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Old 06-01-2009, 12:59 AM   #126
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I just picked up Kahunaking's Oly E-500 2 lens kit. I like it a lot, I'm still getting the hang of the thing. Only complaint I have so far is I wish the pictures would be a littttttle sharper, there's probably an option on the camera for it, I just haven't bothered looking yet.
Yes, there is a menu setting to increase the sharpness in-camera but ideally you want to sharpen the image with another program like photoshop (use unsharp mask). Also, generally soft images can be caused by several variables like shallow depth of field, not having a fast enough shutter speed for the focal length you are using, or maybe a physical problem like the lens is front or back focusing.

Olympus makes some of the finest optics money can buy but there are limitations when using the kit lenses....
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:40 AM   #127
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Yes, there is a menu setting to increase the sharpness in-camera but ideally you want to sharpen the image with another program like photoshop (use unsharp mask). Also, generally soft images can be caused by several variables like shallow depth of field, not having a fast enough shutter speed for the focal length you are using, or maybe a physical problem like the lens is front or back focusing.

Olympus makes some of the finest optics money can buy but there are limitations when using the kit lenses....
see I've been reading and reading. Idk I guess I can only learn from experience, but I think it was a mixture of everything you've mentioned.

Damn I'm a novice
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:55 AM   #128
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Holy crap that looks beautiful. I really want to go to Yellowstone now!
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:28 PM   #129
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Took the 20D and tripod down with me to the La Jolla reefs after snorkeling.. had a few of the incoming tide and exposed tide pools during the mid day.






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Old 06-05-2009, 12:38 AM   #130
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Took the 20D and tripod down with me to the La Jolla reefs after snorkeling.. had a few of the incoming tide and exposed tide pools during the mid day.







Nice work Audi....but there is something you may want to try in the future. The 1st image has nice water movement but the problem is you exposed that at f32. In smaller format cameras (smaller than full frame) you get diffraction after f11 which causes softness in the image. I would buy a 2stop or 4 stop neutral density filter for your lens. In this case, if you used a 4 stop filter, you could have shot the same image at f8 instead which would be the "sweet spot" of the lens giving you a nice crisp image with the same water movement.


On a side note, thx for the comments on the GTI! Great little car and a chip is a definite must , just not sure if I want to go APR, Revo,or GIAC. Sounds like you got a great deal on that Audi as well.
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Old 06-05-2009, 01:20 AM   #131
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Yes!!!! You are 100% correct. I actually do have a 2 stop ND filter but I did not have it with me. I actually had just cleaned.. well tried to clean the sensor.. it is still pretty bad when you look at the sky.Maybe even worse.. ha! most of which is AZ dirt. I had it cleaned a long while back at tempe camera while I was in film school still there and it seemed to dirty really fast after that.. Anyhow, I was going to check out my handy work and try some sky shots.. For about 10 mins it was hailing raining thundering.. then it stopped and the sky with the marine layer and rays coming through was awesome. then.. wouldn't you know it, the marine layer totally broke and it was just pure horrible light at like 2 pm. I didn't even have the UV filter on and it was the kit lense. I was still itching to mess with some longer exposures even with the light.. which is why I made it black and white. Out of like 12 shots in that same spot, that was the best one. Beyond it being pushed to the max at f 32.. I think it was over exposed by leaving the sutter open longer 2 - 3 stops to actually get that much ghosting of the water. I kinda like though, it's super contrasty.

Keep me updated on the car, which compnay you go with, and how you like it! I liked the security lock out feature on the APR. But VAG still knows the car is chipped..

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Nice work Audi....but there is something you may want to try in the future. The 1st image has nice water movement but the problem is you exposed that at f32. In smaller format cameras (smaller than full frame) you get diffraction after f11 which causes softness in the image. I would buy a 2stop or 4 stop neutral density filter for your lens. In this case, if you used a 4 stop filter, you could have shot the same image at f8 instead which would be the "sweet spot" of the lens giving you a nice crisp image with the same water movement.


On a side note, thx for the comments on the GTI! Great little car and a chip is a definite must , just not sure if I want to go APR, Revo,or GIAC. Sounds like you got a great deal on that Audi as well.
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:56 AM   #132
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i have been learning alot in this thread.... keep it coming!
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:05 PM   #133
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:54 AM   #134
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:01 AM   #135
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That isnt Nate Campbell you n00b.....
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:08 PM   #136
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:05 PM   #137
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Okay so I went out and took some pictures last night. Heres one of the bridges that crosses tempe town lake unedited. Can anyone tell me why a lot of my shots have the little blue and red specks in the sky? Is my camera dirty? Is that picking up random light because I left the exposure open for so long? I'm a noob... help!

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:51 PM   #138
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is it like that in all of your pics?
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:35 PM   #139
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is it like that in all of your pics?
only ones I take at night. At first I thought the ISO was too high, but it was at 300ish. Like if you look at the pictures I posted in the San Tan thread of that silver 08 WRX, same thing. When I scroll through the pictures on my computer the dots seem to be in the same spot, but I can only see them in the dark sky.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:24 PM   #140
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not sure what to say. hopefully one of the gurus on here will chime in to help you out
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:27 PM   #141
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Hot pixels. It is an issue with your sensor, and happens on long exposures.

Here is some talk about it here, on your camera(e-500)
http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:...ient=firefox-a

Also if you look at your image, they are everywhere, not just in the sky.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:29 PM   #142
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more pics from last year before i moved out here. pretty in my old town in ohio and some of columbus, oh. shots are with a nikon d70

















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Damn Bobby you are a pretty damn good photographer.

KP, besides the little specks, thats a cool picture.
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Hot pixels. It is an issue with your sensor, and happens on long exposures.

Here is some talk about it here, on your camera(e-500)
http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:...ient=firefox-a

Also if you look at your image, they are everywhere, not just in the sky.
thank you a bunch for that link. stuff makes sense now. Time to go shoot some more tonight with my newly learned knowledge.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:17 PM   #145
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heres another photo from last night. I know I need a UV filter for the lights, I know.



and more speckely hotspots.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:10 AM   #146
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Bobby, nice work man!

Kyle, nice work too. I'm going to have to check out tempe town lake and try some night shots also.
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:11 AM   #147
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Tempe town lake is nice. I like it. Heres another one





I would say check out scottsdale, especially around Old Town. Me and a buddy found the Scottsdale City Hall and the entire park around it, alright place at night, but I'm willing to bet it's gorgeous during the day.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:11 AM   #148
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These are a little old but maybe it will be nice right now for all you people in phx to look at snow! haha





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Nice! Were the pics taken in Flagstaff?
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:00 PM   #150
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I miss the cold weather so bad!!
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