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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    I entered a local contest for photos taken within the confines of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. 2nd place landscape category. Probably posted this photo in this thread somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    I entered a local contest for photos taken within the confines of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. 2nd place landscape category. Probably posted this photo in this thread somewhere.
    You should've won. Looks rigged. Raul Moreno has compromising (mediocre) photos of the judges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Student View Post
    You should've won. Looks rigged. Raul Moreno has compromising (mediocre) photos of the judges.

    In case Raul Moreno ever stumbles across this page: it was a joke.
    I preferred mine, but I'm biased...

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    Work conference at the Hotel Del coronado




















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    How was your stay? I've considered staying there in the past, but have always just stayed up the beach at the Navy Lodge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    How was your stay? I've considered staying there in the past, but have always just stayed up the beach at the Navy Lodge.
    Wish I could answer that question, most of us were lodged in nearby hotels. I was in El Cordova.



    The room had a bed and a shower, can't say much else positive or negative about it. It really was all I needed. All of the conference was at The Del Coronado, but I didn't get to see any lodging rooms.

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    Watch out for the tranny in the all-female musical group. Former mobster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Watch out for the tranny in the all-female musical group. Former mobster.
    There were rumors that the act was hot, and apparently that's how some like it, but the blonde bombshell was absolutely mesmerizing, so I didn't notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    There were rumors that the act was hot, and apparently that's how some like it, but the blonde bombshell was absolutely mesmerizing, so I didn't notice.
    When my kids were younger (early teens) I rented that movie from Blockbuster. When I started playing it, they started whining ("Daaaaad. Why did you get a stupid old movie?!"). I told them to shut up and watch. They loved it. As soon as it was over they wanted to immediately watch it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
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    And... with uncharacteristic spontaneity, I decided to take the missus on a cruise later month. It begins and ends in Rome where I've arranged for a professional photographer to take us around the major sites late at night (between 9 and 1) while he instructs my wife on how to get the best shots.
    We did the late night photography tour three nights ago. Our guide/instructor was excellent, with loads of insights about Roman history and culture, as well as photography.

    It rained lightly as the night went on, but that irritation was offset by the nice effect of shiny streets. We have dozens of photos we're happy with, but I'll post just four from my wife's camera (my iPhone shots were pretty nice as well). Note the absence of people, the result of (a) the late night, and (b) the fact that with long exposures anything moving (i.e., people, cars, etc.) disappears from the photo.









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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    We did the late night photography tour three nights ago. Our guide/instructor was excellent, with loads of insights about Roman history and culture, as well as photography.

    It rained lightly as the night went on, but that irritation was offset by the nice effect of shiny streets. We have dozens of photos we're happy with, but I'll post just four from my wife's camera (my iPhone shots were pretty nice as well). Note the absence of people, the result of (a) the late night, and (b) the fact that with long exposures anything moving (i.e., people, cars, etc.) disappears from the photo.








    Jealousy is oozing through my fingers...I must go repent now. Great stuff.

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    Some more from the work conference.




















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    And the panorama, I think this was 5 images stitched together.


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    PAC, we can really tell you've been taking a class. Your pics and your wife's pics have gotten magnitudes better.
    Swamp, like the pano, like the one of the Life Guard Stand.

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    I could shoot waves all day.




















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    Such a jaunty bird!

    I've always wanted to hit the Hotel Del early in the morning when the SEALs are out swimming or jogging on the beach. SEALs in front, Del in back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Such a jaunty bird!

    I've always wanted to hit the Hotel Del early in the morning when the SEALs are out swimming or jogging on the beach. SEALs in front, Del in back.
    That would be cool to see. Do they jog very fast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    That would be cool to see. Do they jog very fast?
    Not really. They don't have any feet.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    It always amazes me how much you can pull out of the shadows without pushing it so far that it looks fake.

    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    It always amazes me how much you can pull out of the shadows without pushing it so far that it looks fake.
    Most cameras will underexpose wildlife in automatic mode. The background is often lighter than the subject and which leaves the subject too dark. Learning the exposure system of you camera is essential to getting an exposure with the most detail without blowing out the highlights (or sometimes choosing to do just that when needed). Human eyes can adapt for dark subject/light background (because the have more dynamic range and a huge computer to interpret the imagery). But yes, detail pulled from the shadows is often what makes wildlife images more interesting, usually pulling up the shadows at the same time increasing the contrast a bit. It's also helpful is the light is even (it was an overcast morning).

    Here's the original:



    And the edit (with a slight crop):



    These are both clickable to see the full original sizes if desired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    That would be cool to see. Do they jog very fast?





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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post




    I guess that's a no then.

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