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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:28:38 AM »
Interesting.  Did it take a few shots to get the focus you wanted?

No, I knew the effect I wanted to produce and the fine tree branches were an easy target. I did try a few shot focused far and near, but as is often the case for myself, the first shot was the one I wanted.

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:07:56 AM »
I know it's off topic, but in recent times DSLRs have bayonet mounts made from machined brass alloy, plated with something like chrome or nickel. All these metals have 'self lubrication' properties so friction of 'metals rubbing together' is almost non existent, especially as the spring behind the tab provides friction.

In days gone by high quality cameras had mounts made from machined stainless steel. They were a tighter fit but much more expensive to produce. My 36 year old Nikon FM has a graphite-like micro smear to the mount surface but it is still as tight as the day it was new.

Modern mounts are not as tight, and this coupled with the types of metal used means you'll never wear it enough to cause practical issues. Careless / rushed handling is more likely to blur or damage the edge of the mounting 'tabs', but if this did happen mounts are about the most easy part of the camera to change.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:37:30 AM »
A change of pace from all these razor sharp shots  ;)

Did you just focus close on nothing to get the blurring?

It was shot on a 28 mil at about f2.2 and I focused on the tree branches, either above or on the reflection in the water, I can't remember. At a focusing distance of about 3m the dof was about 1.5m so I had to focus on a specific part of the picture that I wanted in focus. There was a little mist rising from the pond which helped.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 29, 2014, 04:41:11 PM »
A change of pace from all these razor sharp shots  ;)


Atmospheric. Somewhere in Middle Earth, I presume?

Gandalf's resting on his stick just out of shot ! I just popped out to see where the trolls come from.

Thanks  :)

So the tree from the movie Big Fish is in Middle Earth? Coz I'm sure thats right there in your photo Sporgon.  ;D

Part of a 4 step waterfall some minutes walk from the house.


Water From the Doorway by Le ARchie, on Flickr

You're probably right. I live in the middle of a film set. Here's Fin Raziel's island from 'Willow', one of my all-time favourite movies. 

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Try Loxley Colour, they seem to do everything.

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:34:40 AM »
I have both.  Utterly love the 85, but the 50 goes almost unused.  I am going to look at the new Sigma when it's available.

I had and loved the Canon 50 F/1.4 and had great hopes for the F/1.2 but it is so much less everything than the 85.

I think the 85/1.2 can be regarded as a (££ substantial ) upgrade to the 85/1.8. However the 50/1.2 isn't intended to be an 'upgrade' to the 50/1.4, at least not in a general use sense. I know a few photographers who purchased them in '06 and ended up howling. It's a specific lens for a specific type of image. If it wasnt I'd have purchased one years ago as 50mm is my staple diet lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:17:16 AM »
If you have been looking at images taken at f1.2 then I guess it is because the 85 is significantly sharper than the 50 at this aperture:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=403&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=397&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Clearly the 85 is a much more expensive lens, but the 50 is hardly cheap. I presume on the 85 focal length it was possible to achieve excellent bokeh with more chromatic aberration correction than on a 50 focal length.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:40:16 PM »
A change of pace from all these razor sharp shots  ;)


Atmospheric. Somewhere in Middle Earth, I presume?

Gandalf's resting on his stick just out of shot ! I just popped out to see where the trolls come from.

Thanks  :)

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:31:51 PM »
A change of pace from all these razor sharp shots  ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: April 28, 2014, 02:58:12 PM »
Action portrait of Kali playing 'stick'. 1DX + 600 II.

That is such a good shot !

Now even I will admit you couldn't have done that on a 6D  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup for 6D for Wedding Photography
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:59:09 AM »
+ 1 on no need for a back up camera when shooting as a second, especially when you are using a new, good quality camera such as the 6D. These (generic) machines are incredibly reliable, being designed to reliably record one off, unrepeatable events.

However as a primary photographer at such an unrepeatable event I always have a back up of everything because of Sod's Law.

For a proper back up you really need exactly the same body, as has been said, so you can share the work load and lenses seamlessly between them.

As for the 6D vs 5D III debate, well ........ :-X

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Canon General / Re: When do you know you have enough camera gear?
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:17:51 AM »
When you find gear at the bottom of your bag that you never knew you had......

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Need your help again, Dear Sir/ Madam
« on: April 26, 2014, 05:45:47 PM »
Hi Surapon, the numbers will be marking a scale of the polarisation axis, so just a reference to where you have it set.


Thank you, Sir, Dear Friend Sporgon.
But How can I set that number  according to the sun's location ?. It must to have an easy way, Like HOYA's White mark.( ??)
Thanks again, Sir.
Surapon

Hi Surapon, I'm guessing that number 1 will equal the same axis as the White mark on the Hoya. I'm assuming the numbers go half way around the lens. Looks good anyway !

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Need your help again, Dear Sir/ Madam
« on: April 26, 2014, 05:33:26 PM »
Hi Surapon, the numbers will be marking a scale of the polarisation axis, so just a reference to where you have it set.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:24:43 PM »
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

+1, if you want to see a plethora of images processed in this way look on 500px. You can see similar images shot on all sorts of cameras with all sorts of lenses.

Like theses images though.

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