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Old April 9th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #1
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Mount Diablo

Headed out to Mount Diablo today, more specifically mitchell canyon. There were a few blooming wildflowers, but the hills were nowhere near what I've heard is the real caliber of what it can offer to flower enthusiasts. We did a long hike, which was really nice since today was extremely warm, sunny, and just extremely pleasant. I'm so glad I wasn't in an office today.

Here are the pictures from the shoot:
http://flickr.com/photos/kinetic/tag...lospring/show/

And of course a few teasers so you'll actually go look at the photos:


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wow those are nice sharp pics.. what camera and lense?
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Old April 10th, 2008, 12:57 AM   #3
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wow those are nice sharp pics.. what camera and lense?
I use a digital nikon camera. In the shots above I used a mixture of 50mm F/1.8 Nikon Prime lens and a 105mm F/2.8 1:1 Sigma Macro lens.
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Brilliant pictures as usual.

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I've always wondered this, but in Photoshop how did you get the black haze effect around the picture? (not referring to the border).
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I like the first two the most. Pictures look great.
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I've always wondered this, but in Photoshop how did you get the black haze effect around the picture? (not referring to the border).
You mean the vignette? There's a couple different methods.



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You mean the vignette? There's a couple different methods.
Vignette! That's it. I could just never figure out the terminology. Found some tutorials online. Thanks!
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Vignette! That's it. I could just never figure out the terminology. Found some tutorials online. Thanks!
You're welcome! I use the Lens Correction filter, there's an option for a vignette in it if you are using CS2 or CS3 (not sure if it's in CS). I've done it manually before but sometimes the results were inconsistent, so the filter works better in my opinion.



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God that is some sweet looking bokeh! Awesome shots.
A few are so sharp they look like studio shots.
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Nature and flower photos aren't my thing, but yours look damn good. Like kramer2k said, the background bokeh is awesome! I an only wish I could get expert backgrounds like that. You also gave me a good location to drag her to so she can go out and do flower pictures too. I'll probably just be stuck walking around and meditating, since I don't really get off on taking pictures of flowers. Did you have more pictures? I went to your flicker slide show, but there weren't that many.
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Holy crap man, I thought you were using the 85mm f1.4 "Cream machine" for a minute there. That's insane bokeh.
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Holy crap man, I thought you were using the 85mm f1.4 "Cream machine" for a minute there.
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I agree with Kevin...I like the first two the most. I like the composition of the first one and the color in the second one.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the comments!


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Vignette! That's it. I could just never figure out the terminology. Found some tutorials online. Thanks!
Yup, pretty heavy vignetting =) It's done in the Adobe Camera RAW while the picture is still in the RAW format. It's always inconsistent, so I give it some more or less depending on the shot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I usually have an idea that I want to vignette the shot in photoshop when I take the picture, so I frame it as such. It doesn't work for every shot, but sometimes it's great. It not only gives the shot some focus, but it gives a natural and easy to look at frame, in other words it frames the subject nicely other than the straight edges of the photo.

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God that is some sweet looking bokeh! Awesome shots.
A few are so sharp they look like studio shots.
The Sigma 105mm F/2.8 macro and the Nikon 50mm F/1.8D both have AMAZING bokeh open wide. They're both ridiculously sharp lenses too when focused correctly. I have a lot of duds, especially if shooting at 1.8 =)

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Nature and flower photos aren't my thing, but yours look damn good. Like kramer2k said, the background bokeh is awesome! I an only wish I could get expert backgrounds like that. You also gave me a good location to drag her to so she can go out and do flower pictures too. I'll probably just be stuck walking around and meditating, since I don't really get off on taking pictures of flowers. Did you have more pictures? I went to your flicker slide show, but there weren't that many.
I'm also definitely not into flowers, but I tried many different angles and options to get something that appeals to me. I didn't take any straight top downs, and I tried to give every shot some context. I also focused primarily on the backgrounds as well =) Bokeh is almost more important to me than the subject these days I guess you can say the bokeh becomes part of the subject.

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Holy crap man, I thought you were using the 85mm f1.4 "Cream machine" for a minute there. That's insane bokeh.
OMG I really want the 85 1.4! The 50 and 105 do a really good job though for sure... but man I can't wait until I buy that 85 1.4 =)
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