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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:15:40 PM »
On the padding of a tripod leg, I have in mind when a portion of each leg is padded (usually near the top).  As I read my post again, I decided to clarify a bit.  During use in 5 - 10 degree F (-15 to -12 C) weather, the padding was a very fine feature to have.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:04:04 PM »
I am a twister.  I also agree with Mackguyver that the quality of the mechanism is important.

I’m accustomed to a twist mechanism, and I can release and lock the leg positions quickly and securely.  I’ve never experienced any looseness with any of my locking twists (I use a modest tripod, an Induro Alloy 8M AT413).

I’m sure I could get used to a flip mechanism, but I tend to have things (e.g., cords, wires, clothing) get caught on the levers/knobs, so I find I’m slower with tripods using flip mechanisms.  Foam padding is good for shooting in hot or cold weather, and it’s nice when all a tripod’s legs are padded.

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Abstract / Macro bodyscapes
« on: July 20, 2014, 08:57:39 PM »
These are images that might be desribed as macro bodyscapes.  For color images, I can only guess as to how they might be rendered in the post, as I have had varying results with color images, whether using the "Save for Web" option or not (in Photoshop).

No image here is of any "nether region".  The file names give information as to the location or nature of the photographed spaces.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:43:12 AM »
Here are eye photos from a macro bodyscape shoot (imperfect makeup and post processing intentional).

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:56:45 PM »
I'm with neuro, privatebydesign, and Random Orbits on this one.  Get the 600/ST-E3-RT setup.  Everything about the reliability and power of the system is true, and the convenience of making adjustments from the camera/transmitter is wonderful.

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Lighting / Re: Heat warning on 600EX-RT
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:01:49 AM »
Thanks for your reply, Mt. Spokane.  It was around two hours for each set of 500 shots, there was no air circulation in the softbox (where it would matter, yes?), and the ambient temperature was 78 F (25.5 C).  I don't know whether that many shots in four hours is fast or slow, but I'm glad the flashes are working nicely and that I need not be concerned about them.

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Lighting / Heat warning on 600EX-RT
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:42:45 AM »
Has anyone ever observed heat warnings on 600EX-RT flash units?

I had three inside a softbox, and after some 498 shots, I got a slower recycle time and noticed that the LCD panels were glowing red.  That was unsettling.  I replaced them with three other 600EX-RTs, and after just over 500 shots, I got more red LCDs and slower recycle times.  I had the units set at 1/8 power.  Fortunately, it was time to switch to natural light.

I didn't use again any of the flashes for more than a week, and everything seems fine.  Might the life of the flash tubes have been shortened significantly in any way?  I suspect not, but I am curious nonetheless.

On a side note, the ST-ET-R3 lasts for an extraordinarily long time between battery changes.  I've replaced batteries in the flash units four or five times, while only twice in the transmitter.

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That's a wild thing you managed there, privatebydesign.  Thank you!

I might at some point remove the first image so that only your edited one remains.

@Northstar:  There were are, thanks to the assistance of pbd.  Two eyes!

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Heres a few.

I like especially the top photograph.  Visually interesting are your model's direct, connected expression and eye contact, as well as the way you incorporate sublty a depth of field element into your composition (with the tack-sharp hair on the right of the frame and  the more softy rendered earring on the left).

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Head shot from March 2014.

Not sure how this will look to others.

When using the "save for web" option in Photoshop, the image looks oversaturated when viewing it on the forum page.

I saved the "regular" file (not "saved for web"), and it looks fine on the forum page.

When I click on the link to view it in an image viewer (e.g., IrfanView, Windows Photo Viewer), it looks desaturated and dull.

She looks great to me, very nice!   Only one small critique, her left eye looks like a black hole...needs to be slightly lighter.   IMHO

You're absolutely right about that eye, Northstar.  Non-photographer folks like the shot very much.  Anytime someone in photography or art views the shot, they see that black eye.  I wish I could go back in time and have her move that lock of hair!

Here is a photo where both eyes are visible.

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Head shot from March 2014.

[Image removed, retouched image by privatebydesign appears later in the thread.]

Not sure how this will look to others.

When using the "save for web" option in Photoshop, the image looks oversaturated when viewing it on the forum page.

I saved the "regular" file (not "saved for web"), and it looks fine on the forum page.

When I click on the link to view it in an image viewer (e.g., IrfanView, Windows Photo Viewer), it looks desaturated and dull.

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That's too bad about the Rogue universal gels, pbd.  I guess I've been lucky.  I may purchase those Rosco samples.  As for the posterization, you are right about the jpg compression.  I don't know how many times that photo has been resaved, but in the beginning, even at near maximum quality, the jpg was not as good as a TIFF or, of course, the RAW file (because of the posterization).  It was saved again (sRGB/for web) to upload for my post.  I'd like to recreate that egg shot (used four lights; two to color the back wall red, one on either side of the egg, at different heights--used the 100mm f/2.8L Macro).

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I share privatebydesign's observations on the factory gel holder for the 600EX-RT.

I have circular Rogue gels, as well as the "universal" set.  They have served me well and are easy to use.  In the attached photo, I used the "universal" filters to color a beige wall red.  The circular banding (I don't know whether that is the appropriate term) in the red is not (was not) visible in the originial RAW file (which I no longer have).

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: June 15, 2014, 09:44:21 PM »
Sometimes it's nice to have photos that you can "sink your teeth into", so to speak  :P

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[ . . . and I'll probably get X-RITE ColorMunki Display and passport for proper colors and white balance [ . . . . ]

Perio,

You might consider also, for around $50 more (e.g., at B&H), the X-Rite i1Display Pro.  See this link for more information:

http://blog.xritephoto.com/2012/11/colormunki-display-or-i1display-pro/


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