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Old 5th March 2013, 00:04   #15481
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So, which image do you like more? The red pill, or the blue pill
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Old 5th March 2013, 04:12   #15482
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I finally got a chance to play with the EM-5 and 75mm F/1.8. Here are 3 test shots shot at F/1.8:

I love this little kit and the 75mm lens. My wife has already 'adopted' it fully ("It's mine!" she proclaimed) and once she gets familiar with it, I'm probably going to be banished from Oly land and back to my brick like Nikons.

Plan to do some tests with the 45mm 1.8 soon.
Thank you for uploading those photos, the 75mm is a special lens. When are you getting your own OM-D?

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Beautiful capture there, Veeresh!

Likir, a not so popular location in Ladakh.
Thank you Rudra, that compliment coming from you is a big deal for me . Have you printed your photograph? I am curious to see how the rays come out in print.

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Love the first pic with greater detail.
Thanks buddy, the light was truly awesome, even my camera phone photos look beautiful because of that.

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So, which image do you like more? The red pill, or the blue pill
Red pill, of course. How did you get that effect?

Couple from me..

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Old 5th March 2013, 09:04   #15483
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Deetee,

Macro shooting is extremely challenging, because we need to take care of so many things. Despite having a good macro gear I seldom manage to get a good macro, I probably get one good macro shot a year.

Macro is shooting is not just about magnification, you also have to get your composition spot on. Composition is the most difficult and most important aspect of macro image.

This is one of my rare good macro shot. A stalk of rice.



It is easier to shoot macro in P&S than dSLR, but if you can do it with dSLR, nothing like it. These are the challenges in macro shooting.

1) Composition: You need a really creative mind to consistently create good compositions. I often throw away every shot after a 2-3 hour session.
2) DOF: The macro lenses offer DOF in millimeters, which means you have to shoot with really narrow aperture, basically F-stop in double digits to get even an inch worth of DOF.
3) Speed: High F-stop means you have to compensate using low shutter speed. That means hand-holding is out of question, you have to use tripod. Even clicking can induce a shake, even the mirror slap can induce a shake. So you have to lock the mirror before clicking, and also use remote release to avoid touching the camera.
4) Conditions: Shooting that lovely flower in the garden? Pick a time when there is no wind, say early morning. If there is wind, the flower will keep moving in and out of your DOF and even the entire frame. Since you are forced to shoot low-speed, you can't afford even the slightest shake.

After all the precautions you have taken with the conditions and technique, you will still find almost all your shots very ordinary if you can't get the composition right. That is why photomacrography is one of the most frustrating experience. But it can also be very rewarding if you can get it right. There is a guy in PAAI named Image (Ram) who gets it right most of the time. A macro done right, can blow your mind away.
Thanks!

Just got myself a lens. Man! didnt imagine this was so tough.

And really nice pic.

@ TSK! Nice pix.

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Old 5th March 2013, 11:13   #15484
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Thanks guys
The picture was created with a flashlight, a glass, and slow shutter speed(30 seconds)
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Contribution from my side after a long slumber.

Random food shots at the Cafe Mangi @ Amanora Town Center

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Thank you for uploading those photos, the 75mm is a special lens. When are you getting your own OM-D?
Nice pics Veeresh.

I've been travelling so not had much time to play with that delightful lens. But is so well made (made in Japan) with a butter smooth focus ring. Not that the 45mm is bad quality wise but the 75mm is ahead as it is all metal. I will shoot the same scene with the 45mm also to check the bokeh and upload them here. Forgot to mention I am a bokeh and fast lens connoisseur.

As for my own OM-D, no chance. Hmm...may be when the EM-6 comes out? Or hey waitaminute I like the Fuji XE-1 and their lenses too. Just kidding mate. Had enough of cameras and lenses for some time. I will in all probability be back in Nikon land and have to be satisfied with time-sharing the Oly.

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Here are a few from my side....hope you like it
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One from mobile camera
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They are actually light paintings
Really nice pics guys. BTW Tanveer I like the blue one it's really easy on the eyes what with the max temps in Pune already at hovering around 38 Celcius.
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This is probably my first real post on the forum. Thanks GTO for introducing me to this part of the forum.

Okay, so our family's been using a point and shoot for years. My dad did have an SLR probably 2 decades ago but I dont think he followed it very passionately and eventually just scrapped all his gear.

It was about 2 months ago that we decided to buy a new camera. The obvious decision was to go for another point and shoot (this would be our 3rd one in 6 years). Anyway, the only PS camera we liked was actually as expensive as a entry level DSLR camera. The earlier notion was the DSLR's are very expensive. Made a quick turn from Croma and went to a local cannon store where we picked up a Canon 1100D with 2 Kit lenses. One being the 18-55mm and the other being the 55-250mm.

I must say, I've already clicked close to 6400 pictures (in 2 months). Although I did make 2 recent trips, I now spend a lot of time over the weekends carrying my camera and shooting whatever I like. Anyway here goes. I'll upload a few images that are my personal favorite. Do share your opinion.

Will keep sharing!
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Old 5th March 2013, 16:38   #15488
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Great pics, there

A few from my side, both shot from the mobile phone. The tree was shot using an Android HDR app.
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..Someone from overseas is interested in buying one of my images for printing 1000 copies of a poster which is going to be printed in A5 size. How much should I demand? I was initially thinking $150, but they are saying they usually get images on contract for $49 for 5 high res images.....
The number of online image stores are plenty these days. Everyone has a DSLR and the collections in various genres are huge. Pricing will depend on how unique your pic is. Majority of the subjects are available online from as little as $5 to $20. Saddest part is what the actual shooter gets. Online stores take the major chunk of profit and pass very little to the contributor. The only reason your Q got my attention is that I am launching my own online store in couple of weeks
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Utsav Chowk Kharghar shot during blue hour...

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A different take on the world's tallest building (at the moment) Burj Khalifa

Best Regards & Drive/Ride Safe

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The number of online image stores are plenty these days. Everyone has a DSLR and the collections in various genres are huge. Pricing will depend on how unique your pic is. Majority of the subjects are available online from as little as $5 to $20. Saddest part is what the actual shooter gets. Online stores take the major chunk of profit and pass very little to the contributor. The only reason your Q got my attention is that I am launching my own online store in couple of weeks
The deal went through and I got USD 100 for the picture, which I believe is quite a decent price!

It was an automobile shot and they bought it to prepare an ad layout in the form of an A5 handout, which is going to be printed 1500 copies.

Yes, it was kind of a unique shot when you search with certain keywords which was exactly their requirement!

Your online store? Looking forward to it!

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Really nice pics guys. BTW Tanveer I like the blue one it's really easy on the eyes what with the max temps in Pune already at hovering around 38 Celcius.
speaking of temperatures, I woke up to this today. that's 28F on the window at right.

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The deal went through and I got USD 100 for the picture, which I believe is quite a decent price.....Your online store? Looking forward to it!
As I said, it all depends on the uniqueness of your image. Glad you could command the price. Right now its a huge flow of online image seller platforms but the actual photographer gets only a fraction of the price. So I decided to sell mine without depending on these sites. Will update more on this when the process is complete.

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speaking of temperatures, I woke up to this today. that's 28F on the window at right......
You still see the same out of your window ? I thought its already spring over there ! This is something in my bucket list to watch & experience: If my memory is still intact, the lowest I have felt so far in life is just 5 Celsius (my college days in Punjab 87-90)
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Not that the 45mm is bad quality wise but the 75mm is ahead as it is all metal. I will shoot the same scene with the 45mm also to check the bokeh and upload them here. Forgot to mention I am a bokeh and fast lens connoisseur.
Here is the same scene taken with the Oly 45mm F/1.8. Have added the old 75mm F/1.8 shot for a comparison.

The 45mm (1st from top) is good but the 75mm has excellent bokeh IMO. It's a classic telephoto portrait lens.

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speaking of temperatures, I woke up to this today. that's 28F on the window at right.
That's a nice scene. 28F/-2C is cold, and very cold compared to the heat here in peninsular India. I can bet you are waiting for the spring at the end of March/April.
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