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[*] posted on 12-27-2005 at 01:37 PM


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Just thought I'd share some links:

http://xenotaku.deviantart.com/gallery/ <- A deviantART photography gallery I find pretty amazing.



That guy's freaking nuts :o I usually prefer human-subject pictures, but even I'm in awe of that, haha
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[*] posted on 12-27-2005 at 01:39 PM


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http://www.dirtysamurai.com

i don't want to pick out a few pictures. not in the mood lol

edit: sorry, i didnt see that omega already posted my website up :)


I personally like the panoramic shots. They're neat-o!




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[*] posted on 12-27-2005 at 02:45 PM


Here's one where I was just testing out the custom White-Balancing on my camera, but apparently some people liked. I should go back and retake this picture, though I'm not sure what editing I can really do to it. All I can see is some composition change. Anyone?

http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_3437after3.jpg
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[*] posted on 12-27-2005 at 05:42 PM


I think it looks great the way it is now. But I guess you could tweak it a little?

I tried out Neat Image, it works pretty damn well. Spent some time retouching a couple old photos.

Here's some new random pics... (didn't take too much consideration while taking these shots, just average snapshots)

[img]http://www.omegadude.com/Pictures/Photos/Campus Walk 2.JPG[/img]

http://www.omegadude.com/Pictures/Photos/Mannequin.jpg

[img]http://www.omegadude.com/Pictures/Photos/Seaco Columns.JPG[/img]

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[*] posted on 12-27-2005 at 06:35 PM


Wow, those are a lot better. The colors look a lot mroe vibrant and cleaner, too!

I tried taking pictures around my campus and didn't really get much. I spent maybe more than an hour and I think I'm going to keep maybe only 2 or 3. And one of them isn't even from my campus itself, haha.


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4226.jpg



http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4263.jpg

Sunset shots seem too 'cheap' sometimes, and I'm not even Christian. That pretty much tells you how little I got from that day.

Dang, just noticed how much barrel distortion is in the second pic. Should've pinched it in photoshop.
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[*] posted on 12-27-2005 at 07:10 PM


Ah, who cares if sunset shots are 'cheap'? That church pic looks damn nice! Maybe I should start lurking around outside during dusk hours... catch some nice pics.



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[*] posted on 1-1-2006 at 06:23 PM


Took some new pics while in DC today:

[img]http://www.omegadude.com/Pictures/Photos/Washington Monument.JPG[/img]

[img]http://www.omegadude.com/Pictures/Photos/Warner Theater 2.JPG[/img]




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[*] posted on 1-1-2006 at 08:35 PM


beautiful pictures, very detailed and colorful ^^
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[*] posted on 1-1-2006 at 10:56 PM


Those are awesome, omega. You can really see the improvement! And I really like that one of the Washington monument. Then only big thing I noticed was the car kind of marring the scene. Some cropping, maybe? But those two are great.

I haven't had time to really go out to take pictures. Mostly just got a new monitor calibrator and now just...uhh........'bought' a copy of Photoshop 7.0 :D

Here's some from two weeks ago I think:


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4576.jpg


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4463.jpg


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4416.jpg


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4501.jpg


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4430.jpg


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4454.jpg


http://www.wonjohnsoup.com/IMG_4334.jpg



That guy with the guitar is one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. But can you tell me if you can see a slightly blue sky behind his head? I had to use photoshop to bring it into view, but when I printed it, it just showed up as a white blow-out :scratch:
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[*] posted on 1-2-2006 at 06:42 PM


Portraits are always really neat, with lots of character... but I always feel weird taking pictures of people. I don't really see any sky in that picture, mainly just white space. As for those last two pics of mine, I couldn't really crop out the cars (as much as I wanted to) because I needed the base of the monument, otherwise it would just be the monument coming out of nowhere :/

[img]http://www.omegadude.com/Pictures/Photos/Swarovski Bunny.JPG[/img]




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[*] posted on 1-2-2006 at 08:46 PM


i'll go out tomorrow and take a few pictures and show you my impressive 5 camera skills!
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[*] posted on 1-2-2006 at 11:44 PM


here are some pics i took downstairs today after playing a game of chess with my brother :)

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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 01:39 AM


Wow, silentwish, you're getting a lot better, too! I really really like those first two. The composition is fine. It just needs some photoshopping to fix the colors, maybe a little leveling (or maybe a lot, if you want to do some special effects, which a lot of people often do for chess pieces), and definitely some noise filtering. But the most important thing is composition and it looks like your eye is developing for it! :)

The third one is a little weird cuz it's like there are three flowers, but one was cut in half, yet it vies for just as much attention as the others. But it's also out of focus along with the upper left one. Usually you want either all of the them in focus or concentrate on one and get rid of all the other distractions. The fourth one is alright. It's just not as exciting. If you meant to give it a short depth of field and keep just the tip of the middle flower in focus, that's fine, but....I dunno. Maybe it needs to be taken out of the middle of the frame (often one of the worst places to put a subject) or something.

But you're obviously making great improvements. How's that new tripod working for you?

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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 03:38 AM


thanks for the advice AznHombre~ i will try to pay attention to them next time i go shooting :)
i wanted to do more while shooting the pics.. esp the third pic.. i wanted to do what you've mentioned, putting all other subjects out of focus, but then i only have the compact dcam, fx9, and it doesn't allow ANY manual functions.. so i couldn't really control what to focus on and whatnot.. i gave several tries.. but ofcourse, still can't get the affect an SLR would~ that's why i'm really thinking of getting an SLR~ but because of the money issue, that will be down several years until i get one :P but i DID see the canon rebel for i think $269 at futureshop? is that a good deal? or is it because that model is outdated already? or maybe that was an opened box item.. i dunno.. oh well~
as for my tripod, it's working very well~ haha suits my simple needs for now.. i didn't use them for the four pics i took above tho~
and wow~ you always take nice pics~ i'm kinda lazy to always use photoshop to fix my pics.. haha but maybe i should do that more often~ and once again, thanks for the encouragement :D
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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 10:11 AM


http://www.ebay.com

eBay has a lot of Canon EOS 350 XT deals... many of them include 3 different lenses, tripods, wideangles, and filters. Around $1200 each though :/




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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 12:06 PM


That's not really a deal. That's pretty much regular price. They just say it's a $1600 value or whatever by claiming a 1gb compactflash card is worth $150. The demand is so high for the low end digital SLRs for Canon and Nikon that you're pretty much going to pay for near full price on the auction market, but you won't get the gurantees and stuff offered by a mainstream distributor. Best to go the mainstream route for these kinds of things.

And Silentwish, the $250 Rebel you saw was almost certainly a film Rebel. That's around market price for the top film SLRs right now. I wouldn't get it at the store though unless you're totally unsure about if you need a digital SLR. The market price is around $900 bucks for a Rebel XT without the kit lens, and $1000 with the kit lens. Canon is offering a complicated rebate deal that can get you up to $275 if you play your cards right and resell the extra items you have to buy. Look online for the lowest prices, BUT BE CAREFUL. The digital SLR market online is full of ripoffs, right now. Either they won't send you the camera while accumulating interest on your deposit, or say you need to buy the batteries and stuff separately. I bought mine from buydig.com, the most reliable of the cheapest. Watch out, though, their customer support service is known to be really shady, and so if you have to return it, it can take a few weeks and you'll have to fight for it. Might be worse since you're from Canada. Also, the price changes daily on that site. I waited until the black body model was down to $823 (shipping and tax included). Then I did the double rebates and resold the items and so final price for me was around $670 with the kit lens. If you watch slickdeals.net, once every 8 weeks or so a deal pops up linking to dell.com that can bring the final price down to $550 or so without the kit lens. Gotta be persistant, though. Usually they only sell like 500 units at that price or whatever and the sale ends up lasting less than a few hours. The first time I missed it I woke up at 7am and found out the sale started at 6am and already sold out, haha.

I spent several weeks practicing with a compact point and shoot with manual mode just to get me familiar with the concepts. And to make it clear, NO, you don't need to use full manual mode to take good pictures. Most professionals stick wtih aV mode outdoors and only switch to manual mode indoors or when they need it. I go full manual all the time for the same reason I like a manual transmission. It's just more fun, even though I'm sure I suck so much at it I'm probably going slower than the guy with the automatic transmission, ahha.

If you can, try reading up on the manual booklet for your camera. All those "automatic" modes like landscape and sports mode are all just playing with the aperature and shutter speeds. There's nothing special they're doing other than that at all (other than macro mode). For example, your sports mode is probably just keeping the shutter speed as high as possible and maybe being more liberal with the ISO level. Dunno what it does witht he aperature. Portrait mode is keeping the aperature wide-open while keeping the ISO level as low as possible, which means it's slowing down the shutter speed, but just enough to get the exposure, instead of sacrificing ISO speed like in sports mode. Landscape made stops down your aperature as much as possible while keeping your ISO level low I believe. Put them altogether and you can formulate your own aV and tV mode.

Just a word of warning. Go ahead and read the dpreview forums for the 350D. Cuz of the target audience for this level of equipment, you get waaaaayyyy too many soccer moms and dads who think throwing money at a camera automatically gets you good pictures. So the forum is littered with posts from frustrated guys who complain that all they're getting is blurry pictures and can't turn off the flash and their camera is totally messed up. Just a huge waste of money. Which is good for me, cuz they lower the used market prices and I buy all my stuff from the used listings and camera shows :D I was pretty frustrated with my Rebel XT the first few hours I had it, too. Then I went backa nd concentrated ont he concepts I learned instead of relying on the camera and it became a world of difference. I discovered that what this kind of camera mostly does is LET THE USER TAKE PICTURES EASIER, not better. In my opinion anyways.

And learnt o use photoshop. Don't let those photography snobs tell deride you for photoshopping. Pretty much all pictures, even with high-end equipment can be improved with photoshopping. It's always best to get it optically, but a good picture is a good picture even if it needed digital enhancement.

Good luck. Don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions about a place you're about to buy from. Don't want you to get ripped-off.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 12:50 PM


thanks for always being here to give such detailed advices AznHombre :) really appreciate it~ now i know i can still take good pics with the lack of manual mode in my camera~ glad to hear that~ i will try to work on my concepts as well then~ hope improvements will be on their way :P
and yes, i recall now that the $250 rebel i saw did look like a film rebel~ haha.. but then for me getting an SLR will be after a few years i believe.. since they are so expensive.. or maybe not a few years.. maybe a year or so.. cause i'm trying to save up for a trip to japan and hk this coming summer with my friends.. so perhaps after the trip.. when i have $0 left.. lol.. i'll save up for an SLR then~ but then it WOULD be very nice to have an SLR for the trip~ although it will be big to carry around :P oh well~
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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 04:00 PM


here r 2 from few weeeeeks ago~

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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 07:24 PM


woah! has outie became a photographers paradise all of a sudden!?!?!
well the pics are very nice by the way... i never knew aznhombre is such a photo person hahaha
its nice to know that there are somewhat artsy people over here
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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 08:20 PM


i guess i will contribute with my own pics since everybody has been doing them... sorry they are not as good as the rest...
these were taken over the course of the past 2 years, they were all taken by a very commercial camera (canon a90, very old cam by now)
the last pic has a crazy glare because i was a part of a team shooting a movie in competition (we won second prize woo!) so don't be pissed at the industrial lights lighting up the place :nono:

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[*] posted on 1-3-2006 at 11:13 PM


wow momorokoko, i think your pics are nice~ no need to say your pics are not as good cause i think they ARE as good as the pics we take here~ :)

very very nice~ we should take more pics and share our nice sightings~
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[*] posted on 1-4-2006 at 04:12 AM


Man, i had a lot of fun tonight with my wushu team!!!


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THIS IS WHAT I GOT AN SLR FOR!!!!!
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[*] posted on 1-4-2006 at 01:40 PM


haha that's exactly what i want an SLR for AznHombre.. i can't really get pics like that with my compact dcam.. or actually.. there is something called the portrait mode where it focuses on the subject and the background is blurred out.. but then it never seemed to work.. maybe i'll give it more of a try.. but yes.. i wanna take pics like that with the background blurred~
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haha that's exactly what i want an SLR for AznHombre.. i can't really get pics like that with my compact dcam.. or actually.. there is something called the portrait mode where it focuses on the subject and the background is blurred out.. but then it never seemed to work.. maybe i'll give it more of a try.. but yes.. i wanna take pics like that with the background blurred~


The "Clear forground/blurry background" effect is a result of several functions. If you want to maximize it, you want a wide-aperature, a long focal length, and being close to the foreground while having the background far away. With yours, put it on portrait mode, zoom out as far as you can, walk back and forth until the subject fills up your frame to what you want, and if you can, have them stand as far away from the background wall or whatever.

If you look back at my old yellow daisy macro picture taken with my Canon A75 compact, it had extreme "bokeh" (the blurry background in photography parlance) because I had the aperature wide, was like 2 inches away from the subject, and I think the background was like 2 or 3 feet away.
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[*] posted on 1-5-2006 at 03:26 PM


i've posted this pic in another thread, but i thought it'd belong here as well because i think this pic is pretty nice :P

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