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Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 9:28am
Wanted to see how my new camera I got for Christmas looks on the web.

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 9:39am
Same shot, different cropping. This is a Canon PowerShot SD300.

Nalapombu
Jan-01-2005, 10:17am
Where's the rest of it?

Bill Snyder
Jan-01-2005, 2:46pm
Wanted to see how my new camera I got for Christmas looks on the web.

It looks more like a mandolin peghead than a camera to me, but what do I know?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 5:19pm
The critter that lives within.

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 5:20pm
Hard to shoot these without getting your reflection in the tailpiece.

glauber
Jan-01-2005, 5:29pm
Wanted to see how my new camera I got for Christmas looks on the web.
Looks a lot like a mandolin's peghead.

Jeroen
Jan-01-2005, 5:49pm
yeah yeah. Impressive camera Scott. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 6:18pm
Red spruce top

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 6:20pm
One-piece back

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 6:22pm
Braided strap by Lauren Dudenbostel

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 6:25pm
treble side

ethanopia
Jan-01-2005, 6:36pm
looks like it does a fine job to me, of course with subject matter like that it's hard to go wrong.

JimW
Jan-01-2005, 6:39pm
Scott, that is a lovely looking instrument. But, great looks doesn't make a great mandolin. Your #233 has to be the finest sounding mandolin I've ever heard, and it was on the "A Place in the Heart" mp3. I can only imagine what is sounds like in person and I bet to add icing on the cake, this Nugget plays great as well. The tone you got out of this mandolin on that song has made me search endlessly for a mandolin with a similar tone.

Now, when are you going to record more with it?

Jim Watts

jasona
Jan-01-2005, 6:50pm
I've not seen a Nugget that was anything short of perfection. I have my life keeper, but will always have a touch of MAS for a Nugget.

ronlane3
Jan-01-2005, 10:02pm
Scott, Is that a crack on the treble side or is it a clear pickgaurd?

fatt-dad
Jan-01-2005, 10:15pm
Don't have a mandolin any where near like that, but we have the same camera!

f-d

jasona
Jan-01-2005, 10:18pm
I believe it is a clear pickguard.

Scott Tichenor
Jan-01-2005, 11:12pm
Scott, Is that a crack on the treble side or is it a clear pickgaurd?
Yes, it has a clear pickguard that is attached to the face of the instrument. Forget what this material is called but it really protects the instrument because I drag my pinkie quite a bit. Also a similar thin strip near the tailpiece where my arm rests on the instrument. Wasn't a very good day to take those pictures of the instrument today. Too cloudy, while the headstock pictures the day before are much better I think.

mandosage
Jan-02-2005, 7:14am
Very, very nice workmanship and it seems to me very well photographed by your new camera. Having never seen or hear or played a Nuggett, personally, I can say that the workmanship is superb, flawless it seems. Thanks for sharing this with me (us).

Karen Kay
Jan-03-2005, 8:23am
Scott - does that new camera also take pretty good pictures of Shannon or Taffy?
KK

Lane Pryce
Jan-03-2005, 9:00am
Great job. What is the megapixel rating on this camera? 2.1 MP was topshelf when I purchased my Olympus;that should tell you how old my DC is! Tremendous resolution on those pics. Lp

mandopete
Jan-03-2005, 9:13am
Scott - great photo's. #Last year at Wintergrass you were toting a small pocket sized camera that seemed to take pretty nice close ups, what kind of camera was that?

I just purchased a Nikon D70 digital camera with the express purpose of being able to take better close-ups and action shots. #Good thing, the camera came with 10 free lessons too!

#http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Kevin K
Jan-03-2005, 10:47am
Scott,

Nice mando and it does sound good. I'm interested in the clear pickguard material and would like to know more about it.

Thanks,
Kevin

Scott Tichenor
Jan-03-2005, 9:10pm
JLP, this is 4 megapixels and I think it's getting pretty good results for only that much. Tonight I tried to really push the envelope in a close-up shot in so-so indoor lighting. Results are below. Not so great but I was about an inch away from the headstock.

Pete, that camera last year was an Exilim by Casio. Unbelievably small. Credit card size. At the time I believe it was the smallest commercial camera you could buy. Outdoors or with very good indoor lighting it was superb, but doesn't come close to this one in my opinion. The Exilim (http://world.casio.com/exilim/en/ex_s3/style/).

Kevin, I'll try to find out the name of the material used for the pickguard. It's also on #159 which was my original Nugget that is now owned by someone in Colorado.

Scott Tichenor
Jan-03-2005, 9:31pm
Scott - does that new camera also take pretty good pictures of Shannon or Taffy?
KK
Why, yes it does my dear. And it's also set to take pictures of your lovliness plus a shot or two of that big geek you're married to when you finally make the journey from the armpit of Kansas to Larrytown so me and the missus can ply you both with liquid refreshments and chow at the Free State Brewery. Or maybe I'll catch you in one of your glamour poses at Winfield next year?! Hey, you coming to the Free State Festival in Feb.? Nashville Bluegrass Band.

JimW
Jan-03-2005, 10:09pm
Scott, was that #233 on the recording of A Place in the Heart?

Jim

Scott Tichenor
Jan-04-2005, 5:58am
Scott, was that #233 on the recording of A Place in the Heart?

Jim
Yes, that was done about two years ago at least. Maybe more when it was still pretty green, relatively speaking.

mandopete
Jan-04-2005, 9:05am
Scott - thanks for the response! What I've discovered is that one really needs needs two types of cameras. One that has all of the bells and whistles for really great photos and one that fits into the pocket for those times when you don't want to carry a larger camera.

I was pretty impressed with some of the close-up's you got with that Casio. I have a Kodak DC280 that I had been using for pocket purposes, but it's really too large for that application.

Are you comming out to Wintergrass again this year?

Karen Kay
Jan-04-2005, 9:47am
Hey, you coming to the Free State Festival in Feb.? Nashville Bluegrass Band.
Hey yourself <g>
Looks like we can be in your town Sat afternoon of the Free State Fest...possibly a date! We could whoop it up 'till the wee hours. Can't believe we might actually make it. Look for us Saturday afternoon - we will be coming back from KC.

mandopete
Jan-04-2005, 2:32pm
BTW Scott - What kind of lens are you using? Those close-ups are really, really nice. I have been trying to duplicate your photo's on my mando using the Nikon D70 without much luck, but am only using the AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm lens that the camera came with.

All apologies for turning this in the PhotoCafe http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Spruce
Jan-04-2005, 3:17pm
"All apologies for turning this in the PhotoCafe"

Actually, that's kinda where I thought we were heading... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

So, I'm looking to upgrade my digi camera (I'm running a Kodak DC3400 at the moment, and the close-ups just don't cut it), and I'd like to get your take on what a good camera would be for taking shots exactly like the shots that Scott posted...

That Canon PowerShot SD300 looks like it might fit the bill judging by those Nugget shots...
I've heard the Canon A95 is also good unit....
Anyone?

Thanks in advance!

futrconslr
Jan-04-2005, 4:02pm
Spruce,

My G.F. got the PowerShot SD20 by Canon. #It's 5 M.P with a 6.5 digital zoom. #The best thing about it is its smaller than a pack of smokes. #It takes great looking shots and its perfect for travel.

I will say that the best IMHO for shooting detailed shots like Scott took would be a high end digital SLR and use a tripod.

Spruce
Jan-04-2005, 4:10pm
"I will say that the best IMHO for shooting detailed shots like Scott took would be a high end digital SLR and use a tripod. "

Were you using a tripod on those shots, Scott, or did U just enjoy a couple single-malts to steady the hands?

mandofiddle
Jan-04-2005, 4:18pm
With all the fine mandolins Scott has, I'm surprised he finds time to play them all, run the Cafe, and sleep... Heck, I barely have time to play one and sleep http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

futrconslr
Jan-04-2005, 4:32pm
<---------Frequently uses Bourbon to settle the hands, stimulate the brain and limber the joints...

JimW
Jan-04-2005, 6:17pm
Bruce, I use a Canon S1 IS, only 3.2 meg Pixels, but has a 10x optical zoom. It also has image stabalization built in. It's not the smallest point and shoot camera, but it takes some very nice pictures. Click here (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=20179) for a link with photos of Elliott #58. I used this camera for all those shots. Also, the key to getting good close-ups is cropping at 100%. In other words, look at your photo in actual pixels, then crop or select your subject of choice. You'll get very nice results this way. The price on the Canon S1 IS is about $325.00 new.

Jim

Scott Tichenor
Jan-04-2005, 7:48pm
Lens? Tripods? Man, this camera wasn't that expensive. Around $400. Specs (http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/controller?act=ModelDetailAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=10599).
Well, the pix aren't that great, but certainly a step up and good enough for me I suppose. I like the fine detail as shown below.

"Ted, they're posting non-mandolin related images again. Make them stop."

L-R: 1988 Cask-strength Bruichladdich from Islay, 54.2%, bottled by Gordon & Macphail; Waterford Crystal whisky glass; 18 year old Talisker from the Isle of Skye, 45.8%. Both ordered from Royal Mile Whiskies (http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/).

Scott Tichenor
Jan-04-2005, 8:03pm
Seriously, I don't mind if we discuss cameras for taking mando pix but it should probably be outside of this thread. For what it's worth Pete and Bruce, I'll have this camera along for Wintergrass. See you there I hope.

troika
Jan-05-2005, 12:25am
Have you tried the Balvenie Double Wood (15 year)? It's not CRRAPP LAD!

jasona
Jan-05-2005, 1:58am
I hear that Bowmore also makes a passing Islay, although I prefer Laphroaig. Actually, I've never had the Bowmore, so I can't really say I PREFER it...but I love me liquid campfire...

grandmainger
Jan-05-2005, 3:38am
I hear that Bowmore also makes a passing Islay, although I prefer Laphroaig. Actually, I've never had the Bowmore, so I can't really say I PREFER it...but I love me liquid campfire...
My all-time favourite Islay: Lagavulin (http://www.scotchwhisky.com/focus/lagavulin.htm), either 16 or 18 years old. It's like lying down on a scottish peatbog... holidays in a bottle.
Best drunk neat with just one or two drops of water to wake it up. My favourite after-mando drink!

futrconslr
Jan-05-2005, 7:24am
You dont really need a lens or a tripod. Its just BEST for close up work. As for Scotch Whisky I dont care for the peat BUT I sure respect the process to make it. I'll talk whisky with anyone just point me in the right direction....Cheers

danb
Jan-05-2005, 8:17am
Futrconslr.. I'm pretty sure you *do* need a lens http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

JimW
Jan-05-2005, 8:37am
Wait a minute Dan, it's just according to how much Scotch you've had. That's a good excuse to empty the Scotch bottle and cap it over the camera and use it for a lens. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

mandopete
Jan-05-2005, 8:56am
Seriously, I don't mind if we discuss cameras for taking mando pix but it should probably be outside of this thread. For what it's worth Pete and Bruce, I'll have this camera along for Wintergrass. See you there I hope.
Okay, I thought that was where we were going as well. #I have been impressed with the photo's you have here as well as the photo's that Darryl has posted on the Loar thread and I'm very interested in how they were obtained. #Should we start a new thread or do it offline?

Glad to hear you'll be at Wintergrass, see you then!

BTW - looks like the bottles are pretty well broken in, eh?

jasona
Jan-05-2005, 9:49am
BTW - looks like the bottles are pretty well broken in, eh?

Yea, Scott, how long does it take for these to open up?

grandmainger: I just discovered an excellent new store stocking all of my favourite liquid refreshments (including a very tempting 1981 Bordeaux...sadly at $200 its both a deal and way too expensive) and I appreciate the tip!

futrconslr
Jan-06-2005, 10:54am
OOPS Dan, you are correct...LOL #I guess I should have said you dont really need a removable lens! #I have to watch it with you guys! #:-)

futrconslr
Jan-06-2005, 10:56am
If you guys start the photo thread offline, please include me.

danb
Jan-06-2005, 2:17pm
I've got a similar camera.. canon G5. I use the macro feature, turn off flash, and use a tripod (or my knees in a pinch) and get nice close-up results.. all my good ones at the mandolin archive were this rig. Daylight is my favorite on a moderately cloudly English day..

example (it'll be my next album cover!):

http://www.mandolinarchive.com/images/76547_scroll_angular_shot3.jpg

That's a brightish day, a piece of colored fabric beneath, Canon G5, tripod, and messed with the height/angle to try to get a little bit of light reflection on it, but not an overwhelming amount.. shadow on the neck heel also intentionally "placed" by rotating the mando. I took maybe 40 shots to get this one!

General advice.. take tons of the same photo, slight variations, as you are learning. Even better on a digicam, great way to learn composition etc. I take fewer now, but still at least 5 if I think I have a winning composition.

mandopete
Jan-06-2005, 3:04pm
Dan,

I suspected that either a macro lens or macro camera setting was being used to get these amazing close-up's. #I'm not sure what Scott is doing with his set-up, but I find it hard to believe he is just getting those kind of pictures through a point-and-shoot approach.

Your other comments are spot on! #Take many pictures and hopefully one wil turn out the way you want. Very easy to do with digital cameras.

Now is it just my imagination or can I see a reflection of your face in the scroll?

danb
Jan-06-2005, 4:58pm
I jumped back to look (that would have ruined the shot!). Thank heavens, I think it's just your imagination http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Knowing my luck, that loar has captured my soul..

This one pushes the limit of the macro focus mode on my G5..

http://www.mandolinarchive.com/images/76547_tuner_button.jpg

danb
Jan-06-2005, 4:59pm
This one is one of my favorite detail shots..

http://www.mandolinarchive.com/images/76547_tailpiece_closeup3.jpg

danb
Jan-06-2005, 5:00pm
I should add that all of mine here so far have the basic photoshop clean up, "adjust levels" until I like it.. and sometimes a hair of color saturation tweaking.

danb
Jan-06-2005, 5:05pm
Here's Scott's original with adjusted levels, a little more saturation, and a touch more magenta in color balance.. right side retouched, left kept original..

danb
Jan-06-2005, 5:11pm
Finally.. I like this image a lot because the background isn't completely flat, but also is very indistinct.. The lighting is very "stark" here, a bit rough even, but it makes that mando look so touchable, doesn't it? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

http://www.mandolinarchive.com/images/26287_scroll_back.jpg

jasona
Jan-06-2005, 7:17pm
You take some very nice images Dan.

Crowder
Jan-06-2005, 7:25pm
This thread is officially jacked http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

mandopete
Jan-07-2005, 12:40pm
This one pushes the limit of the macro focus mode on my G5..
Holy Cow Batman!

Dan - we now know the truth, you're a photographer too. #These photos are just drop-dead gorgeous. #Looks like you're doing the image enhancement thing too. As I suspected, to get real nice looking pictures you've got to go the whole nine yards. #Doesn't bode well for a slacker like me.

Looks like it's Digital Photography for Dummies on my next visit to the bookstore. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

mandopete
Jan-07-2005, 12:46pm
I jumped back to look (that would have ruined the shot!). Thank heavens, I think it's just your imagination http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
....you sure? I could swear I see a reflection here:

danb
Jan-07-2005, 1:36pm
Hang on, that's the VIRGIN MARY! Quick Jack, put it on eBay!

grandmainger
Jan-07-2005, 1:58pm
I've got a similar camera.. canon G5. I use the macro feature, turn off flash, and use a tripod (or my knees in a pinch) and get nice close-up results.. all my good ones at the mandolin archive were this rig. Daylight is my favorite on a moderately cloudly English day..

example (it'll be my next album cover!):

(Picture clipped out for readability)

That's a brightish day, a piece of colored fabric beneath, Canon G5, tripod, and messed with the height/angle to try to get a little bit of light reflection on it, but not an overwhelming amount.. shadow on the neck heel also intentionally "placed" by rotating the mando. I took maybe 40 shots to get this one!

General advice.. take tons of the same photo, slight variations, as you are learning. Even better on a digicam, great way to learn composition etc. I take fewer now, but still at least 5 if I think I have a winning composition.
Nice pic Dan! I love the way the scroll's binding blends with the binding of the body...

mandopete
Jan-07-2005, 2:29pm
Hang on, that's the VIRGIN MARY! Quick Jack, put it on eBay!
Don't you mean Virgin Danny?

http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

danb
Jan-07-2005, 5:43pm
You'll have a hard time convincing my kid of that http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

jasona
Jan-07-2005, 5:46pm
*I* always thought you were immaculate Dan http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif