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Thats where a fast frame rate as well as focus stacking might be handy.  Focus stacking software can usually handle slight frame registration issues. 
I keep intending to try the feature in Magic Lantern.  I have used third party software with Breeze DSLR Capture to take images for focus stacking and it works well.
The focus stacking in Magic Lantern is nice, but, I wouldnt say its fast enough to deal with a live object like that, especially not swaying in the wind. It uses live-view focus, which is slow by itself.

For a still object, like a flower, its really nice

I agree. A web in the wind can be a very fast back and forth motion that live view focus could not handle. great for still things. as you said.

Hey Cg..the spider was hanging dead center in its web that dropped down from a rain gutter.  I'm 6'1 and it was about 3 inches above eye level.  I needed ultimate precision so I placed the 5D3 with MP-E 65, MT 24EX, a macro rail and gorilla arms for the flash heads all on a fairly heavy duty bogen 3021 with a manfrotto HDV701 video head.  This allowed a lot of flexibility of forward, side, up and down mobility and it was quite bulky and heavy so the tripod was the way to go.  After getting the female in focus the wind was swaying the web back and forth with quick moments of calmness. It was those moments where I seized the opportunity to snap a few shots.  This was over the course of 15 minutes or so with extreme patience I must say (it was hot that day).  The female did hit the lens a few times as it rocked back and forth in the wind but seemed undaunted.  I was about 2 inches or so away from the web at 3.5x zoom.  Perhaps I could have increased the exposure a bit but was we all know, photos are viewed by each differently.  I thought all things considered the ambient light was well balanced with the front legs being a wee bit brighter than the fang area as of course the object was anything but linear.  Hope that helps.

Sounds fun! =-) really nice job on the shot. its great

Sweet shot! It's just a tad dark for my personal comfort but it is a definitely sweet shot!

How did you get so close to it with it wanting move away from you?

We are always trying to improve my photos so tell me what you think!!! most of these shots were by Natalie berry from Natalie Berry Photography and I did the editing. We partner together on weddings, she shoots photos and I shoot video. The video should be up tomorrow. Will post a link when it's ready =-)

the album is here on my site:

Here is the video link:

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Lanscape: 5D mkIII 24-70mmL
« on: September 27, 2012, 03:07:15 PM »
24-70mm F/2.8 L is a very sharp lens .However,I found most of the time not wide enough for landscape work.

Canon 5DMark III + Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 L for landscape work

5dMark III combo with Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 is an awesome lens for wedding day photography and street photography

Canon 5DMark III + Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 L for wedding work

I agree. Most of my landscape work is with my 14mm. But depending on the scene I may use 24mm. Love the 24-70 for weddings! These shots I preferred 24mm.

Nice shot btw. where is that?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Lanscape: 5D mkIII 24-70mmL
« on: September 27, 2012, 12:02:36 AM »
I enjoy threads where people discuss the need for an ultra-wide angle lens.  It is almost always when landscape photography is the subject.  Attached are three images taken last year at a lake near where I live to illustrate the difference of the three focal lengths that are most commonly discussed; 24, 17, and 14mm.  No they're not masterpieces but they do show how the perspective shifts between focal lengths change the importance of the various elements in the image.  At 24mm everything already appears twice as far away as it would with a 50mm normal lens.  As you step out to 17mm and then 14mm from the same camera position, the foreground becomes more and more dominate in the image while the background becomes less and less distinct.  That foreground domination is the reason to use an ultra-wide for some landscape shots; not to attempt to "get it all in" as many people do.  If the perspective looks right to you and you need a little more in the image, you need to step back a little, not switch to a wider lens.  If you do switch to a wider angle lens, you need to reassess the shot completely to make sure it is still a strong composition.


These are great examples of the different focal lengths and great description!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Lanscape: 5D mkIII 24-70mmL
« on: September 26, 2012, 05:32:07 PM »
They look good.  If you dont mind me asking, why not use your 24-105?  Also what are your thoughts on the 14 for landscapes?  I have 16-35 and wondering if the 14 makes a difference or not.

Straighter lines and better corners. And can you say color? Love the colors from the 14. BUT, skip it, you can't point it anywhere up and down, only dead on something because the converging lines will annoy you.

What you should be considering also is the best WA ever, the TS-E 17mm f4 L.

I agree with most of that. I actually love my Bower 14mm. It's a great tool to have and is quite decently sharp for the $480 price that I paid for it. But I would also love to have a TS-E 17mm so I could control my verticals better.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Lanscape: 5D mkIII 24-70mmL
« on: September 26, 2012, 05:27:55 PM »
Nice. I quite like the road shot, CG. Very comforting.

Thank you, that was exactly what I was going for =-).

They look good.  If you dont mind me asking, why not use your 24-105?  Also what are your thoughts on the 14 for landscapes?  I have 16-35 and wondering if the 14 makes a difference or not.

I didn't use the 24-105 simply because I didn't have it with me. The lens was already mounted to the camera and ready to go. I was on my way back to where I was staying after a wedding in Nor Cal and had to get this shot quickly before the sun went away. And it went away fast. I actually don't have much preference between the 24-70 and 24-105 when i'm shooting smaller than f/5.6. The 24-70 is just with me more often when I am traveling light. Though 24-70 has less distortion on the wide end.

It makes a difference if you are feeling you need to be wider. There have been situations where I feel my 14mm it too wide so I switch to my tokina 11-16 and use it as a 16mm prime on the 5d. It is nice to have the option. it is also usually just as easy to step back or step forward to get the framing right when it needs to be a 2mm difference. I love my Bower 14mm. I got it for $480 new from B&H and continue to use it regularly for all my wide FF shots. If you are happy with what your getting from you 16-35mm then stick with it. If you feel you need to get wider than 16mm then the 14mm is a great focal length.

5D MK III Sample Images / Lanscape: 5D mkIII 24-70mmL
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:44:56 AM »
These are a couple shots I posted on my blog. Thought i'd share =-) what do you think?!

Link to the full album:

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: No kelvin WB on 6D! noooooOO!
« on: September 21, 2012, 01:24:11 PM »
I believe now that it does have kelvin. The Canon page said it has "color temp" as a wb setting which i am assuming is kelvin.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: No kelvin WB on 6D! noooooOO!
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:08:12 PM »
From Canon Website
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Custom (Approx. 2,000° - 10,000°K), Color Temperature (Approx. 2,500° - 10,000°K), White Balance Correction, and White Balance Bracketing

From B&H
Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten

So Canon says it does have Kelvin WB?


EOS Bodies - For Video / No kelvin WB on 6D! noooooOO!
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:01:20 PM »
At least according to B&H there is no kelvin WB. This is sad  for me since I always use kelvin for my productions.

Anybody have different information?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: MK iii Stills Portfolio Update
« on: September 16, 2012, 06:39:26 PM »
Been awhile since I've been on the forum. Last time was several months ago, when my MK iii came in the mail. What have I been doing since then? Well, I just recently updated a new stills portfolio, shot completely on the MK iii, to show you just that. Examples range from documentary to commercial shooting. Hope you enjoy. Thoughts / Comments appreciated.


Very nice shots. Everything looks crisp and clean. Do you have a favorite lens combo with your mkiii?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Sunny
« on: September 16, 2012, 06:35:42 PM »
Sweet shot =-) the flash has a nice soft look to it. well done

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