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Photographers and Photoshop Geniuses Step Right Up and Post!

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posted on Sep, 16 2014 @ 10:30 AM
I don't have a DSLR. With exception of the cameras I've built myself all of my pictures are taken with a cheap point and shoot.

Another Porcupine.

And a few more...
Great Grey (Strix nebulosa) in the rain.

On my way to work.

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) in a tree cavity

Not my smartest cat.

Pics from a $5 garage sale point and shoot camera that I converted to near infrared.

Star trail with a hacked point and shoot camera in intervolometer mode

Thermal image of a porcupine. They are very curious about me at night.

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) Some naturalists out there might know the significance of this image. Brown creepers are difficult enough to spot in the day. Few people in the world have found one at night.

Barred Owl chick (Strix varia)

posted on Sep, 16 2014 @ 03:28 PM
a reply to: CraftBuilder

That is cool... Very cool. I love the personal additions to your cameras. Makes for absolutely beautiful pictures!

Those are simply absolutely beautiful shots. Do you ever sell your work? I notice in the beginning of the thread you tagged your pics.

How do you get the vividness of the color to equal that of a 35mm? I never have good luck with blowing up photo's in larger size without them turning extremely grainy with a point and shoot, I have also never gotten the colors the same either. How do you manage it?

The point and shoot I have right now is a canon A1300 - which can be more difficult getting a sharper shot because of its lack of image stabilization. I do like the composite capabilities the camera has though. That is cool. Prior to this camera I had a Sanyo S1070 that I think was a better point and shoot as it took better snap shots in my opinion - even though it had fewer megapixels probably due to it having image stabilization capabilities.

I use the digital mainly so I can line up a shot, and make sure what an angle will look like/which angle to use prior to using the 35mm - this saves on film, and makes the most out of each 35mm shot. Sometimes I think a particular shot will look great when on film it doesn't pan out the way I want it to, or it pans out better a different way... the digital is great for that.

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posted on Sep, 16 2014 @ 08:01 PM
a reply to: OpinionatedB
Thanks for the hefty compliment! I don't sell my work. I just take pictures in order to be able to share my experiences. I watermark some of the ones I really care about and don't want used without my permission.

I did a lot of research on my camera before I bought it. It is a Canon PowerShot A3300 IS. I paid about $100 for it on sale. It takes really great pictures but it only has 5X optical zoom and the quality goes way down as soon as any zoom is used. So I just make sure I get really close to the subject. That is kind of the challenge for me.

In post process I just do a real quick auto contrast adjust and sometimes auto color adjust. For nature/wildlife scenes I usually add a touch of saturation so that the result matches more closely what the eye sees. I often bring the pixels per inch up from the default of 180 to 300 to smooth pixelation.

The A3300 IS does extremely good macro (see my bug image) and is pretty good in low light (accounting for the low noise). The nice thing about Canon PowerShots is that you can open the firmware with CHDK for hundreds of other functions and ranges that are only available in DSLRs. Hence the intervelometer mode and longer exposures used to get the sequential images for the star trails image.

To see the detail that the A3300 IS is capable of in macro, right click on the bug image and choose "view image". Then left click on the image that appears.

It takes skill to do good photography with film. Good work!

edit on 16-9-2014 by CraftBuilder because: I added zoom instructions.

posted on Sep, 17 2014 @ 06:41 AM
a reply to: CraftBuilder

lol... perhaps I'll try the camera you have next purchase! That is an excellent macro shot!

posted on Oct, 3 2014 @ 02:36 PM
I'm bumping this thread a bit..

And adding.. "Train Wreck!"

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:16 PM
a reply to: OpinionatedB

Here are a few of mine

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:42 PM
Wow- you are all very talented photographers!

I know nothing about taking photos but I like to look at them and would happily pay money for the majority of the ones posted.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:52 PM
a reply to: Hellas

Oh wow look at that... you do awesome macro photography! I haven't done too much macro, have been doing more along the lines of Landscape. But I love seeing macro photography too. Not too long ago I got a macro lens for my camera and I did a couple caterpillars but that was really it so far.

I'd say it takes talent to get that perfect shot!

I wasted a whole lot of film trying to get a leaf falling out of a tree, naturally... lol... that one was pretty tough!
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posted on Oct, 27 2014 @ 06:06 PM
i took this in egypt!!!!

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