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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:05:02 PM »

Canon General / Re: Stages of a photographer
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:01:28 PM »
Perhaps some clever (and old) person will develop one of these for folks who started 40-50+ years ago in the recesses of the pre-digital world.
And pre-auto :P. Some of it I can relate to, other bits I can't, especially the phone bit, I had a hate/hate relationship with mobiles for a long time and only really found a use for the camera on my current one for work a few weeks ago.

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 21, 2013, 03:45:32 PM »
I've been going through some similar creative blocks. This year, I've taken less than a quarter of the shots of previous years. Part of this was due to stresses and pressures at work, but with my wildlife photography especially, I felt like I was taking the same shots from the same locations and I wanted something different. I just wasn't quite sure what I wanted or how to get that something different. Normally, I take almost exclusively wildlife and landscapes, yet despite getting some of my favourite landscape images last October, I've done virtually no wildlife and little landscape work. Then I did some portrait shoots with the local camera club, something I do very rarely and one of which was in a pretty special location and was an ambitious shoot. That got the creative juices flowing again, especially the second shoot at Hestercombe Gardens. The last week I finally got to visit Scotland again and I did get something a bit different, with some story telling and behavioural shots of wildlife.
In some ways I'm lucky (others not of course), in that I don't have a partner to share my time with, but aside from that and sorting out your "space", maybe trying something different could help, so film may be a good idea, which reminds me, I also have an EOS 3 gathering dust, as well as some Velvia which needs using up. I might even dig out my old Zenith...

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 21, 2013, 03:17:09 PM »
Last days of Summer...
1/800 sec
ISO 1600
Shows what the MkIII can do nicely, what was once considered to be high ISO, is now pretty run of the mill for the MkIII.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 21, 2013, 03:10:11 PM »
A little bit of story telling in a sequence.

The capture.

Herring Gull with Crab by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Breaking it open.

Herring Gull Dropping Crab by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Lunch time.

Herring Gull Eating Crab by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 21, 2013, 03:01:55 PM »
On my way back from my regular visit to the Scottish Highlands, I stopped off in the Glencoe area, this time in Kinlochleven. I finally saw the first spectacular sunset of the autumn. I've always found that sunsets seem to be much more impressive in the autumn (fall) for some reason.

I started off wide, with the 24mm f/1.4 MkII on the 5D MkIII.

Fiery Sunset over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

After waiting for the right light for half an hour and stopping to photograph something in the opposite direction, with the colours getting more intense by the minute, I finally decided "job done" and packed everythying away. I started walking back to the hotel, but looked around, only to find the colours had got even stronger. I was torn, as the filters take a long time to sort out, plus I had the 70-200 attached. In the end I couldn't resist, so just put the 70-200 on the tripod without any filters and this was the result.

Fiery Skies over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

As I was finally walking back to the hotel, I passed a family literally running in the opposite direction, only to hear the little girl say "Mummy, it looks like the end of the road is on fire".

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:07:25 AM »
As a bit of a comparison, here's an example with the older 300 f/2.8 L IS, with the 2x Extender MkIII, on the 5D MkIII, at ISO 3200. I would say that this shot is similar in quality to the 100-400 on the 7D at around ISO 800 from experience, but I haven't done any side by side tests. I have to admit to thinking about the updated lens.

Landscape / Re: Sky on Fire!
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:39:08 PM »
Ironically, the thread title has some bearing on my recent experience. Last week, I was in Scotland and travelling back, I stopped off in a small town called Kinlochleven for a couple of nights. The last night, I was busy photographing the best sunset of the year so far. Job done and I was heading bakc to the hotel, when a family was rushing in the other direction. Next I hear the little girl say "Mummy, it looks like the end of the road is on fire". Photos to follow...
Nice capture of the sunset, it isn't easy to capture the full beauty of a good sunset a lot of the time.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: October 17, 2013, 05:33:47 PM »
Sharing one of my most recent sunset shots, too. I applied 1 degree of tilt downwards to alter the plane of focus and another 3 degrees shift to straighten the terminal structures on the horizon.  :)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III ı Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II ı  Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer ı  Singh Ray 0.9 Reverse ND Grad Filter ı 24mm ı 25s ı f/16 ı ISO 100

Finale by shutterwideshut on Flickr
I used to use the Singh-Ray warming polariser and reverse grad a lot (probably too much :P). I've recently got a revers grad for my Lee system, but haven't had too many opportunities to use it yet. It's good to be reminded what results it can produce though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone using ISO 50 on 1DX?
« on: October 13, 2013, 03:47:47 AM »
The question is, how much DR do you need? To say IQ is reduced is pulling at hairs I thiink. While I don't have a 1DX, I have used ISO 50 on both the 5D MkII and MkIII (mostly for water or some other motion requirements) and haven't had issues with insufficient DR, any more than I have at ISO 100. Yes graphs show that there is less DR, but looking at graphs and actually testing are two different things, The best way to find out whether it's suitable for your needs is to try it out.

Lenses / Re: UV Filter damage limitation on 16-35II
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:21:24 PM »
Having the filter on may actually have caused more damage, as the lens element is recessed.
I doubt that it caused more damage, but I doubt that it caused less either.  Replacing the front lens element is not always a big expense, depending on the lens, however, the front barrel as well as internal components are likely damaged as well as elements internally needing to be replaced or recentered, which only a Canon authorized repair facility can do properly.  A local Camera shop does not have the tools or software to re-align the lens elements.
Probably not in this case, but unless a sharp object gets in, a filter probably wouldn't offer any additional protection from a fall and the smashing glass of the filter could scratch the lens element, not to mention damage to the filter thread. Damage to the barrel and internal components would be the same with or without a filter. I just hate to see people relying on filters to offer protection on recessed elements, especially when a hood would offer just as much protection as tron mentioned. Anyway, hopefully no internal damage occurred (and hopefully this dodgy connection will let me post :P).

Lenses / Re: UV Filter damage limitation on 16-35II
« on: October 03, 2013, 12:40:19 PM »
Having the filter on may actually have caused more damage, as the lens element is recessed.

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