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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by BillyBadAss, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Israphel

    Israphel Sim senhor, efeitos especial

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    Graduated neutral density filters. If you're taking landscape photographs, then they are pretty much a necessity for the kind of shots you linked.

    Singh Ray make them, and there's a nice explanation on their page

    I actually wrote an article on them for ND Magazine a few years back explaining how they work.

    Singh Ray are good, but pretty expensive, Cokin are probably the cheapest, and what most people start out with. They do have a tendency to change the colours in the sky a little though.
    I use Lee because they don't leave any colour cast and are really tough. There's also Hitech, but I've never used them, so I'm not sure how good they are.

    You CAN get exactly the same effect by exposure blending, if you don't mind doing more work on the computer. Put the camera in a fixed position on a tripod, take one shot exposed for the ground, and then another a couple of stops darker exposing for the sky, and then in PS, layer one ontop of the other and paint the two together. This isn't the same as automated HDR which you get in programs like Photomatix, and generally looks unrealistic and nasty.
    It does take time to blend the layers well though, and I personally prefer to get it right in camera, and then not have to spend ages painted the different layers together. There's a really good article on how to do it by David Clapp, although he's very opposed to using filters and keeps going on about it. I'm not sure why, maybe he prefers sitting infront of a PC layering images.

    Anyway, hope some of that helps
     
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  2. pine

    pine Official Photography Thread Appreciator

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    Wow, 360 bucks for a set of basic graduated filters. Uh, maybe I WILL learn blending. lol.
     
  3. Rambowjo

    Rambowjo Das Protoss

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    Those filters are pretty simple and clever actually. Expensive stuff though.
     
  4. Israphel

    Israphel Sim senhor, efeitos especial

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    Singh Ray are really expensive but a good place to start is with Cokin (my first filters were Cokin), and you can get a system really cheaply.

    You need a filter holder and an adaptor ring (this screws onto your lens and clips to the filter holder-make sure you get the adaptor ring with the same diameter as your lens)

    BH has these for less than $20 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Filter-Holders/ci/9327/N/4291074966

    Then, all you need is a 2 stop grad and a 3 stop grad (that's all I ever use in my landscape shots).
    Three stop grad at BH is $26 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/14436-REG/Cokin_CP121_P121_Graduated_Gray_G2.html and the 2 stop will cost the same (although it seems to be out of stock both at BH and Adorama).

    So, altogether, you're looking at around $70, but you can also get a Cokin Graduated filter kit (with the holder, a one stop, two stop and three stop grad) for $58 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/387434-REG/Cokin_CH250_Graduated_Neutral_Density_Filter.html but again, it's out of stock right now. Added to this you'll need the adaptor ring http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Adapter-Rings/ci/9326/N/4291074967 about $15.

    The kit works out a little more expensive, but you get an extra filter (the one stop, which you'll almost never use), so your best bet is to get the holder and ring together, along with a 3 stop filter for about $45, and see how you get on.
     
  5. das_ben

    das_ben Concerned.

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  6. Zxanphorian

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    [screenshot]http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1167/5106289979_c71f0ce727_b.jpg[/screenshot]

    A test shot of Orion. I was trying to capture some meteors from the Orionids, but failed at that endeavor, but managed to capture this shot instead. I am overall pleased with the outcome, considering that my camera is a middle-of-the-road "megazoom" point & shoot.

    BTW: You can see the streaky smudge (due to the long exposure) of the Orion Nebula underneath Orion's belt.
     
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  7. IronMonkey

    IronMonkey Moi?

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    Some holiday snaps.

    This one is for Firefly :D
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    Frankfurt Am Main from above:

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    Ruins of Burg Olbrücker
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    More ruins of Burg Olbrücker
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    Rhine castle near St. Goar:

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    House in St. Goar:

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    Castle in the Rhine near Bacharach
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    View from the youth hostel (Burg Stahleck):
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    Grapes in Bernkastel-Kues:

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    Burg Eltz

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    Train station
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  8. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    I went mushroom hunting today with a friend and his biology major brother. It was my first time and It was a blast. Apparently I'm very good at it. We primarily hunted for Chanterelles because we can sell them for $6 a lbs. People like Chanterelles because they smell and taste good. To me they smell like rich melted butter. They have a slight buttery and peppery taste. We hit the mother load in the forest within 1 hour of searching. We filled the basket and called it a day. We considered selling them, but instead we are going to make a whole lot of soup and other things with them. I'm a little eager to go back out and do it again. It was a lot of fun.

    I didn't bring my camera as I knew it would be hard to navigate the dense forest. I needed both hands. I took a few photos of our findings when we came back. We found quite a few poisonous or otherwise very toxic mushrooms but we didn't bring any of them back with us. Luckily you have to actually eat them or lick your fingers to be affected. Touching is ok. I learned quite a bit today :)

    1. Here are our Chanterelle spoils. Most are very large. The small ones are more desirable but the large ones can still be used.
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    2. Here are a few different Mushrooms. Most are Chanterelles but some are not. The two are the far right hand side are a far more hard to find White Chanterelles. I found a nice patch of them towards the end of our trip. I didn't taste them so i don't if there is any difference other than the color. I'll get to the others later.
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    3. I found this bad boy. I'm not sure what this mushroom was called. I think he said it was of the Coral mushroom species. I know we found a few of them. He wasn't sure if it was eadable or not so I gave it to him so he could study it.
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    4. I don't remember what this one was called but I found a patch of them. I grabbed the best looking one. I was told that they are edible.
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    5. Another edible one. I didn't want to try it though. It looked grey in the forest but in the light it looked kind of blueish. This one wasn't in the greatest condition.
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  9. SleepyHe4d

    SleepyHe4d fap fap fap

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    Epic. Did you go inside?
     
  10. IronMonkey

    IronMonkey Moi?

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    Oh yes!
     
  11. Slainchild

    Slainchild Gold Member

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    Toronto :)

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  12. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    I want to ride this creature. It seems like the right thing to do.
     
  13. Jackal

    Jackal Crapass

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    is that Al?
     
  14. Israphel

    Israphel Sim senhor, efeitos especial

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    Some more from Scotland and the Isle of Skye

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  15. pine

    pine Official Photography Thread Appreciator

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    SWEET! :D Actually I'm really jealous, with all the time I have spent mushroom hunting I have never found any chantrelles myself. Can you describe what type of forest they were in, with tree species if possible? ;)

    That huge white mushroom is a russula. They are very common and very visible due to their large size, but not considered particularly good eating. Although some species are apparently pretty good and they are relatively safe (not easily confused with anything poisonous).

    Coral mushrooms are not considered edible (taste bad, cause some people upset stomach) but that one is gorgeous!

    If you can't eat all those chantrelles right away, they're great for drying. Store em in a pickle jar and put em in pasta over the winter.

    btw, my step-brother the mushroom expert sez:

     
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  16. Bi()ha2arD

    Bi()ha2arD Toxic!

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    Awesome. Just awesome.
     
  17. Al

    Al Reaper

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    Yes :)
     
  18. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    A russuala? It might be.. I thought most russuala's had red caps. I'm still just learning at this point. I did see plenty red capped russuala's on the way. This one was white all over. Turns out it wasn't good to eat because it was rotting from the inside.

    Here is a description of where we found most of our Chantrelles. It was pretty dense with lots of ferns and little trees around us. I think the large trees where Douglas firs or some other kind of pine needle trees. Large patches of them where usually found in a dark but still moist area that wasn't so densely covered by the plant life around it. They where almost always found with in 2-4 feet from a large tree. We never saw any from the side of the road.

    We ended up making a huge pot of Chantrelle soup. We made the really unhealthy but oh so delicious kind. Lots of Butter (4 cubes), half and half, lots of seasonings, Chantrelles and chicken broth. We made a few gallons of this stuff.

    We will likely sell the next batch.
    I think we will be back to hunting again in a few days.
     
  19. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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    and it can stay there :D
     
  20. pine

    pine Official Photography Thread Appreciator

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    These are from yesterday.

    Little poisonous lepiota.

    [screenshot]http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/8900/p1000678.jpg[/screenshot]

    A Lepiota Rachodes, aka Shaggy Parasol. It was delicious. :crysmile:

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    A russula.

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    Found out later this is edible, too small to really bother with though.

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    This is an agaricus, related to the white button mushrooms and portabellos you buy in the store. Unfortunately it turned out to be like the only poisonous one in the family.

    [screenshot]http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/4066/p1000627cr.jpg[/screenshot]

    Little inky caps.

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    Shelf fungus.

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    I have been going nuts with my camera lately, and I still have a bunch more recent ones in reserve. Hopefully you guys don't mind me spamming this thread.
     

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