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My new facebook page

Please LIKE my new facebook page. Rad Carz In Print. First off it’s not just car photography. That’s the thing I like most but there’s plenty of other stuff. I will shoot photos of anything. Flowers, clouds, cars, trees, macro or portraits. Whatever the day hands me! If you are on fb please like the page. I would like everyone to check out my website radcarzinprint. There you can see thousands of my images. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Tony Bazidlo

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More photos on my site !

Have you been to my site lately? I’ve added many new photos for sale and have increased the options for printing them on variouse items.

Click on over to Tony Bazidlo Photography and see my work. Buy a print for a gift for that speacial person in your life.

I’ve had some knee problems the last year that have kept me from getting out to shoot as much as I used to. I’m feeling much better now and will be back out with the tripod again. Enjoy life! Get out and go someplace. Take a camera or a friend or both.  I’ll post more asap. Thanks for stopping by. Tony aka That Sticker Guy

Like me on facebook

You can follow MY Facebook page .  It’s a little more active than the blog. Not very active but a little more.

Canon 300 2.8 lens at high school football game

In this shoot I used a Canon 60D with 300mm 2.8 Canon Lens to the side lines for some action shots. A manfrotto monopod helped hold this beast of a lens for me. ISO setting at 1600 with f2.8 and shutter speed of 1/320 sec for most of the shots. This lens does not have IS. I feel it is a great lens for the night with stadium lights. I would also like to use it for some wildlife shots. I’m pretty sure the results will be satisfactory.

The arrow pointing to the big guy who stepped over the fence as the rest of the team walked through the gate.

1st Test Canon 60D video

I’m just trying the HD Video on the Canon 60D and showing two very short clips. This is the first time I have activated the HD 1080 Video on the Canon 60D. It looks nice and I have played it back on my 1080I LED tv at home. These two videos were shot from a carbon fiber tripod that has a manfrot grip that is intended for cameras and not paning for video.
The sound is also very good. For an on camera mic it sure does pick up sound from anything around. I have ordered an external mic and will share that test asap.

How to get started in HDR photography

I’m just going to give you a basic idea on how to get started and what you may need to do this type of work. If some people are interested I can post more on this subject.

I have been shooting High Dynamic Range photography for over seven years. This type of shooting is also known as HDR. What it takes to create this type of image is multiple exposres. One correct, one over exposed and one under exposed image. Yes, three shots of the same scene or subject. There is a issue of weather you need three or more shots. Some people seem to think you need five, seven or even nine. Three will work just fine although, I myself have gotten stunning results with more. Trust me you will do just fine with three.
Some people think they can take ONE SHOT HDRs. THese are no way the real HDR images. Just fakes and many times they look fine. You’ll always fine someone somewhere trying to cheat the system for shortcuts in any arena. Maybe they just do’t own tripods. I don’t know!
Yes now that I have brought up the subject of tripods this is one of the most important items you will need. You may of thought about that when I mensioned multiple exposers. I also like to use a shutter release cable. Imagine that ! Another item nobody wants to buy.
The software you will need to create you HDR images can be done with Photoshop and many other programs can be found online. SOme are free and some can be purchased for instant download.
Picturenaut is free among others. I am not affiliated with photoshop or picturenaut I just use these names as examples of software that is good for this work.
Once you have the needed software and the three images you will learn about creating your HDR image in the program. You’ll want to overdue it at first. THat’s what happens when people are new to HDR. Back off and don’t over saturate the image. Also watch for ghosting. A big problem for many people new and experienced. I have seen many people doing HDR for year and there’s even a one page add in a major magazine that offers to teach you to o HDR for a large fee that shows the instructors examples with very heavy ghosting. Ghosting is a halo around builings or cars where the edges may meet the sky. I’ll show an example here today.

Below I have added an example of a hand help HDR I took this summer. Three braketed shots. Yes, no tipod. I wanted to walk freely around town and shoot hand held. THis is my first hand eld HDR and Like I always knew, it wouldn;t turn out good. When zoomed in the are many areas that show triple edges that do not line up because it was not shot STILL on a triopod.

 My goal here is more to talk about what not to do than like others who talk about how it’t done and leave out all the what to look out for if you want a good picture.

You can find some of my work on Flickr I’m know as thatstickerguy

My camera gear

nikon 200

This is most of the gear I use.
A shoot with a Nikon D200
(1) Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR Autofocus Lens – Black,

(1) Sigma 18mm f2.8 Lens,

(1) Soligor Zoom Macro 28-80mm f3.5 Lens,

(1) AF Nikkor 35-70mm f3.3 Lens,

(3) Batteries, (1) 4 gb card, (1) 1 gb card, owners manual, (1) Instruction DVD on the Nikon D200, (1) 1-1/4 Multipier Lens, (1) Battery charger, (1) Camera Shoulder strap, Extension tubes for shooting macro, filters, owners manual, software, cables and laminated pocket guide.

I use a carbon fiber tripod and manfrotto pistol grip head. Not sure of the numbers right now as I write this. I also use a cokin ND Grad filter not shown. That’s a must have item.