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Old 10-25-2012, 01:53 PM   #101
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Yes, the E-mount lenses for the Nex are pricey, too. The Sony Zeiss is way beyond me. That's why I only have two - A Sigma 30mm 2.8 and a Tamron 18-200 F3.5-6.3.

But, there are plenty of older legacy lenses if willing to shoot manual and no IS. I can still get those 50mm primes for $50-100 and have been meaning to pick up one and use it with an adapter.

I recently bought an 85mm 2.8 that I use for my kids' volleyball and love it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:16 PM   #102
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I actually looked into getting an adapter to mount my Alpha lenses to the Olympus. A basic adapter with aperture control is only $25 or so. I may try that out still since I already own the lenses. With DOF being so shallow I am not sure how well I can manually focus them. Dedicated MF lenses usually have a lot longer travel and nicer touch with the focusing ring so you can really dial it in.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #103
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Driving on the shores of Green Bay the past Saturday and took a bunch of shots. Here's one and I have a question about composition. Should I use the rule of thirds for these types of shots and, if so, is it best to have the sunset in the top third (leaving a lot of water) or the bottom third (giving more clouds)?

Also, it got a little Lightroom love and I think I made the sky a bit too blue.


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As Chap mentioned the 'rule of thirds' doesn't always apply, and in reflection shots this is often true. You have a great shot there. One twist which might work (or might not) would be to try a crop, something like a 9:16 where you would eliminate a 'bit off the top' and a 'bit off the bottom'. It would give the image a bit more of a panoramic look and would put a bit of emphasis on the sunset. The beauty of digital is you can have both so everything is worth trying.
Composition is a personal thing also, what works for me may not work for you and vice/versa. There are some standard rules, but they are meant to be broken also.

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Old 10-27-2012, 07:39 AM   #104
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That's a good idea, Randy. I played around with the different crops and here is the 16x9 version. 1 with the clouds cropped out, 2 is a regular 16x9 and 3 with water cropped out. The fourth one is the original.

Interesting the different perspectives here.
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I like the middle one best. You might even try a bit more off the bottom, but not much. (Can you tell I love panorama aspects ).

Again, it is all a personal thing.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #106
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I like the middle one best. You might even try a bit more off the bottom, but not much. (Can you tell I love panorama aspects ).

Again, it is all a personal thing.
I'm liking the 16x9, too

The middle one (not including the original) was just the regular 16x9. I took that and cropped out the darker water at the bottom, which I like better now without the very dark part of the water near the shore.
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There hasn't been any activity on this thread for awhile, so I thought I would throw in a picture from our Christmas lights viewing this season:

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #108
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Wow Glenn, that photo turned out beautifully. Great shot. You need to find a photo contest to enter that one in.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #110
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Try to follow the rule of thirds on landscapes.
1/3 sky, 2/3 land or water. Or 2/3 sky, 1/3 land or water.



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Old 01-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #111
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The missus and I got a new point and shoot camera for Christmas.....a Canon SX 260 HS. This will replace our old Fuji Film FinePix A320......3.2 megapixels, with very few shooting options.....which stills works good after 10 years. The new camera will also replace my underwater Sea & Sea Motor Marine EX II 35mm.......I already have an Ikelite housing on order.

Thought I would post 2 comparison pictures......the new camera against my Rebel T1i (500D) with a 75-300mm lens.

Both pictures were taken through my kitchen window. The Rebel zoomed out to 300 mm, and the SX 260 zoomed out to the maximum optical zoom of 20x. Both cameras were set up for 400 ISO, and cloudy white balance.

Because of "communication" problem, the Rebel telephoto lens will only take pictures at the full open aperture......I gotta get that problem fixed. The Rebel photo was shot at a 5.6 aperture, and the SX 260 was wide open at 6.8. That might account for a little better DOF with the SX 260.

The shutter speed on the Rebel was 1/200, and SX 260 was 1/100.

1 other variable.....the SX 260 has Image Stabilization, and the Rebel telephoto does not have that nicety.

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I know the point and shoot cameras can’t compare to most of the DSLR cameras but for the small size and lighter weight they are hard to beat. I use a Canon SX 160 IS with my old Canon SX 110 IS as a backup. I take photos for my own pleasure, not to win photo contests, so for me it’s point and shoot all the way.

I love digital photography and computers. I can take as many photos as I want without having to worry about the cost of developing film and the cost of prints.
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I use a Nikon D90 and and we're still learning how to use the whistles and bells. But it takes great pix and at the end of each day's shooting we download into the laptop and are ready for the next day's shoot.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #114
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Outisde my door

Been a while since I posted any pictures. Here's something from the end of my driveway - a look at winter in WI on a good day
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Try to follow the rule of thirds on landscapes.
1/3 sky, 2/3 land or water. Or 2/3 sky, 1/3 land or water.


thanks for the advice !


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one of my favorites !
I can see why. Beautiful...
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:22 PM   #120
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That's a great picture, Turbs. I like the colors against a silhouette foreground like that.

I almost never see a sky like that. But, driving home from work in early January I got a little lucky so I pulled over and snapped this. I wish it had been more dramatic, but the color is what caught my eye.
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