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Old 11-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #1301
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my latest work.

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Old 11-15-2012, 06:54 PM   #1302
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #1303
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Well this is the camera thread... shot one camera with the other, then vice versa... my goods I'm workin with atm below. Side note, 60d + grip, canon 85mm/1.8, Tokina 11-16mm/2.8 canon mount for sale. PST :P






Picked up a Samyang 8mm fisheye + Minolta 50mm/1.7 to play with a bit. I'll prob be getting rid of the Minolta and snagging the new Sigma 35mm/1.4 when it comes out.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:43 PM   #1304
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How much are you selling the 60D for?
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:46 PM   #1305
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Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f/2.8L IS II by Khanh Duong | KHDPhoto.com, on Flickr
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Canon 5D MkII w/ 50 f/1.2L by Khanh Duong | KHDPhoto.com, on Flickr
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:47 PM   #1306
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Mmmmm. My dream set up!
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:53 PM   #1307
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I need to borrow a camera so I can take a good family portrait
5DII/50L = so beautiful Ya really can't get better.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:55 PM   #1308
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Unless its 5DIII/50L.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #1309
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Well this is the camera thread... shot one camera with the other, then vice versa... my goods I'm workin with atm below. Side note, 60d + grip, canon 85mm/1.8, Tokina 11-16mm/2.8 canon mount for sale. PST :P






Picked up a Samyang 8mm fisheye + Minolta 50mm/1.7 to play with a bit. I'll prob be getting rid of the Minolta and snagging the new Sigma 35mm/1.4 when it comes out.

nice set up and nice pad lol

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:08 PM   #1310
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I have always wanted to take pictures of my car in the fog.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:10 PM   #1311
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:34 PM   #1312
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:34 PM   #1313
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:19 AM   #1314
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Well, I decided to go pick up an LED light and try some light painting. I just went to Autozone and ended up with the one linked below. It has 60 LED's and claims to be 205 lumens (but I don't know how true that is). Charged it for a little and then when out and played around.

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=900806_0_0_

I stuck with 30 second exposures and set the aperture to let in little to no ambient light. I tried this a couple times and I just couldn't get the car light up enough with this light and those settings, so I had to bump up the ISO a little at a time. This made some more ambient creep in, but allowed me to get a little more light onto the car.

The results were mediocre at best. Nothing remotely professional looking, but probably better than my last two attempts at night photos. Is it normal to see the light trails from the light itself in the photos? Are you supposed to remove those in post? I had to hold the light very high or else the light trails would obstruct the car and be nearly impossible to remove later. The made it hard to get light to certain parts of the car.

Here are the shots I came up with. The first two are "clean", with no light trails. I mostly just lit the rear of the car for these because I couldn't get enough light onto it for the entire car. The second two shots have more dispersed light (and visible trails). Still just doesn't look that great. Still a lot of reflections. Black just doesn't do will for this kind of thing...







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Old 11-16-2012, 07:25 AM   #1315
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Thanks, the pad is a steel series gaming pad. It's HUGE! I think 18"x18". For photoshop/gaming it is indispensable.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:36 AM   #1316
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Those shots look WAY better xluben!
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:21 AM   #1317
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If you have a small reflector, try holding it (shiny side toward the light and car) behind the light to cut down on the spill. Or, a cut up cereal box covered in a bit of foil will work as well. Or whatever you have readily at hand that could work along those lines. It is not that uncommon to have little streaks/ghosts to tidy up in post.

Do you have a shutter remote/cable release? I would recommend more than 30 secs.

These are a before and after pair I have posted. The differences are kind of subtle, but I swear they are there. I could post other B&A, I would just need to go find them in LR and export them onto Flickr first.

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DSC09818-1 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC09818-1.2 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

The two bright streaks were unintentional lines, but I liked the way they looked so I kept them in. Just took out some stray ghost areas, my ghost feet (pro tip - don't wear white shoes! ), a few bits in the background that picked up light, took out a bit of dirt on the floor, etc.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:30 AM   #1318
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:35 AM   #1319
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What made you go with Sony as opposed to the usual Canon and Nikon?
Initially it wasn't a deliberate choice. It was what was available to me, hanging around the house. When I first started getting into photography we had a Sony A300 that I used with the kit lenses (an 18-50 and a 55-200 or something along those lines) for about 2 years before buying a Sigma 50/1.4. Then that was the only lens I used for about the next 6 months. After that I decided I needed a better camera body. So, I shopped around, compared costs vs features. I wasn't so heavily invested in Sony gear that I couldn't have made the switch to Canon or Nikon, but when I started adding things up it was getting into the several thousands to switch so I stayed with Sony - both for the cost of the new camera body and the future costs down the road in lenses. In the end I'm glad I upgraded the camera body, but I also realise, then and now, that the biggest limitation to my photos is not the technology I am using, but shortcomings in my skill as a photographer. Those shortcomings would be present no matter which manufacturer's tech I was using, no matter how many bells and whistles the camera came programmed with.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:46 AM   #1320
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maybe one day I will be able to afford some L glass. maybe one day...
Took me awhile to save up for my first one, since ive traded around alot. Theyre expensive but IMO worth every penny.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:06 AM   #1321
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:29 AM   #1322
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:50 AM   #1323
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If you have a small reflector, try holding it (shiny side toward the light and car) behind the light to cut down on the spill. Or, a cut up cereal box covered in a bit of foil will work as well. Or whatever you have readily at hand that could work along those lines. It is not that uncommon to have little streaks/ghosts to tidy up in post.

Do you have a shutter remote/cable release? I would recommend more than 30 secs.

These are a before and after pair I have posted. The differences are kind of subtle, but I swear they are there. I could post other B&A, I would just need to go find them in LR and export them onto Flickr first.

The two bright streaks were unintentional lines, but I liked the way they looked so I kept them in. Just took out some stray ghost areas, my ghost feet (pro tip - don't wear white shoes! ), a few bits in the background that picked up light, took out a bit of dirt on the floor, etc.
Good info. How long of an exposure did you do? To keep the background darker I am going to have to decrease the aperture size, and then it makes the lights less effective. It seems like I don't really gain anything. I do have a remote shutter release, so I could try that.

When you are painting do you go around the car slowly and keep the light at the same height, or do you move it all over? I was generally keeping it at the same height but I made 2 or 3 slow-ish passes back and forth. The clean up you did on that photo looks pretty good.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:25 PM   #1324
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I move the light around quite a bit. If it stays still for too long it will burn a hotspot in your photo of whatever it is you're lighting up. But, if you are sure to pass over your subject evenly you can get nice smooth results. It takes a bit of practice. I usually go over the whole car in an initial pass, then come back to recover any areas I think I might have missed or any areas that might need additional lighting. For example, my car is CGM, so it lights up pretty easily, but my wheels are dark, so they need additional lighting to get them lit.

That BRZ photo was actually only about 15 or so secs. We wanted to keep the lighting very minimal, so it didn't take long at all. I used my remote to open the shutter, had my trusty flashlight in my
little softbox devicelittle softbox device
with a large scrap of flexible black foam sheet draped/hanging over the top to limit the light spill then walked over to the car, turned on the light, brushed it over the front a bit, turned it off, walked away, clicked my remote to close the shutter.

The light was very bright and the car is white so I was able to get it done very quickly. One advantage of using the remote is that you are able to take as long as you need to get the lighting right - whether it is 15 secs or 15 minutes and when you are finished you simply close your shutter.

To some extent you have to make your peace with the background light if you are going to set up in areas with streetlights. I know it is difficult to find locations w/o them. I am usually at around ISO 200, f/7-10. My average exposure is around 3-5 minutes. Often times I incorporate the background into the photo, sometimes the background is irrelevant. But, especially now that I am living in VA I am always on the lookout for areas that have no streetlights that I can still get to (preferably legally) after dark. It is definitely a challenge.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:46 PM   #1325
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