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Official BeyondUnreal Photography Thread

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

  1. Rambowjo

    Rambowjo Das Protoss

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    [SCREENSHOT]http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/5798/notsurewhatiwantedwitht.jpg[/SCREENSHOT]

    I looked out my window and saw this and decided to take a bunch of pictures of it. It turned out kinda bad so I tried a bunch of crazy effects. I don't know.
     
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  2. das_ben

    das_ben Concerned.

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    Pfefferberg.

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  3. oosyxxx

    oosyxxx teh3vilspa7ula

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    All right, dude, that's it ... I am flying you to Minnesota this December! PM ME FOR DETAILS, BRAH!
     
  4. Israphel

    Israphel Sim senhor, efeitos especial

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    Went to the south of the country for a few days over the weekend, and headed out to the beaches on the west coast. They're probably the best beaches in Portugal, all protected with no buildings or development, so they're pretty quiet, and the ocean there is pretty wild.
    It's been a long while since I had a really good session shooting on the ocean, when the light, location and sky have all come together, but Monday night was a really good evening.

    There was a lot of wind coming off the ocean though, which means a lot of spray getting on the lens and grad filters. Shooting really close to the edge of the tides like this meant keeping the lens covered, setting up and composing after the retreating waves, waiting for the waves to come back and then clicling the shutter before re-covering the lens and making sure the camera didn't get too wet. Then walking up the beach, cleaning all the spray off the lens, and doing it again.

    By the end of the evening, I was soaked.

    I'm still working through the shots, sorting out which ones to edit for prints for the website.
    The sky was really bright in parts, even a four stop grad was struggling to hold the light back, and the by product of this meant some severe darkening of the corners. I'll need to work a little more on that, and dealing with noise there on the shots I decide to keep.

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    My camera and soaking wet tripod at the end of the evening. Spent an hour stripping the tripod down and cleaning all the sand and salt water off of it later that night. :-/

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  5. Bi()ha2arD

    Bi()ha2arD Toxic!

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    This shot is just absolutely awesome!
     
  6. Zxanphorian

    Zxanphorian ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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    Israphel, I wish I lived in an area with easily-accessible grandeur that you have. :(
     
  7. SnaKe-Fu

    SnaKe-Fu Thread Killer.

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    I'm sure that Israphel could go to PA and get some outstanding shots as well...
     
  8. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    My personal favorite. The sun, sky and the motion of the waves.

    As beautiful as coastal photos get, I dislike the process involved in getting the shots. Sand everywhere. Sand on the lens or filter = hard to clean. An hour or two cleaning all the gear. Wind blowing over gear. Did I mention the sand? That stuff stays with you 4ever!
     
  9. Cr4zyB4st4rd

    Cr4zyB4st4rd I make awesome ©

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    My personal favorite. They're all great, but the colour in this one is stunning.
     
  10. NeoNite

    NeoNite Worst hack fraud ever

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    Stunning as always, Israphel.

    But it was so worth it.

    These two are my favourites:

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    Beautiful skyboxes, so to speak. In the second shot it looks like the water has mixed with red wine.
     
  11. Israphel

    Israphel Sim senhor, efeitos especial

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    Cheers. It's interesting that you like that one. I liked the nimbus of light between the rocks, but I didn't expect anyone to like this one all that much

    Depends how you define "easily accessible". I live in the centre of a dirty capital city, and these beaches are a 4 hour drive away. Europe is pretty densely populated and there's not much here that can compare with some of the wilderness and wide open spaces of North America. I don't know much about Pennsylvania, but I know a photographer who takes some amazing pictures out at Assateague Island.
    It's funny, because when I look at places I dream of photographing, not many of them are in Europe. In my list of 10-trips-I-really-want-to-make-but-know-I-probably-won't are two visits to North America: Utah; Arizona and Southern California, and Washington, Montana and Alberta. I guess that these places are as far away from you though as Norway is from me. It's sometimes strange for Europeans to take in the scale of the US.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, but really, you only see the good stuff here, not the 99% of stuff that I shoot that it complete crap.

    Cheers Mike. Fair point, it's an annoying aspect of coastal photography. Salt water + sand = electronics and mechanical hell, and the cleaning often takes longer than the shoot itself. My 17-35mm f2.8 has a bit of a squeak in the focus ring from salt getting in there :(
    There's the filters, the lenses, the camera, the tripod (which gets heavy abuse, you can see it's in the water for most of these shots), and that's not to mention the drives back from dark beaches in wet clothes, or the pre-dawn starts in the cold etc etc...

    But it's really really worth it. The day I took these shots was magical, and there's that process of flow when you're not thinking, you're just doing and working the camera. The sky is glorious, it's a beautiful place, the water is rushing around your feet...it's brilliant. After I'd finished shooting here, I just sat on the deserted beach and watched the stars come out. Just feeling content, and that feeling lasted until I went to bed that night.

    As for sand. Well, my next big trip is next Easter. I'm driving down across Morocco, over the Atlas to the Sahara. Three days in a tent on the edge of the desert, there's going to be a whole world of sand.
    Can't wait :)

    Thanks a lot. They're probably my favourites too.
     
  12. Bi()ha2arD

    Bi()ha2arD Toxic!

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    I got a thing for backlit sillouettes I guess :p
     
  13. igNiTion

    igNiTion here

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    Just stopping in to say good pictures everyone. :tup:
     
  14. Cr4zyB4st4rd

    Cr4zyB4st4rd I make awesome ©

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    Kantham Fool.

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    Israphel, I don't have any babies, but I would give them to you if I had some.

    Your shots are simply stunning. It's eating Skittles with the eyes. Your composition with the exposure and color vibrancy makes your unique style. I've watched your portfolio and I'm really impressed with what you have there. Your traveling foot and experience has gotten you far.

    Someone's stuck in Video Game tech big freakin' time LOL.
     
  16. das_ben

    das_ben Concerned.

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    The gum smacks are the pulse I'll follow.

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    There's ways of living, it's the way I'm living.

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  17. NeoNite

    NeoNite Worst hack fraud ever

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    Yeah throughout the entire day I see nothing but actors.
     
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  18. Benfica

    Benfica European Redneck

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    Where exactly?
     
  19. Rambowjo

    Rambowjo Das Protoss

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    Went to my brother's place the other day and took some photos of the kids. The youngest one is still pretty much a baby, so she's not very good for photos, but the oldest one is actually pretty cute and she actually knows, to some extent, what cameras are and thus knows when to smile :)

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  20. Israphel

    Israphel Sim senhor, efeitos especial

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    Cheers matey, thanks for that :)

    You can keep the babies however....I have enough with all my friends around me dropping them at the moment.

    Praia do Castelejo, Costa Vicentina, Algarve.
     

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