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NaH2O
06-30-2004, 12:33 AM
I thought it would be fun to do some "off-topic" photos. Plus I really want to show off a couple of shots I took in the Butterfly House.

I took these with a Canon G3 set on Aperature Priority and Macro mode. I did not use a tripod, so I believe I had the f-stop on the lowest setting.

NaH2O
06-30-2004, 12:35 AM
By the way - I don't have Photoshop, so I had to use the program that came with my computer. However, I do have Photoshop Elements on my "want list".

NaH2O
06-30-2004, 12:37 AM
Last one - this is of a flower (obviously).....

Katchupoy
06-30-2004, 12:42 AM
really nice pictures. so what do you use if you dont have photoshop?

NaH2O
06-30-2004, 12:52 AM
It's called iPhoto (yes, my computer is a piece of fruit...as Mike likes to call it), and all I do is click on the enhance button, then crop the picture if necessary. I only notice a slight difference with the enhance. Maybe I just haven't worked through the program enough to see if it has cool features.

Llarian
06-30-2004, 05:25 AM
Since its getting to be that time of year again, here's a picture from the beginning of the fireworks in Seattle last year on the 4th. Hopefully I'll have some much nicer ones this year after Sunday. =)

-Dylan

http://pics.llarian.net/albums/07-04-2003/aaa.sized.jpg

Llarian
06-30-2004, 05:30 AM
And a nice long exposure. This was taken at Snoqualmie Falls about 2 hours after sunset. The exposure is 30 seconds long, and I had a darkening filter over the lens to reduce the amount of light entering the camera to make the shot as long as I could.

-Dylan

http://pics.llarian.net/albums/11-02-2003/aaw.sized.jpg

Llarian
06-30-2004, 05:35 AM
One more for the night. =)

I'm just going to provide a link, since this image is several screens wide. Its a shot of the Seattle Skyline at sunset from Alki Beach. Its a composite of 17 images stitched together. Unfortunatly, a gust of wind hit my tripod when I took a couple in the middle, and I haven't had a chance to retake this shot since, so its a little blurry in a couple of the middle pictures.

-Dylan

Seattle Skyline Panorama (http://pics.llarian.net/pans/aaf?full=1)

[EDIT: Here's a slightly less blurred pan of the middle section of the skyline at sunset also. Seattle skyline at sunset (http://pics.llarian.net/pans/aah?full=1)]

Curtswearing
06-30-2004, 10:42 AM
Nikki,

Your butterfly shots definately came out better than mine. You're becoming a great photographer.

Llarian,

That skyline picture is amazing!!!

Here's one of my butterfly pictures. I think I need to crop it down some though.

NaH2O
06-30-2004, 02:02 PM
WOAH! Llarian - awesome photos! I love the falls picture....stunning!

Curt - crop that picture and let's see it.

spooda420
06-30-2004, 03:08 PM
See threads like this make me want to figure out my camera.... I like the fireworks one, just need to improve the whatsyamcallit to make it brighter and more vivid!

diggin the waterfall picture as well.

Curtswearing
06-30-2004, 03:09 PM
I'm starting to see the value in these graphics programs. I don't know how to do all of the settings yet but I decided to play around a bit.

Original crop of photo.

Curtswearing
06-30-2004, 03:10 PM
And here's that same photo where the only thing I did was to increase contrast a little.

spooda420
06-30-2004, 03:20 PM
what program are you using Curt? PSP8 or PS?

Curtswearing
06-30-2004, 03:30 PM
El Cheapo program called Photostudio. I have just purchased PS elements but I haven't installed or used it yet.

NaH2O
06-30-2004, 04:05 PM
Wow - that made a huge difference!

cookiemn
06-30-2004, 06:06 PM
Llarian,
what type of camera are you using as well as the settings for the stitched picture?

Erwin

Llarian
06-30-2004, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by cookiemn
Llarian,
what type of camera are you using as well as the settings for the stitched picture?

Erwin

I'm using an Olympus E-10 currently. Its not great, but it works fairly well. Need to upgrade before long, but not until I get the tank up and running so I can free up some money for a decent digital SLR.

I'm not 100% sure on the settings, since stitching kills the exposure information that's embedded in the image. The nighttime pan was taken at F2.4, 1 second exposures. The full-length one is 17 separate images stitched together.

The sunset one was taken in portrait orientation, and I think its 12 separate exposures. I have no idea what the settings were on that one anymore though.

I think I was using either PanoTools or PanFactory to do the stitching. I lost my stitching software when I reinstalled my computer last, so I need to re-download that.

-Dylan

[EDIT: Oh, I was also using a teleconvertor for both the pans, which makes my camera the equivalent of a 200mm prime lens.]

Fly n Reef
07-02-2004, 01:43 PM
Great pics everyone...heres one of mine. I love flowers.:)

NaH2O
07-02-2004, 01:51 PM
Karen - that's awesome!

Fly n Reef
07-02-2004, 01:52 PM
One more....

NaH2O
07-04-2004, 10:07 AM
Karen, your flower pictures are incredible. I tried to take some yesterday, but it was really windy. These were the best I could come up with:

NaH2O
07-04-2004, 10:08 AM
another

NaH2O
07-04-2004, 10:08 AM
Eeek - probably should have cropped that last one. Here is another:

MtnDewMan
07-04-2004, 02:25 PM
wow Karen and Nikki, those flower shots are way too cool ... Very nice !!!!!

Zephrant
07-05-2004, 06:50 PM
Well if we are going to go off topic.... :)

http://www.barraquatic.com/rc/2004-07-04-006_sm.jpg

http://www.barraquatic.com/rc/2004-07-04-012_sm.jpg

http://www.barraquatic.com/rc/2004-07-04-015_sm.jpg

All shot yesterday with the D-70/18-70 kit.

Zephrant
07-05-2004, 06:55 PM
This one is with the D-70 attached to a Meade 60mm (F/350) telescope. There were high clouds that night, so it is not very crisp.

http://www.barraquatic.com/rc/2004-07-01-020 copy.jpg

NaH2O
07-05-2004, 09:16 PM
WOAH! Awesome shots!!

Llarian
07-05-2004, 09:27 PM
http://pics.llarian.net/albums/07-04-2004/aau.sized.jpg

More pictures from last night (http://pics.llarian.net/07-04-2004)

-Dylan

Fly n Reef
07-07-2004, 03:17 AM
Wow. I love this thread. Great pics everyone!

Hey Dylan tell us how you got the fireworks shot. Was it one explosion or multiple shots from the camera?

Thanks for the nice comments Nikki. Your flowers are great what is that first one? It looks like some kind of a sunflower.

Zephrant-way cool.

Llarian
07-07-2004, 04:14 AM
Originally posted by Fly n Reef

Hey Dylan tell us how you got the fireworks shot. Was it one explosion or multiple shots from the camera?


Neither. =)

All the fireworks pictures I took were between 2-8 second exposures, so it was a single shot, with usually 3-8 explosions in each shot. The only problem with doing this is that you need to have the aperature stopped down as far as possible since the fireworks are so bright, and the long exposure makes them brighter.

The smallest aperature I have is f/11 on my camera, so I also had a neutral density filter on the lens to keep it from being too bright. (ND filters just reduce the amount of light coming into the lens evenly across all colors to allow for longer exposures without overexposing when you can't stop down any further)

-Dylan

Witfull
07-07-2004, 06:19 AM
here is our iris from earlier this spirng

NaH2O
07-07-2004, 08:16 AM
Karen - the first one is a Coneflower starting to bloom.

Scooterman
07-07-2004, 09:52 AM
here are a few shots on my honeymoon, Canon G5.

Scooterman
07-07-2004, 09:53 AM
Our excursion to the keys!

Scooterman
07-07-2004, 09:54 AM
Looking out our condo in Naples, Fl.

Scooterman
07-07-2004, 09:55 AM
30$ million dollor home, actually my summer house LOL!

Scooterman
07-07-2004, 09:57 AM
Naples sunset!
All of these shots were on auto BTW.

Scooterman
07-07-2004, 09:58 AM
Newlyweds!

Curtswearing
07-07-2004, 12:26 PM
There's the lovely bride and one lucky reefer. :)

j/k....Congrats bud!!!

zhenya
07-20-2004, 10:00 PM
Great shots,ALL!


I took some pics of flowers as well last month(my other hobby ;) ) so I'll post a couple. Camera is Nikon CP-885.

zhenya
07-20-2004, 10:06 PM
And a couple from the trip to Bermuda last week.

Fly n Reef
07-20-2004, 10:33 PM
Went camping this past weekend and saw this eagle just waiting to be photographed.

NaH2O
07-21-2004, 09:04 AM
zhenya - welcome to Reef Frontiers! (if I missed ya)

Awesome shots!

zhenya
07-21-2004, 11:13 AM
Thank you for the welcome,Nikki! :)

Fly n Reef, great shot! I absolutely love this birds.