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  1. #41
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    Re: Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning

    i practice on my neighbors chickens, it's hard to get a good shot they are always moving. Your picture posting is way better
    now, what did you end up using for software?



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  2. #42
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    Re: Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning

    Thanx, after the pic uploading change here I did some fiddling with photobucket and realized I can change the upload size (640x480). So now I just upload my pics to iphoto from my card and then to photobucket so I can post them here Lightroom was cool to try out for the triptych and something that will interest me in the future but for now I need to work on my camera skills and eye. If I can't crop it or make slight adjustments in my iphoto then I need to get my camera out and try it again

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    It always amazes me what some of you do to get your photos posted in here. Seems like a lot of hoops to jump through!
    I'll give you an idea of what I do to post photos:
    Take card out of camera, stick in computer card reader, run them through Irfanview, save back to card.
    In Quick Reply, click on Picture icon, select photos from card still in computer card reader, upload to Nikonites.....done!
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    Re: Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning

    Here in the shot below I was standing behind the closed bottom door and as you can see the lighting is hideous! Flourescent lights don't light up in this cold so the hallway was even more dark and outside was white with the snow falling. I kept my camera pointed down away from the light and used my camera flash. I really haven't used my 35mm much except for the sky shots and it's taking some getting used to for focusing manually. It's my first prime
    The white Roo had escaped into the dark hallway and was on the ledge to the horse stall. I didn't focus very well and should have upped (hmm lowered?? made it a minus number) the exposure I think.

    The horrid little black creature cock a doodle dooing I was just about on top of him so it's almost a macro LOL and it took 5 tries but did get him doodling. The Turkey was also pretty much macro because he was right in front of me as I crouched down. I'd fiddle and get my focus set up for one of the roos and he'd float into my way. On the plus side he's very slow so easier to focus on him

    Iso 450 35mm 0ev f2.8 1/60 it's as it came out of my camera and is horrible which is why I switched and went with pictures away from the light. Focusing on a single subject is MUCH easier LOL
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  5. #45
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    Re: Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning

    Fotojack I tried Irfanview but couldn't find a Mac version. I've never tried saving to my card through my card reader I'm not sure I can. Iphoto is the photo program that comes installed on Macs so I'm most comfortable with it. It's simple but allows me to crop and play with B&W, sepia etc and trying to learn new software was too much for me to try to learn at once

  6. #46
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    Well, really hoping for help and critiques but according to critique rules can't post there.

    Today I went out planning to look at WB settings since I realized I'd switched it to shade yesterday and wanted to compare Shade and Cloudy (my usual lately). Definately found cloudy made everything look blue on this darkish morning so went with shade.

    Next I wanted to try out bracketing so I could compare exposures. So I put no thought at all into composition for these shots. I was purely working with focusing manually and trying to work out exposure in my head

    Iso 200 35mm 2ev f/3.2 1/1000 looks like the snow in the background is over exposed but I can actually see my old guys eyes

    Iso 200 35mm 1ev f3.2 1/2000 the background definition is better but lost definition and eyes have disappeared

    So can I get definition on black/dark subjects without over exposing the whites? How should I have adjusted? This is something I've struggled with for awhile and the only time my old guys eyes are visible is if I do a close up
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    Hmm guess no help today oh well
    Sun peeked out for a few mins and kids had an early dismissal day so we headed to the river park. I've been working with my 35mm the last couple days and its growing on me. I had to break out the 70-300mm though as I drove down the road and found 2 eagles side by side in a tree. Unfortunately they were just on the other side of a work area (lumber mill) so couldn't do much to compose my pics (pics posted in birds thread)

    iso 200 35mm -0.3ev f/13 1/500
    I'm not confortable posting pics of my kids but they're always happy to give me their backs anyways

    Iso 200 35mm 0.3ev f/9 1/320
    We moved farther down the river and lost our sun

    Iso 200 35mm 0ev f/10 1/400

    iso 2oo 35mm 1ev f/8
    Oh oh another eagle over there on the other side of the river! can u see it?

    Iso 200 20mm 0ev f/10 1/400
    Switched to my 70-300mm again can you see it now

    Iso 200 300mm 0ev f/5.6 1/1000
    I guess I could have cropped and fiddled with it but I didn't bring a tripod today so not really any point
    We got back to the parking lot again and realized we could still see the eagle sitting in the tree across the river

    Iso 200 70mm -0.3ev f/7.1 1/800
    See there it is I love my 70-300mm

    Iso 200 300mm -0.3ev f5.6 1/800
    Again could have cropped and fiddled but I like it just as it is and my fiddling would just muck it up

    So all this manually focusing and moving myself to take pics with my 35mm has really gotten me attached to it. I wasn't thrilled at first but now that I'm using it and ignoring auto I got frustrated with my 18-55mm today and it only spent 5mins on my camera to do a couple landscapes.
     

  8. #48
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    Re: Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning

    Quote Originally Posted by snaphappy View Post
    Hmm guess no help today oh well
    Sun peeked out for a few mins and kids had an early dismissal day so we headed to the river park. I've been working with my 35mm the last couple days and its growing on me. I had to break out the 70-300mm though as I drove down the road and found 2 eagles side by side in a tree. Unfortunately they were just on the other side of a work area (lumber mill) so couldn't do much to compose my pics (pics posted in birds thread)

    iso 200 35mm -0.3ev f/13 1/500

    Nice pictures butů time for sensor cleaning. Seems you have one nasty speck on there. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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  9. #49
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    Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning
    Quote Originally Posted by snaphappy View Post
    Well, really hoping for help and critiques but according to critique rules can't post there.

    Today I went out planning to look at WB settings since I realized I'd switched it to shade yesterday and wanted to compare Shade and Cloudy (my usual lately). Definately found cloudy made everything look blue on this darkish morning so went with shade.

    Next I wanted to try out bracketing so I could compare exposures. So I put no thought at all into composition for these shots. I was purely working with focusing manually and trying to work out exposure in my head

    Iso 200 35mm 2ev f/3.2 1/1000 looks like the snow in the background is over exposed but I can actually see my old guys eyes

    Iso 200 35mm 1ev f3.2 1/2000 the background definition is better but lost definition and eyes have disappeared

    So can I get definition on black/dark subjects without over exposing the whites? How should I have adjusted? This is something I've struggled with for awhile and the only time my old guys eyes are visible is if I do a close up
    What program are you using for post proccessing? In LR4 you can adjust shadow detail. I usually just shoot with WB in auto since I can change the setting in LR4. This is always an issue with this type of shot. I would shoot a normal expose (0 ev) and adjust in post.
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    Re: Brain freeze- Snaphappy playing & learning

    Ok Marcel heading to my manual for sensor cleaning. What are you seeing?

    Thanx Rick that's what I was looking for. So the answer is to take the photo darker and fix shadows with computer which is what I've been doing but was wondering if I could do it by making adjustments with camera set up.

    I was reading up on taking shots in snow and adjusting WB so thought I'd see if I could get better colour by fiddling

    Thanx!





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