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Portrait / Re: Brenizer Method First Try
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:15:14 PM »
That only works out to a 66mm f1.3.

But great shot, especially for a first try at the technique.

Thank you, how do you find out want it is equivalent to?  Also should I try doing this with my 50 1.8 for a more pronounced effect?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D M3 - Mirror slap during live view?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:28:46 PM »
Try setting the ten second timer as well as using the remote cable release.  When ever I use longer lenses this makes a huge difference.

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Portrait / Brenizer Method First Try
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:21:15 PM »
Thought I would try today the brenizer method aka bokeh panorama.  Asked my friend to help me with it, by modeling.  The photo itself isn't really anything special but I know I'll need this technique down the line for clients looking for extremely large portrait prints.  24 shots on a Canon 5D MKii with 200mm F/2.8 L II at F/4, ISO 400, 1/200th.

   


Full sized file, http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2885/12866656185_633f4c5aa5_o.jpg

you can see some of the mistakes I make with the spot heal tool in Lightroom, should have used the heal brush in Photoshop and taken more photos further way from my subject.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:01:33 PM »
Andy_Hodapp,

It must be exciting to have the opportunity.  I rarely see an eagle and then only golden.  Bet you were wishing you had a longer lens or could get closer!

Jack

Right now in the process of choosing a longer lens.  Tamron 150-600mm?  I did try and get closer but he flew away, but not before I got a shot of him flying!!!!


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:36:05 AM »
A new favorite of mine I took today


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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:28:16 AM »
Snow covered pano


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:58:02 PM »
Canon 5d mkii 200mm f/2.8 heavy crop bald eagle


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Lenses / Re: f2.8 16-35mmL vs. f4 17-40mmL
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:53:20 AM »
This maybe just my battle torn lens needing some realignment sense the bottom left corner is the biggest problem.

That would be it, get it repaired - I got even my new lens unaligned and had it replaced. Most CA is easily corrected nowadays, and the corner problem (if you take shots that need this) of the 17-40L diminishes a lot if stopped down - be sure to check with existing sample shots on the net after repair to see if it works properly by then.

So send it to Canon? How long and how much would you guess?

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Lenses / Re: f2.8 16-35mmL vs. f4 17-40mmL
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:45:16 AM »
I haven't tried the 16-35 but I will say the corners on my 17-40 are terrible.  When your at the wider side of the lens, the corners are filled with chromatic aberration.  When I was shooting on crop, it was a great lens but now it definitely falls short of expectations.  I've had to crop some of my photos taken at 17 (even stopped down to f/11 or greater) because the corners were unusable.  This maybe just my battle torn lens needing some realignment sense the bottom left corner is the biggest problem. 

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:53:16 PM »
Playing in the snow



Star trails over snowy mountains in my back yard



Sunset in my front yard



Icicles



Barn owl against snow



Light pole




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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:58:22 PM »
Some shots with my Canon 5d mkii and 50mm 1.8.  Most of the shots are at about 10 seconds F/1.8, iso 1600, all are in my backyard in Montana.











Very nice work!  Is the third image not a stitched pano?

The first and the third as panos

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:08:31 PM »
Some shots with my Canon 5d mkii and 50mm 1.8.  Most of the shots are at about 10 seconds F/1.8, iso 1600, all are in my backyard in Montana.










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Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:54:09 PM »
The RRS and Kirk plates are the best for all-purpose use, but if you only plan to use them while doing panos, cheaper ones like Sunwayfoto (even the one you mentioned) should be fine. The important point of differentiation is you don't want a cheap one if you hang your camera off it or you need precision.
I have no experience with the Dolica you mentioned, but your tripod should still feel pretty sturdy even when the camera is tilted 90 degrees. If that is not the case, even with a 5DII and 200mm, then maybe you should consider a sturdier tripod first?

The tripod its still sturdy, its just on uneven terrain and stuff.  My real question is what clamp should I get to replace my Dolica one to fit acra type stuff?  Would this one be a good choice? http://www.amazon.com/SUNWAYFOTO-DDC-60-Compatible-inches-Sunway/dp/B004ED815A/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376207&sr=1-10&keywords=arca+clamp

While I have no problem suggesting a cheap L bracket, I wouldn't advise a cheap clamp. That's the part that will hold the camera equipment securely, and if the mechanism isn't up to par, then your camera might slide and even fall.
Given the ridge on the ball-head post in your picture (its similar to my Z1), the following clamps will at least work:
Wimberley C-12
RRS B2-Pro II
Kirk SQRC-Arca might work if the hole is not threaded

Check a couple of things though- does yours use a Metric 6 screw or a 1/4"-20? Also, is the inside of your Dolica clamp threaded?

The clamp is not threaded, and I think it is M6 because it has many more threads then my tripod screw for my camera

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Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:12:52 PM »
The RRS and Kirk plates are the best for all-purpose use, but if you only plan to use them while doing panos, cheaper ones like Sunwayfoto (even the one you mentioned) should be fine. The important point of differentiation is you don't want a cheap one if you hang your camera off it or you need precision.
I have no experience with the Dolica you mentioned, but your tripod should still feel pretty sturdy even when the camera is tilted 90 degrees. If that is not the case, even with a 5DII and 200mm, then maybe you should consider a sturdier tripod first?

The tripod its still sturdy, its just on uneven terrain and stuff.  My real question is what clamp should I get to replace my Dolica one to fit acra type stuff?  Would this one be a good choice? http://www.amazon.com/SUNWAYFOTO-DDC-60-Compatible-inches-Sunway/dp/B004ED815A/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376207&sr=1-10&keywords=arca+clamp

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Software & Accessories / Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »
I've been using a Dolica ZX600B300 tripod for the last year and have gotten into doing a lot of panoramas.  While the ball head and legs are great for panos when shooting the camera horizontally, having the camera vertical with my 200mm 2.8 makes it feel like it could tip over.  I would like to change over and get an L bracket for my Canon 5d Mkii.  I've been trying to find out weather my clamp could take arca plates and it sounds like it can not and sense all L brackets are for arca plates, this causes a problem. 

I'm looking for a new clamp to put on top of my ball head and I'm wondering what ones will fit and work best.  I'm also wondering what would be a good L bracket for a non gripped 5d mkii.  The RRS ones look great but there prices are a bit high, I found this one on ebay from china that looks like it would do a good job, it can still use the cable release when shot in portrait.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/L-shaped-Vertical-Quick-Release-Plate-Camera-Holder-for-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II-/281230948986?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item417aabba7a




 

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