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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 :-)


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)?


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

Lenses / 400 mm question
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:56:07 PM »

Locally, there is a used 400 mm 2.8 L II USM (NOT the IS version) to be had for 3000 €. Taking the age and weight and the fact that Canon won't repair it into account, does it make any sense to get it? Or would it be better to wait for a used IS-version mark I?


Photography Technique / How To Remove Weird Colours
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:17:14 PM »
Dear fellow CRs.

A few days ago I attended a concert in a small bar in town and, my GF happening to be a fan of the artist, took quite some photos (50 1.2). I checked every now and then for the colour and continued shooting happily, because I couldn't see any problems on the camera screen (5DIII).

Imagine my dismay when, after importing the photos into lightroom they came out like the first one. The vignetting at 1.2 doesn't bother me at all, but the sick purple of the face is not at all likeable.

In a first attempt to repair the damage, I moved the sliders for purple to -21 (colour), -50 (saturation) and -33 (luminance), and moved the second slider for the whitebalance to -90, which resulted in the second photo. It is already much better, but still not really good. In addition to the still purplish face, the shadows are sort of red-orange.

There was a spotlight, directed at his head and upper torso, which I suspect to be the reason for this, but the colours are far from the ones seen with the naked eye and on the rear screen.

For the third photo I moved the saturation slider for orange to -78, to get rid of the orange shadows on his face and neck. This is now already again much better, but still not perfect.

In my desperation, I converted the frame to b/w (last photo), and while this is something I can live with (actually, I will probably live with the third one, if necessary), I would like to ask if anybody has got a better solution, which I could use for one photo and then copy to the others. Maybe there is none and this is simply the reason why so many concert photos are in b/w  ;)

I don't have photoshop or anything like it, just lightroom 4.3. And you can tell, I'm not really familiar with all its details and features  :(

Any hints, tips, ideas most welcome :-)


Lenses / Best setup for falling stars
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:43:44 AM »
I'm spending next Monday night trying to capture the falling stars and an not quite sure how best to do this. I checked the forum and there are a few threads about it, but mostly about the night sky and not so much about falling stars.

Currently I own the 7D and 5DIII and plan to use both on tripods with the usual trimmings (mirror lock-up, remote trigger with 2 or 10 seconds delay), but haven't fully decided about the lenses and the camera settings.

Lens-wise I have at my disposal the following (partly my own, partly from a friend) (U)WA lenses:

Samyang 8 mm 3.5 fisheye
Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5
Samyang 14 mm 2.8
Canon 16-35 mm II 2.8

My initial idea was to use the following setup:

5DIII + Sammy 14, at 2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 800
7D + 10-22, at 10 mm 3.5, 30 seconds, ISO 1600

What is your idea about that? Catching falling stars is the main objective, so I might bend or even break the rule of 600 a bit, preferring photos with them and some motion blur of the others stars. Also, I know that I could crank the ISO quite a lot higher with the 5DIII, but shorter times again reduce my chance of getting a meteor.

Unfortunately I am going to the countryside with some friends for this and don't have the opportunity to properly test the settings on-site beforehand. However, I took some photos there last year, and here is an example with the 5DIII, the 24 1.4 at 2.2, with 51 seconds and ISO 400 (never mind the blur, I wasn't properly supporting the cam). This year it might be a bit darker, because we're going to be there between 2:00 and 4:00, and last year we were there at 23:00.

I'll do some initial test-shots when we get settled there, but a small hint would be most welcome. Also whether the 8 mm fishy might be a better choice for the 7D.

Sports / Basketball
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:37:49 PM »

couldn't find a thread dedicated to basketball, so thought I'll open one with some examples from the game Gmunden vs. Kapfenberg a month ago. All shot with 5DIII and 70-200 2.8 II. (The full set can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/80270150@N06/sets/72157632875985126/ )

Any comments highly welcome, especially in terms of noise reduction - this is a topic where I'm just learning  :)

20130120-0327_Gmunden von stephan_n auf Flickr

20130120-0673_Gmunden von stephan_n auf Flickr

20130120-0789_Gmunden von stephan_n auf Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Backup body for vacation
« on: February 13, 2013, 02:05:16 PM »
I'm going to South Africa on a 3-weeks vacation in November, about 50% wildlife and 50% landscape and other tourist stuff. As a backup and for extended reach I would like to pair my 5DIII with an aps-C/H body (my old 550D is most likely not up for it).

Since for me the 5DIII is more than adequate in all other respects, I don't want to invest too much money in this additional body, as I will sell it again and don't want to loose too much money in that progress, and I might purchase a 300 2.8 to go with it (for the 5DIII I've got the 70-200 2.8 II), and that lens costs quite a bit  :(

At a local dealer there is a used 1DIII available for 1200 €, as well as a used 7D for 900 € (incl. grip), both not in perfect condition, but I'm confident that they are working well enough for my purposes.

The question now is which of the two is overall the better choice, considering fps, mp, iso, build, reach, af, etc.? Maybe somebody here has firsthand-knowledge of both of them and can help me decide  :)

Or would it be better to get a 1DIV (or 7DII, if it arrives in time) and sell it afterwards? This would give the best body, for sure, but I'm afraid that having purchased it, I won't be able to part with it again, even if I don't need it, and I can't really afford this  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Insects
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:45:38 AM »
Two insect close-ups, both hand-held.

Taken with the 5Diii and the 100 L macro:

20120805-0098_Botanischer_Garten von stephan_n auf Flickr

Taken with the 5Diii and the 24-70, a little bit out of focus, but I just like the way it's hanging there  :)

20120724-0184_Holland von stephan_n auf Flickr

Street & City / Street Artists
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:18:30 PM »
Hi, not sure whether the topic belongs here, but I'll give it a try  ;)

There was a three-days festival with hundreds of street-artists (is this the correct expression?) in my hometown just now, and I managed to get a couple of nice shots (full set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/80270150@N06/sets/72157630694110542/ ). Any comments highly welcome, especially in terms of processing - all I did, was to apply the lens profile and do some cropping.

20120721-0140_Linz_Pflasterspektakel by picsig_s on Flickr

20120720-0186_Linz_Pflasterspektakel by picsig_s on Flickr

20120719-0092_Linz_Pflasterspektakel by picsig_s on Flickr

20120720-0210_Linz_Pflasterspektakel by picsig_s on Flickr

Sports / Swimming
« on: July 15, 2012, 12:20:27 PM »
Hi there. Seems that there isn't a general thread for swimming yet, so I thought, I'll open one.

Recently I took some pictures at a swimming-event not far from where I live, using my 550D and the 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 II most of the time. Here are two of them, I would welcome any comments about them or about the full set at http://www.flickr.com/photos/80270150@N06/sets/72157630346283722/with/7456405328/ .

20120526-0294_Wels_Schwimmen von picsig_s auf Flickr

20120526-0615_Wels_Schwimmen von picsig_s auf Flickr

After this event, I got my 5DIII, and of course I had to try it out, all shots with the 70-200 - and I was really amazed by the number of keepers, more than 73% as compared to around 40% with the 550D. Unfortunately, this time it was not possible to get to the start-area, so no close-ups and no shots from the front  :(

The full set is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/80270150@N06/sets/72157630448907988/with/7514453640/ , and two samples from it:

20120630-0070_Linz_Schwimm_LM von picsig_s auf Flickr

20120630-0580_Linz_Schwimm_LM von picsig_s auf Flickr

The only post-processing I did, was to use the lens-profile in Lightroom and of course do some cropping.

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