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Hi Guys,

This is my first post on rllmuk for photos as I usually only post on NTSC-uk, the standard here is amazing and I hope to contribute to the thread in the future.

I own a p&s Canon G9, it's the first camera i've ever had, no DSLR for me just yet. I don't have photoshop and so only adjust brightness and contrast with the simple package that came with the camera.

Here are a lot of my favourites since i've had the camera, I hope it's ok that there are a few, it's hard to choose your best over the past year!

C & C welcome

Thanks and enjoy :)

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Thanks Playdoh :)

I'm very tempted to sell the G9 and I have spent most of my time today on the net looking at which DSLR to buy. It's a huge mindfield out there as there's so much to consider.

The benifits of the G9 are that it fits in my pocket and I can take it anywhere but I really would love to up my photography and enjoy the experiences of a DSLR.

I'm sure this has been asked a thousand times and I know it's based on so many different factors but if you could recommend me a DSLR under £600 which one would it be. Taking into consideration I like to take movies as well and I'm biased towards Canon because of the G9?

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Have a look in the gear thread, theres pages and pages of discussion about cameras at that sort of budget! For movies I'd say your best bet is the Nikon D90, but I'm slightly biased towards Nikon really. Theres also the D5000 which has just come out, offering movie mode, and is a smaller body, so wouldnt be too hard to carry around with you if you're used to the small G9. As for Canon im not sure currently what models they have other than the 5D MkII that offer movie mode. I'm sure one of the Canon users can fill you in there.

But the same advice always holds really, if you're thinking of a few models the best option is to go into a shop and handle them all, as everyone has different preferences as to how the camera feels and menus etc.

EDIT: Forgot to say, theres some really nice shots you posted there, you obviously have a good eye for shooting! :)

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HaHa those are all brilliant but I love the mearcats one just because i think they are ace little creatures and the expression on the lama is hilarious. Also I really like the otter one but I think the sleeping otter on your flickr is better/cuter. Great stuff though!

Some Bees where feeding off the lavender in the garden yesterday so I snapped a couple of shots. Quite pleased with the result as it was the first time i'd really adjusted the flash output to get the desired results.

What do you guys think though. Trimmed or not trimmed?

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:facepalm:

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The G9 is brilliant. It really is a great compact i've recommended it to several friends who all love it as well.

Just snapped this little critter in the back garden before it went too dark. He was only about 5cm long. The G9 does pretty good Macro.

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Not been in here for a while since I use to do most of my viewing and posting from work. Unfortunately either our proxy software has changed or our IT admin has been kicked up the bum as all the alternative URLs for the site have been locked down :(

Anyways, here are some shots from a day out at Longleat Safari Park.

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Pygmy goat

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Tigress

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I couldn't get close to the Lizards at St Andre - they all fucked off long before i could snap em....

I got this at a rest stop on the Main Motorway approaching the outskirts of Boulogne....the bukoh is very distracting but i wouldn't have been able to get its face...i didn't have much time to snap any other decent ones.

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Also a poor shot of the some lightening during that storm....i was a right nub and opened a 30 second timer. I had to manual focus, obv, but couldn't get a really sharp shot...

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I suspect the 30 second exposure didn't help as any touch of movement will hit the shot. I suspect there was an ant nearby....we had a few...

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Oh man, the stuff on here is absolutely brilliant. Thanks all involved, they're really inspiring and just generally great to look at.

I've recently been to Finland and got a chance to take a few more photos. I really need to get into this post-processing lark though as I don't do any and feel I'm missing out on getting the most out of my pics. Anyway, for your consideration:

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I know you're away but guess you'll see this And.

Lock the ISO as low as it'll go for less noisy shots.

AF - I use autofocus once in good light (lights on) and then turn it to manual focus, turn the lights off and don't move anything. Are you using a cable release? If not then you pressing the shutter button will cause some movement and may knock the focus out a bit.

As for lighting the front of the subject, I was using the torch to light the subject from the front using flashes of torch light from front left, front right and head on above a bit. Turned torch off and then round the back to draw the patterns. problem with this is that it lit the background a bit too much or the desk the Mugg was on.

My basic secret for the shot was that it's 3 or 4 shots blended together. One of the Mugg properly exposed, one of the gun, one of the desk nice and dark and also one where the pattern was right. All done in PS using layer masks and some serious erasing, painting etc.

Aha! The magic of Photoshop. Of course. Other than that our approaches were quite similar. I have a remote on order to reduce the movement from manual shutter release. Thanks for the tips.

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A few snaps taken recently, although having had the camera several months now, there are no excuses for not having more. As per Monkichi, no post processing (aprt from crop), however thats because I haven't learnt any of the software yet, not that I dont want to.

Standard Bee on flower shot... :hug:

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Amber, my girlfriends mums, friends dog :)

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Amber and Helen...

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HaHa those are all brilliant but I love the mearcats one just because i think they are ace little creatures and the expression on the lama is hilarious. Also I really like the otter one but I think the sleeping otter on your flickr is better/cuter. Great stuff though!

Some Bees where feeding off the lavender in the garden yesterday so I snapped a couple of shots. Quite pleased with the result as it was the first time i'd really adjusted the flash output to get the desired results.

What do you guys think though. Trimmed or not trimmed?

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:)

They're with a point and shoot? Fucking hell they're good. And cropped.

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I've also been trying to improve my non-band-stuff. A friend of mine has some absolutely AWESOME London walk about stuff. Really really impressive, so I've been out once in Berlin so far.

Only got about two shots I liked and this is one:

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I went to the O2 arena today to see the body worlds exhibition. It was brilliant, a real eye opener for those interested in the human body and art for that matter.

But first, a cherry.

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I played a little with the colour accent feature...

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I tried a few of these shots, which I really like and it's something i'm going to try again in the future as it's fun!

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Haven't got used to the new (well, second hand but new to me) cam but spent the past few days playing about with it. Nowhere near as good as some of the shots on show here but hey ho. Gotta start somewhere...

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((The St Helier was fab incidentally, although that may have been a combination of the ice and a blisteringly hot day...))

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