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Old Jan 25, 2009, 12:32 AM   #1
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Because the bar has been raised so high with the quality of the entries in the Monthly Challenge, I decided to go looking for curves for a while this afternoon in the local science museum. Designed mainly for children, it's a hands-on museum and provided several interesting objects to photograph. Always fun is the plasma ball



There were a couple I considered for the curves challenge, but decided against them. (I may still replace my current photo, but it will not be with one of the ones from this series.)





BTW, the last of the three curves shots is definite proof that I was able to con an exceptionally patient woman into marrying me. She's the figure in the foreground of the mirror, trying to figure out how to work one of the children's hands-on demonstrations.

These contraptions might seem familiar to anyone who grew up watching "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." The Rube Golberg-esque machines were created by the same artist who worked on that movie.




I just thought this one was interesting with the neon sign in the background reflecting off the "melting glass."



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Old Jan 25, 2009, 9:24 AM   #2
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Looks likr you had fun day Paul!
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Old Jan 25, 2009, 9:32 AM   #3
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Paul, the colors are fantastic on those shots. Great exposure, too.

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Exactly what I did, Paul. Found a ton of curves photos at the Museum of Science in Boston earlier this week. Another hands on kids museum with tons of curves and such.

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some really nice shots here!!!!
sure wish the exif was included........................

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Old Jan 25, 2009, 11:22 PM   #6
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robar wrote:
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some really nice shots here!!!!
sure wish the exif was included........................

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Roy, I have been linking to photos hosted on Flickr and I switched to Smugmug for this posting, specificying (I thought) that it would be there. Obviously, it wasn't.

All were shot with the K20d with the DA*50-135 lens, and I think I used the Pentax 540 flash in P-TTL mode on all but the plasma shot. (The flash details didn't show in the EXIF, perhaps because I used a P-TTL cord to connect to the flash mounted above the camera.) In each case, the flash was used at a 45 degree angle with the on-flash diffuser. ISO was at 800 for all shots, except as noted. Aperture priority mode on all shots.

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Shot #1 1/25, -0.7 EV, f/3.2, 80mm
Shot #2 1/100, + 0.3 EV, f/4.0, 75mm
Shot #3 1/100, - 0.3 EV, f/4.0, 63mm
Shot #4 1/13, + 1.0 EV, f/3.2, 50mm
Shots #5/#6 1/60, 0.0 EV, f/8.0, 50mm (ISO 1250)
Shot #7 1/60, -0.3 EV, f/7.1, 50mm

Glad you liked them.

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Edit: Remembering the sequence of shooting, I should qualify the statement that all were with the DA*50-135. During the time at the museum, I did switch to the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 for a few shots. Since the EXIF shows only focal length, shots 4-7 could have been shot with either; however, remembering when I changed back to the DA*50-135, I know that the only one which might have been with the Sigma was #7.


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Exactly what I did, Paul. Found a ton of curves photos at the Museum of Science in Boston earlier this week. Another hands on kids museum with tons of curves and such.

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Great minds think alike, eh?

These types of museums are lots of fun. I hadn't been to this one since one of my sons worked there as a student volunteer when he was in 4th or 5th grade. Just so many good possibilities for photos.

Can't wait to see your photos.

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Fantastic Shots!!!


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cool shots
a great idea for a place to get photos

we have scitech which is similar
but there are way to many kids
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Very cool shots!
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