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Jan 21, 2018 22:02:46   #
Cwilson341 wrote:
Beautiful work and an excellent job of capturing the beauty!

Thank you for looking and for those kind words Cwilson!
Jan 21, 2018 19:23:19   #
davefales wrote:
I like No 3 particularly. Did you intentionally want the reflections?

Thanks Dave! I didn't intentionally leave the reflections, and couldn't remove them, or, at least don't know how in LR. I also had whiteboards as reflectors off to the sides of the piece...and I didn't realize how much they would show up...probably won't do that again on these darker pieces. I was trying to get a little bit of light onto the sides.
Jan 21, 2018 19:19:26   #
pesfls wrote:
Mahogany? Nice work on both ends.

Thank you for looking! And commenting!
Jan 21, 2018 19:19:01   #
Swamp-Cork wrote:
I think maybe next you should do one featuring the crows, and still have a few hanging around if you need a model! Great Work and take care!

If they ever come up with a pewter top with crows, I'll sure make you one! But I have plenty of 'em hanging around my feeders!
Jan 21, 2018 08:38:59   #
DragonsLady wrote:
Nice work. How long did they take to make?

Thanks for looking and commenting! Probably an hour and a half I'd guess total. Of course, you don't get to this in that time because of the steps involved in the finishing process, but probably that if you put all the time together.
Jan 21, 2018 08:36:26   #
Swamp-Cork wrote:
Fantastic work and images, mrova and know that much skill and love went into that beautiful creation!

Thanks SwampCork for the good comment!
Jan 21, 2018 07:40:31   #
Yup, a hummingbird and a butterfly in the middle of winter in Central Virginia!
My woodworking hobby fed my need to improve my photography skills and equipment a few years back because I needed better photos to post on my FB pages. These potpourri bowls are from African Mahogany with the pewter lids.

I photograph most of my work against a black background with post work in LR6. These were shot with my Canon 7dii with two flashes mounted on stands at about 45 degrees to the piece to my left and right.




Dec 28, 2017 06:08:37   #
Male downy woodpecker. The female doesn't have the red spot on the head. They're fun critters to feed.
Dec 9, 2017 06:28:14   #
I have had similar results using my 7DII, and only from photos on the CF card. I load them on my laptop using a card reader and when I notice them to be screwed up, I remove the card from the reader OR disconnect the reader from computer and re-connect, and they show up fine. Pins seem fine, I'm suspecting my card or the reader in my case.
Dec 3, 2017 07:31:42   #
via the lens wrote:
I used a Nikon 70-200mm, one second exposure at f/8. PhotoPills is a smart phone app that can help you.

Two thumbs up for PhotoPills! Love how you can pinpoint any location and get exactly the direction where the sun/moon rises and sets.
Dec 3, 2017 06:09:39   #
rgrenaderphoto wrote:
Nicely done. Star trails are a lot of fun to shoot and StarTrax makes combining into final product very easy. I was so impressed, I sent the Developer $25.

One thing, I would suggest, assuming you use Lightroom, set the light temp to -26 to -38, gives the sky a bluer cast than that bronze/brown you always get. Then in a pixel level editing program like Photoshop, take time with the Healing Brush to eliminate the numerous diagonal airplane tracks. And, finally, try a graduated filter on the left to lower exposure for the sky glow.
Nicely done. Star trails are a lot of fun to shoo... (show quote)

Thanks for the comments and suggestions! I did use lightroom, went through the settings and even had the bluer cast but went with the more black appearance. Planes? They were ALL OVER the place. If you're not familiar with the area, this is so near the Norfolk International Airport, Oceana Navel Base, all sort of other military/coast guard activity. I had to stop taking the plane out after about 6 planes, man, that's tedious work! But, I learned a lot more about LR by taking out the ones I did. Had not thought about the graduated filter, I'll have to have a look at how to do that. I've heard and read a little about it, but never have used it.

Thanks again!
Dec 2, 2017 22:04:00   #
Went camping recently to First Landing State Park just a few miles north of Virginia Beach, VA. The way the land is oriented, from the beach you are looking due north, up into the Chesapeake Bay. I went out one night to create this image, made up of 89 shots - 15 second exposures every 5 seconds, settings made in my Canon 7dII, and used my Tokina 11-16 2.8. I think the ISO was at 800. Shots were stacked using StarStax.

The row of lights across the bottom are the lights of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. There's a gap in the lights on the left end, and another gap just right of center which are the two tunnels you go through under the bay. The orange glow above the lights and the white on the left side comes from the very thin layer of clouds that evening. Even with the clouds, I was amazed that the camera picked up the stars so well. Enjoy!

Sep 23, 2017 20:09:40   #
Mtnjerry wrote:
Here is the link on RIR's site which specifies how to get media credentials.
Note that there is a contact listed: Courtney Brockwell, Communications Coordinator, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222.

Thank you for that link Jerry! I've not had time yet to get to their website, I'll go check that out!
Sep 23, 2017 16:14:22   #
cambriaman wrote:
This thread turned into a grammar, pinctuation, spelling and language rant. I thought we were here to "talk" photography. There was a thread a few days ago also about spelling, grammar, vocabulary etc. This just wastes bandwidth as I am doing right now!

I was thinking the same thing as we got off and running. I've been able to weed through the garbage and found the good information I was hoping for, and I appreciate that.
Sep 23, 2017 16:11:29   #
Notorious T.O.D. wrote:
I believe you can buy a Pit Pass at NASCAR races if you want to spend some more money... Once you are in the Pits well...
At even NHRA Drag Races every ticket is a Pit Pass and people are free to roam and spend time in the Pits all day if they want to do it.

Todd Ferguson

Anymore NASCAR issues different levels of credentials. There are pit passes that are available for purchase separate from your ticket, but that will not let you where you see the people in the photo. The purchases pit passes allow fans onto the track and into the pit for a certain time frame (hours) prior to the start of major track activity, then they are sent back into the stands. As far as the pit goes - at least for RIR - and probably similar to other NASCAR events, they issue HOT or COLD pit/garage passes. The cold pass will allow you into the garage area until the start of the race and then you're outside of that are. You can also use the cold pass to wonder around the pits, again, until the start of the race, then you have to clear out. The hot pass allows access to either before, during, and after the race. They have so many dang credential levels now it is insane.
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