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Old March 18 2014, 11:35 AM   #5056
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Timby, your photos are awesome. I especially love the one with the leaf.
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Old March 18 2014, 06:26 PM   #5057
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Thanks, all. The notebook picture was really a happy accident -- it was late in the work day (I work from home full-time) and the weather was going to get nasty, so I wasn't going to be able to go outside to take a photo with anything resembling contrast. I closed my laptop and walked away for a few minutes to clear my head after a particularly frustrating call with a co-worker, and when I came back, I saw my notebooks, realized the lighting was casting some great shadows, and knew I needed to capture it.

Not sure what I'm going to take today, though. Very grey, overcast skies, so contrast will be an issue again. Might have to do another interior object / setting.
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Old March 18 2014, 10:19 PM   #5058
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It's been pretty cold here in NYC over the past couple of days ... but there are signs of spring, and I managed to capture a couple of them last Sunday (among some other sights)!











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Old March 18 2014, 10:38 PM   #5059
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Wow! Those are terrific.
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Old March 18 2014, 11:56 PM   #5060
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Those are all fantastic. I really enjoy the Empire State Building against the black sky. Quite atmospheric.
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Old March 19 2014, 12:07 AM   #5061
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Damn, I miss that city. Next spring I'll be back, hopefully...
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Old March 19 2014, 12:07 AM   #5062
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They are, indeed, great photos. Love the nature shots of the robins and trees starting to spring to life. (No pun intended).
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Old March 19 2014, 01:25 AM   #5063
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Spike!

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Old March 19 2014, 01:30 AM   #5064
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What kind of equipment are you using there, Timby? It's awesome!
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Old March 19 2014, 01:33 AM   #5065
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What kind of equipment are you using there, Timby? It's awesome!
Canon Rebel T2i, bog-standard 50mm lens.
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Old March 19 2014, 01:40 AM   #5066
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You're squeezing everything out of those and far more! Keep posting, loving it so far! Would be really nice to have a tbbs photog thread again!

...And I have no idea how you got your cat to sit still like that.
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Old March 19 2014, 02:11 AM   #5067
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You're squeezing everything out of those and far more! Keep posting, loving it so far! Would be really nice to have a tbbs photog thread again!
Thank you very much. I really appreciate the encouragement. Since I started my "Photo a Day" project on Saturday, I've felt so much more invigorated and creative -- just forcing myself to take a good photo has done wonders for my depression.

I have a bunch of other lenses, but I'm really trying to make myself take everything with my 50mm fixed-length lens (it's Canon's entry-level 50mm, plastic assembly and all that, retails for about a hundred bucks), which my wife bought for me a few years ago before we split up. We're back together now, but I'm trying to get back into my creative groove -- I lost my wife once and I won't lose her again.

...And I have no idea how you got your cat to sit still like that.
Spike is kind of an idiot. This shot was at 1/25 shutter speed, and I'm surprised it came out as well as it did because the aperture was f/2.5. Happy accident.
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Old March 19 2014, 02:19 AM   #5068
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I'm very sorry to hear you experienced marital problems, I'm very pleased you are now reconciled, congratulations! And yes, depression can put a spanner in the works of anything, they say one in four will go through it at some point, don't they. I remember that with the help of a special person, I picked up a camera as a hobby, and suddenly realised looking through a viewfinder forced me to see, and delight in what was beautiful and enchanting in life, and in a way, there really is no greater gift - seeing what is good/graceful/subtle around you.

Is your cat named after the Buffy character? And will you be starting a photog thread? It may encourage some of us!
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Old March 19 2014, 02:30 AM   #5069
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Thanks for the compliments, everyone! Timby, I had a T2i for years, and loved it. I even have that same 50mm prime lens you're talking about. But I don't think I ever got that combo working quite like you have. Nice work!

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Would be really nice to have a tbbs photog thread again!
I agree. What were the parameters of the old one?
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Old March 19 2014, 02:45 AM   #5070
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Is your cat named after the Buffy character?
He is. My wife adopted him a few months after we started dating (our other cat, Cherry, became very fond of me and my wife got jealous -- now Spike adores me and Cherry wants nothing to do with me, go figure). He's a very lovable and affectionate beast, but not terribly graceful (and he has an unfortunate habit of punching us in the heads in the mornings when he's hungry). I had just gotten into Angel at the time, and the name felt appropriate.

And will you be starting a photog thread? It may encourage some of us!
I suppose I can work on one tomorrow!
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