Friday, April 29, 2016

Recent Black and White


Leaning Rocks


Exploding Tree


Shark Fin Cove

I love doing Black and White conversions, in some cases they work and others they don't, sometimes they are easier than color images and other times they are much more difficult to make work.

There is also the personal taste factor, not everyone likes Black and White, while some photographers do only Black and White, in my case I like both. Sometimes color is what an image is all about, the below image I think is one of those cases, even though I liked it in Black and White, I took it for the color.

Seattle Daisies

Lightroom has made it so simple, the push of a button and you can preview a shot in Black and White, like it, don't like it, switch it back.

Seeing in Black and White can be difficult, I do have to thank Cara Weston for helping me see in Black and White, some times an outside influence can be very helpful with your creativity. Take a look at Cara's web site for some beautiful images.

Ross


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 in Sony FE mount

Sony FE  mount gets a new Zeiss 18mm super wide angle option for their A7 series full frame camera. This will be a nice addition to the 25 f/2 and 85 f1.4. There is a much bigger difference between 18mm and 25mm than it sounds. I would like to see Zeiss do this for Nikon and Canon.

For those looking for a high end wide angle FE lens, this should be the one to get. The Batis lenses alone make me want to repurchase an A7rII.

Buy it here at B and H for $1499.00

More at DPreview here

Ross

Images In Light

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Can't see the forest for the trees

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5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II,  f/11, 1/80sec, 70mm

When doing research on the Grand Canyon, one thing I noticed was the shots where about the canyon and not so much about the whole experience. The first thing you notice when getting there is, it is almost completely surrounded by trees. Some shots of canyon walls are great, but remember there is a lot more to an area that its major attraction. Hiking the rim and getting as much foreground as I could without completely obscuring the canyon was fun. There are so many opportunities for compositions at the Grand Canyon.

I look forward to my next trip to the North Rim.

Ross

Images In Light

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Selective editing in Lightroom

The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon

Final modified image: 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II,  f/11, 1/80sec, 70mm


Original RAW Image

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hand Held Landscapes


Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Image: 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8, 33mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, hand held.

Larger Image

Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Image: 5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4, 81mm, f/11, 1/20 sec, tripod.

I have found that I need to shoot at at least 1/500 of a second and use very good technique in order to get a print quality image hand held. A tripod is a must for conditions that are not very bright, even image stabilization is not enough to get a tack sharp image hand held in low light. The upper image can be printed at probably 24 inches (hand held at 1/250 sec), while the lower image can probably be printed at 36 inches (tripod at 1/20 sec).

Some times an image can be shot sharper hand held, I shot the upper image hand held and on a tripod, the wind was blowing at about 20 mph and it was obvious to me that shooting on a tripod was not working out so well, so I switched to a larger aperture, hand held and got the faster shutter speed and also took the wind blown tripod out of the equation. Later when the wind died down I was able to shoot back on my tripod and get sharp images.

Ross 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bobcat

Bobcat

Nikon D810, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, f/3.2, 200mm, 1/500 sec

Wild cats are very elusive and shy, perhaps that's why I love to capture them more than any other type of wildlife. I saw this Bobcat twice on a hike this last weekend, the first time I was not prepared with a long enough lens, so on the way back through this area I had my AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, mounted on the D810 and came through as quiet as possible. I saw him on the trail in front of me, so I snuck up on him as stealthily as I could. With about 20 yards between us I caught a few images before he darted around the corner. When I made it to the corner it was obvious he had left the trail, so I froze. I knew he would be in the grass or trees watching me and as I scanned the area around me, sure enough, there he was watching me from behind some rocks about 10 yards away, I was able to get a few shots off before he ran into the grass and disapeared.

Margay in Costa Rica
Cheetah in Tanzania

A great hike!


Nikon D810, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, f/3.2, 200mm, 1/250 sec

Summit Tree

Canon 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, f/13, 18mm, 1/80 sec

A great hike!

Ross

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Canon 80D announced



The Canon 80D looks like a competent camera for the stills or video enthusiast, improved on sensor ADC, improved AF with 45-point all cross-type autofocus module.

Key fearures

  • New 45-point all cross-type AF system 
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage 
  • Newly Developed 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor for enhanced image quality
  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with video and stills 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi  and NFC capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
  • 1080/60p Full HD video to capture brilliant results in MP4 format for easy movie sharing on select social networking sites
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors

DPReview here

Ross

Images In Light

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR, at last


Pentax finally join the other big boys and bring full frame to their fans, this is a very interesting entry in to the FF market from Pentax, lots of good features at a very good price $1800.  It comes with a full line up of lenses already in place, including the all important f/2.8 zooms. Using the Sony 36mp sensor, it will be interesting to see how it compares with the Nikon D810. Pentax has a very good track record with the MF 645z.

This will be available soon, but I'm guessing it will be back ordered right away. B and H shows availability on: April 05 2016, get your orders in quick. Buy it here.

Key features:
  • 36.4 effective MP, AA Filterless Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • Newly Designed Prime IV Engine
  • High Sensitivity 204,800 ISO
  • SRII five-axis Shake Reduction System
  • Pixel Shift Resolution System with motion correction function
  • Continuous shooting at 4.4fps
  • Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter Effect
  • 33 Point Auto-Focus System
  • SAFOX 12 Autofocus Module
  • Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder with 100% FOV
  • 4-point LED Illumination of critical camera functions
  • 3.2-inch Cross-Tilt LCD display
  • APS-C Crop Mode for maximum lens flexibility and compatibility
  • Built-in GPS and ASTRO TRACER Functions
  • Built-in Electronic Compass
  • Wi-Fi Camera Control and Image Transfer
  • Professional H.264 Full HD video
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Fully weather sealed
  • HDMI port
  •  
Buy it here
at the source here
first impressions at DPReview here
DPReview article here
Petapixel article here
Imaging Resource here 
K-1 special site here
Pentax Forums here


Plus the 15-30 f/2.8 and the 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 here
get the 15-30 f/2.8 here at B and H
Hands on here 


Ross

Images In Light

Monday, February 15, 2016

Spring has sprung


Cottonwood Creek
5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 L IS, f/11, 1/125 sec at 28mm

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5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 L IS, f/5.6, 1/500 sec at 16mm

I was out exploring the Cottonwood creek wildlife are near Pacheco pass this weekend, the hills are green and the wild flowers have started to bloom, should be great in the next few weeks, with temps in the 70's and rain in the forecast. It should be the perfect storm for the bloom this year.

Ross

Images In Light

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sony and the missing link



The missing link

Sony today finally gives its fans what they have been missing, not just the anticipated A6300, but more importantly the the FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM and the FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM along with an FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, fast portrait prime, plus a pair of teleconverters. I can hear the vacuum of peoples bank accounts already.

 Sony full frame owners will really get a boost to their system with these new lens additions, the Pro f/2.8 versions have been missing, also a real portrait lens. Sony still has a way to go to catch up with Nikon and Canon, but this will go a long way to help complete the lenses needed for the Sony mirrorless system.

 What I do see here is proof that the cameras  really are to small and I wouldn't be surprised to see them start to grow. The A7 series has already begun that with the Mk II versions. A lot of people bought in to this system because of its relatively small size, but physics has a way of catching up, f/2.8 lenses just cant be small, that's just physics. Also you will note that the 70-200 has OSS, I believe the sensor based 5 axis stabilization is insufficient to cover these focal lengths, so this lens is pretty much the same size as the Canon or Nikon equivalents.

Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM  here
Sony FE 70-200 GM  OSS here
Sony FE 85 f/1.4 GM  here
DPReview a6300 here
DPReview lenses here 
Ross

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove

5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, f/11, 19mm, 4 sec exposure.

I have been meaning to shoot this location for a while. About one hour from my place, just north of Santa Cruz. A place where the Canon 11-24 f4L would come in handy. This was taken with a Lee 6 stop ND filter and processed for monochrome in Lightroom 6.

Ross

Monday, February 1, 2016

Canon 1DX Mk II

Canon announce their flagship, the 1DS Mk II

Key features:
  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode;
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity 2;
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.

    Video:
    4K, 4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)


    MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Canon web site here
Andy Rouse here

Full specs here at DPReview

Ross

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Olympus Pen F


Olympus announce the new retro Pen F

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bridges


Charleston
Cooper River Bridge
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/5.6, 65mm, 30 sec