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We've had some good sunsets lately, so I decided to get out and take a few snaps.











Thanks for looking!
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found my new background hahaha :lildevil:
 

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Hey thanks, guys. Glad you like 'em. If you want to download larger sizes for screen savers or whatnot, feel free. Here are links to larger sizes. Go to this link:
http://desertilluminations.com/Friends-and-Family/Jeeping/9389256_acXrv#1109503930_i6fnb
Click on the image you like, and pan over to the right of the image, and a little pop-up shows up that allows you to see the shot in different sizes. Click on the size you want, and then use your right-click, save-as browser feature to save it.
 

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Those are great! What kind of camera are you using? any details? my wife is looking at new cameras and I would like to get her something kinda nice.... :)
 

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Thanks, TopDawg. Those were shot with my "good camera", a Canon 5D Mark II. However, and I know this will sound a bit cliche', but it's not the camera that makes the picture. I also shoot with a Canon 40D, and usually can't tell the difference in my finished shots between the two. The thing that makes the difference for me is shooting RAW format, and processing them in Photoshop to look their best. Also, knowing how to get a good exposure is crucial. And finally, only shoot in good light. That's really key. All these shots were taken during the "golden hour" of sunset and up to 1 hour after sunset. You get another golden hour starting at 1 hour before sunrise. So really you only get two hours a day to get good shots, and a tripod is a must in those conditions. You do all that and almost any camera will do. Getting one that shoots RAW format puts the icing on the cake though.
 

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So photo shop is what makes them look like they were a painting? Wow, there's another guy on here that has the same effect! I forgot his name? Anyways whats that effect called on Photoshop, I try to explain it to one of my friends, but no luck? Thanks KingRubiconMan!

Note* I just bought a Currie 4" lift kit, along with Bilstein 5100's, Thanks for your write up on your install!
 

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So photo shop is what makes them look like they were a painting? Wow, there's another guy on here that has the same effect! I forgot his name? Anyways whats that effect called on Photoshop, I try to explain it to one of my friends, but no luck? Thanks KingRubiconMan!

Note* I just bought a Currie 4" lift kit, along with Bilstein 5100's, Thanks for your write up on your install!
Congrats on the lift! You'll LOVE it. The Bilsteins were probably a great choice. If you were local, it would be interesting to compare rides.

There's no particular effect I used in Photoshop. #3 and #5 are HDRs, done in Photomatix, and finished in Photoshop. Honestly, there wasn't a whole lot else done in Photoshop. I do a little shadow filling, contrast boost, and sharpening. It's really the light at that hour that makes them look like that.
 

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Joel...

awesome pics

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Joel-

How are ya buddy? Great pics there as usual! I saw the first and thought oh man, great pic, really like that one. Then saw the second, thought damn, really like that one, then the third... All are great. Love the way you do that to the pics. Your rig is looking good and the scenery is amazing.

Question for you-my wife is kind of wanting a new "fancy" camera type thing and I'm kinda starting to look. We've always had digitals-little sony snapshot things or the cannon powershot deals. For what I do and the simple little things taking Jeep shots or rebuild photos they're fine, can be tossed in the Jeep and not worried about too much. BUT if I do get her something a little better, what would you recommend for say around $1500? Sticking with digital, but something nice that would have a lens on it, something a little better that we'd actually take decent care of and not throw in the Jeep. Maybe something she can learn photo tricks with-do they make such a thing in that price range? If not, what would you suggest up to that point? If she's really serious about taking more pictures then I want her to have something good if possible in that range. PM me if you like. Hope you're doing well and if I don't talk to you before hand, hope you have a GREAT holiday!

-cool avatar kid-I think you're thinking of Sierra Trekker. I haven't seen him around in a LONG time though. Had a sweet rig too. He did a bunch of really cool shots like Joel has done above. Mel takes some awesome photos as well but they don't appear painted like that-more the real thing. I'm not a photo guy by any means so I don't know the wording to use there. All three take EXCELLENT shots with amazing colors and produce some very cool pics. What they do with a camera is actual artwork, where a guy like me just takes a quick pic then wonders why the heck it looks like crap! :laugh:

Best of Luck,

Mike
 
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