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Macro / Re: first attempt at stacking macro shots :: )
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:31:04 PM »

I sort of noticed the funny side of Menace's comment, you know the bit where someone freezes the subject to the point they are slow to move, then shoots them ?? shoots them ?? see the funny side at all ?? No ? must be an Aussie Kiwi thing.


If I am to be shot, please omit the pre-freezing! I will hold still.

Aussies, Kiwis, and some US-ians at least  ::) (Spider breasts, anyone? ...see my previous post.)

Thanks Larry for the heads up - I'll keep that in mind when you visit new zealand ;)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:28:00 PM »
My 8 year old son yesterday at the local zoo.

400mm, f4.0, ISO800, 1/1000.

nice memory...

c'mon menace, you didn't let him shoot with the 400mm?  lol ;D

Ha ha - not the 400!  well not on a mono pod anyway. He is pretty small for his age so can just about handle the above rig.

P.s he is always keen to show my photographer friends how he uses the back button focus!

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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:40:12 AM »
I can imagine that this question has been on the forum before. I am sorry if so.
I've bought the new 16-35 f/4. I was recommended to put a B+W Slim 010 UV 77 E MRC filter on the front especially for protection. But this filter isn't available (can't find it on the net either).
Do you use a protection filter or .......

If you put a filter on, remember to take it off when you take photographs.

??

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:06:35 AM »
My 8 year old son yesterday at the local zoo.

400mm, f4.0, ISO800, 1/1000.

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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:20:30 AM »
Yes, I do.
B+W 007 MRC Nano XS-Pro Digital 77mm E


+1 for B+W

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 II .. times 8!
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:26:20 PM »
Not a waste at all - in fact good on them for thinking outside the box to answer certain astronomical questions.

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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:06:53 PM »
I think I'm slightly mis-representing my position on this lens...the 35L is a great lens. It's faithfully provided great service for me over the years. The new one will need to provide this and more to replace my existing lens, which has proved itself many times.

+1

I'm confident Canon won't release a mark II lens that's inferior to the original in any way - just expect a price increase. 

For many photographers, a hike in price will not be an issue as they simply need it or want it and will get it. For many, the price might be too much and no doubt there will be many threads on CR lamenting how Canon only care about profit and have ditched its most loyal supporters.

(Currently I don't need a 35 lens so my wife will be happy)

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I was reluctant to shell out $80 for a 50mm f1.8...seems like such a long time ago when I ruined most of my Disney vacation photos... ahhh, sweet nostalgia. 

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.
Nice one and I think if you shoot with Canon long enough, the great white fever eventually gets you :)

I have three small whites, does that count too? ;)

Mini whites.  Not quite the great one, but still white fever
I was trying to think of a witty reply...but I had white fever for the 70-200 in my early days - back when I would say to myself, "How could I ever spend over $500 on a lens?" Then I made the fooli$$$h decision to shoot wildlife :o

Ha ha - I know that feeling. How times change?  (or is it us and our outlook that's changed since getting into photography? )

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Here is an example I shot a while back. 

5D III, EF100 f2.8, 12 shots.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 11, 2014, 05:15:40 AM »
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Looks yummy, Where the milk?

Here is mine 1dx + 85L II @ f1.2

Cute as.

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I built a focus rail and shot about 20 frames but the result that came out processed with PS CS5 was incorrect.  PS chose all the OOF frames and thus what I got was a 100% blurry photo.

My question to the experts here, when you use a rail to select a focus plane, will the image in front of the selected plane be slightly larger because the camera/lens is closer and the image behind the selected plane be smaller, so as you change positions during the process, what would happen to the stacked end product photo?
Conversely, if the camera/lens is held stationary, and the focus is selected by adjusting the lens focusing mechanism, what will be the result?

My setup: 5D3 with remote flash mounted on hot shoe, 100 mm_f/2.8 with Kenko extension ring, and the camera is controlled with CamRanger all mounted with a screw operated rail.

Thanks for the advice.
-r

Personally, when focus stacking, I never change the frame i.e. camera never moves. Here is my very basic MO

1. Fix camera on tripod
2. Frame your subject - use live view.
3. Manually focus and shoot a bunch of images - each focusing on a different plane of your subject. Use remote etc.
4. Process in PS.

Hope this helps

Menace

i've never done focus stacking...so pardon my noobness:

step #3...so for example...i'm shooting a flower at a 45 degree angle....i aim the first shot at the furthest petal, the next shot at a petal slightly closer, and so on and so on and so on until i've shot 8-12 images.

is this the basic strategy?  (for step #3)

Correct. Your framing has not changed however you now have 8-12 images each with a slightly different plane (in each photo)  in sharp focus that can be stacked in PS.

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Macro / Re: first attempt at stacking macro shots :: )
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:58:43 AM »
I know one photographer who puts his insects in the fridge just long enough for their metabolism to slow down to a point where they are almost asleep - and then shoots them.
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Then you should kick them squarely in the nuts and give their macro lens to a charity shop. It is extremely poor practice to harm your subject in this way. it amounts to nothing more than animal cruelty.

I sort of noticed the funny side of Menace's comment, you know the bit where someone freezes the subject to the point they are slow to move, then shoots them ?? shoots them ?? see the funny side at all ?? No ? must be an Aussie Kiwi thing.

On the other side, your resolution was sort of humorous as well, Kicking People in the Nuts & stealing their Gear is clearly seen as no biggy, while freezing an Ant to slow it down before taking it's Photograph, is Nut Kickable    :o, also very Funny, Love CR in the morning.

But I do like your defence of Insects & all things small, should be more of it, perhaps without the Nut Kicking though   ;).

Some nice Images here, I do a lot of Macro Underwater Imaging, but generally not Focus stacked, this thread has me thinking to try it next time underwater, no chance of semi freezing the subjects as well so my Nuts should be safe   ;D

Thanks eml58 - perhaps I should have added that the said photographer did not harm any insects - they were only sleepy for a little while.

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Macro / Re: first attempt at stacking macro shots :: )
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:56:41 AM »
Off Topic:

Then you should kick them squarely in the nuts and give their macro lens to a charity shop. It is extremely poor practice to harm your subject in this way. it amounts to nothing more than animal cruelty.

Hard to believe one's respect for life is genuine when it stops short of humans.   ???

On Topic:


These "beginner" shots are simply amazing. Makes me want to pick up a macro lens and take a stab at it myself.

By the way, I didn't know LR/Enfuse could do focus stacking (never thought about it as I use it strictly for blending exposures). I'll have to check it out...

Not sure about Enfuse but LR doesn't do focus stacking - I use photoshop for stacking.

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Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:31:15 PM »
Well, get a long Lens,  use it a lot and then make an informed decision whether to sell any of your other lenses or keep them all in your collection?

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Abstract / Re: best missed shots
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:13:51 PM »
I thought it'd be fun to share best missed shots :

  Here's one of mine from my recent trip to Tadoba tiger reserve in India, i didn't anticipate the jump, it was my first time spotting a tiger:
LOL - nice idea for a thread.  Too bad I have deleted the 10,000+ missed shots of mine ;D

LOL... ;D  +1

I'll make sure I don't delete all of my missed shots for the sake of this thread.

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