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    RM, the ESS-scape picture is the winner in that set!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    Oh, good lord. I know how that happened, but I have no idea why that happened. Sorry, I shall delete them forthwith.

    (but thanks for the compliments!)
    Certainly you have heard of Shutter Studder?

    Well, gotta say you did better'n me on my little ESS-capade Sunday..

    RM

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer View Post
    RM, the ESS-scape picture is the winner in that set!
    Well Tanks! (next time I gotta remember to check my camera setting better thou!)

    RM

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman View Post
    Well Tanks! (next time I gotta remember to check my camera setting better thou!)

    RM
    I agree with Gail--I like your ESS-cape the best.

    Remember to check your settings is 90% of the battle. This past weekend (I was at a teacher's retreat) I would have taken 20 or 30 shots only to realize I had my IS shot off, or the ISO set to 1600 or some other gaff that partly ruined quite a few shots.

    Drives me crazy.

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    Tom, I really like the last two, of the river.

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    I've got a bit of free time again, so I'm going to submit a few for C&C and keep my eyes open for more opportunities. The partly cloudy skies have been making for some striking lighting conditions. Let's hope I can make it work.









    I think the vinyard shots can be sort of cliche, maybe only because that's all I see on the walls everywhere I go around here. What do you think?

    I like the lighting on this one, but couldn't decide whether to shoot down the middle of the row, like this, or down the vines, but by the time I moved a few feet to get the shot, the lighting had changed and it wasn't a good picture any more.

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    More San Diego surf shots In PB where Crystal Dr. bends down to the beach, there is a grassy knoll overlooking the beach. A nice shot of this will be my screen saver.......hint, hint...........

    very truly yours,

    Land locked beach boy

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    Boney, I like no. 3 and 5 the best with 3 running a bit ahead because of the interest of "looking out" at the scene thru the broken out wall. I like the way no. 3 places the viewer in scene, you're not just looking AT a picture as much as you looking out thru one part of it to view another part of it. The viewer becomes the photographer.

    RM

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    Out, out, damn spots!

    Yes, Lady MacBeth was a photographer! Any-hoo, can anybody tell me if these spots would come out with a photo shop program? I think it's dust/water spots on the lens that, when pointed into the sun, just right, RUINS my beautiful pic?



    A few from today:







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    Quote Originally Posted by franze View Post
    Yes, Lady MacBeth was a photographer! Any-hoo, can anybody tell me if these spots would come out with a photo shop program? I think it's dust/water spots on the lens that, when pointed into the sun, just right, RUINS my beautiful pic?

    These are all great shots. I particularly like your submission on the assignment thread.

    The answer to your question above is a definitive, "I think so." It appears that you could simply select, burn, and/or color correct. Rather than a water spot, however, I think this is good old-fashioned lens flare. Are you using a hood? I've gotten to the point that I pretty much just don't shoot into the sun for this very reason. It's a neat shot, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BONEY View Post
    All are especially nice photos, Boney, but this one is spectacular. Because of the framing, it's far more interesting. The vertical tractor shot comes in a close second and the vineyard is nice, too, but I really like this one. Good exposure, too.

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    More ÔÇÿscapesÔǪ

    While I know that landscapes are generally thought of as being horizontal I thought IÔÇÖd try for something a little different and go for vertical landscape if such a thing can really be considered landscapes. The way I figure it, whoÔÇÖs gonna tell me the canÔÇÖt? And if they do I see no reason to listen to them, da bums! These are my landscapes and IÔÇÖll look at ÔÇÿem and which I want to, see??!

    So since Jeanne and I were going down to Charlottesville to see another production of Curque du Soleil that was playing at the UVA campus (if you haven't ever seen any of their shows GO it is absolutely stunning) and to eat lunch in the Historic down town area that has now been blocked off from vehicular traffic, I took along the G9. While there I took a few shots around the central plaza.

    First off is a shot looking down the central plaza with the line of trees down the center. Seeing those lined by the buildings is what got me thinking along the lines of going vertical. In the first one I choose to leave in Jeanne walking away from the camera as I thought it would add interest to the scene as if you the viewer is walking along with her. Plus having her just jutting in from the edge in the foreground with the rest of the people further back adds to the scale and I liked the offset sense of balance having her there provides.


    The next is looking up a side street, I liked the view of the church and while power lines generally detract from photographs sometimes they can have the opposite effect and I purposely included them in this image. To me the power lines adds interest here and helps bring home the age of this part of the city, since in more modern downtown areas the wires are now all underground. Also at first I was annoyed at the little girl who kept getting into the shot but on retrospect I think she adds to the scene, again for scale and its as if you the viewer are sharing her vision of the street.



    The next is again vertical in nature and also because I just plain like old doors and doorways and old buildings in general. The colors in this really came out nicely too.



    And a window just down from the doors. In this one I again included something that one would normally try to avoid including, but here I think the pole adds interest and speaks to the age of the building by its weathered texture, even the old style pegs in it add something. I found the window itself interesting, obviously there had been something built around it, but what? An awning perhaps? And there is the view thru it to the inside and hint of something vaguely seen, another window looking out perhaps on an adjoining wall set at 90 deg. to this wall? And is the window pane missing or just really clear? It just seemed to ask a lot of questions..



    Sunday

    Sunday it really started warming up in Va so I decided to get the bike gassed up before the work week started and just because it was finally warm enough not to have to plug in or even wear my neck warmer or heated gear. Well, the ride to gas up lasted 2 hours! Ha Ha!
    I had the G9 along since I realized it was last day for the ÔÇÿscapes entries.

    So again I went for vertical shots, or I should say vertical subjects as all but one
    ( the town ÔÇÿscape in the series above ) were shot with the camera at normal orientation, again that was part of my goal, to let the subject set the vertical aspect not the dimensions of the image itself.

    After gassing up headed out some of my fav. Local roads thru the farm lands just shy of the River and 95. The first is taken from a narrow one lane wooden bridge over some old railway tracks, naturally right as I stop to take the shots a bunch of cars show up and have to wait for me to shoot! Oh, well its Sunday afternoon, whatÔÇÖs the rush??



    Then just down the road I stopped and shot this, I liked the way the lighting, now over my shoulder and getting lower in the sky brought out the texture of the asphalt driveway, and line of white fences on both sides defining the whole. I also liked the way there was just a hint of the barn and house peaking over the fence line inviting the viewer to imagine what the rest of the structures looked like, yet the whole image is really held together by just two elements, the roadway and fence, stark and simple.



    Right past the railroad bridge I saw these two, I had no idea that anyone in the area was raising these now. Apparently they are popular for their meat.

    Two Emus (say that fast 20 times!)



    Then on the way home one final shot taken at the top of Neabsco Creek Wildlife Preserve next to my house, a more traditional landscape, the colors came out nicely and I am always intrigued by the way the creek flows through the marshland, during the summer this place is so alive with activity, nice place to come and sit on a warm afternoon and watch the waterfowl and furry critters scurry along the banks.



    And in B&W



    Hopefully you found some of the whys and wayfors that went into these shots of interest as you explore ÔÇÿscapes around your neck of the country.

    Enjoy!

    RM

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman View Post
    Nice shootin' RM. There are a lot of nice attributes to these photos. I like the farm road quite well, but I'm a sucker for these doorways. I don't know what it is about doorways (and to a lesser degree, windows) that make them such popular subjects, but they are.

    Here's one of my favorites, taken a number of years ago in Maryland or D.C:


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    This weekend’s weather up north was far a far cry from the desert… one interesting sunset during a snow squall. I’m not too happy with any of them, but these one captured the mood the best.






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    I tried to capture the snow drifting as my ÔÇ£landscapeÔÇØ. I had some trouble with the white balance and thereÔÇÖs not much contrast. I need to learn how to better manage light.





    I did make a wonderful discovery in ÔÇ£postÔÇØ:




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