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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:17:43 AM »
Jrista,One of the best I have seen of this area (you should submit it for the astronomy picture of the day). There is so much more blue in this area compared to the rest of the sky I could see how the cls might interfere with the fainter stuff. I use an IDAS and will have to try without it (if I ever get a clear night). Weixing, just set a custom white balance with the filter in place during the daytime, you can also use this time to take your flats , if you use them. 

Abstract / Re: What do you see?
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:21:26 PM »
what I was actually doing here was trying to maximize the height of the spout and increase the colliding drop size. I went to far and got more of a dribble for the second drop. I used a homemade piezo sensor to detect the first drop hitting the tank then varied the time till flash from there, I think these were like 200 milli second after first contact. The Camera axe makes this fairly easy and the piezo sensor makes it very repeatable. There is a lot of information on the Camera Axe forums.  Oh and I was seeing about the same things as everyone else.

Abstract / Re: What do you see?
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:52:09 AM »
I did not take any pictures of the setup. I use a Camera Axe  it is an an Arduino based camera trigger with lots of options including a water valve. In these shots I used a piece of black lexan for the backdrop a blue and red gelled flash on opposite sides and a flash off camera. These were actually quite accidental, but that makes water drop shooting fun, no two are exactly alike. I don't use a completely dark room but dark enough for 2-3 second exposures, the flashes freeze everything ( use manual lowest setting ). 

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:09:27 PM »
I have used the 2xmkiii with the v1 . I am trying to learn BIF so this is not a good example probably, but its all I have available on this computer. Remember in some else's hands I think it would be much better. But maybe it will help.
handheld 2x mk3

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:07:05 AM »
I bought a used vI and it is great on the 5DmkIII, but it even brought new life to the 40D. My favorite before it was the 200 2.8 II , Still is my go to for the kids playing outside .The 300 is sweet just is not as grab and go. My intent was also for soccer just have not had the  time.

300 on 40D

Photography Technique / Re: Square or not?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:15:32 PM »
+1 square. and a very nice image too.

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:21:43 AM »
+1 on the timer, also did a factory reset on the 5DmkIII to play with magic lantern. Before I had put my settings back in a storm came though and I got some amazing lighting shots ( I thought). Went to download and 200 shots took less than a minute ? Yep, 5DmkIII defaults to jpeg not raw, some nice pictures but they would have been GREAT photographs.

Lighting / Re: stopping motion with a light trigger
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:43:45 AM »

Anyways, the piezo sensor I rigged up (canabalized an old buzzer and stole the piezo element) has by far worked the best and most consistently for me.

+1 on the piezo sensor, have to turn the radio off when using it.

Lighting / Re: stopping motion with a light trigger
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:42:30 AM »
I use the Camera Axe, its open source, so you can build your own if your handy with electronics and soldering. Lots of different ways to trigger , sound , lazer, light, etc.

Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:03:24 AM »
I have noticed the live view focus is a lot slower in low light, so my guess is it couldn't get focus. You could try "quick focus" in live view, manual pg 207, and see if that helps. But I would use manual focus at night.

Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:43:38 AM »
I used mine on a 5DmkIII yesterday in live view with no problems. Some things to check like focus priority, mirror lockup,I do use back button focus. I assume since you said night shots you were in manual focus single shot ? I have never had a problem with mine that I couldn't trace back to me.  ;D

« on: August 22, 2014, 05:40:04 PM »
A couple of my favorites

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 19, 2014, 10:19:39 AM »
I really didn't do this one justice, but thought every one here would enjoy it. Looked like a rain out so I wasn't expecting anything and of course the best things happen when least prepared. By the time I retrieved the camera it was fading fast, so just a few quick shots . This is probably 1/3 the intensity that it started at, I am not very good at color adjustment the red was actually much deeper than it came out.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:52:55 PM »
Thanks Click and Candyman. This one was almost cheating, if the storms hold off you knew it would happen. Just a matter of not blowing it, which I am more than capable of doing. ::)

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:39:03 AM »
From my backyard, not really very interesting ( or pretty) , but the sky really caught fire. 4 shot pano I really wish I had taken more

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