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ScottinPollock

ScottinPollock

Member Since 14 Jul 2015
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#60301 Wacom

Posted by ScottinPollock on 09 February 2019 - 10:27 AM

So last week I picked up a Wacom Intuos S pen tablet. This is their smallest (and cheapest) tablet, at around US$70. It is connected via USB, with a BlueTooth version available for about $10 more, and a larger version (the M) for about $200.
 
As I am not an artist, I thought the smaller one would be fine for my intended usage, which is a pen interface for better control over selections and brushing, and pressure sensitivity for variable flow with dodging/burning and masking overlays and adjustment layers.
 
For such a minimal outlay of cash, it has exceeded my expectations by an order of magnitude. The software has come a long way since I last worked with a Wacom device, and is configurable in a myriad of ways on a per program basis.
 
There are plenty of reviews online so I won't go into any more detail (unless any of you have questions). Suffice it to say it has significantly increased my productivity in post, and if you're still mousing around with selection and brush tools it is definitely worth a look.



#60300 sixteen by nine

Posted by ScottinPollock on 09 February 2019 - 09:43 AM

Given we've lived in a 16 by 9 media world for the better part of the last ten years… i.e. most of us view photos posted on a 16x9 display (TV's, computer screens, phones), I can't help wonder why that, with the exception of video, I rarely see images in this aspect.
 
Do you ever compose with 16x9 in mind when shooting? Do you ever crop or print to 16x9? If not, why not? Are there actual reasons why you don't… or is it just due to the viewfinder being 3x2, or that print services offer mainly either 3x2 or 5x4 aspect sizes?
 
Would you be interested in participating in a challenge requiring composition and deliverables only in 16x9?
 
Thoughts?



#60288 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 08 February 2019 - 04:00 PM

Day 7: A bit of actual sun today, so a Polaroid of my chilly chalet...
 
 
Camera: DMC-G85
Lens: LUMIX G 25/F1.7
Focal Length: 25.0 mm
Aperture: 3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 200
DxO FilmPack Polaroid 672



#60257 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 07 February 2019 - 09:44 AM

 
Camera: DC-G9
Lens: LUMIX G VARIO 12-60/F3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 49.0 mm
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO: 200
DxO FilmPack Fuji Neopan™ Acros 100



#60234 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 10 February 2019

Posted by ScottinPollock on 06 February 2019 - 01:43 PM

Almost a day and a half since a three foot dump here. Power is back on, but no sign of a snow plow to clear our street (or more accurately, to deposit a 3 foot wall of snow and ice across my freshly shoveled driveway). But one neighbor was "determined": https://scottinpollo.../determined.jpg

 

Actually, he made one pass down and back and gave up.

 

Camera: DC-G9

Lens: LUMIX G VARIO 12-60/F3.5-5.6

Focal Length: 57.0 mm

Aperture: 6.3

Shutter Speed: 1/320

ISO: 200

DxO PL conversion, lens correction, contrast, and toning.




#60232 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 06 February 2019 - 08:42 AM

Day 5: continuing the Winter theme... this is simply a small tree with a lot of snow on it, but at this angle I see something different:

 

https://scottinpollo...s/snowSloth.jpg

 

Camera: DC-G9

Lens: LUMIX G VARIO 12-60/F3.5-5.6

Focal Length: 53.0 mm

Aperture: 5.6

Shutter Speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

 

DxO FilmPack - Kodak T-Max™ 100




#60201 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 05 February 2019 - 11:39 AM

Day 4: Holy Polar Vortex, Batman!

 

http://scottinpolloc...PolarVortex.jpg

 

That railing was clean yesterday, and I just got in from shoveling three feet of snow from the driveway. Power is out (no surprise there PG&E). angry2.gif

 

Camera: DC-G9

Lens: LUMIX G VARIO 12-60/F3.5-5.6

Focal Length: 12.0 mm

Aperture: 7.1

Shutter Speed: 1/80

ISO: 200

 

DxO FilmPack - Ilford Pan F Plus 50 (for Peter)




#60182 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 04 February 2019 - 02:15 PM

Day 3: not sure I am happy with this one. I was planning on a "SuperBowl Aftermath" with a lot of kitchen/bar clutter, but somebody cleaned it all up. Then I walked into my office and saw...

 

https://scottinpollo...s/snowyDesk.jpg

 

Camera: DC-G9

Focal Length: 20.0 mm

Aperture: 4.1

Shutter Speed: 1/10

ISO: 200

 

It is actually a composite of two photos (one exposed on the desk and another on the windows). C&C'd in DxO, composited and tone in AP. Unfortunately I think I still torched the details in the snow.

 

Ok... here is another try (had to go back to DxO and tone down the hilights)...

 

 https://scottinpollo.../snowyDesk2.jpg




#60162 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 03 February 2019 - 11:22 AM

Day 2: drawing a hot bath on this cold morning...

 

https://scottinpollo...forums/bath.jpg

 

Camera: DC-G9

Focal Length: 25.0 mm

Aperture: 1.7

Shutter Speed: 1/30

ISO: 1250

10 images hand held, converted and corrected in DxO PL, stacked median and aligned in Affinity Photo for motion blur.




#60149 7 days in monochrome challenge

Posted by ScottinPollock on 02 February 2019 - 07:17 PM

You're on...

https://scottinpollock.us/stuff/photos/forums/9Ball.JPG

 

Camera: DC-G9
Exposure: 1/30
F Number: 1.7
ISO: 200
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Focal Length: 25.0 mm
Lens: LUMIX G 25/F1.7
SOOC Monochrome D, high grain, red filter.



#60080 My First Attempt With Still Life.

Posted by ScottinPollock on 30 January 2019 - 12:45 PM

Here is a one light setup with three pieces of foam core (one back, one right facing left, and one front left facing down back right). Strobe was fired into the latter.

 

WhistlePig2.jpg




#60076 My First Attempt With Still Life.

Posted by ScottinPollock on 30 January 2019 - 10:22 AM

… and some diffusion too?

 

If Tony has the light, I was simply going to send him to the local drug store to pick up some foam core. 


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#60073 My First Attempt With Still Life.

Posted by ScottinPollock on 30 January 2019 - 08:38 AM

As you've discovered, it's near impossible to shoot a scene like this with your only source of light being on camera flash. Do you have a speedlite you can use off camera?
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#59661 WMU Geotagging

Posted by ScottinPollock on 10 January 2019 - 10:52 AM

Having wireless on full time while shooting is going to kill your battery, even if what you wish for would be doable. More modern cameras use BTLE to do this which uses much less power than wifi.
 
I think the best method here would be to use one of a number of apps (possibly even your LR plugin) out there that will apply coordinates from a GPX/NMEA tracklog to a batch of images' EXIF metadata based on a UTC offset (or just set your camera's time zone to UTC). Then just get an app for your phone that will record the tracklog at appropriate intervals (GPS Essentials is one if you're on Android).



#59419 best autofocus mode/tricks for D7500 video?

Posted by ScottinPollock on 28 December 2018 - 05:43 PM

Use touch focus or manual focus. The AF modes are pretty poor on this camera (and most Nikons).