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Long time lurker, first time post!

Welcome!!! ;)

Just for the record, I don't want to wait for Photokina because I'm going on a backpacking trip in two weeks so I was hoping to have it for that if I can manage!

Thanks!

Rule of thumb: if you need it now, get it now. FWIW I don't see a new 6D coming out for quite some time yet.

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I currently live in the Netherlands. Since I got serious about photography I've been to:

Japan
Turkey
India
Schotland
Cyprus
Oman & UAE
Costa Rica
Angola
Vietnam
Namibia
Cornwall
Malaysia

Pictures here: http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/reizen

Next up is Malaysia again, hopefully. A truly fabulous destination (I've lived there 12 yrs). I think I can get better photo's too because last time I was there I was very new to photography.

Other destinations?

Maybe Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Chile, something exotic... we'll see.





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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: Today at 06:12:12 PM »
I never used the neck straps or cables either. I figure it will help resale with it unused and I don't like neck straps anyway.

I do use the neck straps but rarely put them around my neck. I'll wrap the strap around my arm to get a little extra security against dropping or theft, and it's handy sometimes to have one camera body hanging from a shoulder if I'm handling two camera's at once. On occasion I do put the strap around my neck if there is a real risk the camera may be knocked out of my hands or if people are directly below the spot where I'm taking my photo's from.

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Given that Canon India's 'Big Splash' turned out to be a photo contest, can you blame us for going off-topic?   :o

Link:  http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=10196

- A


That's funny, I missed that announcement!  ;D

I think we are off topic because in reality, nobody knows what is going to happen at photokina, so why not have some fun on the trip....


For sure, I like this forum because it's fun, and I learn lots from my fellow photographers as we go along ;)

.. I did not mean to refer to mrsfotografie as mediocre.  I was referring to the trend I have been seeing and its normal adherents.  I apologize for coming across that way.


It's all right, I like that you triggered a really good discussion ;)

For me, natural light vs. flash is about (a) how much effort and how many variables do I want to control, (b) how much gear I want to carry, and (c) how deliberate vs. spontaneous I want the shot to be.  My answers to those three questions are (a) little effort / keep it simple, (b) less gear, and (c) usually spontaneous.  So natural light shooting is what I strongly prefer.


+1

For getting it right in-camera vs. cropping, that's a question of whether you enjoy working within the limitations of your gear (the guy who brings one lens and moves his feet) or if you see limitations as unacceptable constraints that will be eliminated with more lenses, more post-processing, etc.  Crudely, and likely unfairly, I think the first group wants to puff up their chest and show how competent they are at thinking on their feet and netting difficult shots under tough constraints, and the second group giggles at that and either changes lenses or just crops the shot.   One viewpoint is proud and determined and the other is pragmatic and efficient.  Neither are right and neither are wrong.  :P 


Both viewpoints apply depending on the occasion or venue:

Netting those difficult shots under tough constraints is a personal challenge for me and can be lots of fun if it's ok that I might miss some shots, the quality is not quite up to par, or I may even come home empty handed. If the results are good despite the limitations, that makes me feel great because usually I'll have learnt something from the exercise.

But when every shot counts I'm definitely going for the reliability and flexibility of my Canon DSLR system. It's sensible to be pragmatic and efficient when required :)

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e rear view mirror!
Cropping is not forbidden ;D For you and for the sake of this discussion, I've now clipped the car on the left too (by cropping), giving even tighter framing and possibly a more 'balanced' shot. However now I'm missing the tension generated by the original framing, a little imperfection may be just a little more interesting.

FWIW this is a Formula One car, passing by at roughly 15 meters distance at some kind of ludicrous speed.

When you look at the full picture and the cropped picture, the car in the full picture looks like it going faster :)


Thanks, I think you're right about that - I couldn't quite put my finger on why I prefer the non-cropped picture but that's a pretty good explanation.

By the way, I just published the entire album, here: http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/auto-motorsport/racing-day-city-demo-assen/ You can start a slideshow by clicking the link below the thumbnails. Edit: The Red Bull Formula One car is driven by Jean-√Čric Vergne.

And thank you everyone, I think it's fun how far we've strayed off-topic in this thread ;D

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Panning the camera is a simple skill. All you have to do is move the camera for side to side.... Yet in the real world it is really hard to get right and takes lots and lots of practice to get right. My first impression of the Motorsport photos was that they are far more colorful than I thought, and my second impression was "this guy knows how to pan".

Personally, I am not into motor sports.... But having viewed those pictures I realize that it would be a great subject for photography, both from a technical and from an artistic viewpoint. Good job! You are looking at mediocre in the rear view mirror!

Thank you Don, actually the trick for good panning is to anticipate and start following the subject even before looking through the viewfinder. It helps to know in which part of the arc you want to press the shutter release. Take the photo then follow through. I don't play golf but I assume there are similarities in technique.

If a picture would look better with a crop, it should be cropped and going 'nope, not gonna' because *vague reasons* is weird and doesn't improve the picture.

Cropping is not forbidden ;D For you and for the sake of this discussion, I've now clipped the car on the left too (by cropping), giving even tighter framing and possibly a more 'balanced' shot. However now I'm missing the tension generated by the original framing, a little imperfection may be just a little more interesting.

FWIW this is a Formula One car, passing by at roughly 15 meters distance at some kind of ludicrous speed.

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Further, I think if you went to that person's website (www.mrsfotografie.nl), you'd see far from mediocre work on display.


Cool! Thank you ahsanford!  :D :D :D

- M

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There's this weird trend in online photography discussion groups where mediocre photographers embrace some sort of artificial limitation regime like "no cropping" or "primes only" because of the belief that it's purer photography or something.  Like, I get that sometimes it might be a good idea to set a temporary artificial limit in order to break a bad habit but making those limits SOP is nonsense, imo.  Knowing how to appropriately use all of the tools available to you is what makes you a better photographer, not arbitrarily throwing out some of the tools from the bag.  See also "I don't use photoshop/shoot RAW, I get it right in camera" or "I don't need a flash, I prefer natural light"

Due to the rate at which I generate photo's, I'm trying to streamline my workflow - trying to frame the shot right first time is part of that, and accepting that parts of the subject may be cut off is a part of that too. Yes sometimes that leads to 'imperfect framing' but sometimes it also leads to interesting shots that I would not have framed that way if I weren't limited to a specific FOV.

So yes I agree the framing here is not 'perfect'. But 'perfect' can sometimes also be 'boring'. However, given the limitations I set on this instance I assure you that my technique is improving every time - I challenge you to get the same or better results with the same kit, only then you may imply I'm a 'mediocre' photographer. What I'm saying is that everyone has their own style, and if setting limitations is part of that, all the better. I sometimes like to use difficult equipment to steepen my learning curve.

FWIW with this setup you really don't want to crop too much (if at all) because the high iso's, mediocre optics and motion blur + imperfect alignment of the focal plane due to having to pre-focus manually, all lead to less effective resolution. So cropping to get the framing right means you may have to ditch the photo entirely due to poor residual resolution. A lot of these shots are framed rather tightly. For those that allow it, I will apply a little edge cropping if required. Like I said, this photo (and the entire series of that day) were shot using manual: iso, aperture, shutter speed, focus. No IS, no AF. Oh and FWIW the NEX-6 has an electronic viewfinder, so no OVF without time delay to help frame the shot either. Fortunately there's little shutter lag to speak of so at least that's a help.

Edit: for the attached shot, zooming was also out of the equation: Equipment used: Sony NEX-6, Metabones NEX-FD Speed booster, Canon FL 135mm f/2.5. Manual everything (save the white balance). And no cropping ;)


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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: Today at 08:17:07 AM »
What is your least used piece of gear, or pieces of gear?

My Hahnel Remote Switch for Canon. And my tripod. I guess I'm just too impatient for bulb exposures  ;D

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If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


Wow really? A lot of scenes don't look best at 3:2 or 2:3 though and what if it does look best at those ratios but you just didn't or were not able to frame tight enough, even the most amazing shot is junked?


It's one of the limitations I've set myself, and it's a risk I'm willing to live with. On the subject of limitations, I think it's good to have some - it improves my photography (one reason why I'm increasingly preferring prime lenses).


I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


You must shoot a lot of very slow or stationary subjects.  It's simply impossible to reliably and accurately frame many of the subjects I shoot, which are often moving as fast as 60 degrees per second relative to me.  Shooting those with a 3 degree total field of view, it's hard enough just to keep them in the frame much less to make sure they are perfectly framed.

Essentially, I crop every image I shoot, at least a little.


I do a lot of motorsports. Almost none of these are cropped:

http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/auto-motorsport/


A case in point. I took this shot yesterday. Equipment used: Sony NEX-6, Metabones NEX-FD Speed booster, Sigma FDn 70-210mm 3.5-4.5 APO. Manual everything (save the white balance). And no cropping.

Note that I had to go to this event straight from work and had no room for my DSLR + 70-200L so for portability sake I decided to take the NEX and a couple vintage lenses instead.

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One camera store here in Finland seems to be pretty confident that the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II will be annouced at Photokina (or maybe even before that) as they already have the lens availabe for pre-order (1995 euros):

http://www.digitarvike.fi/canon_ef_100-400mm_f45-56l_is_ii_ennakovaraus

The spec list seems to be almost direct copypaste of the same list that Canonrumors had in one post considering the lens some time ago.


I'm saving my pennies...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:20:30 AM »
If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


Wow really? A lot of scenes don't look best at 3:2 or 2:3 though and what if it does look best at those ratios but you just didn't or were not able to frame tight enough, even the most amazing shot is junked?


It's one of the limitations I've set myself, and it's a risk I'm willing to live with. On the subject of limitations, I think it's good to have some - it improves my photography (one reason why I'm increasingly preferring prime lenses).


I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


You must shoot a lot of very slow or stationary subjects.  It's simply impossible to reliably and accurately frame many of the subjects I shoot, which are often moving as fast as 60 degrees per second relative to me.  Shooting those with a 3 degree total field of view, it's hard enough just to keep them in the frame much less to make sure they are perfectly framed.

Essentially, I crop every image I shoot, at least a little.


I do a lot of motorsports. Almost none of these are cropped:

http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/auto-motorsport/


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:52:40 PM »
I would love a crop function on my 5DIII. Most of the time, I shoot in mRAW (10mp). I only switch to full RAW (22mp) when I lack the reach I need, and then crop in post. But I would much rather have the ability to crop in-camera, rather than waste all the storage space (both in-camera and after transfer).

+1

I really cannot imagine shooting in anything other than full RAW. Maybe I'm different than some because I do print large on occasion but I'd rather carry cards than switch modes during a shoot. I now wait to be schooled by those who tell me I'm missing the point. I can take it.

The biggest I've printed is 80x120cm on canvas, and that was from 10 mp. I'm really happy with the results.

Coming from a 40D I've never felt the need for more megapixels so I've stuck to that resolution. 99.99% of my photo's get viewed on a monitor anyway and for that purpose I even process my raws to jpg's with 1920 pixels long edge which is fine.

I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:35:44 PM »
I would love a crop function on my 5DIII. Most of the time, I shoot in mRAW (10mp). I only switch to full RAW (22mp) when I lack the reach I need, and then crop in post. But I would much rather have the ability to crop in-camera, rather than waste all the storage space (both in-camera and after transfer).

+1


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 03:16:54 PM »
If they were talking about a camera,  why would they state "Get your camera ready"? My guess -a new online photo sharing service  ;)

You have a point!

How about "get your camera ready ... for a new lens"???

Looking at the teaser... new 50mm?

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