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    Some pics I took on vacation that I thought would be appropriate:









    will try to post more later
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    Better late than never I guess... Here's my first attempt at a LGK Photo Challenge. Below are some images from my recent trip to Mammoth. I was so excited to test out my first DSLR, a Canon 40D! Let me know what you think.


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    Default ValleyFan's photo post!

    Finally getting into this!

    Serving it up ol' school:


    Bottom of the rack:


    Signs, signs, everywhere are signs (HDR):


    F***in' up the scenery, breaking my mind:

    I had a really bad sun angle for this, which doesn't make for a very interesting photo, but I at least wanted to get it, I'll have to go back when the light is better.

    Hmm, it just got moldy and didn't shrivel:

    I'm not very happy this one and the following image. I just couldn't seem to figure out what I wanted to do with the lighting, so I just kind of ended up with blah. Tomato setup has a gelled, bare strobe lighting the background, key is a shoot through umbrella very high camera right, very close to subject, and a bare 580ex at 1/128 to give a little specular highlight camera left.

    Expired rose:

    Same thing as tomato, but no background light and I removed the umbrella.

    Lemon life cycle:

    Shot full sun, with a bare 580ex at 1/4 power camera right.

    More signs!:

    I seem to be obsessed with signs, don't know why.

    Beautiful downtown Burbank (1):


    Beautiful downtown Burbank (2):


    Beautiful downtown Burbank (3):


    Beautiful downtown Burbank (4):


    Old LA Zoo:














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    OK, now that I have a few images in, lets do a round of review.

    PuckMonkey:
    Great as always (of course ). Of the three so far, I like the Ashes to Ahses, Fif to Fif, I think the desaturation gives it a great feel and there is a great dappeling of the light through the trees that adds a lot of texture. Fantastic. The Fif of Whiskey has an odd feel to it. I think I would actually like to see this straight without the HDR, the flowers feel a little flat. Monroviarrhea is a cool shot, is there any processing on this? Perhaps it is your sharpening (or I might me totally wrong) but it feels a little too micro contrasty.


    FBJ:
    I love the Cameo on the flash, great set up, and it really shows off the depth of carving. It might totally fail, but it would be interesting to see what another flash, very low angle to catch edges on the front side would do.

    \_==o IxxI:
    Looking up the tree is an interesting shot, I like sun behind the limb, and the framing is nice. I think the pile of rocks (100_2288.jpg) is an interesting subject, but I think I would like to have seen it framed in a portrait orientation to get a bit more of it in. The rocks in the roots is a fantastic find! It is to bad there wasn't a bit more direct light to help define the shapes that are going on, but a nice find.

    HeShootsNScores:
    I think the first shot is more interesting for me, it gives more of an aged feel. It is an interesting space with an interesting ceiling, I think I do find myself wondering what the shot would look like if you panned down just a bit to level out the camera. With the second shot, I think it might help to go back and rework the wall that is closest to us with just one exposure, as there is some weird stuff that is going on above the door. Keep 'em coming!

    Mitchy:
    I have always wanted to go to Alaska! Nice also to see you in your first challenge. Of those posted, I think the forest shot best shows age, especially with the stump in the foreground, it makes for a really nice shot. The front of the long house (I'm guessing that is what that it, please excuse my ignorance if it is not) is also an interesting shot, it would be nice to see it a little wider if possible to get the whole facade in.

    BleedingPurple:
    Some great stuff. With the first image, I think the only way you could improve this would be take it earlier / latter in the day with the sun at a lower angle, and perhaps a touch wider. It looks like the dead trees on the right of frame are all sorts of bowed, and it would be cool if we could see that, but I do like this image. The ore cart is great, it might be nice to see this in a B+W or desaturated. The stump on the lake is a nice capture as well. This is the perfect setup for a graduated neutral density filter and a tilt shift lens (not like any of us carry that setup around to grab shots like this when they pop up ), but great captures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    FBJ:
    I love the Cameo on the flash, great set up, and it really shows off the depth of carving. It might totally fail, but it would be interesting to see what another flash, very low angle to catch edges on the front side would do.
    I'd actually thought about that, but ran out of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post

    BleedingPurple:
    Some great stuff. With the first image, I think the only way you could improve this would be take it earlier / latter in the day with the sun at a lower angle, and perhaps a touch wider. It looks like the dead trees on the right of frame are all sorts of bowed, and it would be cool if we could see that, but I do like this image. The ore cart is great, it might be nice to see this in a B+W or desaturated. The stump on the lake is a nice capture as well. This is the perfect setup for a graduated neutral density filter and a tilt shift lens (not like any of us carry that setup around to grab shots like this when they pop up ), but great captures!
    Thank you very much for the advice. I usually try and take photos earlier and later but the newborn niece somewhat dictated when I took this one. Your right about the right side of the image.

    I'm taking a digital photography class starting tonight so I'll be learning all about PhotoShop and Lightroom etc... I can't wait to finally know what I'm doing with Photo Software. Then I can start doing some HDR shots like the rest of you guys.

    A graduated filter is usually for Horizon shots right? It has more filter at the top and graduates down to no filter at the bottom? Maybe I should pick one of those up considering I like to take landscapes. Any recommendations?

    Thanks again!

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    Still looking for something old in Long Beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    Still looking for something old in Long Beach.
    Queen Mary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedingPurple View Post
    A graduated filter is usually for Horizon shots right? It has more filter at the top and graduates down to no filter at the bottom? Maybe I should pick one of those up considering I like to take landscapes. Any recommendations?
    I haven't used them myself, so this might not be a good recommendation, but I have heard people say good things about the Cokin filter system for landscape work, as it allows you to use the graduated filter, along with a circular filter, so you could do a GND and a CP, rotating each independently.

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