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Before the event, there will be practice for the athletes.  Nothing beats you going and getting some practice. 

I second that. You'll not only be able to practice, but on top of that you can get some nice shots of relaxed athletes. Remember that while photos of somebody in action at the breaststroke all sort of look alike, when you get the swimmers before the start or afterwards when they see their time on the board (if you're allowed to move freely, try to stay underneath the board for a few heats and the swimmers will look almost directly at you) or when they talk to their coaches, these are the photos with emotions and where the athletes are recognizable.

You might want to throw in a couple of photos of the trainers cheering the athletes or of some enthusiastic people in the crwod.

In the end, it's all about emotions :)

P.S.: Yes, the framing is too tight, but I was too close and no time to reach for the other cam

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I've done some photography of swimming (see here http://www.photo-chameleon.com/portfolio/sport/speedo_2014/speedo_2014.shtml for last year), albeit outside. What I've been using here is the following:

*) 1D IV + 300 2.8 IS II (most of the time with 1.4x or 2x) for shots across the pool
*) 5D III + 70-200 2.8 IS II for closer subjects

As studeb mentioned, for shots with more swimmers in them I had to use the 24-70 on the 5DIII. Also for the photos from the award ceremony, of course. Don't forget the flash for those photos, because you will be wanting to shoot around f8!

I did just one photo-shoot on an indoor-pool and almost all photos there were taken at 2.8 or 4 with the 1DIV.

You might try renting a 300 or give it a shot with the 70-200, but be prepared to do some cropping. Also, with the water splashing in every possible direction, having the main subjects (usually the swimmer's face) as large as possible will definitely help with the focussing. One hint: before pressing the shutter, follow your subject at least for a second with half-pressed shutter (or using the BBF-method). This will dramatically increase your keeper-rate - at least it did for me :)

I used to have a 7D (and a 550D before that), and combining them with the 100-400 or the 70-200 was fine outdoors in good lighting. But haven't looked back since moving on to 5 and 1.

Are you allowed to go there before the event in order to do some test photos?

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Lenses / Re: so, where is the Canon 35 1.4 II??
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:26:56 AM »
I guess that the most common use of "arguably" is in the sense of "everybody knows", "as can be shown easily, but I don't want to waste my time doing so", "as has been shown by some clever people" or even, in extreme cases "this is my opinion, so if you don't agree, get the hell out of this thread"   ;)

But since my native tongue also isn't English but a secondary variant of German, I may very well be mistaken (however, I've found LEO wanting from time to time in the matter of finer details, so take what you read there at least with a tiny grain of salt)

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P.S.: Had Fermat's native tongue been English, he'd probably have written: "It is *arguably* impossible to separate a cube into two cubes, or a fourth power into two fourth powers, or in general, any power higher than the second, into two like powers." Then subsequent generations of mathematicians would just have nodded and moved on, and not invested a lot of time and effort trying to prove his Last Theorem :)

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Macro / Re: Infrared
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:11:23 AM »
A different version of one of the photos, not sure which one like better, at the moment I'm leaning towards the blue one - maybe because of the Winter ;-)

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Macro / Re: Infrared
« on: December 29, 2014, 07:04:04 AM »
Oops, my bad. Was restricting my search to Macro, since I thought I would only share Macro IR shots, that's why.

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Macro / Infrared
« on: December 29, 2014, 03:14:39 AM »
I couldn't find a thread dedicated to infrared photos, so I thought I'll start one. I'm an absolute beginner in this field - recently I borrowed a converted camera to try this out, and I guess I'll get one of my own soon.

In the meantime here are a few images :-)

Enjoy,
Stephan

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Post Processing / Re: Infrared photography
« on: December 28, 2014, 03:40:57 AM »
So, following the advices with a dng-profile and the basic tutorial at lifepixel, this is the preliminary result. Although far from finished this looks already very much like the "typical" ir-photos. I'm also including one where there actually was a bit of blue sky and sunshine on the forest (also preliminary).

Thanks a lot for the pointers :)

Maybe just one more question, if I may: given the fact that one probably has to touch each ir-photo anyway, do you use those customizable actions to do a quick-and-dirty conversion and do the fine-tuning afterwards, or do you go through all the photos one-by-one?

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Post Processing / Re: Infrared photography
« on: December 28, 2014, 02:15:39 AM »
Apparently the 1200D I used was converted for a wavelength of 670 nm, and it was done by Optic Makario in Germany: http://www.optic-makario.de/ . Don't know about other companies, but they get the autofocus working, so no need to mess with the IR-markings on the lenses.

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Post Processing / Re: Infrared photography
« on: December 27, 2014, 02:54:45 PM »
Thanks, will have a look at it - looks just like the think I was looking for  :)

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Post Processing / Infrared photography
« on: December 27, 2014, 01:11:21 PM »
I'm sure that there are a few people here at CR who are more than experienced in IR-photography, so here I go :-)

Recently I could use a friend's converted 1200D to take some photos and was glad about it, because I'd been thinking of either getting an IR-filter or a cheap body and converting it. However, even though the results are quite different from what one usually gets (of course), I was unable to create the look of the "typical" IR-photos found on the web.

I am fully aware that the maximum benefit can only be enjoyed with photos of landscapes with a lot of green and sunshine, but was hoping for something a bit better.

My search on the web did turn up a lot of pages with a lot of tips and tricks, but none was really helpful :-( My friend claims that he did a proper custom wb with grass, but I didn't have time to check it. Also, with regards to the post-processing, my friend converts all his images straight to b/w, so I can't ask him.

Here are first the raw-image straight out of the camera, which to me still looks very red; next one, where I fiddled around in lightroom, reducing saturation of red to -100, and making small adjustments to contrast, clarity, etc., nothing big. The last one is obtained by swapping the red and blue channel in creative-suite, which is already closer, but since I do almost all of my stuff in lightroom I'm not the cs-whiz.

Any ideas, tips, tricks, etc. - or is the swapped image already as good as it gets and I was unlucky with the weather (and perhaps choice of subject)?

Thanks,
Stephan

P.S.: The raw-file can be found here, just in case https://www.dropbox.com/l/lYSUlxw38NCsaJi6TVlzMq

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:59:09 PM »
Here are some from a local forest. You can find the whole set here: http://www.daydreamer-images.com/landscapes/wood_1/bild_1.shtml

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Thanks, I had feared as much  :( . I'll have to ask Fotodiox directly then.

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Sorry to revive this old thread, but I'm considering getting the wonderpana for the 17 myself and am a bit confused  ;)

Is this 145 Essential Kit custom made for the different lenses (like the Nikon 14-24, the Canon 17 TS, etc.) or will the same kit work with all of them? Particularly I'm wondering if the same kit will work for the 17 and the samyang 14 mm - and possibly the 16-35 2.8 II.

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Post Processing / Re: B&W Process
« on: August 09, 2014, 02:39:49 PM »
According the the site which comes up after getting the free version of FilmPack 3, they do have an ongoing sale of version 4 until August 15th:

essential 49 (instead of 79)
expert 99 (129)

So still a few days to tinker around with version 3 to see whether you like it  :)

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Lenses / Re: 400 mm question
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:18:06 PM »
Thanks, you pretty much summed it up  :) I'll give it a miss then.

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