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#260801 Red Balloon

Posted by Sailjunkie on Yesterday, 12:12 PM

Very cool Mark.... and wow the clean up job... of the props :rolleyes: :D


Thank you, Peter.  And the props were very tasty.  ;)

#260794 Red Balloon

Posted by Sailjunkie on 17 April 2019 - 11:40 PM

Our assignment was simple.  One.  Red.  Balloon.  We could be as creative as we liked.  Our instructor described this as a "concept" shot.  The only was that the balloon had to feature prominently in the shot.


Sounds simple, right?  Guess again!  More than one of my original ideas was scuppered by lens and backdrop limitations.  Happily, my decision to rigorously apply the KISS principle coincided with Angela's decision to bake some cupcakes.  Voila!




I shot this with:

  • 2 Godox Sk-300 strobes and soft-boxes
  • 2 scrims
  • 1 small black card, to reduce brightness on lower camera right.

Camera settings:

  • ISO 64
  • 24-70 @ 38mm
  • 1/80 sec
  • f 16

My instructor loved it, especially the rich colours and contrast  He pointed out how I had managed to light the stem in between the 2 levels.


One nice side benefit:  a VERY yummy aftermath!  Thanks for looking everyone.  :)


#260790 Adobe Lightroom Issue with some D850 files

Posted by Sailjunkie on 17 April 2019 - 12:23 PM

I like Adobe, but sometimes they really tick me off.  Here's another example:



#260760 Needs a title

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 April 2019 - 12:44 PM

I really like the shot, Dennis.


I don't have a short title.  How about:  "Quiet, please.  Abooboo at work!"?  :lol:

#260756 Cat thinks he's man of the house.

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 April 2019 - 01:02 PM

Thanks guys, yeah.... he thinks.


Dennis, he doesn't think he knows:lol:  :lol: 


Wonderful shot.


I usually mangle jokes, but this one is worth telling:


A Rottweiler, a German Shepherd and a cat all go to heaven.  God asks the Rottweiler to tell him what he has done, to deserve a place in heaven.  After hearing the story, God says "That's wonderful!  You may sit at my left hand."  He then puts the same question to the German Shepherd.  After hearing the German Shepherd's reply, he invites the German Shepherd to sit at his right hand.  Finally, he puts the same question to that cat.  The cat replies:  "Dude, you're sitting in my spot".  :rolleyes:

#260746 New Russian watch

Posted by Sailjunkie on 11 April 2019 - 12:36 PM

Nice series, Bill.  


Especially that last image.  No bright speculars.  Did you use speed-lights for lighting?  If so, I'd love to know more about your set-up.  :)

#260615 Motorcycle Racing images (VERY Image Heavy!!)

Posted by Sailjunkie on 04 April 2019 - 12:25 PM

Really nice series, Art.  Also glad that you're on the mend.


If you're posting stuff from last August, could it be that you're suffering a mild case of cabin fever?  :rolleyes:

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#260538 Color Guard

Posted by Sailjunkie on 30 March 2019 - 12:41 PM

Nicely done, given the conditions.


I agree with the M-1 comments.  That was a ceremony; not a SWAT incident.  :)

#260474 DP Review Interview with Nikon: Customers ask for DX Mirrorless; we listen t...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 25 March 2019 - 12:07 PM

Very interesting post on Nikon Rumours, today.



#260362 March is going to be BW with a twist

Posted by Sailjunkie on 20 March 2019 - 11:57 AM

Nice, Bill.  However, I think the colour version does it true justice.  Just me.  :)

#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.




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: