Lets see some of those things we see everyday but take for granted. Schools we pass everyday, stores, lamp posts, billboards etc.
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this is something so ordinary to me as its on the path i take to the town centre of weybridge a commuter town of london.
its part of the 'weybridge land trust'. these are "ALLOTMENTS". strips of land rented by keen gardeners to grow flowers and veg. i haven't seen them on your continent where land is plentiful but i have seen them in europe. allotments were encouraged after the war to supplement food supplies and are now highly sought after and have a social life all of their own. strangely i'm being encouraged to put my name down on the waiting list.
my D40 is keeping an eye on the seasons passing over it.
18-55 @ 32mm Program mode with spot metering. 1/250, f8, ISO 200
have to admit to using the horizon tool in elements on cropping this one.
I tried metering off the sky for this pic, it worked really well for me if I set exposure compensation to +2/3. I still had to lighten the trees in photoshop mind. I also added the golden tinge with Color Efex (Bi-Color user defined filter plugin).
Sat 22-Mar-08 08:32 PM | edited Sat 22-Mar-08 08:36 PM by Beatkat
Some really great compositions here,.....but what about some DEcomposition..lol. Happens all around us and can be really beautiful. Shot near a pond I go to often for inspiration...the ground was littered with these perfectly black Maple leaves, never seen them before. D40X 18-55mm - shot a 48mm f5.6 1/60 hand held in Natural light- no flash- slightly overcast, wet day- late morning. Taken in RAW, edited in Capture one 4, sharpening, Dynamic Range, Contrast tweaked slightly.
That particular day, the morning sunshine took on an ethereal golden colour and bathed everything in its glow, including these trees. Now dappled with molten gold, these trees suddenly become extraordinary
Tue 25-Mar-08 01:33 AM | edited Tue 25-Mar-08 01:47 AM by FE Fan
I'm not new to Nikon or Nikonians, but I'm new to DSLRs. (Jim knows me well from the MF forum.) I decided to give the whole digital thing a shot and picked up a D40 this past Friday. In the spirit of this challenge, I headed off to the park and high school behind my house yesterday morning and shot this picture at the track.
I've had a blast so far with this little camera and I'm having a lot of fun with a new challenge...
Unfortunately the EXIF data is on my home computer, but it was shot with the 18-55 AFS kit lens at ISO 200 with -0.7 exposure compensation. (My apologies it it appears a bit over sharpened, I'm still adapting my workflow from scans.)
I look forward to spending a little time here on the D40/50/60 forum!
Very cool image.....I too have recently picked up a D40x, (december 07), and have just been ecstatic over this cameras abilities, size, and image qualities....and it's really put the fun back into photography for me...welcome and thanks again for posting- Greg
Great to be here. Never thought I'd take the plunge, but just got this idea in my head to try it. Turns out I like it a lot so far.
Time has been super precious lately and I may not be able to devote enough time to fully administer the Beatermat program. I still have the Beatermat sitting on my desk at home. When I get a chance, I will may try to solicit some help on the MF forum...
Bart D300s D40 F3HP FE FM2n Nikkormat FTN
Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison d'être. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d'être, which lives on in itself. - Andre Kertesz
It's all too easy to take my best friend for granted. She's always happy to see me be it in the morning or after a long day at the shop. She watches that which is ours in my absence and demands little. And she's always happy, loves to go outside, loves to come back inside. I do my best never to take her friendship and loyalty for granted but I'm merely a human... it happens. She's a three way mix, rescued several years ago. Her name is Gizmo.
What a face!.....I have rescued several cats over the years, and the animals are so thankful...they know we're helping them...great shot, love the shallow DOF....great expression from Gizmo, thanks for sharing!- Greg
Hey Martin, thanks for posting these two great shots, and for the link to your fantastic website. I just spent more than an hour there, and I'm thoroughly impressed. I urge everyone to visit it and check it out for themselves. There is a lot of useful information and techniques discussed as well as equipment reviews and real life stories and a wealth of useful info, presented in a light and enjoyable way, and of course many, many excellent images. What a labor of love...thanks again Martin- Greg
Literally, the dishes drying on the rack at my brother-in-law's 40th b-day party. Colors in the dish were spices on the counter behind it.
I was trying to demonstrate off camera flash to a relative. I used an SB-600 with an optical trigger. (See below for link). The SB-600 was set to (probably) between 1/32nd and 1/16th power, about 1-2 feet behind and left of the dish, triggered by the on camera flash - likely at 1/64th power.
Editing (done in iPhoto) limited to reducing the exposure, slight mod to brightness and contrast, and some sharpening.
Caveats and disclaimers: This is my first photo submission anywhere, ever, so please be gentle. When I took the photo, I hadn't considered the thought of entering a contest with this shot - I'd do some things differently. But when I noticed the "Everyday things" contest, I thought "Gee, that pic I took of the dishes might work well". Yada yada yada...
Thanks for looking, and for any constructive comments,
I see this thread has come alive! That's the way, people....So I have been fooling around with my 30 year old Nikkor 50mm 1.8, and last night my 12 year old, Sara, was in the completely dark living room illuminated only by her laptop computer, so I dialed up the iso, dialed down the shutter speed, opened the lens up and snapped this shot, (and many others until she threw me out...). Next time I'll bribe her to let me use a tripod...lol. A tad grainy, but smooth, cloned out her acne, (promised her I would), and VERY slightly tweaked saturation, unsharp mask, despeckled....... D40x- 50mm 1.8 1/60 f1.8 1600 iso available light (laptop on the table in front of her) handheld
>This is a really cool HDR shot, almost has painting like >qualities...is this a multiple exposure HDR? >Nice.............Beat
I hope this isn't the wrong forum to ask it, as it came up as a direct quote from above. I (at first) didn't believe this AWESOME portrait was a photo from one of our cameras, but some Photoshop creation. Obviously I must be wrong about that.
What is "HDR" and how did you do it? a Private PM or email is fine if its considered 'hijacking the thread' to get it answered publicly.
>It looks like a painting because it is a photograph of a >painting. My guess is it was done by the poster. > >Gerry Rhoades >Montana Pens >www.montanapens.com >F4, FM2n, D40, N90s and not enough glass
Actually it's just a photo i took while stuck in traffic on the Golden Gate, Not a painting at all. here's the original:
Fantastic work! (I'm sure that's what Gerry meant to say too..), the painting like qualities come from from the unique perspective you took, and the interesting and diverse people in the scene,.....really nice work....
I live in a little town in Eastern Oregon called Prairie City. That mountain is less than a 5 minute drive for me. Every time I drive that road I see deer and wild turkeys on the road or just off it. If you are lucky you can catch wolves, bear, cougar, any number of birds of prey including bald eagles, prong horns, elk, we even get the odd moose, buffalo and wolverines.
We actually have all sorts of critters wandering into town from time to time, I've found coyote, deer and bobcat prints outside my fence line.
Here is another picture that I took at the same time as the mountain shot. This is a hawk the was circling directly above me.
Nice shot, that isn't the pond by the Oak Lawn Cemetery is it? I am from that area and visit quite often...now live about 45 min.'s from there in central CT. That almost looks like Bittersweet vine, stuff has a mind of it's own.....regards- Beat
Mon 07-Apr-08 06:47 AM | edited Mon 07-Apr-08 06:59 AM by Hotswimmer
I'm totally new here, and this is my first post. I've only had my D40 for a few weeks now. I haven't done serious photography since I was on the "yearbook" staff some 30 years ago. Wow, a lot has changed.
It would be arrogant of me to call this good photography at this point, but it's a shot I liked. I swim competitively in the U.S. Masters program, and I took this photo of one of my teammates at a meet last weekend.
D40 55-200mm VR lens at 200mm F/5.6 1/1600s ISO200 WB Auto -.7EV 1 dose of luck
Welcome, welcome, ...and this is a great shot! It would not be arrogant at all, and while a lot has indeed changed, I think many would agree that this is a great picture.....don't sell yourself short. Thanks for posting- Greg
Thank you for the welcome and the kind words! Fortunately, the advances in camera technology are surpassed only by the resources available to learn how to use them. This is a great place and I'm happy to be here!
I use Paint Shop Pro X. I have a script that resizes,adds a 1 pixel black border, then a 20 pixel white border, selects the the non-white area and adds a drop shadow. You should be able to emulate that in just about any decent photoshop-like program. The frame helps it pop a bit on the monitor.
Lichen is something I see all the time but rarely stop to look closely. The colors and textures are worth a look, however. The symbiotic relationship between the fungus and algae allow the lichen to survive in places where neither species could otherwise exist. The fungus stores water and protects the algae and the algae does the photosynthesis work, feeding both organisms. Pretty cool!
Sat 12-Apr-08 03:59 AM | edited Sat 12-Apr-08 04:03 AM by Beatkat
Here in the Northeast, where the ground is full of ledge, and Glacial rock, we can't bury our wires as well as in other parts of the world, and it makes for interesting obstacles to the eye....damn ugly and intrusive most of the time....taken at a local road intersection I pass often. shot in raw, jpeg conversion a bit grainy.....overcast sky, post processed in faststone.... D40x 18-55 at 31mm Aperture priority f4.5 800 iso 1/4000 Multi segment meter mode
This is a photo of the highway 16 in Alberta, Canada. My family "lives" in Vegreville, which is an hour outside of Edmonton, where we actually live / work / play, and highway 16 is the two-lane highway we take to get here and there.
These are not-unusual driving conditions during the winter.
In this case, it looks like this in the spring, too! This picture was taken on Monday, April 21, 2008, as northern Alberta was hit by blizzard conditions. The road warnings didn't stop us or other intrepid drivers from making the trek into college/work...
Yes, white-out conditions and about 50m visibility.
D40x 1/640s at f5.6 150mm (courtesy of the 55-200 VR) ISO 200 quick levels adj. in Lightroom, and a slight desaturation (snow is weirdly blue without a polarizing filter)
Taken from inside a jeep while my mom drove through the treacherous weather! This is, however, not unusual during the winter months (and in this case, spring) in Canada. I think it's reasonable to put it in the "things we see everyday" category. I hope you think so too!
I just got back from a weeks vacation in San Diego, taking pix of my kid. One afternoon, I looked out my hotel window and saw this stroller on the beach.
This particular picture spoke to me. I get a kind "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" vibe from it. Or maybe it was "take your stroller to the beach" day. One thing that I did not notice originally was the shoe in the pic. Later, the stroller disappeared without any commotion.
Details: D-50 w/55-200mm Nikkor lense with VR = on Shutter: 1/1600 Aperture: 5/5.6 ISO: 400 No processing