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Phottix Strato II's, cheap and get the job done.

$100ish for transmitter/receiver combo.

They are 5-in-1...can do a couple of different jobs for you.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:57:50 PM »
Weatherman said we were supposed to get a thunderstorm with a whole bunch of clouds so I decided NOT to take the 3 hour drive to dark sky territory I had planned.

Then just before midnight...the clouds VANISHED.

So I jumped in the car and booked it as far north as I could in an hour.

Not ideal, but fairly dark skies.

Played around for a few hours.

Below is a composite. About 18 or so meteors & the Milky Way.

6D, Tokina 11-16mm at 16mm, 2.8, 6400, 25 seconds.

Lenses / Re: Best setup for falling stars
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:32:33 PM »
I am in NO way an expert, but have had some fun playing at this before, unfortunately I have been under clouds the last 2 years of persieds.

1. When taking star field shots those stationary stars have a chance to 'burn in' on the sensor at lower ISO's.

2. However, because meteors are fleeting you are going to want to pump your ISO to catch them.

With the 5d iii you'll be comfortable shooting at around 6400 and adjust your shutter/aperture to your preference.

I'd say start at your widest aperture (1.4, 2.8, 4) then adjust your shuttter til you get a decent exposure.

This may mean a fairly short shutter speed. However, if you have an intervalometer you can set it to keep taking MANY shots.

You can then stack any shots that captured a meteor in PS and 'paint' them into one image. (layers are your friend)

If you want to get a 'radiant' shot, aim your camera up at Perseus and you'll get a radiant/starburst-y effect.

With the 7D i wouldn't go over 1600 ISO, too much noise. 25-30 seconds at 2.8.

If you still want more detailed instructions just google 'photographing a meteor shower' there are TONS of resources on the net.

your initial set-up idea looks good to me.

5DIII + Sammy 14, at 2.8, 30 secs (probably much less), ISO 6400 (or the 16-35mm)

7D + 10-22, at 10 mm 3.5, 30 seconds, ISO 1600

I'll be shooting with both my 6D and T3i this year, I'll probably do a radiant timelapse with the 6D and set the T3i at several different parts of the sky.

Find something 'INTERESTING' that you can put in the foreground...tree, rocks, skyline, etc.

Maybe try some light painting...take a flash light and paint the foreground objects with light to make them pop. If you leave the camera in the same spot, you can then composite the foreground with any meteor shots in post.

Above all have fun.

Cheers and enjoy.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:39:44 PM »
Have a chance to buy a 4 month old 6D with less than 3K clicks, with receipt for $1,550.00

Is that a good deal?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:56:06 AM »
Strobists will be happy if the spec list at B&H is correct.

Max sync = 250th of a second.

And another first....

It has a focus assist (AF) beam.

2, until now, Nikon only perks.

+1 for

Also, adoramatv on the Youtube...Mark Wallace is VERY good at teaching, he does all the Digital Photography 1-on-1 stuff. (he has his own channel on there too, snapfactory.)

And finally, for all things lighting. Start with the 101 and keep going.


EOS Bodies / Re: 6D with 3 flavor + Improve AF (compare to 5dm2)
« on: October 15, 2012, 12:06:22 PM »
Had a chance to play with the 6D a little at the Exposure show in Toronto yesterday. Although the card slots were NOT glued over, I didn't have a card with me to bring back files to peak at...

However, the AF worked quite well. I was able to lock focus on the rafters, which were VERY dark, instantly with the 70-200mm. It worked almost as fast with the 24-105mm.

I was going to drop the money a 5d mk ii, but after holding it my hand and playing around...I think I'll be saving up a few more pennies and getting the 6D after the early adopters run through the first batches and the price drops a little.

Solid camera that fills a gap and updates on the 5d mk ii' abilities.


Lighting / Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:16:07 PM »
Evening light is usually slightly warmer than straight daylight.

Best advice would be to start with a 1/4 CTO gel and see if you are closer, then move up to 1/2 CTO or full if needed.


Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 12, 2012, 04:41:01 PM »
I raced home from a wedding reception, busted out my T3i w/ the kit lens. Sadly, it's widest angle I have. (I could pop the 24-105 on, but I'd loose filed of view. (Tried to buy the Tokina 11-16mm earlier in the week but the local places are sold out. Grrr.)

A couple of test exposures later I settled for 18mm, f3.5, ISO1600, 30 seconds. Set the magic lantern interval at 30 secs.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize the lens had started to get covered in condensation after a few dozen shots. I only got two usable frames and even they are a bit dodgy.

Tried to go buy those hand warmers. Impossible to find in the middle of the summer.

I picked up a microwaveable gel pack, I'll keep nuking it and putting it back on the lens tonight.

* Frost crosses fingers for clear skies.


IMG_2148.jpg by MRG Photo, on Flickr

IMG_2154.jpg by MRG Photo, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Alien Landscapes
« on: July 25, 2012, 05:18:09 AM »
First time post.

Having some fun with my new macro lens. These seem pretty damn alien to me. ;)

Very cool.  Which macro?


I picked up the 60mm 2.8 EF-S Macro a few weeks ago.

Loving the sharpness and ability to shoot 1:1. Those pics are of extremely tiny moss-like tubular growth on a really old wooden fence beam right beside the backyard pond.


Landscape / Re: Alien Landscapes
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:16:02 PM »
First time post.

Having some fun with my new macro lens. These seem pretty damn alien to me. ;)

Alien Landscape Sunset by MRG Photo, on Flickr

Alien Landscape Dawn by MRG Photo, on Flickr

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