I have a series of the moon/Saturn/Jupiter traversing the sky over a 5 hour period that I still need to process. It has 600 shots by itself. Not looking forward to that.
Some from work the last couple days:
Another Burbank Sunset
Captain Jose (by the Light of the OPC)
I figured since this year's Christmas wasn't going to be as fruitful as in past years...gear wise, it was time to revisit the old camera bag and tool around with ye ole filters, Star and Red.
Momma did get me a nice 'Rough and Ready' 1 body/2 lens bag for when lugging the whole 40lb backpack is unnecessary.
Funny thing, I had a few hours to kill and decided to read this thread from cover to cover and its cool to see how everyone has evolved over the past 2 years.
Glenn, you go through bodies like frigg'n Jeffery Dahmer dude.
The biggest change for me has been being able to not feel as if I'm ruining the 'spirit' of the photo by adjusting its original attributes via post pic processing.
Coming from a 35mm SLR background, I felt as if too many people were using processing software to make up for inadequacies in their shot selections, subjects, and settings. I always had a "...yea, but its been photoshopped..." attitude towards heavy processing, almost a elitist attitude...in a small way.
Fast Forward to now, Ive let that view almost completely dissipate. I still however tend to lean towards basic processing, Crop, Contrast, color balance, etc. I look at it this way, I was doing the same thing I moaned about with 35mm SLR stuff by way of filters and scissors anyway. Now its just easier, less frustrating, less expensive, and less time consuming.
And with all artistic media, everything is pleasing in its own way, processed or not.
The toughest thing for me since going digital has been learning the DSLR camera and all its little buttons and knobs. Even after 2 years of owning this D80, I still find new things to toy with.
My New Years Resolution is to be more involved in the thread I started and you guys sustained for 2 years...its been a awesome journey...
Here's to 2 more...:greenbeer:
With processing, I very very rarely use Photoshop. When I do, it is usually with help (like my wife or ValleyFan) because I don't know jack **** about the program. In Lightroom, I do the basics that a camera-processed .jpg file would have, and then maybe tweak the black levels a tad and fiddle with the vignette a little. I try hard to process each image in a similar manner...my "style" if you will, but I rarely over-process in an attempt to get something from the image that I didn't see when I shot it. I just keep in mind that scene and try to recall it when I'm processing, realizing that the image sensor sees very differently from the human eye.
This thread is two years old (and then some) now. My gear bag has gone from a D100 and a consumer-zoom to a D200 and a bit of pro-glass (the 10.5 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses) to a D3 and all pro-level glass (adding the 14 f/2.8, the 24-70 f/2.8, and the 50mm f/1.4), four flash units with a remote commander, a professional tripod and ball-head (which is about to be replaced with a pistol grip), a website where I sell prints of my best stuff, and a couple of published images. I've pretty much done the basics of what I want to do, which is compiling a portfolio I can be proud of and gaining the knowledge and ability to consider this hobby as a "backup career."
What else do I want? Well there's still a ton of gear I'd like. I'm thinking about a D700 body, a couple of the prime lenses like the 85 f/1.4 and the 135 f/2 Defocus portrait lenses and the 20 f/2.8 or 24 f/2.8 for a compact wide-angle. I'd also like a nice studio lighting kit and a couple of pocket wizards. But that's all stuff that's a ways down the road, I think.
Don't get me wrong Glenn. None of my previous post was directed to anyone here. It was more towards photography as a whole in the past say, 10 years or so. To me, the lines were very black and white between 'as shot' and post processing for a while. Now they are a darker shade of grey.
I would like to think I've expanded my views on the art, current. I just personally prefer 'simple' as reflected in my work.
Wasn't thinking that at all, Randy. Was just continuing the conversation.
Everyone has their own techniques to make fantastic images. Those techniques range from your simple to PuckMonkey's complex. Each has their own merits. I'm equally blown away by images on both ends of the spectrum.
while I was waiting for an hour in the will call line last night.... hmm.....
BTW, after reading the thread again, what did you end up doing for a watermark? I don't recall reading about it after your query back in late 07'. I probably should add one being my Photobucket account is starting to fill up.