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Photography thread

Post by condor » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:46 am

Seeing Legobrandon's thread and realizing there are some photography enthusiasts here, I figured I would start a thread to discuss, critique, and give advice on anything in the photography field.

I've always liked taking pictures here and there, but a couple of years ago I made the jump to a DSLR (Canon XSi) and since then, I've been reading and getting as much information as I can better my photography skills.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots. Critiques are most welcome :-)

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Don't Wake the Beast by Condor80, on Flickr

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Catch Me if You Can by Condor80, on Flickr

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Sunset by Condor80, on Flickr

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The Mothership has Landed

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Re: Photography thread

Post by peanut » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:51 pm

Nice shots!

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Re: Photography thread

Post by dr_spock » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:53 pm

Nice kitty. Have you considered getting in closer to take the pic or maybe cropping it closer?

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Re: Photography thread

Post by vynsane » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:41 am

I don't think it needs to be cropped/zoomed at all, the composition really works very well, contrasting the different textures (rocks, wood, fur) and focal lengths (out of focus areas contrasting with the sharp focus areas) all in a very incredibly subtle color palette.

The sunset picture just makes me jealous because I want to go to there.
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Re: Photography thread

Post by vynsane » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:53 pm

Say what you will about the flickr redesign (not here, do that here, instead) but with the terabyte storage and 'latest 200' limit having been lifted, I've started to post a lot of non-LEGO photography to my photostream. Here are some of my latest shots:


Some Nature Photography...

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Iris by vynsane, on Flickr

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Tree fungus by vynsane, on Flickr

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Fenced off sunset by vynsane, on Flickr

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Long Dock Beacon by vynsane, on Flickr

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Big sky over the Hudson River by vynsane, on Flickr


Cityscape...

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GCT by vynsane, on Flickr

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Chrysler Building by vynsane, on Flickr

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gnidliuB etatS eirpmE by vynsane, on Flickr



Night Photography...

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N.Y.N.H & H.R.R. by vynsane, on Flickr

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Dentil by vynsane, on Flickr

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Riding the rails by vynsane, on Flickr

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Mixed Signals by vynsane, on Flickr

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Dark Diner by vynsane, on Flickr
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Re: Photography thread

Post by vynsane » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:35 am

My family and I went on a roadtrip recently, and I took over 4000 pictures. I've been posting the best of the best to my photostream, and here is the best of the best of the best:

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Eagle Ironworks, Curtin Village, PA by vynsane, on Flickr

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Curtin Village log home detail by vynsane, on Flickr

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William G. Mather Steamship, Cleveland, OH by vynsane, on Flickr

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Chicago skyscapers by vynsane, on Flickr

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"The Bean" (Cloud Gate) by vynsane, on Flickr

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Chicago sunshine by vynsane, on Flickr

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Chicago from Lurie Garden, Millennium Park by vynsane, on Flickr

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Chicago skyline near Water Tower Place by vynsane, on Flickr

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When 103 stories just isn't enough... by vynsane, on Flickr

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Rain above the city by vynsane, on Flickr

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Storm clouds rolling out by vynsane, on Flickr

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Blue Crane by vynsane, on Flickr

More to come... The Blue Crane pic was taken at the western-most point of our trip at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI. I'm adding them piecemeal by each stop along the way to the collection "Great Lakes Trip" (since we saw all five Great Lakes on the way.)
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Re: Photography thread

Post by vynsane » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:22 pm

More from a batch I just posted. These were taken in and around Fox Lake, WI:

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BUICK - Valve in head! Fox Lake, WI by vynsane, on Flickr

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PONTIAC - Fox Lake, WI by vynsane, on Flickr

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Wisconsin Clouds by vynsane, on Flickr

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Stormfront by vynsane, on Flickr
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Re: Photography thread

Post by vynsane » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:40 pm

More from the "Great Lakes Roadtrip". Next was a stop at a really, really weird salvage yard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin:

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No one rides for free by vynsane, on Flickr

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doubletake/tripletake by vynsane, on Flickr

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it certainly is a thing. by vynsane, on Flickr

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fairy by vynsane, on Flickr

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jalopy by vynsane, on Flickr

Then on to Marquette, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula:

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Lower Harbor Ore Dock, Marquette, MI by vynsane, on Flickr

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Lake Superior rain by vynsane, on Flickr

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gateway by vynsane, on Flickr

Just south of there, near Manistique, MI we hit Lake Michigan where it looked like the Bahamas in stark contrast to our toe-dip in Lake Superior:

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The Bahamas? No... Lake Michigan! by vynsane, on Flickr

Then Mackinac Island, MI where there are no automobiles allowed:

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Arch Rock, Mackinac Island, Michigan by vynsane, on Flickr

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Main Street at night, Mackinac Island by vynsane, on Flickr

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Grand Hotel carriage - aged by vynsane, on Flickr

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Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island by vynsane, on Flickr

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View from Fort Mackinac by vynsane, on Flickr

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Mackinac Island Grand Hotel from the ferry by vynsane, on Flickr

Then on to Parry Sound, ON and a cruise on the Island Queen.

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Killbear Point, Parry Sound, ON by vynsane, on Flickr

Unfortunately, the sky was so dismally featureless I decided to try my hand at anonymous portraiture:

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Girl looking astern by vynsane, on Flickr

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Man with glasses by vynsane, on Flickr

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Elderly man with suspenders by vynsane, on Flickr

Then Toronto, ON - lunch in the CN Tower, a cruise on the Kajama and a stop in the Steam Whistle Brewery:

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MORE THAN ENOUGH, CN Tower by vynsane, on Flickr

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Kajama on Lake Ontario, Toronto, ON by vynsane, on Flickr

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HMCS Kingston, CN Tower by vynsane, on Flickr

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Steam Whistle Brewery water tower, CN Tower by vynsane, on Flickr

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Girl with dreads, Steam Whistle Brewery by vynsane, on Flickr

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CN Tower Edgewalkers by vynsane, on Flickr

In that last one, if you click through to the 'original size' of the pic, you can easily make out people in orange jumpsuits hanging from the outside edge of the CN Tower!

All the pics are accessible in a collection entitled Great Lakes Roadtrip as separate sets, or as one big set also entitled Great Lakes Roadtrip.
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Re: Photography thread

Post by condor » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:49 pm

Those are some awesome pics Vynsane! I recently got a new lens - the Sigma 18-250mm, which is supposed to have some macro features. I haven't had time to play around with it too much, but I'll see if I can get some pics up.

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Post by vynsane » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:18 pm

Thanks, condor! Somehow I missed your comment and only just now saw it because I have some more pics to add. Sorry to sort of hijack your topic!

Let me know how you like the Sigma, I'm looking to collect some more lenses, particularly a good telephoto. A few years ago around Christmas week Amazon had the Nikkor 55-300 on sale for half off, but the price jumped back to normal by the time I had gathered enough money from presents :cry:

Some shots from the top of Mount Beacon, which is close enough to my house to walk to and then up. The greener shots are from my first ascent in August, and I just made it back up again a a week and a half ago.

There used to be a funicular (incline railway) up the mountain. The ruins of the upper wheelhouse still stand there, crumbling, along-side the concrete slab that is all that remains of the Mount Beacon Casino (not gaming, more like a social club).

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Here's the city of Beacon, NY from the Casino grounds. I can see my house from here.

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Another mile or so up the trail is the peak of South Mount Beacon. Atop there sits a newly refurbished fire tower, with some incredible views:

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This one is featured in the Yahoo! Weather app, since it was submitted and approved by the Project Weather group on Flickr:
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Here's a similar vista from the casino grounds, really showing off the difference in coloration the second time around:

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Here's another one from the tower. If you click through to the flickr page, check out 'View All Sizes' - you can just barely see New York City, ~60 miles to the south, nearly dead-center on the horizon:

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I got a good self-portrait in the tower as well:

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On my way to the fire tower, I sort of ventured off the commonly beaten path and found the remains of multiple houses that were built on the side of the mountain. Most of them were pancakes, but this one was holding on:

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I also found this outcropping about 20 feet or so above the actual trail and set up my tripod to get a good self-portrait with the background. The fire tower is off to the left of the frame:

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The same week as our first ascent up Mount Beacon, my family went to Storm King Art Center, which is an outdoor space with large-scale sculptures. The first one is also a Yahoo! Weather pic:

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Re: Photography thread

Post by vynsane » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:05 am

Going through my old computer files, I found some high-res scans of old pics I took in my college photography class. Naturally, these are all B&W film, self-processed. I did a little digital processing on one or two, but the others are as-printed.

"caged mannequin"
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"play"
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"express"
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Re: Photography thread

Post by condor » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:21 am

vynsane wrote:Thanks, condor! Somehow I missed your comment and only just now saw it because I have some more pics to add. Sorry to sort of hijack your topic!

Let me know how you like the Sigma, I'm looking to collect some more lenses, particularly a good telephoto. A few years ago around Christmas week Amazon had the Nikkor 55-300 on sale for half off, but the price jumped back to normal by the time I had gathered enough money from presents :cry:
Not at all! I started this thread so everyone could post their photos. I love all your panorama photos, are you using a polarized filter? think my favorite is the black and white photo of the abandoned house, it looks so spooky.

I haven't had a chance to play around too much with that lens unfortunately. I've just used it instead of carrying around my 55-100 and 18-50 lenses. It's great not to have to switch lenses when you need to get in close.

Here are a couple of old shots I have on flickr. I really should upload my collection there since they lifted the limit.

This is my favorite portrait of my son.

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and one I took of a small car for a contest here :-)

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Post by vynsane » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:03 pm

condor wrote:Not at all! I started this thread so everyone could post their photos. I love all your panorama photos, are you using a polarized filter?
No, no filter, but I do a lot of post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.
think my favorite is the black and white photo of the abandoned house, it looks so spooky.
Thanks, yeah. The original was nothing too special, so I did quite a bit of work on that one in LR - changing it to B&W, bumping up the contrast, increasing the grainy quality, adding some vignette clipping...
Here are a couple of old shots I have on flickr. I really should upload my collection there since they lifted the limit.
Nice! Yeah, as soon as they lifted the limit I really started not only posting more pics, but taking more!
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Re: Photography thread

Post by dr_spock » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:12 pm

Most of my photo taking seems to be of Lego for some reason.

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Occasionally I take my camera cycling with my 55-200mm zoom. I'd like to get a better tele-zoom but can't justify it.

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Post by vynsane » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:33 pm

Wow, nice shots of that bird - any idea what species?
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Post by dr_spock » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:54 pm

vynsane wrote:Wow, nice shots of that bird - any idea what species?
Thanks. I believe the bird was a Green Heron. You can find them in the eastern half of the US during the summer breeding months.

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Re: Photography thread

Post by Jeky » Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:32 pm

Very beautiful pix. especially the scene of sunset.
i like it. no doubt, such scenes inspire me and it make me to go that places to see in real.
i am a tourist and visit countries
i saw many scenes like that but it is very awesome.
great job man.

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