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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:17:24 PM »
Wow. I've been able to curb my enthusiasm by suspecting a dramatic low-light iq difference between the 7D II and my 6D (which has supplanted my 7D I as the walk-around body).  These, - and other, sample shots I've seen so far are coaxing me away from my suspicions and I'm beginning to contemplate how long I'll have to be how good in order to convince the wife that I NEED this camera in my arsenal.
Obviously, with current technology a FF sensor will always out-perform a crop - however, then the 7DII would be a 1D-? or at least a 5D-something.  While I may eventually behave myself into a 5D-(Newest), I'd kill myself before I was able to behave enough for a 1D-(Anything).
The thing is, I sorely miss 7D-level AF.  With the 6D, while I very rarely wander past 3200 ISO, the resultant low-light images are always satisfactory prior to ppc- as long as the subjects are mostly stationary.  I cannot say the same for my daylight BiF and other opportunistic, mostly wildlife shots.  To successfully capture BiF or other fast movement with my 6D AF requires an extraordinary amount of planning, intuition, and luck.  Of course, a full-frame 7D II would be a 1D-(Something).  It seems that my Spring kit will (hopefully) consist of either a 6D and a 7D II, barring the announcement of some unforeseen horrific flaw in the 7D II, or a 5D-(Newest) after selling off everything else for whatever I can get...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:01:01 PM »
I'm also disappointed that Canon left the wifi off what seems to be a compelling instrument.  I use it regularly, yes, with EOS Remote for shooting odd angles, low-light, and such - and even, rarely, to include myself in compositions.  That said, there are a great many inexpensive wired/wireless device options, including some with preview screens, available for triggering the shutter; including some that include a preview screen.  These devices can generally be used on more than one of my camera bodies so the cost would be spread out over all.  Stand-alone GPS, on the other hand, usually costs quite a bit more and the setup and use seems to be quite a bit more technical.  If only one or the other option could be fit into the 7dII body I suspect I'd rather it was the GPS.  Still, having owned an XT-i, 40D, and still owning a 50D, 7D, and 6D, this camera looks mighty tempting...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:20:19 AM »
Damn. Having talked myself into eschewing crop-sensors since being seduced by the 6D I'm now overwhelmed by the af and fps specs in particular; but just most of what Canon's packed into the 7d II at the same old price.  My only salvation is if the IQ/low noise IQ is significantly less than what I can do with the 6D.  On the other hand, that will also lead me to the 5D III-IV, probably. I'm sure I'll NEVER be able to behave myself enough for the wife to go for a 1D - anything. There's always something...

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Is my Mountain shot HDR or not?
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:14:11 AM »
I'm in agreement with that this is a fine image. Also that it displays a great dr. Also that its appearance equates to the desired effect of hdr pp.  My kind of hdr...

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Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:54:39 AM »
Here are the sample of the position of Light that, I have learn from the PRO 10 years ago, in the Studio Class of my Local  Technical College.
Enjoy.
Surapon

Thanks, Surapon, for the illustrations in your great answer.  This is a perfect example a picture being worth thousands of words...

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:21:54 PM »


Ah, I understand your question now. I think it's just that your not seeing the benefits of the HDR at full size. Here is a comparison of the HDR in the "shadows" (not really shadows, it's definitely midtones, since it's the sunflowers, which are the primary subject of the image), and a single-frame shadow pull:



If I wanted to print this (I do, actually), the single-frame shadow pull is entirely unacceptable for that purpose. I already have people who want prints of this, family and friends, and I'm sure others will as well. At 13x19, the size I usually print at home, the difference in detail and detail clarity between the HDR and the shadow pull is totally obvious. There is a huge difference in detail, the HDR version has TONS more, and it's crisper and sharper and has more color fidelity. For larger prints, even gallery wraps up to 48x36", the better detail of the HDR is that much more important, because of the need to upsample.
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Thank you jrista for your comprehensive and lushly illustrated and demo'd breakdown of your fantastic HDR image.  As I fancy shooting at night or indoor under subdued lighting I have been eager to incorporate hdr into my workflow but haven't been able to grasp the technique by reading up, you-tubing, kelbying, and ps-usering the subject.  Your verbosity, along with the gifs and annotated gifs have opened my eyes quite a bit more than before.  Thanks much...

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Photography Technique / Re: City shots at night
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:28:49 PM »
How about let's see some "City shots at night"?

Here you go:     http://malcolmkahn.com/#/gallery/cityscapes/nyc-with-big-moon/

Beautiful work Mr. Kahn. A great night skyline is always nice, but those bridge photos, particularly the spans, were simply wonderful...
Here's a couple two or three of mine:

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:13:01 AM »
All I know is I bought the 6D last Spring after loving my 7D for the years its been around and, even with fewer af points, slower fps, and so on, the 6D is my walk-around, goto body, with the 7D usually in my bag for daylight sports and wildlife, as a just-in-case, or to impress folk by shooting with two bodies. I now travel only with the 6D...

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At times, me and af don't necessarily agree on what should be in focus, or even, albeit rarely, what focus should look like!

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Photography Technique / Re: City shots at night
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:57:21 AM »
How about let's see some "City shots at night"?

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:35:48 PM »
March 2014 on Oahu:


Very nice series.  8)  Well done

Mahalo nui loa...

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:00:37 AM »
March 2014 on Oahu:

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Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:54:39 AM »
They can find evidence of the faked moon landing, but they can't dig up President Obama's Indonesian birth certificate?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:00:27 AM »
an external monitor is a good idea that I use sometimes when I'm working at home, but a lot of my work is done on location.  I think a 17" laptop's screen would probably be more useful depending on specs, but then I'd have to lug it around, and the 15.6 is plenty when travelling.
I ALWAYS get some damage plan; before I would get Dell's complete care, including accidental damage, but more recently I've purchased a warranty from SquareTrade for a family laptop that includes accidental damage, but I've not had the opportunity to use.  Warranties are an additional expense, but they sure beat having to buy another laptop or camera or lens due to accidental damage or other failure that's more likely to happen with portable electronics.  I've gotten all-but a new laptop twice over the years from covered repairs from parts simply wearing out, or, yes, accidental damage...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:12:00 AM »
I've joyfully used 3rd-party grips for 40-, 50-, and 7D for the longest time.  I started with a canon grip on the 7D,but when the battery door failed I bought a polaroid branded one which added features: an intervalometer & remote control amongst them, at a fraction of the canon price, and it seems a lot sturdier, and has lasted me more than twice the life of the canon.  I enjoyed similar results with the xxD grips.
HOWEVER:
I bought one for my 6D and quit using it after a couple of months.  When I used it the camera exhibited various malfunctions including freezing (shutter not functioning on camera, turning itself off, shutter sticking, and not awakening from sleep mode.  Missed several shots.  It wasn't the 3rd party batteries which were marketed as chipped for 6D, as they have continued to work once I ditched the grip...

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