Excellent partraits, Toaster !
My technique over the years starts with the belief the closer you are the better. I find a nearby town or suburb, and avoid the bigger city displays because of crowds and restrictions. With the smaller towns you can usually get absurdly close to ground zero, in this case close enough to hear the mortar shells spinning in the air before detonating and having to periodically clean debris out of my camera bag. The smaller shows typically use the same shells as the bigger displays, but simply less of them. Results in abstract pictures that are really cool when printed on metal, etc.
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A couple of pictures from the Chinese Lantern Festival at St. Louis Botanical Gardens.
This dragon is made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored water wired together along with silk.
This dragon is made entirely of porcelain tea cups, saucers, plates & spoons all tied together with string. There were 2 of theses dragons facing one another.
A silk dragon fountain.
Another part of the silk dragon fountain.
A temple made completely from silk.
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You Can't Fix STUPID!
You guys are AMAZING! I love all the talent and all of the info about the pics. So many interesting and beautiful things in this world of ours.
My wanna be pic of a double rainbow we saw a few days ago while on Holiday in Colorado Springs. Interestingly enough, we've seen a double rainbow there two years in a row!
The colors in the lower one were SO vibrant. We could see every color of the spectrum. Unfortunately we were not in a good location to see the entire rainbow . . .
"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody — it saves so much time." - Rudyard Kipling
I'm a caveman and no photographer. I always carry some sort of camera on me when i'm outdoors. I got lots of blurry pictures here and there on my computer, here are some of the ok ones from hunting/fishing/outdoor trips.
Some rain is coming
Waiting for the fish to bite
Time to go home.. crappy weather incoming.
Someone's big brother.
Nice place to take a rest
Santas little helper is getting curious.
Smoke on the water (and fire in the sky)
Say hello to my little friends
The last of the stubborn snow.
Get out of my cloud.
U-571 going down.
My cat "Leia" is showing that mouse who's the boss.
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Some dice I made on the lathe/mill. Have a game that requires dice with 2 +, 2 - and 2 blank sides and my local game shop didn't have any, so I made some out of 3/4 aluminum.
Man fears the darkness, and so he scrapes away at the edges of it with fire (flashlights) - Rei Ayanami NGE
This is a diving board at a local lake, It was built in 1935 but in 1952 swimming was forbidden and the diving board no longer used. I went for a walk one morning and took this picture, I'm very pleased with the silhouette caused by sunrise and a thick mist rolling across the lake.
Please excuse the low quality of this photo. It was taken with an iPhone 4 with the magnifying glass from my Swiss Army Knife over the lens and there was a breeze threatening to blow the spider into my hands. He measures about half an inch from top to bottom.
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Old Bridge, height 23m:
And so they fly:
Some mobile photos from the last fishing trip.
In the mist.
Something has eaten all the leaves from the trees over huge areas..
We soon found the little sinners, had 40-50 cheving on my green jacket when we arrived to the water.
Result after a 3 hour walk, 5 hours in the ice cold water. Fishing is not fun, it's endless pain, i dont know why i like it
It's great idea to have this thread and I'm glad I found it!
Given it's still summer I really like to shoot Carnivals. With most dSLRS capable of ISO 1600 and beyond with exceptional quality night time shooting is really easy. Of course, hand holding long exposures has it's aethestic benefit as well.
Nice to see this thread has picked up a bit again, I made a huge post with some of my own favorites but there didn't seem to be any activity then for a few days and it got lost in the latest server crash.
@blasterman, I really like that one. I always try to take lots of shots in my town's annual carnival (The "Tilburgse Kermis") which is the biggest one in Europe, but I always bring a tripod and go for the longest possible shutterspeeds.
I'll link one or two and a few of my other personal favorites:
#1: Two years ago but still a favorite.
#2: From this summer (a few weeks ago), it looked like a UFO taking off
#3: Playing with colors and freezing motion with two flashes. Made possible by my girlfriend's help (and yes that's a real tattoo)
#4: One of my most recent shots is also my most postcard-worthy. Made it to flickr explore.
#5: I also LOVE to shoot macro and while chasing bees in my backyard, this fly proved to be a great model in posing for me. Nearly flawless specimen as well, so I could get that great detail in the eyes.
#6: can you spot the difference between a $2500 and a $200 setup between #5 and #6?
This shot - more than any other - made me realize that it's all about what you have with you, not how fancy your camera is.
...etc. I can't possibly post everything here
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Hey tweak - great work! #4 belongs on a metal print. If you can find a lab making those in your area it's highly recommended.
I really wish I could carry 'pod to a carnival, but they are somewhat frowned upon when I've done so in the past. Those are fantastic though. Although a bit surreal, I 'cooked' the image below a bit so a friend could use it for her web-site (poetry or something).
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hiking Mauritius island
seaside north of the island.
So many beautiful pictures here!
MDS, those macroshots are great.
xcel730 and blasterman, what shutterspeed (and aperature) are you using for those shots?
They are very good, I haven't succeded that well when I tried shooting fireworks.
Well im not a photographer and this pic was taken with a crappy iphone so im not sure it really even belongs in this thread but i do really like it, especially for the subject matter.
Thats a really beautiful picture. And thanks for the compliment. I think its hard to tell in my photo but the figures are a friend of mine leaning over showing his daughter how to use a fishing pole.