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Old Oct 16, 2007, 11:15 PM   #11
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Great shots Harriet. I'm beginning to wonder if that DA* ever leaves the camera.

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Old Oct 17, 2007, 12:50 AM   #12
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The DA* shares time in the bag - I also use the Viv macro and the A*300 quite often. The kit lens hasn't been out of the bag in ages - gotta get it out and do some wider angle stuff soon.

The other weekend I took out the DA 50-200 to see if I had figured out what's going on with it (answer - no and I discovered that mine also suffers from a fair amount of flare. I hadn't noticed that before - so it is once again relegated to the ignored shelf. Sure wish I had known more when I bought it originally, I think mine is just defective).

Dawg - I played around a bit with the white balance with another picture I took last night. It was fun but not ready to post it yet.
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Old Oct 17, 2007, 1:50 AM   #13
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I'll be waiting to see it Harriet.

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Old Oct 18, 2007, 12:58 AM   #14
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This isn't the same picture, but I played around with it a bit.

Original - only resized:



I'm not very good at adjusting white balance to what I remember. This was as close as I could get, but it's a hair greener than I remember. I straightened the lines - for some reason I have a terrible time remembering to square up my vertical or horizontal lines, no matter what camera I'm using.



Since I wasn't all that crazy about this one, I tried b&w. Thought I liked this one the best, but it loses most of the night-time feeling to me.



I couldn't resist posting this one. I really should have walked down the steps and over to the field (it's about a quarter mile away, perhaps) and tried my hand at sports under stadium lighting. However, it was getting late and I wanted to get to bed.

Here's the full frame version (I was resting the camera on a column of a stair case. It was slanted so I still had to hold onto the camera). The only pp I did was to run it through Neat Image (ISO 800).



And here's a 100% crop. No sharpening of any sort used (normally I always add some whenever I use Neat Image). I know it's rough, but remember that this was taken witha 135mm lens taking a picture of something that is around a quarter a mile away, at shutter speeds not designed to stop action (1/40).



I'm sorry now I didn't go down and try to take some proper action shots.


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Very neat, detailed captures @ ISO 800 Btw, I also liked the building itself! Now the 50-135 is in my wish list also : )
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This isn't the same picture, but I played around with it a bit.
Don't worry about the white balance.

I, and others as well, will, I'm sure, appreciate the design of the image whatever colour it is. I like it just as it is, because it's not far from the way things often look at night, and I admire the image at just that intensity. But others who'd prefer a different shade can right-click it and then make it any colour they like.

Brave ones might even post their amendments!

Have fun!
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Old Oct 18, 2007, 11:11 PM   #17
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I wish they'd do that - and then let me know what they did to get it to look that way. Unless the eye-dropper chooser works to adjust the white balance(which it often does), I'm lost when it comes to figuring out what to add/take away to get a color I want. So often what I try ends up doing odd things.
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