September 24th, 2012, 04:01 PM #2491
I'm still a sucker for a nice sunset. Here is one over Malibu that occurred on Labor Day. We were having some strange tropical weather, and in this one it appears that there were wisps of rain falling out over the ocean, which picked up nicely in the afterglow of the sunset.
September 24th, 2012, 04:12 PM #2492
I figured somebody would have posted a Space Shuttle shot by now! Everybody in LA was out there taking pictures--albeit mostly with iPhones and Droids. Unfortunately where I was, it was flying kind of high and there was a lot of haze. But with lots of pixels to work with and the processing power of Photoshop, I was able to pull something out.
That night I happened to be driving by LAX and saw a bunch of TV trucks and people standing on an overlook in El Segundo. I stopped and took a shot of Shuttle as they were preparing to remove it from the 747. You can see the cranes and fixture they use to lift it. The original is a 36mp image so you can zoom in and see the people working. This shot was taken from about a mile away with at 400mm on the D800.
September 24th, 2012, 04:30 PM #2493
my friend dragged me to the roof of our work to see the thing. if i knew about it i would've brought a longer lens than 28mm (equiv).
anyway haven't been out shooting because of the damn heat! i wanted to do a project called "women's summer office attire" but it was too damn hot for me to even be out there. my gf wouldn'tve appreciated that project anyway, especially in her current impregnated state.
September 26th, 2012, 11:29 AM #2494
September 26th, 2012, 12:14 PM #2495
sweet shots! what software are you using for scanning? i've been using silverfast cause it came with my plustek scanner, but i've been reading that a lot of people use vuescan.
September 26th, 2012, 02:03 PM #2496
This is a borrowed Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 slide scanner. I've had it for like six weeks, but couldn't get it running because Nikon no longer supports updates to Nikonscan software, so it wouldn't work with either my 64-bit Windows 7 Pro PC or my new iMac (which is also 64 bit).
I'm using VueScan's software. It works really great, especially the automatic dust-spot cleanup feature. The downside is that VueScan doesn't support the batch-feeder, so I have to sit here in my spare time and feed it one slide at a time.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
September 27th, 2012, 12:22 PM #2497
Great shots FBJ! I didn't make it past cub scouts, but I did do summer camps in the Sierra and took some nice B&W photos on backpacking adventures. Who knows where those negatives went tho. At least you kept track of yours. I would love to see what I could bring out of some of my old shots with modern image processing.
Like you I'm still nostalgic over my first Nikon. It was the first camera I bought myself and fortunately I still have it. It's an FE2. I was taking a photojournalism class in college and the instructor (who was a working photog for a major daily paper) recommended that I not get the traditional 50mm lens with it. He told me to start with a 28mm 2.8. Then get a 100mm 2.8. He said learn to use those two lenses first and my pictures will be a lot more interesting... and it was true. Those were the days. If you tried to shoot sports in a gym or at night, you were pushing Tri-X to 1600 and beyond with custom chemical baths and crossing your fingers that you got something good. Plus we were bulk loading film so we could get more than 36 frames on a roll. Nowadays these kids have just got it too easy. Shoot a thousand pictures on one card. If the light is bad, just switch your ISO to 3200. No crossing fingers, just take the shot and look at the screen and see if you got the shot. And if that's not enough, you can always fix everything in Photoshop. Now I feel old.
September 27th, 2012, 12:26 PM #2498
BTW, FBJ, as a pilot, how would you like to fly that 747 with the space shuttle on it's back? That must be something.
September 27th, 2012, 12:41 PM #2499
Man I'm horrible at post-production. Are most of you self taught on PhotoShop and LightRoom?
September 27th, 2012, 06:20 PM #2500
I never really alter my pics in PS or LR. I've experimented a bit, but my opinion is if you alter the pic much it goes from photography to graphic design. Plus I also think if you need to touch it up in PS, then you ain't got it. That said, there are cool things you can do aside from just simple cropping and adjusting. Maybe someday I'll figure out how to do those things.
Just came back from a trip to Ireland.
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