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Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« on: July 22, 2014, 05:45:36 PM »

11pm during the full moon (the sun set at around 7.30pm)
24 sec exposure, ISO 800, f/6.3

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop & LR CC deal
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:22:59 AM »
I read someone saying that their 1st year subscription have expired and the renewal is still the same.

It's been a while since I do macro.... even longer since I last played with focus stacking... So these 2 are from years ago.

Both with 100L

Shield Bug by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr
7 shots, hand held

IMG_6225-38 by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr
14 shots, focus rail

Anybody used Helicon Remote for Auto DoF bracketing?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: July 05, 2014, 06:43:55 PM »
I tried this at a Sony Center yesterday and I'm really impressed...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 07:21:30 PM »
What I'd like to know is why no one on the sidelines is asking this guy why he's hiding his camera. Doesn't anyone know who the camera man is, and contact him for a few questions??

Maybe not at that moment...

Lenses / Re: DigitalRev review of the new 16-35 L IS
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:02:12 AM »
I find their videos amusing and fun.  For example, in this one Kai was making a reference to Luis Suarez.  Did I get a look at the new lens in action?  Yes. And then we saw some examples of IS and some images.  That's good. Is it the end all, be all review? No.   I would read other reviews and watch other videos.  Everything doesn't have to serious 100% of the time. I like what DR does.

Amusing and fun... I think that is what they are actually going after...  not serious, factual review...
Though they videos used to be better with Alamby writing their scripts..

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:58:03 AM »

Kak Enie by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

Ashraf by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:22:41 AM »

5D3_4865 by Sparda (AMT), on Flickr

I had a student plan for £15.88 a month, at the end of 12 months it automatically went up to about £22 a month.

Well, that's a nice icebreaker with Adobe Customer Service.

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: June 20, 2014, 04:17:13 AM »
I've never sent my 5D3 for service before because since 1 Jan 2013, Canon charges you for sensor cleaning (warranty or not), and I've never had any problem anyway.

Recently, there's some dots visible through the viewfinder. They does not affect the images, but are very annoying. I checked. It's not on the eye-piece, but inside and I'm not comfortable touching anything inside, so I sent in for service.

A few days later, a Canon technician called and said that they've cleaned the dots, and they will be replacing the focusing screen because there's a scratch. But I have to wait another week for the parts.

I decided to collect the body since my  family reunion weekend was coming up and sent-it again when the parts arrived, and I did.

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: June 20, 2014, 03:05:29 AM »
I just got mine replaced by Canon 3 days ago for free.  :)

Under warranty?

My 2yrs warranty expired last April.

Does warranty cover focusing screen?

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: June 20, 2014, 01:10:47 AM »
I just got mine replaced by Canon 3 days ago for free.  :)

9.99 USD means something about 13 EUR (60% more) here in Europe. Talk about fair pricing :(

I'm paying MYR29.99 (no additional local tax). That's about USD9.28 at today's rate.

Software & Accessories / Adobe CC (2014) now online
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:34:02 PM »
Photoshop CC (2014)

Smart Object improvements
Maintain the links to external files by automatically packaging them in a single directory. You can also convert your existing embedded Smart Objects to linked Smart Objects.

Improved Layer Comps
Save time now that you can change the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer in a Layer Comp and then sync that change to all the others. Plus, easily see the attributes of each Layer Comp, and toggle a Layer Comp within a Smart Object.

Blur Gallery motion effects
Use Path Blur to add blur along any path and Spin Blur to create circular or elliptical blurs. The Mercury Graphics Engine makes all Blur Gallery interactions fast and fluid.

Focus Mask
Let Photoshop help you start a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of your image. Focus Mask works great with potraits and other images that have shallow depth of field, and the Mercury Graphics Engine delivers fast performance.

Improvements to Content-Aware technology
New technology in Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch smoothly blends areas containing gradients, like skies, so you can create seamless, realistic results like never before.

Smarter Smart Guides
Forget trying to align multiple shapes or objects at exact distances from one another on canvas. Now you can quickly see the distance in pixels between objects so you can lay out content with precision.

Desktop fonts from Typekit
Choose the fonts you need from the Typekit library, sync them to your desktop, and get immediate access to them in your Photoshop font menu. Photoshop will even automatically replace missing fonts in your documents.

Font Search
Search for fonts by name, and see instant previews of each font to zero in on the perfect one.

Expanded 3D printing capabilities
Now you can see exactly where and how Photoshop repaired your 3D meshes so it's easy to refine your designs in third-party 3D modeling apps. Get more accurate renderings of your models prior to printing thanks to WYSIWYG previews. And get support for more 3D printers and service providers.

Adobe Generator enhancements
Simplify the process of naming Generator assets and get greater flexibility in organizing the output from Generator by setting document-wide defaults, and by specifying subfolders for exported assets. Generator also offers new APIs so developers can create even more powerful plug-ins.

Adobe Camera Raw 8 enhancements
Heal images, fix perspective distortions, and create vignettes with greater precision. Plus, access an interactive histogram, before/after previews, and more.

Improved Windows 8.1 stylus support
Get to work quickly and comfortably with your stylus on Windows 8.1 devices, and enjoy smoother brush strokes thanks to higher-frequency sampling.

Expanded Mercury Graphics Engine support
Upsample images up to 15 times faster (depending on file size and video card configuration) now that the Mercury Graphics Engine delivers an OpenCL performance boost. The engine powers new Blur Gallery motion effects and the Focus Mask feature, too.

Experimental features
A new preference setting allows you to test drive and help shape new Photoshop features before they’re officially released.

Intelligent upsampling, even faster
Enlarge a low-res image so it looks great in print, or start with a larger image and blow it up to poster or billboard size. Upsampling preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise, and now you get even more immediate results thanks to an OpenCL boost from the Mercury Graphics Engine.

Workflow Enhancements
Work faster and smarter thanks to new feature enhancements throughout your workflows. Now you have access to an expanded Color Panel; you can access your most recently used brushes, sync your workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, and menu customizations with Sync Settings; and more.

And so much more
Also includes: support for very large PNG files; the ability to export 3D LUTs; support for new video formats including Sony RAW and Canon RAW; and more. See full release notes


Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 17, 2014, 11:47:49 PM »
Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

This is one of the first ever sunset pictures that I took with a DSLR. Unfortunately it gets converted to sRGB for the web ...

Dull and lifeless.

The French will be so glad to hear you describe their capital city in that way.

This has nothing to do with where an image was taken, it's the depiction of it. That shot has no soul.

A photographer cannot capture what isn't there, so if there is no soul in that photograph then there is no soul in Paris.

Wow, that's really pathetic. Is that the best you have?

Well why don't you show me how it is done? After all, you've been shooting for 40 years so after that much time behind a camera, every click of your button must be gold.

Doesn't matter how long someone shoots, no one ever makes great photography with every click. Check your PMs.

CANON RUMORS - I came for the rumors, I stayed for the dramas..  ;D

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