The Ultimate In Amateur Photography.......


June 12, 2006, 04:20 PM
As you can see.....I'm refining my skills, though it's obvious I'm nowhere near Catman's level :cool:

First, the guns...........:D

I thought this series was kind of ironic.......snapping shots of my tiny Taurus using a 'splashy' shot of the huge S&W .500 as the background ;)

And now........what I did with those guns Saturday afternoon :evil:
*(using 100rds each of Winchester .38 Special JHP and .17HMR V-Max)

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June 12, 2006, 10:19 PM
Everyone enjoys gun pics but - suggestion. - still some folks on dial-up and the image burden here is pretty huge.

A size max of 640x480 is often enough and saves horizontal scrolling when pic displays full size, as it will in Opera. In IE it will auto-shrink but then that still means, why post so large!

Smaller also can mean much smaller file sizes too so - bear this in mind for another time. Not so much a crit' of the pic's content but just the scale!

Try some diffuse lighting and watch the focus - could be manual focus can help with some close shots.

June 12, 2006, 10:54 PM
There.........that resize should make it more palatable for all. Apologies to those who had trouble viewing the first time around :cool:

As far as the focus issue goes.......I tried messing w/that, but sitting far away and using it made the image blurry. Probably because I'm inside?

I know how to use the flash somewhat.......the side views of my K38 standing up were only achieved after fiddling with the settings and doing some trial and error shots.

Will have to do more experimenting later, perhaps outside next time.

June 12, 2006, 11:05 PM
Thanks :) - I was not trying to be too critical - tho gotta say you needn't have gone quite as small:) as I mentioned 640x480 region is usually a great compromize.

I did tho see an image burden of 1.1 Mb on the page still so - the other thing that helps is to compress the files a bit more - smaller pics this size should only be about 30k each! These average 100k each! Oh and another small tip, add two carriage returns between each image code set - separates pics better. I'll go do that for you. 640x480 pics should compress to around 50k with minimal losses.

Focus should not be too problematic if distance within camera limits tho lower light will reduce depth of field of course. Try not to use flash - if you can diffuse light from discrete units thru a white sheet you'll get softer lighting - easier then to cope with highlights and helps stop shadows being so hard edged and solid.

I am no top photographer but use this sorta approach - and set my white balance to suit - this is my M27-2. It is 700 pix wide but file is IIRC under 60k in size!

If you go to library link, top of page, and then go to ''Image Matters'' - my small site about digital imaging generally may help a bit on odd aspects.

June 13, 2006, 09:09 AM
P95carry....That is a really nice looking N frame. I have been looking to find one in either nickel or blue...and an M-58 nickel or blue to replace ones I had which went to pay a divorce lawyer years back. I'm heartened to know that some are still out there...

June 13, 2006, 10:09 AM
Yes, the older N frames are still out there tho these days often commanding higher prices. I was lucky to find a M29 at Tulsa show this year, tho a dash 3 so not P&R - but still a good find and in fine shape.

I particularly like the 5" N frame - strikes me as almost the ultimate balance of form. Hope you can find something yourself - I know how it hurts losing guns like this - back in UK in 97 I had to relinquish about 24 handguns, one of which was a 5" M27 - this one was a fortunate replacement.

June 13, 2006, 11:08 AM
I'm slowly finding nice additions to the safe. I found a fantastic .44 spl last week. It's a M-21 S&W 4" bbl. But it's nickeled. First recent Smith factory nickel plated handgun I' come upon. I've located a 4" M-28 S&W. Older gun...$375.00, but in good shape. In the 1970s I bought one for myself and one for my father , new in the box for $92.00 each.

CSA 357
June 13, 2006, 05:03 PM
hey! good pics i have trouble taking pics of my nickel guns , just cant get the light rite all that glare , but i have better luck out side with natural light, good luck!*csa*:)

June 13, 2006, 06:15 PM
Assult pistol:D

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