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Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:58:01 PM »
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Geez...

I'm retired, and I don't have four hours to sit around watching this kind of stuff. And frankly, I don't really care. The reality is, human beings are incapable of keeping a subterfuge of that magnitude a secret.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:34:39 AM »
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Makes me think of Michael Corleone in Godfather 2:

"If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone."

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EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:57:15 PM »
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My "plan b" was the purchase of a 5D3 in December 2012. No regrets, especially since I'm slowly moving over to the mirrorless world now.

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Lighting / Re: speedlite 270ex - broken?
« on: August 13, 2014, 09:56:39 PM »
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Looks like your 270 is kaput!

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Lighting / Re: speedlite 270ex - broken?
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:29:16 PM »
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I don't see evidence of flash in any of them. Does your EXIF say the flash fired?

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EOS Bodies / Re: How do reds come out in your 5d3 ?
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:21:15 PM »
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I don't have a solution, but I do know the problem well.

1. I simply spend a lot of time in post tweaking things until they're acceptable, if I can get them there. Frankly, at this point I'm leery of red flowers. Thanks, McG, that's a great tip about watching the red in histogram and going against the grain, so to speak.

2. I don't think the OP could have picked a worse lens -- in my experience the 85 1.2 LII is as bad as it gets. (It's a spectacular lens for what it does best, but it's the worst with this red issue.)

3. You could try a Fuji sensor. Working with the colors I get from my X100S has been a pleasure I seldom find with the 5D3. (And I shoot only RAW all the time.)

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PowerShot / Re: SX 50 example
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:54:03 PM »
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Looks like a lot of fun. Maybe I'll get the 60 when it shows up.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:47:24 PM »
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For me, 35, 85 (or 100) and 135 are essentials. Since you've got the 100, don't worry about the 85. I suggest doing whatever is necessary to add the Canon 135mm f/2.0L; it's stunning.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No weekend rumors ever??
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:19:35 PM »
Doesn't anyone else find it odd that the rumors pop up non-stop M-F and then never, ever S-S?

I think that alone kinda gives tell to why so few rumors have any truth in them.

More than "odd" is your whole premise. It's bizarre.

Weekend or weekday would seem to have no more correlation to truth than oatmeal or alcohol. And I have to wonder if one of those substances isn't involved here somehow.

I've seen rumors posted both on weekdays as well as weekends, but I've never seen rumors popping up "non-stop" at any time. What is being suggested is clearly not true, but at least have the courtesy to provide some facts. I'd be curious how many rumors over the past three years were posted on each day of the week. Enlighten me, please.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:21:18 PM »
i have the feeling you buy one and when you have read through the manual they announce a new camera.  ::)

So, the obvious solution is to not read the manual!

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Canon General / Re: Who's on Instagram?
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:04:13 PM »
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The idea of participating in anything where I would have "followers" creeps me out. There's just not enough Kool-Aid to go around, I guess!


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Post Processing / Re: B&W Process
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:47:18 PM »
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Interesting, I never thought about Gimp. It was the first program I used for photos, and I still use it today for some things. I'll have to explore the B&W possibilities.


If you are not afraid to experiment a bit, and/or you have a limited budget, let me recommend "Gimp".  It is open source software that aims to provide Photoshop like functionality.   Photoshop lovers hate it, but I won't enter that religious war, it does what it does.
Anyway, it offers you a channel mixer option, where you can create a B&W image from a single RGB channel, or any custom combination of channels you want (i.e. 80% R + 15% G + 5% B).  You can even use negative values, which in some cases it makes sense (e.g., negative blue if you want to darken that bright purple shirt that your model was wearing without affecting the skin tone).

If you go down this route, you might also want to install the "g'mic" plugin and play with its channel mixer.  That one allows you to mix in different colorspaces (CMYK, HSV, Lab, RGB and YCbCr).

Happy hacking.

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Post Processing / Re: B&W Process
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:18:27 PM »
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Thanks for the good words on DxO Filmpacks. I've had other people say it works well.

Do they ever lower their price for sales or such?

Also, how might you think it compares to Nik Analog Efex? I've played a little bit with this, but not B&W.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:51:12 PM »
The lens rebates end at the end of August, so MAP enforcement will also end, and prices will return to the typical pre-rebate levels, which were generally lower than the current after-rebate prices.  So while the source may be accurate on this, it's sort of like predicting that the sun will rise in the east...   ;)

Yeah, but that sunrise thing is supposed to happen TOMORROW !!!

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Post Processing / B&W Process
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:42:15 PM »
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Okay, I'll start with a question.

What provides the best results for B&W processing?

Doing it in LR is straightforward and gives adequate results.

I've never been able to get what I wanted out of Silver Efex Pro, and I don't know why. It seems by far the most sophisticated.

Lastly, I've recently tried Color Efex Pro B&W conversion. So, far this is giving me the best results. It seems more straightforward than Silver Efex and the effects are more obvious.

So, that's my experience so far.

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