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#51 2008-03-27 12:00:51

Em
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

sisterdew wrote:

Magpie wrote:

Wow, those are beautiful pics, Gen!

i can only say that about your pictures(you've got the most beautiful flowers,when i'm grown up and rich and live in a castel,i'd like you to be my gardener:) ),
whenever i try to open a picasa-page,firefox shuts down:(

When you get ready to build a castle, contact these people Sisterdew: Castle Magic


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#52 2008-03-27 12:02:01

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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

some of my pictures (and no plants for a change)....

first of all: crazy weather!

And from last weekend: Easter bonfire just after it was lit (it's hard to make out in the picture, but there is a chair on top of the pile, which belonged to our host's mother-in-law... and I'll leave you to guess what that means. ;) )
And I particularly like this one, taken later that night.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

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#53 2008-03-27 16:31:20

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

@sisterdew: ohnoes! Your missing out on all the purdy pictures :(

@magpie: that one of the bonfire by itself is fantastic! And snow! *brrrrrrr* :P


It's about 14*c here at the moment and I have to keep warming my hands up. A couple of years on the coast and I can't deal with anything close to cold weather :P

-X


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#54 2008-03-28 02:50:17

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#55 2008-03-28 12:05:23

Musa
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Hey those pictures are very nice!  I really like them.


"Let's cha cha!"

 

#56 2008-03-28 16:57:16

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Thankee!

I really like the one of the tree, even if I blatantly stole the idea from another guy >->

:P

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#57 2008-03-28 17:53:00

Em
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography


Yo, ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

 

#58 2008-03-29 20:33:46

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

That water looks awesome em. really cool reflections.

Anywho, I was running around the farm earlier snapping some macro pics for a weekend competition on another forum and came away with six good ones.

http://picasaweb.google.com/GenisisX/Ma … dCX3oh4VCY

The one of the sunflower is the bestest I think.

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#59 2008-04-02 21:25:41

wiked
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

so i was in downtown rochester yesterday

http://diesira.livejournal.com/49604.html


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#60 2008-04-02 22:41:59

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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

I went and ordered a digital camera a couple days ago, mostly to document my works for the Blue Tailor thread, but I imagine there'll be an interesting shot now and again worthy of sharing here as well. ;-)

wiked:  Sweet!


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#61 2008-04-03 01:49:41

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

cyan wrote:

I went and ordered a digital camera a couple days ago, mostly to document my works for the Blue Tailor thread, but I imagine there'll be an interesting shot now and again worthy of sharing here as well. ;-)

wiked:  Sweet!

Mwahaha! I have snared another one. My plans for world domination continue!

@wiked: Nice photo's! the middle one is great.

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#62 2008-04-05 17:17:02

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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

I've been taking a couple of pictures of the Traun river on my last biking tour and walk in the forest:
Looking down from the bridge
Looking across the river.
Looking across again.

This sight made me laugh a little.


I also took a few pictures of the forest, but they don't look too great (think I've got some better ones from last year), but the forest was very pretty, the ground covered in flowers, white, yellow and purple.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#63 2008-04-13 11:41:31

Magpie
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

I've just been looking through the pictures my brother has taken with the camera he got for Christmas. It's just a silly children's camera, so the quality isn't very good, and he mostly takes pictures of completely random things, but some pictures are so weird that they're sort of pretty again - I kind of like the perspective on the fork, and the lighting on the Ludisia (orchid), and the stairs look just creepy!


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#64 2008-04-13 14:16:56

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Time to post some more pics...

Here's some (I thought well-succeeded) flame-thrower pics:

http://picasaweb.google.nl/Libradimple/ … XmlDHLr9jI


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#65 2008-04-13 14:20:38

Magpie
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Pretty, Libra!

*bounces around and calls, "Dustfinger! Dustfinger!"*


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#66 2008-04-14 18:50:43

wiked
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography


Slave of the lizard king

Master of the esoteric arts

He's exciting in a "here come the Magyrs" kinda way
http://dies-ira.tumblr.com

 

#67 2008-04-20 07:26:15

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

http://picasaweb.google.com.au/GenisisX … 4063244594

A shot of a windmill I took a couple of weeks ago.

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#68 2008-04-21 12:06:29

Magpie
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

As mentioned in another thread, I had a long, ...special conversation with my father yesterday. One of the topics was his decision to resign from his job (he’s a photographer, but working mostly in development).
And some of his thoughts… well, I just wanted to share them.
“I wanted to learn a craft, I wanted to work with my head and my hands. And as a photographer, I could do that, I could make beautiful pictures. But it’s no longer the profession that I learned. With digital photography, all I do nowadays is sitting in front of the computer. And that’s not what I want to do. I don’t want to spend 8 or 9 hours a day in a windowless room, typing and clicking. What my boss needs, and what he wants me to be, is a printer. And that’s not what I am.”

“I remember a photographer who took a shotgun and fired it at a roll of film. It made amazing pictures, with the light entering through the shot holes and spreading… And now you’ve got people with a digital camera who tell you they’ve shot a picture.”

Even to me, photography has lost its magic. I remember, when I was little, I went to work with him sometimes, and he took me into the darkroom and stuff, and it was all very special and wonderful. He’d take pictures of us, or of special things  and develop them himself, play around with them…(I love the wrong-colour pictures of the orchid he and Mama got at their wedding. I’ve got two of them on my bedroom wall.)
But now? Now I’m taking pictures myself and put them on my computer, and if I want them on paper, I can either print them myself or send them to the shop to have them printed there.  Printed.
No more magic.
(And I'm kind of scared that the same will happen to me one day. There's not much in a market garden that can't be automated. Sowing, watering, potting... there are machines for all these things.)


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#69 2008-05-04 07:54:21

Em
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

The Magnolia tree in our front yard has started to bloom.

The smell is outrageous.


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#70 2008-05-04 08:55:41

Em
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Magpie - the ability to take pictures with a camera and develop them yourself still exists. Its just the world of photography has been expanded to include digital photography.

My grandfather was a photographer; only worked in black-and-white. Complained the same way about color.

I see it as there are now more choices. The old ones and the new ones. It is up to you to choose.


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#71 2008-05-04 22:04:23

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Had to take a photo of a Diamond Ring that one of mum's friends is selling. Thought it came out rather nicely, I did.

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#72 2008-05-05 00:13:11

Hiragana
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

You do very well with macro photography, Gen. I like the ring picture!


I posted a series of pics @ my blog :)

Last edited by Hiragana (2008-09-24 08:23:54)

 

#73 2008-05-05 02:50:47

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Thankee!

Also, I like what you did with the light in those photo's.

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

#74 2008-05-05 03:03:58

Hiragana
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Thanks :)

That was actually a smudge on the lens that I kept on purpose. I know it's kinda cheating but I figured that one out when I was in Sydney (not on purpose) and I got the most ethereal lighting from a smudge. Needless to say I cleaned the lens afterwards :D

 

#75 2008-05-05 06:16:42

Genisis X
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Re: Through the Looking Glass - All Things Photography

Hiragana wrote:

Thanks :)

That was actually a smudge on the lens that I kept on purpose. I know it's kinda cheating but I figured that one out when I was in Sydney (not on purpose) and I got the most ethereal lighting from a smudge. Needless to say I cleaned the lens afterwards :D

It's not cheating. Photographers have used all kinds of tricks similar to that. I remember when I made a pinhole camera in art and stuffed the pinhole it created a really warped and distorted photo. It looked absolutely cool. My goddamn art teacher threw it out even though I said I wanted to keep it.

*mutters something about those that can't do teach...*

Anywho, back to the point people have been doing things like moving the camera during exposure, shooting through a vessel of liquid et cetera for as long as photography has been around.

Photography is an art, and in art there is no right or wrong so, therefore, there can be no such thing as cheating.

-X


I was going to do more things, but I'm staring uselessly at my computer again...
-Magpie

 

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