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Landscape / Re: Give me your Mountains...lol
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:19:17 AM »
Good afternoon everyone.

Here in Washington State, actually - closer to Portland, Or, we're blessed with having several mountains in such proximity.  Anyways...I wanted to share a couple of mountain photographs I took since moving here. 

If you have any of your own, please feel free to post them.  Oh...and I threw in a waterfall one. 

See if you can guess its name.
Beautiful shots. Have never been there so could you tell me their names? Thanks,
Ray

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Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:29:08 AM »
I like this thread, so I hope more people will post icons from their respective home cities and countries. Makes you want to travel :)

This is the Monolith, made by Gustav Vigeland, one of the most famous sculptures in his park. The column is over 14 metres tall and carved in one single stone. It consists of 121 human figures. There have been many interpretations of the Monolith: Man's resurrection, the struggle for existence, Man's yearning for spiritual spheres, the transcendence of everyday life and cyclic repetition.

The Vigeland Park, or Frognerparken, is the largest park in Europe, with sculptures made by one man, 212 in total, made in bronze and granite. (You´ll find some more over at the Zeiss Otus 85/1.4 thread).

1DX, Zeiss Otus 85mm/1.4
1/2000s, f1.4, ISO100

Very nice!

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Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:28:30 AM »
Those are all great shots.  Just got back from Rome and had some great photo ops.  This was actually taken accidentally in jpeg, so it left me limited ability to pp.  I think it still came out fairly nice as the sky allowed some great colors.

Absolutely stunning!

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Landscape / Re: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:10:07 AM »
Beautiful. I like the way the clouds are merging in the distance. Great shot!

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only when I change lenses, cards or putting it back in the bag. DOn't know if I should and why but I do.

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:41:27 PM »
6D
EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at 35mm 
30.0 sec;   f/22;   ISO 160

LRcc; Dfine2, Exposure 5

Upper Antelope Canyon

Editorial: I have mixed feelings about photographing Upper Antelope Canyon. I chose a photo-specific tour, with a Max 12 of photographers. What really happened, there are about six other Navajo tour companies offering tours of Antelope Canyon, some with photo tours, and others, with regular tourists. When I signed up I thought, great, only 12 max togs, yet, that was so far from the truth it makes politicians look like they are telling the truth. There was over 75 tourists streaming through the canyon. I felt I spent most of my time up against a canyon wall waiting for the masses to get by. When you get to the end of the canyon, you are required to double back, so, while one horde is coming in, another horde is leaving.

I went off-season during a mid-week day.

I don't think I would ever go back during the in-season when the beams of light make there appearance because the in-season visitors increase...think of Disneyland in July.
Beautiful image despite your limitations. I also sent you a pm
Ray

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:11:18 PM »
A few from lake Bled in Slovenia.

Fantastic! Wow!

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Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:37:31 PM »
Got some very nice shots. The skyline is very different now with rapid construction going on and cranes everywhere.
Spent two hours waiting for the bats but it is late in the season so saw just a few of them. Will post some shortly. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:35:02 PM »
Dear Ray5,

I'm sure that you will have a wonderful trip to Austin. The people are warm and friendly and you've been given lots of great advice on photo locations. I can't really add anything to that as I've not lived there since the early 80's but I will suggest that you check out the sights and sounds and food on 6th street. In particular, The Old Pecan Street Cafe
314 W 6th St, Austin TX 78701, oldpecanstcafe.com, (512) 478-2491, is legendary and it was there that I learned to love pecan pie.

Best regards,

Vivid

The pecan pie was awesome! The other fun part were the food vans! They were a revelation! Every dinner and one lunch was here. Good food and cheap. Thanks

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Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:59:45 PM »
Reaching there this Saturday for 3 days. Lovely pictures. Thanks for the suggestions

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Photography Technique / Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:03:34 AM »
Hi,
I am headed there for a few days. Could you suggest some good icons to photograph and places to photograph them from? I'll be in downtown and without a rental car so mostly walking distances. I would like to find good spots to shoot the skyline, particularly after dark. Never been there, heard very good things about the city. Thanks,
Ray

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Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:39:28 PM »
Thanks a lot everone! Don't know yet whether I will be brave enough to pull the trigger but if I do I know what to get. I have a bad feeling that I am going to!!! ::)

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Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:50:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies.
So, what all do I need to get started?
I have lenses with 77mm and 82mm filter sizes. The big stopper being a given, what else would you recommend to start with? Glass versus resin?

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Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:38:35 AM »
I went ahead and bought a second screw in CPL for my 82mm lens.
I can understand screw in solid ND filters but screw in grads don't make sense to me. And if indeed a grad. is needed why not go with the Lee type filters for both solid and graduated filters? The only reason I can see of not doing it is for the one I did, convenience and time. If one could get away by solids only then the screw in type might makes sense.
My other questions is,
Can software replace filter effects? I am from the old school and want to get it right in camera but I remember seeing some discussions here that some folks had mentioned that pretty much any filter effect can be replicated with software including Polarizers if you are good at it. Though for me it makes little difference as I am not savvy with PS anyway  :-[
Thanks

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Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:49:44 AM »
Thanks

+1 on 2filter.com
Very nice people to talk to on the phone.
Bought my Lee Big Stopper, Lee GNDs from them with the foundation kit and step up ring (77-82mm). 
-r




By the way, be sure to check the prices out at 2filter.com against the other usual places to buy such equipment.

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