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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 03, 2014, 06:36:24 PM »
I like some of the ideas here. I'll be in NY next month and was wondering what to do camera-wise, when wandering around (I'll be with a friend who grew up in NY).

At the moment, I'll "dumb down" the 5D3 by taking the L bracket off, along with the grip. And I'll have the 40mm pancake on (or carrying it) with the 24mm. I've been looking at one of the LowePro bags (Messenger I think it is), which is compact enough.

Funnily enough, I just spent the weekend in Hobart (Tasmania) wandering around Salamanca Market and Mona Gallery, with the 5D3 + 40mm pancake. Seeing folks walking around with Canon / Nikon gear with long'ish (or noticeable) zoom gear, I had more comments from people asking "what was that lens on the camera"...."what can you do with a lens like that, that doesn't zoom?".... ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Oh neat, a Nikon 300f2 (1981)
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:31:34 AM »
I'd read about this lens over the years. The lens was a little pricey for its time (early 80's) at around $29,000!  Along with the 6mm fish eye (with a field of view of 220 deg), it was made in an era where exotic lenses were the norm for Nikon and Canon. Ah the good 'ol days ;)

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:55:24 AM »
Oh, and I live on the outskirts of Melbourne, where the skies are pretty dark. This one was taken from my house.

Check how your light pollution is with this map:

https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/dlorenz/web/astronomy/lp2006/overlay/dark.html

Yellow and up are bad. Green is ok. You really want to be in blue or gray areas, where the skies are really dark. Trust me, I've experimented very recently with how much light pollution affects results. I live in a brighter yellow area bordering on an orange area in Denver, Colorado. LP is pretty bad over my house, even though it doesn't seem as much to my bare eyes. Green areas improve quite a bit. Blue areas are amazing, the number of stars increases considerably, and astrophotography gets much better.
Thanks for the link, that's really neat. Looks like I'm pale yellow, moving into green. It's not bad, considering I'm an hours drive from the City. Last October I went to Tasmania for a week. The areas around Cradle Mountain were stunning for clear night skies. I'll have to head back later this year :)

I've just downloaded DeepSkyStacker. I'll go out and try again, now that Orion is up :)

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:24:10 AM »
Some really beaut pics in this thread. Unfortunately, I don't have a tracking mount, and I wondered what was possible with a 5D3 + 300mm f4. While it's nothing flash, I was impressed what could be recorded in a 1 second exposure @ 3,200 ISO :)

Orion Nebula.

Good start. The trick is stacking. Your single frame here is dim and noisy, as a single frame. Now, if you take about 100 of these 1 second shots, then align and stack them, you can greatly reduce the noise, and "fill in the blanks" and improve detail. Once you have a stacked image with lower noise and more detail, you will have MUCH more freedom to push the exposure around in ACR/LR or Photoshop. The grainy, poorly saturated example here could become a pretty amazing photo of the Orion nebula. :)

Another tip. If  you live in or near a city, head out of town by about 50 miles (preferably at least the same distance from any other city). That should get you much darker skies. Darker skies mean more nebula detail, less noise, and even better results after stacking.

For stacking software, I recommend starting out with DeepSkyStacker. It's pretty easy...the trickiest part is "stretching" the exposure after DSS is done doing it's thing. The curves editor in DSS is pretty quirky, and not the easiest thing to use. Play with it for a couple of hours, though, and you'll start to get the hang of it.

Trust me, though...with that lens and the 5D III, you can get MUCH, MUCH better results...just takes a little more effort.
Thanks for the tips jrista. I might give it a go tonight :)

The last time I did any "real" astrophotography was back with Halleys Comet using Fuji gas hypered film, standing in the middle of a paddock all night, keeping the scope on track ;)

Oh, and I live on the outskirts of Melbourne, where the skies are pretty dark. This one was taken from my house.

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 27, 2014, 02:39:39 AM »
Some really beaut pics in this thread. Unfortunately, I don't have a tracking mount, and I wondered what was possible with a 5D3 + 300mm f4. While it's nothing flash, I was impressed what could be recorded in a 1 second exposure @ 3,200 ISO :)

Orion Nebula.

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:38:54 AM »
From last night's sunset. NE of Melbourne. I just happened to spot the sun on the horizon, as I was leaving a friends place. Luckily, the camera was with me :)
5D3 with 300mm f4

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Polarizing filter for Zeiss 15mm f2.8
« on: January 24, 2014, 03:09:09 AM »
Thanks Eldar. I'm heading to the US in 5 weeks time, and will be in NY in mid March. I'm planning on visiting B&H while I'm there and my see if they have one. However, it will greatly depend on how my credit card holds up (the shopping list has already become rather long)  ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Polarizing filter for Zeiss 15mm f2.8
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:17:33 PM »
Eldar, I'd be interested to see the results of a CPL on the Zeiss 15mm. I had considered one for mine, but I've read and am aware of the effect of a PL on a UWA lens with broad sky (uneven darkening due to polarized light). I would be interested in one for foliage/water pic's where I think it would help with the unwanted reflections. Personally, I'd probably buy the Zeiss CPL, seeing I spent so much on the lens in the first place ;)

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Photography Technique / Re: DIY. Indoor Light box for Macro Photography
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:04:56 PM »
Thanks for the practical (and cheap) idea surapon. I like the way you deal with these things, and the hand drawings :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:27:34 AM »
Thanks Northstar. They're part of the cockatoo family of birds. Not too afraid of people. In fact, the only reason I saw these two was I went to top up the water bowl, and the male was sitting in the bush, 2m from me.

Regarding the weather, Melbourne (Australia) has had a run of 4 days 40+c. Tomorrow is expected to be 42c, then a cool change and milder weather after that. I hope so. I can handle it, but these guys and other critters are really suffering.

This is the female, on a better day....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:02:25 AM »
This last Saturday I decided to head to a local slough even though it was hazy(marine layer) and a bit of smoke was coming from somewhere.  There were a few ducks that drifted within minimal focus range while they were dabbling but the real treat was as the light started to go.  In the forested section a flock of House Sparrows started a ruckus and then a whoosh of wings, a shape flew away from them into a tree next to me.  I spent the next 15 minutes watching a juvenile Cooper's Hawk have a meal and preen less than 20' away.  Here's a shot of it taking a break between the appetizer and main course.   5D MK III, 600 f/4 v2 w/ 1.4TC III(Wish I had removed it but didn't want to disturb the hawk)  1/160 : f/5.6 : ISO 2000



Very nice capture ERHP  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:59:42 AM »
Gang Gang, male. Not his best pose as we were all putting up with a 46c day. He, and his mate were sitting in a wattle in my front garden for most of the day. I had positioned a large water bowl under the bush, which they would use on occasion. Note that both hold their wings open, in an attempt to cool down, as much as you can in this heat :)


Gang Gang, female.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:45:20 AM »
Moth on a gal tank. I spotted this one on a gal tank in my backyard. It amazes me how well they blend in.
5D3 with 100mm IS Macro

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 15, 2014, 06:08:44 AM »
Mirror of Dreams (few years old photo)
Wow, very nice. Wish I was there :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:42:24 AM »
A field of Kangaroo Grass glows in the late afternoon summer sun.
5D3 with Zeiss 15mm

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