« on: September 20, 2013, 07:39:43 PM »
Wax Lip orchid, after rain.
Tall Sun Dew after rain.
Tall Sun Dew after rain.
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it's not unlike car transmissions.+1
Today there are plenty of options from excellent torque converter automatics, to dual clutch automated manuals, to single clutch automated manuals, to multi clutch plate autos. They are all excellent and do the job really really well and often are faster changing than any human could dream of. However, driving a manual transmission and getting it right, honing your skill is still an immense pleasure to many. Zeiss provides the user with the pleasure of something mechanical that's incredibly well engineered, designed, and built and the opportunity for the user to get it right himself.
You propose Zeiss could clean up the high end market. They already do. They don't have much competition. It's a small market. Zeiss already sells every lens they make. Sometimes it's not all about profit, sometimes it's about making more than enough, closing the doors for the day, go out and enjoy life.
I like all the bird postings. Partly that's because I simply love birds and birds themselves are attractive but I'm trying to perceive what makes some shots stand out above others. Sharpness seems to be the big deal in most threads and I won't dispite it's importance but in looking a Steven's shot, I find it warm and appealing. Why? The framing, the sky background, the colors involved? What typically do you guys aim for and how do you know when you've got something that is going to be well received?I'm more on the super sharp (around the eyes and face) type image. However, like rpt, I'll contradict myself by saying that BIF pics I prefer with a bit of blur. A well panned image, body and head sharp, but blur in the wings adds a sense of movement, which is fitting.
I love real light [sunshine], but if your bird is in the shadow of a tree, you can use the fill flash to help you a little.That's my thinking and preference. The area I was photographing the robin is a heavily shaded, tall treed environment. In a few months, the bushes close to the ground (prickly current bush) will be laden with berries and these little birds will be in that light, which is more even and better balanced. So, in this case, I'll just go with natural light.
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Juvenile
Thanks Click. Using fill flash with birding is new for me (I've seen it done, but it often looks over cooked IMHO).Eastern Yellow Robin.
Trying a slightly new technique this weekend, an on-camera fill flash, to give better light in the shadows, without overdoing it. When it works, it works well. The biggest downside is the birds are put off by the flash going off. Oh well....
Nice job with the flash. It's not to much and fill the shadow. Well done.
Thanks all, for the replies and ideas. I'll try the grey card / white card as a test over the coming weekend. But, the Colour Checker Passport seems (to me at least) to be the most scientific approach to the issue. When I've tried to use the eye ball approach, that is, does it look right on the screen, usually through sheer dumb luck it works, sometimesAccurate colour in flower pictures demands camera profiles and the easiest way to get them is with an X-Rite Color Passport.
+1 on the X-Rite Color Checker Passport. Small, light, easy to slip in a bag, and quite tough.