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Great thread. My wife and I headed out at dawn with some friends a couple of years ago. 
If you can ever swing it...DO THIS.  We arrived a short while after dawn at one of the most inspiring places I've ever been.   It was a long and bit of a dicey hike if you don't have anyone to follow.  Just hard to see the trail.

We were totally alone for a good 20 mins.   By the team we left, there were probably 100 people in the area. 

A small sampling.
Me and the wife with a 10-22 on my 7D...
Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

My First View of Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr




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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:34:10 AM »
I live outside Atlanta, and have never had any issue with fungus, or humidity effects on any photo, or any other electronics gear.  Maybe the issue is being out and about with gear, then immediately storing it in a mostly airtight space where the AC can't get to it? 
Or...AC isn't as prevalent as I think.

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Landscape / Headed to Outer Banks (OBX)...
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:17:26 PM »
Staying way up north this time, on or near Corolla.  Any suggestions on locations?  I'll shoot wildlife, landscapes, not too much street stuff.  I'd like to try my hand at (very) long exposures over the water, and maybe some time lapses.
Thx!

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:59:09 PM »
Lots of great ones in here!

My humble submission:
Moss in the Springtime by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


IMG_3828 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Autumn Leaves by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

IMG_7504 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
IMG_7480 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: the beauty of blur
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:52:22 PM »
I did a bunch a few years ago that work great as desktop wallpapers, text really pops off of them.
Spring Blur by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Autumn Blur by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Dusk in Autumn by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Dusk in Autumn by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
Autumn Blur by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Landscape / Fireworks pics, let's see 'em!
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:23:09 PM »
In Roswell, GA.  We had a completely unheard of night near Atlanta in July.  Clear, cool and breezy.  It felt like October.  The breeze blew the smoke away and we had crystal clear views of a great fireworks show.

My first ever shot at fireworks pictures...
Fireworks by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr



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Photography Technique / Re: Another try getting everything in focus.
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
I am telling, you...learn to embrace it!  If you are always chasing perfection of one thing, it'll not only cost you a fortune, it will keep your eye off the ball, which is to make a piece of art.   

Only took me 8 years to learn to do that with noise ;)


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Photography Technique / Re: How do I get the whole picture sharp?
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:41:11 AM »
Focus wise, I'd say the picture is fine; I think you have a really nice shot there, but if it really bothered me, I'd consider a few things:

1. Back up a tiny bit, take the shot again and crop to this size. The slight loss of resolution from cropping might be an acceptable tradeoff for uniform sharpness.

2. Embrace it.  Add some vignetting or even soften the edges even more to make the center pop.  Add contrast to taste. Example:
Autumn Leaves by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
3. Crop the less sharp edges it if it will still accommodate the framing you're looking for.



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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:39:07 PM »
I have to try REALLY hard no to tell people they are holding the lens "wrong", i.e, with 4 fingers ON TOP of the lens, not underneath.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: March 28, 2014, 01:02:25 PM »
These are great.  Please tell me there is a 10,000:1 delete:keep ratio!


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Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:26:05 PM »
Here's mine...

1. Place card in USB 3.0 card reader.
2. Run script (I am in IT) to move everything to c:\pixtemp\<YYYY-MM-DD>.  This is an SSD.  I copy here to drastically speed up PS work.   Now the card is clean for the next session.
3. Open PS, drag .CR2s in, it opens them in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).  I have opened 500 at a time without an issue.  That many would take a minute or so.  Just guessing, I could benchmark it if anybody's interested.
4. Do a cursory glance at each pic, deleting any obviously bad ones.   This is probably over half or so.
5. Exit ACR (this will perform the actual delete).
6. Drop .CR2s back in, do more detail edits, repeat as necessary.
7. When done, move files from c:\pixtemp to d:\pictures\<YYYY-MM-DD> on slower, larger storage, still on PC.
8. Automated script runs periodically to back them up to my NAS in the house.

I haven't embraced Lightroom (yet); I don't like the library concept, I can organize them myself and I like to be agnostic, not locked into the Adobe way of doing that.  This allows me flexibility in organization tools.
One of these days I'll buy a large portable storage disk and occasionally back files up to it and keep it at the office for offsite storage.  Hope this helps.

@dawgfanjeff: Do you edit your images more or less only in ACR and then if image require any additional processing in PS you go there. Or do you do everything only in PS?

I do 99% in ACR, unless I need PS for something specific (HDR, or printing.  I'd love to use Canon DPP, but everytime I try, it's a pain in the ass for me.

I did leave a step out...any pics I'll post to flickr or need a jpg of for some reason, I save as JPG from ACR into a .\jpg directory.

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Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:01:34 AM »
Here's mine...

1. Place card in USB 3.0 card reader.
2. Run script (I am in IT) to move everything to c:\pixtemp\<YYYY-MM-DD>.  This is an SSD.  I copy here to drastically speed up PS work.   Now the card is clean for the next session.
3. Open PS, drag .CR2s in, it opens them in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).  I have opened 500 at a time without an issue.  That many would take a minute or so.  Just guessing, I could benchmark it if anybody's interested.
4. Do a cursory glance at each pic, deleting any obviously bad ones.   This is probably over half or so.
5. Exit ACR (this will perform the actual delete).
6. Drop .CR2s back in, do more detail edits, repeat as necessary.
7. When done, move files from c:\pixtemp to d:\pictures\<YYYY-MM-DD> on slower, larger storage, still on PC.
8. Automated script runs periodically to back them up to my NAS in the house.

I haven't embraced Lightroom (yet); I don't like the library concept, I can organize them myself and I like to be agnostic, not locked into the Adobe way of doing that.  This allows me flexibility in organization tools.
One of these days I'll buy a large portable storage disk and occasionally back files up to it and keep it at the office for offsite storage.  Hope this helps.


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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:49:58 PM »
Caveat: Art is in the eye of the beholder, it's all subjective.
...

Actually, I have a personal anecdotal story on this.
When I was in high school I attended drawing classes at a private evening school.  In my opinion I suck at drawing and everything I drew was awful.  However, my parents kept everything, for some reason.
Years later, my sister married an architect who draws (and designs) amazing things.  One day he went through my "paintings" and decided that he liked one of them so much, he put it on his living room wall.  At first I thought he's messing with me, but after years and years of the painting remaining on his wall I have come to terms with the fact that we have very different ways of viewing the world.
Your brother in law probably thinks his "amazing" things are totally banal, derivative junk!

I think we have all had that experience of a wife or friend go through our pictures and pick out a bunch of favorites that we could have easily deleted.  I even tell them why it's no good.  Comp is junk, it would take forever to clone out that stop sign...They find something in it I didn't, even though I took it.  I have gone mining through old photos and even disagreed with my own previous choices a few times:)

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:32:10 PM »
Caveat: Art is in the eye of the beholder, it's all subjective.

However, this particular beholder doesn't get this one being worth $4mil. 

If I had taken it, I'd be proud of it for sure.  Good balance, very nice composition.  The clouds even cooperated by being parallel for him.  Technically competent.  I'd even post it to CR as one of my fave landscapes. 

However,  I could go to the same place and take a picture 98% as good on any given cloudy day. I don't have an 8x10 camera, so I couldn't print it as nicely large, but is that what comprises art?

It's not about gear IMO.  It's about technique, patience, scouting and oftentimes, luck.   I think alot of "art appreciation" is taking something from a famous artist and justifying it.  That's why so much famous art really is stuff that could be seemingly reproduced by almost anyone.  Most people not trying to justify a piece's fame are taking it at face value.  It's pretty easy to spot a critic desperately trying to back into a complement for schlock a famous artist is throwing out there b/c his boat needs to be refinished or his wife wants a new kitchen. 

I think that any picture expensive should be a once in a lifetime event, beautifully captured by a photographer that knew exactly how to capture it. Those usually get Pulitzers, though, not $4mil :)   If I had the money, I'd pay for the one and only print of  Vietnam/napalm girl, or Lee Harvey Oswald being shot.  That photo of the Hindenburg. 


 

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:05:28 AM »
We didn't get as much in Atlanta as I wanted, but at least we got something this yr...








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