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Hey guys,

I just came across this article on fstoppers:

What do you think? Will it affect the landscape photographer that sells photos (in large or small quantities) or will it not go through?

Landscape / How Would You Edit This Bracketed Landscape?
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:01:45 PM »
Follow this link: to download a bracketed series of a Maui sunset I took this past June. The image itself is not incredible, but I am curious to see different techniques for editing. I did this once before with a picture from Death Valley, but this is a bracketed series.

Feel free to download the files and edit the picture as you normally would. I would say to just use what is actually in the image already, although if you want to replace the sky, go for it--I'd be curious to know how that is done. Also, it would be great if you could post what program(s) and techniques you use to achieve the final result. You can do an HDR if you want or just use one image.

Also, the files are on Dropbox. You don't need Dropbox to download the files, but if you don't have it and want to get it for cloud storage, you can use this link: to do so. We would both get an extra 500mb of storage if you use that link. No need to do so if you don't want Dropbox though, just thought I would put it out there.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / ISO 50 produces cleaner shadows?
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:08:13 PM »
On both my 6d and 5dii ISO 50 had cleaner shadows than ISO 100. Any explanation for this? Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6d Banding/Posterization in Blue Sky
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:58:12 PM »
I just got a 6d with 24-105 from B&H in hopes of replacing my 5dii with 24-105. I really like a few things about the 6d, but there are a few issues I am dealing with.

1) See the attached images. They are screenshots of the same picture shot at 100 ISO and f22 to show the dust spots. There is noticeable banding in the blue sky when viewed in Lightroom 4. I have read in a review on either B&H or Amazon that someone else had this problem--has anyone else experienced this with the 6d? There are no issues with my 5dii.

2) There are also a number of dust spots on the sensor. These can be seen in one of the images. Is that common for a brand new camera?

Thanks in advance.

Photography Technique / Upsizing a landscape picture technique
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:34:20 PM »
Hello all,

I rented a d800e over Christmas and took the same picture as I did with my 5d mark ii. I upsized the picture to a 60"x40" and printed off a 12"x8" section from both cameras. As expected, the d800e won hands down. The 8x12 from the d800e looks like a normal picture to me--I can't tell it's been upsized. My question is if anyone has a good technique for upsizing that would diminish the resolution gap the d800e has over the 5d mark ii/iii?

With these photos, I upsized in CS6 to 60x40, sharpened in Nik's Output Sharpener Pro 3 and added +60 sharpening in Lightroom with a .8 radius. I have tried other upsizing programs, but they all seem to look fake to me. I think Photoshop does a better job, but maybe the other ones look better in print.

See the attached pictures. The one with the red stripe in the bottom middle is from the 5d mark ii, using the 17-40 @ f8 and 400 iso, the one with the yellow stripe on the bottom middle is from the d800e, using the nikkor 16-35 f4 @ f8 and 400 iso.

Technical Support / Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:45:00 PM »
So, I decided to clean my sensor on my 5d Mark ii for the first time. All I was using was the Dust-Aid Platinum stamp to get a couple pieces of stubborn dust. Well, after I finished I put my lens back on to see if I could see any dust in a picture. The only problem is that my camera will not focus now. I have tried every focus point with no luck.

Any ideas on what I could have done and how to fix it? I am guessing I will have to send it in to Canon. Thanks for your help.

Photography Technique / How Do You Get Color in the Milky Way?
« on: January 04, 2014, 02:57:13 AM »
I just took a few pictures this past week of the milky way with a Rokinon 14mm lens at f2.8 for 20 seconds and 3200 iso. I was at a very dark spot on Maui with no moon. I was not able to get any of that awesome color you see in many pictures of the Milky Way out of the raw files. See the attached picture for my file. Any technique that I am missing here? Thanks in advance!

Lenses / How many megapixels can these lenses resolve?
« on: November 11, 2013, 01:02:09 PM »
Here are two screenshots from Photozone regarding the 17-40L resolution @ 17mm and the Samyang 14mm resolution.  They can be found at: Samyang 14mm ( and Canon 17-40L (

I am wondering if anyone can interpret the numbers presented, specifically at f8 and f11, regarding how many megapixels these lenses can resolve. Thanks in advance.

Software & Accessories / Landscape Panorama Techniques
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:21:38 PM »
A couple questions/comments:

1) Besides situations where there is something very close in the foreground, do you think a panoramic tripod head is necessary? I actually have one, but I have found that I am generally fine stitching my shots taken on a tripod in CS5. Typically everything matches up well. What am I missing?

2) I generally bracket my landscape shots so I can paint in underexposed or overexposed areas, but this becomes a problem when stitching together three different exposures of a panorama--they all seem to be stitched slightly differently in CS5. Any way around this?


Software & Accessories / Lightroom 4 Problem
« on: October 24, 2013, 01:05:00 PM »
I recently upgraded my MacBook Pro and iMac to OS X Mavericks and am having an issue with Lightroom 4. I have searched for a solution without and luck and am hoping someone can help me solve this issue. Basically, the sliders in the Develop Module look different than before. The sliders under the HSL section have no color to them (see attached picture). It looks the same on both the MacBook Pro and the iMac.

Any advice? Thanks.

Landscape / Maui Landscape Photo Spots
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:39:24 PM »
Hey everyone,

I've been to Maui a number of times and have photographed some great landscape spots there, but I am wondering what spots I could be missing. Does anyone have any favorite landscape photo destinations they would be willing to share in Maui? Any specifics on finding the spots would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Death Valley
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:40:21 PM »
My wife and I are heading off to Death Valley tomorrow and would like a few pointers from those with experience of the area.

My plan now is to head to the racetrack tomorrow afternoon and stay for sunset and some star pictures at night. I don't have a ton of experience with star pictures or light painting, but would like to try both. I plan on using a Rokinon 14 mm f2.8 for the night pictures. Is it possible to use a flash in a 30 second exposure to get one of the sailing stones in the frame or am I limited to using a flashlight--if so is an LED one okay?

Also, I am wondering if Zabriskie Point or Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are better for sunrise. We will only be there for one sunrise, so I have to choose one or the other. Would the sand dunes be okay for photos midday?

Thanks for your help!

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