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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:08:39 AM »
Wonderful shot, ckwaller!

Wish I could see a larger version without that massively intrusive watermark, though. I know people like to protect their work, but when the watermark totally kills the image, I honestly wonder what the point is. ;P

Thanks, jrista! Believe me, I would have preferred to post the shot without my watermark. However, I've done this in the past (on other forums/sites) and wound up finding my photos being used by other people/companies without my permission. That's never any fun, haha!

Now, I link directly from my site which automatically stamps my watermark on all images to deter any theft.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:06:50 PM »
Here's one taken last night:

Video & Movie / Re: My first 5D Mark lll Raw video
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:24:45 PM »
Beautiful footage! How's the Magic Lantern software working for your video, overall? Also, if you don't mind me asking-- which software did you use for the color correction/processing, I LOVE the look!

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:00:15 PM »
Taken bear Galveston, Texas.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: February 26, 2014, 12:57:50 PM »
Taken off a pier near Galveston, Texas

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:54:37 AM »
Taken during a bit of downtime during a recent business trip to Texas. Slightly off-kilter horizon is intentional, as I feel it adds a bit of flare to the perspective.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:49:13 AM »
Taken on a cloudy New Year's day @ the local waterfront. Long exposure captured the drifting ice booms.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:46:36 AM »
First shot of the new year:

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: November 07, 2013, 12:41:40 PM »
Ok, let's sum it up a little bit. In my point of view HDR was supposed to enhance the Dynamic Range (as the name suggests), which most of the people do very nicely. But, this doesn't mean to ingnore the colors, getting unnatural saturation-pulls, halos in the sky or tonemapping with harsh contrasts.

In black/white some of the pictures would be really good, but this is too much pop art for me. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to push you down... I just think critism is nothing bad, although in the facebook-decade everything can only by liked somehow. Doesn't help, but keeps up the sparkling atmosphere.

I really love the picture from MxM, that's the spirit of HDR.

Just my 50 cents.

I tend to lean towards the mostly realistic HDR images myself, BUT....I do find some of the hyper-real or more artsy ones to be very interesting and I like them. But, it has to be one well done, and the enhanced color, etc...has to really fit the image, a dance that many HDRs don't always quite get right to me...

But art is art...and it is always up to the individual to know what he likes....and enjoy it.

I totally understand both of the points from vscd and cayenne (especially so). I understand that it's supposed to enhance the dynamic range of the image, especially in the shadows/highlight areas. However, I also see the visual appeal of taking the idea and modifying it to something else. You see photographers take "standard" techniques such as flash, multiple exposure, long exposure, etc. and modify/expand upon them based on their personal tastes. I don't see anything wrong with deviating from the norm and playing around techniques. As said before-- different strokes for different folks. What works for A may not work for B and vice versa.

Onto the stuff I posted, I'm not saying at all that the shots are perfect. I just feel they were successful based on the end product I had in mind, especially since the photos were my first dedicated attempts at HDR photography. Successful being purely subjective, as evidenced by vscd's post. However, as I become more versed and comfortable with the technique, I may find myself leaning towards the more realistic representations, or I might still find myself pulling for the surreal look.

Below is an HDR panorama, taken on the same day as the Cathedral examples I previously posted. When using HDR Efex Pro, I used the default settings. The only additional processing was a bit of tonal contrasting and skyline work in Color Efex pro and desaturtion in Veveza. This shot is more realistic in tone and probably  closer to the true "purpose" of HDR. Some may like it, others may not.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: November 05, 2013, 05:57:21 PM »
Sorry, but that's exactly the look why HDR is no more interesting for a lot of people ;/

With all due respect that is also exactly the look why a lot of people like to give HDR a try, such as myself. Different strokes for different folks.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: November 05, 2013, 04:22:52 PM »
Just started tinkering around with legitimate HDR (read: not using my 5D3's HDR feature). Here are a few of my more successful attempts:

Lenses / Re: Used gear
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:04:41 PM »
Another good option is buying Canon refurbished lenses during their 15-20% off sales (there's one now). I just ordered an EF70-300L from them for $1087 thanks to all the gushing comments posted here. $1155 ain't half bad for the 100-400L either. I paid a little more than that for my used copy I have now. My lens is sharp as a tack, so no regrets.  If they didn't charge state sales tax it would be a steal.

QFT. About two weeks ago when Canon Refurbished was running a $100-off deal, I snatched up a 17-40 f/4L for $571 (normally $671), pre-tax/shipping. It arrived quickly, with a soft case and lens hood. So far, the quality of the lens has been amazing, and I honestly cannot tell that the lens is used-- it looks brand new, not a single dent or ding.

If you're really concerned, as Brad-man said, consider waiting for Canon Refurbished to have a sale, then seize the opportunity.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 09, 2013, 01:25:41 PM »

I tend to printing and mount a lot of photos.  So not only do I need my image to fit into the intended print size, but I also lose a few millimetres behind a mounting board.  Consequently, I often frame a little more loosely than others.


I tend to think of the endgame for the photo: will it live online or "onwall?" If it's the latter, then I tend to crop relatively loosely, as long as the general composition is where I want it to be. This way, if I were to have the photo printed on canvas and wrapped, I've got a bit of wiggle room wherein the edges are wrapped, and the main, composed part of the image is preserved fully on the front of the canvas.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Can this 7D package be worth over $9500?
« on: September 10, 2013, 05:21:45 PM »
A lot of the accessories included in that kit are throwaways at best. $9500 for what's offered is highway robbery. Take the 7D body and run!

When I saw that BigValueInc. was the vendor, my sense of surprise was immediately dispelled. These guys are known for shady dealings and have very questionable customer service (check the eBay feedback and do a Google search of them through the BBB). Lest we forget the "Great 5D Mark III Fiasco of Thanksgiving, 2012?" That's how I learned my lesson when dealing with these guys.

As has been pointed out, while morally ambiguous, the deal is perfectly legal.

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