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    Raleigh Balloon Fest 2016

    One of the local television stations is sponsoring a hot-air balloon festival this weekend. While I've been around one or two before, this was my first chance to experience a whole flock of them at once. I'm glad I went when I did, too - Bonnie is passing through town throwing a wet blanket over...
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    One tractor - two views

    As an old farm boy I'm a sucker for tractors. We could never have justified one of these babies, though, because we had a lot of orchard crops and this would never have fit under the trees. Still ... . I tried to convey the size and power of this little guy by going low and shooting up. I think...
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    Salute to the fallen

    There's a hot air balloon festival taking place locally this weekend, and I'll post pictures of the balloons in a later thread. In honor of memorial day, however, they've set up a "field of flags". For $3 you can dedicate a flag to a fallen serviceman or woman and add it to the collection...
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    December Photo of the Month Nomination Thread

    I hope this is not too presumptuous of me, and moderators feel free to delete this thread if I'm overstepping my bounds, but I thought I'd help Sharon out by setting up the December nomination thread while she's out of action. I'm not sure I'd be able to set up the voting polls for her though...
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    Positive vibes from this site

    Very often someone new to this site will make a comment suggesting that they find the quality of the photography a bit 'intimidating'. (One comment I read a few minutes ago, for example, asked if everyone here was a professional because the pictures are so good.) I can easily sympathize with...
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    Mothra

    Several families were taking advantage of the warm weather yesterday by spending the day at a local park. A couple of them tried flying some kites, not with much success. One kite was pretty lackluster, but this one was fairly nice looking. What surprises me the most is that when I just showed...
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    Two new pictures for critique

    I took advantage of the warm weather yesterday to get some practice at a local park. These are the two shots I got that I think show any promise. They're not aimed directly at the afternoon sun, but it's not too far out of frame to the left. I also just caught the action because I was walking...
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    Winter Trees (for C&C)

    I found this interesting frost pattern on my bathroom window during the last cold spell here in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago. The pattern kind of reminds me of a tropical forest. The first one is not a crop of the second, but a separate close-up exposure. Both have had their brightness...
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    What happens when you move? (semi-legal question)

    There is a comment in another thread to the effect of "copyright law is Federal and applies in every (US) state; model release laws are state laws." My question is "what happens if you move?" This is NOT a request for legal advice since a) I don't have (or take - at least yet - photos that...
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    Is "the Golden Hour" longer in winter

    (Posting in the Beginner's section because this seems like a basic question.) I often see people talk about taking your pictures in "the Golden hours" of early morning or late evening because the sunlight is too harsh at mid-day. It seems to me that part of the reason for this is the fact...
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    Another "legal" question

    I chair the advisory board for the engineering academy (a small "learning community" inside a regular school) at one of our local high schools. We plan of having 'action' pictures of our students on our web site, but the academy's director is concerned about the possible need for model releases...
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    Two bugs and a bug-eater for cc

    Went out yesterday to one of the local nature parks to try and get some a) exercise, and b) photo practice. Most of the shots were either fairly pedestrian or fatally flawed. I think I was killing my DOF by zooming in and having the aperture wide open, so I'm seeing a lot of "missed focus"...
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    Storm clouds over downtown (any comments?)

    I took this one while at our downtown Arts Festival today because I liked the tension in the clouds. Otherwise, this is probably not the most exciting subject imaginable. Does it 'work' for anyone else? Storm clouds at Artsplosure by Rich1760, on Flickr (The only processing done on this is...
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    Outdoor Art Festival - C&C Welcome (even encouraged)

    They're having their annual Arts festival downtown this weekend, so I thought I'd exercise my (lack of) photographic skills. These are the one's that I feel may have actually worked - there were others where I can see that shot I should have gotten but didn't. Also my focus today was more on...
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    Some flower garden for CC

    One of my wife's co-workers recently bought a house from a guy who apparently loved azaleas. He's probably got two acres covered with the things - plus a few other stray shrubs and trees here and there. We went to see the place when they were in peak bloom, and I tried to get a few pictures for...
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    Uh, boss - I'm going to be a little late today ...

    Valentine's morning, my wife climbs into the car to go to work. She starts it up, looks in the mirror to back out of the carport, and sees an electrical cable hanging over the edge of the house. She shuts off the car, looks out at the driveway, and sees this ... Valentine Tree Fall 2 (power...
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    Photographer's vests???

    (Making this a separate thread so as not to hijack the "travel photography" thread.) Just wondering what the consensus (if any) is on the use of camera vests vs camera bags for "field" photography - i.e. travel pictures, landscape, etc. The last time I went out and did anything "serious" -...
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    Does anyone ever see your photo of them on a site like this????

    I've got kind of an off-the-wall question. There are a couple of places here with a lot of "people" pictures. Has anyone ever had someone find their picture here (or someplace else where they might not expect it) and comment about it? I'm not worried about models. They understand that having...
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    Are good pictures easier to take when you're out of town?

    I find it easier to find interesting subjects to shoot when I'm traveling, probably because nearly everything is new and different to me. I also find myself drawn to (good) pictures of places I've never seen - often the more exotic the better. An old beggar in India on the side of the road will...
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    Am I trying for the impossible?

    My son's high school graduation was yesterday, and it was almost impossible to get a decent shot period, let alone one with any artistic merit. The stage was brightly lit - with white sheets on the first row of chairs and white flowers along the front, while the rest of the auditorium was very...
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