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  1. Dacali

    Portraits: Baby B

    And a quick set of baby pictures (2 months old). A few of these are a bit out of focus. I'll need to watch my depth-of-field next time I'm shooting! 1 2 3 4 5 Comments and critiques welcomed! -Dan
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    Family/Pregnancy: A and C

    Here's a family/pregnancy shoot. I was in a bit a hurry to get these processed so the colors are a bit off. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Comments and critiques always welcome! -Dan
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    Pregnancy: J and M

    It's been awhile since I've post here, but I wanted to share a few pictures from some recent shoots. Comments and critiques always welcomed! 1 2 3 4 5 -Dan
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    New lens suggestions....

    My lens of choice was my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (without the built-in motor) if you don't mind a third party lens. It focuses fairly quickly on my D70s and D300 and was sharp wide open. It's also fairly small and lightweight too! Quality control seems to be hit or miss on the posts I've seen on...
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    Sensor Cleaner?

    Thanks! I just ordered a Copper Hill kit to clean my sensor. Dan
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    Sensor Cleaner?

    I think I need to clean my sensor... Anyone have any suggestions for a wet/swab solution? It looks like specks of something clear landed on it and dried. Thanks! Dan
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    Engagement Pictures - Vickie and Ira

    Yup. That's downtown McKinney. :) Thank for the suggestions everyone! I'll toss the images into Photoshop and do another round of editing and re-post in a few days. :) So far, I've only done a few tweaks in ACR. The two candids with the distracting background were with my 18-200 so dealing...
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    Portraits - Meredith and Zach

    Thank again for your comments! I also edited my original post and put up the larger version of this set too. Dan
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    Engagement Pictures - Vickie and Ira

    Thank you for the comments! Greg, I posted up larger versions of all of the images. It looks like my focus is a bit off in the 4th shot! Yikes! Dan
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    Portraits - Meredith and Zach

    My friends, Meredith and Zach, came out one evening for me to get some shots for my portfolio. They drove about 45 minutes to come to our shooting location, and I can't thank them enough! Anyways, I'm looking for ways to improve the photographs. If you see something wrong with the technical...
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    Engagement Pictures - Vickie and Ira

    I'm considering becoming a freelance photographer on the weekends so I'm starting to build up a portfolio. I'm just looking for critiques on these photographs! The full set can be seen here. Thanks! Dan
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    Wedding photo processing

    Most of the wedding photographers I keep an eye on use a Photoshop action pack like Totally Rad Actions, Kubota Image Tools, or something similar to process images to make them pop. Looks like high saturation (except for skin colors), high contrast are the in thing right now, and it's an...
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    Looking for a compact P&S w/features

    Here's a quick shot from my F50 at ISO 1600 if anyone's interested. It was shot under compact florescent lighting which the camera needs to boost the blue channel quite a bit to get white balance correct. It's still a bit off here though. 12MP off of camera...
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    Overwhelmed

    I enjoy photography. There's no doubt about that. Most importantly, the pictures capture memories for me. Sometime I wonder if it's "worth" (very subjective) it to have the nicer bodies and better glass. Regardless of whether I have a little point and shoot that creates flat shadows with...
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    Overwhelmed

    Oh wow, lots of responses! Thank you everyone for taking your time to comment! It's true; If I sold everything, I'd probably end up regretting it at some point. I've bought most of my gear in the last year or so (except for the D70s), and I'm starting to feel I'm a bit out of control. On...
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    Overwhelmed

    I think I've lost my mind! I'm tempted to sell off all of my DSLR stuff (2 bodies, 6 lenses, 2 lighting kits) and just stick with my small pocketable point and shoot now. I feel like I've completely lost focus on taking pictures, and now I'm just collecting a bunch of stuff that I don't have...
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    First Wedding Book - Preview

    I'm doing my sister's wedding book for her wedding present, and I just wanted to get a few comments and critiques for the one and only spread I've finished so far. :) Everything is made from scratch in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. The wedding had a strong tree theme which I plan...
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    Setting white balance using live view

    Not sure if anyone posted about this yet, but I found it useful. If the preset white balances aren't working out for you, set the camera into live view mode and PRE white balance. You can adjust the white balance until it appears correct on the screen. Dan
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    Levitation

    Thanks for the comment! I completely agree. The tail end of the toilet paper had a mind of its own when we were shooting. :) Dan
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    D300 back in stock at B&H

    Ugh. I ordered one today too. So much for waiting until summer! Dan
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    Looking for good portrait lens.

    The 50 f/1.8 works in a pinch, and I think it's Nikon's cheapest auto-focus lens. :) Dan
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    Levitation

    This was suppose to be part of a series of pictures that I wanted to take. One of these days, I'll revisit the idea and finish off the series. :) Dan
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    Orange Christmas Tree

    Not quite green, but I thought I'd share anyways. Enjoy! Dan
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    First attempt at bridals and portraits

    P'Cola-Roy, thank you. :) Rodney, I really appreciate the comments and constructive criticism! I hope that no one hold back when commenting on the pictures. It's one of the best ways we can learn from each other even though everyone is not going to agree with each other! I'll have to keep an...
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    First attempt at bridals and portraits

    Mike, thanks! Good times for everyone. :) Jim, thank you! All of them except for number six was shot with a single flash (SB-600) with no light modifiers on it. Number six was shot with two flashes (SB-600 and Vivitar 285HV). I used the cheap eBay wireless triggers (Cactus V2s) to trigger...
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    First attempt at bridals and portraits

    Edit (10/1): Ack! Hit the wrong button on flickr and deleted the pictures! The originals are gone, but I replaced them with version I post-processed instead. Here's my first attempt at doing portraits for someone! All of the shots are straight off the camera except for conversion from RAW...
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    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8

    Just bought the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and ColorChecker chart online. I hope the lens doesn't have any focusing issues! Time to start waiting for the brown truck to come! Dan
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    Weird D70s Problem

    Yup. The darker portion at the bottom is due to uneven flash coverage. I was in a hurry testing it out. :) I'm starting to think the blue pixels didn't record anything. The wall is actually light blue, and the image came out very yellow (green and red). Just an weird case of many things...
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    Weird D70s Problem

    I was testing out my Cactus V2s wireless trigger set to see how high I could sync. I ran into a really odd problem that I can't seem to figure out. Below is two shots, one at 1/400th second and one at 1/500th second. Sorry for the large images, but they're straight off the camera. Without...
  30. Dacali

    Winter

    Not long enough! Probably just a day or two. :) Dan
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    Larry vs. The Dinosaur

    David, the dinosaur was around the West End in Dallas. I have no idea where it came from though. :) It is quite huge! I actually grew up with the big purple and green dinosaur. :-P That should give you an idea of my age! Jeff, thanks for your comments! I'll give it a shot to see how I like...
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    Larry vs. The Dinosaur

    Sorry, I have no idea who the dinosaur is! Thanks for the comments though. =) Dan
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    Making Invitations

    Thank you for your compliments! I'm actually not their wedding photographer though. :) I'm in the wedding party! I'll probably bring my camera and have a bit of fun though. Dan
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    Pug Nose

    Thanks. :) If only it was completely in focus, I could print it out! (The larger version is quite soft.) Dan
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    Dirk's Baseball

    Dirk does look a bit like a rodent sometimes because he's so small! I think he's a teacup Chihuahua, but I'd have to double check with my sister on that. The toy is probably twice as tall as his head! It's quite funny seeing him carry it around in his mouth. :) Dan
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    Fireworks

    Thanks! This was right after I got my Nikon so it came out a bit blurry. It looks good for the web, but unfortunately, I can't make a print from it! :( Dan
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    Winter

    I think those are my footsteps. :) It's been quite a few years though so I don't quite remember! I enjoy the snow when it does down here (rarely!) in Texas. Dan
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    Making Invitations

    We were helping with my sister's invitations for her wedding, and I was just taking random snapshots. Here's a random one I liked from the night. Comments and critiques welcomed. Dan
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    Dirk's Baseball

    I looove dogs! I was over at my sister's playing with my new lighting kits and got this picture. Comments and critiques welcomed. :) Dan
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    Larry vs. The Dinosaur

    Here's a candid I took while walking around Dallas with my friend, Larry. Comments and critiques welcomed! Dan
  41. Dacali

    New Personal Website!

    Thanks for your comments! 1. Good point! I didn't even think about that. I'll have to fiddle around with the code to fix it. 2. I agree. I've been working on a new image, but I just can't seem to get it to look right yet. :) The new height of the collage will be between 60-75% of the...
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    New Personal Website!

    I finally had the time to get parts of my website together. It's not much right now as the only thing that's up is the blog. I still have to code much of the site still, but it's a place for me to show off some of my work now! :) I've tested it in IE6, IE7, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. It...
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    D50/SB600 Question

    How about a cheap eBay radio slave (Cactus V2s) set or a hot-shoe to PC with a Wein (optical) slave peanut? Dan
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    Diving right in, Strobist-style

    You're right. It only goes to 1/16. I think the SB-25/26/28 are the ones that can be powered down more. Dan
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    How to avoid shadows

    Oops! pinhead is absolutely correct. I falsely assumed the engagement party was going to be indoors! Dan
  46. Dacali

    D200 + onboard flash help

    With the flash up, the camera will usually only drop the shutter speed to 1/60s and not below (unless the custom function is changed as Ricky said). In P mode, I believe it shows your target exposure since that's the only variable you can control in P. (I'm not positive on that since I only...
  47. Dacali

    How to avoid shadows

    A diffuser like a Sto-Fen Omni-bounce helps to diffuse the light a little bit and make the shadows a bit softer. It wouldn't remove them though. I find that it makes the lighting much less harsh though. If you don't mind the pre-flashes of CLS, you can always just use the wireless system...
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    Help with Lighting - sports portrait

    I'm just starting to learn about off camera lighting myself, but I'll give it a shot! I would crop in closer to draw the attention towards the person more. Instead of using the main subject flash at full power, then firing a strong strobe at the back wall to cover up shadows, can you use a...
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    Wolf's

    I love the action and contrast in the last one! Great timing and conversion to black and white on that one. Nice work! Dan
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    Diving right in, Strobist-style

    Finally got my lighting kits today! The 285HV is nice, but I somewhat wish I picked up a used SB-24/25/26 instead. The flash is powerful, but it can only be set to 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, or 1/16 power. I can still use neutral density gels to stop it down some more though. The Cactus V2s fire...
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