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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2018, 06:14 PM  
Landscape Pinhole Landscape Images
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 14
Views: 913
Hello! My last post here was in 2013, but I'd be interested to see your results. I'll check back in case you are able to post some images.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 06:44 PM  
Landscape on the beach
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 6
Views: 956
cool .
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 04:45 PM  
Landscape on the beach
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 6
Views: 956
I like this better but na ma ste.... what do you think of the comparison before and after the crop?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 03:40 PM  
People catching butterflies
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 4
Views: 393
Nice image of what is unseen by the image viewer (at least initially) but implied by the subjects
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 03:37 PM  
Landscape Proportion
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 2
Views: 341
not what I had in mind
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 08:03 AM  
People Black
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 13
Views: 540
In that case, redcat, I would say you definitely communicated this undertone in your image. ... bringing these feelings from a long time ago into our present reality. Well done !
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 07:42 AM  
Night Full Moon
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 11
Views: 1,034
I usually use a tripod. I always have SR on hand held cause I'm not very steady these days :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 06:43 AM  
Macro Fly Shot
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 11
Views: 888
It was probably channeling Jeff Goldblum
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 06:27 AM  
Night Full Moon
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 11
Views: 1,034
All excellent points. I am also seeing a similar divergence between my primes and zoom lenses with my new K5 IIs. However part of the equation may be that I'm looking closer now, wanting to see the effect of having no low pass filter to slightly blur every image. I don't think my zooms are doing less well, but likely rather the inherently superior resolution of the primes is now more evident. (Another thing to consider is turning off both any noise reduction and SR for comparison purposes).


As an aside, I happened to pick up a Canon SX50HS as a "take everywhere", minimalist camera, and they have packed 12 MP on a 4X6mm sensor. With its 215mm long zoom, it has a magnification ratio equivalent to 860 mm on an APS-C sensor and the pixel density is 10X higher than a K3. To demonstrate the capability of this technology (which could be applied to APS-C I would think), I've attached a jpg image of the moon I took recently without cropping or significant enhancement. This used the 50X intrinsic magnification plus 4X of in-camera digital magnification (200X total). (I hope this will not be considered sacrilege here :) I'm just thinking that the limits of sensor density are likely to continue to rise. PS - this was taken using AF which the Canon does quite well in high contrast scenarios)


canon SX50HS moon image-c by ChicagoJohn, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:55 AM  
Landscape Cliffs of Portreath
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 1
Views: 825
I can see why it left a lasting impression. love the mist and the leading line of the path.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:53 AM  
Nature Green Heron
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Nice capture and composition in terms of framing. Nice detail on the subject. I like the left-to-right flow of the image, and the birds stance and eye convey its intense focus on the task at hand. The koi looks big enough to have the heron for lunch :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:49 AM  
Abstract Sky
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 1
Views: 286
I like the juxtaposition of the rectilinear silhouette against the amorphous clouds and blue sky
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:47 AM  
People Fire
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 4
Views: 428
wow... looks dangerous! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:46 AM  
People Black
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 13
Views: 540
Nice concept and execution with respect to the high contrast. What emotion were you intending to portray? Perhaps due to the black negative space above, I get a sense of defeat or despair. Maybe someone in a prison cell. In any case, it's a very evocative image, and B&W is perfect for it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:40 AM  
Nature Bee in Creosote
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Nice close up and detail in the wings! I also like the diagonal of the flower stem, it's bright yellow color, and the smooth bokeh.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:39 AM  
Abstract Sneeky Grackle
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 2
Views: 830
Nice "capture the moment" in that parking lot! Nice you had your camera with you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:37 AM  
Landscape Low Tide
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Again, I'm imagining this at the 16mm end of your zoom lens. The clarity of the ripple effect in the foreground beach definitely bring a sense of scale for the distance. I like the high dynamic range in the clouds and how the luminosity reflects in the water and small pools. The contrast over on the right side gives it more of a dramatic, moody feeling, like maybe a storm coming in from that side.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:32 AM  
Nature Rigor mortis.
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 2
Views: 351
I like the contrast between verticals and diagonals and especially the strange, surprising juxtaposition of that diagonally cut log! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:29 AM  
Nature Exotic Flower
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Love the contrasty lighting and the colorful detail and texture it emphasizes.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:28 AM  
Macro Fly Shot
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 11
Views: 888
WOW! Gorgeous!!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:26 AM  
Night Full Moon
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 11
Views: 1,034
I would do that as well, and if I were shooting with a tripod, as I usually do with the K5 IIs, I'd also turn off noise reduction, shake reduction, and anything else that might affect resolution. This assumes, of course, that you are shooting in RAW. In the rare instance where you might see moire, you can switch the AA "filter"/vibrator back on. I can't :) I'd love to see some side-by-side optimized comparisons of K3 and K5 IIs -- I would imagine the higher pixel density would permit greater enlargement.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:18 AM  
Landscape on the beach
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 6
Views: 956
I like this a lot. I'm thinking you may have been closer to the 16mm end of your zoom lens, and the foreground clarity definitely gives a feeling of depth. If this were my photo, I think I would also consider a crop that extends the aspect ratio to 3:2 (12 x 8" print) that would cut out the pile of stones at the bottom and start the frame just below the small, circular area of open water just above that. You could leave the sailboat in the center of the frame that way and take out a little on the sides that isn't essential. The contrast of the area of dark stones make them a bit distracting to my eye although I realize they do help to give a sense if immediacy and distance. Just something to consider.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:07 AM  
Macro Macro Abstracts
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 42
Views: 3,538
I agree with your premise based on experience :) I really like your example in that, while we can identify what it is generally, it is a very much an impression due to the combination of magnification and soft focus. I love the color and shapes, and mostly how it clearly flows from left to right in the frame.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 05:03 AM  
Nature chinon sunflower
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 3
Views: 512
I love the color in this and your use of the relatively shallow DoF to bring attention to specific areas of the flower and leaves. The brilliant red color in that smooth bokeh really make the subject pop. I believe every photograph should be viewed through the lens of the artist's intent, and I feel yours is clear here and that you did a great job achieving your objective.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2014, 04:57 AM  
Landscape Footsteps on a frozen river
Posted By chicagojohn
Replies: 5
Views: 495
The low angle light and texture it provides in the immediate foreground accentuate the way in which the tracks at once provide a strong leading line and a clear feeling of depth and distance that give your image a definite 3-D sense.


If this were my picture, I'd consider how I might like a crop that would leave in all of the foreground but take out some of the sky which, for me, is not adding to the image in this particular case. I would keep it in portrait aspect ratio but maybe try a 4 X 5 aspect ration crop (8 X 10" print).


Nice find and capture!
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