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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica Lens M-50 mm. F/0.95 NOCTITUS M ASPH
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:44:59 PM »
If you want something exotic and faster than the canon 50mm 1.2, then look on ebay and find the canon 50mm 1.0L....

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:44:31 PM »
A couple of mine...

Through the Cracks… by @!ex, on Flickr

Marvelous Multnomah by @!ex, on Flickr

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:32:20 AM »
A couple new ones...

Pit Stop by @!ex, on Flickr

End of the Line, by @!ex, on Flickr

Abandoned in Plain Sight by @!ex, on Flickr

In the Light by @!ex, on Flickr

Winding Sunset by @!ex, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:15:00 AM »
Not sure if the 16-35 has a rear filter holder, but I use the 14mmL mkii and a piece of 13 stop kodak wratten gel.  It is great because I have no heavy filters or plates to carry around so I am always ready to shoot long exposure and it is a lot cheaper too, and some say the kodak wratten gels are some of the most color neutral filters available.  Sometimes they are kinda hard to track down though due to their diminishing role and the downfall of Kodak.  Here are a couple shots I've done with this system.

300 Seconds at 13,000 Feet by @!ex, on Flickr

Is Where I Drew Some Blood by @!ex, on Flickr

Road to Eldorado by @!ex, on Flickr

Empty at Rush Hour by @!ex, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Normal RAW vs Dual ISO Raw Example Video
« on: July 17, 2013, 02:34:16 PM »
If anyone is interested in the technical details Alex (the main guy responsible for magic lantern) has linked a pdf describing the background on this method in the magic lantern forum.  If you scroll through the cmments you can also find the compiled build of ML with this feature.

picture is worth a thousand words

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:37:22 PM »
My apologies for two things:

1. Piggybacking off this thread (my problem I think is related so I posted here as not to clog up the forums)
2. I am a new poster, so therefore I am probably going to make a mistake (wrong forum, topic is exhausted, etc.)

I always get nervous to post because it seems like some are overly critical, and I really just need some help to push me forward instead of getting me frustrated and putting my camera away indefinitely.  Someone else was taking photos w/ a Nikon at this event and even though hers were a little color-casted they came out extremely more vibrant than mine SOOC.

I seem to have the problem of the super dull flat photos coming straight out of camera.  I shoot on 'faithful' as I have read they are the truest colors.  For more "important" stuff I shoot raw but this photo in particular was jpeg.  This was outside on a very sunny day with some cloud cover at times.

I tried to follow some of the steps in this forum, but found that I obviously am doing something wrong as the photo either gets completely washed out or the skin does.  The "Auto Color" helped a bit, however, could someone help me by showing me their edit?  And most importantly, how they adjusted the level or curve to make the difference? 

I feel like I have a lot of decent shots that I never post because I never had any help on "proper" workflow to color correct photos.  I could really use some guidance.

Thanks in advance.

I went ahead and gave it a quick (less then 5 min) boost in post.  I usually start with levels, then curves, then any type of hue adjustment (you had a bit of a green cast), then lens effects (vignette, distortion), noise (none in this one), then doge and burn to my liking and sometimes a bit of levels again at the end.  One of the main reasons I don't find lightroom  adequate is the lack of levels adjustments, lame.  I use both aperture and lightroom (as they both have some advantages over each other) for minor tweaks, but most major stuff is done in PS.  Hope that at least helps a little

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:58:26 PM »
Here is another video showing what the focus pulls look like when you use the touchscreen to focus while you are shooting in live view.  It actually looks pretty nice.  They also have some examples of auto focus ect.  if you watch after the credits in the middle of the video they replay the video with an overlay showing focus info and some metadata.

Bump +1, love to see more examples.  I may buy an old 5d mkii and modify, but still interested in what an unmodified mk3 can do.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:17:20 PM »
It's time to call the maid...


To be honest I don't think this particular image is really benefitting from HDR, in fact I would argue that it is hurting the image. 

There isn't a very high dynamic range in this composition, in fact I'm sure you could have probably gotten all the highlight and lowlight values in this shot from a single exposure.  It seems that you are using HDR to simply amplify the detail contrast to accentuate the grungyness of the scene.  The main problem with this is that now you have enhanced the micro contrast of the area of the picture that is out of focus causing the bokeh to become very nervous and distracting (the opposite of what bokeh should be). 

If you want the micro contrast in the foreground there are many ways to achieve this effect without global hdr on the entire image.  Just my constructive criticism.


I am curious to find out what everyone thinks.  I definitely have much worse focus on the outer focus points on my 5d3 with the 50 1.2.  I've even sent the lens into can once, with little effect.

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:57:19 AM »
Speaking of joking...  (look closely, you will recognize the face..)

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:47:21 AM »
Its always easier to shoot it right than to fix it in post. This image is challenging due to the unflattering shadows on the face. OP should try to fill these in a little with flash or a reflector.
You have completely changed the subject's face, and honestly, it looks a little disturbing and alien-like.  Go easy on the brushes.  Sorry to be critical, but it just looks really strange.

+1, wtf happened.   Looks like a creepy mannequin now.  I had to do a double take because I thought it was a joke at first...

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: May 29, 2013, 05:55:48 PM »
It's not that big of a deal.  It's a photo edit.  I love his photography.  Which by the way, the above are not his shots.

it was just a 2 minute edit.  I think I did go a bit overboard on the eyes and maybe a little to much skin smoothing, but I wasn't really going for perfection (or maybe going for too much perfection...).  Thanks for the compliment though.

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