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Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: Today at 04:47:17 AM »
Taking a slight detour after work or during conveniently scheduled activities would easily beat chasing down some random person in the neighborhood, driving to some backwater location or taking a day off to avoid the former troubles without certainty it will actually work.

True, but in my crowded area (central Berlin) the problem is time - ring the bell, wait for the person to come down the stairs (or climb them yourself), take the signature, get back. Just dumping a "didn't meet you" postcard takes 15 seconds, the real deal 2-3 minutes.

Lets take a somewhat different approach: default delivery to a logistics station strategically placed at a crossing of high volume public transport and easy car access.

You've got this in German towns: there are automated delivery stations, parcels get put in, you get there, type in your secret code and get your parcel 24/7. I don't use it as it's a job killer and jobs are scarce enough around here.

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: Today at 03:59:00 AM »
This is the kind of image that requires the 21 stop DR sensor jrista posted the other day ;)

Not really, ~2-3ev more would be enough as that's the amount that would result in cleaner shadows. More important would be 16bits resolution as you can postprocess gradients w/o posterizing them.

Btw: this Canon 18mp 1d has 10.8ev dr at iso1600; the new Nikon d750 10.6ev, the high-res Nikon d810 only 9.8ev. Point for Canon, esp. as you can take the same picture with a cheap 20mp 6d (10.7ev) though the 22mp 5d3 would be a bit worse (10.1ev).

But the most important point that there is no banding in this 1d shot, 6d would be the same, again 5d3 probably wouldn't.

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: Today at 03:48:07 AM »
Here is the link to RAW. I hope someone takes a shot at it and educates me.

Here's my quick attempt, 10 Minutes in Lightroom (timed it), only ACR raw tools. It was worth it just to put a file from $20000k gear on my $500 laptop :->

It's a tough one for several reasons:
  • gradient in the sky has to be kept (that's what you want ff for, but the leverage is only so high with 14bit resolution before it posterizes and gets ugly)
  • composition is essentially split-screen, so you cannot help but run into a "hdr look" after raising shadows on the bottom. If there would be some trees or the like connecting both halves, it'd be more pleasant, but of course with wildlife this cannot be helped.
  • compisiton of the group - one lion was cut off (removed it), one looks outwards and the sun-group relation isn't ideal. Again, of course this cannot be helped, it's not like you can move the animals or sun where you want them.

You can postprocess to infinity here, the danger is to make it look overprocessed and worsen things. One area that needs attention is sharpening, contrast/clarity and denoising which need to be tuned to the specific output size and device, I didn't bother with that.

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:50:04 PM »
When we're talking about a fragile $900 piece of glass? You bet your ass I'd pay more for red carpet delivery. And, BTW, the mail delivery box is 3 FEET FROM THE OPEN FRONT DOOR and I sat here inside on a beautiful fall day for 7 hours trying to prevent this very occurance.

It's not like I don't understand your pain, at least the failed delivery happens over here all the time. When I sit at home, waiting for the packet the guy just puts a sticker to the front door, claiming I wasn't there. And then I have to travel through the whole town to claim the package. After the weekend...

Doesn't whoever-you-ordered-from offer other delivery options? At least the online shops I have in mind usually have some kind of premium delivery, and more expensive might not only mean faster, but indeed better.

The point I am trying to make is that "lazy" isn't the right adjective to use for a packet delivery job. I imagine lots of other words can be though of for the company though. If the guy hasn't the time to go 3 feet further, he seems to be on a tight schedule indeed.

Lenses / Re: Can you stack Canon 2X plus 1.4 Extenders?
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:28:49 PM »
At this magnification, you clearly see the moon moving, but believe me, 1/320 securely freezes that movement!

Great shot - could do with some more contrast and sharpening, but this really makes me envious of this gear combination. Unfortunately, there's only one moon to shoot around here :-)

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:25:45 PM »
Lazy bastard.

You probably would change your mind if you'd know how many deliveries these people have to do in what time. Around where I live, they are even forced to be self-employed to dump every risk onto them. Are you ready to pay double the delivery price for better service and working conditions? Right, I thought so - now we know the real culprit...

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 28, 2014, 10:49:20 AM »
Am attaching unprocessed and my version. Pls advice. Any pointer is welcome.

How about sharing the raw, so people can have a go for themselves? Your first attempt looks too much saturated to me, and the sky gradient is already posterized. Second one is improved.

Btw this is exactly the type of shot that could do with a bit more dynamic range, the shadow resolution seems to be very low already.

Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:29:10 AM »
auto mask is a bit flakey and can do some wierd things. I find its better to use the brush without automask to apply the setting and then erase using auto mask over the overlapped areas. this gives cleaner results

+1, I have yet to find a shot that works with LR5 automask - probably non-nature shots are compatible. But rejoice, as indicated in the newest ACR for PS CC the new LR6 will also have enhanced masking tools!

Lenses / Re: Critical View of 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III
« on: November 28, 2014, 02:06:41 AM »
and if i was hiding the bird would be closer to me

"Birding" is indeed a bit like being lucky at hide and seek, and that's one problem: You can take an "ok" shot with your mighty expensive gear, and then the next guy with a Rebel kit lens happens to walk up right next to the bird, taking a better shot...

but if i didn't have 1/2000 he would be blurry.

... and that's the other problem: Even if you have a tracking camera (I wouldn't even bother with my 6d), "sitting duck" in lower light has an *entirely* different iso requirement than "in flight". With IS on and snapping a few frames, you can high iq shots w/o movement. When something starts moving at higher speed, you indeed need 1/1500 (horses) or at least 1/2000 (bif), and the iso value goes through the roof.

Lenses / Re: Critical View of 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:50:03 AM »
Here is one taken with the 5D III w/ 70-200 2.8 IS II + 2xTC II, import and export with no changes

Ugh. That's about why I stopped "birding" with my inadequate gear, in lower light and/or when the animal is far away as the results have a distinctive "90s mobile phone" look to them :-\ ... it's important never to tell that this was made using €5000+ gear :-p

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:33:19 AM »
For example, for many years, Intel would burn out defective cores and/or cache on their CPUs and change the product IDs so that they could sell CPUs that were partially defective.  One core of that four-core CPU doesn't work?  Burn out two cores and sell it as a two-core CPU.  Cache on a Pentium chip doesn't work?  Burn out the cache and sell it as a Celeron.  And so on.

Afaik Intel & AMD also deactivate perfectly working cores/caches if the demand for cheaper cpus is higher than their production :-) ... that's why there are always rumors of "soft-unlocking" schemes with number key you can purchase from the manufacturer. Maybe a business model for Canon - unlock your 18mp camera to 24mp or 11ev to 13ev dynamic range?

Canon General / Re: UK Cashback from WEX
« on: November 27, 2014, 04:17:45 PM »
Hope this saves you some money!

Meh - as far as I understand the fine print this is really UK only? I'm asking because I already ordered from WEX once because they have some gear that isn't available in Germany, and their prices are good.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 27, 2014, 04:11:45 PM »
Actually, Rudy Winston is incorrect.  It's not 1/8th the depth of field, but 1/8th the depth of focus.  The latter is the sensor-side equivalent of DoF, measured in microns.  DoF changes with subject distance, depth of focus is relatively unaffected by subject distance.

Thanks for pointing this out, I was wondering about this very thing when I read the article.

Personally, I find the text to be a bit too much on the marketing talk side for my taste - and it's funny that the 2011 text points out that afma is totally fantastic and then they removed it from the 60d right after :->

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 27, 2014, 12:02:12 PM »
I just showed this thread to a psychologist who's used to working with obstinate and "damaged" children; she almost wet herself and asked to borrow the bathroom. I don't know if it was from laughter, or if she got a glimpse of future revenues...

Photography Technique / Re: DIY: Monitor Hood
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:49:29 AM »
I decided to make one for myself. I spent around $26 at Office Depot for a set of three, 30"X40", foam poster. With little tape, tape measure, pen and a box cutter, I came up with this.... ;D

Looks exactly like the real thing I'm using in the pro print shop before sending off my images. And of course the ambient light has to be dimmed down so your calibrated monitor can remain at a low light level.  Working like this certainly proves that calibrated editing is not meant to be fun :-\

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