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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2012, 04:46:13 AM »
welcome to the forum.... can you do some scan of the Capa photography magazine scan for this forum?

Thanks, and...
I'm sorry I don't know what Capa photography
magazine is, you'll have to post a link, or something
to help me find that.

Welcome to the forum. I'm here in Hiroshima and have a 60d. Just bought a 5d3, but that won't be arriving for a couple of weeks, as I bought it in the states, and am having a friend bring it over.


Awesome, yeah I wish I
had the $$$ for a 5D
Mark III.  Let me know
when you post some pictures.


Blay..if this post is short, I'd like to see your "long" post  :P

Welcome, and congrats on your 60D, you've made a good choice.  Three things:
1. Read your manual
2. Shoot on manual
3. Start saving for an L lens

The 50 1.8 is a great lens and it's as sharp as anything starting at about f4.

By the way, thanks for serving and your sacrifice.
Peace


Ha ha, yeah I can make some
very long posts.  I'll do my
best not to do that.   ;D

1.  I'm reading and watching all the 60D videos:  http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=canon+eos+60d+tutorial&oq=canon+eos+60d+tutorial&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=youtube.12...0.0.0.292.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0...0.0.

2.  I'm going to do that in a few months,
after I learn the camera more.

3.  Tell me about it, I have my eye on this: 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Welcome to the forum... I think what mt spokane was referring to regarding a replacement was an upcoming 70D or 7d2... But dont even sweat it... The 60D is plenty of camera to get your feet wet, get your chops going, and if and when you outgrow it, you can look at the 7d series, 5d series, or 1d series when your experience and budget will allow.  AFMA is referring to the manual adjusting of the lens in regards to the Autofocus.  Sometimes it is close but do to some tolerance level on the body and lens, it may be a hair off either front focused or back focused and the AFMA fixes that...  Odd's are you may never need that, but it's a nice feature to have in an extreme situation... but sending the lens/camera into canon and have them re-adjust within the warranty period works just fine as well.  Lens selection, get some general purpose zooms, and when you get to the point where you see habits of using a certain focal lengths such as 35,50,85,100,200, etc...  Then look at getting some fast prime fixed lenses... you lose the convenience of a zoom but gain it back and then some in image quality and shallow focus opportunities.  Good luck and let us know if you need any help or assistance.


Ahhh Oki-doki, manual focus, yeah,
I'm going to start that in a few months,
I have noticed that there are some pics
coming out a bit off, so coming from a
SX20 to 60D I'm used to it.   :o :D :)


I wouldn't get too hung up on L lenses either, especially if you are operating on a budget.  There are some great Sigma, Tamron, Tokina lenses out there that will really save you some $ over the Canon competition.  Just be sure to read the reviews on any lens before you buy it, if you haven't checked out these sites yet they're a great place to look for in-depth reviews:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/
http://photozone.de/

Note I didn't link Ken Rockwell ;)  Ok he's probably not as bad as most people think it just depends how seriously you take him...


Okay, understand, I'll be cautious
on the L series lens.

Thanks for the sites,
I know of the first one,
the second one I saved,
will check it later.



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4.  Other than ebay, where can a guy find used camera equipment, astro phto equipment, etc. I'm looking for a used one of these:


if you are in Japan you can use
http://www.net-chuko.com/

Japanese used lens are usually in great condition and come with a 6 month warranty from the store usually.  But the thing you'll probably find out sooner than later is that camera equipement is MUCH cheaper in the US than in Japan, even though it is made here.  My recommendation would be to buy from B&H photo and have it shipped out to Japan.  YOu'll have to pay about a 5% (goign up to 10% over the next few years) in duty charges, but it'll still be significantly cheaper unless you are buying anything released this year.


Oh, thanks for the site,
I can ask the Boss AKA:
The wife... to check it
out too.

Yeah I know Japan is
expensive, but you
never know, a used cap,
tripod, etc. may not be
that bad.

Lens and big ticket items,
I'm all about AAFES and On-line.

Getting my telescope from B & H  ;D

First off, I'm also in Okinawa, so こんにちは. I live in Isa, Ginowan.

If you have a FPO/APO box (which I assume you have access to, since you mentioned AAFES) you won't have to worry about duty fees, which leads me to my next point, ANYTHING camera related is cheaper, way cheaper online from Adorama or BH than AAFES or out on town.  Plus better customer support. This is how I buy practically everything, as stuff is just too expensive here.

Be aware, that with at least Adorama, they won't send items that are over a certain dollar amount through USPS priority mail, which I'm sure you know is the only way to get things mailed here, quickly and relatively cheaply.

Since you have been here for 12 years and I only 8 months, I'm sure you know that are many fantastic locations to shoot at here.

Check out my Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronspics12345/) and this guys, whose live here for almost 40 years (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/). Enjoy, and let me know if you ever wanted to get together as I can show how to operate that new 60D of yours. If you needed the advice of course.


Konichiwa!  Nihongo Shabimasuka? 

I'm in Misato AKA: Mihara
(Not Mihama with the ferris wheel,
Mihara in Okinawa City)

Yup, APO box for the win !

Yes, On-line cheaper for
little things, but the camera
I went AAFES for return and
extended warranty plan,
it's awesome, I can toss this
thing against the wall and it's
fixed free for two years.   :)
I can also buy more extended
warranty if I want.  So after
two years, I want more peace of mind.
 
I'll check those flicker accounts. 

Here are some low resolution sample ONLY
pictures from my first day out with the new
camera.

PLEASE BE KIND, I'M NOT A PRO.   :-X ;D

















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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2012, 04:46:13 AM »

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2012, 10:28:57 AM »
I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR....   You need better software, or preferably better techniques...

When doing HDR, it really should look like this:

Canon 5DII-4474 by volksron, on Flickr

Yes, it's technically not a HDR with multiple exposures blended, etc... But it doesn't have crazy saturated colors, however, it does have equal (or close to it) detail in the shadows as well as the highlights.. Especially if I could show you the RAW file..

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2012, 10:47:29 AM »
I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR....   You need better software, or preferably better techniques...

I thought the same thing, but of course it's a matter of taste and my first hdr shots looked exactly the same. When hdr was introduced, everyone was crazy for this "hdr style", but in the meantime the reactions are less enthusiastic.

My hint concerning high dynamic range shots: Take 7 raw shots with +-0,5ev (use magic lantern or the 5d3). Back @home, get Photomatrix (it integrates with Lightroom), import the shots and then choose if you want to use the more natural looking exposure fusion with all shots (the final shot is assembled like a puzzle) or "real" hdr with the 3 extreme ones (all exposures are layered). Then you can fine-tune the sliders to get either an "artistic" or natural expression.

And don't throw away the source files after assembly like I did with my first shots - in 1-2 years if you've learned more you may want to re-process them!

When doing HDR, it really should look like this:

No, it shouldn't :-) ... look at the blue of the sky on the top right, the brightness jump is a sign of an assembly artifact and doesn't look natural.

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2012, 12:11:40 PM »
yes, the 100-400 is a good lens for the money - if you need length and zoom.  the 200 2.8L prime will get you length and better IQ for less money. 

I added the "save for an L lens" with a bit of tongue in cheek.  with that said, the build quality and images that come from some L's are fantastic, and make saving, looking for, and eventually buying one a worthwhile path to start on.   IMO.
Look closer, it's not a robin.

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2012, 03:54:20 PM »
Not to be mean, but MY EYES!!!! :o

There is alot of members here who do awesome HDR's. @lex! is one of them, and his stuff is great i'm sure he's got some tips around here somewhere.
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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2012, 04:38:05 PM »
I miss Japan.  I was there for 6 months when I was in school in 2000.  Kyoto is my favorite city, especially in April/May with the hanami and everything.  I wish I had my 7d back then.  You'll want to be careful when buying "L" lenses.  They are like crack, once you get one, nothing else will do  ;D
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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2012, 04:09:09 AM »
I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR....   You need better software, or preferably better techniques...

Yes, it's technically not a HDR with multiple exposures blended, etc... But it doesn't have crazy saturated colors, however, it does have equal (or close to it) detail in the shadows as well as the highlights.. Especially if I could show you the RAW file..

To each his own and I'm a HDR
crack whore, it's the style I likes.   
(><)  I'll take into consideration
your advice.  8) 

I thought the same thing, but of course it's a matter of taste and my first hdr shots looked exactly the same. When hdr was introduced, everyone was crazy for this "hdr style", but in the meantime the reactions are less enthusiastic.

My hint concerning high dynamic range shots: Take 7 raw shots with +-0,5ev (use magic lantern or the 5d3). Back @home, get Photomatrix (it integrates with Lightroom), import the shots and then choose if you want to use the more natural looking exposure fusion with all shots (the final shot is assembled like a puzzle) or "real" hdr with the 3 extreme ones (all exposures are layered). Then you can fine-tune the sliders to get either an "artistic" or natural expression.

And don't throw away the source files after assembly like I did with my first shots - in 1-2 years if you've learned more you may want to re-process them!

Thank you, it is a personal
art and 'to each his own'  ;D

make saving, looking for, and eventually buying one a worthwhile path to start on.   IMO.

Agree, it's a hobby,
make it fun  :D

Not to be mean, but MY EYES!!!! :o

There is alot of members here who do awesome HDR's. @lex! is one of them, and his stuff is great i'm sure he's got some tips around here somewhere.

Great, let's hear them, and next time...
wear sunglasses, because I'm an HDR
crack whore and I'm NOT going to go through
rehab, (Amy Winehouse song.. "I said
no, no, no...")  :D


I miss Japan.  I was there for 6 months when I was in school in 2000.  Kyoto is my favorite city, especially in April/May with the hanami and everything.  I wish I had my 7d back then.  You'll want to be careful when buying "L" lenses.  They are like crack, once you get one, nothing else will do  ;D

A.  Awesome, yeah I've
lived half my adult life in Japan.
LOVE. IT.

B.  Oh cool, going to Kyoto tomorrow!! 
So hope to have some more Crack
Whore HDR shots soon !

C.  L lens is like crack!?!? 
Whoa awesome, more crack
for the HDR crack whore!  LOL!   ;D


Maybe I should change my
name to HDR Crack Whore?  It'd be easier
for folks to understand the style I like,
pictures I want, the art I like.  I'm a big
fan of Patrick Nagel.


Are there
any black and White
whores as well as sepia whores
around here? I need to ask them
some questions. Seriously,
I need some advice on what
that crack tastes like.  I can't get
my black and whites to look good
and my sepia are to orange.


Thanks for the advice all, see ya
when I get back, I hope to have
more HDR crack whore pictures.   

Peace!8)

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2012, 04:09:09 AM »

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2012, 10:27:12 AM »
No, it shouldn't :-) ... look at the blue of the sky on the top right, the brightness jump is a sign of an assembly artifact and doesn't look natural.

Hate to tell you, but the sliders that affect the blue colors were pretty close to neutral... This is LR4 and I can't help it if the polarizer made it brighter... Notice how the top section is much brighter than the section that shows through the trees right below it?? Wide angle (set at 17mm on FF)+ CPL is the answer to that question.. But as the OP can attest to, the skies here in Okinawa are incredibly bright, and that day was no exception. And ftr, that shot is one picture, not a 7 different ev exposure.

My point remains the same, there's overdone HDR, and subtly done stuff... And I speak for myself, but anything I happen to do definitely goes to the latter... I'm sure if I cared I could go back in LR4 and adjust that a little.. Hold on, I'll try...


Nope. There's not much I know how to do to make it look any different. In case you actually care, I bumped the exposure down by .3, took the brightness down pretty much all the way to cut the glare out of everything, which still didn't show much if any clipping, and then boosted the shadows a little bit to bring some detail back.
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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2012, 11:02:10 AM »
No, it shouldn't :-) ... look at the blue of the sky on the top right, the brightness jump is a sign of an assembly artifact and doesn't look natural.
Hate to tell you, but the sliders that affect the blue colors were pretty close to neutral... This is LR4 and I can't help it if the polarizer made it brighter...

Ok, using a polarizer explains the shift in sky color, too - that's why using a polarizer on wide-angle is tricky after all. I only use polarizers to remove reflections when there's no sky in the picture.

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2012, 07:51:44 PM »
Oh, yeah the skies are very bright here on Okinawa.  In fact I think most folks don't realize, some of the pics I post are a tiny bit tweaked, and really the skies do look that blue.   :)


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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2012, 08:21:30 AM »
Nice to have you here.

We can be kind and we can be rude.

But we do attempt to help!

Your pictures are nice, except they seem over saturated to me.

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2012, 03:58:10 AM »
Nice to have you here.

We can be kind and we can be rude.

But we do attempt to help!

Your pictures are nice, except they seem over saturated to me.

Regards

Thanks, I appreciate the advice.
I'm just enjoying reading posts from the past, most search results find what I'm looking for or answers to my questions.

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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2013, 01:54:16 PM »
Nice to have you here.

We can be kind and we can be rude.

But we do attempt to help!

Your pictures are nice, except they seem over saturated to me.

Regards

Thanks, I appreciate the advice.
I'm just enjoying reading posts from the past, most search results find what I'm looking for or answers to my questions.

Peace! 8)


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Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2013, 01:54:16 PM »