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  2. this plane went out of service in 2011 and was donated by KLM to Schiphol Airport to be put on display. In reality it's not spic-and-span but not as dirty as simulated by the Dramatic Tone setting!
  3. Remember that you can also use the Radial Filter's own Brushes to remove or extend the affects from within the filtered area. That makes it possible to edit the effects to fit particular shapes fairly accurately.
  4. Hmmm . . . I would love to see another version of processing because my first reaction to these shots was that that plane needed to go through the airport equivalent of the Car-wash!
  5. I used to have some stuff from Topaz that came with one of those 5 day deals, but I don't recall making much use of it. I think it was a masking tool?
  6. On1 revised their Photo RAW roadmap and plugged the plug on their migration tool trying to port Lr edits into Photo RAW edits. So if anyone wants to move from Lr to Photo RAW, they face the same problem as Aperture users wanting to move to Lr, CiP, or other DAM/editor. So that means the wife and I are staying with CC for the foreseeable future. As part of that decision I was looking at Topaz Lab plugins. I was going to do a trial of the Topaz Lab plugin collection. It seems as if half the app become direct Lightroom. The other half have to have a Fusion app as a front end towards Lr. What is up with two very different implementations? Also Topaz has a public beta of Studio where it looks they have watered down the capabilities of many of the standalone plugins into a single package. Any and all comments on experience with Topaz plugins is appreciated.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Thanks! I took my camera with me hoping I'd find an interesting subject at Schiphol Airport, the place where I have to switch trains on my daily commute. I knew from earlier attempts the Dramatic Tone setting works fine for these kind of subjects so I gave it a shot. The rest is history
  9. April 25 Fiber networks is installed by Greek workers
  10. Attention to process, IMO, is never too much trouble.
  11. Fascinating journey, Michael, but it seems to be a lot of trouble for an, as yet, deferred reward.
  12. Right now, with the X1D, I am learning to take photographs, as in: the process. I am not quite there with the camera enough to capture my ‘impressions,” at least not yet. And it’s not just the learning curve I’m talking about either, but the entire process, in particular getting the focus and the aperture just right. This will take some time. The process involved in using the X1D is more involved than the simplistic camera it is made out to be. Since I tend to use LiveView, outside and in sunlight, this requires some kind of optical viewfinder to block the sunlight and offer some magnification. I started out with the Zacuto Z-Finder, hanging from a lanyard around my neck. However, the Z-Finder is so robust that its heaviness proved distracting. So, I switched to one of the ELVID viewfinders that, while not as good as the Zacuto, are so very light that I even forget I’m wearing it. Still, it is sharp enough and magnifies adequately to work just fine. I don’t need the extra clarity offered by the Z-Finder, at least not with the LiveView screen on the X1D. I can see to focus via the magnification “star” button. Meanwhile, I am still very put off by the fact that LiveView switches off automatically after 15 seconds. This is not helpful when setting up a shot with the X1D, so I have no idea what they were thinking. However, I have been assured that this LiveView problem is fixed in the next firmware update, so I can wait for that. I am getting too old to always be the sacrificial lamb at the altar of technology, even (or especially!) with a Hasselblad. I will leave it to others to comment on using the X1D for sports or walk-around shots. I may get to that, but so far that has not happened. I do have to keep remembering to have the timer on, since often (but not always) it turns itself off when I turn the camera off. Perhaps someone could tell me how to set it and have it on permanently. Since there is no hard-wired remote cord, I am stuck with the timer or using Phocus on my iPhone, which is just one more stone around my neck to carry around. I am happy with the color on the X1D although I do find myself looking to NIK’s “Color Efex Pro 4” to tweak the removal of color casts from time to time. As mentioned earlier, at this stage in my learning curve I am just taking photos with the X1D, not actually creating them yet in my style, although I am getting close. I am more or less happy with the lenses and understand that they may be working to improve the focus shift of the 90mm lens. I do everything with manual focus, and that is working OK. As for stacking, no problem, but I have not attempted large stacks, only what I call short stacks of maybe 3-4 layers. Like all cameras, this one takes some study, coupled with learning to use a medium-format lens, such as it is. There is no doubt that I move more slowly with the X1D compared to the Nikon D810, and it is not just because it is a new camera to learn. In large, being more careful and attentive to process is good for me, and the X1D demands this if I want good results. So, I am into it. Things I would like: Aside from leaving LiveView on, I would like a wired or IF remote and not have to haul around (and be careful of) my iPhone with Phocus software to be a remote. No thanks! I would like a separate button to return to LiveView other than trying to guess how much pressure to place on the shutter release without accidently taking an unwanted photo. That is a pain. And I would like my 30mm lens to arrive, which they took the entire money for but have yet to produce. As for batteries, when I asked the fellow at B&H when my two extra batteries would come (this about a month ago), his answer was July, which I couldn’t believe. So, at GREAT expense, I found and bought the first two batteries to come up on Ebay, giving me three. That is enough for now... I hope. As for repairs, I have not needed any, but I did call the Hasselblad Bron center in New Jersey and they explained that they try to repair things there; otherwise they send them overseas. So, I’m crossing my fingers. And finally, I am waiting (like many) for the release of the 120mm Macro lens in June, since that is the lens I need for most of my work. I don’t do much macro anymore, but I do a lot of close up. That’s the state of the situation with the X1D for me. A shot with the 90mm, lightly stacked. Not there yet, but working on it.
  13. I like. Good stuff, Luc.
  14. Nice dramatic look. Rode a few of these on hops across the North Sea.
  15. Last week
  16. Birding this week - got the photos in early bit problems with syncing through Flickr have delayed posting. week 17 Part of birds series
  17. Had a morning out with my son the other day - kitted him with an old camera and 28-200 lens and we went for a walk around the local duck pond. He got some pretty good stuff, considering the gear I'd given him. Here are a few of mine from that day. 1 - Duck rearing 2 - Pigeon Landing 3 - Ready to Launch 4 - up close 5 - Ready to Launch #2 6 - In the mirror 7 - White faced heron All D7000 with 70-300, so sometimes a bit soft from the lens, also slightly foggy weather so ISOs were creeping up at times, but other problems may just have been my lack of skill.
  18. Powerful processing.
  19. Larry, thanks for the link to Thom Hogan's article. An interesting read.
  20. I love the Radial filter! I'll tinker with it for sure.
  21. FIFPro Headquarters, Hoofddorp/Netherlands. FIFPro = Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (English – International Federation of Professional Footballers) But that's not what this image is about
  22. No, not a Nikon F100. A Fokker F100 airplane on display at the Panorama Terrace of Schiphol Airport. Images shot with an Olympus E-M10II + Panasonic 12-32mm, in Dramatic Tone "Art" mode. Jpegs with minimal post processing.
  23. I think shooting at high frame rate is completely pointless at an event like White House press conference. I think 3-5 shots should be enough to capture the spirit of the event visually. There isn't much happening. The noise problem is created by numerous photographers shooting at high frame rate and accentuated by poor positioning of microphones.
  24. Very true on what you said regarding the lenses. Essentially, the A9 could conceivably work if the 70-200mm f/2.8 is long enough for what one shoots for. While cropping is an option, the 24mp sensor constricts this avenue. Thom Hogan highlights this point about lenses here: As to the ability to shoot quietly using only the electronic shutter, this option has been available under previous Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji camera models. The A9's primary contribution is the ability to do so at a higher frame rate with a bigger buffer as the m43 and APS-C cameras can make up for their small sensor by using faster lenses. From the listing provided, I imagine that some wedding and dance photographers would be the most likely to consider adopting the A9 given the high frame rate and robust buffer if the current Sony lens selection suffices for their needs. Personally, one area where Sony can have a visible impact would be if the White House (and similar such offices) disallow press photographers from using dSLRs. As much as the dSLR remains my first choice (despite having more mirrorless cameras than dSLRs), the racket generated by many of the photographers shooting their dSLRs at the highest frame rate continuously for several seconds sometimes drown out and render inaudible some of the questions by the press. Requiring photographers to use cameras that can shoot quietly can restore some sanity to these events.
  25. you might want to give the radial filter that was introduced with LR6 a chance... I found it a great tool to very selectively brighten and darken small areas ... playing with the feather and fooling around sometimes brought great results ... This is the only tool i really miss in C1 ... If you are not familiar with the radial filter, don't forget to invert it if needed ... that thing is not exactly intuitive. If you use it already just forget the above
  26. These Japanese camera companies appear to be very short on marketing savvy. I mean, if Sony was to produce a mirrorless camera that used all the Nikon lenses without restriction...
  27. Thanks, I started toying with the split toning and really came to love that look. As for the brightness I'm a little torn on the mountains themselves. I tried to use an adjustment brush in LR on the farthest left peak but wasn't too thrilled with the results and as for the foreground I agree with the above that it could stand to be a hair brighter. I'm going to try an alternate edit tonight when I get off of work.
  28. I like the toning a lot ... brighter or not is probably all about personal taste... nice!
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