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Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:27:12 AM »
No, it shouldn't :-) ... look at the blue of the sky on the top right, the brightness jump is a sign of an assembly artifact and doesn't look natural.

Hate to tell you, but the sliders that affect the blue colors were pretty close to neutral... This is LR4 and I can't help it if the polarizer made it brighter... Notice how the top section is much brighter than the section that shows through the trees right below it?? Wide angle (set at 17mm on FF)+ CPL is the answer to that question.. But as the OP can attest to, the skies here in Okinawa are incredibly bright, and that day was no exception. And ftr, that shot is one picture, not a 7 different ev exposure.

My point remains the same, there's overdone HDR, and subtly done stuff... And I speak for myself, but anything I happen to do definitely goes to the latter... I'm sure if I cared I could go back in LR4 and adjust that a little.. Hold on, I'll try...

Nope. There's not much I know how to do to make it look any different. In case you actually care, I bumped the exposure down by .3, took the brightness down pretty much all the way to cut the glare out of everything, which still didn't show much if any clipping, and then boosted the shadows a little bit to bring some detail back.

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:28:57 AM »
I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR....   You need better software, or preferably better techniques...

When doing HDR, it really should look like this:

Canon 5DII-4474 by volksron, on Flickr

Yes, it's technically not a HDR with multiple exposures blended, etc... But it doesn't have crazy saturated colors, however, it does have equal (or close to it) detail in the shadows as well as the highlights.. Especially if I could show you the RAW file..

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 07, 2012, 06:10:07 AM »
Japanese used lens are usually in great condition and come with a 6 month warranty from the store usually.  But the thing you'll probably find out sooner than later is that camera equipement is MUCH cheaper in the US than in Japan, even though it is made here.  My recommendation would be to buy from B&H photo and have it shipped out to Japan.  YOu'll have to pay about a 5% (goign up to 10% over the next few years) in duty charges, but it'll still be significantly cheaper unless you are buying anything released this year.

First off, I'm also in Okinawa, so こんにちは. I live in Isa, Ginowan.

If you have a FPO/APO box (which I assume you have access to, since you mentioned AAFES) you won't have to worry about duty fees, which leads me to my next point, ANYTHING camera related is cheaper, way cheaper online from Adorama or BH than AAFES or out on town.  Plus better customer support. This is how I buy practically everything, as stuff is just too expensive here.

Be aware, that with at least Adorama, they won't send items that are over a certain dollar amount through USPS priority mail, which I'm sure you know is the only way to get things mailed here, quickly and relatively cheaply.

Since you have been here for 12 years and I only 8 months, I'm sure you know that are many fantastic locations to shoot at here.

Check out my Flickr ( and this guys, whose live here for almost 40 years ( Enjoy, and let me know if you ever wanted to get together as I can show how to operate that new 60D of yours. If you needed the advice of course.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Non Genuine LP-E6
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:32:44 PM »
I'll bring you some later this year... I'm in Japan (okinawa) and can readily source them.

Lenses / Re: Climbing Mt Fuji in August
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:31:37 PM »
First, I'm jealous you're going to climb 富士山 to watch the sunrise.

Second, I would bring the camera and the 17-40 and that's it. No need for a telephoto. And the prime, well, maybe carry it, it's not too big or anything.

Lenses / Re: Canon Refurb Store ... Not Such A Good Deal
« on: May 08, 2012, 03:50:10 AM »
I did not say the store sucked, or make any negative comments about the store itself.

"Canon Refurb Store ... Not Such A Good Deal"

Sounds like you did to me.

Yes, sometimes store A has better prices on some items than store B. This is called a free market and why we shop around before making a purchase. Welcome to America.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK3 vs. D800 - fredmiranda
« on: May 01, 2012, 03:10:21 AM »
I shot a Stouffer Transmission Wedge (13.2 stops DR total) with a 5DII, 5DIII, & a D7000.

The 5DIII required 1/3EV less exposure than 5DII to keep any channel (meaning: green, since that blows first) from blowing out in the brightest patch of the wedge. The D7000 needed 2/3EV less exposure than 5DII (i.e. 1/3EV less exposure than 5DIII) to keep any channel from blowing out.

Well, I'm sure this ensures you pick the right camera for all those NatGeo contest winning Stouffer Transmission Wedge pictures everybody is clamoring for!! Call the NY times!! Wedge pictures here, get yer wedge pictures here!!

God pixel peepers are a joke. Ansel Adams surely never questioned this type of crap.

It's like this on every online forum, everywhere... Heaven forbid you tell your honest opinion about something... Now you're a d*ck! People are too soft these days.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Main difference in ND filter?
« on: February 13, 2012, 07:12:27 AM »
I'm not a professional by any means, but I've used the singh ray vari-nd on a more than a few occasions and it does not seem to affect my image quality what so ever. and I usually use it on a 70-200 IS II....

Just sayin...

Sports / Re: Indoor cycling
« on: February 13, 2012, 07:07:04 AM »
I have a few comments, but not really about the pictures...

What kind of cycling event is that? It looks like indoor cyclocross do to the tires looking quite big... But to me, that would defeat the purpose of cyclocross itself...

Enlighten me please  :)

Lenses / Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:19:10 AM »
2 words... RAMEN NOODLES! We got well acquainted with each other in the last few months.

I hope you're joking.....

What's wrong with Ramen? You know in some countries, such as Japan (where I currently live) Ramen is a staple diet food. People here eat Ramen all the time, and these folk are among the world's longest living people... I'd say they're doing something right...

Tonight I had the luxury of adding a boiled egg and some cilantro.

That looks quite good.

Lenses / Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:54:12 AM »
You're worried about lenses... Obviously you bought a body, so you need at least one to take pictures with... What I would be more concerned about is the fact that your last two shot, of landscapes, your horizons were noticeably not level....

EOS Bodies / Re: Should i go for the 1DX or the 5D Mk III?
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:46:16 AM »
Should I go for an unreleased camera with specifications subject to change or a hypothetical version of a camera I speculate might be announced?

I want to buy the one that doesn't even exist yet!! Is there a link with a "buy it now" button for me to click??

Meanwhile my 5D2 and (ZOMG!!) old 50f1.4 are click away real, tangible pictures. But maybe I should stop using that 50 cuz there was a rumor about a "II" coming out soon

Lenses / Re: EF 24-105 F4L - Normal or Issue
« on: December 07, 2011, 07:41:17 AM »
they look very different to the sharp pointed ones the 16-35 produces,what i am refering to is how the sparkles diverge at the extents instead of converge, just wondering if its a trait of this lens or my copy.

I'm betting the two lenses have different shaped aperture blades/opening causing the different looking starbursts... There is likely nothing wrong with your lens.

Lenses / Re: Lens Filter for 70-200mm f2.8 IS II
« on: December 03, 2011, 08:17:56 PM »
I personally like my Singh Ray VariND on the 70-200... It's nice to be able to force the aperture open in bright daylight, etc....

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