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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 06:38:27 PM »
Just a quick observation from someone who owns the 200-400 1.4, and prior to purchase went through the same considerations.

The deciding factor for me was the compositional "freedom" that only the zoom will give you. Often you want to get in close on the subject, maybe for a vertical portrait, then back up for a horizontal shot which shows the environment. This can of course also be accomplished with 2 cameras / lenses that together cover the focal lengths needed, but switching between cameras or having to change lenses or add/remove an extender, will invariably result in missed moments

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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 16, 2013, 09:18:46 AM »
Hi Morlin,
Just wanted to chime in regarding buying RRS in Europe. I live in Denmark and have bought various stuff including the LCF-53 replacement foot for my Canon 200-400 which I am really satisfied with btw. I went with a German based dealer which has pretty much all the accessories you can think of getting for wildlife and nature photograhy. They are not cheap, but I recommend them highly for fast delivery and restocking of soldout items. Check them out for yourself:  http://www.augenblicke-eingefangen.de/catalog/index.php

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:24:14 PM »
First attempt at studio lighting with a newly aquired pair of Elinchrom BRX 500's w/ softbox and a 600EX-RT for rim light. Credits to the GF for doing such a fine posing job ;)

Shot with a 1DX and 24-70 Mrk II







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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:44:45 PM »
I acquired the beast A few weeks ago and can only confirm what the general consensus has been so far - this lense DELIVERS. I was on the fence about it, mostly because the alternative I had in mind - a 500 II - is materially cheaper has the reach advantage (when you throw a tele converter into the equation), which has some weight for me given that I will use it for wildlife exclusively (although not birding) . What won me over was the versatility of the zoom and boy am I happy with my choice. Coupled with a zoom from 200-560mm you get very fast to engage AF, sharpness which to my eye is extremely high with only a very small drop (you need to compare at 1:1 magnification) with the extender engaged, and glass that is seemingly free of aberrations.

But words are of little value so here are in stead some images - which is what this thread is all about ;) There is a population of some 300 red deer living wild just north of Copenhagen Denmark. The hinds are in heat in last weeks of September which usually attracts photographers from most of Europe, as has also been the case this year. Shot with a 5D III. C&C is appreciated. Hope you enjoy  :)

























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Street & City / Re: 5DIII and 1DSIII does Kashmir and Rajasthan
« on: June 12, 2013, 06:43:07 PM »
Hi Brett,
That is odd, as I havn't done anything that I am aware of which could mess up the links to the images in my gallery. I am happy you found them interesting enough to bookmark my thread though ;) Here is a direct link to the gallery:http://smu.gs/ZKkLQV

Cheers Kasper

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Street & City / Re: 5DIII and 1DSIII does Kashmir and Rajasthan
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:25:35 AM »
Mr Marks, thanks for asking.

I used LR4 for all post processing work on these images. I have not tweaked the default presets much, in stead I apply global and local adjustments to fit the individual image to my taste.
Global adjustments:
Exposure slider - here I make sure that the histogram is pushed to the right without introducing clipping of course.
Highlights and shadow sliders - I prefer to modify the lightest and darkest parts of the image using these sliders, and usually do not touch the Tone Curve. Sometimes I will also use the Black slider, and then only to bring up the darks. But my go-to adjustments for overall visual impact are the Clarity and Vibrance sliders. I will apply anywhere in a range between +10 to +50, seasoned to taste. I will ususally not toch the Saturation slider. I think the dominant colors in the scene which are affected by saturation the most, becomes too intense, even with after adding Vibrance.
I also apply sharpening, noise reduction and Post crop vignetting to taste.

Local adjustments:
I find the Graduated filter to be extremely useful tool to balance the exposure, and will pull this out to darken a sky or a foreground.
I use the Adjustment Brush for working on faces/skin/eyes to make the central subject in the image pop. Here I will increase the exposure and clarity on faces as if I had used a fill flash.
This tool has taken a bit of practice to use successfully though, but I find that it can bring you that little extra impact and help draw the attention towards the main subject.

I should mention that this is my workflow for working on the kind of images shown here, i.e. people and street images, where I find that a healthy amount of RAW tweaking is generally desired




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Street & City / Re: 5DIII and 1DSIII does Kashmir and Rajasthan
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:55:14 AM »
What's up with the lady in #9?

Actually, I have no idea what got her panties in a twist, I wasn't I though ;D
I just jumped in front of her while she was yelling at someone behind me and got away with this interesting shot

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Street & City / Re: 5DIII and 1DSIII does Kashmir and Rajasthan
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:49:01 AM »
Thank you all for the response. Feels nice to have your images so well received, especially since I feel that am still a novice so the boost of confidence you provide is highly appreciated ;)

Regarding the choice of cameras and lenses. I wanted to bodies on this trip, both as a safety measure and so that I didn't have to change lenses, which is something I always try to avoid out in the streets. I find the 1DSIII and 5DIII to output very similar RAW's up to and around 800 ISO, where after the 5D leaves the old dog in the dust. But given that they otherwise can take the same treatment in LR and deliver similar results, I have not found it necessary to upgrade the 1DS yet. I started with the 85 mounted on the 5D because it delivers more keepers wide open on that lense, but later changed do to the fact that I was shooting a lot of wide angle in confined spaces at higher ISO's, thus the 24-70 had to switch partner.


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Street & City / Re: 5DIII and 1DSIII does Kashmir and Rajasthan
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:52:10 PM »
Thanks. I definitely plan to keep this up  ;)

I have used the 24-70 II and the 85 II for all the shots. I found them to be a superb duo for this kind of shooting, with the first acting as the machine gun and the latter serving as my sniper riffle, so to speak :-)


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Street & City / 5DIII and 1DSIII does Kashmir and Rajasthan
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:25:35 PM »
As a long time lurker on these forums, I though it would be time that I share some images finally. Not a pro nor an experienced shooter, but started exploring photography as a fun recreational activity just a few years ago, and recently went on my first 'serious' photo trip to India, which I wanted to shoot ever since I saw a exhibition by Steve McCurry, who has produced so many great images from this region.

Here is a selection of what i consider the best shots, and more can be seen on my Smugmug homepage.

If you care to critique or comment I would appreciate it greatly :)

Best,
Kasper




















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Thank you to those who chimed into this thread with their points and suggestions.

In the mean time I have further tested the LP-E4N's and am pleased to report that the lock-ups/freezes I experienced appears to be a thing of the past after a few more days of extensive usage and recharging the batteries on my LE-E4 charger

Whilst I cannot say that I have identified the culprit of the issue with any certainty, I suspect it is the batteries higher capacity which the LP-E4 charger doesn't support that may have caused the camera to freeze initially. oh well....

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I recently bought the LP-E4N battery pack to replace the original (LP-E4) I got with the 1DS Mark III. According to Canon, this new battery pack is compatible with the 1D Mark III and IV cameras models:

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2013/lp-e4n_battery_pack.shtml

I would like to hear from people that are using this battery with these cameras if anyone have experienced the same issue that I am having. I have bought 2 LPE-4N's (new, manufactured in July 2012), and with both batteries the camera will occasionally lock-up. The power will stay on, but the camera is completely freezed and the only way to shot it down is to pull out the battery.When I the insert the battery again it will work as normal for a while. I have had never experienced a similar issue with the LP-E4.

The issue happens sporadically and appears to be completely erratic, at least I have no idea what causes it and I can't reproduce it at will. I have tried different shooting modes (one-shot and AI servo) and drive modes and even lenses.

I made a complete calibration and recharge of the batteries when I bought them on my LC-E4 charger. I am starting to wonder if issue with the new battery pack could somehow be caused by the higher capacity or safety changes to comply with the Japanese standards... At this point it seems to me that it must be a compatibility issue with the new battery, as I have never experienced any issue with my original LP-E4.

Thanks in advance for your feedback to anyone using this camera/battery combination!

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:27:52 PM »


Recent sunset shoot from the hillside of the old castle area, Kärnan, overlooking the old town hall of Helsingborg and beyond that, Öresund, the fjord that separates Denmark and Sweden.

On this particular afternoon a mist had risen over the fjord as a result of cold air above warmer water

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: February 27, 2013, 06:53:42 AM »
Here is one more of another homeless person taken during the same outing (actually this was taken moments later than the other). The bond between human and animal came to be the theme of the day :D

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: February 27, 2013, 06:13:53 AM »
A lot of great shots in this thread!

Here is a street portrait I took recently of a homeless person who was selling news papers (a paper that specializes on poverty issues and the challenges of homeless people in general) and feeding pigeons in the centre of Copenhagen. When one of the pigeons flew up in his palm I was reminded of a saying we have in Danish, which when translated in to English goes like  One bird in the hand is better than two on the roof top, and was immediately grabbed by the moment and the message the picture conveys


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