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    Got some photos of my trip out to San Jose CA. I'll post the good ones when I get back. Flying at 40000 feet over the snow capped Rockies. Just hope my Canon D10 did them some justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scruff35 View Post
    Finally made it out to my shifts weekly hockey game. What a challange to follow the action through a lens. Here is 3 shots I liked. Only got through 1/3 of the shots so far. Took 1 050 pictures. lol.





    I've been eying the old arena behind my house lately. I remember going there with my dad to watch my brother play hockey. The arena just had a MAJOR renovation during the summer so I'd like to see what they did. I took a few shots in there a couple of years ago.

    Man those high pressure sodium lights are horrible to white balance! Did you notice much colour variation from shot to shot? When I was shooting there, almost every shot needed different colour corrections due to a couple of old bulbs that kept flickering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zetachi View Post
    Got some photos of my trip out to San Jose CA. I'll post the good ones when I get back. Flying at 40000 feet over the snow capped Rockies. Just hope my Canon D10 did them some justice.
    Hopefully they turned out. I'm curious to see what they're like. I flew over them once. Also flew over the grand canyon on the same trip. From up there, they didn't seem monumental as I thought they would. However, they are still two locations I'd really like to see from the ground someday.

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    Didn't come out as good as hoped. Should have brought the E30 but it was too much to carry.



    Lake Erie I believe.



    Sunset over PA.



    Night over LI



    Rockies





    over Nevada or Arizona



    This one is pretty freaky. It's an airport but no visible roads to get to it. My son says it must be a secret spy base





    Here is the link to all of them.

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    Nice, looks like an A320 based on the little wingtip fence there.. and do I spy a DC-8 in that shot right at landing? Cool, don't see them too often anymore

    Oh, and the scenery is cool too!


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    Re: To our resident camera buffs...

    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    Man those high pressure sodium lights are horrible to white balance! Did you notice much colour variation from shot to shot? When I was shooting there, almost every shot needed different colour corrections due to a couple of old bulbs that kept flickering.
    We had a big discussion about this on a Sports Shooter's web blog a couple years ago... you don't get that at the 'big' arenas, just at the smaller ones. We checked, and confirmed, that at the bigger venues the lighting systems are set up to flicker at different points in the wave... cancels the flicker out for the photography, especially the video; get your video in sync with the flicker and your broadcast will just SUCK!

    Set 'em up on two different phases, and it's all even light from then on. IF you get the flicker, we decided it was best to shoot for the 'bright' ones, and fix the dimmer ones if needed... otherwise 'the shot' will be the one you overexpose, and there's no recovery from that.

    Here's a good post he made on shooting 'kids' sports.. but it applies across the board!



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    Came home to a hawk devouring something on my front lawn. I walked very slowly up the driveway and then grabbed my 55-250 and started snapping. Unfortunately the autofocus decided that the scrawny Azalea was more interesting (click for bigger images!):





    Camera also decided to shoot the flash off or something here, so the color is all jacked up

    The carnage!
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    @Zetachi - Those shots of the Rockies turned out pretty good for shooting through a grubby plastic airplane window! When I flew over them, we must have been higher cause they didn't seem that impressive.

    @Fluff - Good point at setting the exposure. Hopefully I can get up at a decent hour next weekend and maybe walk around the corner to check out the game (I've been working a strange afternoon/night shift which has been killing my weekends).

    @Active - God created bushes and trees specifically to interfere with Auto Focusing systems!

    But you did at least get a decent shot of him in flight.

    The shot of him in the tree could probably be cleaned up easily using the Levels settings in either Gimp or Photoshop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    @Active - God created bushes and trees specifically to interfere with Auto Focusing systems!

    But you did at least get a decent shot of him in flight.

    The shot of him in the tree could probably be cleaned up easily using the Levels settings in either Gimp or Photoshop.
    Thanks! its not a very sharp picture so I dunno how much it'd be worth it to mess with the levels. Just wanted to share the experience since it was a total spur of the moment deal Definitely less than ideal conditions: I was inside the house, it was evening/dusk and there was a lot of shrubbery in the way to mess with the focus (plus no time to manual focus!)


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    I agree. But this is it. Sometimes you have to just take what you can get. Unfortunately they may not be worth hanging on the wall, but at least you have something to remember and share experience with.

    If you want ideal, camp out in my backyard this spring. And be ready at the crack of dawn. I had a nosy bugger that liked to hang out on my fence and try to scare my plastic owl away. I use the owl to scare the ducks away from the pool. It gets to be quite the zoo out there sometimes. I could only imagine what it would be like if I actually lived out in the country.
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    Yeah, it cleans up... I can't resist these, I really should get some help.





    Did you notice he's banded? Check out his right leg in full size.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    I agree. But this is it. Sometimes you have to just take what you can get. Unfortunately they may not be worth hanging on the wall, but at least you have something to remember and share experience with.

    If you want ideal, camp out in my backyard this spring. And be ready at the crack of dawn. I had a nosy bugger that liked to hang out on my fence and try to scare my plastic owl away. I use the owl to scare the ducks away from the pool. It gets to be quite the zoo out there sometimes. I could only imagine what it would be like if I actually lived out in the country.
    I'd love to take you up on that, but Canada is kind of a hike
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    Yeah, it cleans up... I can't resist these, I really should get some help.





    Did you notice he's banded? Check out his right leg in full size.


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    Wow, great job and thanks! again, not the sharpest, but it looks so much better. Didn't notice the band at the time, but its a fairly densely populated suburban area so I'm not too surprised that somebody is watching these guys. At least we have enough open space that you do manage to see a bit of wildlife


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    Looks like a Sharp-shinned hawk. If you want to see them just set up a birdfeeder and every now and then you'll see them cruising through looking for an easy unsuspecting meal.

    Sharpies are cool birds.
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    Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but a few months back had a hawk fly right by me when I stepped out of work one day. I opened the door to see a 1/2 dozen sparrows flying frantically over the parking lot. One apparently broke from the pack just before I opened the door and flew right by me and then off between the cars. Hot on its tail was a hawk. It flew right by me and then chased it through the cars...bouncing off of the hood of our pickup.

    It didn't miss a beat and kept on the that sparrow's tail as they both flew around the corner and out of site.

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    Couple from our recent cruise NCL Jewel CourtYard Villas



    Our private deck



    Swim up bar anyone?



    Towel zoo



    Squidward



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    Hogwarts




    Got a cool tour of the bridge
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