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Video & Movie / The 2013 New Orleans Bridal Crawl Video
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:59:49 PM »
Hello all,

I've just posted to YouTube the first video to come out for this charity event I shot last Sept here in New Orleans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOIlThG5ww0

The charity was for  Cafe Reconcile, which helps inner city kids learn about the food service business, which is a big deal here in NOLA...from being a chef to business mgmt, etc.

The video here, is my first ever attempt to do a video for anyone external to just me goofing off in my kitchen doing my CWI (Cooking While Intoxicated) cooking videos.

I've created a simple montage to try to show the fun for the day.

We start the day off at Muriel's a restaurant in the Quarter, and attempt to set the Guinness World records for most people (men or women, this is New Orleans after all) in full bridal costume. We had officials and every thing.
Unfortunately, rain hit and we lost all last minute walkins, and we didn't come close, but it was a fun day, and we're thinking this is a dry run for this coming year.

After the record attempt, it turned into a pub crawl all over the Quarter into the Warehouse dist.

I shot this with my Canon 5D3. I rented a 50mm f/1.2, which helped a LOT for many of the scenes, which were in very dark bars. That one scene inside Gordon Birsch is at f/1.2, it essentially turned night into day in there where the Asian guy in the right is photobombing me..

I ended up using my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 a lot too...

I brought the 17-40mm f/4, but it didn't get used nearly as much as the other two lenses. I'm going to buy that 50mm f/1.2 this year.

Everything was shot pretty much using my manfrotto mono pod with video head....it even doubled at times for a steadi-cam for moving shots.

I shot everything flat using the Marvels Cine style, and I graded in Davinci Resolve 10. I bought the Neat video noise plug in for Resolve and used that to clean up noise.

I edited in Final Cut Pro X, 10.0.9 I believe...the one before you had to have Mavericks.

The beginning logo fly in, and the ending credits were my first every try to work with Adobe After Effects, and wow, I'm blow away by what that can do...will be learning that intensely going forward.

Anyway, this is a first semi-pro effort I've ever made. I can see warts in this, but the client is extremely happy, and it has been very much a learning experience. I NOW know how to do a round trip with Resolve and FCPX...although my next project I may try to learn Premier too.
:)

Anyway, here it is, please  give me your thoughts and your constructive criticisms.  I really appreciate the comments by the crew here on CR.

cayenne



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Software & Accessories / Which version of FoCal for a 5D3??
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:48:46 PM »
Ok, I'm thinking of jumping in and getting Focal to amfa my lenses, and with a 50L purchase (hopefully this year) I'll definitely want to configure that.

As I understand it, since you have to manually make the settings for the 5D3 camera, full "auto" version likely isn't going to do much for me.

I"m reading on the comparisons:

http://www.reikan.co.uk/focalweb/index.php/versions/version-comparison/

And as I go down, I don't see anything much really on the Plus and Pro versions that would seem to make a compelling reason to get them over the Std. version.

Can anyone that is using Focal with a Canon 5D Mark III jump in here and say what version they bought and if they got the Pro or the Plus versions, what extra features in those over the standard version are you finding you use and are useful?

Thank you in advance,

cayenne

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Adobe CC going to plan?
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:41:41 PM »
Not me, I'm going to hold out for as long as I can.

I just don't agree with renting my software, and basically having Adobe hold my files hostage if I quite paying them rent

If I have some intricate, multi-layer files or templates, they become useless to me with this model if I ever decide to quit paying for life.

I'm hoping, and there seems to be some consensus out there, that Adobe is keeping prices down now and keeps extending these cheap offers, because folks are coming in droves to CC like they expected, and they've really p!ssed off a large  segment of the market.

I'm hoping that this doesn't work that well for Adobe, and it fails much like the rental model has not worked well for MS and other companies that have tried it. The rental thing works for some people, but there's no reason they could not also offer the old fashioned purchase perpetual license for it stand alone version too.

Who's to say they'll keep the innovation going forward with no real incentive to prod them into doing so? If you read those EULA's you click through, you'll see that Adobe reserves every right to change the deal at any time and raise rates, which I"m guessing at some point, their stockholders (which is the group a company "really" serves) will demand rates to go up for more revenues.

I bought CS6 production premium suite, and so far, I've not see anything new on the CC versions that are so compelling that I have to change.

I figure I'm good for easily 2-5 more years with what I have and I'll see where the lay of the land is at that point. I'm hoping either Adobe may alter their model more to my liking, or if there are any other products coming out to compete with them, either open source or commercial. I'm seeing movement on both sides of that coin already, so I figure I'll see what happens in the future.

In the meantime, I'm voting with my wallet to NOT pay rent for software, and I encourage all that I can to do the same. It is NOT good for us, the consumer in the long run.

cayenne    :o

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:01:23 AM »
Hey guys,

I recently got a 6D that I'm very happy with alongside the 24-105, as well as 50 and 85mm primes (all canon). Now I'm thinking of adding a 70-200mm lens and would love that to be a 2.8. Now as much as everyone raves over the canon 70-200 f2.8 ii IS, it's simply out of my budget. So I was thinking between the Tamron f2.8 macro version (700ish), the tamron f2.8 VS version (1400ish), Sigma f2.8 HSM (750ish), Sigma f2.8 OS (1250ish), or any other lens you can recommend that I haven't mentioned. I could probably afford the less expensive lens now, but would require a while longer saving for the more expensive ones. I also plan on adding a teleconverter on whichever one I choose (probably a 2x) soon after in situations where I want more reach. Any advice you could offer me? Would be much appreciated.

As for the type of photographer I am, I don't get any money out of it but it's a serious hobby for me, that's been growing steadily. I tend to do a bunch of portraits and am shooting a wedding for a friend next year, but love and also do some landscapes, sports, nature, basically a bit of everything. All-around would probably best describe my needs.

Try to work a deal if you can.
I ended up getting my 70-200  f/2.8 II, for about $1600.

I bought my 5D3 and a 85mm f/1.8 lens from Crutchfield. I signed up at that time for the rewards points and found a code to get double points for new person.

So, I got a ton of points on that purchase, I waited till Canon had  a sale/rebate on lenses.

So, when this happened, I used those points, plus auto rebate..and I used Crutchfields 12mo interest free financing....

I got the lens delivered, tax free for about $1600...

So, there are ways to get deals, you just have to plot, plan and be patient.

HTH,

cayenne

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:33:41 PM »
I have:
7D
24-105 f/4
70/200 2.8 II

Is the Speedlite 600 overkill?

Or is there no such thing as overkill in this hobby?

Thanks!!

I have 2x of the 600RT's....and love them. I set up email notification from cannonpricewatch.com  and I snared a couple of refurb 600's from the canon site for $373....

I just ordered the Yongnuo (sp?) knockoff of the ST-RT-E3 (sp?) controller...so, when it gets in, I'll now have both those 600's off camera and no need of a sync cable to one of them...all radio goodness all the time!!
:)

I'm looking for my 3rd 600 when a deal pops up.

I got this modifer for one speedlight and love it.am using a rogue flash bender set up on the 2nd one.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QXZ7OS/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

(although I could swear I got it MUCH cheaper when I got mine).

Radio flash is fun....pricey but fun. The Yongnuo controller is said to be just as good or better than the Canon  unit.
They are also putting out a 600RT clone, but I've not heard anything about it yet.  What's cool is, if they've cracked the Canon radio protocols....other companies can too..and perhaps it might become somewhat of a "standard" and all remotes can work off it?

Ok..just daydreaming here at the end..haha

Cayenne

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:40:44 PM »
What I do is I keep a fast CF card in my body (only 8gb, 800x) and I shoot shoot shoot.  Then when there is a break in the action, I'll put in a 32gb sd card and copy everything over.  Remove the sd card, delete the shots on the CF card.  Rinse and repeat.

I'm sure others would be concerned about the deleting what is on the CF card just in case a file is corrupted... but that hasn't happened yet...

Wouldn't it just be easier to have a couple extra CF cards to swap out when they get full?
Yep... but I'm too cheap to pay for cards that lose value very quickly over time. 

Heck... even brand new, a $30 card will lose half of its value when selling on the secondary market...

Hmm...ok.

I guess I never buy anything with the thought of selling it again.
;)

Remember, he who dies with the most stuff.....wins!!
Not the one with newer stuff?  ;D

That's the TIE breaker!!

:P

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:18:37 AM »
What I do is I keep a fast CF card in my body (only 8gb, 800x) and I shoot shoot shoot.  Then when there is a break in the action, I'll put in a 32gb sd card and copy everything over.  Remove the sd card, delete the shots on the CF card.  Rinse and repeat.

I'm sure others would be concerned about the deleting what is on the CF card just in case a file is corrupted... but that hasn't happened yet...

Wouldn't it just be easier to have a couple extra CF cards to swap out when they get full?
Yep... but I'm too cheap to pay for cards that lose value very quickly over time. 

Heck... even brand new, a $30 card will lose half of its value when selling on the secondary market...

Hmm...ok.

I guess I never buy anything with the thought of selling it again.
;)

Remember, he who dies with the most stuff.....wins!!

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Software & Accessories / Re: PS Photography Program
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:09:59 AM »
forever is not a time scale that software works on. without serious effort you cant run most programs from 15 years ago that you own outright, even if you have a floppy drive still. do you?

Actually these days, it is childs play to do this...you can easily and readily set up a VM (Virtual Machine) to run any particular OS and application for it, using things like :

Virtual Box:  (FREE)
https://www.virtualbox.org/

VMware:
http://www.vmware.com/

Parallels  (mac only)
http://www.parallels.com/

And many of us are trying to vote with our wallets. Other companies, MS for example, have tried the rental software model, and so far (thankfully) have not succeeded.

It may work for some, but many out here prefer to have a choice to rent or buy perpetual licenses.  I think we may be seeing Adobe keep extending these "deals" because the uptake and acceptance of this model may not be up to what they're expecting.

I say good....maybe they'll change like other companies that have tried this and go back to at least also offering purchase rather than rental only.

cayenne

ps. Actually yes, I do have  USB floppy drive at home, just in case I or someone I know comes across some old files on a floppy they need to retrieve.

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Software & Accessories / Re: PS Photography Program
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:03:26 AM »
The recent Adobe offer for $9.99/month looks like a good deal. You get PS CC and LR5. I mainly use LR4 to touchup my photos (raw) and upload to SmugMug. I am an amateur. My question is what can I do in CC that I cannot do in LR4 for my BASIC touchups (exposure,noise,cropping,shadows,highlights etc.).

Upgrade to LR5...and save your money.

From what it sounds like, you have no need to rent software from Adobe.

If you're interested in playing with actual Photoshop, I'd advise maybe buying the PS Essentials program, you can get a taste of real PS that way and see if you like it.

The Adobe CS6 tools are still available for sale, if you want to take the plunge on other Adobe apps, I'd recommend for now, buying those and holding off on paying Adobe rent every month.

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:59:16 AM »
What I do is I keep a fast CF card in my body (only 8gb, 800x) and I shoot shoot shoot.  Then when there is a break in the action, I'll put in a 32gb sd card and copy everything over.  Remove the sd card, delete the shots on the CF card.  Rinse and repeat.

I'm sure others would be concerned about the deleting what is on the CF card just in case a file is corrupted... but that hasn't happened yet...

Wouldn't it just be easier to have a couple extra CF cards to swap out when they get full?

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:57:42 AM »
Hi all,
I like to know how you use your cards. I've got the mark5d3 and there is the possibility to use both cards. Do you use both cards at the same time or only the cf card?

I shoot only RAW for stills, and I do a lot of video too.

I shoot mainly to the CF card, and use the SD card as overflow to keep shooting till I have a break to change the CF card.

HTH,

cayenne

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Well, looking so far, from what I can tell, this filter won't work with many of my best lenses. <P>
It appears it will work with my 40mm 2.8 pancake and my 85mm 1.8, but my L lenses are all too large for it to mount to.

Still, VERY interesting, but right now I have a 50L and the 100L macro on my lens list to buy next, so barring a lottery win, I may have to put this on the back burner behind those lenses.

Then again, who knows what will happen one weekend after a few beers and impulse online shopping hits...

:)

I'm keeping my eye on this however, it does look very interesting.

Cayenne

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I know it is almost released, but seems to be a lot of demos on this and it looks interesting.

The adapter is coming out for $899 and a set of 3x diopter lenses for it optional for $299 for close ups.

Website:
http://www.slrmagic.co.uk/slr-magic-anamorphot-133x-50-anamorphic-adapter.html

Links about it and demo videos:

NoFilm School:
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/slr-magic-officially-announces-their-anamorphic-adapter-899-anamorphot-133x-50/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nofilmschool+%28nofilmschool%29

PVC:
http://provideocoalition.com/awilt/story/entering-production-slr-magic-anamorphot-133-x50

This video demo from Eyepatch Entertainment, goes through showing how to set it up and use with a Blackmatic camera and is quite intriguing...a lot of trouble to set up, but the images, to me look VERY interesting.

Video Demo setting up SLR Magic lens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFDKIatbjdM&feature=player_embedded

I'd really like to think about getting this lens, to play around with, but need to make sure it will work with the lenses I have, etc.

The site says this about the adapter:
Quote
The adapter has a 77mm front filter thread and a native 62mm rear thread with a 58mm, 52mm, 49mm adapter rings provided. As such it is only suitable for lenses which have a front element size of 50mm or less.

Does anyone know off hand what EF lenses this would work out with? I'll start researching but wondering if anyone knew off hand..

I currently have:

24-105L f/4 lens (kit)
17-40L f/4
70-200 f/2.8 II IS
85mm f/1.8
40mm f/2.8 pancake

I need to start looking up to see what size they are for filters, etc....

Has anyone else heard of this one? Is anyone else out there with a Canon, shooting anamorphic? There was another apparently nice recent release, the Letus lens...that comes in about $1700.  This one appears to be a way to get into shooting anamorphic for a bit more reasonable cost.

Thoughts? Links? 

cayenne

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What's the difference between these?

http://www.amazon.com/Kaesemann-Circular-Polarizer-Multi-Resistant-Coating/dp/B004861IX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392321228&sr=8-1&keywords=B%26W+cpl+ksm

and

http://www.amazon.com/Kaesemann-Circular-Polarizer-Multi-Resistant-Coating/dp/B0000BZLAC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1392321228&sr=8-3&keywords=B%26W+cpl+ksm

Are these the ones ya'll are talking about?

Also, I'm getting from these posts, that this filter is pretty much only for outdoor use, is that correct? Are there any other applications for indoor shooting with strobes or flashes that these would be useful for?


Thanks for all the advice and info!!

Now, I have something *else* to put on the list of things to buy, the ever growing list.

cayenne

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:01:22 PM »
Well that was disapointing! I was expecting to see something completely different!  ;)

Thanks!!

I'm glad to know I wasn't the ONLY one that had a smirk on his face and secretly hoped for images of another fuzzy creature.

:P

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