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Sailjunkie

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#260347 March is going to be BW with a twist

Posted by Sailjunkie on 19 March 2019 - 12:55 PM

Since the bird is not that colorful, l like the B&W.

 

Bill, I really like the composition, but I respectfully disagree with your preference.  In the B & W image, the bird blends in with the background.  Increased contrast or dodging could fix that, but I thought your exposure was good to start with.  In the colour image, the bird stands out nicely.  :)




#260219 Belted Kingfisher

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 March 2019 - 12:58 PM

Very nice image, Gordon.

 

There is a possible reason why he didn't fly away when he saw you:  don't be surprised when you receive an invoice, for his modelling fee.  :lol:  :lol:




#260155 Stemware

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 March 2019 - 12:53 AM

The assignment sounded like it was straightforward:  shoot a stemware glass containing liquid against a dark background.  The added challenge was to arrange lighting so as to light the edges of the glass. 

 

Easier said than done.  When I originally shot this, I didn't like the reflections on the sides of the glass.  When we discussed it in class, Don told me that the reflections are actually a very important part of the image.  His suggestion was to arrange my lighting or reflectors, to show the edge of the glass.

 

I was really pleased with the results of Round 2.

 

Stemware-20190303-X3.jpg

 

This was shot with:

2 Godox SK-300 strobes, with soft-boxes

2 scrims

24-70/f 2.8 @ 60mm

f 16

1/125 sec

ISO 64

In case you're wondering, that is NOT a reflection.  Turns out that many commercial photographers take this type of shot by inverting one class, then standing another glass on top.  Warning:  don't knock the glass over; it can get very MESSY.  :rolleyes:

 

In Wednesday's class, Don told me that I nailed it.  He added this was good enough to use in a mailer to prospective clients.  I'll savour this praise for a few days.  The next 2 assignments require us to take our game to a higher level.

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)




#260138 This Is What Nearly Drove This Species Into Extinction

Posted by Sailjunkie on 08 March 2019 - 01:20 PM

Very nice shot, Ron.

 

I didn't realize that they had been close to extinction.  Just shows that, sometimes, our ignorance can have unintended consequences.  Glad they're on the way to recovery.  :)




#260120 Amy at Sebring Yesterday.

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 March 2019 - 01:03 PM

Thank you Dennis.

 

Dennis?  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:




#259997 Great Blue Heron

Posted by Sailjunkie on 26 February 2019 - 01:34 PM

Nice shots, Ron.

 

I would love to see some of the shots of the guy in the kilt.  :lol:




#259847 Thom Hogan - Did The Camera Makers Follow The Trends?

Posted by Sailjunkie on 19 February 2019 - 01:45 PM

I haven't posted very much from Thom Hogan, lately.  This post definitely offers some food for thought.

 

https://dslrbodies.c...kers-follo.html




#259703 Winter Hummingbird

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 February 2019 - 02:09 PM

Nice shot, Gordon.  I agree with everyone when it comes to the colours.

 

As for them staying here over the winter, I'm not as surprised as I would have been a few weeks ago.  Recently, Angela has noticed a few hovering by our neighbour's bird feeders.  :)




#259672 Walk Softly and Carry A Big Stick

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 February 2019 - 02:12 PM

It's funny Peter, the first couple day after their nest fell, they each had their own idea as to where the nest should be located and both placed sticks at their choice. Then eventually it was decided to build the nest on a neutral site and that's what we're seeing now.They would bring back a stick, look at the nest and immediately discard the stick by dropping it. It's hard to say if they intentionally dropped the stick, but they did it often at first, now not so much. I'm learning how to build a nest, but I'm not sure of the instructors bona fides.

 

Nice shot, Ron.

 

Home improvements are never fun, especially when you have to re-build from the ground (or in this case, tree) up!  :D  :D




#259671 Dog photography

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 February 2019 - 02:09 PM

Thanks for the link, Dennis.

 

Our club has one member who seems to make a good living from photographing dogs.  Photography and dogs:  two of my favourite subjects!  :)  :)




#259670 A glimpse of my other hobby...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 February 2019 - 02:04 PM

Very nice, Herman.

 

However, still not enough to make me switch back from Mac to Windows.  :rolleyes:




#259571 Photographing the Lunar Eclipse with the Z6

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 February 2019 - 01:10 PM

Very nice shot, Eric.  :)




#259569 Killdeer

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 February 2019 - 01:07 PM

Nice shot, Gordon.  :)




#259505 Nikon Z 24-70/f 2.8 to come soon?

Posted by Sailjunkie on 05 February 2019 - 01:31 PM

Here's some news for all of you Z users.  Nikon Rumours is more reliable than most.

 

https://nikonrumors....px/#more-132215




#259469 Annas Hummingbird

Posted by Sailjunkie on 04 February 2019 - 01:25 PM

Nice series, Gordon.  Those colours are so vivid.

 

Like everyone else, #2 is my fave.  :)