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07/11/2018 08:53:50 AM · #1
3rd highest average in the entire league (week one)
3 top ten finishes
4 images over 6.2 and over 90%

... and still loses the week, to a team that only had 5 total eligible entries. That's a tough loss. Much respect.

Message edited by author 2018-07-11 08:56:23.
07/11/2018 09:02:01 AM · #2
Yes it's been rough...We really went all out these last couple weeks. Hoping for an upset for the other team in coming weeks so we can stay in the game.
07/11/2018 09:17:36 AM · #3
Well - it certainly wasn’t from lack of trying!!! They pulled it off....
07/11/2018 09:25:39 AM · #4
Originally posted by sjhuls:

Yes it's been rough...We really went all out these last couple weeks. Hoping for an upset for the other team in coming weeks so we can stay in the game.


Not this week! ;)
07/11/2018 09:50:41 AM · #5
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Well - it certainly wasn’t from lack of trying!!! They pulled it off....


For sure! You should see all of our outtakes, Janine alone had at least 5 different complicated photo shoots for inside.
07/11/2018 10:12:54 AM · #6
Originally posted by Hipychik:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Yes it's been rough...We really went all out these last couple weeks. Hoping for an upset for the other team in coming weeks so we can stay in the game.


Not this week! ;)

Hold on, now! Oh, good idea —we’ll lull them into a sense of complacency, and then come out blazing.
07/11/2018 10:20:23 AM · #7
I thought I would share the story of this photo too, just to show the effort put in by all of us...

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Plus I like to see how photos are created. I posted a shot in my notes on the photo but I don't know if it will get seen. I had the idea of doing a shot looking out of a hole. I saw a photo on google for inspiration and it looked like they had used the polar coordinated filter to achieve it. So I spent the morning trying to get photos of flowers in my yard. I even set up all of my flowerpots in a line on a folding table trying to get a good pano to use.
After this shot:
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1219698.jpg

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up. Without expert editing there just was no way to achieve the look I wanted. So I gave up and went inside to shoot and edit another idea. I had this one shot edited and ready to submit:

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1216562.jpg

So I went outside to clean up my mess and one of the flowerpots tipped and I discovered I could prop it on its side and nothing would fall out. So....I rounded up the rest of my flower pots propped them on their sides and came up with this idea:
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1216582.jpg

After a few test shots I realized it could work and ran in to get the clocks. I think my neighbors might think I am a bit crazy. It was 100 degrees that day and there I was outside scooting my 40 year old self under a circle of chairs in my back yard.

07/11/2018 10:22:42 AM · #8
Originally posted by hopper:

3rd highest average in the entire league (week one)
3 top ten finishes
4 images over 6.2 and over 90%

... and still loses the week, to a team that only had 5 total eligible entries. That's a tough loss. Much respect.


Actually 2 were by the same person. ;)

Seriously, we knew week 1 would be tough for us already because 3 of our folks were unavailable due to moving or personal commitments, and when we saw that we'd drawn your team we weren't exactly happy about it because we knew you'd be tough to beat on any week with a full roster. To an image every one was poked and prodded at by the rest of the team and every one of them got submitted in a different form than it was originally presented for review. That's what I love about DPL because that give and take raises the level of everyone's game.

You guys had some seriously great images. I don't wanna say we got lucky, but things just worked out. We lost in the playoffs during DPL3 much the same way - hot team at the wrong time.

You never know with this place but we're not going to lose sight of the fact that you guys are out there. Well done.
07/11/2018 10:26:49 AM · #9
Originally posted by JuliBoc:

Originally posted by Hipychik:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Yes it's been rough...We really went all out these last couple weeks. Hoping for an upset for the other team in coming weeks so we can stay in the game.


Not this week! ;)

Hold on, now! Oh, good idea —we’ll lull them into a sense of complacency, and then come out blazing.

Oops!

Message edited by author 2018-07-11 10:27:50.
07/11/2018 10:29:00 AM · #10
Originally posted by sjhuls:

I thought I would share the story of this photo too, just to show the effort put in by all of us...

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1216690.jpg

Plus I like to see how photos are created. I posted a shot in my notes on the photo but I don't know if it will get seen. I had the idea of doing a shot looking out of a hole. I saw a photo on google for inspiration and it looked like they had used the polar coordinated filter to achieve it. So I spent the morning trying to get photos of flowers in my yard. I even set up all of my flowerpots in a line on a folding table trying to get a good pano to use.
After this shot:
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1219698.jpg

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up. Without expert editing there just was no way to achieve the look I wanted. So I gave up and went inside to shoot and edit another idea. I had this one shot edited and ready to submit:

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1216562.jpg

So I went outside to clean up my mess and one of the flowerpots tipped and I discovered I could prop it on its side and nothing would fall out. So....I rounded up the rest of my flower pots propped them on their sides and came up with this idea:
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1216582.jpg

After a few test shots I realized it could work and ran in to get the clocks. I think my neighbors might think I am a bit crazy. It was 100 degrees that day and there I was outside scooting my 40 year old self under a circle of chairs in my back yard.

Thanks for sharing! I wanted to ask you how this was done. Amazing!!!
07/11/2018 10:31:12 AM · #11
Originally posted by sjhuls:

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up.

There are two ways to shoot for a panoramic image ... the usual way is to pivot the camera around the focal point, but when you have a long subject close-up (e.g. a mural on a wall), what you can do is move laterally along the image, shooting parallel to the subject and keeping the image plane aligned with the subject.

I think Canon's "Stitch Assist" software actually has settings for which shooting style use used to capture the source images.
07/11/2018 10:36:53 AM · #12
Originally posted by Hipychik:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Yes it's been rough...We really went all out these last couple weeks. Hoping for an upset for the other team in coming weeks so we can stay in the game.


Not this week! ;)


Oh honey - ours sleeves are rolled up...cameras are ready!!!
07/11/2018 10:36:55 AM · #13
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up.

There are two ways to shoot for a panoramic image ... the usual way is to pivot the camera around the focal point, but when you have a long subject close-up (e.g. a mural on a wall), what you can do is move laterally along the image, shooting parallel to the subject and keeping the image plane aligned with the subject.

I think Canon's "Stitch Assist" software actually has settings for which shooting style use used to capture the source images.


The problem was the flower stems...starting from the left they would angle one way and as you move right they angle up a totally different way. Even a slight shift to the right would make the angles off. If it were a flat plane like a mural it would be different.
07/11/2018 10:48:56 AM · #14
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by Hipychik:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Yes it's been rough...We really went all out these last couple weeks. Hoping for an upset for the other team in coming weeks so we can stay in the game.


Not this week! ;)


Oh honey - ours sleeves are rolled up...cameras are ready!!!

I don't want to worry you or anything but....
07/11/2018 10:52:48 AM · #15
WOW, Thank you. Yes it was always going to be tough, I think the whole competition is tough with respect. The good thing about the DPL is it gets people together, sharing ideas, techniques and more importantly it creates friendships.

Well, you guys (hit squad) better not drop a point because we will be right behind you waiting to pick it up ..
07/11/2018 10:55:43 AM · #16
Originally posted by MAK:

WOW, Thank you. Yes it was always going to be tough, I think the whole competition is tough with respect. The good thing about the DPL is it gets people together, sharing ideas, techniques and more importantly it creates friendships.

Well, you guys (hit squad) better not drop a point because we will be right behind you waiting to pick it up ..


I think for me more valuable than a win, is the collaboration and friendships built. It has finally gotten me out shooting again and remembering why I really love this site.
07/11/2018 11:01:33 AM · #17
Originally posted by sjhuls:

Originally posted by MAK:

WOW, Thank you. Yes it was always going to be tough, I think the whole competition is tough with respect. The good thing about the DPL is it gets people together, sharing ideas, techniques and more importantly it creates friendships.

Well, you guys (hit squad) better not drop a point because we will be right behind you waiting to pick it up ..


I think for me more valuable than a win, is the collaboration and friendships built. It has finally gotten me out shooting again and remembering why I really love this site.


I agree with that! It feels good to be back into it!
07/11/2018 11:04:31 AM · #18
Originally posted by sjhuls:



I think for me more valuable than a win, is the collaboration and friendships built. It has finally gotten me out shooting again and remembering why I really love this site.


I would click the "Like" button a 1000's times for the above.
07/11/2018 11:11:20 AM · #19
Originally posted by MAK:

WOW, Thank you. Yes it was always going to be tough, I think the whole competition is tough with respect. The good thing about the DPL is it gets people together, sharing ideas, techniques and more importantly it creates friendships.

Well, you guys (hit squad) better not drop a point because we will be right behind you waiting to pick it up ..


As I said above, and Mark has reiterated, the back and forth between teammates during DPL makes us all better. It's why I came back.

Too bad head-to-head record isn't the tie breaker. I'd feel much more comfortable. ;)
07/11/2018 11:15:48 AM · #20
Jen, thanks for sharing info on your image. It is very creative and well done. All of you did an outstanding job, tough competition!
07/11/2018 01:03:25 PM · #21
Originally posted by Hipychik:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Originally posted by MAK:

WOW, Thank you. Yes it was always going to be tough, I think the whole competition is tough with respect. The good thing about the DPL is it gets people together, sharing ideas, techniques and more importantly it creates friendships.

Well, you guys (hit squad) better not drop a point because we will be right behind you waiting to pick it up ..


I think for me more valuable than a win, is the collaboration and friendships built. It has finally gotten me out shooting again and remembering why I really love this site.


I agree with that! It feels good to be back into it!


Yes! Where is that like button when you need it?
07/15/2018 04:27:32 PM · #22
Originally posted by sjhuls:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up.

There are two ways to shoot for a panoramic image ... the usual way is to pivot the camera around the focal point, but when you have a long subject close-up (e.g. a mural on a wall), what you can do is move laterally along the image, shooting parallel to the subject and keeping the image plane aligned with the subject.

I think Canon's "Stitch Assist" software actually has settings for which shooting style use used to capture the source images.


The problem was the flower stems...starting from the left they would angle one way and as you move right they angle up a totally different way. Even a slight shift to the right would make the angles off. If it were a flat plane like a mural it would be different.

Not sure if this really mirrors your setup or intention, but you "made me" try a bit of experimenting. :-)
I took the pictures in macro mode, sliding the camera horizontally from left to right, parallel to the "flowers" ...

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1220499.jpg Setup summary: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1220500.jpg
07/15/2018 04:58:18 PM · #23
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up.

There are two ways to shoot for a panoramic image ... the usual way is to pivot the camera around the focal point, but when you have a long subject close-up (e.g. a mural on a wall), what you can do is move laterally along the image, shooting parallel to the subject and keeping the image plane aligned with the subject.

I think Canon's "Stitch Assist" software actually has settings for which shooting style use used to capture the source images.


The problem was the flower stems...starting from the left they would angle one way and as you move right they angle up a totally different way. Even a slight shift to the right would make the angles off. If it were a flat plane like a mural it would be different.

Not sure if this really mirrors your setup or intention, but you "made me" try a bit of experimenting. :-)
I took the pictures in macro mode, sliding the camera horizontally from left to right, parallel to the "flowers" ...

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1220499.jpg Setup summary: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1220500.jpg


Pretty cool technical challenge! Thanks for sharing your panoramic "hole"
07/15/2018 05:05:25 PM · #24
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by sjhuls:

I realized there really wasn't anyway to get a good pano with something so close up. the angles change too quickly and nothing lines up.

There are two ways to shoot for a panoramic image ... the usual way is to pivot the camera around the focal point, but when you have a long subject close-up (e.g. a mural on a wall), what you can do is move laterally along the image, shooting parallel to the subject and keeping the image plane aligned with the subject.

I think Canon's "Stitch Assist" software actually has settings for which shooting style use used to capture the source images.


The problem was the flower stems...starting from the left they would angle one way and as you move right they angle up a totally different way. Even a slight shift to the right would make the angles off. If it were a flat plane like a mural it would be different.

Not sure if this really mirrors your setup or intention, but you "made me" try a bit of experimenting. :-)
I took the pictures in macro mode, sliding the camera horizontally from left to right, parallel to the "flowers" ...

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1220499.jpg Setup summary: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1220500.jpg


Cool experiment, the main difference is that I was holding the camera underneath the flowers shooting up toward the sky, so that I could get the blue sky in the photo. When you do this the angles of the flowers change drastically even when you move slightly one way or the other.
07/15/2018 05:12:30 PM · #25
I see, maybe I'll try again later -- this kind of thing bugs me ... :-)
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