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    Calling All Optiboard Photographers! Spring/Summer 2004

    The photography thread seems to be losing it oomph. So I decided to start a spring/summer thread. I will start it off with this picture from my b-day weekend to VA. Beach. This is the new and old Cape Henry lights located on the Fort Story base. I took it from the beach at Fort Story.

    The new light is the black and white one in case you wondered. Here is a link to more information about the lights: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/larryl.../capehenry.htm
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    I Just Finished These Today

    A customer came in last week with her old Gemini (i think) 3 pc mount with a new Rx and wanted to re use the frame Here's how they ended up.
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    More.........

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    One of my favorite canoeing spots

    And the fishing ain't bad either. Taken (late April) from the NW corner of the hiking trail around the lake. Mt. Hood in the background.
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    JRS,

    That took my breath away! <-- Dreaming of being there.
    ~Cindy

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    Come visit anytime. Be happy to show you the sites of the NW.
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    I hope I can figure out how to upload some pics...don't guess I can, when you go to "images" icon, it just asked for an http address, so how do you upload a pic from your pc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Ranger
    I hope I can figure out how to upload some pics...don't guess I can, when you go to "images" icon, it just asked for an http address, so how do you upload a pic from your pc?
    Click on either the 'Quote' or 'Post Reply' button, then click on 'Manage Attachments'. You can then browse your PC for the pic to upload.


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    I think it would work if my jpg files weren't too big, but this will only upload 107kb...but thanks for the help...
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    Yeah there has to be some limits on the file size, otherwise I could run out of disk space very fast.


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    Texas, just make a copy of the original picture and reduce it's size to the limit established. That keeps your original intact, and still gets your picture posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRS
    Come visit anytime. Be happy to show you the sites of the NW.
    JRS,
    In my mind I am already there. I took a role of B&W film at the beach for my b-day weekend and I am so thrilled. Of the roll, I have 8 fantastic shots. I may never use color film again! Except for sites like JRS' that deserves color!

    I get my disc back today and will post some of them.
    ~Cindy

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    Cindy,

    B&W photography is stunning work.

    My first darkroom was B&W only. I ended up going to color for other works - portraits, sunsets/sunrises, macro-photography, etc., but B&W was always my favorite. I spent many hours working with various film types and paper creating all sorts of effects. Dodging/burning, blending... endless hours (just ask my wife!).

    Unfortunately, I don't have the time to "mess around" with it like I use to. So now special shots are rather rarer. And usually only occur on my vacation time. And digital cameras make a darkroom less important, but I still prefer the old methods (anyone can digitize).

    I'm not even sure they still make the variation of B&W film types like I used. But regardless, enjoy the B&W shooting. I know you'll have fun.

    Perhaps I'll dig around my old photo's and post a few more (in B&W) from earlier days.
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    Oh, BTW -

    Cindy,

    I forgot to mention filters.

    If you are serious about the B&W shooting, then you should get a few filters. I'm assuming you have a 35mm w/ exchangeable lenses - so pardon me if I'm wrong.

    Get GREEN, RED, & YELLOW filters (screw on the front of your lens). Also a polorizing one, if you don't have one already. In B&W you can seriously alter the 'mood' of a photo using filters.

    I have 4 35mm cameras, 1 2x4 (twin-lens reflex), and a Crown Graphic (shoots a 4" x 5" negative). Along with a dozen or so lenses, I have a huge investment in filters. I also have a Cokin filter system which allows for some rather unique combinations.

    (I get a bit carried away with hobbies sometimes...)
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    JRS,

    I have a 35mm, but except for somewhat of a zoom pretty much point and shoot. I am working on learning framing and subject matter before I make the investment. My friend, Brenda, is teaching me angles and such. Little by little I am getting there.

    Here are the promised B&W's.
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    Here are a few more.
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    Last 2. The tree is my favorite.
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    Off to a swell start Cindy. A RED or GREEN (less contrast than red) filter on those beach scenes would have made the sky darker - adding contrast to the sand and grasses. Are you shooting with 100 ASA or 400?

    Get a good book on the pros/cons of certain B&W film types. Different types produce different "grey's". High contrast, in some cases, low contrast in others. Film speed influences grain and contrast as well. The variety of B&W films seems more limited than when I shot alot of B&W. (used a 32 ASA film for macro work).

    What you see through the view finder is not always how the picture will print. Of course the lab that does the developing for you can under/over expose causing your shades to shift. Which of course is what lead me to building my first darkroom... control of the whole process.

    There was many a time I would shoot 100 frames in a day, to keep one picture! The advantage in developing my own film was a huge cost savings. Cost me about $1.00 (chemicals) to decide to throw the roll away (LOL) after looking at the contact sheet.

    Enjoy it Cindy.
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    JRS,
    I tend to always use 400 speed film. It is pretty all purpose. I take my film to Ritz Camera to be developed. I like the end result. It is a bit more, but worth it to me. The pics didn't come out as grainy as they appear here. Ritz does a phenomenal job of developing. I believe they correct some of the operator error in the pictures! ;)

    Thanks for the tips. I will continue to learn and will follow your advice about the film.
    ~Cindy

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    Happen to come across one of my old B&W's while looking in a drawer for something entirely different (isn't that always the case?). Thought I'd toss this on here since Cindy likes B&W's.

    My wife and I use to jeep & backpack through the San Juan Mt. area of Colorado. One of my cameras was always loaded with B&W, so many a back road was done in both B&W and color.
    This shot is of a ghost town in SW Colorado. The town was Animas Forks (for those that know the area) and was taken while we were camping at the 9500 foot level up on Engineer Mt. and traveling by jeep.

    (hope it ain't too small. Had a devil of a time sizing to match the max upload)
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    JRS,

    That is a great B&W picture. I guess it is true, you see the subject in the picture. I love B&W and can't wait to take more.
    ~Cindy

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    My favorite tree

    Let's see if this is the right one. Summertime in the South during a nice rain.

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    Same rain

    I love yellow.
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    Great shots, Diane. Is the white one Magnolia or Rhodendron? Looks like Magnolia.
    ~Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Hamlin
    Great shots, Diane. Is the white one Magnolia or Rhodendron? Looks like Magnolia.
    Cindy,

    It's a Magnolia, and later in the afternoon that particular blossom was wide opened. It was raining when I took the shot, and I was looking down on the bloom. I loved the moisture on the leaves and actually being cupped in the blossom. The whole tree is just covered with blossoms and the fragrance in my yard is incredible.

    I'm going to have to look into some of the great shots you are getting. B&W is great to show detail.

    Diane
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