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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:50:00 PM »
A little red Panda having his afternoon nap in the top of a tree.

I´m sure some of the optical experts on CR can explain to me why I get effect on the branch behind his head.

200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @560mm
1/500s, f6.3, ISO640

Wonderful Image Eldar, really the colour in this Image is spot on.

Agree with Mackguyver on the Contrast, I see it quite often in my own Images as well (Bright Light dappled with shadow in foliage), you can lessen the issue by setting a New Layer, then apply de contrast mask to the Image, Layer Mask then brush only to the affected area, works well.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:45:59 PM »
This place is definitely on my future travel plans.

I checked the website but didn't see any flyers for Photography specifically, the arrangement you had was with an external 3rd Party ??

Edward,

Unfortunately, the photo courses are not mentioned on the English language part. The Swedish version is here:
http://www.nordensark.se/fotokurser/ (try run it through Google translate)

Here's the PDF for the August weekend course:
http://www.nordensark.se/assets/pdf/Pdf-fotokurserna/Toms-fotokurs-15-17-aug-2014.pdf


Thanks for that Kaihp appreciated, looks like I'll need to brush up on my Scandinavian, reading Historical Novels such as "The Long Ships" (Frans G Bengtsson) "The Whale Road (Robert Low) hasn't helped unfortunately.

I'm looking at possibly coming through this way in November this Year, may need to contact the Zoo for some help on setting up a similar experience to Eldars, just to Photograph these rare animals would be wonderful.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:29:49 PM »
I have owned the 1DMK IV since it's release, I also currently own 2 x 1Dx Bodies, both the 1DMK IV & 1Dx are amazingly good Cameras, as long as the Price Point isn't a factor, there's very little between them.

The 1DMK IV is older Tech, the 1.3 Crop Factor I like, which is the Main reason why I still keep the 1DMK IV, for Wildlife it's "reach" is at times very useful, I also do Underwater Photography & I use this Body for my Macro Imaging, effectively get's me closer than say the 5DMK III. The body is lighter & smaller than the 1Dx, Files from this Body are very good.

The issue with the 200f/2 is in the synchronisation between the older Big Whites & the 1Dx/5DMK III, in particular the 200f/2, you get a clicking sound in the AF motor on the Lens, when I went to the 1Dx I needed to send into Canon my 200f/2, 300f/2.8 II, 400f/2.8 II, and have new firmware uploaded to the Lenses, this wasn't required with the newer 200-400f/4 & 600f/4 II.

With the 1Dx you are getting up to date Tech, a huge improvement in the AF, 61 Point AF system, if your shooting fast moving subjects this is a huge boon to your Imaging, the Body is heavier & slightly larger than the IV, but until I go back to the IV I don't really notice it.

The 1Dx is compatible with the 600EX RT & ST E3 RT, this system is much better & so much more usable than the 580EX system, the new Flash system is not fully compatible with any Canon Cameras except the 1Dx & 5DMK III.

I do like the 1DMK IV, and if price is an issue I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this Body, but if price isn't an issue, I'de recommend the 1Dx, and in a Perfect world a 2nd Hand 1DMK IV as back up & something that gives you a little extra reach on your Large Whites.

If you haven't owned either, both will be great Cameras for you, having owned both, there's a real difference going from the 1DMK IV to the 1Dx, and it's all Positive.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: May 29, 2014, 02:40:04 AM »
Printing yourself is 1/2 the fun of Photography.

After printing as a teenager in my blacked out bedroom 35 years ago, I couldn't agree more. People spend thousands on lenses yet baulk at a few hundred in paper and ink, yet it is so rewarding. Printing is what keeps my enthusiasm for photography alive.

eml,

Knowing you like the best, I don't know if you have seen these, https://www.solux.net/cgi-bin/tlistore/colorproofkit.html I got a set last year and it really helped the printing. I got a 3' x 6' sheet of metal painted white that I hung on the wall and I use to proof my prints on, you can get a great brightness balance with the metal and your screen and I use magnets to hold the prints, fantastic setup.

P.S. By coincidence I had the Schewe ePub open, great reference, particularly when you have been away for a few weeks.

Thanks for that Private, I appreciate it, will have an in depth look at this, it's often an issue, where I'm located at present I need to turn the lights off & close the Blinds for the X-Rite i1 profiler to work well on my Cinema Screen, these lights may be the answer for my set up in Australia, thanks for the heads up.

the other Schewe Book that I have and is worth a look is The Digital Negative.

And I agree, it is so much more rewarding as a Photographer to work on your capture skills, develop your Post processing skills, and get to the very best part of all, the big bright Print done on your own gear.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: May 29, 2014, 12:03:38 AM »
If you are going to use the printer regularly, honestly, print with it at least twice a week, I can't recommend the Epson Professional Imaging printers highly enough. If used regularly they just print, every time, perfectly. Running costs are modest too when you look at per square inch print costs.

For 24" I'd recommend the 7900, it has the 11 ink set, and auto black change over. It is the bigger cousin of my work horse 4900 that is the best "small" printer I have ever owned.


Totally agree, I used to use Canon printers, swapped sometime ago to the Epson 4900, mainly due to the Auto Black Change Over function, totally Love using this Printer, Purchased the Epson 7900HDR about 6 months ago, Love it, wouldn't at this Point go back to Canon Printers.

If your needs are 17" wide, look at the 4900 (2K)
If your needs are 24" wide get the 7900 (4K)

If your Printing for effect & want the best quality output, it will pay medium term to Print yourself.

If your Printing 1/2 dozen Prints a Month, look at some of the recommendations here for 3rd Party Printers.

Printing yourself is 1/2 the fun of Photography.

If your looking for help on setting up your Printer for best output, highly recommend Jeff Schewe "The Digital Print"

http://www.peachpit.com/authors/bio/7c76d434-9bfd-4454-ab55-850e49fb3a50?a=7c76d434-9bfd-4454-ab55-850e49fb3a50

Neither of these Printers are small, even the 4900 takes 2 People to put in place, the 7900 of course is even larger, you need serious space for either.

But your ability to work with different Papers is a Huge Bonus, I use Rolls mostly, Museo Portfolio & Epson Premium Lustre.

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I've been using Adobe cc for photographers for a while now.  Its $10 a month and is great.


+1.  As long as it stays at ~$10/mo, I'll remain very glad I made the move to CC.

Nothing quite like Adobe to bring out the angst in People, but I agree with the above sentiment.

I'm one of those that was reluctant to go to the CC system from CS6 & LR4, but I was eventually swayed by the offer of CC for Photographers, you get Photoshop & LR, for around $10/month, $120/year for updates & future upgrades doesn't seem too bad a deal in my view, but it's subjective, of course.

I've been using the CC system since inception, receive all new updates, seems to have been at least one update/month, system works fine, no complaints & to date, painless.

Any new Upgrades (as against updates) will be an automatic upgrade if your already on CC & paying your monthly payment, again, seems reasonable, while it's at $10/month, but I expect at some point the subscription will increase, inevitable really.

I would prefer the old system as with CS6 & LR4, but times change, most software systems eventually will go to the subscription system, a lot already have done so, if at some Point Adobe begin to price increase regards the monthly subscription, that will be the catalyse to review the cost of the system & decide on continuing or shutting it off, you in fact loose nothing, your files will still open in other software, just not in Layers as in Photoshop, I save in TIFF so although at first I felt it would be a big deal going to CC, it's proved not so big after all.

The Software is what it is, you either like to use it, or find something that does what you need at the price point you prefer, the only thing out there that comes close from what I've experienced, is On One's Perfect Photo Suite 8, excellent piece of software that's getting better & better, and no subscription, next iteration it may be a Photoshop alternative in full, but it's not quite there yet.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2014, 07:31:32 PM »
This is the kitten of a rare small cat called Pallas's cat, also called the manul, a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia.

Seriously, such a good Image Eldar, love the dead space you've left, perhaps 20% Less might work better, a little more light of the Cub's Face, but still a really Lovely Image.

This place is definitely on my future travel plans.

I checked the website but didn't see any flyers for Photography specifically, the arrangement you had was with an external 3rd Party ??

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:31:52 PM »
Here are a couple from the weekend - it was very hot here, 95F, but cool enough in the morning for some good alligator activity.  I don't recommend getting this close to the babies (MFD on the 300 f/2.8 IS II + 2x III), but I knew where the 9-10' (2.75-3M) mother was and was careful not to stress the young alligators to the point of calling for their mother.  I used my 300 f/2.8 IS II and drop in CP-L, which made many of these shots possible.  Alligator hide reflects light like crazy creating a ton of glare.  All shots handheld and other than the first one, all shots uncropped.

Very nice, particularly the 3rd off the Young Alligator surrounded by Lilly Pads, well shot.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:58:29 AM »
Another Cracker Eldar, I think for us Mortals this is the only chance we will get to Photograph these amazing Creatures.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:55:11 AM »
The peregrine and the owl were both deliberately under exposed, but it was rather dark (shot around 8-9pm in a forest).

This is the Amur leopard male, Denzil, showing his morning stretch exercise. Cats are cats, no matter what size they come in :)

This one was shot with the 85 f1.2L, 1/250s, f2.0, ISO160

That's a seriously nice Image Eldar, looks like you had a heap of Fun at this place, & not a Candle in sight  ::)

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Over the years I've tried a few different options alongside my Canon gear, D800, D3x, a7r, M9, but for what I currently like to Photograph ??

1Dx & my Big Whites, especially the 200-400f/4, 300f/2.8 II & 600f/4 II for anything that moves fast.

But for Landscape, Portraits, still life type Imaging ? Phase One IQ 280, as long as that Insurance Check was Reeeealy big, if it was less than reeeeealy big, maybe look at the soon to be released Pentax 645z.

The problem this introduces is then having to cart two systems every where you go, I mean, you have to take everything with you, right ??

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 26, 2014, 08:37:24 PM »
Between the two, I prefer the color version. Nicely done.
Yes, I agree. The only significant difference though, is the blue on the beak.

Yes, like Click in this instance I like the colour version, great subject for a Cross Process Image, somewhere between a B&W & Colour, another Beautiful Subject.

I notice on most of the Images you have taken on this Latest Trip that they are very Dark, which adds atmosphere certainly, I'm assuming the weather conditions were somewhat heavily clouded & overcast ??

You certainly ended up with some great Images to work with, no matter in the Wild or not, it's still about the Subject, earlier Tiger Image peeking through the Foliage will be a Jaw Dropper when you've processed it just right for hanging on the wall.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 26, 2014, 08:29:40 PM »
Climbing Snow Leopard

I had to manipulate the lighting a bit on this, so I expect the experts here to come crashing down on me, but the animal is still extraordinary.

1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @560mm
1/250s, f5.6, ISO1600

You certainly managed some great opportunities on this Shoot Eldar, Lovely stuff.

Were you allowed to use Flash ?

Couple of ways to solve the issue of picking the Animal out of the darker background, Flash, or in Post with Layers.

The Flash works for me, if you can use it, I never these days go on a Safari without My 600EX-RT fitted to my RRS Full Ring Bracket (Ready to use, but switched off until it is required, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it), fired on low power for Fill via the ST E3 RT, should work really well with something like a Snow Leopard in Dark Surroundings. less well if she's in Snow of course. I like the Full Ring Bracket in preference to the 3/4 as you can quickly move the Flash almost 360 degrees around the Ring to give your Flash directional Fill, be sure to use it on the RRS Extension Arm to get the Flash further away from the Lens/Camera to reduce Green/Silver Eye in Predators.

Setting Layers where you add some radial brightness etc to the Leopard & the tree she's on, separate from the background in another Layer, will almost give you a similar effect to having used a Flash, downside to this method is always introduced noise during Post, especially with all the Dark background, but it can be effective, the Noise can be taken care of in another Layer using dFine2 or similar.

Beautiful Subject though & well shot irrespective of the Post Process, which I think looks just fine.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:43:40 AM »
Here´s an Amur tiger coming out from the woods
1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x, 1/200s, f5.0, ISO2500

Oh !! Nice One Eldar.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 25, 2014, 09:32:52 PM »
To be able to sit less than one meter from this magnificent animal, with only a netted fens between us, look him in the eye, hear his deep bass roll and smell him, was just fantastic.

70-200 f2.8L IS II @125mm, 1/125s, f2.8, ISO800

Another reason to do the Norway trip, I think a month in the area would work well now I can see a use for the 200-400 & Subjects with Teeth & Attitude, although I'm sure the local Tribes have plenty of both considering they are descendants of the Norsemen.

Lovely set of Images Eldar, must be a Magical Experience (to quote Steve Jobs), to Photograph these animals in the wild though, and as good as these Images are, and they are good, I still feel your earlier Lynx Images are always going to be hard to beat.

Nice to see that 200-400 getting some use though, never would have considered it would be a Scandinavian Landscape type Lens, seems it can be.

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