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Lenses / Re: Portrait Lens
« on: October 01, 2012, 03:53:36 AM »
I have both the 24-105 and the 100L Macro
I absolutely love the 100L - but still take many more pictures with the 24-105

If I had to get one, it would be the zoom, even though I prefer the 100L

Animal Kingdom / Re: Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 25, 2012, 08:42:18 PM »
Having carefully looked at everyone's fantastic edits, and using them for inspiration - I tried myself
This was done with Aperture and NikSoft

I would appreciate honest opinions

Landscape / Wicklow Mountains National Park
« on: September 22, 2012, 06:33:10 PM »
Both 5D2 + 24-105L

Animal Kingdom / Re: pics from uganda and tansania
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:46:54 PM »
Looks like she had an amazing trip and is a quick study
Hope those hippo photos are tightly cropped - not sure I'd want to be close enough to get those photos at 250mm

Animal Kingdom / Re: Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 09, 2012, 10:38:32 AM »
With flat light I sometimes use split toning in LR4.  On your pic I gave highlights a yellow cast and shadows a blue cast.  I also cranked the clarity slider up to 70, darkened the sky and added a blue cast, turned down the green and yellow channels and added some vignetting.  It probably took 5 min.  Clearly all these things can be done with the software you have but maybe not as quickly.

I like many of the renditions - but I really like this one

Thank you to everyone for their advice and excellent manipulations of my image

Animal Kingdom / Re: Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:12:28 PM »
Thanks to everyone who has answered so far... and I am beginning to think I need to invest in Lightroom or perhaps learn to use what I have better? (I have Aperture, NikSoft - full suite, Photoshop CS3)...

I am afraid that flash is out of the question for this (could scare horse and rider....)
Also need a color image if at all possible

Thanks again - and be glad to hear any more advice

Animal Kingdom / Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 07, 2012, 12:11:59 PM »
I need help....
For work I have to take photos and can't choose the weather
I was wondering how to make the best of photos taken in flat light like the example I attached

I find the areas of the picture where the subject is against the sky particularly problematic

Any advice on post-processing or exposure (preferably without flash) would be gratefully received

RAW is here:

5D2 24-105 @105mm 1/800 f4.5 ISO800
Shot Raw - curves and black point in PP

Macro / Re: Some random Macros
« on: August 15, 2012, 03:25:57 AM »
Look great in Safari - great shots!

Canon General / Re: Taking DSLRs into olympic venues
« on: August 07, 2012, 12:14:45 PM »
I took 5D2 + 24-105L + 70-200 2.8L II + 2x Converter into Eton Dorney, Lea Valley and ExCel
Didn't even rate a second look at any of these venues
They were in a Lowepro Toploader + attached Lens case

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:48:56 PM »
Amazing lens
This shot taken hand-held at 1/15 and @200mm!
I had the lens rented this week (not for Squirrel pictures) and really do not want to give it back!

Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:02:03 AM »
Like others have said - no hassle getting camera and lenses in. The soldiers on security were fantastic.

5D2, 70-200 2.8 II @200mm, 1/1000, f2.8, ISO1600

Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:41:41 AM »
It was very dark in the ExCel - and the Sabre is fast!
5D2, 70-200 2.8 II @200mm, 1/1250, f2.8, ISO3200

Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:20:28 AM »
Personally I wouldn't bother taking a camera.  Sky plus it, keep the newspapers.  Enjoy the experience when you are there.  Don't shoot me down in flames, just a humble opinion.

Different people enjoy experiences in different ways - you are assuming that the taking of pictures is to create memories, not for the pleasure of taking photos itself

Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:53:46 AM »
Considering spectators aren't being allowed to use camera gear longer than 300mm and not everyone can be trackside, I think it'll be quite tricky to get top-notch shots.

The actual rules are no equipment longer than 30cm in length:

A Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens with a 1.4x Converter would get you under the line, and considerably more than 300mm.
I am taking a 70-200mm and a 2x converter, because I think I'll need the f2.8 in the ExCel

Landscape / Re: Flowers
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:48:38 PM »
5D2 100mm 2.8L Macro 1/800 f2.8 ISO100

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