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      08-26-2011, 02:10 AM   #67
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great pictures, awesome trip, hot car! have a lot of fun with that M3
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      08-26-2011, 02:51 AM   #68
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Awesome pictures, thank you
Make me love my M3 more
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      08-26-2011, 03:37 AM   #69
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Great pics and write up, really impressed.........
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      08-26-2011, 03:44 AM   #70
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Very nice photography and trip!
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      08-26-2011, 04:38 AM   #71
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      08-26-2011, 05:05 AM   #72
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Wow great photos! Like the places you have chosen!
Good looking girlfriend/wife (she likes beer hell yeah!) :P like the photo with your bmw/// shirts hehe. Great trip!
Now hope the ship will avoid that hurricane! And your awesome M3 will arrive in one piece!

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      08-26-2011, 05:47 AM   #73
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Congratulations, well composed stunning pictures of beautiful scenery, car .... what fun to do those areas .... Venice looks cool!
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      08-26-2011, 06:28 AM   #74
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Great Photos

Cant wait to do the same thing and add my third generation M3 to the stable...

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      08-26-2011, 07:29 AM   #75
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Amazing shots! Looks like you had a great time.
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      08-26-2011, 07:38 AM   #76
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Damn, amazing pics, good work on that. I think I will just copy this post as a baseline for developing my future ED trip.
First, I guess I need that Nikon D90 I've eyeing for over a year..
I may have missed it if mentioned already, but what camera and photo edit software do you use?
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      08-26-2011, 07:51 AM   #77
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Stunning pics. I am 110% sold on ED, I must do this.
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AMAZING! Great pictures, and beautiful car! Congratulations
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      08-26-2011, 08:29 AM   #79
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Amazing pictures!!!
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      08-26-2011, 08:45 AM   #80
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WOW what a amazing trip. Love the car I have to same one in Spice Gary.
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      08-26-2011, 08:58 AM   #81
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Awesome, awesome pictures. Amazing sharpness and contrast. Overhead pic is my fav. Thank you for sharing.
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      08-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #82
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Awesome Pics! I will have to go there one day.
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      08-26-2011, 09:54 AM   #83
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Just Epic! I miss Germany
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nice pics, thanks 4 sharing... btw guys with bmers get hot chicks
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      08-26-2011, 11:04 AM   #85
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      08-26-2011, 11:16 AM   #86
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Everything else is nice and all, but to me there's only one thing that matters about your entire trip and it can be summed up in just one word. Monaco!!!

You sir have done it the right way.
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      08-26-2011, 11:26 AM   #87
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Thanks for this Thorny! i think this will definitely help out alot of folks starting out in the DSLR realm.

Just to add about photography, i think you must have used CP filter for the pics. For the folks, the CP filter is a trick for Automotive photography to cut down the car's reflection, as well as it's main purpose..which is to bring out the clouds/colours on bright days..as well as producing those amazing blues in the water (again, cuts through the reflections of the water).

I'm the opposite of your gears, i shoot mostly in primes, with the 50mm sigma 1.4 glued to the body. I use the 135L for cars and people pics. I don't even remember the last time i've used a zoom. I'd like to pick up the 35mm 1.4 very soon. For me, the limitation of the fix focal length is what drives my creativity out. But that's just me. Going Prime is more costly and troublesome to manage.



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For those of you who are interested in a photography lesson, here is the excerpt from another thread of mine.

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....here is my recipe. A nice Digital SLR camera, I shoot with Canon 5D, then even more important is lens, you gotta have at least one high quality zoom lens, I prefer Canon L optics. They are expensive, but a nice camera and cheap optics is a waste of money, so if someone goes as far as buying a high quality camera, a nice lens is a must. Other than that - to shoot landscape you'd need a sturdy tripod; I use Gitzo, and a cable remote to prevent vibrations. To shoot portrait I use flash a lot.

Once you get all this, there is nothing to blame Just get out and shoot, try different angles, different time of day, inclement weather, etc. Avoid shooting in harsh sun. But no matter what you shoot watch your histogram, ideally it has to be shifted to the right without anything being blown out or severely underexposed. If you end up throwing away 15 exposures and keeping 1 - you're doing great. To get quality there is no other way than to shoot RAW, forget about jpeg. Your camera must be always set to shoot RAW unless you’re shooting a drinking party.

After that it is all about post-processing. There are a few masters of Photoshop on this forum, but Photoshop can be rather intimidating, and it is time consuming even for pros. I use it, but none of the pictures featured in this thread were processed in Photoshop, other that batch processing of resolution to fit the requirements of this forum. I process my RAW images in Lightroom 2. There is 3, but i haven't got to upgrading it just yet. This tool will take your images to a whole new level. Yes, I recommend reading a book on it, but it is a fraction of difficulty of mastering Photoshop. It has a lot of features, but all you really need to know is the Develop module. Its “General-Auto Tone” preset makes wonders, and you can google a bunch of other people’s presets and play around with them all day. Just don’t over-do it, it is easy to get carried away with all the controls.

That’s about it. It does take some dedication, not everyone is willing to carry around a backpack with photo gear and tripod and then sit and process the raw material.

Good luck!

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And about lens from that same thread:

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I'm using Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM - excellent walk around lens. if I had the money to buy just one, I'd get this one. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx This is the best web site for canon equipment reviews, again in my opinion.

I also have Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM - this one has just stunning optics, it is a lot sharper than my 24-105, but it is not as versatile. If I had the cash at the time, I would have bought the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM, but it is a lot more expensive. Both of these are outstanding for portrait.

And the last one in my bag is Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. This is not an "L" lens, but it is very very sharp (just as good as "L") and offers super wide aperture. Since it is a fixed focal length lens aka prime lens, I use it very seldom. I wouldn't recommend buying it unless you have a specific use for a 50 mm lens or a wide f/1.4 apperture.

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      08-26-2011, 11:57 AM   #88
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Thats So Awesome. I hope I get to do this one Day!
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