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BillM

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BillM last won the day on 24 February

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About BillM

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  • Birthday 13/11/1949

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  • Real Name
    Bill Mellen
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Photographic Interests
    Photography and looking forward to retirement
  • Edit my pics?
    Ask Me
  • Fav. Camera
    Nikon, iPhone
  • Fav. Lens
    24-120 fx 16-80 dx
  • Fav. Editor
    Lightroom

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  1. BillM

    Old Man

    What a great character for a portrait! Well done Luc.
  2. BillM

    Mackeral Sky maybe?

    I think it qualifies Mike. Pretty!
  3. Beautiful motorcycles and excellent pictures Luc! Though that BMW does not look anything like my 1975 R90/6 🙂
  4. Aquinaldo, these are simply exquisite! Thank you for sharing them.
  5. Thank you for the kind words Hugh! I was able to visit Melbourne when our ship spent a week there in 1980. The wonderful people I met and the beautiful city of Melbourne are some of my most favorite memories.
  6. Aquinaldo, thank you for this tribute to the Americans who have served their country in the Armed Forces. I spent 20 years in the US Navy and am proud of my service. Dallas, your sentiments are very much the same as mine. We live in a world where very little is perfect and the happenings around us do not make much sense at all. I hope and pray for peace; while at the same time stand ready to do what it takes to preserve it. A most serious conundrum when the means to the end are so much like the evil of discord and violence itself...
  7. Absolutely beautiful set Aquinaldo! Your efforts at carrying that big lens were worth it.
  8. Beatific set Aquinaldo! The 58 is a very special lens that in your hands sings!
  9. BillM

    Hyper Wide

    Very nice selection of images with such a wide angle of view. I struggle with a 15 and usually do not go below a 20 mm
  10. Colorful and beautiful set Aquinaldo!
  11. BillM

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Thank you Walton, I was able to enhance the contrast, color and sharpening with our modern technology.
  12. BillM

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Thank you very much Dallas!
  13. BillM

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Finally! I got a picture of a Pileated Woodpecker from our deck. Overcast and flat light, but for once the bird stuck around long enough for me to catch it in a fleeting perch on a dead branch. They normally zoom by into the brush next to the house, or alight just long enough for me to imagine that I hear Woody Woodpecker’s famous laugh before they fly off. Not the greatest picture, but a small personal victory
  14. Congratulations Mike! Outstanding photograph.
  15. My observations with the Z6 and Lightroom CC. Applies to Camera Raw as well. LR produces very nice images with Z6 files and there are some big differences in how Adobe handles Z6 .NEF files. In the past, when you set Adobe Defaults for a camera, you get a color profile of Adobe Color, all basic adjustments zeroed and sharpening of 40/1.0/25/0 and no Noise Reduction. With the Z6 and Z7 you get an Adobe Camera Profile matching the one used in the camera, some interesting sharpening values and noise reduction that varies with subject and ISO. When opening a Z6 / (and downloaded Z7) .NEFs in LR Classic CC 8.1 or LR CC Desktop (At Default Adobe Settings)the camera assigned profile is retained, Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Saturation, Sharpening and Noise Reduction varies depending on the in camera settings. Active D-Lighting: In general, any Active D-Lighting will yield a Shadows Adjustment of +0.1 ADL Normal will cause a +0.33 Exposure Adjustment and ADL High will cause a +0.67 Exposure Adjustment. This is consistent with the camera slightly underexposing to protect highlights when ADL is used. Picture Controls: Standard yields the Standard camera matching profile in LR. Sometimes with a minor change to saturation. Auto will yield minor changes in contrast and sometimes Saturation. Auto yields the Standard camera matching profile in LR as well. Custom Picture Controls: Any changes to contrast in the in-camera settings for the picture control will yield a change in contrast in LR. Standard with a -1 Contrast in camera seems to yield a -0.24 contrast adjustment in LR. Sharpening: Lower ISO settings seem to yield something like Sharpeniing 40 / Radius 2.0 / Detail 25 / Masking 0. Noise Reduction: Noise reduction values yielded in LR vary based on subject and ISO. Observation: A well exposed JPEG with Standard or Auto Picture Control and ADL off or Low yields a fairly nice .NEF conversion in LR. ADL High and above, not so much. White Balance: ARGGGGGHHHHHHHH! Z6 / Z7 .NEF and Fuji XT3 .RAF files yield wacky Light Balance Values in LR. Tint values of -30 instead of +10. If you try an Adobe Daylight Preset you will get bleah results. The original Profiles are calibrated against a different standard. I was able to download a set of V2 profiles for the Z6 from Adobe that help somewhat. After you change from the starting profile to one of the V2 profiles, the Tint calibration seems to work as it used to. The rint calibration issue also affects custom profiles created with X-Rite software as well. The white balance issues are not a show stopper, but they are clumsy to deal with and make a custom x-rite dual illumination profile pretty much useless. Also, creating a preset in LR CC Classic with a V2 profile will not properly apply it to images. It will be interesting to see how Adobe deals with the new process 5 profiles they have created. I am sure many of their developers are considering other less complicated careers at this time
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