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NK'MIP Desert Centre

06 December 2018 - 12:45 AM

Our visit to the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre was one of the highlights of our visit to the Osoyoos area.  This is an interpretive centre, operated by the Osoyoos Indian Band.  There is also a network of walking trails through a 1,600-acre desert conservation area.   








Unfortunately, we arrived so late in the day that we had to limit our visit to the interpretive centre.  However, we were very impressed and plan to return soon.


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)



Nikon Z6 Teardown

05 December 2018 - 02:19 PM

I have no idea why someone would want to do this to a perfectly good camera.  For those "techies" who always want to know how, enjoy!  :)



Nikon D760 Rumours

04 December 2018 - 01:20 PM

I'll believe when I see, but Nikon Rumours is more credible than many others.



Origins of Halloween

01 December 2018 - 12:59 AM

Halloween?  Halloween?  Yeah, I know that it's the end of November.  However, the US Thanksgiving holiday gave us a chance to re-shoot assignments; or make up assignments that we might have missed.  We were celebrating our 40th Anniversary at the end of October, and I missed the October 31st assignment.


This particular assignment was to illustrate an article on the Origins of Halloween.  The challenge was to shoot to a preset magazine layout.  In addition we had to consider the placement of the headline, and take care not to place objects on the centre of the page.  We also had use leading lines to ensure that readers be attracted to the text on the right hand side. 



I would love to tell you that this was shot right completely in the camera, but it's a composite of two images plus text.




I shot the pumpkin and the leaves on one shot.


ISO 64

24-70 @ 42mm




I used both strobes for this, at minimum setting.  I don't normally include a behind-the-scenes shot, but this might be a good time to make an exception.


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Not the greatest shot, but you get the idea.


The ghoul is actually only one shot.


ISO 64

24-70 @ 35mm

1/100 sec



Then I used Photoshop layers, to turn one ghoul into three.  Then I merged the two files and positioned the three ghouls.


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The final step was to merge the composite image with the separate text file.  Voila!  


During class, Don suggested that I clean up a small blemish on the pumpkin; and do some burning on the leaves at camera right.  This is the final product.


When I started this assignment, I was worried that my rusty Photoshop skills would cause problems.  While this "pushed" me, I needn't have worried.  Don and the entire Project 52 community are so supportive.  Come to think of it, kinda like Planet Nikon!  :)


I love this course!  Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)



Thom Hogan - Is One Really Better?

26 November 2018 - 01:30 PM

I'm always happy to share good, unbiased advice, even from Thom Hogan.  :)