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#257057 Latest Adobe Updates

Posted by Sailjunkie on Yesterday, 12:38 PM

Adobe has made a major upgrade to PS's Content-Aware Fill tool.  I used it last night, to remove some speculars from this week's assignment.  I am VERY impressed.  :)  :D  :)

#256965 Wild Holland

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 October 2018 - 01:04 PM

Nice series, Herman.  Like everyone else, I'll vote for #3.  :)

#256944 This month is silhouette and shadows

Posted by Sailjunkie on 11 October 2018 - 11:45 PM

In late June, we had a chance to visit the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, in Osoyoos.  Osoyoos claims to be Canada's only desert, and is the home of two Desert Centres. 


One is operated by a non-profit society, and is a great resource for information about this eco-system.  Visitors can take a walking tour, led by a wildlife biologist.


The second centre is operated by the Osoyoos First Nation.  Islander has previously posted images, including this sculpture.




I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, to convert this to a silhouette.  Then made some minor adjustments in PS.  Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

#256897 MIOPS Equipment Purchase - Water Drop Photography

Posted by Sailjunkie on 11 October 2018 - 12:31 PM


X Rated water drops! Who knew .....


Gentlemen, please remember that this is a FAMILY web site.  :lol:  ;)  :lol:  :D

#256873 MIOPS Equipment Purchase - Water Drop Photography

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 October 2018 - 11:53 AM

OK, here are my very first results .... THEY STINK! :D
I thought this would be easy, it is not! 
I followed the manual and directions to a T.  The suggested settings do not produce the desired results.  Too many factors come into play.  Height, number of drops, spread between drops etc.
Its a fiddly thing, so I will keep trying!


Don't be too hard on yourself, Art.  They're pretty good, for the first attempts.  Also, a darned sight better than anything that I come up with.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with after you have a chance to practice.  :)

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#256801 Planet Nikon Official: Nikon Mirrorless Announcement and information

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 October 2018 - 12:43 PM

I thought that both Dennis and Peter might appreciate seeing how their cameras are put together.




For my part, I've never understood why someone would want to take apart a perfectly good camera body.  :huh:

#256778 Tear Sheets

Posted by Sailjunkie on 05 October 2018 - 11:38 PM

After only one month, I can truthfully say that Project 52 is helping me learn new things with every assignment.  


In our latest assignment, I learned that ad agencies use tear sheets, to prove to the client that the ad was actually published.  Our assignment was to go through magazine ads and identify ads that we thought that we could realistically duplicate with the resources available to us. 




I LOVE camera lenses!  :)




Thanks for looking everyone.  :)



#256568 The Hawk that got AWAY! :(

Posted by Sailjunkie on 25 September 2018 - 12:15 PM

Both Maggie and the squirrel thank you, Art.


Nice shot of both the hawk and your thumb.  :lol:  :P  :lol:

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#256560 Vision

Posted by Sailjunkie on 24 September 2018 - 11:44 PM

Our second Project 52 assignment was to create a vision statement, then use an image to illustrate it.  My vision:  I love making images because they help me to tell stories about people, animals, events, objects and scenery.




Believe it or not, I shot this with a 70-300 lens, using 95mm focal length.  For lighting I used two 300W studio strobes that I recently acquired.  I didn't bother with modifiers.


ISO 64

Shutter Speed 1/100



The big challenge was making sure that light fall-off was kept to an absolute minimum.  I really had to play with this, and wound up using almost full power on both strobes.  However, I eventually got the "look" that I was after.


This was the first time that I have used strobes.  I can guarantee you that it won't be the last.


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

#256513 Monarch Butterfly

Posted by Sailjunkie on 22 September 2018 - 12:51 PM

Very nice, Art.  You picked a good time to wake up from that nap.  ;)

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#256511 Dundurn Castle (WARNING: Really Heavy Image Content)

Posted by Sailjunkie on 22 September 2018 - 12:48 PM

Thanks, Peter.


Yes, I called ahead! ;)


Photography allowed, no flash.


Very impressive series, Art.  The interior images tell the real story.


No flash?  I'm betting that was no match for the low light capability of the D850.


I quite enjoy the National Historic Sites.  We loved the ones in Manitoba; and the ones in BC are also outstanding.  :)  

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#256493 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by Sailjunkie on 21 September 2018 - 12:31 PM

"Levitating" camper


I love the shot, Jason.  But how do they get the camper to levitate?  <_<  :huh:

#256455 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by Sailjunkie on 18 September 2018 - 11:37 PM

I recently began an online Commercial Photography course, offered by Phoenix-based photographer and teacher Don Giannatti.  I think Charles is a fan of his. 





Our first Project 52 assignment was to approach a stranger and ask if we could take their picture.  This gave me a chance to meet Steve, the manager of one of our local pizza shops.  Thank you, Steve, for your pleasant cooperation.  :)

#256430 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by Sailjunkie on 17 September 2018 - 01:00 PM


You are going to laugh... sit down before you read further! :lol:

My wife thought looking after Thunder would be excellent for me.  The dog would force me to get out more (2 to 3 times a day), for nice long walks around the block.


As it worked out, Thunder doesn't like to go for walks.  No, not at all.


He holds his business until HE wants to go out.  Then, the first available spot..... gets down to business, then digs in and wants to go.... HOME!  This dog is HILARIOUS!


When I feel like taking him for a walk, just to clear my head, he won't come to the door.  I have to get the leash, go to the coach or where ever he is lying down, hook the leash on and drag him out.  And, instead of him leading me, I have to drag him down the side walk reluctantly.  If I slow down, he stops, sits and faces the way we came.


What a GREAT DOG!! I just love this guy!  Our walks are typically about 40 steps out, 40 steps back!! :lol:

Best dog I have ever had!


Don't ya just LOVE dogs?  :P  :lol:  :P  :lol:

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#256391 Planet Nikon Official: Nikon Mirrorless Announcement and information

Posted by Sailjunkie on 15 September 2018 - 12:48 PM

Nikon Rumours is happy to post this stuff; and I'm happy to share it.  :)