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Animal Kingdom / Birds with attitude
« on: April 16, 2012, 10:33:39 PM »
I don't often take photos of birds, but I have seen lots of character in a wide range of birds today from Ducks to Ravens to Robins.  A lot of birds by Windermere are getting rather 'frisky'  and some poor female ducks are getting jumped by 6 drakes at a time! Sorry there's so many but I actually really like these!  They are all taken with my 100mm macro lens which is SOO sharp!

1. Canon 5D mk III EF 100mm macro at f/10 1/80 ISO 400

Here's-looking-at-you by singingsnapper, on Flickr

2. The ducks appear to be squaring up:

f/11 1/125 ISO 400

Male-ducks-squaring-up by singingsnapper, on Flickr

3. I'd like to know what they are saying to each other!

f/11 1/125 ISO 400

What-ARE-they-saying- by singingsnapper, on Flickr

4. This Raven decided to perch himself at a cafe:

f/9 1/160 ISO 640

jackdaw-looking-sideways by singingsnapper, on Flickr

5. f/9 1/200 ISO 640

jackdaw-looking-up by singingsnapper, on Flickr

6. I think this Robin is ordering some cake for table 29

f/9 1/640 ISO 640

Tea-and-cake-to-Table-29-please! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

7. I think he enjoyed it

Robin-and-crumbs-at-Chesters by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Back in the Lake District and a glorious morning!
« on: April 15, 2012, 08:16:01 AM »
Back up again and the weather is glorious in the early morning clouding over later,  Managed to get myself out of bed at 5.30 this morning with a sunrise time of 6.11.  This was taken about 6.40. 

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L at f/16 and 34mm 1/6 ISO 50.  Cokin ND8 and grad

early-morning-sunlight-on-Windermere by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Easter in Austria
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:28:56 PM »
As a family group we went to Kufstein in Western Austria for Easter. I'd been in Kufstein the year last year and loved the area.  Here are a few photos from the trip.

On a damp first day we visited the castle  This is the view of the main church from the lower part of the castle. 

Canon 5D mk III EF 24-70 at 28mm and f/14 1/50 ISO 400 converted in Silver efex

kufstein-church by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The day after we went 1500m up the mountain above Koessen in Tirol on the ski lift.  There was plenty of snow falling and plenty on the ground.  In a very brief gap in the clouds I took this shot from above the ski cabin.

Canon 5D mk III EF 24  - 70 L at f/16 and 32mm 1/80 converted in Silver efex

high-above-Kossen by singingsnapper, on Flickr

On the way back to Kuftstein we spotted a biplane parked next to a house:

Canon 5D mk III EF 100L macro f/8 1/200 ISO 250

kossen-bi-plane by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The Kaisertopf range of mountains:

Canon 5D mk III EF 16 - 35L at 22mm

Kaisertopf-and-mountains-above-Going-in-Tirol by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Kufstein and i's castle

Canon 5D mk III EF 100L macro f/13

kufstein-and-its-castle by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Macro / I don't normally do a lot of macro....
« on: April 04, 2012, 07:48:37 PM »
...but I like the sharpness of macro lenses.  I have been playing with my new 100mmL macro though:

I'm finding macro work quite fascinating.  None of these are technical masterpieces or anything but just me getting to know it a little better:

Canon 5D mk III EF 100 f/2.8L macro at f/7.1 1/640 ISO 250 handheld

forget-me-nits-with-raindrops by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Same camera/lens, f/8 1/200 ISO 800 handheld

forget-me-nots! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

I found sand particularly fascinating!

f/16 1/40 Handheld ISO 250

sand! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / A seagull waits for a train
« on: April 03, 2012, 05:46:13 PM »
While on my way back from Cardiff to get my mac looked at, and buying the new macro lens I spotted this seagull who looked to be waiting for a train:

Canon 5D mk III EF 100 f/2.8L Macro at f/7.1 1/250 ISO 400

seagull-waiting-for-train by singingsnapper, on Flickr

He seems to be looking for his train here:

Canon 5D mk III EF 100 f/2.8L Macro f/7.1 1/200 ISO 400

Is-that-my-train- by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Lenses / !00mm macro L or non L
« on: April 01, 2012, 05:55:55 PM »
Is the L worth 2 x price of non L bearing in mind both have max aperture of f/2.8?

Landscape / More from close to home
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:43:24 PM »
Popped into Cardiff today to my usual salon for a much needed haircut as I headed back to teh train station I took a stroll through Royal Arcade which like all the other arcades in Cardiff has a nice feel to them:

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L @ 27mm and f/16 4 seconds ISO 100

Royal-Arcade-Cardiff by singingsnapper, on Flickr

After getting off the train, I wondered what the subway I walk through on my way home would look like as a photo, and I quite like the result.  I have processed the same photo in slightly different ways in Silver Efex one a fairly straight B&W conversion the other useing an Ilford Pan 50 profile

Canon 5D mk III 24 - 70L @ 35mm and f/5 1/15 ISO 1250

Port-Talbot-Subway by singingsnapper, on Flickr

and the Ilford profile:

Port-Talbot-subway-Pan-50 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / From above the Bristol Channel
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:54:46 PM »
I often climb up Mynydd Dinas above the steelworks town of Port Talbot to get an interesting perspective over the town and Swansea Bay.  I went to a lower part of the mountain to get a slightly different perspective of things this evening around sunset.

This is five shots merged in HDR Efex Pro.

Canon 5D mk III EF 28 - 300 L @ f/16 and 40mm

Swansea-Bay-just-after-sunset by singingsnapper, on Flickr

And another traffic movement shot over the M4

Canon 5D MK III 28  - 300L at f/16 and 105mm 30 secs exposure

Another-M4-light-show by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Abbey and Castle ruins of South East Wales
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:18:33 PM »
A fine Saturday was in store and my wife decided she would go into Cardiff for the day with her mum and sister, so my brother in law and his fearsome son, Alfie went ona  trip around some of the ruined castles and an Abbey. Chepstow will have to be reshot as middle of the day meant fairly flat unhelpful light. 

We started in Tintern at the Abbey:

Canon 5D mkIII 24 - 70L 46mm f/10 1/80 ISO 100

Tintern-Abbey by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Same camera and lens: 24mm f/14 1/40 ISO 100

Abbey-and-tree,-Tintern by singingsnapper, on Flickr

After stopping in Chepstow, me stopped for lunch between Chepstow and Newport to allow some time for the sun to lower and then made our way to Caerphilly, home to one of the largest castles in Europe:

Canon 5D mkIII 24 - 70 L f/11 28mm 1/30

Caerphilly-Castle by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Same camera and lens f/16 28mm, 1/20

Caerphilly-castle-from-moat by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Went out and about South Wales today to really put the camera through its paces.  Really happy with it, Pleased with the Dynamic range too as I feel the crops demonstrate.  Heavy 11am shadows inside the ruins of Tintern Abbey.  I've sharpened using Unsharp mask at 100% and 1.2px and adjusted contrast (adding a little)

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L f/10 46mm ISO 100 1/80

Full shot:

Tintern-Abbey1 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

the two crops:

1. Larger crop:

Tintern 5D3 crop1 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

2. smaller crop just under 100%

Tintern 5D3 crop2 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Mumbles, South Wales
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:56:41 PM »
Took a bike ride to Mumbles this evening and took my Canon in my Pannier with a couple of lenses.

This is Mumbles Lifeboat station and the end of the pier:

Canon 5D mkIII 70 - 200 IS f/2.8 at 200mm and f/6.3 1/250 ISO 100

Mumbles-Lifeboat by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Just as I headed back towards Swansea, the sun was setting and Oystermouth Castle's floodlights lit the castle:

Canon 5D mk III 70 - 200 at 200mm f/5.6 and 1/100 (and I just remembered that the IS was turned off as was last using it on a tripod!) and ISO 800

Oystermouth-Castle-in-Mumbles-at-Dusk by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / My dog Caesar
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:45:35 PM »
One thing that Caesar likes more than running around in the garden is cheese.  My father in law and I will sometimes enjoy some good cheese with a drop of carefully decanted port.  Caesar loves cheese so much that he will sit and drool and plead until he gets some.  Here I think he thinks he is Oliver asking for more!

Canon 5D mkIII EF 24 - 70L @ f/4 and 42mm 1/13 ISO 800

Please-sir-can-I-have-some-more- by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Caesar has his favourite spot by the kitchen island and how he finds the footrest of the kitchen stools comfortable, I'll never know!

Canon 5D mkIII 24 - 70 at f/5.6 and 57mm ISO 800 1/25

How-can-you-be-comfortable-leaning-against-that,-Caesar- by singingsnapper, on Flickr

This is my favourite shot of Caesar although not shot with a Canon, shot with Pentax 645D with 45 - 85 lens

Pentax 645D FA 45 - 85 at 70mm and f/5.6 ISO 640 1/50

Caesar-wishing-he-was-outside by singingsnapper, on Flickr

poor-poor-caesar-why-do-you-look-so-sad- by singingsnapper, on Flickr

5D MK III Sample Images / Some of my shots from my new MK III
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:37:02 PM »
Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 @ f/16 and 59mm 1/30

another-view-down-the-M4 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

24 - 70 L @ 43mm f/16 1/50

View-down-the-M4 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

24 - 70 L @40mm f/14 1/80

Afan-Valley by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Tamron 200 - 500 at 209mm f/16 1/6

Looking-at-evening-sky-from-the-roof by singingsnapper, on Flickr

and in Cardiff:

Had meetings in Cardiff today so took the new Canon with me (waiting for my Pentax to be picked up as several things are wrong with it after a bit of a knock in the Lakes) It's a while since I have been to the Bay area:

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 f/13 28mm 1/100 ISO 100

Wales-Millenium-centre,-Cardiff by singingsnapper, on Flickr

I wandered into the centre of Cardiff following my meetings and grabbed some shots along the river Taff as the sun set:

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 28mm @ f/16 7 shots combined in photomatix

Cardiff-River-Terrace-at-Sunset by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Canon 5D mkIII EF 24 - 70 L f/16 24mm 30 secs ISO 200

looking-down-the-taff by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Canon 5D mkIII EF 70 - 200 IS f/2.8L @ 115mm and f/16 72 seconds ISO 100

Nighttime at Taibach by singingsnapper, on Flickr

I went for a wander with the Canon and took some shots under the M4 overpass and it was very dark so was forced to use high ISO.  Am very impressed with the low light performance here:

Canon 5D Mark III EF 24 - 70 @ f/8 and 25mm 1/5  ISO 6400 (handheld resting against a pillar) No Noise reduction on this and sharpened using Nik Pro sharpener

Under-the-motorway-with-no-noise-reduction by singingsnapper, on Flickr

with NR in Define:

Under-the-M4-with-NR by singingsnapper, on Flickr

I don't take a huge number of portraits but decided to test out the Canon 5D mkIII's low light capabilities a bit more.  I did use Nik's excellent Dfine for noise reduction after sharpening. 

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 L @ 70mm 1/25 ISO 2500

Oi-Alfie!! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Really Poor service from Canon UK Re 5D mkIII
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:39:02 PM »
I bought the mkIII on Saturday and am impressed with it so far.  Both lowlight performance and autofocus are much improved:

This is 6400 with no noise reduction:

Canon 5D Mark III EF 24 - 70 @ f/8 and 25mm 1/5  ISO 6400 (handheld resting against a pillar) No Noise reduction on this and sharpened using Nik Pro sharpener

Under-the-motorway-with-no-noise-reduction by singingsnapper, on Flickr

So so far, so good.  Apart from the issues regarding converting CR2 files.  I have the Pentax 645D and with that camera I can choose DNG as the raw format and have no compatibility issues whatsoever.  So when I tried to use LR3 to upload my first images, no joy, so thought about upgrading to LR4 and used Adobe's presales live chat to ask whether LR 4 would be able to read the mkIII files.  I was assured it would so bought the upgrade.  Lo and behold it didn't (word to the wise, Adobe have been overcharging on VAT for years if you choose to download the software) and so I downloaded the ACR 6.7 Beta which is more laborious than using LR. 

Then I had a brainwave.  I know, I thought, that software I NEVER use.  DPP inside the box, I'll use that and then push the files into LR and then I can decide which files to process further.  Put the disc in, and it's missing the .pkg file that enables the installation.  So I call Canon UK today and am told that someone will contact me in a few days to tell me if there is anything anyone can do.  I thought, hang on a minute, I paid nearly £3k for a camera (if I bought in the US it would be the equivalent of £2250) and yet the camera isn't listed in the support section of the UK website, there are no articles for support for it whatsoever.  You'd wonder whether the MkIII is a figment of my imagination. 

I am told it could be a week before anyone contacts me regarding the software.  I tell them that that isn't good enough, so they give the number for the second level of technical support.  Except they actually give me the wrong number.  I eventually get to the right department, and they tell me what I knew already.  That my DPP disc is faulty and contains so installation files for MAC.  I ask him to send me out another disc, and am amazed to be told that they have ordered them, but they have no clue when they will be in, and that it could be some weeks. 

Very disappointed as they have obviously been preparing for this release for some time and yet they don't allow for faulty CD ROM discs which is hardly an unusual event.  Canon need to learn what I was told as a management trainee:

Perfect Preparation Prevents P*** Poor Performance.

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