Wednesday, May 20, 2015

iPhone 6 - Images

Metal and Sky

Metal and Sky

I continue to be impressed with the iPhone 6's image quality, here is one out of camera using the Noir process. One taken through colored glass and one of angles and shapes. I don't miss hauling around that back up camera any more. 

Through Rose Colored Glass

High Wire

I can get very creative if I have a camera with me all the time, the iPhone allows me to do that.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Garrapata Beach

Garrapata Beach

Image: 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee Big Stopper, f/11
Garrapata Beach

Adding to my series, Coastal California. Garrapata Beach, just on the north end of  Big Sur,  a beautiful and more remote beach on the California coast, by remote I mean not crowded at 7:00am on the weekend.

The start of one of the most rugged and beautiful locations on the West coast, Garrapata is just south of Carmel, Big Sure stretches south roughly 90 miles and 20 miles inland. Many photographers have spent their lives documenting this area, with spectacular results.

Being new to the area I hope to capture something new and interesting, I know I could explore the area for years. The area is lined with coastal and rugged mountain trails, flowers abound in the spring, stunning beach's dot the coastline, art galleries and restaurants fit neatly into curves high above the ocean on highway 1 as it meanders its way south to San Simeon.

More soon from Big Sur.


Latest Canon software


Download here under the software tab

Digital Photo Professional 4.2.31, adds support for 5DS, HDR, compositing......


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lightroom 6 features

Courtesy Adobe: Lightroom 6 RAW HDR

Courtesy Adobe: Lightroom 6 Hidden Gems

 Courtesy Adobe: Lightroom 6 RAW Panoramas

Purchase the stand alone upgrade version here 

Get more tutorials from Adobe here


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Yosemite Dogwood Bloom

Image: 5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f4 L IS, 160mm, f5.6, 1/250 sec, hand held, on the tree.

The Dogwoods are blooming in Yosemite valley as of 4/18/2015, by the hundreds, a great time to visit, they should be working their way in to higher elevations over the next week, still time to go and see this beautiful spectacle.


Glacier Point also opened early this year due to low snow pack.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Convergance: Canon XC10

Canon introduces a 4K video/Stills camera

Key specs
  • 4K video
  • 12mp stills
  • 1" CMOS sensor
  • LP-E6 battery (same as 5D and 7D)
  • fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27.3-273mm for videos and 24.1-241mm for stills.
  • Rotating grip and tilt LCD
  • MSRP of $2499


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Incidental Black and White

The Bay Bridge: 5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8 II L

Its not always easy to see in black and white, I use my iPhone 6 sometimes for visualizing what a scene may look like in black and white, when I set it to B and W it is a very useful tool for that.

The City by the Bay image above was a super high contrast scene that had little color other than the very bright sun, it made an ideal setting for black and white photography. My initial thought was to wait for sunset and shoot a low light scene, but this light presented itself to me, so I walked down the bank until the bridge blocked the sun and revealed the the beams that where initially hidden by the veiling glare of the bright sun.

Metering in live view helped to reduce the contrast so I could reveal detail in the bridge and still have the light beams highlighted on the city.

Another image I didn't originally see in B and W. I like both
the color and the B and W versions.

More Black and White images here


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Working Yosemite

 Falling Fire
5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L, 6 stop ND filter

El Capitan from Pohono trail
5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L, 6 stop ND filter
Larger Image

The Merced
The Merced and Cathedral Rocks

I have been to Yosemite 4 times over the last year and have not come away with anything I really like, I hate to get skunked on these trips, but I still get to enjoy the hiking and making friends with other outdoor types. I will keep hitting Yosemite until I've cracked it.

 Tunnel View
5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II

Some times it takes persistence,  but patience comes in handy too. I'll be back there again next month to try to shoot the Dogwood blooms.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Location Shooting

I am constantly looking for places to shoot, sometimes the light may not be great and sometimes it works out. The more I shoot a specific location the more I learn about the light and how it affects the landscape around me. This was my third trip to the Golden Gate and each time I have discovered a new angle or a preferred location, I haven't yet nailed the Gate, but with my scouting of locations, I soon will.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More on the 5DSR

From Canon Asia

Conceptual Diagram of Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation
5DS manual is here at Canon Europe
On the EOS 5DS R, the image of the subject is first separated in the vertical direction by Low-pass Filter 1, after which the separated images are merged again at Low-pass Filter 2. In the case of the EOS 5DS, the subject image is separated in the horizontal direction by Low-pass Filter 1, and in the vertical direction by Low-pass Filter 2.
A newly-developed full-frame CMOS sensor is employed on both models, but they vary significantly in the structure of the low-pass filter that is located immediately in front of the image sensor. As with the other EOS models, the EOS 5DS prevents false colours and moirĂ© effect from occurring by separating the subject image using the low-pass filter effect. In contrast, the EOS 5DS R separates the subject image with the low-pass filter, but merges them again using a technology uniquely developed by Canon. Doing so successfully cancels the low-pass filter effect to achieve an apparent resolution that is similar to that when a low-pass filter is not used. Other than the optical LPF feature, the EOS 5DS R and the EOS 5DS are basically twins with no difference in their functions and mechanism. Various measures have also been introduced on both the hardware and software of the two models to address camera shake, an issue that may become more pronounced with a high pixel count that exceeds 50 megapixels. In the following, let us take a look at these two cameras with “super high” image quality.

Shutter time lag can be set manually
Unlike conventional models, the shutter time lag after the mirror is locked up can be set manually. By selecting an interval setting, both the mirror lockup and shutter release operations can be performed successively with a single press of the shutter button, thus helping to reduce camera shake.

both beneficial to  getting ultra sharp images. I am keeping a close eye on this camera, I have not yet decided if I will pull the trigger on it, or a new lense. I will keep you posted when news and reviews become available.