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Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:47:33 PM »
Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park

Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:36:24 PM »
I just bought WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage. Today, it will be used on a USB2 PC, and later, a USB3. After I move the images, I plan to get a Carbonite account, the one that backs up external drives. I'm guessing a new backup of an external drive with ~500GB of images, will day a few days, depending on fast Comcast's upload speed is that day(s)

I don't want to discourage you from using Carbonite, because it's a great service to have, but you should know they throttle uploads to 2-3 GB a day (at least they did when I did my initial backup). It took me months to get my computer initially backed up, and that was less than 400GB of data.
I agree that the Carbonite upload takes forever, particularly the initial and after a photo trip, but the security offsite from my computer makes it worthwhile.

Canon General / Re: What's so bad about HDR?
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:20:57 AM »
Natural looking HDR is just like dodging and burning a B&W print.  You over expose the shadows and under expose the highlights.  It's been done in the wet darkroom for decades.
Agree.  I use HDR quite often to expand dynamic range, but am sure to make it subtle.  My complaint about HDR is the overuse of the sliders, resulting in a comic book look.  It's the same problem I have with over-saturation, and over-sharpening that seems the norm too often.

Software & Accessories / Re: Update on Hot Issues in Lightroom 5
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:49:41 PM »
Thanks. That's helpful as I move toward deciding when to update.
+! - thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 22, 2013, 08:48:42 AM »
hi guys,

was just interested to know, what sort of processing is the canon 6d (or rough equivalent) doing to the photos before it displays it on the lcd display? 

i ask because i took a reference photo of a nice sky the other evening, there were some subtle colours  that i wanted to remember.

i know i shouldnt rely onthe lcd screen for colours or anything like that but a quick glance never hurts, i remember being happy with what i saw ( just a simple Av setting 100mm f2)

i downloaded the file which was a raw image, which has everything zeroed, so photos need a bit of processing, but the image i got was almost grey compared to what i saw on the lcd screen.and i had to process the raw in lightroom to look like the image from the back of my camera,as it was what i wanted it to look like!  which seems totally stupid lol  ive attached the files.

just for reference and for comparison id love to know what sort of processing is applied for the lcd output ?

sometimes digital photography is so darn  backward lol

( the first photo is the raw no processing turned into a small jpeg, the second is the procssed image to look like what i saw on back of lcd screen and more what the actual sky looked like )
I've had a similar problem with my 6D.  The images I take look dull when imported into Lightroom, and I've never had that issue with my 7D using the same processes.  It's to the point I've been questioning the accuracy of the light meter in the camera.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: July 17, 2013, 09:45:13 PM »
This one not so easy, but could be spotted from a group of tents know as K-ville.

SV5D0426 by PVC 2012, on Flickr
Duke University

Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:53:37 PM »
I wasn't kidding about the bird. Calibrated monitor? Oh, please. I see it in my iPhone.  It looks like the silhouette of an accipiter, an American kestrel to be specific.

Oooh, could it be? I get a chance to correct Neuro on something not at all related to cameras? ;-)

Kestrels (Falco sparverius) are falcons- the only 3 accipiters in N.A. are the Northern Goshawk, Cooper's Hawk, and Sharp-shinned hawk.

My bad - thanks!  Been a long day, starting too early.  In fact, it probably looks most like a sharp-shinned anyway. The 'wings' are a little too big for a kestrel.  ;)
Either way, put it on Post Your Bird Portraits...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:08:48 PM »
If the 70D is ready for shipment by September, I can't imagine a lot of 7D's will be sold thereafter.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:21:15 AM »
Fledgling Cooper's Hawk, relieving the boredom

That's a great shot. Nicely done.

+1 very nice shot.


Mail-in rebates?! WTF?!

Instant rebates or nothing.

Well, I paid $1779 for a 6D body only from B&H back in April (which was less than Canon's promotion period that followed), so if you want to send me the form to fill out and have me do all the work of cutting out the product codes from the box, I'd be happy to do all that work.

Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 08:21:30 AM »
Congratulations.  Very cool!

Software & Accessories / Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:06:44 AM »
I've used Lightroom (currently version 4.4) exclusively to process my images.  A couple weeks ago, I returned from Yellowstone/Grand Tetons with quite a few shots and processed as normal.  The images were mostly taken with my new 6D and was curious to check the AF points vs. image focus, so played around a little in DPP.  What I thought I noticed was the images looked better in DPP.  I've exported the original imported RAW image from both programs, and DPP's JPEG is definitely brighter, shows more clarity, and is sharper than the JPEG export from Lightroom.  Has anyone else had this happen?  Makes me wonder if I should go back to Canon's program, although I like many features in Lightroom better.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:09:58 PM »
Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

6D, 24-105L, 1/4 second, f/11, ISO 100.

Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:17:12 PM »
Unfortunately a little hazy here in Connecticut.

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