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Photography Technique / Re: E-TTL: To use or not?
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:36:04 PM »
In studio, and situations where the photographer can control the people and objects, fully manual flash is desirable. But in events with different lighting in each place that you point the camera, TTL flash gives a much higher percentage of correct answers. In events you better have some slightly dark (or very light) shots that did not make the photo because I was adjusting the flash power all the time.
+1. Most of my outdoors work with flash is done with ETTL. Saves a lot of guess work. Adjusting the flash by a stop or two is about the only "manual" aspect I might use with ETTL.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:03:35 AM »
New Holland Honeyeater feeding in a neighbors grevillea bush. Fast movers that dart about.

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:46:16 AM »
More Cygnus. I really love this region of sky, it's amazing. Tonight I've been getting image time on IC1318, IC1318B which are large nebulous regions, and NGC6910 which is a nice little open cluster nearby. The full frame of the 5D III is JUST AMAZING. It's more than twice as big as the 7D frame, and the images, once processed, are pretty stunning.

This is my first pass at processing a single-frame image of North America and Pelican nebulas in Cygnus, near the top star. Not entirely satisfied with it...I'd like to stretch it more, bring out some more detail, but I need to get a better handle on noise and color correction (a lot of the color correction routines end up making things noisier as they end up nuking most of the green color channel.)

Usually, getting this entire region requires a 4-panel mosaic with the smallish CCD sensors you can usually find for a reasonable price. Only those with the big money can get comparable full frame CCD cameras...which usually cost about $10,000 or more. I've got a cold box in the works for the 5D III, which should help get my dark current levels under control, and help me get better, deeper, less noisy subs (although still not as good as a cooled cold box will probably only get me down to around -10°C, where as a good CCD can get you down to -25°C. With dark current doubling/halving every 5.8°C, a CCD is going to be about about 2.6x less noisy (and even better than that, really, as a mono CCD has a higher fill factor, no sparse color spacing, and CCDs designed for astro tend to have lower dark current to start with...)
Beautiful image jrista. What 'scope or lens are you using?

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:43:09 AM »
Can I post stuff here if it wasn't taken with a Canon?  :P  I've been doing astrophotography for a few years now.

These are taken with a 530mm f/5 telescope, and a camera with a KAF-16803 sensor (4096x4096, 9µm pixel).

Wow, stunning. Love the detail :)

What region of the sky?

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: June 14, 2014, 05:40:12 AM »
A singer, a cafe and a full moon. At our local General Store, Friday night.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:19:53 AM »
Correa Reflexa. A beaut native Australian bush in flower over winter. Great food source for the Eastern Spinebills, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:49:25 AM »
Eastern Spinebill. Winter approaches. The Correas are in flower and the spinebills are back :)

Lenses / Re: Canon IS Primes for landscapes?
« on: April 20, 2014, 05:56:00 PM »
My 2 cents worth....
As others have mentioned, from a landscape perspective, considering IS or AF isn't really the main issue, the Canon 24mm TS would be an excellent choice, with its great sharpness and ability to T/S. Closely followed by the Zeiss 21mm. I've rented the Zeiss 21mm before I bought the Zeiss 15mm and the 21mm had slightly better sharpness and contrast than the 15mm (I bought the 15mm mainly for astro/full sky shots). Plus, the Zeiss lenses have a hard infinity stop, which makes night shots really easy :)

As a "pan and stitch" lens, the 40mm pancake is superb when stopped to f4-5.6. A really under rated lens IMHO.

At the moment, my current "go to" lenses in my kit for landscape are the 40mm pancake (and stitch) or the Canon 24mm f1.4 II, which isn't the sharpest lens (wide open), but, stopped down, it does have a beaut contrast/colour about it.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:57:13 PM »
Rain drop on a Shiny Cassinia leaf. Used the MT-24 flash, hence the multiple, square reflections.

First of all I'm a portrait photographer and I've got experience, I know what's composition and all the sweet things that we care about. Second I didn't sign any contract with him and he told me that I could post the photos on my website. I went there to understand how weddings work and I wasn't hired as an assistant (but he told me you are coming as an assistant).
During the wedding the bride was a bit annoyed about the posing shots that he was trying to create and she was asking for more candid shots. I'm not saying I'm better than the pro and I will never say that, I don't even want to undermine him. I sent him about 40 photos the day after the wedding and he called me up telling me that he was impressed for my first wedding experience. At the end of this I just would like to be rewarded for this little success because I'm not making a living out of it.
By the way I don't like the way the pros use their assistants, people who make a living out of it should pay for their help. It is just fair. Sometimes when I have to do paid jobs I ask a friend to come along and I give him/her some money even if it's a $200 job.

You wanted to learn and he allowed you to be his assistant so you could get experience. Your ego has colored your view of what is the right thing to do.

Your comments/description show that you feel he did things that you would never do. We are all different and we can all learn from each other. You would have handled that situation differently? But he got the job and you didn't. Must say something about his ability. If you can do it better then start your own business.
Meantime thank him for allowing you to go to the wedding to practice (because that is what you were doing).
Give him the pics you took, free, and let him get the congratulations on a job well done.
Your ego has been massaged by the bride which should be sufficient to inspire and motivate you to do better and go into the wedding business.

Better to be friends with all the people you meet on the way up because you might meet them again on the way down.
I have shot as a second shooter. My pics belong to the pro who allowed me to shoot.
If the bride was to call me I would refer her to the pro.

To the OP, the cost has been your time. The payback has been the experience.

I see April 1st has clicked over in the US ;)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:13:26 PM »
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)
Wow, stunning pic.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:04:04 PM »
Here's a Northern-rough Winged Swallow with symmetrical reflection.  One of the most difficult birds I've ever photographed from an in flight / motion standpoint.  5D III users set your camera to AI servo with CASE 5 when tracking this erratic flyer (if unfamiliar most swallow/swifts will have same rule of thumb when in flight)

Northern-rough Winged Swallow (13326) by Revup67, on Flickr
Great shot revup67. I've taken pic's of the Welcome Swallow, here in Australia and any of these swallows can be challenge for both the photographer and the hardware :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
Won't it state on the lens where it is made ?

Ask Eldar or Edward or Winnie the Pooh to look
Good point. It says Made in Japan.

Typical Zeiss nowadays, design here in Germany, production in Japan (Cosina). My Zeiss glass (not an Otus) is "Made in Japan", too. Well, "Made in Japan" isn't really bad, isn't it?
Made in Japan is excellent! (Especially the 1972 Deep Purple live album ;))
LOL  +100  :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:36:11 PM »
I've been told that Zeiss and Leitz lenses are manufactured in Japan now and that these brand names are just licenses leased out by international trading companies that own those names. Is this true? Or, does Zeiss and Leitz still manufacture everything in Germany? Thanks

What difference would it make?

If Zeiss puts their name on it, I don't care if they had Aunt Mabel make it on Mars.
+1. Zeiss lenses are for the most part, made in Japan by Cosina. Meaning, you have excellent German lens design, being made by the Japanese who excel at high quality mass production. A perfect match in this era, in my books.

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