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2018 Project - Focused picture a week (M38A1)

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Week #19/52
I've never done a garden before so needless to say, my first Gypsy sweet pepper is what I call an accomplishment. Tried to figure out how to make a silly pepper plant look good. Hmmmm... Between rain showers I ran outside and got on ground level with it, then played with settings a bit to get the mood right. That didn't work so I brought in a speed light and set that up camera left on 1/128th. Cactus IV triggers. Now I wonder when it's done and I can pick it to eat!

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 56.0 mm (56.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/3.3
EXPOSURE TIME 0.004s (1/250)
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She's Got Pipes...
Rusty and I wandered down to The Alcove Cantina Saturday evening to have a beer and watch a little band called Fusion perform. They're actually not that little, playing multiple nights each week somewhere in the area. Rusty works with the drummer and they all know Rusty so this was an easy thing to shoot. Easy at first, horribly difficult the later it got as the only lighting was on the stage back and left and very few "party string" lights in the audience area. So when the sun went down, the ISO jumped up. This shot was done at ISO6400 and is of the wife of the guitar player to the right. She could belt it out for sure.

Camera Nikon NIKON D4S
Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 6400
Focal Length 45.0 mm (45.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/2.8
Exposure Time 0.01111s (1/90)
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I don't think the high ISO hurts for the context. A kind of "gritty" picture seems appropriate ;-)
 
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I don't think the high ISO hurts for the context. A kind of "gritty" picture seems appropriate ;-)
FWIW, I would have been much higher on the ISO, but I'm obsessed with keeping my shutter speed faster. I don't even see any grain on my 15" laptop. Benefits of a D4S!
 

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Mouse Trap...
This one was sort of whimsical by design. My trusty mouse died a few weeks ago and I just couldn't bring myself to toss it thinking 'what a cool photo prop sometime'. Then today while at Home Depot, I walked by the pest control aisle and saw these monster mouse traps, thus the idea for this one. Simple "expose for ambient then flash your subject". Used an SB700 speed light with Cactus triggers and a smallish (4"x4") soft box which just slipped over the flash head.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/13
EXPOSURE TIME 0.008s (1/125)
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Needs a little strategically places Catsup to make it complete, or maybe a bundle of twisted little wires, like guts spilling out :-P
 

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Lately I've been seeing these large bees coming out of holes in the ground. While mowing the lawn, I saw one come out of a tree in my yard. Somewhat curious I peeked in and saw this guy working on 'something'. He uses his huge abdomen and stinger like a shovel moving dirt/mud around. I watched/shot him for maybe five minutes and then he had enough of me and started to check me out up close and personal. Having watched that huge stinger do it's work, that's when I was done but not after getting this shot.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D500
LENS AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
ISO 500
FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/4
EXPOSURE TIME 0.0025s (1/400)
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The way I look at it, any Father's Day I get with Mom and Dad is a bonus. So here they are, Fathers Day 2018. Simple setup with an SB700 in the hotshoe and angled about 45* up.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
ISO 125
FOCAL LENGTH 42.0 mm (42.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/8
EXPOSURE TIME 0.01667s (1/60)
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Last night a friend of mine and I heard an announcer over a PA system talking about "mutton bust'n". I knew the rodeo arena was about 3/4mi away so I figured with the South breeze the sound was carrying to the house. So after dinner we drove down and sure enough the 75th Annual Williamson County Rodeo was just starting. Having shot several rodeos in Bandera "on the dirt" as part of the event, this would be an interesting exercise to see what one could create in the stands as well as try out the D500/70-200mm combination under a bit less than ideal conditions.

To be blunt, the lighting sucked. So I started out at 8pm at ISO1600 right out of the chute. (no pun intended). That allowed me to have a nice shutter speed to stop the action/dirt movement but at the expense of a bit of noise. As the night progressed, the ISO didn't just creep up, it skyrocketed and by the end of the night I was shooting ISO10,000 with shutter speeds down around 1/160th. yeah - it was that bad. Here's a link to a few snaps from the event. I'm pretty happy with the little D500 combo. Not quite the low light capability I'd like, but I didn't buy it for low light in the first place. Click HERE.

This weeks image was early on in the show. He did a full 8-second ride, and then some.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D500
LENS AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
ISO 1600
FOCAL LENGTH 200.0 mm (300.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/4.5
EXPOSURE TIME 0.002s (1/500)

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July 4th Fireworks

WoodButcher rang me up and said "let's go shoot fireworks"! Um..... ok. So I followed his step-by-step process and I was fortunate to get this one. I chose it for the spiral motion of the canister moving up before it exploded This was the only one like it out of all the shots I took and it was almost perfectly symmetrical in nature when it went off. Broken down, tripod with camera on top, remote shutter release, ISO low (100), f/8, manual focus mode at infinity and backed off a bit, and experiment on time.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 50.0 mm (50.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/8
EXPOSURE TIME 1.8s (1.8)
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You've been mooned... :rofl:
I really enjoy the time Woodbutcher and I have early Saturday mornings for coffee and conversation.

CAMERA Apple iPhone SE
LENS iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO 200
FOCAL LENGTH 4.2 mm (29.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/2.2
EXPOSURE TIME 0.05882s (1/17)
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Cicada
Saw this guy on the front sidewalk and decided to get down on his level to capture him. As I got on my hands and knees on the sidewalk (ouch) he didn't like that I was only about a foot from him so he moved and hissed at me. So I moved when he moved and was able to get in a position to shoot him head on. Used my SB700 on manual mode along with a pair of Cactus triggers and set the camera on the sidewalk on the tripod foot while holding the speed light over/above in different positions to get what I liked.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (105.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/8
EXPOSURE TIME 0.00556s (1/180)
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Thanks, Scott. Means a lot coming from the master of bug macro. :photo:

It's a HUGE crop. lol.... My 105 only lets me get about 15" to the bugs. Thinking about some extension tubes. I suppose I could put it on my crop body and see what happens.
 

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Almost all of them on the crop body.

I did use the full frame with my macro lense the other day and it seemed to focus slower than my crop, but it shouldn't have. I think it just seemed that way.
 
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Are you guys shooting all your bug stuff/macro lens with crop bodies?
Almost exclusively if I am using the 105mm lens. However, if I use the 70-200mm with any of the extension tubes, it is usually on the D750, but that is mostly because Sarah is using the D7200 with the 105mm.

Both of my bodies are 24 Mp sensors. The the larger FF sensor on the D750 has a lower pixel density, which means you lose detail, especially if you start cropping the images. The advantage of the D750 is better low light performance, but that rarely matters since I shoot virtually all of my shots with the 105mm in combination with the flash. I don't use the flash the 70-200mm lens, so I guess there might be some advantage to going to the D750 in that case.

If you have a D800/850, then that 36 Mp sensor would likely be a real advantage, probably even over the 24 Mp crop sensors.
 

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The elusive unicorn grasshopper...

I'm starting to see the attraction TM and WoodButcher have shooting these and why they capture them. Most people don't get to see bugs close-up and I find their looks to be fascinating when you really stop to 'look' at them. So here's a common little grasshopper. (it's really not a unicorn - it's just the angle) I was walking in the grass and saw something out of the corner of my eye fly then land. I spent a few minutes looking for it and finally did. Master of camouflage comes to mind. About 40 shots later I figured I had enough to choose from. That 40 quickly went to about five. That tells me I need to run the fine-tune adjustments on the 105macro and this D500 crop body to get the hit ratio up higher.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D500
LENS AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
ISO 1600
FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/8
EXPOSURE TIME 0.01s (1/100)
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Prickly Pears for wine
Just another random iPhone snap. I was at the home-brew store to get some things for a batch of wine and I asked about the beautiful prickly pears out front. The salesman said "take what you want - do you need tongs and a bucket"? Well, I already had those with me. So about five gallons later and 20 minutes I had a bucket ready for juice extraction. Thinking this will be a wine base or a batch of mead.

CAMERA Apple iPhone SE
LENS iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO 25
FOCAL LENGTH 4.2 mm (29.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/2.2
EXPOSURE TIME 0.00087s (1/1150)
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The old gal...
If you've ever wondered what an M38A1 was, here's a good example. Last minute event came up and I was asked if I could participate in a short parade (three blocks) and possibly carry Sen. Ted Cruz. Sure, I can do that. The event was for a home given to a purple heart recipient. At the last minute before staging, the passenger list changed and I didn't get to carry Sen. Cruz after all. Still a fun event for a good cause. Nothing special about the pic. Just a snap taken prior to event staging.


CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 640
FOCAL LENGTH 50.0 mm (50.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/6.7
EXPOSURE TIME 0.01111s (1/90)
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Ring Lights
Tonight was a first for me in that I got to play around with a lighting system called "ring lighting". As the name implies, the light is circular by design and you shoot through the center of the light. The end result is pretty dramatic.

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D4S
LENS AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 640
FOCAL LENGTH 26.0 mm (26.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/5.6
EXPOSURE TIME 0.008s (1/125)
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Its a great picture of a beautiful woman but her eyes …. kind of demonic.
I played with B&W a bit and if I'd have gone that route, more so I believe. She got lost in the background with the dark dress and eye liner without the red to make her pop, so color it was.
 

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Hot Stuff....
I've never really had a garden yet the Gardening and Homesteading thread got me thinking I could do this. Well, other than having to water it every day I think I've proven I can do it. Side benefit is I get to eat some fun colorful stuff I can say I grew. This is a mix of purple bell peppers, gypsy peppers, SantaFe Grande peppers and serranos.

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The old gal...
If you've ever wondered what an M38A1 was, here's a good example. Last minute event came up and I was asked if I could participate in a short parade (three blocks) and possibly carry Sen. Ted Cruz. Sure, I can do that. The event was for a home given to a purple heart recipient. At the last minute before staging, the passenger list changed and I didn't get to carry Sen. Cruz after all. Still a fun event for a good cause. Nothing special about the pic. Just a snap taken prior to event staging.


CAMERANikon NIKON D4S
LENSAF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO640
FOCAL LENGTH50.0 mm (50.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/6.7
EXPOSURE TIME0.01111s (1/90)
i-359w48k-XL.jpg
I have to ask, because some people are extremely lucky. Does the mounted machine gun still function?

I had to work so I missed my chance to see Sen Cruz this year. Would have been a cool deal to get to take him for a ride.

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I have to ask, because some people are extremely lucky. Does the mounted machine gun still function?

I had to work so I missed my chance to see Sen Cruz this year. Would have been a cool deal to get to take him for a ride.

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That is a Browning 1919A4 from the Israeli Army. I purchased it about 1998 as a parts kit from SARCO for $300 and it included everything except the right side plate (the controlled BATF part). ATF indicated to me if I welded a steel block in the receiver they wouldn't consider it a controlled item at that point.

In retrospect I should have purchased 10 of those kits for $300 back then. I hear a lot of folks are making semi-autos out of them these days. Price of a new 'parts kit"? $1,495. Yikes.
 
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That is a Browning 1919A4 from the Israeli Army. I purchased it about 1998 as a parts kit from SARCO for $300 and it included everything except the right side plate (the controlled BATF part). ATF indicated to me if I welded a steel block in the receiver they wouldn't consider it a controlled item at that point.

In retrospect I should have purchased 10 of those kits for $300 back then. I hear a lot of folks are making semi-autos out of them these days. Price of a new 'parts kit"? $1,495. Yikes.
Darn, because I get a good bit of hogs on the ranch

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Interesting colors in the Week 33 pic, looks good.

I have never cared for the LED light rings when you can see them in the eyes. I see lots of videos shot with them and it is just distracting.
Overall though the light looks good in Week 32, and the black dress, red background (is that a piece of carpet??) is a good contrast, as well as getting some real good skin tone in that one.

Week 31, nice Jeep. Is that yours? Who did the restoration?
 

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Interesting colors in the Week 33 pic, looks good.

I have never cared for the LED light rings when you can see them in the eyes. I see lots of videos shot with them and it is just distracting.
Overall though the light looks good in Week 32, and the black dress, red background (is that a piece of carpet??) is a good contrast, as well as getting some real good skin tone in that one.

Week 31, nice Jeep. Is that yours? Who did the restoration?

Thanks.... That's what caught my eye was all the colors when sitting on the table after picking them.

The LED lights were cool but I have to agree, distracting as others and yourself have indicated. Yet it was kind of fun to try them out. That's actually a red velvet backdrop, not carpet.

Yes, the M38A1 is mine. Had that old girl since 1997. Dad and I did the resto on it over about 18 months '97-'98. This is what it looked like when I bought it
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Figured it was yours (with the username and all...). Looks like it was an old Civil Defense vehicle.

I had a family friend that had an old Jeep (late 60's M151) that as in partial restoration status when he passed away, never found out what happened to it.

I have found as I have gotten older (and fatter) I don't fit into those things well anymore.
 
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Grain
Not of the photographic film variety, yet of this old saw cut on a tree in my yard. I'm trying to figure out what artwork I want on my walls and I was thinking a B&W nature series. (but this isn't a B&W conversion....) Nothing fancy about the subject or how I shot it. Just had to get on my tip toes to frame it. Just thought the pattern and crack was interesting.

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ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/4.5
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Thanks.... That's what caught my eye was all the colors when sitting on the table after picking them.

The LED lights were cool but I have to agree, distracting as others and yourself have indicated. Yet it was kind of fun to try them out. That's actually a red velvet backdrop, not carpet.

Yes, the M38A1 is mine. Had that old girl since 1997. Dad and I did the resto on it over about 18 months '97-'98. This is what it looked like when I bought it
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That circle and triangle looks familiar

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Coffee
Good coffee with good friends on a Saturday morning is a wonderful thing. I was able to get together with Rusty and Kyle at a local dive coffee shop by Rusty's place where we made our plans for the upcoming Bosque DelApache photo trip later this year. The barista was delightful as was her artwork.

CAMERA Apple iPhone SE
LENS iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
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Go ahead - drink the Kool-Aid...
This was done on a "I dare 'ya" kind of conversation. I was at the local home-brew/winemaking store not long ago talking with one of the sales staff. We got talking about what kind of wines people had made with oddball items - like the time they did a Dum-Dum-Wine. That got me thinking about Kool-Aid and she issued me a 'throw-down' to make a batch as would she and we would swap bottles. Well, this batch of Cherry Kool-Aid started July 31st and I bottled 10 750ml bottles today. (if you're doing the math, that's exactly 46 days) It's actually not bad at all and it's got a nice 13.9% kick to go with it. :party:

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LENS AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO 2500
FOCAL LENGTH 48.0 mm (48.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/4
EXPOSURE TIME 0.01111s (1/90)
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I think your white balance is off on your camera Scott, the wine looks orange! I've heard of White/Blanca, Rosé and Red/Rossa wine.. Never Orange??? You might want to check your camera brother. :chug:
 

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Crap, Duke. I see what you mean now. Maybe I should put my camera on "P" for "Professional"? Or was that "A" for "Automatic". :ponder:

I forgot to add, I had a quarter stick of toasted oak in the secondary during 'aging'. lol
 

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Fire pit
What's that adage about the best camera is the one you have with you? I was visiting friends and they decided to fire up the chimnea. Yeah, end of September and we fired it up, drank some wine and had some great conversation. I didn't plan on shooting anything so all I had was the iPhone. I just liked how the top and bottom are individual components and you really can't see what's in the middle.

CAMERA Apple iPhone SE
LENS iPhone SE back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO 25
FOCAL LENGTH 4.2 mm (36.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/2.2
EXPOSURE TIME 0.025s (1/40)
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