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Finally made the jump from Point and Shoot to DSLR.

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I have been waiting for this model to come out for a long time. Now hopefully I won't be buying new cameras every year. Just expensive glass to go on the end of it. :D

Don't know if there are any other photography people here on the board, but I'm really excited to see how this performs when I go to the Pre-season game in August. I know they are only kit lenses at this point, but that will change come next year.

I'm hoping to get some really good shots of the players during warm-ups.

And um........ of course, Cheerleaders.
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looks like a real nice set-up mike.

My dad just went with canon version of what you
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I used to be an avid photographer.

I was a photo editor on my high school yearbook, a newspaper photographer, and I have done a few yearbooks for my kids' schools.

That is a nice set up.

The flash won't do any good from the seats at the dome though. :wink:

You may want to get a polarized filter and a "sky" filter for your lenses. they come in handy, and they keep the actual lens face protected.

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You may want to get a polarized filter and a "sky" filter for your lenses. they come in handy, and they keep the actual lens face protected.


Got the clear UV protectors on there now, but I will have a circular polarizer ordered by the end of the month.

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Nice kit. I was just reading something about the 510 on another board that i frequent. I use a Nikon D80, myself...

I am new to photography, but I'm loving it. I am off to Mongolia this afternoon for 2 weeks of hiking and photography. yeee haw! I've got the bug.


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Nice kit. I was just reading something about the 510 on another board that i frequent. I use a Nikon D80, myself...

I am new to photography, but I'm loving it. I am off to Mongolia this afternoon for 2 weeks of hiking and photography. yeee haw! I've got the bug.


Very cool. If you post your pictures up to any sites on the Internet, such as PBase, please let me know. I would love to view them.

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Finally made the jump from Point and Shoot to DSLR.


I'd like to get a DSLR, too... been thinking about it for a while now. I've got a Minolta Maxxum 35 mm camera right now. And I would be able to use the same lenses if I bought a Sony digital, since they use Minolta bodies. But I think I'm going to start with one of the point and shoot variety to learn how to do digital.



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Nice kit. I was just reading something about the 510 on another board that i frequent. I use a Nikon D80, myself...

I am new to photography, but I'm loving it. I am off to Mongolia this afternoon for 2 weeks of hiking and photography. yeee haw! I've got the bug.


Very cool. If you post your pictures up to any sites on the Internet, such as PBase, please let me know. I would love to view them.


I will definitely be posting photos. I have a bunch up from previous trips at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/contact.jay.allen

They are mostly of a trip to South Africa earlier this year. I will let you know when the photos from Mongolia go up. I am currently sitting in the airport in Dubai and cannot wait to get to Mongolia... only one more stop -- Beijing. I hate stop overs, but I love traveling.

SOmehow I don't think that photos of animals and the mongolian landscape will be able to compete with the photos of the cheer leaders... I know which ones I check more often! *grin* It will be great to see them "up close" with the new camera geer that you got! hehehe


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Kansas Viking wrote:
Finally made the jump from Point and Shoot to DSLR.


I'd like to get a DSLR, too... been thinking about it for a while now. I've got a Minolta Maxxum 35 mm camera right now. And I would be able to use the same lenses if I bought a Sony digital, since they use Minolta bodies. But I think I'm going to start with one of the point and shoot variety to learn how to do digital.



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I have several P&S cameras, Dawn. In fact, I carry no less than 3 cameras when I travel. Each one has a purpose as I have found there is no "perfect" camera.

I use a little Fuji Finepix F-20 that I can clip on my belt about the size of a Blackberry or cell phone. It's great in low light situations and when you don't want or can't carry a bigger camera. Like when we go bike riding in the canyon here.

I also have a medium size Olympus SP-510UZ. It's a great P&S that has served me well and I will probably take it to the KC game this year. I have a 1.7 teleconverter for it and it will give me much more reach from the top of the stands than the new DSLR will. It should be bright and sunny that day, so it will get some great pictures.

The new P&S cameras now a days are really great. You'll have a ton of fun with one.

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My wife is in to photography. We've just neverh ad enough money to get a really nice camera./ She takes really good pictures even with the cameras we have.

Mike, you look like you are READY to zoom in on some cheerleaders!!! :cheer:


*EDIT* I didn't see the end of Mikes post, I thought I was calling him out :D :lol:

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Canadian Viking wrote:
I will definitely be posting photos. I have a bunch up from previous trips at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/contact.jay.allen

They are mostly of a trip to South Africa earlier this year. I will let you know when the photos from Mongolia go up. I am currently sitting in the airport in Dubai and cannot wait to get to Mongolia... only one more stop -- Beijing. I hate stop overs, but I love traveling.

SOmehow I don't think that photos of animals and the mongolian landscape will be able to compete with the photos of the cheer leaders... I know which ones I check more often! *grin* It will be great to see them "up close" with the new camera geer that you got! hehehe


I very much enjoyed the photos you have Jay. Especially the ones of Cape Town. Those were just fantastic. I also see you carry a variety of cameras just as I do. They all did a great job for you.

Be safe on your trip and have a good time. I will be looking forward to those Mongolia photos.

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My wife is in to photography. We've just neverh ad enough money to get a really nice camera./ She takes really good pictures even with the cameras we have.

Mike, you look like you are READY to zoom in on some cheerleaders!!! :cheer:


*EDIT* I didn't see the end of Mikes post, I thought I was calling him out :D :lol:


:lol:

Good to hear your wife takes great pictures with the cameras you have. That's one thing I found out a long time ago, is it's not so much the equipment but the person behind it. Some of the best photos I have seen are taken on very inexpensive equipment by people that understand photography. I am not in that category though. :(

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I thought you were talking about kid's toys for awhile lol! :lol:

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Jay, every time I see an elephant, hippo, or rhino photo, I think of Jurrasic Park and the scene where they pet the braciosaur because it is a nice plant eater.

Complete idiots.

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Jay, every time I see an elephant, hippo, or rhino photo, I think of Jurrasic Park and the scene where they pet the braciosaur because it is a nice plant eater.

Complete idiots.

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I got to within 20 yards of a rhino while on foot and I can't explain just how terrifying it was. I had one day on the walking safari where i was the only guest, so I went out with the tracker and the ranger on my own and we got much closer than they ever would with a group and it was awesome. I could not take any photos because we were so close and we had to constantly monitor the wind because rhinos can't see well, but they sure can hear and smell!

We got even closer to elephants while in the jeep and one night, i had an elephant eating just outside my tent! The jeep provided a sense of safety, but the thin layer of canvass didn't offer me much comfort with the elephant just outside.... I didn't sleep much that night.

Anyhoo, I am back from Mongolia and as promised, have posted sone photos. I haven't done much processing on them, so they are pretty raw (and some fairly dark), but feel free to have a look. I think that some of the pictures from the lake area will remind you of home... It sure reminded me of parts of Canada.

http://picasaweb.google.com/contact.jay.allen

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I very much enjoyed the photos you have Jay. Especially the ones of Cape Town. Those were just fantastic. I also see you carry a variety of cameras just as I do. They all did a great job for you.

Be safe on your trip and have a good time. I will be looking forward to those Mongolia photos.


Thanks, Mike. I like the Cape Town photos, too. The city is just gorgeous.

As for the cameras, I tend to carry my nikon with me when I go on big trips, but I bring my small digital on all of my trips because it is much easier to tote around. That little camera can take some very sharp pictures! It lacks the zoom of a larger camera, but for the price, I love it!

Unfortunately, since I discovered a love of photography, I now have 3 hobbies that I cannot afford -- watches and stereo equipment being the others. Oh to have money.....

Thankfully football is still reasonably cheap for those of us who are not in an area where season tickets are available.

Cheers,

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Anyhoo, I am back from Mongolia and as promised, have posted sone photos. I haven't done much processing on them, so they are pretty raw (and some fairly dark), but feel free to have a look. I think that some of the pictures from the lake area will remind you of home... It sure reminded me of parts of Canada.

http://picasaweb.google.com/contact.jay.allen

Cheers,

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Great pictures Jay. I assume you had a circular polarizer for some of those landscape shots. I just love what it does for the colors and the sky. Looks like you had a great time.

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Canadian Viking wrote:
Anyhoo, I am back from Mongolia and as promised, have posted sone photos. I haven't done much processing on them, so they are pretty raw (and some fairly dark), but feel free to have a look. I think that some of the pictures from the lake area will remind you of home... It sure reminded me of parts of Canada.

http://picasaweb.google.com/contact.jay.allen

Cheers,

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SWWEET pics. Damn, I'm jealous (except for the elephant eating outside the tent).

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Kansas Viking wrote:
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Anyhoo, I am back from Mongolia and as promised, have posted sone photos. I haven't done much processing on them, so they are pretty raw (and some fairly dark), but feel free to have a look. I think that some of the pictures from the lake area will remind you of home... It sure reminded me of parts of Canada.

http://picasaweb.google.com/contact.jay.allen

Cheers,

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Great pictures Jay. I assume you had a circular polarizer for some of those landscape shots. I just love what it does for the colors and the sky. Looks like you had a great time.


Thanks, Mike. The only filter that i had was a Hoya UV filter. The sky was just that blue. In Mongolia, the people speak of the blue skies and whispy clouds as part of themselves. Because it is so dry and so wide open, the sky really is amazing there. I just wish that I actually knew what to do to capture it properly!

I think that the nikon has a tendency to brighten blues, though, so that might have helped to pump up the colour. I actually found it very difficult to get any shots that weren't basically just blue because there wasn't much in the way of green in the southern part where I took most of my photos.

Thanks also to Jackal and PurpleMustReign for the complements.

BTW, the elephant outside my tent was probably the scariest thing that I'd ever experienced... All that I could think was please don't get tangled in the ropes.... They won't step on a tent, but if they get tangled in it, they will drag it and thrash it around, apparently.... I lost much sleep that night.


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Thanks, Mike. The only filter that i had was a Hoya UV filter. The sky was just that blue. In Mongolia, the people speak of the blue skies and whispy clouds as part of themselves. Because it is so dry and so wide open, the sky really is amazing there. I just wish that I actually knew what to do to capture it properly!


Looks like you did a pretty good job of capturing it IMO. I would love to see the skies there. You have got to shoot with a Polarizer her in Kansas to get that kind of blue out of the sky. Must have really been something to see over there.

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It was gorgeous. The sense of space and isolation was overpowering. One really feels alone out there, even at a tourist camp. Driving is VERY slow and there are so few towns, so it can be days between sightings of people unless one actively seeks them out. At one point, we drove for 5 days (about 5 hrs per day was all that we could manage in the van because of the beating that we were taking) from the capital city to the lake -- the return flight was 45 minutes long!

I find the blue overpowering in some of the shots, but on the bright days, even with sunglasses on, there was a blue haze on the mountains and anything in the distance. I don't know if it was the altitude or the clear sky, but it was pretty impressive.

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