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Beth W. DeBor
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  11 .  July EPs, SFs, Fs
The posts in this forum should only be related to EPs, SFs and Fs. Please start a new thread for anything else. Good luck everyone! Also, I won't be submitting images to the contest for a while but I will continue to start this thread until I get really fed up.

7/1/2014 1:45:01 PM

  tag

7/1/2014 2:16:48 PM

  Checking in..... :-)

7/2/2014 2:43:22 PM

  Glomming on ...

7/3/2014 4:04:56 PM

  7/1..SKIPPED
7/2.MT..Shining Light

7/4/2014 1:52:53 PM

  7/1/14
Evening Sun
Monthly Theme

7/4/2014 3:23:39 PM

  7/1 skipped. 7/2 People

Made It Through the Night

7/4/2014 6:58:06 PM

  7/1 skipped. 7/2 People

Made It Through the Night

7/4/2014 7:06:05 PM

  Surprisingly,
July 1 - Afternoon Snack
July 2 - For the Long Afternoon

7/4/2014 9:38:20 PM

 
 
  Sunshine Superman
Sunshine Superman
 
 
July 2nd. Sunshine Superman in the details category I didn't want to put it under flowers since it such a macro closeup and the flowers category seems to get so may more entries...

7/5/2014 8:35:11 AM

  TAGGING.

UB.

7/6/2014 7:16:49 AM

  7/3..MM..Boat?Check!Cooler?Check!
7/4..Macro..Flag Day
7/5..Flowers..Patriotic

7/8/2014 12:32:06 PM

 
 
  Blue Blazes
Blue Blazes

Detail of a gas stove burner and flames, shot in a dark kitchen.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
7/2 Elements of Design

7/8/2014 5:24:00 PM

 
 
  Delphinium
Delphinium

Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
7/3 Flowers

7/8/2014 5:24:55 PM

  Silhouetted Pagoda
7/6
Man-Made

7/8/2014 8:56:25 PM

  One - July 2 (Flowers).

7/9/2014 7:24:11 AM

  Looks like another month of slim pickings. So far only one for 7-1-Nature and Landscapes.

7/9/2014 1:38:45 PM

  Up through July 5 for me - I forgot to enter on the 6th and my entry for the 7th was from my gallery and already had an EP. I also forgot to enter on the 1st and 2nd but have new EP's on the 3rd and 4th so a remarkable success rate so far.

7/9/2014 6:19:15 PM

  Try beating this ....

A Finalist and an EP already till the 7 July.....


........ both are from previous months though ;)

UB.

7/10/2014 4:44:03 AM

Pat Harry
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  I was in Colorado in May, so my entries since then have been from that trip. I think it is safe to say that I should not choose landscape photography as a career path. :)

7/11/2014 9:31:30 AM

  7/6..Macro..A Drop Of Light And Color

7/12/2014 2:11:55 PM

  7/7..DD..Mirror Image

7/14/2014 11:55:52 AM

  7/8..Animals..Chowin' Down
7/9..Landscape..A Patch Of Blue

7/14/2014 1:14:01 PM

  7/10 Animals

Rounding the Turn

7/16/2014 5:03:54 PM

  7/10.. Animals.. OMG! Are You SURE??

7/16/2014 5:48:40 PM

  7/4 - Tiny Crabapples
7/6 - Grand Finale
7/10 - Illusions of Light

Skips in between

7/20/2014 1:13:12 AM

  Everyone Out There,

Can someone tell me what "Portrait Theme Day" is? Just curious. :-)

Thanks,

Jane

7/21/2014 4:10:17 AM

Ken Smith
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  Jane, I've not heard about this either. Was it mentioned in a BP newsletter? Do you have a reference link to share?

7/21/2014 5:10:40 AM

  Ken, Jane has probably seen a few entries entered at BP by the PG 101 Club members wherein the members compete for three to four Themes each month. This weeks Theme was "Portrait" in the club.

UB.

7/21/2014 5:23:06 AM

Ken Smith
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  Usman, I thought it might have been from one of the local BP clubs. Thanks for chiming in.

7/21/2014 7:37:43 AM

  Usman,

Just a few questions. What are the benefits of being a club member? Would you recommend being a member? How much does it cost? Just curious. :-)

Jane

7/21/2014 5:08:38 PM

  Jane, PG101 is a club on Yahoo groups. However, its members are all current or previous BPers. Its a fun club where members interact with each other and have activities like the Themes challenge. Here you can share and ask anything about photography and the members are generous in the sharing of knowledge.

I definitely recommend joining PG101. There are no fees as such, however, you are expected to give some time to the club.

If you or anyone else would like to join the PG101 club just send an email to either Kara Hendricks, Nikki MacDonald, Mitch Spence or Melinda Schneider and ask for an invite.

I have been a member of this club since 2008 and have greatly benefited from it and made many a friends too.

UB.

7/21/2014 7:23:44 PM

Ann Varley
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  Tagging ... I've posted a few this month but not until 19th I believe. I've got a while to wait.

7/24/2014 11:06:11 PM

  They seem to be stuck on July 11th.

7/25/2014 7:34:02 AM

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Photography Question 
John Smith

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  12 .  2 axis pan tilt vs 3 axis pan tilt
Does any body have any experience with pan tilt head for crane/jib?
Which pan tilt head is better 2 axis or 3 axis?
One of my friends gave me following options.
The price is quite good and quality seems well built.
http://www.flycamdslr.com/hdvs/proaim-3-axis-power-motorized-pan-tilt-dutch-head.html
http://www.flycamdslr.com/hdvs/proaim-tm-jr-pan-tilt-head-with-12v-joystick-control.html
http://www.flycamdslr.com/hdvs/proaim-tm-sr-pan-tilt-head-with-12v-joystick-control.html

Can anyone recommend me which one I should purchase?
I am purchasing for my 22ft jib...

6/28/2014 2:47:32 AM

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Michèle J. Thomas
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  13 .  $ of my photos for someone's website
Someone is creating a new website on "Meditation" and she wants to use some of my nature photos on the website. She asked what I charge,(per photo) for this. I have NO idea what to tell her. Can someone please help me, she is waiting for my answer. Thank you,
Michèle

6/26/2014 8:53:30 PM

  Some people just donate the photos in exchange for her giving you photo credit. I don't know what you would charge her if you want to charge at all.

6/28/2014 8:52:07 AM

  I think this depends on where you are in terms of commercializing your work. If you have an established photography business then I think a small fee in return for exposure which would include a link to your website and perhaps a short bio would be appropriate. If you do not have an established business then I suggest you provide them for no charge in return for same.

6/28/2014 10:52:08 AM

Michèle J. Thomas
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  Thank you Janel, for your answer. I really appreciate that.
Michèle

6/28/2014 11:09:17 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  She's looking for photos on the cheap. I can understand the desire to get some kind of return for your work, however it would be much better for you to find out the details of where the photos will be on the web site, how long she intends to use them, is this a business she's running(yoga classes,etc...) and whether she plans to use them in any other capacity.
You can check stock photo sites and see what royalty free image files can be priced as. You can use that as a starting point.
However, if you do start to ask about terms of usage, don't be surprised if you don't hear back from her. Sometimes this can turn out to be someone who's willing to use something off of google. She's not paying for a file, she's paying to use your image.

6/30/2014 9:29:34 AM

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Heidi R. Geise
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  14 .  Camera Shake
I seem to have problems with the clarity of photos. I can't always pull out a tripod or monopod. I am working on arm strength and holding the camera properly. Any other suggestions?

6/23/2014 8:51:26 AM

  Heidi, you haven't mentioned which camera/ lenses you usually shoot with. Here are a few things that come to my mind:
1. Raise the ISO and shoot in shutter priority set at a higher value, preferably not less than 1/250s. This should take care of slight movement while shooting.
2. Also, avoid shooting in low light situations, as it usually requires low shutter speeds, which requires a steady hand or a tripod.
3. Best yet, buy yourself a point & shoot, they are very light and come in decent features/ quality these days and are easy to carry too.
Hope you regain strength in your arms.
Good light to you.

6/23/2014 9:37:25 AM

  I shoot with a Canon 7D and the typical issue is when I use the Tamron 70-200. I guess when I use it I just need to up the speed or ISO.

6/23/2014 10:56:16 AM

Ken Smith
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  Heidi, to supplement what Usman said...there's a simple rule of thumb for determining the minimum shutter speed to use, to prevent camera blur. It's based on the focal length. If your focal point is 105mm, then you need 1/105th sec shutter speed. If you zoom to 200mm focal length, then you need 1/200th sec. At 400mm, it's 1/400th sec.
Most likely, you want sufficient depth of field too; e.g., F8. And the more depth of field you need, the more light you need for proper exposure -- which means a longer shutter speed and more chance for blur. That's where Usman's ISO tip comes into play; adjust ISO higher until you get shutter speed to match the focal length. But with higher ISOs come more noise...everything is a trade-off.

6/23/2014 12:52:06 PM

  Heidi, I have the same camera and very often use Tamron 28-300 mm lens. The shutter speed for this lens I determine by doubling the focal length. So if your focal length is 200 mm the shutter speed should be at least 1/400, faster is better. Adjust the ISO and aperture accordingly. I don't use a tripod very often. Hope it helps.

6/23/2014 12:53:59 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  What's your camera-holding stance that you're using? Maybe that can be improved upon.
Do you use your left arm up against your body, elbow resting on your ribs, forearm coming up to make a v.
Adding an extra battery grip might help if you need a bigger area to spread you hand out. Just use the grip without a battery in it.

6/25/2014 8:46:58 AM

  Thank you for all of the responses. I am going to try them on this week as I practice my skills.
I have the depth of field routine but I forget to check for shutter speed. I often am just trying to keep my balance and hope that I can get up when I go to get those low, unique angles of whatever I am shooting.
I think I am OK on the stance most of the time. I will see what these suggestions result in. Thanks again.

6/25/2014 10:48:09 AM

Greg McCroskery
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  Heidi,
All of the responses above give excellent advice.
That said, keep in mind that it is easy to fall into the trap of ignoring tripod/monopod use -- in general, there is no better stabilization method available.
Even a lightweight tripod is generally better than no tripod, unless subject matter dictates hand holding.
I use (among other tripods) a Benro 'MeFoto' tripod that is wonderful and is extremely compact and lightweight. One of the legs actually detaches and converts to a monopod using the center column.

6/28/2014 6:25:32 AM

  Hi Heidi,
You might also try this: Chain Pod
www.siskinphoto.com/magazine/zpdf/chain_pod.pdf. This thing will fit into a film can. You can take it with you anywhere.
Thanks!

6/29/2014 8:53:01 AM

Greg McCroskery
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  To John S. (and Heidi),
John, funny you posted this, as I was going to suggest the chain pod concept, but felt it took to long to explain it. It's great that you have a PDF with instructions.
I saw this concept demonstrated at the Texas School of Photography in Kerrville, TX, about 15 yrs. ago. It is a very handy device, cheap, compact, and light weight It really helps, especially if you can use it while leaning against a tree or building.
Great suggestion John!

6/29/2014 9:44:32 AM

  Cool idea. I think I will try this. I adjusted the ISO this weekend and got better results. Now I just have to learn not to go too high. Thanks for all the help.

6/29/2014 1:32:01 PM

  I originally saw the chainpod at Nikon School back in the '70s. Been using one since. They're great. Here's a link to more DIY stuff at my site: http://www.siskinphoto.com/cameraeqp.php. I hope you find something you can use.
Thanks.

6/30/2014 8:03:06 AM

Bob Cammarata
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  Operator-related movement is most prevalent when pressing and releasing the shutter button.
A trick I learned a long time ago (..from someone here at BP), is to set your shutter to burst mode. Shoot a burst of three or more frames. Then delete the first and last ones in the series. The ones in the middle will be sharpest.
Another tip is to sit on the ground and prop both elbows on your knees. It looks a little funny, but you can achieve great results with surprisingly slow shutter speeds from this position.

6/30/2014 7:14:57 PM

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Christopher J. Budny
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  15 .  BP 2.0 enhancements?
Hi BP / Jim... Just curious if there's any update on any of the exciting planned enhancements you'd mentioned some months ago, such as larger display files, or mobile platform connectivity, etc. Seems like there was a fair bit of hype about it a few months back, but then I don't think we've seen or heard anything since...?
Just curious... Thanks!

6/20/2014 11:33:55 AM

  Just like Chris, and I am sure many others, I would also like to know when BP2.0 coming, Jim.

UB.

6/23/2014 3:36:17 AM

Jim Miotke
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  Hi Chris and Usman,

Thanks for your comments. We are still working hard on it; the project is just turning out to be much bigger and more difficult than we imagined.

Would you (or anyone else) like to be in a "Beta" group to see what we've done so far and perhaps helps us find bugs?

If so, email me at jim at better photo dot com - tell me a bit about yourself if we haven't "met" yet. Thanks!
Jim

6/24/2014 1:37:40 PM

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Diane L. Thomas
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  16 .  filters
Does anyone know if the Nikon D700 is able to shot infra.

6/20/2014 8:14:05 AM

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Jane E. Miller
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  17 .  Why my image pixelated on the BP website?
Just recently when I have uploaded an image from my computer to the contest website, it appeared more pixelated than my original image. I have not had a problem with this before but have noticed it the last couple of days. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

Thanks,

Jane

6/18/2014 1:32:20 PM

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Jana Belcher

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  18 .  Black and white negative scanner
Have some black and white large older negatives I would like to scan and print. Need info on what type of scanner I need. The negative are about 2x4 inches.

6/18/2014 12:16:16 AM

doug Nelson
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  The dedicated film scanner you'd need either doesn't exist for this size of film, or is prohibitively expensive. Several flatbeds from Epson, Canon and others can do film sizes larger than 35mm, but need adjustable easels. If you want to do it yourself, google "scanning medium format".
My suggestion - buy a current copy of Shutterbug magazine, look in the back at the photographic services offered and find someone who will scan your negs and put them on a CD. Choose carefully which ones you must have scanned to cut down on the cost.

7/21/2014 8:24:26 AM

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Peggy J. Pfister
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  19 .  Spam again
"Catheters" posted by Surface Solution in the flowers category.

6/17/2014 6:15:32 PM

  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14541211&catID=560&cn=&contestCatID=&rowNumber=10&camID= more spam!

6/23/2014 12:14:34 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Might be the same ad company that's doing that. I wonder if anybody will get the idea to use the comment section to that photo to recommend not traveling there.
I wonder if it will stop.

6/23/2014 8:19:29 AM

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Ken Smith
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  20 .  Countdown to May Contest Results
Hello everyone. It's the middle of the month and time to share your favorite contest image(s) from May.

So give your favorites a showcase here, tell us why you picked them, and join us in the countdown! Good luck everyone!

6/17/2014 3:37:19 AM

Ken Smith
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  Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:
1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your Reply here. This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Note the Photo ID# of the image you wish to include here (visible in your Member Center) then return to this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, and choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down (even though you won't actually be uploading a file.) Click Submit; at the next screen, populate the "Photo ID" field shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, check the boxes at the bottom, and Submit.

2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.

6/17/2014 3:38:07 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
In-Bound, Out-Bound New Orleans
In-Bound, Out-Bound New Orleans
Hwy 90 looking west across the Mississippi River, to New Orleans. The bridge on the left is for outbound traffic while the other is for inbound traffic. The river is very murky. The slow shutter speed flattened out the water.

I had a business trip last week to southern Mississippi so took a quick side-trip to New Orleans.

F13, 13 sec, ISO 500, 20mm focal length

 
 
Here's my fav...

6/17/2014 3:39:53 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Drops of Spring
Drops of Spring
 
 
Here's my fave from May. I entered it in the MT category. (Water Drops)

6/17/2014 8:05:09 AM

 
 
  A State Of Graceful
A State Of Graceful
This one has an EP and is in the MT category.
 
  Delicate
Delicate
NO EP for this one, in the Flower category.
 
 
Two faves..One without an EP and one with an EP.

6/17/2014 11:20:32 AM

Ken Smith
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  Hey Dayna, I love the lushness of the greens in your shot; very refreshing view.

Carolyn, you continue to excel with your water macros; another beauty here. And hopefully the EP gods will sprinkle an EP on the flower shot.

Good luck to both of you in the next round!

6/17/2014 12:54:03 PM

  tagging for now ...

6/17/2014 6:29:48 PM

 
 
  On The Road Again
On The Road Again
 
  Gazania and Raindrops
Gazania and Raindrops
 
 
My 2 favorites, both even have EPs!

6/18/2014 7:20:50 AM

  I really love that first one, Jill. That's a winner in my book!

6/18/2014 8:29:06 AM

Ken Smith
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  Hey Jill, welcome aboard! Great story-telling in the first photo and I agree with Carolyn. And I like the effects in your second photo; has a very nice look to it. Good luck in the next round!

6/18/2014 10:52:49 AM

 
 
 
Hello all!
I hope that everyone has had a fun month in photography? I have selected two hopefuls for you to view. Both are antithetical design type photos and were taken on 5/4/2014. I was traveling to Chicago for continuing ed meetings and decided to rise early so as to get some photography in.

6/19/2014 4:47:58 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Michigan Ave. and E. Ontario
Michigan Ave. and E. Ontario
Chicago, IL. Street lamp. 5/4/2014. Wide angle; 1/4000 sec; f/4.0; ISO 2000
 
 
Hello all!
I hope that everyone has had a fun month in photography? I have selected two hopefuls for you to view. Both are antithetical design type photos and were taken on 5/4/2014. I was traveling to Chicago for continuing ed meetings and decided to rise early so as to get some photography in.

6/19/2014 4:50:32 AM

 
 
  spring rain
spring rain
1/160 sec; f/4.0; ISO 400
 
 
My second hopeful....

6/19/2014 4:52:06 AM

 
 
 
Sorry... That was the wrong file number!
My second hopeful....

6/19/2014 4:55:08 AM

 
 
 
Sorry... That was the wrong file number!
My second hopeful....

6/19/2014 4:58:12 AM

  This must be a BP problem!

6/19/2014 5:00:43 AM

  Well, I just love that Chicago shot. It's fabulous! Excellent work!!

6/19/2014 5:53:59 AM

 
 
  functional structure
functional structure
Taken 5/3/2014; fl 45mm; 1/25 sec; f/13; ISO 2000
 
 
Thanks Carolyn. I will try to post the other photo one last time. This time from my work PC.

6/19/2014 6:05:44 AM

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  Errick, great job with perseverance to post your photos...B/W works well and your perspective is icing on the cake. Hopefully we'll see one, or both, in the SF round!

6/19/2014 6:18:38 AM

 
 
  Lady on a Tree
Lady on a Tree
Nikon D7100 with Tokina 100mm macro lens and late afternoon light.

 
  ROAD CODE
ROAD CODE
Shot this looking down from the 17th floor of an apartment building in Sharjah, UAE.
 
 
Thanks for bringing to us this fun and interesting thread, Ken. And thanks also for keeping us all motivated with your considerate and thoughtful comments.

As usual, I am going again with one EP fave and one non-EP fave. Try guessing which one is without an EP before clicking on the thumbnails.

Good luck to all in the May contest, and keep shooting and smiling ;)

UB.

6/19/2014 7:00:34 AM

  Hey, Usman, how did you get photo links to two images in this thread? I know to put the ID # in before entering the contest for the day, but I thought that only worked for one image.

6/19/2014 8:13:20 AM

 
 
 
Here is my other favorite from May. This one is also in the MT category. I really enjoyed last month's theme. The competition is going to be tough because there were some amazing photo's of water drops. Good luck to you all and fingers crossed!

6/19/2014 12:36:38 PM

 
 
  Spring Rain
Spring Rain
 
 
Tried to upload this pic and it kicked me off and had to sign back in so I will try again. lol

6/19/2014 12:38:15 PM

 
 
  Freelensed Wildflowers II
Freelensed Wildflowers II

Trying a different kind of in-camera impressionism ...
This photo is freelensed, that is, the photo was shot with the lens held up to the camera body, but not attached to it.
By manipulating the position of the lens, I created some light leak, and got
soft focus on the main flower, and a dreamy look to the rest of the image.
Straight out of camera, no edits of any kind.
 
 
Enjoying everyone's favs, as always ...

May wasn't a great contest month for me ... only 3 EPs out of only 8 entries.

But here's my fav ... entered in Flowers. I like this one because I used a new and fun technique ... freelensing (described in the photo description).

Best of luck to all!

6/19/2014 6:05:03 PM

 
 
 
my two hopefuls for may....

6/19/2014 6:13:04 PM

 
 
 
My two favorite images in May...

6/19/2014 6:28:18 PM

Ken Smith
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  Welcome Usman and Peggy…and welcome back, Dayna. And Dominick, welcome partially. And I’m thinking we’ll hear from Nikki more tomorrow. :-)

Usman, super variety in your two shots…a great macro and a cool elements/design shot. Love the comp on both, especially the Road Code shot!

Peggy, very nice dof and love the yellows. I like seeing all the flowers throughout the composition.

Dayna…another lush shot. Lucky you to get the great shots; right time, right place.

Good luck to all of you in the SF round!

6/19/2014 7:04:28 PM

 
 
 
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6/19/2014 7:43:11 PM

 
 
  ~ ~ EMERALDS AND AMETHYST ~ ~
~ ~ EMERALDS AND AMETHYST ~ ~


(((~~ MONTHLY THEME ~~)))


Clear plastic with water sprayed all over and two different color lights one at each side to obtain the effect.


 
 
Finally, here's one....

6/19/2014 7:44:31 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
~ ~ WALKING WITH MY SHADOW ~ ~
~ ~ WALKING WITH MY SHADOW ~ ~


(((~~ PEOPLE ~~)))


Image taken in Tunis, Tunisia, on the balcony of my room looking down in the street leading to the Medina.


 
 
and another...

6/19/2014 7:47:47 PM

  Thanks for your kind comment, Ken! :)

6/19/2014 8:03:12 PM

  Nikki, its a neat easy trick that I believe fellow BPer Christopher Budny told me. The process to put more than one thumbnail in your single response in the discussion thread is as follows:

Once you have put the ID # in before entering the contest for the day and you are on the next screen which says something like 'the image has been added', just don't close the browser window, use the back arrow button on the browser window, which should take you to the same page where you had initially entered the ID#. All you have to do now is change the ID with the one which you want and press enter again. And voila you'll have two images as thumbnails. You can append as many images as you want by using the back button of the browser window.

Its counter intuitive, but it works!!!

UB.

6/19/2014 8:26:04 PM

  Thanks Usman.. and Chris...for the insight. And a big thanks to Ken for setting up this site. It is always fun to go through the finalists and follow particular photos and photographers but it is really neat to see the photographers perspective and what they believe is their most inspiring work.

6/19/2014 8:58:40 PM

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  Hey Dominick, you persevered! Your two photos are very different, but very unique. I like the mood/tones of the b/w and it's a very strong comp!

Peggy and Errick...thanks! And thanks Usman for the additional tip.

6/20/2014 3:34:03 AM

 
 
  Checkers, bw
Checkers, bw
Staff Favorite
Category: Man Made
 
  Fishing with Dad
Fishing with Dad
This was taken just before the bridge leaving Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Category: People
 
 
OK, so here we go. Thanks, Usman. My "with EP" favorite is "Checkers" and my "no EP" favorite is "Winter Morn" which no one but me seems to like much :)
Good luck, everyone. Personally, I am still holding out hope for a second run-through of the May entries before the SF's come out. I had a ton of skipped entries that I really liked.

6/20/2014 6:25:35 AM

 
 
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Racing the Rain
Racing the Rain
People 5/10/14
 
 
Here's my favorite for May, a chance encounter taken with my iPhone. I also hope there is another look at the May entries, and not just for myself. It seems a lot of outstanding work was passed up.

6/20/2014 6:58:21 AM

 
 
  Tickled Pink
Tickled Pink
I did some adjustments on this previously submitted image in order to get it to print better, for a Mother's Day card. I think the adjustments work on the online version also.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

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f/2.8, 1/90, ISO400, 100mm

** Flowers **

 
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Wind Arrows
Wind Arrows
This outdoor Exploratorium exhibit at Aquatic Park in San Francisco demonstrates how even a small change in elevation affects the wind direction.

Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
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f/22, 1/60, -.67, ISO160, 105mm, cropped

** Elements of Design **

 
 
Thank you, Ken, for being a warm and gracious host! And thanks to Usman & Chris for the tip which I will now attempt to use to attach my favorite "with" and "without" images from May.

Beautiful work everyone.

6/20/2014 7:09:55 AM

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  Welcome Nikki, Susan, and Martha!

BP is going thru the 2nd pass-thru now, for May. I've seen several people comment in the June EP forum too, about May EPs. So, fingers crossed for you...and all of us, for a few more EPs!

Nikki, you mentioned "Winter Morn" but posted "Fishing with Dad." I wasn't sure if you meant to post Winter Morn. Regardless, the fishing photo is super..love the sky in this. And you always do good with your b/w photos; no exception with Checkers.

Susan, your POTD on Racing the Rain proves you have a great photo...a very cool comp for sure.

Martha, I love the sharpness of the foreground flowers...beautiful work for sure. And as a weather guy, I can confirm that the winds change in altitude. Very striking composition.

6/20/2014 10:57:36 AM

  Good catch, Ken. I meant to post Winter Morn but then when I went to get the ID, I saw Fishing with Dad and changed my mind. I forgot I'd mentioned Winter Morn :(

6/20/2014 7:48:18 PM

  Thank you, Ken, and thanks for all your good work keeping things moving along here.

6/20/2014 10:48:58 PM

 
 
  A Rose By Any Other Name . . .
A Rose By Any Other Name . . .
DD 5/19/14
 
 
This is one of my favorite flowers photos.

6/22/2014 2:21:17 PM

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  Hi Beth, welcome to the countdown country club! :-) Very nice full-frame photo and I like the painted effects. Gives it a surrealistic feel.

BP continues to go thru the May photos. Based on Carolyn's update to the May EP thread, they're up to May 14th. So, be sure to check your may photos and perhaps you have gotten a few more.

6/22/2014 3:40:09 PM

  Thanks, Ken.

6/22/2014 4:32:40 PM

 
 
  After the Out
After the Out
People 5/14/14
 
 
Picked up in the second round

6/23/2014 6:39:12 AM

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  Congrats to those of you that have picked up new EPs. Based on the EP forum, it's quite possible they have finished the 2nd go-around. Guess we won't truly know until SFs come out, which could be within next couple of days.

SFs came out on Mar 26th, Apr 26th, and May 29th. I will predict June 27th.

6/23/2014 12:56:19 PM

  Well, if they have finished, might I suggest a third pass through?

6/23/2014 1:41:08 PM

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  Carolyn, sure...suggest away! :-)

6/23/2014 5:37:44 PM

 
 
  Criss-Cross
Criss-Cross
 
 
Here's my hopeful. Good luck everyone!

6/24/2014 9:16:08 AM

  I second the motion, Carolyn. I didn't pick up a thing when they came back to "complete" the second pass :(

6/24/2014 9:50:03 AM

  I did pick up a couple back towards the first part of the month. I had a big block of about 5 or 6 towards the end of the month who got passed over twice. I am happy with what I did get, but we all know it's hard to let go when we think something is good.

6/24/2014 9:57:46 AM

  Yes, I feel the agony Carolyn. I had a block of skips as well. One even received a lot of attention in 1x but a big blank here.

6/24/2014 10:28:37 AM

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State House
State House
Looking up into the West Virginia State Capitol dome. Cass Gilbert designed the structure, completed in 1932. (He also designed the US Supreme Court building, and it directly incorporates a larger version of part of the WV Capitol chambers.) The central dome here the tallest dome on any American capitol building (exceeding the height of the US Capitol's dome by 5 feet.)
05/14 Finalist - Manmade
 
 
Hi folks; better late than never, to join Ken's party!
I saw Usman sharing the "more than 1 photo" tip -- I think Ken originally told me about that tip -- I know someone did at BP, so I can't take credit as the original discoverer of that feature ;)

I only managed 4 entries in May, which means I love them all pretty equally ;) One appears skipped for EP at this point; ouch! Anyway - as the 3 remaining are equally my favorites, I'm going with this shot of the inside of the WV state capitol dome, because it was years ago when I first tried to shoot it and couldn't do it justice back then, so this was a fun repeat visit, with my current wide-angle gear...
Best of luck to you all!

6/24/2014 10:31:49 AM

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  Hi Michelle and Chris..welcome to the party! And best of luck in the SF round! :-)

Michelle, very nice warm/friendly portrait. I also like the bokeh-like effects in the background. A wonderful photo, for sure!

Chris, you are very good at designs and symmetry...this looks like a kaleidoscope. Very cool shot.

6/24/2014 6:57:21 PM

  OK so I really think they will get this show on the road tomorrow. I kept hoping against hope that I'd pick up a few in the 2nd pass but alas, no, so it appears my "no EP" favorites are out.

6/27/2014 8:25:54 PM

  Thank you Ken! I love the Bokeh that my lenses give me. I took that picture at the Dallas Arboretum. It's beautiful there, and Elijah was a great subject.

6/27/2014 9:08:47 PM

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  Hey Nikki, I only picked up one EP in the 2nd pass thru, and I know others got 3-5 new EPs. One of my "fav" photos didn't pick up an EP and I'll resubmit it today. :-) Hopefully today is the day for SFs! Good luck, everyone!

6/28/2014 5:04:10 AM

  Hi all,
Have Staff Favorites come out yet?

6/29/2014 6:18:11 PM

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  Peggy, I don't think so otherwise folks would have posted here. No notifications for me. It will be the mad dash to the finish line, unless they extend into July.

6/29/2014 8:02:46 PM

  Hi Ken,
That's what I thought, but just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything!
Good luck to all ... hoping we hear/see something soon!
Peggy

6/29/2014 8:25:24 PM

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  Looking on the bright side...only 16 days til I start the new "Countdown to June Contest Results" :-)

6/30/2014 8:01:17 AM

  Hope the two threads don't overlap :)

6/30/2014 8:34:48 AM

  Good one, Nikolyn!!

6/30/2014 10:21:23 AM

  Just curious has anyone out there heard anything yet? Good luck to everyone!!!

Jane

6/30/2014 11:17:12 AM

  Nada - and trust me, you will know :)

6/30/2014 11:25:39 AM

  Staff Favorites are out!

6/30/2014 11:29:15 AM

  Will the finalists be posted later today?

6/30/2014 11:31:13 AM

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Blue Bonnet Fence Line

6/30/2014 11:38:55 AM

  5 SFs for me.

6/30/2014 11:41:27 AM

  What did I tell you :) Three for me and wonder of wonders my EP pick for favorite is among them :) I'll move all three to the front of my gallery for a day or so.

6/30/2014 11:43:49 AM

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  Fingers crossed now--my Countdown choice (for my personal favorite) made it to S.F.

Best of luck to everyone with a horse in the race!

6/30/2014 11:45:45 AM

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  Good grief that was fast; I barely finished posting here about my SF, and it has turned into a Finalist already.

Good luck!

6/30/2014 12:01:59 PM

  Fast isn't the word for it - and I got two notices on each of mine (so don't get excited if you see a bunch of You're a Finalist emails in your box LOL). Pleased to get two, sad that my favorite was not among them. Ah well . . .

6/30/2014 12:05:14 PM

  4 Finalists

6/30/2014 12:05:24 PM

  I do see quite a few Finalist badges scattered among the favorites on this thread. Congratulations to all of you - and for any others you may have had and to anyone else who got one.

6/30/2014 12:07:02 PM

  Congratulations to the faves and finalists! Good luck in the next round.

6/30/2014 12:11:11 PM

  My SF turned into a finalist! :-)

6/30/2014 12:19:09 PM

  Both of the ones I posted here got Finalists :-) Here is the link for all the Finalists for May:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=62903

6/30/2014 12:31:43 PM

  Congrats to all the finalists.

6/30/2014 12:41:41 PM

  Big congrats to all the finalists! I ended up with two.

6/30/2014 1:24:36 PM

  Congratulations to all the Staff Favorites and Finalists, and best of luck in the last round.

6/30/2014 4:05:53 PM

  A dry month for me, but I'm very happy for all you guys who got SFs and Finalists!
Wishing you all the best of luck in the next round!!

6/30/2014 6:24:15 PM

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  Hello everyone, I'm late to the party. Congrats to all of you that got SFs and Finalists. The selection rates were very low. 6.7% for SFs and only 4.7% for finalists. And I'm pretty certain we'll see winners soon, before midnight Pacific time.

6/30/2014 7:46:26 PM

  Good luck to all in the coming Gold round who got SFs and Fs.

I am happy to have got 2 SFs both turning to Finalists ;)

UB.

6/30/2014 8:28:42 PM

  CONGRATZ to all the Winners and good to see Susan, Eric, and Dayna with their bulls-eye selections going Gold here in this thread.

UB.

7/1/2014 10:45:51 PM

  Congratulations to Susan, Eric and Dayna on your gold wins!

7/2/2014 6:22:46 AM

  None of the ones I picked, but I did snag a gold in Macro.

7/2/2014 6:52:25 AM

  Carolyn,

Congrats on your Gold!! I have been admiring your work. Great Job!!!

Jane

7/2/2014 1:34:01 PM

  Carolyn,

Thanks for your email. :-) It is so nice to have the support of fellow photographers.

Jane

7/2/2014 4:41:32 PM

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