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Site Information / Re: What happens when you hit 10,000 posts?
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:21:48 PM »
The site sends you an email to stop spending time here and go outside and use all that photo gear you've been posting about.   ;)

Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:46:01 PM »
Um, hello? There is an EF adapter for EOS-M

Not everyone wants to use a larger, heavier DSLR lens + adapter on the M.  For many (not all)  that'd defeat one major reason purpose of having it.
A crop lens that starts at 55mm is very unlikely to be a retrofocus design, so I fail to see how it could be made any smaller with the shorter flange distance of the EF-M mount.

I won't speak to whether they can or not, I was only commenting on why several people above asked for one, and why crasher8's comment may not be an answer for those requesting it.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:25:12 PM »
Um, hello? There is an EF adapter for EOS-M

Not everyone wants to use a larger, heavier DSLR lens + adapter on the M.  For many (not all)  that'd defeat one major reason purpose of having it.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:48:13 PM »
Aye! At least "next time" ain't too far off. ;P Its only a couple months away. I really need to find a place free of light pollution. Your deep, dark skies are amazing. I'd love to capture galaxies like Andromeda and all that in a wide field shot (which is completely impossible where I've tried so far, even driving over 40 minutes out of town, which is over an hour away from Denver itself...)

Thanks for that, looked it up and it I guess it's Orionids.  Hmm...that's close to when the road up to Glacier Point where I shot this from may be closed, but probably not.

The thing is, the skies weren't even as good as normal, because of the local fires; there was a bit of haze in the air.  So you're in the Denver area?  I realize there'd be a lot of light pollution from the city, but in my ignorance I would have figured you could find spots closer; that's a shame!  Maybe take a trip out to Zion or Arches?  My friend and I are kicking ourselves for not trying night shooting when we were out there.  Guess we just have to go back. ;)

EDIT - Just googled some info, and it sounds like a hunter's moon will wash out many of the meteors for that; I may still try to shoot it though, as it'll help light up foreground interest like Half Dome or something else.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:35:25 PM »
Half Moon Bay - One of twelve pianos set up as part of the Sunset Piano Opus Two art installation project. 

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 18, 2013, 09:48:36 PM »
Thanks for the kind words folks, just wish I'd had left my camera in one spot all night, and stayed a bit closer to sunrise.  Next time!  ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:38:21 AM »
A few people have suggested the f-stop Loka.  I've been using this back for a few years and I love it; if it eventually wears out I'll probably end up buying another one, or a newer f-stop model.  I think it's an excellent pack, well-designed for hiking, and fits almost all your requirements (I doubt anything out there will be perfect).  It is a little boxy, but it is small enough to fit in airline overhead compartments, which I've done any times. 

However, judging by your small loadout, the Loka would be overkill; not bad though if you plan on expanding that in the future.  I've carried 2 bodies, 3 lenses, tripod water, food, extra batteries, filters etc. on rough long hikes (like Zion's Subway hike), and my back was fine, and I'm not a big strong hiker.  If your listed loadout is accurate, I'd still suggest f-stop because of their designs, materials, builds etc., but I think smaller models will fit your requirements much better, like the Guru and Kenti.  The Kenti is new and has side access doors, which is something I've wanted for a while for street photography or other times when I don't need a full loadout, so I may buy one of those myself, heh.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:51:32 PM »
Here's a video of two timelapses I shot this weekend.   Since the best & brightest streaks were 'off camera' I stopped part way through and tilted my camera up in hopes of catching more, although I didn't succeed.  Still, I captured lots of the smaller streaks.  Perseids was in the upper left, but we also saw a surprising number of meteors from other directions.

The lower right bump is Half Dome; you can see a couple of people coming down from it at the beginning and someone climb up & walk around on top later. 

Done with some top-notch video software...Windows Movie Maker  ;)

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:02:38 PM »
Great shot! Looks like you had some nice, dark skies. I would say 14mm is a great focal length for wide field night sky photography.

Thank you!  Yes we did, no moon, far from major light sources :)  I must admit, I did try to play with contrast, black etc. to try to emphasize the meteors.  I didn't know about the meteor-to-star light ratio you mentioned earlier, so I was simply shooting in 25-30 second bursts.  Next time I'll change it up!

At the risk of being criticized by the landscape photo police, you should have tried turning the camera sideways...since you are saying you missed some meteors overhead.

The color temperature of your Milky Way indeed is far too cool, but since it was intentional, I suppose it's a valid take on it.  I've seen this look before.  It's quite a nice shot...certainly the blue hue is appealing and draws one into the image.  Of course if it's shot in RAW you can tweak on the color temperature however you wish later on. 

If you are saying this was your first night sky ever...WOW that's quite a good result, no doubts about that!!  You're on your way.  I envy your Yosemite visit.  It is a very highly traffic'ed park, though.  For good reason, of course.

I had considered that, but to be more specific, the best ones we missed were all over; far to the left, right, so far overhead they were almost behind me, etc., so I left it.  Plus I was shooting for timelapse, which I'll try to add shortly.  What I did do is stop shooting at one point, and angle my camera much higher. 

And yes, I think the blue helps emphasize the stars/meteors, although I suppose some may disagree.  I also prefer a bluer look than a warmer one; I wonder if people that prefer a warmer is partly because they're used to being closer to light pollution? And I did shoot in RAW, so I can tweak this repeatedly.  Which I'll probably do, because I know I could edit the shots better than I did.

Thank you!  I mainly shoot landscape and am used to some techniques which help (mirror lock up, on a tripod, shutter release, manual focus etc), plus I have shot at night before; some steel wool, light painting, catching streaks of car lights, stuff like that.  But this was my first time trying to milky way & meteor shots.  It's kind of silly that it is, since I have regular access to Yosemite (I can reach the entrance in about an hour), and I've been to places like Arches & Zion.  I'll definitely try to do more night photography in the future & get better at it.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:11:50 AM »
Here's one of the shots from Saturday night/Sunday morning, up in Yosemite; please don't be too harsh, it was my first time trying this kind of thing.  I think some of the warmer colors & haze on the horizon were due to some local fires.  I used a lot higher ISO because I was shooting for timelapse video and wanted the milky way moving in it.  Shot this in tungsten after reading that somewhere on the net, but now I wonder if it's too blue. Unfortunately, there were some really good streaking meteors leaving glowing trails that were overhead or otherwise not in front of my lens, even though this was 14mm.

Lenses / Re: Best Filters for 24-105 f/4
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:48:19 PM »
Another factor in favor of Cokin for me is that I have lenses with 77mm, 67mm, 62mm, 58mm, and even 52mm with the new EOS M. With a Cokin P system, you can buy the filters once and get adapter rings for your lenses. They are a bit bigger than the screw in ones, but holy cow, you could go bankrupt buying good quality circular polarizers for your whole lens collection.  With Cokin P, if you get a new lens with an odd filter ring size, your total cost to adapt your filters to it is a $20 ring.

One thing to consider is that the P series doesn't work with the widest angle lenses.  I don't have a 16-35mm or 17-40mm, and I think they work down to about the widest on those lenses, but I am not sure about that.

I was going to mention the Lee system, but I see you edited your response as I was finding some links ;)  I switched from the Cokin to the Lee system because it has wide angle adapter rings (49 through 82mm).  I use them with my 17-40L and can stack 2 filters fine. 

EOS Bodies / Re: new canon body in testing?
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:47:33 PM »
Finally, a 1-series body I wouldn't mind taking on long hikes!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:14:57 AM »
Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California - I've visited Big Sur 3 weeks in a row, encountering overcast skies every time. The clouds parted for about half an hour or so yesterday, giving me crazy blue sky & reflections.  Canon 6D, 17-40L, Lee Big Stopper + Lee CPL rotated for max reflection, 30 seconds

Lenses / Re: 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:58:22 PM »
The sigma 50 1.4 is...really big for a 50mm prime, has AF quality control issues and won't work with auto CA corrections.

Hmmm...are you sure the Sigma doesn't work with CA corrections?  Did you mean in-camera or software?  Not saying you're wrong, I'd just be surprised if Lightroom didn't have a profile for that lens.  Only usuing LR as an example since that's what I use and it's fairly common, but obviously I don't know what you use.

EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:24:05 AM »
@tiger82 - what's up with that hood on the 70-200/2.8?  Hope you know it's too short to be of any real optical benefit...

I think it's one of those rubber hoods that can 'pop out' to a hood, or folded back. I've wondered how those are in use.

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