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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:21:54 PM »

Ah, I understand your question now. I think it's just that your not seeing the benefits of the HDR at full size. Here is a comparison of the HDR in the "shadows" (not really shadows, it's definitely midtones, since it's the sunflowers, which are the primary subject of the image), and a single-frame shadow pull:

If I wanted to print this (I do, actually), the single-frame shadow pull is entirely unacceptable for that purpose. I already have people who want prints of this, family and friends, and I'm sure others will as well. At 13x19, the size I usually print at home, the difference in detail and detail clarity between the HDR and the shadow pull is totally obvious. There is a huge difference in detail, the HDR version has TONS more, and it's crisper and sharper and has more color fidelity. For larger prints, even gallery wraps up to 48x36", the better detail of the HDR is that much more important, because of the need to upsample.

Thank you jrista for your comprehensive and lushly illustrated and demo'd breakdown of your fantastic HDR image.  As I fancy shooting at night or indoor under subdued lighting I have been eager to incorporate hdr into my workflow but haven't been able to grasp the technique by reading up, you-tubing, kelbying, and ps-usering the subject.  Your verbosity, along with the gifs and annotated gifs have opened my eyes quite a bit more than before.  Thanks much...

Photography Technique / Re: City shots at night
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:28:49 PM »
How about let's see some "City shots at night"?

Here you go:

Beautiful work Mr. Kahn. A great night skyline is always nice, but those bridge photos, particularly the spans, were simply wonderful...
Here's a couple two or three of mine:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:13:01 AM »
All I know is I bought the 6D last Spring after loving my 7D for the years its been around and, even with fewer af points, slower fps, and so on, the 6D is my walk-around, goto body, with the 7D usually in my bag for daylight sports and wildlife, as a just-in-case, or to impress folk by shooting with two bodies. I now travel only with the 6D...

At times, me and af don't necessarily agree on what should be in focus, or even, albeit rarely, what focus should look like!

Photography Technique / Re: City shots at night
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:57:21 AM »
How about let's see some "City shots at night"?

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:35:48 PM »
March 2014 on Oahu:

Very nice series.  8)  Well done

Mahalo nui loa...

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:00:37 AM »
March 2014 on Oahu:

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:54:39 AM »
They can find evidence of the faked moon landing, but they can't dig up President Obama's Indonesian birth certificate?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:00:27 AM »
an external monitor is a good idea that I use sometimes when I'm working at home, but a lot of my work is done on location.  I think a 17" laptop's screen would probably be more useful depending on specs, but then I'd have to lug it around, and the 15.6 is plenty when travelling.
I ALWAYS get some damage plan; before I would get Dell's complete care, including accidental damage, but more recently I've purchased a warranty from SquareTrade for a family laptop that includes accidental damage, but I've not had the opportunity to use.  Warranties are an additional expense, but they sure beat having to buy another laptop or camera or lens due to accidental damage or other failure that's more likely to happen with portable electronics.  I've gotten all-but a new laptop twice over the years from covered repairs from parts simply wearing out, or, yes, accidental damage...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:12:00 AM »
I've joyfully used 3rd-party grips for 40-, 50-, and 7D for the longest time.  I started with a canon grip on the 7D,but when the battery door failed I bought a polaroid branded one which added features: an intervalometer & remote control amongst them, at a fraction of the canon price, and it seems a lot sturdier, and has lasted me more than twice the life of the canon.  I enjoyed similar results with the xxD grips.
I bought one for my 6D and quit using it after a couple of months.  When I used it the camera exhibited various malfunctions including freezing (shutter not functioning on camera, turning itself off, shutter sticking, and not awakening from sleep mode.  Missed several shots.  It wasn't the 3rd party batteries which were marketed as chipped for 6D, as they have continued to work once I ditched the grip...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Photo Paper advice
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:03:13 AM »
I got that canon paper deal last year too - got a bunch of premium pro letter- and 4x6: it seems to be an end-of-year event.  Anyway, I have an epson 3800 and use epson exhibition fibre, premium luster, ultra-premium presentation paper matte, and canvas (old product, haven't had a chance to try the new canvas products), mostly. I did like Ilford Gold Fibre Silk, but now that they're gone I lean on the exhibition fiber while still hanging on to my last few sheets of the Ilford for special projects. The exhibition fibre finish is similar to the ilford gold fibre: they're both baryta papers that feature a muted sheen, as opposed to a gloss, finish, a very muted texture, and work well for color and BW photo prints as they have a great dynamic range.
I've been using Red River Polar Pearl metallic, and like the print results, but am curious about longevity; info on the web seems mostly ambiguous.  Prints have a cool-white metallic sheen to them that makes my landscapes, cityscapes, and architecture shots seem 3D-ish.  Red River offers a buffet of different papers in various sizes, including post- and greeting cards.  In some cases they also compare their papers to other more well-known brands' offerings.  I am intrigued, but as I said, I would like some definitive word on longevity.
Anyway, I got to the papers I use after trying many, and many other papers; some by suggestions from people I knew, some suggestions from people at esteemed sites like this one, some from marketeers' spiels, and some 'cause they were on sale at local shops, like the dear departed Calumet Photo.
I'd be open to suggestions from others for types of papers that might yield my kind of results, then diddle around with the different brands and marketing jargon on my own - other than avoiding anything that is universally considered to be crap; i.e. "photo paper" from office-product warehouses...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:37:18 AM »
My laptop is a soon-to-be 3yr old Dell XPS 15 w/ I-7 2720, 8gb 1333 mhz RAM, nVidia 2gb video, FHD 15.6" screen, BD burner, and 750gb Hdd. Bought new, it will turn 3 in September, and it still handles my work in LR5, ps5, onOne PPS 8, ms  Office, and so on with mostly no trouble.  I am considering doubling the ram, but that's it. Looking at what's available now I think I should be okay til next year anyway.....

EOS Bodies / Re: Any rumors on a new fullframe body for Canon?
« on: August 11, 2014, 02:15:09 PM »
7D has MANY more focus points, and way faster fps than 6D.  IQ-wise, my 6D wipes the floor with my 7D without breaking even the slightest sweat.  I've become so spoiled by 6D IQ that I find myself instinctively trying to capture moving subjects - birds, mostly, that I'll NEVER be good enough to capture with it, than just grab my 7D: despite its still-great specs and features it has become just a second body, emergencies only, for me.  Unless all you shoot are fast-moving subjects, you will find yourself pretty pleased with the 6D - and still have some cash left for another lens or flash or plane ticket...

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 02:07:06 PM »
I use eos remote on galaxy note 3 to shoot landscapes, fireworks, family portraits, and difficult-angle shots with my 6d. It drops the connection sometimes, but it usually picks right back up also.  I have yet to have one bit of camera equipment, computer, software, phone - any bit of tech that does everything it's supposed to do all the time or is otherwise flawless.  While I find the 6d wifi and canon software adequate for my needs, I would still buy a 7d II, depending on the price, whether it has wifi or not - I'd just rather it did...

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:01:07 AM »
I'm a no. I use LR5 almost daily, and ps5 only occasionally. I also use onOne Perfect Photo Suite; and it seems to surpass cs5 for my purposes much of the time.  It offers layers, masking, re-sizing, and so on and I suspect I might use it more often once I become more comfortable with it, but truth be told I find most of the editing I need to do is possible within LR5.  I've used LR since it was introduced and have come to appreciate it more and more with each new version.  I've owned ps 2, 3, and, currently 5.  Layers are what I most find myself using in ps; which is now available in the aforementioned onOne software. I did consider abandoning my reservations and giving cc a try, but the idea that I would no longer be able to use a software once I stopped "renting" it is still a big hurdle for me.  As I said, I am still using ps-cs5.  I import ALL images through LR, and if I decide to use ps to work on an image I can export it as a tiff or psd for use in ps.

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