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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:28:32 PM »
amazing shot dustin

Yawn by Sanjeev Deo on 500px

Thanks everyone.  This is a cool moment captured, too!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:58:39 AM »
Velvet by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

6D + 70-300L

EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:46:02 AM »
I'm currently reviewing two EF-M mount lenses from third party manufacturers:  Tamron 18-200 VC and Rokinon 12mm f/2.  They are both very good lenses:  the Tamron does a little bit of everything quite well.  But the little Rokinon (manual everything) is a true treat.  It is basically a better version of the 14mm f/2.8:  less distortion, similar sharpness, and can use traditional filters.  I LOVE it!  The only thing holding it back is the basic limitations of a crop sensor (as compared to a FF sensor).

My full reviews will be live in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to hear of further development for the M.  It definitely has limitations, but it produces surprisingly good images.  I actually used a 60D for a recent review of a crop sensor lens and was surprised by how much less "clean" the images were compared to the EOS M images.  I haven't used a 70D/7DII yet, but I suspect the images from the M will be closer to the 70D than the 60D (I do anticipate the 70D/7DII having the best IQ of the three).

Dustin, thank you so much for sharing this. I've been wishing for *exactly* this workflow for some time now. Great to know it's there in PS CC! Now I can go back and get the intended results from a couple years of exposure bracketed files. Also appreciate your succinct and helpful video tutorial.

Thanks.  One of the most practical advancements in Photoshop is the ability to run ACR at any time.  I use it sometimes in post when some step has raised highlights or lowered shadows a bit too much.

Have you ever tried the "Merge to 32-bit HDR" Lightroom plugin by HDRsoft (the Photomatix folks)?

I find it to be a much more straight forward way to get a virgin (NOT tone mapped) 32-bit HDR file that can then be processed in Lightroom (or ACR). It does not require Photoshop and allows me to simply stay in Lightroom for all my basic post-processing. Also, the resulting 32-bit files, that can be really big as you know, can be cut to half-size (while retaining the entire 32-bit tonal range & edit-ability) if you select the "use half floating point format" option.

I have used that plugin, and there is one major shortcoming that I encountered:  if you have handheld your images (which I often do) the alignment is frequently off by a hair, and that plugin does not seem to do "auto-align" particularly well.  It's fine if you work off of images taken on a tripod, but...  By contrast the workflow that I have detailed here does a great job of compensating for images that are not perfectly aligned.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:45:05 AM »
Basking by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
Nice shot Dustin! How and where did you shoot this?

I shot this in Parc Omega in Quebec, Canada.  How?  I was shooting the pack when I noticed this guy off by himself laying so perfectly on the rock in that sea of grass.  He quickly became my focus.

Here's one more example using this technique.   

When the Sky Rolled Back by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
Hey Dustin, Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the images!  Looks like a great new option, I'm looking forward to trying it out soon after my next outing!  Thanks again!  ;)

No problem.  Thank you for the nice feedback.

Is there difference between Mac and Windows?
On my Win 8.1 machine with Photoshop CS 6.0, I do not get the check box "Tone in ACR."  In its place is check box "OK," which then gives me an image to view in photoshop but no step to tweak things in ACR, such as shadows  ???

Someone else wrote to me about this, and it seems like the option wasn't there until Photoshop CC.  A workaround is that you can take the file back into Lightroom and edit it there (instead of ACR), and then bring it back to Photoshop if you want to do more edits there.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:18:36 AM »
Does a sunrise break all of the rules?

Lovely shot Dustin  8)

Thanks, Click.  Glad I wasn't tarred and feathered for shooting at the wrong end of the day.  8)

I'm not sure what you mean. The 610 is just a rebranded 600 to put behind the QA fiasco. The 750 is a replacement that is overdue, in fact contradicting your statement. The 810 is just a unification of two lines which were a pain to market and stock. They did some improvements while they were at it but this is NOT a new camera.

I think you're seeing the result of a QA problem and an experiment: nikon thought the AA filter was still needed with high resolution bodies, and found the market doesn't care for it thus killed the AA filter for good. I don't see how this represents a change and I don't believe a 620 or 850 are going to show up this year at all.

I see your point, but it doesn't change the reality that those who bought a D600, a D800, or a D700 are all of a sudden using "older models".  The motivation for the replacement cameras does not change their reality (Nikon isn't sending them an upgraded/fixed model).  If you bought a MKIII when it was released and Canon released a MKIIIa a year later, what would your reaction be to that (regardless of the reason for the new release)?

Thanks everyone else for the nice feedback.  Glad to help

Here's one more example using this technique.   

When the Sky Rolled Back by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

For my taste, that part around the sun is very strange. There are some kind of halos or something like that. I see that in my case too, when I was merging several exposures in Photoshop's HDR Pro. That's the reason why now I prefer to blend exposures manually by using luminosity masks. Especially when you have straight horizon, it's quite easy to do.

And there is quite a lot of "ghost-ing" around the clouds, too.

Otherwise, it's nice image.

The area around the sun is due to the MKII's inability to natively bracket 3 stops in both directions.  I never have similar issues when shooting with my 6D, but you're right about the way to rectify it.

I initially thought there was some ghosting around the clouds, too, but that is actually the way that the clouds were.   ;D  It looks the same in single exposure files.

Here's one more example using this technique.   

When the Sky Rolled Back by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

P.S.  I was just told that this lens won't actually hit the market until the end of the year.  I may get one a bit early for testing, but this isn't a "just around the corner" kind of announcement.

It's probably a good idea that they limited the focal length to a 2x time zoom ratio (although we're all greedy for more).  That should allow them to focus on killer optics (and hopefully low distortion).  This could be a real winner for wedding photographers!

I was excited at first, but I really like the extra 5mm at 35mm and the bulbous front that precludes (or makes it a a pain to use) filters is a non-starter for me.  I am very happy with my 16-35 f/4 IS and after taking some shots in really dim lighting the other night, I realize I don't miss f/2.8 all that much.

The bulbous front element is definitely the buzzkill here.

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