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Welcome to the world of professional photography  ;)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:20:21 AM »
1Dx, 1/250, f/2, ISO100

@6mo, finally starting to stand on his own with some confidence :D

Good shot, very appropriate T shirt !

Canon General / Re: Tilt & Shift Fan?
« on: May 09, 2014, 04:43:08 PM »
Sporgon, you're right, and I guess I wasn't clear in my post - these were meant to be examples of when I was limited by the 24mm focal length and are poor photos because they were done when I was just fooling around with the gear walking around or on vacation.  My paid shots are done with far more care and I I tend to correct fully and then back off just a bit to avoid the unnatural look.  I also avoid shooting straight on from unflattering angles like this, but I appreciate the feedback.

I could see they were just snaps, but I do see quite a few shots by others that are over corrected in shift; it's a pet hate of mine !

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 04:38:21 PM »
She had some pictures taken for me and here's one that's been downsized, posted online (compressed), saved from online to my phone and emailed to me (so probably compressed again) so it ain't of the greatest quality but hey... it's better than the dude in the video... right?  :)

VERY nice  :)

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 03:55:24 PM »
Oh... and... she's HOT.  I'm a pretty lucky husband :)

Some pictures would be nice  ;) and make the thread more interesting than that video of an incredibly boring a*** at the beginning who's special talents appear to be the bleeding obvious.

Canon General / Re: Tilt & Shift Fan?
« on: May 09, 2014, 03:16:17 PM »
One more thought on the TS-E 17 - the lens cap is awesome!  It's so much better than the 14L II that I had.  I put the 17 and 24 on the 1D X & 5DIII last night for comparison and they are far more alike than different, but the test will come when I shoot with them both this weekend.  I'll post some shots...

Just a comment on your pictures you posted: it is natural to have converging lines in perspective; it's how we see things as they get further away. I can still remember my art teacher showing me this at my first school ! Correcting this fully in shift gives a very unnatural image that isn't actually correct.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:28:58 AM »
To be honest, even though I may agree with jrista that your image seem to be a good one, I did not even consider spending time on it because you watermark ruins it completely.


You can use invisible watermarks anyway. I just post images at 740 px across now, the maximum for seeing full width on CR as well. If people want to nick 740 px images from Building Panoramics I just let it go, as long as they are not being used by the thief for blatant profit.

Also if you're just showing a picture or CR, as opposed to trying to show resolution for instance, very small images are much better on the website.

Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:10:38 AM »
What pano stitching software would you recommend for a Mac user?

PTGui prof

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: May 08, 2014, 12:24:17 PM »
From last summer (no bees here yet this year).  Not quite macro but it is a flower and a bee.

6D 300 X2 1600th F10 ISO 1600


Good shot Jack !

Here are some of mine shot on various lenses and camera bodies

Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:58:28 AM »
Here's a couple of different takes on the panoramic wide angle approach. Shot on 70 mm ( 24-70 f4 IS), and for all you guys who like an f1.4 or 1.2 for shallow depth of field: these were both shot at f10. ( But then I have had my leg pulled for saying 2 metres is a shallow dof  ;)  )

Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:53:37 AM »
Sporgon, as one of our resident pano masters, I appreciate your reply and the many excellent samples and explanations you posted!  What a huge variety of focal lengths you use and I really like your work.  I'm sure the 40mm works well and now I kind of wish I'd kept mine. As for the 17mm comment, I feel that way, too, but then I've found myself looking at some amazing panos and read that they were shot at 14-17mm :o  Obviously some scenes are suited for it.

That's the beauty of the 40 pancake; at that price and size you have absolutely no excuse for not getting another one ;)

It's a question of style really; a 17 mm would not suit my style at all.

Lenses / Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:40:16 AM »
Maybe...but it's also nice to be able to actually see the true DoF through the VF, for compositional reasons.

Agreed, the greatest benefit of the 's' screen is real dof. I find the difference in ability to nail manual focus only marginally better than the standard screen.

I stick to what I said; maybe Canon underestimated the desire from 5D owners to see real dof, or maybe that desire isn't actually there across the broad user base, or maybe it was to add a 'crippling' differential to the 1Dx.

Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:33:22 PM »
With the tele lenses the compression of the scene is often clearly visible, no matter how wide the panorama later on is. The whole scene looks then easily a bit flat.

So if you use a 150 mm lens on a 5x4 camera do you get compression ?  ;)  Or a 300 mm on a 10x8 ?

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:29:17 AM »
Well, here's my response Joe. These action figure images are an embarrassment and if I were you wouldn't hold them up as an example of anything even remotely related to good photography. This page represents the local (sic) Camera Club and I think we can do better than this.


Well you know what to do there then: give that lot a wide berth  ;)

I thought your last picture was a very good example of how to make a picture more pleasing to the eye.

Thanks macguyver, but I got to this point on my own. The issue was the scale; How much do I adjust AF/step on their scale. From what I understand, I can do a FoCal on each of the distances and then I can punch in the adjustment values pr. focal length. That way I get a much more accurate AF from close to infinity. The Sigma scale has 20 steps +/-, like FoCal, so I suspect they will match fairly well. AFMA pr. lens will then be the offset to that again.

If I only had more time ....

Since this is about images, here is my Local Swan mother, taking care of her 6 eggs. I don´t remember having shot birds with a 50mm before, but there´s a first for everything.
5DIII, 1/100s, f5.0, ISO 160
I missed this the other day and sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but I love the swan shot!  I can't believe you got so close.

This is Norway, lol, we go birding with uwa's.

Here's a recent shot with the 17-40 at 17mm  ;)

Nice!  Great shot as well, and you must have swans with the calm Scandinavian demeanor.  The last time I got that close to American swans, I was attacked, and yes, their bites actually hurt!  I suppose my Norwegian heritage (my last name is Anderson) didn't buy me any professional courtesy ;)

It would have been an interesting test for the multi coating of the 17-40 mm  ;)

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