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pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Mon 12-Nov-12 04:06 AM

Hi everyone, I didn't know exactly what to put as the subject, so that is the best I could come up with. I know all of you on here have followed all my trials and tribulations and have seen me move up in the ranks so to speak. So I just wanted to share with you my latest triump. I have just SOLD my first FRAMED PIECE OF WORK!. I am estatic...It was actually my favorite piece. It was my flag waterdrop photo. I will attach it here. And it went for a nice price tag of $182.00. I didn't set the price, you know me, I would have given it away if someone asked me, but the gallery owner sat down with me and came up with this price via a "formula" or whatever she called it...but how bout that!!!!! I am so happy also that I got to witness the selling. I was actually there when an older gentlemen was asking the gallery owner about the print and how on earth I got that flag in those drops. She called me over and left me step in and talk with him. He was amazed at how much thought I put into it, and laughed when I told him how messy my kitchen got just working on this one photo. I was beaming all over when he carried it out the door......whoo hooo!!!! So once again, my hats off to you guys for getting me where I'm at today... Here's what the print looked like....It was framed in a walnut 11x14 frame with a ivory colored mat...It was very pretty I thought......

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Darlene

mfphoto1

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mfphoto1 Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 12-Nov-12 04:41 AM

Congratulations, It's a great image.

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ChipsByAl

Harvey, US
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ChipsByAl Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Oct 2009
Mon 12-Nov-12 05:40 PM

That is a really cool shot! Congrats too Darlene.
Al

MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 12-Nov-12 10:44 PM

Hi Darlene,

Congratulations!
Very Well Done.

Best Regards,
Marty

jrp

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Tue 13-Nov-12 06:50 AM

Excellent work!
And you sold it!
Congratulations.

Have a great time :-)
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pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Tue 13-Nov-12 04:02 PM

Thanks guys, see persistence pays off, but I've learned something even more important. When I first started on here, I wasn't even sure I was turning the camera on correctly, well, maybe not that bad, but I was very much a beginner. I went, along with dragging you all with me, from thinking I needed new lens, to needing a better camera, flashes etc. What I ultimately learned was this: What I NEEDED was to USE my camera. It takes USING the camera to make you a better photographer. It takes actually picking it up, putting it in manual mode and actually USING it. I sat day after day, reading, looking through the internet, then more reading, but until I actually started USING my camera, did It start all coming together. I could see how each different settings affected what. I could see taking the flash off camera made a difference in lighting. I think I have learned more about my camera in the past few months than I have in the past few years, simply because I ACTUALLY USED IT. So the bottom line for me was, until you put into practice day in and day out with camera in hand, what you've learned, you will never progress. I learned step by step, but I've REALLY LEARNED by doing. And you guys have always been very patient with me and you've all helped me to evolve, for that I say THANK YOU.

Darlene

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Tue 13-Nov-12 05:16 PM

Now that is VERY, VERY cool!!!!

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pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Wed 14-Nov-12 04:33 PM

Hey thanks Brian!

Darlene

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ctdrummer Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012
Wed 14-Nov-12 05:23 PM




Very nice work and congratulations on the sale!


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Leonard62

Hatboro, Pa, US
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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Sat 17-Nov-12 03:18 PM

Nice job Darlene. You have a very creative mind. That showed early on in your photos. Now your photographic skills are catching up. That has to be so satisfying.

Regards,
Len

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pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Mon 19-Nov-12 01:05 PM

Hey thanks ctdrummer, and yes Len, it is very very satisfying. And to think this is just a small gallery, think what might be when I hit NEW YORK!!!!!!!

Darlene

SheriB

SouthernYork Co, US
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SheriB Silver Member Awarded for sharing her exceptional images and details of rural farm life. Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010
Mon 19-Nov-12 06:32 PM

I like how you think Go for it!

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pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Tue 20-Nov-12 01:40 AM

Hey thanks Sheri, the skies the limit, so I hear.....

Darlene

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Drbee Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004
Tue 20-Nov-12 03:28 AM

Darlene,

This is a stunning image. It's great that we've been able to follow your effort in perfecting your vision. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Best Regards,

Roger
It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?

Nitehawk5169

Williamstown, US
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Nitehawk5169 Registered since 22nd Feb 2010
Tue 20-Nov-12 04:53 AM

Darlene,

Congratulations! It is a beautiful portrayal of the Stars and Stripes. I really admire the imagination that you used to work this project. I'm looking forward to see your next endeavor.

Mike

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pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Tue 20-Nov-12 05:18 PM

Hey thanks Mike and Rodger, yes, I'm sure another adventure will be calling me that's for sure..... and when it does, you all will be right there on the trail with me.....

Darlene

Antero52

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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Wed 21-Nov-12 08:49 AM

Congratulations. This is a very challenging picture technically. Have you described somewhere how you made it? Or is that a trade secret?

It was interesting to see you say “I would have given it away if someone asked me”. My employer asked if I could make some of my photos available for the company Christmas card and next year’s wall calendar. I could have requested some monetary compensation but I didn’t want any. I am quite pedantic in what I do, and I’m afraid that as soon as I start collecting money for what I do as a hobby, I will be obsessed with getting more and more money. That’s why I prefer keeping business and hobby totally separate. I am not pushing my values for anyone but I was glad to see a soul mate in this respect.

Best regards, Antero

pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Fri 23-Nov-12 03:20 AM

I totally agree with you Antero, I think there is a lot of people around like us who just enjoy seeing someone else admire our work. No it's not a trade secret, here is exactly how I did it:
I used my glass end table, positioned a flag right underneath it about 12 inches or so give or take. I then took some rain-x that you buy at your local walmart, sprayed that over the glass top of the table. Then I took a small syringe and very gently made the row of drops. They really didn't have to be in any sort of order and you need to make a lot of them so you have a chance to move your lens around to position the flag in the drops. That was the hardest part. You have to lay the flag down opposite of the way it should be because it will be refracted in the drops. Then I used my tripod, which I have grown to love with the ball head and tilted it so it was over top of the glass. I used my 105 macro, if I remember correctly, and focus on the flag in the drop, not the flag itself. You need to have a wide aperature so the flag is sort of out of focus a little.
Then it is a matter of trial and error with the lighting. I did my near a window so as to not have a direct flash from anywhere.
But remember, you must have the flag reversed so it is showing the stars and stripes the correct way in the drop...It was challenging, but a lot of fun....

Darlene

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jdphotos Registered since 12th Jun 2012
Sat 24-Nov-12 06:56 PM

Congratulations! Darlene.

Thanks for the technique.

pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Mon 26-Nov-12 03:26 AM

your quite welcome jdphotos.!

Darlene

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greenwing Gold Member Nikonian since 18th May 2006
Mon 26-Nov-12 01:24 PM | edited Mon 26-Nov-12 01:28 PM by greenwing

Well done, Darlene. I'm happy to think I've seen you progress from a very nervous beginner to a consummate (if still a bit nervous) exhibitor & seller of images. More power to you, Darlene!

ps - I've had RainX on the windscreen for about 25 years, and never realised the possibilities. Nice one!

Chris

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mkbee1 Registered since 26th Nov 2012
Mon 26-Nov-12 08:44 PM

SPECTACULAR! Your work was rewarded!

pasknucklehead

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Tue 27-Nov-12 05:28 PM

Thanks Chris, yes it has been a long while trying to figure this camera out. But I am stubborn, and my effort is finally paying off. Not so much monetary value, but satisfaction, which means so much more. RainX is wonderful! Just don't spay it in your eyes, been there, done that! ouch

Darlene

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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008
Tue 27-Nov-12 05:28 PM

Thanks mkbee1, yes indeed, it was!!!!!

Darlene

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D90thomas Registered since 31st Dec 2011
Sat 15-Dec-12 07:38 PM

Beautiful! It's worth $182!

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