I like the boat photo, very colorful. I see you shot that with the Tokina 12-24, how do you like that lens? Have you used or worked with the Nikkor one? Oh and do the boats float up with the tide or is this a lake where the water level stays the same all the time?
Lough Mask is an inland lake in County Mayo, Ireland, and so it's not tidal. Nearest town to the picture is Balinrobe, if you're interested.
The Tokina 12-24 is a wonderful lens. A bit prone to CA at the short end, wide open. A lot of fun. It seemed to be on my D50 nearly all the time, but hasn't yet been on my D80 (only had the D80 5 days...), I'm still exploring the 18-135's capabilities. No, I haven't had the privilege of the Nikkor 12-24.
In addition to reducing the overall file size you need to also 're-size' the photo; look for something like 640x480 or 800x600. In Photoshop when I export it will give me a few options to re-size. Nice photo, Some of these modern coasters are very crazy, upside down and inside out...I agree you can have em'.
The attached photo was taken last week-end at a SC Park using a D50 camera with a 70-300 mm VR lens. Settings include auto white balance, ISO=450, focal length = 300. The park was built last year as a tennis facility. It surrounds a pond with walking trails, birds (eg, hawks, geese, and ducks), dragonflies, and lots of flowering plants.
At a local festival this past weekend, I was drawn to the bright colors on this kiddie ride. When I got closer and saw the condition they were in, it just made me sad. Seeing as how there were no children in or near them, it seemed to really say "end of summer" to me.
Edited to add technical info: VR 55-200mm (@85mm) Aperture Priority -f4.5 1/4000s ISO 200
Welcome to the light! Just kidding...I like this shot a lot. The first thing that hit me was how crisp the shot was (seems really sharp), then color and finally composition and the verbiness about it. To me it did tell the story summer is somewhat over. It fits very well with this post! Job well done IMO.
We took a nice cool couple of weeks for a vacation in Colorado. It was great to get out of the Arizona heat (summer is not over here until the end of October.) This is a sculpture of the Air Force Academy's mascot, the falcon. The clouds were building over the mountains waiting until the end of the day to let go with a thunderstorm. It was clear overhead but I caught their reflection in the windows.
My wife and I spent a week in Victoria, BC and of course we had to go to Butchart Gardens on Saturday night for the fireworks. I've tried shooting fireworks before but this is the first time I've been successful.
Nikon D40 18-55mm lens at 18mm 1/40sec at f/8 ISO set to 1600
Wow, amazing shots of the fireworks! I have been trying to take some, but have never been successful. But i wrote down what you took it at, next time, I will try those (i was trying some absurd 5 second shutter because i figure, well, its dark out..) I got some "decent" ones, but not that great.
That's what I love about digital over film, instant feedback. The first shots were too dark, so I just kept increasing the shutter speed until I got images. I took probably 40 shots and maybe have one other that's OK, but this one was the best.
Vacation and the summer is almost over! Let's take one last walk on the beach. This is my contribution to the topic taken with my D50 and my new 18-200mm VR lens. It was taken on Sunset Beach, NC, my home territory.
Great point! Wouldn't be summer without baseball (here in the states any-hoo). Was that strike three? The old adage "keep your eye on the ball" might help the youngster next time round (Those who can't do, teach...)