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EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: Today at 07:53:14 PM »
Just a completely new, higher dynamic range sensor with 24 - 46 MP in a 5D-like body and a new 45mm or 50mm TS-E lens. I would love to replace my old 5D II and TS-E 45mm.

Hi, in my limited experience scenes with a high dynamic range are chosen more often than rather flat ones. High contrasts as well as clear basic colors like blue, green, red & yellow grab faster and more easily the attention of the viewer. Well done HDR shots can not easily be reproduced by an amateur, so the appreciation of the technical quality might play a role too.

This year my most successful client pictures were these two:

These are not tone mapped HDR but they show a pretty high dynamic range nontheless. For the first one just a single frame was shot, for the 2nd one two shots blended together (the mountain range in the background was blended in because of too much lens flare in the original scene). Both were shot with grad ND filters and required a lot of post processing, including heavy use of digital grad ND filters.

Best regards, Robert

I don't have a smart phone... but my old mobile phone takes pictures too. The last one I took must have been in 2012, if I remember correctly. But during my last holiday I brought my DSLR and a P&S with me. I took more than 3500 shots with the DSLR but not even a single frame with the P&S....

Animal Kingdom / Re: Red squirrels
« on: December 17, 2014, 07:11:48 PM »
Thanks for sharing these great pictures with us! I like especially the last two but all of them were really well done.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:08:47 PM »
Summer evening in Mecklenbug, Germany


i am not happy what canon is doing the last 2 years.

but for my landscape/architectural work i would love to see canon going the sony way.

a lightweight mirrorless.
30-50 MP.
great low ISO performance.
for indoor shoots the ability to push the shadows 4 stops and still have good quality.
all the nice features a mirroless offers.
i donĀ“t need 1DX autofocus for landscape and architecture.

That's so very true! Same for me. I still shoot with the 5D II because there is no improvement in the sensor technology in the following cameras. The lack of IS in the new EF 24-70 II had also been a disapointment and so the Tamron 24-70 SP became my most used lens. Maybe soon it will be a Sony camera with a Sony lens...
I keep shooting with Canon because of the TS-E lenses. The mediocre performance of Metabones adapter with shifted TS-E lenses is the only thing that stops me from using a Sony camera body.

« on: October 31, 2014, 03:01:18 PM »
thanks for opening this thread and posting these pictures of Istanbul. I love Istanbul. Strolling through the streets of this ancient metropolis again and again is so great. Coincidentally I had also been in Istanbul in September 2014.  As a landscape photographer my view on the city was slightly different. A bit wider I would say. It looked like this:

Kind regards, Robert

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:06:42 PM »
Hi, it can be done because your Samsung Galaxy Tab S supports USB On-The-Go (OTG). Use an USB OTG hub to connect the camera to the tablet.

I use an USB OTG hub & card reader to connect my 5D II with an Asus tablet. That's the hub I use:
The camera is connected by its standard micro USB cable to the USB hub and the hub itself is connected to the tablet. To control the camera I use the "DSLR Controller" app, which works well. With this app jpeg and CR2 files can be transfered to the tablet.

With this particular hub you can also copy them directly to an USB flash drive or just read the CF card without connecting the camera. I use this mehod to make back-up copies of my pictures during holidays. The files are transfered directly from the CF card to an USB flash drive. Copying several GB of data can be a bit slow but it works.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Website Advice Please
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:41:14 PM »
Tony, the problem you described with Google's image search has something to do how you publish your photos. I tried to find out what the exact file name of your pictures is but failed. It seems to be either some cryptic alpha-numeric code or a strange .png file. Hard to tell... It's the same for Google. It searches for descritions of the motif but can't anlysis yet what the image shows.
What will help is adding some proper discription in the ALT tag and name the files with real words (e.g. Istanblue_blue_mosque.jpg). For more information see this link: Saving all pictutres in the same folder on the server or in easy to find folders (not some generic endless number), will help also.

When I type my name and the name of one of my motifs into the google image search, my photo is the first or second thumbnail it shows, although some where uploaded just a few days ago. A few other photos of my website are loaded among the first ten photos, too. So image SEO really works. But I forgot to give one image a proper title, ALT text and description and as a consequence google does not show it at all in the image search, although it was uploaded to my website 2 months ago.

With Wordpress it is very easy to describe your photos in a search engine friendly way. But it should not be the only reason to change.

Best regards, Robert

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:30:04 PM »
Does this one count too?

It was taken in February in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. It was autumn there.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:09:58 PM »
Garajonay National Park, La Gomera, Spain

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: October 18, 2014, 06:48:05 AM »
After the thunderstorm
Taken in August in Mecklenburg, Germany

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Website Advice Please
« on: October 16, 2014, 08:02:43 PM »
Hi Tony,
I started a Wordpress website myself in August. I had not worked on any website since a couple of years and never worked with WP before, so the learning curve was quite steep in the beginning. Choosing a theme takes really a lot of time and the same can be said about adapting it later on. That's nothing you can do in 10 or 15 hours. The good thing about Wordpress is that there are endless possibilities to alter the appearance of your website and the themes are quite helpful.
Quite a lot of minor things like contact forms, calendars, ecommerce, fonts, galleries etc. can be added by plugins. The plugins themselves can be customized, if needed. My webiste uses the Photocrati theme and already about a dozen plugins, most of them working in the background. Some of the plugins were modified even in their source code, e.g. the Royal Slider in the gallery showing a transparent background. But the whole website is still a work in progress. Currently I'm still working on the design and a proper grid overview for the gallery. After 3 months and a couple of dozen hours I'm maybe half way through...

Kind regards,

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:10:33 PM »
Sunset in Mecklenburg, Germany

Underwater / Re: 5D3 housing with 17 TSE
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:44:30 PM »
Hi, a much cheaper alternative would be the Ewa Marine bag B-F100. I use it myself and had the idea to put the TS-E 17mm inside. Normally a 82mm filter thread is need to attach an adapter ring, which attaches to the clear glass panel in front of the bag. Of course the TS-E 17mm does not have any filter thread and putting it inside the bag results in lots of pounces of the lens to the glass panel. Not a good idea...
The solution is the LEE Filters Adapter Ring for the TS-E 17mm. It still does fit into the bag, although it is very, very tight. The LEE adapter ring has a similar effect than the Ewa ring. It keep the glass panel in a plain position a few milimeters in front of the lens. There is some slight vignetting but it is very small. The attached picture shows the vignetting with an f14. It is a RAW converted to JPEG. Of course every militer of shift will result in serious vignetting. Turning the manual focus ring is also pretty difficult. But it does work.

The Ewa Marine bag  + LEE adapter ring will cost you US$500.

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