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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by Click on October 23, 2017, 06:39:56 PM »
Very nice shot, Jack.   8)
Photography Technique / Tilt Shift Lens advice
« Last post by CanonFanBoy on October 23, 2017, 06:39:42 PM »
I have a question or three for those of you who use tilt shift lenses. I see the new crop of TS lenses coming out and just wonder what I would need to use.

I have two possible uses: 1. Architechture and 2. Miniaturization

1. Am I correct to assume that none of the new TS lenses are really wide enough for architecture? 50/90/135mm  I really don't have a clue about any of this. I guess it would depend on the shot framing and whether or not the shots will be in tight areas like a downtown city. What focal length would you use for this?

2. For miniaturization would you use the 135mm?

I'm also wondering what other possible uses these types of lenses have. I wouldn't be into macro, but maybe there is something else?

These lenses might be the next great thing in TS lenses. I hope so. Just thinking that a wider focal length would be better for architecture.

Hope this is posted in the right place. I think these questions are about technique. It is also about the lenses, so I guess it could be posted either place.

Photography Technique / Re: Landscapde filters and systems
« Last post by privatebydesign on October 23, 2017, 06:30:23 PM »
I have CPL's and that's it, everything else is done better and faster in post, if I went in for long exposure blurred clouds I'd get a 10 stop ND too. There seems to be a perverse 'got to be done in camera' ideal that some people espouse to but filters are almost always a compromise and it is digital, out of camera looks like this 00010100100110110101011011110100100100100101110101010!

Having said that if out of camera is your reason and challenge for shooting go for it, otherwise spend a fraction the money a good filter costs on a blending plugin and video course.
Photography Technique / Re: Landscapde filters and systems
« Last post by ahsanford on October 23, 2017, 06:24:10 PM »
I think Monument valley will be mainly flat with "monuments" sticking up, so grads will be useful- either for foreground, or maybe sky, hence the possibility of a reverse ND Grad.


By "compositing" do you mean shooting hdr?

MV will work with grads if you don't mind your mesa peaks (or whatever those boxy mini-mountains are called) being illuminated differently than your foreground.  I personally think jagged / serrated / up-and-down horizons  are punished with grad use -- you either darken your highest mountaintops or have a painful dark line/transition in your sky, but this is a matter of personal taste and the nature of the horizon you're looking at.

'Compositing' = HDR:  yes, in broad strokes of using multiple exposures to capture the entire scene, but not necessarily funneling all those exposures into some automated tool.  For instance, Bryan Carnathan at TDP runs through his way of assembling / masking things, including the fudge-y but clever way to process the same file two different ways to generate 'single shot HDR' output.

I personally like to get it all in camera, but at places like you are going that is not always possible.

- A
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I got defeated :(
« Last post by Don Haines on October 23, 2017, 06:19:52 PM »
.I shoot over 25 weddings each year and a single wedding pays me more than that. So yah I think I can afford to spend on things which I'm not a fan of.

With that kind of money I say use the money from three or four weddings and you can replace all your gear with gear that makes you happy.

The new equipment would not limit the dynamic range of your work as much and you would probably get more jobs.
You're right of course ... every bride's first question (or her mother's, at least) ... "How much DR have you got?"

I thought that the mother’s first question was “is he a DR.”
Photography Technique / Re: Landscapde filters and systems
« Last post by ahsanford on October 23, 2017, 06:14:22 PM »
BTW,  nice pics, and thank you for that link, good stuff!


Matthew's a working pro living in the venn diagram of hiking + landscape + astro.  I'd drop him a line if you have any questions at that website.

- A
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Photography Technique / Re: Landscapde filters and systems
« Last post by scottkinfw on October 23, 2017, 06:04:14 PM »
I'm Lee (100mm system + rectangular filters) and B+W (anything circular) in my landscape setup.

For all three of those destinations, you are going to be saddled with erratic horizons between the rocks and sky.  Zion Canyon in particular is a hot mess for this.  So my ND grads did not come out of my bag Zion once when I went last year.  See attached -- these are hiking handheld single exposures heavily heavily massaged in post, but it should give you an idea of the contrast management challenge Zion represents.

I've not done AC or MV myself, but I believe a similar phenomenon will exist:  compositions there likely will have glaringly bright light in odd shapes in 'difficult to grad' positions.  In those circumstances, composition permitting, capturing multiple shots and compositing in post is preferable over fighting through grad use.

A CPL is a hammerlock must for skies or water reflections so I always bring multiple ones -- one for traditional on-lens use (77mm B+W Kaesemann) and another much larger 105mm CPL (also B+W) to screw-in in front of my Lee holder setup.

As for NDs, I only use them for waterfalls or cloud motion and they don't come out that often, but MV would scream for an ND if you get some clouds*.  I either rely on the natural 2-ish stop I get from a CPL or go big with a 10 stop.  Others prefer to season NDs to taste based on what they are trying to do compositionally.   

*From a landscaper friend of mine and occasional poster here:  http://www.astro-landscapes.com/monument-valley-sunrise-long-exposure-copy/

As for warming / color cast filters, I defer to the forum as I do not use them.

- A

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I got defeated :(
« Last post by anthonyd on October 23, 2017, 05:55:15 PM »
Jesus... what a first world problem to have...

Pull yourself together.


I don't know which is more ridiculous. That someone would spend $3,000 on a camera they don't want, or that they would be so self-absorbed that they feel compelled to post about it on a forum and expect sympathy.


And you aren't getting any. So I guess we are all happy.

...I am here to share my opinion in the hope that someone from Canon will see how their customers feel and will try to improve their product...

If that's why you are here, you are sadly mistaken about how forums work. As others have pointed out, if you want to communicate with Canon why not do it directly? If you are such a successful photographer, surely you must be a Platinum CPS member. Have you tried to contact them?
...And can you be a civilized person and not call someone 'self-absorbed' in a forum just because there is a difference of opinion?

You are not self-absorbed because we have a difference of opinion. You are self-absorbed because you think your opinion is so important that you started a thread to whine and because, as Tom Scott said, it's pretty much the epitome of a first world problem.

...3k is nothing  to me. I shoot over 25 weddings each year and a single wedding pays me more than that. So yah I think I can afford to spend on things which I'm not a fan of.

I actually was feeling a little bad saying you seemed self-absorbed. But then, reading the above comment pretty much killed any empathy I had.

Honestly, I did feel bad enough to go back and re-read your initial comment and your responses to others and I cannot for the life of me see what your complaint is.

I can find no specifics about any weaknesses in the 5DIV. No mention of what it cannot do that you need for your work...just some vague complaining about how you think it is somehow behind competitors' products. The impression is certainly that it simply isn't "whiz bang" enough for your tastes.

I'm actually kind of stunned that a working professional would feel this way. I understand enthusiasts who have a fascination with cameras and feel the need to have the newest gizmo. But, usually professional photographers are focused on the results, rather than the technology.

A sincere suggestion: In the future, when you feel the need to rant on a forum, you might get a bit more sympathy if you provide some specifics and explain how it affects your shooting, rather than simply go off on a tangent.

Really? It is "a first world problem"? Unlike all the other problems discussed in this forum, which I guess are about the hungry and the homeless. Give me a break.

And no, he is not "sadly mistaken about how forums work". Not in principle anyway. A serious company with a PR department should be paying attention to forums. Surely, no individual opinion matters to a company the size of Canon, but if a whole bunch of people "whine" about the latest products the company should get a different message than when a whole bunch of people are excited about the latest products.

And if you want a specific list of features that the Canon cameras do not have while other do, don't ask that guy, go to dxomark.com, click on "CAMERAS" and then scroll down the long list of most successful cameras until you find the first Canon one that made it in the list (I'm kidding, it's not that long, there are only 16 cameras that rank better than the best Canon) and then read the individual comparisons.

Oh, oh, and about being "stunned that a working professional would [...] feel the need to have the newest gizmo", this IS a forum about the newest gizmos. Sure, a good photographer does not *need* the newest gizmos, look what Adams shot with, right? But c'mon now. ;-)

You all just set the guy ablaze because he complained about the precious little brand we've all be spending our fortunes on and you just don't want to hear it. And on that note, I'm ready for the fires coming my way!
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