Thursday, 30 March 2017

North Wales with Canon 5D2 - revised images

In the comments on my last post Simon Hill suggested I correct the perspective on one of the images. 

I had applied the lens correction filter in Lightroom to the image which had taken with my Canon 20mm f2.8 USM lens. Obviously being a 20mm wide angle lens it was still going to render a distorted image, particularly as I shot from a low angle. I rather like this as it can add tension and I don't as a rule correct it.

However, Simon is an excellent photographer whose experience and skill I greatly admire, so as an experiment I used the Perspective Correction tool in Ps CC to correct the verticals on that image.

On this occasion I think he was correct, it does look better. Let me know what you think in the comments.

I've given this image a different treatment and added a film effect in Silver EFX Pro.

Canon 5D2 Canon 20mm f2.8 USM

Sunday, 26 March 2017

North Wales with a couple of Canon 5D2

We went for a long weekend in North Wales recently, mainly to catch up with some old friends, but with a decent weather forecast it was an opportunity to do some shooting for pleasure.

Camera-wise I only have the two 5D2 now, the Fuji having been sold end of 2016.

When I lived in North Wales in the late 70s/early 80s I was aware of many of the the locations now so popular on the internet, but lacked the wherewithal to buy a decent camera to photograph them, so I decided that this trip I would get around to capturing an image of them, even if it is 35 years too late.

The good weather obviously gave other like-minded photographers the same idea as the first two locations I visited we were queuing to get the our tripods in the right position!

While waiting I took the opportunity to see what others were shooting with. Every other shooter had a DSLR, no mirrorless in sight, and those DSLRs were either Canon or Nikon with Canon being the most prevalent by far. Almost all were APS-C. And everyone had a 10 stop ND of some description, except me. I'm not a huge fan of the "milky water" landscape; probably because like HDR its been done so much I'm sick of seeing it. However for the tree in the lake image softening the water is probably a good thing. I had to improvise so stacked three ND filters to try to blur the lake. It sort of worked.

I also took the opportunity to try out the raw editing on Lightroom Mobile connection the 5D2 to my iPhone and iPad with the Apple USB camera kit and posting images to Facebook almost immediately after taking them. This worked really well.

All images processed in Lr CC as usual.

Canon 5D2 Canon 20mm f2.8 USM

Canon 5D2 Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L USM IS

Canon 5D2 Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L USM IS

Canon 5D2 Canon 20mm f2.8 USM

Canon 5D2 Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L USM IS

Canon 5D2 Canon 20mm f2.8 USM

Canon 5D2 Canon 20mm f2.8 USM

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Lr Mobile with Canon 5D2 raw files and Lr Camera HDR

Now that Lr Mobile is able to handle raw files I thought I'd see if I was able to use the Apple Camera Kit with my iPhone7 to import and edit raw files from my Canon 5D2 and Canon G10 Powershot.

This was so easy. I simply connected the camera to the iPhone with the Apple Camera Kit, opened Photos and touched Import, all the files in the camera were there to see, with options to import selected images or the whole lot.

Then in Lr Mobile I opened Camera Roll selected the image I wanted to edit and it was added to Lr and synced to my desktop as well. In Lr Mobile I edited the image and posted to social media. There are the usual options for email and Messaging as expected. 

This provides a very flexible solution for adding images when you are out and about. You could use it update you Facebook status or send images to a client. If they were OK with smallish jpgs then it enables a very fast turnaround, or they could be simply for approval with hi-res images delivered later. 

Canon 5D2 raw images accessed on iPhone7 with Apple Camera kit

However you could just use the iPhone camera via the Lr Mobile App and the recently added HDR function.
This works very well. Lr takes three images, one at correct exposure, one over and one under then blends them into a 16bit dng which is synced to your desktop for further big screen action if required, or you can edit on your iPhone.

Lr Mobile HDR with further processing in Lr Mobile on iPhone7

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Leicester Comedy Festival 2017 - Canon 5DII + Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM L

Last weekend we took a trip to Leicester.

It was the final weekend of the Leicester Comedy Festival and my old school friend Chris was performing his stand up routine in the Leicester Brewdog venue.

I've known Chris since for over 40 yrs and it was only recently that he took up stand up comedy performing and this was his longest set to date.

Chris was performing with his writing partner Kevin, they were performing their show Punchlining above their weight.

I volunteered to take some photos at the gig. I took along one of my trusty Canon 5DII's and the more recently acquired Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM L lens. 

This was the first time I'd used the 70-200 f2.8 on an actual shoot and it didn't let me down, I shot wide open at ISO3200. I'm really pleased with the resulting images. 

Chris and Kevin were both very funny as well.

Processed in Lr CC as usual.

Kevin Hudson Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Kevin Hudson Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Kevin Hudson Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Chris Philips Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Chris Philips Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Chris Philips Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Chris Philips Leicester Comedy Festival
Canon 5DII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L

Monday, 30 January 2017

iPhone 7 shooting raw in DNG

I had a phone upgrade last week to the iPhone 7. Its pretty much the same as the iPhone 6 I had, except without a 3.5mm headphone socket, and some other stuff which is OK but not really life changing like 3D touch and a slightly better screen.

Anyway, it was the ability to shoot raw images that interested me most.
The standard iPhone Camera App remains jpg only, you have to use a third party camera App to shoot raw. I already had Lightroom Mobile and the camera included with this is able to shoot in DNG.

As it is a nice bright day I popped out for a stroll and took a few images in DNG, these were processed in Lr on my iMac after syncing in Lr Mobile.

I applied some exposure adjustment, applied the lens profile and some noise reduction and sharpening.

iPhone 7 ISO100 3.99mm f1.8 1/5700

iPhone 7 ISO100 3.99mm f1.8 1/10600

iPhone 7 ISO100 3.99mm f1.8 1/6800

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Macphun Luminar and iPhone 6

I like to think there is an alternative to the Abobe CC workflow that will be just as good but cheaper.

So far I've tried Serif Affinty which I thought was good but just not quite as slick as Photoshop. I've dallied with Machun Tonality Creative Kit, a collection of Apps which are OK, Tonality itself being the best of them. I have even tried Apple Photos, with the the Affinity and Tonality plug-ins. This was just not comprehensive enough.
So it was back to Adobe CC of which Lightroom is my go-to App for photo processing. It has everything including the all important asset management.

Recently Macphun launched a new photo editing App and, as a Macphun customer, I was offered a large discount to pre-order, so I did.

Luminar looks like a Lightroom clone, with the usual adjustment controls down the RHS. In keeping with the Macphun philosophy of using presets these are available along the bottom. Luminar has the USP of being configureable for beginners or advanced users. Basically in Beginners mode the controls disappear and it becomes mainly preset based.

Macphun has stated that Luminar is a work in progress and that updates will be frequently released adding features. The one feature Luminar desperately needs is Asset Management; at present loading an image is accomplished the old way by navigating to the folder, its not good.

What Luminar does, it does very well, it could be a bit faster precessing effects and adjustments though, even my MBP with i7 CPU and 16GB RAM has a delay, when the same kind of adjustments in Lr on the same raw file are instantaneous.

Hopefully Macphun will live up to their promises and deliver asset management fairly soon, and speed up the processing as well, then it may start to be a contender.

I'm getting to really like the iPhone for image making. the image below was taken on my iPhone 6 and processed in Luminar.

iPhone 6 jpg processed in Macphun Luminar

Machun Luminar in Advanced mode

Machun Luminar in Beginner mode

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Canon Powershot G10 South Stack towards Snowdonia

While we were waiting for the Seacat from Holyhead to Dublin last March we took a drive out to South Stack.

It was a rather overcast day but quite clear and the mountains of Snowdonia could quite clearly be seen in the distance.

I keep a Canon Powershot G10 in the car, so used that to grab a shot of the mountains rising from the sea mist.

Processed in Lr CC as usual.
Unprocessed image

image processed in Lr CC