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January 31st, 2006
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For the real best photos...
See these from the photographer at ORC! He really did a great job; check out the Miranda shots, Tig!

Here you go: http://www.genrefans.com/onering06/index.html

Granted, he had free reign to stand where ever he wanted to, but I admire that he didn't use flash most of the time.

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From:quiet_moments
Date:February 1st, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
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Hey, someone over on the ELF community had a question about cameras. Actually, a few of them are looking into buying new cameras, as I noticed in the comments section. So, if you feel so inclined, you may want to pop into elfinnyc and maybe give them a word of advice. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 1st, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

Hey, btw... what exactly is the camera you have?
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From:lilithlotr
Date:February 1st, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
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I saw the wireimage guy (or a couple times, two wireimage guys) wandering around, but I didn't notice anyone else!

Then again, my attention was slightly focused elsewhere
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 1st, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
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Is that who that was? From the pics I see on the page, it seemed to me that these photos came from him.
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From:lilithlotr
Date:February 1st, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
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Well, I know who one of them was, and I saw him for Billy, although they seem to have had at least 2 for Sean and Elijah
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From:msilverstar
Date:February 1st, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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But the photos themselves are relatively small :-(
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 1st, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
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Did you click on them? I thought they were a good size!
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From:freakspawn
Date:February 1st, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
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Very nice:) So did you go to Miranda's talk?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 1st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Apparently it was her first Con (ever? or here? not sure!). But I'm going through (slowly) in order.... she was on Sunday (Day 3), last, after Billy.
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From:freakspawn
Date:February 2nd, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
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Yeah she was meant to attend one over here which would have been her first ever, but she had to pull out :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 2nd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Aha! Hard to believe she wouldn't have done one already in Australia or New Zealand, though, isn't it?
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From:darkfaery1
Date:February 1st, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
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I've seen some of these pics already, including the not-so-great one of me. :) The Billy pics are especially fun and make great icon fodder (as you can see from my latest), but don't sell yourself short. You're an excellent photographer and I can't wait to see your Billy photos (you haven't posted them yet, have you?)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 1st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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*L*!!! Great icon ("you don't say"). They took one of you? I didn't see that!

Nope, going through in chronological order. I still have 2 cards (*groan*) to go through before I even get to the brunch!!!

Oh, I'm very happy with my photos, but really love his Miranda ones - very colorful and sharp!
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From:darkfaery1
Date:February 2nd, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
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Billy looks a little like Ed Grimly in that photo, you know, the Martin Short character from SCTV and SNL. Goony but cute.

That lovely ::snark:: picture of me can be found here

You're such a good girl going in chronological order, and I really admire you for it, but hurry up and get to Billy! ;->
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From:darkfaery1
Date:February 2nd, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
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Not that I mean to put any pressure on you or anything. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 2nd, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
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*G*

Ah - when you asked the question! That makes sense. *G*
From:battmeals
Date:February 8th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)

The genrefans photographer here

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Actually, I sat in my seat the whole time. My wife heard about the con and watched the Creation site like a hawk and got us prime spots.

I am not a professional photographer, just a guy with a little too much money and steady (enough) hands.

My equipment:
Canon EOS 20D
75-300 zoom lens
17-85 zoom lens
Speedlite flash

Images are reduced to 800 pixels wide, down from the original 3504. At the distance we sat plus the good zoom, cropping was not necessary, except for the costume contest (reduce clutter) and the tatoo shots (full pixels).

I prefer shooting without flash most of the time. It allows me to use burst mode, which is superb at catching expressions. You would be amazed to see how many different looks a person can have in the span of a few seconds.

The 200 or so pictures on the website represents the 1200 I shot over three days.

-matt

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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 8th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)

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Really??? Those are yours? BRAVO!!!

I got the link to this site somehow, and when I saw the quality and range of the pics, I just assumed that they were taken by a professional. And there must have been something about them that made me think they were taken from more angles than were usually available to all - which is why I made the comment about "free reign".

*eats own words*

Where did you sit, then? And what made you decide to come to the Con?

How in the world did you edit your pics so quickly? I'm doing less than a 500 Mb card a day, and still working on them. *S*

And how often did you use flash?

If you go further on in my LJ, you'll see some examples of my pics; any suggestions for improvements?

Sorry for all the questions! Anyway, terrific job! And thanks for commenting and letting me know. *S*

From:battmeals
Date:February 9th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)

Re: The genrefans photographer here

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Thanks for the high compliment!

I sat in A28, front and center. The wandering illusion is probably because I tried to get either side of the faces in the head shots. One never knows which is anyone's best side. If you look closely at the angle of the backdrop, you might see it is always the same. I used flash maybe 10% of the total shots.

I read the Hobbit when I was young, saw each of the movies in the theater (and watch them whenever they are on TV), and have finally read the LOTR books. My wife and I heard about the 2005 convention and decided immediately that we were going. We attend several cons a year, so making the decision was pretty easy. I hate to give up good seats, so we decided to return this year. We'll be there next year, too.

Your photographs are really beautiful. The only suggestion to make is use a longer lens to get the head shots. Your composition is excellent, and in the shots on your profile page, you have interacted with the talent to elicit memorable expressions. Lovely.

I looked for some of your nature photos, but couldn't find them. Mine are on http://beals.us (flowers plus everything else) and http://wrentit.com (birds). Nature is truly my passion. I had been obsessing about wildflowers for several years, and now I'm a bird freak (bought a 100-400L + 2x extender just for them).

I use Picasa from Google to process galleries. It is designed with workflow in mind -- crop, sharpen, adjust, etc. I make custom templates for each site I use. If I'm using amazon ads, I'll make a template for a single convention to customize the products. The text stamp is applied using JoJoThumb. There is also an EXIF copyright stamp applied using EXIFviewer.

Full details of my workflow are in the community section of genrefans.com.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)

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You know, I've heard of more people reading the books after seeing the movies, which is wonderful. Tolkien was never a big fan of having movies made of his books, and I'm glad to see that, in this case, he was wrong.

You're so kind! BTW, I never did tell you about how I took mine, sorry:

Nikon D70
180 mm f2.8 fixed
1600 ASA
Usually about a stop underexposed, for added speed; luck if I get 1/100 s

Really? Another nature photographer? Wonderful! I'll go and look. You didn't find any because mine aren't on the web; I keep meaning to make a site, but haven't.

Picasa from Google? I'd never heard of that? I'm afraid you're far ahead of me. I load each one up to Adobe, and crop, brighten, adjust contrast, then load them up to on-line albums such as Shutterfly. Thanks - I'll look at your generfans.com info!

Speaking of birds - don't know where you're from, but do you ever go down to Florida to photograph in the winter? It's really a bird photographer's dream, especially Sanibel and Corkscrew.

Thanks!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)

Re: The genrefans photographer here

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I used to shoot a little underexposed, too, but I found that using the exposure the camera's electronics wants works better for me that correcting later.

I'll shoot down to 1/25 if the person is not moving around too much. I get some funny-looking pictures at that speed where the lips/jaw are blurred but the rest of the face is sharp. I do prefer a little faster -- 1/60 to 1/100.

My wife decides pretty much all of my vacations now (conventions), so birding-specific trips are limited to this region.

If you have a little money to spare, you can get started with your own domain. $150 will buy you the name for a couple of years plus hosting for a year. The hard part is coming up with a name that is not already taken. Rosamunde.com and brownlocks.com are already gone :(

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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 9th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)

Re: The genrefans photographer here

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Thanks for looking. *S* And appreciate the point of view!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 9th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)

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*gasp* THAT'S a wrentit? What an amazing looking bird!

I'm in the midwest, so I don't have quite the bird photography opportunities you do... but I still think you'd love Florida.

I see you photograph in CA. Wish I'd known that before ORC; I wanted to stay and photograph, but didn't know any good sites!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 9th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)

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The wrentit is really a cute little bird. I picked it as my mascot because I had pictures of one and the name was available as a dot com. I'm learning their habits and can find them a little more easily now. Unfortunately, they seem to like poison oak the best to hang out in.

You might find more opportunities than you think! Look around any lake in the bushes and you might be surprised at what you see.

I'm not based in southern California (yet), so I really wouldn't know places to shoot around Pasadena. Here in Monterey County, I like the chapparal the best. It's like a miniature forest with trees only ten feet tall, and the aroma is amazing (sagebrush and mints are common). With the little trees, birds can't fly high up into the canopy so you can only shoot their undersides.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 9th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)

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That would be a great place to photograph. I miss the prairies up near Chicago (where I used to live); the birds would pose on the tall stalks. Here in Indianapolis, it's mostly forests.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 9th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)

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Quick question then: is there a park that you would recommend that has a chapperal environment?
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