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Old Nov 18, 2009, 6:30 PM   #1
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Default More Glass....From Pittsburgh

I was intending to post these last week when the forum started acting up, then forgot about it until Dr. C. posted his outstanding shots from the Glass Museum in Tacoma. These are from the visit I made to the Heinz Museum in Pittsburgh earlier this month. All were taken with the K20 and the WR version of the 18-55mm kit lens using display lighting.

First shot at f/4.5 and 1/320

f/4.5 and 1/50

f/4.5 and 1/125

This one proves that even a common object can be beautiful when displayed properly; it's a traffic light bezel. F/5.6 and 1/60

The last shot I'm going to post from the Heinz doesn't really fit any of the categories of photos I've posted, but I liked the lighting on this life-sized wax figure of a familiar cultural icon from World War II. F/5.6 and 1/50.

One of my goals on the shoot was to see what kind of quality I could get from the new kit lens without using any flash. To get proper lighting, I had to go up to ISO 2000, so I ran all of these shots through Noiseware for noise reduction. Overall, I came away with a very strong affinity for the kit lens.

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Old Nov 18, 2009, 8:09 PM   #2
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Nice job, I'd say you and the WR kit performed very well.
My wife collects glass like your first 3 shots, she appreciates these as well.

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Old Nov 18, 2009, 10:32 PM   #3
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Really like this set, too. The first one has lots of details - perhaps the kit WR lens is the way I should go (whenever the budget recovers enough to think about it).
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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Paul, those shots are great! Great detail, great lighting, great color. It may have been the lens, but I am more inclined to think it was the photographer.
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 5:49 AM   #5
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Wonderful capture of detail, symmetry & color under very difficult lighting conditions. I agree with Dr. C - this definitely shows your skills!
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 7:14 AM   #6
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Great shots using the available light. Nice series as well.

The Heinz Museum looks like a must see place when visiting Pittsburgh.

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Very good shots, just goes to show, it does not matter what lens, it matters who is behind it.


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Old Nov 20, 2009, 1:08 PM   #8
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Excellent work at high ISO. When you don't have control of the subject yourself, available light can be best with glass, because of reflections from flash. You are inspiring me to document more of my wife's old glass collection (she specializes in Pittsburgh glass) before things get smashed in the next big earthquake! I did put up a few last year:

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