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Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:28:46 PM »

One thing that is pretty clear in my opinion -- This is really not something worth arguing about.  :)

+1

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Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 03, 2013, 03:40:35 PM »
and the B&W.....


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Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 03, 2013, 03:25:08 PM »
I initially cropped some of the bottom of the picture to bring the shorline closer to the bottom 1/3 line.  Do you like this version better with more reflection shown? 

I feel dizzy looking at the water though
Can you wait for when it was absolute still or something?

Unfortuanately not possible - wind was blowing, and this was the best it got.


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Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 03, 2013, 12:25:06 PM »
B&W conversion was done with Silver Efex Pro

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Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 03, 2013, 10:26:22 AM »
You have lots of detail in the image, showing some nice textures in the rocks and trees, but it looks like you may have had some water on the lens, as there is a faint flare above the crag just to the right of centre. For me though, it lacks a focal point of interest, mainly because of the light.

Thanks for the feedback.  I did notice the flare and fixed it with the healing brush in Lightroom.  Here is the B&W for a comparison.

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Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:17:49 PM »
Thanks for feedback so far.  For fun, I will do a black and white version and post it tomorrow.

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Yes PTgui is the one. In fact it's so good we can actually shoot in AV in order to gain accurate exposure over a genuinly wide dynamic range, shooting into the light and then 90 degrees plus away etc.

Tried the PTGui demo today - wow, what a difference.  I redid a few of my pano shots with the trial software, and it basically eliminated the banding I had using Photostitch.

Thanks

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Landscape / First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:26:52 PM »
I am hoping to get some constructive feedback on this image.  Positive and negative feedback are welcome.  I have been shooting landscapes seriously for the past 1-2 years.  My goal for 2013 was to shoot all of my landscapes in raw and learn Lightroom. 

This picture was taken yesterday on a hike in Montana.  The light was blah until some rays of the sun broke thru a small opening in the clouds for a few seconds and highlighted the rocks on the shore.  Luckily I had my camera on the tripod and was able to swing it around a grab this shot before the light moved on.  I hope the picture captures a little part of the actual beauty compared to seeing it in person.  The picture was shot in raw with a 5DMkIII and 24mm TS-E.  No tilt or shift and editing consisted of minor adjustments in Lightroom and small amount of cropping.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Panoramas...How to have a consistent blue sky?
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:26:50 PM »
you might take a look at using "match total exposures" in Lightroom develop module, under "settings" prior to stitching...

Thanks.  Will do

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Software & Accessories / Re: Panoramas...How to have a consistent blue sky?
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:40:52 PM »
Thanks privatebydesign and Drizzt321.  Not using a CPL or ND filter for the shots in question.  I do use LR 5 to batch process the images to make sure my adjustments are consistent.  After working in LR, I would then stitch the pano. 

I wondered if it might be Photostitch.  I was trying to avoid purchasing photoshop just for pano work.  Are there any other programs you would recommend?

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Software & Accessories / Panoramas...How to have a consistent blue sky?
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:22:44 PM »
I currently shoot panoramas using a tripod with my camera in manual mode, manual focus, and manual white balance.  Right now I use the Canon PhotoStitch software that came with my camera.  Whenever the shots used for the panorama have a blue sky, the blue is never consistent across the entire panorama.  You can almost always see a faint line at the stitching site revealing slightly different shades of blue.  Any ideas on how to correct the problem?  I looked thru previous panorama threads and saw that PTGui is highly recommended - not sure if better software would help?

Thanks in advance.

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Video & Movie / Re: Wildlife Doc
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:36:40 AM »
Great!  I loved the scene with the owl and kestrel.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:11:53 PM »
I plan on getting a new computer in the next month.  Would there be any problem purchasing it now on my current computer and then using it/ transferring it to the new computer?  Both computers are macs.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Collection for $149
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:10:57 PM »
I plan on getting a new computer in the next month.  Would there be any problem purchasing it now on my current computer and then using it/ transferring it to the new computer?  Both computers are macs.

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Lenses / Re: 24mm ts-e with a polarizer?
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:05:00 AM »
Thanks for the advice

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