going through old stock

July 31st, 2009 by oscarrobayna

Been looking over old images that never had caught my eye and have found a few orchids which just stood out. This is from when I first received my D200 and the 50mm @ f/1.8. Was experimenting with the shallow depth of field to see what the bokeh would appear as. Seems pleasant.





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Moon and turmoils

June 18th, 2009 by Tom Laveuf

So i haven’t uploaded in a while, and it seems things have slowed down on here a little, so here is something to show what i have been up to,……kinda.

i got my 5d markII a month and a half ago, and i have been shooting non stop. It would be very difficult and time consuming to upload a bunch of shots i have been shooting up until now……but i will sift through and upload as i go through these pictures. been shooting like 5 or 6 gigs a day……..but these are recent, and fun. enjoy.

the lightning ones were all done at iso100, f/7.1 and about 20 seconds. I sometimes would vary a little bit, but not too much.

moon ones were done at iso125, f/2.8 and about 20 seconds as well. enjoy.

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Paka O Amerika Samoa in HDR

May 25th, 2009 by Andrew Riha

In anticipation of my first DSLR (an EOS 450D that’s on its way as I type!), I decided to finally get around to whipping up one of the HDRs that I setup in the South Pacific. Without further ado, I present to you my first HDR from the National Park of American Samoa!

Ofu Beach in HDR, with Sunu'itao Peak in the background.

This was taken with my trusty SD850 IS, with -2/0/+2 EV bracketing technology provided by CHDK. Tripod was a sturdy rock that may or may not have had a USGS marker on top.

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Going Avian

May 15th, 2009 by Eric Hernandez

Hello everyone! I’m extremely new to the site so I thought that my first post should be of my favorite subject to shoot. My weapon of choice is a Nikon D60 with various lenses and a Nikon Speedlight SB-600 if the situation calls for it. When shooting these guys I’ve just about given up trying to situate a tripod for every shot. It seems as though as soon as I get the tripod right, the bird moves to an impossible location. So, I’ve resorted to free shooting these and using tree stumps, rocks, etc. to stabilize the camera. Here are some of my bird shots. I am excited about meeting and getting to know all of you!

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Close-up on the Eye

April 23rd, 2009 by Ricardo Lugo

My father practices one of the coolest medical specialties out there: he is an ophthalmologist.

I’m now (almost) halfway through my own medical school training, and started asking my father more about his practice. One day, he showed me a collection of pictures he has taken over the years, and I was amazed. His slides beautifully demonstrate every disease of the eye from the everyday pink-eye to the rarest of cases. His collection deserves scanning, there is no doubt. Maybe even make it into a searchable database.

But what about his new patients and new procedures? What if it were possible to convert his microscope to accommodate a digital camera? Well, this past weekend (after Paul’s Wedding… congrats, Paul & Lindsay!!!), we did it. Here’s the result:

My iris and its moleFocus on the lensBlood vesselMy eye

Setup: Images taken with a Nikon D60. Topcon SL-6E Microscope has a mount for a camera, so we found someone who made a slit-lamp conversion kit to Nikon (via t-thread). Now, we can take digital images of the external structures in the eye. We are in the process of getting the Nikon hooked up to the old Topcon flash, but for now it seems ISO 1600 does a great job at a 1/30 exposure.

T-thread machined for Slit-lamp camera mountNikon D60 on the Slit-lamp

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April 13th, 2009 by Camilo Arevalo

This may be early this may be late, but its my first post for these challenges. This one as the title denotes is reflections. It was taken in my makeshift studio. I’ll post some shots of the setup as soon as I clean the room up. Right now its upside down with stuff.

LEGO Reflection

This shot is comprised of 5-6 frames stacked in photoshop.

Here a shot of the setup.


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Creativity Challenge- Things in the Air

March 30th, 2009 by Ken Thorne

Sorry for the late post. Was up at Whistler BC today and had to bring the camera along for the challenge. Fit in some shooting time after a great day of powder. Could have shot for longer but with the great conditions and friends waiting impatiently I could only manage to get in a few shots.

It was my first time taking my camera up to the slopes and riding with it. I use the Dakine Mission Photo pack to carry my gear. It seemed to do the trick. http://www.dakine.com/sport-packs/photo/mission-photo/ if anyone is interested.


As a bonus I thought I would slap this one in. Not sure if I got the PP quite right so any comments would be great. I thought it was a unique shot though. All shots are with the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. My goal is to do more of this kind of shooting.


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Creativity Challenge – Things in the Air

March 29th, 2009 by Tom Pitera

When the topic for this Creativity Challenge was announced, I wanted to use something I’d been wanting to experiment with for a long time: stroboscopic flash photography. In a nutshell, stroboscopic flash is when you trigger a flash multiple times in an exposure to freeze the action multiple times. Basically it’s like combining multiple exposures. Hotshoe flashes are perfect for this because of their fast recycle times and extremely short flash durations at low power. For example: I used an SB-800 flash, and at 1/32 power (a common setting for a few of these), the flash duration is 1/17800 sec

The SB-800 has a mode called “repeating flash,” which is specifically set up for stroboscopic flash (Canon’s 580EX has this feature as well, it’s called Multi Flash). Basically you set the flash power, frequency, and number of pops you want. When the flash is triggered, it will then fire off based on the settings you input (I’ve included those settings for each of the shots).

The setup was pretty simple: black background, flash camera left, reflector camera right. It looked a little like this:


I prefocused the “drop zone” and used a high aperture in order to get some leeway. Once everything was set, I turned off all the lights I opened the shutter first with a cable release and dropped the object. The SB-800 was triggered manually via a PocketWizard right as the subject was passing through the frame. After a lot (and I mean A LOT) of experimenting, here are some of the best shots:



I also did an article on the process for Photography Savvy, which you can view here.

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Creativity Challenge – Things in the Air

March 29th, 2009 by paulgardner

I haven’t had a lot of time lately to focus on these challenges but yesterday I went for a hike in the mountains above my house and took my camera with me in hopes of being inspired. Powerlines run all across the mountains here and I have always been fascinted by the patterns the lines and structures make. There are always nice curves. The powerlines in the mountains always make for a nice contrast between man and nature as well. The trail we were hiking on took us right underneath the lines and towers. I looked up and said “oh there is stuff in the air, I should take a photo”. This one was my favorite of the two photos I took. Tech specs are: Nikon D200, 24-70 @70mm f/20, ISO200

Powerlines in the Air

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Creativity Challenge – Things in the Air

March 28th, 2009 by oscarrobayna

This topic was quite fun, but with limited time this round I was only able to do a studio idea, and could barely find anything on the street that was titilatting. I shot the following smoke setup three times. Each time trying to add something additional to it and get rid an undesirable attribute from the previous attempt. The setup was simple; some incense(2 at the same time) a flash with a home made cardboard snoot and something black behind it. The flash was a cheep 15+ year old Vivitar flash that I have had sitting around since I was a kid. I used the eBay trigger with it.  Found the best results by shooting manual focus and having a decent DoF since the smoke is unpredictable. So about f/9-f/11 and about 1/20 sec with the flash at 90deg from the lens trying to get the least amount of light onto the background.

This was the setup…

Smoke Setup

The Three Pics.


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