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#1 David Pavlich

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:49 PM

I took a return trip to the Royal Air Museum, tripod and remote release in hand, to get some more shots from this really neat museum. This is 7 shots combined in Photomatix Pro 5. It's HDR, but not the typical tone mapping associated with HDR. FYI, it's a Pratt/Whitney Wasp 2000 engine that produces 1450 HP!

 

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:23 PM

Nice David.  I love the detail on the cylinder heads.

I'm just imagining how you might get that into a motorbike frame.....



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:47 PM

That's something that I need to do; a motorcycle.  Today's bikes have a lot of stuff on them that would be great for showing detail.

 

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:40 PM

I get it David, very cool image!



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 10:58 PM

Super detail, David.
Were the 7 shots at different focus points to get good depth of field, or (more likely) different exposures for HDR?
Beautiful piece of machinery in all its glory! I'd love to see that museum. I think it's cool they let you set up like that in there.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:29 AM

Super detail, David.
Were the 7 shots at different focus points to get good depth of field, or (more likely) different exposures for HDR?
Beautiful piece of machinery in all its glory! I'd love to see that museum. I think it's cool they let you set up like that in there.

It's a small museum, but it's well maintained and they bring in new stuff fairly often.  I found out that they are having a big to do in late October, so I spoke with one of the coordinators of the event.  I'm going to make a print of one of the displays that I had taken and donate it for the silent auction.

 

And, not only did they not mind me setting up with the tripod and shoot stuff, they had just moved one of their display airplanes into a new spot and one of the guys moving it asked me if I'd like to get a shot before they put up the rope barricades!  Now that's something that puts a smile on one's face. :-)

 

I ran into that particular caretaker later on and I mentioned why I was shooting with a tripod.  When I mentioned several shots at different shutter speeds, he said,"you mean like HDR."  Holy cow!  He's a hobbyist photographer, but knows photography.  That explains, in part, why he asked about shooting the plane before moving the rope barriers in place.

 

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:23 AM

Flippin' great, David !  Sounds like the perfect museum. 

There could be an opportunity to get an environmental portrait of the curator/ caretaker with one of the exhibits ?

He sounds like an excellent bloke.  "One of us,,, One of us..." ;)

Modern bikes can be a pain to photograph, particularly if they are wearing fairings and everything is covered up.  Earlier bikes are the best, The Harley motor is a bit bland looking but now, an air cooled Ducati v-twin or a bit Kawasaki two-stroke - or a very early Harley or Indian dispatch bike ?

Ask your museum contact if they have any bikes knockin' around in the store rooms :ph34r:



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 11:38 AM

Nice story on how accommodating the folk were at the museum. Superb engine indeed, I have fond memories of old radials, though HDR is not really my thing David, sorry.

 

Rod there sure some wonderfully engineered motorcycles, some looking far better than they go... though one that sticks in my mind was the little 125 Aprilla when it first came out, a little beaut, though they were new to the market at the time and they pulled out all the stops to attract the eye of those who admire race style engineering.. There will be many many more since m/cycles first hit the road...My last being an R850R some years back.. the 850 I might desire today is from a different manufacturer and not a m/cycle..(-: 



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:59 PM

WOW!! Great detail in that engine, the HDR really makes it pop!



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:49 PM

No apologies necessary!  I know HDR/tone mapping isn't for everyone.  It's kinda' like street photography, another like of mine.  Some people believe it's terrible to take photos of people that haven't given permission.  If it was meant to do harm, then it's bad, but my intent is never sinister.  I just like capturing a moment.

 

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 09:21 PM

... If it was meant to do harm, then it's bad, but my intent is never sinister.  I just like capturing a moment.

 

David

 

If only the public could understand that. Too many times now if one carries a DSLR type camera and takes pictures of buildings or people, they are either a terrorist or a pedophile. There is very little understanding of the legality of photography in public spaces, even among law enforcement.

 

Sorry if that was too strong. I just feel anxious these days photographing in public with a large camera. And I really like architecture photography. People with smartphones though rarely seem to get hassled.

 

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 12:33 AM

David, thanks for the gracious reply.  I do like street photography though do not have what it takes to handle the likely issues well thus unlikely to be a genre that I get right into.

 

Bob, I really like architecture too, though feel somewhat restricted for the reasons I expressed above, and given the quality of some smart phone pics relative to mine... you got me thinking..(-:



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 07:51 AM

More power to you, David :)

Geedee, I think I know the 850 you refer to and its not a Fiat Bambino.  There's an 840 living 'round the corner from me.

My dreams are haunted my the sight and sound of a black Ducati Streatfighter.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 01:54 PM

I'm already missing New Orleans and its excellent street photography opportunities.  It's such a tourist destination that you could be walking through the French Quarter with a 1DxII and a 70-200 and not even be noticed.  I know because I walked around with a 5DIII w/battery grip and a 70-200 on it and had one person question me and it was about the camera/lens, not what I was doing with it.

 

Because it's such a touristy city, every third person is taking pictures, so nobody even noticed me.  I adopted a sit and wait strategy....just plant my butt somewhere and sooner or later, a shot will present itself.  That's exactly what I did to grab this shot.  I was just sitting across the street from this guy listening to him play and the lady walked up with Ipad at the ready.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!!

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:00 PM

David
There is an interesting YouTube video of a B&H lecture given by a photographer named Sam Abell. It is called "The Life of a Photograph". I've saved it for myself and the link is below. One of his key messages was exactly what you did: "compose and wait". Well done!
I'm inspired to try street photography too.
https://youtu.be/cxoYxZpujbc

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:06 PM

Like I said, I'm spoiled having had the opportunity to shoot in and around New Orleans.  My son was visiting (he's a wedding photographer) a few weeks ago.  He wanted to shoot in downtown Winnipeg, so I contacted a local camera club and asked them where we should go.  I took their advice, but it was pretty much a bust.  Very little in the way of good street stuff.

 

One small bit of fun came as we were walking along near a small park along one of the rivers.  There was a young lady taking a picture of two other young ladies on a bench.  My son was occupied shooting a flower garden, so I just walked up and asked if they would mind if I took some shots.  They were quite pleased to pose for me, so I turned it into a mini fashion shoot! :-)  They were good sports about the whole thing and as it turns out, they were visiting from Minneapolis.  We had a nice talk about photography in general and I showed them the shots from the back of the camera and all was well.

 

The funny thing was my son's reaction to his gray bearded Dad just walking up and asking them to let me shoot. :D  I think he was equally stunned that they were so eager to cooperate.  I guess I look harmless enough.  But it was all in good fun.

 

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 11:14 AM

An amazing photo!



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

While I was talking to the volunteer at the museum, I mentioned that I'd like to donate a print to the museum.  He contacted the lady that's taking care of the charity stuff for the event and she came down to the floor of the museum while I was shooting.  She said she'd really appreciate a donation, so today, I dropped off a print of their Bristol Freighter.  I figure that an air museum gala will have plenty of aeronautical fans and that someone knowing the history of this old bird will make a nice bid for it.  Here's the shot and I've included a link to the museum showing the plane just after it arrived.

 

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And here's the shot from the museum:

 

http://www.royalavia...eighter-cf-wae/

 

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:39 PM

Nice work David, and of course a great idea... I am proud of you...(-:


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:52 AM

Nice gift, David.

 

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