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Old 01-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #2076
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That's what I thought. I'm pretty sure he rolled in with an Enzo that day.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:28 PM   #2077
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I wanted to get some daylight photos of my new shark fin antenna, so I grabbed my camera after work a took a some shots before it got dark. These are what I came up with. From my normal (low) angles you can barely even see the shark fin from the front, so most of the shots are from the rear. I really like how it flows with the car. Definitely better than the OEM antenna (IMO).













For this set I took exactly 100 shots and each of the shots above is a composite of 5-10 images (multiple polarizations). I have gotten into the habit of doing waaay too many polarizations so it really slows down the editing. I usually have at least a dozen different polarizations for each image, but only end up using half of them (or sometimes less).

I tried not to kill all of the reflections, because then it tends to look "fake", so there are still some, but overall I think the images turned out looking pretty clean. I'm definitely looking forward to summer when the days are longer! An extra 4 hours to take photos is really nice!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:34 PM   #2078
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Antenna looks good. It's a very subtle clean looking mod. I'm surprised to see you haven't gone with another exhaust yet! I really need to start doing multiple polarizations. Has anyone tried stacking filters at all? I would like to see how it would work out with two or three. I'm sure it's not ideal but I'm just curious.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:17 AM   #2079
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Do you know anyone with a CPL in your filter size that you could borrow? Assuming you already have one to start with . . . .

Stacking them is going to start cutting your light, but if it is a bright day it shouldn't matter. May affect your image quality as well, depending on the filter.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:05 AM   #2080
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can someone post some befor and after pictures of their edits?
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #2081
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can someone post some befor and after pictures of their edits?
i will when i get home
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #2082
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Do you know anyone with a CPL in your filter size that you could borrow? Assuming you already have one to start with . . . .

Stacking them is going to start cutting your light, but if it is a bright day it shouldn't matter. May affect your image quality as well, depending on the filter.
I thought the same thing as well.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:11 AM   #2083
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I don't like to stack filters but it would be an option. I would make sure to use high quality filters because the cheap ones go bad pretty quickly when you start stacking them...

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011...th-bad-filters
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:18 AM   #2084
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I put the CPL over my UV filter on my 85 when I shoot car stuff. Should I remove the UV filter and only use the CPL when needed?

My UV is a cheap Tiffen one and my CPL is a Hoya
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:04 AM   #2085
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i stack filters at the track on a sunny day. i will put my ND filter over my UV filter, doesn't seem to be an issue.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #2086
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If you need to stack two filters to cut the light then it probably won't be a big deal. But I wouldn't stack two for no reason (ie. UV and CPL). It might not be a big difference but it will probably cause some degradation.
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I have cheap filters so I don't like to stack them too often. 2 is usually ok, but even then if I nit-pick my pixels I can see artifacts/degradation. Even buying relatively cheap ones they're still about 100$ each. Hooray 77mm.

I'll upgrade them later, they're just real low on my gear list priority.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:10 PM   #2088
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If you need to stack two filters to cut the light then it probably won't be a big deal. But I wouldn't stack two for no reason (ie. UV and CPL). It might not be a big difference but it will probably cause some degradation.
I will try using only one filter and see if there is any difference. When I eventually get some good glass I will invest in an expensive filter.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:37 PM   #2089
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can someone post some befor and after pictures of their edits?
Were you wanting to see any specific kinds of editing before and afters, or just anything and everything?
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:45 PM   #2090
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Here's the best example of before and after that I have. The angle is slightly different but you get the idea.

Don't mind the ugly water mark

This is mostly increasing the contrast, some clarity, turning down the saturation of the blues, a little more vibrance, darkening the ground, some burning and giving it a warmer white balance (Which is my personal preference)





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it is amazing what a little bit of editing can do - the colors look so much richer in the 2nd one.
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That's a good edit. I like it! I'll try to get some of mine up eventually.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #2093
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Thanks guys! It's an older photo. The big thing that I seem to lack is contrast and richness in my originals. Does that have to do with glass quality as well? I read a lot of lens reviews for pro glass and they always mention how great the contrast and clarity is. Maybe someone can give me a little insight on this.
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Thanks guys! It's an older photo. The big thing that I seem to lack is contrast and richness in my originals. Does that have to do with glass quality as well? I read a lot of lens reviews for pro glass and they always mention how great the contrast and clarity is. Maybe someone can give me a little insight on this.
Well do you shoot in RAW?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:32 PM   #2095
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No I don't.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:52 PM   #2096
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It could have been the picture control mode/setting that your camera was set on when you took the photo.

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/micr...log/PicCon.pdf

Also I've found that shooting in RAW that I have more control in how the final picture turns out during post-processing.

Of course the more expensive glass is going to get you better results - but you can take good pictures using the non-pro stuff, you just have to know how to make your camera and lens work for you.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #2097
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I shoot Canon but my camera does have different modes to shoot in. I usually leave it on Auto white balance and manual exposure or sometimes AV. I can put it in Landscape or Portrait mode but I won't gain anything that I couldn't do in post processing.
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I shoot Canon but my camera does have different modes to shoot in. I usually leave it on Auto white balance and manual exposure or sometimes AV. I can put it in Landscape or Portrait mode but I won't gain anything that I couldn't do in post processing.
I also shoot a Canon. But Nikon has pretty much the same system if I remember correctly. Using the camera modes essentially edits the picture before it gets back to your computer. I was just saying that you can use those different modes to make your originals pop more, but of course they don't take place of what you can do with Lightroom or CS6.
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my before and after



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IMG_3678 by Deebsr6, on Flickr


IMG_3676 by Deebsr6, on Flickr
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