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stolb3rg

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« on: 06-30-2004 22:44 »
« Last Edit on: 06-30-2004 22:44 »

So, i couldnt find if anyone here like any sort of photography, so I wanted to talk about it.  Im just getting into storm pictures, lightning , the A.borealis and other weather related ..things.  Im just wondering what everyone uses, for equipment of course.I have a canon eos rebel 2 camera with a 35-80 mm lense. Id like to get a macrolense for "fish eye" views.  I have taken several rools fo film during the last storm ive had here using the 30 second shutter speed method ( you set the shutter wo 30 seconds and keeping the camera on a tripod for sturdyness, take a picture. During that 30 seconds all lightning that happened will now be on that film slide.  There are many many variations to doing these pictures, I thought its be cool to use a blue filter on some lightning.  When I get my scanner working ill put some Pics. up here for you all to see.
:edit:  Oh no, I put it in the wrong thread! sorry!!!
alexvilagosh

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« Reply #1 on: 07-02-2004 05:58 »

Nobody has moved it yet though, so I'll just reply in here.

I use a... I don't know. It's my dad's old camera though. I've got a fish eye lense, but I never seem to get what I want with it. I've also got some macro lenses. I'm going to be doing some night sky work in the next two weeks, but haven't done any yet. The most recent thing I did was about 50 pictures at a park, mainly focusing on statues. I'll scan the best shots some time... when I'm not so lazy.

What I want to get is a blue filter, then possibly a red filter. Other than that, there isn't really anything I'm after. All I really need is practice.
stolb3rg

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« Reply #2 on: 07-02-2004 22:13 »
« Last Edit on: 07-08-2004 00:00 »

im thinking of getting one of thoes filters with a small screen over it to produce the star shaped glare. But thatl be in a while.
 I hope this works, I took it just a while ago...  YEs, ah hah! I finally posted a picture on here.... thanks to marge and others for the what, 8 months of helping tips ...  one more awesome pic 

 This was all from one storm and it lasted for a while.  I was using a 5 second shutter because I didnt need to switch to 30 seconds, there was enought lightning and I didnt want to over expose.
Farnsworth38

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« Reply #3 on: 07-09-2004 08:10 »

Not bad. I’ve wanted to do some similar shots, but our storms are usually pretty wimpy. Plus I don’t have a clear horizon to record surface strikes.

Regarding the starburst filter: be aware that the effect can get real old, real quick. But if you use it sparingly on subjects that really suit, it can be useful.

Paging Dr Tweek: can we get this moved to off-topic please? I think we may have enough photographers around to keep this alive (looks at Tweek and Impy for starters), as long as it doesn’t become just another picture thread.
Shaucker

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« Reply #4 on: 07-09-2004 08:50 »

Those are some great shots. Really pretty...uh..I'd offer photographing advise if I knew anything at all  smile
stolb3rg

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« Reply #5 on: 07-09-2004 15:30 »
« Last Edit on: 07-09-2004 15:30 »

These arent that good, I didnt have the correct film or the right camera at the time ( I was using a plain olympus point -n- shooter with a 5 second frame speed and 400 speed film)  Now i have a nice SLR  canon and I finally picked up some 100 speed film for the next night storm.  What  was thinking of doing was to take a 15 second shuter pic. and then set the camera to the mode where it lets you take 2 Pics. on the same film frame.. Then Id take the second 15/30 second shutter shot over the original one, which sounds like itd make a nice overlapping effect.  But, we havent had a storm here in a while and Thatys just bad luck.. I assure you all the next set of Pics will be better ass there are a couple nice flat huge old hay feilds in which I can get a nice view..  And, a question, how much would a nice panoramic lense cost me? a manual one if possible.  Just for some difference in the pictures.  Thanks.. and if this is moved, shall this be the storm pic. thread?
Y_L_B

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« Reply #6 on: 07-09-2004 15:56 »

Awesome pictures! The first one is especially pretty. I've taken storm pictures with my uncle's old camera before. I think they're pretty good, but I didn't develop them right, and they look a little too light. Faded, almost. Meh. Such is life. I'd post them, but I don't have a scanner.

Also, just because I'm nosy, Stolb3rg, where in Michigan do you live?
Davey

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« Reply #7 on: 07-09-2004 15:58 »

Shoudln't This Be on Offtopic becasue this is a Futurama Fan Art Section
stolb3rg

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« Reply #8 on: 07-09-2004 16:04 »
« Last Edit on: 07-09-2004 16:04 »

Im in the upper penninsula, in Iron River, about eh  7 miles or so from wisconsin.... and were waiting for someone to move this thread davey   smile  Heres one I had re-done in black and white, I had trouble getting it of the scanner so its akward size but here ya go

  I dont like how I had to cut this pic out of the base image because my square selection box was picking up little boxes and wouldnt let me select larger areas than 50 pxls x 50 so I had to use the lasso
Farnsworth38

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« Reply #9 on: 07-09-2004 16:42 »

Double exposures: they can work out, but if you’re not careful they just look like you’ve done something wrong. I’d say get a good single exposure in the bag first, then by all means give it a go.

Panoramic lens: do you mean an ultra-wide giving the standard frame shape or a true panoramic giving a letterbox type print? Ultra-wides have to be used with care to avoid too much distortion, and it’s sometimes hard to avoid a lot of dull foreground. For true ‘stretched’ panoramic prints, there are several options.
1) Crop an enlarged ultra-wide shot to the format. Okay if you don’t want too big a print.
2) Use an APS camera in panoramic mode. No comment.
3) Use a supplementary Widescreen lens. Only available from specialists, and the resulting slide/neg has to be projected/printed with the same lens to recover the wide image. Not recommended. (Avoid cheap ‘fish-eye’ converters: for want of a better word, they’re crap.)
4) Use a specialist camera, such as the Xpan. Professional solution if you have a lot of money.
5) Shoot a series of overlapping standard shots, scan them in and stitch with software. Or physically cut and paste the actual prints to a large mounting board. Make sure you keep the camera level as you rotate to take the next shot, and leave some overlap so you don’t get any gaps. This is the cheapest method to try, just to see how you get on.

The focus (pun intended) of the thread: probably best as the photographic equivalent of the ‘computer help’ thread. If it’s just another pic thread, I think it’ll get closed.
stolb3rg

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« Reply #10 on: 07-09-2004 17:17 »

Ill have to give that a try, but it might be hard to get a wide night scene of lightning...  I know someone with alot of special photography equipment and can process his own  film, Ill have to talk to  him about the true panoramic.
Cap´n Skusting

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« Reply #11 on: 07-09-2004 22:23 »

That second one is just plain SCARY!
Awesome pix, bud!
Farnsworth38

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« Reply #12 on: 07-10-2004 07:51 »

For stolb3rg and anyone else interested in panoramic lenses:

 http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/anamorphic.html
Black_Rose

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« Reply #13 on: 07-11-2004 02:41 »

cool stuff! I am Glad it was not over my house!lol
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