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    The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    I'll start the ball rolling - hopefully others will join in too!

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    The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    OK...we are on. I've looked everywhere and I don't have a picture of a boat...except for the attached. It's a scale model of Noah's Ark built to the model railroad N-gague size for comparison. I'll never see Aararat so I digitally parked it in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - at sunrise. The guy who built it is literally a rocket scientist. So this is the only boat I have in my inventory. Now I have to get out there and shoot a real boat.

    This is my first attempt at posting an image and I have no idea if it will work.
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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    OK - first 2 horses have left the starting gate - who else out there has a bird or boat shot to add?

    Cheers,

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    I actually got a pic of a boat when was out walking last night. It was test shot for HDR since been messing with that lately. Haven't figured out how to stop the washed out look when tone mapping photos but fixed as much as could. It's a quick n dirty edit, ideally I'd like to redevelop/tonemap with lower exp to get a higher contrasting water that looks dark but shows the light reflections more and blend that into the image.

    hdrship1.jpg

    This is another ship taken from the same place (but a few months ago), just the opposite side of the dock. It's not from HDR so bit more vibrant. I liked the colours, was actually walking home when noticed it, and though long exposure would bring them out (even though bright parts are blown I liked it) and it did. Enhanced the colours a tiny bit but nothing over the top.

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    My crappy camera is limited to 15sec exp so unfortunately the water was not still enough to get a mirror surface and not fast and rough enough to get a more uneven but dreamy look. Hardly the greatest pics I know. It's ironic since I really like boats but get seasick, especially when sleeping on them (you don't want to know how I found that out, ewwww).

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    "My crappy camera is limited to 15sec exp so unfortunately the water was not still enough to get a mirror surface and not fast and rough enough to get a more uneven but dreamy look."

    The easy solution there is simply to take a bunch of the shots (16 or 32 would work well) - throw them into photoshop as layers on a single image - and then change the opacity to that the bottom layer is 100%, next layer is 50%, 3rd up from the bottom is 33%, 4th 25%, 5th 20% etc etc etc - this does two things ...

    1. it smooths out the water, and

    2. It reduces noise.

    Sometimes it creates problems with the non-water portions of the image (primarily due to movement), but it's easy just to process the multiple shots as per above - flatten the image - then throw on just one image as an additional layer - and mask it so that only the smooth water, but sharp ship are showing.

    Note: you need a tripod for this!

    Cheers,

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    not entirely clear as to the nature of the challenge, but this is one of my favourites
    The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!
    Colin will be pleased to see it is a Canon shot; I did try before jumping....boat
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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Bird;

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    Boat(s);

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Chelseablue....the bird shot is terrifying but I really like the boat/sunset shot. The competition is going to be stiff.

    Chuck

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    The rules of this challenge not having been set forth with specificity, I would like a bit of credit in both categories with a boat-bird. (Until I can go boat hunting)

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    @ Chuck (and others who only post using thumbnails)

    Take a look at a thread I started at:
    Posting using Attachments vs Externally Hosted Links

    Thought that you might like to keep it in mind for the future.

    Cheers,

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    Last edited by McQ; 12th January 2009 at 11:20 PM. Reason: thread split

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    For example:

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    PS: this is my Entry.
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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Bird 1
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    Ship 1
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    Ship 2
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    My list of birds and Ship(s)

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    "Colin will be pleased to see it is a Canon shot; I did try before jumping....boat"

    A Canon shot - and you have a Canon 500D closeup adaptor ... I think there's a Canon shooter somewhere inside you Chris just trying to get out!

    Cheers,

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Hello everyone.
    This is my first post and sort of testing. I'm of to have a look around.

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Welcome to the forums RiverHome, and thanks for posting

    Cheers,

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Here's a white rilk at a nearby park:
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    And a boat at Dungeness:
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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    Here's my birdie pic

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    ... and a small boat in a large place ....


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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    [QUOTE=Riverhome;4018]Hello everyone.
    This is my first post and sort of testing. I'm of to have a look around.

    I'm fairly new myself. Thanks for joining in. Nice duck.

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    Re: The Great Chuck & Colin Bird / Boat Challenge!

    This is a bird that could become a boat if it isn't careful. Actually, I'm trying to post in the manner suggested by Colin but keeping the theme. (IT WORKED!)
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