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Technical Support / Re: White balance, how to determine?
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:12:19 AM »
Mr. Bean -

I also have an (equivalent to) Expodisk and have used it extensively.  It is indeed quicker than the Color Checker Passport for setting a custom white balance.......BUT......the passport has so many more uses and is just as simple to carry.  I've really taken a shine to it since I began using it.  You can set up custom camera profiles in Lightroom for various lighting conditions (sunny, clouds, rain, twilight, deep shade, etc.), shoot Raw and select the correct profile in post.  Much less tweaking is needed with such a work flow.  Want to warm skin tones a tad?  Click on the appropriate warming white balance block on the image of the Color Checker.   IIRC, there have been posts on CR from colorblind photographers here on CR who use the Passport to ensure proper color.

Technical Support / Re: White balance, how to determine?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:32:53 PM »
Color Checker Passport, set up profiles in LR

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:43:29 PM »
From the you-think-that's-bad department......Florida Panhandle here.  In August, 90% humidity would be considered arid.  Just in case the unimagineable occurs and the sky clears up for one evening, we have Ninja mosquitoes just waiting for us to be foolish enough to set up scopes and cameras.  In all my years here, I have once and only once enjoyed astrophotography on an August night.  It was while a hurricane was crossing central Florida and sucking dry air over Pensacola, dropped to the low 60's that night, it felt frigid.  A few weeks later we were hit by Hurricane Ivan, took out the U.S. Interstate 10 bridge over the bay and knocked out power for weeks.  But oh how gourgeous the skies were after that.....dark, clear, no light pollution.  We slept in the screen room because it was too hot in the house, I still recall seeing the Pleiades rising through the branches of the leafless trees in my back yard.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:29:57 PM »
Pedro -

I use CS2 on Windows 7x64.  I've gradually moved to LR for most of my editing, but sometimes call up CS2 from LR for a photo or two. 

@Harry Muff: I am with CS 2 for about the same time. Can you still run it on let's say windows 7 or 8? Going LR next year with a new Notebook.

Technical Support / Re: Tripod and Tripod Head Question
« on: August 04, 2013, 11:03:37 PM »
I went with an Acratech GP earlier this year, quite pleased with it.  ~400US......but you would certainly not go wrong with the RRS BH-55 either.

Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens' for crop sensor camera
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:35:31 PM »
The Tokina's been great on my 40D and 60D.

Video & Movie / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless for timelapse.
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:36:24 PM »
Some examples, I've posted modified links instead of embedding, just change (dot) to   .     and they should work fine.

with G2 and GentLED.......   youtube(dot)com/watch?v=ahaQVk0iv20&list=TLitG5fo8Po8c
with modified 40D.........   youtube(dot)com/watch?v=sHRqxuHc1XU&list=TLQkYow0aU2Pk
with 60D.....daylight........youtube(dot)com/watch?v=4tqw1SX4NK8&list=TLQkYow0aU2Pk
60D astro timelapse..........youtube(dot)com/watch?v=WBwNGcLGH1g
40D timelapse of 60d taking a timelapse....youtube(dot)com/watch?v=KHzBE5y08DQ
Pentax W90 on motorcycle.....youtube(dot)com/watch?v=tY5QRwiRMGo
..and on my scooter for the work commute.....youtube(dot)com/watch?v=7-vbMcI6Kmg

Video & Movie / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless for timelapse.
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:16:58 PM »
If you are only doing daylight timelapses, there are quite a few cameras (including non-Canon) to choose from.  For example, I have a Pentax W90 that has a timelapse function built in, is waterproof and light enough to fly with a kite and Picavet rig.  Image quality is of course nowhere near DSLR but in truth not too shabby.  I've strapped it to my motorcycle for several hours of riding, it just keeps on shooting until the battery dies or the card is full.  My old Canon G2, although quite long in the tooth, is timelapse capable with a GentLed IR trigger.  Only 4MP, but for timelapse movies the individual frames really don't need to be huge.  For astro timelapses I use my 60D and modified 40D.  I'll consider shutter replacement when it becomes an issue, but until then, I bought these cameras to use them.  Like my knees, they won't last forever.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ND filters /waterfalls on 5D3
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:53:26 AM »
A drawback to using those high f-ratios like f/22....it will show any dust dirt whatever specs that are on your sensor, in addition to refraction effects.  f/11 is more forgiving.  The EF 28-135 will go to something like f/36 (32?) on the long end - great for checking sensor cleanliness, lousy for photos.

How long does one wait for the Lee Big Stopper?   Too long.

Canon General / Re: Lost inspiration
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:23:08 AM »
Everybody loses their mojo once in a while.  I used to talk to Ron Rico about it, nowadays I find Jameson's helpful.  In other words.......don't sweat it.  One of my lifelong passions has been astronomy, but there have been extended periods where I did little (couple years here and there).  When the passion returns, it does so with a welcome vengeance.  The moon interferes with the deep sky astrophotography I prefer, but every so often I find myself doing visual with the moon with a high power eyepiece.  Two hours can pass with no perception of the time.

You will get your mojo back.  If you don't, you never had it in the first place.....but I don't believe that and neither do you.  Think of it like writer's block.

What caught my eye was "offer ends SEP 30 '13" ....... gives a bit of breathing room, if it really lasts that long.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60D odd behavior after long exposures
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:24:28 AM »
Had the following odd behavior with my 60D yesterday......

Windy day, so we headed to the beach for some long exposure surf photos (1-1.5 minutes) and flash portrait work.  Took the portraits after the surf photos.  I used the 10 second timer to give me time to get in position with the hand-held flash with radio trigger, too windy for stands.  Frequently, the shutter would release and the flash fire as expected and then begin another 10-second countdown and repeat.  More often than not, I had to turn the camera off to get it to stop. 

I have ML on that card but was not using any ML features and made sure of it after the first occurence, nor was bracketing set.  I did note that ML reported a CMOS temperature of 163 and wondered if the camera internals were hot from the long exposures....it wasn't a particularly hot day, low 80's.

I could not get the behavior to repeat after returning home and there is no feel of a sticky shutter release button, nor was there wind blown sand lodged anywhere. 

I'm not overly concerned, as it didn't repeat, but I am curious.  Anyone had similar experience?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Monoprice camera accessories
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:22:42 PM »
I've bought non-photo related items without regrets.  As a hobbyist, I'd certainly feel comfortable buying other items.  Lens caps aren't rocket science.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:37:20 AM »
I like the zoom range in my camcorder.  Hard to duplicate that with a dSLR.  I'm not a filmmaker, though, strictly for my own pleasure.

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