Any photographers in the house?

LiquidMantis wrote:

I got my Peak Design Capture v2 camera clip yesterday. This one is really impressive. The v1 has been great, but it is really industrial looking. The new one is much more refined in design. The beadblasted finish has a lot better feel than the gloss of the original as well.

Mine came in today so haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I had kicked in at the level that gave the GoPro mount as well but that bit hasn't shipped yet, I'm guessing.

Yeah, I think the GoPro mounts are shipping in October.

LiquidMantis wrote:

I got my Peak Design Capture v2 camera clip yesterday. This one is really impressive. The v1 has been great, but it is really industrial looking. The new one is much more refined in design. The beadblasted finish has a lot better feel than the gloss of the original as well.

Cool! Looking forward to mine. International shipments are still pending.

What extras did you get? I got the square mount for tripods etc and the support for belts.

I got the bundle with the Capture w/Arca plate, ProPad, and GoPro mount.

Cool, I didn't need the arca plate. How's the pad - or hasn't that shipped yet either? Looking forward to trying that one out.

The pad came too. I haven't used it yet but it seems well designed and solidly constructed. I haven't particularly felt the need for it with my Camelbak, but it should really help in "low tension" usage like a belt or light shoulder bag.

LiquidMantis wrote:

The pad came too. I haven't used it yet but it seems well designed and solidly constructed. I haven't particularly felt the need for it with my Camelbak, but it should really help in "low tension" usage like a belt or light shoulder bag.

My dad has a long lens that he uses on one of his cameras (it has a lock so it doesn't extend when left vertically) and I figured that, for usage on the belt with a camera like that with a heavy body and/or lens then it might help in feeling more comfortable and supported as opposed to feeling like it's twisting your trousers off!

My zoom lens doesn't have a lock so it wouldn't be good for that but, you know how purchasing new bits of photography gear works out, right? I've been looking at upgrading, or rather buying, one of the new Sony alphas since their tech is so much more advanced than the one I have and plus the three lenses I already have are fully compatible with the new line... So it'd be great to have one alpha on my hip with a wide-angle or fixed 50mm lens and the zoom in my hand on a sling or whatever.

I may have to invest in a macro lens if I keep hitting up gardens...

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Did a blog for the wedding from last month, I figured that some of you would enjoy what might be one of my favorite silly pictures ever taken, and a perfect place for it would be GWJ. Full blog here:

http://focusurestudios.zenfolio.com/...

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Hey, fellow photo folk. In case you haven't seen it yet, Adobe is running a special on their photography creative cloud -- basically Lightroom 5 + Photoshop -- for $9.99/month, regardless if you have a previous Photoshop license. The only catch seems to be that you have to sign up for a year, and the deal is only available through December 2nd.

As someone whose still running Lightroom 3 and don't have a copy of Photoshop, I'm very tempted to get in on the deal.

Thanks for the heads up LupusUmbrus.

Happytime Harry - I must have missed those earlier. Those are terrific shots. I'm sure the wedding folks were overjoyed.

Decided to bust out the camera this evening and got some fun photos of my nephew.

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Those are great!

Rahmen wrote:

Those are great!

I love the shadows on that last one. I gave the camera to my nephew and had him shoot quite a few pictures. Here's one that kind of turned out. That's me blurry on the left and my one year old niece and nephew's sister in perfect soft focus. Pretty amazing for an almost 4 year old.

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Went fishing today. It's the tail end of the salmon season and basically over, so no luck. At any rate, I got a few fun photos due to the river being a mirror.

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Bonus points if you can guess what general setting I overtweaked in post.

Any 500px users here? What do you think of there ranking system? It feels kinda easy to game. I don't post a lot to the website but still somehow managed to get a photo onto their popular page pretty quickly today. It feels like a bunch of people sharing likes back and forth rather than actually appreciating each other's work. /sigh anyway for anyone interested here is the photo I posted to it.

http://500px.com/photo/53659996

I still quite like the website, it does have a few thing going for it that Flickr doesn't.

Lots of good pics coming from my Japan trip, still going through everything right now. But MAN I got some great shots.

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(GOD I love this lens.)

Nice!

Ranger Rick wrote:

Lots of good pics coming from my Japan trip, still going through everything right now. But MAN I got some great shots.

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(GOD I love this lens.)

ok what lens is that? and pls tell it it doesnt cost a couple thousand. (want!)

Blotto The Clown wrote:

ok what lens is that? and pls tell it it doesnt cost a couple thousand. (want!)

Olympus 75mm f/1.8

That's a stunning image Ranger Rick. The gesture of the hand in particular elevates the composition.

Hi all, I thought I'd share this here. Today only, amazon is selling the Olympus E-PM2 with two kit lenses (14-42 and 40-150) for $349.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G237L8I/ref=ox_ya_os_product

I picked one up, looking to have something compact to bring around instead of my big DSLR.

I started out with an E-PL1 before upgrading to the E-M5. I'm *really* happy with the micro 4/3 format. Good sweet spot between size and quality. That's a nice camera and the kit lenses are decent.

I've got the other version of that zoom (14-150 instead of 40-150) so I sold my 14-42 kit lens when I sold off the E-PL1. Sometimes wish I'd kept it, it's a nice small size... though with the 25mm prime being close to the same size I'm not sure I'd really end up using it.

I've got to build this

Yeah, that guy has all kinds of awesome PCV contraptions. A long time ago I built the Make magazine steadicam for my brother. That was pretty cool.

It snowed and I decided to take some pictures with the dogs. They turned out darker than I thought so I tried to fix that with Gimp. It brightened it a bit but the black dog (Odin) still has issues being seen.

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My attempt at cropping.
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These were taken in the afternoon, I think I will try again with the sun hitting the back yard to see the effects on both the dogs and how bright the snow will seem in comparison and try my hand at editing those.

Here
is an album of them playing in the snow (pre-edit) for the curios.

Snow is difficult because the camera will try to make it the medium gray that the exposure meter ... exposes for. A full stop, maybe a touch more, of positive exposure compensation would have probably brought it up to a proper exposure. If you start shooting raw you can also really pull a lot out, much more than you can after it's "developed" to jpeg.

You might also try playing with that image in black and white. The strong contrast might work where the exposure you were looking for didn't.

Rahmen wrote:

You might also try playing with that image in black and white. The strong contrast might work where the exposure you were looking for didn't.

Good idea!

Yeah, as Liquid Mantis explained, exposure is tricky with snow. I'm not very good at it and usually don't bother with exposure compensation. Well, I might if I had a nicer camera, but mine is pretty simple and a lot of those settings are buried in menus.

Here for example is just a real quick edit:
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