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pluton last won the day on 21 January

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About pluton

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    Keith Barefoot
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    Santa Monica, California, USA
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    Photo things, film history, ecology and living things, music.
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    A nice 28mm...got 4 so far...need more
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    Zombie Lightroom (6.14)
  1. "Going forward, it would be a good idea to include in your contract specific wording giving you the copyright in commissioned works, at least until the law changes. This wording should be set out up front - including it on the invoice would be too late. You may want to get the wording from a lawyer, as there may be legal pitfalls to avoid." -Anthony IMO, Save time, money and aggravation and walk away from this particular incident. Properly composed, legally valid language in the contract can protect you next time.
  2. Very nice composition, Mike. I'd call it 'perfectly balanced'.
  3. Nice shot, GB. From where I sit, the cloud adds interest to the shot. When I travel to the California desert, I always seek to avoid a plain blue sky. The only thing worse is bald overcast.
  4. That sunrise shot has beautiful color, Akira. I naturally favor the 23mm focal length in APS-C, but would like to acquire a 35mm as well. The 23/1.4 and the 14/2.8 Fuji lenses are the only ones I have, and can recommend with complete confidence based on my copies. I'd like a nice 35mm for the Fuji, but was not happy with the focus motor speed of the 35/1.4 I tried.
  5. pluton

    For a bit of fun...

    Nothing beats the large format look. All the 85mm f/0.7 lenses mounted on 50 megapixel digicams in the world can't do it. Your 'system' yielded a beautiful result. Considering the low cost of the RC print paper as the originating medium, I'm tempted to obtain an 8x10 field camera, lens, and few film holders. How long is the latent image viable on standard printing out paper such as the Multigrade you used?
  6. Dallas, Are you familiar with the Photo Merge>Pano > Perspective Projection available in Lightroom? The Perspective setting in Pano can sometimes replace a wider lens with two shots from a narrower lens. I've had good success with the Perspective Projection particularly for vertically-oriented shots that need a taller field of view. Perfect for stationary subjects. Example( in 24x36 focal lengths ): A straight level shot horizontally-oriented with a 21mm lens, combined with a second shot from exactly the same spot but tilted up, combined in Merge>Pano>Perspective will give you a straight-line, taller, 16mm F.L.-equivalent shot that mimics somewhat the effect of a view camera's rising front.
  7. If you can wait for the next Fuji promotional sale...usually occurring ahead of the Christmas consumption season...it should cost about US$700 to $750. An alternative to using the Fuji-supplied hood as-is is to cut the petals off of the Fuji hood. I did that early on, and while I keep an uncut Fuji hood as a spare, I've never taken the cut hood off the lens. You can always get another Fuji hood for around US$20 from Fuji.
  8. As a sometime rock shooter myself, the light and compositions here are very good indeed.
  9. pluton

    Trees In B&W

    Very satisfying composition. Would this have been a blustery Spring day?
  10. I'm immune! (My phone is too old for iOS 11.)
  11. pluton

    Piñon Pine

    You've caught the tonal relationship between the pine needles and the sky well.
  12. I briefly tried a product called ExpertShield, a flexible screen protector. It started peeling off on the first moderately hot day. Before and since then, I've quite carelessly used my Fuji XE-1 without regard to the rear screen. Result: hundreds of tiny micro-scratches that are not visible when the screen is being used for viewing. I have more concern with a heavier camera body/lens that could make a more forceful impact if it collided with an immovable object. If the articulating sceeen can be easily replaced, I wouldn't bother with a protector.
  13. pluton

    Fujinon 23mm

    I have absolutely no second thoughts about acquiring the Fuji 23/1.4. I haven't used the 23/2...I'm not excited about lenses that have no focus markings. Especially a wide lens that might be employed for zone-focus situations
  14. In N. America, called a Bobcat. Genus Lynx.
  15. pluton


    Good shot, I like the look. I admit to never having given HDR a thought as a way to render the limited color palette the SoCal desert presents. A good lesson that less color might be better than more. Is this scene in San Diego county?
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