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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Ghost View Post
    Canon 30D
    Canon 50mm prime (the cheaper $100 unit)
    No flash
    Self-timer

    Sheesh SG, your wife is a babe, your kids are adorable and you have a rockin' goatee. Bravo and well done.

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    All this praise for SG makes me feel less loved. Time to take him down a notch.

    What, SG, only white Christmas lights? Are you racist or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UteStar View Post
    Sheesh SG, your wife is a babe, your kids are adorable and you have a rockin' goatee. Bravo and well done.
    AND he has some of those killer oversized Bonzai trees in his front yard. Dude has it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    All this praise for SG makes me feel less loved. Time to take him down a notch.

    What, SG, only white Christmas lights? Are you racist or something?
    LOL, about time someone knocked you off your high horse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Ghost View Post
    Kind of fun.
    Think I'll try it, when I have time shortly. I like the bokeh concept. I usually just mask off the subject of the picture in Photoshop, to get a bokeh-like effect. The problem is, this makes the subject look like a miniature. Example:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Ghost View Post
    I'm assuming you are creating a layer for your Gaussian blur effect, yes? If so, then for the gaussian blur layer mask, make a gradient from the bottom of your image to the top of your image (black to white from the bottom to the top). After you make the gradient, select the foreground image and cut it out from the mask, then apply the blur. I just created a quick and dirty mask using the image you included that I think might solve your miniature problem (see attached). Adjust the gradient (black to a lighter gray instead of white, or use a dark gray instead of black) until you get something that you are happy with.

    HTH.

    cheers.

    (Edit: you can also have the gradient's black area be somewhere in the middle of the picture and then have the gradient fade from black to white toward both the top and bottom of the picture... does that make sense?)
    Hey Thanks, I will try it both ways. I'm excited to see how it turns out.

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    So I created a gradient mask for my gaussian blur layer:


    I wasnt sure how dark to gradiate, but I went with running the gradiant function twice. Below are 3 photos. The first is the original photo non-blurred. The second is with an ungradiated gaussian blur, which gives me a claustrophobic, miniaturized feeling when I look at it. The third photo has a gradiant gaussian blur. It doesn't make me feel claustrophobic because the foreground is cleaned of the blur.

    Original


    Full Gaussian blur mask


    Gradiant Gaussian blur mask


    I think I can get rid of the mask specks in the foreground by reducing the opacity of the mask layer from 100% to about 85%.
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    I realize that this thread is swiftly turning into the "thread that only KL cares about," but if I keep posting here, I keep working at it.



    This shot available only in the winter, when the sun has a more southern exposure. Or at least that's what I told myself, freezing in the bitter cold yesterday.

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    I've perused some HDR galleries, and some of the stuff they put together looks really cool. I've heard some people complain that the HDR images are lame b/c they don't represent what the actual scene was. Sort of the idea that people had sort of cheated to get that image. I think they're pretty cool. Like this one:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    I realize that this thread is swiftly turning into the "thread that only KL cares about," but if I keep posting here, I keep working at it.
    Please don't stop. I don't have much to add, but I am fascinated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Ghost View Post
    cheers.
    Cool. I didn't know about this technique. I've never shot RAW before, but there's nothing stopping me. I will look into it.

    Trivial question: In the picture is your wife prepping for her Dissertation defense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    I realize that this thread is swiftly turning into the "thread that only KL cares about," but if I keep posting here, I keep working at it.
    This is not true, I enjoy seeing you and others photos here. I have quite a few that I have just been too lazy to upload to photobucket so that I can post them. Though, you are a much more talented photographer than I.
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    Keep it going. I read this thread, and don't post only because I know very little about photography, but I want to learn. Great stuff in here.
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    I don't currently own a prime lens for portraits but may buy myself one or two for Christmas. Any reccomendations? I have a Nikon D300 body most close work is done with a 18-55mm lens but it can't compete with my 2.8 70-200mm lens for quality, especially in low light.

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    Sunrise Wednesday morning over a cold Mt. St. Helens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Sunrise Wednesday morning over a cold Mt. St. Helens.

    Love the detail in your treeline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
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    I realize that this thread is swiftly turning into the "thread that only KL cares about," but if I keep posting here, I keep working at it.

    So, when you wonder if this thread is fun for others, just know that this photo makes me very happy. The different colors of brown and her skin tone make it seem like the light source is a bright candle and she's looking away from it like she's indifferent to the camera's presence. Very nice photo. You've made her beautiful without eroticizing her at all.
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    Natural side light, against a black sheet.



    Natural side light, against white poster board.

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    Psyanky
    Ostrich Egg, designed by Luba Perchyshyn, dyed by Katy Lied
    Chicken Egg, designed and dyed by Katy Lied

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post

    Psyanky
    Ostrich Egg, designed by Luba Perchyshyn, dyed by Katy Lied
    Chicken Egg, designed and dyed by Katy Lied
    Good grief, you are talented. Please tell how you dyed those with such an intricate pattern. I can't even pull off two-tone PAAS ones at Easter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    Good grief, you are talented. Please tell how you dyed those with such an intricate pattern. I can't even pull off two-tone PAAS ones at Easter.
    Yeah, color me impressed (pun intended ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Sunrise Wednesday morning over a cold Mt. St. Helens.

    Hey, where'd the top go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    Please tell how you dyed those with such an intricate pattern. I can't even pull off two-tone PAAS ones at Easter.
    The exact process as those two-tone PAAS ones. In between the dye colors, you cover the areas where you want to keep the color with beeswax. It's not very complex--just tedious.





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    KL, you are very talented. I enjoy looking at your shots.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    The exact process as those two-tone PAAS ones. In between the dye colors, you cover the areas where you want to keep the color with beeswax. It's not very complex--just tedious.
    When God made me, one of my many weaknesses he decided to inflict on me was impatience. I'm not good at tedious tasks. I'm glad that there are people like you who are good at them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    The exact process as those two-tone PAAS ones. In between the dye colors, you cover the areas where you want to keep the color with beeswax. It's not very complex--just tedious.
    Ha! I have tried that before. It is easy to get a messy looking egg that looks like an arts and crafts project. To accomplish something like your two eggs is incredible. Well done.
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    Saw this picture today on APOD. I almost put it in the religion forum.

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    Really like the second one. Very moody and masculine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Saw this picture today on APOD.
    You know, the more junk in the sky (vapor trails, cloud reflections, lens flare, camera artifacts, etc) the more interesting and beautiful I think the picture is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post

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