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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:59:03 AM »
This is an other version of something I posted a while back. This tiny, 4 inch guy decided to climb one of the three water lilies on the lake, and the only one with a fresh flower.

Great image!   :D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:56:47 AM »
Awesome images everyone! More! More More!


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna
What a great image and beautiful bokeh!  Impressive compression!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:55:19 AM »
KROB AND CLICK THANKS!


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna
Wow!  Another excellent image Paolo!

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:47:06 PM »
Another image from the old 7D and the 18-135mm Kit lens!
It just shows you can get decent landscape images even with bodies not necessarily designed for that sort of work.
Agreed Richard and thank you!  I loved my 7d and I don't miss it a whole lot, as my 5D MkIII certainly took away the pain of letting it go, rather quickly! 

Looking back at my settings, I have to wonder, what in the world was I thinking?  Why didn't I take that image at 18mm or 24mm?  I think there were some images I took on that trip where I must have thought that I would lose the sharpness if I was to wide, who knows... Live and learn I suppose and as you and I have mentioned previously, nothing really bad to say about my 7D, I loved owning it! 

In fact I was surprised to see you made the move when you did to the 5d3... I had a feeling you were going to wait it out for the 7D MkII...   Like me, I'm sure you have no regrets at this point! 

All the best!  :)
I still have my 7D. The plan was that the MkIII would replace the MkII for landscapes, macri and low light, but the first itm the light started dropping last year, the MkIII came out and the 7D went in, then it was another year before it came out again. I then realised just how twitchy the AF is on it compared to the MkIII and missed shots as a result.
Indeed, I found the 7D to be close to flawless after I perfected my technique with it.  Was fairly certain that the MkIII wouldn't really have anything on the AF but was more interested for the high ISO usage... boy was I wrong about that!  I couldn't believe how superior the MkIII AF is over my trusty 7D.  It didn't take long before it saw less and less of the world without a lens cap on!  No regrets and it was a great camera for me...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:43:51 PM »
DIF
1/1250th s
ISO 3200
f/5.6
360mm
NR with new DxO's Optics Pro 9
Thanks Ken, it's always good to see nice dragonfly images, mind you, I might get jealous :P. One thing I've been playing wtth recently in Lightroom, is reducing HSL of certain colours and green was one I was playing around with. If you're usnure whether or not the green is too much, it might be worth a play.
Yes, I'll look further into it.  Sometimes I just cannot decide.  The very first image I ever took with it was a dragonfly image I took several years ago, the day I received my 70-200mm f/2.8 II.  I'll post it here and you'll see what I mean, I just couldn't decide about the green.  I even did a B&W rendition of it...

The greens couldn't be helped, as the creature landed on a single blade of grass in my backyard, down deep in the grass... Perhaps jumping into the HSL settings would have offered some better options to "tamper' it down a bit...

I've attached the "green" photo and the b&w for comparison...
Of course it complicates things when the dragonfly decides to use green as its primary colour :P. I think the only way would be to duplicate the layer, then use a mask or eraser after toning it down in the background.
I may try that Richard, sounds like a good idea!  Many thanks! :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:42:52 PM »
I agree with Eldar.

I prefer the color version also. Nice work.
Thank you Eldar and Thank you Click, your comments are very kind...   :)

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:22:55 PM »
Based on Dustin's review, I ordered one of these early this week!  Should delivery today or Monday. 

I haven't owned a UWA lens since I sold my EF-S 10-22 a few years ago and have missed it.  I'm looking forward to getting out and taking some fall foliage shots at 14mm!

+1  Looking forward to seeing them!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron to Announce New Tele Zoom Next Week.
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:18:18 PM »
My longest lens is currently a 70-200 F4L IS and I am shopping for something longer for quite some time now.
I don't like the Canon 100-400 with its ancient IS and awkward push-pull zoom design, and optics could be better, too. A successor (if it ever comes into being) will likely cost 2,5k€ and is therefore most likely out of the question for a hobbyist.
The Sigma 120-300 2.8 OS has pretty good optics but is not as long as I would like it to be, heavy as hell and quite pricey, too.
The various Sigron 50/120/150/200-400/500 f4-f6.3 with and without OS/VC also do not cut it optically.
So lets hope Tamron delivers on this one.

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I don't like the Canon 100-400 with its ancient IS and awkward push-pull zoom design, and optics could be better, too. A successor (if it ever comes into being) will likely cost 2,5k€ and is therefore most likely out of the question for a hobbyist.

I don't know... I don't really find the "ancient IS" that much of a problem... Guess it depends what you're shooting with it but most of us are shooting wildlife and/or outdoor sports with it.  I've also found the "awkward push-pull zoom" to not be that awkward at all.  In fact when tracking a BIF coming in toward you, it's actually quite natural to slowly draw the barrel back toward you...

There is a reason that this lens is still relevant after all these years without an upgrade.  Here's a few from the old 100-400mm with the "ancient IS" turned on...

At it's price range, I don't think it's a bad option, especially for a "hobbyist"...  ::)  But that's just me!   ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:03:04 PM »
Initiating update proceedures...  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:01:39 PM »
It was Christmas photo time at my house last night so still no time to play with v9 for the CR forum, but I can report 2 things:

1. The new Portrait preset is pretty amazing in terms of getting you very close to ideal settings in one click
2. DON'T try PRIME on ISO 100 photos!  I thought DxO was going to have a heart attack as it spent 3:34 processing one photo!  Most of my PRIME shots have processed in less than 30s, but my "experiment" at ISO 100 was a hilarious failure.  Yes, I had to try...
I think the presets are pretty amazing too!  Almost wonder if they're too good!  Don't want to take all the fun out of processing! lol!

I was going to try an ISO 100 image as well but hadn't had an opportunity yet, perhaps I'll pass!  ha ha!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:58:43 PM »
DIF
1/1250th s
ISO 3200
f/5.6
360mm
NR with new DxO's Optics Pro 9
Thanks Ken, it's always good to see nice dragonfly images, mind you, I might get jealous :P. One thing I've been playing wtth recently in Lightroom, is reducing HSL of certain colours and green was one I was playing around with. If you're usnure whether or not the green is too much, it might be worth a play.
Yes, I'll look further into it.  Sometimes I just cannot decide.  The very first image I ever took with my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II was a dragonfly image I took several years ago, the same day I received the lens.  I'll post it here and you'll see what I mean, I just couldn't decide about the green.  I even did a B&W rendition of it...

The greens couldn't be helped, as the creature landed on a single blade of grass in my backyard, down deep in the grass... Perhaps jumping into the HSL settings would have offered some better options to "tamper' it down a bit...

I've attached the "green" photo and the b&w for comparison...

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:51:53 PM »
On my way back from my regular visit to the Scottish Highlands, I stopped off in the Glencoe area, this time in Kinlochleven. I finally saw the first spectacular sunset of the autumn. I've always found that sunsets seem to be much more impressive in the autumn (fall) for some reason.

I started off wide, with the 24mm f/1.4 MkII on the 5D MkIII.


Fiery Sunset over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

After waiting for the right light for half an hour and stopping to photograph something in the opposite direction, with the colours getting more intense by the minute, I finally decided "job done" and packed everythying away. I started walking back to the hotel, but looked around, only to find the colours had got even stronger. I was torn, as the filters take a long time to sort out, plus I had the 70-200 attached. In the end I couldn't resist, so just put the 70-200 on the tripod without any filters and this was the result.


Fiery Skies over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

As I was finally walking back to the hotel, I passed a family literally running in the opposite direction, only to hear the little girl say "Mummy, it looks like the end of the road is on fire".

Those are both fabulous shots.  The first one has a great lead in with the little stream, and the compression of the color layers on the second one is equally fabulous!
Thanks Dustin. My landscape work has been almost non-existent this year, with just a handful of previous shots, so it's always good to know I haven't lost my touch.
Richard, I agree with Dustin, these are fabulous!  I really like the first as well, very nice composition.  Looking at the second, how can I not like it equally as well?  It's really quite well done!  I so need to get over there one of these days!

Thanks Ken, it's certainly a place for the landscape photographer (but also for the wildlife photographer). The Western Isles are probably among the best for teh quality of lighting though, there's something unique about it (when it isn't drenched by rain). Have a look at some of the shots from Skye. I wan't lucky enough to capture the best of the lighting, but there's plenty about, especially around Elgol.
I'll be planning my trip carefully before I go.  I want to get to the best places for photos... Thanks again! :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:46:11 PM »
Is there any difference between DxO Optics and Viewpoint? I tried Viewpoint (79$) and this is indeed amazing, beats Adobe's new "Upright" hands down, of course an as usual and unfortunate at the loss of the ACR raw workflow.

Optics Pro is a full RAW converter, Viewpoint is only for correction of perspective-related distortions.  The corrections in Viewpoint are available in Optics Pro, but the implementation is different (easier and in some ways more powerful) in Viewpoint.  Apparently, the coding engines are different enough that they can't (won't) incorporate Viewpoint-like tools (particularly the Loupe) in Optics Pro v9, but perhaps v10 - it was decsribed as a 'major undertaking'.

Just kind of stinks that the one version doesn't work for crop and FF... Seems like they could make it so it did!  But they are a profit center, not a charity and I get that! 

The Elite version does work for FF, APS-H and APS-C bodies, the Standard works only for APS-C.  Other than the sensor-specific correction modules, they are exactly the same.

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The Elite version does work for FF, APS-H and APS-C bodies, the Standard works only for APS-C.  Other than the sensor-specific correction modules, they are exactly the same.

Well, you're certainly right about that!  One version does handle all!  I like it quite a bit so far.  Not having a crop camera anymore, I'll be opting for the Elite version.  Thanks for the original post mentioning it!   :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:38:28 PM »
Another image from the old 7D and the 18-135mm Kit lens!
It just shows you can get decent landscape images even with bodies not necessarily designed for that sort of work.
Agreed Richard and thank you!  I loved my 7d and I don't miss it a whole lot, as my 5D MkIII certainly took away the pain of letting it go, rather quickly! 

Looking back at my settings, I have to wonder, what in the world was I thinking?  Why didn't I take that image at 18mm or 24mm?  I think there were some images I took on that trip where I must have thought that I would lose the sharpness if I was to wide, who knows... Live and learn I suppose and as you and I have mentioned previously, nothing really bad to say about my 7D, I loved owning it! 

In fact I was surprised to see you made the move when you did to the 5d3... I had a feeling you were going to wait it out for the 7D MkII...   Like me, I'm sure you have no regrets at this point! 

All the best!  :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:31:55 PM »
Sunrise shining onto low cloud at Seathwaite Bridge, Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

5D, 24-105 @24mm
Nice one Sporgon!  That little 24-105mm does have a way of pulling out the subtle colors!

Thanks Ken. You're quite right about the colour of the 24-105. ( The 24-70 f4 IS is the same ). There is no photoshop in that image, it is entirely processed from the RAW in DPP, a program which having ignored for years I'm now beginning to have some respect for  - within the limits of what it can do of course.
Agreed, I don't use it as much as I used to either.  I do update it with each new SW update they have and it slowly gets better and better... it's consistently reliable if nothing else!

I was wondering too, if you could tell me where the "English Lake District" is?  Please don't say England!  ;)

As Kernuak has said, it is a mountainous area that lies in the North Western part of England, quite close to the Scottish border. It is the remains of an enormous volcano that would have been about five miles high some 450 million years ago, so about the same length of time Canon has had their 18mp APS chip in production. Lakes fill the valleys between the mountains and hills, though in geological term they are silting up fast; quite a few have gone from the last five hundred years.

It is a very beautiful area but often rains unfortunately. Here is a picture that should show some of the iconic Lakeland peaks: Great Gable, Glaramara, Steeple, Pillar to name a few, but all you can see is clouds  ;D
Thanks Sporgon, it's quite lovely actually.  I'm looking forward to a trip there in the next year or two and will be surprised if I don't want to just stay there, it's very beautiful!  Thanks again!  :)

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