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Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:20:36 PM »
I'm loving the snowy mountainscapes-- CiD, "Ice cream" in particular is really well done!

Here's a touristy one I did a month ago...

Mount St. Helens, early June 2013

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 28, 2013, 03:31:53 PM »
This was an interesting encounter. If I moved, the deer moved the other way, always keeping that same stalk of grass between us..... It was as if she was trying to hide behind the grass

That doe is truly a master of camouflage!  I can totally visualize this happening... photographing deer is never as simple as you'd think, especially when they think they're invisible behind a piece of grass.  Nice shot!


Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 28, 2013, 11:35:30 AM »
I'm loving this... It's threads like this that really help me procrastinate on Fridays!


When Pigs Fly

Lenses / Re: 24-105L Curved horizon.
« on: May 26, 2013, 09:25:49 AM »
Is not so much matter of cost - what we have here are different lens designs due to different FL ranges. It is not like the designers of the 24-105 did not get paid enough to reduce the geometric distortions even more.  :)

I remember reading an interview by one of the Samsung representatives - his point was that the ability to correct geometry with software allows to design sharper lenses, even after software corrections, since optical distortion corrections come at a greater IQ cost.

This!  I will say that the 24-105 has been my go-to for landscapes due to limited budget (though I'm interested in the 14mm Samyang 2.8, which is known for really ugly mustached-distortion... also fixable!)--  I've shot a lot on the Washington coast and, as others have said on this, the Lightroom correction is one button.  If you're still kicking yourself for using Aperture instead, you can download a 30-day trial of Lightroom from the Adobe site.  Definitely worth tinkering with.

I know you mentioned you hate the technical editing piece of photography but these days that's where a lot seems to really come together.  If you get a great shot, simple non-destructive enhancements really let it shine.  I dove into photography again after a 10 year hiatus because it's the only hobby where I felt art was truly co-dependent on science in every way.  Embrace the tech if you can, or just get really fantastic, perfect light on all your outings.  Cheers!

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: May 24, 2013, 09:31:23 PM »
I've been dabbling with HDR for some time, and stalking these forums without posting/registering for the past twelve months.  Here are a couple more recent HDR photos I've done-- nothing special.

HDR Campfire

Govan Schoolhouse HDR (East/Central WA state)

Spokane Riverfront Park HDR (Monochrome)

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