Photo of the Day - April 2010

Designer Dale

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It is now April 1 on the International Dateline

Welcome to Photo of the Day. The POTD thread was started by iGary, and first posted in May, 2006 It was converted to a monthly thread in November 2007 by Arn. POTD is one of the most popular picture groups on MacRumors and often exceeds 500 posts and 20,000 views per month.

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Dale (aka: Designer Dale)

March POTD stats: 975 Replies; 33,700 Views
 

dpastern

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Mar 16, 2010
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Female Jumping spider (Salticidae family)

Found her and duly grabbed a few images of her. Wasn't helped by a strong breeze, took 2 shots, one was OK, but this was the better of the 2 by far, albeit not perfect. I've done a manual WB as best as possible, but there's still a slight Yellow cast I'm afraid. :(



These spiders are non harmful to humans, very friendly, very inquisitive, and very smart. They are also deadly hunters - they pack a good punch for their size.

Dave

edit: hand held shot (as all my macro shots are), 3:1 or thereabouts. High mag macro shots are *not* easy, even if I make them look easy.
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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Apr 6, 2007
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Exif:
Lens: EF70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure Bias: 0 ev
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Some light curves adjustment and cropping.
 

booth22

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Nov 27, 2007
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Dog photos are sooo last month...

I'll keep them from my UW collection this month...
Not the most patient model!




 

maddagascar

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Ford Mustang from a classic car show outdoors.

i didn't really know what setting to use for these, so i used aperture priority and set it at like F/13-F/16...was that a good choice to do?

cause i thought it would be good to have everything in focus about all the cars.

anyone have tips on shooting things like this?

i have like 50+more photos on my website, so any help about them for the cars would be greatly appreciated. so i know for the next one, what to do.



 

TuffLuffJimmy

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Excellent, although it looks like it's a bit flat in the feather sections on my calibrated monitor. I've got a image almost identical to this, will post it tomorrow.

Dave
Yeah, I'm going to have to blame that on my lens. It was an old one I had and it was the end of it's life, but the framing and distance could be a lot better.
 

damov2

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Jan 25, 2009
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Cambridge, uk
Meercat portrait

This was taken last year but i have just got round to editing this.





EXIF:
Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Exposure:0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:250 mm
ISO Speed:640
Exposure Bias:0 EV
Flash:Off, Did not fire
 

dpastern

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i didn't really know what setting to use for these, so i used aperture priority and set it at like F/13-F/16...was that a good choice to do?
Well, typically, f8 to f11 is the sweetspot for most lenses. Yes, a small f stop will give you greater depth of field (DOF), but f8 in most cases, when combined with a wide to standard focal length lens will be perfectly fine. Beware smaller f stops with digital cameras, as you'll gain DOF but lose resolution due to diffraction, especially with the tiny sensors in most P&S cameras.

Dave
 

Doylem

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Wherever I hang my hat...
Just another country church. I always like this kind of light: something lit against a dark sky. It makes stonework crisp and 'sharp'. The grass is starting to green up, here in Cumbria, though you wouldn't know it from this pic (and there's snow on the hills again)...

 

booth22

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Nov 27, 2007
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Thats awesome, look at those teeth, he got that "I'm gonna eat you" look. lol how do you do underwater photography?
For the most part, my UW stuff is shot with a Canon G10 in an Ikelite UW housing with 1 or 2 external strobes. I'll see if I can dig of a photo of what I use. It's a fun little challenge to hope the subjects go along with what I want to shoot, hold myself still midwater and hope the settings/angles of the strobes work well. There are far more skilled people at this for sure, but for a once or twice a year vacation I'm pleased enough. By the time I get warmed up, our trip is usually coming to an end! I'll hopefully be posting more this month, I'll try to find some of my more web-worthy shots.

Looking for a midnight snack...





 

kallisti

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Just another country church. I always like this kind of light: something lit against a dark sky. It makes stonework crisp and 'sharp'. The grass is starting to green up, here in Cumbria, though you wouldn't know it from this pic (and there's snow on the hills again)...

A pair of lovely shots.

Mine for the day (still going through my cruise pics):


The cables are zip lines. You rig yourself into a harness and then ride them down, dangling underneath. 500 ft vertical drop, can't remember the total length. You travel down the cables...quickly. While it looks like the cables dive into the ocean it's an optical illusion. They stay above water and end on the distant beach. Total blast.
 

NeGRit0

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Apr 19, 2008
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....mmmm, shiny!

Lake Las Vegas?


Having read the previous posts I'm going to have to remember to start @ f/ 8 and go from there. Also, I found it's somewhat frustrating to shoot at a car show. Especially a big car show, because there are people every where, hence the framing on this one. Does this composition still work?


Clickable...

EXIF Info:
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
 

kallisti

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Apr 22, 2003
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Anybody for more peacocks?

I would add one, but I've already posted today.... Maybe tomorrow.

Not sure if you are interested in C&C, but I think this image would be more striking by cropping in a bit to exclude everything in the background. Just the bird and the inner circle of "eyes." The people and trees in the background are distractions for me. The subject is clearly the peacock and I think the image would be stronger by filling the frame with the subject. Take this with a grain of salt--don't wish to offend.