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Technical Support / White balance, how to determine?
« on: August 13, 2013, 09:22:34 PM »
I was out taking a few pics the other day of our local wild flowers. It was late in the day, with less than an hour of sun. So, there was a touch of red in the light. While taking this pic (a Field Daisy) I wondered what techniques others have taken to establish a white balance in the field. The reason I ask is that this flower has a hint of mauve in the petals, and what can you do to establish the "real mauve"?

Using an 18% grey card or a white card, just to one side (to crop out later) was a thought.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm using Lightroom v4.4 for my post processing.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:35:01 AM »
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)

 based on the color and the religious considerations,  I'm  going to guess it was the devil.
LOL, that was my next guess :)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:16:21 AM »
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:13:41 PM »
Just passing through....

5D3 with Zeiss 15mm f2.8
ISO 1600, 30sec @ f4
Fill flash for the road sign

 I'm looking at it on my phone,  but the road sign looks fake,  like it was copy and pasted.  I  know it wasn't,  but it does.
Its real. I took 3 pics in total. The first to calibrate the exposure for the stars. The second, is this one. The third, I moved the tripod closer to the sign. But the sign overwhelmed the image, plus, the flash lit up some of the trees in the background.

I probably spent more time getting there and setting up the camera, rather than actually taking the pic :)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:13:38 AM »
Just passing through....

5D3 with Zeiss 15mm f2.8
ISO 1600, 30sec @ f4
Fill flash for the road sign

Lenses / Re: Best setup for falling stars
« on: August 10, 2013, 06:10:55 PM »
Are you planning to manually keep taking 30s shots through the night, or do you have an automatic timer? The latter would help -- more time to admire the sky and move about.
This is what I was thinking. The 5D + 16-35 taking 30sec pics, using a remote timer. Set the timer to have a 1sec delay between pics, but let it run for a few hours. And get the biggest memory card you can buy ;)

From a lens perspective, anything from 21 down to 15 would suit. As the Perseids appear in a certain part of the sky, just aim, set and enjoy :)

Thanks for the replies. The heads on both the tripod and monopod are RRS gear, which I'll remove and carry onboard. I'll probably try out the PVC tube approach, as I'll be carrying my ski boots in the bottom of the back pack and it'll be tricky to put the gear in the pack. Besides, on my way out of the US, ski boots are a handy place to put a couple of bottle of fine Californian red wine ;)

But, in future travels, I'll probably try the "....in the bag with clothing" approach :)

For the tripod I'd take the legs off of the center casting; That will make them a little more damage tolerant and perhaps easier to pack too.  After that maybe roll them in bubble wrap and put them either in your carry-on if they'll fit or between the ribs of your suitcase.  Stuffing them into the smallest piece of PVC pipe that works is an option too if you can afford the space.

Thanks Jim.

>>Stuffing them into the smallest piece of PVC pipe that works is an option too if you can afford the space.
Actually, that's a great idea. I can fashion the PVC pipe (with end-caps) to strap onto the side of my backpack, then put the whole thing into the zip up bag I use when flying. At the destination, I usually take the backpack out of the zip bag, roll up the zip bag and attach it to the backpack, and off I go.

The PVC pipe will take the knocks, rather than the tripod :)

Can you wrap your tripod and monopod well and place in into whatever you are using to transport your skis?
Thanks JPAZ.
As Jim has suggested, the PVC pipe approach, I'll go for, but yes, I could place the monopod in a PVC pipe, in the ski bag and the tripod in with the backpack.

Thanks folks. I don't know why I didn't think of the PVC pipe idea :)


I've booked in for a photography workshop in Canada, early next March, and I'm planning on taking my Gitzo GT2541 tripod and Gitzo GM2541 monopod. Since they are both carbon fiber, I'm aware of the fact that such materials, while strong, can be affected by side impacts or crushing.

So my question is, any ideas on how to protect these things from the brutalities of a long flight (baggage handlers, other baggage, etc)?

To add to the complications, I tend to travel with a large backpack, and on this occasion, snow skis and boots, since our ski season in Oz is a little ordinary at the moment ;)

The backpack is easier for me to carry, when juggling 2-3 bags by myself. And, I do have a heavy zip bag that I place the backpack into for travel (to save the straps from getting caught up and cut by the airlines).


Mr Bean

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 02, 2013, 12:09:14 AM »
a few of mine from a recent trip to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

didnt have a tripod so used a beanbag from the B&B owners garden
Nice. Like the clouds on the horizon of the first pic. What lens did you use?

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:52:39 PM »
Helmet Orchid (possibly the Fringe Helmet Orchid), now starting to appear in our area. Rather rare.

5D3 with 100mm IS macro, plus off camera fill flash. The 100mm is one of my favorites in my kit.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle lens for my 6D
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:52:29 AM »
I'd also vote for renting a Zeiss 21mm, or if you are really convinced you want ultra wide, rent the Zeiss 15mm.  Just watch out, you will find yourself obsessed with owning one.
I rented a Zeiss 21 a few times, fell in luv with it and ended up buying the 15 :)
Killed the credit card, for a few months, but what the heck.

I'd rent, if your not sure. The 21 is a beaut lens for what you want to do. Sharp and great contrast.

Macro / Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« on: July 23, 2013, 06:44:20 PM »
A bit of "harmless" fun !!! Just started playing with reverse mounting my lens for extreme macro's ! Any constructive feedback would be much appreciated ! Details on my set up are on the site. Also i must say that the pictures where not tempered too much with in post.
Hope you enjoy:

Nice pic's. You have me thinking about trying something similar this weekend :)

I have been experimenting with off camera flash on the 5D3 recently, and it works well with the macro lens.

For me, wildlife and landscapes are the go. Nick Brandt, for his stunning BW African wildlife images (and conservation work). Another recent one for me is Glenn Bartley, with his birding images (and landscapes).

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: July 13, 2013, 11:31:58 PM »
Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009

Nice pic. Love the arch :)

I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).

To a point, you can see the milkyway. But the eye is less sensitive to colour (in faint light). In a dark environment, like this location in the pic, you can see the structure of the milkyway, but the detail and colour will come up better in a photograph.

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