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#71
A[quote name="Bucho" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/50#post_3432640"]Love the shiznit out of this thread.

Those wildfire haze shots of yours reminded me of these shots I took in March last year Tim. Auckland, being surrunded by water as an isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, often gets these early morning fogs. One early autumn morning this was what the view out of the end of my driveway looked like.

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I really love these. It feels like they are test stills from that old disney Multiplane camera invention which adds depth to animated films:

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Well if we're moving on to extreme closeups I have a few.

For a while I went through a flower phase where I'd tried to get a close as possible to catch as much detail as possible on the blooms.

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Here is a Pumpkin blossom and a row of mushrooms I found growing in a lawn.

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A lizard I found sunbathing on a local park bench

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This last on is a little two contrasty for my liking because I am cursed with shaky hands and sometimes have no choice but to use flash when holding the camera above my head in a low light situation.

A robin's nest with two chicks, one is still hungry.

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#72

Those baby chicks!!!   I love all the pics in this thread.

Here's a Mexican Brown Tarantula...

A wee grasshopper...

A fuzzy bee covered with pollen...

A battle-scarred iguana and some grackles in Mexico...

A tiny sand crab and the weird little balls he makes in Thailand...

This is the pattern he made...

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#73

I find most of the ones I really like (that I've taken, this is) aren't all that popular.  Probably just means I have no taste.

Every now and then I do hit a good 'proper photography' sort of look, suitable for calendars, postcards etc

Gah! a cat picture!.  I know, sorry.

somewhat straying from calendar material now

Blurry macros I'm fairly pleased with

I quite like these three as a sort of triptych kind of thing

I should play around with some proper raw stuff one day really

ed. oh.  kind of completely ignored the 'just post two' thing there didn't I. Oops.

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#74
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I really love these. It feels like they are test stills from that old disney Multiplane camera invention which adds depth to animated films:

I'm a fan of your lizard. I know you're probably always hearing that but I'm the one who really means it.

And yeah, the way those sunrise fog shots grade out in silhouette really does make each set of hills appear to be oddly fake 3D.

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A fuzzy bee covered with pollen...

This one's my favourite. Can be tough to get a good action shot unless you have one of those fancy cameras that takes 60 shots a second or something, and even then it's tricky.

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ed. oh.  kind of completely ignored the 'just post two' thing there didn't I. Oops.

Don't feel bad Muz, I was the second post in the thread and I cocked it up immediately.

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#75
AI'm really enjoying perusing this thread.

Muzman and yt, I'm really impressed how close you were able to get to your subjects. I really love macro photography and also find it to be way more difficult than it looks to pull off a great picture.


These next two photos of mine are different in they were mostly created in post through cropping. I took these focusing on one subject and then cut them down when i saw a much more interesting subject to shape the frame around.

These are the facades of the buildings of an alleyway that cuts through Cannes. It is one of the main touristy places to go for souvenirs. I really like all the lines in the frame and actually found the people shopping below distracting so I cut them out.

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Another Cannes photo. This was a picture of a friend sitting on top of this old battlement or church wall (can't remember which) on top of a hill overlooking the city. I didn't realize it at the time but I also caught this hole in the wall below and framed in the hole are two people, hand in hand, walking down the street.

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I wish I could get more detail on the people, but this was in '07 and I was pushing my panasonic 7 megapixel camera to the limit when cropping this.
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#76

I sometimes help out on the set of a short film series that one-time Chewer: GREG DAVID is involved with (about a schlubby Clark Kent and Lex Luthor as roommates).  I mostly go just to take set photos.



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#77

All y'all have really good eyes for images.  Nooj, if it's OK w/Greg, you should post a pic from the project!

Tim K., those are really cool, especially the ones with the signs.

I love taking macro photography but honestly I felt like the Zeiss lens on my Sony camera was the magic ingredient and I just can't get as close anymore.  I have to draw back.

I took this with my Sony.

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#78

I mostly do astrophotography:

But sometimes other stuff:

And ladies whenever they let me:

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#79
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These next two photos of mine are different in they were mostly created in post through cropping.

That accidental shot through the hole is magical. I love that kind of thing.

How do you get your photos to post so splendidly large in this thread? I use the largest setting (1000x500 or whatever it is) but mine have come out about half the size of your largest ones. How may one achieve maximum splendidness for one's photo postings?

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I sometimes help out on the set of a short film series that one-time Chewer: GREG DAVID is involved with (about a schlubby Clark Kent and Lex Luthor as roommates).  I mostly go just to take set photos.

Can one see said short film series online should one be curious?

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#80
Fafhrd, those astrophotography shots are INCREDIBLE!!!!  How do you do that?  I imagine they're long exposure but wow!  Amazing!
Bucho, what I've been doing is having the photos be online somewhere (either flickr or imgur) and then going to "source" and using html to embed them, i.e. <img src=[url where picture is]>.
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#81
A[quote name="Bucho" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/50#post_3436020"]
That accidental shot through the hole is magical. I love that kind of thing.

How do you get your photos to post so splendidly large in this thread? I use the largest setting (1000x500 or whatever it is) but mine have come out about half the size of your largest ones. How may one achieve maximum splendidness for one's photo postings?
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It is not that hard to change the sizes. You first must have your site preferences changed so that the Preferred Editor Type is listed as BB code Editor. I have this always on because I do a lot of copying to get names right and I hate the rich text format carryover when pasting which mean I have to switch the font, size and color of the text to get it to look normal in my post. The BB Code Editor doesn't give me those problems.

Anyway, here is the link/code that comes up when you upload a photo:

{IMG ALT=""}http://www.chud.com /community/content/type/61/id/146763/width/500/height/1000{/IMG}
(I replaced the brackets so that this would show up as readable)

That gives you this size:

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Now if you look in that code you'll see the width and height settings at the end. I just rewrite the 500 width to be 1000.

Like this: {IMG ALT=""}http://www.chud.com /community/content/type/61/id/146951/width/1000/height/1000{/IMG}

These numbers are just maximums so you don't need to worry if your picture isn't square, the site just looks at the photo and determines which side is longer and then shrinks the photo until the longest side hits the maximum allowed length in the link/code.


Here's a photo of the sunset wreathed in clouds I took yesterday on a vista point pull over lot on i5 near San Onofre. It still almost hurts for me to look at it, but I really like the Eye of Sauron vibe going on.

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#82
AThanks for the tips you guys, I'm totally coming back to rep y'all when my rep magazine is reloaded.

Meanwhile, using the Tim method, these are from June 2006, almost the middle of winter in NZ. They're taken off of the same scaffolding from which I took those earlier shots of the Auckland neighbourhood of Remuera half in shadow. I have no idea what made that odd cloud formation near the Sky Tower (yep, Auckland is one of the 273 cities on earth with one of them thar towers).

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#83
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I'm really enjoying perusing this thread.
Muzman and yt, I'm really impressed how close you were able to get to your subjects. I really love macro photography and also find it to be way more difficult than it looks to pull off a great picture.

'tis a way cool thread.

Cheers too.  Mostly  I do all kinds of homebrew hackery.  Usually the 'attach a 50mm backwards' trick.  I've got the lens from a disassembled big old video camera that works well in a similar way.  Some of those shots were actually another single lens piece I got from somewhere jammed onto the front of a video camera with two chunks of nylon.

I've got a cheap set of extension tubes, which can be fun.  But using dumb parts like that with electronic lenses makes life more difficult sometimes, especially with live view.  Plenty of times I've wished for a bit of real control, but can't really justify the thousand bucks for a 100mm Canon that I'd like.

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#84
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Fafhrd, those astrophotography shots are INCREDIBLE!!!!  How do you do that?  I imagine they're long exposure but wow!  Amazing!

Long exposures with a cobbled together tracking rig mounted to an old tripod, and some tweaking in post (usually just subtracting out hot pixels, but sometimes I'll adjust the exposure or the white balance a bit. Weird tip: on a Nikon, using the flourescent white balance pre-set gets deeper blacks in the sky and brighter star colours. Auto white balance tends toward making the sky reddish from light pollution and washing out the stars a bit). It's usually pretty hard to get the alignment right, but the past couple of trips out I managed to get it good enough for shots between 5 and 10 minutes without noticeable trailing, depending on the lens. Someday I'll be able to drop the money on a proper computerized rig (why no one has built a cheap one using an Arduino and an android phone I do not know), and then I'll be able to do some deep field stuff.

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#85
A[quote name="Fafhrd" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/50#post_3436439"]...why no one has built a cheap one using an Arduino and an android phone I do not know.
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Don't worry about that, you should have checked out kickstarter in the last 6 months

Radian

Genie


I know i've seen more than those two, just remember to keep an eye on Kickstarter to see if these things actually ship and if they do the creator probably will be retailing them online soon.
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#86

Thanks, Fafhrd.  I'm so impressed.  Your techniques are definitely working.  The images are just stunning.  I don't know if I'll ever get the know-how to take any sky shots with anywhere near that depth, but I'll try that trick on my Nikon.  It's fun to go up to the Griffith Park Observatory on some nights where people bring their homemade telescopes and tracking rigs.  Pretty incredible, in fact. 

Muzman, that's so neat about the backwards trick!  I never thought of doing that.  I have some funky lenses from an old 35mm camera and maybe I'll try to rig something together.

I also LOVE this thread!!!!

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#87
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Don't worry about that, you should have checked out kickstarter in the last 6 months
Radian
Genie
I know i've seen more than those two, just remember to keep an eye on Kickstarter to see if these things actually ship and if they do the creator probably will be retailing them online soon.

De-railing a bit here, but while these could be adapted for star tracking on a polar mount, it would essentially result in the same thing that I already have. What is in my brain (but as near as I can tell not in reality) is an alt-azimuth mount with a motor on both axes and a counter rotation motor for the camera platform, all three motors hooked up to an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi or something that controls their speed and direction, and then you tether an Android phone to the arduino via USB or bluetooth, load up a modified version of the Sky Map app, and from there pick an object/constellation/whatever, and that spins the altitude and azimuth motors to center the object, and then click track and that kicks in the counter-rotation motor and runs the altitude and azimuth motors at a low enough speed to keep the target centred. In my mind this seems like it should be relatively inexpensive (in the expensive computer controlled tracking mounts most of what you're paying for in the computer is already contained in a phone) and accurate enough for amateur photography of both wide field full sky stuff, and the larger deep field objects (Andromeda Galaxy, Pleiades, Orion Nebula, etc).

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#88
AAll this tech talk is going to lead to me spending money, I can feel it.

Meanwhile, here are a couple more from Brazil. This thread has made me realise I haven't taken many photos lately, all my favourites are from a few years ago.

The first I love for how it shows the way the light would fall through the jungle canopy. On this part of the island I lived on the canopy wasn't really even a canopy - the trees were mostly açai palms which let a lot of light hit the floor, but I always loved that contrast of bright patches and dark shadows (although in this upload the colours seem oddly subdued compared to the original image). And being an enormous movie dork oftentimes if I was walking along a track alone I'd pause and stare off into the wildly tropical type of foliage you can see in the background and expect to see one of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park skulking around. My amigo Eliseu is wearing earmuffs because he is the engineer for a huge steam boiler called "Mad Maria" which is off to the right of the frame. It took me a while to get used to the idea that peeps would be fine with wearing flip-flops in a jungle with tarantulas, scorpions, giant centipedes and snakes in copious numbers, let alone while tending to a steam engine, but this mad Brazilian pulled it off.

The second I love for more obvious reasons.

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#89

So yeah, it's snowing like a mofo outside right now.  I love how the world looks while it's snowing.  The ground is pure white, the sky is pure white, and everything takes on kinda an ethereal glow.

I took these shots a few minutes ago.

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#90
AMr Hamilton Beach? Meet your match in... Hamilton... Beach.

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(obviously not a best photo of mine... but considering the subject)
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#91

This effing snow got me thinking about Hawaii again, so I dug around some more.

Here's one of my favorite shots.  This is from a helicopter tour that we were doing over Molokai.  It was a perfect day and the clouds were fantastic.

Another great sunset on Maui:

A 'guest' outside of our condo on Maui.  I love the texture on this one.

These next three were taken on Maui when we were preparing to go on a snorkeling tour.  They were burning old sugarcane, causing the really interesting red glow on the horizon.  These were the best that I could do with the conditions available.

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#92

Two hours later...

I wouldn't be surprised if we got more snow TODAY then we got all last year.

Some antidote: from fishing back in 2009:

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#93

Maaaaan, I wish we got some snow.

Some photos from the 42nd floor of a condo (that I took last year).  One of them features my parents.

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#94
A[quote name="mcnooj82" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/50#post_3438049"]Some photos from the 42nd floor of a condo (that I took last year).[/quote]

Hot damn. Where is that? Do you post yours to Imgur or Photobucket or something? Mine seem to lose sharpness when I upload directly to CHUD.

I also need to learn some damn colour manipulation. And get a good camera.


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#95

I just drag them into the REPLY area from another window that has Facebook open (which is where I upload my photos, generally).

I rarely ever upload them using the forum's uploader.

Also, the photos were taken in Bellevue, Washington.  The tall buildings you see across the water is Seattle.

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#96

Man, there are some incredible photographers posting here! I'll humbly throw in two of my favorite iPhone shots I took during the past year:

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#97
AI tried the YT method but I couldn't get anything to upload to Imgur and my previous post was from Photobucket and it came out the same as using the uploader. Is it my browser or something? I'm using Firefox. It must me my browser. Or some other technical things that's someone else's fault. There's no way it's because I'm an idiot. Nooooooo way in heck.

Now trying the Nooj drag-from-Facebook method ...


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Edit: Hmmm. Looks like I might just be an idiot.

Edit again: Yep, an idiot who didn't put the [img] tags in.
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#98

Hmm... I'm using Facebook too.  I wonder why the difference in results...

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#99
A[quote name="mcnooj82" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/50#post_3438662"]Hmm... I'm using Facebook too.  I wonder why the difference in results...
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Could it be a browser thing? Are you on one of them fancypants Mackintosh computers? I mean, my shots aren't going to look as good as yours no matter what I do, but mine definitely lose colour depth using the Uploader, and for some reason Photobucket does the same shenanigans for me. Any way I do it it seems to engage the uploader once I put the "img" tags on.

On the plus side, I got Imgur to work I think. Kind of.
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I have done my method on both PC and Mac. 

I'm gonna try dragging a photo right now.

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AWow so many photos are blowing me away here. I really love the Amazon stuff Bucho, and you're a braver man than me getting that close to a spider the size of a face hugger from Alien.

Mcnooj continues to bring the goods with the candids and i love the snow stuff Judas.

These next photos were taken at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, A park that used to be called Marine World way back when it was basically the Sea World of Northern California.

They are apart of a tiger breeding and conservation program and from birth train their tigers to be used to water and even like it. So when feeding time comes why throw chunks of beef into a plexiglass sided pool so you can watch what tigers look like when they dive.

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The muscles on these animals are incredible.

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And one final shot of this guy staring through the chain link fence right into my lens.

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ADid my tigers kill this thread?

Well, have you ever had the perfect shot and known it, but no matter how many hours you throw into shooting the scene things conspire against you?

There is a Hotel in Germany that is themed to the Roman Colosseum and it has this gorgeously lit center courtyard with an elaborate fountain that is built into the ground so if you chose to, you could walk right into it and get soaked. My tour group checked into this hotel one hot summer's night and it was absolutely the best place to chill. At the back of the courtyard there was some statium seating that gaves great views of the entire scene and I must have spent a good hour trying to get an image that could convey just how great this day was.

But it was really dark, I didn't have a tripod, my only lens wasn't wide enough and I have been cursed with shaky since the day I was born. I eventually gave up, but I do have some shots that I'd like to share.

This is the fountain:

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Here was the stadium seating in the background

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I wanted to capture the romanitc feeling shared by the people sitting around me with the fountain as the focal point. This is as far as I could zoom out with the lens I had. I chose to upload this shot in particular because I like the candid poses and it gives an idea of the overall shot I was aiming for.

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I eventually gave up attempting to capture the entirety of the stands and went with some verticals which I feel are the best shots I got that night.

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And one more closer up shot of the people in front of the fountain (they were on the same tour as me). I like their posing in this.

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*sigh*

Someday I will return to that hotel with a wider lens and a tripod.
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AThe fountain is cool but my favourite from that set is the second one, with the Colosseum seating and arches looming imperiously over proceedings.


[quote name="Tim K" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/100#post_3440335"]Well, have you ever had the perfect shot and known it, but no matter how many hours you throw into shooting the scene things conspire against you? [/quote]

Only about a million times.

Ok, I'm exaggerating, more like eight hundred and seventy thousand times.
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AMan I really did kill this thread.

I guess I'll post one of my first digital photos.

Taken from the top the the Arc de Triomphe

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And then I discovered this in the archives, a photo I exported and ment to post with the almond orchard photo at the beginning of the thread.

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AKeep em comin' Tim, clearly your well is far from dry and those shots are both awesome.


[quote name="Tim K" url="/community/t/145818/post-your-best-photos/100#post_3443042"]Man I really did kill this thread.[/quote]

I just got to realise that I had probably played out my Sunsets or Amazon theme and also realised that I haven't taken a lot of photos of other things beyond family and friends, and those are really just keepsakes rather than striking images that would impress or inspire anybody else, so they don't belong in this thread. Nooj's awesome shots of his friends certainly make me want to take more like those. And spend a lot of money on camera gear.
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