New camera (Canon Digital Rebel XT)

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    spike228 ST 38 VIP Member

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    Nothing special here, just some shots I took of my car for testing purposes. I think I'm getting the hang of this camera. The pictures were taken with the 18-55mm kit lens in manual mode....god forbid that I use program mode (automatic) for this camera... Minor touch ups were done in photoshop CS3.

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    My friend (bought the camera from him) gave me an earful for about 2 hours and this is what I picked up, not bad eh? Haha.
     
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    This is just a guess, but, no one and I mean no one is eating a burger or drinking chocolate milk in that car of yours...am I right? :D
     
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    Yep, none of that stuff goes in my car. If it does, it stays in the paper bag.

    I take it that you got that from my clean engine bay? Haha. People think I'm crazy for even bothering with keeping the engine bay clean.
     
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    stop trying to take over from my thread, spike ;)
    nice shots man, the first one looks kinda unreal (In a good way)
     
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    It ain't crazy, it's awesome. If I had a car like yours, I'd keep it just as pristine.
     
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    Thanks. I'll admit that the first shot had a little bit of photoshop magic (the sky and the blur). I took the same picture under several exposures, I attempted an HDR merge but it just didn't work out the way that I wanted it to. So I sampled the sky from that darker exposure and blurred it to cover any obvious mistakes :D


    Haha, thanks. Too bad it won't help the depreciation rate though...Nissans are horrible with that :(
     
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    yeah, blurring is the established way to hide errors, I do it in my films in an artistic way.

    I think I'll be doing some HDR images soon, I was actually thinking about doing it this morning on the train into uni
     
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    I learned the hard way that an HDR merge only works with -2, 0, +2. I tried it with -1, 0, +1 and they were too similar to provide a nice exposure range.

    But you probably already knew that.
     
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    Some nice pics there, I really like that 1st one too :thumbs

    I'd love to see some HDR shots :yup I've tried making some using just a single RAW file and some software trickery, but as expected the results weren't too good - one day I'll try it properly though with +2/0/-2 :)
     
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    my problem is trying to find a good place to do some HDR photography
     
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    There is a blog I read every once and a while and the guy takes some amazing HDR images here in the Twin Cities. Ever since then, I have wanted to get into it.

    I envy your Nissan, Spike. :drool
     
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    I listened to one of the commentaries on Battlestar Galactica Season 3 DVD about how they do that on some of their shots. It was very interesting.

    Good shots spike, I'm personally not an HDR guy as it's more of an art to me.
     
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    Here's a few more shots I took yesterday. I have a much better feel for the camera now.

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    how do you get away with no license plate on the front of the car?

    also, good job man, I REALLY need to go do those HDR images
     
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    I don't, I have one of these:


    Thanks.
     
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