone flipped a switch. I figured I was there and decided to keep going for a bit. I had the camera stuffed under my coat to keep it dry, which I pulled out several times to shoot a few pics. I was lucky to come across the squirrel nice enough to pose for me. I think he felt sorry for me LOL.
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Wow, very nice shots. That berry one is real sharp.
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I really like the 1st and 4th pictures... now, I need to set something straight... is that considered macro? I am pretty sure it is not but what is that "style" called in those 2 shots? It has something to do with a shallow depth of field if I am not mistaken...

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Hi and Thanks for looking!
I'm a newbie at DSLR so I may be way off in my explanation here. I would not consider the 1st and 4th shots macro. What I did was use a standard 50-200mm lens at full zoom from around 7 to 10 feet away (sorry, I don't remember the exact distance).

Macro to me is using a "Macro" lens with the lens being inches away or a macro filter lens on the end of a regular lens. I have a few add on macro filters I can add to my lens to do that.

But then again if macro just means getting something small look big then maybe that could be considered macro. I'm sure some of the experts around here can give a better explanation.
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See, I read around a little more and I am now thinking that macro is just a picture of something with very small details blown up and I am pretty sure what your is is just a shallow depth of field without a foreground...
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More of a macro shot

I think this would be more of a macro shot. I took this with a Canon S1 IS with a 52mm Tiffen +4 macro filter screwed onto an adapter.

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Yah, The more I think about it, the more I think you are correct. EDIT: Also the depth of field is controlled in part by the F stop of the lens. The larger the aperture opening the shorter the depth of field.
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I liked the berry shot best. Very simple and pleasing to the eye. That squirrel must have been confused with the weather.

Great shots!
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Thanks Alvin, It's been hard to find things to photograph this winter that have any great amount of color.

That squirrel probably couldn't believe someone would be nutty enough to be out on a day like that..
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Hey, I think every one of those shots is just fantastic. For someone (me) experiencing the worst drought in history and who NEVER sees snow, I cant help but be impressed. Well done,
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