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When Cameras ATTACK

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Offline homerboy2u

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« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2006, 04:45:36 PM »
What doesn?t stop to amaze me, is thae fact that you guys don?t delete bad pics, and you still keep them in your hard drive. Now go and
figure that out  #-o
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Offline presidio

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« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2006, 05:00:18 PM »
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What doesn?t stop to amaze me, is thae fact that you guys don?t delete bad pics, and you still keep them in your hard drive.


Actually, despite my other posts on the topic, I brutally edit my photos and get rid of stuff that doesn't measure up. The only time I hang onto a bad image is if it contains a view no other photo does. That usually means a photo of someone rather than something. Plus, absent blurring and some other technical errors that are not fixable, some digitals can be salvaged from over/under exposure and the like.

The secret to becoming known as a 'great' photographer is to never let anyone seen anything but your best shots. Contemplate how many photos David Muench takes that never see the light of day while you are admiring the fabulous one he published.

Getting rid of marginal pictures, even ones that may be technically okay, but not outstanding, is one of the hardest things you have to learn to do as you develop your style and portfolio. Of the considerable images I've discarded over the years, I can only think of maybe 5 that I wished I'd have kept (they had the above-mentioned unique view).

I use a two step process. The stuff that is truly junk goes immediately. Marginal ones stew for a while; some survive, most do not, none of them are ever seen again outside the immediate family.
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Offline RichardM

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« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2006, 05:06:53 PM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
What doesn?t stop to amaze me, is thae fact that you guys don?t delete bad pics, and you still keep them in your hard drive. Now go and figure that out  #-o

I'll delete obviously bad pics (unless they're bad in an interesting way) from my camera almost immediately.  Once they're uploaded to the PC, I don't bother deleting because I have an 80 gigabyte hard drive with over 50 gigs available.  :)

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« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2006, 06:48:43 PM »
When shooting wildlife, focus is more important to achieve than composition. If you think the autofocus will fail, know exactly where the locking switch is, throw it off, focus immediately, and fire. Otherwise, your subject -- a coyote here -- will not wait for you.



When shooting a silhouetted foreground object together with a distant one, also a silhouette, make sure you use an F-stop which will provide more -- not less -- depth of field.



When using a tripod for a self-timed pic, make sure all three legs are properly tightened, lest the weight of the camera cause it to slowly fall backward over its self-timer period, and, sadly, the immediate few seconds thereafter, when it will crash to the ground.



In general, it is not wise to shoot flowers from straight overhead, especially on a non-macro setting against a busy background.



If you wait until the peregrin is about a football field away from you, as opposed to directly overhead, chances are, your composition will suck.

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2006, 07:31:39 PM »
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The secret to becoming known as a 'great' photographer is to never let anyone seen anything but your best shots.

i believe Ansel Adams' ratio was 220 to every one  seen by someone outside the darkroom.  And to say he was a "stickler" for detail would be an understatement.  He actually would make interns in the darkroom cry (grown men)   :cry:


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« Reply #35 on: July 25, 2006, 04:25:37 PM »
Jeff. I took the liberty to crop your peregrine falcon pic to make it a fantastic nature shot, but what I came up with is a UFO.  And that UFO is probably from a place beyond Earth!  You should contact the proper authorities about this!



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« Reply #36 on: July 25, 2006, 10:37:12 PM »
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what I came up with is a UFO.


That has a remarkable resemblance to someone pressing too hard on the backside of a laptop LCD screen.
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Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2006, 10:40:43 AM »
Quote from: "Bobcat"
what I came up with is a UFO


Upon looking more closely, I think it's actually Bigfoot flying Wonder Woman's invisible jet.
Jeff Blaylock
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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #38 on: July 07, 2008, 03:40:56 PM »
I figure this thread is overdue to be resurrected.

Always remember to let your camera acclimate to the ambient conditions. Otherwise, if you just take it from the cool A/C out onto the warm muggy beach you might get a somewhat foggy shot.
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Offline presidio

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« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2008, 04:06:09 PM »
Always remember to let your camera acclimate to the ambient conditions. Otherwise, if you just take it from the cool A/C out onto the warm muggy beach you might get a somewhat foggy shot.


You mean that isn't a tack-sharp photo of the lovely Houston atmosphere?
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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2008, 05:02:55 PM »
That's Brittain !!!
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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2009, 10:10:30 PM »
I figure this thread is overdue to be resurrected.

Always remember to let your camera acclimate to the ambient conditions. Otherwise, if you just take it from the cool A/C out onto the warm muggy beach you might get a somewhat foggy shot.
Never assume that just because your camera has been outside for an hour or so before you take your first picture that the lens won't be fogged up. :icon_rolleyes:
I was shooting with the LCD turned off, as it was too bright for me to see it anyway. We'll have to wait until next summer's trip to Port Aransas to see if I've finally learned this lesson. :icon_redface:

Oops, attached picture lost during a move. It looked a lot like the previous one.
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« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2009, 11:36:24 PM »
Looks like your camera might benefit from being put in a desiccator for a few days.  An Aggie desiccator using a large Ziplock bag and a cup of rice might work wonders. 

I like eating at places with rice in the salt shaker, typically outdoor BBQ.  Shows the water attraction power of rice!  If it is more hygroscopic than salt that tells you something.

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #43 on: July 27, 2009, 01:12:06 AM »
I'm wondering if one of the new waterproof digital cameras like the Canon D10 would have this issue?

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Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #44 on: July 27, 2009, 01:40:19 AM »
I love how this thread keeps coming back. There's something about the universal sucktitude of some photos which everyone, from resident ace TJ to published author lparent to the basest amateur of us, that reminds us how even the great Ansel Adams didn't publish everything.

Sorta like this macro shot where the blooms six feet away are in focus but the featured blooms are hopelessly blurry (and overexposed):

Jeff Blaylock
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