« on: November 20, 2014, 10:49:57 PM »
I have no advice but I'm looking forward to seeing your photos....such a rugged beauty in that part of the country!
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Is there any disadvantage to formatting the card, in camera, (SF or SD) after every shoot? I guess my question should be worded, "is it possible to format a card too much?"
I tend to format my cards even if I only take a few shots. I have gotten in the habit of formatting the cards as as soon as I extract the images.
My first soccer match with this lens! A lot of intensity from two, ten-year-old girls!
So I finally got a half decent panorama. It's from the balcony of my room at the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami. It was a business trip and for some unknown reason, they upgraded me to a room with a huge balcony including a hot tub! Needless to say I didn't ask why... Shot during golden hour at around 50mm, 9 photos stitched together using my RRS pano kit.
Winter wonderland at Glenmore Reservoir, Weaselhead area, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sundown at Istanbul ;-))
Thanks to everyone who answered, especially those that stayed on topic
Apologies for not posting this earlier (I've been offline for over a week), but for anyone still reading, here is an update:
Based upon the advice here, availability in my local market and portability requirements, I have just purchased a new 15" Macbook Pro (base model). Whilst I am grateful for the many alternative suggestions, I simply couldn't find any available locally (importing isn't an easy option either).
Owning a Mac is a new experience for me, I've never used anything but Windows (unless one counts AmigaOS and Sinclair Basic, but we won't go there! ). I plumped for the 15" model because whilst I'm away from home, I'm not really travelling around. I don't want to commit to an external monitor, but nor do I need to carry the laptop around every day. 16GB of RAM should help in future proofing too.
Thanks again to everyone!
Impressive shots Tex! Can you share some info on how you shot them?
Thanks! And Sure!
I developed this technique myself. (It is ridiculously simple) Sort of a cross between motor driving and time lapse.
1. Set camera to Tv, 30 sec exposure. M would work fine too.
2. ISO 100
3. Aim, Focus, Use a cable release that can be locked on. Lock it on.
4. Drink beer and hope for lightening. Adjust aim as best location may change.
5. I will usually dial in -2 to -4 exposure compensation because the camera is metering when there is no lightening.
Essentially I am letting the camera record 30 seconds exposure continuously. In 30 minutes, you will take 60 photos. And maybe get 3-4 keepers. As this is so hands off you can easily work with 2-3 cameras at a time.
One thing about lightening photos is you must capture more than just lightening. (Fireworks are this way too) You must have ground objects to establish scale, and give some context. The clouds really helped me here too.
In post I adjusted color and added a lot of clarity. If you have 2+ plus photos with strikes in each, and you did not move the camera, you can stack them in Photoshop and set top layers to lighten. This will add the strikes together nicely. The middle photo is actually 2 photos combined this way.
Oh and be safe. I am standing on my 25th floor balcony here with 2 more floors of building and a lightening rod above me. Don't stand on top of a mountain for a good veiw and get fried!
A dance portrait
Bird Dance - Bending over backwards by Sharad Medhavi, on Flickr
Few of my favorites.
7MII1055.jpg by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr
still JPG OOC with custom WB, and LR editing - a little trouble with skin tones/WB
Did have the anti-flicker function active for these shots - and it probably dropped fps to 6-7, writing to 2 cards (RAW to CF and JPG to SD) and had to do quick on-site edits in between sets to give to my editor....so this is as close to real - life sports shooting as you can get. When ACR recognizes these files, I may go back and push the post processing to see how much better it could have been, but given the fact I shot 400+ shots in 1 1/2 hours, then quickly picked 35 best and did quick edits on-site with my laptop, the JPGs were surprisingly usable. I shot RAW with my other bodies
and I'll post the 'comparisons' once the I can process the 7d RAW - just to keep it fair