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New on 500px : Row row row your boat by BentVelling by BentVelling

From Jelling, Denmark.

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New on 500px : Blooming Dreams by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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It’s hard to pick a favorite image, but I think that this is up there for me. This is the image that I’ve been longing for since I started photography about two years ago. Mt. Rainier and wildflowers go hand in hand and to be able to finally photograph them, together is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. This was taken in early morning light on Sun Top lookout at 7,500 ft near HWY 410. Thanks a ton to my girlfriend’s dad for finding this really cool location. This image wouldn’t have been possible without his insight. This is what I hope to be the first of several wildflower images from the mountains this summer!

Sun Top Lookout, HWY 410, Greenwater, WA

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New on 500px : Nature’s Subtleties by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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This past weekend my gf’s dad was kind enough to show me some areas I hadn’t seen near Mt. Rainier. This image comes from an unmarked forest road near Sun Top lookout on HWY 410 by Mt. Rainier. I bushwhacked through a stand of old Alder trees and stumbled across a single patch of these bright pink and blue flowers. I had never seen anything like this in the high country before and it was the only patch of flowers like this in the area. I went off to scout the area for some more meadows and such but I couldn’t get this image out of my head, so I decided to come back and photograph this area.

This is 8 images focus stacked and 2 for dynamic range. These flowers were extremely tiny and I was essentially down on the ground trying to photograph them, lots of fun!

Sun Top Lookout, HWY 410, Greenwater, WA

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New on 500px : Almost on fire by DennisBerggren by DennisBerggren

A very special and strange light this evening. Half of the sky was really dark while the other half was glowing in a wondeful red and orange tone. I like how the long exposure almost makes it look like the sky is on fire.

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New on 500px : Solstice Dreams by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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I had never really shot the Tacoma Narrows before so I figured shooting it on the longest day of the year with amazing weather conditions might do it some justice. This was shot from the Tacoma side of the bridge through the railing of an overpass (which was a little sketchy but fun). The bridge really is an architectural marvel; especially being the fact that the first one famously collapsed during a wind storm in 1940. Any who it was a fun shoot and the photo itself encompasses some 15 separate exposures; lots of work but worth it!

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Tacoma, WA

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New on 500px : Lost Count by tpoulton001 by tpoulton001

A Sony A7r, Schnitty 50mm Tilt Shift and Me
Firstly let me start by saying I’m not an expert reviewer of photography equipment but I do know what I like and how to produce a cracking pano.
Secondly if you get offended by foul language or what I have to say then turn off now.
And finally, I’m in no way paid by any of these manufacturers but wold willingly take’ cash for comments’ in the future.
ERGONOMICS
The first thing I noticed about this camera was the weight and size, as I do lots of hiking and weight is a big issue I’m excited about reducing weight being able to carry other cool equipement. Once I started shooting with the camera it took me back to when I was 14, fumbling around with my first bra at the drive-in, now for anyone under 20, thats a car park where you watch movies from you car, not a McDonalds drive through. After a few hours of shooting I started to feel comfortable with the buttons and dials and felt that everything is in the right position.
CONNECTIVITY
Pairing this with the Schnieder 50mm Tilt Shift, nicknamed the ‘Big Schnitty’ was as simple as picking up the Novoflex Nex/Nik Adaptor and everything works the same as the Nikon D800.
BUILD
Once again I love the size of this camera and feel its solid enough to take a bit of beating and after an hour in a rainforest with intermittent rain it’s still working. I love the new flip out screen saving the neck when shooting down low. One thing I absolutely hate is the digital viewfinder, I feel like I’m in a cheap peepshow and the entertainment is rubbish.
CAMERA SETTINGS
I love the Time Lapse and Star Trail software you can download from Sony Entertainment, maybe a bramping feature with time lapse would be awesome. All the other bits feel like the Nikon D800, but the most important problem with this camera and the deal breaker for me is the lack of Delayed Exposure Mode, back to back frames with both cameras at the same settings around 1.6 seconds exposure the vibration is so noticeable I would bin the Sony frames and class it as a complete fail. For me to keep using this camera, Sony will have to add this in the next firmware update.
SENSOR
I really couldn’t see any difference with the A7r and the D800 with quality, dynamic range or colour between the 2 sensors, only slight difference is the A7r performed better under low lighting.
VIDEO
Didn’t bother.
OUTPUT
Spent 3 hours fucking around on the internet updating system software and then you still have to convert them before processing your files in Camera Raw, boring!
BATTERY
Battery life doesn’t seem to be any different from the D800 but I would still carry several back ups.
MEMORY
I understand that because of the size and weight I can live with only one memory slot
WEIRD SHIT
Now this only a little thing but as they say the small things in life matter. I really like the way the camera will balance and not flip around with the weight on a pano head when carrying it around on the tripod, the D800 would always spin around exposing the glass of the lens to any rain or other elements, the A7r stays put, because of the weight balance.
PROS
Cheaper than the Nikon by 1.5k
Lighter
Smaller
Flip Out Screen
Time Lapse, Star Trails and other cool software
CONS
Only a couple for me, obviously the digital viewfinder and this one is the deal breaker, NO EXPOSURE DELAY MODE, hurry the fuck up with this Sony because I have just added another in the long list of items in the cupboard.
Finally if I was one of the many Canon users defecting I’d certainly upgrade to the Sony A7r and hope they get there shit together with the vibration issue. Would I swap my beloved Nikon D800 for the Sony A7r? NO! until they fix the vibration issue I’m going to stick with the Nikon. Once they do I would gladly sell the Nikon, Canon and every other camera I own and buy two of them and be much happier at the end of a big hike.
Image above from a Nikon D800 becuase I couldn’t find a good set of frames from the Sony A7r

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New on 500px : Panther Light-mare by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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I finally made the epic 3 hour (and some change) voyage to Panther Creek this weekend and it was definitely worth it, but man talk about tough shooting conditions! Intense spray accompanied by almost direct sunlight with scattered clouds. This photo was a rough one to put together; lots of multiple exposure blending, it didn’t turn out too bad though. All in all 7 hours of driving and several hours of post processing for one photo…. yikes haha, the things we do for photography.

Panther Creek Falls in spring light, Carson, WA

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