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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    pinno wrote:
    I do like B&W. Nice picture of the skaters.

    That's my favourite of the whole lot.
    Ben

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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    narbs wrote:
    Been shooting a lot more film recently.

    You could almost step into those. Lovely! :)
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    I caught a nice photo of the Moon and Venus. 80mm lens, so nothing too detailed...

    31317411073_78ef47418e_k.jpgThe Moon and Venus by Ben H, on Flickr

    I have a few quid to spend, actually, so maybe one of you could recommend a 200mm (or so) lens? :)

    And then a few of our cat who just loves when we change the bedsheets! A couple here...

    32008833661_6c3e475c5a_k.jpgWinifred by Ben H, on Flickr

    32088584616_ea6c164a28_k.jpgWinifred by Ben H, on Flickr
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    And another...

    32008824421_0fed4f1a48_k.jpgWinifred by Ben H, on Flickr
    Ben

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  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    Love those Ben, the third one is wonderful!

    Off skiing tomorrow so hopefully will be able to brighten the thread with some snowy scenes. Hard to believe this one I took nearly ten years ago.

    22987283279_7e9e1bcf31_c.jpgTignes by Jon, on Flickr
  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    What camera do you want the 200mm for?

    I must admit I'm moving more and more towards wide only.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    edited January 2017
    Thank you! And I'm looking forward to the snow scenes!

    I am simply looking to add 'ammo' to my camera bag. I shot the cat photos with a prime f1.8 50mm and the moon one with 28-80mm. I also have a standard 'kit' lens (18-50mm).
    Ben

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  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    Friend of mine has just bought a 70-200 f4 for her Sony A7 (can't remember which version) and is getting some stunning results.

    My (limited) experience leads me towards buying the best lenses I can before changing bodies, and drawing a line when I realise no-one is ever going to pay me for my images!
  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    A couple from my recent trip to Obergurgl:

    32057893410_48a9120471_c.jpgDolomites by Jon, on Flickr

    32249482955_6da32d8811_c.jpgHochgurgl by Jon, on Flickr
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
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    Ben

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  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,123
    Difficult to get shots like that without over exposure. Did you use a filter narbs?
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  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    pinno wrote:
    Difficult to get shots like that without over exposure. Did you use a filter narbs?

    Had a polariser on for both, yeah.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    I've been taking purposely faceless self-portraits, for an online challenge...

    32143540580_393bdd45ef_k.jpgSelf portrait by Ben H, on Flickr

    32481867316_0f16bdddcb_k.jpgSelf portrait by Ben H, on Flickr
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    Went for a saunter on Saturday. Took the camera, as always...

    32481840956_833379d6c3_k.jpgNear the Barbican by Ben H, on Flickr

    32522597405_3987476599_k.jpgSk8er boi #1 by Ben H, on Flickr
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,123
    Nice board shot Ben.

    Re.: Faceless portrait. I must say, I am not sure about the contemporary style of cutting a picture off where the subject is not complete or central Perhaps I need enlightening.
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  • took this one of my missus censored last night on my Canon DLS350 GLX
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  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,126
    Ben6899 wrote:
    I caught a nice photo of the Moon and Venus. 80mm lens, so nothing too detailed...

    31317411073_78ef47418e_k.jpgThe Moon and Venus by Ben H, on Flickr

    I have a few quid to spend, actually, so maybe one of you could recommend a 200mm (or so) lens? :)

    And then a few of our cat who just loves when we change the bedsheets! A couple here...

    32008833661_6c3e475c5a_k.jpgWinifred by Ben H, on Flickr

    32088584616_ea6c164a28_k.jpgWinifred by Ben H, on Flickr
    Where do you live. That's appears to be our cat Smarty.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    pinno wrote:
    Nice board shot Ben.

    Re.: Faceless portrait. I must say, I am not sure about the contemporary style of cutting a picture off where the subject is not complete or central Perhaps I need enlightening.

    It's definitely a bit experimental, cutting off half the subject. In terms of composition, more generally, I try to obey the rule of thirds as it more often than not works quite well. :)
    Ben

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  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,123
    edited January 2017
    Ben6899 wrote:
    pinno wrote:
    Nice board shot Ben.

    Re.: Faceless portrait. I must say, I am not sure about the contemporary style of cutting a picture off where the subject is not complete or central Perhaps I need enlightening.

    It's definitely a bit experimental, cutting off half the subject. In terms of composition, more generally, I try to obey the rule of thirds as it more often than not works quite well. :)

    Does it need a focal point? I mean, it's a little bit too much like a silhouette. I suppose if you added too much lighting to the helmet for example, it would end up like an ad shot.
    How about half a cat*? I like cats, especially mischievous one's.

    *..or half a bum and with all due respect, not yours.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,123
    On Sunday, the only sunshine appeared like a golden penny between the hills on my left and the thick cloud above it whcih has been omnipresent for 2 weeks solid. A few had stopped to look at it. I had a clear view as I was out pedalling.
    At one point, it was perfectly positioned between the two features.
    I was kicking myself because I didn't have my camera with me.
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    That would have made a lovely shot. I love when the sun appears like that.
    Ben

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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    pinno wrote:
    Ben6899 wrote:
    pinno wrote:
    Nice board shot Ben.

    Re.: Faceless portrait. I must say, I am not sure about the contemporary style of cutting a picture off where the subject is not complete or central Perhaps I need enlightening.

    It's definitely a bit experimental, cutting off half the subject. In terms of composition, more generally, I try to obey the rule of thirds as it more often than not works quite well. :)

    Does it need a focal point? I mean, it's a little bit too much like a silhouette. I suppose if you added too much lighting to the helmet for example, it would end up like an ad shot.
    How about half a cat*? I like cats, especially mischievous one's.

    *..or half a bum and with all due respect, not yours.

    I'll see if I can get our cat to pose for a portrait. Happy to experiment with composition for the benefit of the thread! :)

    Focal point. I submitted the first one, for the challenge and I like to think the focal point is the lack of facial features. But this malarkey is very subjective. One man's Dalai Lama is another man's Nigel Farage.
    Ben

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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 5,937
    pinno wrote:
    On Sunday, the only sunshine appeared like a golden penny between the hills on my left and the thick cloud above it whcih has been omnipresent for 2 weeks solid. A few had stopped to look at it. I had a clear view as I was out pedalling.
    At one point, it was perfectly positioned between the two features.
    I was kicking myself because I didn't have my camera with me.
    I railed against smartphones for years, then finally gave in, and have to admit I'd not be without it now. A few weeks ago I went for a ride when there was still mist down around the Exe, and when I got back towards the river (having been in bright sunlight for much of the ride), I had a feeling there might be some interesting light. This is pretty much as my naked eye saw the scene - no photoshopping involved.

    wp-1481471712512.jpg

    I'm too lazy to bother with anything than auto settings, on the whole: point and shoot. It's more about being in the right place at the right time.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,123
    That's lovely BT.

    Maybe next time, take a picture of half the tree (it's all part of Ben's big experiment).
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    :D

    That's a great photo, BT!
    Ben

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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 5,937
    Ben6899 wrote:
    :D

    That's a great photo, BT!
    Thanks. I was tanking along on the bike on a lovely flat bit of road, and was loath to stop... but rather glad I did. I'm still not sure about the framing - I rarely bother to zoom on the phone, as it's just horrible digital zoom - and though I could play about with cropping, in the end the central tree seemed to work pretty well. Using a tree between me and a low sun is one of my hackneyed techniques, but it sometimes gets a nice shot.
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 5,937
    I suppose that of all my other photos, the other 'lucky' one I was most pleased with was this one... just a gap in the clouds at the right time, and a good zoom on my Sony HX50.

    dsc04063-20160217blog.jpg
  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    That first image is beautiful Brian, congrats!

    Ben, I love your second portrait. Excellent composition which really pulls the eye from the negative space. I should push myself to enter some challenges, I need something like that.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    narbs wrote:
    That first image is beautiful Brian, congrats!

    Ben, I love your second portrait. Excellent composition which really pulls the eye from the negative space. I should push myself to enter some challenges, I need something like that.

    Thanks narbs.

    That's exactly why I enter the challenges, to be pushed to take photos I usually wouldn't.

    You should sign up! :)https://www.liop.co.uk/liop-challenge/
    Ben

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  • narbsnarbs Posts: 584
    I'm in, thanks :)
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