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Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:57:06 PM »

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:32:32 PM »
A few....

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:02:03 PM »
I'd be grateful for any advice and your experiences with different macro lenses.

While it is possible to do "macro" and use autofocus, changing the focus changes the magnification. As Neuro explained, the only reliable way to maintain 1:1 (or max magnification) is to set the lens to the maximum magnification and then move the camera and leave the focus adjustment on the lens alone.

Purists will call anything less than 1:1 "close-up" rather than macro.

I have tried manual focus and then switch to live view to confirm (tripod in use), and I have been off. Maybe more practice will help.

A 180mm macro lens will give you more working distance to the subject than a 100mm macro at minimum focus/max magnification. This may be important to you. I happen to like the 150mm Sigma macro.

As magnification goes up, depth of field goes down. Very little of a macro shot at 1:1 and at f2.8 will be in focus, unless the object is flat and in the same plane as the camera sensor.

Given the performance of current digital cameras, I'm not sure if the difference between f2.8 and f2.0 is massively importatnt from a lighting perspective. Bokeh and depth of field, sure.

The Canon 100L macro also has the fancy IS stuff- nice to have when you need it.

There are many threads/comments about the Canon 90mm TSE being *the* product photography lens. Maybe there is a reason? It also takes teleconverters for an easy 126mm.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 03, 2014, 06:30:03 PM »
Another Nikon 105 DC stuck on a 1DX shot...

Pretty sure I had an extension tube in there too.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 03, 2014, 08:02:48 AM »
It says "any Thing shot with the 1DX;D

Whew :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 03, 2014, 07:56:01 AM »
Does using a Nikon lens on a 1DX count?


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. Capture One
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:40:47 PM »
I prefer the Capture 1 output over Lightroom for flower pictures.

I'm certainly no pro with post processing stuff, but the C1 looks nicer right out of the box. This doesn't mean that you can't get there with Lightroom.

Edited to add: From a hobbyist point of view, DPP sure seems to do a damn fine job at processing Canon images. If the image is good/close out of the camera, just a couple of quick clicks does the trick. As much as I may hate to admit it, the "auto" and "auto +" do a damn fine job of recovering underexposed images. I haven't tried 4.0 yet.

DPP is free- added bonus.

Notice how the frames march closer as focus gets closer as though the lens zoomed.
I actually think it did zoom but I'm clueless how and/or why.

As you change the focus in a macro lens, the magnification changes.

You can see it if you turn off AF, prefocus at the "further" range, move in manually until the object is in focus, then repeat closer in. The object will become larger in the viewfinder.

The magnification ratios are different, and that is printed on the focus scale (1.5:1, 1.2:1,1:1- or however they are laid out).

I believe the technical term is focus breathing- could be wrong.

The only way to keep the magnification the same and change the focus point is to preset your focus, turn off AF and move the camera in/out to focus the desired point. Best way to move the camera is with a set of gear driven (manual or motorized) focus rails. Any precision or repeatability without a gear driven system is damn near impossible.

I have a set of rails and have messed with an MPE-65, and I can see the focus change as the setup is moved on the rails. It doesn't take much movement. Apparent magnification (object size) does not change. Moving the tripod in and out proved to be useless.

I found it quite interesting, but it is very time consuming.

I suspect that the apps using focus stacking vs rail movement are stretching/shrinking the sharp parts of the image to blend it together for the final result with assumed quality loss (small image is expanded and large final image is shrunk). I would assume it picks somewhere in the middle as a starting point for final image size/scale.

There is a lot of skill in a good focus stacked image.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:10:27 PM »
Why, thank you!  Your shot is certainly a pleasure to see.  What is your favorite genus?

I'm not a gardener or botanist- just like to take pictures.

I suppose that knowing what they are could help sometimes :)

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:20:11 PM »
6D + Sigma 180mm f/2.8.  Blossom is 7mm across.

I've always liked those.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:03:54 PM »
Backlit Purple

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:20:40 PM »
It's obviously an EOS M with a foam surround to make it look bigger....

Windows 8 is a dual-mode operating system. On a desktop, if you prefer, you can still use the classic windows desktop all the time. You can boot to it and use it pretty much exclusively. The only explicit change is the removal of the start menu for the start screen. But the start screen works 100% perfectly well with mouse and keyboard (and, for that matter, it also works with a TV remote when using a Media Center remote control). There is absolutely NOTHING about Windows 8 that makes it difficult to use on the desktop with a kb/mouse. I've been doing it since day one. This is Microsoft's greatest mistake...not properly educating their customers as to what their OS can do. Windows 8 is Windows 7, with more. That's it. There hasn't been a loss of compatibility.

I'm pounding away on a keyboard right now, in Chrome, on the desktop, on a standard computer with no touch Windows 8.1. Touch is not a requirement in Windows 8. It's an option.

Well, I'll have to look into it more deeply then.

I understand that touch is not a requirement, but how to get there (1) isn't clear and (2) is filled with misinformation.

People just like to hate on Microsoft, even when they've done good. Windows 8 is the only truly universal platform that runs multiple devices, in multiple operating modes, simultaneously. Not even Apple has topped that, and I don't think they will. I purchased an original Surface Pro, because I'd been waiting for years to be able to have a fully touch-capable device for when I'm out roaming around, while not actually having to leave my full Windows desktop capabilities at home. I was probably one of the first people using Lightroom, Photoshop and EOS Utility on a Windows 8 tablet, tethered to my Canon 7D, out in the mountains, taking landscape photos and processing them with a pressure sensitive pen on the spot with a fully featured photo editing software (not some limited or otherwise gimped "app" as is the case on iPad.)

I also think a lot of people miss the magnitude of this.

W8 is essentially the same interface across a phone, tablet/laptop and desktop PC.

You don't have a bunch of stuff that no longer works with OS upgrades like the fruity side. Proprietary connectors that get changed every other generation so the accessories no longer work...

If the top Nokia Lumia phone was available on T-Mobile instead of AT&T, I would have got one. Big mistake on Nokia's part.

I think MS dropped the ball with the "RT" version of the Surface.

I would also immensley prefer the iPad 4:3 screen on a Surface.   

I'll grant that the W8 interface is different from XP and 7. I like W8 on a touchscreen but my desktop isn't touch, so I'm a little leery of setting it up. My computer has an included upgrade to W8.1 if I decide to try it.

I have had only 2 issue with my older hardware not working in W8, and as far as I can tell, it stems from the manufacturer no longer supporting the product- so not the fault of MS. Everything else I have works. Even downloading Epson 3800 drivers to a Surface Pro2.

Any insights on using W8 in a non-touch environment?


You're really aiming low with the pony.  My threshold is a unicorn.  But not your ordinary petting zoo unicorn.  No, I want a unicorn who farts rainbows (pot of gold at the end included - leprechaun too!) and poops glitter.  And not just regular old glitter.  This is the most beautiful glitter you've ever seen with 48 stops of dynamic range and it's incredibly sharp too!  It's sharpness is so otherworldly that the DxO charts turn black instead of intense green.  But there's a built in safety protocol with this glitter so that users don't get cut - it disappears when you touch it, like an exploding bubble.  And when it explodes all it leaves behind is visual euphoria, like when you saw boobies for the first time.

This unicorn dispenses hot fudge from it's horn.  Why hot fudge?  Because the tripod mount dispenses your favorite flavor of ice cream whenever you rotate the mode dial all the way around in a counter clockwise motion.  THAT'S WHY!

THEN... I'll buy it.


Gotta be one of the best things I've read here for a while :)

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