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  1. #71
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    I had fun setting up a shot for this weeks photo challeng, "Morning Beverage". I originally wanted to stage the scene on my kitchen table next to an open window for natural light, but an uncooporative sun negated that idea. Then I took it outside to our deck, but there was no place that I could arrange things where the brown bare tree background did not completely camoflage the brown coffee. So back inside to my basement "studio", where I set things on a folding table with two soft boxes set at 45-degrees (1:1 light ratio). I can't say I like the sterile white background, but beggers/choosers and all that. At least the coffee stands out.

    It took me a few tries to pour the coffee pot while firing the wired remote without moving the vessel out of the focal plane, but once I got the hang of it things got easier. I first shot bursts in jpeg, because my little D5500 fills the buffer in RAW after only 4 or 5 shots. Jpeg mode is much faster, and lasts longer (it's why I shot my hummingbird photos that way also). I did try RAW for the last set, and it was one of those that I used for my challenge submission. But in all honesty, I can't see any difference in quality between jpeg and RAW here other than RAW letting you manipulate more things in post.

    The first picture is the one I submitted. The second is from a jpeg batch, the third is RAW again. I had a hard time deciding which one to use.

    BTW, that's not coffee getting poured into the mug. It's water mixed with soy sauce. The magic of illusion

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  2. #72
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    BTW, that's not coffee getting poured into the mug. It's water mixed with soy sauce.
    Hmm... Bushmills, water and soy sauce. I'll have to try that one, lol!
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  3. #73
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedThrottle View Post
    Hmm... Bushmills, water and soy sauce. I'll have to try that one, lol!
    Drink enough Bushmills first and you won't care WHAT you pair it with. Sláinte!


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  4. #74
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    For this week's Challenge, "Music", I originally planned on doing a portrait of my wife playing her viola, possibly shot through the cut-outs of her ornate antique music stand. I may still do that one of these days, but as I was mulling it over I thought of something I'd prefer to try.

    I've posted a few pics of an overlook in the woods that surrounds our house. It's a bit of a rocky promontory, looking out over a wooded valley that rises in the distance to a series of low hills.

    I had the idea to set up that music stand on the promontory with some sheet music on it, then stand with my back to the camera holding my flute. I imagined the effect would be someone playing music over this beautiful expanse of multi-colored fall foliage and out to the far-off hills. Y'know, f/32 stuff.

    That's how I imagined it, anyway. As it turned out, there were some things I didn't consider. 1. The multi-colored fall foliage is several weeks past. The view is now all bare branches and dun colored leaf carpet. 2. That promontory doesn't get any light this time of year from noon to sundown, as the hillock and trees behind it block everything. I could have tried full noon light but 3. It's been very cloudy, and my test shots were rather depressing.

    So, change of plans. I decided to try a sunrise silhouette. As luck would have it, the eastern sky showed some clearing when I got up this morning (I get up around 4:30am). So before sunrise I backpacked my gear, a tripod, my flute, and the music stand into the woods and set up. I quickly however discarded the idea of using the music stand. In black silhouette it just looked like a blocky blob.

    I had a lot of fun trying different settings and angles. What did frustrate me a bit though was that I could not focus on me very well. I tried several times to adjust minutely between shots, but I never really nailed it. I like nice clean edges in a silhouette, like it's a black paper cutout, but I just couldn't manage it. In post I discarded some of my favorite shots because the edges were just too fuzzy. I think part of the problem was that once the sun actually crested the horizon, I have only very few minutes before it rose and became obscured by the higher clouds. Oh well, you do the best you can with what you're given, right?

    Anyway, as I said I really enjoyed the process, and am even reasonably happy with some of the shots. Here are my three favorites that I didn't discard. The first one is the one I submitted to the Weekly Challenge:

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    (That last one I enhanced the blue in the upper clouds a bit, but in retrospect I'm not sure it worked.)
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    ​#1 I like the position of the sun.
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    Nicely captured with the flute images - especially that first one. Like nikonpup mentioned, I too prefer the position of the sun in that one. Although I haven't played my flute in a long time, I still have it as well as my piccolo. Due to some shoulder issues, I started to learn the alto recorder but haven't done anything with music in a long time. The recorder is so much easier to hold with shoulder injuries.
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  7. #77
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Nicely captured with the flute images - especially that first one. Like nikonpup mentioned, I too prefer the position of the sun in that one. Although I haven't played my flute in a long time, I still have it as well as my piccolo. Due to some shoulder issues, I started to learn the alto recorder but haven't done anything with music in a long time. The recorder is so much easier to hold with shoulder injuries.
    Ack, I'm sorry to hear you had to give it up. Still, the recorder is a beautiful instrument despite its reputation as a grammar school toy. I'm impressed you took up the alto (and had to learn a whole new clef!). It's a lovely sounding woodwind. My dad (a one time concert accordion player) learned to play alto recorder when all us kids did indeed get soprano recorder instructions in grammar school. He wanted to join in, and we loved it.

    If you ever get that shoulder back up to snuff, I'll drive out and we can play a duet. I even have a piccolo also, in case we want to wake the neighbors in a three mile radius!

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    Ack, I'm sorry to hear you had to give it up. Still, the recorder is a beautiful instrument despite its reputation as a grammar school toy. I'm impressed you took up the alto (and had to learn a whole new clef!). It's a lovely sounding woodwind. My dad (a one time concert accordion player) learned to play alto recorder when all us kids did indeed get soprano recorder instructions in grammar school. He wanted to join in, and we loved it.

    If you ever get that shoulder back up to snuff, I'll drive out and we can play a duet. I even have a piccolo also, in case we want to wake the neighbors in a three mile radius!

    Haha - my neighbors would hate me if we were to play piccolo duets!!!

    Actually the alto recorder uses the G-clef. What is different is when all the holes are closed/covered, the concert pitch on an alto is an F vs a C on a soprano recorder.

    I don't know when my school switched to teaching soprano recorder in elementary school, but it wasn't done during my classes.

    Here is Michala Petri who is a renowned recorder player performing on a soprano recorder with Victor Borge for his 80th birthday celebration. And for anyone who doesn't know, this type of recorder is what many elementary school children play when learning music.

    Now back to the regularly scheduled time with Dangerspouse's take on photography!

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  9. #79
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Here is Michala Petri who is a renowned recorder player performing on a soprano recorder with Victor Borge for his 80th birthday celebration.
    I love M. Petri! I've seen any number of her vids on YouTube, and have loved every one of them
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    I've been away for a bit, as I had some minor surgery which required me to stay planted in my recliner for about two weeks. Nothing serious, but during recovery I was not able to take any pictures.

    But yesterday I was given the ok to start moving around some, so I thought I'd try my hand at this weeks challenge, "Vertical Stitching". I couldn't go far from home to find a decent subject, so I just did the best I could from my lawn and driveway. Predictably, the subjects were not very inspiring, but it was the technique that mattered and I had fun doing it. More fun than normal probably due to the sheer relief of finally getting out of that recliner!

    My first attempt yesterday was a sunrise shot from my front lawn. I decided to try doing it in panorama, god knows why, and as you might imagine it resulted in a very elongated photo:

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    So this morning when I got up it was snowing, and I thought I'd give it another go but in landscape. I imagined the snow would make for a good effect. Unfortunately by the time I managed to set up my camera and tripod, the snow changed to freezing rain. I purchased a weather hood for my D5500 though, and it worked great, but the effect of a snowy scene was lost. And since there was no visible sun through the clouds I decided to point the camera down the hill from our drive, rather than straight into the woods. My first series worked ok, and was certainly not as narrow, but I didn't like the composition. So I shot another with our little curving street giving a bit of a visual path. I processed it both as color and B&W. It was the B&W I chose to enter in the challenge, as I think it gives a more wintry feel. None of them were particularly great pics, but for what I had to work with I was satisfied. Each is a 5-shot stitch:

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