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But it's a transparent lid? Usually you take a picture of something that is white. I don't even carry anything with me but pretty much any piece of paper should work.
It's translucent white. I actually tried using an actual white cap and didn't like the results.
Lol @ you guys acting like Bryan isn't going to make something unnecessarily complicated every single time he has a chance to
It's not that complicated. Didn't cost me anything, either. I've never been good at setting WB in the camera. Constant fiddling and I'm never happy with the result. This worked. Real test will be the other rink (which has much weirder lighting) that he plays games in.
 

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Oh okay I gotcha. That works fine then. Something more solid white may be better, but something is better than nothing. Like I said, just a piece of paper would work fine most of the time.
 

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He looks really sharp and clear in the photo but it feels dark. I’d probably kill the highlights on his stick (since it almost appears to glow), bring up the shadows, maybe the mids, or maybe just overall brightness. I think trying to keep the saturation and brightness in check with true color is probably hard with that palette.
 

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He looks really sharp and clear in the photo but it feels dark. I’d probably kill the highlights on his stick (since it almost appears to glow), bring up the shadows, maybe the mids, or maybe just overall brightness. I think trying to keep the saturation and brightness in check with true color is probably hard with that palette.
Thank you for the tips! I had only adjusted the entire photo instead of individual parts of it.

Here's some quick work trying to lower saturation on the stick, exposure adjustment, upping shadows and white point. Took me about 10min:

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Nice work. I feel like that’s a lot more lifelike and a bit less dramatized. Much closer to what you’d see with the naked eye.
Thank you! Admittedly, I'd forgotten how much I enjoy doing this kind of stuff. Suddenly feeling a lot more creative than I have in a while!
 

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Started shooting RAW so I could make easy edits/rotations/crops. Raw Therapee has a wide learning curve, so basically, these suck.

This one is a little noisy, but I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.



This kid is probably the best skater in my son's entire program. One of the coaches' kid, so it figures. He's about twice as good as me, lol




Speaking of right place at the right time...



I like when I can get busy action shots like this:




I LOVE this thing as portrait lens:



I like that it can even get a shot like this just when I whip the camera to my face and snap. Subject isolation is so underrated...

 

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Much like her daddy, my daughter is best photographed before she has time to react. We haz awkward photo smiles.

I got this one by simply calling her name, focus, and snap before she could even smile. Pretty happy with how it came out. Added some color, sharpening, and exposure compensation in post.

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I feel like the arc of the fence following the roofline of the car messes with my head. You did really nice getting the driver in focus. Great pan. It’s kinda weird because I’m used to seeing panning shots on track where I’d suggest some radial blur on the wheels... but I don’t think she should appear to be speed racer.
 

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I feel like the arc of the fence following the roofline of the car messes with my head. You did really nice getting the driver in focus. Great pan. It’s kinda weird because I’m used to seeing panning shots on track where I’d suggest some radial blur on the wheels... but I don’t think she should appear to be speed racer.
Thank you!

Admittedly, the fence was just the spot directly across from where I happened to be standing. I hadn't really thought about it until I saw this picture, lol. My main trick was to get the car nicely in focus and still get some motion blur. I'm surprised I really got any at 1/160th though I really shouldn't be because about 1/250th is at least what is necessary to get a hockey player frozen in mid-stride.

Another pic from about the same time today:

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Need to find a backpack that will hold my D3100 with the 50-150 mounted. Anyone have a favorite? Particularly if you use something large like a 70-200.
 

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I just use my plain ol backpack.
I want things to be a little more organized so at least all the extra crap and lenses are kept separate where I can easily find them. I'd think I can get a good enough bag for <$80.

You're getting better Bryan.
Thanks! I feel like I've started getting creative again for the first time in a while!

I have the amazonbasics laptop/camera bag but I'm not a huge fan.

I also have this Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG which I like better, but it's smaller and won't also carry my laptop. It's also not nikon, but, it's a good bag.
Thank you for the head's up! Being able to carry my laptop (a 15.6") isn't a huge thing, but it might be worth looking into. I am wondering if it's really a big deal to be able to pull the camera (with attached lens) out of the side of the bag, like on this one.
 
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