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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:03:10 AM »

Sumatran Tigers by Mike Girod, on Flickr

Chimpanzee by Mike Girod, on Flickr

Chimpanzees by Mike Girod, on Flickr

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: December 27, 2012, 06:15:24 AM »
So many great images! Good job everyone. I got Photomatix for Christmas and the HDR quality is so much better than Photoshop's. Here are some images I processed in Photomatix and edited in Photoshop.


El Pescador State Beach by M Girod, on Flickr


El Pescador State Beach by M Girod, on Flickr

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 08, 2012, 05:49:51 AM »
My first attempts at HDR... I processed in Photoshop CS5. It is very difficult to make anything that looks "real" with Photoshop's HDR processing.


L.A. River by M Girod, on Flickr


L.A. River by M Girod, on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: April 22, 2012, 05:15:44 PM »
Thanks those were very helpful tips!

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: April 22, 2012, 05:01:40 AM »
I agree. Editing photos in B&W and in color have a totally different feel. I think B&W really makes you look at your photo and decide what you want to be the main focus and create some contrast so your vision is clear. In the first 2 I was so focused on creating a balance between the rocks and the water that I may have overlooked the overcast sky. I would have really liked a sky like your first and last photos with the amazing clouds but mother nature had her own plans. Great dynamic range tip!

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Landscape / Re: Post your best pictures of fireworks
« on: April 22, 2012, 02:43:58 AM »
Here are some small fireworks from the 4th of July.


Fireworks by M Girod, on Flickr


Fireworks by M Girod, on Flickr


Fireworks by M Girod, on Flickr


Fireworks by M Girod, on Flickr


Fireworks by M Girod, on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: April 22, 2012, 02:30:17 AM »
I really like both of your first pictures, Kernuak and ions. Great work!


Corona Del Mar by M Girod, on Flickr


Corona Del Mar by M Girod, on Flickr


Leo Carrillo State Beach by M Girod, on Flickr


Leo Carrillo State Beach by M Girod, on Flickr


Leo Carrillo State Beach by M Girod, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« on: April 05, 2012, 02:21:01 PM »
It is up to each individual and what they shoot. My vote could have gone either way. I recently traded my 70-200mm 2.8 non IS for a 135L. I found the 70-200mm to be sharper than the 135L at f/2.8 but at f/4 they were about the same. The 70-200mm was too big to take everywhere and it got heavy carrying it all day. The 135L is much smaller and lighter. That's the main reason I traded for a prime. Versatility was not worth the weight for me. The ability to open up to very large apertures is also another reason I voted primes over zooms. Especially the 50mm primes. At 1.2-1.8, there is no zoom that can compare and 2 of the 50mm's are very affordable. Some zooms are just as sharp or even sharper than primes, like the 70-200mm 2.8 lenses, but most primes are small, light, and are a couple stops faster than 2.8.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: March 18, 2012, 01:47:17 PM »
After reading many mediocre reviews I wasn't sure about getting this lens. There aren't many other choices in the same price range so I decided to just get it. I'm somewhat of a pixel peeper and I am happy with this lens. Awesome lens. Especially on full frame.


California Screamin' by M Girod, on Flickr


Main Street USA Station by M Girod, on Flickr


Main Street USA Station by M Girod, on Flickr


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 09, 2012, 03:49:08 PM »
Thank you kubelik and K-amps. I did not have a GND filter for that shot. That was actually the look I was going for. I shot an exposure for the sky and the mountain then one for the shadows and tried to combine them to look as natural as possible. Now that you mention it, I agree that the reflection could use a boost.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: February 09, 2012, 03:27:16 PM »
L.A. Zoo

Canon 40D + 70-200 f/2.8L






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Here are some underwater creatures that are out of the water  :P


Canon 40D + 70-200mm f/2.8L


Canon 40D + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 09, 2012, 03:37:09 AM »
This is Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra. It is a combination of 2 exposures shot on a 40D with a Tamron 17-50mm lens.


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The Tamron is $414 new from B&H with the rebate. And yes, unfortunately you would have to sell it when you upgrade to full frame. I recently sold mine for $360 on Amazon and got $318 after all the fees. I still feel it was worth it. Now that I have a full frame, I don't have a general purpose lens. If I want the 24-70 2.8, I have to pay around $1200 and it is heavy and huge. I really miss that lens. Here is a review that helped me make my decision and maybe it will help you. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Tamron-17-50mm-f-2.8-XR-Di-II-Lens-Review.aspx I would also say that other brands that are not Canon, including Tamron, make some rubbish lenses but this particular lens is not rubbish. This was my first non-Canon brand lens and it beat out all the previous Canon lenses I have owned. Once you go full frame I do suggest sticking to Canon, though. For the crop camera, I was extremely happy with the Tamron.

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United States / Re: Lens suggestion for a 1600 budget
« on: February 03, 2012, 01:35:26 PM »
I would suggest the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. It is inexpensive (around $400) and VERY sharp. It also has a 2.8 aperture which is awesome. The build quality is not professional like an L lens but it is good enough for the money. On the longer side, I would definitely get one of the Canon 70-200L lenses. I shot some photos for my school newspaper and that lens was perfect. You can shoot sports, portraits, performances and a lot more. I got the 2.8 non IS. It is very sharp. Unless you shoot indoors you really don't need the IS. For photojournalism I would go for the 2.8. If you shoot sports or any action, you can get faster shutter speeds and your subjects will really stand out against the blurred background.

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