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Old Feb 15, 2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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My poor dog Sandy had to have her spleen out since it had growths on it. Everything went well except of course the EM-1 w/12-40mm PRO lens size hole in my wallet... For two weeks she had to wear the cone of shame, we opted for the upgraded blue cloth one as opposed to the plastic one.

I made her sit for some portraits with natural light from the window taken with E-PL2 and the 14-54mm mk II


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Old Feb 15, 2014, 10:50 AM   #2
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Last night was a clear moonlit night after over a foot of snow on Thursday. I decided to go out and take some long exposures with the 14mm f2.5, set ISO at 200 and guessed at shutter speeds in the 20-30 second range. Focusing was a problem so I used a light to light up a tree, focus, turn off the light and expose. Mounted on a tripod and remote wired shutter used.

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Moonlit trees long exposure by ramcewan, on Flickr

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moonlit frozen trees by ramcewan, on Flickr

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hemlocks covered in snow


Night winter scene - long exposure by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Pretty neat effect Ramce and I sure hope your fur kid gets well real quick. They are definitely family members.
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James,
thanks for the comments.. she is already mostly mended and out of the cone of shame, I'd been sitting on these pictures for a week or so... she's a good dog and as you say a member of the family!
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What a sweet dog. My girlfriend had a golden mix named Sandy. Sweet and really smart.
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....we know how the furry ones are family for sure and glad she is recovering well.

As for the night images, I like them all and totally like the B&W, I've been thinking of doing some too.
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Please post some post-cone photos, maybe with that nice 14-54 II.
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My poor dog Sandy had to have her spleen out since it had growths on it. Everything went well except of course the EM-1 w/12-40mm PRO lens size hole in my wallet...
I can relate ramcewan. How can you say No to a dog like Sandy
If I had a choice of a EM-1 w/12-40mm PRO lens or my dog
In less than a second I say my dog
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I can relate ramcewan. How can you say No to a dog like Sandy
If I had a choice of a EM-1 w/12-40mm PRO lens or my dog
In less than a second I say my dog
Of course I would never say no to something she needed, Sandy is a sweetheart of a dog and we love her!

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....we know how the furry ones are family for sure and glad she is recovering well.

As for the night images, I like them all and totally like the B&W, I've been thinking of doing some too.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with, I wasn't particularly thrilled with my initial results, I think B&W does best but still found post processing was recommending exposure adjustment more consistent with day time.

I tried to reprocess one to see if I could get it closer to what I remember my eyes seeing with this being the result. It is hard to get the glistening of the ice on the tops of the trees to come through without blowing out the moon. I think I will need to read up on how best to do these long exposures.


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Glad your dog is doing well.

As for the moonlight shining on the branches, they seem like perfect candidates to combine two shots. One shot of the shiny ice on the branches, and then overlay that with a normal exposed moon shot.
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