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Old Feb 19, 2010, 2:50 PM   #1
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I took a drive up to Sequoia Park on Sunday and while I didn't have to put the chains on the Jeep, there was plenty of snow and ice to be found.

But first, my first time trying to blur water. It was a beautiful, bright day. These were taken before getting to elevation, in the shade, no filter, no processing in the first two and fourth. The third is my attempt to play around with some PP in order to bring back some color in the rocks (I've much to learn).
I took tons of these pictures but only a few of them came out OK because of overexposing the rocks. I'm looking forward to seeing what an ND filter will do for me in these cases.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking.

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#3 This PP'd one looks a little dark to me, but it's a truer representation of the rocks. What to do in these cases?
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#4 I had several other shots with more blur, which I liked better, but the rocks in the corners were way too bright.
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And for the ice...

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Forgive me. One more...I was surrounded by trees, after all!

Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)
The road to the General Sherman tree (the largest tree by volume in the world) was closed, unfortunately.
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Forgive me. One more...I was surrounded by trees, after all!

Giant Sequoia
You weren't kidding when you mentioned Giant Sequoia!
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Thanks for posting a nice selection of FZ-35 photos. They really look good.

Have a great weekend.

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Hi AaronB,

First of all, really nice shots. #5 Does it for me; Well, a rational explanation would be that the contrast in hue and levels fix the eye right on the subject (the flower). The whole scene creates like a boundary between winter and spring.

Regarding the blur, it's a challenge. Especially in daylight, when hard shadows or highlights may occur. To prevent over exposure of part of the image, you could force the cam to it's lowest sensitivity (iso and aperture), and play with the shutterspeed. That way you have only one variable to 'worry' about.
A diffuse, dim lit scene, with the waterflow being the brightest subject helps a lot. The evening could help out on that. Or any cloudy day with an nd filter. A tripod is recommended too.

Here's a picture that I took some years back (time flies.. ) with the FZ50, around sunset: F11, ISO 100, 2s, no filter



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Nice pictures. It seems you are enjoying your camera.

As I am considering the FZ35, I have a question for you and others about the last one (sequoia). On my monitor, looking at the blue sky, there appears to be what I would describe as some "banding" or strips/lines horizontally rather than a completely smooth section of blue. Does it look like this on the original? Does anyone else see this?
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Nice pictures. It seems you are enjoying your camera.

As I am considering the FZ35, I have a question for you and others about the last one (sequoia). On my monitor, looking at the blue sky, there appears to be what I would describe as some "banding" or strips/lines horizontally rather than a completely smooth section of blue. Does it look like this on the original? Does anyone else see this?
Yes I see this too on that image, but I think those lines come from resizing the images for this forum. I am pretty sure that this is the reason. Hopefully another member can confirm this
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Thanks, Sarah.

Thanks, G'Baron. Good advice. I used a tripod, but hadn't considered the aperture or iso.

Good eye, Jazzer. I hadn't noticed the bands. It may be as D'Faust suggests.
Here's the image elsewhere, without the bands. I tried resizing in LR to make sure the forum wouldn't have to (1024 on the long end, 226kb file size), but got the bands again when I tried reposting it. I don't know what's up. Here is the image hosted by Photobucket:


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What a beautiful details you captured!!
Well done.
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