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Discussion in 'Image Dump' started by Solution, Mar 23, 2012.
So much sky yo
its winter so the plains aren't in bloom but it was still kinda nice in a desolate way.
Some yucca, which back east is an annual ornamental shrub, that ppl also think is a cactus.
Apparently its actually a member of the lily family:
these lil gourds are known as Buffalo squash, apparently the plains indians used these as a form of insecticide and soap? They give off a really weird smell when crushed, kinda cross btwn unwashed butt and old wet mouldy laundry. The plains indians were a potent smelling ppl if this is true.
lil bby cactus, so adorbs
the park was a historical site that had fossil digs. They did sculptures of some of the animals dug up, including this beefy fellow, the giant bison.
I appreciate that they kept with realistic interpretations and gave him a giant dong
and huge pendulous scrotum. None of the other animal sculptures had obvious genitals.
Looked it up and you're not wrong about them using it to make soap @Radha the Buttwhisperer
They also apparently used the oils for water painting and adhesives. Interesting with how crafty the natives were with these gourd seeds and oils
Apparently almost all the plants in this area were used it's pretty neat. When spring comes I will hopefully get some shots of desert flowers they used for dyes n weaving.
Was totally waiting for one of them to splat
Sooo... it's been snowing. For like 2 days, then it all turned to dirt and muddy shit again. But hopefully it's enough to draw that lazy faggot @wretchedgretchen out and take some pictures with some nicer fucking weather, lol
To prevent the crazy brain, I went to Capstone Canyon Park, which kinda rocked. Unfortunately it was overcast af so my pics are so so.
Some bison there
And some poop. I saw alot of poop
I saw alot of poop. This is some of it.
Idk what this next plant is but Im gonna look it up
So I went down off the trail (despite being told not to, because I am a willful fucknut) and hiked thru a dry creek bed.
I did a lil climbing too.... And somehow lost my utility shears off my belt because the holster got caught and I didn't realize it until I was back at the car.... 2 hours later....
prolly in this area...
Trail marker. Helped my dumbass out when I got all turned around.
The cliffs were formed had veins of this weird marble white quartz in it, that was pretty but really fragile
Giant bison poop, Srsly it was HUGe
there was a fire there a few days prior
Got a new camera and went back to Capstone to see what it could do....
It whipped my ass. I'm still working the kinks out but its awesome!
The trail I was on said "challenging," I laughed, yeah ok, Challenging....
They were right... It became a pretty steep climb after this:
Tried one of the filters with this shot.... Meh
This was the bathroom door. That's what I wanna do at 3 am in August, fight a rattler for a composting toilet!
I got into a staring contest with this fuckerm big ol bull that decided to scratch his ass for ten minutes on a sign on the trail. I didn't really wanna try and fight him and get stomped, so I went around.
Colours are looking a lot better than in your earlier pics, but there is a bit of problem with the focus.
You might want to invest in a tripod, or monopod for convenience.
Also, if you are shooting with a proper camera (not some stupid AIO compact shite) shooting in raw or raw+jpg is the best alternative, as you can do a lot of tweaking on a raw image that might just save a photo that came out a bit shite as all the raw sensor information is right there in the file.
Might have come off as negative, not my intention.
A lot better than your earlier pics, and I expect you'll do even better once you learn the ins and outs of your new kit.
I can shoot in RAW but idk if i can upload those photos in IMGUR, I was having alot of trouble with that last nite. I might need to get an actual photo manipulation program instead of MS PAINT and Microsoft Photos lol.
I have a tripod but I was mostly doing the hiking today so I didn't break it out but noted, ty prolly will.
New camera is a Canon EOS t6 Rebel. I do need some better lenses for it and I'm not totally certain how to use the apeture and shutter speed+ISO on this model. My sony cybershot was easy to figure, this one the manual only goes over basic Autofocus stuff (which is mostly what I shot in this time) and a 58 mm telescopic and .43 X wide angle on that.
Other issue I'm having (and @endsenten Im gonna research more with those sources u gave b4) is that I put an UV filter on and now I can't get it off.
I agree tho, the colors are way, way, way better on this. Ty.
Monopods are better for hiking tbh, so just get one that is usable as a walking stick as well.
As for photo manipulation programs, just pirate Photoshop CS5. You don't need all of the features, just installing the camera raw module is enough to touch up raw photos in the event that the camera does a sub-par job of it when it encodes and compresses the picture to jpeg internally. Getting second hand lenses is your best bet, but I recommend you get them locally so that you can inspect them before you buy. For yanks, I guess Craigslist and facebook buy/sell groups are your best bet.
I was actually watching a 700 dollar Nikon on Craiglist around here but didn't jump on it and it sold. Guy was looking to offload it and 4 lenses for 450.
Ty will watch for lenses. I looked into the Camera store in town and they are incredibly overpriced so I will definitely do second hand.
Getting a book on your camera is a good step forward as well, especially if some of the core concepts are foreign to you. I started out with a "SLR for Retards" book myself, and learned a lot from it, despite having used my inherited film SLRs for years in the 90s and early 2000s. Check the amazon link.
Also, quantity counts. If you are shooting something static, takes bunch of pictures with slightly different settings. Sort through them and identify the ones who came out good, and you can read off the settings of the camera for those pics from the EXIF metadata. Memory cards are cheap as well, get a fast 32 - 64Gb card to keep your raws on, that's 900 - 1800 photos a pop.
Magic lantern is a great firmware for Canon cameras that'll unlock a bunch of functionality that are usually only available in the prosumer/pro models, as well as a lot of custom shite that gives you greater control of your camera.
I have a fast save 32 and the new camera came with a 48 Gb one. Will definitely check out some books. My old area had alot of photograpy groups for noobs in it, this one they're all down in El Paso (same with the climbing groups). Endo gave me some good advice n what u suggested will help also.
Used advice from @Lovecraft @endsenten and a another photographer I connected up with, managed this with the canon.
Still gotta work and since its show in RAW i had a copypasta it.
You do realize that you can set up your camera to shoot in raw and still encode a jpeg out of that? RAW+jpg is the option you need to tick. It'll take up ~10% more space on your card, but the immediate advantage is that you can shoot, see what photos came out good by default (camera encoding) and just use the default jpeg files without tweaking. If you want to play around with it you have the raw for that.
Holy shit no I did not ty I will look into that sir.
It is what the camera does on the fly when you take a picture. Camera sensor catches raw data, camera encodes it into a jpeg and saves it to your SD card. Raw + jpeg just means it dumps the raw data to a file at the same time as it encodes and outputs a jpeg.
Palo Duro Canyon, worked some of the mess out w/ camera
stuffs comes out overexposed at times tho
the rocks here had awesome colors, really happy able to capture that at least
the poles up on the rim there are part of the zipline that you can ride all the way down into the canyon.
I did the CCC trail hike, it was bult in the 1930s by the civilian conservation corp, its a lil intense and only did a rim job portion of the the trail lol. Gonna go back soon and finish it.
the cactus up here shift color too its pretty amazing all the different shades the desert and canyons has.
Definitely going back n definitely getting 1. Better boots for hiking/climbing and 2.the monopod walking stick @Lovecraft suggested.
I can't view the pictures Radha posted..
So i'm posting some of mine in the meantime to test this shit out..
The weather is pretty fucking weird. One day it's like this..
Then the other...
Actually, the weather was kinda nice again this weekend. I was visiting one of my bros at little town called Lysá nad Labem and i had some time for myself so i went to see the castle, which wasn't really that interesting, i think there's a retirement home inside, but the garden was fucking marvelous! So many statues..
Damn @feminist jazz hands fucking nice!
I got ones from New Mexico I will upload later. Maybe they will work?
TY, baby, you're very kind! I can view them ok, now. As usually, it was a problem on my side. But by all means post more stuff of yours, i'm fucking digging it!
Oh, and i nearly forgot, i also saw a statue of the elusive satyr @scumhook and i know how you like these..
Ok. so my pics of whitesand came out rather overexposed and I am still working thru the kinks on some of that stuff. I got that book and am reading thru it so hopefully it will help but here's what I was able to salvage out of 400+ pics of that weekend lol.
One of my tribe (the desert hippie) in his natural habitat. He was actually really chill and told me the best way to get thru Roswell. This was taken at Bottomless Lakes in New Mexico.
The state Motto of New Mexico is "Land of Enchantment," I thought it was really beautiful there, and even reminded me of coal country and the mountains I left behind back East. Lil twinge of homesickness.
The next day at work I asked about New Mexico and all the Texans laughed and said it was the Land of Entrapment and is filled with reprobates and meth heads. So it really is just like back home!!!!
I went to White Sands National Monument which is a stretch of desert with incredibly fine white sand (others in this thread have gone there and @Solution's lil The Member Formerly Known As Baya tried to dig a den there I think).
It was really bright and jarring but oddly beautiful.
Also there was a shitton of sand and dust storms throughout the entire area and driving thru apache country in the mountains I kept thinking it was gonna snow but it was really just dust.
That is fine linesman work.
Lol I actually took that cuz I was trying to catch the dust storm as it rocketed thru the town n bounced off the hills.
But yeah the lines are nice n even n don't sag too much. Important in a windy area.
You should see the windmills n oil fields those are impressive