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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:12:43 AM »
A collegue and photo-friend - in action - at Kullen (SW part of Sweden).

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Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:06:48 AM »
A very interesting topic with good info. (Such as the points about using 90 mm TS/E for macro work).

Your plan to start out with an etension tube sounds like a good way to gain some experience.

My experience is solely with the Canon 100 mm L macro.
I like this optics very much - good build, handles well, great function with many uses.
And I am very pleased with the IQ.

I am still in the learning-phase regarding macro-photo, but find it both fun, challenging and rewarding.

For me the 100mm length seems to be the right choice (on FF with my 6D). Also very useful for portraits btw. If you work with things like nervous insects you should consider also longer FL.

I attach a few samples:
1. Live insect (but not in flight), AF is a must, and IS is very much an advantage here. 1/60s, f/11, ISO 800. Approx 60% crop.
2. Same image, but 100% of cropped resolution
3. Food close-up. 2.5 s, f/18, ISO 400.  Manual focus, tripod
4. Food / Spices, 1/13s, f/22, ISO 400. Manual focus, tripod
No 4 Illustrates sharpness well (even at f/22) - notice the thin red thread between cinnamon and peppercorns.

Appreciate comments - and look forward to hear your experience.

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Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:28:45 AM »
Hi Sabaki.
Congratulations on your decision to move to 6D (hope you will be as thrilled as I am, since I moved to 6D from crop, 450D).
Seeing that you have the 100mm 2.8 L macro I suggest, that you start out with that one to get some feel for the FL (not too far from 85mm as many suggested above) and the much greater bokeh on FF, than you were used to on crop. I like it for portraits - though not exactly a 'monster'.
Based on that you can make a more experienced decision.

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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:37:34 AM »
I recently started shooting last year and absolutely love shooting pans. Here are a few of my favorites from last weekends race in Hood River, Or.

Kirt Voreis 5dmkIII 70-200 (142mm) IS 1/20th f16 iso 320


end of quote from Yuro - now text from PKinDenmark

Hi Yuro
I like your pans very much - especially the first one. very intense and great colour.

I add a few of mine. These are definitely NOT action-photos.
Rather they show the relaxed life in cycle-friendly Copenhagen.

All Canon 450D, 24-105 mm L.
#1: 1/40s, f/7.1, @74mm
#2: 1/40s, f/10, @105mm
#3: 1/40s, f/7.1, @105mm

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:28:50 AM »
This really had me thinking priorities.

Two most important pieces:  My 2 Clarinets (A and B).
Then - if more permitted: Some sort of point and shoot to replace all the DSLR stuff (6D based). This will hurt, but the value of DSLR is to be able to add MANY pieces of gear, so if that has to change, a more allround G16 or Fuji something will be the choice.
Then - after that: My third clarinet (C).

I hope not - but then again some other things matter even more, should we end up in some bad situation.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: June 24, 2014, 10:50:22 AM »
Many good BW photos in this post. Great inspiration, thank you.

My three selected shots:
1. Kullen (in Sweden) - I like this group of people - a group but still seems very not connected
2. Plates and fork - thank you to Andre Kertesz for strong inspiration
3. Another kitchen utensil

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:35:30 AM »
So much good work here.

Still I dare to add two of my most recent.
Both from Southwestern Sweden
#1: Kullen. 6D, 16-35mm f/2.8L @ 16mm. f/11, 1/80s, ISO 400
#2: Hovs Hallar: 6D, 24mm TS/E, f/13, 1/8s, ISO 100 (tripod), eveninglight from the left

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What a terrible situation to start this fantasy.
I am currently a very happy 6D-owner - 14 months on the meter right now.
I am definitely staying in the Canon-camp, as Canon has provided the growth-path, that I needed, since I started digital in 2004 (Canon G5, then 450D, now 6D), and I am very comfortable with the user-interface as a whole.

Should I have to re-start from scratch today, I would probably choose 6D again, as for me it is the perfect balance between IQ, other capabilites and size (I do not want anything bigger / heavier).
However that would change with timing, as we are now quite much into the 6D lifecycle. I know it is not near-term, but of course I would be happy to move into a 6D II or whatever such a thing would be named. The main improvement, that I would look for just now, is a more capable AF-system for action.
My set of lenses serves me well, too. I Intend to stay in the f/4 family (again my sort of compromise), as it becomes clearer, that there will be a strong range of f/4 quality lenses. Here some of the new tools look promising (16-35mm f/4 to replace my old 16-35 f/2.8 Mk I).
Ideas for some changes:
 - 50mm f/1.4 upgrade to ... ?  I would probably wait for Canon on that
 - 100mm L 2.8 macro (bought it when on crop) - I might consider the longer 180mm
 - upgrade on flash - from current 420EX to ...? Do not know just now
And then add something longer than my 70-200 L IS f/4.
 - a new 100-400mm II  ??  :-)
 - a 150-600mm perhaps (would be my first non-Canon lens)

So overall: Should this ever happen (hope not), please wait a couple of years for some of the vapor to become solid, and for some sort of 6D upgrade to materialize.

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Lenses / Re: Traveling to the UK/Ireland
« on: May 24, 2014, 11:14:15 AM »
My suggestion:  6D + 24-105 solely. It is a great kit.
Keep it light, this you can carry in a shoulder-bag and include other travel items.

Exactly what I did in a tour of UK last spring.
Wonderful country to travel - castles, nature, weather - all very photogenic.
Included below a few examples:

Added: Bring (of course) a spare battery, and a POL-filter. Also for me a Black-Rapid strap.

Above kit was chosen based on this trip being primarily a family vacation (as opposed to primarily a photo-tour). I have found it wise to know when you do one or the other.
For at photo-tour I would add more - wider (for the cathedrals etc.) and longer optics, and 24 mm TS/E would be great, too. And the pub-photo would have benefitted from the 50mm 1.4.

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Lenses / Re: Traveling to the UK/Ireland
« on: May 24, 2014, 03:05:13 AM »
My suggestion:  6D + 24-105 solely. It is a great kit.
Keep it light, this you can carry in a shoulder-bag and include other travel items.

Exactly what I did in a tour of UK last spring.
Wonderful country to travel - castles, nature, weather - all very photogenic.
Include a few examples:

Added: Include (of course) a spare battery, and a POL-filter. Also for me a Black-Rapid strap.

Above kit was chosen based on this trip being primarily a family vacation (as opposed to primarily a photo-tour). I have found it wise to know when you do one or the other.
For at photo-tour I would add more - wider (for the cathedrals etc.) and longer optics, and 24 mm TS/E would be great, too. And the pub-photo would have benefitted from the 50mm 1.4.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:38:13 PM »
Great Blue Hour shots above - I like the Utah sceneries very much.

Want to add these two: (Both made in 2011 with my then trusty Canon 450D)

1. 24-105mm L, @32mm, 6s, f/16, ISO 100
2. 10-22mm, @15mm, 20s, f/6.3, ISO 200

1. With the ghost-boat coming slowly into harbour, I had some luck ( ! ) in timing the shot, so that it's light-streaks were placed exactly between the two poles.
2. Was hard work, as I had to run several times to three stairwells to activate the lights and then expose, before they timed out (and fun , too). I like the result.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:33:20 PM »
My contribution to this long thread: A 'Hang-around'.
North of Copenhagen there is a large population of red deer. This is shot in early October 2013, when the red deer were rutting. 
This bull did not have his own herd of females, so he was hanging around to look for his opportunity.
I could get quite close to him (this was about as close as I wanted to get) and was happy to get this framing of the shot.
Canon 6D, with 70-200 f/4 L IS @154mm (cropped to around 70% of frame)
ISO 800, 1/250s, f/5.6.


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Street & City / Re: Architectural Contrasts - with 24mm TS/E and 6D
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:12:40 AM »
hi again.
I went out again looking for contrasts in architecture.
These two modern neighbouring buildings shows just that.

This time using 70-200mm L f/4.0 IS. (So the Subject does not fit completely anymore, but would not open a new)

1.  A close-up on the contrast.      FL: 121mm, ISO=400, 1/320s, F/9.0
2. Full body shot of the buildings. FL: 100mm, ISO=400, 1/125s, f/10.0


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Street & City / Re: 6D 70/300L Eclectic
« on: February 08, 2014, 03:24:57 AM »
Petach,
What great shots you show here. . You have a fine eye for the lines in your architectural surroundings.
And you make very good use of the 6D with a tele-zoom.
My favourite above is the Canary Wharf Station - such great composition and light. Was that really made using 70-300? Looks more wide to me. Top work!

I did some architecture with 6D recently as well, but with the TS/E 24mm so well suited for architectural close-ups.  Some samples are in this same category: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19409.0



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Street & City / Re: Architectural Contrasts - with 24mm TS/E and 6D
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:12:11 AM »
Thank you all for your feedback - and your time spent 'reading' my images.

Regarding reflections and potential use of polarizer: I had the same consideration, and decided not to pursue this, as I wanted strongest possible reflections (the polarizer in my view would weaken / remove these) - and by the way I do not have the CPL in 82mm, which this lens requires.
Any ideas on how to use a CPL to strengthen the refelction?

To old-pr-pix: Thank you for your comments re. #1 vs #2.  I agree on #1 being more busy, while #2 is cleaner and has stronger lines. However I can not decide which I prefer, as #1 has more variation and interesting colour-play going on, which I also like.

To wtloyd: Thank you for commenting on the patches of snow on the steps. They played a role in my choice of pov.

Regarding technique: I ensured the tripod was level, then set the lens at zero shift and made sure that my line of view was horisontal (in live view checking that vertical lines were actually vertical), then shifted the lens upwards to include the composition, that I wanted.
Additional info: In Lightroom I actually made a small correction for vertical alignment of #2. And must agree, that it is still not perfect in the right part of the image. So room for a bit more adjustment.

Main advantage of TS/E for me here has been:
 - you get very close to perfect vertical lines even when you want to compose 'upwards'
 - you can create a composition using the full sensor (no need to crop away e.g. a lot of uninteresting ground)
 - a lens that is very sharp right out to the corners (you loose some of that advantage, when you shift a lot)
 - it calls for a very slow and careful process, which in turn makes me more aware of my composition-choices

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