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JRob

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Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« on: November 07, 2011, 09:50 PM »
Good Evening All,

Been fooling around with some night shots of some of my Shohin. Here are a few.

JRob
 

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 09:52 PM »
A couple more. Have to figure out how to perfect. I like the concept.

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 05:35 AM »
VERY NICE shohin. Hope you will identify them for us.
I think my favorites would be #1 & #4, but they're all coming nicely.
Could you tell us their source(s)?
 

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 05:57 AM »
Tom,

All four are japanese imports. The first two are Itoigawa Shimpaku, the third is a Japanese Maple (unknown variety) and the last is a Japanese Musk Maple. The first tree was purchased from David Kreutz who owns Satsuki Bonsai-en here in MO. The second tree is a workshop tree initially styled with Tiger Urshabata and came from his fathers bonsai nursery in Japan for Shohin St. Louis 2009, the third tree was purchased from Jim Doyle who owns Nature's Way in PA and the fourth tree was purchased from Don Blackmond the owner of Gregory Beaach Bonsai in MI. I have purchased numerous trees from each of them and highly recommend them all. They are a great bunch of guys and have been very helpful to my son and I.

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Dave Murphy

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 07:46 AM »
All 4 are great trees...and the pics aren't half bad either ;).
 

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011, 11:29 AM »
Been fooling around with some night shots of some of my Shohin.

All excellent trees.  I particularly like the junipers.

As for the night shots, I'd caution against it.  It does tend to provice a clutter-free backdrop as the surroundings fade to black(ish), but to illuminate the subjects well enough to get meaningful data to the (camera) sensor you have to use flash ...and that tends to flatten things.

The first image has visible camera shake ...but was saved by having the flash "stop"  just long enough to get decent detail.

A couple quick recommendations:
Find a suitable backdrop.  (Shot at night into your backyard or a more traditional backdrop.)  Take 2 clamp lamps and put one camera right and in front of the tree.  Take the other and put it camera left, at a slightly different distance from the tree.  You can also vary the height of this light, ...and maybe even place it behind the subject slightly (angled so as not to flood the (camera) sensor w/ light).

Set your white balance to "bulb"/tungsten ...and a tripod never hurts.
 

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011, 04:31 PM »
nice shohin
 

JRob

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2011, 10:40 PM »
Dave, Wayne & Boon,

Thanks for the comments.

My goal when I got involved in bonsai 3 years ago, as a result of my son's interest, was to develop a respectable shohin collection here in the mid-west. I am pleased with my collection's progress and think that I am on my way to realizing that dream. My aim is to have a shohin of mine someday take a best in show in one of the exhibits my trees are in. I am confident I will eventually succeed.

Boon the first book I purchased was Bay Island Bonsai - an Exhibit of Fine Bonsai 2009.  I continue to purchase the club's exhibit books and continually look through them and others to train my eye to recognize quality trees. Studying with a professional three times a year has helped immensely as well as being very active in my local club. Attending conventions and workshops has also been extremely valuable. I have also increased my library to include Kokufu & Gafu Ten books for the last  five exhibits as well as other material. Local bonsai folks have been both gracious and helpful and I am fortunate have a wealth of them around who have taken an interest in myself and my son. Its been a fantastic whirlwind of a ride and we are enjoying every minute of it.

This forum has been great and I am so glad I found it early in my journey. Gotta love the technology. How did we ever live without it?

Again, Thanks for the comments. Someday I hope to meet each of you.

JRob
 

William N. Valavanis

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011, 08:14 AM »
JRob,

You have lovely bonsai, many of which are suitable for display in the upcoming US National Bonsai Exhibition on June 9-10, 2012. Why not submit a few photos for the selection process so the rest of world can appreciate the beautiful shohin bonsai collection you are creating. PLUS professional photos your bonsai will also included in the Commemorative Album.

In the last US National Bonsai Exhibition there were 91 shohin bonsai on display. Will your beauties be among the displayed bonsai in June?

Bill

PS: I have two flyers I'd like to attach here, but they are 725KB and 504 KB in size, and I don't know how to attach or link them here. Please e-mail me for copies please.

WNV@internationalbonsai.com
 

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2011, 10:05 AM »
Wayne,

Thanks for the advice. I've taken some more pics following some of your advice. These were shot yesterday afternoon.

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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2011, 10:05 AM »
and the last.
 

Nigel Parke

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2011, 10:24 PM »
Your shohin are really nice....
 

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Re: Night Shots - Trees preparing for Shohin STL 2013
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2011, 11:55 AM »
Nice trees, thanks for posting!