BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Off-Topic Discussions Board > Photography/Videography
 
Steve Thomas BMW
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-28-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Out at the Lake

I went out to the local reservoir today to see if I could find some eagles fishing. No such luck. I saw one bald eagle cruise by, but he was so far away that the center focus point covered him completely. Alas. But I was able to sidle up to a Great Blue Heron. Not the most animated character I've ever seen. I saw him grab one small fish, but otherwise he just sort of stood around and did some preening for the 2 hours I was there. I was hoping to catch him in flight, but he was in no mood to leave, I guess.











I was pretty happy with the AF on the 5D MKIII with the 400 5.6 and 1.4x TC III combo. This is a hefty crop of some ducks taking flight and they came out pretty sharp.



Caught a Ring Billed Gull flyby, too.



__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      12-28-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
dcstep
Major General
United_States
65
Rep
5,031
Posts

 
Drives: '09 Cpe Silverstone FR 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 M3  [4.00]
Nice light on the GBH and the mallard pair flight shot is a tough one. Well done.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-28-2013, 10:53 PM   #3
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Thanks, Dave. The lighting on the GBH was textbook. The sun was behind me and the GBH was in front. Couldn't have asked for better. That mallard shot is a serious crop (there was another male way back in trail) and it's still sharp. Very impressive AF on the 5D MkIII.
__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      12-28-2013, 10:57 PM   #4
dcstep
Major General
United_States
65
Rep
5,031
Posts

 
Drives: '09 Cpe Silverstone FR 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 M3  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_Six View Post
Thanks, Dave. The lighting on the GBH was textbook. The sun was behind me and the GBH was in front. Couldn't have asked for better. That mallard shot is a serious crop (there was another male way back in trail) and it's still sharp. Very impressive AF on the 5D MkIII.
That AF system is serious good. If only it'd handle a 2.0x TC, it'd be perfect.

Dave
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcstep View Post
That AF system is serious good. If only it'd handle a 2.0x TC, it'd be perfect.

Dave
When you use your 2x TC on the 500, you're at f8, right? So do you just use center AF point? The choice is pretty limited at f8.
__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 03:20 AM   #6
Weebl
Weebl wobbles but eats Pie
15
Rep
1,525
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 335i, 2000 740i
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SF Bay Area

iTrader: (0)

Nice high SS ;-)
At least it wasn't snowing or raining. Good day and all the GBH's I see are pretty lazy.
__________________
Kevingoto.smugmug.com
2000 740i-Annalisa and 2008 335i-Weebl. Weebl may wobble but has DTC
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #7
dcstep
Major General
United_States
65
Rep
5,031
Posts

 
Drives: '09 Cpe Silverstone FR 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 M3  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_Six View Post
When you use your 2x TC on the 500, you're at f8, right? So do you just use center AF point? The choice is pretty limited at f8.
You get single-point and single-point expanded. That's not really a problem. The problem is that, even with a good pre-focus, it might take a second to lock onto a flying bird. With the 1D X, it only takes .1-sec. You'll still miss some with the 1D X, but not nearly so many.

The buck and coyote shots that I posted yesterday were both with the 500mm and 2.0x, so it's still very useful for everything except birds in flight. For most people, the 5D3 will do everything that you need.

Dave
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 12:03 PM   #8
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I tried the single point expanded on the GBH yesterday and it would hunt a lot. Or just plain miss the focus. I went back to single point and found it quicker and more accurate. Still, I have a good amount of OOF shots using single point expanded. I think I was using it here, though, and this one isn't bad considering it's a 100% crop. I believe this is a Common Goldeneye male.

__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 12:06 PM   #9
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by Weebl View Post
Nice high SS ;-)
At least it wasn't snowing or raining. Good day and all the GBH's I see are pretty lazy.
Yep, the great light I had yesterday allowed a nice high SS. I started out at 1/1250 and probably lost some shots to motion blur because of it. Once I bumped it up to 1/1600 it worked better. I think that'll be my new default if the light permits.
__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 03:58 PM   #10
dcstep
Major General
United_States
65
Rep
5,031
Posts

 
Drives: '09 Cpe Silverstone FR 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 M3  [4.00]
I like your processing, but, if it were mine, I'd add a little more contrast to the GBH ones, including Micro Contrast (I think they call it Clarity in LR). I'm talking a minor adjustment here, to try to emphasize the wide range of grey on these birds.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Done. I adjusted the last GBH image a bit. You're right, it does look better with more detail.
__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 07:22 PM   #12
dcstep
Major General
United_States
65
Rep
5,031
Posts

 
Drives: '09 Cpe Silverstone FR 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 M3  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by M_Six View Post
Done. I adjusted the last GBH image a bit. You're right, it does look better with more detail.
Yes, well done.

For feathers and fur, I find that working with Contrast and Micro Contrast can really pop an image just a little more. I set Shadow and Highlight levels first, then adjust Contrast and Micro-Contrast next (that'll darken) and, lastly, I look at the overall level (usually making no adjustment).

Dave
__________________
Appreciate 0
      12-29-2013, 07:29 PM   #13
M_Six
Free Thinker
M_Six's Avatar
United_States
126
Rep
5,076
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 MB C300 4matic
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Foothills of Mt Level

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I used Photoshop CC's new RAW filter and added in a bit of clarity. Then I duped the layer, desaturated the new layer, changed the blend mode to soft light, then added an inverted layer mask. Then I used a soft brush at 33% opacity to paint in the heavier contrast. That way the whole image wasn't affected, just the gray plumage areas.

I'm glad I sprang for the 1.4x TC III, though. I don't think the Kenko TC would have delivered that crisp detail. I should probably run a side by side test one of these days.
__________________
Mark
Flickr

"I know rocks. Rocks are hard."
-T. Walter
Appreciate 0
      01-01-2014, 05:25 PM   #14
positiveions
Lieutenant General
positiveions's Avatar
Lebanon
114
Rep
10,529
Posts

 
Drives: 09 MKV JETTA 2.5 & E90 M3 :)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: La Verne, CA

iTrader: (1)

Send a message via MSN to positiveions Send a message via Yahoo to positiveions
Nice photos.
I call for Heron Dynasty.
Appreciate 0
      01-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #15
DVaystub
Enlisted Member
DVaystub's Avatar
Russian Federation
0
Rep
46
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 BMW 335i Coupe M-Sport
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Encino, CA

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2012 BMW 335i  [0.00]
You have a great eye for framing an image. Loving your tight crops and subject placement but I feel that even with your TC there is still room for a slightly larger aperture. Also whats with the Auto ISO??!
__________________
Current
2012 E92 335i M-Sport | Mineral White | JB4 Stage 2 | BMS Performance Intake | BMW Performance Exhaust | BMS E85 FlexFuel Wires
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:40 PM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST