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Old 02-27-2015, 05:41 PM   #2161
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I was going to scope that rifle but some collectors screamed at me. Apparently it has some value. I paid $45 for it about 10 or 15 years ago.


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Seraphim - I like your firearm photos. Nice lighting.


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Old 02-28-2015, 06:36 AM   #2164
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A shot from an Arizona balloon festival

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A shot from an Arizona balloon festival
Wow! That is really impressive... technically. (The scene is arresting, also, but the photography is greater than outstanding... if there is such a word.)
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Great shot, Ronstar. Care to tell us about camera settings, HDR, etc. ?
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Nice timing to get the spectators lighted by the flame from the burners!
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I would, also, be interested in the dimensions of the image that generates such a large size after hitting the "full image" bar.
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Thanks guys. I really got lucky with the lighting on this one. The burners illuminated the people's faces very well.

Shot was F3.5, 24mm, 1/160, ISO 500 on a Nikon D610. I developed it in Lightroom and NIK Google Color Efex Pro plugin (can't remember what preset). Color Efex Pro copies the original raw file and creates a new image of the edited version in Lightroom as a tif.I published the Tif file directly from Lightroom to Flickr. The Color Efex Pro plugin didn't change the raw photo much - maybe darkened the sky a little. The image is not HDR.

The file shows up in Lightroom as 4991 x 3332. I used the share function in Flickr to generate html code for the image. I copied the code as the image filename in my ER.org post. The image in Flickr shows up as 2048x1367.
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The image is not HDR..
I didn't think that it was... that was one of the things that impressed me. The huge size allowed much closer inspection than normal showing that there was very little alteration other than the usual color/contrast/exposure enhancements. Again, kudos.

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The file shows up in Lightroom as 4991 x 3332. I used the share function in Flickr to generate html code for the image. I copied the code as the image filename in my ER.org post. The image in Flickr shows up as 2048x1367.
Well that explains how you got past the 1600x1600 limit imposed by the "Attachments" feature. Interesting.
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Thanks for the link! Some great tips there.
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That looks more like cheap package tours than photo workshops, which can be ridiculously expensive -- for instance, the National Geographic Explorer ones go to many exotic places but cost around $10k for 2 weeks land costs, double occupancy.
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I like the balloon shot as well. Nicely done.


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I like the balloon shot as well. Nicely done.
I had to sit there and look at it a while to figure out where the light was coming from. The flame inside the balloon doesn't look that bright through the fabric of the balloon but then I saw what appears to be an open vent facing the spectators. What led me to that was the shadows - on the lower left is a guy who appears to be taking a cell phone picture - his elbow casts a shadow on his shirt. Then came the "Aha!" moment.
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I had to sit there and look at it a while to figure out where the light was coming from. The flame inside the balloon doesn't look that bright through the fabric of the balloon but then I saw what appears to be an open vent facing the spectators. What led me to that was the shadows - on the lower left is a guy who appears to be taking a cell phone picture - his elbow casts a shadow on his shirt. Then came the "Aha!" moment.
Walt - After your post, I looked at the photo again. The balloon is unusual in that it has a front "skirt" that attaches to the bottom of the balloon.

The balloons took part in a "Desert Glow" where the balloons all hit the gas and illuminate at dusk while still tethered to the ground. The skirt hides the illumination of the flame toward the crowd during the Desert Glow and directs the illumination to the upper part of the balloon.

The photo was taken while the balloon was firing up and filling prior to the Desert Glow. People were allowed under the balloons until all balloons were ready for the glow. It was luck that the skirt helped to reflect the light back onto the faces of the people below.
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Walt - After your post, I looked at the photo again. The balloon is unusual in that it has a front "skirt" that attaches to the bottom of the balloon.

The balloons took part in a "Desert Glow" where the balloons all hit the gas and illuminate at dusk while still tethered to the ground. The skirt hides the illumination of the flame toward the crowd during the Desert Glow and directs the illumination to the upper part of the balloon.

The photo was taken while the balloon was firing up and filling prior to the Desert Glow. People were allowed under the balloons until all balloons were ready for the glow. It was luck that the skirt helped to reflect the light back onto the faces of the people below.
It's a scoop, not a skirt. Commonly used with tethered balloons in certain wind conditions. The people were standing facing the scoop because otherwise the scoop blocks their view of the flame. Seems to me skirts and scoops are both more efficient and safer if they reflect heat, which means they also reflect light. Only possible luck I'm seeing is the photographer being in the right place at the right time
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It's a scoop, not a skirt. Commonly used with tethered balloons in certain wind conditions. The people were standing facing the scoop because otherwise the scoop blocks their view of the flame. Seems to me skirts and scoops are both more efficient and safer if they reflect heat, which means they also reflect light. Only possible luck I'm seeing is the photographer being in the right place at the right time
Thanks for the clarification!
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