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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:14:25 AM »
Here is a spectacular sunset I caught over NYC:
http://500px.com/photo/76837851/hollywood-squares-redux-by-sam-yee?from=user_library

Sorry but I cant figure out how to put up a link to my image.


Just wonderful!
Is that the 16-35 f/2.8 II or the new 16-35 f/4?


Thanks for the view and reply, I used the 16-35 f/2.8L II

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:22:43 PM »
Here is a spectacular sunset I caught over NYC:
http://500px.com/photo/76837851/hollywood-squares-redux-by-sam-yee?from=user_library

Sorry but I cant figure out how to put up a link to my image.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:32:50 PM »
Hello John,
Can you explain why you are un-impressed?
I'm curious because my shooting buddy uses a Nikon D800E and when we compare our similar shots (5D2/5D3), it's like night and day (even though I have to tweak the Nikon's colors a bit more). I'm kinda convinced to go with the D810 but I own too much Canon glass. I've considered the A7R and now with the Metabones Mk4 due out, I'm considering the Sony even more. I just want some honest opinions from a Canon shooter.
Thanks

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Camera in 2014
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:43:24 AM »

Canon, What's Taking So Long? Please Hurry Up! by Strykapose, on Flickr


And that is exactly why I believe most people will not benefit from a 36mp sensor, they are reversing their hoods and have polarisers permanently attached to their lens, often even indoors. High MP sensors demand the best of technique to realise their potential, and, as has been pointed out, a 5D MkIII with a 24-70 f2.8 MkII actually realises more resolution than a D800 with the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 anyway, 18mp to 15mp, even on a bench test.


I would like to point out that I shoot Canon. That D800E belongs to a friend of mine that went shooting with me. The filter is not a polarizer, it is an ND filter and I highly doubt that it's permanently attached since its a 10-stop. The hood is reversed because his camera was in his bag and I needed something to test focus since I'd dropped my nifty-fifty earlier, so I used his camera.
Now to the point of mp's...when I compare my Mk3 photos to his D800E after taking identical landscape shots on the same tripod with the same (and newest...Mk2) focal length lenses, his D800E photo out-resolves my Mk3. IMHO, I dislike the D800E's colors and user interface compared to the Mk3, as I'm able to quickly setup and shoot while he's still fumbling with this buttons.
I'm not here to create an argument nor to bash anyone. I just added the caption because I was expecting Canon's higher MP camera to arrive sooner.
Like Photomoose had mentioned, I'm also basing my judgement not on speculation, but by personal comparisons of both cameras and I have to admit, I may love my Mk3 but the D800E has knocked my resolution socks off a while ago and I'm currently running around bare-feet until Canon matches or surpasses.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Why a high MP camera?
« on: July 07, 2013, 04:49:21 PM »

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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:27:52 PM »
A friend called and wanted to shoot the Supermoon. I was hesitant to go but gave in. I grabbed what was avail; 5D2 & 70-200 Mk I, which I use for lightning shots since I'm not too concerned if they get wet. So, the moon pops out for a few minutes, then comes a light drizzle causing all of the other togs to scatter. Then it ducks under a cloud.
So here is my shot, It got "Explored".
I wish I'd grabbed the 5D3 & 70-200 Mk II, as my friend had his D800E & 70-200.
But there goes the saying:
"The Best Camera You Have is the One with You"
To me, its a little soft, but I got the shot.

Beautiful, moody shot.

Thanks Dave NYC

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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:25:46 PM »
"The Best Camera You Have is the One with You"
To me, its a little soft, but I got the shot.
Wow what a great shot. I like the skyscrappers and the neon lights.

Thank You

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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:24:36 PM »
A friend called and wanted to shoot the Supermoon. I was hesitant to go but gave in. I grabbed what was avail; 5D2 & 70-200 Mk I, which I use for lightning shots since I'm not too concerned if they get wet. So, the moon pops out for a few minutes, then comes a light drizzle causing all of the other togs to scatter. Then it ducks under a cloud.
So here is my shot, It got "Explored".
I wish I'd grabbed the 5D3 & 70-200 Mk II, as my friend had his D800E & 70-200.
But there goes the saying:
"The Best Camera You Have is the One with You"
To me, its a little soft, but I got the shot.

2013 Supermoon Eclipse from NYC [Explored] by Strykapose, on Flickr


Nice shot. What was the shooting location if I might ask. West of Javits Center?


Thanks. Yes, I was in New Jersey on the pier just south of the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal.

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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:21:29 PM »
looked like every other moon.

typical internet hype.


interesting fact for astronomers.. but doesn´t help a bit to make better images of the moon.


Correct, I have been an amateur astronomer for nearly 20 years, and I didn't even go outside to look because I knew that it wasn't particularly visually interesting. Having said that, I must say that the photo next to the Empire State Building by strykapose is incredible.

A couple of other quick tidbits about imaging the moon:

  • The most interesting photos of the moon occur at phases other than the full moon (unless you create a stunning scene like the photo of the moon next to the Empire State Building). That is because when there is a partial moon, the sun hits the craters at angles rather than straight on, so the resulting shadows highlight the craters. With a full moon, the sunlight is almost at the same angle as our visual angle, so there aren't many shadows to highlight. Because of that, I am guessing that the first photo in this thread is a mosaic or blending of a couple of photos taken over a couple of days (which perhaps the OP stated). Otherwise, I don't see how you would be able to see shadows in the craters on both sides of the moon so clearly.
  • Serious lunar imagers actually use webcams rather than DSLRs so that they can get a large number of frames (sometimes hundreds) and merge the best images together with stacking/processing programs. I would love to attempt this but haven't yet.
  • If you do use a DSLR, it takes a fair amount of practice to get the exposure right, because the moon is so bright compared to the dark sky background. HDR can be helpful, but even then it is often best to catch the moon when it is low in the sky and not as bright as when it gets above the atmosphere haze.
  • If you try to get more magnified images, having steady skies is critical. I suffer from a lot of shimmer where I live, so I can never get crisp images at high magnification. A lack of skill and experience doesn't help either  ::)
    Here is a mosaic (http://bartolini.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v85/p1661868389-6.jpg) that I attempted a few years ago with a 20D and a telescope as a lens. It could really use some photoshop help to get rid of the blocky sky background, but I didn't bother. If you want to see a serious mosaic from someone who really knows what they are doing, check this out: http://www.astronomie.be/bart.declercq/Moon_20100323.jpg

Cheers,
Dave


Hamada and Dave, I totally agree with both of you, which is one of the reasons I'd not planned to go shoot the super moon.
I personally felt taking a photo of the Supermoon is about exciting as watching paint dry.
My friend Kirit, [a true amateur tog w no formal art education], really wanted to go.
I've been teaching him about composition, and some things that would make a shot interesting.
With student in tow, we walked up/down the Jersey shoreline until I decided it would be nice to have the Supermoon within the framing of the ESB and New Yorker Hotel.
If I had not have gone, i'm pretty sure he would've shot a photo of the moon, cropped it and have been satisfied.
After he saw how many hits I'd gotten from my "Eclipse" shot, of course he went thru his and posted a similar shot.
Am I upset? No, because I thought out the comp and luck of the moon ducking behind the cloud made it more interesting, plus I've been teaching him about composition.
I do admit I am a little upset because I didn't grab the 5D3 and his D800E blows the 5D2 away.

The point I really want to get to is:
This forum is viewed by many amateurs and first time DSLR owners.
I've seen some stupidly ridiculous questions on here, but I give them credit because they're learning.
True that shooting a picture of the moon may not be exciting to us since we've done it and know there are millions of similar shots, but the excitement comes when a first-timer does it and they are overwhelmed at the results.
Next thing to consider: Composition, How can I take that photo to make it more interesting?

Dave,
Thanks on your comments regarding my photo and the interesting facts about the moon.
I will keep them in mind if I ever consider another moon composition shot.




 


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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:11:32 PM »
Wow... I wish I were over there... excellent shot!!!

Thanks, You have a nice shot also.
Looks like you had clear skies to get that shot.
I did forget to mention it was cloudy here, with no lightning on the radar.
Which was why I was hesitant on going. A few hours before sunset/moonrise, the skies opened up.
About 10 minutes after moonrise, it ducked behind the clouds.

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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:02:15 PM »
"The Best Camera You Have is the One with You"
To me, its a little soft, but I got the shot.

Nicely done strykapose. I like your shot.

Thank You Very Much Click

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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:03:42 PM »
A friend called and wanted to shoot the Supermoon. I was hesitant to go but gave in. I grabbed what was avail; 5D2 & 70-200 Mk I, which I use for lightning shots since I'm not too concerned if they get wet. So, the moon pops out for a few minutes, then comes a light drizzle causing all of the other togs to scatter. Then it ducks under a cloud.
So here is my shot, It got "Explored".
I wish I'd grabbed the 5D3 & 70-200 Mk II, as my friend had his D800E & 70-200.
But there goes the saying:
"The Best Camera You Have is the One with You"
To me, its a little soft, but I got the shot.

2013 Supermoon Eclipse from NYC [Explored] by Strykapose, on Flickr

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:56:43 PM »

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:54:11 PM »

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