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Old 08-02-13, 10:34 AM   #1
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Just got back from a 3 day backpacking trip in Yosemite. This was the camp we set up on the first night:

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Old 08-02-13, 12:50 PM   #2
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Let's try this again with reasonably sized pics.

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Just got back from a 3 day backpacking trip in Yosemite. This was the camp we set up on the first night:
Nice, what lens?

Lately I've been pondering using a Canon FD manual lens to get some of the 5 point stars for evening shots. Only I'm not liking the adapters that have an additional lens and 1.2x factor. I have seen conversions but some lens combos can come into contact with the mirror and that is Still pondering though.


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I like the highlight reflection on #7
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Nice, what lens?

Lately I've been pondering using a Canon FD manual lens to get some of the 5 point stars for evening shots. Only I'm not liking the adapters that have an additional lens and 1.2x factor. I have seen conversions but some lens combos can come into contact with the mirror and that is Still pondering though.
Thanks. Believe it or not, It's the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my Nikon D5100 taken at f/22. It's a decent light weight lens to bring backpacking.
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Lately I've been pondering using a Canon FD manual lens to get some of the 5 point stars for evening shots. Only I'm not liking the adapters that have an additional lens and 1.2x factor. I have seen conversions but some lens combos can come into contact with the mirror and that is Still pondering though.
I'm not sure if you've heard of these or not but it was the first thing that came to my mind. I haven't had much experience with FD mounts but I think EdMika adapters may remedy your concerns? They are built without adding an extra lens and the mount itself is the correct thickness to compensate for lens to mirror box distance. If I ever purchase FD glass, the EdMika conversion is on the top of my list. Read many positive reviews on POTN.

http://www.edmika.com/#
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I'm not sure if you've heard of these or not but it was the first thing that came to my mind. I haven't had much experience with FD mounts but I think EdMika adapters may remedy your concerns? They are built without adding an extra lens and the mount itself is the correct thickness to compensate for lens to mirror box distance. If I ever purchase FD glass, the EdMika conversion is on the top of my list. Read many positive reviews on POTN.

http://www.edmika.com/#
Exactly, came across his site along with accompanying YT videos, that had me thinking. My hunt is for a 35mm. The 40mm is quite good but it doesn't have the field of view. By the time I get done with a clean FD lens and adapter, that's good $ towards the 35mm Sigma or Canon 35mm IS. IDK yet. Buying FD glass is very reasonable and the 4:3'rds crowd is snatching these and others up.

Some beachy shots with a focal length lens I despise but was handed to me for testing. Sigma 12-22.

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3. To preserve my visual sanity, the 50/1.4
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4. An oldie to practice some B&W on
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Did a little bit of HDR today. Still getting used to some of the editing techniques but I especially like how #3 and #4 turned out.

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HDR Office by Greg Ranallo Photography, on Flickr

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HDR Office by Greg Ranallo Photography, on Flickr

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HDR Office by Greg Ranallo Photography, on Flickr

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HDR Office by Greg Ranallo Photography, on Flickr
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Some B&W practice conversions. Comments?

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1. The full frame version. This first one is a infrared preset, some additional adjustments were made with the contrast and highlights sliders along with dodge-burn effects.

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2. Cropped.

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3. A straight desaturated version with manual adjustment of sliders.

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Mike. I like the straight desat'd one better because it has more contrast. In the infrared conversion the shadows on the building are very light, it just seems to need more contrast.

Are you using PS for the conversions? I use Nik's SEP 2 for all my B&W conversions and love it.
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Mike. I like the straight desat'd one better because it has more contrast. In the infrared conversion the shadows on the building are very light, it just seems to need more contrast.

Are you using PS for the conversions? I use Nik's SEP 2 for all my B&W conversions and love it.
Appreciate the comments. Both versions done in Lightroom. Nik 3.0 came bundled with Paint Shop Pro that can be fired up to test. Yesterday went hunting for LR BW presets and will try some of those. Nik's Silver EFX and Topaz BW Effects seem . I've done so few BW, not accustomed to a particular look so I'm unsure.

Among the Nik offerings, which do you like? Any samples to share?
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My first attempt on Sports photography. Not very clear and sharp as I had to turn off the flash for continuous shooting. Anyone has experience/suggestion on this type of photography? As the subjects were moving so much, I felt like I wanted to switch to Auto focus instead of fixed point focus. I read the manual and it recommends the 3D tracking. Rockwell also recommends this mode even for still subjects but I don't feel quite comfortable when the "dot" jumping around. Thanks.

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My first attempt on Sports photography. Not very clear and sharp as I had to turn off the flash for continuous shooting. Anyone has experience/suggestion on this type of photography? As the subjects were moving so much, I felt like I wanted to switch to Auto focus instead of fixed point focus. I read the manual and it recommends the 3D tracking. Rockwell also recommends this mode even for still subjects but I don't feel quite comfortable when the "dot" jumping around. Thanks.
College sports is my primary subject. Usually using a flash is a cardinal sin because it can be distracting to the athletes and its a quick way to lose a credential. If you need more light, mount strobes in the ceiling or in the upper stands.

I use auto focus religiously. I haven't found 3D tracking particularly useful for any sport though I do need to play with it more.
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[QUOTE=Cuttooth;8076969]One from last week

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I read the manual and it recommends the 3D tracking. Rockwell also recommends this mode even for still subjects but I don't feel quite comfortable when the "dot" jumping around. Thanks.
I did a quick search of "3D" tracking, is this a feature on Nikons? If this is what I think it is, I have found it invaluable when I pan at the drag strip. Canon's equivalent is "AI Servo". Half press shutter and the AF will continuously track your subject. I have mine set up with back button focus with single point using my thumb to engage focus and my index engaging my shutter. I takes a little bit of time to get use to. Depending on what model body you have, I'm sure you can tweak the AF system to your liking. You can adjust AF speed before and after the shutter, adjust how the AF views the subject when objects get into frame, there are many more features that will take time to get use to.
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