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Photography Technique / Lee Filters
« on: February 17, 2015, 05:02:06 PM »
I have been toying with the idea of getting Lee for a long time. After a lot of reading and some good recommendations from you guys here is the list I came up with.

Lee FK Holder
Lee 77mm Wide Angle Adapter Ring
Lee 82mm Wide Angle Adapter Ring
Lee Front Accessory Ring
Lee 105mm Landscape Polarizer
Lee 4x4 ND 0.9
Lee 4x6 Grad ND 0.9 SE
Lee Big  Stopper

I mainly do recreational landscape and cityscape photography and anticipate a trip to the Southwest US this summer( Page,AZ, Monument Valley, Lake Powell area).
I think I might drop the solid ND for now but thought I'd ask you folks what you think?

Photography Technique / The Southwest
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:59:39 AM »
Preparing for a photography visit to UT/AZ in August this year. Questions:

1) I am told that there is a lot of sand/dust suspended and dropping in the slot canyons. What would you suggest for simple, cheap camera covers to slip on inside the canyons. Obviously I am planning not to change lenses in there.

2) August will be bright sunshine and long days. So to be able to shoot with good soft light I plan to do most during dawn and dusk. But those days are long and I want to make use of the rest of the day as well. I have never used ND filters, would they be useful for landscapes during this time? I have thought of a 3 stop graduated ND which is likely to be useful but am wondering if a solid ND(non graduated) filter be useful as well to get some more drama into the picture rather than bland pictures at noon etc. And if yes, what stop should I be looking at at?

I have the 5D MK III and might rent another one but don't know which one yet. Lenses: 16-35 F4, 24-70 F2.8L II, 70-200 F/2.8L II


Photography Technique / Monument Valley
« on: January 24, 2015, 05:37:36 PM »
Planning a trip this summer. Any suggestions to time of day, tours, spots, anything photography related to this beautiful place? Thanks,

Photography Technique / Critique: NYC Images
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:55:44 PM »
Attached are a couple of images I took recently. With little work in PS. I like the color version but with my limited PS skills I am not too happy with the B&W. I miss the punch. Please critique and suggest ways how I could enhance the B&W. Thanks,

Photography Technique / panorama
« on: December 27, 2014, 03:30:18 PM »
I have attempted shooting a panorama. Never done it before.  I have not stitched it yet, will be doing so shortly. They range from 5-7 shots with about 40-50% overlap. Will be using CS5. I have shot both in RAW and jpg. Questions:

- I would like to do the RAW first. I have no clue about layers, so normally do ACR and then into Photoshop. I assume I should apply the same changes to all the shots in one pano? Is there a simple way to apply the changes to the entire batch? How?
-Is there a specific aspect ratio, dimension or even a preferred one?
- Should I stitch them first before editing or the other way around?
- Is there a preferred format for saving the final huge file?
Any help would be appreciated. Any tutorials?

Photography Technique / DOF, Infinity focus and Hyperfocal distance
« on: December 06, 2014, 06:37:52 PM »
Can someone please explain how these work? I understand Depth of field but not the others. What is the theory behind them and how to use them practically? And then any App for the iPhone that is easy to use? Thanks,

Photography Technique / Live View and Remote release
« on: December 05, 2014, 06:26:02 PM »
Hello All,
I had posted my trouble in this thread.

And since then I have seen one other person saying the same. I tried all the suggestions that you nice folks had suggested but still the same outcome. Except jdramirez. I didn't try what he/she suggested till today and you bet that was the issue. I still couldn't be sure so ….
 I called Vello, absolutely no help. They said I should buy another wireless remote which is on sale!!
Then I called Canon. They said that in Live View(irrespective of AF mode, quick or live) remotes won't work as the sensor is hunting to focus. But, if I switch the lens to MF then it would and this is what I found while playing with it again prior to calling them!!! They say that likely in low light the camera is unable to focus without the focus point that is active while shooting through the viewfinder. So neither the camera nor the Remote release is malfunctioning. Thought I'd let folks know so others might benefit from this.

Photography Technique / Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:03:34 AM »
I am headed there for a few days. Could you suggest some good icons to photograph and places to photograph them from? I'll be in downtown and without a rental car so mostly walking distances. I would like to find good spots to shoot the skyline, particularly after dark. Never been there, heard very good things about the city. Thanks,

Photography Technique / Filters
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:06:13 PM »
I have been toying with the idea of getting some ND filters for a while. I recently changed my main lens to a 82mm filter size. I have the B&W Kaessman MRC Nano XS Pro 77mm CPL.  Even though I have other lenses with the 77mm filter size my main use of this filter is with the lens which I changed. So my options are to get a CPL with a 82mm size, sell my 77mm one and use a 82mm with a step up ring or buy Lee filters. Though my CPL is pretty new I know there may not be much resale value. Getting a new 82mm one is $200 or so!
My questions:
-I understand that getting into the Lee system is going to be much more expensive in the long run but will it be a better investment in the long run?
- Is the learning curve steep?
- Which ND filters would you recommend?  I think the Big Stopper is a must?
- Graduated or not?
- Soft or hard edge?
Any advice or resources is appreciated.

Lenses / EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:15:03 PM »
I have the F2.8L version 1 for the last several years and it has served well. I think it's time to move on.  Wanted to see opinions about going for the Version 2, F4 version and why? I want to stick to Canon. The F2.8 II is quite pricey at $2099 currently. I am not sure I can get more than $800-900 for my current one. Also, there was an issue with some noise coming from the newer version( I remember that there were specific serial numbers that were affected), is that issue resolved? I like to do low light photography and landscape. Please suggest. Thanks,

Photography Technique / Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:37:24 PM »
I have a tripod with a Kirk ballhead which I like and have no problems with.  I anticipate exchanging the tripod legs and keeping the head. I also anticipate getting a super tele sometime later this year. I am wondering whether I should just use the ballhead (weight limit permitting) or explore a gimbal head. Having never used one I have no idea whether it is necessarily useful for me. I main interests are landscapes but want to do wildlife, just haven't had the time to do some wildlife travel. Currently no interest in Birds in flight which I gather is a very good use for gimbals. I understand that gimbal head require a lens collar? I do have a couple of lenses which do not come with a collar. Any input appreciated.

Photography Technique / Night Shot- Brooklyn Bridge
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:17:30 PM »
Here is a shot I took the other day. Beautiful NY evening, perfect for this sort of a thing. One of my all time favorite subjects to shoot as well!

ISO 200, F14, 38mm and 20 sec shot on tripod with cable release straight out of camera, no post at all. Please critique how you would compose it differently.

My questions:
- I would crop more of the water  and sky out to get tighter in. Also bring the edges in tighter on the right side of the frame. Would you?
- I don't really like the carousel in the glass room. Would like to remove it. Would you do the same or do you think it actually adds to the picture?
-  I am just beginning to learn PS CS5 and know nothing about layers etc, so if you were to remove the glass house how would you do it?
- I am not sure but think that the entire bridge is not in focus despite shooting at F14. Do you think so too?


Photography Technique / Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:56:07 AM »
I seem to be having trouble using my remote release while using Live View. I use  Vello's Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote with the 5D MK III. The on camera shutter release works fine. When I use the remote cable release without the live view it works fine but when I try it with live view it just doesn't work. I have to switch back to the viewfinder to take the shot or use the camera button. I noticed this during night shots as otherwise I don't use the remote release.
Is there an issue with this unit, or a setting I may have not activated/deactivated?
Thanks for your help.

Photography Technique / Aspect ratio
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:09:03 PM »
The canon 5D III has aspect ratios that you can pick from. Is there a preferred one or how does one pick?

Photography Technique / Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:26:14 AM »
I recently cropped some images and when uploaded to a printing site they would not fit their specs. and got cropped even more to fit their dimensions. How does one crop without having these issues? Are their any dimensions to be kept in mind for a specific print size? If I take an image straight out of camera with no cropping this issue does not happen and I can pick and choose whatever print size I want without worrying about the file size or dimensions. Please educate. Thanks

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