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California Dreaming?
COLORADO dreamin\'!
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Dec 18, 2010, 8:17:13 AM
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Dawn At St Malo 2 by kkart Dawn At St Malo 2 by kkart
Myself and ~Glitch-Chaos decided to make a return early yesterday morning to catch the sunrise at St Male outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Needless to say getting up at 330am was well worth it, as the day would yield some excellent shots!

The weather was completely wild and insane, when we arrived. We were on the leading front edge of a snow storm with the the sun making one heck of an amazing sunrise behind us. Wild as heck with the storm blowing down over the mountains, but the color and light was remarkable, we were just far enough and in the outflow of the storm, that the snow was falling, and the light completely diffused. If we had driven maybe a mile west to behind the church, we would be getting hammered from it all.

It was something though, watching the sunrise do battle with this snow storm, all the while trying to click the shutter in wind gusts that were very strong. Thank God for Puffin Pads is all I can say!

Anyways, I hope you all like it

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jonniedee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was just out there and it is so beautiful. Great Photo.
kkart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks. Pretty awesome place isn't it? Chicago i see.....miss it there...grew up there
jonniedee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My girlfriend and I had to turn around after we drove passed it while we were heading to Estes Park. It was such a great photo op. What area of Chicago did you grow up in?
hydrocean Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That amazing colors. The photography is beautiful, too, with the reflexing sun on the windows church!
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011   General Artist
What an absolutely stunning shot John! (I'm just looking through #SONY-DSLR's galleries as I have just bought an A550 plus a couple of lenses. I'm waiting for the battery to do its initial charge :excited:. Actually I chose the A580 but was assured that for the money this one is the same body with 200mp less, so I hope I've made the right decision to walk away with what I've got! What lenses do you use?
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love my a550. That being said....
I have a ton of lenses....

Minolta 18-200mm
Minolta 18-70mm
Minolta 35-70RS f3.5
Minolta 35-70mm f4
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 75-300D
Sigma 29-90 Aspherical Macro
Five Star 70-200mm f4.5
Kalimar 28-70mm Macro
Tamron 200-400mm

Make sure you read the manual of the camera, it is quite a different process with shooting the 500 series bodies as there is REALLY a lot of new technology in it. Tons honestly. DRO, in camera HDR, all the settings involved with those because there are quite a few...the live view system is teh absolute best of any camera as it has 2 different ways of doing it...I use MF Live View Check a lot on landscape and long exposure work. If you can get a good exposure, you can have totally clean shots at iso 1600. Also, using the in-camera HDR at high iso also alleviates the noise. I would highly suggest you join the Dyxum forums [link] which is THEE place for everything Minolta/Sony, and it includes a massive lens database with samples and reviews, camera tips and tricks...u name it
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011   General Artist
John, I am loving my camera too! We went out today to test it out and compare results with my Canon equipment, and it is at least as good if not better. The advantages for me are its extra functions, the tiltable live view and of course the Steady shot inside it, which is something I particularly wanted for macro work. I have the SAL 18-250 lens (I believe made by Tamron then adapted by Sony), which has excellent reviews, plus a Tamron f2 60mm macro lens. I still need things like a polarizing filter, external flash and stuff, but will gain all those things with time, as the filter size just has to be different to any of our other stuff! Anyway, I doubt there will be anything much to show here for what I took today as it was one of those dreaded hazy days with rather flat lighting to go with it, and the only way to shoot was in the opposite direction to the sun! But there is enough evidence of the quality of the gear nevertheless.

I'm slowly reading through the manual; DRO and the auto HDR functions are both new to me, so that will be interesting. (I had the DRO on auto today.) The best results came when I finally got round to compensating the exposure down by 0.3 of a stop! DUH! A bit :slow: there! The live view is excellent, particularly for macro work, 'though I wish it was able to tilt sideways too. (The new SLT A55 does that, but there are only very few lenses that are completely compatible with that, and it has a very silly battery which just doesn't last! :()

I'm now waiting for Lightroom 3 upgrade to arrive as I definitely don't like the Sony software! :|

Will have a look at that site - have already bookmarked it.

That's a lot of lenses you have, but I guess you accumulated them over quite some time and some going back to when Minolta was real KM!

Thanks for all the info :hug:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh wait until you try the MF Live View check for macro work lol You will be in absolute heaven! As far as filters go, go with a Cokin P style system and you can kiss diameter size adios except for the adapter rings which are a couple of bucks. I use Fotodiox almost exclusively now outside of my Macro Diopters and am VERY happy with them. I got them off ebay for a song.

DRO I usually leave on between 2 or 3, and I expose about 1/3EV to the right most of the time to ensure I have my darks in detail. The A55...every lens from Minolta Maxxum to Sony is compatible with the a55, I think you are thinking of the NEX cameras which are essentially 4/3rds and are Sony E Mount.

Lightroom is the way to go, the Sony software does have one advantage, it can read things Lightroom can't like the DRO levels as example...I do love lightroom though!

Ya check out it is awesome. My lenses date back before KM to actual Minolta days, when they were "Using the mind of Minolta". I have several from the late 80s and I love them dearly, sharp as a tack!

Glad to help!
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   General Artist
I already did and it's great - it's the only way I take macro shots in fact, always manual focus and always live view because I get double vision if I try it any other way. I haven't found it necessary to magnify what I'm looking at yet, but will certainly try that out too.

Got all the filters - all Cokin P, and I now have a Hoya polarizer too. Stuck with Cokin P as we already have all those, and I have an adaptor that fits.

I'll try experimenting with the DRO and the Auto HDR soon. I'm already really stunned at the results I got from the hazy day's shooting last Tuesday - no noise whatsoever, and the Sony software brought it all out really well. Unfortunately though most of the shots are just test shots and not for uploading here as they don't form really well composed pictures. Kimmeridge (where we went) has a very long sprawled out village in the hillsides that at every point along the way is ruined by something or another someone has in their back gardens (they face the sea and away from the road, and when you get below the houses there are other obstacles in the way). I hoped I might be able to do a zoom crop or two, but haven't been able to discover good break-points for this.

The one thing I hate about Lightroom is its cataloguing system and I haven't found a way of just importing the one thing I want to edit and not having to have it in a catalogue and all that stuff. I had version 2 and stopped using it but now I have version 3 and have yet to load it when I get time. I'll see... (Thanks for the heads up about it not reading the DRO levels though!)

The main thing though John, is that I never thought I was going to be able to get out there and shoot again with a "proper" camera! But I have done, and will do plenty more as my health is very slowly improving - but it is also very hard going getting there and I'm currently doing a cardiac rehabilitation course with graded exercises.
Cyndrome Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in love with the colors of this photo. The purple/pink with the orange and the browns in a perfect clash with each other. Dreamy scene, absolutely stunning.
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