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