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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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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:05:46 PM »
The UMC appears to be the difference between the two.  Whatever they did worked.  The resolution is just stunning from this lens!
Dustin, your images are priceless as always!  You've just about sold me on this lens.  I'm not overly thrilled with my 17-40mmL like so many are, I miss my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with IS from my 7D days.  Had the Tokina 16-28mm but it is a beast and something was really wrong with my copy.  So now I'm without UWA, unless you consider the 17-40mm uwa, as most do, it's just not enough for me...

Is the 14mm Rok really the exact same lens as the Samyang and the others?  Is there any difference you know between any of them?  Looking forward to placing my order soon!  Thanks for the great review!  :D

First of all, thank you!  Secondly, to my knowledge the same optical lens is rebranded and sold under all of the various other brands.  Samyang is the most well known.  If you have a chance to choose the brand, I would go with either Samyang or Rokinon, simply because they are better known and the other brands thus appear more "cheap" and might diminish resale value (although this will probably be a lens you hang on to).

I just sold my 17-40L yesterday and have no regrets.
Thanks for your feedback!  I think I'll have no regrets letting go of my 17-40mmL either... though I use it mostly for Real Estate gigs...  I may go back to a Tokina 16-28 for that if the 14mm Roki is too wide for that type of usage... I wouldn't foresee issues taking the exterior photos but not sure about interior photos with the 14mm...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:02:03 PM »
After taking another look at this image, I revisited my processing and decided to bring the exposure back up closer to where I started at out of camera.  Initially I didn't like all the green reflections on the water, it just seemed to busy as I remember, the wrong type of contrast for my likings...

lifting the exposure back up, I kind of like it better now.  Odd isn't it?  Why just a couple of weeks ago, I looked at the original image and thought, yuck, too much green... Now I look back and think, my, that's too dark, too black... I'm thinking this is a happy median.  Almost back to original exposure to bring out the vivid colors and textures but not quite so much that it spoils everything..

Perhaps I should revisit older images more often! lol! 

All the best!  :)

1/1000th
ISO 800
400mm
f/5.6

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:46:36 AM »
Wow!  Very capable lens when found resting in the hands or tripods of you capable photogs!!  Very nice work indeed throughout this particular forum!  Glad I found it, I'll be a frequent flyer here!  Thanks again for sharing everyone!  Oh and yes, AWESOME!!  ;D

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:32:35 AM »
The UMC appears to be the difference between the two.  Whatever they did worked.  The resolution is just stunning from this lens!
Dustin, your images are priceless as always!  You've just about sold me on this lens.  I'm not overly thrilled with my 17-40mmL like so many are, I miss my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with IS from my 7D days.  Had the Tokina 16-28mm but it is a beast and something was really wrong with my copy.  So now I'm without UWA, unless you consider the 17-40mm uwa, as most do, it's just not enough for me...

Is the 14mm Rok really the exact same lens as the Samyang and the others?  Is there any difference you know between any of them?  Looking forward to placing my order soon!  Thanks for the great review!  :D

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