PICTURE POST II!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Mary Ann, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Ancient Mariner

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    That's priceless! Love it!

    And selina, thanks again for the kind words. As far as courses go, I took one, about a year after I seriously started taking photos (which puts the class three years ago). It was an introductory, continuing education course on digital photography at the local community college. It spent a lot of the time on the technical aspects - how to operate a camera, shutter speed, aperture, exposure, etc. On the artistic side, it touched on a few basics like light, color, shape, depth of field and the "Rule of Thirds". Basically, it didn't offer a lot of information that couldn't be learned from a book or youtube video.

    The value, to me anyway, was from the assignments the professor gave - and his subsequent critiques. Those tasks challenged me and forced me to be a bit more deliberate when I'm shooting. So I did get something out of it. Otherwise, it's been a lot of repetition. I recently went through and organized my Lightroom (the program I use to "process" my photos) catalog and realized I have roughly 30,000 shots stored in it. :wtf:

    So yeah, a lot of practice, and a lot throwing pasta at the walls to see if anything sticks. That's one of the benefits of digital photography. :techman:

    As for the two Empire State Building shots ... I'm very happy with them, but I have to also concede that there was no small amount of luck involved in them (having a beautiful clear day while being in Manhattan, having a moon rise during the day, a plane flying by at the opportune moment, a flock of pigeons that decide to take flight as I'm turning down the block). Fortunately I was there, with my camera, and actively looking for a good shot. :)
     
  2. selina

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    ^ Great information. That was really helpful, thank you :).
     
  3. RoJoHen

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    But first...let me take a selfie.

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  4. Kestra

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    Comet's cute. :)
     
  6. Kestra

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    Aww thanks. He's my little goofball.
     
  7. cooleddie74

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    Cats can be a handful, but they're usually worth it.
     
  8. Ancient Mariner

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    :lol:

    That's brilliant!
     
  9. auntiehill

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    Hee hee! That's a great shot.
     
  10. Capn Flukie

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    I live about 20 miles from Albany in Schenectady, been there tons of times.

    Here I am about 1986 being a dumb goof.

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    Of course, you gotta love They Might Be Giant's ode to The Egg.

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  11. Mr. Laser Beam

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    @Kestra, I'm getting a definite MC Escher vibe from that pic. Which way is up? :D
     
  12. Kestra

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    Up is up! I was thinking how it might be disorienting to other people though. He's on top of an armoire that's almost up against the wall, but not quite. He was sticking his head in the gap and being silly so I grabbed my camera and took a picture.

    It's warmed up here so hopefully in the coming weeks I'll get a chance to go out and take pics of something other than my cat!
     
  13. Toxteth O´Grady

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    This was taken in December 2012. My parents treated my three brothers and I along with our families up to Wisconsin for four days.

    One day, me, my brother and his wife and my dad drove an hour to the House on the Rock. My sister-in-law jumped up on this thing for a quick photo in front of this huge carousel that was inside. I'm extremely happy with how it turned out because it was such a quick picture that I didn't prepare for. I just took it in about five seconds.
     
  14. Ancient Mariner

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    I used to work in Schenectady, on Maxon Rd Ext.

    I also used to play hockey at the Union College rink. There's some absolutely gorgeous-looking old houses there.
    It's certainly disorienting (in a good way). Makes the photo interesting enough to have to spend more time with it, trying to figure out what's going on. (It doesn't hurt that Comet is so adorable, either!)

    Good luck with your spring photos!

    Yeah, that came out very well. Lots of fun!

    I took these last week, while waiting for soccer practice to end:

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  15. Kestra

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    Oh man, House on the Rock. I haven't been there in ages. What a crazy place! Where else in Wisconsin have you been? I'm in IL, but grew up fairly close to the border so have been to Wisconsin a fair amount.

    Thanks! I love your action shot. So cute!
     
  16. cooleddie74

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    Speaking of the Moon we're going to have a lunar eclipse in a couple of days. It would be pretty cool to have a photo of the eclipse posted in the thread. We don't get many eclipse images around here from what I can recall.
     
  17. Toxteth O´Grady

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    The House on the Rock was a lot of fun! I loved not knowing what to expect from each room as we kept going. There's a lot of cool stuff in there.

    I've been to Wisconsin Dells several times and I'm actually going to Milwaukee tomorrow for the Midwest Gaming Classic.

    Where do you live in IL? I'm a little south of Chicago in Kankakee.
     
  18. Kestra

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    Have you been on the ducks? Or been to the Tommy Bartlett show or Exploratory? I used to love the Exploratory (used to be known as Robot World) when I was a kid. I also really like the more recent waterpark at Kalahari, don't know if you've been.

    I live in Chicago itself now but I grew up in McHenry County and I still go there all the time.
     
  19. Toxteth O´Grady

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    Yes, I did go on the ducks once, it was really fun! I've also been to the Ripley's Museum that they have up there.

    I love Chicago! I've visited so many times since I was a kid. I actually briefly (very briefly) attended Columbia College back in 2003. About the only positive thing about that brief stint was commuting to Chicago three times a week.
     
  20. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I gotta go back to Chicago. Last time I was there it was Opening Day 2011 and I froze my ass off. Plus I didn't get to see much of the city itself. Must rectify this.