Jim's Photography

Discussion in 'Taking a Break From Flooring' started by icanlayit2, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Thank you so much. There are a lot of great photographers out there though. I hang out on a photo related forum and try to learn from some of the best. We even have some very artistic photographers here on TFP.

    Below is my latest effort. It's a panoramic made from 8 different photos using a Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens at 23mm, f/16, 1/15s, ISO 64.
     

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  2. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    This is my pathetic effort, from the Jersey shore.
     

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  3. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    That's not pathetic at all. That's beautiful.
     
  4. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    LOVE the photo with the CHP out front of some local diner in a small town. That's a classic.

    I also appreciated the photos of marijuana plants. I have a bag of weed my neighbor gave me for some work I did. It's less than an ounce and it's been hanging around about.........forever by now. I always PLAN to light one up. But then.................maybe I'm just too old for that nonsense.
     
  5. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    It has been a while since I made a concerted effort to make landscape photos. One thing or another has kept me from it, or maybe that's just my excuse of the day. I posted about it on my blog yesterday: Panoramas of Mt Jura & Mt Hough | Jim's 1 Foot in the Grave

    The two panoramas I posted in that article turned out pretty nice, I think. But I revived this old topic so I could share this photo from that session. It's not a pano, but it looks pretty cool anyway.

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  6. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Looks good to me
     
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  7. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Saw a young woman today that I had the urge to ask her to pose for me. She didn't know me and wasn't familiar with my photography (which has been mostly landscapes for years), so I didn't ask her. I was afraid I'd come off as just another dirty old man - she's a waitress who no doubt gets her fair share of come-ons from customers.

    I used to do a lot of beauty shooting back in the 80s. I worked in a place that had a lot of college age part-timers. I assembled a portfolio that I used to assure them I could make nice photos. But that was a very long time ago and most of those photos have not withstood the ravages of neglect and time. And they're just so dated anyway.

    It's not like I want to get away from landscape photography, but once in a while, a beautiful woman stirs something in me (yeah that, 'cause I am still a guy, but I'm talking about creative imagination). So, I looked to see if I had anything that would make a potential model have confidence in my ability. I don't have much. A couple of these were shot back in the early 80s (I converted them from film to digital) and four of them in the early 0ughts and three more recent.

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  8. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Quincy’s photographer! Could be a part time gig. Was at a house yesterday that had a lot of photos on the wall. Didn’t get a chance to look at them but saw a few group family photos etc. made me think how life use to be. We have a few pictures in frames but not on wall I try not to look at how young we use to be. I suppose there’s no replacement of a photo how of bringing us back in time.

    Now, back in time is for Dinner,
     
  9. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Took a drive over to an area of the county that I spent most of my youth at. The roads are narrow, so I had to block most of one lane with my Jeep, which I used to protect me from being hit. I set up my tripod and camera at the edge of the road and aimed it across a big ranch at a well known mountain in this part of the state.

    Mt. Jura, as seen from across Bengard Ranch:

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    Nikon D5600, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 at 24mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 400.
     
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  10. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Would have thought he grass would have been more greener at this time of the year for you
    Everything is brown like that here at the moment, no rain and too hot
     
  11. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    It's the dead of winter here now. It was just last week that the field was covered in nearly a foot of snow. Then it rained for several days. The weather's all wonky here. This photo was made about 9 days ago closer to home than the last.

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  12. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Looks like paintings. How do the clouds fit into the pictures? Do they help with the focal of the mountain, help with symmetrical appearance. I assume they’re contributing.
     
  13. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    What is your equipment?
    Do you use Lightroom?
     
  14. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I forget about that white stuff you call snow :)
     
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  15. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    I like clouds, although I've made some photos with empty skies.

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    But I prefer clouds in photos that have significant portions of sky in them. Nice thing about clouds is that there are so many different kinds and they always look different. However, I have had scenes I wanted to photograph that had clouds that made the picture worse, not better - and that happens sometimes during the time I'm shooting. That's partly why I usually take a dozen or more photos of the same scene over a period of half an hour or so.

    My first full-fledge camera I got in the early 1980s was a Canon film camera. My first digital camera was a point & shoot Olympus. When I started using interchangeable lenses, I went with Olympus, then Panasonic and now I use Nikon. My lenses are all Tamron though because they are a lot cheaper than Nikon lenses and the quality is almost as good. I also use a heavy tripod - lightweight tripods move and vibrate too easy.

    Adobe has a Photography Plan for only $9.99 per month. I use Lightroom for the majority of my photos and sometimes use Photoshop for more extensive editing, like removing power lines and other obstructions. In the photo of Mt. Jura, I used PS to clone out a huge area close to the fence at the bottom that looked like a 4WD mud bog. Usually though, I use it mostly for those power lines and spots of dirt that get on the lens or sensor of the camera. The photo below had a bunch of sensor spots, but while I was there, I removed a jet's contrail, about half of the sticks poking out of the water and all of the leaves and other floaties that were all distorted because it was a 20-second long exposure. I'm not a documentary photographer trying to preserve history, I'm just a guy trying to make pretty pictures, so I don't worry much about "manipulating" a scene.

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  16. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    I started with a Minolta X700 (ended up with 3). When Minolta disappeared I donated that entire setup to a local school photography program. Got into Canon with a 30D and a Kiss ((Japanese Rebel). Just gave away the 30D to a friend as a backup for his photography work. Upgraded to EOS RP and 5D Mark IV with all Sigma Art and Sport lenses, 2 Canon EF III extenders. I also have a Ronin SC gimbal for my EOS RP and the 35 lens for cinematic work. Then there’s the drones that record @ 4K. I have the entire Adobe suite.

    Trouble is now I need a tricked out Mac to handle the resolutions. Looking at some new drones that do 8K.

    It can be an addiction!
     
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  17. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    But it sounds like you have it under control ;):)
     
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  18. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Under=barely
     
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  19. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I’d say “outa”

    You go Barry!
     
  20. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    I have a 5D mark ii, good camera for sure. Once you start getting into a certain level of camera it really becomes about the lenses. Way too expensive of a hobby, I don’t nearly have the time with three little boys around to sit and process photos.
     
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