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    It's beautiful and simple. Shoot either daylight or tungsten. That's it. It really gives one a sense of how the camera sees color, and certainly reminds me of shooting film. Just say no to AWB. lol.

    p.s. although I sometimes shoot uniWB and change to one of the above in the raw converter.
    So you are saying Daylight for day and tungsten for all else? I tried to find the post but unable to. Would you enlighten me please Doug? Thanks!

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    Starting to sorting through my Salton Sea shots....




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    Starting to sorting through my Salton Sea shots....
    Terry,

    These two would be worth the price of the workshop to me ... irrespective of the rest of your fun while there. Wonderfully seen and captured.

    Kind of a cross between Namibia and Fiji?

    I am major jealous!

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    We dubbed the the Namibia trees! Thanks!

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    Love these shots. Do you have any using the 16-35 lens?
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    No unfortunately on this trip my most used lens was actually the 70-300!

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    Both are good--but I esp. like the second one.

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    Gorgeous shots, Terry! Looks like the weather was definitely on your side that afternoon.
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    spring is arriving to Madrid !! mmmm sun , light , siesta , all flowers and lovely women with colorful and small clothes

    and men too , for the women

    cheers

    James

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    This is the most unusual group shot I have photographed

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    spring again ( this time better focus )

    Cheers

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    mmm , love spring start .

    I'll go back when it has roses

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    Just come back from diving in Sipadan...too bad my a850 can only be used on land



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    Here's a bunch of Sony a900 shots, all shot with just two lenses - the 24-70 Zeiss and the 70-400 "G".

    http://www.billcaulfeild-browne.com/...ent/index.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    Here's a bunch of Sony a900 shots, all shot with just two lenses - the 24-70 Zeiss and the 70-400 "G".

    http://www.billcaulfeild-browne.com/...ent/index.html


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    Love the Dragonfly and Lilly pads shot Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jjcra View Post
    So you are saying Daylight for day and tungsten for all else? I tried to find the post but unable to. Would you enlighten me please Doug? Thanks!
    Actually, I mean daylight for everything except in tungsten light. I do occasionally tweak things, but it works well for me.

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    Thank you Mark...very kind. It has been quite good seller!
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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Actually, I mean daylight for everything except in tungsten light. I do occasionally tweak things, but it works well for me.
    Thanks Doug, got it

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    Couple of quick snaps of my furry DR test rig. I know, I know, everyone is sick of cat pix, but it's so rare that I get a pic of him that doesn't have either blocked-up black fur or blown-out white fur that I had to share.

    1/60 F2.8 ISO 250 200mm, ~12.2MP crop from image. Camera is front-focusing a bit since shutter/AF motor replacement.


    1/60 F2.8 ISO 250 200mm, ~12.7MP crop from image. Best-guess MFA tweak after chimping first pic.


    Just to his left is the back of a brown leather sofa that accounts for the reddish-brown tones in his fur.

    I have a LensAlign on rental for the week, and have an idea for a little project... will post some info when I'm a bit past the "idea" stage.
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    WOW Dave, nice cat pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jjcra View Post
    So you are saying Daylight for day and tungsten for all else? I tried to find the post but unable to. Would you enlighten me please Doug? Thanks!

    Hi Jj


    I think the discussion originally started on the Nikon board (with reference to Leica DMR recommendations from robsteve):

    "D3 Color Calibration settings in ACR" (April 2008) especially post # 26 and onwards


    And then the subject was taken up again one year later, here:

    "A touch of Spring Sunshine with the D3 (mostly)" (March 2009)



    Later the same discussion popped up on the Sony board, here:

    "Fun Pictures with Sony . . . ." (March 2009) post # 117 - 118


    and here:

    "A900 shooters having fun while D3x users are not" (April 2009) post # 35 - 40


    and here:

    "New A900" (May 2009) post # 44 and onwards



    and probably a lot of other places ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    Hi Jj


    I think the discussion originally started on the Nikon board (with reference to Leica DMR recommendations from robsteve):

    "D3 Color Calibration settings in ACR" (April 2008) especially post # 26 and onwards


    And then the subject was taken up again one year later, here:

    "A touch of Spring Sunshine with the D3 (mostly)" (March 2009)



    Later the same discussion popped up on the Sony board, here:

    "Fun Pictures with Sony . . . ." (March 2009) post # 117 - 118


    and here:

    "A900 shooters having fun while D3x users are not" (April 2009) post # 35 - 40


    and here:

    "New A900" (May 2009) post # 44 and onwards



    and probably a lot of other places ...
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    Glad you pointed this out, Steen. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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    I have this orchid plant that has been in bloom for almost 2 months. Decided to use it as the subject of my picture for my daily project.


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    Beautiful orchid shot, Terry ! Perfect framing

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    Saint Martin Abbey, Lacey, WA. ZA [email protected] 5.6,2.5 sec.
    Window shopping with ZA85, Olympia, WA

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    One with the 500 f8 mirror, ISO 320, 1/160(extreme crop):

    α900+VG|F20|2xF58|16-35,24-70,135Z|STF|70-400G|50,85 1.4|16,20,28,100M,80-200APO f/2.8|28-135|500f/8|1x-3xMacro|2xMFC-1000|Tiltall+RRS, Bellows, etc.

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    Learning how to make an Easter Egg Tree.

    Oversight:



    Almost Done:




    Both with A900 and ZA 85.



    Wishes for a Blessed Holiday to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Learning how to make an Easter Egg Tree.

    Wishes for a Blessed Holiday to everyone.

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    Not only priceless, but beautiful images to behold.

    A blessed holiday to you and yours as well, Bob.

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    Beautiful images & young girl, your daughter I presume?. Obviously the oversight was working, she's very clean. LOL Happy Easter to you too
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    Hi Jj

    and probably a lot of other places ...
    /Steen
    Hi Steen . . . . what a lot of research, and how I do go on

    Still love the colour from the A900 though.

    Just this guy you know

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    One from today

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    And another - this one at 3200 ISO
    The A900 may not be the best at high ISO . . . .but it's pretty good


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    Beautiful images & young girl, your daughter I presume?. Obviously the oversight was working, she's very clean. LOL Happy Easter to you too
    Eoin and Lloyd,

    Thanks for the comments.

    Actually the daughter of a good friend...she visits regularly with her younger brother when her mom has errands to run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    And another - this one at 3200 ISO
    The A900 may not be the best at high ISO . . . .but it's pretty good
    Very nice portrait, Jono. And yes, completely acceptable results at that ISO here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    ... this one at 3200 ISO
    The A900 may not be the best at high ISO . . . .but it's pretty good
    Not referring to you specifically, but the more I use the a900 at high ISO the more I question others complaints about the un-usable or high noise above the 800 - 1200 ISO range.

    Granted, some are professional photographers, requiring the "best" for their clients or their own personal standards and I fully accept that their needs are different to mine. But in all honesty, compared to what I remember of high ISO film the a900 does better IMO.

    Viewing high ISO images on our super high res screens will always show up the artifacts or noise but in print a lot of this seems to blend away. And of course viewing a print at reasonable distance rather than 8 inches from the tip of your nose shows nothing short of outstanding results.

    I'm always surprised when I have images that my critical eye wouldn't be exactly happy with, but the person for whom the print is for is blown away by the quality. Granted they are not art directors or advertising agents who have such different criteria.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, leaving aside very high end professional work, the a900 is more than capable. Perhaps we spend to much time analysing the minute detail and flaws of an image from a given camera rather than the content and composition of the image it's self.

    I'm constantly asked by family and friends for advice on good cameras to buy to get results like mine. They are flabbergasted by the cost of the body, completely taken aback by the price of a single lens let alone the 5 or so I have in the bag and then I blow there minds with the price of the computer, monitor, printer and disk storage system behind the whole setup. In fact it blows my own mind if I even stop and think about it.

    My usual advice to them is simple, photography is a life long passion and hobby of mine, I can take beautiful images with their consumer point and shoot without too much difficulty, so the basic advice to them is photography is a learning process, get the basics right and move on from there.

    Sorry for ranting but just to say finally, all the above advice seems to have no effect on my personal desires, I still desire a M9 with a nice selection of leica lenses and l have a serious craving for a Hasselblad 205FCC and CFV-39. Guess I'm just a lost soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    Sorry for ranting but just to say finally, all the above advice seems to have no effect on my personal desires, I still desire a M9 with a nice selection of leica lenses and l have a serious craving for a Hasselblad 205FCC and CFV-39. Guess I'm just a lost soul.
    I agree with you (on all of your "rant", and have had a similar experience). As for the "lost soul" bit, I'd say that makes you rather typical around here. I know I'm in the same boat.
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    I agree with that, too. While I don't technically shoot over ISO 800, I frequently underexpose ISO 800 by 2-3 stops and push in the raw converter. LR3b2 noise reduction is so good that I rarely worry about lowlight now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    LR3b2 noise reduction is so good that I rarely worry about lowlight now.
    A big on that... I posted some examples of the LR3b2 noise reduction over on the Digital Leica thread, and also the same image using the noise reduction in C1. I was very pleasantly surprised. Even pushing the C1 noise reduction to its limit, it wasn't nearly as effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Anderson View Post
    One with the 500 f8 mirror, ISO 320, 1/160(extreme crop):

    Fantastic use of the 800 Dave!

    Lots of resolution sure helps with extreme crops.

    I gotta use my 800 more. Last use was an airplane show, and without AF it would've been a lot more difficult.

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    I just can't get over the A900's guilty look/color. It seems uh.. well creamy, not sure how else to put it. My 700 colors seem harsh compared to it. I can't wait to get one.

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    Thanks Marc... I'm sure you meant 500... but yes, the lens is a lot of fun, and would be much less fun without AF. I think an airshow would be an exercise in frustration with a MF 500.

    BTW, I finally used the 135 1.8 for something more than just testing, and there is only one word for it.... WOW! This was at an event last Weds. at work, the Emergency Response Team had a big drill, with lots of moulaged victims for the team to find, triage and treat in a building with the power killed. These are from the moulage session... don't worry, it's latex, colored corn syrup and make-up!

    100% crop:

    100% crop:

    Both ISO 320, f/5, 1/125, handheld.
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    70-400 handheld 1/40th sec at 400 mm. ISO 800.

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    A few with the ZA 85 ISO 500 SEfex in post.

    Hose Reel:




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    Cross Vine 1:




    Cross Vine 2:




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    My BIF


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    Nice capture! What lens?

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    I was shooting with my 25 year old Minolta 70-210/4
    Light weight and acceptable quality with a lot of fun

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    What a beautiful capture...

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    Mark, that is a fabulous shot - print and hang it.

    Is it a crop?

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    Some from the weekend, all at ISO 250 and taken from the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais:

    20 @ f/8 1/800:


    135 @ f/8 1/125:



    135 @ f/8 1/1600:


    20 @ f/8 1/320:


    20 @ f/6.3 1/125(Sliver of moon 1/4 down from top of frame, center):


    20 @ f/8 1/20(13 images stitched into 360 Pano):
    α900+VG|F20|2xF58|16-35,24-70,135Z|STF|70-400G|50,85 1.4|16,20,28,100M,80-200APO f/2.8|28-135|500f/8|1x-3xMacro|2xMFC-1000|Tiltall+RRS, Bellows, etc.

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    Dave,

    May I inquire as to which 20? Minolta or Sony?

    I assume they are the same but these are very good....love the pano.

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