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    Buy a D2X now or wait for D200?

    Actually if it is announced September 1, they have probably already started to manufacture it, or close to it. But it will be months before it hits the store. I think it's a very smart thing to be one of the first in line. The first batch is always very carefully made and adjusted, because...
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    Not just a Windows screen saver anymore

    I have invited people to receive the Photographer’s Screen Saver on this list before and a lot of people responded. While as a screen saver its basic operation remains the same, it has grown into more than just a screen saver and once again I invite people to ask for the enhanced version. What...
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    Cedar Flats

    I don't know whether to post this under landscapes or greenery: http://www.pbase.com/fjp/cedar_flats_2005_07_jul_02 That's the gallery. Cedar Flats is a 300 acre tract of Pacific Northwest old growth as good as it gets or it ever got. It was preserved about 100 years ago, before the Forest...
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    Not sure about this one - opinions please.

    It's a picture that needs a story.
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    The D-Flector in available light

    Thanks for the appreciation. It sounds like you have an inkling of how much I slaved over these galleries. It was excruciating today. The response of pbase was beyond agonizingly slow. I don't understand how these images just pop up in this site, as they're going back to pbase to get them, right?
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    Changing light, Antelope Canyon

    Wow!!! I can't think of anything else to say. I'm speechless with awe. They are all my favorites, except for maybe the last one, which is too harsh for me. But it's everyone else's favorite, so don't mind me.
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    The D-Flector in available light

    I've had my ups and downs with the D-Flector being used with a flash. After discussing this with several people on this forum, I've come to the conclusion to really get the correct results, I need to use at least one more flash fired remotely. Now I have to make a confession. When I first saw...
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    I really admire people who can jury-rig together a bunch of inexpensive equipment and achieve fully professional looking results. Alas, I am not one of these people. I have the personality defect where half of the enjoyment I get out of photography is handling compact and highly finished...
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    Epson R800 - I give up

    Let me double everything you wrote. I have both the R800 and the R1800. Under CS I had absolutely no trouble with the R800 producing amazing prints right out of the gate. Then I got the R1800 and got the same jaw-dropping results, only over twice as big! Then I made the fateful step of moving up...
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    Scenes from the Salmon River Trail

    They're nearly impossible right out of the camera. I've come to expect and accept that. But they're eminently fixable in Photoshop. It took me a while to accept the fact that I had to do what seemed at the time to be almost shocking alterations from what came out of the camera to achieve what...
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    Scenes from the Salmon River Trail

    I mean for red and greeen.
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    Scenes from the Salmon River Trail

    Let's hope you have good weather. Been rather spotty lately. As for the saturated colors, straight out of the camera (D2x) is like, too much. Photographing in the rain forest I have to process every image. It's not just a matter of white balance, either. There's so much greenery that the ambient...
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    I've been spending so much money on photo equipment lately that I'd be a dead man if I bought another flash right now. The beginning of October (ESPP time) is my next window of opportunity. In the meantime, I'm just going to use it as my plain, featureless background that I'm always looking for...
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    Further experiments with D-Flector I tried bouncing the flash off the ceiling. There isn't enough light to activate the D-Flector and you get an ugly, murky background. I tried putting white cardboard to the left and aiming the flash in that direction so it would bounce off the cardboard and...
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    Scenes from the Salmon River Trail

    The gallery: http://www.pbase.com/fjp/sr_2005_06_jun_22 These photos are along the Salmon River Trail in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness, which is just south of the Mt. Hood Wilderness, 60 miles east of Portland, OR., U.S.A. It is an easy, very popular trail that goes through the best low...
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    I forgot to address these two comments. It's pretty expensive: $130 without postage, and there's not much to break. Should last a lifetime if the material itself doesn't age and crack.
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    I hope to find time today to try two experiments. First, a white panel reflector (those 13"x19" pieces of white cardboard that come with packages of printer paper the same size) on the side where the shadows are appearing, possibly on both sides. But I was hoping this device would be...
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    After all this, I'm wondering whether I wasted my money.
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    The shadow problem is discussed extensively in the gallery. For your example, how did you set up the lighting?
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    Possible white background for macros and other objects

    I noticed an ad in the August Popular photography for a dazzling white background for taking pictures of small objects. I like to do this and am quite often bothered by a distracting background. I know about light boxes but thought they were just a little too fussy for casual shooting. So I...
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    They do seem to have low volume, that's for sure. That probably has something to do with their high prices. It's interesting that what is now their flagship product, the BH-55, is not priced higher than the competition, but about the same. Regarding their other specialty items, there may be a...
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    It's very strange. It seems to come and go. The fact that it sometimes does show up tells me I did it right and the glitch is on the other end somehow. Maybe it's pbase.
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    I should study these tags so I know what I'm doing. I'd like to intersperse quotes from you with my comments and I don't know how to do that, so I'll do my best. Took out your first paragraph, responding to the second, about macro photography. Here's an example, using the 105mm f/2.8 Micro...
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    Must have been a temporary glitch on nikoncafe. Now both images are back. Go figure.
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    I see the same thing. I don't know what's wrong. I previewed it and there was no dreaded red x, so I submitted it. Let me try again, only this time I won't do the now dreaded "preview":
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    Not offended at all! Wow, Jerry, did I come off sounding offended??? I'm so surprised to hear that! In fact, I wasn't offended at all, just asking for clarification on your reservation, so I can understand what might be happening. I'm not too clear about your new statement (but am NOT...
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    I guess I don't know how to use all these buttons, as my post got sent twice, the first time without my corrections, the second time with. Sorry, everyone.
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    I am referring to the RRS Portrait-Perfect Package. This is a combination of an RRS flash arm and the MPR-CL, the latter allowing the connection of a camera body with L-bracket to a flash arm when the camera has a lens mounted without a tripod collar. However, I originally bought the RRS...
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    I am referring to the RRS Portrait Perfect Package. This is a combination of a RRS flash arm and the MPR-CL, the latter allowing the connection of a camera body with L-bracket to a flash arm when the camera has a lens mounted without a tripod collar. However, I originally bought the RRS flash...
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    First time on Mt. Hood with D2x

    WOW does that sound familiar. Same thing happened to me flying into Crete. We flew into Athens at night, so couldn't see a thing! Then got on a plane and flew to Crete. We got there at 3:00 in the morning and zonked out. All I could think about flying from the states was that I was finally going...
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    First time on Mt. Hood with D2x

    There's plenty more where that came from. It's my soft spot, too. I fell in love with mountains long before I ever saw one. I saw pictures of them in a children's encyclopedia when I was 7 years old. That's when I fell in love. This was in Detroit, Michigan, where I grew up. I was locked in...
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    First time on Mt. Hood with D2x

    Yeah, I can't stay away from it. I do the same hikes over and over again, because it's too much for my brain to comprehend so it's a surprise every time I go back.
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    First time on Mt. Hood with D2x

    Hi, Gale. 1972 was five years before I moved there. I don't think I'd even heard of Mt. Hood back then! Now I know it like the back of my hand. What did you do when you went there?
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    First time on Mt. Hood with D2x

    Got out onto Mt. Hood yesterday for the first time with the D2x. This is at an elevation of 5,600 feet. The summit -- actually with a cloud cap on it in this photo -- is at 11,235 feet, so you're looking at over a mile of vertical elevation here. The summit is about three miles away from where...
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    Update to my screensaver

    Dear Patrick, I did not get your email. Are you sure you sent it?
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    Portland gets weather

    Normally, Portland, OR doesn't get weather. We're sort of like Shangri-la. But today the skies opened up with thunder and lightening and a real gully washer just about struck us down. This is happening more and more, as often as once every three years these days. I think it's global warming...
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    Update to my screensaver

    I've made an improvement to the screensaver I offer fellow photographers for free. Feel free to ask for it by sending me email: frankparis@comcast.net The Problem: When you are displaying the path while the screen saver is running, sometimes an image is very bright where the path overlays...
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    Largest trees within 60 miles of Portland, OR

    No Sitka Spruce nearby Hi, greyflash. No, there wouldn't be any Sitka Spruce nearby. They only grow near the Pacific Ocean in the forest lowlands, no more than about 15 miles inland. I was 120 miles from the coast.
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    Largest trees within 60 miles of Portland, OR

    Trapper Creek Wilderness in southwestern Washington. As far as I know, only the Salmon River Trail near Mt. Hood rivals these trees. The gallery for the story on these: http://www.pbase.com/fjp/sl_2005_06_jun_11 Samples: Western Red Cedar, twelve feet in diameter Douglas Fir eight...
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    A walk in the woods...(another)

    I love the ferns against the rocks. I used to live in Philadelphia and did hiking and backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains. Your pictures remind me of the Great Smokies.
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    insects

    These are wonderful shots I especially like the wasp shots.
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    New flash setup for macro flower photography

    The RRS flash brackets were originally designed to attach to a telephoto macro's tripod collar. If your macro lens didn't have a tripod collar, RRS couldn't help you. But now RRS offers a plate with an Arca Swiss-style clamp that lets you couple RRS flash brackets directly to the camera body...
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    A funny forest

    Well now, that's interesting because I saw it claimed up on Dpreview that the 200 was equally good at distance. Actually, this is what I'd always heard about macros and I thought I was being set straight. Maybe the guy was just blowing smoke. You know how some people just can't admit that any...
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    A funny forest

    Hey, Dave... Tell me how much you love that 200mm Micro. I have the Tamron 180mm f/3.5 DI Macro. It's a great macro lens but not so hot for distance. I'm not so sure it's all that important a deficiency because I also have the Nikon 180mm f/2.8 and it would probably be irresponsible for me to...
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    A funny forest

    I accidentally posted images too large in this gallery. I’ve corrected the problem so you can go back and look without any trouble this time.
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    A funny forest

    Ridiculously large pbase images Yes, this was a big mistake and I don't know how it happened. Did you notice that only the first half of the pictures were big? I wonder if I'll ever figure out what happened? Anyhow, tomorrow I intend on replacing those big images with my normal 1024x768. The...
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    A funny forest

    Yes, living in Florida, you certainly wouldn't have anything like this! But you'd have completely different and interesting things!
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    A funny forest

    Check out this forest: http://www.pbase.com/fjp/mb_2005_06_04 I think it is rather whimsical. I'm sure few people have ever seen a forest like this much less walked through one, and people who have actually been in this type forest seldom stop to appreciate their unique beauty, because...
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    A funny forest

    Check out this forest: http://www.pbase.com/fjp/mb_2005_06_04 I think it is rather whimsical. I'm sure few people have ever seen a forest like this much less walked through one, and people who have actually been in this type forest seldom stop to appreciate their unique beauty, because...
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    Screensaver update

    I offered my screensaver on my first post and described it: https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=4744 A few people asked for it and I sent it. Since then I have fixed a bug that has been bugging me for weeks, where the screensaver suddenly becomes insensitive to keyboard input...
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