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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:39:14 PM »
60D; EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM ; 1/800 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 100 some LR and Nik and Exposure 5


Very Very nice

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mmmmmm. sausages, Hofbrauhaus Munich

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:41:56 PM »
when I saw this, I instantly knew, that I had to take a pic in b&w.

Love it...I can stop staring ...

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:26:30 PM »
I call this one "Midnight Morning"  ::)
Grand Canyon, USA

Very nice.  North Rim I believe....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:02:47 PM »
I used to say that technology is killing XX .... in this case photography.  I am wrong about that, technology is taking photography in another direction, IMHO the wrong direction.  When technology levels the playing field for all afforadably, when all I have to do is turn that dial to the green P, not worry about the photo because post processing will take care of any issues, photography is dead.   Composition, lighting, position, weather are just reduced to chance moments that anyone carrying an IPhone has an equal probability of capturing that moment....Probably a higher probability ...

The younger generation are not looking for technology advances in a DLSR camera, what they do expect is that the technology advances are crammed into their IPhone 6. 

A camera is slowly becoming nothing more than a vehicle to take a selfie and quickly post it online for every to "LIKE".

There is photography and there is art. Someone taking selfies isn't producing art...it's just a "picture", a memory, something they share with their friends. The stuff Ross Harvy produces? That's art. It may be his job, but it's also his art.

There is a difference between photographic art and pictures people share with their friends. That's why I've said on multiple occasions I really don't care about the Rebels or point and shoot cameras. The market I care about is the higher end market. The xxDs and the DXXXs, the 5Ds and 7Ds and D4s and D800s and A7rs and all of that? Those are the tools artists use to create art.

You act like better technology is the end of photography, just because everyone can snap a selfie. Seriously? Do you think all the artists out there who's art is photography are suddenly going to be incapable of creating art because a few million more people are able to take selfies now? Is the quality of their art doing to diminish because a billion smartphones have cameras now? I mean, honestly?

There are snapshots, and there is art. Just like there were polaroids on fridges and 4x5 or 8x10 contact prints in galleries during the film age. For artists, better technology removes limitations and allows for better art. It blows my mind that people are against technological improvement because they don't want more people to be able to take photographs. Or, and this is far more important...discover that they may have potential as a photographer, a real photographer, and become a world-renown artist. Technology improves accessibility...that's a GOOD thing!! I find it incredibly selfish and egotistical that some people would halt technological progress to stunt the ability of more "non-photographers" to take good photographs. Wow.

I'm out guys. These discussions are just...low. I have no interest anymore.

So I took neutral ground on your position with sensors/cameras.  I did make comment on the pitfalls of technology.  Yes I was so bold as to say that photography as "art" is in jeopardy.  The interest of our younger generation in using photography as a vehicle for art is eroding quickly and being replaced with junk (I use selfies as the example).  Your opinion differs, thats fine.   No personal attack there yet you call me a fool.   Thank you.  Thank you for exposing your true colors. 


You cannot deny that technology kills... unless you are the fool. 





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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 06:23:37 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon.

Haven't you heard?  With a Nikon camera, you don't need to change ISO – just set ISO 100 and you're done.  In post you can push it to ISO 3200, with a SoNikon sensor that's easy-peasy and the IQ is still better than Canon.  Or so I've read somewhere or other...   ::)

You make fun of it...but it's possible. Because there is practically no read noise, digitally lifting ISO 100 to ISO 1600 or 3200 is effectively the same thing as actually using those ISOs (with the added benefit of having massively more dynamic range).

Jon, I hope you are wrong.  Serious, whats left when you have eliminated the science and have dug deeply into the art of photography....Composition?! Not really a concern on these massive megapixel cameras....

As Ron Popeil stated - Set It and Forget It -

Sorry, not sure I understand... You hope I'm wrong about what?  ???

Composition is obviously important. Getting good focus is obviously important. Getting the right frame is obviously important. I'm not saying they are not, no one who appreciates more DR is.

But here is my stance on the issue. When you nail all of those other factors. And, it's more than possible to nail every one with any pro- or semipro-grade DSLR from Canon or Nikon (and some even from Sony, and probably Pentax as well). We already have cameras with phenomenal AF systems, with very high frame rates (although the best frame rates do tend to cost), and composition is a simple matter of preference...reframe to taste. When you get all that right, what's left? Sensor IQ.

I already have awesome AF. I already have a great frame rate (7D) and a good frame rate (5D III, the 1D X is out of my acceptable range of cost). I already know how to get good composition. When it comes to landscapes, a lot  of it is simply a waiting game...waiting for the right light, the right weather, and being at the right place in time to get the shot. When all that comes together...the only thing I don't have, is the best sensor IQ money can buy.

It's not a complicated equation.  8)

I used to say that technology is killing XX .... in this case photography.  I am wrong about that, technology is taking photography in another direction, IMHO the wrong direction.  When technology levels the playing field for all afforadably, when all I have to do is turn that dial to the green P, not worry about the photo because post processing will take care of any issues, photography is dead.   Composition, lighting, position, weather are just reduced to chance moments that anyone carrying an IPhone has an equal probability of capturing that moment....Probably a higher probability ...

The younger generation are not looking for technology advances in a DLSR camera, what they do expect is that the technology advances are crammed into their IPhone 6. 

A camera is slowly becoming nothing more than a vehicle to take a selfie and quickly post it online for every to "LIKE".

 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:31:08 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon.

Haven't you heard?  With a Nikon camera, you don't need to change ISO – just set ISO 100 and you're done.  In post you can push it to ISO 3200, with a SoNikon sensor that's easy-peasy and the IQ is still better than Canon.  Or so I've read somewhere or other...   ::)

You make fun of it...but it's possible. Because there is practically no read noise, digitally lifting ISO 100 to ISO 1600 or 3200 is effectively the same thing as actually using those ISOs (with the added benefit of having massively more dynamic range).

Jon, I hope you are wrong.  Serious, whats left when you have eliminated the science and have dug deeply into the art of photography....Composition?! Not really a concern on these massive megapixel cameras....

As Ron Popeil stated - Set It and Forget It -

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:14:23 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon.

Haven't you heard?  With a Nikon camera, you don't need to change ISO – just set ISO 100 and you're done.  In post you can push it to ISO 3200, with a SoNikon sensor that's easy-peasy and the IQ is still better than Canon.  Or so I've read somewhere or other...   ::)

Thats just messing with a hornets nest... LOL

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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:58:28 PM »
Would you consider this a D'oh moment. (or DUMB moment)

Years ago my niece was writing a report on the Hearst Castle.  Trying to get enough points for Uncle of the Year award I decided that I should take the niece to the Hearst Castle just to let her see it first hand.  We had a wonderful time and took many shots for her report.  So for no D'oh.  We ended the day by visiting the pier down at the San Simeon bay/harbor.  A beautiful sail boat was passing and my niece wanted to get a picture so without thought I handed her my "first" 5D classic (w/24-105 w/grip w/batteries). She steadied the camera on the wooden hand rail and started snapping a few photos.  Camera still perched she was examining her results and got a tad bit too excited and....yep, splash.

All I could do was laugh ....


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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:37:11 PM »
Change the subject.. Maybe we can argue pro life versus pro choice.  I'm sure it would be easier to resolve and that would leave everyone time to go use their deficient equipment... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:29:04 PM »
Er, I'm going to have to beg to differ. Here's the D810 at ISO 6400 and at ISO 100 pushed 6 EV:


Can you tell which is which?

Btw, in the ISO 100 file, that road has a signal of average 7 for the green channel, where the SNR is 3.5. Red channels is like 4. These are all on a 16-bit scale. So pixels with signals of literally 4-7 in the Raw file (1 being minimum, ~16,000 being maximum).

So I'm not even talking about pushing a midtone or even a shadow +6 EV. I'm talking about pushing some of the deepest of the deep shadows 6 EV. With brighter tones - you can't tell *any* difference between ISO 6400 and ISO 100 pushed 6 stops. But here even with tones all the way down at the floor of the sensor/Raw file, it's hard to see the difference. If that doesn't wow you...

Point being: yes you can push 6 stops for certain Exmor sensors. Though it does get tricky with ACR, since it's not really built to do that. I had to use the 'Blacks' slider which ends up reducing contrast, and I adjusted until I got the same brightness in the road as the ISO 6400 file.

That's extremely impressive.  I'd guess the one on the left was pushed with some shadow tint correction since it looks a bit green on this monitor but that's very good.  The A7 is much noisier under similar conditions.

Impressive? If you CR members can make money off photo's like this congratulations and I admit I'm an idiot and should take up another hobby (maybe lawn bowling/or maybe BINGO) else they are crap.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:05:49 PM »
2000 Eure per month are sufficient, 3000 Euro per month give you some headroom, 10000 Euro per month give you much more headroom to do things you like - would you say "no"?

Put like that, no.  But...what if to get that 10000 € per month, you had to move to and always stay within the city limits of Paris – not the one in France...the one in Texas.  Or give up one of your kids. 

So, would you still choose that extra headroom if it came with significant strings attached?   Maybe you would prefer to get the additional headroom without any changes to your life situation...in that case, you could post on an Internet forum how much you'd like that extra 7000-8000 €, and hope your boss reads your posts and gives you that big raise.

I haven't spoken about additional restrictions ...

In that case, I agree...as I already stated.  :)   We've established that having more DR is desirable.  Now what?

Even MORE DR of course :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:58:57 PM »

It was never Canon's job to provide a solution for mistaken — or intentional — massive underexposure.  If they do provide that someday, great, I will applaud. 


Intelligence in a sea of garbage....amazing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:17:19 AM »
For the most part, this is a wonderful site with some extremely talented photographers that are willing to share their knowledge of the art.  Then there are threads like this one, initiated for the sole purpose to agitate. 

Pitiful waste of time. 


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1. Antarctia (hopefuuly end of this year)
2 Nepal
3. Medium Format  :o

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