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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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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:20:37 PM »
yes...i like it a bunch!  great photo!

Very Nice Capture, well done.

wonderful shot!!  right on the  money

Awesome!

Of all the BIF images I've seen over the last couple of ... This one stands out. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

WOW X 1000!!  Awesome ROEL!  This is one of the best ever!  Really Awesome!  I'm jealous!

Thanks guys! Really appreciate it :)
I have some more photos from that same day. Including a complete set from where the eagle starts his approach, descents, catches the fish and flies away. When I have some spare time left I'll post the as well.
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Including a complete set from where the eagle starts his approach, descents, catches the fish and flies away. When I have some spare time left I'll post the as well.
Please do!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:18:11 PM »
Turkey Vultures in Great Falls National Park.  300mm f4 IS on a 1D Mark 4


Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


REX46287h by RexPhoto91, on Flickr
I like #3 Tex.  ISO high enough apparently to offer good detail to his underside.  People don't often like Vulture images but I feel challenged sometimes to try and make them look good or to see the beauty in the beast!  Thanks for posting!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:16:23 PM »
some more experimentation with the 100-400 + 1.4x ... does reasonably OK, I think  8)
That's an interesting image with the broken glass!  Did you use any NR on this one Jr?  What were your settings?

Thanks Krob78. Broken glass on walls is by far the most preferred method adopted in India for keeping trespassers - However, broken glass was not really on my mind when I was shooting this bird (a Great Coucal) who had been evading me for the past three days ;).

I processed this photo using LR. The image is cropped from the center of the frame. NR of 30 was applied to this image alongwith some clarity (20) and sharpness (40) adjustments.
Thanks J.R.  I'm glad you finally caught up with him!

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:13:43 PM »
Northern South Africa, Mozambique Border
1Dx & 400f/2.8 II
Fantastico Edward!  Love the B&W rendition!

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:45:30 PM »
On a monster road trip this summer, we stopped by Yellowstone and experienced one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen:

Beautiful   ! But where's Yogi Bear ?
Must be something in the translation Sporgon, Yogi lives in Jellystone, not Yellowstone!  ;D

So that's why I never found him !

Here's a sunset sky shot a short while ago - the last picture taken on my faithful 5D before it went to a new owner  :'(
As the sun goes down on an era... Felt that way giving up my 7D too!  ???

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Yep, whoever said the 200-500 w/ VC is probably correct. Here's the current one overlaid; there's basically an extra inch or two on the new lens, with a big hump near the mount.



Considering Tamron's lineup, I imagine they would consider a $1500-2000 lens pretty serious
200-500mm w/vc and all new optics could be good!  If they gave it some of the pro treatments they've placed in shorter teles like the 24-70mm f/2.8 with IS...

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:35:23 PM »
  • The DxO Perspective correction is amazing but make sure you leave plenty or room around the building/object as the correction will shrink the image considerably

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.
Yes, I have ViewPoint too.  Optics can process the photo start to finish, ViewPoint does not.  Not from my viewpoint anyway! lol...

I don't find the wait time for the NR processing to be that much of an issue.  It's quicker than I expected, after reading comments from others...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:32:18 PM »
Butterflies... End of the season...
I don't know if I ever posted this second image before, but if you look closely, he/she is relieving himself!  lol, never gave it much thought but seeing it after uploading images to my pc, I got a good laugh!  If I did post it before, my apologies!

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:26:48 PM »
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For what it's worth...

I did some rudimentary comparison last Saturday. I'm no scientist, but the 14mm looks to me sharper than the Canon 17-40mm at 17mm. My 17-40mm is as sharp as anything I know at near and middle distances, but it seems to fall off at longer distances.

The shots I compared were across a mile-wide river on a cool day using a 5D3 body. It was mid-afternoon in bright sunlight, and I used apertures from f/11 to f/22. Near objects (foreground) distances are comparable sharpness, but the 14mm appears better for the distant objects.

Again, these are entirely non-objective conclusions from a self-proclaimed slow learner!

Oh, and focus can be a challenge with no focus confirmation of any kind (visual or electronic). Using live view you have to manually do what the camera does with AF -- open up your aperture to view the scene, focus, and then go back to your selected aperture to take the picture. Best to review the theory on DOF, hyperfocal distance, circle of confusion, etc.

Overall, it's a beautiful lens for not much money -- and it gives us a tool for trying to get great pictures like Dustin gets!
Good points!  Thank you!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:16:12 PM »
Well done Krob78. I love this one.
Thanks Click!  I appreciate that!  :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:13:59 PM »
The only thing I don't like so far is that DxO automatically gives it's own interpretation of the newly uploaded image immediately.  I'd rather  it just accept the image the way I've already processed it and just let me work with NR only, not all the other options.  I'm sure it can be set up not to auto process the photos, I just haven't had a chance to dig further into it yet...

So far, I like it.  Not sure I like $199 worth...  :)
Choose the "No correction" preset - the "Preset" button is at the top right of the screen.  Also, the price isn't cheap, but they've had me hooked since their early versions, so the upgrades aren't bad - this one was $60 or $70 - but I'm scared to think about how much I've spent.

Also, some random DxO tips:
  • Set white balance first
  • Use the Curves tool to set black & white points
  • If you expose to the right (ETTR), best results are generally obtained by using Highlight Priority Medium or Strong followed by a boost to the Shadow slider (or Curves)
  • Use the HSL sliders to correct color casts - vs. auto white balance and other tools in ACR
  • Use the dust eraser like you would use the healing tool in PS
  • If you have more than 2 cores/processors, change the Preferences to match - it sets it to 2 by default
  • Shutdown any other Adobe products (especially PS and Premiere) while using it to make sure it has plenty of GPU and system RAM
  • The DxO Perspective correction is amazing but make sure you leave plenty or room around the building/object as the correction will shrink the image considerably
  • The best way to use the horizon and perspective correction is to draw the initial line / parallel lines / rectangle at "Zoom to Fit" and then zoom in to 50-100% to adjust it perfectly.  Eyeballing at "Zoom to Fit" isn't very accurate.
Thanks for the great tips Mack!  I appreciate your help.  I do have DxO ViewPoint and I like it a lot.  The new LR5 corrections aren't bad but I think ViewPoint is a bit better.  I wish they would give me the upgrade fee from the ViewPoint purchase toward the Optics Pro 9 Elite vers... That won't happen though! ha ha! 

Anyway, I really appreciate you telling me those items above, it will definitely speed up my learning curve and shorten my workflow, thank you! 

I'll likely end up with it after the trial expires.  As I mentioned, clients don't seem to pick up on the noise at all but it makes a big difference to me and I like the final results so far with the couple of images I processed... 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! 

All the best! :)

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