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balico

Lives in Indonesia Bali, Indonesia
Works as a Indoor, Outdoor Photographer
Joined on Mar 21, 2012

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Biowizard: All my photographic life (which takes in film from the mid-70s, up to about 12 years ago, when I switched to digital (mainly)), I have HATED the effects of badly position ND grads. Images look SO artificial, with a linear blurred darkening zone, and as others have noted, where tall objects poking above the gradation remain underexposed while reflections in foreground puddles are blown-out.

You can get SO much better results by squeezing off 5 bracketed exposures in quick succession, covering whichever range of EV you want to play with, and selectively combining them, with appropriate blurred masking, in Photoshop.

Not forgetting, there's probably a good spare 1.5-2EV at either end of your individual raw frames to play with, if you don't want to merge images but simply want to apply some selective exposure compensation masks.

Using Photoshop in this way is frankly no different than dodging and burning in the traditional darkroom - just less hit-and-miss, and a LOT less smelly.

Brian

Nothing to do with "HDR", but exposure blending with different layer masks in PS. One exposure for the water and one for the sky.. When you shoot with a Grad, you're stuck with the result, shoot bracketed and you'll have maximal PP flexibility.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
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Sirandar: To those that think you can replace this with PP. With a really good camera with the very best dynamic range and low noise, perhaps you can to some extent.

Water just doesn't behave in panorama and HDR because of its patterned but changing nature.

I have spent a good deal of PP fixing moving wave anomalies in panoramas. In light light environments you minimize with burst shooting and cherry picking frames. In low light well ... good luck with that.

The problem with these filters is framing ... what happens if you don't want the light boundary in the middle of the frame. This should come as a set of 3 not 2 with the extra one with the light boundary 2/3 up/down the filter.

Bracket your shots at different exposure, complete freedom in PP. Have something stick up above the horizon like a mountain or a building and it will be dark as the sky with a fixed grad filter. Grad filters were a thing of the film age..

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 15:10 UTC

Grad filters were things for the film age, on digital, bracket your shots and apply a Gradient mask in Photoshop, ultimate editing freedom ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 14:56 UTC as 1st comment
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Drew1house: I am considering purchasing this camera. I have a 4K Panasonic AG-DVX200 and like the idea of having a second 4k video source. I make my living selling Real Estate... not doing photography and I can afford this but don't want to waste money either. I video & stream conferences sometimes. But the real reason I have good equipment is Real Estate photograph... additional factors are looking more professional when I show up with better stuff than the other guy (I know... I will get made fun of for that remark but it is true...we get hired based on the cars we drive as well - stupid but...)

I have a 7D mark 2 at this point and I love shooting kids football games with it and my 70-200 but I also really love architectural and landscape photography for fun. I have been considering keeping the 7D for shooting sports.

So my question is... do I keep the 7D mark 2 and get a 5DS or possibly get rid of that body and buy this? Just thinking about options... Pro's and cons of each route...

Hasselblad of PhaseOne will even make you (look) more professional ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 09:15 UTC

ISO 409600 (on a Canon sensor), how will that look like LOL!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 09:13 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Skogafoss Iceland in the Landscape Photo with a Living Foreground Element. challenge (10 comments in total)

So this is a composite? No way the person can stay still for 20sec..

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 02:28 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available (62 comments in total)
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LeitzKameraAktion: I'm very disappointed that Nikon did not give D810 users the option to keep the viewfinder Virtual Horizon indicator lit red all the time.

The VH indicator briefly lights red when you focus, but then turns grey - making it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to see. What's the point of having this feature if you can't see it clearly at all times?

I would also prefer it if the VH feature was functional all the time. With the current arrangement, you have to select VH each time you switch the camera on.

I want the VH function on at all times, and want to be able to see it clearly; not too much to ask, is it?!?

Good suggestion, I completely agree with you!
But most companies use updates to take care of bugs and don't (want) to spend resources to improve their existing product and show some care for their customers..

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 16:25 UTC
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RadPhoto: So, the "Pro" should pay more (double) to get presets. Shouldn't the "Pro" create his/her own presets?

There are many many hobby photographers that take much more time to develop their photos as "professionals", so I don't think the designation of hobby vs pro is correct..

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
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Keith Cooper: Interesting software -no reviews for a week. First impressions are that they have put a lot of effort into making it good for producing images using HDR techniques, that don't yell HDR at you

I use HDR in some of my architectural work, where I don't want to show it isn't a straight photo. Aurora works well, but I can't say much more for the time being ;-)

Promoting it with the Trey name is a double edged sword - it's not something that attracts me to software. Hopefully, examples of 'normal' use will show that it also works well without turning the dials up to 11

The various settings, coupled with masking and layers give a powerful tool for those not drawn to the tawdry side of the force

If you have embraced the gaudy, then it offers more than enough range to re-unite people with their lunch ;-)

It won't replace LR or PS - I'd still export images to PS for more work and print preparation

LR hasn't a place in my workflow, but I'd still want to import images from Aurora for print

The statement that the software is developed with Trey will attract mainly beginner HDR photographers. Most experienced photographers don't like the oversaturated one-go hdr style..

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:28 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Interesting that a collaboration with Trey would result in software capable of producing realistic looking images. Like collaborating with Ken Rockwell to produce more accurate equipment reviews.

Hahaha, that was the first thing I thought about also, when it is with Trey's help, it will produce overcooked oversaturated results!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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Marcel: Maybe I missed it but has it Electronic Shutter ?

Yes and GPS, WiFi and USB4.0 ..

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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professorune: Will this rival Canon's 5DSR in resolution?
I'm not holding my breath on such a vague announcement.

Nope it won't rival the 5DSR in resolution as it is a whole different class of camera in line with Canon's 1Dxx..

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 00:47 UTC
On article Nikon D810 First Impressions Review (1623 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: Hey DPR... where the F is the review???... you've reviewed dozens of cameras since the D810 came out... so whazsup?

The biggest issue is that dpreview still says the review is on the way.. Just have the courage to say it is to late now and it will never be published!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 07:48 UTC
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Dismayed: Whatever. But did they really have to put 'Solutions' in the name of the new company? It seems to be the latest MBA idiocy.

"solutions" might mean that the division will work closely together with other companies to create something according those other companies request (or camera design "problem")..

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 07:37 UTC
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noflashplease: The industry needs more competition among sensor suppliers, especially in the full frame segment. If full frame format sensors could become "commoditized," digital photography would be transformed, and all for the better.

But 35mm is the standard since decades, crop sensors were an invention because production of 35mm sensors was to expensive.

Agreed that a smaller sensor has advantages in larger dof and smaller scale of body and lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 07:34 UTC

Distortion galore on the outside frame area.. 16mm gives already to much distortion in many cases, even for landscape work!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 07:27 UTC as 4th comment | 8 replies
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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NoMirror99: Sony, you have a set of great cameras! Now get a great OS for the camera: Bring iOS with touch screen to my cameras!

iOS and touch screen? Maybe you should buy an iPhone then!?? :)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 13:07 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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rfdesigner: Good news for new sony customers, but sony need to support the older products by providing an optional software patch for full RAW, even if it slows frame rate for those that install it.. it will make the older cameras worth more and so help current owners make the jump to the new cameras. Sony won't lose out.

Meanwhile my ancient canon 30D gets the full benefit of all the DPP upgrades over the years.. real lossless RAW, lens corrections and noise reduction via DPP, most of what you get in a new camera, which is why it's about to be upgraded to a 6D; canon support has been great.

Would be great if Canon would offer an upgrade to a Sony sensor.. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 13:05 UTC

And they do the in August already!? Still 4 months to go, who knows what will be announced / released these coming months..

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2015 at 22:59 UTC as 12th comment
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djrocks66: The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary was much better and sharper at all focal lengths then this lens with my testing using the 7D2. You can actually use the I.S. While panning too.

Usability of OIS depend how you use it.. When you always have it on, yes it might be inconvenient to have to switch it off for panning, but I (and probably many others) use OIS as a tool which is standard off and only switch on when needed.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:10 UTC
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