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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:24:07 PM »
Hi guys,

Nice works, thanks!

And some from me, please don't hide Your comments!

Notice the Great Grey Shrike on the winter photo.....
Nice. I liked the ghost forest.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 07, 2013, 01:32:16 PM »

Absolutely a killer shot! So who is mauldron? Google does not know of him...

Dunno but Mordred son of Morgana was the main antagonist in the English / French Arthurian legends, ultimately responsible for the death of King Arthur and the fall of Camelot.

There was a film made in the 1980s by John Boorman called 'Excalibur'. It re told the traditional tale. Many of the leading actors that Boorman used were more theatre than film. it's worth seeing.
Cool, thanks. I never thought of King Arthur as someone who died - just left the building...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 07, 2013, 11:21:26 AM »
1Dx
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
f/2.8 @ 1/2000
ISO 400


The death of Mauldron by SauceyJack, on Flickr

That is a hell of a shot.

Jim

I'll say! It's a killer ::)
Absolutely a killer shot! So who is mauldron? Google does not know of him...

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:47:25 AM »
Here's a change of pace shot:


Rustic by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Did you photograph that or paint it  ;)

Lovely effect.

As you probably know, it was shot (Canon 135L 2 f/2), but I did the painterly effect in Alien Skin Snap Art 3.  I am doing some work for the company and they wanted to see me experiment some with the program, so I seeing what I can create for them right now.

Just a question sir, I'm currently trying out Alien Skin Exposure 5.  Do I have to install additional software to use that effect you used or Exposure 5 is enough?

Thanks.

The painterly effect is done with a separate program from Alien Skin called "Snap Art 3".  There is also a free trial on it.  If you decide that it would be helpful, I would recommend just getting the software bundle as it is much cheaper that way.

Dustin, it looks nice, except for the color of the barn, but to each their own.  Would be interesting to see a "before and after", although as an artist I can see where presenting both might not be desirable, as well.

Ironic, as the color of the barn is one of my favorite parts.  I've just agreed to a contract to have pieces like this used for the building blocks of the website for this particular program.  Not all of my followers like this stylistic approach, but it is a nice way for me to stretch myself artistically while also having some commercial success.  The before and after on this shot may end up in a tutorial blog on the website.  If that happens, I will send you a link.

Red barns are sooo passe ;D

I liked your blue barn ;)
I see a "it's green", "it's blue" discussion starting up. Keep the popcorn ready! :)

Oh! Btw, definitely green. ;)

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:05:53 PM »
Thanks, RPT.  Appreciate the compliments.
Sometimes we can appreciate our mistakes.  Not often.

I'd like to share a few.

The third one was a goof.  I set the lens at its wide end, fully extended, pointing vertically up.  It started to slide back to the telephoto end, and a cuss and a curse before I could stop the lens drift and close the shutter.  The effect was a bit like "warp speed".  Interesting in a way.  Exposure was for 35 seconds.
I love the 0.5697332199654399000012554354609487t6548489... warp speed photograph.  ;)
Thank you. Many a discovery were made by "MISTAKE". The big deal is to identify the difference between the "known" and the "unknown"... So "Vive la différence!"

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:54:03 PM »
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Great shot. I especially like this one. Well done.
thanks a lot Click, I appreciate it.
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This is a classic chauncey picture. He has done these before. He usually has more in the frame. Lovely picture. Actually I like all of them. The cormorant on the swan's back is classic!
rpt...to have one's work recognized is a huge compliment, thank you for that...there were two more but they obscured too much of the bird.    :-\
If/when we meet face to face you may want to delete this post (permanently...) ;)

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:41:43 PM »
I'd like to share a few.
This was the first opportunity for me to shot the Milky Way.  Living in an urban environment do not allow for dark night sky.  Was at the Pamlico River near the town of Aurora, NC., for a few days over Labor Day weekend.
These were shot with a 5D3 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 ver 1 at f/2.8 and ISO 3200.
The first was exposed for 15 seconds.
The second was exposed for 18 seconds.  The light over the horizon on the right was from Aurora.  Another in the middle was another small town.  The foreground was the remains of hurricane Sandy damaged dock illuminated by house lights from behind the camera.
The third one was a goof.  I set the lens at its wide end, fully extended, pointing vertically up.  It started to slide back to the telephoto end, and a cuss and a curse before I could stop the lens drift and close the shutter.  The effect was a bit like "warp speed".  Interesting in a way.  Exposure was for 35 seconds.
I love the 0.5697332199654399000012554354609487t6548489... warp speed photograph.  ;)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:35:50 PM »
Just a fun portrait shot of my daughter.

Banturiray
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ı Canon EF100mm f2.8/L Macro IS USM ı 100mm ı 1/60s ı f/5.6 ı ISO 800 ı Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT through Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite at 1/16 power triggered off-camera with a Canon ST-E3-RT

Banturiray by shutterwideshut on Flickr
Daughters are the best aren't they?

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Lenses / Re: I Repaired my own 50mm 1.4, and so can you!
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:45:55 PM »
what the what? (as my 4year old is prone to saying)
I like that phrase. May I have your 4 year old's permission to use it when appropriate? :)


My trusty 50mm 1.4 stopped focusing the other day, and I couldn't even focus manually by turning the ring. I googled the issue and found that many others had experienced the same thing. I never dropped my lens or anything. It seems that all it takes is a bit of pressure on the front focusing element, and a metal part inside will get bent. This can cause the focus mechanism to get stuck.

I got a lot of help from following this guide:
http://image23photographic.blogspot.no/2012/04/fixing-stuck-focus-ring-on-canon-50mm.html

Getting the lens repaired here in norway was close to the cost of a brand new lens, so I figured I had nothing to loose. I have never repaired a lens or anything similar before. If I can do it, odds are you can do it too!
That is some piece of work! Congratulations! Welcome!

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:33:56 PM »

Thanks for the comments.

Here's the settings: 15 sec, f/2, ISO 6400

I first shot at 30 sec, but peeking at the photos I noticed some star trails even the 24mm should be fine up to 30sec. So I decided to use faster shutter and higher ISO.

Not really, using the 600 rule a 24mm is only good to 25 seconds. For those unfamiliar with the 600 rule, take 600 and divide it by your focal length and that is the exposure time in seconds before the stars become trails. In this case 600/24=25.
Yup! And take a look at this link. It has some calculations in there...
http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/30263/what-is-the-rule-of-600-in-astrophotography

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Site Information / Re: Banning ankorwatt
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:28:31 PM »
People, let us drop it. No point going over it again and agonising. Those of us who have lived through his two avatars here on CR will have our views.  Let us get back to photography and nerdiness and courtesy and above all the great sense of humour and friendship that is here at CR.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:15:42 PM »
Now Serendipidy, you know this is a bird forum so what excuse have you for posting fish! ;)

BTW now I get the heron picture completly, thanks.  I could almost smell it right here at home.

Jack
Yes! I know! Fishy business this! ;)

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:03:19 PM »
Lovely picture. Too much light pollution where I am. I wish I could take pictures like this. :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:35:55 PM »
More Heron fishing from today. Six duck pirates quickly raided us and refused to leave, stealing most of the bread. Heron still caught about 6 tilapia, 2 big ones. The biggest one he stabbed (I've never seen him stab a fish, before he always grabbed them like using chopsticks). It fought vigorously, getting away once, was quickly recaptured, and then, finally escaping back into the water.
7D, 100-400L, f/7.1, ISO 320, handheld


Great pictures Serendipidy. 8)  Keep doing photo of your heron friend. It's always a pleasure to look at them.  :)
+1

Serendipity, I have a couple of questions:
  • I thought you got a 5D3 didn't you? I see that these are shot with your 7D. Have you tried shooting the heron with the 5D3?
  • What is the heron's name? If he does not have one, may I suggest you call him TT. Tilapia Terminator! ;)

Thanks, rpt.

I bought the 5D3 2 weeks ago. Tried it out for 1 week (see my 5D3 Heron shots on page 162 from Aug 25 of this thread). Since I don't know how to really do AFMA or see if a camera or lens is good, I took it to the Canon Service center with my 11 month old 70-200L II (still under warranty), and they sent them off to CA, USA for calibration. Said it would take 10 business days, so I'm anxiously awaiting their return (soon, I hope).

LOL..good suggestion for a name for the heron. Could call him 'Arnold" for short. My wife asked me his name and all I could come up with was Harry the Heron.  ;D
If you are going to invest in software for AFMA, FoCal is good. I use it. If not, neuro has shared a link on this forum a number of times. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/AF-Microadjustment-Tips.aspx.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:27:17 PM »


Great shot. I especially like this one. Well done.
This is a classic chauncey picture. He has done these before. He usually has more in the frame. Lovely picture. Actually I like all of them. The cormorant on the swan's back is classic!

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