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Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:29:05 PM »
What, if anything, did you do with/about white balance under black light?
I've shot under black light only a few times, auto WB produces a result similar or same as yours here, setting a custom white balance with the black light aimed at a gray card, sheet of paper, white tee shirt or what have you produces a very different result.

Mind, I'm not criticizing how you've shot here, it's actually quite dramatic and certainly places the subject well. Just saying you will find setting custom WB interesting for sure, though the look may be on the clinical side, therefore less eye pleasing. I do think it's worth a look.
Last time I set a black light WB, I intentionally left that WB set and then shot under florescents, boy and howdy that came out wrong but sure was interesting and educational. You'll likely only do that once, but that once is worth doing.

I used auto white balance, never tried anything else. What does custom WB do? Does it make the rock less blue and more natural looking? If that is the case, I think I would prefer this blue look.

Street & City / Re: Skybridge
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:20:40 AM »
Your fourth one down is excellent. The series (from washed out sky to deep blue sky) would make a great tutorial on shooting at the magic hour.

When I visited years ago, I only got this shot with a washed out sky, which kind of ruins it. I should have waited for magic hour. Taken on slide film with my main camera for many years, Canon Elan2e.

Street & City / Re: London - A different take
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:13:52 AM »
Yes, very dramatic images and nicely processed. Good to see a different view of such an iconic city.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:11:17 AM »
Went back to Reid Park Zoo tonight for their last evening opening of the summer.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:41:58 PM »
By the way, nice images on your website!

Thank you very much!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 30, 2014, 02:26:39 AM »
Summer night opening, Reid Park Zoo (Tucson).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:09:09 AM »
Yes, great stuff! (Love the red foxes).


Animal Kingdom / Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:17:51 AM »
I will try to kick off a new thread and see if it goes anywhere. This was taken last weekend during the summer Saturday night opening at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. There is a wall where lots of wild bark scorpions live and visitors and docents are usually there with black lights to find them (since scorpions fluoresce under black light).

Canon 5D3, Sigma 85 1.4 lens, 1/80 second at f3.2, iso 3200, tripod.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:19:50 PM »
My first was the black 80-200 2.8L, which I bought used in mint condition for $600! (Got it from a coworker at the photo lab I work at). I recently sold it, after a decade of use, for about the same amount.

It was a great lens and I think I like the black better than white (I now have the 70-200 2.8 non IS). I only sold it because it does NOT take teleconverters and it was too heavy carrying both that and the 300 f4L (which I also got cheap used). So now I use the 70-200 with 1.4x extender. Another thing I like about the old black version is the tripod collar was hinged and could be removed without removing the lens from the camera. The new version has a solid ring which is a step backwards IMO.

Street & City / overgrown train tracks
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:12:48 PM »
About a week ago I was riding my bike downtown (Tucson, Arizona) and discovered a section of unused train tracks. They had trees growing in the middle which I thought was cool. Biked over this afternoon to do a few pics. Canon 5D3, 24-105L f/4 lens, quick application of Nik Bleach Bypass (at about 50% opacity over the base photo).

Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:10:00 AM »
I was relatively late into digital, shooting slide film until about four years ago when I bought a 5D2. (This Christmas I replaced it with a 5D3). Learning with slide film (even more than print film) made me a better photographer not only due to being more selective but also learning how to read light and nail exposures. Slide film has zero tolerance for over or under exposure, so you really had to know how to expose.

However, I certainly never took 100 rolls on a trip like you did! Usually a week trip would be ten or twelve rolls. Of course I shoot many more frames with digital, but still nowhere as many as other people. Lately I am deciding to slow down even more because I delete so many I am learning what is the point?

The one area where digital completely surpasses film is in high ISO capabilities. I can get very usable shots at iso 3200 and higher, which is unthinkable with slide (or even print) film.

Sorry that I only discovered this thread just now, AFTER your trip. I live in Tucson and have been here for twenty years.

Glad you had a good time.

Extremely dark situation, at a captive wildlife facility at dusk. Too dark for autofocus, had to switch to manual focus and do a series of shots with quick review and minor adjustment to get focus on eyes. F2 because DOF was so shallow that 1.4 or 1.8 were too thin to get all of head in focus. Even at this large aperture and ISO cranked up to 4000 and exposure compensation set to minus one (image lightened afterwards in PSE), shutter speed was only 1/3 second. Only worked because fishing cat was completely still and camera (5D2) was on a tripod.

Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:35:25 PM »
Joshua Tree is out of the way from all the rest (much farther south near Los Angeles) and is not very scenic. Of course you can get nice photos there, but given your itinerary I would strongly advise dropping Joshua Tree.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:16:03 PM »
Tasmanian devil, January, 2014.

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