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    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2011
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    @thewaltonsare, join the party, lady! Yer done with the dissertation so grab a camera and have some fun.

    Also, places like this exist.
    EEM01-3
    • CommentAuthorLe Dude
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2011 edited
     (9915.42)
    Dusted off the ol' camera bag for the first proper shoot in a good nine months. Went to a punk/tattoo/car festival in Long Beach, CA. I was considering selling the 1D I bought last year because I wound up needing and using it much less than I anticipated, but now I'm glad I still have it.

    *EDITED: Removed from Flickr for the moment.
    • CommentAuthorHenchbot
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2011
     (9915.43)
    @Bankara fuck I miss the stars.
    Soon I will see them again.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2011
     (9915.44)
    more photoshop-free photos:

    DSC_6105

    DSC_6186
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      CommentAuthorCOOP
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
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    L1004147.jpg

    L1004164.jpg

    L1003763.jpg
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      CommentAuthorjoanneleah
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
     (9915.46)
    summer
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      CommentAuthorCOOP
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
     (9915.47)
    Joanne, that's another great one.
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      CommentAuthorjoanneleah
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
     (9915.48)
    Thanks COOP! (:
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2011 edited
     (9915.49)
    Back from NYC. Going through photos.

    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2011
     (9915.50)
    @Oldhat, Holy Crap, Robin did you go to the Mermaid Parade? I was there too, I am just editing photos of it now and will post some of mine soon.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2011 edited
     (9915.51)
    so, i started a new flickr just for my photos from this summer. treeplanting, man, it's a world unto itself.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/plaaanting/

    DSC_6411

    DSC_6319
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      CommentAuthorphotomagex
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2011
     (9915.52)
    Bankara - Are you willing to share some tech info on that beautiful Milky Way shot, such as Camera type, shutter and aperture settings, ISO, and any thing else? I can't seem to get a decent shot of the stars.

    My pix are either washed out or too grainy. I'm using the poor man's Nikon - 60.

    Amazing shot by the way. I absolutely love that photo. It looks like something from National Geographic.
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    @photomagex: It's all in the exif data. Looks like a Canon EOS 1Ds, 24mm lens at f/2.8 and ISO 800 for 66 seconds.

    I'm surprised the trailing wasn't worse with a 1 minute untracked exposure, even using a 24mm lens. Bankara: Is the EOS 1D a full-frame sensor (that might explain it, since I've only shot stars with 28mm lenses on crop sensors)?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2011
     (9915.54)
    Bankara, YES! I was at The Mermaid Parade. It was my first one and a wonderful experience! Still going through the photos.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2011 edited
     (9915.55)
    @PhotoMagex & David LeJeune, it's true that the secrets are all laid bare by the EXIF data but I would be happy to divulge more tips and such for getting those kind of results. So, quickly, yes my 1Ds MKii is full frame, 16megapixels. I am using the 24-70mm L Series lens which is a damn fine lens although when shooting wide the edges can be a little blurry. I parked the camera on a tripod with a cable release, started a timer and had my friend hold the shutter on bulb mode while I stumbled around in the dark and flashed the nearest rocks with my Speedlite set on quarter power. a couple of pops is all it took the get the rocks to be readable, otherwise it was pitch black out. I think a minute was too long as the stars are not as crisp as I would like them to be but I didn't want to push the ISO higher because it starts to get too much noise to be usable. Also, I would not advise stumbling drunk around the desert at night in flip flops, i got lucky I didn't run into a cholla cactus, a rattlesnake, a coyote, a scorpion, or fall into a hole between the rocks and break both my damn legs.

    @oldhat, my first Mermaid Parade as well. I got shamelessly drunk at beer island for hours and shot a bunch of pictures that I am still editing. Good times in Coney Island! It is a delightfully sleazy and trashy place.
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      CommentAuthorCOOP
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2011
     (9915.56)
    Another one of Fedora:

    L1003807.jpg

    I just scanned a bunch of polaroids that turned out nice, but I forgot to bring home the hard drive I transferred 'em to. Maybe later.
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      CommentAuthorphotomagex
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2011
     (9915.57)
    Bankara - Thanks for the info.. I'll have to get out there again and give it another try.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2011
     (9915.58)
    Hell man, give it 20 tries! That's what I did, night after night. Light painting and long exposures are time consuming affairs. I shot tons of photos but this is the only one you I am showing because that's what makes me look good. Elliot Erwitt said that the worst thing you can do as a photographer is show your contact sheets to anyone, it breaks the illusion that you knew exactly what the hell you were doing from the start. It's all process, all learning. The best pieces of advice I received from teachers were these quotes:
    "Amateurs practice til they get it right, pros practice til they never get it wrong."
    and
    "The difference between a pro and an amateur is a simple ratio; amateurs get 1 out of three pictures exactly the way they want them, pros get two out of three."
    and finally, from Henri Cartier-Bresson
    "the first 10,000 frames you shoot are practice."
    Experiment, innovate, invent, lie, cheat, steal (shamelessly because as Oscar Wilde said "Good art borrows, great art steals), but most importantly just get out and shoot even (especially!) when you don't feel like it. Push it, get uncomfortable as often as you possibly can. Scare the living fuck out of yourself on a regular basis. Always have fun. That's why we do it, yeah?
    End inspirational quotefest, just came back from two late night client meetings at bars so forgive my ramblings.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2011
     (9915.59)
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    It has occurred to me that maybe I should post some photos in this thread. Here are columbines and bunch berry flowers.
    1 columbines

    7 columbines

    9 bunch berry flowers