A Picture I Took 2014 - Contains NSFW Images

ZJChaser

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Man I'm so tempted to pick up the a6000 as a 2nd body, and this post certainly making the case for it :). It's on sale on Adorama/BH for $448. SOOOOOO tempted! MUST RESIST!!!

i picked it up used for 550 with a beat up 50mm 1.8(dust and broken OSS) as a test to see if i wanted to make the changeover. that beat up lens works better than expected. i grabbed a 20mm pancake for most daily use. here are a couple with the 20 from a friends wedding last week.

Loosli Wedding by ZJChaser, on Flickr

Loosli Wedding by ZJChaser, on Flickr
 

Anh N.

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I think it's a stretch to call a fairly basic headshot "art," and I think you're hiding behind that as an excuse for this shot. It's pretty obvious that there's a wide middle ground between always shooting wide-open, and only getting one eye in focus, and shooting everything at f/11-f/16. Your response seems so defensive that I quite honestly wonder if you were just shooting wide open without thinking of the possibility that your subject's face might be angled, resulting in an image with one sharp eye and one blurry one. That's understandable, I've made the same mistake in the past.

A portrait's purpose is to connect the viewer with the subject. For people, that connection usually comes through the eyes. Yes, a portrait can make use of selective focus to highlight a different area - I've done that myself in the past - but it's not obvious that's the intention in this particular picture. If you want the shallow depth of field fad look, that's fine, but you could easily have stepped down a stop, carefully placed your focus, and still gotten that look while getting both eyes in sharp focus with an imperceptible difference to the rest of the portrait.

By the way, the autumn leaves photo I just posted was shot at f/7.1 on my 24-70 f/2.8. If I had shot at f/2.8, there'd be so little of the picture in actual sharp focus that the viewer would have a hard time figuring out where to look. So I stopped down a few stops, got a slightly wider DoF, and still captured an image with the background melting away into bokehliciousness.

Well art is subjective and is in the eye of the beholder. What you like might not be the same as another person. Picasso's paintings are sold for millions, and some of them just look like inkblots to me. And yes, headshot is an art imo. Peter Hurley made his name and millions by doing and teaching headshots. Personally, I prefer to have both eyes in focus also, but that a matter of taste. UnknownSouljer's work speaks for itself.


Barbara (Take 5) by pyrospawn, on Flickr
 
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Ripskin

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The last year and a half has not left me much time for photography. Here are a few of my pictures, nothing fancy though.

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And the non work related reason my free time is minimal.
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patric

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I decided to make another mess in the studio. This only only took 3 hours of cleanup this time...

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patric

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Second that! Great stuffs patric.

Thanks! I'll post more this evening when I get home from work. The model brought an escort along with her and she decided to participate in the shoot too, so I painted her up in gold. :)
 

nekrosoft13

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In Maui for the week and brought the a6000. Still stoked on this little thing. Anyone want a 7d and a bunch of canon glass? ;p

Waihee Ridge Trail Hike by ZJChaser, on Flickr

Waihee Ridge Trail Hike by ZJChaser, on Flickr

Waihee Ridge Trail Hike by ZJChaser, on Flickr

Waihee Ridge Trail Hike by ZJChaser, on Flickr

a lot of these new mirrorless bodies are much better then some DSLRs, especially 7D, that thing was good back in the day, but now its dinosaur, and Canon is years behind sensor tech.

I'm a 5DIII owner that shoots E-M1
 

patric

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Here are a few more from my last shoot, including the model's escort that decided she wanted to play along too.

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Big D.

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These were shot using a Nikon D5100 (crop camera) with the following lenses:

18-250 mm Sigma lens:
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10-20 mm Sigma lens:
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70-300 Tamron lens + macro extension:
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50mm lens + macro extension:
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Inverted 18-55mm lens:
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stinger608

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Amazing shots BigD!
I think the water shots using the 70-300 and the macro extension are frigging awesome!

Thanks for sharing.:D
 

sed8em

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First photo taken with my new D7000. Wife is 27 weeks preggers. Processed in LR5.

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patric

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Busy week! 2 Suicide Girls shoots and some body jewelry. Now I just have to find a good place to submit the body jewelry pictures for publication. This is the 3rd shoot I've done with that particular model and the designer's pieces.

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plyer3

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These were shot using a Nikon D5100 (crop camera) with the following lenses:

18-250 mm Sigma lens:
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10-20 mm Sigma lens:
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70-300 Tamron lens + macro extension:
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50mm lens + macro extension:
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Inverted 18-55mm lens:
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very nice shots of the speeding cars, still learning on the best manual settings for those.
 

Daggah

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ASUS TUF Series
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Working on a new build...Windows is installed, just need to update drivers and troubleshoot a high CPU temperature. I think my cooler (H100i) is not making full contact, because it's idling at about 35* C. Under the same ambient temps, my i5-2500K is idling at 30* C with a Corsair H60.
 

sed8em

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Much thanks! :)

Out of curiosity, what processing did you do to achieve that dynamic range?
Just highlights and shadows adjustments?

That is one of the reasons I bought a Nikon D7000 to replace my ancient T1i, more dynamic range.
 

Anh N.

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Out of curiosity, what processing did you do to achieve that dynamic range?
Just highlights and shadows adjustments?

That is one of the reasons I bought a Nikon D7000 to replace my ancient T1i, more dynamic range.

WB adjustment, then bringing down hightlight. Bring up shadow area with brush along with a bit of clarity. Also playing a bit with black/white point. I like to have a pure black area somewhere in the image, less so with the white point tho. Then adjust contrast for a bit of separation between light/dark area to give a bit of depth.


Carving with Time by pyrospawn, on Flickr
 
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