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Old 01-03-2010, 01:29 AM
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I hope to do a daily picture, but I know it just won't happen. Too many days with too much other stuff going on...

And, after seeing what Rally did to one of my pics in presumably little time in Photoshop, I went out an bought Aperture. I'm still not ready to step up all the way to Photoshop (though I am pretty sure it is installed on my work machine ) Of course I'm still waiting for Apple to add RAW support for my new Canon S90.

You can always find my pics on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/snid/
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:30 AM
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Here's the photo I posted on 1/1/2010:

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Rally brought back a lot of detail in the snow (his version, not the one posted above), and that convinced me I needed to finally start learning how to post-process my pictures.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:33 AM
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Today, I went out to Stowe to do some telemark skiing. The sky was putting on a pretty good show at times

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And I like this shot up one of the narrower, flatter trails - it looks almost like an abandoned road

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I'll attach the originals to the post for those interested in what post processing I did in Aperture. I'm still learning my way around post processing / Aperture, so I'll try to remember to attach the originals every time I post... though they will have to be downsized to meet the 97kb limit for attachments. Perhaps I'll just upload the originals to flickr also in the future.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:06 PM
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Lots of snow + lots of wind created this snowdrift outside my window this morning. It's halfway up the bottom window, so about 18" And it's still snowing.

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Unfortunately, the wind has all the chairlifts at Stowe on wind hold. I think the combination of the first big storm of the season and high winds has convinced me to just not bother going to Stowe today. There's gonna be way too many people there, and with no chairs spinning...

I guess I should go see how buried the car is.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:58 PM
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The car was this buried

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It didn't take long to dig the car out, then I went driving around a little bit

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I had to dodge more cross country skiers on the streets than cars.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:10 AM
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And now we start seeing why trying to do 365 is gonna be tough... but, I guess I should keep trying

I was hoping that at f/2, there would be more blur on the background lights. But, perhaps the little tiny lens in the Canon S90 just doesn't have it in it. I would bet that if I shot this with the digital rebel and my 35mm lens at f/2, there would be more blur. But the S90 is just so easy to take along, and does an amazing job for a pocket camera.

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I should play with this image some more to see if I can get rid of the shadows from the parking lot lights in the background - like the line from the tree that goes to the bottom right corner of the picture.

I did see a few other spots that looked potentially photo worthy, and I only drove about 3/4 of a mile from my apartment.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:26 PM
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I'm not giving up yet!

I had to stop at the bank after work, and just barely made it out with enough natural light to shoot handheld. I decided when editing to just give in to the noise.

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Old 01-07-2010, 01:09 AM
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And an extra from yesterday. I was seeing what sort of bokeh I could get from the S90.

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Old 01-07-2010, 03:29 AM
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Nice stuff man. I really like ABS and the ice+rocks.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:29 AM
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Two choices for today

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The icicle one is better, but I want to like the ice encrusted twigs more for some reason.

And, I should re-shoot the icicles with a longer exposure and the gorillapod to make the water all smooth. Perhaps tomorrow?
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:52 AM
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Really cool (literally) stuff buddy. I don't know anything about photo processing, but to me, your doing a good job.
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Thanks Paul. I gotta work with what I've got. And right now that's clouds, snow, water, and ice. There is sun in the forecast for Sunday, of course it's supposed to get down around 0 degrees.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:04 AM
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I didn't get out of work in time to still have daylight, so I couldn't revisit the icicles under the rock today. So, I had to resort to the cliche "long exposure of cars from overpass" shot.

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Old 01-09-2010, 01:15 AM
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After taking the shots from the overpass, it was time to do some test shots. I've always loved the city / building shots on this site:

http://www.overshadowed.com/

So, I decided to see what I could do based on that style. The shots from tonight were zero though or planning, I didn't even check the framing of the shots as I put the gorillapod down on the ground. But, it gives me an idea of where to start, and some exposure / aperture / ISO settings to work from...

This was the best candidate. Shot with the Canon S90, ISO 80, f/3.2, 10s exposure at fill wide angle (6.0mm on this little tiny point & shoot lens)

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And after some post processing:

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Obviously I need to actually pay attention to the framing next time, and I should desaturate the reds so that there isn't a little red glow in one of the windows, but I think this is a good start. If only we had some real tall buildings in Burlington.
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