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Sports / Re: Tenpin Bowling
« on: January 23, 2013, 04:14:44 AM »
Noise Ninja is nowadays known as Photo Ninja, PictureCodes standalone RAW converter and editing software. But it has all the features of Noise Ninja and then some. But I do miss the simplicity of the pure plugin, therefore my change of favorite to ACR.

Sports / Re: Tenpin Bowling
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:45:42 AM »
Hi all!
I am very glad you think my pictures look great. Indeed, the 7D does produce quite a bit of noise, especially when going over 3200 ISO. The lighting at the bowling alley was really bad, had this flickering green tint to it and was quite subdued overall so to get action shots that aren't completely frozen but sharp enough I had to bump the ISO pretty high.
As for my post processing. The only piece of software that could come close to these results was Noise Ninja, but now that's a stand-alone app and is out the door. I tried Topaz DeNoise and some others, but none really gave what Noise Ninja could. I then started experimenting with different stuff and I now have a bunch of different import presets in Aperture 3 (yes I'm a Macboi) that do basic RAW processing for me. In this case though, that wasn't good enough, so another approach was necessary.
Exported the RAW files and loaded them up in Adobe Camera Raw (I run CS5) and here's what I did:
1. Set WB (due to that flickering light)
2. Do lens corrections and CA fixes
3. Zoom the image to 200% and focus on an area that has distractingly visible noise. (Dark trousers, colorful shirt or similar).
4. Start dragging the Luminance noise slider in ACR and see what happens to the preview, once a satisfactory result is achieved, stop. This will make the image a little soft.
5. Sharpen, masking usually set to around 95 to only focus on the player. Move the other sliders, detail and radius around to get proper results. I rarely zoom in for this, as I like to see what it does to the overall image instead of a separate pixel, but that's just me and works for me.
6. If the image is good, save it and go - if not really there yet, proceed

7. Open the processed image in PS5 and duplicate the layer
8. On the layer copy apply High Pass filter - On the Ronnie Russell swing image I took it up a notch as my local bowling alley wants to make a printout of it and I found a bit of over-sharpening gives good results when making physical prints. Usually keep the settings pretty low to avoid halos and such, you'll see what I mean when you move the slider all the way to the left. :)
9. Set the layer blend mode to Overlay
10. Done

For the Tom Hess shot (the guy in the blue shirt on one leg) I did one extra thing. I used Nik Softwares Color Efex Pro 3 and the Bleach Bypass filter as a final touch and it suited that image fine in my opinion, it didn't work for the others, so I didn't apply that filter to the others.
Color Efex Pro has one other filter I am in love with, the Brilliance / Warmth one. It is awesome, but as with most of them, doesn't suit every image, so trial and error is a good way, and the best way to learn what would probably work and what not.

Man this was a long post. I can post specific Aperture 3 preset settings if anyone's interested in those.
Hope this helped someone.

Some times even this doesn't help.

Sports / Re: Tenpin Bowling
« on: January 22, 2013, 05:48:47 AM »
Some pictures from this years Ballmaster Open 2013 - 4th -13th of January in Helsinki, Finland

Picture from Ballmaster Open 2013 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Picture from Ballmaster Open 2013 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Picture from Ballmaster Open 2013 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:26:36 AM »
Got a few nice wintry landscapes lately... :o

Early Morning - 20th January 2013 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Cold & Damp - No. 6 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Cold & Damp - No. 2 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

What do you think? :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:53:18 AM »
Dude! That is one sweet setup you got there. I wouldn't sell at all. You're covered. But I like the idea someone already posted that you should get, maybe an EOS M, or the Fuji or Sony mini's for that easy to carry with you bits, but then you'd have that good kit to fall back on once it is appealing again, because it will be. :)
Downgrading to a 6D and selling your lenses will, in the long run, most likely only do you a loss.

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:15:02 AM »
While I can see some of the points the original poster made I don't share the immense disappointment. Someone said it's a swiss army knife, not far off. Everything is a compromise.
We all have different needs and Canon has to navigate that, not an easy task, and sometimes they do get it wrong. It's a little trying to squeeze a giant cruise liner into a canal with 2 inches to spare either side.
To emphasize my point, I'd love to have ALL video-stuff removed from my 7D, I never use it and I believe for video there are better tools than a DSLR, some other folks on the other hand never shoot anything but video and would probably gladly trade in the still functions for better video performance.
My advice would be, if you're not happy with what's currently out there, wait a while, something better may come along or may not. Your 5D2 is a brilliant piece of kit no matter what.
If that money's really burning in your pocket trade in the mk2 for a mk3 just for the fun of learning something new, or get that 6D as a companion to your mk2.
As for myself, the 1D-X is a dream come true for the types of events I shoot, moving targets in badly lit circumstances. My 7D copes, but the noise is quite high, it is something I acknowledge and I've become pretty adept at working around the limitations too. (I think) :) The 1D-X has to stay in the shops for a while longer as it is currently out of my league price-wise. But that's ok.
I now need to go research some stuff on how to get even more out of my 7D so it will serve me well for some time to come.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:33:27 AM »
Actually, considering that OSX and Linux are very similar under the hood (both are flavors of unix)

But MacOSX is BSD and Linux is, well, Linux - the unix versions have split decades ago and are often very different, just because they both use a forward slash for directories and run gcc doesn't mean much for porting software, esp. if it relies on hardware features like usb.

I very much doubt the decision to not develop a Linux version has anything to do with the technical aspects. Using the correct foundation cross-development can be done fairly cost-effectively. What I think is that Sigma (this is what I would do) wants to cover as wide a user-base they can with as few options as they can. Developing a Linux version means they are also liable to provide support for it and have the appropriate staff available and trained, both developers and support staff. It's just not worth the expense and effort for the minimal user base. If the user base was 15-30%, then things would be different.
After all, Sigma wants to make money even if us nerds think that should be secondary. :)

Good to hear the problem's solved.
This is now getting off topic, but I'd like some advice/comments please. I've never actually used LiveView in any real way. So here's what I need to know:
I want to go out and photograph star trails, you know the kind, several hundred shots stacked to make to final image. Now if I set my camera for 30second exposures, continuous shooting and lock my cable release, it'll obviously keep taking shots until a) I tell it not to or b) the battery runs out.
The question: If i use LiveView to focus and avoid all those nasty tremors and slaps, will the screen stay on all the time and drain my battery? Can I tell it not to stay on?
I'm shooting a 7D.

I have a canon 60d. It takes video fine and it takes pictures when in live view. However, when I look through viewfinder and take a picture, the shutter doesn't automatically release. I have to press it a second time to hear the second click. It does still take the picture though so  a bit confused. Help please :).

Sounds like you have 'Mirror Lockup' enabled. Look through the manual and your cameras settings on how to change it.

Lenses / Re: How tough is the glass of a lens? (8-15)
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:44:59 AM »
Not as tough as Chuck Norris or Mike Ditka.

speaking of which I lost my S**t when in the expendebles II chuck norris rocks up and tells a chuck norris joke

+1 million :)

The Speedliter's handbook is brilliant! I much enjoyed reading it and it helped me understand some of the more cryptic stuff in speedlites that the manuals rarely gives more info on than the mention that 'behind this menu you'll find this setting' - ok, but what does it actually do. Syl explains all of this very nicely I think.
That's the place to start as everyone else has also pointed out.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:05:18 AM »
7D+winter = no problem. Last weekend I was out shooting some dog practise in deep snow and I fell over and completely buried my 7D in snow. Wiped it off and continued shooting.
The LCD "froze" after two hours but that didn't hamper shooting at all. Once it warmed up all was well.
I did let the camera dry out a little longer than normal after that snow immersion, but as it was very cold out and my gear was cold too nothing really stuck to the camera. Had the camera and lenses been warm I might have had an issue. It was about -17 degrees celsius at the time.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Suggestions for a first monopod for a 5D3...?
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:59:36 AM »
For cheap and durable I found the Velbon UP-400 hard to beat. It's not very beautifully designed, nor does it weigh very little, but it's sturdy and you can attach a suitable head to it is you so wish, I don't, I just screw it on to the bottom of the camera and pod-away. :)

I have flashbacks of a product issue statement from Canon about this very problem. A certain product range was affected by discoloration over time due to some plastic issue. But I can't remember if that was the 5D3 or some other model. But looks similar certainly.
There was some dicussion on it here as well.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:46:15 AM »
I want to win!

My Thinktank is running out of space and need alternatives! :)

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