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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Adobe CC going to plan?
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:13:16 PM »
I'm a "latest version" kind of guy, so while I don't like the idea, it's cheaper to "rent" photoshop for $10 a month, versus a $200 upgrade for each major version.

It grates on me, but Adobe is in a special place where people really can't, as a mass, vote with their dollars... people need the software, and there's no real competition, so they can name their terms... and the commercial customers would prefer to lease anyway, expense-wise.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Osprey
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:49:56 PM »
NOWHERE nearly as good, but here's my feeble attempt from several years ago.  Sigma 150-500 @ 500mm w/ a 5D2.

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:56:22 AM »
I use the CF slot for RAW, and is my primary card.

I use the SD slot for JPG, and I keep a Eye-fi in it... the idea is that JPG is there for safety, and when I want to, I can enable the Eye-fi, for iPad previewing during a shoot.  I also have the back-screen review set for this card, and have my sharpness/saturation/etc. set on my picture style to match what I typically do in ACR, so I get a better idea of what my photos will look like later.

When I empty the CF card for the day, I format both cards in-camera before storing the camera.

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:29:39 PM »
pbase(dot)com(slash)emagowan(slash)processing

I'm soooo gonna try that, cool tips/ideas!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lightning Triggers
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:05:37 PM »
I kickstarter'd Triggertrap's new hardware based platform, so that's what I'm waiting on for this year. 

Their new stuff coming out has modules, will do sound/light/lasertrip/motion, all in separate chain able modules.

I'm a little confused tho... are light-based triggers fast enough to open the shutter/mechanics AND still get a good shot? 

I know with the sound-based photography triggering I'm doing, all the mechanical stuff is too slow, so I have to open the shutter beforehand and trigger to flashes instead.

Is a lightening strike much more than 50ms?

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As others have said, it's better to try the different options in PS rather than picking auto.  I've ran into the same thing with it.  I actually had one where it tried to do rectilinear stretching on one side, and cylindrical on the other!!

One of these days, I'll save up for Autopano Pro just for the quick preview before processing, it's really nice.

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Portrait / Re: my iced over car in Mobile, AL (Brenizer Method)
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:25:04 PM »
Agreed... I've been working with closer distances and a 9 or 12 frame pano usually... but in this case, I was working from within the warmth of my home, shooting through a kitchen window :D 

Ideally I should have probably busted out the 50 1.2 for these shots to keep the number of frames down.

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Portrait / Re: my iced over car in Mobile, AL (Brenizer Method)
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:18:15 PM »
Here's another B.M. photo I took that was taken at the same time the 39mm above was taken... similar setup, 85mm bunch of frames.

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Portrait / Re: my iced over car in Mobile, AL (Brenizer Method)
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:12:52 PM »
Interesting calculator, thanks for linking that!

I used an 85 f/1.2II to get the 50+ shots, which works out after counting pixels and inputting to the boxes:
Effective focal length 27mm
Effective aperture 0.38 (!!!)

Sure didn't look THAT narrow of a DoF, but it was a noticeable difference from a straight-up 24-70, f/2.8 @ 39mm shot, attached.


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo YN-14ex Ring Flash
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:32:53 PM »
This type of flash (the RoundFlash) is really more of a beauty dish as-is actually... it's a very thick ring of light, think of a large donut.  The manufacturer actually promotes its' use on a stand as a fill light.

Also, B&H now directly sells this device.

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Portrait / my iced over car in Mobile, AL (Brenizer Method)
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:29:45 PM »

I watched the Brenizer video, and have been trying out this method, in preparation for actually using it on people.  It's tricky to do this type of pano by hand IMO.  85mm @ f/1.2, 51 images.


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Canon General / Re: Deal: Canon 6D (body only)
« on: January 21, 2014, 05:22:02 PM »
That's amazon's regular price right now as well.  That's actually *up* from the ~$1500 prices it was at recently... yeah I been shopping :)

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Lighting / Re: Reco for on flash diffuser
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:41:37 PM »
Depending on the size/girth you want to deal with, I can heartily recommend the Rogue Flashbender products... the small size is good for on-camera diffusion, and I actually have two of the XL kits for on-stand work.

Hopefully this link will work for everyone, this was a wedding I did last fall, the reception (towards the bottom) was in a non-bouncable ceiling, so were all with a 5D3/600 combo and a small Flashbender plus diffuser front attached, flash running in TTL mode.  It's a bit bulky/non-discreete, but that might not be a bad thing depending... and the light quality was very good.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200126131149530&type=1&l=f9c21c1265

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 09:34:00 AM »
Boy, there's some SERIOUS hate and bickering in this thread.

Kelby isn't my favorite trainer/expert/talking-head by any stretch, but I believe that his reasons were sound.

The skin tones, review speed, ergonomics are CRITICAL when you're doing sports photography... you don't have time to 'shop or browse your photos, they are delivered as-is out of the camera ASAP.  He got hooked in from there, it's simple. 

Of course, Canon was wooing him, and he's well compensated/sponsored, as a lot of top evangelists/trainers/mouthpieces are, so that's a factor... is anyone really surprised.

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GREAT review, thanks greatly for the time taken to write it.

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