Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time Lapse

 Interesting artical on time lapse with the Canon 7D Mk II from CPN and George Lepp

Winter Clouds Over the Oregon Cascades 2 from George Lepp on Vimeo.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hand Held Landscapes

Nikon D800E,  AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 G II ED, f/7.1 at 195 mm 1/500 sec
Oak tree and flowers outside Gilroy, Ca.

Hand held landscapes can be achieved by using fast shutter speeds and good camera technique to ensure sharp images. Always shoot as fast as possible, open up the aperture as needed to maintain a fast shutter speed, hold your breath and brace the camera or your body against a solid object, use image stabilization.

Whats a fast enough shutter speed? I would try to stay above 1/250 sec, but faster is better, once you drop below that threshold its time to get out the tripod. I would not raise the ISO unless you have no choice, but its always better to get a shot than not.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

EF 11-24 f/4

The new EF 11-24 f/4 

  • World’s widest angle ultra-wide zoom with 11-24mm focal length.
  • f/4 fixed aperture, high-performance standard zoom L-series lens.
  • Uses four aspherical lens elements (including the world’s largest diameter ground aspherical lens within a photographic lens) and UD and Super UD lens elements, ensuring the highest image quality.
  • Canon unique SWC and new ASC anti-reflective coatings.
  • Fluorine coating on the lens surfaces to prevent dirt sticking to lens elements.
  • Silent, fast autofocus using a ring type USM.
  • A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful out-of-focus highlights.
  • Full-time manual focusing.
  • Minimum focusing distance 0.28m (at 24mm zoom position).
  • Highly resistant to dust and water allowing shooting in the harshest conditions.
buy it here at B and H, the best place to by camera equipment 

CPN here
    DPreview here


    Canon EOS M3, Europe only?

    Hoping this is a worthy camera and much better focus than Canons last offering. Also that they actually sell it here in the US.

    • 24.2 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor
    • Premium image quality using DIGIC 6 Processor
    • Selectable ISO range of 100-12,800 with expansion to 25,600
    • Hybrid CMOS AF III focusing system with 49 AF points
    • Focusing assist with Manual Focus Peaking and AF+MF
    • Large, tilt-type 3.0in (1040k) 3:2 ClearView II touchscreen with sRGB colour reproduction
    • High quality Full HD 1920x1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format with full exposure control
    • Built-in WiFi with NFC support
    • Fully compatible with Canon Speedlite System and advanced levels of controls
    • Premium body construction and handling with stainless steel chassis and all aluminium exterior
    CPN here

    DPreview here

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    Canon 5DS and 5DSR

    Canon 5DSR
    Update: rumors have it that the noise and DR are in fact better at base ISO with the cost of high ISO noise, if this is the case the new camera may be designed specifically for low ISO shooting, which makes total sense. This does present a problem for people that shoot on both ends of the ISO scale, you will now need two cameras, one for low ISO 50mp studio/landscape shots and one for everything else.

    Can you say 50mp? Well Canon can, this should be an interesting press release, the big one here is the EF 11-24 f/4 lens, but I'm very interested to see what this new camera can do, it needs to have better shadow recovery and higher dynamic range to get my interest, especially at the rumored price of $3900.

    • EOS 5DS: 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO 100-6400 (Lo: 50 and H1:12,800) sensitivity range.
    • EOS 5DS R: 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with low-pass cancellation filter and ISO 100-6400 (Lo: 50 and H1:12,800) sensitivity range.
    • Dual DIGIC 6 processors for outstanding image processing speed and camera responsiveness.
    • 5 frames per second (fps) with selectable burst speeds and silent shutter mode.
    • 61-point wide area AF with 41 cross-type sensors with iTR, AI Servo AF III and AF Configuration tool.
    • 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.
    • 100% magnification Intelligent Viewfinder II with electronic overlay.
    • 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1 ratio crop modes with masked viewfinder display.
    • Mirror Vibration Control System to reduce mirror vibration blur.
    • Fine Detail Picture Style.
    • CF + SD (UHS I) dual memory card slots.
    • Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Lens Correction in-camera.
    • Multiple Exposure and HDR mode.
    • Customisable Quick Control screen.
    • Built-in timer functionality – bulb timer and interval shooting timer.
    • Time-lapse Movie function.
    • Super Speed USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer.
    • 150,000 shutter cycle life.
    • Compatible with most EOS 5D Mark III accessories (note: for WFT-E7 new USB cables required and firmware needs to be updated).
    Purchase 5DS here at B and H

    Purchase 5DS R here at B and H

    Always the best place for review info is The Digital Picture: review in process

    Northlight here

    Imaging resource here

    CPN here, in the studio here

    CPN interview with Mr. Tsunemasa Ohara here
    DPreview preview here


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    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Go Hawks!!

    Image: the Space Needle lights up to honer the NFC champion Seahawks

    Larger Image

    5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS, 144mm, f4.5, ISO 400, 1/1.7

    ISO 400 to speed up the shutter and stop the flag, f/4.5 to keep the ISO as low as possible. A decent compromise under really crappy conditions.

    Rooting for my team, Go Seahawks!!!!


    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Shooting the Bay Bridge

    Bay Bridge, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11

    Bay Bridge, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11

    Bay Bridge, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/11

    Its fun to get up close and wide on Treasure Island, getting to the location is not an easy feat, but worth the effort. Next I'd like to try super wide from the beach. Maybe with the new canon (rumored) 5Ds R and 11-24 f/4. I'm ready for higher resolution.
    I can print these at 24 x 36 on metal prints, it would be nice to go to the next level, a 50 mp camera would do that.

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    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    iPhone 6, or the camera you have with you.

     Shanghai, iPhone 6

     Tumwater Canyon, iPhone 6

     Lake Wenatchee, iPhone 6

     747-400 to Shanghai, iPhone 6

    I am pretty amazed at the improvements made in iPhone 6, image stabilization, sharpness, micro-contrast, you name it, its improved. It is now to the point I no longer have a need for a pocket camera, it has replaced my PDA, my calculator, my pocket cam, whats next?

    The biggest improvement is the algorithms used in the local tone mapping, allowing for much better exposures across all image types.

    If all you have is a phone camera, most modern ones will take decent pictures, if your an IOS fan, well, you can't get any better at the moment. Keeping it to 8mp was a smart move, the bigger the pixels the better the image quality that can be achieved.

    Zoom is really all we are missing, but the FOV in the iPhone 6 is very good for most purposes, a break through in lens technology is needed next, so we can get some type of zoom in a phone without increasing the size.

    Its now the camera I have with me all the time, I've been waiting a while for that.


    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Looking for reflections

    Panther Beach, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II

    Instead of doing the same old beach shot, look for tide pools and get down low and see if you get a decent reflection. Panther Beach is always a great place to shoot, just north of Santa Cruz, on this return trip I noticed a huge tide pool behind the beach and came away with some interesting images.


    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Color or Black and White

    Choosing when to convert to black and white is not always easy, fortunately its as just a few clicks away in Lightroom. The above shots I took with black and white in mind, images with snow and rock always make for good conversions due to the high contrast.

    Selecting the B & W tab will give you a quick preview of what your image will look like and then its a matter of processing how you like, the color slider increase or decrease the luminance of their corresponding color in the color image. Try making a virtual copy of the image and then use the compare tool to see which you like better.