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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Bracketed Landscape?
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:11:26 PM »
I will add my version soon. My MacBook Pro is back at the Apple store getting the logic board replaced for the 3rd time. When I get it back, I'll post mine.

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Bracketed Landscape?
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:02:58 PM »
Thanks for the edit. The underexposed shot helps the sun to stand out there.

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Bracketed Landscape?
« on: March 23, 2014, 01:34:37 AM »
Looks great. Thanks for posting that. Did you export in srgb? I know when I've exported in ProPhoto before the colors don't look right.

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Landscape / How Would You Edit This Bracketed Landscape?
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:01:45 PM »
Follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ib7a1n2lbotccdg/0bkSoLCrcy to download a bracketed series of a Maui sunset I took this past June. The image itself is not incredible, but I am curious to see different techniques for editing. I did this once before with a picture from Death Valley, but this is a bracketed series.

Feel free to download the files and edit the picture as you normally would. I would say to just use what is actually in the image already, although if you want to replace the sky, go for it--I'd be curious to know how that is done. Also, it would be great if you could post what program(s) and techniques you use to achieve the final result. You can do an HDR if you want or just use one image.

Also, the files are on Dropbox. You don't need Dropbox to download the files, but if you don't have it and want to get it for cloud storage, you can use this link: https://db.tt/oBwlTLd2 to do so. We would both get an extra 500mb of storage if you use that link. No need to do so if you don't want Dropbox though, just thought I would put it out there.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / ISO 50 produces cleaner shadows?
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:08:13 PM »
On both my 6d and 5dii ISO 50 had cleaner shadows than ISO 100. Any explanation for this? Thanks in advance.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6d Banding/Posterization in Blue Sky
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:58:12 PM »
I just got a 6d with 24-105 from B&H in hopes of replacing my 5dii with 24-105. I really like a few things about the 6d, but there are a few issues I am dealing with.

1) See the attached images. They are screenshots of the same picture shot at 100 ISO and f22 to show the dust spots. There is noticeable banding in the blue sky when viewed in Lightroom 4. I have read in a review on either B&H or Amazon that someone else had this problem--has anyone else experienced this with the 6d? There are no issues with my 5dii.

2) There are also a number of dust spots on the sensor. These can be seen in one of the images. Is that common for a brand new camera?

Thanks in advance.

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Photography Technique / Re: Upsizing a landscape picture technique
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:20:44 AM »
Any thoughts? Thanks.

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Photography Technique / Upsizing a landscape picture technique
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:34:20 PM »
Hello all,

I rented a d800e over Christmas and took the same picture as I did with my 5d mark ii. I upsized the picture to a 60"x40" and printed off a 12"x8" section from both cameras. As expected, the d800e won hands down. The 8x12 from the d800e looks like a normal picture to me--I can't tell it's been upsized. My question is if anyone has a good technique for upsizing that would diminish the resolution gap the d800e has over the 5d mark ii/iii?

With these photos, I upsized in CS6 to 60x40, sharpened in Nik's Output Sharpener Pro 3 and added +60 sharpening in Lightroom with a .8 radius. I have tried other upsizing programs, but they all seem to look fake to me. I think Photoshop does a better job, but maybe the other ones look better in print.

See the attached pictures. The one with the red stripe in the bottom middle is from the 5d mark ii, using the 17-40 @ f8 and 400 iso, the one with the yellow stripe on the bottom middle is from the d800e, using the nikkor 16-35 f4 @ f8 and 400 iso.


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Any chance of a waterproof point and shoot camera being released that shoots in raw? (This excludes the newer Nikon one, I want a pocketable camera).

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I had problems with CS6 and my panoramas at first as well. Now, as long as I check "cyclindrical" instead of "auto" and "geometric correction" or whatever it says, they seem to turn out well. I have a tripod head that shoots off of the nodal point, but I rarely ever use it, and they typically turn out fine--better if I use a tripod and try to get the camera level than if I do it handheld.

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Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:02:08 PM »
So I called Canon's service center to send in the camera. They had me reset all of my settings and for whatever reason that seems to have fixed my camera. I don't know what could have been switched, but now I have to go through and change everything back to the way I had it, which is kind of a pain. Also, apparently my diopter wheel had been moved causing the image to be blurry through the viewfinder. It must have been moved as I was cleaning the camera, but I didn't think that was a possibility. Thanks for the help and input.

I'm going to try a wet cleaning as the previous method doesn't seem to have worked well (there are still a good number of dust spots). Any thoughts on the DustAid Dust Wand Kit?

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Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:43:24 PM »
Apologies for asking very basic questions, but:

1) Is the lens set to AF?

2) Have you tried activating Live View and focusing that way, using Live AF (not Quick AF)?

3) Have you tried manually focusing (in live view and/or through the viewfinder)?

and also, is the camera able to communicate with the lens?

1) The lens is set to AF

2 & 3) Manually focusing works through live view and the AF even works in live view in Live AF and Quick AF. Manually focusing does not work through the viewfinder. I just cannot get a clear picture that way. The camera does attempt to focus when I am using the viewfinder, but it cannot lock the focus. When I take a picture using the best focus it can achieve through the viewfinder it turns out the camera is front focusing.

4) The camera does communicate with the lens

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Technical Support / Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:45:00 PM »
So, I decided to clean my sensor on my 5d Mark ii for the first time. All I was using was the Dust-Aid Platinum stamp to get a couple pieces of stubborn dust. Well, after I finished I put my lens back on to see if I could see any dust in a picture. The only problem is that my camera will not focus now. I have tried every focus point with no luck.

Any ideas on what I could have done and how to fix it? I am guessing I will have to send it in to Canon. Thanks for your help.

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Photography Technique / Re: How Do You Get Color in the Milky Way?
« on: January 04, 2014, 01:51:51 PM »
Any suggestions out there?

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Photography Technique / How Do You Get Color in the Milky Way?
« on: January 04, 2014, 02:57:13 AM »
I just took a few pictures this past week of the milky way with a Rokinon 14mm lens at f2.8 for 20 seconds and 3200 iso. I was at a very dark spot on Maui with no moon. I was not able to get any of that awesome color you see in many pictures of the Milky Way out of the raw files. See the attached picture for my file. Any technique that I am missing here? Thanks in advance!

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