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#255425 I started buying more railroad videos.

Posted by LightMeter on 21 July 2018 - 09:34 PM

Not much going on here as far as photography outings go. Right now it's so hot I'm trying to stay indoors as much as possible. I recently bought a couple more RR videos to add to the collection. I bought about 30 videos in the 2000s and early 2010s. Here's a preview of the one I got last week.






And here's the one that's in the mail now.


#255284 Taking the dogs to the park.

Posted by LightMeter on 18 July 2018 - 05:21 AM

This is a Hot Wheels Japan Historics 2 series 1970s Nissan Laurel. It was a JDM(Japan Domestic Model).





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#255039 Insect on a Lily

Posted by LightMeter on 13 July 2018 - 04:16 AM

A much less expensive option than a macro lens is a Nikon 6t close up diopter lens. They're discontinued and only available used. You would also need a step up adapter ring to fit it on the 50 or 18-55. The 6t has a filter thread size of 62mm. There are single element diopter lenses that are much cheaper, but the 6t will not degrade image quality like a cheap one will. Just remember working distance will be short with shorter focal lengths such as 50 or 55mm. here's a link.


https://www.ebay.com...on 6t.TRS0.TSS0


Edited with the following: I see in your signature you have a Tamron 70-300. The 6t will offer more working distance and larger reproduction ratios with longer focal lengths, so it may work better with the 70-300. But in my experience, using the 6t with too long a focal length caused degraded quality. So maybe you can use it in the 70-200 range.

#254892 Moscow

Posted by LightMeter on 09 July 2018 - 02:47 AM

Looks good in B&W too.

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#254891 Moscow

Posted by LightMeter on 09 July 2018 - 02:45 AM

Alfa Romeo on the top level of a Moscow parking garage :)

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#254890 Moscow

Posted by LightMeter on 09 July 2018 - 02:44 AM

Still taking photos of my Hot Wheels cars, I found an image of Moscow for a background.

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#254569 A new idea for backgrounds

Posted by LightMeter on 29 June 2018 - 06:26 AM

'60s Datsun Fairlady 2000.

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#254294 Photo outing with co worker.

Posted by LightMeter on 21 June 2018 - 02:30 AM

Last month I brought my car to his house so he could help me put front brake pads on  it. Found out he's also got a D5300 he bought used with the 35 1.8G and 50 1.8D lenses. He was asking about a good wide angle zoom that doesn't cost much, and I  recommended the 18-70 as I used to have that lens. He picked up one from KEH. He wanted me to show him some tips and tricks with the D5300 and he wanted to learn night photography. So I met him in Old Town Spring. Nothing was going on there, but we got a few good ones. Here are some I got.

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#254269 Everyone loves Nissan Skylines

Posted by LightMeter on 18 June 2018 - 05:37 AM

Seems that every time a Skyline pulls up at a gas station, it draws a crowd :) The green one is a '69 and the blue one is a '73. I customized the blue one by painting the interior white and changing the wheels. The last shot shows an original and the customized one. I have another blue one that's going to get light blue interior and 5 spoke wheels.



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#254253 June is signs, street signs, billboards etc

Posted by LightMeter on 17 June 2018 - 02:30 AM

Sice the sign was reflective, the D5300's pop up flash lit it from about 100 feet away. I actually had to dial in some flash exp comp to the - side so it wouldn't be too bright.

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#253812 My favorite Hot Wheels car

Posted by LightMeter on 29 May 2018 - 02:04 AM

Nice series, Bill.


Blur motion on the tires shows great attention to detail.  :)

In PS Elements, I put radial blur in the wheels and motion blur in the foreground and background.

#253784 My favorite Hot Wheels car

Posted by LightMeter on 28 May 2018 - 03:39 AM

The Euro Speed series showed up at my local Target. These have rubber tires and more detail than the mainline series.  I got all 5, but the Alfa Romeo is my favorite.




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#253562 International Datsun 510 day.

Posted by LightMeter on 12 May 2018 - 01:02 AM

Nice series, Bill, especially the interior shots.


One thought:  would using a cooler WB setting improve the shots?  :)

I used a warm WB to simulate the morning sun and incandescent light in the shop.

#253268 Datsun 510 wagon

Posted by LightMeter on 01 May 2018 - 12:48 AM

Another Hot Wheels favorite of min '71 Datsun 510. D5300, Tamron 16-300, off camera flash.




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#253266 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Posted by LightMeter on 30 April 2018 - 11:26 PM

Last week we got our tax refund and have a little mad money. So I ordered a few Hot Wheels cars and a couple of 1/43 scale die cast models. The Hot Wheels '73 Skyline GT-R arrived today. There were only 197 "real' ones made and were sold in Japan only. They had a tiny 2 liter inline 6 cylinder. There are 4 cylinders larger than that. D5300, Tamron 16-300, and off camera flash.




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