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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:54:33 PM »
Never, EVER, touch a big white! They carry the GAS virus! Ask Dylan!  8)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:44:57 PM »
Hey guy's not been online in a while but here are 2 from a shoot the other day with the 1dx and 85 1.2LII :-)

Nice Bornshooter, good to see your Posting again, miss your Images, adds.......energy to the morning coffee.

That kind of "energy" can kill guys our age... ::)

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Technical Support / Re: Fix for a large CP Filter Stuck on Lens
« on: May 31, 2014, 02:43:20 PM »
All of these are great ideas, I keep a wide rubber band around my filter case for this reason.  My B+W CPL is notorious for getting stuck really good.  You could also try warming it up a bit in the hot sun or whatever safe method can raise the temp of the filter enough to slightly enlarge it and cause it to loosen up a bit.

I would stay away from duct tape however.  The only tape I will put on my equipment is high quality gaffer tape.  That won't leave any residue and sticks very well.

Boy, that's what I thought Rusty! That duct tape goo would be almost impossible to get off!

I was thinking of that blue tape that has a mild adhesive and can pull off a wall without hurting the paint? You know what I'm talking about... Although I think a wide, large rubber band is a pretty slick idea!  8)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 31, 2014, 02:27:12 PM »
Big kitty
400mm, f2.8,  ISO 200,  1/1000

That is great, Menace!

I'm amazed at the DOF you got, it's sharp from the tip of his nose almost back to the eyes! I would have thought a 400mm wide-open would give you about an inch!  :)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:29:20 PM »
Boys and their toys! I really, really LOVE this lens! It is a "no excuses" lens - if you didn't get the shot right, it was you... ;)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:25:27 PM »
Londolozi Sth Africa right on Sunset

1Dx 400f/2.8 II, shot @ f/4.0 & 1/200th ISO200

Man, Edward, you NAILED that one!  :)

A 400mm @ 1/200th? I know it has IS, but was this handheld or beanbag/mono/tri?

I want to add my vote for an actual book! The guys are right - seeing these on a laptop doesn't do them justice!

I request a special offering for CR brethren that includes the author's/artist's signature! And maybe a cocktail party in Australia when you launch the publication!  ;)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 19, 2014, 06:36:57 PM »
From a RAW. Not real crazy with the skin tones from RAW. JPG's were solid.

Nice pair of.....Sunglasses ???

Ummmm, I think the skin tones are just fine   ::)

Uh, what skin tones?

Edward, did you notice the right side of the frame? Another pair of...sunglasses...were tragically omitted at capture!  ::)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:12:46 PM »
Great tips on this thread!

I remember buying Kodak lens cleaner and those flat packs of Kodak tissues! When I got my first microfiber cloths, gee it must have been around 1995, I never bought those paper tissues again! I could put a drop of liquid cleaner on a corner of the cloth and clean things perfectly... For a light smudge, just exhale on the glass to provide a little moisture and the microfiber would magically lift it off - technology is awesome!

Fast forward to present day and your questions... I'm a lot with jrista - my lens pen brush gets first use to make sure surface grit is off... If it's  a light smudge, exhaled breath plus a Zeiss microfiber cloth... If the foreign object immediately looks to be stubborn - say ocean spray - then I go straight to a Zeiss pre-moistened wipe...

Sometimes, as awesome as the wipes are, there still seems to be a little streaking... I'll come back with a little exhaled breath and a microfiber - perfection!

I have never used the carbon end of my lens pen - chicken I guess - but I really should try it!

Agree again with jrista about the viewfinder! Gee, how does it get so nasty? My thing there is a Q-tip with a Zeiss wipe wrapped around the end... You get edge-to-edge cleaning - cause my big, fat fingers SURELY do not fit in there... Any residual? Your microfiber wrapped around the other end of the Q-tip and you're done...

Washes his microfiber with his regular laundry? *shudder* I remember when I got my very first cloth - the recommendations were to rinse thoroughly under warm, running water... I still use the same method... Squeeze it dry and "hang" it over something to air dry - which usually occurs fairly rapidly... I wash mine fairly often - merely using it will transfer some of your skin oils onto the cloth...

Lastly, when my rear LCD is nose/face smudged, straight to the Zeiss wipes! That solvent is the only thing I've found that cuts skin oil on the first wipe and just doesn't smudge it around...

Hope this helps, it was a fun discussion!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:31:10 PM »
1Dx Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/2 & 1/125th ISO800

Bali Nusa Dua

I kept looking in the frame for a leopard or a cheetah!  ;)

Love how that hat "pops" against the background!

How are you focusing that beast? By eye? Or using focus confirmation?

Always thrilled to see your work!

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:28:44 PM »
Went to Laguna Beach the other day and was loving that last 30 minutes of light!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:57:15 PM »
AWB would be the culprit Eldar, most people these days will leave white balance up to the Camera set to Auto, after all it can be fixed in Post.

I'm of the opinion that WB is best fixed in Camera, so I always set the white balance manually, just like you would for a jpg Image.

I normally leave it on AWB. As long as I shoot RAW it is easily adjustable in post. But in this case, where I thought I had set the same WB (temp and tint) on all images and everything looked exactly the same in LR and on print, I was surprised to see the difference that appeared when I posted them here.

What advantage do you actually get from setting WB manually in the camera? That is not apparent to me.


Hi Eldar, AWB works fine, most of the time, but if you want total control over colour caste in your Images, in Camera, you should look at Custom White Balance setting, or, shooting in Kelvin, I use all, including AWB, but will generally shoot either with a custom white balance or in Kelvin. Have a look at these three sites to get some idea.

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2013/whitebalance_creating_adjusting.shtml

http://fstoppers.com/learn-to-shoot-proper-white-balance-using-kelvin-temps

http://www.graphics.com/article-old/photography-fundamentals-white-balance

The benefits for myself are mostly around getting the best colour in camera that I can rather than leave it to an adjustment in Post, I learnt form a couple of excellent Photographers that the more you can tweak "in camera" the less you need to worry about in Post, and I feel every adjustment in Post contributes to noise and other downsides.

Most people will continue to shoot AWB because they are convinced it can all be taken care of in Post, and in most cases they are right, it can. But I believe there are real benefits to setting WB Manually, in particular when your viewing in Live View, I want to see, actually really see, what the Colour will look like in the final Image without going to Post to effect a change (remember what your actually seeing in Live View is a rendered jpg, not a RAW image).

I'm by no means a "Technical Photographer" (without a doubt Nuero, jrista could explain this much better then I, and some others as well), I'm more your "Gun & Run" type, but I've seen in my own Images the benefits to be had from setting WB manually.

I mostly went to shooting Manual WB because of the different colour caste you will find when shooting in bright light to shade, i.e.. outside a temple to inside, open savannah in the Mara to trees & shade, AWB will also work, but it's the Camera making the decision, not you, so you get what the Camera thinks is the right Kelvin Temperature in each situation, Cameras can't read minds so they do the best they are programmed to do.

You on the other hand are much smarter than the Camera with much better eye sight as well.

Thanks for the links Edward, I´ll give it a try. No so sure my brain works any better than the camera though ...  ::)


 ;D I say that all the time!  ;)

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Lighting / Re: Basic home studio setup question
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:47:26 PM »
You are getting some fantastic advice from pbd and Skir... I had never thought about the ST-E2 not working inside a softbox - that is a REALLY good point! Hence the strength of the 600 and its radio control...

I, personally, would not use TTL in a studio setting... Outside, when you are running and gunning, it can do amazing things delivering nice fill... But inside, you control all the light - I would get my manual settings down and have 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 ratios already worked out... That is why I like radio controllers or remote studio strobes - you don't have to mess around dialing in different settings when the flash is mounted inside your softbox/modifier...

I am a big believer in lighting the background separately - I like the way it adds dimension - if I had your kit (as is) I would put one 430 in a softbox, one 430 on the background, and bounce in the fill with a reflector... Oh, wait, I forgot about your 270! You could use that on-camera as a very soft direct fill...

Lastly, I can't remember if anyone said this, but I would invest in a flash meter... I just checked them and can't believe how expensive some of the high-dollar ones are! But I have one similar to this and it works great... http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/93222-REG/Shepherd_Polaris_SPD100_Polaris_Digital_Meter.html

Happy strobing!

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Lighting / Re: softbox
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:17:32 PM »
I would keep both lights - yes, a reflector will work for fill - but you usually have to have them very close to your subject(s)... I like to dial in a very light fill with my strobe...

I have (4) PB's - I like to be able to light the background, rim/hair light, main, and fill - the BEST thing about PB stuff (IMHO) is the WYSIWYG modeling lamps... Hopefully you bought one of their controllers so you can take advantage of adjusting your light ratios from behind the camera and not running around to all your lights...

Flash on!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 04:48:40 PM »
Here's "Smiley" (named Smiley for what appear to be rows of teeth on his jawline)

First image Smiley....second image Smiley with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!  ::)  ;D

Think your composition's a bit off  ;)

Composition AND focus, dammit!  8)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:24:29 PM »
1Dx
200mm f/2.0

great image...sharp sharp sharp!

gary...where do you get these wildlife images, are you near a wildlife refuge?

gary has a very large backyard and these are all his pets... ;D

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