Monday, July 27, 2015


5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II at f/3.5

Silhouette's can be a very interesting to shoot, finding the right background is key, here is a fern set against a brooding sky, converted to black and white in lightroom. I especially like to shoot people in profile like this one here or this one.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stormy Weather


 5Dmk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/9, 1/125 sec, 35mm hand held


5Dmk III, 70-200 f/4 L IS, f/4, 1/800 sec, 100mm hand held


 5Dmk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/10, 1/160 sec, 35mm hand held

I love shooting weather, one of these days I'll go storm chasing in the Midwest and chase some real weather, until then I will have to work with the occasional hurricane remnant that works its way up from Mexico like this one last weekend in Big Sur. 

I head out whenever possible if weather is in the forecast, the next trip to Yosemite will be based on that. Incoming weather is always a good opportunity for landscape photography, it sets a mood that sunny blue sky's just can't do. Ideally it happens at sunset or sunrise, adding that wonderful light to a moody sky.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Panasonic DMC-GX8 announced

Panasonic announced the new GX8 with some pretty nice specs for a M43 (micro 4/3) camera, 20mp's is a first for a M43. Dynamic range is supposed to be increased and new processing power is supposed to keep pace with the 16mp GX7's 6fps speed continuous AF. The Dual IS system, sounds very interesting. It combines sensor and optical lens stabilization.

It seems Olympus has gone to sleep and left Panasonic to do the innovation in the micro four thirds realm, not sure why Olympus has been so quiet, perhaps they are preparing a 20mp sensor from Sony also. If this f/.95 lens was AF, I would consider this option. Come on Olympus, give us some really fast primes. The lens options are not bad, but not good enough to budge me to the mount.

  • 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 10 fps Shooting with AF-S and ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.

  • Priced at $1198 body only, it will be a hard sell for a small sensor camera, but if image quality comes in high, it would be nice used with some of the fast primes from Panasonic and Olympus.

    See the preview at DPReview here 

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    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The right lens for the job

    Image: Soberanes Point, 5d Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, f/13, 18mm, 1/100 sec, hand held.

    I have been in search of the right wide angle lens for a long time for my system, finally Canon produces with the EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, after a few weeks of using this lens I could not be happier.

    If you are looking for a good landscape lens, this is the one, even adapted to an A7r II with a Metabones adapter this will produce sharp images with plenty of resolution to match even the new 5DSR.

    I would say this is the best wide angle lens on the market, I have tested out the EF 11-24 f/4 L and I would rather have this lens any day of the week. The 11-24 f/4 is a great lens, but this is a lot smaller, can use filters and fits my style of shooting better than the 11-24.

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    Getting the right shutter speed for motion

    Garrapata Waves

    Garrapata Beach. 5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, 1.3 sec at f/13

    With neutral density filters you can get the shutter speed you want at almost any time of day, on this very bright morning at Garrapata I used a 6 stop filter on a 70-200 f/4 L IS lens to isolate the rocks and show movement in the waves. 

    It takes a while in the morning for the sun to get over the hill behind the beach, so when it arrives its pretty intense in the summer, holding back the light with a neutral density filter helped to cut down on that very bright sun and give me the shutter speed I wanted to show some motion in the waves without completely smoothing out the water.

    I could have used a 10 stop filter but the effect would have been more than I wanted, by using aperture priority I could have easily gone to 30 seconds and completely smoothed out the ocean, but I was looking for crashing waves with a small amount of motion to show the interaction with the rocks.

    I have found for slight motion in waves .6 to 2 seconds is a pretty good rule of thumb to use depending on wave height and light conditions.


    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    5DS/R Info and samples from around the web


    The 5DS and 5DSR are now available and people are starting to report on it from around the world.

    I will start linking to them here so I have a place to refer to.

    Is Medium format in trouble? probably, unless they find a way to improve and innovate faster than, Sony, Canon and Nikon are all moving quickly to high resolution sensors with Nikon at 36mp and Sony at 42mp . Even fashion photographers are going to have a hard time justifying more than 50MP cameras, I certainly will not need more than that.

    At  300dpi, 8688 x 5792 will give output prints from this camera at 19 x 29 without up-scaling, so minor up-scaling will give 24 x 36 easy and prints to 60 inches should be possible.

    • Chris Giles wedding photographer here
    • Photography Blog here
    • The Phoblographer here
    • Glenn Bartley bird photography here
    • DPReview studio scenes here
    • DPReview 5DS samples galley here
    • Fashion at Photography Blog here
    • 5DS at The Digital Picture review here 5DSR here
    • recommended lenses via Canon at The Digital Picture here
    • Martin Bailey here 
    • DxO here take with a grain of salt, there is more to the equation. Then read this here


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    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Sony A7 R II announced

    Sony just announced the A7 R II, 42mp Back Side Illumination (BSI) 4K video up to ISO 102400 with IBIS 5 axis sensor stabilization.

    It offers full EF lens support for Canon users with Metabonse adapter, including AF  and continuos tracking and aperture control. Supposedly it has a fast phase detection AF system, but I will wait to hear what the early testers have to say.

    Fotodiox adapter is better ? here

    From Dpreview :
      This is potentially a huge deal – especially for Canon users. We’ve used an a7R II with a Canon 24-70mm lens and a Metabones adapter, and focus is indeed very fast indeed. We’ll be looking at this in more depth as soon as we have a production sample camera, but for now, we’re highly impressed.

    Shooting with 3rd party lenses on the A7 series, good article here

    Buy it here at B and H  

    This could be my next camera if Canon don't get moving quickly, I think they will, but I think Canons new sensor technology is still a couple of years away. However Sony is aiming for a larger chunk of the sensor market, maybe they will make a deal with Canon until Canon can produce sensors as good or better than Sony.

    Sony still needs to fix their lossy RAW file's, we need uncompressed 14 bit RAW. See interview here.

    If this works as well as I am hearing with EF lenses, I may try this camera out, I don't like the Sony interface and I don't like Sony's support or trust that they will stay the course, but the Sony sensors are very clean and I may have to get on board with this one, I will keep my 5D Mk III, because the A7 is still no DSLR and some times I need that kind of speed


    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    More from Big Sur

    Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Lifting Fog 

    5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 IS L, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, hand held on fence post.

    Lifting Fog, Big Sur

    5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 IS L, f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, hand held on fence post.

    Big Sur is sure turning in to one of my favorite places to shoot, nudge nudge, know what I mean?

    A place that holds its rightful location at the top of peoples list's to shoot, I have been fortunate recently to spend some time in this area, witnessing scenes like this one unfold as I drive along the coast highway. Truly a beautiful place, sometimes magical and mystical, but always very photogenic.

    Clouds 1v

     5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f4 IS L

    More soon from the Big Sur coast....


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    Monday, June 8, 2015

    Catching the Light

    Dancing Light

    Image: Fuji XT-1, XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

    Driving up "The Hill" in Big Sur, I had to pull over and shoot this scene, the sun was breaking through the clouds in dozens of spots, it looked like light dancing on the water, as a matter of fact it was : )

    Luckily I had a Fuji XT-1 sitting next to me on the car seat, so I zoomed in and captured this scene, the Fuji meters quit well and I had a hard time deciding on black and white or color for this one.

    Viewed large it is a wonderful scene with the light spots going far in to the background of the image.


    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS L

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L, 29mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 100, hand held.

    It was not that long ago that Canon users complained about the wide angle zoom offerings, because Nikon had the 14-24 f/2.8. Now Canon has surpassed Nikon with both the EF 11-24 f/4 L and the EF 16-35 f/4 IS L and I'm sure soon an f/2.8 wide angle zoom.

    I sold my 16-35 f/2.8 II because of the reviews I read on the new 16-35 f/4 and couldn't be more happy. I know, f/2.8 vs f/4, the age old argument, the thing is, they are for different photographers, most people can get away with f/4, f/2.8 is mostly for low light hand held captures, wide angle is not really for portrait, although I have seen a few photographers use the 2.8 version that way with good effect.

    This is a landscape/architecture lens mostly, sweeping vistas and towering cityscape's, there are lots of uses but these are the standouts for me. It is sharp to the corners, it has resolution to spare (think 50mp here) excellent micro contrast, oh and did I say sharp? It is an excellent companion lens to the EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, which has been pretty much glued to to my 5D III since I got it. Along with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II or 70-200 f/4 IS L, Canon now has a full series of zooms that are excellent from 11mm to 200mm and beyond if you can afford the $11K 200-400 f/4.

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L

    Lifting Fog, Big Sur v

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L

    Soberanes Point

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L


    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.