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Not sure which version of photoshop you're using, but certainly on CS6 I'm finding that the stitching is as good as, if not better than, PTGui pro.

You're certainly right about the need to still B&B despite the likes of Exmor, just need to write it in really BIG letters.

I'm using the most recent version of Photoshop, which is CC 2014 edition.

I was really impressed when I moved to the 6D by the ability to pull shadows (and to a lesser extent, recover highlights), but there are still a lot of scenes that require far more dynamic range than what current sensors are capable of recording in a single exposure.

Thanks, Dustin. Looks helpful.

My pleasure.  It was really helpful to me when I learned the workflow.  I like using luminosity masks, too, but that can be a very time consuming process.

This is about a six minute video tutorial on how to easily blend multiple exposures into first a 32bit HDR, tone it in Adobe Camera Raw, and then convert it into a fully editable 16B file with the full range of the blended exposures.  Easy to use, and now that the there is the "Photography" option for Creative Cloud it is also a very reasonable way to get high end landscape imagery.

The link to the brief article and video tutorial is here:  http://dustinabbott.net/2014/09/why-i-switched-to-hdr-pro-for-natural-exposure-blending/

Here is the image that we blend in the tutorial with no processing other the blend of three exposures:

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:48:22 AM »
I don't use it particularly often, but this lens is always a treat to pull out and use:

Unfolding by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 06, 2014, 08:31:36 AM »
Taking advantage of four days worth of scruff after camping and shooting in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Just Me by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SIGMA 150-600!!
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:22:47 AM »
Well, here it is:
I believe this will be a better option than the Tamron optically, maybe I'll buy one for myself  ::)

I wouldn't be surprised if the optics are marginally better (bigger, heavier, larger front element), but my biggest concern (as with all Sigma products) will be AF accuracy.  At longer focal lengths even a little miss produces an out of focus image.

Still, options are good.  If this is a better lens than the Tamron it might attract the middle tier of buyers, but the fact that it may cost twice as much means that Tamron will probably still claim the majority of amateur sales.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:11:09 AM »

This is an excellent shot. We have Ibis here a couple times of the year for a very short time. I've tried to get pictures of them in flight, but they are usually too far away. This pose is really excellent though.

I agree.  Not an easy pose to land, but this is done nicely.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:54:49 AM »
Here's a little coyote snarl for you:

Come Close, I Won't Bite by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:40:07 PM »
Dustin, is that a wild or captive wolf?

It's in a preserve, so does that qualify as a wild or captive?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2014, 02:05:42 PM »

Wow! That's a once in a lifetime shot right there. Incredible!

As usual, Dustin brings the amazing. Some day I wanna grow up to be like him!

Thanks, guys.  In all fairness, though, knowing how to process things well does help my final product.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:34:22 AM »
2x 4 shots manually blended. Both two sets were same, except in second 4 shots I put my hand in front of the sun to prevent the flare. (It almost worked)

Love the light and velvety texture in the foreground.

I recognize that we are a Canon community, but I am interested in your reaction to the seemingly continual updates to Nikon's camera bodies (D810, D800E, D800S, D610, potential D620, etc...)  Their market strategy seems very different than Canon.  Canon never seems to be in a hurry to release new bodies (other than the Rebel series), and has often had at least 4 years between major model releases (more in the case of the 7D).

So, in your opinion, is Nikon's approach to continually releasing incremental upgrades to existing models a good thing or a bad thing?  I can see pros and cons, but as a consumer I'm not sure that I would be crazy about my camera being outmoded so quickly.  You would be stuck either using "inferior" tech or very possibly taking a pretty big financial hit because the resale value of your equipment has been eroded.  The thought of getting upgraded technology more quickly is also appealing, and I know that many of you feel that Canon's development cycles are often too long.

Your thoughts?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:17:20 PM »

This is awesome.

I really like the second image. Nicely done Dustin.

Thanks, guys

Reviews / Re: Tamron 16-300 VC Review and Video Review
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:13:42 PM »
great review and not unexpected outcome i think i agree the 28-300 might be a better option even on a crop
especially since canon have the 10-18 to make a much better crop wide end

i still think you need to review the samyang/ rokinon 8mm f2.8 on the eos M its fantastic :)

I'll give it a try at some point.  I'm interested in seeing how the 12mm f/2 performs (it's on the way to me right now), and would like to get a copy of the EF-M 11-22mm to compare it to.

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