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Jeff E Jensen
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  91 .  Phello Photographers Club Trip - DC Icon
DC Icon (Monument, building, etc. captured in a unique way)

8/19/2012 6:49:23 PM

 
 
  ...enshrined in the hearts of the people..
...enshrined in the hearts of the people..
 
 

8/21/2012 11:08:43 PM

 
 
  Lincoln Orb
Lincoln Orb
 
 
First of many for this thread. . .

8/22/2012 6:54:28 AM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Circles and Columns
Circles and Columns
 
 
My version of the light painting from the Lincoln Memorial :) Thanks Jeff for being willing to swing that light!

8/22/2012 7:46:52 PM

  Hey Jeff, what are the dots of light going through the top of your Lincoln Memorial shot?

8/22/2012 9:38:31 PM

 
 
 
f/8.0, 1/320, ISO 100; EF 17-40 f/4L@17mm
 
 
Original Capitol columns; National Arboretum

Thanks to Bean for modelling for me.

8/22/2012 10:14:47 PM

  Teresa - I'm not sure what it is. Something that flew by, probably a helicopter.

Well done on the column image, Stephen! Having Bean in there really adds to the image.

8/23/2012 2:10:33 PM

  some cool shots of the light painting....you are right jeff having Bean in the image added to a great shot already

8/23/2012 2:49:41 PM

 
 
  Flag Plaza, Washington Monument
Flag Plaza, Washington Monument
f/11.0, 1/125, ISO 400, +.67 exp. compensation; EF 17-40 f/4L@39mm
 
 

8/26/2012 4:50:03 PM

  Stephen, how on earth did you manage that shot with no people. I really like it. I have something similar from the other side, but not nearly as good. :)

8/26/2012 5:28:02 PM

 
 
  Across the Patomic
Across the Patomic
 
 
DC at night

8/26/2012 5:28:35 PM

  Nicely done, Teresa. Getting those pictures was a real adventure.

There were fewer people over on that side. I still had a few on the far side that I was able to clone out. The big challenge was timing the shot with the flags waving and not wrapped around the flag pole. I have one from the other side too. Caught it with no people (patience) and the construction fence blends much better.

8/26/2012 6:26:33 PM

  Ya, trying to get the flags waving was a challenge :)

8/26/2012 6:49:27 PM

  teresa that is a great shot very nicely captured

8/28/2012 7:36:36 AM

 
 
  Bean knows where we're going . . . .
Bean knows where we're going . . . .
 
  . . . . . or maybe Deb does
. . . . . or maybe Deb does
 
 
Deb and Bean to the rescue

8/29/2012 6:08:09 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Fun picks! We love our maps!!

8/29/2012 7:32:00 PM

  Oh shoot! I posted these on the wrong thread! I'd wondered where they went.

8/29/2012 7:32:42 PM

 
 
  All that shooting has worn Tony out
All that shooting has worn Tony out
 
 
National Columns from a distance . . .

8/30/2012 5:48:49 PM

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  Glad you made it to the Arboretum; very cool place in DC!
However, it appears to ME, this list of icons is missing one rather important one... tsk tsk. ;)

8/31/2012 8:14:49 AM

 
 
  Arches
Arches

1/125 Sec - f/11 - ISO 320 - 30mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 17-40mm f/4.0L
3 Image, In-Camera HDR
 
 
Don't you fret, Chris. There are plenty of cathedral images coming. Just gotta find some time to work on them. Actually, I have posted one.

8/31/2012 8:37:57 AM

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  Phew! I'll keep an eye out ;)

8/31/2012 9:19:41 AM

 
 
  Angles
Angles
 
  Shadow
Shadow
 
  Looking Up
Looking Up
 
  Three
Three
 
  Details
Details

1/160 Sec - f/16 - ISO 640 - 45mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 34-105mm f/4.0L IS
 
 
A few from the Cathedral. More to come.

9/3/2012 8:54:19 PM

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  Nice! Keem 'em comin'!

9/4/2012 5:07:30 AM

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  Nice! Keep 'em comin'!

9/4/2012 5:07:39 AM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Gorgeous Jeff! I LOVE Angles - very cool how the cathedral goes through the corners of the image - awesome crop!

9/4/2012 7:09:07 PM

 
 
  Lincoln
Lincoln
 
 
I love this one in black and white.

9/6/2012 9:27:46 PM

 
 
 
US Capital Building

9/21/2012 9:48:40 AM

 
 
  US Capital
US Capital

1/500 Sec - f/9 - ISO 320 - 58mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
 
 
US Capital Building

9/21/2012 9:49:42 AM

 
 
  4th ID
4th ID
 
 
4th ID Army symbol - My son served in this unit and I saw this as we were on our way into Arlington National Cemetery.

11/11/2012 2:00:18 PM

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  92 .  Phello Photographers Club Trip - Candid
Candid Phello (Dale sleeping on a bench, Teresa laying on the ground at the base of the Washington Monument, Deb spelling things with her shadows, Tony sleeping in the grass, etc.)

8/19/2012 6:46:59 PM

 
 
  Deb in the Grass at the Arbortorineum
Deb in the Grass at the Arbortorineum
 
 
Let's get this party started! I'll keep it civil for now and save the good ones for later...

8/20/2012 5:26:53 PM

 
 
  "My, What a big lens you have!"
"My, What a big lens you have!"
 
 
Jeff and the lens he refers to as "The Compensator"

8/22/2012 7:02:49 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Dale
Dale
 
 
Really Tony!? Really? You are already talking smack.... OK, the brain freeze pics are totally getting uploaded.

While I am commenting, here is a shot of Dale playing Cemetery Dale at Arlington :)

8/22/2012 7:17:25 PM

  Just cause you are jealous, Tony. . . .

8/22/2012 9:46:59 PM

  Bring it on sistah! I got the goods this year, and I ain't afraid to use them...

Jealous of the lens maybe...

8/22/2012 9:56:27 PM

 
 
  Stephen on the Stairs
Stephen on the Stairs

1/200 Sec - f/8 - ISO 160 - 60mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
 
 
Stephen, out for a stroll.

8/23/2012 4:53:45 AM

 
 
  Deb And Her Shadow
Deb And Her Shadow

1/320 Sec - f/11 - ISO 160 - 47mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
 
 
Deb at Arlington

8/23/2012 5:01:36 AM

 
 
  Tony
Tony

1/160 Sec - f/6.3 - ISO 640 - 47mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
 
 
Tony in the rare moment when he hadn't gotten someone else to carry the umbrella for him.

8/23/2012 5:53:31 AM

  way to much fun....
Debbra the only worry about dale playing cemetery dale is what might change at night time...LOL theses are all great shots. very fun to see! I just hope someone got a good one on Tony!

8/23/2012 2:46:47 PM

 
 
  Jeff
Jeff
 
 
Well Jeff hasn't changed a bit :)

8/23/2012 5:38:20 PM

 
 
  Tony's Favorite Thing to do in DC
Tony's Favorite Thing to do in DC
 
 
Tony

8/23/2012 5:39:42 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Right Back At Cha
Right Back At Cha
 
  Big Feet
Big Feet
 
 
I would like to back up Teresa's claim that Tony liked to lay around in DC....

8/23/2012 6:45:54 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  These shots were at the National Arbortorium :)

8/23/2012 6:52:09 PM

 
 
  Mini-Dale
Mini-Dale
 
  Mini-Dale pullback shot
Mini-Dale pullback shot
 
 
Dale was so intrigued by the Bonsai that he used his power of miniaturization to shrink himself and a get a better shot..

Don't let Teresa fool you...I spent 100% of my time diligently photographing everything I could..

8/23/2012 6:55:56 PM

  You know what the say about guys with big feet Deb....too bad this shot is forced perspective :-(

8/23/2012 6:58:26 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  To the Front
To the Front
 
  To the Right
To the Right
 
 
OK, Tony is right. He did not spend ALL of his time laying around. He spent some of it practicing Synchronized Phelloing with Jeff :)

8/23/2012 7:14:46 PM

 
 
  Lying down on the job
Lying down on the job
 
 
At least I'm smart enough to pick a comfortable spot to lay down!

8/23/2012 7:22:37 PM

  Deb, your Synchronized Phelloing really made me laugh! :)

It was so hot that day, laying on the cold marble floor felt good! :)

8/23/2012 9:00:36 PM

  Oh man, this is some funny stuff!

8/23/2012 10:04:16 PM

  definitely funny!

8/24/2012 7:13:40 AM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Crystal Contortion
Crystal Contortion
 
 
Teresa, I agree! The marbel was SO cool and felt SO refreshing!

At least we can explain what we were doing... I am not sure Tony can say the same for this shot!

8/24/2012 11:09:08 AM

  what's a male jennie in a ball called...LOL

8/24/2012 4:14:54 PM

  Clearly the spherical nature of the crystal distorted my usually pristine appearance...

8/24/2012 4:19:54 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Clearly...

8/24/2012 4:30:53 PM

Aimee c. Eisaman
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  Ha ha ha ha....I'm loving this!!!! :D

8/24/2012 6:15:40 PM

 
 
  Mike
Mike

1/400 Sec - f/6.3 - ISO 1600 - 400mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
 
 
Check it out, we found Mike in DC!

8/24/2012 7:25:31 PM

  Oh my gosh!!! Jeff that's too funny!

8/24/2012 7:50:41 PM

 
 
  Cool Photographer's Walk
Cool Photographer's Walk
 
 
All they need is the dramatic music and fog rolling in behind them :)

8/24/2012 8:01:27 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Getting Gutter Instructions
Getting Gutter Instructions
This is just before we headed out onto the gutter at the National Cathedral. I missed the instructions... lol
 
 
Love the Desperado shot Teresa! I think I have a similar one somewhere, which makes sense, bec. I think this is when we were dunking our feet in the WWII Memorial!

8/26/2012 3:13:27 PM

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  The Aperture should be...????
The Aperture should be...????
 
  How fast???  The pressure is too much....
How fast??? The pressure is too much....
 
  Errr- I screwed it up...
Errr- I screwed it up...
Now I am going to have to just take a picture of the cardboard cut out...
 
 
When trying to get shots of the real Tigers, Tony was having some trouble figuring out the settings for his camera....

8/26/2012 3:15:57 PM

  Yup, the Desperado shot was when we were dunking our feet in the WWII memorial. I have another one I'll post soon. :)

Love the Catherdal shot!!

The photo's of Tony had me literally laughing out loud!! Too Funny!!

8/26/2012 3:47:46 PM

  Deb actually took those right after I made the mistake of looking directly at her 1st thing in the morning before her coffee..

8/26/2012 3:49:33 PM

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  Oh Tony, that is a low blow.... but honestly, the way I looked the whole TRIP was how I look 1st thing in the morning - remember, I went frumpy style... that's how us "live by the crick" people do it!

8/26/2012 3:56:49 PM

 
 
  The Doctor will be with you shortly
The Doctor will be with you shortly
 
 
For some reason Deb was under the impression that they were doing PAP smears at the Lincoln Memorial that day..

8/26/2012 4:00:34 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  This one has left me speechless...

8/26/2012 4:30:07 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  What to Shoot Next...?
What to Shoot Next...?
 
  Over the Shoulder
Over the Shoulder
 
 
Jeff and Dale :)

8/26/2012 4:30:33 PM

 
 
  Camera's at the Ready
Camera's at the Ready
 
 
Dale, Jeff, Beth & Tony

8/26/2012 5:05:37 PM

 
 
  ~
~
 
 
Panda Bean

8/26/2012 5:15:10 PM

  Oh man, these are all too funny. I've gotta get after mine.

8/26/2012 5:33:30 PM

  Teresa's image reminds me of the "Battle at F-Stop ridge" commercial...it looks like we are attacking by shooting with our cameras..

8/26/2012 5:39:20 PM

  You're having way too much fun here, Debbra. Great series.

8/26/2012 6:18:57 PM

 
 
  Bean
Bean
 
  Tree Huggers
Tree Huggers
 
  Bean without her phone
Bean without her phone
 
  Phellos
Phellos
 
  No, Tony, it's over there. . .
No, Tony, it's over there. . .
 
  Signs, signs, every where signs. . . .
Signs, signs, every where signs. . . .
 
  Synchronized Shooting
Synchronized Shooting
 
 
Alright, here we go. . . .

8/26/2012 6:23:11 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  NIce Jeff! I especially like the one of Bean's phone! lol That is too funny!

8/26/2012 6:27:53 PM

  What on earth am I doing with my camera in the photo by the column's reflecting pool?

Love the shot of Bean's phone :)

8/26/2012 6:47:05 PM

  I like the Synchronized Shooting photo too :)

8/26/2012 6:48:27 PM

  these are so funny I love them ... debbra the one of tony is very funny I thought he was having a brain freeze because of the spoon oh thats right he was...LOL I love over the shoulder shot if have watch Jeff he likes to copy especially dale...LOL Tony I see you were missing work...LOL

the reflecting shot was great! the one of Beans phone is a great shot

8/28/2012 7:33:45 AM

 
 
  Bean knows where we're going . . . .
Bean knows where we're going . . . .
 
  . . . . . or maybe Deb does
. . . . . or maybe Deb does
 
 
Deb and Bean to the rescue

8/29/2012 4:46:12 PM

  Females + maps= navigational nightmare

8/29/2012 5:04:33 PM

 
 
  Ya Right
Ya Right
 
 
Hummm . . . I don't think Jeff believe's what Tony's saying :)

8/29/2012 7:08:15 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  I don't believe him about the map comment either! If you look at the pics, they are at different times and locations, so obviously we got from one place to another...

8/29/2012 7:26:22 PM

  Ya look lost in both pics Bailey...

I think Jeff and I are debating the superior camera brand vs. Canon.

8/29/2012 7:33:06 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Whatev... (I have picked up from the kids that if you leave the er off the end, it is much cooler :)

8/29/2012 7:34:12 PM

 
 
  Not a Morning Person
Not a Morning Person
 
 
Bean had the time of her life in DC, as evidenced by her expression in this one..

8/29/2012 7:58:52 PM

 
 
  Party Central
Party Central
 
 
..as a matter of fact, we all had so much fun we could barely contain our enthusiasm!

8/29/2012 8:03:25 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  THAT is awesome Tony! I laughed out loud.... Bean is going to hate it :)

8/29/2012 8:05:26 PM

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  At least Bean is smiling in the escalator pic! The rest of us don't look so good...

8/29/2012 8:07:17 PM

  This thread just gets better and better!

8/29/2012 8:21:03 PM

 
 
  Who need a DSLR?
Who need a DSLR?
 
 
Uh Teresa, you didn't need that fancy camera, you could have just brought your iPad. . . .

8/29/2012 8:24:04 PM

  keep making me laugh! these are great

8/29/2012 8:26:15 PM

 
 
  Catching Up
Catching Up
 
 
It was nice that Deb and Bean planned in so many opportunities for us to chat with each other on Facebook.

8/29/2012 8:26:56 PM

  Ok Jeff, that last picture is hysterical!!

8/29/2012 8:39:51 PM

 
 
  Beth
Beth
 
 
Poor Beth, she just couldn't keep up with Dale!

8/29/2012 8:41:27 PM

 
 
  Laying Down On The Job
Laying Down On The Job
 
 
Apparently, Beth wasn't the only one that couldn't keep up with Dale.

8/29/2012 8:44:47 PM

 
 
  That Way
That Way
 
 
According to Dale and Deb, it's over there. . .

8/29/2012 8:52:35 PM

Aimee c. Eisaman
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  O I love this thread!!!!!

8/30/2012 3:35:46 AM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Hey - that guy behinds us agrees too... Funny pic!

8/30/2012 4:48:40 AM

  Yeah, it would appear that Teresa agrees as well.

8/30/2012 4:58:11 AM

 
 
  Chasing Butterflies
Chasing Butterflies
 
 
Hi Jeff!

8/30/2012 5:18:28 PM

 
 
  National Columns
National Columns
Wish the sky had been better that day . . .
 
 
Since I ended up in both Tony and Jeff's "Behind the Scenes" shots last year . . . .

8/30/2012 5:28:10 PM

 
 
  Orb #2
Orb #2
 
 
Hummm . . . Tony doesn't look pleased :)

8/30/2012 5:39:31 PM

  Pretty sure we were looking for tigers. . .

8/30/2012 6:04:49 PM

 
 
  One in the back of the head. . . .
One in the back of the head. . . .
 
 
Someone should warn Stephen. . . .

8/30/2012 6:10:03 PM

 
 
  Yellow
Yellow
 
 
Another one of Tony

9/3/2012 1:29:12 PM

 
 
  Discussion
Discussion
Not sure what they were talking about.
 
 
Ok, I am a bit late but have some to add!!
I am not sure what Jeff and Tony were discussing, maybe Deb's position on the floor but the guard doesn't look too happy with them... Just Saying

9/3/2012 6:51:04 PM

 
 
  Hair Accessory
Hair Accessory
I don't think you were allowed to sneak him out!
 
 
Guess who had something in their hair?

9/3/2012 6:55:17 PM

 
 
  Who can't keep up with Dale now?
Who can't keep up with Dale now?
Some people were laying down on the job while Dale was working hard taking more pictures.
 
 
And another one

9/3/2012 7:01:49 PM

 
 
  And they are off!
And they are off!
 
 
The Great Escape!

9/3/2012 7:07:47 PM

 
 
  Looking
Looking
 
 
Deb was looking for the thing Dale found.

9/3/2012 7:10:21 PM

  Never too late, Beth!

These are all great!

9/3/2012 7:38:32 PM

  These are great Beth!! That butterfly tickled :)

9/3/2012 8:15:46 PM

 
 
  Teresa
Teresa
 
 
A little concentration

9/3/2012 8:53:10 PM

  That looks painful!! LOL!

9/4/2012 5:22:33 PM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Fun picks Beth and Teresa!!

9/4/2012 7:07:36 PM

Aimee c. Eisaman
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  Who says Teresa can't take pictures and get a workout at the same time?

9/5/2012 10:26:58 AM

 
 
  Straddle
Straddle
 
 
~

9/6/2012 8:23:28 PM

Aimee c. Eisaman
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  Photographers yoga with Tony Mancuso! lol

9/7/2012 6:33:58 AM

Debbra L. Bailey
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  Ha! Awesomeness :)

9/7/2012 9:56:31 AM

  I pulled my groin in six places attempting to get that shot...

9/7/2012 10:41:09 AM

  Uh oh, did you need a trip to the ER?

9/7/2012 10:44:02 AM

  Did you rate your pain on a scale of 1-10

9/7/2012 12:25:43 PM

  I think it would be a 15!

9/7/2012 7:32:14 PM

Aimee c. Eisaman
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  Remember to chew your pain meds!

9/8/2012 7:11:19 AM

  And be sure to be on your cell phone while you squirm in pain

9/8/2012 2:01:28 PM

 
 
  Deb and Teresa
Deb and Teresa
 
 
And they thought I wasn't looking. . .

9/17/2012 6:04:47 PM

 
 
  Break time
Break time
 
 
Monkey See, Monkey Do. . .

9/21/2012 2:58:53 PM

  That would be a cute pic if you cloned that obtrusive orange ugly thing out of the background Jeff...

9/22/2012 5:20:44 AM

 
 
  Vietnam Vet
Vietnam Vet
This veteran promised his wife he'd see the Vietnam Memorial before he died.
 
  Enthralled
Enthralled
 
 
It was hard to catch Jeff not paying attention . . .

9/23/2012 3:02:26 PM

 
 
  Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls
 
 
Ummm I think Dale might have an issue with security

9/27/2012 8:50:02 PM

Aimee c. Eisaman
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  O yeah he looks like he's up to no good for sure! Book em Dano!

9/28/2012 5:47:25 AM

  there is some pretty funny shot here....I love the monkey see monkey do...it just has a slight distraction in the bg

9/28/2012 6:27:41 AM

 
 
  For Susan
For Susan
 
 
Jeff

9/30/2012 11:52:47 AM

  Wait, how did you get a shot of me not taking a shot of you?

9/30/2012 2:36:57 PM

  I'm sneaky :)

9/30/2012 3:41:24 PM

  Either that or I'm slipping. . .

9/30/2012 6:15:52 PM

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  93 .  Phello Photographers Club Trip - Travel
Travel (something that has to do with how you got there)

8/19/2012 6:44:44 PM

 
 
  The Metro
The Metro
 
 
I guess I'll start this one.

9/6/2012 9:34:12 PM

  You really went out of your way to get to this year's meet-up, Jeff!

6/11/2013 10:38:44 PM

  Yeah, this is from last year. I haven't had a chance to set up the threads for this year.

6/11/2013 10:54:31 PM

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  94 .  image not showing up
I entered a photo in this month's Nature and Landscape category on the 8th. I have searched and searched the entries for that date and even one day earlier and one day later but cannot find the image. What could the explanation be? I have looked to see if the display box was checked and it is. Maybe I overlooked it but again, I have checked several times.

8/10/2012 7:46:45 PM

  Did you enter from your gallery? They show up by the date they were entered in your gallery, so that's probably what's going on. It's probably somewhere back in the lineup. I almost never enter from my gallery, I upload a new copy when I want it in the contest. You can always deactivate the one you had in your gallery previously.

8/11/2012 7:24:01 AM

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  Was it "Oxbow Before Sunrise"? It is back on page 66 of N&L; as Carolyn says, the entries are displayed by the *original* date you uploaded the image file to BP, not the later date you entered it into the contest, if you are entering images already loaded to BP in the past.

8/13/2012 7:50:27 AM

  Well, this explains it perfectly. Thank you for the response.

8/13/2012 9:43:17 AM

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  95 .  Editor's First Picks
Has there been any Editor's First Picks for the month of August? I don't seem to be able to find any.

8/6/2012 4:38:09 PM

  Cheri hasn't put up the thread yet.

8/6/2012 5:44:44 PM

  Thank you for the prompt response.
Harriet Feagin

8/6/2012 6:40:26 PM

  Well Harriet I didn't know that there was a First Pick list let alone know how to find it. But they have made the First Pick selections because I have several. It would be interesting to see how my, yours and others compare and guess aqbout seeing who belongs in the "Finalist" selection.

The main problem I see is that "First Picks" are approximately 40% of those in each category it could be a lot of photos to check especially when the largest categories have 1000+ entries.


Lynn

8/6/2012 7:51:22 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Hi Lynn; the Editors Picks / Editors First Picks (same thing) are the results of the first, rather loose round of eliminations in the monthly contest entries... They were made into visible "stickers" a few years ago; before that, you had no idea how your image might be doing, from time of original entry, until Finalists were announced later.

If you do not receive an EP sticker on an image (once other member's images for the same day start showing EP's) that particular image is out of the running for that month. And yes, it is a fairly "generous" round - with estimates of 40 - 65% of all entries submitted making it to EP.

In years past, as longtime members studied the contest workings as best they could (since it is a closed process), it amounted to an EP being approximately representative of 7th place (or perhaps even lower):

Highest/1st level = Grand Prize
Next/2nd level = First Place Prize
Next/3rd level = Second Place Prize
Next/4th level = Finalists
Next/5th level = semi-finalists (hidden)
Next/6th level = semi-semi-finalists (hidden)
Next/7th level = EP's (now visible, used to be hidden)

8/7/2012 12:14:37 PM

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  Chris, I had some spare time and looked at the EP rate for Aug 4th, for Nature/Landscape. There were 46 photos entered and 34 had an EP, with a success rate of 74%.

8/7/2012 6:12:58 PM

  I don't where to find all the EFP for the month. I looked at the EFP and all I could find were from July and earlier. This is why I posed the question. I have had a EFP since I wrote so the others didn't cut the mustard. How did you get the ratio of 34/46 ? I am interested to be able to find the current EFP although the past photos are lovely.

8/7/2012 6:21:44 PM

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  Hi Harriet, there's no simple link for EPs. I went to the regular Contest Entries page:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=560

Then, I went back about 15 pages in the N/L category, and looked for a day that had EPs. I found August 4th. I started with the first photo uploaded after midnight. I opened each photo to see if it had an EP badge. If it did, I checked "Yes." If not, "no." I then tallied the results. Definitely a manual process, but it only took about 5 minutes. That's the only way I know for figuring out the percentage. And it was just for one day, for one category. But in the past, we did similar checks for other categories and the percentage was pretty consistent for a given month.

8/7/2012 7:25:15 PM

  Ken,
I am impressed! Thank you for the detailed information and all the manual labor involved. I am not that ambitious, though. Again, thank you for the response.
Harriet Feagin

8/8/2012 8:14:10 AM

  Yes, thanks Ken.
When I get editor's picks I feel honored because I thought I was one of 10-20 picks for each category.

It's still encouraging to get the EP label.

9/28/2012 12:04:11 PM

  I made a check last night and neither of mine had an EP. The first one I checked wasn't selected but that didn't suprise me too much knowing the quality of some of the photographers on this site. But neither had the second one which posted on another site where the best photographers take a look at every possible nit there was only one little nit. There were eight very good photographers, some who win that site's
monthly contest and of coursse there were the people that love every picture and would never think of saying anything against any photo that "Loved" it.

I was beginning to think that perhaps it was time for me to reexamine my photography and/or my style. However around Noon I found the second one had been selected for an EP. But I am not holding my breath about getting a Finalist. I don't look in that shade of blue. Also I had already checked some of the photos in the same category last week.

9/28/2012 3:35:44 PM

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  96 .  Outdoor Portrait, Fill Flash WB??
If I am taking someones portrait outdoors and use my flash, either on or off camera as fill flash, which WB would I set my camera to, i.e., flash, shade or even auto? Or does it even matter because I shoot in RAW? Please advise....Thank you!!

7/29/2012 4:26:08 AM

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  Since you can change white balance settings after shooting with the raw converter program, it actually wouldn't matter. But I don't see any reason to choose one that would make the color off when looking at it on the screen on the camera back.
Flash tends to have more blue than regular sunlight which is why you have a different preset for flash and sunlight. But since the flash is fill, I'd use the daylight setting.
You could always switch back and forth between flash balance and daylight, depending on your mood. You might notice a slight shifting to a warmer, later in the day look with the flash preset.

7/29/2012 1:27:15 PM

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  97 .  Using Second Memory Card As Backup
My Nikon D7000 has two memory card slots, and permits me to use the second as a backup. Using SanDisk Extreme cards, and shooting raw/compressed do you think that this will appreciably reduce my maximum fps?

7/21/2012 11:08:15 AM

  It may slow you down a little bit but not appreciably. What I want to know is why in the world you would have your RAW images compressed? Your ASP-C sensor needs all the help it can get and an unconpressed RAW will give you a better quality photo.

7/22/2012 9:56:51 PM

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  Compressed RAW isn't lossless???

7/23/2012 3:53:48 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  My camera doesn't support two slots, so I can't say for certain---but my hunch would be no appreciable slowdown; in theory, the buffer only holds each image once - the camera hardware then writes to 2 chips, independently (I'm assuming they are written simultaneously, not serially.)
Easy enough to test though---put in 1 chip, set up for high-speed shooting, fire away at a single composition (counting along with shutter fires if you can, until you notice the buffer lag.) Note the results, power down, reconfigure for 2 chips, and repeat the test...
Also, if you're looking for 1 chip to serve as backup, why not configure for both chips to be written with full-size RAW?

7/23/2012 12:09:26 PM

  I got a camera today that I am renting and the compressed RAW files are half of what the noncompressed files are. It is still pretty good but not not quite as good. Either way you will still be able to get considerably more information than you can get from JPEG.

Going on a trip starting tomorrow and will be gone the remainder of the week to try the camera out. If I really like it I am going to cry because I have to send it back and I cannot afford to purchase even a used one.

7/23/2012 2:33:39 PM

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  98 .  Flower Power
 
  Dead Nettle
Dead Nettle
Frederick County, MD
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Attention all wildflower experts...I need your help!

This colorful bloom was shot yesterday in the mountains of Central Maryland.
The petals were tiny, around 1/2" or less.
It resembles a Dead Nettle, but I'm not sure if that is correct.

7/21/2012 4:27:35 AM

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Frank P. Luongo
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  99 .  Hand Held Shooting
I nearly always use a tripod.
If I can't get an appropriate speed, I will raise my ISO, no higher than 400
or open my aperatur---depending on DOF.
I use mostly an 18-35mm lens. Sometimes I use my 75-300mm tele zoom.
I'm aware of the reciprical rule.

So with an 18-55mm I can use a 1/125sec speed handheld.
But whe I compose my photo I get speeds less than 100.I shoot in Manual or Aperature prior.

Any suggestions

i

7/16/2012 8:37:22 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Suggestions on what, how to shoot hand held at 1/100th or why you're getting 1/100th?

7/16/2012 10:26:50 AM

  Not quite enough information for us to detemine your problem. We do not know the time of day you are shooting which could be the main contributor to your dilema. It appears to me that you may have your meter set for spot readings and are selecting the wrong place to get your measurements. I recommend that you use 'partial metering' for youur exposure. As you close down the f stop toward f16 in dark conditions the only thing you can do is raise your ISO. You should be able to handhold your 18-55 at 1/80" when exended to 55mm. Hand holding the 75-300 @300mm you will need a shutterspeed of 1/500" so you will need to either increase your ISO or put it on a tripod.

Ninety percent of my photos are taken hand held. Aside from my aquarium shots the same percentage were taken at ISO 100-200. Please check out my gallery particurally page 2 the first photo in the second row, the blooming Dahlia. It was in deep shade, ISO 100, 85mm, f5.6 @ 1/160 second hand held using a 40D.

Unlike with film, digital sensors do not have reciprocity failure. And unless you are going to print 20x30" prints you will not see any problems using f16.

7/16/2012 11:29:23 AM

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  100 .  Camera Features Chart
Make and model of your camera (specify): Canon EOS 60D

Ability to use removable memory cards (and type of cards your camera accepts): Yes

LCD screen that lets you preview images (before you take them): Yes

A feature for magnifying images when you view them in Playback mode: Yes

Autofocus Lock, for locking focus while you recompose: Yes

Aperture Priority mode (marked as AV with some brands of cameras) for setting any desired aperture (f/stop): Yes

Shutter Priority mode (marked as TV with some brands of cameras) for setting any desired shutter speed: Yes

Several exposure metering patterns (please specify): Partial metering, Evative metering, center-weighted average metering, spot metering

An Exposure Compensation control (often marked [+/-]) for making brighter or darker images: Yes


A separate AUTOEXPOSURE LOCK button for locking the exposure while you recompose. (The button, often called AE Lock, is usually denoted as [AE-L] or with a * icon): Yes

A "histogram" for evaluating exposures: Yes

A fully Manual (M) mode although use of that mode is not recommended for this Course: Yes

A standard Program (P) mode: Yes

The ability to make ISO settings: If yes, the options available: A, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000 and 6400.

The ability to set White Balance: If yes, the options available: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color temperature.

Several JPEG Quality options such as Fine, etc.; (please list all of them): L, M, S1, S2, S3

Several JPEG Size options (please list them and the number of pixels that each size option provides):

L: Approximately 17,9 megapixels
M: Approximately 8,0 megapixels
S1: Approximately 4,5 megapixels
S2: Approximately 2,5 megapixels
S3: Approximately 0,35 megapixels


A RAW capture mode (to capture images as raw data): Yes

A TIFF capture mode: No

A built-in zoom lens or (with an SLR camera) an accessory zoom lens: No built in

A Macro option for extreme close focusing built-in to the camera: Yes

An accessory zoom lens with "macro" (close focusing capability): No

Threads on the front of your lens so you can mount filters: Yes

A hot shoe that accepts an optional accessory flash unit: Yes

A control that lets you adjust the level of Sharpening, Color Saturation (richness) and Contrast: Yes

EXIF Data recording (for data on all settings used to make a photo): Yes

The ability to view EXIF data (at least the f/stop, shutter speed and ISO) in Playback mode when viewing images: Yes

A socket (in camera base) that allows you to use a tripod: Yes
Compatibility with some type of remote control accessory: Yes

7/12/2012 4:46:27 AM

  So? What is the purpose of this post? Are you teaching a course someplace? If so why would you emphasize using "P" and not "M"? The Program setting should only be used when you absolutely have no idea what settings to use. I have only used it twice in my life and if your avatar is up to date that is before your parents got married or possibly even born.

7/16/2012 12:42:00 PM

  Hi!

Sorry, I posted at the wrong forum. Could you please remove this post?

7/16/2012 1:04:27 PM

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