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01-05-2014, 10:16 PM   #436
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Sorry, SpecialK. Racer wins! This one was in Alabama, though. That rim is 500 feet up!
So Alabama has had trouble financing and finishing nuclear power plants too?

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So Alabama has had trouble financing and finishing nuclear power plants too?
The south has a less difficult time in general, but the Bellefonte plant is one exception. Construction was halted in the '80's due to rising construction costs and falling energy demand, and "investment recovery" operations began in the 2000's. Then they decided they'd go ahead and finish it in 2009, after doing hundreds of millions in damage to recover a few million in scrap. It was an active construction zone when I visited in 2012 on a trip for one of my college classes. They're supposed to finish it later in the decade.

Anyway, here's an abstract with no relation to nuclear power or budgetary concerns.

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A couple of older shots....





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QuoteOriginally posted by scratchpaddy Quote
The south has a less difficult time in general, but the Bellefonte plant is one exception. Construction was halted in the '80's due to rising construction costs and falling energy demand, and "investment recovery" operations began in the 2000's. Then they decided they'd go ahead and finish it in 2009, after doing hundreds of millions in damage to recover a few million in scrap. It was an active construction zone when I visited in 2012 on a trip for one of my college classes. They're supposed to finish it later in the decade.

Anyway, here's an abstract with no relation to nuclear power or budgetary concerns.
Is that a LensBaby shot?
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Is that a LensBaby shot?
No, but it's the same concept. It's a single positive element from a teleconverter hand-held in front of the camera's naked mount (no lens mounted). It was hard to keep it parallel to the sensor, which is why the picture came out so weird.

This is from the same element, but left in the teleconverter to keep it straight. I removed the other three elements, which left me with a really soft ~45mm lens, and an aperture of maybe f/1.5.



What's your picture of? A pile of ball bearings? Those are really cool colors.

@SteveM , I like your rivets, too. They are rivets, right?
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No, but it's the same concept. It's a single positive element from a teleconverter hand-held in front of the camera's naked mount (no lens mounted). It was hard to keep it parallel to the sensor, which is why the picture came out so weird.

This is from the same element, but left in the teleconverter to keep it straight. I removed the other three elements, which left me with a really soft ~45mm lens, and an aperture of maybe f/1.5.



What's your picture of? A pile of ball bearings? Those are really cool colors.

@SteveM , I like your rivets, too. They are rivets, right?
Cool! I'm too scared of getting debris in my camera to try it. Yes those are steel slingshot pellets in a test tube- shot with a Cosina 55mm 1.2 and extension tube, processed with Topaz Adjust 5.

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In consideration of the season and the cold many of us are going thru a shot from Jan 01 of skim ice forming. Played with it a bit in the PSE 'convert to Black and White' module pushing sliders around until I got the metallic effect. I'm usually terrible at B&W conversion but this one I like.


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@SteveM , I like your rivets, too. They are rivets, right?
Yes....side of an old train (passenger car). Very cool shot and a great idea!
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almost an abstract...maybe...
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light play with my Inuit hunter statute... 77mm & Vorsord the k-5oo
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Excellent composition, Fits the golden rule or spiral very well to my eye.
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Maybe this is too much pp? Crop from a pic of first minutes of 2014. All done in Camera raw: inverted with a point curve, strong clarity, vibrance and saturation, added a little grain and sharpening.

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