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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:33:20 PM »
My contribution to this long thread: A 'Hang-around'.
North of Copenhagen there is a large population of red deer. This is shot in early October 2013, when the red deer were rutting. 
This bull did not have his own herd of females, so he was hanging around to look for his opportunity.
I could get quite close to him (this was about as close as I wanted to get) and was happy to get this framing of the shot.
Canon 6D, with 70-200 f/4 L IS @154mm (cropped to around 70% of frame)
ISO 800, 1/250s, f/5.6.

Street & City / Re: Architectural Contrasts - with 24mm TS/E and 6D
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:12:40 AM »
hi again.
I went out again looking for contrasts in architecture.
These two modern neighbouring buildings shows just that.

This time using 70-200mm L f/4.0 IS. (So the Subject does not fit completely anymore, but would not open a new)

1.  A close-up on the contrast.      FL: 121mm, ISO=400, 1/320s, F/9.0
2. Full body shot of the buildings. FL: 100mm, ISO=400, 1/125s, f/10.0

Street & City / Re: 6D 70/300L Eclectic
« on: February 08, 2014, 03:24:57 AM »
What great shots you show here. . You have a fine eye for the lines in your architectural surroundings.
And you make very good use of the 6D with a tele-zoom.
My favourite above is the Canary Wharf Station - such great composition and light. Was that really made using 70-300? Looks more wide to me. Top work!

I did some architecture with 6D recently as well, but with the TS/E 24mm so well suited for architectural close-ups.  Some samples are in this same category: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19409.0

Street & City / Re: Architectural Contrasts - with 24mm TS/E and 6D
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:12:11 AM »
Thank you all for your feedback - and your time spent 'reading' my images.

Regarding reflections and potential use of polarizer: I had the same consideration, and decided not to pursue this, as I wanted strongest possible reflections (the polarizer in my view would weaken / remove these) - and by the way I do not have the CPL in 82mm, which this lens requires.
Any ideas on how to use a CPL to strengthen the refelction?

To old-pr-pix: Thank you for your comments re. #1 vs #2.  I agree on #1 being more busy, while #2 is cleaner and has stronger lines. However I can not decide which I prefer, as #1 has more variation and interesting colour-play going on, which I also like.

To wtloyd: Thank you for commenting on the patches of snow on the steps. They played a role in my choice of pov.

Regarding technique: I ensured the tripod was level, then set the lens at zero shift and made sure that my line of view was horisontal (in live view checking that vertical lines were actually vertical), then shifted the lens upwards to include the composition, that I wanted.
Additional info: In Lightroom I actually made a small correction for vertical alignment of #2. And must agree, that it is still not perfect in the right part of the image. So room for a bit more adjustment.

Main advantage of TS/E for me here has been:
 - you get very close to perfect vertical lines even when you want to compose 'upwards'
 - you can create a composition using the full sensor (no need to crop away e.g. a lot of uninteresting ground)
 - a lens that is very sharp right out to the corners (you loose some of that advantage, when you shift a lot)
 - it calls for a very slow and careful process, which in turn makes me more aware of my composition-choices

Street & City / Architectural Contrasts - with 24mm TS/E and 6D
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:06:56 AM »
Went out to look for contrasting architecture.
Using 6D with Canon 24mm TS/E II, I got the following two, that I want to share here.

Location: Central Copenhagen, Denmark.
Both are using only the shift (not the tilt) capability of this great lens.
Both covers same subject matter: An old church reflected in modern office buildings.

1. ISO 100, 1/320s, f/8      - I like the layers of visibility: Direct, inside building, through building, reflection
2. ISO 400, 1/500s, f/7.1   - I like the lines

Any comments much appreciated.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post your favorite camera gear here
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:54:49 AM »
Dear all
Lots of mouth-watering stuff presented in this post.

Just now for me the hottest and most favorite gear is my two new CLARINETs !!

Bought last week and still in the burn-in phase (meaning that they have to get used to humid air passing through them, so that the wood of the corpses gradually pick up a suitable level of humidity). They are equipped with special silent pads, and mouth-pieces will be selected for my style of playing (no red rings - but same concept).
While they are not exactly weather sealed, I can assure you that the Dynamic Range is extraordinary.
You need two of them for serious orchestra work (like two bodies for sports).

One of the key characteristics of good clarinet-playing is to produce a well focused sound that can be projected both wide and far. Sharp is normally not the most sought after characteristic, while soft (like in bokeh) is very much. Well in tune across the whole spectrum is a must, too. (Cf. exposure and white balance)
All in all many similarities - the list of analogies can be extended - feel free to add some.
And as for photography the tools are important, but the output depends first and foremost on the 'artist'.

OK, to leave my other passion, music - and get back on subject, I add a detail picture of one of my still in use older clarinets.
(It was made with my old 450D, and my 50mm f/1.4 - while now my 6D is the favorite photographic tool).

Edit: the image turned out rotated - In my own view it is vertical.

Thank you - I appreciate your feedback very much.
I want this type of conversation not so much for the competition as for the learning, and this type of personal feedback is very helpful. Especially as you talk about the emotions raised by each picture.

Dear CR
I am currently making a number of photos for a small competition with the theme:
   'Macro Food Photography'
This is for me quite an unusual combination as food-photography usually shows more of a full dish / a meal and maybe some environment in the background as well.

I have worked with a couple of ideas, and would like your view or comments before I decide which ideas / photos to submit. I can submit only two entries.
Idea 1: Small items on a plate - with some background to create ambience (example using f/5.6)
Idea 2: Small items on a plate - getting even closer (example using f/18)
Idea 3: Ingredients - different style - very crisp and dry - 100% sharpness all over (example using f/22)

All three are made with Canon 100mm 2.8 L IS macro. (I like this much - still learning)
Lighting setup based on small incandescent lamps. Steady tripod used.

Any ideas / comments appreciated.

Dear all.
Thank you a lot for spending your time (during Christmas-period, even) to give this great feedback.
You have entered so much valuable information. Not only direct comments to my pictures but also:
- Good suggestions for new setups / props / interactions
- Deep insights like
     * Portraiture is not about technicalities but about relations
     * Understanding the 3D to 2D transformation inherent in the process.
        (This is an eye-opener for me - much better than rules such as 'Don't cut a joint' etc
- Instruction on how to smoothen skin (sofar I have decided not to - but may give it a try and show it as a suggestion)
- Encouragement (appreciated, too)

So let me respond / react to some of the specific input, that you posted:
- About 'smiling'. Yes, I am aware that this is difficult. You do not just ask people to look 'natural'. I tried to not demand any specific looks, just keeping a relaxed atmosphere. I guess I need to learn some tricks to make people relax more (and let it show). Maybe the suggestion 'Say yoga' could work.
- I realise that I need to work much more with Posing and Expressions. When they don't work so well, I need to figure out how to do something about it. E.g. choose a completely different setting (in the park for example)
- @PureShot: I like the samples in your fine gallery. Many specific ideas to pick up here. Thanks for sharing.

A bit more background on this session:
- I am in no way on planning to make a living from making family portraits (or from photography in general). But approaching my senior years, I certainly hope to make photography an even more filling activity for me. And to produce something 'useful' from time to time would be great.
- When asked to do this session I first hesitated - will I make the family satisfied? will I spend too much time? will I risk to fail completely? will I deliver in time for Christmas? ..... etc.  However I decided to put those doubts aside, and am happy I did.
- I usually try to do my best and to improve on my skills. That is probably also the reason that I 'dare' to show my pictures to this forum asking for honest critique.
- I warned the family that my arrival and setting up in their home would look like an invasion. They took this with very good and relaxed spirit, and we actually had a good time together setting up, shooting, viewing afterwards.
- We tried various things - starting out with the first goal: A formal portrait of all four - and then various more free setups. Actually we tried a couple of the variations, that you have suggested, but I find that additional setups need more time and preparation.
- After one hour shooting no more concentration could be mustered, which I understand.
- I would have liked to try much more and have more time for some of the setups. Also to try out adjustments to the ligthing (adding hairlight would be my first add-on), other lenses, narrow DOF, etc. But no time for such experimentation.
But that I will have ready to bring with me for future sessions. And some of it I can practice in advance, so I do not have to experiment too much during a session.
- I brought my pad, WiFi-connected to the camera to show a few examples during the shoot and to preselect the family's favourites after the session. This is a great option to have (Yes, I am happy with the 6D)

Again: Thank you for your input.

Again: Thank you for your comments.

The comments about the older boy being 'outside the group' has made me see this more and more. You are absolutely right.
Looking through other shots from the session I certainly have some, that I find better in this respect. One of these is attached below.
Another shot with a more relaxed setup is added.

These two were not the initial first choices - but now the jury is at work again  :)
They have not yet been finished up completely. But may be candidates for further work.

EDIT:  Ooops: I just noted, that these photos do not fit within the window here at CR. How do I avoid the need for scrolling? By smaller size in pixels? - or ?

Thank you for taking your time to respond.
I find your observations very useful and will keep those in mind going forward.
I appreciate that very much.
Best regards

My first 'assignment' was to make portraits of a friend with his family.
I would like to learn as much as possible from this.
So I turn to you here at CR for advice / comments / critique (asking for true opinion, please).

I am quite well satisfied with the results (as a first formal portrait-shoot). However I see that the pictures could have more intensity, and I full well know that there is quite some way to go to reach 'great'.

My setup:
Canon 6D, 24-105mm L
2 studio flashes - Visatec's Solo 1600 B Monolight.
One at my left upwards to high, white ceiling, the other at my right through white umbrella. In general I had plenty of light.
Black roll of background paper.

#1:  Family,               85 mm, f/9.0, ISO 200
#2:  Couple w. dog,  47 mm, f/9.0, ISO 200
RAW, some PP in LR5 (+Elements for these uploads)

My own immediate lessons learned:
 - better with more distance from people to background (that did not turn up quite uniform, so I spent much effort to smooth out this in #2)
 - some hair-light would be a benefit
 - there are so many variables in play - difficult to stay cool while keeping a good contact with the people (which was my priority)

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:14:32 PM »
A double portrait of two of my friends. Age 5 and 70'ish.
Meant to illustrate the life-time-span - and the thoughts that go with it.

Both photos were made in same natural lighting, same time of day (though different days), same position of person and window.
Quite some work - both taking the photos and afterwards in Post.
Worth it - for me at least.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:39:14 AM »
'All the lenses I need'

Yeah, right.  And probably also
'Just received my certificate from Internet with: "Congratulations, you are done, as you just reached the last page of the Net"'

Apart from that: What an impressive list.  I could do with that for quite a while, too.
And the TS/E 24 mm is truly a great addition, which I liked a lot:

Lenses / Re: Canon 24 mm Tilt/Shift - and very still LIFE
« on: October 13, 2013, 01:11:13 PM »
Very nice work w the 24TS - here's a shifted one of the Cathedral in Uppsala.

Hi Vern - what an impressive cathedral - and a very good interior photo. I like the colours very much.

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