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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 + 2x teleconverter vs 100-400
« on: August 29, 2012, 03:21:42 PM »
I was thinking of buying the 100-400 as well but i decided not to. I own the 70-200IS II and TC1.4x & TC2X. I barely  use the 2X because the autofocus seems very slow and the image losses a lot of sharpness. On the other hand, the 1.4X is great. focus is nice and fast and and I see no major change in image quality. here is a shot with the 70-200 and the TC1.4X


untitled shoot-8479.jpg by CastilloPhotoDesign, on Flickr

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Low Key Portrait - 5D III & 100L
« on: August 29, 2012, 09:59:16 AM »
Hi Castillo. That's a very nice portrait. I love low key in general. The more ink the better :) She looks like a kind, loving person.

Couple of thoughts:
- the hand: to me at least, it's a bit distracting, and I would consider omitting it from the composition altogether.

- the lighting: I really like the subtleness of the lighting. I can barely tell if you used a kicker light and a background / separation light. You have chosen broad lighting, by lighting the side of her face that is showing the most. I would consider moving the key light to the other side to see if that had a more dramatic / slimming effect on the models face. Let's face it, all women love that which is slimming. Lastly, to nitpick even more, I don't care much for the tiny dash of light that is on the right side (her left side) of her mouth.

- the processing: does not look overprocessed, which is good. I would consider fiddling around a bit with the white balance though, to see if she lookes even better with a slightly cooler color temperature.

- the background: there is a dark vertical line there, but it does not really bother me. Maybe it even adds some interest. Studio portraits that are too perfect tend to be boring, so don't take my advice too seriously :)

Thank you so much for your input! i agree pretty much with everything that you said. I did this portrait for my 1st portraiture class in my photography program. All your observations made me realize that i need to pay even more attention to detail. your advice is very welcomed


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schematic

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I think it looks nice, especially the reflections on the floor - very futuristic...

If I may ask, what was the setup (how many flashes)?
One flash behind the plant, to give the nice shape on the ceiling
Flash on-camera (or next to the camera) for lighting the chairs to be white?
... flash in the back-left room for the purple color?

I used 4 speed lights with color gels. This was a long exposure so I ran around the apt popping flashes, there were around 16 pops total. here is an schematic of my shot ;)


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another shot with the same combo


Florida_collection-1.jpg by CastilloPhotoDesign, on Flickr

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Real Estate Photography 5D mkIII
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:11:26 PM »
here is a real estate shot i took with my 5D III & the 24L f1.4


Remodeled APT by CastilloPhotoDesign, on Flickr

That looks really nice. A good lens/body combo although I prefer wider shots myself. good work =-)

I agree, I wider shot would have been nice. but there is so much distortion with the 16-35 that i prefer using the 24L when i can. I use the 16-35 only when the 24 is not enough! This is a test shot, I'm shooting the final version tomorrow. I'll make sure to post it when is done. If you guys have any feedback to improve the shot let me know, ill definitely keep them in mind for my final image

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Real Estate Photography 5D mkIII
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:18:11 AM »
here is a real estate shot i took with my 5D III & the 24L f1.4


Remodeled APT by CastilloPhotoDesign, on Flickr

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Here is a berries splash with the same combo


Berries Splash by CastilloPhotoDesign, on Flickr

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Love the color and lighting. Was there any way to throw some back-lighting on the ice when you setup the shot?

I know! I wish the ice, specially the one one the back, were lit better

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i love this combo, but I can only put the lens up to F/18, after that it starts loosing sharpness 

Glad I have this combo, good to see this kind of work

Makes me want to put this 100L to work, lol.

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: May 26, 2012, 07:51:23 PM »
here is a B&W landscape with the 5DII and the 24L II


Pine Glades Lake - Everglades by CastilloPhotoDesign, on Flickr

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