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Victor Engel

Victor Engel

Lives in Austin, TX
Joined on Dec 21, 2002

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On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (220 comments in total)
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digidog: >>Working as a travel photographer, I tend to make a custom profile for each location area.

No need, the profiles are illuminant specific. You can build one for daylight, use it all day long, morning noon and late afternoon. This is illustrated (and you can test this yourself) here:

In this video, we’ll look into the creation and use of DNG camera profiles in three raw converters. The video covers:
What are DNG camera profiles, how do they differ from ICC camera profiles.
Misconceptions about DNG camera profiles.
Just when, and why do you need to build custom DNG camera profiles?
How to build custom DNG camera profiles using the X-rite Passport software.
The role of various illuminants on camera sensors and DNG camera profiles.
Dual Illuminant DNG camera profiles.
Examples of usage of DNG camera profiles in Lightroom, ACR, and Iridient Developer.
Low Rez (YouTube):
http://youtu.be/_fikTm8XIt4
High Rez (download):
http://www.digitaldog.net/files/DNG%20Camera%20profile%20video.mov

The spectrum can change depending upon what is in the atmosphere filtering part of the spectrum selectively. Of course, in those situations, where the air is full of pollen (which can cause colorful halos) or dust, you may wish to use a standard daylight profile anyway precisely in order to capture the eerie effect produced by the unusual conditions.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 01:13 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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fzrTom: A D4 or a D750 RAW in low light test at 3200 ISO looks as good as the 5DS at ... 800 ISO. Clearly this camera isnt done for high or even medium ISO, not sure someone will use it over 800 ISO. It's a camera for studio photo with a lot of light. In this condition it can give good results.

http://victorspictures.com/p466344682 (from the shoot I mentioned -- all handheld with a 135mm lens at f/2)
Hover over the top, left of each image for information. Note the pictures are cropped for composition. You can see by how much by observing the size.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)
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fzrTom: A D4 or a D750 RAW in low light test at 3200 ISO looks as good as the 5DS at ... 800 ISO. Clearly this camera isnt done for high or even medium ISO, not sure someone will use it over 800 ISO. It's a camera for studio photo with a lot of light. In this condition it can give good results.

On my first day with the 5DS I shot a local band at the equivalent of ISO 16000 (6400 and -1 1/3 stop exposure compensation). I posted a few of the pictures on Facebook, and within minutes, one of the pictures was made into the musician's profile picture.

These samples are made with noise reduction completely turned off. Even the default settings in Lightroom greatly improve the result, in terms of noise.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 21:04 UTC
On The Sleeping Beauty in the Beautiful Bee. challenge (33 comments in total)
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Why sad?

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
On The Sleeping Beauty in the Beautiful Bee. challenge (33 comments in total)

I had a bush where these bees would perch like this every night. Amazing that chomping down on a twig is their most comfortable sleeping position.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 00:50 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3439 comments in total)

"It escapes me as to why DP Review offers a review" - it drives readership.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 01:15 UTC as 263rd comment
On Create your own DSLR external battery pack article (66 comments in total)
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gerard boulanger: Why buying/carrying that when you can put 2-3 extra batteries in your pocket?

The last time I did significant video, I had three CF cards and three batteries that got rotated together. We did have a handy AC outlet for charging the batteries. If we didn't, we still could have charged them using an inverter connected to a car's cigarette lighter.

CF capacity was 32 GB. We rarely got close to filling them up. We generally ran out of battery first - this using a 5D Mark II.

I can see this being useful if the shoot involves long clips. If, like in our situation, you're shooting mostly relatively short clips, rotating batteries and cards works just fine.

We actually rotated more frequently than we needed to, because this was part of a 48 Hours Film project, so we wanted to get files to the editor ASAP. I suppose we should have aded Card and Battery Runner to the credits. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 16:09 UTC
On Create your own DSLR external battery pack article (66 comments in total)

If anyone follows the links for still use (because video is not available on the classic) on a Canon 5D, be aware it doesn't use the battery type linked under the title 5D. That battery pack is for 5D Mark II and Mark III. The 5D uses a different battery pack.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 16:00 UTC as 8th comment
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Victor Engel: Not 500 times longer than in NYC but 500 times longer than in the previous facility, which happened to be located in NYC.

What has cave paintings got to do with anything?

Whoops. That should have been posted in reply to jkoch2's post.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 15:51 UTC

Not 500 times longer than in NYC but 500 times longer than in the previous facility, which happened to be located in NYC.

What has cave paintings got to do with anything?

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 15:51 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (220 comments in total)
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Charlie boots: This sounds more like lightroom calibration to match the camera than camera calibration as the calibration is only appliccable when using lightroom and is only appliccable to a specific light colour. Change the location and the light and one needs to recalibrate for the new light situation. This then means that for each photo shoot there needs to be a new calibration. How does one then manage within lightroom as it is not possible to automatically have lightroom change claibration profiles automatically to match each photo shoot. This has to be done manually.

The main point of accurate color is CONSISTENT color. Use it as a starting point to make your faux colors consistently relative to a standard.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (220 comments in total)
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Vamp898: After several tests i can summarize that you dont have any advantage using this on a Sigma SD1.

If i take a completely uncalibrated Test-photo of the Color Checker with the Sony a99 and the Sigma SD1, the Sigma already shows all colors correct where the a99 seems obviously to change the colors to somewhat liking i dont know.

So for the Sigma owners, you most likely dont have any advantage as you already have a good camera.

So the Sigma SD1 knows about all possible light sources? I doubt it.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 18:40 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (220 comments in total)
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WalPhoto: The information is partially incorrect - you can NOT create "a general" profile for all lightening situations combining the ICC profiles! This is not "my opinion", this is the fact color correction works. The ICC includes a mathematical matrix transformation from one color space (the concrete colors, how they came) to another color space (how they should have come). So, let's say you light a scene with a strong blueish light, e.g. flash, say with a blueish filter, to have the example even better understandable. Now you create the ICC: it will transform all the blue-cast colors to be more yellowish. This will DESTROY any image when applied to a total different lightening, say yellowish (candle light)! And interpolating those 2 extremes cancels their original reason for creation. I was running an ICC profiling service a few years ago, so I understand it a bit. Peace, Andrej

But you can create two different profiles, process the image separately with each, and then combine them in two layers as appropriate.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 18:39 UTC

Those are yellow and green flowers. What's white is the leaves, but I suppose most people do think of them as petals.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 18:38 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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panchoskywalker: I wish they'll come with equivalent lens for FF bodies.

Given same design, 1.6x larger in each dimension.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 00:37 UTC
On The longevity of Raw files - a reconsideration article (12 comments in total)

I can't get Agfa Rapid film or process my exposed Kodachrome film anymore either.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 12:47 UTC as 2nd comment
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brunobarolo: With a one stop improvement, Panasonic may finally bring their sensors to the level where Sony sensors are today. Nice :-)

I'm skeptical this will have wide use. I see the potential for color cross talk that varies by lens and aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 16:58 UTC
On Mother & Daughter in the Toes & Fingers challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you, Steve. I'll have to recheck the original, but I don't believe I did any blurring. What you see is natural blur from a narrow depth of field I think. I used a 135mm f/2 lens, and if the EXIF shown can be believed, I unusually did not shoot at f/2. Any processing of the corners was probably post-crop vignetting, using white instead of black, in Lightroom. Again, I'll have to check the original to confirm.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2012 at 02:27 UTC as 1st comment
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Michael Ma: I'm reminded every day by this rover just how fortunate we are to live on a planet like Earth. Blue skies and oceans, green landscapes, and every hue, saturation, and luminosity available to us from nature. Imagine if we lived on Mars and we put on probe on Earth. Every cell of my being would have an endless yearning to be at such a beautiful world one day, even if it was just for a second. But we are already here. Wow, what a incredible gift!

Earth is more beautiful to you precisely because that's where you grew up. Your very essence has been calibrated over the eons to take maximum advantage of what is available. If you had the same background but on a Martian setting, you'd be able to see things on Mars we don't, and Earth would look bland by comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 16:35 UTC

I still think the best pictures from Mars were the stereo pictures taken in the 70s. I used to check out the Mars book with included stereo viewer regularly from the local library. With the leaps and bounds of technology development since the 70s, what we're getting back should be better than what we're getting. Just my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 16:31 UTC as 10th comment
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